Best of Holiday Beauty 2017

Wednesday, November 29, 2017 2 0

Best Holiday Beauty Kits

 

You may have already heard me say this a few times, but I’ve been completely beauty obsessed lately. I can’t stop buying the latest and greatest makeup and skincare! The holiday season is truly a beauty lover’s dream come true. So many brands create stunning, collectable limited edition holiday products and kits, and many of them are value driven too (who doesn’t love a good deal?!).

 

I’m obsessed with so many of the holiday collections that have come out this season, but 4 really stood out as my favourites. I just had to share all of this holiday beauty goodness with you! Not only did I purchase most of this for myself, I also purchased several of these items for Christmas gifts. All my girlfriends are getting beauty gifts this year! You get a lipstick, and you get a lipstick, and you get a lipstick…

 

1.  MAC Snowball Holiday Collection 2017

MAC definitely wins the award this season for the most festive, sparkly, girly holiday packaging. I wanted the entire collection! I showed some restraint, and only purchased the cult-fave Whisper of Gilt highlighter, and the mini brush set. The collection is huge, but here are some of my fave kits:

  • MAC Snow Ball Face Bag (shown below): This kit includes cult favourite “Whisper of Gilt” Extra Dimension Skinfinish (ie. a stunning pale gold highlighter), a beautiful rose-gold handled fan brush, and a sparkly makeup bag. One of my co-workers bought this on launch day, and I immediately ran to the store to buy it too.
  • MAC Snow Ball Mini Brush Kit: I also purchased this 3-piece mini rose-gold brush kit, as it’s the perfect size for travelling!
  • MAC Snow Ball Eye Compact: A gorgeous 6-shade eye shadow palette that comes in 2 colour combinations.
  • MAC Snow Ball Nude Lip Bag: An adorable trio of a Lipstick, Lipglass and Lip Pencil, all packaged in a beautiful makeup bag.
  • MAC Snow Ball Mini Lipstick Kit: Truly a collector’s favourite, this kit includes 12 mini lipsticks, in beautiful colour-matched packaging. I really wanted this kit, but held back because I’ve been buying so many lipsticks lately. We’ll see if I cave, and purchase it. 😉

MAC holiday beauty kits

 

 

2.  NARS x Man Ray Holiday Collection

Definitely one of the most robust collections this season, NARS Cosmetics partnered with modern artist Man Ray to create a stunning limited edition holiday collection, full of palettes, glosses, and mini sets. This is one of my favourite NARS collaborations to date. The packaging is creative, beautiful and collectable. The kits include best selling colours, like Orgasm and Laguna, but also a ton of new limited edition colours that are just as gorgeous. Here is a selection from the collection:

  • The Veil Cheek Palette: By far, my favourite piece from the collection. This cheek trio includes a bronzer (iconic Laguna), a blush and a highlighter. This is the perfect palette for travelling!
  • Love Game Eyeshadow Palette: This stunning palette includes 12 new, eye-catching shades, inspired by Man Ray’s muse Ady Fidelin, the first African American model to be featured in a fashion magazine.
  • The Kiss Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Set: I already purchased this beautiful set for a friend for Christmas. It includes 4 shades of the Velvet Matte Lip Pencil, packaged in the most gorgeous glossy gold cosmetic bag.
  • Love Triangles: These are the perfect stocking stuffers! Available in 5 colour combos, these triangles include a mini blush and mini lipstick. I purchased the “Orgasm Love Triangle” for a friend who loves Orgasm blush, and wanted a travel size.
  • Photogloss Lip Lacquer: Four shades of a new limited edition formula, these are saturated with a high-shine finish. My favourite colour is Red Hazelnut.

 

NARS x MAN RAY Holiday Kits

 

 

 

3. Viktor & Rolf BonBon Limited Edition 

I’m a fragrance collector (I have a pretty large collection), but I’m really particular about the ones I wear every day. I only wear a handful of scents consistently, and two of them happen to be created by Viktor & Rolf, BonBon and Flowerbomb. With a sequin bow, the Viktor & Rolf BonBon Limited Edition bottle for holiday 2017 couldn’t be any cuter. I just had to have it! It also makes for the sweetest gift!

 

Viktor & Rolf Bon Bon Limited Edition Bow Bottle

 

4. YSL Dazzling Lights Holiday Collection

Year after year, Yves Saint Laurent consistently creates the most covetable holiday collections, and this year isn’t any different. Adorned with the prettiest pink fireworks, these are truly dazzling collectibles of some of their classic, best-selling products. I purchase the Rouge Pur Couture Lipstick in 70 Le Nu each year in it’s limited edition packaging to add to my collection.

