Holiday 2014: limited edition holiday offerings from Lush Cosmetics, Kiehl’s since 1851, and Rocky Mountain Soap Co.

It’s true when they say that Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year! It’s definitely my favourite holiday and I always love seeing the many beautiful holiday collections that brands put together for this special time of the year. Below are some of the awesome holiday products that caught my eye this year, and I wanted to share them with you while they’re still available in stores!

Lush Cosmetics

lush christmas 2014

Nobody does holidays like Lush, and for holiday 2014, Lush is introducing a plethora of new and limited edition holiday items for our eyes to drool over. Apart from the usual collection of ready-to-gift pre-wrapped presents, there are also a few new holiday edition products such as Yog Nog soap, inspired by egg nog; Hot Toddy shower gel, a cinnamon-scented shower gel with gold sparkles; and Snowman Fun, a black, white and orange fun putty that you can make your own snowman with (check out mine here). My favourite of the bunch is So White shower gel, which is scented with fresh apples!

Lush holiday items are available in stores and online now!

Kiehl’s since 1851

kiehl's christmas 2014

Every Christmas, Kiehl’s since 1851 collaborates with an artist to create limited edition packaging for some of its most popular products. This holiday, Kiehl’s is working with Craig & Karl to create limited edition packaging design for its Creme de Corps, Creme de Corps Whipped Body Butter (my review here), Ultra Facial Cream (my review here), and Calendula Herbal-Extract Toner (my review here).

kiehl's christmas 2014

As with every holiday, Kiehl’s is offering complimentary gift boxing services and customers have the option of customizing their own gift sets by choosing their own Kiehl’s products. Gift boxing services are available at all Kiehl’s free-standing boutiques.

The Kiehl’s holiday offerings are available online and in stores now!

Rocky Mountain Soap Co.

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This holiday, Rocky Mountain Soap Co. offers a new and limited edition Sugar Plum scent in all of its most popular products. I LOVE this scent – it’s sweet and warm but not overpowering. Available in singles and pre-wrapped gift sets, I recommend picking up the Body Scrub, the Body Butter, and the classic Soap that’s created with a marbled design. The Sugar Plum Mini Tray also makes for a great stocking stuffer that’s under $15.

The Sugar Plum products are available now until supplies last in stores and online. There are two new Rocky Mountain Soap Co. stores opening soon in Metro Vancouver as well! One at Bentall Centre (near Burrard skytrain, underneath the BMO), and one at Metrotown.

Fancy anything on the list? Have you started Christmas shopping yet?

Cutest holiday collection ever – Shu Uemura x Karl Lagerfeld Shupette collection

Shu Uemura shupette review swatches

For holiday 2014, Shu Uemura teamed up again with Karl Lagerfeld for the second time to create a collection inspired by Karl Lagerfeld’s cat, Choupette. The story is that Choupette belonged to a model that Karl Lagerfeld worked with, and the model asked Karl to cat-sit over the holidays. Later Karl refused to return Choupette to the model because he just loved the cat so much. The collection is quite large and is comprised of several different pieces. Today I am showing you the two eyeshadow trios, the face powder and the glitter trio.

shu uemura shupette eyeshadow review

Overall the collection is very, very cute. The two eyeshadow trios, lovingly called the Eye-Need-Shu Trios (C$45 each) are encased in a plastic packaging with a sketch of Choupette on the top lid. Eye-Need-Shu Trio 01 is a blue-based palette, comprised of a shimmery white, a shimmery baby blue, and a shimmer navy blue with baby blue sparkles. The pigmentation on the 01 trio is medium, as I required several layers to get the swatches you see on my arm.Eye Need-Shu Trio 02 is a pink-based palette, comprised of a shimmery champagne, satin pink, and a satin burgundy. With the exception of the burgundy shade, which is a beautiful rich colour, the rest of the pink palette is also lacking in pigmentation.

shu uemura shupette eyeshadow review

Application of the blue palette was easy and once on the eyes, the blue really helped make my eyes pop. The pink palette on the other hand, was slightly disappointing as it required many, many layers of the baby pink colour to show up on my eyes.

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My favourite product of the collection that I’ve tried has got to be the Pampearl-Me Face Powder (C$50). It is a very finely milled face powder with just a hint of sheen. If dusted lightly, you can use this as an all-over face finishing powder, which is what I’ve been doing. The finish is a beautiful, soft focus, pore-blurring look. As the powder is so finely milled, it just melts into the skin. I lightly dust this over my entire face, after I’ve mattified and powdered with my usual face powder. My skin looks generally more glowy!

shu uemura shupette pampearl me face powder review
shu uemura shupette pampearl me face powder review
shu uemura shupette pampearl me face powder review

Last but least, the My Precious Glitter Set (C$58) is a set of three separate shimmer powder. It says glitter but actually the powder is super fine shimmer that creates a multi-dimensional look on the eyes without the gritty feel.

shu uemura shupette glitter set

I created two separate looks with the Eye-Need-Shu Trios. Sorry for the difference in lighting, I took these on two different days and on the 2nd day (the one when I’m wearing the blue palette), it was super overcast outside so I had trouble getting good lighting.

Eye-Need-Shu 01

shu eumura shupette review swatches
shu eumura shupette review swatches

Eye-Need-Shu 02

shu eumura shupette review swatches
shu eumura shupette review swatches

 

Shu Uemura x Karl Lagerfeld Shupette products are available now online, at select Sephora locations across Canada, at the Bay, and at Holt Renfrew.

Quick reviews: Vichy Idealia BB Cream in Light and Medium & Idealia Eye

Vichy Idealia BB Cream review

As a continuation of their Idealia line, Vichy recently released a BB Cream and an eye cream/illuminator called the Eye Contour Idealizer. I previously reviewed their Idealia Life Serum here so I was interested to see how the BB Cream and the Eye Contour Idealizer would fare.

