The Holiday Collection: Tokidoki Scent Sticks and Solid Perfume

I’ve known about the brand Tokidoki for a while now.  The Japanese-inspired brand was actually created by Italian artist Simone Legno, and its cute characters have been featured on everything from purses to clothes to shoes and makeup.  A couple of years ago Sephora launched its Tokidoki line, a store exclusive which consists on eyeshadows, brushes, lip products, wild eyeliners and mascara, fragrance, and so much more.

A few days ago I received some Tokidoki products from the Canadian PR company that represents Sephora and I felt like the holidays came early.  I have never tried the line before but the cute packaging has always sucked me in.  Two of the products I received were the scent sticks and the solid perfume. Alright, so the scent sticks come with three yummy flavours and literally look like markers or crayons.  They are also retractable so you get a lot of product.  The trio of scents I got was ADIOS, Ciao Ciao, and Siberia

From Sephora:

Three tokidoki characters and their criminally cute personalities come to life with this set of solid fragrances. Each perfume is held inside a retractable pencil container that fits easily in your pocket, backpack, or purse. For an aromatic touch of tokidoki style, just grab a scent stick, twist it up, and put it on your wrists or neck. The fragrance’s unique solid texture will not show color on the skin. 

This set contains 3 x 0.08 oz Scent Sticks in:

– Adios: Mischievous but good-hearted, Adios lives in his modern grave-loft with his girlfriend Ciao Ciao and their cat Skeletrino. His scent is fresh, herbal, and citruisy with notes of lemon leaves, pink grapfriut, lotus blossums, white musk, and crystallized woods. 
– Ciao Ciao: Together, Adios and Ciao Ciao wander the world, sharing with others how to make the most out of this life. Her scent is floral and pretty, imbued with notes of water hyacinth, muguet flowers, jasmine petals, and a captivating hink of musk and sun-drenched woods. 
– Siberia: She’s a cute white tiger that was born with a very warm heart in a freezing land and is in love with El Tigre the outlaw. Her scent is an airy, icy, and clean white musk with notes including cool aldehydes, muguet petals, night blooming jasmine, white musk, and soft woods.

Okay so cute character bios aside, in my opinion, Siberia (white) has a sweet soapy scent, ADIOS (blue) is more of a masculine cologne smell, and Ciao Ciao (pink) smells very girly and sweet with a hint of strawberries.   I think it’s clever and a bit funny that the colours of the sticks match their scents.  Siberia is white and has a soapy scent, ADIOS is blue because it smells masculine, and Ciao Ciao is pink because it’s the girliest.   I really like all three scents and you can definitely layer them to create unique scents.  I’m also surprised by their staying power, the fragrance stays on for quite a long time.  I also like how you can control where you are putting the scent, I often find that when I spray perfume it can shoot somewhere else not really aiming for where I wanted it in the first place.  With these scent sticks, the fragrance goes exactly where I want it.

Another handy product is the solid perfume. This solid perfume keychain reminds me greatly of the Hello Kitty solid perfume necklace, also by Sephora.

This criminally cute metal charm features the todidoki character Ciao Caio and her signature scent in a solid fragrance that can be applied to your wrist or neck. The charm’s snap hook and key ring attach to keys or a zipper pull, so you can add a scented touch of tokidoki style whever you take your keys, jacket, or backpack. 

Ciao Ciao lives with the good natured but mischievous Adios in a modern grave-loft with their cat Skeletrino. Together, Adios and Ciao Ciao wander the world, sharing with others how to make the most out of this life. 

Water Hyacinth, Out of the Shower Accord, Muguet, Day Lily, Sheer Jasmine Petals, Musk, Sun-Drenched Woods. 
Sassy. Sheer. Floral.

Size: 1.5 x 1.25″ (solid perfume charm)

Ciao Ciao was the girly scent I got in the scent sticks but lucky for me, I liked this fragrance the best anyways.  This little thing is super cute, albeit a bit heavy.  In addition to the keyring it also has a clip and skull and crossbones charm.  I’m sure you could add on the little Tokidoki characters that come with some of their products as well (to come in a future post).  

So really how handy is a $26 USD keychain with perfume?  Well, it may be on the pricey side for a keychain but I never knew how handy having perfume on your keychain could be.  Woke up late and forgot to spray yourself?  Cute guy at the gym?  Yeah, this is where this product comes in handy.  Plus, as I mentioned before, this thing is heavy, meaning that it’s not just some flimsy cheaply-made product.

Okay, so why did these product make my holiday list?  Well, for a variety of reasons. There is something about these cute little anime-inspired characters.  Some people may call it tacky but I think it’s cute.  I can think of numerous people you could buy these products for, and with something like fragrance the gift is pretty much universal.  Although I would think this line’s target audience would be females 12-17, I would definitely give these products to my friends, heck even to my mom.  The packaging and brand may be cute but there is some substance to the product as well.  The scents are fab and it’s moderately priced. As for the keychain, $26 may be pricey, but to be fair, a Coach keychain starts at $38, Louis Vuitton in the hundreds, and they don’t have fragrance in them. The scent sticks retail for $28, which is a great price for essentially three perfumes. Plus, these are handy for travel, for your purse/backpack, etc.

Are Tokidoki fragrance products on your holiday list?   Leave me a comment below.

Please note: I did receive this product for review, however, it did not affect my opinions on it.  All opinions are my honest own :).  


The Holiday Collection: Urban Decay Naked Palette

Next up on the Holiday Collection is one of the most popular makeup items this year: the Urban Decay Naked Palette.  This palette, full of 12 universally-flattering shades, was one of the hardest items to get your hands on, until recently that is.

