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Blogmas Day 14: The Luxe Gift Guide

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Everyone wants a little bit of luxury in their life, but very few people are willing to go out and get it for themselves. That’s why gifting holidays are the best ways to give and get the luxe goods. So for the second day of my week long gifting guides I’m giving you the Luxury Gift Guide; gorgeous palettes and scents that may be a higher price point, but that I’d be ecstatic to give and receive for Christmas!

To start we have the ever-gifted and fan favourite of the Urban Decay Naked Palette. Whether it’s Naked, Naked 2, Naked 3, or the new Naked Smokey, (or all of them in the new Naked Vault II) this palette is fabulous and comes with endless eyeshadow possibilities. I consider this on the luxury side due to it’s $50+ price point, coming in at $64.

Next is the Tarte Showstopper Clay Palette, a long-lasting eye and cheek palette. Coming in at $48 the price point isn’t exactly in the ‘luxurious’ category, but the packaging alone sends it there for me. This round, snake-skin-esque leather topped palette is absolutely gorgeous and I just can’t stop opening and staring at it. It’s got 6 eyeshadows, 1 bronzer, 1 highlight, and 1 blush. I’m a lover of all Tarte products and I feel that they’ve really been hitting home runs recently. So this is a great gift for those who haven’t tried any Tarte products before. It’s all here!

Contour palettes have really been the ‘in’ thing for 2015. Well, the beginning of the year at least before the world was hit with Becca x Jaclyn Hill’s Champagne Pop and the art of strobbing (another luxe gift idea!). But for the contour palettes you have lots of gifting options! My favourite, coming in at $52, is the Smashbox Step-by-Step Contour Kit. This is another great luxe gift for newbie’s to the makeup or contour world since it’s simple and step-by-step. The easiest contour out there! And the glossy sleek packaging and red handled contour brush are divine.

And the last of the palettes is definitely my most luxurious of them all. It’s the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit, coming in at $95. This is reaaaally not great value for the price, but is the most gorgeous palette I have ever seen in my life and I just couldn’t help myself. Plus the products are amazing. It includes three Ambient Lighting Powders, two Ambient Lighting Blushes and one Ambient Lighting Bronzer. All of these are available individually with the exception of the middle powder, Iridescent Light, which is a limited powder only available in this palette. If you’ve ever tried any Hourglass Ambient Light Powders then you’ll know the amazing quality of these! Get ready for the compliments.

Then come the scents. I’m really not one to splurge and buy scents for myself, but I love getting them as gifts. I love both the Elizabeth and James White Nirvana coming in at $75, and the Jo Malone Earl Grey and Cucumber coming in at $125. Jo Malone – the true gift of luxury!

What are your favourite luxe palettes and purchases? Any luxe gifting ideas of your own?

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Review – Jo Malone Earl Grey and Cucumber Cologne

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In my world there is nothing more powerful than scent. It can literally stop me in my tracks, interrupt me mid-sentance, and make something simple seem so important. Yet there is an incredibly fine line between chaos and perfection in the realm of olfactory. I’m very hard to please when it comes to perfumes, so when I find one that can change my world, it’s worth sharing.

Jo Malone, as many know, is one of those special purchases that aren’t made very often. A pretty pricy little beauty that just radiates luxury. For my 23rd Birthday back in October, my wonderful sister gave me the Jo Malone Earl Grey and Cucumber Cologne, which I’ve been eyeing up and drooling over for about two years now. I just couldn’t justify the purchase.

The cologne is a fabulous mix of fresh bergamot (found in Earl Grey tea) and crunchy cucumber. A relaxing scent of a classic afternoon tradition and warm comfort (and no…you won’t smell like a cup of tea). With undertones of beeswax, vanilla and musk, the Earl Grey and Cucumber Cologne has turned me upside down and made each and every day a beautiful one. I’m amazed at how much a scent can move me.

Have you ever tried Jo Malone Colognes? Which is your favourite?

Yup! That’s Right…I’m 23

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And I’m okay with it. I remember sitting on the couch with my roommates the night before my 20th Birthday crying over the fact that I was no longer a teenager. And each year the weeks leading up to my Birthday scare me….holy crap I’m getting old! But 23 didn’t scare me and I took it on with a new appreciation for adulthood and life. I’m expecting 23 to be a great year.

I got a few goodies for my Birthday, and a few more are on their way. My lovely sister fulfilled my deepest Birthday wish and got me the Jo Malone Earl Grey and Cucumber cologne. This one has been on my wish list for a long time and I’m so happy to finally have it in my procession. One of my dearest friends found my favourite candy in Toronto!! Something I thought could only be found in Europe. So two packages of Maoams must last me till my next trip across the pond. My parent’s are generously buying me a new MacBook. My 5 year old MacBook Pro is struggling. But I’m waiting till the lineups and crowds attempting to purchase the iPhone 6 die down a bit. I don’t feel the need to battle crowds for a new laptop. And finally, the sweetest gift from Corey. A makeup table/vanity.  He’s been looking for months but still hasn’t found a good one yet. He wants to find a good solid piece, kinda vintage or antique. So he’s been looking everywhere for a used one that he’s gonna fix up himself. Can’t wait. Will be perfect in our new place! (oh yeah! A new place. November everyone!)

22 was a year full of new adventures. Some were stressful, some were life changing, some were great. I hope that 23 brings another year of excitement, but with less stress. Thats my goal for 23. To stress less. Let’s see if I can slow the onset of grey hair that I have coming and push the rest back a few more years. Here’s to being young and happy.