I wanted to do a Giveaway after the blog’s migration to celebrate a successful rebirth with you… Still changing many things both in the blog and the forum, a few bits and pieces to fix and to enhance but I just don’t want to wait any longer! The look has already changed a lot thanks to a very dear friend and I hope you like it! It’s still evolving, slowly mutating into a sweet evil playground and I am totally thrilled about it!
Although you don’t see many posts arriving, believe me I am working on it, I probably have the hugest backlog of posts in the whole blog history ! I have so much material to share with you all and not being able to go faster is killing me…
To the point : I have been gathering a few pieces that I wanted to feature in this giveaway, you know how much I love luxury so they had to be great!
All of these are excellent products that I love so please participate ! I hope you’ll be happy to win them. The Cruel Gardenia sides have been slightly touched with the packaging but it was like that when I bought it, it was the last one…
Thank you to all of you for sticking here with me, I am enjoying every minute I devote to this blog because of you!
Rules for the Giveaway
Eligibility : Giveaways are open to Sweet Makeup Temptations’ blog followers worldwide.
How to Enter : Leave a comment on this post specifying your current Holy Grail beauty products or a Limited Edition product that you want to resuscitate, or anything that raises either passion or rage. You may not enter more than once, regardless of whether you use a secondary e-mail address. It is not mandatory to “like” my little Facebook page or follow me on Twitter, you only need to leave a comment and be a subscriber, that’s it. However for the winners who liked my Facebook page , an additional personal surprise will be added to the price 🙂
Entry Deadline Date : All entries for this giveaway must be received before the 22nd of November 2013, midnight Swiss time. On the 23rd, I will contact the winners and on the 25th I will send the prizes.
The prizes : A Guerlain Cruel Gardenia Meteorites, or a Tom Ford Pink Dusk lipstick, or a Rouge Bunny Rouge blush in Orpheline.
Winner Selection : A prize number will be assigned to your entry upon receipt of your comment. A winning number will be generated using Random.org. One prize per winner, three winners will be chosen, the first will be able to chose his or her favorite prize from these three items, the second will chose from the two remaining items and the third will win the one that is left.
Winner Notification : On Saturday 23rd of November 2013, by email.
Claiming Your Prize : Winner must respond within 5 days of announcement.
UPDATE 23rd of November 2013
The entries are closed now, the winners will be shortly notified by email!
Thank you for participating and for all your comments 🙂 It’s was fun to read you!
UPDATE 24th of November 2013
The winners are now revealed. I have removed all the replies to the comments in order for each person to have a single entry and to be assigned a chronological number, then I used random.org (I have the pictures of the drawn as a proof of the process).
- 1st winner is number 69, Sondra, commented 9th november 2:17 am
- 2nd winner is number 28, Sara, commented 8th november at 4:10am
- 3rd winner is number 102, Renata, commented commented on 15th november at 3:07pm
As of now I have contacted only Sondra, and I am waiting for her to choose her price, then I will contact Sara and then Renata.
Congratulations to the winners !!
Honestly I wanted all of you to win, we all have enjoyed your comments about your HG products, it’s helpful and interesting! Thank you for having participated and I hope I can do another giveaway sometime soon 🙂
My current Holy Grail setting powder has quickly become the Hourglass Ambient Lighting powder in Ethereal. Now since you do not know me I must say this, I do not really have any Holy Grail products. I have things I love and use, but nothing else that I would just never consider using something else, but with this powder it has become something that I just do not see myself wanting to try anything else. The reason I love it so much is because I use it to basically set my under eye concealer then if I am feeling froggy to dust it over my face. But MAN the way it looks under my eyes is just magical. It blurs and brightens, but does not look powdery or cakey. I love it and try to recommend, at least that shade, to everyone I talk to!
Oh I so want to take part. AND I did like your facebook page (as you know :-)…
Anyway, a limited edition. Well frankly, I find a lot of things have been discontinued that I’d love to see again:
Bobbi Brown – Long Wear Cream Shadow in Bellini (the closest to Ellis Faas pinky peach eyeshadow… and we all know by now how that packaging is making me angry)
I wished Nars would bring back their liquid eye-liners they used to have 10 years ago. I loved the colour Bullitt!! And I still have a pot but scared to use it because it’s really OLD. Now they are all discontinued.
Anyway, change is good too and I keep reading your blog for new inspirations!
Lots of love to you! And FABULOUS give away I must say!
I have many HG products. The ones I have in current rotation are: Armani Lasting Silk Foundation, DG concealer (LOOOVE!), Chanel Poudre Universelle, and Le Blanc de Chanel!
Thanks for this generous giveaway 🙂
I love bronzers. As of now my HG bronzer is NARS Laguna but with the arrival of fall, i am using the NARS Zen blush as a fall bronzer.I’m quite fair and the bronzers give me a nice glow. I also use the larger than life liners from NARS. They make it easy for me to tightline the top lash line and the upper water line and they don’t budge!
Well, the 23rd is my birthday so that would be appropriate :)!!!! The first thing that comes to mind is both LE and HG – my all time favorite Sheer Summer Glow powder by Burberry. I have yet to find a powder that gives the same glow with out being sparkly. It was nearly impossible to get when it came out, and now whatever is left is being sold on ebay for $200. I despise LE products for just this reason, and now automatically hesitate when I see them instead of feeling the need to immediately buy.
My Holy Grail red lip is good ol’ Ruby Woo from MAC. The color is perfect in tone and intensity and while a lot of people hate its texture, I LOVE how matte it is. I hate having to touch up my lips every other minute so I prefer formulas that stay put.
