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.
Santa cutie, fill my stocking with a duplex and cheques! Sign your ‘x’ on the line! Santa cutie, and hurry down the chimney tonight!
Come and trim my Christmas tree with some decorations bought at Tif-fa-ny! I really do believe in you, lets see if you believe in me!
Oh my I got a bit carried away there! I was feeling the Christmas spirit as I ripped (and bit) through the fedex box that arrived on my doorstep from Saks today!
Inside was Givenchy’s Diamantisimme holiday collection! Oh my the very my! Just the pick me up I needed today!
I ended up getting all of the collection aside from the nail varnishes.
First off, which I’m sure you’re all dying to hear about, would be the Prisme Solitaire Precious Diamond All Over Powder.
What’s to say really?
It’s perfection. The box is too cute for words! It’s in the shape of an engagement ring box(could possibly be more exciting than a ring lol) and inside is the most precious, glittering, shimmering powder I’ve ever had the pleasure of laying my eyes on.
It’s perfectly fantastic that it’s multitasking as both a face, body, and eye powder. I love multitasking products and this is no exception to the rule.
The powder is slightly grainy in texture and that, my friends, does not bother me one bit.
I think I can safely say this may not make it onto my face! Bit to discoball in effect but my eyes and cleavage will thank Givenchy for such a perfect powder full of gorgeous bits of silver and white shimmer!
The powder is of course pigmented so it’s not going to take a whole lot to make you look gorgeous!
The only difference with this palette is there is no where to store the brush it comes with. Givenchy palettes and powders always have that nifty little bottom chamber to tuck your brush under but this sadly lacks that. The brush comes in a velvet carrying case but can’t be stored in the palette or on top of the powder. I don’t really mind because the cute ring box is adorable and totally makes up for the fact that you can’t store the brush inside it.
Next up the Crystal Pop Gloss which is equally gorgeous as the powder and full of lovely shimmering bits and pieces to keep me delighted all holiday season long! Two colors are available which would be Pure Diamond and Fancy Diamond. I’m loving the Fancy Diamond the best of the two. it’s a lovely shimmering pink shade. The Pure Diamond is a clear gloss with silver, white, and tiny specks of pink shimmer!
Beautiful just beautiful!
According to my MA at Saks the Captiv’ Eyes Mascara is a hot seller and only three were left! It looks like an amazing mascara. It’s black with tiny specks of silver shimmer in it. Whether or not the silver will show upon application remains to be seen but it sure does look pretty!
I purchased the Rogue Interdit in Rose Desire as well but this purchase was a bit blind folded. I’ve only seen photos of the collection and this item looked the least appealing! But at the risk of missing out on something major I told my MA stick that in the bag too please. I should have waited and seen it in store because it appears it’s a bit too “mod” pink for me. It’s a matte pink color and it has that weird “mod” look to me. A la Twiggy. Anyone know what I mean? I’m in high debate whether to try it or return it. If you’re ordering online don’t bother with this until you’ve seen it in store to determine if it’s the right shade for you.
Last but never least would be the Lash Sparkles! Ok I’ve seen images of this as well and wasn’t sure about the application on it but assumed it would be like the Dior Lash Pearls from Christmas ’05 (Believe it was 2005 correct me if I’m wrong) and even thought I knew what to expect I’m still a tiny little bit disappointed. Application is a brush wand (instead of the plastic applicator like the Dior Lash Pearls) where you twist up and the product disperses on the brush. I always, always find these difficult to work with because too much product pushes into the brush and causes a major mess (and waste). I haven’t twisted it up so I can’t tell you how these are yet. I’m sorta at that stage where I’m being maternal towards the collection and whispering to it how pretty it is while stroking it lovingly. I don’t yet have the nerve to twist because I’m worried about product waste! As soon as I go to wear these, you my friends, will be the first to know and see what the product looks like!
The Lash Sparkles can be used two ways which would be brushing them on to encrust your lashes with sparkle OR applying from the brush onto the tips of your lashes to create a beaded look. This is a nice option as the Dior Lash Pearls only gave you an option to create a beaded look due to the applicator which is to say that the Givenchy Lash Pearls from last year allowed you to do both, brushing and beading!
Dior’s Lash Pearls (This too makes for tricky application! But I think that the Givenchy Brush could save me waste as compared to the Dior Lash Pearls because once it’s twisted the product has no where to go! At least with the Lash Sparkles it can be disputed on the brush and sort of saved!)
