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Nars has launched the Holiday 2020 Collection and it is very stunning. The collection is comprised of everything from bestsellers to the most loved products in shades suitable for almost all skin tones – everything in a limited-edition holiday packaging. I have a few picks from the collection that I want to share with you – Iconic Glow Cheek Duo, Undress Code Lip Balm Set, VIP Audacious Lipstick, and Mini Brush Set.

Nars Holiday 2020 collection review swatches Iconic Glow Cheek Duo, Undress Code Lip Balm Set, VIP Audacious Lipstick, and Mini Brush Set

Iconic Glow Cheek Duo is a blush and bronzer duo in a limited edition oversized compact featuring the best selling blush in a peachy-pink shade ‘Orgasm’ and bronzer in cult-classic shade Laguna.

Nars Holiday 2020 collection review swatches Iconic Glow Cheek Duo, Undress Code Lip Balm Set, VIP Audacious Lipstick, and Mini Brush Set

I have shared about both the blush and bronzer in these specific shades – many times on my blog and Instagram – they are truly iconic shades. The formula is weightless, blends nicely, and easily buildable. Nars Iconic Glow Cheek Duo is available at beautyBoutique by Shoppers Drug Mart, shoppersdrugmart.ca, and narscosmetics.ca.

Nars Holiday 2020 collection review swatches Iconic Glow Cheek Duo, Undress Code Lip Balm Set, VIP Audacious Lipstick, and Mini Brush Set

Undress Code Lip Balm Set is a limited edition, holiday-themed set that features one full-size lip balm and three mini lip balms. I have these lip balm in rotation in my everyday routine and really like them. It gives a little sensation to the lips while giving a sheer tint and shine. The formula is nourishing and keeps the lips smooth and comfortable.

Nars Holiday 2020 collection review swatches Iconic Glow Cheek Duo, Undress Code Lip Balm Set, VIP Audacious Lipstick, and Mini Brush Set

Below are the shades:

Orgasm (full-size) – sheer peachy pink with golden shimmer

Dolce Vita (mini) – sheer dusty rose

Fast Lane (mini) – sheer mauve nude

Laguna (mini) – sheer shimmering bronze

Undress Code Lip Balm Set is available at Sephora, sephora.ca, and narcosmetics.ca.

Nars Holiday 2020 collection review swatches Iconic Glow Cheek Duo, Undress Code Lip Balm Set, VIP Audacious Lipstick, and Mini Brush Set

VIP Audacious Lipstick in shade ‘Barbara‘ is one of the five best-selling shades of Audacious Lipstick in a limited-edition holiday theme. Barbara is a tan rose shade in the limited edition gold packaging.

Nars Holiday 2020 collection review swatches Iconic Glow Cheek Duo, Undress Code Lip Balm Set, VIP Audacious Lipstick, and Mini Brush Set

The lipstick is very creamy and lightweight, applies smoothly and evenly to deliver a high pigment with very impressive longevity without bleeding or feathering. VIP Audacious Lipsticks are available at sephora.ca, Sephora, Nordstrom, Nordstrom.ca, Hudson’s Bay, thebay.com, and narscosmetics.ca.

Nars Holiday 2020 collection review swatches Iconic Glow Cheek Duo, Undress Code Lip Balm Set, VIP Audacious Lipstick, and Mini Brush Set

Mini Brush Set is a holiday-themed brush set featuring four mini brushes in a limited-edition makeup bag. The four mini brushes are Blush Brush, Highlighter Brush, Allover Shader Brush, Crease Blending Brush. The brushes are very soft and work very well – for every day as well as perfect on the go essentials. Mini Brush Set is available at Nordstrom, nordstrom.com, and narscosmetics.ca.

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Chantecaille has launched their holiday collection for 2020 and it is just so beautiful. The collection includes 2 new shades of their best selling eyeshadows ‘Luminescent Eye Shade’ and there is a new lip product ‘Le Matte Stylo’ launched as part of holiday 2020. Every Chantecaille launch – be it for makeup, skincare, or fragrance – brings with it a whole new story and cause behind that specific launch.

