Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Stila + Ardell: A Holiday Beauty Makeover

The Hip + Urban Girl was invited for an exclusive preview into Stila & Ardell’s new Holiday Collection, and we’re so glad we did. Even Santa would be impressed with what’s in stock this season. 

Plus Stila & Ardell threw a killer holiday cocktail party. When I arrived at Wish Restaurant, the band was in full swing with classic Christmas Carrols. The room was elegantly decorated with white tulle, candles, flowers, and twinkling fairy lights. It felt like a frosty festive forest – but with champagne and sumptuous hor d’oeuvres in every corner. 

The Stila pro artistry team gave me a much needed makeover. I loved the soft and velvety texture of the eyeshadow – it had a mousse-like feel that didn’t irritate my super sensitive skin. Of course, I was shocked at the transformation too!

After a makeover, I took a closer look at the products. Stila & Ardell have some fabulous stocking-stuffers this season:

Snow Angel Colour Palette ($50)
This is serious value in a shiny snowflake box. The Snow Angel Colour Palette ($50) has 12 cheek colours and 18 eye shadows that can be applied wet or dry. It also includes a waterproof mascara and beauty book with helpful tips. 

All Is Bright Lip Glaze Set ($33)
Get mistletoe ready with the All Is Bright Lip Glaze Set ($33). The kit has eight glossy shades, and festive flavours like “sugar plum”, “jack frost” and “jingle.” 

Seeing Stars Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner Set ($42)
On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me – five shimmering eyeliners! Set your eyes aglow in metallic shades with the Seeing Stars Smudge Stick Waterproof Liner Set ($42). My personal faves were the deep purple Tetra and golden olive Stargazer liners. 

Luxe Eye Shadow Palette ($45)
Create a naughty or nice look with the Luxe Eye Shadow Palette ($45), featuring a mix of 6 cream-to-powder eye shadows and 3 inventive micro-matte shades. I loved the soft & silky feel to this product.

Ardell Lashes
I used to think faux lashes were only for Halloween costumes, but boy was I wrong. Ardell’s lash expert was onsite to apply the finishing touches to the look. Check out how beautiful and bright your eyes can be with just a little help from Ardell Lashes!

My favourite part of the party was creating a personalized beauty package for clients of the YWCA Toronto. The shelter not only houses women fleeing violence, but is also dedicated to helping clients improve confidence, find jobs and housing, and enhance their skills. It was so nice to spread a little holiday cheer to women and girls in need. Way to give back, Stila & Ardell! --- Lisa Jackson

1 comment:

  1. I really love Stila's tinted moisturizer. Feels natural and still provides coverage.