I am sharing one of the most festive and beautiful holiday collection of this year which even my kids approve – the packaging as mentioned is so stunning and the products inside are even more decadent – from the rich body cream to luxurious home scents – it is all about winter, holidays, and memories. There is a gift for everyone I assure you. The collection this year includes new ranges including Honey Harvest, Festive Garden and the relaunch of the Home Collection. I am sharing my picks from the Holiday Collection.
Another reason that I am even more glad to share is that this year, L’OCCITANE is partnering with PUR Projet in an effort to preserve biodiversity beyond Provence and the Mediterranean by planting 10,000 native trees across North America. From October 23rd – November 26th,
each purchase of our holiday editions will support the goal of planting 10,000 trees. Plant a tree, plant beauty. For more details, check on their official website here.
Holiday Ornaments – These are definitely a must-have – be it for a skincare lover or just a normal holiday decor essential. There are four options to choose from and all are gorgeous – I have the Cherry Blossom in the pictures. It comes in a decorative ornament tin and inside is a body care trio that leaves skin soft and delicately fragranced. Perfect for trying and for travel. The ornament includes: Cherry Blossom Bath & Shower Gel(35ml), Cherry Blossom Shimmering Lotion(35ml), Cherry Blossom Hand Cream(10ml), L’Occitane Holiday Ornament.
Harmonious Candle Duo – The candle duo has features Source D’harmonie Harmony Candle and the Souffle de Liberté Revitalizing Candle – 140g both. The candles are inspired by sophisticated and warm Provencal homes that will turn any room or occasion into a pure moment of delight. These are 100% vegetal wax candles and are delicately scented.
The notes of Souffle de Liberté Revitalizing Candle are: Top Note is Orange, the Heart note is rosemary, and the Base note is pine. The featured ingredients include Mint Essential Oil known for its purifying and revitalizing properties but also for its refreshing fragrance, Rosemary Essential Oil that is known for its revitalizing properties, and Sweet Orange Essential Oil that is known for its soothing and relaxing properties.
The notes of Source d’Harmonie Harmony Candle are: Top note is Thyme, the Heart Note is Eucalyptus, and the Base note is Ylang-Ylang. The featured ingredients also include Cypress Essential Oil known for its revitalizing properties, Ylang Ylang Essential Oil that is known for its harmonizing and soothing properties, Thyme Essential Oil that is known for its revitalizing properties, and Juniper Essential Oil that is known for its revitalizing properties.
Shea Butter Dreams – The limited edition gift set features the Shea Butter Ultra Rich Lip Balm (4ml), Shea Butter Hand Cream (30ml), Shea Butter Ultra Rich Body Cream (100ml) and Shea Butter Shower Oil (250ml). This is one of my most used collections from the brand. I do not even remember how many times I have purchased the Shea Butter range – the hand cream and body cream are my winter essentials – even the driest skin I recommended this to have benefitted from the nourishment and moisture this range provides. The range has Organic Shea Butter which is known for being rich in fatty acids and unsaponifiable.
Holiday Hand Cream Trio – This set has L’OCCITANE’s timeless hand creams featuring the Festive Garden Light Hand Cream, Honey Harvest Hand Cream and Shea Butter Hand Cream – 30ml each. These hand cream are formulated with Shea Butter and help nourish and soften hands throughout the harsh winter months.
Hand Cream Bouquet: Dream Creams for Hands – This gift set includes 30 ml each of Rose Hand Cream, Lavender Hand Cream, Almond Delicious Hands, Cherry Blossom Hand Cream, Shea Hand Cream, Verbena Cooling Hand Cream Gel. The hand creams contain Shea Butter which is rich in fatty acids and unsaponifiable, helping even the driest skin in the harshest winter for nourished and soft hands – leaving skin delicately scented.
‘Over twenty years ago, L’OCCITANE created the Shea Butter Hand Cream with an incredible 20% shea butter. It quickly became a worldwide best-seller. Today, one is sold every 3 seconds around the world. Spoil yourself and your loved ones this holiday season with L’OCCITANE’s exciting selection of iconic hand creams – the perfect presents to spread joy and delight around you.’
