Holiday Gift Guide — Gorgeous Makeup Sets From Cargo, Mally and Lipstick Queen!

I think beautiful makeup kits are such exciting gifts to get! Holiday packaging is so gorgeous and collections of our faves are so enticing.

Below are a few of the amazing sets from three of my fave brands; Cargo Cosmetics, Mally Beauty and Lipstick Queen:

 

Cargo Cosmetics The Limited Edition Chill in the Six Swimmables™ Eye Pencil Kit
Cargo Cosmetics The Limited Edition Chill in the Six Swimmables™ Eye Pencil Kit

Cargo Cosmetics The Limited Edition Chill in the Six Swimmables™ Eye Pencil Kit ($25 USD) Pictured above. It features the signature, ultra-creamy and richly pigmented formula that glides on effortlessly for precise lining and stays put through a snowstorm or a happy tear shed on New Year’s Eve. Once set, these liners are completely smudge proof and won’t budge until you decide to take them off. The shades are “Black Sea” (Black), “Karon Beach” (Purple), “Pebble Beach” (Brown) and “Loch Ness” (Navy)

The Limited Edition Chill in the Six Eye Shadow Palette ($34 USD) is inspired by a wintry, snow-filled night in the Canadian city. This versatile 12 pan eye shadow palette includes cool toned purples, blues and silver shadows that you can find in Toronto’s cityscape. Rich shades of neutral browns and warm maple are also thrown into the mix as a nod to the city’s architecture and iconic maple leaves. Shades are laid out as duos and quads allowing for quick and easy day or night looks. The palette is packed with 12 wearable shades, 1 Eye Pencil in Black and 1 dual ended brush. 

Available: CargoCosmetics.com, Ulta.com, select Kohl’s Departments Stores and Kohls.com/Beauty.

Mally Beauty Evercolor Gel Waterproof Liner Ten Piece Library
Mally Beauty Evercolor Gel Waterproof Liner Ten Piece Library

Mally Beauty Evercolor Gel Waterproof Liner Ten Piece Library ($45 USD) — Shown above. A collection of ten coveted eyeliners that blend beautifully together to create impeccable looks for day, night and everything in between. Shades include: Amber, Deep Sage, Gold Glimmer, Graphite, Hazelnut, Iris, Onyx, Shadow, Sterling and Walnut.  Available at: www.QVC.com

Mally Beauty Evercolor Starlight Eyeliner Trio ($18 USD) — This trio of beautiful pencils are Mally’s go-to eye brighteners. Use these shades to create festive holiday looks that will last the whole night. Shades include: Midnight, Milk Chocolate and Sailor. Available at: Ulta stores and www.ULTA.com

Mally Beauty H3 Lipgloss Trio ($25 USD) – Designed to give your lips a smooth finish while nourishing them with a triple punch of moisture, the formula is glossy, yet light, giving you the perfois shine every time. Shades include: Orchid Berry, Perfect Nude and Tea Rose. Available at: Ulta stores and www.ULTA.com 

Mally Beauty High Shine Liquid Lipstick Five Piece Collection ($32 USD) — These lipsticks provide the right amount of color and gloss, giving you a polished pout. Color glides on easily and stays put for those long holiday nights.
Shades include: Blossom, Must Have Pink, Nude Light, Orchid and Sweet Berry. Available at: www.QVC.com

Mally Beauty Evercolor Shadow Stick Extra Five Piece Collection ($39 USD) — All of your holiday eye shadow looks are included this one set. This collection features wearable, buildable shades, that will take your makeup from day to evening in seconds.Shades include: Bliss, Brownstone, Mahogany, Moonlight and Timeless Taupe. Where to Buy: ULTA stores, www.ULTA.com and www.QVC.com

Lipstick Queen Frog Prince Story
Lipstick Queen Frog Prince Story

Lipstick Queen Frog Prince Story ($45 USD) — Shown above. The best-selling Frog Prince lipstick is a remarkable emerald green lipstick that transforms into magical rosebud upon contact with the lips. It’s made with our proprietary unique pigment, which reacts to the warmth of your lips to turn them a pretty, fairy tale rose. No two pairs of lips will look the same as it adapts according to your pH and natural colouring appearing entirely different yet beautifully flattering on everyone.

Now all three are available in a set for the holidays This limited edition set in a beautiful storybook carton makes the perfect gift for you or for the lipstick queen in your life.

Lipstick Queen Best Sellers Minis ($25 USD) — Three of their top-selling lip transformers are available for the first time in adorable mini sizes, at great value. This limited edition set makes a wonderful stocking Filler. One set for you, one for a friend!

Lipstick Queen Smokey Lip Kit (Pinky Nude)($35 USD) — You loved the Smokey Eye…now discover the Smokey Lip. A sexy new take on a classic look. Start with a Sinner shade, and then layer Black Lace Rabbit on top to transform the shade into a sexier lip.

