Friday, November 30, 2012

Holiday Gift Idea: Tarte 'Carried Away Collector's Set' Review

Hey Everyone, 

For months now I have been drooling over Tarte's Carried Away Collector's set, a multi-purpose 2012 Holiday set which consists of 24 full sized eyeshadows, 8 mini Maracuja lip glosses, a Tarte Amazonian Clay blush, a mini Light, Camera, Lashes mascara, a Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay finishing powder, a domed powder brush, and a gorgeous makeup bag. So, I was more than a little excited when some very generous Sephora holiday elves left this set on my front porch a couple of weeks ago. After playing around with every product included in this holiday set, I truly think this would make a great gift for both makeup newbies and makeup pros alike. Here is my review: 

My only complaint with this particular set, and with the majority of the products from Sephora, is the price difference between Canada and the US. In Canada, this set retails for $70 CND, whereas in the US, the retail price is $54 USD. With that said, both prices are still a steal as the retail value of the set is $665 CND. This set is sold exclusively at Sephora both online and in stores. 

Tarte's Carried Away Collector's Set comes in a gorgeous metallic gold makeup case with a purple damask print. Inside the case is a large mirror (perfect for doing your makeup), an area to store the eyeshadow palette (this storage area also fits a z-palette, the Urban Decay Naked Palette, and many more), a single brush holder, and two plastic, zippered cases that can hold a variety of makeup items (including those in the Carried Away Collector's Set). 

As I mentioned above, there are 24 full-sized eyeshadows (0.06oz) in a variety of finishes (matte, frosted, metallic and glitter) included in this set. While the majority of the shadows do fall in the neutral range, there are a few brighter colours such as 'Touchdown in Londontown', a metallic purple, and 'Hampton Waves', a matte peacock green. With the exception of a few of the lighter colours, all of the shadows have a great colour payoff, are creamy and smooth, and are easy to blend. Below are all of the colours included in this set: 


Snowfall in Paris: A frosted beige-champagne.
Golden Gate Bridge: A medium frosted gold. 
Volcanic Ash: A charcoal black with gold glitter. 
Pyramid Gold: A frosted, light golden brown. 

Pearl River: A light, frosted pink. 
Seychelles Sandy: A matte grey-brown. 
Touchdown to Londontown: A metallic purple with blue glitter. 
Martha's Vineyard: A super dark, matte plum. 

Pebble Beach: A frosted peach with chunky silver glitter. 
Boston Brick: A frosted taupe with purple undertones. 
Spanish Sangria: A frosted purple with fine gold glitter. 
Napa Grapes: A matte, plummy purple. 

Georgia Peach: A matte, light peach. 
Tuscan Sun: A metallic copper. 
Acai Jungle: A metallic plummy-vrown with golden shimmer. 
Coral Reef: A metallic coral with fine gold shimmer. 

Iceland Air: A frosty, iridescent white with purple undertones. 
Mystic Seaport: A frosted lilac with silver glitter. 
Concrete Jungle: A metallic charcoal grey. 
Hampton Waves: A matte, peacock green. 

Sunshine State: A metallic champagne with red and green glitter. 
Hawaiian Palm: A metallic, yellow-toned green. 
Olive: A metallic olive. 
Sin City: A frosty blue-grey with gold glitter. 

Marajuca Lipglosses: 
Also included in the set are 8 mini (0.059 oz) marajuca lipglosses. Like their full sized counterparts, these glosses contain marajuca oil and Vitamin C, which help moisturize and plump the lips, leaving them with a cool, minty tingle. These glosses are incredibly shiny, and while some are a little more sheer than others, for the most part, they are well pigmented. Below are all of the colours included in this set. 

Nuria: A super pigmented raspberry-pink.
Ali: A stunning berry-pink with iridescent pink and blue shimmer.
Jena: A medium nude brown with pink undertones. 
Mer: A nicely pigmented peach with gold glitter. 

                Anna: A fairly sheer, hot pink. 
Mel: A light baby pink with blue undertones. 
Heath: A very pigmented copper with chunky gold glitter. 
Casey: A light nude pink with peach and brown undertones. 

Amazonian Clay Blush: 
Also included in this set is a mini (0.05oz) Amazonian Clay Blush in 'Adventurous', a lightly frosted, shimmering rose with finely milled silver glitter (insanely gorgeous!). Like all of the Amazonian Clay Blushes, 'Adventurous' is great for oily skin, helps minimize the appearance of pores, and is long lasting.

