Hey friends! I’m giving the new Charlotte Tilbury Quick and Easy make up sets a go. Aside from the fact that they’re exceptionally great value for what you’re receiving – the product combinations aren’t disappointing at all. More to come on the value of these kits when I round them all up at the weekend.

Read on to see the finished look and swatches!

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{Fall favourites}

Suffice to say my favourite shade when it comes to autumn (fall) is burgundy. What, you didn’t know?! From berry hues of handbags to deepened wine lips I’m all about mixing elements of this gorgeous autumn appropriate shade in to my wardrobe.

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It lends itself marvellously to shades of black, mustard, cream and brown. Chocolate eyes and wine lips…one of my favourite looks for autumn.

What’s your go-to colour palette for this season?

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finished look

{Partition beauty}

It’s been a long time since I felt like it was okay to wear a bold lip with a smokey eye. Thanks to Yoncé this happened. When I first laid eyes on her epic videos the first thing I thought (being such a beauty nerd an’ all) was that the make up looks were sensational. I wonder if Francesca Tolot had anything to do with it. I haven’t done my research I’ll admit.

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{Inspiration}

I did a tutorial on this look for StyleList.ca which you can have a peek at here if you’re eager to copy it.

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{Queen B lips}

The killer combo for this lip look was Nars’ Dragon Girl topped with Dior’s Gloss in Poppy.

So good it’s sinful.

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{Red lip, smokey eyes}

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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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Lancome holiday look 2013

{Easy and quick Christmas beauty}

I know what you’re thinking, ‘ Does she ever tire of red lipstick?’, kinda not. I promise there are alternative looks coming up on TBB but I just had to show off this gorgeous collection from Lancome’s 2013 offering. Here I’m wearing the (Fall) Blush Rose Desir with swirls of Rose Étincelle highlighter over top. Lancome’s Hypnose Mascara on the lashes and the L’Absolu Rouge Lipstick in Caprice.

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{Favourite pieces of Lancome’s latest collections}

In the craziness that has been the last few weeks I’ve been playing around with a few pieces of the Lancome Fall and Christmas collection from recent releases. Still available on the US site, The L’Absolu Rouge Lipstick in Caprice is the creamiest, brightest red you’ll find in a lippie. It was part of the Fall collection but the closest match for a permanent option would be the shade Saffron Silk.

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My favourite part of Holiday 2013 by Lancome, Rose Étincelle Highlighter is a pink-hued frosting for the tops of your cheeks. I used a fan brush to sweep this over my cheeks and brow bone. The result? sparkling without a glittery look – it catches the light perfectly. This is easily a product you’d use all year around.

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{Étincelle de Neige}

Next to the Rose Étincelle Highlighter, the Étincelle de Neige Vernis in Love nail polish is impressive in it’s own right. I haven’t been able to swatch it because I’m wearing Essie Gel this week  but check out the stunning swatch on Maggie’s Makeup Blog! Really does look like snow on the fingertips.

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{Creamy colour}

Oh so impressed with this L’Absolu Rouge formula and kinda wana get my hands on more shades!

**These beautilicious products were sent to The Burgundy Book for consideration and they made the cut!**

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