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Fresh is brand based on the fusion of effective natural ingredients, time-honored rituals, and modern science which offers a sensorial experience with great results. In my Holiday Gift ideas series, I recommended the Cle de Peau Beaute Essential Radiance Set in the post linked here, I have more recommendations for skincare and body care gift sets in this post. Fresh Hand Creams are already a part of my body care routine and they are amazing, I had a post about them linked here. I have used Fresh products here and there both in my face and body care routine, this is a good brand if you are looking for natural ingredients that give results. I have three gift set recommendations from Fresh Holiday 2017 gift sets, namely, Fresh Facial on the Fly, Fresh Bodycare Besties, and Pretty in Pink Lip Gift.

Fresh Beauty Gift Ideas Holiday 2017

Fresh Facial on the Fly

Fresh Facial on the Fly set is described as a must-have skincare gift set by Sephora featuring Fresh’s best selling products that help keep the skin supple, and radiant on the go. The products in this set are suitable for all skin types including sensitive. The set consists of Soy Face Cleanser (20ml), Rose Face Mask (15ml), and Lotus Youth Preserve Face Cream with Super 7 Complex (15ml).

Cleanse, mask, and moisturize on the go with this must-have skincare gift set decorated with lotus flowers to highlight Fresh’s radiance-boosting Lotus Youth Preserve Face Cream. The ritual gently cleanses while soothing and hydrating the skin, making it ideal for everyday use—wherever life takes you.

Fresh Beauty Gift Ideas Holiday 2017

Soy Face Cleanser is a bestselling, do-it-all gel cleanser for all skin types that gently removes makeup—even mascara—and dirt without drying the skin. Rose Face Mask is a cult-favorite hydrating gel mask infused with real rose petals and soothing rosewater that tones the complexion. Lotus Youth Preserve Face Cream with Super 7 Complex is a lightweight daily moisturizer that provides up to 24 hours of significant moisture and diminishes visible signs of aging while supporting a radiant appearance and prepping skin for makeup.

Fresh Bodycare Besties

Fresh Bodycare Besties is a giftable body care collection that cleanses, exfoliates, and hydrates for soft, smooth skin all over. The set consists of Hesperides Grapefruit Bath & Shower Gel (40ml), Hesperides Grapefruit Body Lotion (40ml), and Brown Sugar Body Polish (200g). The products are suitable for all skin types including sensitive.

The set has the nourishing trio featuring cleansing, exfoliating, and moisturizing essentials for soft, smooth skin all over. The sweet sugar cane design celebrates sugar, a natural exfoliant for the skin, while the Hesperides grapefruit duo refreshes your senses with an intoxicating citrus medley.

Brown Sugar Body Polish is the original, natural sugar exfoliant that combines real brown sugar crystals with precious oils to remove dry areas for soft, nourished, and radiant skin year-round. Hesperides Grapefruit Bath & Shower Gel is a refreshing formula that gently cleanses with nourishing shea butter and vitamins C and E while leaving a bouquet of citrus notes, such as Italian lemon, mandarin, grapefruit, and bergamot. Hesperides Grapefruit Body Lotion is a nourishing body lotion best paired with Hesperides Grapefruit Bath & Shower Gel that moisturizes for up to 24 hours with an intoxicating citrus scent.

Fresh Beauty Gift Ideas Holiday 2017

Pretty in Pink Lip Gift

Pretty in Pink Lip Gift is a set of lip treatments to nourish, protect, and smooth lips in three shades of pink that can be given as a trio or separated and shared. The set consists of three 2.2g Tinted Lip Treatment in Sugar Rosé (a sheer rosy tint), Sugar Petal (a bold pink blossom tint), Sugar Tulip (a sheer hot pink tint).

The precious package with hearts adorned on it contains nourishing lip treatments in sweet pink tints that complement all skin tones and are perfect for everyday use. Gift as a trio, or easily separate along the perforation and give the perfect shade to the person you love.

