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Day 7 and 8 giveaway are some Marc Jacobs Beauty goodies!  I have already reviewed them (Showstopper Set review here & Lovemarc Lip Gel review here), you can read about my two cents on them.  I absolutely adore the formula of the Lovemarc Lip Gel and The Showstopper Set has some great products in it :)

This giveaway is open till January 20th 11:59PM EST.  There will be two prizes to win:
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Until next time,

x Rica

Giveaway: Marc Jacobs Beauty The Showstopper Set & Lovemarc Lip Gel in Showstopper | 12 Days of Holiday Giveaway Day 7 & 8

December 20, 2013 • 39 comments
I have finally put up my Christmas tree and decorated it over the weekend.  In recent years, the beauty industry has caught up with the fact that we all appreciate some cute and special ornaments.  Here are beauty ornaments available now and they're on my tree!

Deck the Halls with Boughs of Beauty | Beauty Ornaments from Sephora & Ciaté

December 17, 2013 • 34 comments
Holiday is all about the glow.  And this face powder will definitely help you achieve that soft focus glow without making you look like a disco ball.  Therefore, I present to you Marc Jacobs Lightshow Luminizing Powder in 302 Close Upas the Day 6 prize of our 12 Days of Holiday Giveaway!

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This giveaway is opened till January 17, 2014 11:59PM EST.  Good luck!

Until next time,

x Rica

12 Days of Holiday Giveaway - Day 6: Marc Jacobs Lightshow Luminizing Powder

No need to choose between Sugar and Spice, win both in the Day 5 of 12 Days of Holiday Giveaway!

The Quo by Orly Mini Nail Lacquers Set in Sugar and Spice each has 6 gorgeous shades for you to pick for many different occasions.

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This giveaway is opened till January 16, 2014 11:59PM EST.  Good luck!

Until next time,

x Rica

12 Days of Holiday Giveaway - Day 5: Quo by Orly Mini Nail Lacquers Set in Sugar and Spice

December 16, 2013 • 0 comments

If that person is anyone like me, who jumps on most of the beauty bandwagons, chances are they already have a lot of things available out there.  But no beauty enthusiast can say no to a pretty palette and here're a few favourites that would impress the important him/her.

What to Get Beauty Enthusiasts for Holiday | The Perfect Palette Gift Guide

For Day 4's giveaway, we have here a few Benefit goodies, including CORALista Ultra Plush Lip Gloss, Stay Flawless 15-Hour Primer, and They're Real Mascara!

I chose their best selling They're Real mascara because it seems to have become a favourite of many (I have a few tubes as back up too).  The Stay Flawless primer is great for covering pores and extending the wear of your foundation (reviewed here).  And I just adore the Ultra Plush Lip Gloss formula as much as a non-gloss girl I am!

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This giveaway is opened till January 13, 2014 11:59PM EST.  Good luck!

Until next time,

x Rica

12 Days of Holiday Giveaway - Day 4: Benefit They're Real Mascara, Stay Flawless 15-Hour Primer, CORALista Ultra Plush Lip Gloss

December 13, 2013 • 12 comments
Can you believe there are only 12 more days left till Christmas? (Or Holiday if you don't celebrate it, but hey, it's a day off!  I have gathered my advent calendars from Ciaté, Benefit and DAVIDsTea.

Now the teas are gone, so it makes more sense to show you what we've seen so far on the beauty advent calendars...
Aren't these minis adorable?  I wish more beauty brands would make non-chocolate advent calendars so we could have a fat-free countdown to the holiday!

Stay tuned for the rest of the countdown!

Until next time,

x Rica

Beauty Advent: 12 Days done, 12 More Days to go! | Ciaté Mini Mani Love & Benefit Countdown to love

For the third giveaway of the season, here's the Giorgio Armani Eccentrico Face Palette:

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a Rafflecopter giveaway This Giorgio Armani Eccentrico Face Palette just got featured by yours truly a couple days ago.  If you love a pink glow, you would want to try this face palette.  It has pink, lavender, orange and white in it for you to mix and match.  You can add more lavender to get a purple hue, or add orange to make the blush look more coral.  It makes your cheeks more defined with just one product.  It's also quite long wearing that last the entire work day.  Love.  One thing though, you have to remove that gorgeous overspray to reveal its true colours, which was quite hard for me to do.

