With all the beautiful holiday collections launching this season, I am sharing with you a few pieces from the Marc Jacobs Beauty Holiday 2018 Collection which is all about shimmer, shine, glitter, which is bright and fun. Marc Jacobs Beauty is taking us to the shine factory for holiday 2018. ‘The limited edition holiday collection for 2018 was inspired by the glamorous, anything goes aesthetic from the mod era. eyes are exaggerated with glittery jewel tones, cheekbones and body are glazed in gold highlights, and lips get the full-glam treatment.’

Marc Jacobs Beauty Holiday 2018 Collection

Marc Jacobs Beauty See-quins Glam Glitter Eyeshadow

See-quins Glam Glitter Eyeshadow is described as the first-to-market sequin finish eyeshadow in a pot adds super-shimmery dimension to any look. The innovative demi-pressed process allows pigments to apply more vividly and gives the glitter maximum sparkle. The formula is all intense glitter, it can be blended out for a soft wash of sparkle either alone or layered on top of other eyeshadow for a shimmer finish.

Marc Jacobs Beauty Holiday 2018 Collection

This sequin-finish eyeshadow in a pot has a lid on it keep it pressed and to avoid fall-out or separation of the glitter particles. I do put the black lid first and then the main golden lid on the pot. The innovative, demi-pressed process allows the pigments to apply more vividly and gives the glitter maximum sparkle.

Marc Jacobs Beauty Holiday 2018 Collection

The formula blends smoothly and easily on the eyes. It does work well on its own but I recommend using a primer to hold the intense shimmer in place all day and which it does. I have used the eyeshadow with the coconut eye primer from the brand. I can use my finger to apply this, works perfectly well for me or with a flat synthetic eye brushing gentle pressing motion for a high-intensity look and finish.

Marc Jacobs Beauty Holiday 2018 Collection

I do prefer to apply with fingers due to the loose, crumbly texture but once they’re on, they seem to set fairly well and I haven’t had any fallout. I have the shades Flashlight (Icy Opal) and Topaz Flash (smoky bronze), both of them work nicely alone or on top of other eyeshadow. It is going to be my go-to for the parties, especially the holiday parties.

Marc Jacobs Beauty Holiday 2018 Collection

Marc Jacobs Beauty Enamored Hi-Shine Lip Lacquer Lipgloss

Enamored Hi-Shine Lip Lacquer Lipgloss is described as a unique triple shine complex that delivers maximum color and brilliance with a blend of high-performance ingredients that provide unstoppable wear and shine like ’30 coats of lacquer.’ the brilliant shine contributes to the look of plump, cushiony lips that never feel sticky.  This limited edition glitzy gold shade with pink shimmer, shine a light, is the newest addition to the best-selling enamored lineup, of the brand, which is known for giving lips lasting color and unbelievable glossiness with a touch of creamy mint flavor.

Marc Jacobs Beauty Holiday 2018 Collection

The gloss is very comfortable to wear, gives a beautiful shine to the lips which does stay on for a nice amount of time. The gold color sheers out clear and does not look yellow or orange on the lips. The pink sparkle is very fine and does shows in the light and is very subtle yet pretty. It is moisturizing and does not makes my lip uncomfortable or dry. It works well alone or over another lip color.

Marc Jacobs Beauty Holiday 2018 Collection

Marc Jacobs Beauty Make Your Le Marc 3 Piece Mini Liquid Lip Crayon Set

Make Your Le Marc 3 Piece Mini Liquid Lip Crayon Set is a trio of minis of solid lip crayons from the brand. The crayons are easy to apply, glides on nicely on the lips, melts into the lips with a soft, liquid sensation. The formula is pigmented and one-swipe of color gives a bold color to the lips.

Marc Jacobs Beauty Holiday 2018 Collection

The trio of mini had one new, exclusive shade red-y to go, and two best-selling shades night mauves (soft pinky mauve) and plum n get it (rich plum). The formula sets in pretty quickly and is comfortable, creamy, and lightweight on the lips.

