Monday, December 11, 2017


Sulwhasoo: for the skincare junkie in your life. Sulwhasoo is the pioneer line for ginseng based, anti-aging cosmetics. It is centered around Korean herbal medicine. It was developed in 1966 with the advent of Sulwhasoo Ginseng Creme. As we all know, ginseng has beneficial health properties when ingested, it makes sense that it should also be included as an active ingredient in skincare. This is the Sulwhassoo line. Not many aspects of ginseng are left untouched when it comes to this line, they utilize everything from the roots, stem, leaves, and blossom
The First Care line features some of the most popular of Sulwhasoo products. All First Care items are infused with the JAUM Balancing Complex. 5 major ingredients, Solomon's Seal, Peony, White Lily, Rehmannia, and Sacred Lotus, were all selected to create a line that balances your skin.

They're highly rated products but perhaps the most sought after item is First Care Activating Serum EX (also available on Amazon). It balances the skin, reduces redness and adds hydration for plumping fine lines. It contains licorice, used to brighten the skin, although I myself haven't noticed any fading in brown spots. I use it on my face, eyes, neck and chest. You are to warm the product up in the palms of your hands, then gently pat it into your skin.
Sulwhasoo First Care Activating Serum
Sulwhasoo First Care Activating Serum Ex
Not to be outdone in the cushion compact department, they also have a range to offer consumers. The Sulwhasoo Perfect Cushion Intense Compact makes for a beautiful gift because of the luxe packaging. Even the detailing on the foil covering is pretty.  Infused in the makeup are anti-agin and skin firming properties. The downside is the very limited shade range. It contains SPF50, which is amazing for a foundation, cushion compact. This is not full coverage (I don't know of any that are), but it can be built up, and leaves a demi-matte glow to the skin. 
Sulwhasoo Perfect Cushion Intense Compact:

Friday, December 8, 2017


Today, I'm featuring the Cover FX Perfect Highlighting Palette, a perfect gift for the statement making girl on your list, who loves to sport bold makeup.  It's currently on sale for 50% off. Shipping is free and you don't have to sign up for their e-mails or register as as user on their website. You can also checkout using Paypal. Cue emoji of dancing cabaret twins.

The palette itself is a sleek rosegold, mirrored compact. It's got significant weight to it and feels sturdy. There are six multi-use powders in the compact. The shades are Blossom, Prism, Rose Gold, Golden Peach, Celestial, and Gilded.

Gift idea for makeup lover
Holiday gift idea for a makeup lover

Monday, December 4, 2017


MAC Liptensity lipsticks have tons of staying power without being drying. They leave a satin finish. The original shade range included 24 colors that I swatched in a video and blog post when they first launched.  They are super, super opaque and deposit richly pigmented, creamy color. Now, the original twenty four have some new brothers and sisters. The range has been expanded for the Holiday's to include the colors:  

Something else that's new for the Holidays? Matching Liptensity lipliners. The corresponding shades match up perfectly with their partners. 18 new lipliner shades in all. 

Mac Liptensity Lipsticks retail for $21.
Mac Liptensity Lipliners retail for $21. 

FTC: MAC provided me with the Liptensity line, reviewed above.

Friday, December 1, 2017


I feel like the idea of an advent calendar in the beauty industry took off about two years ago. I remember receiving this beautiful one in the mail last year and being blown away. 

There's something about receiving a gift like this that's really fun. The best part is that everything behind these little windows is a great product.  Open a "window" a day to help you countdown the Holiday.

The Clarins Advent Calendar retails for $125 and is over at $215 value. Full product details below. 

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