Friday, 25 December 2015

Merry Christmas!


Merry Christmas Beauties! 

I hope that you are all spending the day with your loved ones and making amazing memories so you won't see this but I wanted to take a moment to say Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays and THANK YOU! 

Thank you for being such amazing, loyal, supportive readers and making this year the best yet. I feel so incredibly grateful for each and every one of you and you have made this Christmas so magical and special. 

Have an amazing day and treasure every moment! 

I LOVE YOU! 

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Monday, 21 December 2015

The Way To A Beauty Lover's Heart | Sephora Glitter Happy Brush Set

Sephora Glitter Happy Pro Brush Set For Holiday 2015 | Review | The Way To A Beauty Lovers Heart

Hey Beauties!

Christmas is just 4 days away and I cannot even handle how excited I am! While we aren't supposed to open any presents until the 25th, my personal Santa (aka my boyfriend) just couldn't wait any longer and gave me a sneaky early gift. When I opened it up and saw this stunning brush set I knew I had to share it asap! 

The fastest way to any beauty lover's heart (like myself) is a set of makeup brushes and the Sephora Glitter Happy Brush Set is probably the most glamorous of them all. 

Sephora Glitter Happy Pro Brush Set For Holiday 2015 | Review | The Way To A Beauty Lovers Heart
The Glitter Happy Brush Set is this years version of Sephora's Pro brush kit released just for the holidays. Each year they release a glitzy set of their best pro brushes complete with a matching stand and this year is all about rose gold and glitter. 

The brushes are sleek with rose gold metallic ferrules that extend into a weighted cream handle. The hairs on the brushes are white with a slight copper tint that fades into the ferrule. Each brush feels incredibly well made, has ridiculously soft but dense bristles and looks absolutely stunning.

Sephora Glitter Happy Pro Brush Set For Holiday 2015 | Review | The Way To A Beauty Lovers Heart

The Glitter Happy Set features 6 pro brushes including a blush brush, a pointed foundation brush, a blending brush, a pointed concealer brush, an all over shadow brush and a lip brush. The set also comes with a beautiful stand to house these stunning brushes. The stand is acrylic filled with copper and rose gold glitter to match the brushes perfectly. 

Sephora Glitter Happy Pro Brush Set For Holiday 2015 | Review | The Way To A Beauty Lovers Heart

I haven't tested the brushes thoroughly but I know that Sephora's Pro line is absolutely amazing and I know that they never skimp on quality even on their holiday collections. I think this is the perfect statement gift for any beauty lover and at $85 USD you are paying about $14 USD a brush which is an incredible value! 

The Glitter Happy Set is sold out online but is still around in stores so keep your eyes out because you don't want to miss it for either yourself or a friend! 

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Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Review | Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder in Highlight 01

Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder | Review & Swatches | Highlighting Without Shimmer or Glitter | labellesirene.ca

Hey Beauties! 

Highlighting and contouring is all the rage right now and lets not forget about strobing, but those beauty trends can be a little too intense for the everyday. On those days when I want to add a subtle hint of light to my cheeks I reach for the Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder. 

The Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder retails for $48 CAD/ $40 USD and comes in 4 shades, 3 of which are bronze tones and 1 is a highlight. The shade 01 Highlight is the perfect everyday illuminator that gives a radiant, healthy glow. 

The Basics

The Matte Radiance Baked Powders are the ideal highlighting powders for anyone that wants to get that lit from within glow without any shimmer or glitter but only a gorgeous natural luminosity. Contrary to their name, they are not at all matte but more of a radiant satin. This finish makes them the perfect middle ground highlighter that is visible and effective but not overwhelming. 

The array of shades means there is an option for each and every skin tone but Highlight 01 is my personal favourite. 

Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder | Review & Swatches | Highlighting Without Shimmer or Glitter | labellesirene.ca

The Details

Highlight 01 is a stunning champagne gold highlight housed in a sleek black compact with a secure button release. It is an ultra smooth baked powder with an incredibly soft, fragile texture. The finely milled powder applies smoothly and provides sheer buildable coverage that can be layered to customize your glow. It is easy to blend into the skin without appearing dry or emphasizing pores or texture. 