Ah! My holy grail product- I have to admit a big one is my Quidad Climate Control Gel. It keeps my curls looking excellent. My other HG product NYX HD Eye Primer. I have tried all kinds and this drugstore version does the best job at a low price!
My current love is actually a skin product, but it’s made all the difference in my enjoyment of color cosmetics. It’s the Verso Day Cream with a retinol ingredient that’s gentle even on my skin but has improved my skin tone so much in the past several weeks that I seriously contemplated going to work today without any tinted moisturizer or foundation. Any. Which, if I need to stress it any more, is unheard of for me 🙂
And the HG product is the limited edition single eyeshadow from Cle de Peau last year–Satin Eye Color in 116. It is the perfect smoky burgundy for an easy and day-appropriate smoky eye.
I know the transition to this new format has taken a while but it’s well worth the effort. I really enjoy the new format and am partial to the white background 🙂
p.s. I also like you on Facebook!
I’m completely in love with my Nars blusher in Sin. In fact I love most of my Nars blushers, but for autum and winter I specially gravitate towards Sin. It’s a perfect purplish tone that you can combine with anything.
Oooo, my HG (right now 😉 ) would have to be my YSL radiant touch highlighter pen. Hate that it’s in the pen, grosses me out, but I use it everyday. Perfect for light coverage for under eye circles and great for making me look “awake”.
First of all, congrats on the new look of your site, I find this a very pleasing, comforting lay-out. Less distraction si, for my eyes, even better focus on content and pictures made possible. Chapeau!
My HG’s of the moment are:
– my first ever TF lipstick, although I purchased sort of the wrong colour (online) and that really hurts my wallet I still love love the lipstick, the packaging, the structure.
– as always, Guerlain la Voilette. Never failed me, so far.
– a BB lipstick in the colour Nude, works very well for me as an everyday lipstick, cannot go wrong with this one.
– 2 eye shadow pencils by Charlotte Tilbury, very easy to work with and great colour pay-off.
– of topic: I purchased SUQQU browshader, quite a disappointment alas, i had such high hopes beforehand.
Recently I closed my FB account so I cannot follow you there, will do so on Twitter.
Kind regards from
Hi Sonia, this is my first time posting in any beauty blog ever. First and foremost, I want to thank you for your post on “Ultimate Flattering Matte And Satin Eyeshadows For Everyone”. I’m 44 this year and has just become interested in makeup. I’m so glad I read your post before I made more mistakes:)
My HG product is the Za Liquid Eyeliner 01 Black which has lasted me months of daily use. It has a fine felt/brush-like tip which delivers a fine line. The cap seem to have another inner spring-loaded cap on the inside for a tight seal. I did have the Maybelline Master Precise Liquid Eyeliner prior to the Za one but it didn’t last very long.
My HG product is actually the Chikuhodo Z4 blush brush, thanks to you. My blush has never looked better, low key and diffused, just the way I like it.
Thanks for this amazing giveaway.
Thanks very much for such a nice giveaway.
I wished Chanel Notorious would be permanent. Doesn’t matter how hard I try, I can’t find a more matching contour powder.
My holy grail…it surprises and annoys me recently that I find so many neutral e/s quads doesn’t go well with my eyes because of my brownish dark circles.
So I would say I love my Channel eyelash curler for my left eye and my Suqqu eyelash curler for my right eye.
I also love Channel ILLUSION d’OMBRE very much, #84 is my dear buddy.
[Currently flirting with my Guerlain Crazy Meteorites Radiance Powder]
My HG foundation was Chanel Pro Lumiere – was gutted when they discontinued it but the Vitalumiere is a good enough replacement. Would prefer it if it had the coverage of Pro Lumiere but it’s definitely the best foundation on the market for my skin that I know of.
The new design of Sweet Temptations is a real visual delight, and I’m looking forward to all of your upcoming posts.
My HG cleansing tool, has been a rayon/cotton washcloth when coupled with a cream cleanser removes every last bit of makeup. It’s called a Wonder Cloth, the fibers grab and wipe away every trace, beautifully. So a cleaner face has led to a marked improvement in my skin’s clarity and texture. Then, I found a perfect bronzy powder in Kevyn Aucoin’s Celestial Bronzing Veil, in Tropical Nights. It’s my shader, eye shadow, and highlighter. Where many bronzers are orangey..this one steers clear of that trap, and goes into a softly brown metallic without making your cheekbones look like car fenders. I apply it with the Hakuhodo white goat fan brush for the cheeks, and the Wayne Goss #4 for the eye lids. The result is a soft and dimensional.
Current holy grail products are the Hourglass ambient lighting powders and Hourglass nude lip pencils! My irritation is all the limited edition MAC releases so close together!
Here to show my support 🙂 Just want to let you know that you’ve done a terrific job with the blog, the outcome has been fantastic and you can be really proud!
As a blogger myself, I can really appreciate the time and effort that goes into these things.
Lately I’ve fallen in love with the Sunday Riley Effortless Breathable Tinted Primer; it’s my absolute favourite find of 2013 because it’s legitimately invisible on the skin. Perfect for the no makeup makeup look 🙂
Good job, Sonia! xxkarima
Holy Grail Product would have to by my MAC Prolongwear concealer. Its amazing and last all day! I use it for my undereyes, and I need it everyday!!! 🙂
My current HG product is my Yves Saint Laurent le teint touché éclat foundation… There are no words to describe my love of and my necessity for this foundation. It is of the gods! I could not live without it (and I don’t plan to) 😉
My HG product is the YSL Touche Eclat! It works so well to brighten up my complexion especially after all nighters to complete essays.
