Babes In BLOGLAND Collaboration – HOLIDAY GIFT

 

Come Drool Over!

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Somehow it’s always more fun buying makeup around the holidays. The colours seem more sparkly and vibrant. The packaging is out-of-this-world cute (or luxe). And do I even have to mention the value you get when brands package up three, four (or, like Lancôme, 14!) different sample top picks products in one single gift bag?!? I mean, they’re practically giving this stuff away.

Now… what to get all the other women in your life? Help is here!

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I’ve this idea of getting this beautiful gift set that something I would be elated to receive myself—from luxe makeup such as this gift set by Lancôme Cosmetics. It’s valued for C$308.00 with 15 pieces of beauty products and a special edition for this holiday. The special promotion luxurious Holiday SET will be yours for only C$67.00 with purchase offer.

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In case you just followed my post or just passing by I want to mention that it’s our second post instalment on Blogmas Holiday Collaboration where I teamed up with three very good friends from Hello Kaily, Curly Spring Blossom and Stash Matters. I’ll put their links below and if you are excited to read what they have in their beautiful blogs, don’t forget to head over to check them out.

I’m thrilled, so let’s get started!

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Train Case by Lancôme

This is part of my early Christmas gift from my honey bear. He made me promised not to open the others until Christmas morning (gah!!!) Hence, I’ll have a feature schedule set as “Christmas Gifts Unwrapped” after Christmas with all of you.

But I promise him to open just this one since I’ve been holding back for far too long. This case is too cute and all the makeup looks so pretty to touch but I want to do this for all of you.

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A Lovely Train Case or makeup travel bag!

It’s a gift of sharing what’s in this Train Case that keeps me so excited.

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Inside the Travel Case

You will get the following items:

  • Advanced Genifique Youth Activating concentrate
  • Bi–Facil Double Action Eye Make Remover
  • Color design Sensational Effects Lipcolor in Designer Bloom and Trendy Mauve
  • Delicate Oil Free Powder Blush in Shimmer Mocha Havana
  • Juicy Tube Ultra Shiny Gloss
  • Khol Eyeliner Pencil in Black Ebony
  • Color Design 5 Shadow & Liner Palette for Warm Day and Warm Night
  • Booster XL Super- Enhancing Mascara Base
  • High Definition Mascara in Black
  • Dual-end Liner and Shadow Brush
  • Cosmetic Bag in Gold
  • Train Case

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There are so many great Lancôme products that it’s quite hard to pick only three, so I’ve chosen my favorites from their recent launches. The rest of the products will be reviewed subsequently.

Here are some of my quick take:

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Color Design 5 Shadow & Liner Palette for Warm Day

I noticed the packaging of these palettes have been revamped to look similar to Naked Basics Palette. The older packaging retailed for C$57.00 which is on a high price tag if you asked me. I recommend getting this Travel Bag for C$67.00 with purchase at Pharmaprix Pincourt or at Shoppers Drug Mart while stock lasts. This bag is totally worth it.

The light shades are good as highlight and neutral shades which also includes a grey liner that is perfect for day wear.

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Color Design 5 Shadow & Liner Palette for Warm Night

There’s a really good mix of matte. shimmer and metallic shades included and I’m pleased to say that every single one is seriously pigmented and super easy to blend. I’ve been really drawn to the shades rustic copper, gold and bronze. They have just the right of shimmer in to give a luxe look and the pigmentation is so, so good.

I know that this Train Case GIFT Bag with purchase is a limited edition but couldn’t confirm if these eyeshadow palettes would be a permanent feature. In other words, this is one of the few I’d recommend that you rush to buy if. It’s definitely going to be a favorite in my makeup bag for months to come.

Which of these two do you like the look of this palette from Lancôme?

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Color design Sensational Effects Lip color in Designer Bloom and Trendy Mauve

If you ask me, there’s always room for another nude lipstick in your collection (yes, I am an enabler). But here’s what makes these different. I find the formula to be very moisturizing and so pigmented.

This is major. I hate it when a lipstick looks good when you first put it on, only to get dull, disappear and/or dry out a short while later. Does this sounds familiar to you? Another thing is that, I also get sad when colors look amazing in the tube, but then let too much of your natural lip tone show through.

It really coats your lips and hydrates them, and stays on really well. Somehow, the muted berry with the satin and a nice mauve feels modern all of a sudden—everything old is new again!—and it really flatters, in a late ’80s sort of way. Am I crazy? 😛

I’ll be doing lots of color swatches and reviews in the next coming posts.

