Beauty Bits & Bobs

NARS Night Series Palette First Impression

I got my Sephora Friends and Family order a few days ago and inside lay my gorgeous Night Series Palette from NARS! Oh My! This is beyond yummie my friends and well worth the money!

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I had blogged about this previously and must take back any bad thought I had about it! The palette just looks boring when you view it online! It looks matte and unexciting and just not something that I must have! So really when I originally seen it pop up on Sephora I just passed over it really quickly and chalked it up as rubbish that I didn’t need!

However, upon seeing it in store I fell in deep lust and it ended up on my WANT, MUST HAVE NOW list!

The palette is $55 regularly but I got it for $44 with the 20% discount. $55 may seem a bit much but if you break it down it’s less than $10 per a shadow which is a pretty good deal! I must say that I prefer paying $44 for it in comparison to it’s original price tag of $55 however I’d pay the regular price if I had to because the palette is most definately a high quality item in my humblest opinion.

The palette contains a favorite shadow of mine which is Night Star! I love this shadow! It’s an understated gold sparkle affair that is fantastic as a base or all by itself.

The rest of the shadows I don’t have but all of them are gorgeous. One of which I’m deeply in love with is the Night Snow which is a gorgeous shimmering white sparkle that’s going to be absolutely perfect for many great Holiday eye looks!

Other shadows included are Night Fever which is a black with tons of red glitter, Night Clubbing which is black with gold glitter, Night Rider which is purple with silver glitter, and Night Fairy which is lilac with gold glitter!

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I love the two blacks in this palette because the shimmer has totally transformed the colors from being basic black to something completely WOW!

Overall, the palette is most definately on my awesome list! I’m completely loving it and it’s Muse approved for sure!

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Have it?
Love it?
Want it?
Hate it?

Tell me! I’m curious what you think!

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A Few of My Favorite Stocking Stuffers

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Since I’ve done my favorite gifts how about some great beauty stocking stuffers and smaller pressies to surprise and delight family members and friends or these are always nice for grab bags or Secret Santa’s at work!

Too Faced Quickie Chronicle Jerrod’s Picks $15USD
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Includes Two Eyeshadows, Two Glosses, and One Blush

DuWop Mini Lip Venom Set $21USD
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Three Mini Lip Venoms in a Cute Container

Cargo Daily Gloss
$12USD
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30 Dots of Gloss for 30 Days of Glossy Lips

Cargo Gloss Box $15USD
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7 Shades, 2 of Each Color, 14 Total Glosses all in a plastic snap case

Sephora Lip Butter Confections Trio $6USD
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Set includes three lip butters in Tiramisu, Triple Layer Cake, and Banana Foster

Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler $18USD (Perfect for a gift or a stocking stuffer)
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Packaged in Holiday Clothes just right for gift giving!

mark Mini Marks Most Loved Lips $15USD
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Includes 9 mark glosses stored in a cute bag

mark Mini Marks Most Loved Eyes $15USD
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Includes 9 mark cream eyeshadows stored in a cute bag

mark Candy Stripes Lip Glosses with Mezzo Case $10USD
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10 glosses in one cute compact

Avon Gingerbread Man Emery Board .69 Cents USD
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Avon Holiday Lip Balms .69 Cents USD
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Avon Penguin Emery Board .69 Cents USD
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Avon 8-in-1! Eyeshadow Palettes $12 USD
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Demeter Mini Cologne Splash $5 USD
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Available in array of hundreds of scents!

Bath and Body Works Tranquil Mint Gift Set $12USD
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Includes Body Lotion, Body Wash, Pillow Mist, and a carrying tote

Bath and Body Works Very Merry Duo $12.50USD
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Includes Teddy Bear, Body Wash, and Body Lotion in Sweet Pea


Bath and Body Works Bundle of Joy Gift Set
$12.50USD
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Includes Body Butter, Shower Gel, and Reindeer Tote

C.O. Bigelow Soda Fountain Lipgloss Trio
$10USD
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Trio of lipglosses in Vanilla Malt, Strawberry Shake, and Double Chocolate

Knotty Girl Drama Queen Marshmallow Bubbling Bath Body Wash
$7.50USD
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Vintage Sister Cocktail Trio $12USD
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3 Lipbalms in a cute collectible tin

Bubbles of Rockport Bath Bombs and Bubble Bars in Various Scents $3.99-$4.95 USD Each

Apple of My Eye Bath Bomb
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Gingerbread Man Bubble Bar

Cherriflip Smooth Set $13USD
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Includes Breezy Peach Shower Gel, Soft Stuff Cream, and Shower Puff

Natty Girl Foxy Face Herbal Steam $10USD

Enough Herbs for Three Facial Steams

Natty Girl Rosy Cheeks Hydrating Mask
$10USD
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Margarita Bloom’s Fabulous Little Box of Goodies $19.99USD

Comes with one bath accessory and ten sample size Margarita Bloom products (I buy these by the bucket around the Holiday! For me it’s the perfect little stocking stuffer!)

