Living luxe: The best holiday gifts from Charlotte Tilbury

When it comes to beauty brands, you really can’t go wrong with Charlotte Tilbury.

I have tried numerous things from thing line (probably around 90 per cent of it) and have loved practically every item I have tried. Not only are the beauty products so iconic but the skincare items are also amazing as well.

For the holidays, Charlotte Tilbury has a ton of items that are currently available and perfect for just about anyone on your list.

Of course, her line isn’t the most affordable one, but you are definitely paying for quality with her products, so if you are looking to treat someone to something really special, then keep reading…

Charlotte's Magic Mini Brush Set

Charlotte’s Magic Mini Brush Set

If you have a friend or family member who has a vacation planned for the upcoming holiday break, then I know they will love the Magic Mini Brush Set (C$65).

This brush set comes with four minis, as well as a luxurious velvet pouch to hold them in. Now typically I find these mini brush sets to be okay, but I actually really like the selection of brushes they included in here. Aside from a blush and bronzer brush (which you could argue the powder brush could be used for), you pretty much have everything you need here for the full face of makeup.

Included in this set is a mini foundation brush, a mini powder brush, a mini eye smudger brush, and a mini eye blender brush.

At C$65, this is on the pricier side for four mini brushes (especially considering that you can get full-size brush sets from Sephora Collection or Quo at Shoppers’ Drug Mart, however, Charlotte Tilbury is a luxury cosmetic brand and I truly believe that this set would make such a great gift for a makeup lover in your life.

Charlotte Tilbury Four Magic Steps to Hydrated, Glowing Skin

Charlotte Tilbury Four Magic Steps to Hydrated, Glowing Skin

If you have someone on your list who loves Charlotte Tilbury’s skincare then you have to check out the Four Magic Steps to Hydrated, Glowing Skin set (C$186).  This set includes three deluxe sizes of some of her most iconic skincare products, as well as a full-size item.  In total, this set is worth $248, so it’s a great deal for the holidays.

Included in here is a 30 ml of the Glow Toner, which is inspired by the brightening, pore-refining effects of an acid toner.  This toner is aimed to balance, smooth, and refine pores to leave you with glowing and smooth skin.  It includes niacinamide, as well as super peptide RoyalEpigen P5 and Exfolactive to minimize pores and tighten skin.

You also get a 15 ml of the Charlotte’s Magic Cream Moisturizer, which is an award-winning and bestselling product. I love this moisturizer, so having a travel-sized version of it is something that would make me very happy.  It includes hyaluronic acid, vitamins C and E, and a peptide complex to give you more youthful-looking skin.

Finally, you get an 8 ml of her new Collagen Superfusion Facial Oil, which gives you more glowing, plumper, and healthier-looking skin.

As for the full-size product, you get the Magic Serum Crystal Elixir (30 ml), which is leaves skin looking younger thanks to Replexium, vitamin C, and polyglutamic acid. For the best results, try mixing it with the Magic Cream Moisturizer for a luxurious facial treatment.

I’ve used all these products aside from the toner and absolutely love them.  Although Charlotte Tilbury is more known for their beauty products, the skincare items are really incredible and I really love this set and think it would be a fabulous gift for someone (especially if they have a trip coming up as the minis are great for travel!).

Collagen Superfusion Face Oil

Collagen Superfusion Face Oil

If the Collagen Superfusion Face Oil sounds intriguing then I recommend picking up the full-size version. This is part of her regular line, not something special for the holidays, but a good serum is always a great gift idea.

The Collagen Superfusion Face Oil (C$100) is an oil that is aimed to nourish, moisturize, smooth, even, and hydrate skin.  This oil is super luxurious and smells like a spa, which is a real treat to apply.  It has a collagen matrix, plant extracts, vitamins, superfood seed oils, and soothing essential oils, which make it super nourishing and rich in texture.

With regular use, you’ll notice that skin looks more radiant, smooth, and even, as well as more firm and hydrated.  It also works to reduce the look of wrinkles and redness.

I have a lot of serums at home, but after one use of this one I was instantly in love and was blown away by the texture and overall experience of applying this serum.

Charlotte Tilbury has a ton of other gifts currently available for the holidays. I always love recommending her Pillow Talk lip kits, which is a universal and beloved lip colour that you can’t go wrong with.  She also has some incredible palettes to choose from, as well as other skincare kits to gift as well.