Not a massive mac fan–although my collection to the lay-makeup-woman would disagree–I would have loved to have picked up the limited edition paint pot in Eclair. Also I would love to resurrect the discontinued range of liquid lipsticks that Dior used to have. I’m rationing my favourite shade and wish I could find a dupe!
Cheers to your blog’s rebirth, Sonia!
Being the weird girl that I am, I have an obbessive love for sunscreens. I’ve already found my HG, which is from an unknown local brand here called Sunskeen, but I still look around for anothe HG! Maybe because my current one is used up so easily. Right now I’m looking for an HG undereye concealer! Mine are genetically dark, so this is sort of a must for me 🙁
Thank you for the giveaway! (:
My HG obsession for a long time now has been Burberry eyeshadows. It’s the most pigmented and buttery powder shadow formula I’ve used. I’d love to eventually collect all the colors.
And Sonia, I love the blog’s new look!
Some of my HGs right now are: Nars Light Reflecting Powder Loose, Guerlain Meteorites Perles du Paradis, BareMinerals Stroke of Light Luminous 1, Illamasqua Concealer (the old face one), Koh Gen Do Aqua (old formula), Make Up For Ever Smoky Extravagant, Wet ‘N Wild Fergie eye primer, Dior Aurora 01 bronzer, LM Baked Highlight 01, Guerlain Rouge G Gigolo, Stila black pen liner, and Hourglass Arch brow pencil. That’s a lot, sheesh!! 🙂
HG and long lost LE was prescriptives false lashes mascara. Never clumped, never flakes, foolproof! Closest match is chantecaille mascara but don’t love nearly so well.
I’m similar to previous poster I hesitate to buy LE rather than rush to buy, been burnt too many times.
My HG products are LM Secret Camouflage and Maybelline Full & Soft Waterproof mascara, which makes my lashes fluttery and full.
Didn’t realise I wasn’t following you on Facebook! As someone with sparse eyelashes, the Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler is my holy grail product! If I have to do one thing before I leave my house, it’s that! It opens my eyes up a lot and never pinches my almond eyes.
oh how nice Sonia, LOVE LOve all your giveaway, never try them all. Esp Tom ford there is no tom ford counter in Bangkok!! But whateve it will be nice to try one of them 🙂 yeah yeah. Thanks for sharing them to us.
My holy grail product is shu uemura concealer, it is not too thick and not too thin colour is perfect to my skin tone. Love love it.
By the way i love the new format your of new web, easiler to find think. and white background with little outline picture, nice!!!
My holy grail at the moment would have to be MUFE’s aqua brows. I look and feel absolutely naked and incomplete without my brows filled in. The colour match is perfect for me, a dark brown greyish black with no red at all and while its a gel and I feel like I am literally painting my brows, it looks SO natural and the tiniest bit goes a long way. Not to mention it’s the longest lasting brow product I have tried! It’s not 100% budgeproof, but it will get me through the day, through exercise and sweat, and my brows will still be there at the end of the day! 🙂
My current holy grail gel eyeliner is bobbi brown’s gel eyeliner in expresso ink. Long lasting, doesn’t smudge, and the colour is perfect for every day use, not to harsh and not too light.
A limited edition product that I want to resuscitate would be the RMK 15th anniversary cheek palette. It is so adorable and pretty! It’s like a collector’s item.
I am so excited about this giveaway because I have not tried any Guerlain or Rouge Bunny Rouge products before. I have a Tom Ford eyeshadow palette (Orchid Haze), which I love! I have always wanted to try his lipstick. Hope I win! hehe..=D
Your site looks amazing by the way…liked your Facebook page =D
Suqqu S. Enough said.
My holy grail foundation has been chanel vita lumiere for 1.5 years! It is very light in texture but provides a decent coverage. And you are so generous for your giveaway!
Kevyn Aucoin contour Is my holy grail
My currently holy grail is Nars Sheer Glow Foundation. I am just in love with the finish. A limited edition I wish they would bring back is Mac’s lipstick in Party Parrot!
This is such a fabulous giveaway! I have been hunting for the Cruel Gardenia for ages! <3
My current HG is YSL #13 glossy stain for a natural pinky-stained look that makes your lips look flushed and naturally pink. I just dot some on and blot. LOVE IT. MAC's Rebel is a close second but it's a bit drying. =(
I had a hard time finding a bronzer that I love until I found Guerlains Terra Nerolia bronzer from the summer collection. Unbelievably beautiful!!
I like the new blogdesign and you are on FB…great!
My HG is Blush Horizon de Chanel.
Thanks very much for such a nice giveaway.
My holy grail product: Dior Creme de Rose HANDS DOWN! It’s literally the only thing that can keep my lips moisturized the whole day! My lips used to be so dry so I really need to use lip balm every day. With any other lip balm I would have to reapply all the time so I looove my Creme de Rose as I only need to use it once in every few hours. Of course I use it more than I actually need, just because it smells so lovely 😉 (And cute packaging, too! Love to carry it around) The only downside is it’s a tin lip balm, so you have to dip your fingers in every time you want to use, might be a bit inconvenient and unhygienic.
I simply love this blog for unbiased, well written and informative posts on high-end cosmetics. There are a few things I regret not getting at the time, and one of them is Guerlain Cruel Gardenia, the other is the Rouge G Serie Noir blush. I would also very much have loved to have Chanel Notorious in my possession, but not at the current Ebay asking prices.
