Holiday Gift Guide 2021|Part 1



Holiday Gift Guide 2021|Part 1

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It’s this time of the month which excites me the most! So many brands release so many incredible gift sets. Are you guys still on a hunt for Christmas gifts for your loved ones/ or want to treat yourself this Christmas? I have you guys sorted. Today, I am going to share with you guys some holiday gift ideas which are going to bring joy to your loved one’s this Christmas. In todays blog post, I have included beauty products such as makeup sets, brush sets, skincare sets and body care products.

Stila, Little Treasures Stay All Day Liquid Lip Set (£22)

Stila, Little Treasures Stay All Day Liquid Lip Set

A set of three universally flattering hues – two matte shades. This set includes Stila’s top-selling shades in Beso and Patina and their shimmer matte shade in Capri Shimmer.

Stila, National Treasure Convertible Color Lip & Cheek Cream – QUAD 2 (£28)

Stila, National Treasure Convertible Color Lip & Cheek Cream – QUAD 2

This blush quad includes four curated shades in a petal soft texture and dewy finish. This is a two in one lipstick and blush palette. This quad will make a great present for your loved one this Christmas!

BIOSSANCE BRIGHT FUTURES SET (WORTH £90.00) you can purchase this set for £53 pounds on cultbeauty

BIOSSANCE BRIGHT FUTURES SET

This set includes a full-sized portion of their resurfacing night serum and a travel size of Vitamin C Serum (15ml) and a travel size of their squalane omega repair Cream (10ml). This Biossance’s Bright Future kit will have you/ your loved one glowing from dusk ’til dawn.

Lancôme Hypnôse Volume-À-Porter set (£28)

Lancôme Hypnôse Volume-À-Porter set.

This is a beautiful gift set! I adore Lancôme’s Hypnose mascara! It does a great job at lengthening and adding volume to my lashes.

Set contains:
Hypnôse Volume-À-Porter Mascara 6.5ml
Bi-Facil Eye Make-up Remover 30ml
Mini Le Crayon Khôl Eyeliner in black

Sigma Beauty’s Radiant Glow Brush set ($95)

Sigma Beauty’s Radiant Glow Brush set

The gold packaging of the brush handles is perfect for this festive season! If you guys have been following me on Instagram, you guys know how much I love Sigma Beauty’s brushes. The quality is one of the best on the market! Treat yourself, or your loved ones this Christmas Sigma beauty’s brushes! You won’t be disappointed!

PRODUCTS INCLUDED:
E35 TAPERED BLENDING BRUSH – Apply + blend crease color
E55 EYE SHADING BRUSH – Evenly apply color across the lid
F35 TAPERED HIGHLIGHTER BRUSH – Dust on highlight shades
F53 AIR CONTOUR/BLUSH™ BRUSH – Sweep on blush or bronzer
F80 FLAT KABUKI™ BRUSH – Blend liquid + cream products
Beauty Bag – Chic storage for touch-ups on the go

Sigma Beauty’s Deluxe Blending Brush Set ($122)

Sigma Beauty’s Deluxe Blending Brush Set ($122)

This set includes every eye brush that one needs to create the most beautiful eye look!

BRUSHES INCLUDED:

E25 Blending Brush
E27 Detail Blending Brush
E38 Diffused Crease Brush
E40 Tapered Blending Brush
E45 Small Tapered Blending Brush
E45 Max Small Tapered Blending Brush
E49 Medium Tapered Blending Brush

Dermalogica’s conditioning body wash (£29)

Dermalogica’s conditioning body wash

Body care products are always a great gift option! Everyone wants to smell good! This Dermalogica’s conditioning body wash contains lavender, and smells divine!

Key benefits:

  • Cleanses while helping to maintain lipid barrier health
  • Conditions and nourishes
  • Invigorates and awakens the senses

Glossier’s essential edit set (£42)

If you are a Glossier’s fan, or want to try their products for the first time. I’ll highly recommend checking this gorgeous set out! It includes Glossier’s best sellers.

Products included:

Mini Milky Jelly Cleanser: 60ml
Mini Priming Moisturizer: 15ml
Mini Balm Dotcom in Rose: 7ml
Boy Brow: 3.12 g
Lash Slick: 8.5 g

I will post the second part of my holiday gift guide here. Meanwhile, do check out my last post which was on Sigma Beauty’s Advent Calendar here . If you enjoyed reading this blog, feel free to share it!

Much love,

Alia x


12 days of Sigma Beauty, Advent Calendar 2021


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How beautiful is Sigma Beauty’s advent Calendar! This advent Calendar includes 12 products from makeup brushes, to eye shadow palette to eye and lip products! If you are looking for a advent calendar to gift your loved ones this Christmas then look no other than the 12 days of Sigma Beauty’s Advent calendar. You won’t be disappointed!

12 days of Sigma Beauty’s Advent Calendar 2021

Sigma Beauty’s Advent calendar is housed in a gorgeous purple packaging! I loved the packaging so much. The advent calendar opens like a book.

