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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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Nars has launched a limited-edition collection inspired by the famed nightclub Studio 54’s sparkling scene. The collection includes some shimmering finishes, gorgeous formulas, provocative lipsticks, scintillating eye and cheek palettes, explicit mascara, and mesmerizing must-have accessories. Just in time for the holidays and not limited to just the holiday season – the collection offers endless possibilities for expression with iconic shades, seductive bolds, and cult classics. I have more details about the limited edition pieces from this collection below.

Studio 54 For Nars Collection review swatches Star Scene Cheek Palette, Inferno Eyeshadow Palette, Outshine Lip Gloss Set, Studio 54 Audacious Lipstick, VIP Room Nars Essentials Set , Softcore Mini Blush And Balm Set

Studio 54 Audacious Lipstick – the cult favourite and award-winning lipstick from Nars in 70s inspired style are launched in four best selling shades: Mona (Mahogany), Carmen (Geranium), Barbara (Tan Rose), and Jane (Terracotta Rose).

Studio 54 For Nars Collection review swatches Star Scene Cheek Palette, Inferno Eyeshadow Palette, Outshine Lip Gloss Set, Studio 54 Audacious Lipstick, VIP Room Nars Essentials Set , Softcore Mini Blush And Balm Set

I have swatched Carmen in the swatches below. Studio 54 Audacious Lipstick is available at narcosmetics.ca , Sephora, sephora.ca ,
 Hudson’s BayNordstrom, beautyBoutique by Shoppers Drug Mart, shoppersdrugmart.ca and Murale.

Studio 54 For Nars Collection review swatches Star Scene Cheek Palette, Inferno Eyeshadow Palette, Outshine Lip Gloss Set, Studio 54 Audacious Lipstick, VIP Room Nars Essentials Set , Softcore Mini Blush And Balm Set

Star Scene Cheek Palette is a versatile palette with three shades in a buttery smooth formula that blends into the skin like a dream. Looking at it was love at first sight, the quality and shades have impressed me so much, it has become essential. The buildable trio is perfect for a natural-looking highlight and blush for my medium skin tone. The star-pressed embossing on the palette is so beautiful. From left to right, the shades are explained below, scroll below for swatches of the same. The shimmers look very beautiful and natural on the skin, no chunkiness.

Studio 54 For Nars Collection review swatches Star Scene Cheek Palette, Inferno Eyeshadow Palette, Outshine Lip Gloss Set, Studio 54 Audacious Lipstick, VIP Room Nars Essentials Set , Softcore Mini Blush And Balm Set

Instant Replay – Shimmering Peach Champagne

Divine – Shimmering Candy Pink

Hard Party – Mid-tone raspberry shimmer

Star Scene Cheek Palette is available at narcosmetics.ca ,
 Hudson’s BayNordstrom, beautyBoutique by Shoppers Drug Mart, shoppersdrugmart.ca and Murale.

Inferno Eyeshadow Palette is a twelve shade palette with eye-catching, glittering shades. The high-shine formula adds instant glamour with intense shimmer, satin sheen, and metallic effects in bronze to berry shades. The formula is very smooth, applies and blends easily. The shades are described below and swatches of the palette in the pictures below.

Studio 54 For Nars Collection review swatches Star Scene Cheek Palette, Inferno Eyeshadow Palette, Outshine Lip Gloss Set, Studio 54 Audacious Lipstick, VIP Room Nars Essentials Set , Softcore Mini Blush And Balm Set
Inferno Eyeshadow Palette

Top Row – Keep on dancing (Satin Cream), Let it whip (Shimmering beige), Rock Freak (Matte Rust), I’m so excited (Shimmering bronze)

Middle Row – Do it right (Shimmering rose gold), Can you feel it (Metallic gold), Come to me (Metallic rust), Shake your body (Glitter cream)

Bottom Row – Shame (Shimmering cocoa), Turn the beat around (Glitter multi), Wishing on a star (Glitter Amethyst), Love and desire (Shimmering black)

Studio 54 For Nars Collection review swatches Star Scene Cheek Palette, Inferno Eyeshadow Palette, Outshine Lip Gloss Set, Studio 54 Audacious Lipstick, VIP Room Nars Essentials Set , Softcore Mini Blush And Balm Set