My holy grail find at the moment is the Charlotte Tilbury Retoucher – I find it conceals and brightens , with no heaviness at all!
My current holy grail product is Too Faced Milk Chocolate bronzer! I have very fair skin with neutral-warm undertones. All bronzers are way to dark and orangey for me, but this one gives me most natural contour and warmth to the face! I use it every day since June, and it looks only slightly used! Finally bronzer I can use and not look funny!
Me encanta todo, a mi me encantan los meteoritos de guerlain dejan la piel preciosa sin sobre cargarla.
It’s so nice of you to have such a generous giveaway!
My HG cream shadows are the By Terry Ombre Blackstar’s. Specifically, “Misty Rock” and “Bronze Moon”.
My HG taupe shadow is Addiction’s “Flash Back”.
A new favorite that I can easily see becoming HG is the Chanel Joues Contraste blush in “Accent”.
Tengo varios productos indispensables!!!
En cuanto al maquillaje son los polvos bronceadores de Nars, en verano los Casino y en invierno los Laguna, no puedo estar sin ellos!!!!!
Y en cuestion de cosmetica… es el Lip Balm Creme de Rose de Dior, lo uso todas las noches!!!
Hello! I was guided here from the lovely Karima from shameless frippers. I’m such a brush h00r and have been browsing about your blog for the past 30 minutes. Ermagherd, you have me lemming those Wayne Goss brushes bad!
My HG product is Chanel’s Sculpting Veil in Notorious. I so wish it wasn’t limited edition and always kick myself for not buying a backup. It creates the most realistic contour for me!
Very good job with your forum and the new layout !!! Did the devil kill the angel ? 😀 my little “buy more devil” has won because I can’t stop buying brushes 😀
Since I’m a blush girl I think my HG item could be SL blush 2 because of the awesome texture. But my HG blush from LE is the rare MAC beauty powder Joyous (super texture too) I have 3 back-ups 😀
My HG (& LE) nail polish is (the original) Chanel Vamp. They released a new version I think in 2012 but it’s not the exact same shade as the original..
My other HG is not a beauty product per se, as I am just starting out the world of makeup- but My favorite fragrance of all time is Maison Francis Kurkdjian Aqua Universalis.
I absolutely love your website! I’m a huge fan of Hakuhodo brushes, until I came across your website to discover a whole new world (ha) of beautifully crafted brushes! I live in the US and we’re quite limited of whats available (locally) unfortunately. Thank you for reference where I can order online 🙂
But anyways, my holy grail beauty product aside from my love of my brushes, it would have to be my Nars sheer glow. So far the only foundation I go back to with my dehydrated skin :).
My HG product is the Beca Radiant Satin Finish foundation!! It’s finish is exactly like skin and there is a very generous colour range!!
Hi Sonia, being relativily new in the world of make up i still not have found my Hg product. At the moment i can say that i love the research itself of this. The moment in when touching and playing with a new product i discover its strengths and weaknesses. And yes even the right way to use it. Of course i also made purchases incorrect but that’s part of the game. Coming back to the question i have to say that my day are now taken by the adoration for the Hakuhodo j5523 and the last shu uemura collection: 6 hp christmas palette kit black.
My absolute holy grail is my tub of Guerlain Météorites! I use it to finish off my make-up as the very last step; it blends everything together beautifully and gives me the prettiest glow ever.
Apart from that.. I am pretty smitten with the Chanel CC Cream because it covers my acne scars so well.
Just discovered your blog through Karima’s post on Facebook.. I subscribed! Great blog, well done 🙂
Guerlain Cruel Gardenia Meteorites
Oh Giveaways! The nice feeling of being able to win something totally unexpected but so special from one of your favorite blogs 🙂
So, hmm my holy grial at the moment is my Kevin Aucoin Scuplting Powder, can’t believe i survive 4 years of painting my face without it.
Good luck to everyone! and best wishes to you Sonia, your just one of my top 3 blogs, always a pleasure to read you.
God I wish for once in my life I win a giveaway! Hoping for the best! Here goes…
I love makeup and for the longest time I only knew Chanel to be the best but I’ve since checked out new brands so for Powder I love their Poudre Universelle in Natural, cuts off the shine after application.
For eyeshadows I really love Dolce & Gabanna, their duos and quads have the colours I truly adore (greens, blues, purples, pinks…)
For eyeliners I really am in love with YSL’s Babydoll liquid liners! Absolutely beautiful, the colours are magnificent, doesn’t bleed after application, long-lasting, and I have 3 colours which I can wear alone without having to put eyeshadows and still look put together (golden brown, brilliant turquoise, and purple!). For pencil liners I use Chanel’s waterproof liners in Marine, Violine, Cassis…and Beryl, my holy grail eye brightener liner).
For face colours, either I skip blush to use a bronzer (Chanel Sahara) or use Ultra Rose blush (Chanel). If I’m wanting a deeper blush I turn to Tom Ford’s Savage).
For my lips I am faithful to most Chanel Rouge Allure (my faves are Exaltee/fuchsia, and Enjouee/coral) but ever since my lips have had a Tom Ford Experience, I am totally in love with these three colours which I wear all year around regardless of season: Wild Ginger (bright orange red), Violet Fatale (bright purple/fuchsia) & the legendary Black Orchid.
