Being a lover of luxury candles and scents, I always have the scented candles on rotation for a specific season. I do have a few on my favorite candles from Cire Trudon, which I reviewed here, they are very much loved and on rotation. I am so glad to share one of the three new candles from the Christmas 2018 collection. Cire Trudon brings ancient Egypt back to life for Christmas with the trio of three timeless scented candles: outstanding pyramids (Cire Trudon Gizeh), an Egyptian God (Amon), and an island on the Nile River (Philae).

Cire Trudon Gizeh Scented Candle Christmas 2018

The three exclusive scents this festive season have traditional incense, notes of papyrus and the comforting presence of a candied-firewood hearten the soul. The collection celebrates ancient Egypt’s evocative power: the visionary architecture of the Gizeh Pyramids; the strength of Amon, a revered, mysterious God; and the timeless geography of Philae, a protected island on the Nile River. Regarding the packaging, the handcrafted boxes have hieroglyphs and acronyms hint at the enigmatic civilization: an eye, a branch of papyrus, a sculptural eagle or a helping hand mimic ancient tales. Standing out, the name of each scented candle is written in a distinct manner that suggests a treasure, geography, or secret divinity. There is gold on the inside, the three candles come in off-white, watery green, and mosaic pink colored glasses. The trio is called ‘Odeurs d’Egypte’ and reveals the sacred nature of Egypt’s ancient rituals and myths.

Cire Trudon Gizeh Scented Candle Christmas 2018

Out of the trio, I have Amon which I am really enjoying for the festive season. It has mosaic-pink packaging -hand-blown Italian glass, adorned with the signature Cire Trudon gold label. The Amon is an homage to the mysterious ancient Egyptian ‘hidden god’ that, as the myth has it, no one could set eyes on. Encapsulating this mysterious story, this candle is scented with notes of traditional incense, subtly sweet patchouli and vanilla-like tonka bean, opening with head notes of rose and aldehydes and carried on an irresistibly woody base of sandalwood and cedar. Golden inside with a mosaic-pink exterior, the beautiful jar makes a great addition to any roo

The notes of the scent are:

Head: Rose, Aldehyde

Heart: Patchouli, Tonka Bean

Base: Cedar, Sandalwood

Cire Trudon Gizeh Scented Candle Christmas 2018

The candle has a distinct woody scent that evokes age-old history. The burn time of the candle is 65 to 70 hours.

It is a stunning addition to any bedside table, desk or mantelpiece. If you are a scented candle lover or want to add a touch of luxury on your bedside, vanity, or living room, I highly recommend you to check out this beautiful candle. Cire Trudon Scented Candles are available at Gravity PopePutti Fine FurnishingPink Tartan, Avenue Road, and KANDL Artistique.

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You might have heard of ‘Food for the face’ here and there but when it comes to the real reasoning on why it is called so, it might not fit well into the whole concept. But what I am referring to here is the brand which, in my opinion, has a solid backup of why it is called ‘Superfood for the skin’. Superfoods are the foods which contain antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins that provide a host of benefits for the skin as well as the body and overall health like Kale and Spinach.

Youth To The People Superfood Cleanser, Youth To The People Adaptogen Deep Moisture Cream, Youth To The People Superberry Hydrate and Glow Oil review

Youth To The People or ‘Superfood for the skin’ is a brand with clean, greens-based products that are suitable for most of the skin types for their formulas and effectiveness. The products are packed with a concoction of skin and body healthy nutrients, antioxidants, minerals, vitamins, and phytonutrients from cold-pressed plant extracts. The other thing I really like about the brand is that they work on small batches for maximum freshness. I have been testing three products from the brand including the new Superberry Hydrate and Glow Oil.

Youth To The People Superfood Cleanser, Youth To The People Adaptogen Deep Moisture Cream, Youth To The People Superberry Hydrate and Glow Oil review

Youth To The People Superfood Cleanser is a gentle daily cleanser for the face which is formulated with cold-pressed antioxidants – kale, spinach, and green tea – to cleanse, calm, and purify the skin. It works nicely to prevent buildup in pores and balance pH without drying or stripping. This is a really nice first cleanse for the mornings and second cleanse for the evenings for me. This is indeed the green juice cleanse for your face in terms of the brand’s vocabulary and vision for the superfoods. The texture has a gel texture and has a fresh herbal scent to it.

