Friday, December 19, 2014

Fresh Sugar Lip Treatments: Holiday Gift Sets

This holiday give the gift of  healthy lips and help everyone on your list battle winter weather with beautiful gift sets from Fresh. I have been using these colourful, fun lip treatments for years and this season you can stock up on all your favorite shades for the ultimate Sugar stash or pop one in everyone’s stocking!

The Sugar Legends gift set is a $93 dollar value and retails for $65. It contains 7 luscious shades including: Petal (pink blossom), Tulip (sheer hot pink), Rose, Honey (warm nude), Cherry (sunny red), Passion (vibrant red) and Berry.

These nourishing treatments provide up to 6 hours of hydration to help alleviate and improve the appearance of dry chapped skin. They are formulated with an exclusive blend of sugars that prevent moisture loss and luxurious oils including meadowfoam, grapeseed and black currant to protect, soothe and soften.

Some of the shades offer buildable coverage for a subtle, beautiful tint and all of these lightly scented treatments have SPF 15 for youthful looking lips. I love the trendy packaging and the balms condition and smooth roughness for supple, kissable lips!

If you prefer an even softer look then the Sweet Nudes Collection offers 4 flattering shades that are more neutral. This set is a $66 value but retails for $42 and also includes the sugar lip polish which I love!

Formulated with sweet sugar crystals and natural humectants to prevent moisture loss the polish exfoliates to buff away dry skin and smooth roughness. Shea butter and jojoba nourish lips for up to 6 hours to improve skin texture and revitalize for a healthier, softer pout.

The polish paired with the Sugar balms makes a great treatment and may help all of your lip products glide on smoother and look better. With no parabens, sulfates or phthalates these Sugar treatments are cult favorites at Sephora and among beauty lovers.  

Since the Sugar lip treatments retail for $26 each these collections are a great value! You can purchase the gift sets at Sephora.

 **Disclaimer: products provided for review

Sephora Endless Kisses Lip Gloss Collection

If you are still on the hunt for the perfect gifts or you find yourself doing some last minute shopping Sephora has a great selection of holiday sets that make gift giving simple. The Endless Kisses Lip Gloss Collection is a $120 value for $34 and comes with 10 brilliant glosses ranging from: gold shimmer, soft pink, peach shimmer, hot pink, red, purple and more!

For the gloss lovers on your list this set includes shades for every occasion to create a variety of different effects. The coverage ranges from sheer to medium with the darker shades producing vivid color and the shimmer shades moistening your pout in luminous shine!

This collection is also great for those on a budget because you get 10 glosses for just $3.40 each and you can also break up the set to use as stocking stuffers!

The gloss has a slight scent and the formula contains jojoba and castor oil for moisture. The longevity is average and reapplication throughout the day is necessary.

As you can see from the swatches below some of the colors are subtle and sheer while others appear ultra glossy and wet. The bright pink on the right provides full coverage with lacquer-like pigmentation which makes this set very well rounded. 

The quality of most of the shades is on par with your average lip gloss and the texture and finishes are nice. They provide decent hydration for dry winter lips and the colors transcend all seasons. My favorites are the deepest shades because they tend to be most vivid but if you are still a bit hesitant to wear bright, bold hues this set can help you transition to more daring colors.

If you are looking for easy, individual gifts or stocking stuffers Sephora also has the cute Kiss Kiss Universal Pink Gloss which comes in a little tin with the gift tag already attached! This shade of pink is soft and pretty with dazzling pink glitter to suit all complexions. 

This is a great little gloss for co-workers, friends, family and women of all ages! It retails for just $8

These products are currently available at Sephora stores.

**Disclaimer: products provided for review

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Hello Kitty Pop-Up Party Eye Shadow Palette

When I buy cosmetics one of my favorite things to purchase is eye shadow. I love changing up my eye makeup with the seasons to match my mood and style. This holiday Sephora has released some gorgeous palettes to diversify and enhance your makeup collection!

The Pop-Up Party Hello Kitty eye shadow palette from the brand's limited edition 40th anniversary collection is sure to excite all the makeup lovers on your holiday list! This cute, iconic little kitty is a adored by women of all ages and the palette is packaged in an eye catching box that opens to reveal a fun pop up display!

The shadows sit in a tray which pulls out to display 20 dazzling shades all named after Hello Kitty’s favorite things such as apple pie, hot cocoa and chocolate chip.  

The shades in this palette are gorgeous and range from pink, purple, navy, gold, teal, taupe, blue, bronze and more! The collection of hues includes some of my favorite color trends and has enough variety to compliment many preferences, styles and skin tones.

Some of shadows feel slightly textured but overall I found them to be quite soft, smooth and buildable. The pigmentation is vivid although some shades are more saturated than others and the finishes range from: metallic, satin, neutral and matte. I like how easy the pigments are to blend, mix and match to create looks for every occasion.

When the shadows are applied lightly you can achieve subtle coverage but if you’re like me and prefer bold color you can layer them heavily for more intensity and glamour. I recommend using a good primer to enhance the color.

