The holiday spirit is already on everywhere with all the smiles around, sparkle in the eyes, and warmness in the minds. To advance that happiness further, there are the beautiful sparkling launches from Sephora Collection from the Holiday 2018 Beauty Uncomplicated collection which are truly great for gifting yourself or for the loved ones. There is a variety of products you can choose from, not just makeup, but skincare also. I have used few products from the brand in the products and do believe they are some great formulas that work but sometimes I feel they are underrated for what they are. So I am glad to share some options you can choose from this holiday season and if you are already someone who adores the brand, then it is a great way to get the favorites in some cool packaging for holidays.

Sephora Collection Holiday 2018 - Beauty Uncomplicated

From sparkling lip stains to whimsical eyeshadow palettes, Sephora Collection has everything you need to impress this holiday season. These products make the perfect gifts for everyone on your list, no matter your budget.

Sephora Collection Holiday 2018 - Beauty Uncomplicated

Sephora Collection Enchanting Colours Eye & Face Palette ($23/$71 value) – is a magical set of 8 beautiful eyeshadows, 1 blush, 1 bronzer & 1 highlighter to create the perfect holiday look. The formula is pigmented, the texture is nice, smooth, and blends nicely.

Sephora Collection Holiday 2018 - Beauty Uncomplicated

Sephora Collection Glitter Pots ($17)are the perfect stocking stuffers. This is a 4 shade set featuring the most magical assortment of holiday micro pearl formulas, including Disco Ball, Emerald Envy, Silver Bells, and Pink Champagne. It’s that time of year to add a little sparkle to your look!

Sephora Collection Holiday 2018 - Beauty Uncomplicated

Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stain Collection Set ($34/$107 value) – has the cult favorite, best-selling Cream Lip Stains from the brand which has great lasting power. The set features 6 full-size Cream Lip Stains, this long-wearing, lightweight matte formula is the perfect gift to perfect your pout. The shades in the set include 01 Always Red, 06 Pink Soufflé, 23 Copper Blush, 73 Glowing Beige, 79 Soft Coral, 99 Purple Red.

Sephora Collection Holiday 2018 - Beauty Uncomplicated

Sephora Collection Enchanted Glow Face Palette ($13/$28 value) is great to get and keep the summer glow this time of the year as well as the whole year around. This highlighter, bronzer, and blush trio will give you a warm glow perfect for any time of the year.

Sephora Collection Holiday 2018 - Beauty Uncomplicated

Sephora Collection Glowy Surprise Face & Lip Kit Popper ($17) with the cute packaging has a handful of the face and lip goodies on the inside. The packaging of the products inside the popper is very cute and love how the shades will suit most of the skin tones. The set contains Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stain in no 13 Marvelous Mauve, Blush in 03 Miss Spicy, Luminzer in 12 Miss Sunshine.

Sephora Collection Holiday 2018 - Beauty Uncomplicated

Sephora Collection Rising Star Canister Brush Set ($49/$108 value) is a set of 5 essential brushes are perfect for full face application and come in a beautiful glitter stand up a canister that you will want to put on display! The brushes included are Complexion, Angled Highlight, Angled Shadow, Precision Shadow, and Pointed Smudge. They are all soft and dense, does not streak or shed.

Sephora Collection Holiday 2018 - Beauty Uncomplicated

Sephora Collection Wish Upon A Star Mini Brush Set ($19/$36 value) has 4 of your eyeshadow favorites! Great to throw in your bag for holiday party touch-ups or for stocking stuffers! The brushes included are Smudge, Angled Eyeliner, Crease, and Eyeshadow.

Sephora Collection Glitter & Chill Cooling Mask ($10) – is a cooling and refreshing gel eye mask is infused with rose gold glitter, perfect for soothing and relaxing pre or post-holiday party!

Sephora Collection Holiday 2018 - Beauty Uncomplicated

Sephora Collection Tinsel Time Clutch ($18) – is a tinsel-filled clutch with two snap closures can easily hold all of your accessories and makeup needs for a night out or Holiday party!