Marc Jacobs Beauty Holiday 2018 Collection

From the packaging to the range of products in this collection, it is truly a gorgeous holiday collection. Marc Jacobs Beauty is available at Sephora.ca, Sephora, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus.

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Ben Gorham, the founder of Byredo, has been recognized for his personal style and connection to fashion and art in several international magazines such as French Vogue, Vanity Fair, Elle, V Magazine and Fantastic Man to name a few. Ben began to be intrigued by scent and memory after traveling to his mother’s hometown in India, where he was stirred by the aromas of spices and incense.

Byredo Eleventh Hour Eau de Parfum

Founded in 2006, Byredo’s scented candles and perfumes have been developed with an understated approach, using simple composition of the highest quality raw materials which has a cult following of its own now. This new fragrance launched this year, 2018 has been my go-to since last few weeks, it is so unique and beautiful that I am so obsessed with it. The nose behind Eleventh Hour is Jerome Epinette.

Byredo Eleventh Hour Eau de Parfum

Byredo Eleventh Hour is an exploration around the smell of things ending, a journey to the end of the Time, the last perfume on Earth. This is very unconventional for a fragrance to have this inspiration but if you see on the deeper level, the inspiration is rooted in issues affecting our environment.

Byredo Eleventh Hour Eau de Parfum

‘I want to travel until I did not have to search anymore. Today I know that life is a journey that brings you to the end of the world, a return to the harmony we have lost.’, says the great Swiss explorer Ella Maillart, who in 1951 was one of the rare Westerners to reach Nepal rise, the highest places will be the last refuges and zones that were once considered hostile to humans will become shelters.

Notes of the fragrance are:

Top: Ban Timmur, Bergamot

Middle: Carrot Seeds, Rum, Wild Fig

Base: Cashmere Woods, Tonka Bean

Byredo Eleventh Hour Eau de Parfum

‘The top notes, led by the peppery and citrus accents of Ban Timmur, take us to the Nepali highlands, where this plant grows. Wild fig, the first forbidden fruit, is the heart note of Eleventh Hour. A symbol of desire, its sweet and captivating scent encapsulates the smell of danger. From the warmth of tonka beans combined with Cashmere Woods notes emanate an energetic radiation, similar to that released by our solar plexus when it opens wide. As if a bond was recreated between man and cosmos.

Byredo Eleventh Hour Eau de Parfum

Overall, a very unique creation. From the pepper and cloves in the opening, and then to the amalgamation of spices and wood is marvelous. It makes it more balanced and unisex. The longevity of the scent on my skin is over 8 hours and I can still smell it when I press my nose close to the wrist. It is a lovely scent and perfect for fall and winter, a faint creaminess fruitiness underneath the spices and wood which does soothe the nerves and is very comforting like the feeling of warmth anyone needs in this season and throughout the season. I can totally see myself wearing it a lot this season.

Byredo Eleventh Hour is available at Byredo.com, Holt Renfrew, Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom, and Net-A-Porter

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One of the most beautiful and elegant collections I have seen and reviewed until now is here – Cle de Peau Beaute COLLECTION FÉERIES D’HIVER LIMITED EDITION 2018. I am so excited to share this collection, I am sure you must be as eager as I was to get my hands on this collection. This collection is a collaboration with Daria Petrilli who is an Italian Illustrator known for the world of mystery, elegance, and translucent beauty created by her. Her illustrations are rich in story and known for her use of color and surreal settings. As you read and see below, you will definitely feel how intricate and beautiful the products and their packaging is, ‘Unlock Wonderland‘.

Cle de Peau Beaute Holiday Collection 2018

Cle de Peau Beaute Refining Pressed Powder

Cle de Peau Beaute Refining Pressed Powder in Pink ‘Push Me’ is a whimsically-designed version of our ultra-fine pressed powder. Spreads delicately for a beautiful finish that imparts a healthy, rosy flush of color. The keepsake limited edition compact can be refilled with our Refining Pressed Powder.

Cle de Peau Beaute Holiday Collection 2018

The illustration says,

Dust Me

‘The white rabbit, darting, slowing.

Daring you to follow.

A dream-like veil envelops you.