(swatches from left to right: Kitty-Chan, Dear Daniel, Happy, Anniversary, Three Apples, Bow, The Original)

The shadow last all day without creasing or fading and I didn't find them to be chalky or have much of an issue with fall-out.

The tray of shadows doesn't pull completely out of the box which would have been nice but I think this palette has great versatility, gorgeous color range and I like the quality. You can find this collection at Sephora, the palette retails for $62 CAD.

**Disclaimer: product provided for review

Mark Moon Chill Berry Bath and Body Collection

Since the weather has gone from chilly and crisp to cold and icy I have been pampering my skin with some amazing products from mark. Many of these bath and body products have become some of my favorites and nothing hydrates and moisturizes my skin like the thick, luscious body butters that are on my must-have holiday list!

The Moon Chill Berry Collection is the perfect way to unwind on a blustery winter’s night and the decadent scent of chilled berries, frosted blossoms and moonlit musk is enough to put me in the mood for some hot cocoa and gift wrapping!

The collection includes:

*Moon Chill Berry 3-in-1 Body Wash ($12)
This fruity formula lathers richly for a wonderful aromatic clean that makes skin smell amazing. You can use it as shampoo or shower gel and if you want to soak away the stress of a long day you can also use it as a foamy bubble bath!

*Moon Chill Berry Body Scrub ($14)
To slough away some dry, winter skin the scrub is infused with sugarcane extract and walnut for smooth supple results. You can use the scrub in the shower and the gentle exfoliating beads smell wonderful!

*Moon Chill Berry Shimmer Body Cream ($15)
For luminous shimmer, the lightly scented body cream is a great option. The shimmer is very subtle for a healthy glow and great hydration.

*Moon Chill Berry Body Butter ($14)
If you suffer from dry skin this body butter will help you battle the winter weather with a luxuriously rich, ultra-hydrating formula that melts into skin. When it comes to long-lasting moisture and soft, supple skin this butter is number one on my list this season! Although it is thick, creamy and smooth it doesn't have a greasy residue and the results are long-lasting.

*Moon Chill Body Mist ($14)
All of the products above will leave your skin looking and smelling great but the body mist adds the finishing touch. With a light musk scent infused with sweet, juicy berries the mist smells good enough to eat! The scent lasts a few hours before dissipating so I would love a purse-sized version!

*Moon Chill Berry Hand Cream ($14)
During the winter my hands need extra moisture so this hand cream is great for use on the go and takes care of dry cuticles and rough patches all season long.

This collection makes a great holiday gift or you can mix, match and pair items together to create smaller gifts, gift baskets or stocking stuffers. You can find the collection by clicking HERE

**Disclaimer: products provided for review

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Revlon Photo Ready Eye Art- Review and Swatches

A little glitter for the holidays can take your look to a whole new level and add some festive bling! Just in time for the season, Revlon has released the limited edition Photo Ready Eye Art: Lid + Line + Lash. These glimmering, dual-ended tubes contain liquid eye shadow on one end and glitter on the other which can be worn individually or paired together.

Shades: Lilac Luster & Fuchsia Flash

I think this is a fantastic idea and I like that Revlon expertly matched each shadow to a lovely glitter with a contrasting texture. The tubes are available in 10 gorgeous shades from: green, peach, topaz, cobalt and lilac for a great range of glam effects. 

The liquid shadow is creamy at first with an applicator similar to that of a lip gloss. While wet, you can blend and work with the color but once dry the texture is very flat so it tends to settle into the skin which can cause creasing. The shadow also takes a while to dry so you do have to wait before applying the glitter or else the color smears around and looks untidy.

Wet shadow

The glitter end contains a clear liquid base and a brush applicator that distributes the particles quite sparsely and feels very wet before drying. I found that the application process wasn't as efficient as I’d hoped and it was a bit difficult to achieve a consistent layer of glitter which makes it even trickier to use it as a liner. For more sparkle you can also add shimmer to your lashes or use the glitter on the entire lid area.

Once both formulas set they are long-lasting and the glitter does not budge so it didn't get all over my face and look messy like other formulas I've tried. The shadow feels dry on the skin so I recommend using some type of cream based primer for more comfort.

Glitter swatched over shadow

Although the Eye Art tubes look dazzling in the packaging they didn't produce the effect I expected and since the formula is tricky to work with application takes practice. The shadows retail for $11.49 at drugstores nationwide.

**Disclaimer: products provided for review

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Mary Kay Limited Edition Thinking of Love Perfume

If you have no idea what to get the special ladies on your holiday gift list then just remember that you can never go wrong with a wonderful fragrance! Everyone likes to smell good, which is why the limited edition Thinking of Love perfume by Mary Kay makes a great gift!

Aside from smelling sweet and fresh the cute packaging reminds me of Valentine’s Day and heart shaped cookies! The bottle also comes with a gold colored heart charm which you can attach to a bracelet or necklace as a beautiful keepsake.