Sephora Collection Fringe False Lash Set ($25) has a pair of Sephora Collection Fringe lashes. Stored inside of a reusable hard-sided case with mirror and lash adhesive included, it’s perfect for easy lash application!

Sephora Collection Holiday 2018 - Beauty Uncomplicated

Lilly Lashes for Sephora Collection Lash Set ($75/$93 value) is an exclusive lash kit includes two of Lilly Lashes best-sellers, 3D Mink style Miami and Mink style Diamonds, in addition to a luxe rose gold lash applicator to help apply lashes with ease.

Sephora Collection Double Down Lash Set($15/$25 value) has two pairs of Sephora Collection lashes in Hipster and Astonish, making this the perfect stocking stuffer.

Sephora Collection Holiday 2018 - Beauty Uncomplicated

Sephora Collection Holiday 2018 - Beauty Uncomplicated

Sephora Collection Holiday 2018 - Beauty Uncomplicated

And to pack that all as well as your favorite beauty essentials on your vanity or on the go, there is a Traincase. Sephora Collection Starlit Large Traincase ($138) in a limited edition rose gold is perfect for storing all of your holiday treats! I am super impressed with the quality and size of the train case. The rose gold edition with all the glittering surface is well built and it does not falls off on the floor or sticks to your hands. The compartments are large enough to hold all the essentials along with separate pockets for brushes. The lock and the key are provided, everything is well built and solid.

The new Sephora Collection Holiday 2018 is available at Sephora and Sephora.ca.

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I know you must be thinking why just one skincare product in this ‘holiday find and recommend post’, that is just because I feel this single product needs one dedicated post to show my appreciation on how my skin is liking and acting to it. Moreover, this is not a new product but it is new to me as is the brand. And what can be the better time to try this in the beautiful holiday packaging, it does come in regular all clear bottle. I am talking about the SK-II Facial Treatment Essence.

If you have never heard of SK-II, it is one of the most trusted and bestselling skincare brands in Asia and is quickly becoming a must-have among beauty experts in North America. And if you are not aware and never used an essence before, Essences are clear liquids rich in active ingredients and light in consistency. They are used after the lotion and before the serum in Asian routines but in our western routines, it can be used after cleansing and before the serum or moisturizer. In any case, it is going to benefit if applied before the other rich products in your routine and after cleansing. The key ingredient, PITERA™ is a bio-ingredient derived from yeast fermentation that resembles your skin’s natural moisturizing factors; contains over 50 micro-nutrients like vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and organic acids to condition skin’s natural functions.

SK-II Facial Treatment Essence KARAN Limited Edition

SK-II Facial Treatment Essence is SK-II’s signature product which is essentially unchanged for over 35 years. Facial Treatment Essence is SK-II’s signature and most awarded bestseller. This essence is described to transform all five dimensions of the skin to crystal clear—spots are less visible, the appearance of wrinkles is reduced, skin texture is more refined, firmness is improved, and radiance is beautifully elevated. With over 90 percent Pitera, SK-II’s bio-ingredient helps renew skin, boost moisture and radiance, and combat signs of aging. The lightweight formula allows for faster absorption and higher penetration of the product into the skin as compared to serums or creams.

The bottle as you see in the pictures is from the KARAN Limited Edition Collection which SK-II created in collaboration with artist Karan Singh. The limited edition bottle has a pop-art design illustrating the power of PITERA™ and looks so gorgeous, like a work of art which will look great on the vanity even after the product is finished.

SK-II Facial Treatment Essence KARAN Limited Edition

For my combination skin which is prone to breakouts, I was not sure what this clear liquid like product will do to it. I am so glad I tried this, though I have read some nice things about this in the past, from my trusted fellow bloggers as well as my friend. I have been using this as the first step after cleansing, preferably with a cotton round as I feel I have more control on the application on all parts of my face excluding the eye area. It absorbs quickly, it did calm my problem areas instantly. I did have few breakouts the time I started using this and it did not irritate but instead calmed the area. For other parts of the face, it just sank into the skin. With the consistent use, I am feeling my face is more radiant, bright, the texture is even, my skin feels balanced. I do use other products in my routine but I do feel this makes a difference. My skin is soft and the products I use after using this essence work even better having this on the skin first. And one more thing, I do feel the difference in how my skin looks and feels if I stop using this essence for a few days. I am very happy and look forward to having this in my skincare routine forever 🙂 No doubt why this essence has won so many beauty and critic awards.

