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This is the time of the year I am very excited, about all the holiday launches, the uniqueness, creativity that is fascinating and mesmerizing, no matter what age you are. I am sharing Givenchy Holiday 2018 Collection – Mystic Glow which is all sort of giving me all the holiday vibes with the products, packaging, and the shades.

Givenchy Holiday 2018 Christmas Collection - Mystic Glow

Mystic Glow is a halo of light, that radiates your personality. The Mystic Glow collection is dedicated to a radiant and seductive woman who is self-assured and protective. There are six exclusive and limited edition creations for glowing Christmas: the Mystic Glow must-have powder, the bestselling shades of Le Rouge and Prisme Libre in their luxurious sheath, and a dual liner in two long-lasting shades. I am sharing the Mystic Glow powder, the two best selling shades of Le Rouge, and a dual liner in this editorial.

Givenchy Holiday 2018 Christmas Collection - Mystic Glow

Givenchy Mystic Glow Powder in No. 1 Mystic Pink is a Wet & Dry Face and Eyes Highlighter and is a must-have from this collection. The face and eyes highlighting powder capture pure pigments and light to leave a veil of mother-of-pearl with multi-glitter reflections on the skin.

Givenchy Holiday 2018 Christmas Collection - Mystic Glow

It does not have any textured effect, its “wet & dry” formula is soft, silky, imperceptible and buildable at will. The complexion and the eyes are enhanced and sculpted by playing on the points of light. The black lacquered case with pink gold touches contains a star-spangled texture providing a unique glow.

Givenchy Holiday 2018 Christmas Collection - Mystic Glow

It can be used as an eyeshadow as wet and on the top of cheekbones as dry. The finish is beautiful, it is intense pearly giving a luminous, smooth-looking skin.

Givenchy Holiday 2018 Christmas Collection - Mystic Glow

Givenchy Le Rouge – Limited Edition shades in this collection are two best-selling shades, No 306 Carmin Escarpin and No 307 Grenat Initie in a captivating and sensual semi-matte texture encased in a luxurious pink gold sheath for the festive period. The formula is nice, hydrates, and defines the lips.

Givenchy Holiday 2018 Christmas Collection - Mystic Glow

Rich in dense pigments, the lightweight, smooth formula glides on easily to shape and contour, bringing long-lasting definition and radiance. The finish is radiant yet mat with a beautiful velvety texture and feel. I have reviewed this formula many times and each shade is so unique and beautiful.

Givenchy Holiday 2018 Christmas Collection - Mystic Glow

Givenchy Dual Liner is a half-eyeliner half-eyeshadow duo with a creamy and comfortable texture that embellishes the eyes in just one stroke. Its texture suits all complexions and promises a highly graphic effect for a simple and intuitive application that glides over the eyelids.

Givenchy Holiday 2018 Christmas Collection - Mystic Glow

In one simple gesture, its long-lasting formula subtly highlights the eyes, day and night, without any transfer of texture. It is available in two bright red and gold shades: Mystic Red and Mystic Gold. I have swatched the shade Mystic Gold. This dual-purpose tool is easy to use, and staying power is nice. The Mystic Gold shade is a taupe lined with gold.

Givenchy Holiday 2018 Christmas Collection - Mystic Glow

I also reviewed the Givenchy Fall Collection here which is on rotation in my makeup routine. As always expected from the house, Nicolas Degennes has done an excellent work on this collection. Givenchy Holiday 2018 Christmas Collection – Mystic Glow is available at Sephora Canada and Holt Renfrew.

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By Terry Holiday 2018 – Gem Glow Collection is a limited edition collection inspired by the gemstones and their properties of reflecting colors, the glow, the light, and the illumination. I am so excited to share this collection with you which includes few products which I have tried before and few which were on my wishlist. The collection has most of the products which are either bestsellers for makeup or skincare, so worth checking out whether you are new to the brand or already a fan.

By Terry Holiday 2018 - Gem Glow Collection

By Terry Gem Glow Brightening CC Serum Set – Color Correcting Primer is a collector’s edition of three best selling Brightening CC serum for a brighter, dewy complexion. They are enriched in White Rose Stem Cells, Lumi-reflecting prisms and microspheres to create a soft focus effect, this serum brightens and illuminates the skin, smoothing fine lines and offering universal color correction for an even skin tone.