The top notes of the fragrance include: sparkling mandarin, rose, spring freesia and an array of other captivating scents such as: Turkish rose petals, French violets and pink honeysuckle. The bottom notes encompass: vanilla, rich iris, velvety musk and Indonesian sandalwood.

This fragrance smells increasingly more pleasant as the day wears on and the intermingling of subtle and deep aromas melt into a light, sugary scent that is not overpowering or heavy but rather powdery and floral. The fragrance retails for $40.00.

The Thinking of Love body lotion is also available for $20.00 or as a gift set with the perfume for $55.00. The lotion lightly scents your skin in the same lovely aroma with a lighter intensity to keep you smelling wonderful throughout the day.

You can find these products at MaryKay.Ca or through independent consultants. 

**Disclaimer: products were provided for review

Monday, December 15, 2014

Birchbox Beauty Subscription Review

Here at Diary of a Trendaholic I have reviewed quite a few beauty boxes and I love sampling the hottest products before investing in full-sized versions. Today I am featuring my first review on Birchbox which incorporates great brands and lifestyle items to help you determine which products work best for you!

Each month Birchbox subscribers receive 5 personalized beauty samples ranging from: hair treatments, nail lacquers, fragrances and makeup for $10 a month (+$4.95 shipping and handling). When you sign up you will be prompted to fill out a comprehensive survey to ensure that the items you receive suit your preferences and beauty needs. With Birchbox you will never receive the same products twice and you get the inside scoop on cult favorites and new launches!

The program also has a great points system, so if you love one of your samples and choose to purchase the full-size version you gain points that can be redeemed for more products, and who doesn't love that!

Let’s take a look at what was included in my box

Amika Nourishing Mask (for all hair types)
I love nourishing hair products, especially during the cold winter. This mask by Amika is free of parabens, artificial colors and sulfates, making it safe for color treated hair. The mask deeply conditions with jojoba and revitalizes and repairs for soft manageable hair in just 5-10 mins. I love how rich and thick the formula is, it coats my hair thoroughly, eases detangling and makes my curls soft and bouncy! 

Cynthia Rowley Creamy Lip Stain- in the shade Heartthrob
I would classify this lip product as a cream rather than a stain due to the sheer to medium coverage it provides but the smooth texture is great. This red/orange shade transcends all seasons and the formula is buildable, moisturizing, rich and comfortable on the lips. The color is not quite as vivid as it appears in the packaging which makes it suitable for everyday wear and applying it lightly produces a natural, flushed effect.


Juice Beauty Green Apple Peel (safe for sensitive skin)
No need visit a spa for a beauty treatment every time you want to refresh and pamper your skin; the green apple peel by Juice Beauty uses natural fruit acids that are gentle and revitalizing. The acids work to dissolve dead cells for refreshed, healthy looking skin and although it is called a "peel" no actual peeling is required. 

Benefits Cosmetics High Beam
We all want a healthy glow but even if your skincare routine isn't the best you can achieve luminous skin with this silver-based highlighter by Benefits. This is a product I have been using for awhile and I love dabbing it along my cheekbones and down my nose for radiant looking skin.


Noir Cosmetics Long-Wear Eyeliner (full size included $15)
I wear eyeliner every time I apply my makeup so I like this creamy waterproof formula that glides on smoothly for long-lasting color. The formula is enriched with vitamin E and although I works well for creating smokey looks I would have preferred it in a twist-up version because I don’t like to sharpen.

Overall I thought the box was well rounded and I would definitely like the lip stain and the hair mask in a full-sized versions! Some of the samples are quite small but if they throw in larger items every now and it would be awesome and think the box is a great way to sample popular brands.

For more information on this beauty box or to gift a box to a friend click HERE.

**Disclaimer: Products provided for review

Elizabeth Arden Eye Shadow Duo

Tis the season of giving and what better way to show your love than with gorgeous makeup! Today’s featured product is Elizabeth Arden’s elegant eye shadow duo in Black Tie. Although the colors may look simple the formula has anti-aging benefits, great ingredients and advanced pigment technology!

The soft snowy white paired with the deep shimmery grey is a beautiful combination for creating smokey holiday looks. The smooth, texture and rich color is buildable, crease-proof and long-wear.

There are 32 single shadows and 7 duos available that create a wide variety of looks from fun and flirty, sophisticated and classy, soft and neutral and everything in-between!

Swatched (over primer)

The shadows were developed to help fight the signs of aging and protect against environmental elements. The formula contains components that supports collagen production and minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Vitamins C and E neutralize free-radicals and the pigment applies consistently with little fall-out and no caking.

This duo is available for $32.00 at: Shoppers Drug Mart, Elizabeth Arden Counters, Hudson’s Bay, London Drugs and Pharma Plus. You can also visit the website by clicking HERE.

If you are looking for more beautiful gifts ideas from Elizabeth Arden check out my review on Untold, the sophisticated new fragrance by clicking HERE

**Disclaimer: product provided for review
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