I highly recommend you to check SK-II Facial Treatment Essence if you are looking for something that helps with brightening the skin, preventing the formation of dark spots caused by sun damage, fine lines, smooth and supple skin. It is suitable for all skin types. And a great time to try or to get a backup of this 230ml version of SK-II Facial Treatment Essence KARAN Limited Edition. It is available at SK-II.com, Sephora, and Sephora Canada.

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Looking at all the cute packaging of the Drunk Elephant products, I was so intrigued to try and see how the products work for my combination skin. And I was more interested into it since I read about the skin concerns that the founder of the brand had, they all seemed to like my skin concerns – combination skin, oily t-zone, occasionally break out prone, out-of-balance, pigmentation, and visible pores. Drunk Elephant products have isolated both great synthetic and natural ingredients that are only there to directly benefit the health of the skin. The product formulas have high percentage’s of actives at the ideal pH levels and were made sure all the ingredients were easily absorbable and recognized by the skin. The result of using these products is a new category of skincare: clean-clinical and It really works – as per the brand and as per my experience by using them for over a month.

Drunk Elephant skincare review

I have arranged the products as per my routine using them, as you see in the pictures, there is my morning skincare routine, once a weeknight routine, and night skincare routine. There is the cleanser, face oil, and moisturizer that I can use day and night. Then there is s day serum and night serum which are specific to the day and night. Then there is my once a week ritual, I usually do that on the weekend.

Drunk Elephant Beste No. 9 Jelly Cleanser is described as a jelly cleanser with a blend of mild surfactants and makeup dissolving emollients, this gentle formula rinses away without an ounce of residue, leaving skin clean and soft. Beste No. 9 is formulated at an ideal, non-stripping pH level of 5.5. I have been using this as my morning cleanser and second cleanser for the evening. This works great to keep my skin calm, clean, and never strips it. I feel it very refreshing too. It is gentle, never stings or irritates my eyes.

Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial is described as a pro-quality AHA/BHA “facial” that resurfaces to reveal greater clarity, improved skin texture and tone, and a more youthful radiance. Think of it as an extra nudge for stubborn, dull skin (in other words, it’ll knock your cells off). It contains 25% AHA and 2% BHA blend including Glycolic plus Tartaric, Lactic, Citric and Salicylic acids to gently but efficiently resurface as it exfoliates the pore lining, getting rid of built-up dead skin cells by breaking down the substance that holds them to the surface. Along with nourishing, moisturizing, brightening, balancing ingredients, it also has Niacinamide, a “cell-communicating” ingredient, effectively revives a healthy look and feel to the skin as it brightens and tones. This mask is suitable for all skin types and has an ideal pH level of 3.5 – 3.6 with a blend of acids that work together synergistically to ensure higher efficacy without the redness and sensitization.

Drunk Elephant skincare review

Once a week routine

I have used it once a week for over four times and do feel this does a good job of giving some extra care to revive the skin. This helps to deeply cleanse and resurface. My skin feels and looks soft, clear, smooth, radiant, even, and helps with my breakouts too. This has become one of my most reached out mask these days. The texture of the mask is smooth and a little grainy, just right consistency that is easy to apply, not runny or thick.

Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Night Serum is a 12% AHA/BHA night serum that helps refine and resurface skin to reveal a smoother and more radiant looking complexion. T.L.C. Framboos™ enhances the performance of other products by clearing the way for maximum absorption. It is formulated with an ideal pH level of 3.8-4.0 which makes it effective and non-sensitizing. The AHA/BHA blend including Glycolic, Lactic, Tartaric, Citric and Salicylic acids and blended with raspberry extract, T.L.C. Framboos sinks in easily and delivers effective and precise chemical exfoliation without the harsh side effects like dryness or sensitization. There are more ingredients which help in soothing skin, discoloration, and pores.