I finish off with highlighter which seriously changes a look (if I only put blush n lipstick on I really need to have a highlighter! Never leave home without!) I love an old one from T.Le Clerc (I pretty sure this has been discontinued the last decade, long story!) it is a Banane which is their sate product, but this one has a shimmer which give a super glow that I seriously love. I use it alternatively with Chanel’s Mouche de Beaute.
Ps: foundation I only have 3 and it’s enough. I use D&G liquid in Caramel if I’m “pale”-ish, Tom Ford liquid in Tawny, and Vichy Dermablend in Bronze.
I can name them all because they are all my holy grail products and what I use everyday in rotation.
Thanks for this chance to win something beautiful!
How exciting! Yours is the only blog, the best blog for info on the beloved Japanese brushes. I also love RBR.
I don’t have a lot of HG items, which is fine because this way the hunt can continue ;). There’s a lot of things that I really like but they’re not my definition of HG, I mean I love them, but if the opportunity to try something new in the same product category arises, I will, knowing that if I don’t like it I can always go back to X once it’s up.
But, my HG black liquid liner is by Kanebo Sensai, and eyebrow pencil by Shiseido in Ash Blond. My HG nude lippie, if bleeping YSL hadn’t discontinued it, would be Rouge Pur Shine in Natural Honey, and my HG lipsticks at all, bright, scary, glamorous colours, are ALL by Rouge Volupte, and the sadists at YSL are discontinuing the entire line too. I hate YSL. At one point or another I’ve had HG products from them for complexion and colour, but they discontinue EVERYTHING. I love, love, love their products, but I hate the company…
My favourite product at the moment is the innisfree CC cream, I don’t even know what it does (not covering really), but it just makes my skin look incredibly even and clear. Some days I even just wear that with Mac Luna highlighter and nothing else. Thanks for doing this giveaway!
My current Holy Grail beauty products must be Nars Sheer Glow foundation in Stromboli. I’m kind of a collector, which means I just buy things I like and rarely use them, especially make up products, since I’m just a student and don’t have much time to put on make up everyday. But Nars Sheer Glow foudation is just irresistible, it makes my skin look like perfect in a very human way. It covers well without being cakey and the glow is sheer but amazing. However, the shade is just the best of it, fits my “awkward” olive skin color. I can’t find any other shades that work better. I use it everyday to everywhere and get tons of jealous stares. Now I am starting to use up the products that I purchased.
PS: Thank you for the amazing giveaway with gorgeous prizes. If I am chosen, I will be really really happy to add one of them to my little museum (just kidding, I definitely use it, Nars foundation has really changed me)
Love ALL the prices!! A product I would love to have is Kevin Aucoin The Celestial Powder in Candlelight, I’m sure it would be my Holy Grail!! And Cruel Gardenia by Guerlain must to be amazing too… wanna wiiin!!! 🙂
Thanks so much for the giveaway! I just DIE at the thought of winning my first ever highlighting powder, let alone Guerlain Cruel Gardenia. Swoon!
My holy grail product of the moment is Moogoo’s Vitamin C Serum – my face has been very raw and sensitive in the cold of late, and it makes my face feel so comfortable…
A limited edition product that I would like very much to resuscitate is Mac Heroine, the lipstick. I generally think elegance is understated and Mac Heroine is far from being an understated shade, but I can see it rocking a pale evening gown pretty well.
Out of any product I wish I could bring back it would be Chanel’s Joues Contraste blush in Turbulent! It was THE perfect shade of cool pink for my fair skin. The luminosity and radiance it gave to the skin was other-worldly and never made me look shiny. It was like I was blushing from within. WHY CHANEL? WHY?! Lisa Eldridge purchased a dozen of them when she realized they were being discontinued…obviously that means that it’s a holy grail product! RIP Turbulent….</3
Amazing prizes, thank you!
my current HG has to be the Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow duo. The powders basically melt into the skin and look oh so natural. It’s expensive skin in a compact and is the kind of product that gets you a lot of complements on your skin.
My holy grail product would have to be Chanel JC in Rose Ecrin because it just looks best on me 🙂 It just works…
But in terms of reviving a certain item I would say Tom Ford Narcotic Rouge… too bad I wasn’t an addict then 😛
I just found your blog through Karima’s recommendation on Facebook, and oh my god, not.good.for.my.wallet.at.all. I am just waiting for some makeup brushes from Wayne Goss in the mail (I got the Nos. 02, 06 and 08) and I hope I’ll like them. I’ve been also wanting to try the Hakuhodo brushes for quite a while but can’t really get myself to buy them with the high Customs Charges in the EU.
My HG for years now has been NARS Sheer Glow foundation and at the moment I’m loving the Hourglass Brow pencil and my Rouge Bunny Rouge eyeshadows.
I really look forward to reading your future posts and will now start getting through all your previous ones. Klara
My favorite HG product at the moment is the new Chanel quint shadow palette in darling. It’s all neutrals, but it’s so versatile. I never buy backups…but I’m contemplating this one.
I’m still learning about makeups (a little late to the game) so I’ve not tried a lot of higher end makeups. Right now my can’t live with outs are my Rimmel London Stay Matte foundation, my Rimmel London mascara and my Sephora glitter eye liner.
SALUD to your rebirth! Looking GREAT so far 🙂
I have soooo many HGs these days…
Face: Ellis Faas foundation.
Eyes: paint pots! Cant live without it. Esp the MAC LE Eclair!
Lips: Elizabeth Arden 8 hour creme as my HG lipbalm. Cant live without it.
Cheeks: Chanel creme blushes and the LE Chanel Poudre Signee.