This giveaway is opened internationally until January 11, 2014 at 11:59PM. Good luck!

Until next time,

x Rica

12 Days of Holiday Giveaway - Day 3: Giorgio Armani Eccentrico Face Palette

December 11, 2013 • 12 comments

BITE Beauty specialized in lippies to provide its consumers with luxurious looking and kissable lips.  This Holiday, BITE brought out 3 lip sets to feature some of their best shades including this BITE Beauty Best BITE Set.  It comes with 4 mini High Pigment Pencils in Quince, Rhubarb, Cranberry, and Madeira.

BITE Beauty Best BITE Set is More Than Just Bitten | Review, Photos, Swatches

It's day 2 of the 12 Days of Holiday Giveaway!  Today, we brought to you the Urban Decay NAKED Basics Palette.

I use mine almost every time I wear eyeshadows.  Some more heavily dipped shades include Crave, Naked2 and Foxy.  Either you're a fan of the Urban Decay NAKED or NAKED2, or just jumped on the NAKED3 bandwagon, you could always get help from the NAKED Basics!  It is the perfect basic palette that everyone would need in their eyeshadow collection because you can use it in conjunction with other eyeshadows that you have, or if you're a minimalist, this palette could be all you would need.

If you would like to win it, follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter widget below!

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This giveaway is opened internationally until January 10, 2014 at 11:59PM.  Good luck!

Until next time,

x Rica

12 Days of Holiday Giveaway - Day 2: Urban Decay NAKED Basics Palette

December 9, 2013 • 39 comments

The Holidays are almost here.  Everywhere you go, you see holiday decorations, Christmas trees, and fairy lights!  The most wonderful time of the year calls for the glowy and beautiful skin.  But not many of us are blessed with it, so let's fake it.  Here are a few that would do the trick

Inspired by Marc Jacobs's own Fall 2013 runway looks, the Marc Jacobs Lightshow Luminizing Powder in 302 Close Up (CA $71 / US $59) has superb design of tartan embossment with a gold shimmer overspray on top.  They even added "shadows" to create more definition to the tartan.

Holiday Face Palettes for Fairy Lights Skin | Marc Jacobs, Giorgio Armani, Hourglass

I'm very excited to launch this Holiday Giveaway series.  I will be hosting a giveaway every weekday until December 23!  Winners will be announcing separately for each giveaway.  I'm kicking this off with the P&G 12 Days of Beauty Gift Pack!  I have been using the same gift pack in the 12 Days of Beauty Photo Challenge.  So far I have covered 5 days using different P&G Beauty products, join me and discover them by entering this giveaway.

The Prize

The P&G 12 Days of Beauty Gift Pack comes with...
  • COVERGIRL Flamed Out Shadow Pencil
  • COVERGIRL Nail Gloss
  • COVERGIRL Clump Crusher mascara
  • Pantene Expert Collection Keratin Repair 60-second therapy Ampoule
  • Pantene Daily Moisture Renewal Moisture Whip
  • Herbal Essences Tousle Me Softly Tousling Hairspray
  • Olay Total Effects Line & Dark Circle Minimizing Brush
  • Olay Silk Whimsy Body Lotion
  • Vidal Sassoon Pro Series Boost & Lift Hairspray
  • Clairol free product coupon
  • Satin Care Shave Gel with a Touch of Olay
  • Venus & Olay Sugarberry Razor Cartridge
  • Crest 3D White Holiday Smile Survival Kit
This giftpack is valued over $90 and it comes with so many great products.  My must-haves would be the COVERGIRL Flamed Out Shadow Pencil, Pantene Keratin therapy, and the Crest 3D White kit.  To enter, please follow the instructions on the Rafflecopter widget below.

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All the information is listed above in the Rafflecopter widget!  Make sure to check out the rules too.  Good luck!

Until next time,

x Rica

12 Days of Giveaway for Holidays - Day 1: Win a P&G 12 Days of Beauty Gift Pack ($90+ in value) | Giveaway

December 6, 2013 • 0 comments

Pink and gold and chevron, who doesn't love that?  The Too Faced A Few of My Favourite Things (US $56) comes in an adorable pink and gold chevron packaging that is designed by Mary McDonald.  It comes with a mini Better Than Sex Mascara, a Lip Injection Colour Bomb in Bee Sting (LE), and a palette with 20 eyeshadows, 2 blushes, and 2 bronzers.  It also comes with an instruction pamphlet that teach you how to use each type of products.

