Hi there, my darlings! Since we're focusing on some of my favorite beauty products from the latter half of 2016 this week on the blog and more importantly, since I'm much too indecisive to pick favorites for the year (I mean c'mon! It's like picking between your children!), I thought I'd do a fun take on a few of my favorite makeup palettes. So, today, I'll be sharing 4 must-have palettes for different personality traits...or rather, if you're a makeup hoar...um, collector like me, for those oh-so-quickly changing moods! Let's get started!


FOR THE AU NATUREL ONE:

PIXI BY PETRA Ultimate Beauty Kit 3rd Edition ($34.00)

This exclusive all-in-one palette contains a curated collection of some of our universally bestselling shades. Bronze, contour and highlight your complexion while creating the perfect polished brow and lining & defining eyes to perfection in a few sweeps!




Ok, let me just start off by saying, no, admitting that I'm a drama queen. Yes, in life, but especially with my makeup. I usually prefer bold lips, shimmer shadows and a dramatic eyeliner wing tip. But that kind of look is exhausting and can take hours! There are some days you want to go for a more natural look. Yeah, even me! This baby is the MOTHER of neutral palettes with a range of truly flattering shades for eyes, face and cheeks that will help you create that glowy, subtly contoured look for just such days. Pair that with your fave nude lippie and you're good to go. And that too, at a price that won't break the bank!

Swatched below are a few of my favorite shades from this palette. Who says you can't still have a little shimmer even on those au-naturel days?!




FOR THE BOLD GO-GETTER:

URBAN DECAY Full Spectrum palette ($39 ON SALE)

When color is your drug of choice, you know where to get the good stuff. Satisfy your color addiction with Full Spectrum, a limited-edition set featuring 21 shades of our iconic Eyeshadow (the most ever in any UD palette!)—from bold brights to matte white.
We organized the shadows by color family, creating a rainbow of ombré trios: pinks, oranges, yellows, greens, blues, purples, and even a wildcard row that goes from white to black. The end result? A palette that not only looks stunning, but also delivers tons of options. Create dimensional ombré looks by working within the color-coordinated trios or experiment with multiple shade groups at once. With 18 NEW shades, three exclusives from past palettes, and a wide range of finishes, you’ll never run out of options.

In 2015, we launched Urban Spectrum Eyeshadow Palette in limited quantities, and people freaked out trying to get their hands on it. And if you thought that palette was amazing, you’ll be blown away by Full Spectrum. This set ups the ante with our BIGGEST, most colorful palette yet! From super-smooth mattes to shimmer-laced shades, this palette has something for EVERY color junkie.

The sleek black case is glamorous, cool and compact at the same time. It features tonal, spectrum-like lines that alternate from matte to shiny and a rainbowed-out, faceted “UD” jewel. We equipped Full Spectrum Eyeshadow Palette with a HUGE mirror and a double-ended brush. The Tapered Crease Brush is perfect for laying down shadow, defining the crease or blending out color. Use the Shadow Brush to pack color on the lid or do detailed shading.

Each Eyeshadow in Full Spectrum Eyeshadow Palette features our Pigment Infusion System™, the proprietary blend of ingredients that gives every shade its velvety texture, rich color, serious staying power and blendability.

Shades included:
  • Alchemy (deep fuchsia satin)
  • Gossip (bright metallic pink w/subtle floating pearl)
  • Paranoia (soft metallic blue-pink)
  • Warning (deep metallic copper)
  • Seize (bright metallic coral w/subtle floating pearl)
  • Jones (metallic orange w/subtle floating pearl)
  • Midnight Blaze (black matte w/yellow-gold pearl)
  • Calavera (bright yellow matte w/subtle floating pearl)
  • Goldmine (metallic yellow-gold)
  • Hundred (deep metallic forest green)
  • Hatter (vibrant green w/tonal micro-sparkle)
  • Mean (bright metallic lime green)
  • Minx (deep navy matte w/floating tonal pearl)
  • Blindsided (bright teal blue matte w/floating pearl)
  • Metamorphosis (vibrant periwinkle blue w/micro-sparkle)
  • Delirious (deep plum matte w/subtle floating pearl)
  • Sketch (metallic medium purple)
  • Faded (lavender w/gold shimmer)
  • Platonic (black matte w/iridescent glitter)
  • Iced (oyster silver w/shimmer)
  • Bump (white matte)