Brightening CC serum N°2 – Rose Elixir – The perfect partner for rosy skin tones, it restores flush to dull complexions and youthfulness to lined faces.

Brightening CC serum N°3 – Apricot Glow – Adds plump, juicy, vitamin-rich radiance to lackluster skin tones.

Brightening CC serum N°4 – Sunny Flash – This milky amber caramel shade delivers the first flush of summer or balances out dark skin tones with a gorgeous glow.

By Terry Holiday 2018 - Gem Glow Collection

I apply it to the contours of the face with the tips of your fingers and blend in a circular motion to create a seamless effect. The formula is liquid like and blends in nicely into the skin, looks natural and radiant. Apart from applying on the contours of the face, a drop or two in my moisturizer or foundation gives me a beautiful overall radiance on the skin.

By Terry Gem Glow Beauty Favorites Set is a limited edition collector set gathers all the beauty essentials to design a professional, quick and easy makeup look. I have all the products in this set in full size and so happy to have these in travel-friendly sizes to keep it in my bag.there is not one product that I do not like from this set, they are in my top 5 of each category.

By Terry Holiday 2018 - Gem Glow Collection

Hyaluronic Hydra-Powder: Set make-up & mattify your complexion with this colorless, micro-fine hyaluronic acid powder by pressing it onto the face with the included puff.

Ombre Blackstar N4: Bronze Moon “Color-Fix Cream” Eyeshadow Enriched with Tahitian Black Pearl extracts, this cream eyeshadow delivers luminous, light-reflecting, long-lasting and smudge-proof color.

Mascara Terrybly N1 (Black Parti-Pris Growth Booster Mascara): This serum mascara, with its volume and length booster Lumicoat Care technology, activates growth and takes care of lashes one by one from the matrix to the tip.

Baume de Rose Lip Care: Nourishes – Smoothes – Regenerates. Immensely nourishing, the Baume de Rose travel size version leaves your lips sublime, plumped, smoothed and protected.

By Terry Gem Glow Trio Compact is a limited edition compact powder inspired by the gemstones’ reflection illuminates eyes, face, and lips. Enriched with light-reflecting mineral pigments and perfecting prisms, the silky texture illuminates your features for a naturally radiant result and a healthy glow effect. It features multidimensional pink and apricot pigments, this illuminating powder brings warmth and radiance to the complexion.

By Terry Holiday 2018 - Gem Glow Collection

It is suitable for all skin tones, gives a beautiful radiance to the skin for an overall healthy and luminous complexion. It is metallic yet very smooth and pigmented, blends in beautifully into the skin.

By Terry Holiday 2018 - Gem Glow Collection

By Terry Gem Glow Ombre Blackstar Set has three best-selling shades to give your eyes a glamorous all-day look in one stroke. It is enriched with Tahitian Black Pearl extracts, this ultra-smooth cream eyeshadow embellishes your gaze with unrivaled shimmering colors. The three shades are:

Ombre Blackstar N3 Blond Opal – silvery white with a metallic finish

Ombre Blackstar N4 Bronze Moon – warm bronze with a metallic finish

Ombre Blackstar N5 Misty Rock – rich mauve with a metallic finish

By Terry Holiday 2018 - Gem Glow Collection

This has become my favorite eyeshadows for their long lasting without smudging or smearing formula. They have a very creamy texture and blends in very easily. I use my fingers to apply all over the lid as a wash, Line the lash line for an eyeliner effect, Smudge over the lid with fingertips for a quick and easy smokey eye effect.

By Terry Gem Glow Baume de Rose is the cult favorite, considered the ‘Rolls-Royce’ of lip balms. With its delicate, rose-scented fragrance and decadent texture, the balm leaves a subtle, non-sticky shine. In an instant, lips are transformed with long-lasting smoothness and a plumped-up appearance. I reviewed it in detail here, it is my all time favorite lip balm. This packaging is so cute and perfect to keep with me on the go and a perfect stocking stuffer.