Are you picking up any of these gorgeous sets?

 

My Beauty Favorites Week of June 29-July 5, 2015

I hope everyone had a great 4th of July!  I love this time of year, but it is hot!  I love finding fun summer makeup that won’t meltdown and that is on trend.

Below, find some of my new faves that help me achieve an easy and long-lasting summer look:

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Pressed
IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Pressed

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Pressed ($29.00 USD) — Instantly erase the appearance of your pores and fine lines. This is your award-winning airbrushed silk anti-aging finishing powder now in a pressed formula. This talc-free hydrating powder is created to give your skin a flawless finish with the sweep of a brush.

Formulated with anti-aging ingredients including peptides, real silk, hydrolyzed collagen, and the optically blurring Drops of Light Technology, this powder was created to erase the look of pores and other skin imperfections. This talc-free pressed powder is translucent and buildable, perfect for touch-ups throughout the day!

What I think: I’m a big fan of the original Bye Bye Pores loose powder.  The pressed powder is just as good, but is easier to carry along.  The powder itself gives my skin a finished look and doesn’t settle in fine lines or wrinkles.  It makes my skin look smooth and minimizes the appearance of my pores.

Available at http://www.itcosmetics.com

Palladio The Definer Contour and Highlight Duo
Palladio The Definer Contour and Highlight Duo

Palladio The Definer Contour and Highlight Duo ($8 USD) — Two-sided, super-soft contouring jumbo crayon. The perfect tool for defining, refining and highlighting facial features, this unique crayon includes a highlighting shade to illuminate and soften, and a darker contour shade to accentuate and define features.

What I think:  Contouring is the big thing right now and I think it can be a great tool to have to make certain areas of the face look thinner.  But, if overdone, it can look a little 80’s soap queen!  This duo has very soft pencils the blend really easily. It gives a subtle contour that I really like.  And it is so affordable.  The highlighter is pretty under the eyebrow and on top of cheekbones.

Purchase at http://www.PalladioBeauty.com

Rodial Instaglam Skin Tint SPF 30
Rodial Instaglam Skin Tint SPF 30

Rodial Instaglam Skin Tint SPF 30 ($45 USD) — A lightweight tinted moisturizer with the added benefit of SPF 30 protection, designed to provide medium, buildable coverage for a flawless, even toned complexion. Available in four shades: Capri, Hamptons, St Barts and Rio, the Instaglam Skin Tint contains hyaluronic acid and hydromanil to increase the skin’s moisture levels for long-lasting hydration and soft supple skin.

What I think: This is a nice compo of moisturizer, SPF and color, which is great in the summer when you want to use less products to get out the door faster! It’s very lightweight and sinks in quickly. The coverage is medium, which is perfect for summer.  Heavy makeup isn’t fun in the heat!

Available July at Bluemercury.com and Planet Beauty stores nationwide

SKINDINAVIA Makeup Primer Spray ($35 4 fl. oz.) – The first silicone-free makeup spray primer on the market. Silicone is so slippery it can actually make your makeup “pool” into pores. Our primer has been clinically shown to reduce pore size, redness and users also noticed fewer breakouts and balanced sebum production over 4 weeks, it’s like you’re misting the equivalent of green juice, let’s say, on your skin every single day that helps your it rebound and counteract the effects of talcs, foundation, etc. See image and clinical results below. (Happy to fill you in on all the science/technology behind our proprietary formula!)

SKINDINAVIA Makeup Finishing Spray ($35 4 fl. oz.) – The only makeup spray to be clinically-proven to extend makeup wear for 16+ hours. Used by Lady Gaga, Fergie on tour; I can put you in touch with this celebrity makeup artist!

What I think: I have tried the primer before and love it.  It is quick and easy to use, and provides a smooth canvas for makeup.  The setting spray was new to me, but I like how you just spritz it on, and makeup last all day!

Available at http://www.skindinavia.com

Lipstick Queen Endless Summer SPF 15 Collection
Lipstick Queen Endless Summer SPF 15 Collection

Lipstick Queen Endless Summer SPF 15 Collection ($22 each) — Enriched with Vitamin E and natural oils, these glossy, super-nourishing, surf-inspired lipsticks keep lips intensely moisturized while broad spectrum sunscreen protects against the sun’s harmful UVA and UVB rays. With shade names Aloha, Hang Ten, Perfect Wave and Stoked, the Endless Summer collection of moisturizing and SPF 15 lipsticks are sunshine in a tube!

What I think: I have tried Aloha, which is a sheer red.  It’s really pretty, but I was pleasantly surprised at how moisturizing it is.  It feels like a lip balm, but really gives a nice color.  I love the SPF, too.  Burnt lips are no fun!

Available now at lipstickqueen.com, spacenk.com and Space NK Stores nationwide