‘Tis The Season…
For pretty holiday beauty launches! Woo! Finally found a moment betweet crazy end of semester projects and competitive Overwatch games to sit down and write up this post. *exhales* The past few weeks have been crazy – my social life has pretty much gone out the window. Post-grad programs are so much work! I’ll be trading the stress of school for manic holiday gift shopping during this upcoming week! Emily and I were invited to the BeautyBoutique holiday gift launch, featuring a wide selection of beauty and fragrance sets that are perfect for Christmas! Let’s take a look…
Holiday Beauty Picks
Did you know that BeautyBoutique has an online store? It’s a fantastic place to do your beauty shopping, especially since Shoppers Drug Mart has so many promotions and you can earn Optimum Points for cash back! Ebates usually offers about 5-10% cash back on BeautyBoutique purchases, which is much higher than Sephora…and BeautyBoutique carries many of the same brands!
The holiday Lancome collection looks so classy and elegant – the Lancome Grandoise Mascara has a really cool concept – the wand has a little curve on it so you don’t get mascara across the bridge of your nose! And I’ve definitely got my eyes on the Benefit KaBROW collection -the best gift you can give is the gift of fierce-ass brows, amirite??? 😉 I also had the opportunity to test out the Stila Stay All Day Eyeliner and I can honestly say it seriously lives in to the hype!I may just pick up the dark brown shade, it’s definitely a contender in replacing my beloved Kat Von D Tattoo Liner!
You Smell Lovely, Darling
Fragrances are always a great gift to give during the holidays. But here’s an extra step to make the gift more memorable – engrave the bottle with a sweet holiday message, or the giftee’s name! I received a gorgeous little bottle of Nina Ricci’s Luna, a very sweet candy floral scent… It kind of reminds me of caramel apples! A very fun scent for a girl’s night out!
BeautyBoutique also offers fragrance sample kits! The kit includes a few different sample size fragrances and a coupon. When you find a fragrance you love, you can simply exchange the coupon at a BeautyBoutique location for a full size bottle! There is also a men’s cologne sampler kit. I think this is a fabulous idea, sometimes it can be a bit tricky finding the right scent for someone, so this makes it simpler for them to decide and pick out their own favourite!
Now, time for my little BeautyBoutique.ca haul! I decided to pick up some Christmas presents, as well as few things I wanted to try out for myself.
A brand that I really wanted to try out was Nuxe – my interested in French cosmetics was piqued after falling in love with Caudalie! A little bit of a warning though, all the Nuxe products I’ve tried are quite heavily scented.
First thing on my list – I’ve heard great things about Nuxe, especially their Reve De Miel lip balm. My trusty Malin & Goetz Mojito lip balm for some reason isn’t doing the trick anymore. The Reve de Miel balm is creamy and thick, and has a little bit of stickiness to it! I hate slick lip balms, so the stickiness was much welcomed.
I also picked up the Nuxe Comforting Cleansing Milk and Gentle Toning Lotion, which came together as part of a value pack. Due to the cold weather, my skin has suddenly dried out and become flaky and sensitive… A beautiful picture, I know. These Nuxe products target sensitive skin, and so far I’ve been loving it! They have a powdery rose scent which is sweet but not overpowering. The milk is creamy and does not lather, it’s like rubbing a lotion all over your face! Super light and takes makeup off quite well.
Finally, I picked up this gorgeous Christian Dior palette in 166 Victoire as a Christmas gift for my mom. She loves Dior but will never spend the money on a palette for herself, because Dior palettes are on the pricer side. She loves purple, so this palette was absolutely perfect! The packaging is so luxe and comes inside a little velvet pouch. I can’t wait to see her face when she opens it on Christmas Day! 🙂
Do you have your eyes on any holiday launches? Oh, and BeautyBoutique is having a free shipping promotion at the moment!
Thank you BeautyBoutique for inviting me to the event. Press samples are featured. As always – all opinions are my own!