The holidays are always busy, but never too busy to review fabulousness! With the exception of only one, we fell head over heels for these products. Enjoy!

gradeAruchedarmwarmersNoonday Collection: Rightly Ruched Arm Warmers
I tend to collect scarves and arm warmers. They are my daily accessory this time of year. My hands are always cold. Always. These arm warmers are made of the softest knit imaginable (100% Alpaca) to lock in the heat. The ruching is so chic. They dress up or down in a snap. I never leave the house without them!

gradeDMarc Jacobs: Lash Lifter Gel Volume Mascara
Nothing is more frustrating than trying a new mascara that you are excited about only to have your bubble burst halfway through application. This gel mascara is too heavy. Instead of lifting lashes, it weighs them down. To the point of no return (or start over). I also tried to wear this mascara on my bottom lashes only, but it smeared terribly. This formula needs to go back to the drawing board.

gradeB1talleskimoMou: Tall Eskimo boot in Iron Brown
So warm, I can barely stand taking them off. Perfect for those bitterly cold days of winter, these double-face sheepskin boots with crochet wool seams are stylishly fun to wear. You can wear them as is, or scrunched down. They are the best companion for ski trips! They have a supportive heel counter and hardwearing rubber outdoor sole. Boots run small, so order a size up. And if you have narrow feet, you will need extra thick socks to keep you foot from sliding.

gradeACO Bigelow: Lemon Lip Cream
I found this fabulous, super-emollient lip balm in my stocking Christmas morning (many thanks to my mother-in-law). It was love at first swipe. She actually got me the Lemon Pomegranate (even better than lemon), but I loved it so much I went out a bought the Lemon. I am always in search of a hydrating lip balm that stays put during the night, and works hard to keep lips soft, smooth and happy. I find myself using it during the day instead of lipstick. This is the balm! Literally.

gradeB3kaskinbalmKevyn Aucoin: Sensual Skin Tinted Skin Balm*
While I haven't met a KA product I don't like, this one disappoints slightly. But let's start with what I love: sleek packaging; contains botanical rice extract and rich in peptides; conceals imperfections with light-weight pigments; paraben- and D5-free; and contains SPF to protect against UVA and UVB rays. It even contains a derivative of liquorice to soothe and calm the skin. I absolutely love the dewy finish — spectacular! The problem, and it's a big one, it's simply not hydrating enough by itself. I have to layer 2 forms of moisturizer (or mix it with my night-time cream) just to get a smooth finish. Otherwise, it leaves your skin a flaky, patchy mess. Such a bummer. There is a KA primer that works in tandem with it. But honestly, this product should be able to stand alone. With that being said, it could potentially be the perfect summer tinted moisturizer.

gradeB1Diorshow: Extase mascara in black
This is an easy mascara to use. It lengthens and provides volume without leaving smudges or flakes. And no smearing, either! The brush is great for getting into corners. Though, you may leave some marks that need to be cleaned up with a Q-tip.

gradeB1romanianecklaceTwisted Silver: Romania Necklace
This necklace is so fun to wear! It looks great against white or light colored clothing to show itself off in high contrast. I absolutely love the black ball chain. So unique! And the signature gold Twisted coin layers beautifully. The recycled vintage rope button adds a touch of romance, too.

The team of testers were not paid to review these products. However, most of the products listed above were supplied as samples for review purposes.

*Available at Jeffre Scott in Charlotte and Turner and Scott in Asheville.

If you like this article, you'll love these:

Comments are now closed for this entry