Inferno eyeshadow palette is available at narcosmetics.ca , Sephora, and sephora.ca

Studio 54 For Nars Collection review swatches Star Scene Cheek Palette, Inferno Eyeshadow Palette, Outshine Lip Gloss Set, Studio 54 Audacious Lipstick, VIP Room Nars Essentials Set , Softcore Mini Blush And Balm Set
Outshine Lip Gloss Set

Outshine Lip Gloss Set is a limited-edition trio of cult-favourite lip gloss formula steeped in a sultry sheen. The set features translucent Triplex, nude Star Love, and shimmery On The Radio. The formula is not sticky at all, very comfortable to wear, can be worn alone or over other lip products, is long-wearing. The lip gloss set is cased in a limited-edition full-sized sequin makeup bag with a gold charm Studio 54 zipper.

Studio 54 For Nars Collection review swatches Star Scene Cheek Palette, Inferno Eyeshadow Palette, Outshine Lip Gloss Set, Studio 54 Audacious Lipstick, VIP Room Nars Essentials Set , Softcore Mini Blush And Balm Set
Outshine Lip Gloss Set

The shades are swatched in this article below and here is the shade description:

On The Radio – Sheer champagne with pink and gold shimmer

Star Love – Tan rose creme

Triple X – Clear shine

Studio 54 For Nars Collection review swatches Star Scene Cheek Palette, Inferno Eyeshadow Palette, Outshine Lip Gloss Set, Studio 54 Audacious Lipstick, VIP Room Nars Essentials Set , Softcore Mini Blush And Balm Set

Outshine Lip Gloss Set is available at narcosmetics.ca , Hudson’s Bay, beautyBoutique.ca by Shoppers Drug Mart, shoppersdrugmart.ca , and Murale.

Studio 54 For Nars Collection review swatches Star Scene Cheek Palette, Inferno Eyeshadow Palette, Outshine Lip Gloss Set, Studio 54 Audacious Lipstick, VIP Room Nars Essentials Set , Softcore Mini Blush And Balm Set
VIP Room Nars Essentials Set

VIP Room Nars Essentials Set is a collection of Nars’ most coveted best-sellers and cult-favourite shades, featuring Climax Mascara, Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Dolce Vite and Dragon Girl, Mini multiple and Mini Blush in Orgasm, Mini Laguna Bronzing powder, and sharpener. There is not a single product in the collection that I have not tried in the past – such a gorgeous curation to have the mini versions of your favourites or to try the product if you have not done yet. Beautiful formula, performance, and longevity.

Studio 54 For Nars Collection review swatches Star Scene Cheek Palette, Inferno Eyeshadow Palette, Outshine Lip Gloss Set, Studio 54 Audacious Lipstick, VIP Room Nars Essentials Set , Softcore Mini Blush And Balm Set
Mini The Multiple Orgasm

Below is a description of the products in the set:

Climax Mascara in Explicit Black – Black Satin

Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Dolce Vite – Dusty Rose

Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Dragon Girl – Vivid Siren Red (reviewed here)

Mini The Multiple Orgasm – Sheer warm pink with golden shimmer

Mini Blush Orgasm – Peachy pink with golden shimmer (reviewed here)

Mini bronzing powder Laguna – Diffused brown powder with golden shimmer

Pencil Sharpner

VIP Room Nars Essentials Set is available at narcosmetics.ca

Studio 54 For Nars Collection review swatches Star Scene Cheek Palette, Inferno Eyeshadow Palette, Outshine Lip Gloss Set, Studio 54 Audacious Lipstick, VIP Room Nars Essentials Set , Softcore Mini Blush And Balm Set

Softcore Mini Blush And Balm Set is a duo of mini afterglow lip balm + blush in cult-favourite shades Dolce Vita, Orgasm, and Torrid. They are perfect to try, or to have the mini version of your favourite in your bag all the time or to gift a beauty lover.

Studio 54 For Nars Collection review swatches Star Scene Cheek Palette, Inferno Eyeshadow Palette, Outshine Lip Gloss Set, Studio 54 Audacious Lipstick, VIP Room Nars Essentials Set , Softcore Mini Blush And Balm Set

Softcore Mini Blush and Balm Set are available at narcosmetics.ca , Sephora, and sephora.ca

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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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