Contour: TF S&I, Kevyn Aucoin contour powder.
the Kumano SS cheek brush, ALL my FuPas, Kyuka face brush, Haku S134, Shu 10 & 11
If I cant use any of the above I WOULD DIE…..!!!!
What triggers the brush HULK in me would be the Koyudo Makie Set I saw in the Tau Shop in Tokyo. It was sooooo close but yet so, so far away….SIGH….
My holy grail is definitely mascara: I don’t have a particular favourite, it’s just the kind of product itself. I spent years wearing mascara and maybe a bit of black pencil, that was all. And even now that I’m more into makeup it happens that, when I’m super late, I spend 2 minutes of my time to apply it.
My lashes are quite long but not very thick, so I’m always looking for volumizing mascaras 🙂
wah love your blog! My holy grail in make up are
lipstick; mac heroine
highlighter: Estée Lauder Heat Wave Illuminating Powder Gelée
that adds youthfulness glow into your skin… I’m still learning, your blogs are a great help for me…. more power and love♥
My favourite holy grail product is Guerlain Parure Gold foundation it applies so easily and my skin looks amazing, of course it is discontinued…. I also love the les violettes setting powder however it is a little dark for my complexion… And I love tom ford cream eyeshadows escapade and pink haze!!
I love your blog!
I choose almost all my makeup brushes with your help!Thank you very very much!
My Holy Graal is Estee Lauder Sumptuous Extreme mascara. With it my 3 lashes is to brow long, voluminous and curled&I love it sooo much!
Welcome back! What an amazing giveaway 🙂
My current holy grail product has got to be Fresh sugar lip treatment in rosé; it soothes my chapped sensitive lips and makes them look great without being “too much”. If I could bring back one limited edition product I would have to say Essie starry starry night nail polish! 🙂
I LOVE your blog, and I’m learning so much about great makeup brushes – getting ready for my first investments in high-quality brushes, so I’m learning a lot from the community here! Let’s see, HG products…that would be Guerlain Terracotta 4 Seasons for me, as a finishing powder – I’m darker, and the bronzer matches my skin tone perfectly, plus it softens and smooths the surface of my skin, it really looks amazing. Favorite LE product is the Guerlain Crazy Terracotta bronzer that’s out right now! It’s the PERFECT glowy bronzy-pink blush on me!
Sonia, thank you so much for your very generous giveaway.
My HGs are:
Shu Uemura mousse uv base.
Ben Nye matte eyeshadows.
MUFE Aqua Brow.
Maybelline Lash Stylist mascara.
Great job and Congrats on your new forum/site 🙂
just saw a banner in the top right corner “the right temptation forum…” LOVE it!!
off the top of my head, holy grail status:
Elizabeth Arden 8 hour protectant
SUQQU lip protector
Chanel correcteur perfection concealer
Clarins waterproof eye pencil “black”
My current most favorite HG product is the Tatcha skincare line. It is simple and leaves your skin feeling radiant. I have tried many of their products and there is nothing that I do not like. In terms of makeup, my HGs are the Armani waterproof eyeliner and Maestro Foundation.
I enjoy reading your blog and it has inspired me to purchase several Hakuhodo brushes, which I love. Thank you for the contest!
Not holy grail, but the first makeup item that ever really stirred emotion was MAC’s smoked ruby mineralize eyshadow. I had never bought anything but drugstore makeup before, but I was walking by the MAC counter one day and saw the pan. I knew I shouldn’t be spending $20 for one eyeshadow at that time, but I just couldn’t resist the black and burgundy swirls. It still holds a special place on my vanity.
Thanks for the giveaway, and congratulations!
my favorite lipstick from Guerlain Rouge G Serie Noire in Rose Desir 71. it’s a limited edition shade from 2011. I like its color. A great everyday lipcolor 🙂
I never knew I loved brushes this much until I found your blog! I’ve subscribed before but I can’t remember if it was on Facebook or via the email field here. All I know is that I have been getting updates of your posts.
I have so many makeup loves but at the moment it is the Becca Cream Blushes in Hyacinth, Amaryllis and Tuberose which I have been stocking up on as Becca is insanely discontinuing them in favour of their Beach Tints.
Love the site but it is so information/ image heavy that it freezes my (old) laptop all the time…but I don’t mind. I even save your posts to my phone so I can read them offline.
My holy grail product is my Inika mineral powder foundation. It is not that luxurious, but I use it every day I wear makeup, and it is a must for me. The finish is beautiful, and it doesn’t break me out 🙂
Maybe a more exiting product I love, is my YSL Rouge Pur Couture Lipstick in 08 Belle The Rose, which is the perfect dark, red fall colour for me. And also my Diorific nail polishes (Diva and Marilyn), from the 2012 holiday collection – the bottles are so pretty!
I love your blog!
My HG product is Guerlain L’Ors Primer. It fits my dry skin and makes applying any foundation go smoothly.
So far, my HG Foundation is Guerlain Parure Lumiere. Probably because the shade ambre clair (asia exclusive) is the perfect match to my skin. Im also starting to love the Ellis Faas skin veil, though beige undertone (102) is not a perfect (but the closest) match for me, the product seems to melt and starts to match my skin tone.
Thanks for your fab giveaways!
My holy grail product is the Giorgio Armani luminous silk foundation – it’s the perfect base!!
What a great selection for the giveaway! I am lusting for the rouge bunny rouge blush.
My personal crave of the moment is one of Jo Malone’s limited edition fragrances Iris and White Musk which i cannot find in where i live in Ukraine. i also regret that Chanel’s Poudre Douce is discontinued – loved the coolors and the finish!