12 days of Sigma Beauty’s Advent Calendar 2021
12 days of Sigma Beauty’s Advent Calendar 2021

Products included in Sigma Beauty’s limited edition Advent calendar

E25 BLENDING BRUSH

EYESHADOW BASE PRIMER – BUBBLY

SINUOSITY LASH MASCARA

LIP GLOSS – PASSIONATE

LONG WEAR EYELINER PENCIL – WICKED

CONDITIONING LIP MASK – SILKEN

PRIME + CONTROL BROW WAX

SPICY EYESHADOW PALETTE

SIGMAGIC SACHET

E38 DIFFUSED CREASE BRUSH

S02 SPATULA BRUSH

MINI SIGMA SPA EXPRESS BRUSH CLEANING MAT

12 days of Sigma Beauty’s Advent Calendar 2021

I am a huge fan of Sigma Beauty’s eyeshadow palette. This Advent Calendar includes the gorgeous Spicy eyeshadow palette. I have been using Sigma Beauty’s conditioning lip mask since a week, and I love it. I am so happy to have a back up!

12 days of Sigma Beauty’s Advent Calendar 2021

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Alia x


Adaptology Red Avert Review

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Adaptology Red Avert

I thought to share my first impressions of Adaptology’s Red Avert range. This range is designed for Sensitive skin. This range calms down sensitivity by soothing and reducing irritation. This sensitive skin care range is built around adaptogen ingredients that help skin remain calm at all times.

Cheremoya brings skin balance by supporting the endocannabinoid system, relieving stress and reducing sensitivity. It reduces the appearance of redness by 37%, itching by 55% and hypersensitivity by 60%. 

Northern Truffle reduces skin discomfort and irritation within minutes by up to 100%. Chaga Mushrooms protect against temperature variations, helping to restore the skin barrier layer and reduce redness and sensitivity, reducing dullness by 33%

At times, my skin gets sensitive and I often have red cheeks. My skin is also prone to acne. I often break out. Adaptology’s avart range will be saviour.

Let’s talk about their packaging. I love their glass packaging, and the blue and white label is beautiful as it distinguishes from my other skincare items.

Adaptology Red Avert

Adaptology Avert cleanser

Adaptology Avert cleanser

Let’s just take a moment to appreciate the blue texture! How stunning is the blue colour though!

Key features:

*Gentle but effective cleansing for sensitive skin
*Soothee and calms any irritation
*Does not disrupt your skin barrier layer

Key ingredients:

* Laminaria – Helps reduce signs of irritation & redness, reinforcing the skin barrier.

* Organic Nigella Oil – Nourishes, soothes and protects.

* Blue Tansy comes from a flower known as Moroccan Chamomile. It has anti-inflammatory properties that can help with acne and irritated skin conditions.

My thoughts:

The texture is unlike I’ve tried before! Super luxurious! And feels like a dream to apply on my skin. The texture of the cleanser is balmy and soft. The colour of the cleanser is blue. The cleanser smells divine, the smell is very calming. The cleanser emulsifies with water, and becomes milky- and it does a great job at removing light makeup and spf! This cleanser left my skin so soft afterward.

Moisturiser Cream:

Key features:

*Helps to reduce chronic inflammation and skin reactivity
*Hydrates and restores the skin barrier layer
*Defends against modern living: stress, pollution and radiation

* Cherimoya – Reduces the appearance of redness, calms irritation & reduces hypersensitivity. 

* Low Molecular Weight Hyaluronic Acid – Hydrates, soothes and restores the skin barrier.

* Extremogen/Adaptogen Complex – Defends against pollution, radiation and stress-related ageing

* It also contains Ashwagandha which is a powerhouse packed with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds that help protect the skin against UV light and environmental pollutants.

My thoughts:

The texture of the cream is beautiful. It is a light weight moisturiser which doesn’t feels heavy on the skin and sinks beautifully into the skin. The scent of the moisturiser is very calming, and it smells divine. It is a very hydrating moisturiser. If you have acne prone skin, you will enjoy using this moisturiser. I get acne breakouts every now and then, which means the moisturiser will be perfect for soothing my skin.

I have yet to try the Red Avert serum. Once I’ve tried and tested it out, I will share my thoughts with you all! (Watch out for a link here)

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Aeva Beauty’s New My Perfect Match Palette, Review and Swatches| New launch


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Are you on a hunt for a new face palette that is a 3 in 1 Complexion Palette? Then look no other than the Aeva Beauty’s new my perfect match palette. The quality is impeccable, and it comes in three shades. There’s a palette for everyone.

Their products are:
100% Cruelty-free
Creamy ultra-soft formula
Buildable intensity
Multi-purpose for the eyes, face, and body

Aeva Beauty is a small black owned cosmetics brand.

Shade range:

These 3 palettes come in 3 shades, included inside are 3 mega size pans, perfect for makeup artists, creators and the everyday makeup lover. Each palette was designed to individually compliment deep, medium and light hues bringing to life a built in radiance and natural perfect match.

