From year to year as collections come and go and change and rearrange I like to look over what I’ve stashed away over the years and compare price increases, quality, quantity, etc…
Some of my most favorite cosmetic possessions are from Holiday Collections and every year I am always excited to see what new items will be introduced.
Allow me to take you back on a journey into Christmas Past Collections! Maybe some of these are in your own personal stash, maybe you remember when they were released, and maybe you are still lemming them and hoping to find them on MUA or E-bay or some out of the way place that may still carry that particular item that has been on your wish list since it’s release from a Christmas that’s since past.
I’ve only taken on a few select pieces from my Holiday Collections! Hell if I did them all it’d make a bible of an entry Do enjoy the ones I’ve included in this post!
This year Smashbox hasn’t a single item that I’ve been tempted by but I remember being quite excited about last year’s Holiday Collection that was entitled Winter Nights.
The collection consisted of two parts, single cosmetic items plus kits and palettes named after legendary nightclubs.
Smashbox The Winter Lights Series
Consisted of two double-ended mini eyeshadow and shimmer duos. The picture of Avalon can be seen above on the far right hand side of the group photo!
Consisted of a white leather carrying case which included a double ended palette (one side lips and one side shadow) plus three brushes
Consisted of a similar white leather carrying case as the Spider Club and included a lipgloss trio and lip pencil
Consisted of a cream eyeliner trio and a flat end liner brush
The single cosmetics collection included a soft lights powder in Smashing Halo which was a soft shimmering white that showed up pink on your cheeks! It’s gorgeous and remains one of my favorite items from Christmas Past Collections! Also released was a shadow duo in shimmering shades of white and brown, a duo cream liner which included a shimmering gray liner and a shimmering white liner, and finally another of my favorite items, the Lux Shimmer Overlay which is a shimmering gold gel that can be apply to lips, eyes, and face.
Smashing Halo, Dual Liner, Dual Shadow and Lux Shimmer Overlay
Smashbox, in my opinion, has not released a nicer collection than this in a long time.
I can’t recall a time that Stila has introduced a Holiday collection that I have actually wanted. It’s been too long a time that I’ve really had any hard lemmings for a Stila holiday collection! This year is another year of snore and thankfully so because it saves me money in the long run for other more interesting collections.
I believe it was two years ago (or last year I can’t really recall which) that the Stila Star Studded Event All Over Shimmer coffret was introduced. This consisted of four shimmers in a gorgeous box with a draw that pulled out to reveal four brushes! Really a lovely set!
Stila Star Studded Event All Over Shimmer Set
Stila also did the grand collection which really needs no introduction from me. As you can see with your eyes while it was titled so!
The Stila Grand Collection
Benefit has since resorted to just throwing together gift sets that include age old favorites. They take a little dandelion, a bit of bad gal mascara, a lipgloss or two and slap it in a brightly wrapped bag, mark down the price and Happy Holidays! Not that there is anything wrong with Benefit’s version of Holiday cheer but a special product or two is always appreciated by the masses. Two years ago (again I believe it was two! I have so many collections I tend to forget when items were released) they had introduced two pretty little kits one of which the Muse happened to pick up which was entitled Dancing Darlings. The kit included 4 mini shimmering lip glosses in gold, pink, bronze, and white! Benefit I speak for all of us please do something like this again!
Tarte introduced a quad of four shimmers in a hard plastic case which was lovely! I believe this was around 2-3 years ago and I remember happily being able to purchase this at such a nice price because the shimmers are normally expensive and here was a little kit that included not 1 but 4 shades! The glistening powders you received were cute little pots that could stack into the plastic case all together!
Tarte also graced us with the Glitterati set which contained a mascara, silver glitter mascara, and silver glitter liner!
Tarte’s Glitterati Set
Tarte’s Glistening Powder Set
While in jolly old England last year around the middle of November I went to Pout and purchased three palettes from their very interesting Holiday lineup! One of which I don’t believe was introduced here in the states. Masque de Jour, Masque de La Nuit, and Spoilt Senseless each included a trio of shadows, a cream blush, a gloss, and a brush for application! I have high hopes that Pout will do a similar style palette this year!
I believe, correct me if I am wrong, the Limited Edition Gold Shimmer Brick from Bobbi Brown was introduced last holiday season! However, I purchased mine in the summer at Nordies who still had one lonely palette in stock. This year I’m actually kind of excited to see the pink limited edition Shimmer Brick they are putting out!
