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Friday, November 30, 2018

FOR THIS CHRISTMAS...GIVE THE GIFT OF LIMITED EDITION LUXURY & VEGAN BEAUTY PACKS BY INIKA


Gift guide featuring INIKA'S Limited Edition sets

Who is excited for Christmas coming? With less than a month to go till Santa surprises us with lots of laughter and gifts, here are my favourite picks from the Inika organic beauty range


Certified Organic Lipstick Crayon Trio, RRP $59 

Look to create some creamy and long-lasting colour for the lips with the gorgeous trio from the Inika range. Featuring their Certified Organic Lipstick Crayon Trio, this set is perfect for any beauty lover out there. The crayons are insanely creamy and very rich in colour. The colours in the set include Nude, Garnet and Red Brick. Thanks to the ingredients of certified organic coconut oil and Carnauba Wax, they all work to leave your lips feeling so nourished and hydrated. There's definitely no feeling of dryness or flakiness here. 

What's more is that you can look to work these crayons as a lip colour, lip liner or even a lip stain. Bonus in the set is that you receive a handy sharpener which is a life saver because I always seem to lose them in my makeup bags! 


Featuring the pigmented and creamy lip crayons by Inika


Bonus a sharpener when you purchase the Crayon Lip Trio by Inika 


Limited Edition Ultimate Glow set by Inika, RRP $129 

Why not gift your loved ones an Ultimate Glow set by Inika? This set comes with a sleek, natural fabric toned clutch purse/makeup bag. It's spacious and can fit all of your daily makeup essentials too. 

This pack is based on the Inika Organic Liquid Foundation (which offers a natural dewy coverage for your skin). This set is worth over $90 of free product in the pack, including the bag which makes it a fabulous gift idea. It's such a cute and thoughtful idea for those who love their vegan and luxury makeup. 

In the bag you receive: 
  • 30ml Liquid Foundation 
  • 4ml BB Cream 
  • Baked Illuminisor in Dewdrop 
  • Long Lash Vegan Mascara in Black 
  • Limited Edition Bamboo handle foundation brush 

For all of the products as mentioned in this post, you can find them available on Inika's official website



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What's on your wish list for this Christmas? 

PREPARING FOR A NEWBORN ARRIVAL: FEATURING THE LATEST MUST-HAVE BABY ESSENTIALS


Preparing for a newborn can be stressful at times but it all takes baby steps (and patience) to get everything organised before they arrive into this world.


Whether you're a new Mother to Be, already a Mum or simply curious about motherhood, here are some of the latest must-have baby essentials that I found useful for my newborn.

All of the products as mentioned below can be purchased online via The Stork Nest - your one-stop-shop for well known baby brands such as Skip Hop, Cocoonababy, Schnuggle and much more. 



Skip Hop, Heather Grey Pronto Signature Station,
 RRP $49.95

The Skip Hop, Heather Grey Pronto Signature Station is a handy foldable change mat that will make life easier when it comes to changing Bubs on the go. The portable changing pack comes in a foldable bag which keeps all of the baby essentials neatly packed. The head area is cushioned with an innovative 'pronto pillow' making it comfortable for Bubs.

The Pronto Signature Station includes: 
  • Front zipper pocket for keys, wallet, phone, etc
  • Strap with clip to attach to stroller or wrist
  • Pronto pillow an innovative head-cushion keeps baby safe & comfy
  • Mesh pocket which holds up to four large nappies, creams and other essentials
  • Translucent wipes case which is see-through for timely reloads
  • Two-In-One Pad zips off for independent use
  • Changing pad is extra-wide for wiggly babies
  • Laminated mod design which wipes clean

The Skip Hop, Heather Grey Pronto Signature Station is available here.


Cocoonababy Nest White, RRP $299 

The Cocoonababy is designed ergonomically as a 'cocoon' to use in the cot during the baby's first months. It's made so that it helps the baby to adapt smoothly to life after birth which is such an innovative idea. My little one has definitely enjoyed his little cocoon as it has helped to prolong his nap times during the day.