Whisper-soft. Infused with light’

Cle de Peau Beaute Holiday Collection 2018

The pressed powder is so soft and smooth, creates a natural radiance and gives a beautiful satin sheen on the skin. It evens the skin surface and blurs the imperfections. The synergy of makeup and skincare ingredients gives a beautiful natural finish, that not only looks good for the day and does provide skincare benefits during the time. I have been using it every day for the natural radiant finish, it gives that extra care and glows to the skin that anyone will need not just in fall and winter but all year round. Another amazing thing about the packaging, as with other products from the brand that the case is refillable.

Cle de Peau Beaute Holiday Collection 2018

Cle de Peau Beaute Lipstick Cashmere

Cle de Peau Beaute Lipstick Cashmere in 505 Paint Me is a new vibrant shade  – a bold vivid pink – of the luxurious soft matte lipstick from the brand in a whimsical limited edition design. The texture is soft and smooth, glides on nicely on the lips, not to miss the beautiful petal shape of lipstick tip which adheres to lips contours for easy application. The finish is matte with a soft radiance and the staying power as the other shades of Cashmere Lipstick is amazing, stays on well for over 4-5 hours without touchups.

Cle de Peau Beaute Holiday Collection 2018

Sweep Me

‘Vibrant, expressive.

Colour that speaks volumes.

Urging you to try it.

To raise your radiant voice.’

The formula is moisturizing and does not irritate my dry lips but instead helps improve dryness, roughness, scaling, and cracking for healthy looking lips. The color payoff is amazing and this limited edition shade looks like the perfect shade of pink which will suit most of the skin tones. It is comfortable to wear and gives a beautiful radiance to the lips along with the color payoff.

Cle de Peau Beaute Eye Color Quad – Limited Edition

Cle de Peau Beaute Eye Color Quad – Limited Edition in 318 Tea Party is a luxurious four-color eyeshadow quad of cool, shimmery pastels and matte charcoal. The keepsake limited edition compact can be refilled with any of the brand’s eye color quads. The texture is buttery smooth and blends in nicely into the skin. The formula contains the exclusive Clé de Peau Beauté advanced moisturizing ingredient, Hydro-Wrap Complex EX and contains Argan Oil, a nutritious ingredient to plump, smooth and refine the skin. The brushes included in the quad are soft and dense, work pretty well to apply and blend the shades.

Cle de Peau Beaute Holiday Collection 2018

Blend Me

‘Quietly elegant. Exceptionally balanced.

The flamingo lingers, close by,

as soft color caresses closed lids.’

The staying power is pretty amazing, it stays put for over 7-8 hours and does not crease. The shades are nicely pigmented and forgiving at the same time, means you can go a little heavy hand too and it will still not look over. The shades work well alone as well as in sync with each other.

Cle de Peau Beaute Holiday Collection 2018

Cle de Peau Beaute Limited Edition Stick Highlighter

Cle de Peau Beaute Stick Highlighter in ‘Light Me’ is a creamy stick highlighter that brings skin to life with a shimmering glow. The texture of the highlighter is very smooth and glides on beautifully on the skin. It is perfect to promote healthy-looking radiance that covers uneven tone and pores with a smooth texture, illuminating skin with a shimmer of light. It blends in nicely into the skin, gives luminosity and radiance to any part of the face it is applied to, mostly the high point of the cheekbones, brow bones, and the cupid’s bow.

Cle de Peau Beaute Holiday Collection 2018

Beam Me

‘Light, leaping. Unlocking dimension. 

Bringing the static to life.’

The formula is comfortable to wear and can be build up or can be kept subtle. It does not emphasize pores or uneven skin tone but gives a healthy natural radiance giving the skin a very beautiful illumination.

Cle de Peau Beaute Holiday Collection 2018

Cle de Peau Beaute La Crème – Limited Edition

Cle de Peau Beaute La Crème – Limited Edition is the most iconic product from the brand, winner of many beauty awards, is made even more special, a whimsically designed limited edition La Crème, housed in a rose-pastel jar.