I got mine back in March 2011 (see my post on it here) after stalking the Sephora website for months.  Urban Decay doesn’t ship to Canada online and my local Sephora store was always out of the palette, so when they got it in online I dropped everything that I was doing and ordered me one.

Don't slam down a hairspray bottle on the top of this product, my mirror is cracked because of it!

This palette is seriously everything it lives up to. Just Google “Urban Decay Naked Palette” and you will find YouTube videos, blog posts, etc. all raving about the product.  This palette was my first foray into Urban Decay shadows and I have to say, I love them!  They are just so pigmented and easy to apply and blend; a wonder to work with!

The product comes with 12 colours (0.05 ounces) as well as their Good Karma eyeshadow brush and a travel-sized Urban Decay Primer Potion.  It retails for $48 USD ($56 CDN I believe).  The colours range from light (Virgin) to black and grey (Creep and Gunmetal respectively).  You have every colour here to create a natural look, a smoky eye, a bronze eye, etc. I also often use the colour Buck to fill in my eyebrows.  You know when you get a eyeshadow palette and there are a few “fun” colours thrown in that aren’t wearable for everyday?  Yeah, with this palette, that is not a problem.

The shadows are also in an abundance of different formulas.  For examples, there are some matte colours (Naked and Buck), some glitters (Sidecar and Creep) and some metallics (Half Baked and Smog).  If you are just starting off with makeup or if you are looking for the perfect palette, this is the one, look no further. So why would this be a great holiday gift?  Well, there is a reason that it was super hard to come by for a year.  Like I mentioned, these are wearable colours and you can mix them to create more shades.  When I travel I often just take this one palette because you can create so many different looks with it.  When I’m feeling lazy I’ll often just apply Sin on my lids, Naked or Buck in my crease, and Virgin as a highlight; it’s a natural “I’m not wearing any makeup but I actually am” kind of look.  

Aside from the palette you also get a eyeshadow brush and a mini version of the company’s Primer Potion.  The eyeshadow brush isn’t that great in my opinion, it’s very stiff and I don’t find that it applies the colour very well.  I often use it.  When the palette first came out it came with a double-ended 24/7 liner in Zero and Whiskey (black and brown) which I would have so preferred over the eyeshadow brush. However, because of the high-demand for the product Urban Decay couldn’t keep up with making them so they replaced the eyeliner with the brush.  As for the Primer Potion, I use this product on a daily basis so a travel-sized version definitely gets good use.

The Naked Palette is available on Sephora online and I have actually seen the palette stocked at my local Sephora.  If you live in the United States you can also order it from the Urban Decay website.  If you want to buy it as a gift for someone or yourself I recommend picking it up rather soon if you see it in stores.  It’s literally been out of stock at my local store for like a year.  There are dupes of it out there by other companies, like Two Faced Naked Eye Soft and Sexy Eyeshadow Collection, which is also a good palette, but with the UD one you get more shadows and little extras.  Plus, I’m the kind of person who always goes with the original.

Have you tried Urban Decay’s Naked Palette?  Is it on your holiday list?

The Lash Diaries: Shu Uemura Mini Eyelash Curler

So as I mentioned in my Holt Renfrew Paramount Beauty Bag post I got the mini-sized shu uemura eyelash curler.

A shu curler is the most well-known version of this must-have beauty tool.  I don’t have a full-sized shu as of yet but it’s still on my list (I actually visited my local Sephora after calling to inquire if they had any and when I got there they didn’t.  Instead they gave me a free Sephora brand one).  My Sephora curler is apparently the same as the shu as the Japanese company pulled out operations in the United States (Americans can still order online).  Lucky for us Canadians, we can still get the iconic curler at Sephora and there are shu uemura counters and lash bars at Holt Renfrew.

Sephora eyelash curler

Alright, so the mini curler is about 2/3 the size of a full size one and compared to a regular eyelash curler is much smaller in size.  This product also comes with a replacement pad, so in total you get two silicone refill pads.

Full-size Sephora curler (left), mini shu (right)

So why would anyone want to buy this thing when it costs approximately $15 and is noticeably smaller than a regular eyelash curler?  Well my friends, I thought the same thing…until I tried it.

This curler is perfect for getting those hard to reach lashes on the outer and inner corners of your eyes.  I have also used it to enhance the curl on my middle lashes.  Additionally, you can use the tool to create custom lash looks.  For example, you can use the curler to just curl the outer lashes creating a flirty look.  You have more control with this curler and it enables more freedom to create different looks.

Using just a full size curler. See how the ends didn't get curled?

As for the actual use of the tool, it’s a bit hard to get used to at first because of it’s small size, but once you get the hang out of it’s actually quite fun.  I’ll go over my lashes one more time with this curler after I use my full size one just to make sure that all my lashes are curled. So would I recommend this curler?  Yes!  However, I don’t think that they sell it anymore, but you can pick it up in the Holt Renfrew Paramount Beauty Bag for $25 (totally worth it! You can even use the $10 voucher in the bag to use towards a full size shu) available at Holt Renfrew stores (excluding Last Call) until December 31, 2011 or while supplies last.  Is the product necessary?  Absolutely not.  If a regular eyelash curler works wonders for you, then stick with it.  This product is not a necessity by any means, but if you are a beauty kind-of-girl or if you take eyelashes very seriously, then I would pick this up.  It is a bit pricey if you can find it by itself (you can get 15 ELF eyelash curlers for this price) but like I said, if you want to get those hard-to-reach lashes on the inner and outer corners of your eyes, then I would pick this up. shu uemura is known for their eyelash curlers so you can’t go wrong with this product.

Have you tried the mini shu uemura eyelash curler?  What were your thoughts?

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