2018 Holiday Gift guide: Body Oils from Elizabeth W

Hello Folks!

As promised a while back, here I am with a gift guide series featuring small brands that have amazing products which would make unique gifts for loved ones. Today the brand I am excited to talk about is Elizabeth W, a unique small batch apothecary based in San Francisco.

When I was looking around for interesting brands to feature in this series, Elizabeth W caught my eye for their elegant and simple packaging.ย  I am a big fan of aesthetically packaged products, even if it is just a bar of soap ๐Ÿ˜€ There is nothing more delightful than gifting (and of course receiving ) beautifully packaged products!

Elizabeth W started off as a perfumery and now they have incorporated their fragrances into a range of bath and body products, candles, room diffusers, beautiful silk sachets, sleep masks and more. Their website (HERE) is an absolute delight to explore!

I decided to feature their body oils in their 3 signature fragrances : Magnolia, Vetiver and Te for this series. As I mentioned before, they come in simple yet sophisticated packaging as you can see for yourself ๐Ÿ™‚

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Body Oils from Elizabeth W

Moving on from the packaging, lets talk about the body oils. These oils can be used on damp skin just before towel drying or they can be added to your bath water for a luxury bath. I mainly used the oil on my damp skin and loved it! My skin is super dry and the oil left my skin feeling soft and supple. The oils are winter must haves according to me!

The Magnolia fragrance is described on their website as follows: White magnolia petals deepened with saffron and sandalwood mingle with Riviera mimosa and gardenia. I could definitely get a whiff of the sandalwood when I used Magnolia and I think it is a very warm comforting fragrance. It somehow reminds me of my childhood and carefreeย  simpler times and thus is my favorite one ๐Ÿ™‚

Vetiver is described on their website as follows: An original creation of heavy vetiver, balanced with light citrus tones and green tints of bergamot from the peels of nearly ripe fruit. I loved this scent too and I think it is a unisex scent. If you like strong woody scents, this is for you!

Te is described as follows: Gracious, spirited, elegant. An enticing marriage of oriental black teas, juicy fresh Amalfi lemons, and the sweetness of almond honey. I find Te to be a crisp fresh scent which means I’ll be reaching for this in the spring summer time.

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Elizabeth W body oils are housed in pretty glass dropper bottles

I love how distinct and unique each of these body oils are! There is something for everyone. They do have the body oils in other fragrances too so if you get a chance to visit their store in San Francisco do go smell them all ๐Ÿ˜€

The ingredient list is also simple and elegant, very much reflective of the brand as a whole.

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Ingredient List

Overall, I am loving the body oils and would love to explore their other products. I think the 3 signature fragrances from Elizabeth W are unique and interesting in their own way. A DIY gift bundle such as this is a great gift for any one who loves trying out different scented bath and body products. So, if you have someone on your holiday list who loves perfumes and scented products, check out Elizabeth W.

Until next time, ciao!!!

*PR Sample. Opinions expressed here are my own. (no affiliate links)

 

 

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The Sleek Vintage Romance Eyeshadow Palette

A while back I picked up a couple of items from Sleek makeup to try some of their products since I have heard so much about the brand. I had picked up some blushes which I’ll review soon and also 2 eyeshadow palettes. I already reviewed The Goodnight Sweetheart Paletteย ย which I liked and which actually drew me to explore the brand. The Vintage Romance Palette didn’t quite hit the mark with me though and straight off the bat I’d say go try the Goodnight Sweetheart palette if you are looking to sample the brands eyeshadows. I was drawn to this palette because of the plums and purples which is my kind of shadows these days, but they lacked depth and richness ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

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Sleek Vintage Romance Eyeshadow Palette

The Palette looks like all the sleek palettes..a nice compact thin black plastic palette with a mirror. The palette has 1 matte shade and the rest are satins and shimmers.

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Sleek Vintage Romance color selection

The colors look beautiful right? I love the shade selection here! The shade names come in plastic sheet which you can lose anytime. I just realized as I am writing this post, I forgot to label the shade names in the photo! Bad beauty blogger! So I’ll just write out the names here. Top row from left to right the shades are : Pretty in Paris, Meet in Madrid, Court in Cannes, Lust in LA, Romance in Rome and Propose in Prague. They are swatched below with a brush in the same order ๐Ÿ™‚

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Swatches of the top row

My favorite shades in this palette are those lovely metallic shimmers in the first row: Meet in Madrid, Court in Cannes and Lust in LA. The purple blue shade called Romance in Rome is not as intense as I thought it would be..it lacks some depth and richness. Propose in Prague is the only matte shade in the palette and it works okay as a crease color.

The second row consists of the following shades from left to right: A Vow in Venice, Marry in Monte Carlo, Honeymoon in Hollywood, Bliss in Barcelona, Forever in Florence and Love in London.

