Gift Ideas


Shiseido Holiday 2019 Collection ‘Beauty Blossoms’ is launched to spread light, love, and beauty during the season of togetherness. Shiseido celebrates Hyakka-Ryouran that is a Japanese concept literally translates to “a riot of flowers,” but holds a larger meaning that captures the holiday spirit: When one person flourishes, everyone around them blooms. For this collection, Shiseido has collaborated with world-renowned artist Hideki Inaba, for the 2019 Holiday Season. Known for his colourful and innovative approach that celebrates fluidity and movement, he reimagined traditional florals to create a series of graphics, visuals, and films that are both modern and mesmerizing. The collection comprises of two limited edition launches – Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate is available in a limited edition packaging and ModernMatte Powder Lipstick Holiday Colours Mini Lip Bouquet.

Shiseido Holiday 2019 Collection Beauty Blossoms review swatches ModernMatte Powder Lipstick Holiday Colours Mini Lip Bouquet, Ultimune Power

Hideki Inaba, world-renowned director, artist, and animator is known for his colorful and mesmerizing work. He focuses his eye on the expression of beauty, detail, fluidity, and movement. With his imaginative self-taught style, free from the boundaries of traditional Japanese technique, he brings a joyful, modern yet classic edge to the campaign.

Shiseido Holiday 2019 Collection Beauty Blossoms review swatches ModernMatte Powder Lipstick Holiday Colours Mini Lip Bouquet, Ultimune Power

Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate is not new to me, I have loved it since a long time – I had a detailed review last year on my blog here. At a time, I am trying many products which means there are only special products for which I hit the bottom – means I empty them – and this is one of those products – I am on my third bottle of it. Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate helps to boost the skin’s inner defences and prevent damage, allowing beauty to bloom from within.

Shiseido Holiday 2019 Collection Beauty Blossoms review swatches ModernMatte Powder Lipstick Holiday Colours Mini Lip Bouquet, Ultimune Power

The skin is smooth, radiant, and resilient complexion with this dewy formula housed in a bottle designed by Tokyo-based artist Hideki Inaba – the packaging is stamped with this Tokyo-based animator’s signature flair. Ultimune’s rich, dewy texture absorbs immediately and feels like an invisible veil of protection. Concerns clear up quickly and diminish further over time. Skin looks smooth, supple, and deeply radiant, with unwavering strength and vitality from within. It is suitable for all skin types.

To use:
• Use in the morning and evening after cleansing and softening, before other skincare treatments.
• Push the pump twice to dispense formula onto the palm of the hand and smooth evenly over the face.
• For all skin types. Dermatologist-tested. Non-comedogenic. Paraben-free. Mineral oil-free.

Shiseido Holiday 2019 Collection Beauty Blossoms review swatches ModernMatte Powder Lipstick Holiday Colours Mini Lip Bouquet 502 Whisper, 518 Selfie, 509 Flame, 591 Red Force, 590 Elemental Rose

ModernMatte Powder Lipstick Holiday Colours Mini Lip Bouquet is a collection of five bold universally flattering shades that have a weightless high-impact and long-lasting colour. This limited-edition lip set designed in collaboration with world-renowned artist Hideki Inaba. Unlike other matte lipsticks, this weightless, high pigment, non-drying lipstick keeps lips feeling comfortable all day and this surprising crème powder texture melts onto lips before transforming into a soft matte finish that lasts.

Shiseido Holiday 2019 Collection Beauty Blossoms review swatches ModernMatte Powder Lipstick Holiday Colours Mini Lip Bouquet 502 Whisper, 518 Selfie, 509 Flame, 591 Red Force, 590 Elemental Rose

The shades included in this set are:

502 Whisper – Nude Pink

518 Selfie – Raspberry

509 Flame – Geranium

591 Red Force (new shade – limited edition) – crimson

590 Elemental Rose (new shade – limited edition) – a natural mauve

Shiseido Holiday 2019 Collection Beauty Blossoms review swatches ModernMatte Powder Lipstick Holiday Colours Mini Lip Bouquet 502 Whisper, 518 Selfie, 509 Flame, 591 Red Force, 590 Elemental Rose

From Shiseido Holiday 2018 collection, I reviewed the Shiseido ModernMatte Powder Lipstick Expressive Deluxe Mini Set – Ribbonesia Limited Edition here last year – it was one of the most beautiful lip set last year and so is this new one launched for 2019 – the shades, high pigmentation, creamy comfortable formula – and the new + regular shades – a lovely collection.

