Shiseido Holiday Ribbonesia Limited Edition Collection reflects Shiseido’s Holiday Spirit – its warmth, humanity, and uncontained joy. For Shiseido product, beauty is –literally– a splendid gift. Something that can perfect, soothe, and brighten not only a person’s skin but her spirit and overall outlook too. Keeping in mind this spirit, the collaboration between Shiseido and Ribbonesia is called a natural collaboration. Shiseido’s name comes from a passage in the Chinese classic I Ching which translates to mean “How excellent are the virtues of the earth, from which all creation is born.” Like Shiseido, Ribbonesia finds creative inspiration from the regularity, complexity, and essential beauty of natural forms.

Shiseido Holiday Ribbonesia Limited Edition Collection

Just as a painter uses different brush strokes, Baku Maeda uses various twists, bends and folds to create colorful, sculptural art pieces using ribbon as a medium. Toru Yoshikawa develops the theme and concept for each one. Together, they make art as a team, known as Ribbonesia. Some of their work is as simple and understated as origami. Other pieces are intricately tangled and complex. Inspired by forms found in nature, Ribbonesia brings out the essential beauty of the natural world around us, in three-dimensional color.

Shiseido Holiday Ribbonesia Limited Edition Collection

Shiseido ModernMatte Powder Lipstick Expressive Deluxe Mini Set – Ribbonesia Limited Edition is perfect to add color to the holiday season. From soft neutrals to brilliant holiday reds, this mini-size collection is a gift of texture and color for the lips. The creamy lipstick transforms into a weightless powder on the lips, enveloping them in velvety color. Inspired by the curated shades inside the reusable acrylic keepsake box, Ribbonesia’s art creates a colorful statement on the outer package.

Shiseido Holiday Ribbonesia Limited Edition Collection

The collection of shades in this set is so beautiful, ranging from neutrals to bright shades, it has everything that one needs to go through the season as well as to transition to the next season. The formula is very creamy, smooth, and comfortable to wear. It is moisturizing, feels light on the lips, and the staying power is nice. The sizes of the lipsticks are perfect to keep in a bag on the go or just to try out the shades or to give it as a gift to a friend, family, or relatives. The shape of the bullet is perfect to apply it with or without a lip liner and glides on nicely on the lips. Each tone of this expressive, ultra-thin lipstick draws its inspiration from Japan’s captivating nightlife, eliciting visions of the vibrant neon signs and dazzling billboards that furnish Tokyo’s trendiest neighborhoods.

Shiseido Holiday Ribbonesia Limited Edition Collection

The five shades in the set include:

ModernMatte Powder Lipstick – 506 Disrobed – Nude Rose
ModernMatte Powder Lipstick – 517 Rose Hip – Carnation Pink
ModernMatte Powder Lipstick – 512 Sling Back – Cherry Red
ModernMatte Powder Lipstick – 516 Exotic Red – Scarlet Red
ModernMatte Powder Lipstick – 524 Dark Fantasy – Bordeaux

Shiseido Holiday Ribbonesia Limited Edition Collection

There is one more product in the collection, the same amazing product in new holiday packaging – Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate Ribbonesia Limited Edition (reviewed here), which has also the most beautiful packaging and the product inside keeping in mind the Shiseido’s holiday spirit. Shiseido Holiday Ribbonesia Limited Edition Collection is available Sephora Canada, Hudson’s BayMuraleBeautyboutique by Shoppers Drug Mart.

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I am still obsessed with how beautiful, unique, and practical Givenchy Teint Couture Radiant Drop and Givenchy Teint Couture Shimmer Powder are, which I reviewed here. And hard to divide my attention between the Teint Couture Shimmer Powder and this new fall collection, I am getting over excited to share the Givenchy Midnight Skies 2018 Fall Collection with you guys. Givenchy Fall 2018 collection is a collection full of mystery, sensuality, and temptation. Nicolas Degennes, art director for Givenchy took inspiration from the famous black dress created by Hubert de Givenchy for Audrey Hepburn in the classic movie “Breakfast at Tiffany’s“. Inspired by the exquisite beauty and elegance of the Black Dress, Givenchy Midnight Skies Collection of red and silver shades complement each other and together create an autumn image in red tones.