Cle de Peau Beaute Holiday Collection 2018

The key benefits of the moisturizer include:

  • Illuminating Complex EX with precious silk and pearl elements, to help moisturize and retexturize skin while reducing the appearance of damage caused by environmental stress.
  • Helps diminish the look of fine lines and gives skin a firmer, more resilient appearance. Reduces visible sagging. Minimizes the appearance of dark spots and brings overall brightness and translucence to the kin.
  • Features specialized ingredients developed through studies in anti-aging that optimize conditions for the vitality of skin (Inositol, Rosemary Extract, Citrus Unshiu Peel Extract).*
  • Increase moisture, resilience, and firmness by morning.
  • Delivers Retinol ACE, an effective treatment in wrinkle care.
  • Formulated with the intensive brightening ingredient, 4MSK.
  • Rich texture inspires a sense of luxury, radiance, and youthfulness.
  • Contains a deep elegant fragrance of natural rose and rare orchid.

Adore Me

‘You circle it, spellbound. Unprepared for

the magnitude of its beauty. Your own,

reflected in its many faces. A story,

hidden at its top. A trove, waiting within. ‘

Cle de Peau Beaute Holiday Collection 2018

I have been using this as the last step in the evening skincare routine and been really impressed with it, though I have used it for a few days but very positive and impressed with the first impressions. I will keep you posted on more in my Instagram stories and feed. The texture of the cream is very smooth. It melts and absorbs into the skin rapidly without leaving any oiliness or residue. My skin looks clear, even, and supple.

Cle de Peau Beaute Holiday Collection 2018

The collection depicts the beautiful holiday spirit and the time of the year with all the mesmerizingly gorgeous products which are perfect for treating yourself and indulging into the celebration and liveliness of the season. Cle de Peau Beaute Holiday Collection 2018 is limited edition collection, I highly recommend you to check the products before the products sell out. Cle de Peau Beaute Holiday Collection 2018 is available at Holt Renfrew, Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom, and Neiman Marcus.

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The charm and excitement of the season and the holidays are back with some amazing gift ideas and gorgeous fun packaging from Fresh Beauty. I am sharing my recommendations and value sets from Fresh Beauty Holiday 2018 Collection that you must check if you are a skincare lover or even if you have just started to take your skincare products seriously. The sets are a great value for most of the skin types, they are curated with the best selling products from the brand that will be sufficient for a full skincare routine. Already in fall and winter approaching soon, the products are curated keeping in mind the weather as well as to combat and protect the skin from external factors. ‘Inspired by the stories of fresh founders Lev Glazman and Alina Roytberg, we created gift sets that give you a glimpse into their love for travel and how it is integrated into every product. Each set is designed with passport stamp illustrations and includes travel-themed stickers and a map to track your own #freshjourney.’

Fresh Beauty - Holiday 2018

Fresh Roundtrip Ritual Set comprises of deluxe sizes of products that are great for trying and even to carry on when traveling. I do stock up on this kind of skincare sets because they are my go-to when traveling as I don’t like traveling with my full-size skin care products. If you followed me during my last vacation, I was carrying most of the products from Fresh in their deluxe sizes.

Fresh Beauty - Holiday 2018

The products make a complete skincare routine, this kit includes a gentle cleanser, a soothing face mask, a depuffing eye cream, radiance-boosting moisturizer, and a plumping lip treatment packed with hyaluronic acid spheres. This set has Soy Face Cleanser – 50ml (reviewed here), Rose Face Mask – 30ml is a cult-favorite hydrating and toning gel mask infused with real rose petals, soothing rosewater, and a “smart” algae that deliver optimum moisture, Black Tea Age-Delay Eye Concentrate – 5ml is an eye cream that diminishes visible signs of aging, dark circles, and puffiness, while moisturizing and firming the eye area, Lotus Youth Preserve Moisturizer – 15ml is a lightweight daily moisturizer proven to prevent visible signs of aging, provide 24 hours of significant moisture, and boost radiance with Fresh’s proprietary Super 7 Complex, Sugar Advanced Therapy Lip Treatment – 2.2g (reviewed here).

