In place of traditional holiday gift guides, that feature multiple products by multiple brands, I’m doing something a little different. I’ll be rounding up my favourite presents for the season, but each day I’ll be showcasing a different company. Make sure to check back daily as I’ll have a new brand with my must-have holiday gifts for the season.
I for one usually get wrapped up in holiday collections and forget that brands offer a wide variety of core products that are equally as beautiful. So instead of just focusing on Stila’s Transcendence Holiday 2016 Collection, I’m also going to share a few fall favourites that would also make excellent gifts. The holiday collection is presented in gold metallic packaging with embossed snowflake designs and patterns. The core collection is also beautifully packaged with gold detailing. Everything can be found at Shoppers Drug Mart, Murale, beautyBOUTIQUE.ca, Sephora, and Sephora.ca
A few of the holiday gift sets are based around their oh-so-famous Stay All Day Liquid Lipsticks, which I just happen to love. Known for its ultra creamy, velvety smooth and incredibly pigmented formula, the Stila Naturally Nude Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick Set is the perfect set for those looking to experiment with this amazing lippies. It features 3 deluxe weightless, full-coverage, matte liquid lipsticks within an array of beautiful nude shades. One swipe and you’ll achieve truly opaque, never streaky finish. They don’t budge, smudge or transfer, no matter how much you eat or drink. These really do stay put the entire day and well into the evening. It comes with a mixture of iconic and limited edition shades in naturally nude hues. Shades Serenata, Patina and Perla look beautiful on all complexions and can easily take you from work to play. It retails for $26.
If you’re looking to just purchase Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipsticks on their own (and in full size), may I suggest Tesoro, a lovely orange-y red and Patina, a stunning, everyday dusty rose. Each retail for $31.
Another iconic product is Stila’s Stay All Day Liquid Liners. Just like the liquid lipsticks, these are designed and created to stay in place all day. Stila Morning to Moonlight Waterproof Eyeliner Trio comes with a full-size Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner in Intense Black, along with two full-size Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liners in Stingray and Lionfish. Each feature a precise tip for easy application and total control. You can create both perfectly thin fine lines, to thick, bold and dramatic strokes with ease. From classic cat-eyes to smoky and smudgy eye looks, these multi-task liners allow you the freedom to change your look as often as you like. It retails for $46.
Stila Perfect Me, Perfect Hue Eye & Cheek Palette in Light/ Medium is a chic eye and cheek palette that features 5 eyeshadows and 2 blushes. It’s designed and created by pro makeup artists to ensure it complements all skin tones. You can easily customize this palette to create your own unique and wearable looks, depending on your wants and needs. Apply a few of the lighter shades, which are offered in both matte, shimmer, and pearl finishes for a classic daytime look, or apply a few of the darker shades in the crease for a dramatic evening effect. Each shade is rich and creamy, applies smoothly and evenly, pigmented, and stays put the entire day. Artistic is a pale beige, Dazzling is a creamy vanilla, Ambitious is a mid-tone brown with a pearly gold finish, Spontaneous is berry brown, Mischievous is an intense black. For blush you have Charming, a cool-tone pink and Angelic, a warm rose. It retails for $51.
Stila Convertible Color Dual Lip & Cheek Palette in Sunrise Splendor features an array of bright and cool tone lip and cheek creams. This versatile palette features a rich and creamy formula that blends out smoothly for petal-soft lips and cheeks. It does tend to apply quite sheer and translucent on the lips, but will a little building, you can achieve decent colour payoff. It provides a radiant, natural flush effect when applied to the cheeks, with little to no effort at all. This multitasking palette is perfect for a busy girl on the go. Its comfortable to wear, is extremely moisturizing on the lips and works beautifully with only the use of your fingertip. English Rose is a dust rose, Lillium is a nudy pink, Cherry Blossom is bright bubble gum pink, Fuchsia is a truly bright fuchsia pink and Tulip is a rich deep berry. It retails for $51.
Stila Aqua Glow Watercolor Blush in Water Blossom would make the perfect stocking stuffer gift. It’s unique oil-free, lightweight, water-based formula helps to create a sheer wash of colour on the cheeks, while creating a rejuvenating effect. Its exclusive mesh-touch colour dispenser delivers a single flush of colour each and every time. It has a gel-like formula that feels instantly cooling once applied to the skin. Its water-based formula goes on crystal clear, allowing the pure pigments and pearls to disperse evenly. It blends out effortlessly to create a seamless, soft and smooth, yet supple appearance on the skin. It provides a luminous finish with a healthy, fresh glow. It retails for $34.