Youth To The People Superfood Cleanser, Youth To The People Adaptogen Deep Moisture Cream, Youth To The People Superberry Hydrate and Glow Oil review

Youth To The People Adaptogen Deep Moisture Cream is a moisturizing cream suitable for dry skin but I am glad to try it during the fall when my skin is behaving and as we enter into winter, my skin needs more moisture. The Adaptogenic herbs and mushrooms in this cream calm the skin when faced with daily stressors like UV rays and environmental pollutants. The Pentapeptide calms the stress reaction in the sensitive and irritated skin. The Proprietary Adaptogen Blend contains Ashwagandha, Rhodiola, Reishi, and Holy Basil, all these ingredients made me more excited to try this because, my background being from India, all these herbs have been a part of my day to day vocabulary as well as life. With healing properties, treatment for stress, anxiety, exhaustion, Ashwagandha is something I do take orally too and so glad to apply it on my face with this cream. It has a really nice smooth texture which melts into the skin and there is no scent in the cream. It leaves a nice glow on the skin and no residue or oiliness.

Youth To The People Superfood Cleanser, Youth To The People Adaptogen Deep Moisture Cream, Youth To The People Superberry Hydrate and Glow Oil review

Youth To The People Superberry Hydrate and Glow Oil is a face oil that harnesses the nutrients of rare super berries. This oil has Maqui, the most antioxidant dense fruit in the world, which is combined with açaí and goji, creating a potent antioxidant elixir. Also included are the intensely hydrating prickly pear and squalane oil to lock in moisture with the help of omega fatty acids and high levels of vitamin C. It is very lightweight and easy to apply, sinks in nicely without giving any residue or feeling of oiliness.

Youth To The People Superfood Cleanser, Youth To The People Adaptogen Deep Moisture Cream, Youth To The People Superberry Hydrate and Glow Oil review

There is a fruity scent to the oil which is very uplifting. It works great on its own after serum and before moisturizer during the day and even a drop of this oil in the foundation makes a nice difference in how fresh and dewy the skin looks.

Overall, a real superfood treats for the skin. I am really liking the products and they will be staying in the rotation in my skincare routine. Youth To The People products are available at Sephora Canada, Sephora, Free People Canada, and Nordstrom.

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Roos & Roos is a new brand to me and since I read about the story behind the brand, it made me more excited to try this fragrance, Roos & Roos Nymphessence, from the house. The brand was founded by two women, a duo of mother and daughter, Chantal and Alexandra Roos. Just to mention here that Chantal Roos was involved with the development of some amazing fragrances like Yves Saint Laurent’s KourosParisOpium; Jean Paul Gaultier’s Le Mâle; and Issey Miyake’s L’Eau d’Issey. As Chantal Roos is more into Olfaction, Alexandra excels in music, and the team of Mother and Daughter keep the synergy between the two mediums of olfaction and music merge into to become the soul of this brand.

Roos & Roos Nymphessence

’Another day along the riverside you lay,

stunning in the weeds, and when you awaken, gestures candidly

imbued with the grace of nymphs, the woods nearby

take you below to an enchanted world where mingle flowers and fruits,

pears and mandarins, maybe even magnolia…’

Roos & Roos Nymphessence

Nymphessence was launched in 2016. The nose behind the fragrance is Fabrice Pellegrin and Elise Benat.  Fabrice Pellegrin is the nose behind many of the Diptyque and Jo Maloneès amazing scents. Nymphessence is a woody floral fragrance, illuminated by a spicy green freshness, with touches of pink pepper irresistibly tinged with an accord of pear and mandarin. Filled with a smooth floral heart blending magnolia, freesia and orange blossom, the trail vibrates with passion under the intensity of blonde amber woods lying on a bed of white musks. Packaged in a keepsake bottle illustrated by French artist Christophe Brunnquell.

Roos & Roos Nymphessence

At the edge of the forest, along with the riverside, the nymph, symbol of beauty, lives in an enchanted world of flowers and fruits.

Fragrance Notes:

Top: gourmand freshness with pear and mandarine

Heart: magnolia, freesia, orange flower

Base: blonde amber woods and white musks

Roos & Roos Nymphessence

Nymphessence is a nice everyday fragrance for me, it is not overpowering on my skin. I like woody floral musk in general but specifically in the colder months. The fragrance is light, crisp, and has a nice freshness to it along which is very subtle but can be totally felt. Despite the musk as a base, it is very much wearable during the day and even at work. It is available at Roos & Roos Online, so-avant-garde.com

 

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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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