Christmas Beauty Haul

The beauty products that enter my collection on Christmas are meant to a establish a new beauty routine in the upcoming year.  Refreshing the beauty bag is always on my To Do Lists for a new year. While we don’t always have the courage to through away old make up, telling to our selves what they say about mascaras expiring after 6 months, is just to make us consume more products. It is difficult to part from our favorite lipsticks and eyeshadows, given that we use many different colors through out the year and we are never done with them when the time to toss them comes. But given that expired cosmetics cause eye infections  and skin irritation, is better to toss them and not take any risks. I’ve established that the winter holidays in December is the perfect time to refresh the beauty bag, mainly because on Christmas there are lots of amazing offers and sales at Sephora and alike. Deciding on the time the different products should be thrown is easy: Liquid products like mascaras and eyeliners after 6 months, pressed products like lipsticks 1 year, powder products and pencils 2 years.

Here is my Christmas beauty haul for a great 2015 start.

Arlésienne occitane en provance collection

A sweet 2015 with Arlésienne by L’Occitane

The fragrance inspired by the Venus of Arles statue from the Louvre museum representing the woman of provence which has been muse to artists such as Van Gogh, Picasso, Léo Lele, Mistral, Bizet and Christian Lacroix. It is a very fresh fragrance with mandarin, saffron, roses, lily of the valley and sandalwood. The Arlésienne collection has also a body lotion, hair fragrance, hand cream and body oil, all with the fresh romantic notes.

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Elizabeth Arden Advent Calendar
A shiny year with Elizabeth Arden Untold Color Makeup collection

A winter make up collection with a twist that makes it usable during all the year given the shiny purples and golds. It is a great collection with enough shine and glitter for for a Christmas or New Year’s eve party

  • Beautiful Color Eye Shadow Quad in Chic Browns and Posh Purple
  • Beautiful Color Luminous Lip Gloss in Glamorous Gold and Intriguing Violet
  • Beautiful Color Precision Glide Eye Liner in Blackberry, Black Violet, Java, Sapphire & Emerald
  • Beautiful Color Natural Eye Brow in Natural black, Brownette & Natural Beige

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Protected colored hair with Kérastase

I had stopped dying my hair for a couple of years, but I’ve started recently getting to a darker shade of brown than my original hair color. Nothing drastic as a color but I need to keep it shiny so a color protecting product is a must.

  • Kérastase Reflection Bain Chroma Captive Colour Radiance Protecting Shampoo 250ml
  • Kérastase Reflection Chroma Captive Shine Intensifying Masque 200ml
  • Kérastase Gloss Appeal  Instant Shine And Topcoat Styling Hair Spray

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The coral lipstick with Tom Ford Lips & Boys Rafael

The best lipstick release of 2014, mainly for the genius campaign because I already know the quality of products at Tom Ford. Every lipstick was named after a boy, and Rafael was my choice.

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 The New Year is more fun with Lush Cosmetics

I love the package, absolutely would collect every soap, and I spend hours on their website just reading their funny product descriptions. So this Christmas my new Lush Cosmetics products were a perfect gift.

  • So White Shower Gel
  • Rub Rub Rub shower scrub
  • Santa’s Lip Scrub
  • Million Dollar Moisturizer

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Getting ready the luggage for amazing 2015 holidays with Clarins Travel Kit

2 travel kits that will accompany my every holiday and work trip. One is the Clarins makeup palette that has everything needed in a soft leather package which protects the products from getting destroyed while handled by the ‘gentle’ airport staff. , the second one comes in a beautiful pochette which can be hanged in hotel bathrooms and has a face peeling, a face balm and the lip perfector with also lots of space to take my other beauty products.

  • Clarins Make-Up Palette Gift Set with 4 Eyeshadows 2 Lipsticks 1 Blush Compact 1 Mini Be Long Mascara
  • Clarins Gentle Peeling Smooth Away Cream with natural clay that gives radiance to all skin types.
  • Clarins Beauty Flesh Balm a radiance booster that takes away all the fatigue signs
  • Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector

Clarins travel make up and skincare

 Sephora Beauty Haul

There is no better Christmas than a Sephora Christmas with special editions and gift sets with special prices. For every make up look for 2015 there is the 4 Eye Look Books : The Smoky Eye Look, The Nude Eye Look, The Party Eye Look, The Metallic Eye Look. Having a sweet bath with Sephora pearls and kissable lips with Kiss Kiss universal pink gloss.

While for the party looks during these holidays the nail polish must be red, and OPI has the best reds. I laso wanted to try the new X Formula brand which is a new entry at Sephora and got a sparkling metallic one for New Year’s Eve.

In the fragrance department back to the classic CK One, as a everyday perfume when I don’t feel like smelling of very complicated notes.

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