Givenchy Midnight Skies 2018 Fall Collection

Givenchy Midnight Skies Prisme Quatuor

Givenchy Midnight Skies Prisme Quatuor is the star of the collection and is a must-have. Red, the guiding thread of the collection, offers an intense and luminous chromatic spectrum. The evolving colors of its natural pigments, there is transition journey from orange to pink to red. The metallic hues ensure perfect coverage and incredible shine in an endless reflection.

Givenchy Midnight Skies 2018 Fall Collection

The palette reveals three mother-of-pearl black shades contrasting with a powerful, ultra-sensual red inspired by the rich sequins used on Haute Couture places.

Givenchy Midnight Skies 2018 Fall Collection

First of all, the case of this Prisme Quatuor eye palette illustrates the strong bond between Givenchy Makeup and Couture, the intricate details on the case are simply an amazing work of art.

Givenchy Midnight Skies 2018 Fall Collection

The formula is easy to apply, comfortable to wear and is long lasting. The texture is smooth and creamy, glides easily on the lids. It is easily buildable from a simple subtle hint of color to the full glam intense color. I am so stunned with how gorgeous the shades are, I am definitely be wearing them with the subtle hint of color and shine during the day and more intense during the evening. The four radiant shades in this eye palette are silver-gray, olive green, brown and red, which are all unique and thus overall a must-have palette.

Givenchy Midnight Skies 2018 Fall Collection

Givenchy Midnight Skies Rouge Interdit

Givenchy Rouge Interdit Limited Edition is the same moisturizing, comfortable formula in a limited edition shade Midnight Red No 26. Rouge Interdit has the nourishing black rose extract and light oils create a smooth and comfortable moisturizing feeling to the lips with added three-dimensional highlight. The limited edition silky satin, elegant pearl-like red enhances the sexy temptation of the lips. The lipstick is engraved with stars of different sizes. The finish of the Midnight Red No 26 is pearly red sheen.

Givenchy Midnight Skies 2018 Fall Collection

Givenchy Midnight Skies Noir Interdit

Givenchy Noir Interdit Limited Edition is the same amazing formula and packaging which has a bendable brush (shade black reviewed here) in a new limited edition shade Dark Red No. 2. I am so in love with the Noir Interdit Mascara that repurchased the original black shade twice, I still have a backup and this new shade is so gorgeous, I am already obsessed with it. The brush is bendable up to 90 degrees allowing the mascara brush to penetrate deeper into the lashes, extending each lash to the perfect state of the thickest curl.

Givenchy Midnight Skies 2018 Fall Collection

The more it is applied, the more it reinforces the voluptuous shade of the lashes. The texture of the mascara is waxy and is long-lasting, for me stays on all day without smudging or falling off. It is enriched with black rose oil and a fortifying vitamin which brings nourishment and lash-enhancing properties. The shade Dark red No. 2 is Dark Burgundy Red. The red mother-of-pearl particles create a sleek, eye-catching, and radiant glow.

Givenchy Midnight Skies 2018 Fall Collection

Givenchy Midnight Skies Liner Vinyl

Givenchy Liner Vinyl Limited Edition in shade Red Night No. 7 which is a burgundy red is a slender pen-like liquid liner also has added delicate red mother-of-pearl particles, adds a radiant glow with “focusing attention” effect, injects a unique personal aesthetic into your eye makeup. The radiant color has a good last power.

Givenchy Midnight Skies 2018 Fall Collection

Givenchy Midnight Skies 2018 Fall Collection is definitely one of the most beautiful collections with red tones perfect for fall. The collection is available at Holt Renfrew, Sephora.ca, and Sephora Canada.