I have to admit that I coveted this palette as soon as I caught an early glimpse of it on social media and unsurprisingly, I was over the moon when a PR package arrived with this beauty nestled in it. This palette is totally up my alley! A huge UD fan for years, I love their bold shades found in so many of the Vice palettes not only because of the pigmentation but also because the shadows generally apply so beautifully and blend so well. If you think you can't rock a bold eyeshadow, trust me when I urge you to reconsider! Try a bold shade smudged along your waterline or just on your eyelids. A bold pop of color can not only brighten your look but inevitably your day!

Swatched below are a few of my favorites: from left to right, Blindsided, Paranoia, Iced and Goldmine.




FOR THE MULTI-TASKING ALL-ROUNDER:

IT COSMETICS Limited Edition Most Wanted for Holiday palette (Was $55 on QVC)

Special edition and only for the holidays, IT Cosmetics Your Most Wished for Palette features a variety of skin-loving, problem-solving products in one easy to use collection! Coverage, color, and complexion perfection in a gift-boxed palette, this palette is perfect for every IT girl on your holiday shopping list, including you!

Smooth Bye Bye Under Eye Corrector anywhere on your skin for flawless, full-coverage, antiaging results. Sunshine in a Compact Bronzer is your perfect all over sun-kissed glow without glitter or shimmer. Three shades of Bye Bye Pores Pressed Blush instantly adds a look of youth and vitality. The palette also includes two highlighters--Hello Light Creme and Hello Light Powder--designed to add the look of light and lift to your skin without any glitter or shimmer.

Bye Bye Pores Pressed is your completely clear finishing powder that gives you a flawless airbrushed complexion. The 18 antiaging eye shadows can be worn wet or dry, as shadows or liners. Each shade was hand-selected to define and enhance every eye color. Six shades of Blurred Lines Lipstick instantly perk up your whole complexion and give you the appearance of smoother and younger looking lips!

Includes:
  • 18 0.019-oz Naturally Pretty Eye Shadows
  • Six 0.012-oz Blurred Lines Lipsticks
  • Four 0.015-oz Bye Bye Undereye Correctors
  • Three 0.088-oz Bye Bye Pores Blush
  • 0.132-oz Bye Bye Pores Pressed Powder
  • 0.183-oz Hello Light Powder
  • 0.113-oz Hello Light Creme
  • 0.132-oz Sunshine in a Compact Bronzer



This palette was indeed limited edition and I usually stay away from including currently unavailable products on such faves lists because I know the frustration of seeing something, falling in love with it and then being unable to purchase it. So, my apologies! But this palette is just too amazing NOT to include. I mean, it really does have it all and is SO perfect for travel or when you're on the go--it literally has everything you need, except a mascara and an eyeliner! Here's hoping they bring it back!

Swatched are a few of my faves, although I had a really hard time narrowing it down with this one!




FOR THE ONE THAT WANTS IT HER WAY:

Vendome Beaute customizable palettes ($26 on Amazon)

Vendome Beaute just hit the scene and is quickly becoming this season’s beauty must have with its botanical-infused color line, that goes on velvety smooth to create the perfect look for any occasion. The rosewater infused eyeshadows are highly pigmented and finely milled to give an all-around luxurious look and feel. Any makeup lover will adore a customized combination of the single eyeshadows. Vendome Beaute offers 33 striking hues, that allow you to mix and match colors to create a gift that is tailored to your specific Vendome girl.



This new brand has the cutest packaging, right?! I was sent 5 different, 3-shade, preset palettes and I really loved A LOT of the shades. Yes, it is kinda pricey per pan but you get a lot of product for your money and I really like the fact that these slim, lightweight palettes are customizable, travel-friendly and oh-so-chic! As much as I love my giant makeup and eyeshadow palettes, it's pretty hard to carry one around on a daily basis. So, one of these portable sets are perfect for stashing in your purse for a mid-day touch-up.