Retail price $50

Packaging:

I am obsessed with the packaging. It is housed in different shades of nude tones. Each palette has a different colour packaging. For example, the light shade one is housed in light nude packaging, the medium shade one is housed in medium nude packaging and the dark shade one in housed in dark nude packaging.

Swatches:

Swatches courtesy by my sister here is a link to the post

My Experience:

Everything I’ve tried from Aeva Beauty has never disappointed me. This palette has become my favourite face palette. I was gifted the shade light, and the formula of the palette is very buttery, easy to blend and long wearing. They are also pigmented. I love the huge pan size. It is going to last me a long time. The formula is comparable to a lot of luxury makeup products. From the swatches above, one can see how blinding the highlighter, and how pigmented the blush and the bronzer is. As mentioned above, Aeva Beauty is a small black owned business. Do show some love to this brand, and shop at their site. You will be obsessed with their products as much as I am. You can save money on their products by using my (aff) code Aliasam.


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Trinny London Review

Trinny London Review

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Trinny London is a British beauty brand. The brand caters towards a wide spectrum of skin tones. They also offer a vast range of products. Why I love Trinny London’s products is because they are very innovative. Let me tell you why! Firstly, the brand offers match to me service to help when you buy online. You only need to answer some basic questions about your skin, hair and eye combination. At the end, you will have a perfectly matched set that best suits your complexion and hair colour! How amazing is that? I love purchasing online, and honestly sometimes it can be challenging when determining what product would work for ones skin tone. Their match to me service makes the whole shopping process easier. Secondly, their makeup pots are stackable, which saves a lot of room in ones makeup bag. Last but not the least, their products are cream based. I love cream based makeup products! They work amazingly well- and blend like a dreamy!

Today, on the blog I am going to run you guys through three Trinny London’s products.

BFF SPF 30 CREAM

Trinny London BFF SPF 30 CREAM

Key benefits:

  • Microencapsulated pigments even out your skin tone creating a flawless glow
  • Enriched with the precious extract of antioxidant Porcelain Flower
  • Boosts glow and tones down redness
  • Instantly hydrates and wakes up tired-looking skin
  • SPF 30 protects skin from everyday exposure to UV

Packaging:

The BFF cream is housed in a beautiful white tube packaging, with a silver cap. The BFF cream has a pump, which I appreciate so much!

My Experience:

The BFF is described as the “ultimate skin perfector”. It can be worn alone or beneath foundation and it has SPF30 for everyday wear. The texture of this product is so unique. It comes out white, and it turns into your skin colour once you massage it in. I have the shade light medium, and it is a perfect match!

I love using the BFF under my foundation. It gives a beautiful glow to my skin, and does a great job at evening out my complexion by covering my redness. As this is a BB cream, it does not have much coverage. I also use it alone, the days I want a natural no makeup look. I am so into light weight foundations/ tinted moisturisers, and the BFF cream is a must in my routine.

LIP2CHEEK

Trinny London Lip2Cheek

What it is?

A multitasking lip and cheek hero that makes your entire complexion come alive.

Key benefits:

  • Long-lasting, intense pigment has staying power
  • Cream-based formula is easy to build and blend with just your fingertips
  • Matte texture gives just the perfect helping of fresh-from-a-run rosiness

Packaging:

Just like the lip glow, the lip2 cheek is housed in a pot packaging and is stackable!

My experience:

I am so impressed with the formula, it is ultra creamy, blends effortlessly and is very pigmented. The finish of the lip2cheek is on the matte side. I love the concept of 2in1 products. I own a lot of 2in1 products and I get a lot of use out of them. Nevertheless, the formula of the lip2cheek lasts such a long time on my cheeks which is insane. I wore it for 8 hours, and it did not budge! I have the shade Freddie. The shade appears dark in the pot, but once I put it on my cheeks it looks more subtle. Freddie is a terracotta shade. This shade is going to look beautiful on all skin tones! The colour is also buildable.

LIP GLOW

Trinny London Lip Glow

What it is?

The next-generation lip gloss with benefits. A high-shine, non-sticky formula gives a fresh look that lasts.

Key benefits:

  • Instantly moisturises and enhances the lips with a beautiful, natural shine minus the weight
  • Enriched with antioxidant vitamin E
  • Brings a sheer, buildable tint to your own lip colour
  • Delicious refreshing watermelon scent with each shade named after Trinny’s daughter Lyla and her girl gang of friends

Packaging:

The lip glow comes in a pot packaging. The packaging is stackable to their other pots, which is amazing!

My Experience:

The formula of the lip glow is very unique. It has a sheer formula, which is buildable. It leaves my lips shiny, soft and hydrated. The formula is non sticky, I am so impressed with it. The shade I have is cordy . It is a muted dust rose shade, it has a touch of coral in it, which look absolutely flattering on my light medium skin tone.

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Trinny London Review