Chantecaille Holiday 2020 Makeup Collection review swatches Luminescent Eye Shade and Le Matte Stylo

For Holiday 2020, Luminescent Eye Shade has two new shades Crane (Smokey Burgundy) and Zebra (Rose Gold). Every single shimmery Chantecaille Luminescent Eye Shade echoes the earthy beauty of African wildlife while helping to support endangered species across the continent. I love the gel-powder formula with a beautiful soft texture of Luminescent Eye Shade.

Chantecaille Holiday 2020 Makeup Collection review swatches Luminescent Eye Shade and Le Matte Stylo

They are infused with pearl particles that make the eyeshadow even more beautiful with its light-catching feature that washes the eye with multi-dimensional shimmer. The eyeshadow has a cream-like finish that is easily buildable from a sheer day look to an intense look for the evening.

Chantecaille Holiday 2020 Makeup Collection review swatches Luminescent Eye Shade and Le Matte Stylo

“A symbol of wealth and longevity, the Grey Crowned Crane is endangered by the illegal pet trade and habitat loss. Chantecaille is working with the Rwanda Wildlife Conservation Association in saving the country’s cranes by removing them from captivity and rewilding them and campaigning to fight the illegal trade of birds and their eggs.

Chantecaille Holiday 2020 Makeup Collection review swatches Luminescent Eye Shade and Le Matte Stylo

The Grevy’s Zebra is one of Africa’s most endangered mammals, with only 3,000 left in the wild, nearly all in Northern Kenya. Chantecaille is working with  Grevy’s Zebra Trust that works with women, elders, warriors, and youth to monitor populations, protect zebras from poaching, and restore healthy grasslands for grazing.”

Chantecaille Holiday 2020 Makeup Collection review swatches Luminescent Eye Shade and Le Matte Stylo
Le Matte Stylo (L to R) – Meadowsweet, Snapdragon, Lobelia, Aster

Chantecaille has launched a new lip product Le Matte Stylo in four everyday shades. Le Matte Stylo is a self-sharpening swivel-up lip crayon that is very lightweight and glides easily on the lips. This velvety matte lip formula is very comfortable and not drying at all. The formula has a nourishing and creamy feel to it. The formula is very pigmented, does not smudge, and longevity is impressive. Below are the four shades:

Meadowsweet – nude pink

Snapdragon – soft peachy pink

Lobelia – fiery orange red

Aster – sophisticated bright rose

Chantecaille Holiday 2020 Makeup Collection review swatches Luminescent Eye Shade and Le Matte Stylo

Overall, I am really impressed with the launches – very practical products and can be used not just for the holidays but throughout the year. Chantecaille products including the Holiday Collection is available at Holt Renfrew, Nordstrom, and Saks Fifth Avenue.

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Kalmar is a holistic wellbeing brand rooted in spiritual self-discovery. The scented self-care products are created to realign the mind, soul, and body. Kalmar is founded by writer, dancer, and spiritual healer Karen Ruimy. Kalmar is centred around four soul states which guide every element of our existence – Joy, Calm, Peace, and Love. For all the four soul states – there is a full range of self-care products to shape the self-care ritual. The specific ranges not just enhance the mood focussing on that soul state but also uplift and rebalance the energy.

Kalmar products review Peace Balm of Serenity, Love Sensual Senses Bath Oil, Calm Soothing Body Cream, and Joy Scented Candle

‘Kalmar is a combination of wellness, luxury and spirituality. It’s a way of being, a way of enjoying life. Everything comes from the same core of looking for the right energy and finding the authentic self.’  ~ Karen Ruimy 

From fragrance balms and bath oils to body creams and candles – it truly is a range to inspire and heal not just the mind but also the body and soul. I have included a few Kalmar products in my everyday routine for a few days now and I feel they have truly made a positive effect on me.