By Terry Holiday 2018 - Gem Glow Collection

‘For generous coverage, apply directly to lips with your fingertips. To strengthen nails and repair dry cuticles, apply generously and massage the nails and nail edges. Then, push back cuticles for a more defined look and to stimulate nail growth. For a more intense treatment, apply a thick layer onto nails and leave to sink in overnight.’

By Terry Holiday 2018 - Gem Glow Collection

By Terry Holiday 2018 – Gem Glow Collection is available at byterry.comNordstrom, Barney NY, Beautylish, SpacenkCult Beauty, NetaPorter.

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Smashbox is a beauty brand born out of a real photo studio—the legendary Smashbox Studios in L.A. which was founded by Dean and Davis Factor, great-grandsons of Hollywood Makeup Legend Max Factor. Smashbox Cosmetics launched in 1996 saying ‘If the products work in rough studio light, they will work in the real world’ and since then, it has some of the most amazing products and not to forget their signature product, Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer, which is still the best-seller from the brand since it launched. I am sharing a few products which I have been testing and were on rotation since last few days.

Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer review, Cover Shot Eye Palette in Petal-Metal, and Smashbox Always On Liquid Lipstick swatches

Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer is a clear face primer gel smoothes skin and blurs flaws. It was developed to help makeup look better and last longer on set. I have combination skin and have skin imperfections like pigmentation and spots from my breakouts.

Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer review, Cover Shot Eye Palette in Petal-Metal, and Smashbox Always On Liquid Lipstick swatches

I have used this primer few times and it works pretty well with my skin, blurs the pores and imperfections, and I did notice the makeup stayed a bit longer than the days I am not using any primer. The foundation applied nicely over the primer.

Smashbox Cover Shot Eye Palette in Petal-Metal is a curated mix of colors, formulas, and finishes so you can nail the latest trends and create your own looks. Each portable palette includes six eyeshadows and two double-size base shades in a range of finishes. The shades give intense pigment payoff and blends is easy.

Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer review, Cover Shot Eye Palette in Petal-Metal, and Smashbox Always On Liquid Lipstick swatches

I love rose gold shades and this wearable rainbow of petal-soft rose gold glides on in one swipe, with amazing pigment in one swipe. The formula is very smooth and buttery. Each shade beautifully blooms to create effortless matte day looks and sultry metallic evening looks. I am really liking the formula, the shades are perfect to create multiple looks this season.

Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer review, Cover Shot Eye Palette in Petal-Metal, and Smashbox Always On Liquid Lipstick swatches

Smashbox Always On Liquid Lipstick is a liquid matte lipstick available in a range of new metallics, bolds, and nudes. It is specifically formulated to be comfortable and not dry out your lips.

Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer review, Cover Shot Eye Palette in Petal-Metal, and Smashbox Always On Liquid Lipstick swatches

The formula is lightweight and creamy, glides on easily on the lips and then it is all matte yet comfortable on the lips. It does not dry out the lips, and as mentioned it is very lightweight like I did forget a few times if I have something on my lips.

Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer review, Cover Shot Eye Palette in Petal-Metal, and Smashbox Always On Liquid Lipstick swatches

The staying power is really good considering it is comfortable and not drying. The liquid lipstick is available in a wide range of lip colors, from vibrant, bright shades to muted, neutrals.

Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer review, Cover Shot Eye Palette in Petal-Metal, and Smashbox Always On Liquid Lipstick swatches

Smashbox products are available at Smashbox.ca, beauty boutique by Shoppers Drug Mart, Sephora Canada, and Sephora.

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With holiday and fall collections in full swing online and in stores, I am sharing one of the best collections you definitely need to check, whether you are a skincare junkie or someone who has just started to take skincare seriously, or want to try some amazing products all curated in one single box which is perfect for yourself and for gifting. I want to mention the packaging is another plus, it is so beautiful and it alone makes you feel so special and in the holiday mood. SkinStore’s 12 Miracles of Beauty advent calendar is the brand new and exclusive collection for 2018, has been carefully curated by the dedicated team at SkinStore for over 12 months. More than half of the products are full-size products.