Overall, a beautiful holiday collection and both the limited edition launches are worth checking out. Shiseido Holiday 2019 Collection – Beauty Blossoms is available Sephora Canada, Hudson’s BayMuraleBeautyboutique by Shoppers Drug Mart.

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Laura Mercier Holiday 2019 Collection has launched with all the favourite products from the brand in a beautiful holiday packaging. The bundles and packaging are carefully chosen and in my opinion, something everyone will like – Gift it to yourself or to a loved one – it not only includes makeup but also skincare including body care. I am sharing a few of my picks from the Laura Mercier Holiday 2019 Collection – I can not choose one favourite but all are amazing. “Intense colour palettes with unexpected textures bring your own flawless canvas to life while provoking a new dimension in makeup artistry.”

Laura Mercier Holiday 2019 Collection review swatches The Caviar Vault Eye colour Collection, Paint The Town Luxe Brush Collection, Très Rich Hand & Body Crème Collection, Très Rich Hand & Body Crème Collection

The Caviar Vault Eye colour Collection is a limited-edition collection of 10 extremely versatile eyeshadow sticks that deliver effortless application, intense, buildable colour and up to 12-hour wear. The Caviar Stick Eye Color is not new to me, I have loved the formula and different shades for years and still in love, I can assure you of how creamy, smooth, blendable, effortless, and pigmented these eye colour sticks are. The longevity is so amazing. The shades included in the vault are pigment-rich in creamy shimmer and matte finishes, glide seamlessly onto the lids, stay crease and transfer-resistant. The creamy formulation gives plenty of time to smudge, blend, line, fill or define, so you can effortlessly create any look.

Laura Mercier Holiday 2019 Collection review swatches The Caviar Vault Eye colour Collection, Paint The Town Luxe Brush Collection, Très Rich Hand & Body Crème Collection, Très Rich Hand & Body Crème Collection

The 10 pigment-rich shades in both creamy shimmer and matte finishes are:

Rosegold – shimmery golden dirty pink

Amethyst – soft mauve with hidden pearl

Moonlight – metallic pewter

Au Naturel – pink grey

Blossom – light pink

Vanilla Kiss – light beige

Cocoa – rich walnut brown with hidden pearl

Orchid – violet with hidden pearl

Sandglow – neutral taupe with hidden pearl

Tuxedo – matte black

Laura Mercier Holiday 2019 Collection review swatches The Caviar Vault Eye colour Collection, Paint The Town Luxe Brush Collection, Très Rich Hand & Body Crème Collection, Très Rich Hand & Body Crème Collection

To Use: ‘Use as an eyeliner by applying colour to your lash line, or as a shadow and swipe onto lids. To achieve the classic smoky eye, apply the colour in a gradient, with the darkest colour at the lash line. To achieve an updated, more wearable smoky eye, apply the darkest colour in the crease and leave the center of the eyelids lighter. Blend well with a brush or fingers.’

Laura Mercier Holiday 2019 Collection review swatches The Caviar Vault Eye colour Collection, Paint The Town Luxe Brush Collection, Très Rich Hand & Body Crème Collection, Très Rich Hand & Body Crème Collection

The Caviar Vault Eye colour Collection is valued at CAD $254 and available at Sephora.ca, Hudson’s Bay, Nordstrom Rack and Saks Fifth Avenue. One of my favourite eye product is this Caviar Eye Color Stick – highly recommend these.

Paint The Town Luxe Brush Collection is a limited-edition collection of five travel-friendly brushes from the brand. The new Luxe Brush Collection has all the essential tools to sculpt, highlight, contour and define. The brushes are perfect for travel and are housed in a red luxurious clutch.
Laura Mercier Brushes are one of my most used brushes and so glad to have the travel version for my upcoming travel. The quality and perfection is the same as the full-size brushes, no shedding and very soft. The set includes 5 travel brushes: Fan Brush, Cheek Colour Brush, Smoky Eye Liner Brush, All Over Eye Colour Brush, Eye Crease Brush. The set is CAD $100 and available exclusively at Hudson’s Bay.