Is anything Charlotte Tilbury on your wish list?

Please note, products provided by PR, all opinions are my own.

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Electric & edgy: The best items to gift from Fenty Beauty and Fenty Skin

Fenty Beauty and Fenty Skin holiday sets for 2022 There are a few brands that consistently perform well in my opinion. One of those brands is Fenty Beauty.

I’ve tried a lot of items from the line (probably the majority of them at this point), and although I can think of some products that I didn’t like, the overwhelming majority of them have been fantastic.  Plus the price point of Fenty is really affordable considering it’s a brand found at Sephora.

Fenty also has a skincare line, which I haven’t dabbled too much into just yet, but the products I have tried, I have really enjoyed. Thankfully they do have some skincare sets for the holidays which gives you a great chance to try out numerous products from the brand.

Here are some of my top picks from both Fenty Beauty and Fenty Skin…

Fenty Beauty Double Cheek'd Up: Freestyle Cream Blush Duo

Double Cheek’d Up: Freestyle Cream Blush Duo

Fenty Beauty are known for their cream products so the Double Cheek’d Up: Freestyle Cream Blush Duo (C$44 valued at $56) is a great item to gift or to keep for yourself!

This limited-edition duo contains two cream blushes in shades Peony Droppa (soft peony pink) and Mali’booze (soft warm rose). Housed in one compact side by side, these blushes melt into skin to leave you with a natural looking flush that suits all skin tones. The great thing about these is that they are sheer and buildable. They are also creamy, soft, and sweat and water resistant.

The compact itself is their special holiday version which is a gorgeous metallic fuchsia. This would be great to use in the winter weather to keep cheeks hydrated and flushed, as well as for your beach vacation.

Fenty Match Stix Contour Stick

Although the Fenty Match Stix Contour Sticks aren’t special for the holidays, they are a great add-on if you are gifting the cream blush duo.

These matte contour sticks (C$36) come in nine shades and are a buildable cream to powder formula.

A matte contour stick in a range of shades for all skin tones from light to dark. The buildable cream-to-powder long-wear formula is lightweight and blendable. Housed in a retractable stick, this product is easy to apply, targeting areas that need a little bronzer or definition.

These bronzers are also a medium coverage, meaning you can build up the colour to your ideal level of bronze.  I love these and also love to use them underneath a powder bronzer to build up my contour or add some warmth to my face.

Fenty Beauty Glossy Posse Volume 5.0 Lip Gloss Bomb Trio

Glossy Posse Volume 5.0 Lip Gloss Bomb Trio

Another star item in the Fenty Beauty line are their glosses and if you are a fan (or have someone on your list who is one), then you’ll have to grab the Glossy Posse Volume 5.0 Lip Gloss Bomb Trio (C$49, $84 value).

This set includes three Gloss Bomb shades in all different finishes.  There is the Gloss Bomb Heat Universal Lip Luminizer + Plumper in Fenty Glow, a sheer rose nude; the Gloss Bomb Cream Color Drip Lip Cream in Cupcakin’ (dusty pink); and Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer in Fuchsia Flex (shimmering berry).

I love this set since it allows you to try three of the Gloss Bomb finishes – pumping, cream, and sparkle, all at an amazing pice (almost half off!).

Fenty Skin Fenty Skin The Glow Around 4-Piece Travel Skincare Essentials Set

Fenty Skin The Glow Around 4-Piece Travel Skincare Essentials Set

Moving onto Fenty Skin, this is actually a line that I have been very curious about but haven’t dabbled too much into.

If you ave someone on your list like me, or you want to try it, or have a trip coming up where you want travel minis, then you’ll love the Fenty Skin The Glow Around 4-Piece Travel Skincare Essentials Set (on sale right now for C$54 at Sephora, valued at $113).

This set includes travel sizes of her cleanser, toner, and moisturizer, as well as the full size of her exfoliator (which I have tried and love).

Fenty Skin Fenty Skin The Glow Around 4-Piece Travel Skincare Essentials Set

Ideal for normal, dry, combination, and oily skin, this skincare set is great for those who have issues with dark spots, fine lines and wrinkles, pores and dullness. Included in here are travel sizes of the Total Cleans’r Remove-It-All Cleanser (45 ml), Fat Water Pore-Refining Toner Serum (50 ml), and the Hydra Vizor Invisible Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 (30 ml). As mentioned, you also get the full size of the Pre-Show Glow, which is a 10% AHA exfoliating treatment that visibly brightens skin and reduces the look of pores and dark spots.