Swatched below are a few of my faves--you can see right away that I personally gravitate toward those shimmers!




So there you have it, my darlings! Do you own any of these palettes? If so, which is your favorite? If not, do you plan on snagging any of them? Tell me in the comments section below!










****Products were sent to me for an honest, unbiased review. All opinions are my own.****


Hi there, my darlings! I kinda fell right off the radar for awhile there, didn't I? I mean, I don't even have the excuse of job searching or moving or even the Holidays. All I can say is that Calcutta is a very sleepy city, full of food that really adds to the problem. Honestly, I have no idea how people get anything productive done here! It's so laid back and the carbs are so plentiful, that a girl could easily sleep the day (and the night!) away and not even realize it! But, I have got to get myself out of this Rip Van Winkle state because I have lots to share with you guys! This week, we're focusing on brands and products that I have been loving in the last quarter of 2016. What better way to start off the New Year than to focus on some faves, right? So, before the blog takes off on an arc of the newest and latest, let's recap some of the products that have stolen my heart, starting with Rimmel's the Only 1 lipsticks! Now, I have reviewed a selection of these lippies a few month ago and you can check that out HERE. But, today I'd like to shine the spotlight on four gorgeous shades that are personal faves!


But, first a little recap about this collection:

The first lipstick of its kind, The Only 1 is set to challenge lipstick history. A unique multi-tasker, it excels in EVERYTHING you look for in a lippie. Discover intense, high-impact shades. Enjoy an ultra-comfortable, weightless feel and indulge lips in luscious moisture. A worry free experience is guaranteed because the gorgeous colour stays put for hours and hours. It’s the only 1 lipstick you need…and the only 1 that won’t let you down. Our hero!

This new lip legend has an innovative hybrid formula that marries the best of moisturising AND long-lasting lipsticks:

  • COLOUR – Pre-coated pigments allow for fabulous full coverage in one easy stroke. The true-to-the-bullet colours are gloriously vibrant and luminous on application… and hours later.
  • COMFORT – The formula containing a blend of lightweight oils provides a gorgeous glide and a feather-light feel with an amazing cushioning sensation.
  • MOISTURE – Throughout wear, the formula with Rosa fruit oil leaves lips feeling moisturised. Mmmwah! For extra TLC, the formula contains Vitamin E.
  • WEAR – A fine blend of advanced polymers sets the formula and enhances skin-adhesion for outstanding staying power. Lips feel hugged by colour and moisture for hours.



Rimmel, I feel, is such an underrated brand--it really should receive so much more love just based on the quality of their products. Now, I know that brand is quite popular in the UK, but I would love to see it become super popular in the US and, yes, definitely here in India. The good news is that it IS available here and it's just a matter of time because their products are usually top notch!

Take these lippies for example. You already know how much I love my berry, wine and red shades of lipsticks. Let's be completely honest, I do try to expand my horizons every once in awhile and dabble in the pinks/nudes/everything elses but when push comes to shove and I want to look my very best on a special night out. I inevitably reach for a vampy shade. What I love about the Only 1 lipsticks is how pigmented they usually are and how truly comfortable they are to wear. As much as I love my berry mattes, they often aren't the easiest to wear, what with over-drying of your lips or worse, bleeding everywhere. These are incredibly moisturizing along with being so pigmented so you can rock that bold, vampy shade in style AND comfort! A total win in my book!

Shown below, from left to right: Call Me Crazy (620), One-Of-A-Kind (810), Oh-So-Wicked (820) and new fave alert, Under My Spell (800).




So there you have it, my darlings! Rimmel products are available at fine retailers and mass merchandisers nationwide, such as Rite Aid and CVS, across the US. To find a retailer near you, please visit Rimmel's website HERE.


To discover other great products, you can follow Rimmel through the outlets below :

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Have you picked up any of The Only 1 lippies? Which are your favorites? Tell me in the comments section below!









