It may only be early October, but in the makeup and fashion world that officially means it’s the Holiday season! The Holiday collections have begun rolling out, and there are so many exciting launches! I recently got the chance to play with the new PUR Sweet 16 collection, and as soon as I saw the sequin packaging I knew I needed to write about it!

Above images are from the PUR website!

This year marks the 16th anniversary for the brand, and they are celebrating with a special edition Holiday collection: the PUR Sweet 16 Collection! Working as a makeup artist for the last 5 and a half years, I’ve had the pleasure of watching them grow immensely in that time. They have rebranded, repackaged, and have really stepped up their game to become huge contenders in the competitive cosmetic industry. In my opinion, they are the perfect example of a brand listening to their consumer requests and using that feedback to grow and improve.

The PUR Sweet 16 collection just went live in stores, and online this month. It features 7 items:

The collection features gorgeous white packaging, with a sequin design. What makes the packaging so unique is that the sequin/glitter is cased inside the front cover.

The Celebrate Your Selfie Blockbuster Set is definitely a standout product in my opinion. Not only because the eyeshadows are stunning and super pigmented, but also because it’s such a great value! You get 16 eyeshadows (matte, shimmers, and pressed glitters), a mini lip gloss, mini mascara, set of false lashes, 2 blushes, and a highlighter! The only aspect of this I didn’t like is the box, as it’s neither storage nor travel-friendly. However, I have it on good authority that the eyeshadows are magnetic and can be (carefully) detached from the box. You could likely de-pot these and pop them into a magnetic palette!

The next item on my radar is the Love Your Selfie III Sweet 16 Face Palette & Mini Mascara SetI am always a sucker for PÜR eyeshadow palettes, as their formulas are incredible and they perform so well. I always find the colours to be super pigmented and easily blendable! This has a range of warm tones with a couple of neutral shades, and a mixture of mattes, shimmers and pressed glitters.

 

The Sweet 16 Kiss of Confidence Set comes with 3 lipsticks, and 1 hydrating lip balm with. It’s a clear balm with a hint of sparkle that you can wear under lipstick to prep the lips, or over top to add some extra sparkle and hydration!

Above image is from the PUR website!

 

They also launch a limited edition brush set every year, and these are one of my favourite items to get as they’re such a great value! This year’s set features the oval brushes. If you’re a fan of oval brushes, these are some of the best quality on the market (in my opinion!) The bristles are soft dense, and of course cruelty-free!

PÜR also launched 2 exciting new skincare items in this collection!  A new gold sheet mask set, and a skincare set featuring exciting new launches! It contains an illuminating setting spray, the 4-in-1 primer, a gold peel-off mask, and a shimmering dry oil! These products are infused with some amazing ingredients, like liquorice extract, vitamin C, ginseng, and green tea.

 

Overall, I think this collection is absolutely gorgeous. The palettes are definitely the biggest wins for me, as PUR’s formula is incredible and they are such a great value!

What are your thoughts? Are there any stand-out products for you?

 

 

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One of my favourite things about the holiday season (from a consumer and makeup junkie standpoint) are the limited edition collections. I know, that likely sounds materialistic and as though I’m buying into the “consumerist” propaganda of the masses. Blah, Blah, Blah.

As a makeup artist and blogger, holiday makeup colours and trends are my absolute favourite of all the seasons. It also happens to be what I collect! Some collect baseball cards, some collect coins, I happen to collect highlighters, shimmery eyeshadows, and lipsticks galore.

Each year, I eagerly anticipate the release of limited edition holiday collections. The gorgeous packaging and limited shades are definitely my kryptonite! Some of my favourite brands for holiday collections are Lise Watier, Mac, Guerlain, and Stila.