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Blush Subtil Delicate Oil Free Powder Blush in Shimmer Mocha Havana

I love a product that gets to work and blend easily, especially if it requires minimal effort on my part (yes, I’m IMPATIENT) lol!

On its website it says this luxuriously silky powder blush glides on with its own brush to color and contour for a flawless application every time. I’m intrigued to try and let me tell you, I love the soft, sheer color that’s very natural but gives a hint of glimmer. Love it!

It’s available in six beautiful shades for $C40.50 sold separately in case you’re curious.

Do you like the look of this blush from Lancôme ?

lancome cosmetics holiday gift bag

I got here lots of packet samples with my Lancôme purchases. I’ve started trying some and here are my thoughts and opinion.

Clarins I liked these beauty flash balm, extra firming night cream and exfoliating cleanser, it’s got me interested in trying other Clarins skin care products in full size.

Shiseido  I don’t think I’ve ever used a Power Infusing Concentrate that hasn’t done its job and left my skin feeling smooth, soothing fresh and smells amazing. This is no exception.

IDC – This costs like a million dollars and I’ve used better that cost 99% less. IDC is also a Canadian brand which is stepping up to skin care department recently.

Jouviance –  I’ve been curious about Jouviance skincare line as I love Canadian brand, but this had a tendency to cause me breakout. Bummer! I’ve sensitive skin and I can tell if the product cause me any breakout on the same day. But just to make sure I’m really sensitive to this Powerful Antioxidant Moisturizer, I tried it again the second day and I get the same result. So, I stop and confirm this isn’t working out for me.

Prada – for men. I love how my honey bear smells wearing Prada eau de toilette. Aahhh!!! So sporty, makes me want to hug him even more LOL! A perfect gift for your love ones this holiday season. Head over to Pharmaprix or Shoppers and ask for a tester sample. You’re going to make someone truly happy!

Total samples killed: All

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It’s running between the 14th November and till stock lasts and would make a lovely HOLIDAY Gift for any Lancôme fan. HEAD over to your nearest Pharmaprix or Shoppers Drug Mart and ask for this special promotion. Don’t forget to use your Optimum card to load your points. I got 20x points when I spent $75.00 at the beauty section. So yay!

I wanted to do a shout out to beauty team at Beauty Gallery Pincourt, Pharmaprix which I’ve been frequenting. The sales promoters are very friendly and helpful. I love shopping at Pharmaprix for their special sales and reward points  It one of my favorite places to shop for beauty products and if you’re in that area, drop by and mention you read my blog. Also available at Pharmaprix, drugstores, Shoppers Drug Mart (SDM), Sephora, Lancôme online, Hudson Bay and drugstores.

I’ll be trying out all the products and will write reviews in the next coming posts.

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Which beauty gifts are you hoping to give… or get? Make sure to leave your comment in the section below. I love to read your comments and let me know which product you like me review.

Collab Links:  Hello Kaily, Curly Blossom and Stash Matters 

Thank you so very much for taking your time off to read. See you on the next one 😀

Sharon xoxo

 

Disclaimer: This bag was purchased by my honey bear as a gift and all the opinions are solely mine.

 

Max Studio Shimmer Eyeliner Pencils – Review

 

MAX Studio Eyeliner pencils

First of all, I wasn’t even planning of getting any eyeliner pencils least the shimmery or glittery ones but the packaging just won me over. I’m a sucker for cute or unique packaging but that’s not it. The price of this Max Studio 5 Shimmer Eyeliner Pencils is a great steal let me tell ya.

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Planning on glamming up your eyes with these luscious shimmery eyeliner pencils by Max Studio? Well why not continue reading to find out if it’s a hit or a miss.

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Designed with a long-lasting formula, these eyeliners could give your eyes a sparkly yet sassy look. The formula is smooth and soft that allows convenient and quick application with a single glide without tugging or pulling.

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Here are the 5 shimmer eyeliner pencils which comes with a cap sharpener. The color orders from bottom to top:

1~ Silver
1~ Bronze
1~ Plum
1~ Green
1~ Black

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Directions: 

  • Hold pencils as you would grab a pen
  • Lean your head back a little and bring your eyes to a half-open state
  • Draw a thin line across upper and lover lids above the lashes
  • Use cap to sharpen eyeliner.