Fresh Ready, Set, Firm Set is an everyday skincare routine packed with firming benefits and essential antioxidant protection. This skincare set is great to target dull skin, ‘Start with an antioxidant liquid prep step that protects against pollution and boosts luminosity. Then fight dark circles and fine lines around the eyes. For perkier skin, reach for the corset cream. And when you want to wake up to a lifted look, use the overnight mask with firming peptides. ‘

Fresh Beauty - Holiday 2018

This set contains Black Tea Firming Overnight Mask – 30ml is an intensely moisturizing overnight treatment that visibly firms and redefines the skin contours to achieve a lifted, firmer look by morning, Black Tea Corset Cream Firming Moisturizer – 50ml is a lightweight firming cream for the face and neck that helps to visibly improve skin’s elasticity, providing a corset-like effect for a more lifted look, Black Tea Kombucha Facial Treatment Essence – 20ml (reviewed here), Black Tea Firming and De-Puffing Eye Cream (5ml) is an eye cream that diminishes visible signs of aging, dark circles, and puffiness, while moisturizing and firming the eye area. Not just for dull skin, it is a great value set to start with if you are looking for some products for antiaging.

Fresh Beauty - Holiday 2018

Fresh Limited Edition Zodiac Sugar Lip Treatment Advanced Therapy is a limited-edition balm that celebrates the Zodiac while hydrating for 24 hours and smoothing lips.

Fresh Beauty - Holiday 2018

These age-defying balms boost volume and improve definition, making them the perfect overnight treatment or lip color base. In addition to moisture-locking sugar, the balms contain sea fennel to fill in fine lines and wrinkles. I reviewed the original lip treatment in detail here. This is a really nice formula for dry, dehydrated or chapped lips.

Fresh Beauty - Holiday 2018

I always have one in my bag and vanity all the time. This keeps my lips moisturized all year round and is one of my go-to products which I trust when it comes to lip care. Having one for your zodiac sign is a great way to try this or even a great gift and best as a stocking stuffer. Here is some description all the packaging and zodiac signs, per Susan Miller:

ARIES: Selected by Susan Miller, this packaging featuring the Aries ram is magenta, blue mixed with fiery red because it’s the life force of the Zodiac.

TAURUS: Selected by Susan Miller, this packaging featuring the Taurus bull is grass green because this is the time of year nature is rejuvenating.

GEMINI: Selected by Susan Miller, this packaging featuring the Gemini twins is the bright yellow color of the sun for this brilliant air sign.

CANCER: Selected by Susan Miller, this packaging featuring the Cancer crab is silver blue because this sign loves water and is ruled by the moon.

LEO: Selected by Susan Miller, this packaging featuring the Leo lion is rich purple, like a king or queen’s robes, to represent royalty.

VIRGO: Selected by Susan Miller, this packaging featuring the Virgo maiden is olive green to symbolize this sign’s purity and faithfulness.

LIBRA: Selected by Susan Miller, this packaging featuring the Libra scales is soft, feminine pink because the goddess Venus rules this sign.

SCORPIO: Selected by Susan Miller, this packaging featuring the Scorpio scorpion is violet to reflect the deeply emotional nature of this sign.

SAGITTARIUS: Selected by Susan Miller, this packaging featuring the Sagittarius archer is maroon to symbolize the end of the autumn season.

CAPRICORN: Selected by Susan Miller, this packaging featuring the Capricorn sea-goat is earthy orange to reflect the determined, driven spirit of this sign.

AQUARIUS: Selected by Susan Miller, this packaging featuring the Aquarius water-bearer is bright aqua because this futuristic sign keeps her gaze on the horizon.

PISCES: Selected by Susan Miller, this packaging featuring the Pisces fish is turquoise because this sign is ruled by Neptune, god of the sea.

Fresh Beauty Holiday Sets are limited edition and available at Sephora Canada and Sephora.

