Monday, December 5, 2016

L'Occitane Nourishing Shea Butter Gift

L'Occitane Nourishing Shea Butter Gift



The Nourishing Shea Butter Gift ($72; usa.loccitane.com) is a luxurious body care set from L’Occitane for the holidays. It comes with full sizes of the Shea Butter Ultra Rich Body Cream and Shea Butter Milk Soap, and generous deluxe sixes of the Shea Butter Hand Cream, Foot Cream and Shea Butter Shower Cream. I love the Shea range from L’Occitane. It is super gentle, yet effective, has the most soft, comforting scent and is perfect for all through the year. 

L'Occitane Nourishing Shea Butter Gift
L'Occitane Nourishing Shea Butter Gift


The Hand and Foot Cream in this kit are a lovely size that I’ve never seen at L’Occitane before. They are my favorite hand and foot creams that I’ve repurchased again and again. The Shea Butter Shower Cream is a gentle body wash that cleanses really well without stripping. I absolutely love the Shea Butter Body Cream - its rich, thick and super nourishing for this time of the year. The Shea Butter Milk Soap is a nice soap, though you would need to follow up with the body cream post shower. This is a fabulous kit to treat yourself or as a gift to anyone who loves their body care. This is also is one of the holiday gifts from L'Occitane that gives $10 from the sale proceeds of each kit to the charitable organization, Dress For Success. It also comes packaged in a the nicest gift box that can be repurposed. Overall, this is one holiday bath and body care kit I’d highly recommend. The sizes are great and the products are just lovely! 

L'Occitane Nourishing Shea Butter Gift
L'Occitane Nourishing Shea Butter Gift
L'Occitane Nourishing Shea Butter Gift
L'Occitane Nourishing Shea Butter Gift



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Sunday, December 4, 2016

Malin + Goetz Votive Set

Malin + Goetz Votive Set ($45; malinandgoetz.com) is a three piece mini selection of Malin + Goetz’ Scented Votive Candles, new for the holidays. The kit comes with Dark Rum, Vetiver & Tobacco candles individually packed inside a gift box. 

Malin + Goetz Votive Set


I’ve never tried Malin + Goetz’ candles before so this was a nice selection to start with. The Vetiver was the lightest of them all, while Dark Rum and Tobacco were neither to strong, nor too subtle. I’m not sure if it was the smaller size, but I did have to burn them longer than usual the first time around for the fragrance to fill up a small room. Dark Rum and Tobacco had better throw than Vetiver, but overall, they are all fabulous, scent wise. Vetiver is an earthy, clean scent perfect for warm summer nights, while Dark Rum and Tobcco, both lean towards the smokey, woody side, perfect for fall and winter. I also love how they’re all packaged individually inside boxes, so they make for great stocking stuffers too!

Malin + Goetz Votive Set
Malin + Goetz Votive Set
Malin + Goetz Votive Set



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Six Under $50 Holiday Gifts At Sephora

A quick roundup of a few nice, under $50 finds at Sephora I'm currently loving! 




Kat Von D Everlasting Mini Liquid Lipstick Set ($49; sephora.com)  is an eight piece kit with mini sizes of the Everlasting Liquid Lipstick by Kat Von D. The formula on these were consistent, they stained quite a bit and the cream to matte formula needs a good heavy duty makeup remover to get off. Although I can't pull off the bright pops of colors, I love the warmer pinks in this kit. Like most liquid lipsticks, these are quite high maintenance and need well primed lips, but if you like the matte look, these are great!



The Estee Edit Guest Editor Skincare Picks Go Glow ($42. sephora.com) is a nice collection of a few products from The Estee Edit.  The Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II is always a staple in my skincare routine so its nice to have a baby size. The Stress Relief Eye Mask and Pink Peony Overnight Water Pack are things I’m yet to try, but the Beam Team Hydrate + Glow (sheer golden-beige) is a nice little primer to add a bit of glow. The highlighter that comes with it can look a tad shimmery under certain lights, but overall, a good primer for most skin types, especially dry, if you like the naturally dewy look.  



The Tarte Kiss Bliss Tartiest Creamy Matte Lip Paint & Crayon Set ($46; sephora.com)  is a ten piece kit with five of Tarte’s Lip Crayons and Matte Lip Paints. The Tartiest Matte Lip Paints are a true matte finish, while the pencils have great color payoff and creaminess. The textures of the Matte Lip Paints were a mixed bag, some going on more patchy than the others. I do love the color selection in here though!





Sephora Advent Calendar 2016 ($45; sephora.com) sold out within a few days and it comes with a nice selection of products from the Sephora Collection, with a mix of mini and full sizes. This is one to keep an eye on, if it ever comes back in stock before the holidays.



Formula X In The City ($36.50; sephora.com) is a selection of mini Formula X polishes, all great colors in a nice, opaque formula. I quite like the formula of these polishes and the mini sizes are really cute!




Bumble and Bumble is one of my favorite hair care brands. A Few Of Our Favorite Things ($39; sephora.com) is a really nice kit with some of the brand’s nicest selection of haircare. The Repair Blow Dry is fabulous for dry hair and the Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Primer is a fantastic one for all hair types. The products are a pretty good deluxe sizes too! 




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