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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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Sephora Collection has launched the cutest holiday gift sets for Holiday 2020 and I am so excited to share about a few of them. There is something for everyone – a skincare lover, fragrance fan, or a makeup fan. I have always been impressed by the quality and performance of Sephora Collection products – if you have not tried any, it is a good time to check them out. Most of the sets are already on sale and a good value when it comes to stocking up on some skincare and holiday makeup.

Sephora Collection Holiday 2020 collection review Wild Eyes Eyeshadow palette, Wild Days palette, skincare set, Enchanted jungle masks set, lipstories

Wild Days 8 eyeshadow and 3 face powder palette has 8 pigmented eyeshadows in pink, beige, and copper tones. there is a blush, bronzer, and highlighter in soft and universally-flattering tones which is perfect to create that holiday glow.

Sephora Collection Holiday 2020 collection review Wild Eyes Eyeshadow palette, Wild Days palette, skincare set, Enchanted jungle masks set, lipstories
Sephora Collection Holiday 2020 collection review Wild Eyes Eyeshadow palette, Wild Days palette, skincare set, Enchanted jungle masks set, lipstories
Wild Days Palette (L to R)

Wild Eyes Eyeshadow Palette is a 16 pan eyeshadow palette in matte, shimmer, and glitter finishes ranging from wearable-neutral to rich-bold shades. The eyeshadow palette comes into work for both day and night looks – there is wearable nude to rich-browns and radiant golds. The packaging as you see is really beautiful.

Sephora Collection Holiday 2020 collection review Wild Eyes Eyeshadow palette, Wild Days palette, skincare set, Enchanted jungle masks set, lipstories
Sephora Collection Holiday 2020 collection review Wild Eyes Eyeshadow palette, Wild Days palette, skincare set, Enchanted jungle masks set, lipstories
Wild Eyes Eyeshadow Palette (L to R, T to B)

Holiday Kisses #Lipstories Lipstick Ornament is a set of 2 full-size #Lipstories lipsticks in new holiday shades – Fireside (dark red) and Festive (pinky nude). The lipstick formula is very lightweight and pigmented – provides full-coverage in just one swipe.

Sephora Collection Holiday 2020 collection review Wild Eyes Eyeshadow palette, Wild Days palette, skincare set, Enchanted jungle masks set, lipstories

Wild Wishes Skincare Surprise Set is a holiday set that contains four skincare products – Watermelon Face Mask, Cucumber Eye Masks, Dragon Fruit Lip Scrub, Charcoal Nose Strip. The masks are suitable for all skin types. I have loved Sephora Collection masks in the past and planning to gift this surprise cracker to a friend.

Sephora Collection Holiday 2020 collection review Wild Eyes Eyeshadow palette, Wild Days palette, skincare set, Enchanted jungle masks set, lipstories

The Enchanted Jungle 8 Masks Kit – First of all, the giftable box is truly stunning. There are 8 masks for the whole body in this kit: Cucumber Eye Masks, Caffeine Eye Masks, Watermelon Face Mask, Charcoal Nose Strip, The bubble mask, Coconut Hair Sleeping Mask, Cactus Foot Masks, Mango Hand Masks. In this cold weather, this mask set for the whole body does make sense and excited to try them for my very dry hands, feet, and hair. For face and eyes – I look forward to using the masks in the holiday – such a perfect holiday mask kit.

Sephora Collection Holiday 2020 collection review Wild Eyes Eyeshadow palette, Wild Days palette, skincare set, Enchanted jungle masks set, lipstories

Coming to the tools, Keep Shining Brush Set is a 5-piece face and eye brush set. The set includes a Foundation brush, Powder brush, Crease brush, Shadow brush, and Liner brush. The brushes are made of synthetic vegan bristles are very soft. The brushes work both for cream as well as powder formulas. Frosted Wishes Brush Set has a 4-piece mini eye brush set that is perfect for on the go touch-ups. The set includes a Shadow brush, Crease brush, Smudge brush, and Liner brush. The brushes have synthetic vegan bristles that are very soft and work for both cream and powder formulas.