Pich Posh Cupcake Solid Bubble Bath $8.95 USD Each
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The Body Bakery Sweet Shop Sampler $20USD
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Includes a quad of sweet cream body lotions in your choice of Naughty or Nice Scents

Urban Decay Primer Duo $25USD
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Stick one in a friend’s stocking and keep one for yourself!

Hard Candy Mix Tape Palette $15USD
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Includes Three Eyeshadows, Three Lipglosses, and Applicators

Hard Candy Key to My Heart $6USD
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Two glosses snapped into keepsake keychain

Hard Candy Lipgloss Ring $6USD
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Hard Candy Lollipop Lipgloss $6USD
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Pookie Lip Balm Tin $7USD
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Rosebud Salve $6USD
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BEST Stocking Stuffer EVER! The Muse can’t leave without this stuff!

Victoria’s Secret Must Have Mini Sets $15USD
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Includes Hydrating Body Lotion. Exhilarating Body Wash, Stimulating Body Scrub, Refreshing Body Mist and a cute makeup pouch!

Too Faced Glamour To Go $18.50USD
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Includes 6 glosses and 3 eyeshadows plus applicators

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A Few of my Favorite Gifts for Christmas

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I thought I’d share a few of my favorite beauty gift selections for friends and family this year! What are your favorite gift ideas this season?

Philosophy’s Candy Cane Gift Set $35USD
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Includes Candy Cane Body Wash, Lipgloss, and Body Scrub

Bath and Body Works Sweetest Softest Cuddle Pillow on Earth Gift Set $39.50USD
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Includes a super soft sleep mask, a cuddly pillow, and Lavender Chamomile Pillow Mist

Victoria’s Secret Love Spell Must-Have Gift Box $39.50USD
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Includes Hydrating Body Lotion, Exhilarating Body Wash, Refreshing Body Mist, Sumptuous Bath Bubbles, Eau de Toilette Spray, and Stimulating Body Scrub

DKNY Be Delicious Be Delightful Set $55USD
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Includes Be Delicious Eau de Parfum Spray and Body Lotion

Mally Beauty Travel Kit $120USD
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Includes Mirrored Eyeshadow Compact in Soft Pink Mirrored Eyeshadow Compact in Rich Coffee, Cream Blush, Mascara, Perfecting Powder, Pencil Shadow Wand, Lip Gloss, Lipstick, and Makeup Case

tarte 101: Intro to Beauty 4 Piece Discovery Kit
$30USD
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Includes Mini Cheek Stain, Double Ended Lipgloss, Glistening Loose Powder, 24/7 Lipsheer, and Makeup Bag

Philosophy A Few Good Men Shower Gel Trio With Gift Totes $35USD
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Includes Full Sizes of Muffinman, Gingerbread Man, and Milkman Shower Gels with Matching Gift Totes

Philosophy “Ultimate Diet” Cinnamon Buns 3 piece Bath and Body Set $33USD
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Includes Cinnamon Buns Shower Gel, Body Souffle, and Lipgloss

Philosophy Treat”Mint” Body Mask, Shaving Gel, and Scrub Collection $40USD
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Includes Empowermint Body Mask, Shaving Gel, and Body Scrub

TINte Cosmetics Shimmer and Shine Boxed Set $26.50
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Includes Lipcolor, Shimmer Powder, Lipshine, Applicators, and a Collectible Pink Box

CLEAN Ultimate Eau de Parfum and Body Lotion Set $59.50
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Includes Clean EDP and Body Lotion

Philosophy The Gold Child $45USD (I get several of these sets every year and gift them to friends and family who I haven’t yet given them too! It’s such a value set and friends/family love it! If you’re honestly looking to spoil a special person you can’t get beat this price!)

Includes Three and One Shower Gels in all of the following scents: Vanilla Birthday Cake, Strawberry Ice Cream, Chocolate Frosting Cinnamon Buns, Senorita Magarita and Melon Daiquri

Philosophy Good for You Gift Set $150USD

Includes Full Size Three in One Shower Gels in all the following scents: Cinnamon Buns, Pumpkin Pie, Hot Cocoa, Raspberry Sorbert, Vanilla Birthday Cake, Lemon Custard, Mimosa, Margarita, Melon Daiquiri, Powders Sugar Cookie, Strawberry Milkshake, and Coconut Frosting

Philosophy Cookbook Value Set $38
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Includes 3, Three in One Shower Gels in Spiced Apple Cider, Eggnog and Doube Rich Hot Cocoa plus three matching soaps!

