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111Skin has launched a variety of holiday gift sets focusing on specific skin needs and concerns. I have always been a fan of the presentation and aesthetics of the product packaging, especially their big black box with matching ribbon – it is perfect to get anyone in the festive holiday mood. And inside that big black box, I am excited to say that the holiday kits are even more beautifully packaged that you don’t need to make an extra effort to decorate.

111Skin review The Intensive Kit Vitamin C Brightening Booster, Celestial Black Diamond Lifting and Firming Treatment Mask, 111Skin The Radiance Kit Rose Gold Illuminating Eye Mask, Rose Gold Brightening Facial Treatment Mask, Rose Gold Radiance Booster

This was just about the whole feel and vibe of the holidays but now coming the what is inside the holiday kits – yes there is a collection of cult-favourite masks and boosters inside the kits. And if you follow me for some time, you might know how much I love 111Skin range of products and have shared about the products in the past here (Rose Gold Brightening Masks), here (Master Masking Edit), here (Skin Boosters) and here (Day & Night Cream).

111Skin review The Intensive Kit Vitamin C Brightening Booster, Celestial Black Diamond Lifting and Firming Treatment Mask, 111Skin The Radiance Kit Rose Gold Illuminating Eye Mask, Rose Gold Brightening Facial Treatment Mask, Rose Gold Radiance Booster

I have two 111Skin holiday kits to share with you, both are perfect for all skin types if you want the bright, radiant, hydrated, and supple skin this holiday season – The Radiance Kit and The Intensive Kit.

The Radiance Kit houses 111Skin’s Radiance Collection in a soft-touch pink leather holder that can be re-purposed and reused for as long as you want – I plan to store my 111Skin Masks in the holder or as a makeup pouch. The Radiance Kit includes Rose Gold Illuminating Eye Mask (2 x 6 ml), Rose Gold Brightening Facial Treatment Mask (2 x 30 ml), Rose Gold Radiance Booster (10 ml).

111Skin review The Intensive Kit Vitamin C Brightening Booster, Celestial Black Diamond Lifting and Firming Treatment Mask, 111Skin The Radiance Kit Rose Gold Illuminating Eye Mask, Rose Gold Brightening Facial Treatment Mask, Rose Gold Radiance Booster

The collection, especially the mask, has grown into a global cult product and a staple in the 111SKIN collection. It contains 24k Gold and Damask Rose, that works both to illuminate and calm the skin for a party-ready glow.  

On the other hand, the booster soothes and hydrates while leaving the skin with a radiant, illuminated finish. It also helps tired skin transform from dull to fresh and youthful. This booster is formulated with Rosa Damascena extract and pure Gold to enhance the natural radiance of skin for a coveted dewy, radiant complexion.

The Intensive Kit houses products from 111Skin’s Intensive Collection in a black soft-touch leather older. The Intensive Kit includes Vitamin C Brightening Booster (20 ml), Celestial Black Diamond Lifting and Firming Treatment Mask (3 x 37 ml).

111Skin review The Intensive Kit Vitamin C Brightening Booster, Celestial Black Diamond Lifting and Firming Treatment Mask, 111Skin The Radiance Kit Rose Gold Illuminating Eye Mask, Rose Gold Brightening Facial Treatment Mask, Rose Gold Radiance Booster

The Intensive collection of concentrated, high-performance and potent formulas to intensely preserve, restore and renew the complexion. The products in this collection brighten the complexion, reduce discolouration and combat signs of ageing. The Intensive collection uses fine diamond particles as a method to aid the delivery of 111SKIN’s potent active ingredients deep into the skin.

111Skin review The Intensive Kit Vitamin C Brightening Booster, Celestial Black Diamond Lifting and Firming Treatment Mask, 111Skin The Radiance Kit Rose Gold Illuminating Eye Mask, Rose Gold Brightening Facial Treatment Mask, Rose Gold Radiance Booster

The Celestial Black Diamond Lifting and Firming Treatment Mask targets zone-specific ageing concerns with this powerful multi- section, triple-formula mask. It tones, tightens, volumizes, and retexturizes the complexion. The Brightening Booster delivers a concentrated dose of active brightening ingredients to target signs of hyperpigmentation, age spots, uneven skin tone and discoloration.

111Skin review The Intensive Kit Vitamin C Brightening Booster, Celestial Black Diamond Lifting and Firming Treatment Mask, 111Skin The Radiance Kit Rose Gold Illuminating Eye Mask, Rose Gold Brightening Facial Treatment Mask, Rose Gold Radiance Booster

Overall, I like that the kits target specific concerns and needs of skin – I have used the masks from both the kits before and I have absolutely loved them. Excited to have these new boosters into my routine. 111Skin is available at Holt Renfrew and 111Skin.com.

