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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Tarte recently launched this holiday season’s limited edition blush palette – 8 shades of blushes and 2 highlighters for $57 CAD!

The breakdown: 

  • $57 CAD
  • 8 blushes (0.084 oz/ 2.4 g each)
  • 2 highlighters (0.084 oz/ 2.4 g each)

It features Tarte’s Amazonian clay blush formula – one of my personal favourite blush formulas on the market – in a double-sided palette with an array of tones.

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With Christmas fast approaching, and may going to Christmas parties with friends and family, I wanted to share some of my favourite beauty looks for makeup inspiration!

The holiday season always centers around golds, silvers and reds. You can never go wrong with a good red lip paired with gold eye shadow.
2016 runway trends really showed a shift towards more “natural” makeup with a pop of colour on the lips. Specifically, nearly bare eyes, soft dewy skin, and a red, berry, or burgundy lip.

I absolutely love this trend, because it’s glamorous, festive, yet ridiculously easy.

To master the “bare eye” look, the key is to even out the skin on the eyes. The skin around the eyes is thinner than any other areas of the face, so it tends to show veins, redness, shadows, and discoloration. I love to use a color correcting primer, like the Lise Watier CC eye primer. It evens out my skin, making it look much more bright, awake, and polished. I love to dust a little of a bone colored shadow or a super soft shimmer to highlight over top, for an extra bit of glamour.

Here’s a look I did last year using drugstore makeup! Product details here! 

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For the skin, I typically recommend a natural or satin finish for a softer, more skin-like look. Highlight is essential, and I recommend a cream as it blends into the skin much more seamlessly. Subtle strobing is a perfect addition to this look. I did a full post on strobing here!

There are so many ways you can customize looks like this. The face and eyes are so versatile and neutral that you can pair it with any lipstick colour!

What are your favourite holiday makeup looks?


Previous Blogmas Posts:

Kylie Cosmetics Review – Blogmas 2016 Day 20

Apple Spice Donut Bites – Dairy-Free & Vegan Friendly (Blogmas 2016 Day 19)

Other than the photo of myself, all other photos were taken from Pinterest, and rights go to their respectful owners!



In the spirit of the Christmas season (and the upcoming Sephora VIB & VIB Rouge sale!) I thought I’d include a list of new & noteworthy products that have captured my attention. These are some new and exciting products at Sephora that look incredible, many of which would make great gifts for any beauty lover in your life!

Now as a disclaimer, I’m really not a fan of wish lists. Giving people a list of things you want seems a bit materialistic and inorganic to me. I truly don’t believe that Christmas or the Holiday season should be about gifts, wish lists, or sales. That may be somewhat difficult in our very material-driven society, but I think the purpose of gift-giving shouldn’t be “give me a list of all the things you want” but rather “I saw this, and it made me think of you. I thought it might make you happy.”

With that being said, this list was not compiled for the sake of “omg here’s a list of stuff I want please, buy it for me!!” Instead, I compiled this list to show some new & noteworthy items at sephora (with a couple items launching soon to keep an eye out for!) Perhaps you may want to add these items to your own wish lists, or pick them up during the upcoming Sephora VIB sale!

Tarteist PRO Amazonian Clay Palette: I have had my eye on this since seeing sneak peeks from the trip that some of the beauty gurus took with Tarte a few months ago! It looks like such a gorgeous and unique palette! I have more palettes than I will ever use up, so while I really don’t need another palette, I’m really trying to add different shades to my collection. This palette is huge and includes some really gorgeous and interesting shades, with purples, pinks, warm, neutral, and cool tones! I will definitely be picking this up during the sale!!


Sunday Riley UFO Ultra Clarifying Face Oil: I have heard amazing things about Sunday Riley, particularly the face oils. My skin is combination-oily currently, and I am very prone to breakouts. My best friend Claudia has been raving about this oil! It’s quite a steep price, and not really in my budget at present. It is something I may consider during the sale though!


Huda Beauty Liquid Matte Lipstick: I haven’t tried any of the Huda Beauty liquid lipsticks yet, but I have tried the Rose Gold Palette and her lip liners, and I absolutely love them! I definitely want to try the shades “Medusa,” “Icon,” and “Bombshell.” This is another product Claudia has raved about – I swear, her encouraging me to spend so much on makeup is part of the reason why I’m a Sephora VIB Rouge member.

Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette: Too Faced has been teasing images of their upcoming Sweet Peach collection for a couple of months now, and my anticipation grows with every passing day. The collection features a few different products, all of which supposedly smell like peach! This is a repromoted product – it launched last year, was limited edition, and sold out incredibly fast! I didn’t end up purchasing it then, but I’m strongly considering it now!


NARS Velvet Lip Guide: NARS recently launched these liquid lip products that are supposedly a liquid lipstick/lip lacquer hybrid. NARS describes them as having a semi-matte yet hydrating and comfortable finish. I briefly swatched them in stores and personally, I find them to be more of a lip lacquer/long-lasting opaque gloss. I’ve got my eye on the shades “Unlaced,” “Playpen,” and “Bound.”


Too Faced Sweet Peach Glow Highlighting Palette: I 100% need to get my hands on this highlighting palette. I’m a huge fan of palettes that are compact yet include a highlight, contour/bronzer, and a blush. They’re perfect for travelling! This collection is supposed to launch online December 15th, and in stores January 6th.


Tarte Tarteist Toolbox Brush Set & Magnetic Palette: Tarte is seriously killing it with all these new launches and holiday products. I purchased the holiday brush set from last year (review here!) and was so happy I did. These brush sets are an incredible value for anyone wanting to build their brush collection, and make excellent gifts!


Anastasia Beverly Hills Master Palette by Mario: Mario Dedanovic (Kim Kardashian’s makeup artist who has quickly become one of the most famous makeup artists in the industry, and one of my personal favourites) recently collaborated with Anastasia Beverly Hills to create a gorgeous eyeshadow palette. It is no longer available at sephora, but may return for a second round. While I couldn’t justify purchasing it at the time, I still find myself thinking about it. It it returns to Sephora, I may not be able to resist!

Cover FX The Perfect Light Highlighting Powder: Cover FX has been doing a ton of revamping recently. They launched their Custom Highlight Drops, which have been taking social media by storm. I recently tried them in the shade “Moonlight” and fell in love. These Highlighting powders are brand new, and are supposed to offer a much more subtle, soft glow. This product is currently sitting in my Sephora online cart, eagerly waiting for the sale!


What products are on your wish list this year?

Holiday makeup is extremely fun, and has endless possibilities. From sparkles, glitter and shimmer, to red lips, warm skin, berry tones, and more. While there’s a lot of modern trends and no shortage of creativity amongst the makeup artistry community season, I do truly love the “classic” holiday look – gold, shimmery eyes, paired with a bold lip. Some think it’s overdone and cliche, but I however think it’s a timeless look. It can be tweaked for all skin tones, ethnicities, and age groups.

For today’s Blogmas post, I’m sharing one of my first holiday-inpsired makeup looks. This is actually the makeup I’m wearing in my Drugstore Favourites & Giveaway video, which will be going up after this for Blogmas Day 15!

My entire makeup look was created with products from the drugstore!

drugstore holidaym akeup collage LESS WARM

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