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Estee Lauder was one of the first brands that got me started to skincare and makeup, the time of the year when there are the bright and beautiful gifts with purchase on the brand’s counters, I indulged into my first Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Serum for the skin. Since then, I got my mother hooked to the serum and it is still one of her favorite serum’s and mine as well. I had the privilege of attending the launch and fall preview of the new Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair eye Supercharged Complex a few weeks back and with all the knowledge and information shared during the event, I was so interested to start my routine and care for my eyes from the blue light emitted from the screens as well as protect them for other factors related to age and environment.

Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair

Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Supercharged Complex is a new launch from the brand, which is a supercharged treatment with 10X Concentrated Repair Technology that helps repair the visible impact of lack of sleep, UV, pollution, even blue light. It’s proven to reveal a bright, hydrated, visibly revived look with comprehensive benefits for the eye area:

Repairs Dramatically reduce the look of every key sign of eye aging, including puffiness, lines, and dryness, Brightens Dark Circles, Hydrates for 24 hours thanks to a potent hydration booster, including Hyaluronic Acid, Prevents free radical damage with 8-hour anti-oxidant power—part of our multi-action anti-pollution defense technology.

Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair

The complex is lightweight GelCreme texture absorbs quickly, leaves skin feeling soft and silky. I have been using this day and night for the last few weeks and is something my eye area is really liking. It does not irritate my sensitive eye area and brightens it. I do notice my eye area look smooth, fresh, and recharged. They do not look tired, feels and looks hydrated. And I do plan to keep using this for its benefits and to do my part to keep my eyes safe from Blue Light emitted by screens like phone, tv, and more.

Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair

Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II is a nighttime serum for radiant, youthful-looking, radiant skin. It is one of the brand’s best-selling product and something that I always have on my skincare shelf. It is suitable for all skin types. It brightens, smooths, moisturizes, and helps with anti-aging. This is like an all in one product which gives visible results in a matter of few days, for me, I could notice how soft, brighter, and supple my skin looked within a week. No doubt why it is the best selling product. It is to be used before the moisturizer on cleansed and toned skin day and night.

Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Concentrated Recovery Eye Mask is an Eye Mask infused with Advanced Night Repair technology. The eye area feels cool and refreshed instantly once this mask is put on. In a few minutes, eyes look and feel more rested, renewed. The tiredness along with fine, dry lines are plumped as the skin is drenched with hydration. It makes the eyes look radiant and youthful. Application – ‘Apply on clean skin, once a week at night. Press liquid chamber to break the seal and release formula onto pads, then massage gently to ensure pads are fully saturated. Tear open packet and separate the pads (discarding the divider), then apply one under each eye. Leave on for 10 minutes, remove pads and gently pat in any remaining serum. If desired, follow with your favorite eye crème.’

Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair

Estee Lauder Advanced Night Micro Cleansing Balm is a lightweight balm melts into a silky cleansing oil as you massage over skin then transforms with water into a milky emulsion that rinses easily for a clean, conditioned feel. It helps remove makeup and impurities, including pollution, as it purifies deep within skin’s surface to improve your overall healthy look. It is a great addition to my cleansing balms, which is what I prefer as my first cleanser during the evening to remove my makeup when I am wearing it and on the days when I am wearing just sunscreen over my regular skincare products.

Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair

All these products have been a great addition to my skincare routine as well as high on rotation since I notice the results almost instantly or in few days, and who does not like radiance and supple skin. Estee Lauder products are available at Esteelauder.ca, Sephora.ca, Hudsons Bay, and BeautyBoutique by Shoppers Drug Mart.

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Home fragrances are something I have always been pretty much into and for me, relating scents to the moments is part of my everyday life. Same is with the weather and seasons, occasions and relaxations – I always like a scent complimenting that moment. I came across Lumira almost a year ago and finally able to share with you guys about the brand and the candles – ‘Lumira Tuscan Fig and Sirocco Candle’ I have been enjoying from the brand. I know there was so much interest on the candle and the brand when I first posted about it on my Instagram. Lumira fragrances are luxurious with the high quality of their ingredients, with attention to each detail on the scent as well as the packaging, most importantly, the ambiance they create.