Thanks, and i alos liked your FB.
My holy grail product is Tatcha rice enzyme powder. It leaves your skin really soft and smooth.
My current holy grail products are ibling Sonic Pore Cleanser Brush, Olay Pro-X Exfoliating Renewal Cleanser, Paula’s Choice 2% BHA Liquid, Shiseido Facial Cotton, Obagi-C Rx C-Clarifying Serum, Shiseido Sun Protection Liquid Foundation SPF 42, Mary Kay Beauty Blotters Oil-Absorbing Tissues, Jane Iredale PurePressed Base SPF 20, TKB Silica Microspheres, Koyudo White Mushroom Brush; Liquid Foundation Brush [fu-pa02]; H008 Finishing Brush (Black) and Hakuhodo Kokutan Eye Shadow Brush T.
my holy grail product is my assortment of lip stains! they give you such a boost of confidence and stay on forever! love!
and i follow you on fb and twitter!
dear sonia – what a giveaway:) i spoted some products of the holidaycollections – the new shimmer brick from bobbi brown “nude glow” seems to right up my alley:) also the glorios new pallette (ombres metelassées) de chanel is just a raving beauty.. right now im loving éblouis (illusion d’ombre) de chanel and the berry blush from bb…
(ps: i’m not on facebook – otherwise i would of corse like your page; pps: could you recommend the blending brush from tom ford nr 13?)
My favorite discontinued product is Chanel Dragon!
Hi Sonia, thank you again for all your suggestion, reviews and ideas without them I would not met my BFF Chikuhodo Z1…. I LOVE THAT BRUSH!!! thank you
As the HG goes, it was so hard to decide, but as I was thinking something occurred to me and there is only one cosmetic that is continuously in my make up box for past 10 years, and I’m using it every day : “Nu Colour” Tinted Moisturizer in Honey, by Nu Skin 🙂 LOVE IT 🙂
My fave hg red lipstick is cle de Peau “r2” I’m really wanting the hourglass ambient palette which is LE and I’m hoping to find a way to get it before its all out!
Hi!! I´m really new to the makeup world!! I´m almost 29 years old, have two babies and no idea how to apply makeup. Since is almost my birthday, my husband decided I made a shopping cart at sephora.com and hakuhodousa.com as my gift! So, I have almost the best of makeup (Most of these products thanks to your reviews) and haven´t use any of them yet. If I have to choose a holy grail product based on no use (What is totally insane), I will say my brushes from Hakuhodo. When I look at them I only see perfection!!!
Well, I do love that Guerlain Cruel Gardenia, besides, I have never won any giveaway in my whole life. So.. I will give it another try here!! Ha~
My current fav, but not really HG product because I don’t think I really have one, has to be Giorgio Armani Maestro Foundation. I haven’t tried it until recently, because ever since it was released, all the bloggers and reviewers have been saying this is for oily and combination skins, dry skin will not love this. But I really wanted to give it a try and guess what!! This has to be my favorite foundation so far!!
And another limited edition product I want to share is the Hourglass ambient lighting powder compact. I have the regular one in diffused light and love it. So I really want to try the good deal compact. But the moment sephora began their 20% off sale this year, that compact was literally gone forever. Permanently out of stock. And I didn’t get one. It’s just a sad story for me. Now I’ll have to try harder to get my hands on it….
I have been reading your blog for a while and am seriously amazed…only just subbed….your collection is a dream come true!
My favorite product although too many at the moment I can easily say is my guerlain rouge g’s..or burberry shadows any of them. … love your collection. .just wondering how long it took u to get to the massive stash of brushes you own today??
What beautiful, wonderful products! I have always wanted to try the Rouge Bunny Rouge line… Seems to be very high quality.. And the Tom Ford lipstick and Guerlain powder are gorgeous!!
I have so many favorite products, gosh.. To choose one, I think I would pick ellis faas skin veil…. The formula is so comfortable on the skin and the results is so seemless… The product does not sit on the skin in an obvious way, and it does not make me look overly shiny or oily like some liquid foundations do. I do like her little click pens! Which I know have mixed reviews, but her foundation in the bottle is a much better deal..
Love your blog! Xo from USA
My current holy grail is my Nars blusher in Sin! Its one of the few things that gets me excited about it being winter.
A limited edition product that I would like resurrect is the Mac lipstick in Strayin’, I’m so scared of finishing it before I find the perfect dupe!
i would love to see chanel bring back fandango JC and mr. ford to revive fire lust illuminator!!
my HG of all time is guerlain bronzers – i especially love the limited editions!!
Thanks very much for such a nice giveaway, Sonia.
I don’t have any HG: I like to test new products all the time. But I’d love that Clarins would make permanent the 3D Compact Powder: It was a dupe for Guerlain Meteorites but better and cheaper.
Congrats for the new blog design.
Love from Spain!
I’m still looking for something similar to Chanel’s Soleil Tan in Bronze Rose (2011?). This is a product I wish was permanent.
Thank you for the gifts and thank you for so many excellent reviews on all those brushes. You know they help us a lot!
Congratulations on the successful migration of your blog, Sonia! I can see that you keep refining it, it is so nice. I love the background 🙂
And – I just love to visit your blog. It is like a “girls’ night out” digging into your beauty and brush world together with other like-minded women. Such a thrill – thank you so much for doing this!!!
It is actually really interesting to read about other people’s HG products for inspiration. So here comes a couple of mine.