I think this set is amazing value and the sizes of these products are also quite hefty, so even if you haven’t tried this line before, it gives you a good idea of how these items will work with your skin. The only thing that is missing in here is a good eye cream, which is an item she has in her line.  Regardless, I still think this set is awesome and love how you get the full-size of the Pre-Show Glow as well, which retails for C$52 alone, so for two dollars more, you get that product plus all the travel sizes of the other products.

Fenty Beauty Cookies N Clean Whipped Clay Pore Detox Face Mask with Salicylic Acid + Charcoal

Cookies N Clean Whipped Clay Pore Detox Face Mask with Salicylic Acid + Charcoal

Finally, this last item isn’t a holiday-special product, but it’s a newer item in the Fenty Skin line and one that I think would make a great gift as well.

The Cookies N Clean Whipped Clay Pore Detox Face Mask with Salicylic Acid + Charcoal (C$42) is a non-drying whipped clay mask that contains charcoal to deeply purify pores and improve skin’s texture and combat shine.

This mask is great for all types of skin types and works wonders for those who have issues with pores, uneven texture, and oiliness. The formula contains clay to extract dirt, oil, and impurities, as well as charcoal to detoxify pores and absorb oil and impurities. Finally, it also has salicylic acid to clarify and refine skin.

This mask legit looks like cookies and cream (but unfortunately it doesn’t smell like it since it’s unscented, great for those who have scent allergies) and has a whipped texture to it. Grab a small handful and work it into your skin, where you’ll notice that the charcoal beads break down leaving you with a grey-coloured mask on your face.  Leave it on for a few minutes and then rinse.  Apply it a few times a week for the best results.

I love this mask and think it would make a great gift for someone (who doesn’t love a face mask!?). Plus, the cookies and cream and whipped texture make it so fun and luxe.

There are a bunch of other Fenty Skin and Fenty Beauty products to choose from for the holiday season but I really love these choices since they are great items from the brand.

Is anything Fenty on your wish list?

Please note, I received this product from PR. All opinions are my own.

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Shine bright: Two sets from Stila Cosmetics to gift this holiday season

Still holiday sets for 2022 When it comes to adding some sparkle to your holiday makeup look, I always turn to Stila Cosmetics.

There are a few items that I feel like Stila does really well in the beauty sphere and one of them is the Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadows.  These are so perfect for creating the perfect holiday look and if you are looking to pick one up or gift one for the holidays, then you’ll love the sets that Stila has for the season.

Inner Glow Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow Duo

Inner Glow Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow Duo

This set includes two of the bestselling Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadows (C$42) in the colours Foxy Lady, a silver sparkle, and Coral Crush, a sparkly coral.

These are a liquid product that gives you crazy sparkle and combines a mix of pearl and glitter to add luster and shimmer.  They are the perfect items to include in your holiday beauty look. Best part is that they are very lightweight and dries down quickly and smoothly with minimal fallout.

This set comes as a split-apart duo, so you can either gift it as one set, split it apart or of course, keep it for yourself.

Pay It Forward Mascara & Dual-Ended Eye Liner Set

Pay It Forward Mascara & Dual-Ended Eye Liner Set

For the perfect eye look, pair the Glitter and Glow Liquid Shadows with their eyeliner and mascara, which you can easily do with the Pay It Forward Mascara & Dual-Ended Eye Liner Set (C$51).

This set includes Stila’s bestselling mascara, the Huge Extreme Lash Mascara, as well as the award-winning Stay All Day Dual-Ended Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner in Intense Black. Best part is is that both products are full size.

The mascara gives you big and bold lashes in a deep black shade, whereas the liner is dual-ended and waterproof, so you get two tip applicators (one thicker and one thinner) that come in one pen for a multi-faceted look.

I think this is such a great gift to give since it allows you to create the perfect cat eye for the holiday season. Pair it with the Glitter & Glow Liquid Eyeshadow for the ultimate holiday look.

Stila has a few more sets available for the holiday season and you really can’t go wrong with any of them. If you are looking for great beauty and makeup sets to gift, I would definitely look at what Stila has to offer.

Are any sets from Stila on your holiday wish list this year?

Please note, I received these products from PR. All opinions are my own.

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