There are advantages for sleeping babies in the cocoon position which includes: 
  • Looks to improve the quality and length of time of your baby's sleep 
  • Minimises the risk of the flat head syndrome
  • Limits gastric reflux 
  • Reduces any involuntary movements which can wake up a baby and make them cry 
The Cocoonababy in Nest White is available here




Shnuggle Bath Tub, RRP $54.95 

If you're after a comfortable bath tub for your baby, the Shnuggle Bath Tub, RRP $54.95 might come in handyIt's made suitable for newborns to 12 months+ and it features a bum bump which supports your baby and helps them to feel safe. As for the head rest, it comes in a foam like material which allows your baby to relax whilst getting bathed.

You'll be pleased to know that the Shnuggle bath tub was a Winner of Mother & Baby Gold 2017 and Junior Design Gold awardas it's one of the top rated baby baths available. 

Here's why I love the bath tub design: 
  • It's compact and can fit in most kitchen sinks 
  • The bum bump is a great feature which helps to support your baby 
  • The foam back rest will allow your baby's head to rest comfortably 
  • Made from non-toxic HDPE

The Shnuggle Bath tub is available here. 




Skiphop, Silver Lining Activity Gym, RRP $189 

For a plush activity play gym, I have opted for the Silver Lining Activity Gym by Skiphop. I love how it offers a soft colour palette which definitely blends well with my home decor. The set includes five celestial-theme hanging toys which gives your baby plenty of options to be engaging with the features of this play gym. 

Features include: 
  • Suitable for ages 0+ 
  • The mat comes in an oversize allowing your baby to move around comfortably 
  • Comes with many developmental activities including: musical sheep, light-up star, cloud squeaker, bird rattle and a baby-safe sunshine mirror 
  • The toy sheep plays 'You Are My Sunshine' 
  • Star features colourful LED lights 

You can find the Silver Lining Activity Gym by Skiphop available here. 

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What newborn essentials have you been loving? 

Thursday, November 29, 2018

SKINCARE ESSENTIALS: ELLA BACHE SUMMER DISCOVERY GIFT PACK FOR LESS THAN $40


Ella Bache's Discovery Set is perfect for the gift giving season if you're after some new skincare essentials...
For some new skincare goodies, Ella Bache offers their Discovery Set which RRP $39 (valued at over $84). This set is perfect for the gift giving season especially with Christmas being around the corner. If you're stuck with a budget, this affordable set contains three skincare products that come in perfect travel sizes. They're not too bulky and it would most definitely suit those who are occasionally on the go or busy travelling the world! 

The Discovery set features:
  • Moisture Rich Cleansing Milk (50ml) - For Dry to Normal and Normal to Oily skin. This moisture rich cleansing milk looks to cleanse gently and effectively by ridding impurities, dirt and oil on the skin. Your skin is left feeling soft, clean and fresh. 
  • Strengthening Serum (15ml) - This algae based serum works to reduce any redness as well as soothe the skin. It's also a great alternative if you happen to suffer from dry and flaky skin which can be caused by dermatitis.
  • Softening Jojoba Cream (20ml) - This softening cream works to leave the skin complexion feeling smoother and softer than ever. Thanks to its jojoba ingredient, it works as a great skin healer.

The set is sold exclusively at Ella Bache Salons and David Jones counters. 


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Have you tried out any products by Ella Bache before? 

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

DISCOVERING THE NEW HIVITA LUMINOUS WHITE ULTRA SKIN WHITENING COLLECTION - FOR A HEALTHY & RADIANT SKIN GLOW

Recently I checked out a range that consists of a unique two-phase brightening system clear, glowing and luminous looking skin... 

The NEW Hivita Luminous White Collection consists of a two-phase system that works on brightening up your skin complexion. For those after a healthy and luminous glow for the skin, then be sure to check this range out. 

The two-phase system consists of a nutritional supplement and a skin renewal cream. When used in conjunction of each other, it can look to leave your skin looking much brighter as well as with having reduced redness, hyperpigmentation and fine lines in the skin. Most importantly, you get a boost of collagen for your skin which is essentially what gives you a healthy glow. 