The subtle champagne sheen seems to adapt to various skin tones (from fair to tan) to provide the perfect refined, sophisticated glow that warms up the complexion. When applied on the high-points of the face (cheekbones, temples, bridge and tip of the nose, cupids bow), Highlight 01 adds a stunning soft radiance that completely brightens up the face to give a healthy glow. There is no in your face shimmer or over the top shine but only a beautiful soft matte radiance. 

Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder | Review & Swatches | Highlighting Without Shimmer or Glitter | labellesirene.ca

The Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powders are the most beautiful, naturally luminous highlighting powders on the market. They can be layered and customized to fit any preference and can be used in so many ways. Highlight 01 would be the perfect powder for a special day like a wedding or even just to give your skin that flawlessly radiant glow on a daily basis. 

I absolutely love my powder and I think it is such a special product that anyone would love. It would even make an amazing gift! 

You can buy the Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powders from Sephora or the Laura Mercier website


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Monday, 14 December 2015

Getting Holiday Party Ready With P&G Beauty | Giveaway


Hey Beauties! 

Tis' the season to hit up every holiday party from glamorous galas to ugly christmas sweater get togethers. Whether you like to go all out and dress to the nines or keep it cozy, a bold red lip and a bronze smokey eye can take your look to the next level. I've teamed up with P&G Beauty to share my top picks to help get you holiday party ready and even give you a chance to win them too! 

Makeup

No holiday celebration (big or small) is complete without a little bit of sparkle and a festive red lip. Covergirl has everything you need to create the perfect holiday makeup look for any situation. 


The Covergirl Eye Shadow Quad in the shade Go For The Golds takes the guess work out of  a festive bronze smokey eye with 4 coordinating shades and a fool proof step by step guide.  The shadows are smooth, nicely pigmented and easily blendable and they add the perfect amount of sparkle. 

The Covergirl Intensify Me Liquid Liner offers the ease of a pencil liner with the intensity of liquid. It has a unique paddle shaped tip that lets you get up close to the lash line for a thin detailed line, then you can flip it and use the wide side to fill in your wing. It has an ultra black finish that lasts all night long. 

The Covergirl Plumpify Blast Pro Mascara is the newest mascara to join the Covergirl family. It has a unique twisted spiral wand with a spiky tip that grips each lash and pushes them up for lifted, full lashes. Covergirl promises you will get 50x the volume with this new formula. 


The Covergirl Outlast Longwear Moisturizing Lipstick in the shade Red Siren is the perfect cherry red to finish off your festive look. This lipstick is ultra pigmented for vibrant creamy colour and a hydrating feel. 

Finishing Touches

To add the finishing touches to your party ready look, add a few curls to your hair or throw it into a fun up-do then make sure to set it with the new Pantene Airspray Alcohol Free Hairspray. This hairspray will ensure your style lasts all night long while keeping a soft and touchable feel. At the end of the night simply brush it out!


The last step to make sure you are party ready is to make sure your smile is bright and white with Crest's 3D White Luxe Whitestrips. Crest has endless options for adding that sparkle to your smile but I love these Luxe Supreme FlexFit strips because they have the ultimate whitening power and a nice flexible fit so you can wear them while you get ready and not even feel them on! 


The Final Product

Now you are ready to celebrate the holiday season, whether it's out on the town or home with a cup of hot chocolate and your favourite Christmas movie! 


Win My Holiday Party Essentials!

Now it's time to share in the holiday spirit and give you a chance to win all of my holiday party essentials and more with a set of 10 P&G products (valued at $170!). So get ready to cozy up with P&G and enter this exciting giveaway!  

To enter this giveaway, head over to my Instagram and follow these instructions!

Follow me (@labellesirene_), like the giveaway photo and tag a friend who you will be celebrating the season with! For an extra entry, regram the image and don't forget to tag me and use the hashtag #CozyUpBU 

This giveaway is opens to Canadian residents ONLY and will end at 11:59 pm EST on Wednesday, December 16th 2015. The winner will be randomly selected and emailed. They have 24 hours to respond with their mailing address. 

