Tag: Holiday Makeup

Holiday Most Wanted: Makeup Gifts

To say I love holiday makeup is an understatement. If I could only buy makeup once a year, it would be holiday stuff and these gifts are perfect for any makeup junkie.

Lipstick Queen Smokey Lip Kit
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There are actually two of these kits, one comes with Black Lace Rabbit and Pinky Nude Sinner and the other with Black Lace Rabbit and Bright Natural Sinner. I like both options but for this post went with Pinky Nude. You can use both these lipsticks on their own or layer the Black Lace Rabbit over Pinky Nude for a deeper, smokey look. If you’ve never tried Black Lace Rabbit before, this is a great way to try the sheer, transforming black lipstick that’ll at least double you lipstick options.
Tarte Color Vibes Amazonian Clay Palette
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This palette has been out for months, so it’s getting a little difficult to find, but keep looking because it’s worth it. With twenty eyeshadows in Tarte’s amazing Amazonian Clay formula, there’s a shade for every look you want. I personally love the shades on the Monet, Seascape and Mosaic but there isn’t a single shade I wouldn’t use.
Arbonne Midnight Muse Holiday 2016
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It’s pretty rare for a holiday kit to give you a complete makeup look but Arbonne’s Midnight Muse does a pretty good job of it. The kit includes an eyeshadow duo, a pencil liner and a matte cream & sheer lip gloss duo. All you really need to add is mascara and some blush (or at least I do) and you’re good for any holiday party.
Kat Von D Hello Canada! Set
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This really isn’t a holiday kit, but it’s a fantastic way to introduce someone to Kat Von’s makeup. Available only at Sephora in Canada, this kit includes some of my favourite Kat Von D products. It has deluxe mini versions of Studded Kiss Lipstick in Lolita, Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Double Dare and Tattoo Liner in Trooper (everyone needs to try this one) and it’s all wrapped up in a vegan leather bag. Did I mention it’s only $30?
Too Faced Grande Hotel Cafe
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I look forward to Too Faced holiday releases every year and while they do seem somewhat similar, there’s always something special about them. This year my favourite was the Grande Hotel Cafe. You open up the cafe to reveal three palettes, a deluxe sample of Better Than Sex mascara and a leaflet with three makeup look instructions. Each of the palettes is scented differently (Eggnog Latte, Gingerbread Coffee and Peppermint Mocha). You can also carry around each palette separately or use them together. I can’t wait to see what they come out with next year.

MAC Heirloom Mix Holiday 2014 Collection

MAC Heirloom Colour Collection
I can’t count how many MAC holiday sets I’ve bought over the years. My first good set of brushes came from one of those sets and this years Keepsake kits are just as amazing as ever. I’ve never really paid much attention to the individual products you can get though and this year that changes. The Heirloom Mix Colour Collection has everything you want in a makeup collection; shadows, lip products, liners, nail polishes, etc… All in gorgeous, pigmented shades.
Heirloom Mix Pressed Pigment
MAC Heirloom Mix Pressed Pigment Open
l-r Noblesse Oblige, Modern Majesty, Enchantment
Until you see these in person you can’t really get a good grasp of how insanely gorgeous these shadows are. They’re super shimmery, really buildable and just perfect for the holiday season. Modern Majesty is a personal favourite with it’s green pearl in a dark brown base.
Heirloom Mix Glitter in Amethyst
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MAC’s glitters are everything you want in a sparkle for the holiday. Amethyst is a really pretty purple that, well, glitters.It’s really loose and you can apply it anywhere you want to sparkle or add it on top of your shadow for extra shine. It works particularly well with the Enchantment Pressed Pigment.
Heirloom Cremesheen Glass in Courting Chic
MAC Heirloom Mix Cremesheen Glass Courting Chic Open
I’ve never tried Cremesheen Glass before so I was expecting the stickiness of Lipglass. I was so far off base and this might be my new favourite gloss. It’s creamy, non-sticky and you still get that glassy shine that you want. Courting Chic might be the most flattering red gloss I’ve ever tried. It’s more like a sheer red gloss tint with gold shimmer. The second I opened the box, I was blown away by the shade. Putting it on made it even better.

If these are any indication of what I’ve been missing each year by focusing on MAC’s kits, I guess I need to start taking a better look because these are some of my favourite holiday shades all season.