Ahhhh Givenchy. I remember going nuts searching out the Prismissime palette all over this bloody city. It was sold out virtually everywhere but by some chance I got it around the first week of January when it popped back in stock at the Times Square Sephora plus I happened to nab the elusive Lash Pearls to go with it!
Bare Escentuals gave us the lovely Rose Gossmaer Gift Set which the Muse uses daily and adores! This year they bring us a new set entitled Precious Diamonds which is virtually the same style kit with a new exciting powder.
Bourjois Paris gave us thee most gorgeous shimmering shades of gold and silver loose powder shadows with it’s Suivez mon Regard Eyeshadows.
Dior gave us a few backstage items that the Muse had trouble locating and finally, bless her weak heart, she was able to locate both at Nordies. The coveted Lash Pearls and the limited edition Glitter Top Coat in Gold for lips (they have since released a silver version as well).
I can remember a time when Dior was a bit of a funky, fun brand. It’s since been introducing more elegant, couture themed palettes. The Diorglam palettes were on of the few items that were released in both colors something us statesiders are not used to getting!
Prescriptives got exciting one year with it’s Startlight Shimmer Powder and Brush set! I can remember lemming this little set quite hard
Around this time last year MAC surprised us with it’s anticipated Couture collection and the masses ran to the stores to snatch up these highly coveted items! The Muse only happened to get four pieces from the set. Those were the Richmetal Highlighter and believe you me she regrets not nabbing more from the collection!
And finally MAC introduced us to it’s Formal Black Holiday collection which included gorgeous palettes in lovely black compacts with a swinging beaded tassel and the elegance of a compact that made you the envy of your friends when you whipped it out for a touch up!
I hope you enjoyed this look at Christmas Past I’ll bring you Christmas Present in a future entry. It’s only October but already the shops are filling up with an array of treats to tempt and tease your credit card and cash right out of your very wallet. Heck, you don’t even have to hand over either they will gladly walk right up to the counter for you and make their own purchases
What are your favorite Holiday Collections from Christmas Past?
Have any of these? Love them?
Tell me what you miss or want back!
My ears are always open.
The Muse is posting the Weekend Beauty Shopper Steals and Deals a bit early this week as she’s in a fine state of worry. The love of her life in England has had his appendix removed and the Muse is about ready to burst into tears that she’s so far from him during his time of need!
The Weekend Steals and Deals were so good she didn’t want to deprive you of them while she was busy being upset! So here they are a day early! Enjoy!
Time to Shop (it’s up to you if you drop afterwards)!
Don’t forget that Becca is on Clearance at Sephora! The Muse recommends nabbing some of the Jewel Dust for $5.50!
Grab yourself a Deluxe Sample while you’re shopping for Becca at Sephora! Enter coupon code THEBEST to receive a deluxe sample of Dior Mascara. This qualifies for any order, no cash minimum to receive your free gift!
The Muse came across a new shop she never tried called Le Mod Boutique! Some interesting body scrubs and bath goodies to be had here! They have a coupon for 25% off your total order! The Muse used it to order two JD scrubs in Pucker Up and Citrus Explosion. I love trying new bath goodies and I especially love trying bath goodies that I can use a coupon on! They also carry Margarita-Bloom Bath and Body products which the Muse highly recommends trying!
Love samples? Love Deluxe Samples? Me too! Bath & Body Works is offering free Deluxe Samples! Check out the site for details! Some of the samples available Strawberry Butter Body Scrub, Stardom Mascara, and much more!
Wondering what you can purchase to nab a cool deluxe sample? Check out the Signature Collection for some Steals and Deals! Buy any 3 Signature Collections Items and Get 1 Free!
Spend $55 or more and get free shipping from Bath & Works with coupon code FREESHIP!
If you’re not shopping online have a click HERE and print out the coupon on screen to receive a free item from the new aromatherapy line with any $15 purchase! Coupon Expires September 23.
Bath & Body Works is a good place to be as the specials just keep piling up! Spend $20 and you can purchase a limited edition fall tote for $20 filled with 15 Samples plus a cute gold charm bracelet!
I do believe Macy’s wants you to be a happy shopper this weekend! Head on over to your nearest Estee Lauder counter and receive a makeup bag filled with goodies with your $26.50 purchase! If you happen to be ordering online grab yourself some free shipping if you spend $65 or more! Use coupon code LAUDERGWP.