Lights, Camera, Lashes Mascara: 
This set also comes with a mini Lights, Camera, Lashes 4-in-1 Mascara (0.16 oz). With a long, thin, brush this mascara works to lengthen, curl, volumize and condition the lashes. 

Tarte Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Finishing Powder: 
Included in this set is a mini (0.07oz) Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Finishing Powder. This powder, which appears white in the jar but applies translucent on the skin, helps minimize large pores, mattify the skin, and reduce the appearance of dryness and flakiness. 

Tarte Powder Brush: 
The final product included in this set is a full sized powder brush that works nicely with both the Amazonian Clay blush and finishing powder. This super soft brush is extremely durable, and as far as I have seen, does not shed. 

Overall, I really love this set. While it is somewhat expensive (especially if you live in Canada), the products are all really well pigmented, of good quality and perfect for both travel and everyday use. With a value of $665 CND, the Tarte Carried Away Collector's Set is a deal that can't be beat! 

9/10 Funny Faces

Will you be purchasing the Tarte Carried Away Collector's Set for anyone on your holiday list? Will you be adding it to your wish list? Are there any other great holiday sets you would recommend I review? Be sure to let me know in the comment section below. 


** The products featured in this review were sent to me for PR consideration. As always, I am 100% honest in my review**

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Outfits of the Day: L'Oreal Holiday Party 'Festive Radiance'

Hey Everyone, 

Tuesday evening, Krista, my friend Amber (Canadian Fashionista) and I drove to Toronto for the L'Oreal Holiday Party and Spring 2013 Collection Preview. The event has held at the Trump International Hotel, where guests were wowed with over 80 new L'Oreal products and shades (my post on these new products will be up soon), as well as a large chocolate buffet (yummy!). With a 'festive radiance' dress code in effect, the three of us put together our most festive, holiday-inspired outfits. Here is what we wore: 

Dress: Ricki's 
Shoes: Aldo
Necklace: Smart Set
Bracelet: Peppermint Lollipop
Watch: Guess

Dress: Forever 21
Boots: Payless Shoes
Earrings: Forever 21
Watch: Fossil

Skirt: Penningtons
Camisole: Addition Elle
Cardigan: Nygard (The Bay)
Shoes: The Shoe Company
Earrings: Earth Bound Trading Company


Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Holiday Gift Guide: Stuff Your Stockings with The Body Shop

Hey Everyone, 

One of my favourite parts of Christmas is opening the stockings. Every year, since I was a little kid, my family has gathered in our living room, first thing Christmas morning to open our stockings, one at a time (we usually do it in order of youngest to oldest). Below are a number of products from The Body Shop that I would not only love to receive in my Christmas stocking this year, they are also items I will be adding to my family's stockings as well. 

The Body Shop 'Ginger Sparkles Body Butter' ($19 CND/$19 USD):
This limited-edition, ginger scented (not to be confused with gingerbread scented) Body Butter uses shea butter, soybean oil and humectants to hydrate the skin for 24 hours, helping to relieve and repair dry, damaged, and sensitive skin. Like all of the Body Shop's products, the Ginger Sparkles Body Butter is 100% cruelty-free. 

The Body Shop Cranberry Joy Body Polish ($19 CND/$19 USD):
This deliciously fruity-scented body scrub uses gentle exfoliators to remove dead skin cells, making skin smoother and softer. Like The Ginger Sparkles Body Butter, the Cranberry Joy Body Polish is limited edition and 100% cruelty-free. Did I mention it smells amazing?! 

The Body Shop Lip Balm in 'Ginger Sparkles' 'Cranberry Joy', and 'Vanilla Bliss' ($6 CND/$6 USD):
These holiday scented lip balms use olive oil, coconut oil and shea butter to moisturize and smooth lips. With a very light shimmer finish, these balms give lips a slight hint of colour for a natural and glossy look. Like all of the holiday scented products, these lip balms are limited edition and 100% cruelty-free. 

The Body Shop 'Festive Reindeer Sponge' ($5 CND/ $5 USD): 
This super cute, and very festive 'Reindeer Sponge' makes the perfect stocking stuff for any child (or child-at-heart) on your Holiday list. Adorable!

The Body Shop 'The Sparkler' All Over Shimmer in 'Enchanting Gold' ($24 CND/$24 USD):
This limited edition, 'spritz-on' highlighter uses a super fine golden powder mixed with iridescent gold, green and white glitter to add a light sparkly sheen to both the face and body. 'The Sparkler', which also comes in copper,  makes for the perfect holiday party accessory. 

