Givenchy Holiday 2020 limited edition collection is here and it is beyond gorgeous. I know this year has not been very good and was not like any other year but who says we can not end the year with some glam and stars in the eyes with the hope that holidays will bring in what we missed all year – the warmth, love, and closeness of loved ones. The collection really perked up my mood and made me feel better. And I think that is all makeup is about – feeling good and empowered. I have to say that Nicolas Degennes has done really amazing work with this limited edition collection, I always look forward to his vision and work.
Givenchy Holiday 2020 Collection is a limited edition collection with some amazing launches and exquisite packaging perfect for the holidays. The collection includes Black To Light Palette, Prisme Libre Loose Powder, Le Rouge, Le Rouge Deep Velvet, and L’interdit Lip Top Coat.
Givenchy Black To Light Palette is composed of 3 eyeshadows that are must-have for festive as well as a natural sophisticated everyday look. Nicolas Degennes has designed a harmony of one matte and two satin colours, to be worn on their own, layered or mixed, to structure the eyes with the shading of colour and light.
The eyeshadows have a very smooth, silky texture, and blends easily. The packaging is truly stunning – presented in the shape of stars in an elegant case decorated with brilliant and enigmatic sequins. The palette is definitely a must-have.
Prisme Libre Loose Powder is the same iconic 4-colour powder that is long-lasting, blurring, smoothing, and provides radiance – in the holiday packaging. Prisme Libre limited edition is launched in the shade Voile Rose. The packaging is adorned with a bold and enigmatic glittery pattern that looks festive in an absolute couture way. The airy-light, the ultra-fine powder gives a beautiful and radiant finish to the skin while blurring out the problem areas and keeping the skin comfortable. The soft pink tones of the powder neutralize the dullness and adds a healthy, rose-tinted glow.
Le Rouge in shade 500 Enigmatic Red is a new exclusive shade launched in an enigmatic glittery case that is festive and elegant. The shade is deep red with plum-colour reflections that embellish the lips with a satiny and slightly iridescent veil of colour. The formula is the same iconic Le Rouge formula and is my favourite for my dry lips. It is very soft, lightweight, and comfortable. It is very pigmented, from the first stroke and glides on quickly on the lips giving a luminous matte finish. It is hydrating and smoothing for the lips, never dry out my lips. I am really in love with this shade.
Le Rouge Deep Velvet in iconic shade 37 Rouge Graine is dressed in an enigmatic glittery case for this holiday. The lipstick is very pigmented and has a velvety matte finish. The formula is lightweight, smooth, and comfortable on the lips.
L’interdit Lip Top Coat is a non-sticky gloss that unifies and smooths the lips while staying comfortable on the lips. The gloss can be applied on its own or can be layered as a top coat on the lipstick. The result is a subtle and beautiful veil of shimmering colour to intensify the look during the festive period. When used on its own, it adds dimension to the lips with a hint of colour. It is housed in a slender transparent tube with a contrasting cap having the silver logo.
Overall, a really practical and very festive collection. I can see myself using all the products in the coming days. It is hard for me to pick a favourite from this collection – all the products are amazing. I am really obsessed with the Le Rouge new shade 500 and the Black to Lights palette. I am also enjoying a bit of L’interdit Lip Top Coat on top of my lipsticks. Givenchy Beauty products are available at Holt Renfrew and Sephora.ca.*Press samples
Rahua is a plant-based product range that heals, nourishes, beautifies, and transforms the hair for good. Rahua hair care products are known for their pure ingredients, amazing formulations, and unparalleled performance. If you are not aware of the brand, Rahua was founded in 2008 by Fabian Lliguin, a renowned hairstylist and colorist in New York and his wife and business partner, Anna Ayers-Fabian. The story started when Fabian was visiting the Amazon rainforest as an environmentalist, educating indigenous people about their land rights and human rights when he noticed that the women there has very long and lustrous hair. Fabian asked them the secret behind so beautiful and healthy hair which they said was Rahua Oil. After that, there was no looking back. Fabian didn’t want to disrupt the process and so, Rahua oil was – and – is produced by the same tribe in the same complex, ritualistic and sustainable fashion as it has been for generations.