*Disclosure: I am a #BeautyUnited blogger. As part of my affiliation with the group I receive products and have special access to P&G events. The opinions on this blog are my own. 

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Saturday, 12 December 2015

The Best Red Lipsticks For The Holiday Season

The Best Red Lipsticks For The Holiday Season - Bold Red Lips from Stila, NARS, MAC, Marc Jacobs and Maybelline

Hey Beauties! 

When I think about the holiday season and all of the festive holiday parties. My mind automatically goes straight to a bright red lip. A classic red lip makes such a vibrant statement and feels so incredibly festive. You can pair it with just about any makeup look and any outfit so it's pretty much the perfect choice. 

I wanted to round up my favourite go-to red lipsticks just in time for the slew of holiday parties that will grace us any second because there are so many options out there! 

The Best Red Lipsticks For The Holiday Season - Bold Red Lipsticks from Stila, MAC, NARS, Marc Jacobs and Maybelline

All 5 of my picks are from the blue-toned lipstick family. I truly think that you can never go wrong with a blue-toned base, it goes will just about any complexion, it brightens up your face and makes your teeth look ultra white! 

The Affordable Option ($10) - The Maybelline Creamy Matte Lipsticks are my absolute favourite lipsticks from the drugstore, they are incredibly pigmented, super creamy, they feel amazing on and last all night long! The new shade Rich Ruby is the perfect classic red that everyone needs in their collection! (review here)

The Old Hollywood Glam ($36) - Marc Jacobs' Le Marc Lip Creams are simply gorgeous lipsticks, they have a beautiful silky formula with vibrant pigments and a hydrating feel. Dashing is the perfect old hollywood glam red with a satin finish. (review here)

The Luxe Lipstick ($39) - NARS' Audacious lipsticks are the ultimate luxury lip colour with full coverage in one stroke and a beautiful weightless feel. They come in 40 ultra concentrated shades and there is a perfect red for everyone but my favourite is Rita - the perfect scarlet shade. (review here)

The Best Red Lipsticks For The Holiday Season - Bold Red Lipsticks from Stila, MAC, NARS, Marc Jacobs and Maybelline

The Liquid Lipstick ($31) - Stila's Stay All Day Liquid Lipsticks are in my opinion the best on the market! The formula is absolute perfection with an ultra creamy, weightless feel and full coverage pigments that just won't quit! Their classic shade Beso is the perfect true blue red that will look amazing on anyone! (review here)

The MAC Matte ($20) - MAC's matte lipsticks are one of my absolute favourite formulas next to Maybelline. They are super pigmented and nice and creamy. They last for hours and don't dry out your lips. Russian Red has been my go-to red for 5 years and it is still a favourite, it's an intense blue-toned red. 

The Best Red Lipsticks For The Holiday Season - Bold Red Lipsticks from Stila, MAC, NARS, Marc Jacobs and Maybelline
(Top to Bottom - Stila, Marc Jacobs, Maybelline, MAC, NARS)

I know I will definitely be rocking one or two of these lipsticks during the holiday season, what is your favourite red lipstick?


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Friday, 11 December 2015

New In | L'oreal Infallible Pro Matte Gloss | Review & Swatches


L'oreal Infallible Pro Matte Lip Glosses | Review & Swatches Of 9 Shades | Bold Pigmented Glosses With A Matte Finish

Hey Beauties! 

The makeup industry is being completely taken over by the matte liquid lipstick trend with just about every single brand (both affordable and high end) releasing their version of the perfect matte lipstick. It's overwhelming to us makeup lovers, let alone the everyday woman looking to explore the trend without a lot of drama and with so many options it might seem impossible to find the right formula.  

While I personally love anything and everything matte, sometimes I find myself looking for something that has that matte look but gives my lips a break from the matte formula. 

Well, it seems L'oreal read my mind and understood exactly what I (and every other woman) needed to bridge the gap in the matte lip market. 

L'oreal Infallible Pro Matte Lip Glosses | Review & Swatches Of 9 Shades | Bold Pigmented Glosses With A Matte Finish

The Basics

The L'oreal Infallible Pro Matte Glosses retail for $13.99 CAD and are a new permanent addition to the Infallible line. They are the very first long wear whipped matte lip colour that acts as a moisturizing gloss but wears like a matte lipstick. 