****Products were sent to me for an honest, unbiased review. All opinions are my own.****






Happy New Year, my darlings! I hope you all had a wonderful Holiday break with family and loved ones! I know that I did! It's been 15 years since I have been able to spend Christmas and New Year's with my family so you can imagine just how happy I am! The Holidays passed by in a haze of cuddles and fabulous food and good old-fashioned R&R. I did take a little break but I couldn't stay away from you all for too long! I hope you found my gift guides useful when spreading the Holiday magic but now when gifting is all taken care of, I'm ready to help you treat yourself! Time to share help you spend some of those Holiday gift cards and cash, right?! Today, I'll be featuring a new-to-me brand, a fabulous hairstyling tool and an equally fabulous hair care product from HSI Professional to make your life a little easier in 2017!


HSI PROFESSIONAL Argan Oil Heat Protectant for Hair ($19.99)

Get the vibrant, silky, shiny and healthy styles you've always wanted without damaging your hair. HSI’s argan oil hair heat protectant is a weightless mist meant to be used before heated styling that protects the hair to heat exposure up to 450º F. This light thermal protection spray can be used as a conditioning serum for optimal styling and finishing results. Infused with highly concentrated antioxidant-rich argan oil and shine-boosting vitamins, the argan oil heat protectant hydrates, detangles, speeds up drying time, boosts shine and creates a nourishing protective barrier between your hair and high heat styling tools, leaving you with healthier, smoother and more manageable hair every time.

Our professional argan oil heat protectant is:
  • Color-safe
  • Sulfate-free, phosphate-free and paraben-free
  • Not tested on animals
  • Proudly made in the USA
  • For Natural hair and Human hair extensions

I cannot stress enough the importance of a good heat protectant when using styling tools--the high temperatures that the latest tools can reach will literally fry your hair without one. At the same time, I often find heat protectant serums to be quite heavy, leaving a sticky residue that weighs my long hair down, no matter how lightly I spritz on or how high of a temperature I'm using. For a girl who likes light, bouncy, voluminous waves, this is a definite no-no.

That's why I really like argan oil in my heat protectants--it protects my hair while still being light and super absorbent. The nozzle and bottle allowed me to lightly spritz a fine mist of the protectant all over my long hair while wet and coat it evenly. Once styled, my hair felt so soft, so manageable and not at all weighed down. Overall, a huge thumbs up from me!




HSI PROFESSIONAL Glider Heated Straightening Brush ($79.99)

The Glider Straightening Brush features an ionic ceramic tourmaline-infused hot plate that uses 4 HeatBalance® microsensors to regulate the temperature and evenly distribute heat so that fewer passes are needed through your precious hair.

That’s the best way to get frizz-free silky results that shine while protecting your hair cuticles from overheat exposure. Plus, the plate heats up in seconds so you don’t have to lose any time while adjusting the temperature setting via the digital display between 350-450°F to suit your particular hair type and texture

Features:

  • Heat Balance Infrared Technology
  • Ionic Ceramic Tourmaline-Coated Plates
  • Heats Up in Seconds
  • Temperature Control (350-450F)
  • Auto Shutoff Safety Mode

Personally, I have never been fond of traditional straighteners. While I do have some major frizz issues going on with my hair, I find that traditional straighteners do too good of a job, leaving my hair flat and honestly, pretty lifeless. Not great for my already round face. So, I prefer easy, soft waves or straight hair that still retains some volume.

This brush is perfect for that! I have tried a similar brush from Amazon but found it quite heavy and cumbersome to work with. When you have hair as long as mine, that translates to a very tiring styling process. This brush is not only quite light but it left my hair soft and straight, with enough volume that it didn't fall flat. Plus, I have used it to give me some soft waves when straight just wasn't what I wanted. My only quibble is that it isn't dual compatible which means it does not work outside the US. Hence, I gifted it to a friend when I moved away. Sadness on my part but I think she will really enjoy it! If you haven't tried one of these brushes out yet, I definitely recommend giving this one a whirl this New Year!




So there you have it, my darlings! You can pick up any of HSI Professional's styling tools or products on their website HERE.


You can find HSI Professional through the social media outlets below :

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What are your hair care goals for the New Year? Do you have anything particular on your wishlist? I would love to hear from you in the comments section below!









