dior in shock holiday 2014 nail lacquer polish

Sure Christmas time is all about giving but let’s face it. Sometimes the limited edition beauty sets are so good that they’re gone before your forgetful boyfriend can pick it up in time. Sometimes, you’ve just got to act fast!

Read more to find out which six sets and limited edition releases are my selfish must-haves for the Holiday season year.  View Post

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If you follow me on Instagram you may have noticed I haven’t been posting much. Combination of being unacceptably busy and not haven’t the time to get creative and inspired.

I have however, recently pulled together a tutorial for StyleList.ca on Taylor Swift’s classic make up look. Sigh. I wish I had her blonde hair for this. I digress. This idea came to me after replaying her new 1989 album a million and one times. I haven’t listened to an album this much since Mumford’s last record.

 

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Outside the world of beauty you’ll notice I’m also swooning over everything Christmas light related (in the city and my place!), the last few leaves of Autumn (as I write this the snow sets on the ground outside), Essie’s Christmas 2014 collection (more to come on that) and last but not least. Balzac’s Parisian Mist Tea Latte – If I could have on everyday I would.

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{Parisian Mist Tea Latte}

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{Toronto City Hall}

 

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Tarte of Giving Holiday set 2013_

Tarte of Giving Holiday set 2013_

{Tarte – The Tarte of Giving}

Christmas is upon us. Yes, I know it’s actually three days away but believe it or not I still haven’t started my gift shopping

In light of my failure to stay on top of this year’s special occasion I’ll be spending the next two days raiding the malls and getting my hands on everything I can for the wonderful people in my life. Beauty wise, Sephora is brimming with the most stunning sets I’ve seen in a long while. We don’t have time to wait for shipping so it’s not the biggest problem if these sets are sold out online. Head to the stores and check out my top picks for gifting below. If you’re anything like me you’ll be spending the next few days like a headless chicken. I hope my gift guide for the beauty addicts in your life makes things a little easier 😉

Tarte’s The Tarte of Giving set is fantastic for the busy-girl in your life who tends to travel a lot. Stock her up with this gorgeous beauty case (with a shower hook!) that’s filled with a variety of glosses, full 20 piece eye shadow palette and skin-care and make up mini’s to have her set for a while. $71…I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw the bargain price.

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{Stila Artist’s Essential Set}

If you know a girl that refuses to leave her house without a full shadow look then Stila have you covered. The Artist’s Palette is loaded with four quads that offer a variety of shades to mix and match for a myriad of looks just waiting to be created.

 

I love that it comes with a liner, brush, lip stain and blush to complete of the intricate eye looks your girl’s created. Another $71 set that is totally worth it’s weight in gold.

Make Up for Ever Aqua Rouge

{Make Up For Ever – Ultimate Long Lasting Lip Set}

I have long since been a fan of Make Up For Ever’s Aqua Rouge lip colours (an opaque lip of colour that still allows for long make out sessions) this set is for the girl that goes bold before she goes home.

Six full size lip stains with double ended gloss and the matching lip liner to keep your pout in place. If she has a couple of these it’s worth gifting the set to allow her to play with more long-lasting colour. $168 is pricey so I would reserve this extra-special set for you BFF or sister.

{Tarte – Off The Cuff Amazonian Clay Blush Palette}

Hands down this is my favourite release of the 2013 gift sets. It’s simple I know but the size of the blushes is fantastical. The palette itself is stunning to look at and it’s the perfect collection of shades for any skin tone. 4.5grams of five different shades of blush inclusive of the perfect, matte bronzer. I just want to keep this set in my life forever.

$50 for the palette, the blushes are $31 individually. Enough said.

Shades featured: Dollface, Park Avenue Princess, Darling, Dazzled, and Crave.

{Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette}

If you know a make up addict that hasn’t got this in her arsenal then you can save yourself the searching time and pick up this pretty. There aren’t many setting powders that compare to this line and the fact that there are three variations in one set makes it a MU dream. Featuring Dim Light, Incandescent Light (exclusive) and Radiant Light it offers a variety of finishes for any make up look. I love using the middle shade to set my under-eye concealer and keep it bright but not cakey. Bonus? You get a 5ml  Veil Mineral Primer with the palette. $58 for the palette where the full size individuals are $52.

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philosophy cherry pinwheel cookie

philosophy cherry pinwheel cookie

{Philosophy Shampoo, Shower Gel and Bubble Bath}

As a young girl I kinda had a bit of an addiction to cherry flavoured lip balms. Was that a thing or was it just me? This shower gel reminds me of just that. Bathing in that cheerful, cherry goodness. It’s sweet, it’s sugary it’s just oh-so delicious. Sure, you may get sick of smelling this one on a daily basis but if you’re not easily affected by intense scents then I suggest you give this a little sniff.

Between this scent and the Peppermint Stick I would say they’re my least favourite but I do lean towards caramel scents a little more. If you’re feel in’ the fruity smells then this will be the one you love most.

cherry pinwheel cookie shower gel

Cherry Pinwheel Cookie Recipe:

3 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup butter

1 cup sugar

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup cherry preserves

Directions: combine flour, baking powder and salt. Cream butter, sugar vanilla extract and in eggs in a separate bowl. Slowly stir in flour mixture. Roll dough in to rectangle on lightly floured wax paper. Refrigerate for 20 minutes. Spread preserves over the dough. Roll up, wrap and freeze for two hours. Slice roll in to pieces and bake for 15 minutes at 375 degrees.

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