Another day, another snowfall. We’re expecting another 10-15 cm of snow here today and I have to work this evening so I’m reallyyyyy hoping that I don’t end up having to dig my car out at the end of my shift. My reprieve from the frostiness outside that is winter? These new NYX Love You So Mochi Palettes, which are fun, bright and bubbly, which might not entirely make sense (but trust me, it does).

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Inspired by the Japanese treat, the NYX Love You So Mochi palettes each contain 10 silky, bouncy (yes, bouncy) shadows. I’ve gotta say, they really pack a punch. Most of the shades, especially the shimmers, have incredible pigmentation and staying power. The lighter shades take a bit more, and the two glitter shades in the Sleek and Chic palette could be a bit stronger, but the rest of them really blew me away.

I love the texture of these; they glide really nicely on the skin, stay true to their colour and are really showy. Of the two palettes, I have to say that the Sleek and Chic version really caught my attention after swatching and wear. The colours are gorgeous and flow so seamlessly together. If you like to play around with colour, you’ll adore the Electric Pastels palette with its fun pinks, blues and a kickass yellow.

The NYX Love You So Mochi palettes have great texture – the shadows have a bouncy feel to them and they feel silky upon applying, gliding smoothly onto the skin and blending in really nicely. I find they set really well and have quite a bit of staying power, lasting for quite a while without a need to reapply or boost.

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(I’m going to apologize for the rough texture of my skin here – it’s gotten better, but I was dealing with this really fantastic rash for a little while – yeah, gross)

Seriously though, after seeing these swatches how could you not want to give the Sleek and Chic palette a try? The colours are so heavenly and I’ve worn this several times now for a warm look as you can see below.

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What do you think of the shades in the NYX Love You So Mochi palettes? Will you be picking either up? Which one is your favourite?

 


Disclosure: This post may contain PR samples sent for editorial consideration but as always opinions are 100% my own! xo

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It’s almost that time of year again and Christmas is definitely in the air. I can’t believe we’re just over a week away from December; this year has been a really busy one for me, and it feels like time has just flown by. December 1st marks the first day for Advent calendars and I’ve seen some of the best ones yet. I’m sharing the best beauty Advent calendars for 2017 so you can find the one that’s perfect for you! There are so many different options at various price points and they’re all worth taking a look at.

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The Body Shop consistently has some of my favourite Advent calendars. Every year, their team creates calendars and holiday gifts based on a theme, and this year was all about “kidulting,” embracing your inner child and having a little fun. They have four calendars available this year: 25 Days of Game-Changing Advent-ure ($139 – my personal favourite), 25 Days of Game-Changing Advent-ure Ultimate ($169), 25 Days of Game-Changing Advent-ure Standard ($99) and 24 Days of Beauty ($69). They each feature a slew of The Body Shop favourites and hide cute games and messages behind each box. Oh, and this year a portion of every holiday gift purchased will go towards International Alert to help Syrian refugee children.

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L’Occitane has one of the most luxurious Advent calendars ($69) out there – it’s jam-packed with fab skincare and body goodies that will have you feeling amazing all holiday season. This year, they’ve also introduced a Premium Version ($134) of their Advent calendar for an even more luxe experience.

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If you’re a lipstick lover, the NYX Cosmetics Lippie Countdown Advent Calendar ($65) is a must-have. This calendar features 24 days of lippies, including their Butter Gloss, Lip Lingerie and Matte Lipstick, in a range of gorgeous shades. It’s the perfect way to widen your lip wardrobe and you can share the shades that don’t work for you with your pals!

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If you really want to spoil yourself or someone special, the Charlotte Tilbury Naughty & Nice Magic Box ($250) is the way to go. This 12-day calendar is full of both full size and deluxe minis of some of her best-selling items like the Magic Cream Moisturizer and Lip Lustre Lip Gloss.

 

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This year, Quo has two Advent calendar options. The 12 Days of Colorful Healthy Nails contains 12 pretty Quo by Orly shades, while the 12 Days of Beauty has some of their favourite makeup items to get you holiday ready. Both are priced at $40 and are available at Shoppers Drug Mart.

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The Kiehl’s x Kate Moross Advent Calendar ($89) is another that will have you feeling fantastic this season – with 23 skin and body products and a surprise inside, you’ll be able to find new favourites and fall back in love with others. I love the design of this one, which was created by artist Kate Moross.

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I can’t wait to dig into the Decléor Hello December Surprise Me! calendar. It’s full of deluxe samples from their bestselling ranges – and it even includes three full-size products to add to your collection. This luxe calendar is a skincare addict’s dream come true.

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Hands down, Artdeco has one of the best calendar’s for beauty lovers every year. This year’s calendar ($86 at Shoppers Drug Mart) is no different and I highly recommend it. It’s made up of 20 full-size products, 3 samples and even comes with a bonus Optimum points offer – pick up a couple for gifts and your girls will love you.

PS. Now might be a good time to pick up your calendar for this year so you can take advantage of this weekend’s Black Friday specials!

 

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After being ridiculously impressed with my GlossyBoxes lately,  I couldn’t wait to see what they had in store for us this month, and I wasn’t disappointed!  Take a look at what I got this month (and don’t forget – you can save $1.50 off your first GlossyBox by using the code GLOSSY8!):

 

 Dove Cleartone (Bonus sample – full size $3.99-$4.99)  – not a beauty sample, but definitely one that will come in handy – perfect size for throwing in my gym bag!

B. Kamins Lip Balm SPF 20 (deluxe sample – fill size 15 g/$21) and Maple Body Lotion (Deluxe Sample – full size 180 ml/$41) – I’ve heard of B. Kamins before but haven’t actually had a chance to try any of their products – I’m really happy these samples were included as they are a luxury Canadian brand! Of course, they both contain a bio-maple compound (eh!) and are meant to provide great hydration.  Looking forward to trying both of these out!

Wella Professional Mirror Shine Polish Spray (full size! $12.99 for 40 ml) – I love Wella, I love all of the Wella products that we’ve received so far, and I love that it’s full size!  This spray is meant to be used on styled hair to give it a gorgeous shine – I actually ended up using it the night that I received my box (The Flare World Runway Tour which I’ll be posting about later) and I really like it – it was very lightweight, but left my hair looking healthy and shiny!

NYX Cosmetics: The Crimson Amulet Collection (Full palette – $25!) – When I opened this month’s GlossyBox and saw this palette, my jaw literally dropped – I was not expecting something like this to show up in one of my beauty boxes! This limited edition palette based on the movie Dark Shadows is amazing.  It contains 24 eyeshadows (12 are a bit more on the colourful side, while the other 12 are a bit more neutral – they are all gorgeous), a shadow base, a liquid liner, 5 blushes, a highlighter and 4 lip glosses.  It has everything needed to create a gorgeous red carpet look. So awesome!

Impressed by this month’s box?  If you aren’t a subscriber, you can sign up here – use the code GLOSSY8 at checkout and you’ll save $1.50 off your first box! I’ve been loving my subscription so far – the boxes have been getting better every month!

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