****Products were sent to me for an honest, unbiased review. All opinions are my own.****


Hi there, my darlings! This week, despite my best intentions, I was inexplicably struck with a case of the lazies combined with a severe case of the sleepies. Being a total night owl, who thrives when the sun goes down, can you believe it if I told you I kept falling asleep before midnight? And that was after I had slept most of the day and napped a good bit too. I can't explain it! But the consequence of such a Rip Van Winkle syndrome was that I managed to miss all my posting windows, which are hard enough to stick to with the time difference! But I managed to rouse my butt today and here's hoping there's a few of you who are last-minute shoppers, much like yours truly, and are still in search of the perfect gift! And hey, even if you're not, I'm hoping these gift ideas will give you inspiration to treat YOURSELF! So, here's a round-up for 9 holiday gift ideas, all for under $50!


HOME DECOR:

1. RITUALS Hammam Secret Candle ($35)

A vitalising scented candle that burns for 50 hours.

Combines the scent of refreshing Eucalyptus with Rosemary that gives a sensationally revitalising fragrance experience.

Burn this candle in your livingroom, bedroom or bathroom to create a special atmosphere.



Good candles can be an expensive affair but this one is worth the price tag. Not only does the refreshing scent uplift your living space but it's pretty large and will last you a good bit of time. When discussing candles and wax, the most important thing I've learned is throw--that is, how well the scent permeates the average room and this one does a great job of that! Perfect for a hostess gift or for your own home, if you're looking to spruce things up in the New Year!




2. RITUALS Vanilla Orchid Fragrance Sticks ($35)

A natural and stylish way to fragrance your home.

Lasts for approximately three months.

Ideal for use in every area of the home: from living room to bathroom, kitchen and toilet.

Combines the aromatic scents of Myrrh and soothing Vanilla.



Want to walk into a beautifully scented home but too nervous to leave candles burning or a wax melter on? Having lived alone for much of my adult life, I can feel your pain! These fragrance sticks are the perfect solution! Incredibly long-lasting, this will scent the room of your choice with a lovely fragrance. Another perfect hostess gift!




SKINCARE:

3. PUR COSMETICS Joystick Exfoliating Deep Pore Cleanser ($26.00)

Get a smoother, brighter and healthier-looking complexion this winter with this exfoliating deep-pore cleansing stick. This all-in-one cleanser, exfoliator and toner foams on contact to instantly draw out dirt, oil and impurities with charcoal and Moroccan Lava Clay. In a cute and convenient travel size, pop this stick into your loved ones stockings and bring them some joy!


If you haven't tried this yet, you're really missing out! This stuff is amazing! Not only does it exfoliate, cleanse and tone on contact, but the travel-friendly packaging makes it a travel bag essential. Perfect for those jetsetting girlfriends who care about their skin!





4. FROWNIES Aromatherapy Body Lotion ($25.00)

100% PURE steam distilled, organic,therapeutic grade essential oils, organic aloe blended with silky lipids,make up daily rich full body lotion. You will quickly become committed to the sweet floral fragrance of the essential oils and the soft, silky feel of your skin. 


This lovely lotion became the first casualty of my move. While I was packing, I managed to put this on with stuff to ship to me rather than in my suitcase, even before I managed to take a picture! Which is a shame since I had been using this de-stress after the worst of the packing and was really looking forward to using it here too. Anyways, if you love florals and are looking for a moisturizing body lotion that soothes the senses too, give this one a whirl!






MAKEUP:

5. PUR COSMETICS The Perfect Matte kit ($34.00)

Your lipstick shouldn’t hurt your lips, so skip the drying lip formulas. The Perfect Matte Collection includes four of our blogger-favorite velvet matte liquid lipsticks and a nourishing lip oil. These Matte Liquid Lipsticks do not flake or dry lips and provides a long-lasting true matte finish. Soft, kissable lips and bold colour – we call that The Perfect Matte.


If you're like me (and the mothership) and matte lippies are your jam, then you definitely need this kit! Super affordable, this kit contains four super pigmented, incredibly wearable shades that glide on velvety smooth and feel absolutely amazing on!





Shown below, from left to right, Addiction, Oh Bae, Agave Lip Oil, Obsessed and Key Red. Me being me, my faves are Addiction and Key Red!