Delivering long-lasting hydration, the Sugar Lip Treatments nourish, protect, and smooth the lips with a blend of moisture-preserving sugar, meadowfoam seed oil, and black currant seed oil. The lip treatments also provide sheer coverage or buildable color.

Fresh Beauty Gift Ideas Holiday 2017

Fresh Facial on the Fly, Fresh Bodycare Besties, and Pretty in Pink Lip Gift are available at Sephora Canada. They are great for gifting the loved ones and to gift yourself. Also, it is a great way to try the products from Fresh if you have not done yet.

*DISCLAIMER – These are press samples sent to ‘The Velvet Life’, all views and opinions are based on my own experience.


Givenchy is one of my favorite brands, be it the formula, the shades, the range of products, and the packaging, I am a fan of everything from this house. Givenchy Le Rouge Sculpt Lipstick is a long time love since I reviewed it on the blog a few months back, here is the link to all the products in Givenchy L’Autre Noir 2017 Autumn-Winter Collection. The lipstick is a must-have if you are looking for hydrated, plump, and beautiful lips.

Givenchy Le Rouge Sculpt

The must-have Le Rouge Sculpt Lipstick which is Givenchy’s first two-toned lipstick and it offers color and contour on a single stick. The key points include: it restructures the lips with a single stroke, its sculpting volume enhancing effects reshape the smile. The lips are adorned with a luminous shade, while the darker graphic contour perfectly reshapes the mouth. This comes in five color combinations, each featuring a vibrant inset shade highlighted by its own structuring shadow. This contour shade of the lipstick is enriched with a revealing black made from eosin to bring out the inset.

Givenchy Le Rouge Sculpt

This lipstick has all the qualities of the Le Rouge range. It has a creamy texture for a comfortable semi-matte finish, with very concentrated pigments to ensure maximum coverage. It does include beeswax and Hyaluronic acid to build up the volume and moisturize the lips. The fragrance in this lipstick is the same as the original Le Rouge. The shades available are No 1 Sculpt’in Rouge, No 2 Sculpt’in Violine, No 3 Sculpt’in Fuchsia, No 4 Sculpt’in Corail, No 5 Sculpt’in Rose.

Givenchy Le Rouge Sculpt

When I first saw this lipstick, I thought how these two colors will work and look on the lips, and when I used this, they look so beautiful on the lips. They mix up really well on the lips. The outer contour shades define the mouth and the inner red shade gives the color. The result is a really beautiful amalgamation of the two shades giving me a nice color and moisturized plump lips. I would say this works very well if you don’t even use a lip liner. By two or more applications, more intense color can be achieved. Also, if I am not looking for the contour and color defined separately, I would just apply this lipstick and rub my lips together to have the color and the pumping effects of eosin on the full lips. The shades in all the bullets are chosen and coordinated so beautifully that they give the most beautiful look when applied.

Givenchy Le Rouge Sculpt

From the swatch of the lipstick, you can see it looks like a normal lipstick because I have used it the way I normally apply these but if you see in the post I linked above, the swatch shows the brown shade separate from the colored shade. The below swatches show the shade that is the finish when the contour and the inner shade is mixed.

Givenchy Le Rouge Sculpt

Givenchy Le Rouge Sculpt has limited edition lipstick as mentioned earlier and is still available online at Sephora, Net-A-Porter, and Saks Fifth Avenue. So if you want to indulge in this luxurious beauty, I would recommend you to check it now before it is sold out.

*DISCLAIMER – These are press samples sent to ‘The Velvet Life’, all views and opinions are based on my own experience.


You might be thinking why ‘Preciosity’, let me tell you the meaning of Preciosity first in the context of this collection. Preciosity, French Préciosité, style of thought and expression exhibiting delicacy of taste and sentiment, means the style and expression of the product as well as packaging in such a tasteful manner which is so delicate and close to perfection. You might have seen By Terry Preciosity Holiday Collection 2017 on the social media by now, it has that beautiful holiday kind of bright packaging. I am going to review and swatch Preciosity Flash Light Dual Compact, Preciosity Eye Designer Palette Parti-Pris Gift Set, Preciosity Flash Light Elixir, Preciosity Terrybly Velvet Rouge Gift Set in this post. I have already used and a fan of products from By Terry Expert Collection which I reviewed here.