Essentially, the Pro Matte Glosses are a non sticky gloss with a matte finish. They offer the convenience of a lipgloss and the popular matte look without the dry texture of a liquid lipstick. 

The Packaging

They come in sleek curved tubes with transparent bodies that let each shade shine through and are topped with matte black caps. Inside they have a "Pro Sculpt" applicator which is a wide flocked doe foot with a dip in the centre. It makes application an absolute breeze by depositing the perfect amount of product and spreading it evenly over the lips. The pointed tip can then be used to outline the lips and add detail. 

L'oreal Infallible Pro Matte Lip Glosses | Review & Swatches Of 9 Shades | Bold Pigmented Glosses With A Matte Finish

The Formula

The Pro Matte Glosses are ultra pigmented lip colours with full opacity in one swipe. They are so incredibly saturated with pigment that each shade has a vibrant multidimensional look unlike anything else I've seen before.

They have a super creamy, almost mousse-y texture that is thicker than a traditional gloss but much thinner than the average lipstick. The featherlight whipped formula means they glide on effortlessly without falling into lines or accentuating natural texture. 


L'oreal Infallible Pro Matte Lip Glosses | Review & Swatches Of 9 Shades | Bold Pigmented Glosses With A Matte Finish

When first applied they have a bit of shine but they almost immediately set to a true velvety matte finish. Once applied you can barely feel them on and you will almost forget you are wearing anything at all. They leave a smooth, soft finish to the lips that never feels dry, cakey or flat. They will transfer as all glosses do but with the Pro Matte Glosses you will not experience any feathering or migrating. They have incredible staying power at around 6 hours before softly fading to an even stain. 

The Shade Range

There are ten shades in total ranging from true nudes and beiges to bold reds and burgundies with plenty of vibrant pinks in between. I have nine of the ten shades and every single one blew me away. They all applied flawlessly with dramatic pigmentation, full coverage in a swipe and a gorgeous matte finish. They all wore equally and felt amazing on. They truly feel like you have nothing on your lips and never feel dry in the slightest.


L'oreal Infallible Pro Matte Lip Glosses | Review & Swatches Of 9 Shades | Bold Pigmented Glosses With A Matte Finish

The shades from left to right are 308 Shangai Scarlet, 312 Rouge Envy, 310 Forbidden Kiss, 304 Rebel Rose, 302 Fuchsia Amnesia, 300 Blushing Ambition, 316 Statement Nude, 318 Bare Attraction and 314 Nude Allure. My personal favourites are Shanghai Scarlet, Forbidden Kiss, Blushing Ambition and Statement Nude. 

Final Thoughts

I LOVE the L'oreal Infallible Pro Matte Glosses! I can't contain the amount of love I have for these products because I feel like they truly filled a massive gap in the matte lipstick market. They have such an incredible formula that makes it almost too easy to achieve the matte lip look without any discomfort or dryness. I think everyone needs to get their hands on at least 5 of these beauties because they are that good! 

The L'oreal Infallible Pro Matte Glosses retail for $13.99 CAD and are available now! 
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Monday, 7 December 2015

Maybelline Colour Sensational Creamy Matte Lipsticks | New Limited Edition Shades!

Maybelline Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lipsticks | NEW Limited Edition Shades | Review & Swatches | labellesirene.ca

Hey Beauties! 

When it comes to lipsticks I tend to be a little bit of an "outfit repeater" or I guess "lipstick repeater" in this case. I have a pretty ridiculous collection of lipsticks but on the day to day I tend to reach for the same few over and over again. At least 50 percent of the time I find myself reaching for one of my Maybelline Colour Sensational Creamy Matte Lipsticks. 

Maybelline completely changed the drugstore lipstick market with the introduction of their Creamy Matte lipsticks. They showed that is wasn't necessary for a matte lipstick to be dry, uncomfortable and stiff but that they could be creamy, comfortable and buttery smooth. I immediately fell in love with the formula and quickly built up a healthy collection to include my absolute favourite go to lipsticks. When I found out that Maybelline would be releasing 8 new limited edition shades just for the holidays I gave myself a mission to hunt them down! 