6. MALLY BEAUTY Season of Sparkle Evercolor Shadow Stick Extra 5-Piece Collection ($29.25)

All of your holiday eye shadow looks in one place! This five-piece collection of Shadow Stick Extras features wearable, buildable shades. Refreshingly easy to apply, they will take your makeup from day to evening holiday party in a flash.

Shadow Stick Extras are the queen of multi-tasking and stay looking gorgois from the minute you put them on until you decide to take them off! You have 45 seconds of play time and then after that, your eyeshadow is going to be smudge-proof, transfer-proof and crease-proof! Go for a light, sheer wash of color, or layer for more intensity. You can even use them as a beautiful smudgy eyeliner for a smoldering, smoky eye, so it’s super easy to go from day to night!

Also available at Ulta and QVC in five shades: Bliss, Brownstone, Mahogany, Moonlight and Timeless Taupe


Can you even beat that price?! 5 gorgeous, wearable, blendable shades that look fabulous whether you use them as eyeshadows or line your waterline with them. I love how soft yet pigmented these shades are and they truly do not budge once you let them dry! If you're a makeup lover, this needs to be in your stash!




Shown below, from left to right, Bliss, Moonlight, Timeless Taupe, Mahogany and Brownstone. I really couldn't pick a fave and believe me, I tried!




7. MALLY BEAUTY H3 Lip Gloss Trio ($18.75)

Hydration, hydration, hydration. It’s key, especially when it comes to your lips! Designed to give lips a perfectly smooth finish, this high-shine hydrator packs a triple punch of moisture. The ultra-glossy formula feels feather-light on lips and adds an extra dose of shine leaving lips looking perfect every time. Try each color on its own, or layer on your favorite hues to create your own signature shade.

These weightless, hydrating lip glosses will give lips a moisturized, smooth, long lasting patent finish! Created to hydrate and treat lips every time you apply, these must-have glosses are the perfect finishing touch to your look!

Trio includes:
H3 Lip Gloss in Shimmering Nude, Orchid Berry, Pink Daisy


I have to admit I don't reach for glosses very much anymore, preferring my mattes. But if you love your glosses, these feel so good! They are light yet pigmented and not overly sticky. Layer one over your fave matte for added dimension and shine!



Shown below, clockwise from top left, Orchid Berry, Perfect Nude, Tea Rose. Orchid Berry definitely stole my heart!




8. REAL TECHNIQUES Bold Metals™ Collection: Spotlight Essentials Set ($40.00)

Create a fresh, beautiful look with the help of our Spotlight Essentials. We’ve combined three uniquely cut brushes to help you draw attention to your eyes and cheeks. Each brush has multiuse bristles designed to work with cream, powder, and liquid makeup.
  • 300 tapered blush: specially-designed tip highlights and sculpts across cheeks for seamless finish
  • 102 triangle concealer: flat edge highlights the tops of cheekbones and angled edges contour around eyes, nose and chin to mask imperfections
  • 203 tapered shadow: densely packed and precision cut for blending shadow into the crease and eyelid for a seamless finish
  • exclusive brush roll: store your brushes in this brush roll that doubles as a clutch

Unless you're a professional makeup artist, a couple of good brushes is all you need, especially when on the go or traveling! This handy little trio of super soft yet sturdy brushes should meet your needs quite well. Plus the metallic handles and lovely brush roll means that you can stay uber chic even while you're getting ready!




HAIR CARE:

9. GOLD N HOT (ALL UNDER $50)

This last one on the list is a bonus--a 3-in-1, if you will! I had the opportunity to try out 3 separate styling tools from Gold N Hot--the Ceramic Flat Iron, the Spring Curling Iron and the Gold Barrel Hair Dryer. Read on to hear my thoughts on each!




a. GOLD N HOT 24K Gold Spring Curling Iron ($20.99 on clearance)

Gold ’N Hot 24K Gold Spring Curling Iron distributes even, high heat and has an easy glide to a deep and silky shine creating long lasting curls. The golden barrel provides superior heat conductivity with a gold clamp that easily holds hair in place and with an release lever for easy styling. This spring curling iron also features a cool tip for two-handed styling.