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Preciosity Flash Light Dual Compact

Preciosity Flash Light Dual Compact is one of the most beautiful compact and the gem of the collection. is a limited edition highlighter compact with two shades of soft-touch powder to create an all-over halo effect, catching and reflecting light with prisms and pigments milled to a feather-light texture. The formula contains ‘D-light’ mineral pigments scatter light to blur imperfections and uneven skin tone to create a naturally luminous complexion. The holographic prisms help give a fresh, dewy finish to the skin. The Amber and rose gold tones give coverage as well as color correction and lifting and enhancing facial features.

By Terry Preciosity Holiday Collection 2017

I have been using this powder with all over brush or with a kabuki brush and it gives the perfect natural glow to the skin. The formula is very finely milled and soft. At first, I thought it would be very light for my medium tan skin tone but after using this, I am sure it will suit most of the skin tones as it is very sheer and melts into the skin giving a beautiful natural luminosity.

Preciosity Flash Light Elixir

Preciosity Eye Designer Palette Parti-Pris Gift Set

Preciosity Eye Designer Palette Parti-Pris Gift Set is a limited edition 6-eyeshadow palette which is suitable for every day as well as for party eye makeup. The shades are natural, harmonious neutrals which can be applied together, mixed or layered, to create a captivating customised look. There is a dual-ended eyeshadow brush included with the palette which is very high quality, soft and dense on one side and little stiff on another side. The formula of the eyeshadows is ultra-fine powders which are very easily blendable. It contains premium micronized pigments which do not fade or crease. The eyeshadow palette compact case is slim and compact, includes a mirror which is easy on the go.

By Terry Preciosity Holiday Collection 2017

By Terry Preciosity Holiday Collection 2017

Eyeshadow palette shades – from left to right

Preciosity Flash Light Elixir

Preciosity Flash Light Elixir is a limited edition elixir to achieve the ultimate festive glow. The highlighting elixir serum gives a natural glow to the complexion, immersing the skin in a smoothing ‘D-flawless’ halo of light. It is highly concentrated in multi-reflecting ‘D-light’ mineral pigments and premium ultra-perfecting prisms. The formula easily blends into the skin without caking or leaving any oily residue. The result is beautifully radiant complexion.

By Terry Preciosity Holiday Collection 2017

I have used one or two drops alone on the high points on my face which are a little too pink for me. When I mix two-three drops into my foundation, it gives a beautiful radiant finish to my skin. It did not give me any irritation or breakout. The serum is lightweight and absorbs quickly into the skin, it does not enhance my pores or any imperfections.

Preciosity Terrybly Velvet Rouge Gift Set

Preciosity Terrybly Velvet Rouge Gift Set is a limited edition set comprising of three best selling shades of Terrybly Velvet Rouge. The shades included are No. 2 Cappuccino Pause, No 4 Bohemian Plum, No 9 My Red. The formula has a rich layer of concentrated matte pigments which gives a velvety texture to the gloss. The formula is enriched with Portulaca extract and natural peptides which help rejuvenate smooth, tone, and plump lips. The result is a brilliant shine and defines lips. The intensity can be easily build up with extra coat. The applicator is round shaped ergonomic wand that helps with precise, opaque application.

By Terry Preciosity Holiday Collection 2017

By Terry Preciosity Holiday Collection 2017

From top to bottom – No 9 My Red, No 4 Bohemian Plum, No. 2 Cappuccino Pause

I am really impressed with the packaging and the formula of the products and would recommend you to check these out before they sell out especially the Preciosity Flash Light Dual Compact, actually all of the products I have reviewed here. By Terry Preciosity Holiday Collection 2017 is available at Beautylish, Space NK, Net-A-Porter, Nordstrom, and Saks Fifth Avenue.

