Laura Mercier | Holiday Gift Guide

Holiday vibe is in full swing right now and every one is looking for that perfect gift every where. This year I found Laura Mercier and Fresh Beauty presented the most amazing and beautiful gift set I have ever seen. A huge thumbs up to the presentation, quality and packaging; here I present some of more beauty and body care gift sets from Laura Mercier for last minute shoppers this Holiday season. This post contains:

  • Night Lights Eye & Cheek Collection Palette
  • Flawless Face Collection (Prime, Set & Glow)
  • Lip Duo (Rose)
  • Luxe Indulgences Soufflé Body Crème Collection

Up first is the Night Lights Eye & Cheek Collection palette (C$81.44) which is a selection of eight eye shadows and a cheek colour. All eye shadow shades are ultra fine with a soft touch formula that brings day looks and night looks easily. This palette contains:

  • Vanilla Nuts is a light cream shade in matte finish
  • Sienna Glow is a golden bronze shade with fine shimmers
  • Night Owl is a dark chocolate colour in matte
  • Celestial is deep copper shade with shimmers
  • Solar Pink which is the Second Skin Cheek Colour and its a beautiful rose pink shade with golden shimmers
  • Purple Haze is a beautiful plum shade with a satin finish and fine shimmers
  • Fresco is a beige shade in matte finish
  • Etoile is a gorgeous golden shade with shimmers
  • Cosmic is a nice deep bronze shade

This is a beautiful and a complete palette that you need all year long. The palette carries a great range of colors that comes in different textures. Most of the times I find there are one or two shades from a palette that I never get to wear it or doesn’t go with my skin tone but with this palette I find all shades are wearable with a great combination of textures where you can create many different yet beautiful looks. I also love the rosy pink blush with golden shimmers, it adds that nice glow to the cheeks with a good amount of colour, Hint: You can also use it to your eyes to highlight.

Up Next is the Flawless Face Collection (C$63.19) which is a set of Laura Mercier’s best selling products to get that perfect glowing complexion we all desire. This gift set carries every thing you need to glow during the holiday season. I love how all products and tools come in a travel size where it makes it easy while you’re on the go. I think this will make a perfect gift for those who are always traveling.

The set contains:

  • Translucent Loose Setting Powder (0.33 oz.) is a lightweight setting powder with sheer coverage while it seals the foundation and goes smoothly on skin
  • Foundation Primer in Radiance (0.5 oz.) is a luminous primer that gives skin that immediate glow for a flawless makeup application while it adds more life to the foundation
  • Matte Radiance Baked Powder (0.06 oz.) is a smooth baked face powder that offer a very natural radiance to the skin that can be applied with the Fan Brush
  • Mini Velour Puff
  • Small Fan Brush

I find this is an easy but beautiful gift set that puts you in safe side when you don’t know their taste. Any girl would love to these products on their makeup bag.

Next is the Lip Duo in Rose (C$41.77 – 15% off) is a beautiful lip duo from Laura Mercier’s best selling lip products for a limited time. This duo features the Velour Lovers Lip Color paired with Velour Extreme Matte Lipstick. The duo comes in three shades Rose, Red and Coral. All three shades are beautiful and wearable, and especially if you know how they want to wear their lipstick its going to make it easy for you to pick a shade depending on their choice of wear. If not I would suggest Rose shade is a safe pick. The formula of Velour Lovers Lip Color is revolution in matte lipstick is creamy with a velvety texture that glides smoothly on the lips. It carries a medium to high coverage with a semi matte finish. And the Velour Extreme Matte Lipstick is a formulated with mattifying powders and silky conditioners that adds softness and comfort to the lips, yet it offers a very intense color with dramatic matte finish. To get that perfect pout try applying the Velour Lovers to line all over the lips and

Last is the Luxe Indulgences Soufflé Body Crème Collection (C$63.19 now 53.75 15% off) is a limited edition collection of four fragrances of Laura Mercier’s Soufflé Body Crème. The mini packaging is too adore and the Body Crème’s it self is an instantly nourishing. The texture of these are light and carries a whipped like texture and each carries a very unique scent. Its enriched with vitamin A,C and E. Its also formulated with grapeseed and rice barn oil condition and vanilla extract that offer soothing benefits.  The set includes:

  • Almond Coconut Milk
  • Ambre Vanille
  • Crème de Pistache
  • Fresh Fig

All these gift sets from Laura Mercier is truly amazing, and you get some of these in an amazing prices. Some have already gone on sale while quantities last but if you get your hands on them, I would highly recommend to get them before they’re gone. For me to pick one gift set is hard, all of them have something that I purely love and I feel they’re all perfect for this holiday season. At the same time I also find the packaging’s are perfectly designed for the season where you can easily get away from wrapping. You can find all the beauty and skin care gift sets available online and in store at Nordstrom.

Press samples were provided and courtesy of Laura Mercier. 

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It Cosmetics | Your Skin But Better CC+ Oil-Free Matte

It Cosmetics introduces a new addition to their best-selling CC+ cream line Your Skin But Better CC+ Oil Free Matte Foundation (C$49.00 for 1.08 oz/ 32 mL). This is a full coverage colour correcting cream that carries an anti aging benefits at the same time. Its designed for all skin texture and with SPF 40 physical sunscreen. It Cosmetics initially introduced this in original form and as far as I know it have done so well that they introduced this product this year in two new textures; Illumination and Matte finish. I have been a true lover for its original formula and I found the new textures are quite amazing.