Vichy Idealia BB Cream

Available in two shades – Light and Medium, the Vichy Idealia BB Cream is presented in a sleek, tall pink tube that is great for slipping in your makeup bag for the day or in your travel bag. The texture is light and creamy, and it is also lightly hydrating, which is perfect for the fall weather.

The Vichy Idealia BB Cream is very, very sheer, as in there is almost no coverage. Even though it is ultra sheer, I’ve really enjoyed using this on a daily basis because I feel like it helps to brighten my skin overall, as if someone was holding a diffused light in front of my face. My skin looks and feels healthier and more radiant, and I’m okay to sacrifice a bit of coverage for that. Because it is so sheer, the range of skintones that the light and medium will work for is quite wide. I use the light but I can probably also use the medium. I haven’t tried using this as a primer, but I feel like if you wanted more coverage, you can either use another foundation on top or apply some concealer to the places where you need it.

Overall I like, but I know it’s not everyone’s cup of tea. If you’re looking for something ultra natural to wear on weekends and are okay with the low coverage, then you should check this out. If you want something with more coverage, then you’d better skip.

Vichy Idealia BB Cream review
Vichy Idealia BB Cream review
Vichy Idealia BB Cream review

Ingredients:

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Vichy Idealia Eyes

The Vichy Idealia Eyes is labeled as an “eye contour idealizer,” and claims to correct dark circles, smooths fine lines and illuminate shadows. The product itself is presented in a long pink tube with a plastic spatula applicator. The texture is a light, sheer, pink cream with lots of illuminating shimmers. The plastic spatula applicator is very easy to use as you just squeeze a bit out of the tube, then smooth it onto the eye contour area either with the back of the flat applicator or with your fingers.

I was quite disappointed by this product because I felt like it didn’t really do anything for me. It neither corrected my dark circles, nor smoothed my fine lines, and because it was so sheer, it didn’t illuminate the shadows under my eyes either. I feel like in order to make those claims, the product would have to be more moisturizing and at the same time provide more coverage.

Definitely skip this because I didn’t see it do anything on my eye contour area, sadly.

Vichy Idealia Eye review
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Have you tried anything from the Vichy Idealia line?

Review: Tweezerman Brush IQ Finishing Contour Brush

Tweezerman Brush IQ Finishing Contour Brush review

For the first time in its history, Tweezer-master Tweezerman has released a line of brushes. Made with plastic handles and DuPont’s Natrafil Filaments, the bristles are touted to feel just like, but perform better than natural bristles. The collection has 12 different brushes to suit everyone’s needs, from a big powder brush to the smaller eye and multi-purpose brushes. The one I have to show you today is the Finishing Contour Brush, which I think is the most interesting of the bunch.

The Finishing Contour Brush is a duo-fibre brush. Containing a blend of finer white bristles with the regular Natrafil Filament used in all of the other brushes, this brush is great for applying bronzer, contour, powder, anything for the face basically. I’ve used this brush as a blush brush, for highlighting, and applying finishing powder and it works beautifully in each of those capacities, depositing a soft layer of colour onto my skin. My favourite way to use it is definitely to apply finishing powder, especially luxurious products such as Guerlain Meteorites where just a thin layer of product is needed to achieve luminosity.

Tweezerman Brush IQ Finishing Contour Brush review

The most unique aspect of this brush is the shape of the brush head. It is slightly angled – rounded on one end and a bit pointed at the other, so that you can get into the hard to get areas such as underneath the eyes or around the nose and the bridge of the nose. The size of the brush is also just right for my face in that I can get a precise application where I want it.

The downsides are that I find because it is a duo-fibre brush, any colour being applied is super sheer, and brush isn’t full enough at the tips to effectively blend out colour if you want a more diffused look. Mostly it is good for layering but not for diffusing. Unfortunately I don’t have a brush with just the black bristles to compare it to, so I can’t say if it’s going to be like this for the entire range.

Overall though, I really like the Finishing Contour Brush by Tweezerman and can see myself adding more of these brushes to my collection in the future. You can purchase Tweezerman Brush IQ brushes at London Drugs.

Tweezerman Brush IQ Finishing Contour Brush review
Tweezerman Brush IQ Finishing Contour Brush review

A tea-lover’s dream – PrettyTea.ca

pretty tea review

Being a tea lover, I love buying new varieties of teas to try. My favourite is the Earl Grey, so I’m always on the lookout for new Earl Grey variations. I recently discovered Pretty Tea, a Montreal-based boutique tea shop that carries nearly 200 different teas, from the traditional blacks and greens, to oolongs, blooming teas, and several different flavoured teas.

I ordered a few to try, including of course Lady in Blue, a lavendar Earl Grey. I was very happy with all of the teas, the tastes were all pretty true to their scents, and it was super easy to brew the teas based on the simple instructions at the front of the package. My favourites were Kombucha, Pumpkin Spice, Canadian Apple Cider (great for this time of year!), Lady in Blue (of course) and That’s Peachy.

The only downsides were that I wasn’t able to sniff the tea before purchasing, and also shipping was a bit slow. I had placed my original order on September 24, it got shipped out on September 30 and arrived on October 6. This was understandable as they are a small boutique shop and ships out from their store, rather than from warehouses across the country. The descriptions on the website for the teas were all pretty accurate, and I didn’t find anything that deviated too much from my expectations, so I was okay that I purchased them “blind.”

Other than the two issues mentioned above, I do plan on reordering from Pretty Tea. The prices, starting as low as $2.50 for 25g, are very reasonable for the quality and quantity of product, and you also receive free shipping on orders over $40. If you’re a tea lover like me, make sure to check out Pretty Tea!

pretty tea review