So how did I find the products? 
  • Luminous White Ultra Skin Lightening Booster, RRP $198 - So apparently this Australia's first ever supplement to be formulated with 100% patented phytoFLORAL (freeze dried white tomato rich in Phytoene and Phytofluene). By taking at least one capsule a day, you can look to benefit from having a brighter skin complexion, toned skin, reduced pigmentation and dark age spots as well as fine lines. By simply remembering to take one capsule a day, you can be rest assured that you're in the right path to achieving a healthier skin complexion. 
  • Luminous White Skin Renewal Cream, RRP $98 - Next, we have their Luminous White Skin Renewal Cream...which consists of a soft, velvety cream texture. By applying on this cream twice a day (both morning and night), you're looking to refine and create a smoother surface for your skin. This product has actually been formulated with skin-brightening ingredients such as Phytoene and Phytofluene. 

Overall, this duo is more suited to those looking to achieve a brighter skin complexion. The main focus is of course, skin brightening but it also helps to fight the ageing signs such as fine lines. After trying out both of these products, I could note that my complexion looked more healthier, toned and brighter looking. 

The HIVITA Luminous White Ultra Skin Whitening Collection (Includes the Ultra Skin Lightening Booster & The Skin Renewal Cream), RPP $298. It is available to purchase through independent pharmacies, otherwise it can be found via HIVITA's official website


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Are you looking for that radiant skin glow? 

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

SKINCARE PRODUCTS CONTAINING ANTI-AGEING POWER OF CROCODILE OIL BY GOLDEN8 SKINCARE - PERFECT FOR TREATMENT OF ECZEMA, ROSACEA + MORE


Curious to hear more about a skincare range made with crocodile oil? 

I never thought I'd be trying out products which contain a unique ingredient being crocodile oil. Golden8 is a revolutionary NEW skin and body care range made suitable for sensitive skin. It's made to fight the visible signs of ageing, treat other skin conditions and improve the overall health of your skin. 

Thanks to Josephine Robson and Darren Sheppard who regularly explore the Top End and Tropical North Queensland side of the country, they discovered that crocodiles have the most powerful immune system in the world. Crocodile Oil has actually been used by traditional healers for centuries to assist with wound healing and other skin conditions. 

Crocodile Oil is high in Omegas 3, 6 & 7, Oleic and Linoleic acid, peptides and vitamins which can prove to have regenerative effects on the skin. Little do we know that Crocodile oil has an abundance of Omega 7 which is a rare source. Furthermore, the oil is anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and non-comedogenic.

Golden8 Skincare is proudly Australian owned and made and their skincare complex contains eight essential ingredients including: Crocodile Oil, Jojoba Oil, Maracuja, Olive Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Vitamin E, Vitamin C and Vitamin A. 

From the Golden8 Skincare range, I've been introduced to some of their amazing skincare products including their Face Serum, which has been highly regarded as the hero product from the range. 

The other products I've tested out recently include of the below: 


  • golden8, Anti-ageing Face Serum, 30ml, RRP $39.95 - As one of their hero products, it's made with 100% pure golden8 complex. I've been using this serum for my face and neck on a daily basis and so far I've seen that it has left my skin's texture looking and feeling smoother and nourished. This face serum is very lightweight and doesn't leave you with a heavy feeling. I love how hydrating it leaves my skin feeling and it's perfect for if you suffer from dry, dull and dehydrated skin. For those after anti-ageing results, this face serum can look to deliver results with continued use due to its amazing and skin-loving ingredients. 

  • golden8 Soothing Cream, 100ml, RRP $22.95 - This cream contains all of the golden8 complex as well as the much needed Omegas 3,6,7 and 9. It helps to incredibly soothe the skin so whether this is for babies who have a nappy rash or if you have suffer from irritated skin such as eczema or even insect bites. What I love about this cream is that it's made for the whole family to use when appropriate including babies and adults. 

  • golden8 Hand Cream, 125ml, RRP $19.95 - For a daily nourishing hand cream, I've been trying out this product. I've found that so far it's been leaving my hands feeling nourished and not dry - which means that it's doing an effective job so far. It's a great hand cream that helps to repair, protect and moisturise the hands. 