Sephora Collection Holiday 2020 collection review Wild Eyes Eyeshadow palette, Wild Days palette, skincare set, Enchanted jungle masks set, lipstories

For skin, there is a Mini Rose Quartz Facial Roller that is perfectly sized for on-the-go rolling. Rose quartz is believed to have a skin radiance-boosting effect and I have been using a Rose Quartz Facial roller for some time now, great to have this mini version to keep in my travel bag.

For fragrance, there is a Sephora Favorites Deluxe Perfume Sampler that has a collection of must-have scents for this season. There is Atelier Cologne Vanille Insensee (4ml), Chloe Chloe Signature (5ml), Marc Jacobs Daisy (4ml), Viktor&Rolf Flowerbomb Dew 97ml), Yves Saint Laurent Mon Paris (7.5 ml), and a Nest New York Holiday Mini Votive Candle (27g). The set is perfect f you want to try new fragrances or if you want to keep a few deluxe samples in your bag. And of course a great gift idea.

Sephora Collection Holiday 2020 collection review Wild Eyes Eyeshadow palette, Wild Days palette, skincare set, Enchanted jungle masks set, lipstories

Overall, I am really loving the packaging of these sets – they are perfect to gift it to someone or to get them for yourself. I am looking forward to using all the masks during my Christmas holidays – I have loved Sephora Masks in the past – they are very good. For the makeup and brush sets – I believe they are a very good value and quality. Sephora Collection Holiday 2020 launches are available at Sephora.ca.

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Sisley Le Phyto Rouge is one of my favourite lipstick formulas when it comes to pigment, comfort, and lip care – the lipstick is the perfect combination of pigment and lip nourishing ingredients in one. I reviewed the lipstick here almost two years back and I am super excited that there are more new shades added to the permanent range. Sisley has launched four new shades of their Le Phyto Rouge that are just in time for the holiday season.

Sisley Le Phyto Rouge New review swatches 15 Beige Manhattan, 27 Rose Bolchoi, 28 Rose Shanghai, 29 Rose Mexico

Below are the new shades that are launched in time for the holiday season this year. The shades range from muted tones to bright vibrant shades.

15 Beige Manhattan – universal muted rose

27 Rose Bolchoi – natural soft pink

28 Rose Shanghai – elegant bright coral-pink

29 Rose Mexico – vibrant raspberry pink

Sisley Le Phyto Rouge New review swatches 15 Beige Manhattan, 27 Rose Bolchoi, 28 Rose Shanghai, 29 Rose Mexico
(L to R) – 15, 27, 28, 29

All the shades are so beautiful in person and on the lips. For my medium skin with golden undertones, I feel all shades suit me except Rose Bolchoi. which will look great on fair skin tones. The lipstick formula, as I reviewed earlier, is highly pigmented and a single swipe from the bullet imparts enough pigment to the lips, and as per the need, the intensity is easily buildable.

Sisley Le Phyto Rouge New review swatches 15 Beige Manhattan, 27 Rose Bolchoi, 28 Rose Shanghai, 29 Rose Mexico
(L to R) – 15, 27, 28, 29

The texture of the lipstick is smooth and creamy, glides on nicely on the lips. I do not feel the need to prep my lips or put on a lip balm ahead of time before putting on the lipstick. It is very comfortable on the lips and my lips stay moisturized, supple, and longevity is pretty nice.

Sisley Le Phyto Rouge New review swatches 15 Beige Manhattan, 27 Rose Bolchoi, 28 Rose Shanghai, 29 Rose Mexico

The moisturizing effects stay on long after the lipstick has worn off the lips. It is truly a balm plus lipstick in one bullet. And not to miss the elegant and stunning packaging of the lipsticks that I love so much. Each lipstick has a magnetic case and also comes with the red velvet cover shown in the first picture of this post.

Sisley Paris Le Phyto-Rouge Collection is available at Sisley- Paris.ca , Holt Renfrew, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Nordstrom.



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