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Laura Mercier Ballet à Paris Holiday 2020 Collection has launched and it is just so beautiful. I am using many products from the collection in my everyday routine already. The collection is definitely one of those which I can see everyone, no matter what age and what skin tone, will enjoy. The packaging is top-notch, perfectly aligns with the holiday theme. The collection pays tribute to the romance of the Paris stage. I am going to share a few sets from the collection which I have been enjoying that include Rose Pirouette Illuminator, Standing Ovation Cheek Palette, Hand Cream Quartet, and Luxe Indulgence Ambre Vanille Body Triplet.

Laura Mercier Ballet à Paris Holiday 2020 Collection review swatches of Rose Pirouette Illuminator, Standing Ovation Cheek Palette, Hand Cream Quartet, Luxe

Rose Pirouette Illuminator is a limited edition oversized edition of the brand’s cult-favourite pressed Illuminator in a rose gold shade. The illuminator has a buildable formula, perfect to highlight the cheeks with a natural flush of rose gold pink. The formula is easily buildable and thus gives a customized glow from a soft to an intense shine.

Laura Mercier Ballet à Paris Holiday 2020 Collection review swatches of Rose Pirouette Illuminator, Standing Ovation Cheek Palette, Hand Cream Quartet, Luxe

The formula is so soft and smooth, blends in very nicely into the skin. I am very picky on the rose gold shades as most do not suit my medium skin tone with golden undertones but this one looks really beautiful. It looks very natural and radiant on the skin.

Laura Mercier Ballet à Paris Holiday 2020 Collection review swatches of Rose Pirouette Illuminator, Standing Ovation Cheek Palette, Hand Cream Quartet, Luxe

Standing Ovation Cheek Palette is a limited edition trio palette of Laura Mercier’s favourite blush colour infusion shades, with the palette design inspired by the ethereal ballets of Paris. I have reviewed this blush formula in the past here and it is still one of my go-to’s. This palette features a sheen light coral, a matte rose pink, and a sheen red coral, for a subtle yet elegant cheek look.

Laura Mercier Ballet à Paris Holiday 2020 Collection review swatches of Rose Pirouette Illuminator, Standing Ovation Cheek Palette, Hand Cream Quartet, Luxe

Blush Colour Infusion is a sheer, buildable and silky-smooth cheek colour that blends seamlessly with skin for the most natural, fresh look. It feels weightless and applies evenly to skin for a healthy-looking flush of colour that lasts all day. The formula is buildable from a diffused, sheer hint of colour to a bold colour. This blush formula has been my favourite since it launched and this palette has the perfect three shades I can see myself using.

Laura Mercier Ballet à Paris Holiday 2020 Collection review swatches of Rose Pirouette Illuminator, Standing Ovation Cheek Palette, Hand Cream Quartet, Luxe

Hand Cream Quartet is a limited edition collection of 4 travel-size hand creams in Almond Coconut Milk, Ambre Vanille, Crème Brulee and Fresh Fig. I recently finished my quartet of Laura Mercier hand cream’s from last year’s holiday collection and I kid you not, this hand cream is really good. It is very nourishing and smells so good. The best thing is that the scent lingers on for very long compared to any fragranced hand cream I have used. It not just hydrates and cares for the hands, but it uplifts the mood with the scent that makes you sniff your hands even – I keep one on my desk and one at my bedside any time. It makes the hands feel velvety soft with the unique essence of Ambre Vanille, Almond Coconut Milk, Crème Brulee and Tarte au Citron. Below is the official description of the scents of these hand creams:

Laura Mercier Ballet à Paris Holiday 2020 Collection review swatches of Rose Pirouette Illuminator, Standing Ovation Cheek Palette, Hand Cream Quartet, Luxe

Ambre Vanille: The quiet sensuality of amber blends with the warmth of vanilla, and is enhanced with fresh notes of tangerine and tiger orchid, the delicious essence of almond and brown sugar, and a final hint of musky sandalwood for a finish that is soft, intimate and absolutely addictive.

Almond Coconut Milk: This warming fragrance captures the essence of almond, coconut milk, jasmine, rosewood, ylang-ylang, vanilla, tonka, heliotrope and musk.

Creme Brulee: This aromatic fragrance captures the essence of warm caramel, spun sugar and French vanilla bean.

Fresh Fig: This unique scent envelops a fresh, clean aroma made up of fresh fig and sweet apricot nectar.