 

YSL Beauty Holiday 2017

 

 

 

New in Beauty – Four Summer Faves

Monday, August 14, 2017 2 0

The Best New Beauty Products

 

I’ve been hard-core beauty obsessed for about the last year. I work in the beauty industry, so I spend a lot of my time talking to beauty lovers. I also get to sample a ton of beauty products, thanks to this blog, so I really have beauty on the brain 24/7.

 

I find that once a friend, influencer or co-worker recommends a product that they absolutely love, I’m much more likely to try that product. I get a lot of questions about which products are my favourites, so I decided to start sharing more of the new (and old!) products that are my number one faves.

 

Today, I’m sharing 4 products/collections, that recently launched this Summer, that I absolutely love. I would highly recommend all of these amazing new products. Here we go!

 

Lancome New Monsieur Big mascara swatch

 

1. LANCÔME MONSIEUR BIG MASCARA

I’m always on the hunt for the latest and greatest mascara. I have way too many for one person, but I just can’t stop buying them! I was super excited to try this newest mascara from Lancôme, Monsieur Big. The claim is that it’s a high-volume mascara that delivers bold lash volume for up to 24 hours, and let me tell you, it didn’t disappoint. The mascara added tons of volume to my thin lashes, and kept them separated. It didn’t clump, like a lot of other mascaras, and it lasted almost the entire day without transferring to the skin under my eye. That might not sound impressive, but most other mascaras transfer on me after only a couple of hours since I have very oily eyelids. Overall, I love this mascara, and it’s definitely one I will buy again in the future.

 

Nars Orgasm Blush Swatch

 

2. NARS ORGASM LIQUID BLUSH & LIPSTICK

I’m embarrassed to say that this is the first time I’ve ever tried the Orgasm blush from NARS. I know, I know, you’re probably asking how I can call my self “beauty-obsessed” when I’ve never tried this cult-favorite. Well, I honestly don’t know why I hadn’t tried it in the past, but I’m so glad I finally picked up this beauty. It’s a gorgeous peachy-pink hue with a golden shimmer, that is universally flattering on all skin-tones, hence why it’s a best-seller. NARS recently launched a liquid version, which is very pigmented yet blendable. It add a soft pink glow to my skin, which looks very natural. Overall, I’m more of a powder blush kind of girl, but if you love liquid blushes, then I think you’ll love this one!

The Orgasm Lipstick is a satin, creamy lipstick in the iconic Orgasm shade that has a rich, radiant color for a polished look. It has a soft shimmer, but it’s not overly frosty. It’s a beautiful shade, especially for summer.

 

Kenzo World new perfume

 

3. KENZO WORLD EAU DE PARFUM

It was love at first sight (and scent) with the newest fragrance from fashion house, Kenzo. I’m a sucker for awesome packaging, and the eye shape of Kenzo World is just so cool! My fingers were crossed that I would love the scent just as much as the packaging, and wow, I absolutely love the smell! It combines peony, jasmine and ambroxan crystals to create a playful, floral scent that lasts for hours on my skin.

 

Bare Minerals Statement matte liquid lip swatches

 

4. BARE MINERALS STATEMENT LIP COLLECTIONS

Bare Minerals recently launched 3 coordinated collections of lippies: Statement Matte Liquid Lip Colours (10 shades); Statement Luxe Shine Lipsticks (10 shades); and Statement Under Over Lip Liners(5 shades). My lips are very dry. When I say very dry, I mean super dry. I’ve pretty much accepted the fact that I can’t wear matte lipsticks because they dry out my lips instantly. So you can understand my shock when I tried on the Bare Minerals Statement Matte Liquid Lip and it didn’t immediately suck all the moisture from my lips! It is still very much a matte lip, but I didn’t find it to be nearly as drying as every other matte lip I’ve tried. The colour lasted for hours. It did eventually dry out my lips as well, but right now, this is the only matte lip colour that I can wear. The shade range is really beautiful too.

They also launched a collection of 10 statement-making lipsticks in bold, full-coverage colours and 5 statement-making, creamy and blendable lip liners. I always, I repeat, ALWAYS wear a lip liner with my lip colour. It’s the only way to ensure my lip color doesn’t melt/fade/wipe off immediately. I love the creamy texture of these lip liners, and they are perfect under these creamy, light-weight lipsticks. Overall, these are gorgeous lip collections from Bare Minerals, that I will continue to use regularly.