For those who are not familiar to CC cream or foundation, it is skin care and foundation (tint in some case) in one. There is no flashback with this, I have been wearing the Illumination CC+ all summer long and I loved how it give my skin that nice glow without emphasizing the pores at all (fully reviewed here), and when I found that now it’s available in matte finish I knew it would be one of another hit especially for those with oily skin. It comes in 12 shades to cover all skin tones which I find the color selection is great.

It gives a very natural looking matte finish skin with complexion perfecting breakthrough that instantly camouflage skin’s imperfections. It stays input throughout the day without creasing or cracking and it promises to control oil for up to 12 hours. This is something that I never get to deal with but if you’re some one with oily skin this would definitely help your skin improve.

I wear the CC+ foundation in shade light which I find is a good match to my skin, I have been using the It Cosmetics Heavenly Lux Flat Foundation brush (reviewed here) for application and the coverage and finish is smooth, I also have used my finger tips which I found the finish is flawless; it moves easily on the face while offers a full coverage finish. You can immediately see your skin look and feel better and skin care benefits will affect after wearing it for more than 3-4 weeks, it will help to reduce any dark spots or any uneven pigments. Its formulated with any advance anti aging serum made of hydrolyzed collagen, peptides, niacin, hyaluronic acid, vitamins and antioxidants, you’ll see instant results and more dramatic results over time. Its infused with charcoal to detoxify and colloidal clay to absorb oil, and tea tree extract to combat blemishes.

After testing this CC+ foundation in Matte for a week now I’m totally loving it. Although I knew it’s not designed for my skin type since I have a dry skin and no sign of oiliness on my skin but I was surprised on how amazing this works on my skin. It literally looks like skin but Better, the lasting power is pretty amazing and some how I feel this would be perfect for me to wear on those hot and humid summer days.

Compared to the original and Illumination formula that was launched earlier in the summer, the texture has a thicker feel but same coverage. You might need to blend the product faster since it does tires quicker than other two textures. You can literally see the difference in texture above, the original carries a very subtle glow which gives a dewy finish while the illumination have more glow and once you’re in direct sun it reflects light which makes your skin glow. The Matte carries a nice creamy texture while it gives that nice matte finish without feeling dry on skin.
There is less scent compare to original but it doesn’t feel dry or cakey on skin. There is no need to set with a powder, it finishes to a matte velvet texture. It comes in same original packing with teal shade cover and pumping dispenser which I love it for the fact that its mess free. I still do use a peachy concealer under the CC+ foundation to hide my dark circles but other than that it works amazingly.

This is one of the products that I can talk for hours, I personally love it and wear it on daily basis. It’s perfect for ladies who are on the go and wears makeup on daily basis. The new Your Skin But Better CC+ Foundation is now available online and in store at Sephora.

Press samples were provided and courtesy of It cosmetics.

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Shiseido X Ribbonesia Holiday 2018

I just get too excited when it comes to holiday collections, although I don’t celebrate Christmas but I find the holiday packagings are quite beautiful. Here Shiseido X Ribbonesia is offer a limited edition collection that brings out the beauty and creation at the same time. Shiseido’s two best setting products Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate and Modernmatte Powder Lipstick Expressive Deluxe mini Set now comes in a holiday packaging for limited time. I was supper excited when I receive the Modernmatte Powder Lipstick Expressive Deluxe Mini Set for reviewing purpose and I was in love in first sight.

The formula is weightless and full coverage with a semi matte texture. The collection comes in five beautiful and wearable lipsticks that ranges from a perfect deep nude, coral, red, pink and plum shade that enhance all skin tones. I have always loved Shisheido’s lipstick formula, they carry a very nice creamy texture while the lasting power is pretty amazing. it lasted on my lips for a good 4 to 5 hours when most of the lipsticks doesn’t stay more than 2 hours. It feels velvety on the lips without feeling dry at all. The minute I swatched the lipsticks I adored the Disrobed immediately. The packaging is also quite cute and fits nicely in any bag or clutch, I have already put the Disrobed into my on the go bag, it doesn’t really take much space you can easily get two or three shades fit into your on the go bag.

The set contains:

  • Disrobed – a perfect deep nude with very warm undertone that I feel looks great on every one
  • Sling Back – this is a very pretty bright coral shade
  • Exotic Red – is a beautiful deep red with blue under tone which makes this shade more on cooler side
  • Rose Hip – this is a pretty pink shade
  • Dark Fantasy – love a good plum shade during the holiday season and I find this is just a perfect deep plum shade

Overall a perfect collection of lipsticks for this holiday season, it makes a perfect gift to give where it makes it very especial to your loved ones. You can create some nice ombre looks with Disrobed and Dark Fantasy or Sling Back and Exotic Red. I wore most of the shades without any lipliner and didn’t notice any bleeding or smearing which is a plus point for me. I found its mostly sold out almost every where but if you get your hands to the collection I would highly suggest to get it before its gone for ever and right now you can find the online at Shiseido.com.

Press samples were provided by Shiseido.

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