Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Some Gifts for the Holidays

There are always cosmetics that seem to catch my attention that I add my list every year. This year has been harder than others in the past though as so many brands have changed their animal testing status to be able to sell in China. (Extremely frustrating as a cruelty-free beauty blogger and a big part of the reason I've not been blogging as much)

Anyways, here are some items that made the cut! Enjoy!

This has been on my wishlist for over a year. Expensive but it looks so nice!

Another long time wishlist item. I love the colour and though again on the pricer side I've heard such good things about Nars blushes over the years it's something I've been eyeing too.

A beautiful sophisticated eye and lip palette from Guerlain. I'm a little sketchy on whether Guerlain is still non-animal testing though. I've heard both answers lately.

These fresh lip treatments are half-size but you get a large range of colours! Plus with that many you don't really need the full size anyway. I love value packs. :D

If you haven't tried tarte's amazonian clay blushes, I highly recommend them. Highly pigmented, long wearing and nicely packaged. This set has two in it and some nice looking eyeshadows.

What about everyone else? What are you eyeing up for Christmas?

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Hebridean Sprite Beauty Christmas Carol Collection

The Christmas Carol Collection!
L-R: Deck the Halls, Winter Wonderland, Hark! Angels Sing, O Christmas Tree, Reindeer Games
As many of you know I opened up my own small nail polish line in October. For the holiday season I wanted to add to the collection and I finally settled on 5 colours I think are not only festive but fairly non-denominational too despite their Christmas Carol names. I just wanted to show you all the pictures of them, and I apologize for some of the not so great photography. Certain colours *coughDecktheHallscough* refused adamantly to be photographed true to life.

Reindeer Games
Reindeer Games! Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer inspired. A warm chestnut brown with a hint of purple shimmer and Red hex glitters.
Deck the Halls
Deck the Halls, the most blatantly festive of the collection! A true red jelly with gold holographic hex glitter.

Hark! Angels Sing!
Hark! Angels Sing! Is a pretty warm gold with colour-changing etherealness to it. It goes from peachy-pink to gold to green. 
O Christmas Tree
O Christmas Tree, is slightly like Hark! Angels Sing in that it has a colour change to it. This mossy golden-green actually has a red shift to it as well as emerald green mini hex glitters. Like a whole Christmas Tree on the nails.

Winter Wonderland
Winter Wonderland. This polish was made with freshly fallen snow drifts in mind, bright and slightly shimmery with a hint of a blue tone at times and a deep blue when in shadow. I love the contrast of the two matte glitters here with the base and the sapphire holo glitters. So fun!
Winter Wonderland Manicure
And a not so great photograph of me wearing Winter Wonderland.

So what do you think? Do these put you in the spirit of the upcoming holidays?