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Max Studio Plum Eyeliner

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Max Studio Plum Eyeliner

I did a color base on a line swatch and heavier swatch in all the pictures below. You can see a bit of sparkles and the formula to be decently pigmented.

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Max Studio Bronze Eyeliner

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Max Studio Bronze Eyeliner

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Max Studio Silver Eyeliner

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Max Studio Silver Eyeliner

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Max Studio Green Eyeliner

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Max Studio Green Eyeliner

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Max Studio Black Eyeliner

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Max Studio Black Eyeliner

Out of the five, my favorite are the Bronze and Black color eyeliners.

If you’re looking for a much better eyeliners out there for much cheaper, look no further. For $5.99, I don’t think other brands could bet it to that. It’s a good eyeliner pencils that works.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read.

Sharon xoxo

 

Holiday Gift Wish List

Hey Beauties!

It’s the time of the year where beauty addicts gets endless value set, limited edition products, new collection lines and glitters on everything we can think of. In other words, this is what beauty junkies wait all year for. Let me tell you that 2014 has been a great year with so many great collections and this holiday, the sets are bigger and more awesome-r 🙂 Great value is what we are aiming for. Correct?

In this post, I’m making a list and checking it twice. I’m going to tell you what’s naughty and nice. Come with me and I’ll walk you through my top picks on everything beauty related on gifts for family and friends this Christmas!

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This year’s holiday season calls for glitter and sparkles. So, I guess, let’s jump into the sparkling moods as well. Here are some of my top picks :-

1) MAC Technakohl Liner Expansion – needless to say, this is what I waaant for Christmas! Look at these beautiful jewel shades of liners which are dang kohl-y. OMG! I’m like this is all beauties dream. To wear a liner that can last for 8 hours and still looking great. What are we waiting for girls? It’s available at Marcy on Nov 28 and other Mac stores after Dec 11. Selling for $16.00 each.

mac techno kohl liner found on temptalia

2) Sleek Precious Metals Highlighting Palette – we are in the holiday mood and what better beauty item to get than giving our cheekbones, brow bone and shoulders some beauty glow. This is a new collection from Sleek and I simply love the iridescent and metallic finish look. Whether you are going to be a host or guests for this Christmas, looking radiant and fresh is an absolute must.

sleek precious metal by sleekfound on sleek.com

3) Charlotte Tilbury Confession Kissing Lipstick – this is a limited edition shimmery coupled with a soft frosted finish lipstick. Confession is a warmer pink with a hint of peach in it. It selling for $32.00 with 11 holiday shades to pick. What an absolutely gorgeous color lip!

charlotte tilbury lipstick

4) Revlon Ultra HD Lipstick – another amazing lipstick from Revlon after the Super Lustrous Matte Lipsticks. For a drugstore brand lipstick, I’m truly impressed and in love with Revlon’s lipsticks. For a reasonable price range and good quality products that’s wearable and durable. It might not be available yet in many places but don’t sweat it, it’s not a limited edition and will be made a permanent collection in Revlon’s counter.

Revlon Ultra HD LIpsticks

5) Bourjois Mani Glitter Topcoats – with friends and family coming to celebrate this wonderful season, let’s not forget to paint our pretty nails. I saw this at Bourjois and I just at awe to see this 3D nail toppings. It comes with 3 summer shades of coral bikini, lilac sand and maliblue. Well, we may not be basking under the sun at the Malibu beach but hey we still got these toppings to show how elegant it is.

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6) Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick – Luxury Badass Lip Set is here to please. Available in 23 intensely pigmented shades that will blow your mind away. Look at the swatch on how creamy, pigmented and beautiful the colors are. Oh, my favorite is the 69 and Naked2. Sexy time!!! Check out their site for more color swatches.

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7) Advent Benefit Calendar 2014 – well, this is something to think about! This calendar comes with 24 mini essentials all from Benefit. Open the door of the store each day to reveal the mystery gift behind the door. It available in store at Sephora for CN$119.00. It can be a great gift for yourself or for a friend who is also a beauty junkie.

advent benefit calender 2014

There we have it some of my top picks on my Holiday gift wish. I wish all of you the very best. For Christmas is the time of the year for giving and sharing with family and friends. Reminding us what Christmas is all about!

What holiday gifts will you get for yourself and for your family and friends?

Thank you so much for reading.

Sharon xoxo