 The Body Shop 'Slanted Kabuki Brush' ($28 CND/$28 USD):
This synthetic-haired, super soft kabuki brush works nicely to apply powder products (powder, blush, highlighter, etc.) to the face. With an angled top, the brush makes for easy contouring and sculpting. This brush is limited edition and 100% cruelty-free. 

The Body Shop '4-Colour Eye Palette' in 'Smokey Moonstone' ($28 CND/$ 28 USD): 
This cool toned, limited-edition eyeshadow palette comes with four gorgeously pigmented shadows that work together to create the perfect, holiday-inspired smokey eye look. Included in the palette is a mini eyeshadow brush, a mini eyeliner brush, a mirror and instructions on how to create The Body Shop's 'Smokey Moonstone' look. 

Will you be gifting anyone with products from the body shop this Holiday season? Which of the above products would you most like to receive in your stocking? What is your all time favourite Body Shop product? Be sure to let me know in the comment section below. 


*All of the products mentioned in this post were gifted to me at a press event. As always, I am 100% honest in my reviews.* 

Monday, November 26, 2012

Holiday Gift Guide: Get Glam Holiday Nails with Sephora

1) Nails Inc. 'The After Party' Set ($30 CND/ $25 USD): This party perfect nail trio includes three different glitter polishes: 'Covent Garden Market' (a full coverage red glitter polish), Soho Street (a chunky multi-coloured glitter polish), and 'Disco Lane' (a black holographic glitter polish).

2) Sephora by OPI 'Tinsel Town Collector's Set' ($59 CND/$49.50 USD): From an opaque hot pink to an opaque light jade-green, the Tinsel Town Set, which includes 16 mini polishes and a full sized gold glitter top coat, has everything a polish junkie could want or need. 

3) Sephora by OPI 'Perfect Red Set' ($47 CND/ $39 USD): This totally festive set includes five full sized Sephora by OPI red-toned polishes including 'Fiercely Fabulous' (an orange-red cream polish), 'And A Cherry On Top' (a brown-toned red cream polish), 'Be-Clause I Said So' (a clear polish with chunky red glitter), 'Curve-aceous' (an opaque metallic red), and 'Mr. Right Now' (a dark wine cream polish). 

4 and 8) Sephora + Pantone Universe Opulent Lacquer Trios ($22 CND/ $18 USD):  With four different coloured sets (a gold, a red, a black and a silver), each of the Sephora + Pantone Opulent Lacquer trios include a metallic matte polish, a metallic shimmer polish and a glitter polish. 

5) Ciate Sequined Manicure Set ($21 CND/ $19 USD): The Ciate Sequined Manicure Set, which comes in three different colours (black and gold, multi-colour and tutu pink), includes a small jar of sequins, a brush for applying those sequins and a clear polish that is applied both before and after the sequins. The result? A unique, and very glitzy, holiday nail look. 

6) Sephora by OPI 'Jewelery Top Coat Set' ($46 CND/ $39 USD): This  glitzy, jewelry-inspired nail polish set includes four of Sephora's super glittery top coats including 'Sugar Plum Fairies Gone Wild' (a clear polish with chunky metallic purple glitter), 'Glisten to Your Heart', (a clear polish with both fine and chunky magenta glitter), 'Are You Glistenin' (a clear polish with both fine and chunky silver glitter) and 'I'm So Sari' (an opaque turquoise polish with chunky iridescent glitter). 

7) Illamasqua Nail Varnish Duo in 'Viridian/Glitterati' ($32 USD/$25 USD): This high-end nail polish duo from UK based brand, Illamasqua, includes two full sized polishes in 'Viridian', a metallic peacock green and Glitterati, a deep wine polish with iridescent pink and purple glitter. 

Have you tried any of the nail sets mentioned above? Which would you most like to receive this holiday season? Will you be purchasing any nail sets for someone on your holiday list? Be sure to let me know in the comment section below. 


Beauty Quote of the Week #93

"Remind yourself that it's okay not to be perfect"

Friday, November 23, 2012

Holiday Gift Guide: Lovely Lip Sets from Sephora (Mini Review + Swatches)

Hey Everyone, 

While I have always liked lip products (I am a makeup addict after all), it wasn't until the last couple of months that I started thinking more about what I am going to wear on my lips, than what I am going to wear on my eyes or cheeks (my makeup now centres around my lip shade of choice). So, when I was given the opportunity to test out four of Sephora's luscious lip sets, I couldn't resist. Below are four totally cute (come on, who doesn't think a mini lipstick is totally 'awww' worthy?), awesomely priced, and well formulated lip sets, perfect for that 'lip loving lovely' on your holiday gift list. 