Amazing value and beautiful products – there is something for everyone – I highly recommend to check these limited edition holiday sets for yourself or your loved ones. L’OCCITANE 2019 Holiday Gift Sets are available at L’OCCITANE boutiques nationwide & online at ca.loccitane.com.*Press samples
Charlotte Tilbury has new makeup launches all of which are limited edition and may I advise you in the beginning that these launches are beyond gorgeous – formula, packaging, performance, and shades wise – keep on reading to know more about them. The new launches I am sharing more about in this article are Charlotte Tilbury Magic Star highlighter, Hollywood Beauty Glow Face Kit, and Charlotte Darling Easy Eye Palette.
Charlotte’s Magic Star is a limited edition highlighter encased in a magical starburst compact. This gold champagne highlighter is highly-pigmented and glides on the skin giving a moonlit shimmer for a soft-focus beauty glow that reflects the light. The formula is cashmere-soft powder with a soft-focus, smoothing effect while the light-reflecting Pearlescent Pigments capture and reflect the light for a gorgeous, glowing complexion.
The shade will look beautiful on most of the skin tones. For my medium skin tone with golden undertones, this beautiful warm golden shade gives a very natural glow on the skin, without any shimmer or glitter – very soft-focused light reflecting from the skin. The formula feels comfortable on the skin and is definitely going to be in my makeup kit for the holiday season and beyond.
Hollywood Beauty Glow Face Kit is a limited edition, suits-all gift for skin that looks lit-from-within this party season. It is inspired by Charlotte’s red carpet tips and tricks, it is perfect for those who long for a golden, candle-lit complexion. This exclusive gift set features:
Hollywood Beauty Light Wand in Spotlight (full size): Charlotte’s best-selling, award-winning, original Beauty Light Wand is the beautiful light effects from the Hollywood red carpet, bottled. The highlighter is in a dreamy rose-gold shade to give a luminous, soft-focus, natural finish to the skin. This suits-all product looks so pretty on the skin, not glittery or overly glowy but gives a stunning glow and dewy finish once blended.
Wonderglow (deluxe size): an instant, soft-focus, beauty glow primer for an effortlessly dewy look. I reviewed it in detail here in the past.
Charlotte Darling Easy Eye Palette is a 6-shade eyeshadow palette including bronze, pink, terracotta & brown shades. Charlotte Darling palette features six of Charlotte’s favourite shades, colour curated for her signature sunset-inspired eye glow look. The palette combines the iconic, bestselling shades from the brands most loved palettes including the shimmering allure of the Bella Sofia, coupled with the romantic, pinky-gold, soft-focussed glow of love Eyes and Happy Eyes shades from the limited edition Stars-in-your-Eyes palette! The shades in the palette (left to right) are:
1 – The Bella Sofia Prime
2 – Love eyes Enhance
3 – Love Eyes Smoke
1 – Happy Eyes Prime
2 – Happy Eyes Enhance
3 – Happy Eyes Smoke
“Darlings, when I use this palette on myself, I use EVERY SHADE to create the most sparkling, seductive, harmonious smokey eye look of dreams. UNIVERSALLY FLATTERING and inspired by BOHEMIAN BEAUTIES, it’s the one palette you need to CREATE GLOWING EYES TO TAKE YOU EVERYWHERE!!”– Charlotte Tilbury
This palette is perfect to create 5 glowing eye looks with these handpicked shades, from bronzed copper, peachy pink, rosy terracotta and chocolate brown eyeshadows to define, smoke and illuminate the eye. I was not expecting to love this palette as much but it is definitely something that I can say that you need in your collection. The formula glides on smoothly like butter – both the shimmer shades as well as matte shades. There is no fallout and blends like a dream.
The matte shades are velvet-smooth for a soft, cushiony skin feel. In dry use, they’re super-blendable, and in wet use, they create a luxurious, cream-like texture for a smoother-looking finish.
The metallic shades are silky to the touch with an ultra-smooth texture that transforms from a powder into a liquid cream on the skin. The diamond Powder makes them glimmer with jewel-like light and clarity for a luminous, natural-looking glow.