Kalmar products review Peace Balm of Serenity, Love Sensual Senses Bath Oil, Calm Soothing Body Cream, and Joy Scented Candle

Peace Balm of Serenity is a very beautiful balm scent that restores calm, grounds the spirit, and reconnects the mind and soul. I run a finger across the surface of the balm to soften, dab gently onto the pulse points and inhale deeply. It converts to a light, scented oil once massaged.

“Top notes of refreshing Bergamot complement a rich, relaxing heart of Vetiver, to quieten the mind, while Frankincense soothes the soul. Earthy, woody notes of heady Amber, earthy Benzoin and rich Moss restore peace and enhance spiritual awareness.”

For me personally, I feel this is a beautiful step in my every day, either before a meeting or after a hectic day when I want to relax and calm my mind. I have also used it before bed and it just makes the mind easy and the soul is light. The scent is not strong but very soft and subtle. The balm is very rich and nourishing without feeling heavy. The packaging is perfect to keep it on the desk or with you while on the go.

Kalmar products review Peace Balm of Serenity, Love Sensual Senses Bath Oil, Calm Soothing Body Cream, and Joy Scented Candle

Love Sensual Senses Bath Oil is a very nourishing and hydrating bath oil. Once it meets the surface of the water, it transforms into light milk. The fragrance, feel, and aura it creates is perfect for a long soak in the bath, especially when I am in the mood of unwinding at the end of the day or especially the weekend. Skin feels hydrated, supple, and soft.

“Light yet crisp top notes of uplifting Bergamot and heady, seductive Jasmine make the soul dance, while sensual Ylang Ylang and precious Rose oils at the heart bring uplift and inspire positivity. Soft powdery musk, evocative Vanilla and heady Patchouli guide the soul to a place of lasting and inspiring connection.”

Kalmar products review Peace Balm of Serenity, Love Sensual Senses Bath Oil, Calm Soothing Body Cream, and Joy Scented Candle

Calm Soothing Body Cream is a lightly whipped soufflé textured cream that nourishes and soothes the skin while its soft, relaxing scent calms the body and mind. It is my most reached out product for the body after the shower that calms and relaxes my mind while enhancing sleep. It absorbs quickly into the skin without feeling heavy and does not leave a residue on the skin.

“The scent evokes a Provençal garden in bloom, and celestial ozonic top notes create a sense of infinite balance. Soft floral heart notes of powdery Iris, calming violet and herbaceous Lavender marry with Woody Vetiver and rich Frankincense to comfort and restore, while base notes of green moss and warm Amber relieve the weight of the day.”

Kalmar products review Peace Balm of Serenity, Love Sensual Senses Bath Oil, Calm Soothing Body Cream, and Joy Scented Candle

Joy Scented Candle is just beautiful, it brightens up space wherever I keep it in my place. Joy is a livid, enlivening scent that is gentle and has optimistic uplift of energy. It just fills the space with a beautiful warmth and happiness that is not superficial but is within, which can be compared to a beautiful summer evening for sure.

“A crisp lemon top note pairs perfectly with enlivening ginger and bergamot, bringing a hint of soul-warming spice. A heart of spirit-lifting Jasmine and heady Magnolia inspire the senses with beauty and joyousness, while soft White Musk nourishes the inner strength.”

Per the official handle, The scent and candle is great for awakening the sensation of bliss and gratitude within, creating the feeling of summer fun all year around, and for Cleansing and uplifting the energy in any room.

For the four soul states – Joy, Calm, Peace, and Love, there is a video for meditation for each on the official Kalmar website. Overall, the brand and the products are beautiful – I do feel they made a difference in the vibe around me to make me feel more me, positive, and comfortable in this unusual time we are in. Kalmar scented self-care products are available in Canada at ShopKalosophie.com.

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