  • golden8 Body Lotion, 300ml, RRP $24.95 - Once again this body lotion is perfect for the whole family to use. It comes in a pump sized bottle making it easy to apply your body lotion on a daily basis and to keep in your bathroom for everyone to use. It's a very hydrating lotion to use for everyday and it simply absorbs onto the skin (without leaving that greasy feeling). 

  • golden8 Body Balm, 100g, RRP $22.95 - This body balm works as a multi-purpose product which means that it helps to protect your skin from becoming sore, chapped or dry. Additionally, you can use this to relieve any nappy rashes, soothe any chapped lips or dry heels. The texture is thicker in its consistency which means that it helps to lock in moisture more. 

The golden8 skincare range is now available through selected specialty stores and online via www.golden8skincare.com


*Please note that the golden8 crocodile oil is sourced from ethical and sustainable farming the Northern Territory and Queensland region. More information can be found here.

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Will you be trying out the golden8 skincare range? 

Monday, November 26, 2018

LOOK TO EXPLORE THE TATOUAGE COUTURE & THE ROUGE PUR COUTURE LIPSTICK RANGE BY YSL BEAUTY


Want to hear more about YSL's new lip stains and lipsticks which stays put for all day long? 

YSL Beauty have released their latest Tatouage Couture, The Metallics Matte Stain as well as the Rouge Pur Couture, The Slim. If you're after some new luxury lip matte stains and lipsticks, this a range not to be missed. 

For the Tatouage Couture, The Metallics Matte Stain, you can essentially create a bold and long-lasting ultra-matte look. It feels very lightweight and comfortable to wear on the lips making it ideal for any occasion. Since it comes in the form of a stain, you can be rest assured that it will stay put on the lips for all day long (even through eating and drinking). I love the idea of applying a matte stain onto the lips because I know that it will last longer through drinks and food. That way I don't have to worry about my lipstick smudging from my lips. 

Then we have the YSL Rouge Pur Couture, The Slim which is the first super slim "square" couture lipstick which has been inspired by the iconic designs of the Yves Saint Laurent Couture House. I find this to be very intriguing and what better way to incorporate some elegance to their range. This is a lipstick that's long-lasting, matte and luxurious. After testing out this product, I felt that it was incredibly pigmented, rich and was weightless on the lips. The Slim, literally glides on smoothly onto the lips thanks to its creamy formula which feels and looks beautiful. 

Furthermore, the fact that it comes in a square bullet design, this actually helps you to create more of a neat and clean lipstick look on the lips. 

Overall, these new luxury lip stains and lipsticks are lovely to play with especially when it comes to creating a day or night look. If you want your lip product to stay put on all night, then my best recommendation is to invest in a good quality lipstick that lasts. I've been loving the lip range by YSL Beauty because of their quality, packaging and of course long-lasting aspect to them. 

For more information regarding YSL's beauty range, you can hit up their official website here


Tatouage Couture, The Metallics, 
Shade 101 (Chrome Red Clash) 

Featuring a blood red/orange shade with a tint of metallic shimmer to it. For a vibrant and beautiful looking lips, this a lovely shade to rock for a day or night look. 


Tatouage Couture, The Metallics, 
Shade 105 (Magnetic Prune Temper)  


For a dark magenta/purple shade that comes with a tinge of metallic gold, this shade makes it a bold and gorgeous look to wear for an evening night out. 



Tatouage Couture, The Metallics, 
Shade 104 (Rose Gold Riot) 

For a three-dimensional rose gold look for the lips, you may enjoy wearing Rose Gold Riot. It's subtle and creates a natural and simple look with some dimension. This shade is great for a day look if you want to wear less and rock that 'natural and no makeup look'. 




Rouge Our Couture, The Slim (Leather Matte Lipstick) in 21 Rouge Paradoxe

For a signature and bold sexy look for the lips, the shade in 21 Rouge Paradoxe looks so gorgeous and vibrant. As it comes in a matte texture, these will make your lips look softer and chic. 

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SWATCHES 




From top to bottom: 

(1) Rouge Pur Couture, The Slim, Leather Matte Lipstick in shade 21 Rouge Paradoxe

(2) Tatouage Couture, The Metallics in shade 104 Rose Gold Riot 

(3) Tatouage Couture, The Metallics in shade 105 Magnetic Prune Temper 

(4) Tatouage Couture, The Metallics in shade 101 Chrome Red Clash 



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Have you checked out the latest range by YSL Beauty? 