Amazing launches which I can totally recommend you to check out for yourself or for a loved one – who can say no to some holiday glow – right? Charlotte Tilbury Beauty is available at Charlotte Tilbury Canada, Charlotte Tilbury US, and Holt Renfrew.*Press samples
Bee products are some of the world’s most effective natural repairing and healing substances. Guerlain Research has been working continuously with honey and royal jelly to create Abeille Royale: a skincare programme that scientifically proves their exceptional capacity to minimize the visible signs of ageing on the skin. As amazing is the cause that Guerlain is supporting and a part of, I would really like to explain a little about the history and cause before I shift my focus to the two new moisturizers I have started included in my skincare routine.
Honey is the key ingredient – for its healing power and revitalizing properties – not just for ingestion but also for application on the skin. There are two kinds of honey that are exclusive to Guerlain:
Ouesssant Honey – The quest for the most powerful bee products led Guerlain to Ouessant, one of the world’s purest ecosystems. Designated a biosphere reserve by UNESCO, this island off the coast of France is home to the Black Bee, a native species of the island. These bees produce a honey of unrivalled purity and truly exceptional properties: a “Grand Cru” honey. Rich in amino acids, trace elements and high in fructose-content, this honey offers the essential ingredients that are vital in the repair process of skin tissue.
Guerlain Exclusive Royal Jelly –
Royal Jelly is the most precious substance to be produced by bees. It is reserved exclusively for feeding queen bees and offers regal nourishment for the skin as well. Guerlain developed its own Exclusive Royal Jelly in order to guarantee its quality and purity. Guerlain has chosen to host the 200 hives, exclusively dedicated to the ABEILLE ROYALE skincare range, in La Ferté Saint-Aubin in Sologne, a region renowned for its wild fauna. This Royal Jelly is rich in exceptional nutrients and is a natural source of carbohydrates, proteins, lipids and vitamins. It is produced in a protected environment to ensure that the Royal Jelly is of optimal quality and to guarantee complete traceability.
There is beautiful video (linked here) which I have watched a few times already which gives a visual treat to the eyes and to depict the story behind the Black Bee of Ouessant, whose royal jelly grants us the most healing benefits.
Being Bee Eco-responsible, Guerlain believes that transparency and sustainability are the keys to preserve, develop, and pass our unique beauty heritage onto future generations. Therefore, Guerlain decided to entirely remake Abeille Royale’s jars for a design that’s more in step with nature. These jars are lighter, more compacts and offer up all the same capacity, just using 90% recycled glass.
‘In the name of beauty,
Guerlain is committed to
a more sustainable world.’
Guerlain was kind enough to send me the Guerlain eco-hive which is a sustainable and recyclable miniature hive containing the Abeille Royale moisturizers. The hive can be repurposed as a storage chest or for a beautiful display on the vanity. There are also two frames which hold the moisturizers in the hive and can be repurposed as photo frames.
‘The skin acts as a sensory interface with the outside world. Environmental factors and stress have a negative impact on the skin’s youthfulness, disrupting skin cell function, including cutaneous nerve cells. This is known as cutaneous “neuro-ageing” and it causes the signs of ageing to appear more quickly.
Inspired by the latest discoveries in neuroscience, BlackBee Repair technology expands the skin’s self-regeneration capacity for more comprehensive efficacy on the visible signs of ageing. It is incorporated for the first time into the Abeille Royale range of creams for smoother, firmer and more radiant skin. BlackBee Repair Technology is enriched with a derivative of vitamin C with revitalizing properties to help visibly enhance the radiance of the complexion.’
Guerlain Abeille Royale Day Cream combines BlackBee Repair technology and a vitamin C derivative to firm the skin, smooth wrinkles and fine lines and visibly enhance the radiance of the complexion. The cream’s silky, exceptionally fine texture offers optimal comfort without leaving a greasy film.
Guerlain Abeille Royale Night Cream combines BlackBee Repair technology and a vitamin E derivative to help combat slackening. It firms the skin and smoothes wrinkles and fine lines. The cream’s balm-like texture melts gently on the skin, without leaving a greasy film.
Both the Night and Day creams are suitable for all skin types, even the sensitive ones. To extend my ritual from Youth Watery Oil (reviewed here) and Double R Serum (reviewed here), these day and night creams complete my Guerlain Abeille Royale Skincare routine -my skin looks fresh, supple, and youthful.