 

 

This post is NOT sponsored. I received the Bare Minerals, Kenzo perfume and Lancome mascara as press samples, however, I was not required to post. I loved these products so much that I wanted to share them with you all!

The Gift of Fragrance

Monday, December 5, 2016 0 0

Top 7 Perfumes for Gift Giving

 

One of my favourite holiday gifts to give and receive is fragrance. Perfumes feel like a luxury that often times people don’t purchase for themselves. Or, a woman will have her one signature scent that she’ll purchase, but she still wants to build a fragrance “wardrobe”, and have other options for different moods, seasons, and occasions.

 

I absolutely love having a collection of fragrances that I can mix and match, and sometimes even layer. Perfumes smell totally different on me than they do in the bottle or on other people, so I’m always testing out fragrances in the store to see what they actually smell like on my skin. I have a huge collection of perfumes, and it’s one that I’m always looking to grow.

 

These 7 scents are some of my absolute favourites, and smell very similar on me as they do in the bottle. Hopefully, none of my close friends are reading this post, because some of them will be receiving a few of these scents this year for Christmas. 😉

 

 

Viktor & Rolf BONBON EAU DE PARFUM

Viktor & Rolf Bon Bon

(Notes: Mandarin Accord, Peach Accord, Neroli Oil, Orange Blossom, Sambac Jasmine, Caramel, Sandalwood Accord, Patchouli, Vanilla)

 

MIU MIU EAU DE PARFUM

Miu Miu Eau de Parfum

(Notes: Star Anise, Ginger, Green Lily of the Valley, Blooming Lily of the Valley, Jasmine Petal, Rose, Akigalawood, Sandal Wood, Nirvanolide)

 

Yves Saint Laurent Mon Paris perfume

Yves Saint Laurent Mon Paris

(Notes: Strawberry, Raspberry, Bergamot, Calone, Pear, Orange Flower, Jasmin Sambac, White Peony, Datura, Patchouli, White Musk, Ambrox, Cedarwood, Crystal Moss)

 

Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium perfume

Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium

(Notes: Coffee Accord, Orange Blossom, Cedarwood Essence, Patchouli Essense)

 

Chloe eau du toilette perfume

Chloé Eau de Toilette

(Notes: Pink Peony, Freesia, Lychee, Magnolia Flower, Lily of the Valley, Rose, Cedarwood, Amber, Honey)

 

Marc Jacobs DIVINE DECADENCE EAU DE PARFUM perfume

Marc Jacobs Divine Decadence

(Notes: Champagne Extract, Orange Blossom, Creamy Bergamot, Gardenia, Hydrangea, Honeysuckle, Saffron, Vanilla, Liquid Amber)

 

Viktor & Rolf Flower Bomb

Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb

(Notes: Sambac Jasmine, Centifolia Rose, Cattleya Orchid, Ballerina Freesia, Patchouli)

 

Top 7 Perfumes for Gift Giving

 

I always pay for all of my gifts during the holiday season using my RBC Rewards credit card. When RBC Rewards reached out to partner on a post to share a special offer they have with Saks Fifth Avenue Canada, I jumped at the opportunity! The RBC Rewards program is incredible. We collect points on every purchase, and they add up so quickly. Justin and I haven’t paid for an airline ticket in over 2 years, as we always use our points to redeem for airfare (trips to Hawaii, Washington DC, San Francisco, and Nashville just in the last year)!

 

From now until December 31, you will automatically receive 2x points when you use your RBC Rewards credit card in store at Saks (CF Toronto Eaton Centre or CF Sherway Gardens locations)! And if you sign in to RBCRewards.com and opt into the holiday promotion, you’ll actually receive 3x points! I’ll definitely be purchasing my holiday fragrance gifts at Saks using my RBC Rewards card. You can also earn 3x points at Apple.ca (online only until Dec 31)! Be sure to visit RBCRewards.com first, sign-in and opt-in to earn 3x points when you pay with your RBC Rewards credit card. There are so many great deals!

 

What are your favourite gifts to give and receive? Please let me know your favourite fragrances! I’m always looking for new ones to try!

 

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Thank you to RBC Rewards for sponsoring this post. As always, all opinions are my own.