My HG beauty products:
Burberry eyeshadows. So buttery and nice. Lovely natural colours, but I even long for more natural colours, different shades of gray (!) and golden rose.
Dior iconic mascara
Bobbi Brown gel eyeliner
SUQQU felt tip eyebrow pen
My HG makeup brushes (just to mention the few most important ones):
SUQQU eyeliner brush C
Tom Ford eyeshadow blend brush #13 (the other TF brushes are amazing too)
Mac 239 eyeshadow brush
Congratulations! I love HG lists, so here is mine:
Hakuhodo J series eyeshadow brushes, Armani Maestro foundation, Dior Amber Diamond, Hourglass Veil primer, Fresh sugar face polish, and Nars light-reflecting powder. Thanks!
I love the sin blush by nars!
These are such lovely products. Crossing my fingers for any one of them! I’m not sure if I’m a subscriber… I’ve lurked on your blog before but I just signed up for the email newsletter. Is that what you mean? I can’t find a different subscribe button (although I liked you on Facebook too).
I absolutely adore Mineral Essence’s blush in “Demure.” I didn’t think blush was for me, but since using it I am convinced otherwise. It is absolutely one of my HG products, and my favorite as of now.
I don’t have any HG products yet, though the Kose Esprique Liquid Eyebrow Pen, Lioele Artist Auto Eyebrow Pencil, and Kate Kanebo Automatic Brow Pencil are at the top of my list.
ps I liked you on FB and commented about your blog.
My holy grail item is my Shu Uemura eyelash curler! 😀
My Holy Grail items, cannot pick just one! Guerlain Meteorites, Guerlain Terracotta 4 Seasons Bronzer, YSL Radiant Brush foundation, Tarte Blush and Urban Decay Naked Palette 1&2.
Thanks for the chance to win, awesome giveaway and I love your blog, your brush collection is amazeballs!
My current HG brushes are Wayne Goss Collection: Soft, flexible,multi-use, but not too expensive like CHIKUHODO.
TOM FORD and LMDB are the top 2 brands for my eyeshadow collections.
Hi Sonia, I love reading your blog since I’m also a brush-holic^^ It would be so exciting to win this giveaway because I never enter such event. My current HG are Guerlain orchidee foundation and Suqqu powder brush.
Thanks for the giveaway 🙂
Hi there! My HG item would be a Hakuhodo brush set. I don’t own a single one but lust after them!
Thanks for the giveaway!
My HG, can’t live without it is actually perfume. Fracas. My Kevyn Aucoin Foundation brush is a treasure, but I haven’t purchased any Japanese brushes yet.
For me – meteorites beige from Guerlain. I have been using it since I can remember. Awesome product.
Your blog is fantastic!!!!
I wish they’d bring back MAC Viva Glam Cyndia! It was such a pretty colour. Gonee now 🙁
My current lip obsession is YSL Volupte Sheer Candy in 5 Mouthwatering Berry. It is my ideal fall/winter shade.
My HG products are Nuxe Reve de Miel lip balm (literally the best lip balm I’ve ever used) and, for making eyeshadows super intense, Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy. I’m still looking for HG lipsticks/glosses, foundations, and the like, but so far I do like the Milani Colour Statement lipsticks and Paul & Joe lipglosses (the only glosses that have never caused me an allergic reaction). The L’Oreal ‘dupes’ of the YSL Glossy Stains are very nice, but I do want to try the original versions so I can’t say they’re HG.
I’ve liked your Facebook page and I just want to say that your blog has been invaluable in learning more about the world of makeup brushes- I check it religiously and I just bought two Hakuhodo makeup brushes from the J series!
Hi Sonia. Thanks for organising this fab competition. I’m not on FB and don’t use Twitter, I’m afraid but I love your work. I have a number of HG products.
Skincare: Tretinoin Cream 0.05%; Paula’s Choice 2% BHA Liquid; Omnilux red and infrared light therapy device
Cosmetics: Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Moonstone; Eyeshadows by Guerlain and Clarins (I love them all!).
Brushes: Shiseido perfect foundation brush; Hakuhodo G527; Trish McEvoy Sheer blush brush
Discontinued products: Clinique Repairwear Anti-Aging foundation (the old formulation); Lilac lipstick by Givenchy; Initial perfume by Boucheron; Dessin eyeshadow palette by Dior (very old).
I have one product that I still dream of that’s haunted me since I was a teenager. My father wouldn’t let me wear any makeup until I was sixteen but I bought a deep, deep red lipstick by Lancôme when I was in my early teens (I think it was numbered but I don’t remember). It was the darkest red lipstick available and must have cost me a bomb. It was so satiny and highly pigmented and supremely Sexy. Va va va voom! For three years, I would put it on at home in my bedroom, admire it, think of all the adventures I would have wearing it, and then I would wipe it off. I almost used it up before I turned sixteen. I’d kill to have that lipstick now!
My holy grail product would have to be the ysl lipsticks as. I find their colour selection nice.
Thanks for organising this fabulous giveaway!
My HG product now would be NARS Larger than life lipgloss in Norma, that red is sooo gorgeous! 😀 But really, I just love all lip products!
I just discovered your blog and am loving all the great recommendations and reviews! I absolutely love lip products and my favorite by far is a lipgloss by NARS… lip lacquer. Unfortunately, the colors are limited but it’s an amazing gloss!! Last for hours and the colors are opaque which I love and it gradually fades without any bleeding. I just wish NARS would create some new colors!! 🙂
My HG highlighter is the Laura Mercier Rose Rendezvous…. coincidentally it is a LE product that totally needs to be permanent!