Laura Mercier Holiday 2019 Collection review swatches The Caviar Vault Eye colour Collection, Paint The Town Luxe Brush Collection, Très Rich Hand & Body Crème Collection, Très Rich Hand & Body Crème Collection

Luxe Ultime Body Butter Duet is a limited-edition collection of Ambre Vanille Body Butter & Almond Coconut Milk Body Butter. The scents are inspired by the comforting essence of almond and coconut and are super rich in delivering the ultimate in hydrating luxury and absorbs quickly into the skin. Shea Butter and Illipe Butter provide rich moisturization. Grape Seed Oil and Jojoba Esters condition skin while Honey and Aloe Vera Gel help naturally soothe. The set is CAD $71 and exclusively at Sephora.ca

Laura Mercier Holiday 2019 Collection review swatches The Caviar Vault Eye colour Collection, Paint The Town Luxe Brush Collection, Très Rich Hand & Body Crème Collection, Très Rich Hand & Body Crème Collection

Très Rich Hand & Body Crème Collection is a limited-edition collection of 4 travel-size nourishing hand & body crèmes that leave hands feeling velvety soft. These deeply moisturizing hand Crèmes continue to nourish the hands well after it is absorbed into the skin. The set is CAD $48 and is available at Sephora.ca, Hudson’s Bay, Nordstrom and Saks Fifth Avenue. The collection of crèmes have unique essence of Ambre Vanille, Almond Coconut Milk, Crème Brulee and Tarte au Citron as explained below:

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.

Tarte au Citron: Tarte Au Citron begins with Tart Lemon Zest, a sprinkle of Sugared Citron and a dash of Bergamot topped with Crème Fraîche Meringue.

Laura Mercier Holiday 2019 Collection review swatches The Caviar Vault Eye colour Collection, Paint The Town Luxe Brush Collection, Très Rich Hand & Body Crème Collection, Très Rich Hand & Body Crème Collection

Overall, a beautiful collection for the holidays – highly recommends these sets. The availability of each set is mentioned with the details of each set as described above.

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With the holiday season almost here, looking for the right gift for the loved ones that they will love is not an easy task. On the side note, don’t forget to shop for yourself when you are shopping for gifts – I know we tend to forget about ourselves. Here I am sharing my picks from the SkinStore Holiday Gift Sets and launches. I have three sets – which are not only good from the value point of view but also there is something that makes you go get the best thing at the right price during the holidays. All the three sets come in beautiful and elegant packaging which not only looks amazing but also can be kept as a keepsake box.

SkinStore Holiday Gift Ideas guide 2019 - Evergreen Holiday Collection, Slip The Good Hair Day Gift Set, NuFACE Trinity Facial Toning Device

SkinStore Evergreen Holiday Collection is a collection of luxury skincare, haircare, and makeup perfect for any beauty lover during the holidays. This elegant keepsake box is filled with 10 of the most coveted brands selected to inspire and indulge. A touch of gold and sparkling evergreen, the SkinStore Holiday Evergreen Beauty Box was designed to pamper yourself or share as a gift with loved ones. A $280 value, this collection of some of the best in beauty can be yours for only $99.

SkinStore Holiday Gift Ideas guide 2019 - Evergreen Holiday Collection, Slip The Good Hair Day Gift Set, NuFACE Trinity Facial Toning Device

Here are the products in this collection:

Aesop Geranium Leaf Body Balm is a blend of geranium leaf and citrus is a post-shower treat for the senses while providing essential full body moisture. It is suitable for all skin types.

Christophe Robin Salt Scrub – For a pure hair detox, this Sea-salt Scalp Scrub is your go-to for breaking up product buildup and soothing irritation on even the most sensitive scalp types. 

Erno Laszlo Sea Mud Cleansing Bar – Combining Sea Mud and charcoal, this facial bar comes from the brand that starlets like Hepburn and Monroe sought for highly effective skincare. 

