I was soooo excited for the Too FacedClover palette launch! And then suddenly less excited when I thought it was only a TooFaced.com exclusive item (shipping to Canada, including customs, is kinda pricey on their web site), but I was able to ship it to my in-laws in Wisconsin and picked it up over the holidays!
An often overlooked brand, for no other reason other than that it is a house brand and therefore automatically gets less attention because of it, the Sephora Collection holiday 2017 items and sets are not to be missed. Compared to the bulk of items carried at Sephora, these items are relatively inexpensive and yet the quality is excellent! I’ve found some new favourites in this lot too, so I’m even more excited to show you what they’ve got out now for the holidays!
The first item that really drew me in was the Wonderful Starsset ($23 CAD/$16 USD), because who doesn’t love an eyeshadow pan shaped as a star? The overall tone of this is very neutral, but I do love that they’ve thrown in some deeper shades to really help amp up your look. Also, you really cannot beat that price point!
Aside from the cute stars that called to me, this was the other item that screamed my name. First of all, it’s called the Winter Queenset ($10 USD), so obviously I’m over the moon because I love me some winter (seriously, go away summer – I don’t like you). But, aside from the name and the beautiful packaging, it’s the colours inside that really draw me in. The bronzer could potentially be used as a contour shade since it has more of a grey cast than an orange one (a very welcome feature), but I’ve been using it as a bronzer and I love the shade of it. It’s the perfect shade for those of us who are NW20 and lower. The blushes? Equally gorgeous. They’re bright enough to add a pop of colour without being too much. I particularly love the brightest one though (of course lol). And the highlighter? VERY unique and quite beautiful. It’s a grey/silver cast that I find ever so intriguing.
(By the way, I can’t find this on the Canadian Sephora site, so it may be sold out online. Check in stores if you’re Canadian!)
Okay so this set – the Mini Cream Lip Stain set ($15 CAD/$12 USD) – WHAT. A. WINNER. My dear friend Samantha has been telling me about the Sephora CollectionCream Lip Stains for ages now, but I’ve always got too many lip products as it is, so I never bothered to pick one up. Until I received this set. And now I’m just like “okay NOW I understand”. These are unreal. The colours are beautiful, the lasting power is exceptional, and, while they are a matte liquid lipstick, they’re on the more comfortable side of things. Do yourself a favour and pick this set up, because at 15 bucks… it’s well worth it!
In the shot above I have the Wonderful Stars set on my eyes and on my face for blush and highlighter. I’m also wearing the Blackberry Sorbet Cream Lip Stain from the mini cream stain set.
In the shot above I’m wearing the Cream Lip Stain in Vintage Rosewood and I have the bronzer, blush and highlighter from the Winter Queen palette on my face.
If you’re gifting (or buying for yourself) to someone who likes a lot of cheek options, the Winter Flush set ($16 USD) may be the right option. Each pan in the palette has a matte and shimmer shade which (obviously) can be used alone or swirled together. I love that the colours are actually varied – you’re not just getting the same colour in different tones – you’re actually getting an assortment of shades.
And lastly, the tiniest, littlest, babiest eyeshadow palette you ever did see – the Midnight is Coming set. It’s currently sold out on both Sephora Canada and Sephora USA, but the shops generally have tons of stock, so check there. With three eyeshadows in a small enclosed magnetic flap box, this makes an easy to purchase stocking stuffer for any beauty lover
So there you have it! I hope you’re intrigued by what Sephora Collection has to offer. Not only do they do amazing holiday sets, but they also do them for incredibly reasonable prices. They’re easily giftable and won’t break the bank, which is something we can all appreciate during the holiday season.
Let me know if you’ve tried out some of their items – from the holidays or otherwise – because I really do feel like Sephora Collection needs a whole heck of a lot more exposure!
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Hard Candy is one of those brands that releases an incredible amount of products in a variety of sets for the holiday season. They’ve even gone so far as to a dive into some skincare products this year as well! If you need an inexpensive but fun gift, a stocking stuffer, or just a little addon to another gift you’re giving, you can bet that Hard Candy will have you covered!
One of the movie intriguing things launched by Hard Candy this year was the Bath Bomb Tree ($14.97 CAD). I’ve never seen Hard Candy do bath stuff like this before so I’m super into trying this out. With 16 bath bombs in the shape of a tree? You really can’t beat how cute this is!
Need a reasonably priced makeup starter kit for a newbie to makeup? The Hard CandyGlam Kit Supreme ($19.97) comes with a whopping 48 eyeshadows, 10 eyeliners and a sharpener. There’s a decent mix of neutrals with some brights in there (in both the eyeshadows and liners!) so you’ve giving them the option to play with colour which is something that always makes me happy!
If you’re looking for something a little less eyes-focused and a bit more well-rounded, then the Best of Kit ($19.97) is for you! There are minis of some of my favourite products in here: the Tiki “bronzer” (it’s actually a highlighter) and the blush/bronzer/highlighter trio. There’s a glamouflage concealer (which has quite the cult following on YouTube), an eyeshadow primer, face primer, setting spray, eyeshadow palette, pencil liner with sharpened, beauty sponge, gloss, mascara and a cream shadow. This definitely covers a LOT of bases in one shot!
Hard Candy also does a ton of smaller items, sometimes in sets, and sometimes just by themselves, which make great little addons to other presents.
Tiki bronzer: THIS IS THE BEST THING EVER. I’ve had a full size of Tiki forever in my makeup collection and it’s one of my absolute favourite highlighters. Get thing tiny little baby mini for only $1.47 CAD!
Highlight & Contour Face Sticks: $3 CAD gives someone the opportunity to try out contouring without breaking the bank.
Seize the Sparkle nail polish set: Also comes with a makeup bag for $4.97 CAD.
They also do cute little ornamental items such as this lip gloss duo for $3 CAD. I love me a good pattern or swirl in a product, so these candy cane-esque twirls in the gloss are too cute to resist.
Of course, it’s not just these sets that are reasonably priced by Hard Candy – they’ve got a massive collection of items that are all placed in a completely reasonable price point.
Hard Candy Giveaway
The team at Hard Candy reached out and wanted to do a holiday giveaway alongside this post! One person will win the following:
Hard Candy12 Days of Eye
Hard CandyGlossing All The Way
Hard CandyFizz Smoothie
Hard CandyBlush + Bronzer Kit
Hard CandyGlam Kit Supreme
This giveaway is open to Canada only!
This giveaway starts on December 18, 2017 and runs for one week.
Please be aware that all entries will be double checked to ensure fairness.
One winner will win the Prize Pack pictured and described above.
The winners will have 48 hours to respond to my e-mail. If they fail to respond within that time frame, I will pick another prize winner. (And so on.)