Saturday, November 24, 2018

SKINCARE REVIEW FEATURING MEDIK8'S NEW LIPID-BALANCE CLEANSING OIL

 

Medik8's latest Lipid-Balance Cleansing Oil works to leave your skin feeling refreshed and radiant...

The Lipid Balance Cleansing Oil by Medik8 works to purify, moisturise and revitalise the skin. This is an anti-pollution transforming cleanser that works to dissolve dirt, oil and impurities on the skin where it helps to leave you with cleansed and refreshed looking skin. For example, I tried this Cleansing Oil out to remove my make-up (including stubborn waterproof mascara) and it did an amazing job in looking to remove my make-up. It doesn't irritate or dry out the skin which is essential when it comes to a cleansing oil.

When I tried out the Cleansing Oil, I found this product to be very gentle on the skin. The idea of the Cleansing Oil is that it uses a combination of nourishing, healing, cleansing and protecting active ingredients. As it works to cleanse the skin, the Cleansing Oil offers anti-pollution benefits and antioxidant protection throughout the day. After my cleansing routine, my skin felt very refreshed and clean hence it's effective in removing any dirt, oil and impurities on the skin. 

The Lipid-Balance Cleansing Oil by Medik8 RRP $52, via www.medik8.com.au or Advanced Cosmeceuticals. 


Lipid-Balance Cleansing Oil by Medik8

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Have you come across any cleansing oils that you love? 

Thursday, November 22, 2018

HOW TO BRIGHTEN & SMOOTH YOUR COMPLEXION FEATURING SKINCARE ESSENTIALS BY KIEHL'S


Are you a fan of Kiehl's? 
I've always had a positive experience with the Kiehl's skincare range, which is why I was so excited to check out their latest products featuring their Clearly Corrective, Brightening & Exfoliating Daily Cleanser, Youth Dose Eye Treatment and their Buttermask for Lips. These are the much needed skincare essentials I've been relying on a day to day basis for smoother looking skin, lips and less tired looking eyes. 

All of the products can be purchased via their official website here, otherwise they're available at selected Myer or David Jones beauty counters. 

Here are the latest newbies I've tried out from the Kiehl's skincare range: 


Clearly Corrective Brightening & Exfoliating Daily Cleanser, RRP $43 

If you're after a high performing exfoliating cleanser, this product may be for you. It helps to cleanse and exfoliate your pores, leaving you with a brighter and rejuvenated skin complexion. Your skin will feel super soft, refreshed and clean after exfoliating.

Overall, a little does go a long way with using this Exfoliating Daily Cleanser. It foams up really well and leaves you with a squeaky clean skin appearance which is amazing. I found this product not be too harsh as compared to other exfoliants I've tried previously. From trying out this product, I can honestly say that it has helped my skin to become smoother and radiant. It's a great exfoliator especially when you have dull, dry and flaky skin. My pores looked cleansed and minimised over the few weeks of using the Daily Cleanser.

For a product that evens out the skin tone, you can definitely look to rely on the Clearly Corrective Brightening and Exfoliating Daily Cleanser by Kiehl's. 


Youth Dose Eye Treatment, RRP $67

My dark circles and eye bags were definitely in need of the Youth Dose Eye Treatment by Kiehl's, so this was the perfect timing to try it out. This eye cream is incredibly hydrating and is made to soothe out any fine lines and puffy eyes as it's formulated with Pro-Retinol, Vitamin C and Red Grape Seed extract. 

I found this eye cream to be very lightweight and I like how creamy it feels on the skin. Furthermore, it absorbs quickly and doesn't leave you with a sticky residue. I can already tell that my dark circles are slowly reducing in its appearance as I've been using the eye cream about twice a day (morning and night). To ensure the best results, continue using the product on a daily basis.

When it comes to eye creams, I tend to apply them alone (without makeup) as I find that it seems to be more effective for me. Otherwise, you can look to apply this under your concealer if you're looking to reduce any eye puffiness. 


