“Celebrate your unique beauty.”
That’s the mantra of Christina Choi, national makeup artist and owner/creator of Christina Choi Cosmetics. Christina began her cosmetics career at MAC, then became the Designer of Makeup Artistry and National Makeup Artist at Bare Escentuals. She was the personal makeup artist for Leslie Blodgett (CEO of Bare Escentuals) and she helped design their ad campaigns and infomercials, so we have been admiring her work for years.
Christina was inspired to create a cosmetics line that works for everyone. As an Asian-American, she had difficulty finding products that were designed for her particular needs. So she created Christina Choi Cosmetics, which has options for all ethnicities and all needs. Christina believes that cosmetics should enhance, not change who you are. She launched her line last May, and it’s a really exciting collection of eyeshadows, lip glosses, and brushes. She also has a BB Cream that I am just dying to try. She knows her stuff, and I love that her line is completely fragrance and cruelty free. She has some excellent YouTube tutorials as well.
If you haven’t tried Christina Choi Cosmetics yet, consider the Glitz & Glamour Collection ($70, an $89.50 value). It’s only available until December 31st. You also have the option to break up the kit and purchase items individually if you want.
This kit was inspired by old Hollywood, and these are perfect ‘holiday party’ shades. It comes in a pretty black mesh makeup bag, and here’s what’s inside:
The Perfect Liner Brush ($19) is a long-handled eyeliner brush.
This is a terrific high quality brush. It has a nice, tight angled bristle and is great for lining the eyes and also for filling in the eyebrows.
The eyeshadows have a sophisticated packaging, they are thin with a flip top see-through lid. The Chandelier Eyeshadow ($17) is pretty and unique.
It’s a ‘metallic icy-silver with slight lavender undertones’.
It has a pearlized shimmer that really brightens the eyes. It’s beautifully pigmented and wears wonderfully, even on my oily lids. It blends like a dream, and all her eyeshadows are pigmented enough to be able to use wet or dry. I use Chandelier dry as a brow shade, and wet as a lid shade.
Christina’s eyeshadows also have Vitamins C and E in them to nourish your eyelids.
Also in the Glitz and Glamour kit is the limited edition Glitz eyeshadow/Glamour cake eyeliner duo.
Glitz, the eyeshadow is a ‘rich navy blue with light blue shimmer flecks’. Glamour is a ‘deep ocean blue cake eyeliner’.
Both shades can be used wet or dry. Below are dry swatches of all three eyeshadows.
Used dry, Glamour is a deep blue-gray, and as a cake liner it becomes an even deeper blue. Just put a little water on the eyeliner brush, and that activates the cake liner, making it thicker for gorgeous lining.
Glitz eyeshadow is stunning. Used dry it makes a fabulous smoky eye, and you can also use it wet for even more intensity.
And the final product in the Glitz and Glamour Collection is the Leading Lady Luxury Gloss ($19.50). This is a limited edition lip gloss, and it is freaking fantastic.
Leading Lady is a ‘raspberry pink sheen’ and it is such a gorgeous shade!
I love the doe-foot applicator. The lip gloss is hydrating and long-lasting without being sticky.
It’s semi-sheer but packs enough of a punch of color to be used on its own. I think it’s the perfect shade for the season.
For a really terrific tutorial on different ways to use this kit with application tips, check out Christina’s YouTube video:
Christina Choi Cosmetics is a very exciting new cosmetics line with high quality products. It’s definitely worth checking out, and the Glitz and Glamour Collection is a great way to start. – Lisa