Philosophy’s Red Velvet Cake Lip Shine ($12.00) is one of Philosophy’s flavors for the holiday season. It smells very chocolaty, but almost like a spicy chocolate (though not too spicy!). It gives a smidgen of color (it deepens your natural pigmentation), lots of gloss (duh), and it’s a great way to keep your pucker look kissable without sticky gloss or rich lipstick. I find that the lip shines just work really well when I have down time or I’m just running errands. I mean, you just can’t kiss your boyfriend with lipstick and lipglass on–for one, mine doesn’t want all that on his lips; and second, it’ll still mess up my perfect color combination anyway!
Anyone with some brand new lip shines hanging around who doesn’t want them? Let me take them off your hands!
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Philosophy’s Under the Mistletoe Trio ($28.00) consists of three delicious lip shines. You get Gingerbread, Spicy Pear Cobbler, and Orange Cranberry Spritzer–and all three smell exactly like their names. Don’t let Spicy Pear intimidate you, because it doesn’t actually make your lips look green! It gives them a lovely high shine finish with a touch of golden-green tint that doesn’t look unnatural. Think MAC’s Spring Bean lipglass in terms of actual application. Lip shines are ridiculously glossy; they definitely give your lips a high shine finish. This little trio makes a perfect stocking stuffer, too
DiorShow Black Out Mascara ($24.00) is not quite “coveted” by Temptalia, but it is the improved version of the famous DiorShow mascara. I will say that both DiorShow and DiorShow Black Out do give you longer, thicker looking lashes and both are pretty dark black. The only reason these aren’t coveted by me is because they flaked and smudged on me personally!
Shimmer Star Pressed Powder($42.00) is my favorite highlighter of all time. I really can’t recommend this product enough! It gives such a subtle sheen to cheeks that’s so natural and beautifully glowy. It is available in both Amber and Rose (and it was available in Copper, but that was a limited edition shade!). I’m getting Rose the next time I’m at Nordstrom (which hopefully will have it!).
5-Colour Eyeshadow Quints ($54.00) are a signature Dior product. They have several permanent varieties available, as well as several limited edition quints that come out as part of their seasonal launches. I have tried and played with several, and I’m always impressed with how smooth and luxe the shadows feel. I’ve only encountered one quint that just didn’t work well on its own (Earth Tones)–otherwise I adore them. I particularly love the Twilight Quint for holiday.
Addict Eau de Parfum($68.00) is my go-to perfume for something sultry and sexy. It’s a heady scent with a lot of spicy vanilla and sandalwood in it. I’m terrible at describing scents, I swear; but this is worth spritzing the next time you’re in the fragrance department.