Buttermask for Lips, RRP $34

For an intense and nourishing lip treatment which works to restore dry lips overnight, I've been loving the Buttermask for the Lips by Kiehl's. It contains Coconut Oil and Wild Mango Butter which are the perfect combination in looking to smooth and soften your lips whilst you're sleeping. 

After using the Buttermask overnight, the very next morning I could really feel how super soft my lips felt. This product doesn't leave your lips feeling greasy or oily which is wonderful to know. Overall, I enjoyed using this product as it's the perfect product for achieving smoother and softer lips the very next morning.

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Have you tried out any of the products by Kiehl's? 

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

BOBBI BROWN HOLIDAY COLLECTION 2018 - SHOP FOR THE LATEST LUXE SEASONAL GIFTS


Let's talk about the latest Bobbi Brown Holiday Collection 2018... 

Here are some of my favourite picks from the latest Holiday Collection 2018 by Bobbi Brown. This year's Holiday range has been inspired by the twinkling lights of New York City (a city that has truly captured my heart) during the holidays and dazzling looks designed for party-hopping. The packaging is all about the glitz, glamour and chic looks especially when it comes to some of their gorgeous velvet grey palettes and sets. Let me start by saying that it gets better every year and Bobbi Brown has definitely nailed this year's collection with their sets and palettes once again. 

These stunning sets are perfect to pick up as sparkling stocking stuffers for your friends and family...or perhaps there's a particular set that you're simply eyeing so here's your chance to spoil yourself for this Christmas...

The Holiday Collection 2018 is currently now available from all Bobbi Brown retailers for selected items that are not marked with (*). For more information, you can check out Bobbi Brown's official website. 

Featuring some of the decadent indulgences below from the Holiday Collection 2018: 


A dazzling & sparkling packaging for the Highlight & Glow, Highlighting Powder Duo. 


Highlight & Glow, Highlighting Powder Duo, Bobbi Brown, RRP $130*

How incredibly gorgeous is the Highlight & Glow, Highlighting Powder Duo which will be available from the 26th November, so be sure to mark this on your calendar if this is on your wish list. 

This glam compact features a snow globe of dazzling glittery sparkles that reveals its scintillating side with a little shake. Once you open the compact, you'll discover a pair of deluxe-sized highlighting powder shades of Bare Glow and Opal Glow (right to left as pictured above). The shades are amazingly pigmented and leaves you with a natural and fabulous glow for the cheeks and face. Also, the Highlighting Powder features a pearl-pigment infused luminizer that can be either worn alone for subtle glow or layered on with the rest of your make-up to create that popping glow for the cheeks.


Perfect Palettes feat. Ready, Set, Party Deluxe Eye & Cheek Palette, RRP $200

This is the perfect deluxe palette for anyone who enjoys creating endless eye and cheek looks. It certainly is made for all of the Bobbi Brown fans out there as it contains a great selection of eyeshadows and eye products from the range. 

There are 12 soft sparkling to dramatic metallic shades and a trio of warm toned blushes and bronzers to choose from for this palette. Also included is the perfect liquid liner, volumizing mascara, angled eyeshadow brush and blush brush in the set. Essentially, this is the perfect set for travelling as it comes in a neat and gorgeous velvet box. 

For detailed shades they include: 
Eye Shadows in Ivory, Pink Copper (Sparkle), Naked, Nearly Nude, Taupe (Sparkle), Glowstruck (Metallic), Molten (Metallic), Frappe, Nude Smoke, Chocolate Fizz (Metallic), Starlight Star (Metallic), Toasted, Bronzing Powder in Stonestreet, Blush in Powder Pink, Calypso Highlight Powder, Ink Liner in Blackest Black and Smokey Eye Mascara. 

Overall, this is definitely one of the most practical and gorgeous palettes I've come across. The shades are all mixed i.e. nude, shimmer, metallic and sparkle giving you plenty of options to create many holiday looks with. I love the fact that it comes with the bonus eye products which would help to accentuate your glamorous look further. As for the velvety-packaging, it feels amazing to touch and is certainly a MUST-HAVE for every Bobbi Brown fan out there. 


Featuring some of the Holiday Collection 2018 picks by Bobbi Brown.. 

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What have your got your eyes set on for this Christmas?