*DISCLAIMER – These are press samples sent to ‘The Velvet Life’, all views and opinions are 100% honest and based purely on my own experience.


Shoppers Drug Mart is my go-to spot when I am looking for any hair, makeup, skincare, accessories, fragrances for all drugstore, medium to high-end brands. Here I have a roundup of the beauty products and accessories that are new at Shoppers Drug Mart – November 2017.

New at Shoppers Drug Mart - November 2017

I will have the products in different parts based on what category they belong to. First comes the skin care.

New at Shoppers Drug Mart - November 2017

Life Brand Micellar Water (CAD $9.99) is a gentle cleansing formula that lifts away the dirt, oil, and makeup without over drying the skin. It is suitable for all skin types and is Dermatologist as well as ophthalmologist tested.

Yes to Tomatoes Detoxifying Charcoal Facial Wipes (CAD $3.29) are little black wipes that contain charcoal to detoxify and deep clean the skin. Tha pack consists of 10 wipes, perfect for travel, gym, and on the go.

Pixi Glow Tonic (CAD $20 – 100ml) is the famous glow tonic or in other words a toner from the brand Pixi. I have used it in the past and is a nice option if you have dull or uneven skin. This is the bestselling cult favorite toner which gently accelerates cell renewal to reveal brighter, glowing complexion. Skin tone is clearer, texture is smoother, and more even skin. It also balances, heals, and soothes to give radiant, healthier looking skin.

Masque Bar by Look Beauty Brightening Sheet Mask (CAD $9.99) is a sheet mask which helps minimize the appearance of dark spots and various pigmentation irregularities for a more even complexion. It contains orange extract, licorice root, and Vitamin C. The skin is more radiant and luminous.

New at Shoppers Drug Mart - November 2017

Joe Fresh Hydra Lash Nourishing Mascara (CAD $12)  is a soft, creamy formulation which is enriched with argan oil for nourished, softer-looking lashes. The silicone brush coats lashes from root to tip.

Pixi Liplift Max in Sheer Rose (CAD $20) is a volume maximizing lip treatment that leaves a cooling sensation and glossy finish. Jojoba oil in it nourishes and deeply hydrates the lips. It gives a long-term plumping effect with a fresh mint flavor.

Pixi Mesmerizing Mineral Palette in Plum Quartz (CAD $16) is a collection of six must-have eyeshadow shades curated to dazzle and define eyes. The mineral formula is very smooth and glides easily onto the skin, does not smudges. The palette has a variety of unique texture ranging from matte to satin to glow, giving maximum versatility.

Pixi Endless Silky Eye Pen in Black Cocoa (CAD $16) is a waterproof long-wear eye pencil that glides on to the eyelids in a no smudge gel formula and has a good staying power. It has rich pigment to give an intense color of a liquid in an easy to use pencil.

Quo lip and cheek tint in Bloom (CAD $14) is a multi-tasking lip and cheek tint in a beautiful bright pink shade.

Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Pillow Pump in Nude in Town (CAD $24) is an ultra-shiny, smooth, and hydrating lip plumping gloss that features LipSwell which is a natural oil infusion and glassy shine technology. The extreme volume moisture gloss formula has 3XL peptide plump complex which leaves lips looking lustrous, moisturized, and perfectly plumped.

New at Shoppers Drug Mart - November 2017

Cake Beauty The WaveMaker Beach Spray (CAD $19) helps renew and tousle the hair with this natural product. The packaging of this spray is very sleek and luxe.

The Stylize Elastics (CAD $12.99) has been a part of daily hair routine for either me or my daughter. These new stylish elastics have a collection of black, gold, and jeweled styles.

Secret Collection Silky Knee Highs 2 pairs (CAD $7.99) are sleek and sophisticated knee highs perfect for pairing with cold weather outfits. They provide sheer coverage with stretch, comfort, and durability.