SkinStore's 12 Miracles of Beauty Advent Calendar - Limited Edition

‘SkinStore’s 12 Miracles of Beauty advent calendar is valued at USD $99 and has worth over USD $340, each product has been specifically picked to ensure that you discover a brand new treat that will provide you everyday confidence across your makeup, skin care, and hair care routines.’

SkinStore's 12 Miracles of Beauty Advent Calendar - Limited Edition

The 2018 Christmas advent calendar comes in a beautiful presentation case that features 12 wonderful products from some of the world’s most premium beauty brands:

Erno Laszlo Phelityl Night Cream (15ml) is a lightweight and non-greasy, the night cream contains Dr. Laszlo’s unique moisturizing complex that delivers moisture into the skin by matching the natural pH and replenishing fatty acids essential to its health.

Caudalie Vinosource Sorbet (40ml – Full-Size) is gel-cream formula has immediate soothing properties and leaves skin refreshed and comfortable, it is a sensitive skin savior blended with organic grape water to hydrate and calming chamomile.

Elemis Papaya Enzyme Peel (50ml – Full-Size) is a rinse-off at home facial peel that contains natural, exfoliating fruit enzymes. Papaya and calming Pineapple smooth and clarify one’s complexion.

SkinStore's 12 Miracles of Beauty Advent Calendar - Limited Edition

This Works Power Nap Sleep Spray (10ml)  is an easy-to-use sleep aid to improve your daytime performance. It is formulated with a relaxing blend of Lavender, Vetiver, and Chamomile to alleviate stress and tension and restore mental balance, the spray makes it easier to nod off quickly and stay asleep, even when under pressure.

First Aid Beauty Facial Cleanser (30ml) gently cleanses the skin, removes surface oils, makeup, dirt, and grime. Its whipped texture transforms into a rich cream when blended with water.

Eyeko Fat Stick Shade Satin (Full-Size) is a chubby crayon that applies effortlessly to deliver long-wearing, high-pigmented color. With a twist-up design, the easy-to-control jumbo pencil glides on without dragging or tugging.

SkinStore's 12 Miracles of Beauty Advent Calendar - Limited Edition

Skinchemists Rose Quartz Youth Defence Lip Plump (8ml – Full-Size) helps improve the shape, texture, and volume of lips. Antioxidant-rich Vitamin E soothes against inflammation and protects against skin damage from UV rays and free-radicals. The treatment improves lip texture by synthesizing naturally occurring Hyaluronic acid, popular for its ability to retain and increase visible firmness and plumpness of the lips. Finished with a blend of Peppermint Oil producing a fresh, invigorating aroma.

Omorovicza Balancing Moisturiser (30ml) is a cooling, gel-cream moisturizer specially developed to help balance and regulate oily to combination skin. The moisturizer absorbs quickly into skin; it strikes the perfect balance between hydration and sebum regulation to control shine and help prevent blemishes. Rich in Apple Pectin and Ruby Crystal, it moisturizes skin whilst blurring the appearance of pores, fine lines, and wrinkles, and utilizes a Hydro Mineral Transference™ delivery system that facilitates mineral absorption for maximum benefit within the skin. Please note the full size of this moisturizer is 50ml and retails at USD $135.

SkinStore's 12 Miracles of Beauty Advent Calendar - Limited Edition

Dr. Botanicals Pomegranate Superfood Brightening Eye Serum (15ml – Full-Size) delivers a potent dose of antioxidant activity to the delicate tissue surrounding the eyes, smoothing and brightening for radiant-looking skin. This is a new brand for me and looking forward to incorporating this into my skincare routine.

Grow Gorgeous Hair Density Serum Intense (60ml – Full-Size) has a high concentration of technologies for maximum efficacy, the formula aims to enhance the appearance of fine, deflated hair to promote fuller, healthier-looking locks.

Aromatherapy Associates De-Stress Muscle Gel (150ml – Full-Size) is formulated with effective pure essential oils of Rosemary, Black Pepper and Ginger, this gel helps to soothe an over-worked body.

SkinMedica: 1) SkinMedica TNS Repair (2ml) OR 2) SkinMedica Total Defense and Repair SPF34 (7ml) – This a new brand for me and I am looking forward to trying these, the sizes are good enough for me to test if it works.

