Ok, so maybe you read this blog post title and are thinking- “Whoa, whoa, pump the brakes on Christmas its not even Halloween yet.”
It may not be time to throw the tree up and start decorating but visit your local Sephora and you will understand exactly what I mean when I say, (sing and scream) ITS THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR! Its Holiday Beauty Gift Set Season! Can I get “WhooHoo!?!”
I visited my local Sephora today and can I just say its my happy place. My ideal day of doing just me, would be strolling down the isles of Sephora with a glass of champagne and a thick wallet. I’d touch, feel and smell every product and I wouldn’t leave until both arms were covered in eyeshadow, lipgloss and eyeliner swatches. I don’t need a massage, I need makeup. I don’t need therapy, I need aromatherapy. Hi my name is Lisa, and I have an addiction to cosmetics.
Today, I justified my trip as “research.” Collecting data and details on the new Holiday Sets in stores. My trip was cut short because like any mom of 2, I was trying to cram 5 hours worth of errands into the 2 hours of available time. But during my trip I left giddy over 3 sets I swatched. I chose these sets based on the following criteria:
- Value and Best Bang for your Buck
-Shade range and wearability. Lets face it, there will always be those few shades you may never wear, but are there more of the shades you will and is it still a great value?
-Product Integrity. Are the colors rich in pigment or do they offer the the desired results?
This set contains 20 EyeShadows in a range of shades but mostly very neutral and wearable colors. Highly pigmented and impressive payoff. 2 Bronzers and 2 Blushes (pretty pink and perfect peach shade), a mini mascara, 3 mini gold glitzy brushes (I honestly rarely use the brushes that come in these sets but my 2 and half year old little girl will LOVE these tiny, glittery brushes!), and a fuchsia glittery zip bag (something my daughter will love!).
Its priced at only $56 and valued at $450
This palette is gorgeous and a great, great buy. I am going to order a couple more for Christmas gifts and a giveaway to my YouTube Subscribers. So if you aren’t subscribed, make sure to! Its quick and its free and you get to catch all my tutorials and share in my passion for makeup artistry. Subscribe here
Too Faced La Belle Carousel
Give it up to Too Faced. They knocked it out of the park this year with their gift sets. This ADORABLE set comes in a precious carousel packaging and when opened you find 5 mini palettes including 3 shadow palettes with 4 shadows in each (neutrals, pinks/plums/taupes, green, silver, blacks) and 2 bronzer/blush palettes. Keep them all for yourself, or gift individually since each palette has a “To:/From:” cutely printed on the back making it the perfect stocking stuffer.
Its priced at $49 and valued at $282
Again, this is something I will buy multiples of and have on hand as last minute Christmas gifts or stocking stuffers. You can’t go wrong with gifting this to any of your girlfriends.
I love this gift set from Buxom. It comes with 15 mini sheer and shimmery lipgloss that leave a plumping tingle on your lips. Most of us probably stick to the same shades on our lips. I possibly own every shade of pale pinky peach by every brand out there, but when I find a new one- I have to have it because its of course different than the rest, right? But the beauty of these little glosses are they are very sheer, so every shade is wearable for a high shine, glossy sheen with a tint of color. Or pair on top of a lipstick shade to slightly alter the color. These are very wearable, they smell delicious and they feel lightweight and perfect on the lips. Added bonus? They also give a plumping tingle to your lips and give the illusion of a fuller pout.
Priced at $59 and valued at $135