Some of my all-time favourites from holiday collections in the last 3 years are:

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  • Mac Nocturnals Holiday 2013 Black & Gold Pigment Set
  • Mac Objects of Affection Holiday 2014 Pink & Rose Pigment Set
  • Lise Watier Aurora Winter 2014 Collection
  • Guerlain A Night At the Opera Holiday 2014 Meteorites
  • Tarte Stroke Of Midnight Holiday 2015 Brush set
  • Lise Watier Majestique Holiday 2015 Collection
  • Mac Magic of the Night Holiday 2015 Collection

What are your favourite holiday collections/products of all time?

Or I suppose I should say that winter collections are already here – and have been for at least a month now. The cosmetic and fashion industries are always months ahead of the season, and there have been tons of fun new holiday collections.

Working in the cosmetic industry, I tend to notice a pattern of a sort of holiday collection progression- some brands launch their collections more towards the cusp of fall and winter, such as Smashbox and Lise Watier. Smashbox launched their On the Rocks collection, featuring value sets and 2 palettes. Lise Watier launched their gorgeous Aurora Collection at the end of October, which you can read all about here. Other brands, like MAC, launch a few different collections throughout the fall and winter months. They launched their Brooke Shield and Rocky Horror collections in the fall, followed by the Heirloom Mix Holiday colour collection, and of course their gorgeous keepsake kits. They don’t stop there, though, there are more collections to come in the next couple of months! Keep your eyes out for the new Lightness of Being collection, coming in December!

Here are some of my current favourite products from winter/holiday collections!

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Benefit Sweet Spot Box O’Blushes: 

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This adorable little tin features 5 of their best selling blushes, the “Hoola” bronzer, and a mini Watt’s Up! Highlighter. I had been wanting to try the Benefit blushes for quite some time, and snatched up the last 2 of these sets when I saw them in store! While the blushes are a bit smaller than the individuals, you get 7 cheek products for around the price of 2 individual blushes! Such an amazing value, especially if you’re like me and were wanting to try them all out!

 

Lise Watier Celestial Light Powder from the “Aurora” winter 2014 collection: 

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This was definitely a “love at first swatch” deal for me. It is my absolute favourite highlighter at the moment. You can read all about it, along with the rest of the collection here! 

Mac Objects of Affection “Rose” Pigments & Glitters: MAC is exceptionally well known for their gorgeous holiday collections, most of which always include stunning limited edition pigment/glitter sets. Me, being  a huge sucker for pigments and glitters, could not resist. This set features 5 gorgeous rose-tones pigments and glitters. From left to right: “Whisper Pink” (soft pinky-beige with a subtle pearlized shimmer), “Tan” (a very popular permanent pigment, it’s a pinky/tan with soft amber tones), “Rose” (a more vidid rose tone with copper sparkle), “Reigning Riches” (a copper glitter), “Heritage Rouge” (a deeper, brown-toned plum)

I purchased one of their glitter/pigment sets last holiday season, and it has easily been one of my favourite purchases from Mac! I highly recommend these sets-it takes forever to use up the pigment, so it’s a really great value.

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Guerlain Perles d’Etoiles Meteorites Illumination Pearls from the “A Night at the Opera” holiday collection: Guerlain is famous for their Meteorites-gorgeous powder pearls that illuminate the face. This year’s limited edition Meteorites feature 6 different shades, ranging from bronzes, soft pinks, and a few red pearls.

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Smashbox “On the Rocks” Photo Finish Primer Duo 

The Smashbox Photo Finish primer has been my favourite for quite some time – not to mention it’s one of the top primers on the market! I am a huge advocate for primers, they really do make a difference in your foundation application and wear! I snatched up this set as soon as we received it in my store. It’s two primers for the price of one: the foundation primer, and the hydrating under eye primer. Not to mention it has pretty limited edition packaging!

Lush Santa’s Lip Scrub: Lush does some of the best – and not to mention delicious – lip scrubs. This holiday lip tastes like cocoa-cola, and helps to exfoliate the lips to leave them soft and smooth.

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I can’t wait to see what other holiday goodies this season will have in store! What are some of your favourite holiday products so far?