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Bottom Row Swatches

This row was a big disappointment for me. Marry in Monte Carlo is nice (the second shade from the left). The rest of them are quite flat and dare I say chalky :/ Don’t get me wrong, these shadows work, just that they don’t have depth of color..so you might not get the intensity you see in the pan. Bliss in Barcelona is such a lovely shade..wish it was a tad more pigmented!

The 2 shades I absolutely don’t like in this palette is Forever in Florence and Love in London – the last 2 shades in the bottom row. They have chunky glitter and apply quite patchy.

Overall, I’d say you can make this palette work and for the money it is not too bad. If you are looking to try Sleek shadows try out the Goodnight Sweetheart palette..I find the shadows in that one more consistent; quality and pigmentation wise.

Have you tried Sleek Eyeshadow palettes?

Until next time, ciao!!

Coming soon!! The Holiday guide series 2018 featuring indie and small brands!

Hello everyone!!

I am very excited to announce that this year I plan to start a gift guide series on my blog! I have not done anything of this sorts before, so I am super pumped especially since I will be featuring niche brands, small brands, indie brands, local brands, new and upcoming brands… you get the drift ๐Ÿ˜€

The lillynlilly holiday gift guide 2018 featuring Indie Brands coming soon on the blog and here too!!!

So come join me in this fun series exploring some amazing makeup, bath and body care brands ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope to kick start the series next week..until then check out some of my recent posts!!

Ciao!!!

Clio Art Highlighter in Pearl White

I love pretty packaging. That sure can be a problem sometimes especially when shopping for makeup! I fell for this highlighter from Clio because of how beautiful the compact looks. Adding more pretty things to your makeup drawer is okay right..especially if it is a highlighter ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Clio Art Highlighter

The compact is plastic but looks and feels sturdy. The art work is printed on it and also on the outer box. I didn’t have the heart to throw away the outer box since the print looks like a water color painting.

There are 3 shades of this highlighter available. 01 pearl white is the one I picked up. The other 2 shades are gold toned and rosy toned. Having a medium color skin tone, I kind of shy away from white based highlighter since they can look frosty on my skin coloring. I decided to take a chance with this one and am happy I did!

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Clio Art highlighter in 01 Pearl White

As you can see it is a baked product and gives a lovely sheen to the skin. It is not a chunky highlighter nor is it the very intense type of highlighter people seem to like these days. This is a soft and subtle highlighter like the Bobbie brown shimmer bricks can be. It looks lovely when buffed into the skin.

The compact comes with a nice mirror and also a brush which feels really nice. I have not used the brush but I am sure it will work fine in a pinch.

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Swatch of 01 Pearl White

As you can see, this highlighter lets your skin peak thru a bit when it is buffed into the skin ( I swatched the highlighter with a brush) and that makes it look a bit more natural. I love the glow it imparts and it stays put all day too.

Overall, I am extremely happy to own this highlighter. I might just go ahead and pick up the other shades too some time soon ๐Ÿ˜€

Until next time, ciao!!!

 

Kiko Milano Long lasting eyeshadow stick

Hello folks!

I have always wanted to try the Laura Mercier caviar sticks, but somehow that purchase keeps getting pushed to the back burner. One of the reasons being my doubts on if I’ll actually use it enough. Cream products always land up in the back of my drawer since I kind of skim over them when hurrying out the door. The Kiko Milano long lasting eyeshadow sticks are touted as being dupes for the Laura Mercier ones, so when I got a chance to visit a Kiko store I decided to try one out. And not surprisingly (like a lot of the Kiko stuff I’ve tried) I am in love!

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Kiko Milano long lasting eyeshadow stick

The kiko ones are more cost effective compared to the Laura Mercier ones especially if they have a sale going on. I don’t remember how much I paid but it was below the 10$ mark for sure!

I picked up the shade 38 which is lovely taupe with specks of gold shimmer. It reminds a little of the Blink 1982 shadow from The Balm Jovi Palette by The Balm.

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Shade 38

The shadow sticks applies beautifully. No tugging no nonsense..just the perfect creamy glide over the lids. The shadow is super pigmented too and lives up to the 8 hour no transfer claims. I have used it with and without primer and it does not budge or crease.

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Kiko Milano eyeshadow stick shade 38 swatch

I find myself using the shadow stick for a quick eye look before dashing out of the door. These can also be used as bases for other eyeshadows and can be blended within the first 30 seconds or so after application. They set and become budge proof after that!

Overall, I highly recommend the Kiko Milano eyeshadow sticks! They have the perfect price tag, are pigmented, long lasting and also very travel friendly. I plan to pick up a few more shades. Do you have any shade recommendations?

Until next time, ciao !!!