I have been using Rahua products for the last month and feel that there is healing, nourishing, and transformation in how my hair looks behaves and feels. I have been using the Classic Shampoo, Classic Conditioner, Rahua Founder’s Blend, Omega 9 Hair Mask, and Enchanted Island Salt Spray.
Rahua Classic Shampoo is a very luxurious textured shampoo that feels rich and nourishing when applying. It makes my hair feel so soft, literally, I have very dry hair for your reference and itchy sensitive scalp. This shampoo is definitely on my top 3, it is so good. My scalp feels so comfortable and soothing – I am not sure after how many years but this is one single shampoo that does it all. And these are my thoughts just after using the shampoo, it is a keeper. The formula of this shampoo is concentrated and a little is enough to keep the scalp and hair in balance – not too oily and not too dry. I also want to mention that the shampoo smells so nice, the scene is natural and uplifting.
Rahua Classic Conditioner is a very hydrating conditioner without weighing down the hair. It detangles the hair while making them look healthy and lustrous. It is gentle enough to be applied to the scalp for a healthy and comfortable scalp. Not just as an in-shower conditioner but it also works well as a leave-in styling cream to add shine to the hair while keeping them smooth and tame frizz.
Rahua Founder’s Blend Scalp & Hair Treatment is the newest launch from Rahua and I would say I am impressed. I have used it twice as an overnight treatment for my scalp and hair. Per the brand, this treatment brings balance back to the scalp’s microbiome, in other words, it strengthens hair roots as well as balance scalp moisture levels while soothing the scalp. I am not sure of how the scalp’s microbiome works but what this treatment has done for me is almost per the description. My scalp is soothed, no itchiness, hair feels very soft, silky, and hydrated without feeling oily or weighed. It has anti-inflammatory and anti-irritant properties too.
Rahua Omega 9 Hair Mask is another star from Rahua. It is a conditioning hair mask that deeply hydrates the hair from root to tip leaving them strong, soft, and shiny. When I use this mask, I do not use conditioner in the shower. I shampoo my hair, work the massage onto the scalp and hair, massage nicely and then leave it on for 10-15 minutes. It keeps the hair and scalp healthy and comfortable.
Rahua Enchanted Island Salt Spray is crafted with natural pink sea salt for texture and volume. It is lightweight and provides a light hold also. It is, like other products from the brand, very gentle on the scalp. It gives very natural, loose, and beachy waves.
From all the products I have tried from Rahua, it is hard for me to choose a favourite. It is definitely a range I would always love to keep on my haircare shelf and in my haircare routine. From the shampoo, conditioner, hair mask, and styling products – every product is gentle enough for my sensitive scalp and their performance is top-notch. I would love to try more products from Rahua and share it with you. Rahua products are available at Rahua.com and retailers in Canada located here.*Press samples
Laura Mercier has launched a new shade of the cult favourite and iconic loose powder – honey for medium skin tones. Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder in shade honey sets makeup using a unique custom-blended peach pigment that looks very natural on the skin and brings life to the skin.
Translucent Loose Setting Powder Honey has the same formula as the original cult-favourite formula as the translucent and Medium-Deep shades. The powder provides sheer coverage and a natural matte finish. It does not look overlay matte but very natural matte, still maintaining the natural radiance of the skin to be visible and felt. The powder is very finely milled and lightweight, it does not add weight or texture to the skin, not does it looks cakey. It does not settles into the lines or emphasize problem areas.
I have never encountered an issue with the powder oxidizing and the same for this custom blend of peach pigment, it does not oxidize or change the colour of the foundation or tinted moisturizer. It blurs the problem areas and imperfections without making the skin look dull and lifeless. I have shared about this powder in the past too but in this post, I wanted to share that this newest shade is the most perfect match for my medium skin tone with golden undertones.
Medium deep shade was a little dark for me, but I really enjoyed it during summers and the translucent shade has been my go-to for years to set my makeup. This newest shade of honey matches my skin tone perfectly and I can use it all year long. I have swatched all the shades above for your reference. I did not notice any difference in the formula, performance, and feel of it – just that now I am using the shade that is much more forgivable and suits my skin tone. I prefer using this loose powder with a puff these days but I have used this loose powder with a powder brush for years now.
Laura Mercier Makeup and Skincare products are available at Nordstrom, Sephora, Saks Fifth Avenue, and thebay.com.*Press samples