2014 Holiday Beauty Gift Find - Elizabeth and James Nirvana Black + Nirvana White Rollerball + Lip Sets
The Uber-successful twins Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen have been very busy expanding their Elizabeth and James fashion brand with 2 fragrances: Nirvana Black and Nirvana White.
While the scents debuted earlier in the year, now, just in time for the holidays, they've created the perfect gift set for the fragrance AND beauty lover. It' also gift-giving ready too, with it's ribbon hook to slide on a Holiday tree or into a stocking, and slide out box! They are the: Elizabeth and James Nirvana Black Rollerball+ Lip Set and Elizabeth and James Nirvana White Rollerball + Lip Set.
The limited edition two piece gift set features a full sized Nirvana Black or Nirvana White Eau de Parfum rollerball and a new, exclusive lip gloss in Nirvana Nude, inspired by the nude lip look the twins often wear themselves.
If person you're thinking of gifting with the set is a real fragrance lover, you can't really go wrong with either scent. But for colder temps in the Winter, I personally love Nirvana Black.
This scent is definitely a musk-based one, but has a beautiful balance of soft vanilla which dials it down a notch and is never overwhelming, but always deliciously warm and yummy. The scent has a touch of warm liquor like effect, and it's also perfect for wearing for a night out. It's definitely the more sensual scent between the two of them. The staying power on me was about 4 hours, but since it's such a convenient portable package, it's easy to do a touch up wherever you are.
When the weather turns warmer, I find myself reaching for Nirvana White quite often. It's a very fresh, soft floral that enveloped me in such a comforting cloud of scent. It's lighter than the Nirvana Black, but had equally as good staying power. The drydown had a touch of warm musk like notes, which is what ties it in with Nirvana Black.
And what's also great about the scents - they work very well together (that Olsen twin power at work!). Sometimes I liked using Nirvana White in the beginning of the day and then layering Nirvana Black over it in the early evening.
The Nirvana Nude lipgloss as part of the Lip Set is lightweight, has a subtle cake-like vanilla scent, and is not sticky. The shine is a natural shine finish and it's fairly moisturizing. However, it truly delivers just a touch of nude color (a pinky cool brown), so the amount of pigment is very subtle.
If you want more impact, you can always use this over your favorite pink or nude lipstick. Otherwise, if you're looking for a very subdued or natural look for running around on the weekends, for example, this works perfectly.
Of course, if that beauty lover in your life (or you) already loves their EDP Nirvana Black and/or Nirvana White this is a guaranteed gift pick winner (at at great price too!). -RLB
Fragrance Notes for Nirvana Black:
Violet, Sandalwood, Vanilla.
Fragrance Notes for Nirvana White:
Peony, Muguet, Tender Musk.
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*This product was provided courtesy of Elizabeth + James Nirvana PR for reviewing purposes.