Introducing Alexia From Garage...Plus A Beauty Prize Pack Giveaway!

Nothing beats coming home from work to discover a mysterious unexpected parcel waiting for you! I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw it. Was it a product I'd promised to review and then forgotten? Something I'd bought online and forgotten? Nope. The surprise package turned out to be a round box from Garage. Inside, nestled amongst layers of fuchsia tissue paper, were a full-size fragrance and lip gloss in 'Dream' from their Alexia line. Thanks Garage!

The Alexia makeup line is named after the fictional persona which represents Garage's customer demographic. She's a teenager going back to school and she has a crush on a boy named Josh. Alexia is more sophisticated than many teenagers though; in Garage's press materials, they envision her putting on lip gloss and a last-minute coat of polish before throwing on a military-inspired coat and vintage charm necklaces and running out the door to meet Josh (who hopefully has an iced coffee in hand).

Fictional persona aside, how do the products stack up? I was pleasantly surprised by the lip gloss, a light peachy pink with a hint of gold shimmer. It's moisturizing without being sticky and the formula has good pigments, and although I declared myself to be a "lipstick only" girl, I'm definitely keeping this gloss around to layer on matte lip colours when I need a change. The Alexia fragrance features top notes of peach, bergamot, orange and apple; middle notes of green leaves, rose and heliotrope; and bottom notes of musk, vanilla and amber. I spritzed some on the fuchsia tissue paper and a sweet fruity gourmand scent filled the air. It's perfect for the young or the young at heart. Both items are very affordable: the gloss retails for $5, while the perfume is $26.50.

Talking about the perfume brings me to my next topic...

It's giveaway time!

I tend to accumulate more beauty loot than I could ever use, so I'm bundling together some fantastic items for one lucky winner:
  • Alexia eau de toilette (50 ml)
  • Shu Uemura white recovery EX+ brightening cleansing oil (50 ml)
  • Shu Uemura UV under base mousse SPF 30 (30 g)
  • Oliver + Lilly's pink lip gloss
  • Mary Kay heated eyelash curler

Think of it as a thank-you to readers and followers. I've been blogging for almost three years now and a big part of why I continue is the blogging community itself. You guys rock! You're some of the most supportive, positive, and intelligent people online.

The rules:

  1. This giveaway is open to all readers--Canadian, American, international. That's right, I'm shelling out the dough to ship to you.
  2. Leave a comment telling me what your favourite fall essential is. (Also, if you don't have a blog or Blogger account, leave your email address so I know how to contact you.)
  3. In your comment, mention the ways in which you follow updates from Solo Lisa for additional entries: Hint: If you want to maximize your chances of winning, follow me on every tool listed above.
  4. The giveaway closes on Tuesday August 31st at noon. I'll choose a winner randomly from all the entries.
Good luck!


  1. Hi Lisa, this is a great giveaway!!

    My favourite fall essential is a crushed scarf, it's got all the 'autumn' colours on it in a check pattern. I love it!

    I follow your blog via Google Reader

    pranita319 (at) gmail (dot) com

  2. My fall essential is YSL Touche Éclat.
    Following on twitter (@fisiwoman), Facebook NetworkedBlogs (Ana Belén R M) and bloglovin (fisiwoman)


    Ana Belén R.M

  3. Fun! That perfume sounds delish.

    My favorite accessory this Fall is going to be Doc Martens! I'm SO craving the new heeled ones.

    I follow you on Twitter & via RSS.

  4. Hey!

    My fall essential(s) is a huge growing list ;) I think my first purchase is going to be a great pair of flat boots but I don't have a particular pair chosen yet. I'm indecisive!

    I follow you on bloglovin, twitter and google reader. xo


  5. I follow you on Blogger + Twitter!
    My favorite fall essentials are gold and brown pigmented shadows and gold liner for the waterline.

    <3 Kim

  6. hey girlie, im a follower of yurs thru facebook.

    fall item? most likely my trench coat and boots.

    : )

  7. hi lisa,

    my fall essential is a pair of over the knee boots. great for chilly days when i want to wear leggings but dont want to freeze my legs!

    i follow your blog via google reader and twitter :)

    victoriachan23(at) gmail (dot) com

  8. i want those giveaway..
    they are great..

  9. my fav fall essential is a good knit coat and lots of different scarves to mix and match. For make up i love cocoa butter for great moisturizing for my cold hands and lips*

  10. My fall essential will definitely be the boots! It great how they make your legs look longer!

    I follow your from twitter and google reader =)

    mikamapi (at) hotmail (dot) com

  11. What a great giveaway Lisa! My fall essential has got to be my embroidered cowboy boots from Zara. I am just dying for a crisp autumn day to wear them!

    I'm following you on rss, google, bloglovin, networked blogs and twitter.

    Xo Chelle

  12. Being a Vancouverite and a UBC student at the same time, my fall essential is rainboots. They help me maneuver the many puddles at UBC with ease and I don't have to worry about my pants getting wet!

    I follow your blog through Google Reader.

  13. 3 years?! Congrats!

    I'm determined that my fall essential is going to be Gap's Pierre Hardy open-toe wedges (not coming out until Oct. 19).

    Thanks for offering such a great giveaway!

  14. Hi Lisa,

    Okay. My fav fall essential is the skinny cargo pant. I've just recently bought two pair from Nordstrom and I. LOVE. THEM. You can dress them up or down and they are SO COMFY! Love them.

    And, I am a loyal follower of your blog via Google Reader.

    I'm keeping my fingers crossed and double crossed.
    xo - Tasha

  15. Hey Lisa!

    Awesome giveaway =)

    My favourite fall essential is my black cardigan. I just love how it keeps me warm as the weather slowly gets colder.

    I follow you on twitter. =)

  16. Yay, giveaways!

    My biggest fall essentials are lots of scarves, boots, and layering! I recently bought a pair of Frye Bonnie boots that I love to death and am planning to wear out lots this fall.

    I follow your blog via Google Reader and Twitter (my Twitter handle is @magalaya).


  17. Have to have lots of lovely fall colored scarves,a cosy wool coat and a fedora hat.

    Elaine R

  18. I can't find the perfume anywhere! Mine is running out, and I love it! I think they discontinued it, but does anybody know why or if they'll bring it back?!


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