Caudalie Instant Foaming Cleanser – For a gentler cleansing, this liquid miracle in a bottle transforms into an airy foam to remove impurities with grape and sage without irritating your pH level.

Illamasqua Hydraveil – A gel, hydrator, and primer all in one. This self-levelling combination of Microalgae, Vitamin C and B3 balances the skin’s hydration levels, creating a healthy finish.

The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid – Simplicity during this time of the year is key, and that’s why we love The Ordinary’s Hyaluronic Acid. Able to hold 1000x its weight in water, dry skin is nonexistent this winter with this high impact product.

SkinStore Holiday Gift Ideas guide 2019 - Evergreen Holiday Collection, Slip The Good Hair Day Gift Set, NuFACE Trinity Facial Toning Device

Wander Mile High Club Mascara – This award-winning mascara gives you all the volume with little effort. Smudge-proof and flake proof, your lashes will reach new heights with a blend of nourishing and conditioning ingredients.

Elemis Travel Pro-Collagen Marine Cream – Skip the appointments with this anti-wrinkle day cream that gives long-lasting results and reverses ageing with collagen support.

Rodial Pink Diamond Lifting Face Mask – Diamonds are a girl’s best friend, and Rodial is the peak of luxury. So this sheet mask is the perfect gift on a personal day. Infused with pink grapefruit, diamond powder and skin-tightening peptides, this mask works to instantly lift, tighten and brighten skin.

Kevyn Aucoin Contour Duo – Never have to choose between two products with this contour duo set from Kevyn Aucoin. The formulas glide on effortlessly for a natural-looking sculpted finish, providing minimal-to-full coverage when you need it.

You can buy it on SkinStore.com Use code PREET10 to get $10 off the Evergreen Holiday Collection.

SkinStore Holiday Gift Ideas guide 2019 - Evergreen Holiday Collection, Slip The Good Hair Day Gift Set, NuFACE Trinity Facial Toning Device

Slip The Good Hair Day Gift Set is a set containing all you need for a good hair day. This set comes from the makers of the slip® anti-ageing, anti-sleep crease, anti bed head pure silk pillowcase comes to the slip® scrunchie and headband. This Set Contains:
– Pure Silk Headband
– Large Slipsilk™ Scrunchie
– Medium Slipsilk™ Scrunchie
– 2 x Small Slipsilk™ Scrunchies

SkinStore Holiday Gift Ideas guide 2019 - Evergreen Holiday Collection, Slip The Good Hair Day Gift Set, NuFACE Trinity Facial Toning Device

These hair scrunchies and the headband do help with hair breakage as they keep the hair in place without slipping and when removing them, they do not cause friction or breakage. This is a kind of investment and they stay the same with time, I have few from the package I bought two years back. The thing is once you start using these, you do not like using any other.

SkinStore Holiday Gift Ideas guide 2019 - Evergreen Holiday Collection, Slip The Good Hair Day Gift Set, NuFACE Trinity Facial Toning Device

NuFACE Trinity Facial Toning Device – Platinum Sparkle is a limited edition packaging of the FDA-cleared facial toning device to help improve facial contour, facial tone and reduce wrinkles in as little as five minutes a day. I have the NuFace Mini Facial Toning Device which I have been using for a few months now and it is such a good addition to my skincare.

SkinStore Holiday Gift Ideas guide 2019 - Evergreen Holiday Collection, Slip The Good Hair Day Gift Set, NuFACE Trinity Facial Toning Device

NuFACE Trinity Facial Toning Device is for anyone looking to improve skin smoothness, improve skin tone, and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Safe for all skin types. Microcurrent Skincare™ energizes skin for a visible improvement in facial contour and tone. Think of Microcurrent Skincare as a healthy diet and workout routine for your skin—devices are your exercise and topical skincare is the nutrition. Together they help tone, firm, and improve the look of wrinkles for beautiful, long-lasting results. Few of the Microcurrent Skin Benefits include: Firm, Tone, Lift, Smooth, and Glow.

These three sets are definitely something that you can check for yourself or for your friends and family, Offcourse there are more options on SkinStore hereGo check out before these limited edition sets are sold out.

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