Oct 13, 2014

Benefit's Holiday Gift Sets - Perfect Gifts For Any Makeup Junkie!

Hi everyone! 

Christmas is my favourite time of year…. do you want to know why? CHRISTMAS MAKEUP SETS! They get me every time. Its the time of year where a huge array of brands bring out their value sets which are perfect for giving, receiving…. and self gifting too. #LOVEYOSELF

Here are a few gift sets that Benefit Cosmetics have brought out for the holidays! Check out your local Benefit store and track these babies down!

Also, see my previous blog post for the Too Faced Holiday Set review I did :)

First up is this Beauty Bonbons set! This comes packaged in a super cute tin. I love it when you can reuse packaging for something else, as I am constantly throwing away and recycling other packaging… cardboard, plastic… you get the idea. Its nice to reuse, it eases the soul a bit haha

In this set you get a full sized Hoola Bronzer (one of my favourites) and High Beam liquid highlighter, a mini Porefessional, mini They're Real, and a mini Hoola Lipgloss! This set is perfect for a gift to a friend wanting to dabble in Benefit makeup, as you get a range of things to try out! Or, perfect for you - and perfect for travel too.

 Next up is this tinted set! Its called Sweet Tintations and includes two Benefit lip tints and two mini Benefit face tints. I must say, if you have wanted to try out Benefits tints this is perfect. The mini sized tints will last you a very long time, and the lip tints are my FAVORITE things ever for if I am not wearing makeup, or for at the gym. They give the perfect sheer coverage of colour which amps up your natural lip shade and looks so naturally gorgeous. And they hydrate really well too!

 Next up is a fragrance set! They are Benefits own Crescent Row Fragrances, but in mini size. This is the kind of thing I would buy a best friend for Christmas. The packaging is to DIE for! Its the perfect vanity accent, and the scents are delish! I recommend going in store and smelling them yourself, yuuuum

Next is one of my favourites! Benefit Goodies A Go-Go! It comes in a gorgeous tin again, which is awesome because its pretty lightweight and very strong and sturdy. Perfect for travel. You get four gorgeous shadows, a mini Stay Don't Stray (one of my favourite primers) and a mini They're Real mascara! Love.

This next one above is another great value set! Its their Pretty Parfait tin containing four best sellers! A mini Porefessional, a Stay Don't Stray, which as I just said I loooove, a They're Real mascara, and a Gimme Brow (another favourite!)

Next up is the ultimate mini set, something perfect for travel or for a Benefit Newbie! Its called the Fun Sized Flirts! Cuuuute!

 A face serum, Pore Fessional, That Gal, Ooh La Lift, Bad Gal Lash, They're Real Mascara, Dandelion Powder, Stay Don't Stray, Posietint and Sunbeam!

Literally a little bit of everything, perfect for the makeup loving junkie in your life. Show that one to your boyfriend….hint hint!!

Hope this blog post helped you all out, love you guys so much!

Shan x

Sep 26, 2014

Too Faced Christmas Collection Haul 2014 & Swatches - 'What Pretty Girls Are Made Of'

Hey everyone!

I had the pleasure of receiving the Christmas Too Faced Collection! Its called 'What Pretty Girls Are Made Of'. 

I thought I would do a quick blog post to show you everything and some swatches…. I'm sure a few things will pop up in videos too! 

Hope you enjoy! Let me know which of these items are on your Christmas wish list x

First up I'm going to talk a little bit about the 'Under The Mistletoe' 3pc Lipstick set!

Get ready to pucker up under the mistletoe and drench your lips in three shimmer versions of our best-selling Naked Dolly, Marshmallow Bunny and Spice Spice Baby La Crème Color Drenched Lip Creams. Indulge your pout with the luscious, moisturizing formula and pigment-rich, one-swipe color of these exclusive shades. The three sparkling La Crèmes come in a pretty to-go glitter bag, just the right size to slip into your Christmas clutch.


  • Three best-selling shades of La Crème Color Drenched Lip Cream infused with a shimmer formula you can't find anywhere else
  • White Lotus Flower Extract provides lip conditioning benefits
  • Power Peptides help stimulate collagen and aid in the appearance of smoother lips
  • Pigment-saturated, one-swipe formula

When I first saw 'Sparkle' I instantly thought 'Frosty'. Thank goodness, the finish of these is absolutely beautiful! If anything, they look glossy and healthy once applied on your lips. I love all three shades!