Too Faced A Few of My Favourite Things has more than a few lovely things | Review, Photos & Swatches

December 5, 2013 • 24 comments

You don't need a chimney or a fireplace to hang the red stocking.  One of the most exciting thing on boxing day is to unwrap present under the tree and go through the stocking to see what's in there.  Here we have some stocking stuffer ideas anywhere from $3 to $50.

What to Get to Stuff The Giant Red Socks | Stocking Stuffer Gift Guide

December 4, 2013 • 0 comments

The Quo by ORLY MegaPixel FX line has been out at Shoppers Drug Mart since this Summer.  And for the Holidays, they come out with 5 new shades that would help you sparkle your way through the holidays:
  • Mega Canary: yellow with golden glitters
  • Mega Rose: rosy beige with silver glitters
  • Mega Fuchsia: cherry red with golden shimmer and glitters
  • Mega Plum: light plum with silver glitters
  • Mega Aqua: celeste blue with silver glitters

Quo by ORLY MegaPixel FX Nail Polish Helps You Sparkle Through the Snow | Review, Photos & Swatches + Holiday Countdown Day 3

December 3, 2013 • 7 comments
It's Day 2 of Countdown to Holiday!  Today's tea is Alpine Punch and mani is Boudoir.

Countdown to Holiday Day 2 with Tea, Mani & Beauty | DAVIDsTea, Ciaté & P&G 12 Days of Beauty

December 2, 2013 • 0 comments
Revlon The Evening Opulence by Gucci Westman

The Evening Opulence is the Holiday Collection created by Revlon Global Artistic Director Gucci Westman.  She said "I pictured a luxurious and polished woman, who looks to makeup to accessorize and enhance her look using bursts of colour".

Revlon The Evening Opulence by Gucci Westman
From L to R: Elusive, Rich, Adorned, Muse
This collection includes very vibrant colours and interesting nail shades that look perfect for evening night out.  Here are a few of the products from the collection:
  • Revlon ColorBurst Ligloss in Adorned ($10.50): a shimmery fuchsia with very opaque coverage.
  • Revlon Nail Enamel in Elusive and Rich ($5.95): Elusive is matte black with green glitter; Rich is a gunmetal shimmery shade.
  • Revlon PhotoReady Primer, Shadow+Sparkle in Muse ($12.95): it contains a primer, 3 eyeshadows with a "sparkle topcoat" shade

Revlon The Evening Opulence by Gucci Westman | Holiday 2013 | Info & Photos


This holiday, "inspired by the glistening effect of the winter moonlight"MAKE UP FOR EVER released the Midnight Glow Collection, including the Midnight Glow Palette (CA $48 / US $42) released.  It include 6 new Diamond Shadows and 2 Eyeshadows along two mini eye brushes:
  • Snow White (Diamond): shimmery pearl
  • Gun Metal (Diamond): shimmery gunmetal grey
  • Icy Blue (Diamond): glittery baby blue
  • Icy Pink (Diamond): glittery baby pink
  • Black 04 (Matte): matte jet black
  • Gold Pink (Diamond): golden salmon pink
  • Midnight Purple (Diamond): purple with silver shimmer
  • Metallic Taupe 127 (Satin): satin warm taupe

MAKE UP FOR EVER Midnight Glow Palette | Holiday 2013 | Review, Photos & Swatches


Happy December 1!

We're just getting so close to the Holidays now.  And here at The Office Chic HQ (i.e. my home), we've just opened the Day 1 windows of the DAVIDsTEA 24 Days of Tea and Ciaté Mini Mani Month while listening to Kelly Clarkson's Baby It's Cold Outside ft Ronnie Dunn on 98.1 CHFI, listening to this channel a tradition for us every December!

Countdown to Holiday! 24 Days of Tea & Mani and P&G 12 Days of Holiday | DAVIDsTea, Ciaté, CoverGirl

December 1, 2013 • 3 comments