Bite Beauty's 'Bite Sized Discovery Set' consists of five, mini, luminous cream lipsticks (0.052oz each) inside of a small mirrored tin, that works perfectly for travel or mid-day touchups. Like all of Bite Beauty's lipsticks, the lipsticks in this set contain 3mg of anti-oxidant reserveratol and organic fruit butters, which help fight free radicals and nourish the lips. All of the lipsticks in this set are incredibly creamy, very moisturizing and highly pigmented. This set is exclusive to Sephora, and can be purchased both online and in stores. The Bite Sized Discovery Set contains the following colours: 

Restina: A pale, pink-nude with brown undertones.
Musk: A dusty nude-brown. 
Fig: A gorgeous rosy-pink with a slight peach undertone. 
Shiraz: A medium brown with slight pink undertones. 
Pomegranate: A bright, blue-toned red. 

Top: Pomegranate, Bottom (L-R): Restina, Musk, Fig Shiraz


Sephora's 'Moonlit Kiss Lipstick Set' consists of four full-sized (0.13oz), silver tubes of lipsticks with gorgeous flowered engraving. With the exception of 'My Moment' which is quite sheer, and somewhat gritty (it makes a nice 'layer' colour), all of the lipsticks are well pigmented, creamy and moisturizing. This set is exclusive to Sephora and can be purchased both online and in stores. The Moonlit Kiss Lipstick Set contains the following colours:

My Moment: A super frosty, light pink with heavy silver and gold glitter. 
Pumpkin: A super light nude with strong peach undertones
Who Is She?: A neutral, rosy-pink with peach and orange undertones. 
Lady Tremain: A deep, vampy, plum with red undertones. 

(L-R): My Moment, Pumpkin, Who is She?, Lady Tremain


The Kat Von D 'Star Kissed Lipstick Set' consists of six mini (0.042oz) black tubes of lipsticks with super cute, silver, rose designs. The set contains three cream formula lipsticks, and three shimmer formula lipsticks. With the exception of 'Valentine', which is quite sheer and gritty, all of the lipsticks are well pigmented, easy to apply and feel very moisturizing. This set is exclusive to Sephora and can be purchased online, or in stores. The 'Star Kissed Lipstick Set' contains the following colours: 

Rosary: A deep, vampy, dark burgundy-brown with purple undertones.
Lolita: A deep, neutral-rose with brown undertones. 
Underage Red: A bold blue-toned red. 
Beranice: An orange-toned, metallic red with rosy-pink shimmer. 
Forever and Never: A light, neutral brown with rose gold metallic shimmer. 
Valentine: A sheer red with purple undertones and heavy iridescent, hot pink glitter. 

(L-R): Rosary, Lolita, Underage Red  

(L-R): Beranice, Forever and Never, Valentine 


Buxom's 'Time to Shine' set consists of six, mini (0.07oz) high sheen lipglosses: two Big and Healthy Lip Creams and four Big and Healthy Lip Polishes. Like all of Buxom's lip products, all six glosses have a plumping effect, which leaves the lips feeling tingly, cool, and nicely moisturized. This set is limited edition, exclusive to Sephora, and can be purchased online, or in Sephora stores. The 'Time to Shine' set contains the following colours: 

White Russian (Cream): A sheer, super pale pink with slight brown and peach undertones. 
Berry Blast (Cream): A medium, berry-pink with blue undertones. 
April (Polish): A light, pale pink with iridescent purple, silver and pink shimmer. 
Katie (Polish): A sheer pinky-peach with iridescent silver shimmer. 
Sugar (Polish): A light brown with pink undertones and finely milled purple, blue and gold glitter. 
Gina (Polish): A deep, cranberry pink with iridescent silver, purple and blue glitter. 

(L-R): April, White Russian, Berry Blast

 (L-R): Katie, Sugar, Gina

Will you be buying any lipstick/lipgloss sets for anyone on your Holiday list? Which of the sets above would you like to receive this Holiday season? Have you tried any of the above sets? What did you think of them? Be sure to let me know in the comment section below. 


**All of the lip sets in this post were sent to me by Sephora for consideration. As always, all opinions are my own and I am 100% honest in my review **

Thursday, November 22, 2012