Maybelline Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lipsticks | NEW Limited Edition Shades | Review & Swatches | labellesirene.ca

I was able to get my hands on 5 of the new shades and they are just as amazing as the original but for a little recap on the formula here is some information from my original review (which you can read here). 

 Each lipstick is created with a base of pure pigments for intense colour and three precious oils that help them to glide smoothly across the lips without tugging or patchiness. Those pigments mean that every shade is opaque in one swipe and will become even bolder and more saturated when built up in thin layers. While they are not moisturizing they are really quite comfortable as they sit lightly on the lips without any tightening or cracking. They actually last a good 5-6 hours at complete intensity - through drinking tea and eating lunch - before fading evenly so you don't get that dreaded ring around the outside of your lips.

Overall, the newest releases in the Creamy Matte line are gorgeously creamy, super smooth lipsticks that apply in quick even swipes and set to a velvety matte finish that doesn't look or feel dry. They are intensely pigmented and completely opaque and they come in a range of stunning shades. 


Maybelline Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lipsticks | NEW Limited Edition Shades | Review & Swatches | labellesirene.ca

The newest shades that I have are Rich Ruby ( a stunning deep red), Electric Pink ( an ultra bold hot pink), Blushing Pout ( a dusty mauve), Nude Nuance ( a warm red brown), and Clay Crush ( a warm deep nude). 

I am absolutely in love with the new shades, Rich Ruby is the perfect sultry holiday red, Blushing Pout is the perfect mauve shade that everyone is obsessed with right now and Nude Nuance and Clay Crush are stunning browny nudes. 

I still think the Maybelline Creamy Matte Lipsticks are the best of the best when it comes to matte lipsticks and it just seems like they keep getting better. If you haven't tried the original line then I highly suggest you go try Touch Of Spice, Daringly Nude or Lust to Blush. If you are already a fan then run out to your local drugstore and try to find some of the new limited edition holiday collection! 

The Maybelline Creamy Matte Lipsticks retail for $10.99 CAD and can be found at your local drugstore or cosmetic retailer for a limited time!

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Saturday, 5 December 2015

A Unique Gift For Any Makeup Lover


Hey Beauties! 

I am so excited to share today's post with you! We all know that I am just slightly obsessed with makeup and I know that stands for quite a few of you as well! I can never get enough makeup and I love to be completely surrounded by it, I have lipsticks on practically every surface and packaging displayed in every room. So what could possibly be better than taking that love of makeup and turning it into a piece of art?

The incredibly talented Alison of MakeupArtbyAlison recently reached out to introduce me to her makeup artwork and I was blown away. Alison has taken her passion for painting and combined it with her love for makeup to create one of a kind pieces of art made from MAC cosmetics! 

Alison features two kinds of paintings, ones that made entirely from MAC products and ones that made of acrylic paints and embellished with stunning MAC glitter. Alison was kind enough to send me two personalized paintings using my favourite colours and I couldn't love them more! 


Her artwork is so incredibly unique and so well made. You can see the attention to detail and the precise brush work that goes into creating a piece of art like this. I was so impressed with the quality of not only the art itself but the personalized details and the packaging. Each painting was padded and wrapped securely with a bow and an adorable sticker. 


I fell so hard for the two paintings Alison created for me and they are now proudly displayed in my office. I just know that any other makeup lover, young or old would fall in love too so Alison and I wanted to come together to give you an amazing discount to get the perfect gift for that special someone. 

Head over to Alison's Etsy shop (HERE) and take a peek at what she has for sale! You can even have something personalized just for you! If you make a purchase, be sure to use the discount code "labellesirene" for 20% off a purchase of $40 or more! 

A huge thank you to Alison for sending me such beautiful pieces! 
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Friday, 4 December 2015

New In | Fresh Skincare Heroes Gift Set | Holiday 2015

Fresh Beauty Skincare Heroes Gift Set For Holiday 2015 | All of Fresh's Best Selling Products To Keep Your Skin Glowing | labellesirene.ca

Hey Beauties! 