Lumira Tuscan Fig and Sirocco Candle

I will first start with some introduction to the brand. Lumira was founded by Almira Armstrong in 2013. The scents are infused with the highest quality of fine fragrance oils reminiscent of places both near and far. The collection of Lumira’s luxury lifestyle essentials are a celebration of beautiful scent, sophisticated design and the spirit of travel.  The power of fragrance to trigger the senses, a memory, and even a person’s emotional state is the inspirations that led to the creation of the Lumira brand.

Throughout the ages, the power of scent has been harnessed to inspire, to comfort, to transport, and to enliven the spirit. A nostalgic or exotic fragrance possesses the unique ability to instantly engage our imagination and stir our sensory memory, invoking the warmth and familiarity of home, or allowing us to momentarily transcend everyday life.’

Lumira Tuscan Fig and Sirocco Candle

Each candle from the brand is handcrafted using all-natural soy wax, cotton wicks, and the finest essential and fragrance oils that have been hand-picked by a collection of world-renowned perfumers. The burn time for both the candles is around 80 hours.

Lumira Tuscan Fig luxury scented candle

Lumira Tuscan Fig luxury scented candle is a luscious herbal blend with a deep earthy base, topped with notes of sweet blackcurrants and musk. It is inspired by the rustic, sun-scorched hills of Tuscany intertwined with gnarled vines and olive groves, and the solitary rows of fig trees, each embellished with succulent purple and green fruits. This candle is perfect to refresh and warm any space.

Lumira Tuscan Fig and Sirocco Candle

Notes
Top: fig leaves, fig tree
Middle: mimosa petals, blackcurrant, cedarwood
Base: iris, musk, patchouli

Lumira Sirocco

Lumira Sirocco luxury scented candle named in honor of the great North African wind that extends across the Mediterranean Sea and into Southern Europe. The candle boasts top notes of tangerine and cumin, anchored by Moroccan cedar, vanilla, and sandalwood to create a sultry, tempting scent reminiscent of Tangier’s bustling souks laden with leatherware, spices, and sweet delights.

Notes
Top: citrus, tangerine
Mid: herbaceous, pine, cumin
Base: Moroccan cedar, American cedar, vanilla, sandalwood, moss

Lumira Tuscan Fig and Sirocco Candle

Inspired by American minimalist Ellsworth Kelly, Sirocco is part of the exclusive Collezione Bianca, a private luxury scented candle collection of three fragrances, carefully created with the purpose that each individual fragrance can be burnt at a specific time of the day. Collezione Bianca is a tribute to the beauty, simplicity, and purity of Kelly’s relief works, combined with an exploration in premium, exotic fragrances to enhance our daily rituals with a sense of style and ceremony. The Collezione Bianca candles are handcrafted in Australia and housed in the hand-made glass with cotton wicks.

‘Below are some recommendations by the brand to care and ensure the longevity of Lumira candle:

  • To ensure an even and smoke-free burn, the wick should be trimmed to a length of 5mm each time before lighting. Candles should never be left burning unattended and discontinue when 10mm of wax remains to prevent cracking.
  • In order to get the most out of your LUMIRA candle, burn it until the entire surface of the candle melts. Wax has ‘memory’ so it will follow the first burn so make sure not to extinguish the candle until the whole surface has melted.
  • To preserve the fragrance, do not burn your candle for more than four hours at a time and turn the wick into the wax to extinguish so that there is no smoke created.
  • Do not leave a candle burning unattended. Keep away from children, curtains, and pets.
  • Always protect the table or surface on which the candle rests.’

Lumira Tuscan Fig and Sirocco Candle

Lumira I have been really enjoying the candles and the warmth they bring to my home and ambiance. There are travel versions also available for all the scents which are perfect for taking your favorite scents along when traveling or if you want to try the scent. As someone who relates scents with memories, I love the scents and they are both perfect to have. The scents are not too strong or something that might be uncomfortable for family and kids around. The candles do exude luxury whiles providing comfort and escapism to all that encounter their blissful fragrance.

Lumira candles are available at atelierlumira.com, Selfridges (UK),  and Barneys (USA).

 

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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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