I have tried all of these products for more than few times and really enjoy using them. It is always exciting to know what newness has come in stores and online and these products are all perfect and suitable for fall and winter months.

You can these out in stores at your nearest Shoppers Drug Mart. Do you see anything you need or would like to try?

*DISCLAIMER – These are press samples sent to ‘The Velvet Life’, all views and opinions are based on my own experience.


Vichy has been around since I remember and every time I used to ask friends and other fellow beauty lovers about it, they all had positive views about it. And then I tried this brand which made me realize why everyone loves it, whether you have dry, oily, acne-prone, combination, mature skin, they have something for you. I have reviewed their products in details in my previous posts which I will link in this post if you are interested. As Black Friday is approaching, I have some recommendations as well as the offer code for you which is definitely a steal.

Vichy Black Friday 2017

I will start first with the face masks, you may have known by now how much I love masks. I have three of their masks which I do make sure to include in my routine along with my other masks. They are amazing at keeping my pores clean, skin healthy, and giving me that glow. Vichy Pore Purifying Clay Mask keeps my pores clean and I feel I have few breakouts when I use it regularly. I feel this to be very soothing and never had any dryness after using this mask. Vichy Quenching Mineral Mask is a soothing mask and it does provide a cooling effect to the skin. It is my go to when I have been under the sun, or after I had an acid peel or something harsh or strong on the skin. Vichy Double Glow Peel Mask help with resurfacing of the skin and makes your skin cells work better to make the skin look glowy, plump and healthy. I have reviewed all these masks in detail here and they retail for CAD $34 each.

Vichy Black Friday 2017

The Ideal Teint Makeup from Vichy is a beautiful combination of benefits of skincare in makeup. Teint Ideal Fluid Foundation (CAD $38) is a medium coverage foundation and is buildable. This foundation is suitable for normal to combination skin types and was perfect for me as it is both liquid and is suitable for my combination skin. Teint Ideal Bronzer (CAD $36) is a bronzer for natural sunkissed glow. It is suitable for normal skin types and for my combination skin type, it does not gives any irritation but just that natural glow. Teint Ideal Highlighter (CAD $27) is a multi-purpose highlighter suitable for all skin types. The product is packaged in a plastic tube with a roll-on applicator. It is best to say that it enhances the radiance and freshens up the complexion. I have reviewed all these in detail here.

Vichy Black Friday 2017

For my skincare routine, I have few staples that I use in my routine when I have some congestion or feel like my skin is behaving. The products are from Vichy Normaderm range. Normaderm Skin Balance moisturizing acne treatment (CAD $19.95) is formulated for oily-acne prone skin. It sinks into the skin fairly quickly and is the perfect base to start moisturizing and then on to the makeup. Normaderm Corrective Anti-Acne Moisturizing Treatment (CAD $29.95) is formulated with Salicylic Acid and LHA to help minimize large pores, eliminate shine and reduce acne scars while fighting pimples & blackheads. Phe Resorcinol in this formulation combined with exfoliating LHA, reduces acne scars thanks to its de-pigmentating properties. I use this after the Normaderm Skin Balance moisturizing acne treatment and they both do work well with each other. I have reviewed the Vichy Normaderm range in detail here.

Vichy Black Friday 2017

Last but not the least, another favorite and a must have is the Vichy Mineral 89 Daily Skin Booster Serum (CAD $39.95) which I reviewed a few weeks back. I am linking the full review of it here.

Vichy Black Friday 2017

These were my recommendations based on the products I have tried from Vichy so far. Now comes the time for the offer.

Black Friday Offer – Enjoy 20% OFF 50$+, free shipping and 25% OFF 70$+ and a bonus gift on orders of 90$+ at Vichy Canada! Use code FRIDAY(11/24-11/26). You can click on the link here to redeem the offer.

 

*DISCLAIMER – This post contains affiliate links.



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