Givenchy Lash Pearls Holiday ’06 (These are by far the easiest to use and I loved this entire package! I wish the new lash sparkles came the same way!)
Overall this collection is stupendous and just gorgeous!
If you’re on a budget I’d grab at least the powder, mascara, and lash sparkles. If you’re not I’d say grab it all!
Does anyone have the collection? What are your thoughts!? Comment box open and at the ready!
While you are most eagerly awaiting the Muse to get her shipment of the Givenchy Holiday goodies you can head over to visit with the most lovely Iris and see close up pics she has on her blog of the entire collection.
These pictures are the best I’ve seen so far in regards to detail! She’s even included the nailpolishes that I knew nothing about!
Click on over and visit with my favorite beauty addict
One of our lovely readers, Betsy, has alerted the Muse that the Givenchy Holiday Collection is for sale at Saks!
The Muse wasted no time in calling Saks up and asking if she could come down and grab some of the yummies for herself!
Much to my delight my MA told me I didn’t have to come down that she’d ship it all free plus load me up on some goodies!
I couldn’t resist and I ordered the entire collection minus the nail polish (which I didn’t even know was part of the collection).
SQUEAL! I can’t wait for it to arrive! I could have just gone over but it’s chilly, overcast and about to rain so while I’m driving home from work I can have visions of Diamonds and other yummie Givenchy bits run through my head!
Thanks Betsy for the heads up!
The Muse suggests heading out to your nearest Saks and grabbing this while the grabbing is good because I know for a fact this is going to FLY off the shelves before you can say I want it!
I didn’t expect this collection for a good solid month yet and believe you me I’ve been stalking both the Saks and Sephora websites for updates! If it wasn’t for Betsy I wouldn’t have been so lucky to nab it!
If you want more details on the collection do click my above link (Givenchy Holiday Collection is highlighted with an embedded link for your viewing pleasure) or head on over to visit with the Muse’s mate, Erika, to see the details on this very FINE collection! Click!
Keep your eyes peeled for an early Holiday FOTD using this collection PLUS nice, juicy pictures and reviews when it arrives!
It’s the Weekend and it’s Fall which to me is a perfect combo for shopping
Check out Last Week’s Weekend Beauty Shopper Steals and Deals blog as some of the deals are still available to steal
This week I have a small array of goodies for your shopping pleasure!
Sometimes it doesn’t always have to be about beauty Click and Print out this coupon and take it to your nearest Borders or Waldenbooks to receive 20% off a book, cd, or dvd of your choice!
Getting back to beauty…
Step into your local Bath and Body Works and stock up on anything from the signature collection! All items in the collection are 5 for $20! Lotions, Body Splashes, Shower Gel, Body Cream, and More!
Few more deals to be had at Bath and Body Works….Check it out:
Get the newest Apple Fizz Temptation Kit from Bath and Body Works at a discount of 50% you’ll only pay $9.75 after discount! The kit includes body lotion, shower gel, and a lipgloss!
The Signature Hair Care line is $4 for the large 12oz bottles! Might the Muse suggest trying the Pineapple…Mmmm!
C.O. Bigelow Lemon Bodycare are Buy 1 Get 1 Free! This is a pretty great deal as the products generally run from $16-21 so you’ll be getting two of those products for the same price! Sweet! Stock up and Save! The Muse adores the tart, sweet goodness of C.O. Bigelow Lemon Body Cream!
Free Shipping as always if you’re shopping online! If you order total is $55 or more enter code FREESHIP55!
If you’re a Beauty Perk Member at Sephora you can score a free full size Bare Escentuals Buxom Lipgloss in Amber with your $50 purchase! Just enter code AMBER to get your gloss!
If you happen to have some Givenchy Blush on your wish list you can nab them for $37 plus Free Shipping and a gift! Head on over to Strawberry Net to grab a free gift and discounted Givenchy Blush!
Remember when I was blubbering about Lush’s newest haircare line up? Well now you can try one of the haircare products of your choice plus a bathbomb FREE! Spend $70 or more and choose one of three of the newest haircare items and one of two Christmas themed bath bombs free with your purchase! Use Coupon Code TEASEME.
Last but never least check out my blog about Stila’s 20% Off Sale! Click here for details!
That’s it for this Weekend’s Steals and Deals! Get out there and shop, shop, shop! And don’t forget Christmas is around the corner so get some early shopping in for the Holidays!