Holiday Party On The Go Makeup Most Wanted

With the holiday season comes holiday parties. So we’ve put a list of our Most Wanted products that’ll make getting ready for the parties just a little easier.
Laura Mercier Oil Free Flawless Face Kit
Laura Mercier Oil Free Flawless Face Kit
This travel size kit will make getting ready simple regardless of where you are. With a primer, tinted moisturizer, concealer and all the tools you need in a makeup bag that you can throw in your purse, you can get ready anywhere.
mark. Nailed It 
mark. Nailed It
This duo of mini nail polishes (a red and a shimmery charcoal) will make last minute application and touch ups super easy. They’re small enough to throw in your purse but big enough that they’re easy to use.
Revlon Photoready Eye Art Lid+Line+Lash in Gold Glitz
Revlon Gold Glitz
Don’t have room for a makeup bag? This tube includes a cream eyeshadow on one side and a glittery liner on the other. You can also use the liner on the tips of your lashes for extra sparkle.
NARS And God Created The Woman Eye Kit
NARS And God Created The Woman Eye Kit
This NARS kit gives you a ton of options so you’re not wearing the same look each night. With six neutral shadows, a shadow primer and a brush you can get any look you want with one kit.
Joico Gold Dust Shimmer Finishing Spray
Joico Gold Dust Shimmer Finishing Spray
If you’re going to use hairspray to get a last minute finish, why not get some gold shimmer with it? Joico’s Gold Dust Finishing Spray will give you a light hold, a golden shimmer and repairs your hair while giving you shine. You can buy it on it’s own or get it in a bunch of Joico holiday gift sets. If you’re going to a bunch of holiday parties, you may as well get your shine on.

Clé de Peau Celestial Beauty Holiday 2014 Collection

Cle De Peu Celestial Beauty Holiday 2014 Set
Part of what I love about holiday sets is the packaging but Clé de Peau takes the packaging to their Celestial Beauty holiday collection to a whole new level. Swash London designed it all based on key words celestial, journey, eternity, true beauty and light and boy did they deliver. But the outside is only part of what this makes this collection great. The inside definitely matches the outside.
Celestial Beauty Makeup Coffret
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The Makeup Coffret is everything you could need to get your holiday makeup done. It comes with three shadows, two blushes (and brushes for both), a lipstick and a mascara. The shadow shades range from golden to a plummy brown, which could also double as a liner. There was a little fallout from the shadow, so you might want to be a little careful with application.
Shimmering Lip Gloss Trio
Cle De Peau Celestial Beauty Shimmering Lip Gloss Trio
I love the shades of these lip glosses, between peach and pink this trio has you covered. What I didn’t love was the lip gloss wand, which is basically a plastic stick, and I ended up using my fingers to apply which worked much better.
Powder Compact
Cle De Peu Celestial Beauty Powder Compact
This is my favourite from the whole collection. This is the powder compact I want in my purse always. It’s so pretty and the translucent powder inside isn’t too drying and really silky.

These are perfect gifts, even if all you do is look at them. Luckily they products inside work just as well.

IT Cosmetics TSC Limited Edition Holiday Sets Sneak Peek

IT Cosmetics Holiday 2014 Packaging
I’ve tried a couple products from IT Cosmetics over the years and I’ve always loved them. And if you live in Canada you’ve probably seen them on The Shopping Channel before. We have a sneak peek of TSC’s exclusive limited edition IT Cosmetics holiday sets! These are only available on TSC November 14-15, so if you want them you have a really limited window of time to get them. All the sets come in a pretty silver giftbox and are wrapped with ribbon and a gift tag.
IT Cosmetics Naturally Pretty Essentials Palette
IT Cosmetics Naturally Pretty Essentials Palette
This palette has everything you could possibly need to do your entire face. It includes 18 Anti-Aging eyeshadows, 3 blush and blush tints, 6 Anti-Aging Collagen Lip Flushes, 4 Bye Bye Under Eye Anti-Aging Concealers, Vitality Glow Bronzer, Bye Bye Pores Silk Pressed Powder, Hello Light Powder Luminizer and Hello Light Cream Luminizer. It also comes with a card that gives you tips on how to use everything in the palette. And when it’s closed it can fit in your hand. This is perfect for someone who doesn’t use or buy a lot of makeup or are just starting to use it.
IT Cosmetics Naturally Pretty Matte Eyeshadow Palette With Shadow Brush
IT Cosmetics Naturally Pretty Celebration Matte Luxe Transforming Eyeshadow Palette
This eyeshadow palette has a great set of shades that’ll help you go from day to night. The transforming ombre radiance ribbon transforms the shadows from matte to pearl, giving you way more options. The shadows are really well pigmented and last a long time but they don’t feel heavy like some matte shadows do. It also comes with a dual ended shadow brush.
IT Cosmetics Lipstick Stain 6-Piece Holiday Kit
IT Cosmetics Lipstick Stain 6-Piece Holiday Kit
These lipsticks are so pretty and they smell so good (must be the cherry oil). They’re really more of a lip tint than a traditional lipstick but you can build up the colour and it feels more like a lip balm. And when it would normally wear off, it leaves a tint. This is probably my favourite kit.
IT Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe 6-Piece Essentials Brush Collection
IT Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe 6-Piece Essentials Brush Collection
I love brush sets and this collection has some great quality brushes. These brushes are sturdy! I haven’t had a chance to try all of them yet but the shadow brushes are super soft and don’t have any fallout. The travel case that comes with the brushes is the perfect size to throw in a purse or carry on without weighing everything down.

I have to say, I really love all these kits from IT Cosmetics. Since there’s a limited time to get them, you might want to set an alarm to remind you to pick a couple up. And maybe some for gifts because once you get them, you’ll want to keep them for yourself.

You can also find these at The Shopping Channel’s website.