Curling irons and hot air brushes are what I reach for most often so I was happy to add another new one to my stash. I loved the barrel of this baby and the protective tip--when I wanted big, bouncy curls, this iron really did a lovely job!




b. Gold ‘N Hot Professional 1875 Watt Ionic Ultra-Lightweight Dryer with Tourmaline ($39.99)

This ultra-light dryer outputs tens-of-thousands of negative ions to dry hair faster with less damage resulting in healthy, shiny, beautiful hair. Tourmaline conditioning emits negative ions heat to reduce static frizz and seal in moisture. With 2 Speeds and 6 heat settings, you can achieve any hair style.


This is a pretty good hair dryer, for the price. Nothing too fancy, it will get the job done quickly and efficiently. Great for everyday use!





c. GOLD N HOT 1″ Professional Ceramic Straightening Iron ($39.99) 

This iron’s ceramic floating plates are made to eliminate gaps between plates and create the ultimate polished look. With a quick 60-second heat-up and easy access controls, your styling time is cut down. Ceramic plates distribute heat evenly for fast styling and seal in moisture leaving your hair shiny, silky-soft, frizz-free.


I don't often use straighteners, preferring to smooth and add waves to my hair. But every once in awhile, I do straighten my hair and I really liked this one. Lightweight and easy to use, it left my hair straight and frizz-free but not totally flat. It's a shame it wasn't dual-compatible so I gifted it, along with the dryer and curling iron, to a friend.




So there you have it, my darlings! I hope this little list helped you if you're still shopping for that perfect gift! Tell me in the comments section below if you decide on one of these!

Here's wishing you and your family a very Happy Holidays!








****Products were sent to me for an honest, unbiased review. All opinions are my own.****


Hi there, my darlings! Have I mentioned just how much I'm looking forward to the end of 2016 and the beginning of 2017? This past year was...challenging to say the least but I'm looking forward to new beginning, as I'm sure many of you out there are! So, the first The Holo Hookup box for 2017 and its theme are both particularly apt! The theme for January 2017's all-holo The Holo Hookup collaboration box featuring Jill of Glisten & Glow, Missi of Different Dimension, Sara of Cupcake Polish and special guest, Colores de Carol is "New Year, New You". Here's a little peek at their inspiration pic!




Happiness from Cupcake Polish is a "light green linear Holo with pink shimmers". Easy formula and application--the swatches below show 2 coats topped with 1 thin coat of Glisten & Glow's HK Girl topcoat. I'm not usually a fan of green but I love the shimmers in this baby!










With flash!




Simplify from Different Dimension is a "light lavender linear holo with added blue shimmers". Lovely formula and application--perfectly opaque in 2 coats, I added an third for extra oomph. The swatches below show just 3 thin coats topped with 1 thin coat of Glisten & Glow's HK Girl topcoat to bring it all together. I love the interplay of blue and lavender in this polish! So gorgeous!










With flash!




Love from Glisten & Glow is a "light pink linear holographic polish with added light rose and light pink microflakies". Fantastic application and formula--the swatches below show 2 easy coats topped with 1 thin coat of Glisten & Glow's HK Girl topcoat. This pretty, delicate pink is so perfectly named!










With flash!




The Extra Mile from Colores de Carol is a "medium blue linear holo with gold and blue shimmer and gold flakes". Perfect formula and application--the swatches below show just 2 easy coats, topped with 1 thin coat of Glisten & Glow's HK Girl topcoat. The gold flakes in this blue really make it special!










With flash!




So there you have it, my darlings! Pre-orders for January 2017's box will begin Wednesday 12/21/2016 at 9 pm EST at the Holo Hookup's website HERE, and continue through Wednesday 12/28/2016 at 9 pm EST. This collection of 4 exclusive, all holographic polishes will be priced at $40. Both domestic and international shipping will be available!


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What are your faves in this box? Will you be grabbing one of these exclusive boxes this month? I'd love to hear from you in the comments section below!








****Products were sent to me for an honest, unbiased review. All opinions are my own.****
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