I am a very lucky girl and I have an amazing man in my life who likes to treat me to little surprises all year round. Last week, he decided to let me pick anything in Sephora for a little pick me up and after lots of back and forth (because it's impossible to pick just one thing!) I chose this amazing little set from Fresh Beauty! 

I have wanted to try the Fresh Beauty skincare line for the longest time, I have heard such amazing things about their products but I have huge reservations with shelling out a lot of money for skincare when I can buy 3 lipsticks for the price of a cleanser. The holiday season is a dream come true for my inexpensive needs because the best skincare brands come out with amazing sample sizes and Fresh always has amazing sets. 

The Skincare Heroes gift set retails for $72 CAD and has a $96 value. It features four of Fresh's best selling products including all of the essentials you need to cleanse, treat and moisturize your skin. 

Fresh Beauty Skincare Heroes Gift Set For Holiday 2015 | All of Fresh's Best Selling Products To Keep Your Skin Glowing | labellesirene.ca

Inside a gorgeous silver and blue embossed box with a big black bow are the Soy Face Cleanser, the Rose Face Mask, the Lotus Youth Preserve Face Cream and the Sugar Lip Treatment. The lip balm is full size and the rest are deluxe sample sizes that are perfect for travel or just for testing out each product without the massive commitment. 

The Soy Face Cleanser included is 1.7oz and retails for $19 while the full size is 5.1oz and retails for $45. It's an extra gentle cream cleanser that pioneered the use of soy in the beauty industry. It is packed with soy proteins which are rich in amino acids. They support moisture retention, giving skin the appearance of elasticity and firmness. Rosewater balances and tones, cucumber extract calms and borage seed oil nourishes the skin. It is fragrance and soap free. 

The Rose Face Mask included is 1oz while the full size is 3.4oz and retails for $72. It is a hydrating and toning gel mask infused with rose petals, pure rosewater and an algae that delivers optimum moisture. Rose petals contain an oil filled with nutrients that naturally soothe skin. It also helps to restore radiance and suppleness while cucumber and aloe reduce inflammation and green tea brightens. 

Fresh Beauty Skincare Heroes Gift Set For Holiday 2015 | All of Fresh's Best Selling Products To Keep Your Skin Glowing | labellesirene.ca

The Lotus Youth Preserve Face Cream included is 1oz while the full size is 1.7oz and retails for $49. It is an age defying moisturizer formulated with Fresh's proprietary Super 7 complex that is proven to prevent that signs of aging while providing 24 hours of moisture and boosting radiance. It is a lovely lightweight lotion that delivers intense hydration with 7 super charged ingredients to defend against wrinkles, preserve collagen, promote the production of hyaluronic acid, seal in moisture and soften the skin. 

The Sugar Lip Treatment is a full size at 0.15oz and retails at $26. The bestselling lip balm comes in 13 flavours but this set comes with the original clear option. It blends oils and waxes with real sugar which is a natural humectant meaning it attracts moisture. Black currant oil is rich in fatty acids that help to cushion the lips while antioxidant grape seed and Vitamins A, C and E provide protection from free radicals. It has a light citrus scent and has no petroleum, mineral oil or lanolin. 

The Skincare Heroes Gift Set is the perfect gift for a skincare lover or even someone like me who enjoys skincare but rarely treats herself to high quality products. I am so excited to try out each product and I will keep you updated on which ones I love and which ones I don't. 

Would you love to receive this set under the tree?

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Wednesday, 2 December 2015

A New Beauty Experience With Scarlet & Julia | Stila Trust In Love Set | Holidays 2015


Hey Beauties! 

After falling heads over heels for the Stila Eternal Love Liquid Lipstick Trio I couldn't wait to get my hands on another piece from their stunning holiday 2015 collection. Stila's holiday collection is after my own heart with their gorgeous gold packaging inspired by old school love. The main pieces of the collection are designed to look like vintage love letters complete with wax seals (magnetic closures), faded handwriting and purple ink blots. 