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Your skin needs moisture, no matter what skin type you have. Moisture is essential for healthy skin and based on what the skin types is, it could be lightweight, rich, or extra rich. For me, my combination skin needs something that keeps it in balance without being overly dry or overly rich in moisture. My motive of saying all this is that moisturizer is an important part of skincare routine and even if you use any number of the products like essence, serum, sunscreen, makeup, the one thing I do not think anyone forgets is the moisturizer. So, the moisturizer you use needs to be something that suits your skin and its needs. I have been using the duo of moisturizers for day and night – Revive Skincare Moisturizing Renewal Cream Nightly Retexturizer and Revive Skincare Moisturizing Renewal Cream – Broad Spectrum SPF 15 Sunscreen and sharing my thoughts on how I feel about them for the time I have used them. They are going to be in the rotation in my skincare routine and you will see them more on my Instagram and social handles.

Revive Skincare Moisturizing Renewal Cream Nightly Retexturizer and Revive Skincare Moisturizing Renewal Cream - Broad Spectrum SPF 15 Sunscreen

About the brand, ‘RéVive™ is a luxury skincare line developed by Dr. Gregory Bays Brown, a Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon created to bring back that glow. Each product has been scientifically formulated with Bio-Renewal Technology, inspired by patented and Nobel Prize winning science, that Dr. Brown used to heal burn victims. This breakthrough technology delivers fast results to help change the behavior of your skin. With increased skin cell renewal and improved collagen and elastin, skin looks rejuvenated and revitalized and signs of aging are dramatically reduced. Dr. Brown formulates RéVive™ products with a collection of bio-engineered proteins called Bio Renewal Technology inspired by the proteins that we produce naturally. These skin-identical proteins mimic your skin’s bio-renewal process to quickly renew skin’s structure to behave at a more youthful rate.’

Revive Skincare Moisturizing Renewal Cream Nightly Retexturizer and Revive Skincare Moisturizing Renewal Cream - Broad Spectrum SPF 15 Sunscreen

Revive Skincare Moisturizing Renewal Cream – Broad Spectrum SPF 15 Sunscreen is a day moisturizer helps protect skin while encouraging skin cell renewal with a Rapid Renewal Complex that quickly reveals new, brighter skin. Dull, dry skin is transformed to healthy looking, more luminous skin.

Revive Skincare Moisturizing Renewal Cream Nightly Retexturizer and Revive Skincare Moisturizing Renewal Cream - Broad Spectrum SPF 15 Sunscreen

Revive Skincare Moisturizing Renewal Cream Nightly Retexturizer is a retexturizing hydrator night cream that gently exfoliates, renews and moisturizes facial skin. It is the best selling product from the brand that works hard overnight to make skin feel replenished and revived in the morning. Its unique formula works overtime as you sleep to help eradicate imperfections and visibly diminish fine lines. Wake up to fresher, more beautiful skin. Provides overall glow for a luminous, youthful complexion. RéVive Moisturising Renewal Cream utilizes RéVive’s exclusive Nobel Prize-winning ingredient, Epidermal Growth Factor (EGF), to dramatic effect. It soothes and nourishes the skin to leave it luminous and vibrant. Simultaneously exfoliating and hydrating the skin, the sophisticated cream also works to reduce blemishes and imperfections, while evening out skin tone. By binding in moisture, it gently plumps the skin, reducing the appearance of fine lines. RéVive Moisturising Renewal Cream uses glycolic acid to smooth and retexture the skin, rendering it soft as silk on the surface and yet firm to the touch.

Revive Skincare Moisturizing Renewal Cream Nightly Retexturizer and Revive Skincare Moisturizing Renewal Cream - Broad Spectrum SPF 15 Sunscreen
Moisturizing Renewal Cream Nightly Retexturizer, Moisturizing Renewal Cream – Broad Spectrum SPF 15 Sunscreen

This duo has been my go-to since last few days and I am really enjoying how my skin is liking them. For my blemish prone combination skin, the creams did not irritate or break me out. They go on smoothly, absorbs nicely without feeling oily or leaving any residue. The day cream stays on well under the makeup and the night cream works great with my other steps in the skincare routine like the toner, serum, and eye cream. My skin, no doubt, looks fresh, bright, even-toned, supple, and healthy overall.

Revive Skincare is available at reviveskincare.com, Holt Renfrew, Nordstrom, SpaceNK, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Neiman Marcus.

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