Lush Legends Gift Box £99.50
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Includes Dream Cream Body Lotion, Helping Hands Hand Cream, Fair Trade Foot Lotion, Ocean Salt Face & Body Scrub, Therapy Massage Bar plus Tin, American Cream Hair Conditioner, Karma and Honey I Washed The Kids Soap, Butterball , Tisty Tosty and Champagne Supernova Bath Ballistics, Ultimate Shine Shampoo Bar plus Tin, Soft Coeur Massage Bar, The Olive Branch and Happy Hippy Shower Gels, Blue Skies & Fluffy White Clouds and Sunnyside Bubble Bars, Ceridwen’s Cauldron Luxury Bath Melt , Buffy Body Butter plus Tin, Lip Service Lip Balm, Big Shampoo, Ice Blue Soap, Floating Island Luxury Bath Melt, and Shimmy Shimmy Glitter Bar

Lush Wish List Gift Box £49.95
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Includes Champagne Snow Showers Solid Perfume , Silver Cloud Bath Ballistic , Christmas Party Bath Ballistic , Ruby Red Slippers Bubble Bar , Mr Butterball Bath Ballistic , Cocktail Soap , Bling Crosby Bubble Bar , Candy Cane Bubble Bar , Egg Snog Lip Balm , Green , Green Green Bath of Foam Bubble Bar , Christmas Angel Bath Ballistic , Green Party , Greenwash Soap , Angels Delight Soap , Twinkle Bath Ballistic

Lush Christmas Star Gift Set £19.95
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Includes Twinkle Bath Ballistic , Flosty Gritter Bubble Bar , Jingle Spells Star Ballistic , Snow Fairy Shower Gel , Glitterbug Glitter Bar

Lush Anything but Ordinary Gift Set $36.95USD
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Includes Avobath, Campagne Supernova, Big Blue, Haagen Bath, Honey Bee, and Sex Bomb Bath Ballistics

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Lavshuca Winter Make Palettes 2007

Yay! I got my Lavshuca Holiday Palettes today! These actually arrived I think Friday or Saturday but I was unable to collect them until today from the post office icon wink

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They are now in my greedy, sweaty little hands and I couldn’t be more pleased!

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Lavshuca Winter Make Palette in 01
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Lavshuca Winter Make Palette in 02
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The palettes came in the cutest little gift box and if you happen to have a Japanese cosmetic lover in your life these would be the perfect gift!

They come packaged in separate parts. One part is the empty compact and the second part is your lipgloss, eyeshadow, and applicators. I assume that they package the parts separately for beautiful display reasons, it also keeps things nice and tidy during shipping, and finally it’s just good, old plain fun to put it all together into the compact yourself!

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The compact isn’t a hard shell it’s a durable cardboard which may sound worrying because you might be thinking this means it’s on the cheap and shoddy side. Fear not! The cardboard is quite sturdy and not cheap in the least. It’s covered in either a pink or gold foiling depending which color you end up purchasing with the lovely Lavshuca emblem on top.

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Inside there are two separate spots for the sponge eyeshadow applicator and lipbrush on either side with the eyeshadow and gloss smack in the middle. The Lavshuca emblem again graces the inside top of the palette.

I haven’t yet tried any of the colors but from what I can see the strip of eyeshadows are quite shimmery and gorgeous and I’m hoping it isn’t a spray of glitter but a sparkle straight to the core. You’ll also receive a sparkling lipgloss and a matte lipcream.

The size of the shadow strip is a tiny bit disappointing because it’s really NOT a whole lot of product but if you generally collect tons of palettes and shadows you won’t mind too much because chances are you won’t go through this very quickly! However, if you don’t own a ton of different shadows and you’ll be using this daily chances are you’ll get through it very quickly as it’s not a whole lot of product!

I have to say that at the moment I find them both very pretty but I do favor the 02 palette better than the 01.

02 eyeshadows consist of a white shimmering gold color, a shimmering yellow gold, and a shimmering brown with gold specks. The gloss is a sparkling golden brown color while the lipcream is a orange brown. Layering the gloss and lipcream will surely make a striking combo!

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01 is just as pretty and consists of a shimmering white with, it appears, to me, pink, a shimmering pink shade, and a darker purple. The gloss is a sparkling pinkish purple affair while the lipcream is rosebud pink.

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Overall, I’d say they are most definately worth a pick up! The Lavshuca Winter Make Palettes are Muse Approved for purchase!

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Do visit PJ to see A Touch of Blusher’s impression on these palettes you can also visit with RF at Make Up & Stuff and see some more about the Lavshuca’s Holiday Palettes!

Love ‘em?
Have ‘em?

Tell me!

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Sephora Holiday Catalog 2007 Looks

Sephora has updated it’s webpage with the Sephora Holiday Catalog Looks and How-To’s!

You can click here to see the details on each look, how it was done, and what was used!

You can see my take on the “Princess” look by clicking here.

I’m really wanting to try this look next!

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Good Luck recreating some of these! And if you’re successful do e-mail them to the Muse and she’ll feature them as a Guest FOTD!

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