The Trust In Love Gift Set retails from $52 CAD / $40 USD and has a $108 USD value. It is made of sturdy thick cardboard and folds out like a letter to reveal all of the romantic makeup essentials you need to take you from day to night. The set features 12 eyeshadows that range from soft neutrals to pops of jewel toned colour that can be combined to create a soft mauve look for a morning coffee date or sultry smokey eyes for date night. 


The Trust In Love Set also features a deluxe size of their Huge Extreme Lash Mascara, Stila's newest best selling mascara, that features a wand similar to the Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara and gives an awesome dose of lift, volume and length. It also features a deluxe Lip Glaze in the shade Apricot, a classic sticky gloss with a pretty coral tint. 

The eyeshadows come in a mixture of finishes from matte and satin to shimmer and metallic. They are all buttery soft and kick up a bit of powder so they are best used with a tacky base. They are all greatly pigmented and apply evenly to the lid. Stila is known for their gorgeous creamy shadows and this palette is full of them, they all apply and blend out beautifully. 


The 12 shadows are arranged in two rows with more cool toned shades on the left and warm toned shades on the right. The top row features Warm Silver (a silvery taupe), Fog (a matte cool greyish brown), Nude Shimmer (a pinky champagne), Clay (a matte dusty rose), Golden Topaz (a peachy copper metallic) and Plum (a deep plum satin)

The bottom row features Black Pearl (a deep grey with silver micro shimmer), Stone (a light caramel brown satin), Sapphire (a deep royal blue pearl), Metallic Bronze (a deep reddish bronze metallic), Snowflake (a frosty white with pink undertones) and Light Pink (a very light neutral matte pink). Unfortunately none of the shade names are printed on the palette but only on the outer packaging. 

{L-R Top to Bottom} 

Warm Silver, Fog, Nude Shimmer
Black Pearl, Stone, Sapphire

Clay, Golden Topaz, Plum
Metallic Bronze, Snowflake, Light Pink


The Trust In Love Gift Set is a stunning palette with perfectly paired eyeshadows that can create a million different combinations. The pops of jewel tones make it perfect for fun holiday looks but yet wearable for all year round. I think any beauty lover would be thrilled to receive this palette and I got mine from the new online beauty marketplace Scarlet & Julia

Scarlet & Julia is a new Canadian company that aims to revolutionize the online beauty market. S&J states that "beauty is not only an expertise but a passion" and it shows through their unique shopping experience. S&J is unlike any other online store as it features two different shopping options in an easy to navigate platform that offers not only makeup but skincare, fragrance, haircare and bath and body care. 


S&J's La Boutique is your go to, one stop shop for both prestige and niche brands like Stila, Eve Lom, Lipstick Queen, Burberry, Cargo, REN & Nuxe Paris. It is set up like any other online store with simple drop down menus, "what's new" and "best sellers" sections surrounded by unique S&J content including editorials on beauty tips & tricks and tutorials on various looks. They take the concept of an online store and make it a million times more personal and beneficial by adding helpful content and a Beauty Experts Service to help answer any questions you might have. 

The S&J Beauty Outlet is a weekly flash sale section where shoppers can sign up for free and receive up to 70% off. It offers limited sales for some of S&J's best products for exclusive prices. Think Hautelook but exclusively for beauty and with a Canadian home base so shipping is a breeze and much more reasonable. 

The best bit is S&J cares about its customers and its community. Each purchase comes with a cash-back reward with exclusive S&J Credits that can be used for money off another purchase. Shoppers receive 5% back from each purchase and you can receive an additional 100 points for joining their newsletter. They also offer free delivery and samples on orders of $75 or more. Each sale also benefits others as 1% of sales are donated to Look Good Feel Better, an organization that supports women battling cancer. 

I have really fallen in love with Scarlet & Julia, they offer some of my favourite products but have also introduced me to some I have never had the ability to experience. The website is a breeze to use and the shipping is fast, I would absolutely recommend it to you and anyone else that is looking to expand their beauty repertoire. 

The Stila Trust In Love Gift Set is currently out of stock on Scarlet & Julia but they carry the entire Stila range as well as other holiday products including the lipstick trio (on sale!) If you are dying to get your hands on this set you can find it at various Shoppers Drug Marts, Beauty BoutiqueUlta and Murale

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