Drugstore.com has a 28 Strip Pack of Crest White Strips for $29.99 plus Free Shipping (I know corny steal and deal but I use these bad boys and love ‘em! Good deal as I normally pay $37.99 at my local Walgreens!).
Nordstrom will include a mini Posey Shimmer Lip Tint with $85 or more purchases from Bobbi Brown.
Summer is sadly over and the bite of coolness is in the air! But you can bring back some of the Heat and good times of Summer by heading over to the Soap Box Companies Summer Clearance Sale! Plenty of Bath and Body goodies on sale for $2.99, $3.99, $5.99!
Qualifying orders of $75 or more will receive a free Shampoo and Conditioner Set in a choice of Fall Scents!
If you don’t mind spending now and saving later you can head on over to Beauty.com and spend $100 to receive $25 back later!
Cherriflip Bath goodies are Buy 2 get 1 free, Buy 4 get 2 free, and so on and so fourth! You can Mix and Match Items! Orders over $80 have free shipping! Bubble Bars and Fizzies are excluded from this sale!
That’s all for the this week ladies! Happy Shopping! Enjoy your weekend!
Bobbi Brown’s Fall Eye Palette Collection are out and available for purchase this week.
I believe that I had sworn myself off Bobbi Brown for the rest of this lifetime and my next one after my fiasco with the Sand and Surf Palette (go on click it you’ll see the drama I mean)!
But it seems that I’m a glutton for punishment because I decided that I’d just have a tiny sneaky peek at these new palettes when I was breezing through Nordies, I do that occasionally, breeze through department stores, I’m that fabulous!
Where was I?
Oh ya, Bobbi Brown!
Yours truly wasn’t happy enough sneaking a tiny peek! The Muse got a bad case of Limited Edition anxiety and ended up purchasing 3 of the 4 palettes (she wants the fourth by the way).
So the sales girl sold me some gimmick that these are tripled pigmented. I’ve never heard of anything being tripled pigmented but ok it sounds good to me that must mean I need these right? Obviously that was the case because I walked out out of the store swinging a $150 bag of palettes! Somebody stop me please!
All in all I have to say that these are pretty brilliant. I think this is Bobbi Brown’s apology to me for the crummy Sand and Surf. I’ve come to the conclusion she may have just realized how it truly sucked and decided she must redeem herself in the Muse’s eyes thus she created the Metallics Collection.
Ok first of all these may very well be tripled pigmented. These have some heavy duty color going on here. Color so bright, vibrant and eye popping that one swipe of my brush is all I need, no going back for second swipes!
Secondly, if you’re insane for shimmer, these are the palettes for you! Highly, intensely shimmer packed! I’m talking fall out all over your cheeks and face! The SA I spoke to said apply the shadow prior to my foundation because I’d need some serious clean up time with these! And she is indeed right! These have to be applied super carefully to avoid a ton of chunky shadow falling all over your face! These are really an interesting texture. Very thick for a shadow but also loose. It’s almost as if the shadow was a loose pigment and pressed into the palette. As soon as you swipe a brush across a color it comes away with a ton of loose powder!
I haven’t really used these yet on my eyes just swatched them on my hand and all in all I have to say these are a big thumbs up for me! If you’re currently looking for the perfect Fall palette I’d totally nab one or two of these.
The good news is the Muse approves and gives them a big fat recommendation for purchase. The bad news is these are costly as hell at $45 per palette!
I personally recommend all four if you have the spare change hanging around but if you don’t I recommend going with either Forest Metallics or Burnt Sugar Metallics.
Burnt Sugar is probably the most versatile. It has a really good solid gold in it that can be used with just about anything you currently have. Of course the entire point is to use the palette’s three colors but you can easily take any of the three colors and use them with single shadows you may have. This palette is quite interesting to pair up with browns, golds, and even oranges or peaches!
The other two I got were the Forest Metallics and Midnight Metallics. Now the Velvet Plum palette is a mystery to me as it looked almost identical to the Burnt Sugar except darker. I didn’t notice any plum in it just brown, brown, and more brown! I’m still tempted to purchase it as that weird Pokemon feeling comes across me with cosmetics. You know the feeling right? Have to collect them all!
Well..I leave you with some pictures and a first impression! I’ll get around to doing a deeper review when I used them on a full eye look plus do some FOTD’s!
Burnt Sugar Metallics
Obviously I have way too much freaking time on my hands today and blogging calms me so you’re stuck with me posting far too many entries today!