SkinStore's 12 Miracles of Beauty Advent Calendar - Limited Edition

The advent calendar is designed in holiday red and gold, it will make the perfect centerpiece in any home this holiday. After you’ve gotten over how big and gorgeous it is, open the doors to uncover 12 pull-out drawers that will reveal a magical discovery each day.

You need to be quick though, as SkinStore’s 12 Miracles of Beauty advent calendar 2018 is strictly limited edition and is available on a first-come, first served basis. I highly recommend you to check this out now to avoid disappointment and shop the 12 Miracles of Beauty advent calendar sale today here!

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Shiseido Holiday Ribbonesia Limited Edition Collection reflects Shiseido’s Holiday Spirit – its warmth, humanity, and uncontained joy. For Shiseido product, beauty is –literally– a splendid gift. Something that can perfect, soothe, and brighten not only a person’s skin but her spirit and overall outlook too. Keeping in mind this spirit, the collaboration between Shiseido and Ribbonesia is called a natural collaboration. Shiseido’s name comes from a passage in the Chinese classic I Ching which translates to mean “How excellent are the virtues of the earth, from which all creation is born.” Like Shiseido, Ribbonesia finds creative inspiration from the regularity, complexity, and essential beauty of natural forms.

Shiseido Holiday Ribbonesia Limited Edition Collection

Just as a painter uses different brush strokes, Baku Maeda uses various twists, bends and folds to create colorful, sculptural art pieces using ribbon as a medium. Toru Yoshikawa develops the theme and concept for each one. Together, they make art as a team, known as Ribbonesia. Some of their work is as simple and understated as origami. Other pieces are intricately tangled and complex. Inspired by forms found in nature, Ribbonesia brings out the essential beauty of the natural world around us, in three-dimensional color.

Shiseido Holiday Ribbonesia Limited Edition Collection

Shiseido ModernMatte Powder Lipstick Expressive Deluxe Mini Set – Ribbonesia Limited Edition is perfect to add color to the holiday season. From soft neutrals to brilliant holiday reds, this mini-size collection is a gift of texture and color for the lips. The creamy lipstick transforms into a weightless powder on the lips, enveloping them in velvety color. Inspired by the curated shades inside the reusable acrylic keepsake box, Ribbonesia’s art creates a colorful statement on the outer package.

Shiseido Holiday Ribbonesia Limited Edition Collection

The collection of shades in this set is so beautiful, ranging from neutrals to bright shades, it has everything that one needs to go through the season as well as to transition to the next season. The formula is very creamy, smooth, and comfortable to wear. It is moisturizing, feels light on the lips, and the staying power is nice. The sizes of the lipsticks are perfect to keep in a bag on the go or just to try out the shades or to give it as a gift to a friend, family, or relatives. The shape of the bullet is perfect to apply it with or without a lip liner and glides on nicely on the lips. Each tone of this expressive, ultra-thin lipstick draws its inspiration from Japan’s captivating nightlife, eliciting visions of the vibrant neon signs and dazzling billboards that furnish Tokyo’s trendiest neighborhoods.

Shiseido Holiday Ribbonesia Limited Edition Collection

The five shades in the set include:

ModernMatte Powder Lipstick – 506 Disrobed – Nude Rose
ModernMatte Powder Lipstick – 517 Rose Hip – Carnation Pink
ModernMatte Powder Lipstick – 512 Sling Back – Cherry Red
ModernMatte Powder Lipstick – 516 Exotic Red – Scarlet Red
ModernMatte Powder Lipstick – 524 Dark Fantasy – Bordeaux

Shiseido Holiday Ribbonesia Limited Edition Collection

There is one more product in the collection, the same amazing product in new holiday packaging – Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate Ribbonesia Limited Edition (reviewed here), which has also the most beautiful packaging and the product inside keeping in mind the Shiseido’s holiday spirit. Shiseido Holiday Ribbonesia Limited Edition Collection is available Sephora Canada, Hudson’s BayMuraleBeautyboutique by Shoppers Drug Mart.

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