Luxe Indulgence Ambre Vanille Body Triplet is a limited edition collection of Ambre Vanille Cream Body Wash, Ambre Vanille Body Cream, and Ambre Vanille Eau de Toilette. I have used Laura Mercier body products for years now, they are one of the best out there. I always look out for the holiday season to stock up on my favourites and for gifting my loved ones. Everything from the body care collection is very gentle, nourishing, and makes the skin feel velvety soft and smell so good.

Laura Mercier Ballet à Paris Holiday 2020 Collection review swatches of Rose Pirouette Illuminator, Standing Ovation Cheek Palette, Hand Cream Quartet, Luxe

Below is the official description of the scent:

Ambre Vanillé blends the soft sensuality of Amber with the warm comfort of Vanilla, creating a fragrance of feminine elegance and sophistication. Infused with fresh floral notes of Tangerine, Tiger Orchid and Heliotrope, and enhanced by Almond, Brown Sugar, Coconut and musky Sandalwood, the effect is an intimate fragrance that is rich yet discreet.

Ambre Vanille Cream Body Wash is a gentle body wash that creates a creamy lather and cleanses skin, leaving it feeling smooth and moisturized with the unique essence of vanilla warmth, tangerine & brown sugar.

Ambre Vanille Body Cream is a silky, smooth crème that luxuriously nourishes the skin with the lightly whipped feel and unique essence of vanilla, tangerine, & brown sugar.

Ambre Vanille Eau de Toilette is a contemporary, sophisticated fragrance that captures the essence of vanilla, tangerine & brown sugar.

Laura Mercier Ballet à Paris Holiday 2020 Collection review swatches of Rose Pirouette Illuminator, Standing Ovation Cheek Palette, Hand Cream Quartet, Luxe

Overall, I am so impressed with the Laura Mercier Holiday Launches for this year, as always, that I am looking forward to the next year’s holiday launches already. All the sets and launches from the collection are definitely something to consider if you are new to Laura Mercier’s makeup or skincare range. If you already use her products, then you already know it is time to stock up. Laura Mercier Beauty products are available at Sephora, Sephora Canada, Nordstrom, and Saks Fifth Avenue.

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Buxom has launched its Glitz and Groove Holiday 2020 collection that is all about sparkle and shine. There are statement-making gift sets inspired by a fab ‘n funky roller disco that will get anyone excited and in the groove. There is a wide range of gift sets to choose from, including some of the best-selling glosses in exclusive new shades and the cult favourite lip balms. The high shine packaging of the gift sets aligns so nicely with the holiday theme. I have two sets that I have swatched below, the formula of Buxom lip products especially the lip glosses has always been a favourite of mine.

Buxom Glitz and Groove Holiday 2020 Collection review swatches of Ultimate Lip Party Plumping Lip Set and Make It A Double Xtrovert Mascara Kit

The Ultimate Lip Party Plumping Lip Set has two plumping lip liners and six high shine shades of Full-On Plumping Lip Polish. There are three new shades with a sparkling Bellini scent exclusive for the holidays.

Buxom Glitz and Groove Holiday 2020 Collection review swatches of Ultimate Lip Party Plumping Lip Set and Make It A Double Xtrovert Mascara Kit

Below are the shades included in this set:

Mini Full-On Plumping Lip Polishes:

Noel (New)

Ginger (New)

Belle (New)

Sarina – nude brown with diamond sparkle

Sugar – pinky nude-beige with opal shimmer

Celeste – peachy beige sparkle

Mini Plumpline Lip Liner:

Incognito – warm, matte-nude

Hush Hush – matte cinnamon

Buxom Glitz and Groove Holiday 2020 Collection review swatches of Ultimate Lip Party Plumping Lip Set and Make It A Double Xtrovert Mascara Kit

The formula of the lip glosses is nourishing, not drying, and plumps the lips. I reviewed it here in detail. This set is available at Sephora.ca, shoppersdrugmart.ca, London Drugs, londondrugs.ca, and beautysense.ca

Buxom Glitz and Groove Holiday 2020 Collection review swatches of Ultimate Lip Party Plumping Lip Set and Make It A Double Xtrovert Mascara Kit

Make It A Double Xtrovert Mascara Kit has two full-size Xtrovert Mascaras. I have used this mascara in the past and loved how volumizing and buildable it is. The innovative X-shaped brush for extra volume, lift, and length.

Buxom Glitz and Groove Holiday 2020 Collection review swatches of Ultimate Lip Party Plumping Lip Set and Make It A Double Xtrovert Mascara Kit

I have not experienced any clumping with this mascara and is comfortable to wear. The mascara has the blackest black pigment which I totally love. This kit is available at Sephora.ca.

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