Personally, I believe that any time that I share with you should be considered some sort of blessed blessing! After all I’m very important and special and what not!
Sorry I got off track, that happens sometimes when I talk about my fabulous self!
In a prior blog I discussed the drama of my first Bobbi Brown purchases. It appears I haven’t learned my lesson in regards to Bobbi Brown because I just stumbled onto the Make-Up Bag Blog and glory be my eyes were blinded by some new palettes being released for the fall Bobbi Brown line up!
I got that funny feeling in my stomach and my hands began to shake upon seeing these shiny new palettes! It must be love??? Well, maybe not love but lust was in there somewhere for sure!
After my previous burn with the Sand and Surf palette I’m left feeling unloved by Bobbi Brown but maybe…just maybe…kinda….sorta…..I could be convinced to purchase the new line of palettes popping up for Fall!
Behold! Bobbi Brown Metallics Collection
This collectin includes:
Burnt Sugar Metallics
- Toffee Metallic Eye Shadow
- Gold Dust Metallic Eye Shadow
- Burnt Sugar Metallic Eye Shadow
Velvet Plum Metallics
- Raisin Metallic Eye Shadow
- Champagne Quartz Eye Shadow
- Velvet Plum Metallics
- Sage Metallic Eye Shadow
- Balsam Metallic Eye Shadow
- Forest Metallic Eye Shadow
- Platinum Metallic Eye Shadow
- Rockstar Metallic Eye Shadow
- Midnight Metallic Eye Shadow
I know I’m going to regret even thinking about purchasing these but I’m sorely tempted by the blue, green, and velvet palettes look amazing!
After many years of avoiding the Bobbi Brown counter I decided to dive in and make a little bitty purchase during my trip to purchase the Strange Hybrid Collection from MAC.
I was feeling spontaneous so Bobbi Brown here I come!
I’ve never purchased any prior Bobbi Brown products before this. I’m not even entirely sure why that is. I think it just didn’t appeal to me. Normally my taste runs to bolder, bright colors or sweet pastels and light pinks! Bobbi Brown seemed….older….more for someone in their 40′s maybe. No offense at all to older women!
When I strutted my way up to the counter I already had in mind exactly what I wanted as I had had gotten a Nordie e-mail alerting me to it’s arrival (Ok Ok Ok so maybe it wasn’t as spontaneous as I originally mentioned! Gimme a Break!)!
Avast Ye and Behold!
The Sand and Surf Palette!
Mind you this was appealing because those special, magic words appeared after it. You remember what the special words are don’t you? If not, allow me, to remind you! Limited Edition!
Now prior to actually going to Nordies I wandered aimlessly around the website viewing Bobbi Brown products and the only thing that caught my eye from the line was the Sand and Surf palette and the shimmer bricks! I knew I MUST have some shimmer bricks! After all they were 1. Pretty 2. Well reviewed by girls everywhere far and wide!
The magic words (Limited Edition) popped out at me during my surf around the Nordie’s website and I came across another item that I MUST have!
Now that I had my shopping list I was ever prepared to buy buy buy buy buy and be enabled to the wonders of Bobbi Brown make-up!
$100 or more odd dollars later I happily left with two shimmer bricks (one gold, one rose) and the sand and surf palette! I rushed home with my treasures but never did get a chance to wear any of ‘em as other items took president during my morning face routine!
This morning I felt for sure it was a good day to BREAK out the Sand and the Surf palette! And hell I should go ahead and give the Rose Shimmer Brick a try too! Truly this would be a great make-up day!!!!!!!!!!!
And today’s face of the day consists of this:
I dunno. I’m so disappointed. My eyes didn’t pop! My cheeks were blah! It wasn’t what I expected at all!
The colors in the eye palette are highly difficult to work with. Blending is impossible even with your best brushes. I used a total of three colors but it looks like I used one color. The palette has a baked feel too which could account for the difficult time with blending!
The shimmer brick was just blah for me. It gave me no color which It’s not really what it is supposed to do anyway but I applied it over my normal blush and used it to contour…but..again..just blah….I expect some sort of shimmer!
Overall I’m not impressed at all. Really disappointed. I haven’t yet tried the gold shimmer brick and I have hopes it’ll be the one great purchase out of the three items I got! I won’t be doing another Bobbi Brown purchase in the future
Sorry girls! That’s my story and I’m sticking to it!
Questions, Comments, Suggestions are always welcome! My ears are open!