This gel serum resurfaces dull skin, gently lifting dead skin cells away by dissolving the glue that holds them to the surface, giving greater clarity and a smoother, more even looking complexion. I use it after cleansing my face and my skin looks and feels smooth, refined, bright, and even toned in the morning. I have experienced results the next morning and the more regular I am, I do notice the difference it makes. It is not harsh and does not irritate or break out my skin. I do follow with few drops of Virgin Marula Oil after using this serum.

Drunk Elephant skincare review

Night time routine

Drunk Elephant C-Firma Day Serum is described as a super-potent vitamin C day serum packed with a powerful antioxidant complex of 15% l-ascorbic acid, 0.5% ferulic acid, and 1% vitamin E, essential nutrients, and fruit enzymes, all working together to firm and brighten the appearance of skin while improving the signs of photoaging. C-Firma has a pH level of 3.3 – 3.5, which is believed to be non-irritating, effective formulation.

Drunk Elephant skincare review

I use it after cleansing during the day and is one of my favorite brightening serum with Vitamin C. I notice the results immediately with this and on the long run, my spots and pigmentations seem to be fading. My skin looks brighter, smooth, and radiant.

Drunk Elephant Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil is described as high in critical antioxidants tocopherol (vitamin E), tocotrienol, phenolic compounds and flavonoids, and rich in omegas 6 and 9, helps to moisturize, rejuvenate and nourish skin while restoring a youthful glow. Straight from the “pip” of the marula fruit, our Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil is untouched by any chemical or fragrance, natural or synthetic and remains in its purest form.

I have been using a few drops of it before my moisturizer or just on its own after the serum or facial mask. Being nourishing, it did not break me out. It is gentle, did not irritate my combination problem skin. It does impart a nice glow to my skin, my skin feels nourished and soft.

Drunk Elephant skincare review

Drunk Elephant Protini Polypeptide Cream is described as a protein moisturizer combines an unprecedented array and concentration of signal peptides, growth factors, supportive amino acids and pygmy waterlily for visible and immediate improvement in the appearance of skin’s tone, texture, and firmness. Like adding a shot of protein to the smoothie, this moisturizer is abundant with proteins and nutrients, it replenishes and restores your skin back to a strong, healthy state. Protini is formulated at the ideal pH level of 4.0.

I have been really enjoying this moisturizer, not light and not rich, just the right consistency that glides as well as absorbs into the skin instantly. My skin feels healthy, comfortable, plump, radiant, and is moisturized. It did not irritate or break out my skin.

Drunk Elephant Umbra Sheer Physical Daily Defense SPF 30 is described as a sheer physical sunscreen that delivers powerful broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection and helps aid in the prevention of free radical and oxidative damage as well as photoaging for a more youthful-looking complexion. This is a physical sunscreen that is formulated without any chemical sunscreens, which can be sensitizing and not as beneficial to the skin as the naturally-derived alternative, zinc oxide.

Drunk Elephant skincare reviewDay time routine

Sunscreen is something I am never without any day around the year, yes I do Live in Canada where almost half of the year we are inside most of the time due to harsh cold weather and yet, Sunscreen is a must. This is a nice addition to my sunscreens, it is gentle, non-irritating, no-fragrance, no pilling, glides nicely on the skin, absorbs nicely, and sits great under my makeup. It is not greasy and leaves a nice dewy glow to the skin. The little white cast dissolves once rubbed in.

Drunk Elephant skincare review

I am so glad to be using these products from Drunk Elephant. The brand is totally worth all the hype. I am so looking forward to keeping these products on rotation, they have become my trusted go-to’s when my skin needs help. Check out more of my skincare routines with Drunk Elephant on my Instagram Handle here. Drunk Elephant is available at Sephora Canada and Sephora.

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