Jingle balms! eos holiday 2014 smooth spheres

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EOS TITLEI know, I know, it’s not even Halloween, but I just can’t resist talking about holiday 2014 products.  This definitely is my favourite season for cosmetics because everything is so colourful and fun, and best of all, available as value sets!

Lip balm all-star eos has released the cutest (and yummiest!) flavours of their Smooth Spheres, inspired by fashion designer Rachel Roy (who doesn’t love a designer collab?).  Available as a three pack or a single pack, these little egg-shaped bad boys are seriously hard to resist this season.

The balms this season are inspired by sun-filled travel destinations: Indian Summer (orange blossom), Barbados Heat (Wildberry), St. Bart’s Sunrise (pink grapefruit), and Aloha Hawaii (strawberry kiwi).  Not only do they smell absolutely delish (plus the colours of the balms are definitely the chicest I’ve seen from the line), but they also incorporate Rachel’s signature “wings design” on the eos spheres.

balmswingsThe three pack includes pink grapefruit, orange blossom, and strawberry kiwi (C$10.00 SRP), with the one pack of wild berry retailing for C$3.99 SRP).  eos lip balms are USDA-certified organic and 100 per cent natural. They are enriched with nourishing shea butter and soothing jojoba oil.  They are also petrolatum free, paragon free, and gluten free.

I did receive the eos smooth sphere holiday set from last year and found these are the perfect little stocking stuffers.  Either gift the set or break it up and toss it in with a bunch of other goodies.  Everyone needs a lip balm and with these cute colours and irresistible scents, this one is a must this season.

Will you be picking up the eos Rachel Roy collection?

Please note, product sent by PR. All opinions are my own.

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Made to go: Sephora mini holiday sets

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I don’t know about you, but I’m such a sucker for the Sephora-to-go section.  You know that area right before the cash desk when you are standing in line and they have minis of everything and all the items are so cute.  Yeah, I kinda have a weak spot for travel-sized and value-priced items.

The great thing about that section of the store (maybe not so much for your wallet) is that everything is just so handy.  I’ve recently started carrying around a pouch of makeup in my day bag for touch ups when I need them.  Although most items are travel sized, others can be difficult to find.  Want a diverse eyeshadow palette? A selection of blushes?  Yeah, try finding something compact enough to carry with you everywhere you go.  Well, the peeps at Sephora must have had us ladies in mind when they released their holiday value palettes. From eyeshadows to blushes, you can find a set this holiday season for just about every situation.

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In my work makeup pouch I keep NARS Orgasm and Smashbox Suntan Matte Bronzer, which are both universal shades, however, girl wants to have options.

The Sephora Bronzed and Blushing Face Palette is a sleek face palette with a universal bronzer shade and two blushes – a classic and a pink for a pop of colour.

Consisting of Los Cabos bronzer (which is a Sephora best seller), Blushing Pink Blush and Coral Punch Blush, this handy palette also features a mirror for quick touchups on the go.  The best part? It retails for C$18, which is much less than the price of one NARS blush.

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Seriously, what girl doesn’t have at least five lipsticks and glosses rolling around in her bag?  Replace them with the Lip Artist Palette (C$20), which houses four lip glosses and four poured lipstick shades.

Take your lip look from day to night and mix and match to create a custom lip look. The set also includes two mini lip brushes.

 

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Definitely one of the best bang-for-your-buck palettes I’ve come across, the Sephora All Access Glam Gold and Silver Eye and Face Palette is filled with four blush shades, eight eyeshadows, and a universal highlighter.

For C$20 (yes, twenty dollars), this super cute palette (with a huge mirror – always a plus!) is the perfect compact for your purse solely based on the assortment of colours it contains.  You can create so many different eye looks with this, and really all you are missing is a bronzer.VIP closed VIP open

Eye look using the Sephora VIP palette.

Eye look using the Sephora VIP palette.

Finally, one of my personal favourites this year from Sephora, the VIP Pass Eyeshadow Palette is a credit card-sized palette containing eight neutral eyeshadows.  Create a daytime or nighttime look with any of these iridescent or matte-finish shadows and then toss the envelope-esque compact into your bag.  The only thing this palette is missing is a mirror, but for C$12, you can’t go wrong with this guy.  This one is an absolute must!

I’m super impressed with the holiday offerings from Sephora this year.  They always put out some incredible sets and at these price points, they make some great gifts, stocking stuffers, or even little presents for yourself.  I mean, travel-sized items are always needed in anyone’s collection.

Are you going to pick up any sets from Sephora this year?

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Paint the town: Sephora Formula X Paint Party

SEPHORA TITLESo if you are like me and own over 100 nail polishes, the odds are I’m not going to finish all those bottles before they go bad. Some may say I’m a hoarder, others may think I’m just polish obsessed. Regardless of what you think, let’s be honest here, most of the polishes I own have only been used one or two times. I don’t think I have ever finished a full bottle of nail polish before it went bad, which I’m sure is a common issue for a lot of people. Well my friends, the folks at Sephora came up with a genius idea of preventing nail polish from going bad.

Enter the Formula X Press Pods, a portable polish pod that has just enough product to paint all 10 fingers with two coats. No more wasted polish bottles! Want to try an array of colours? Well, for this holiday season, the beauty mecca has released the Formula X Paint Party, a little paint bucket filled with 24 press pods and three of their Delete-To-Go nail polish remover pads. Genius!

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Comprised of Formula X’s best creams and pearls, there is a colour for everyone, and enough to share with all your besties. Simple twist the cap to open, roll bristles between your fingers to prep brush, then turn pod upside down and press firmly until the polish fills the brush. Dot the first drop of polish on the centre of the nail and continue painting down the middle of the nail and along the sides. Once you are done, just toss the pod.

I think this is a great idea and makes a perfect gift. Why guess what shade would look good on you when you can have 24 options? Find a perfect match? Just remember the name of the polish (it’s printed on the bottom) and then buy the full size if you think you would wear it lots.

Kudos Sephora on this little invention!

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