L-R Shimmering Naked Dolly, Shimmering Marshmallow Bunny, Shimmering Spice Spice Baby.

I love how there are three completely different and wearable shades! I have to say Spice Spice Baby is a little more muted than the swatch is showing up. For some reason my camera amped up the saturation a bit Will have to sort that out haha

Also, the little bag they come in is adorable! I might use it as a coin purse in my handbag.

Next up is this box set, called Beauty Wishes & Sweet Kisses! 

Our delicious little palette of our full-face wearable favorites fulfills every last beauty wish. Create decadent eye looks with three antioxidant-rich, cocoa powder infused shadows from our best-selling Chocolate Bar Eye Shadow Collection, our matte Chocolate Soleil Bronzer and our luminous Snow Bunny Bronzer for a fresh glow. Finish the look with a pink glossy pout.


  • 3 Exclusive eye shadows from our best-selling Chocolate Bar Eye Shadow Collection
  • Best-selling Chocolate Soleil Bronzer
  • Snow Bunny Luminous Bronzer
  • Exclusive preview of a deluxe version of our La Crème Lip Gloss in Naked Dolly

I was so hesitant when I saw this. I never find myself reaching for box sets, usually they just get super messy and don't have everything I need. This one, however, I love! It has three eyeshadow shades which are absolutely amazing, a lipgloss which is right up my alley, a bronzer that I already own and love, and a highlight/blush shade! This palette is so universal and absolutely perfect for travel. It does not lack in quality at all!

100% recommend this one! Check out those colors… amazing! And, the palette smells divine too! Mmmm *nesquik*

Next up is an Ulta Exclusive. If Ulta doesn't ship to your country, check out this link and the 'Assisted Purchase' option http://bit.ly/americanaddress

This is called the Sugar & Spice palette and it is TO DIE FOR!

It comes with 12 high-pigment eye shadows with a built in mirror. It comes in a golden glitter bag and includes a Deluxe size Better Than Sex Mascara!

The colors are ideal for the neutral gal, and come in multiple shades perfect for day to night.  The actual palette is thin and lightweight! We have some matte shades, satin and shimmery in here!

Swatched shades are Champagne Truffle, Nutmeg, Biscotti, Sugared Violet, Cinnamon Sugar and Black Licorice. The only shade I had trouble with was the black, it needed a couple of layers. The rest were buttery, soft, amazingggg!

Next is a Sephora Exclusive. Same deal, if Sephora doesn't ship to your country, check out this link and the 'Assisted Purchase' option http://bit.ly/americanaddress

This is the Everything Nice Palette! This years 'complete' palette has everything you need in terms of Eyeshadow, Blush and Bronzer, Mascara and Brushes!

This beauty also comes in a sparkling pink glitter bag, perfect as a makeup bag during the festive season! The colors in this palette are to die for - some neutrals mixed in with a healthy range of colour to play with as well. I am especially impressed with the range of face colors this year!

We get a delicious smelling chocolate bronzer, a pink blush, a peach blush and a soft pink shimmering highlighter!

We even get a few brushes, including this one which looks like a smaller version of the NARS Ita brush. Its super soft!

Colors are After Hours, Girly (MAC Club Dupe), Totally Fetch, Live It Up, Too Glam, Head Over Heels, Chocolate Moon and Mauvelous.

The pigmentation varies from shade to shade, but they are all smooth so I don't foresee any trouble once they are paired with a good primer or base. I especially love the neutral shades in this palette!

Last of all there is this amazing beauty! This is the La Belle Carousel! A+ for creative packaging!

Packaged in a carousel shaped design, you can take out each portion to reveal a palette, and a mascara! 

This beautiful carousel of eye shadows, blushes, bronzers and our best-selling Better Than Sex Mascara is created from six individual sections that split apart to create on-the-go looks or can be separately gifted to everyone on your list. 

Too Faced Co-Founder and Creative Director Jerrod Blandino carefully curated the palette, each offering a different way to own your holiday look.


  • 3 Eye Shadow Palettes with a total of 12 shades
  • 2 Blush & Bronzer Palettes that include our best-selling Chocolate Soleil Bronzer and fan favorite Who's Your Poppy Blush
  • Our deluxe award-winning Better Than Sex Mascara

I love how each portion is small, and perfect for travel! Heres what each portion looks like

I am so impressed with the packaging and products in this years Christmas Collection! Will you be picking anything up?

Thanks so much for reading! You can grab Too Faced makeup here: http://bit.ly/XUrgmv

Love you!
Shannon xox