Choices, choices, choices! It all comes down to choices this Holiday season
Antiquitease is up and available at MAC for your purchasing pleasure and will be at your local MAC counter on October 11th.
The Muse hasn’t yet purchased her Alexander McQueen as of yet due to the fact that with so many MAC collections up and coming it’s difficult to decide on what to purchase and what to skip!
Have I mentioned I hate deciding and making a choice? I just want it all, NOW! But realistically I need to decide what I really want as opposed to the inner demon that demands me to get it all!
Soon after Antiquitease Color the rest of the line up will be releasing through October and into November which includes the brush kits, palettes, and lip sets.
So it all comes down to choosing what I really need and leaving what I know I won’t use
Antiquitease Color consists of all of the following yummie goodies:
Mineralized Eyeshadow Duo
Fibre Rich Lash
We already established the Muse is mad with want for it all So what are you getting ?
Might the Muse direct you to her favorite source for all good things MAC! Have a visit with Janice and check out all the news on this collection and upcoming collections at Specktra Blog!
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.
Quickie post and it’s off to bed with me!
Do wander over to visit with the Muse’s lovely mate, Janice, at Specktra Blog and you can preview the packaging (box) and one of the palettes from the Antiquitease color collection! I believe these are the very first images to pop up on the internet in such detail!
I’m saddened that the colors are a bit similar to last year’s smoky eye palette (the blue color also appears the be similar to what was in another palette from last year’s collection). However, the packaging looks amazing which means of course I’m SO getting these!
Formal Black Smoked Eye Palette Holiday Collection 2006
Thanks Janice for always being ahead of the game and giving the masses of MAC fangirls (like me) just what they need
Wanting these? Not Really? Speak to me! I’m curious!
Thanks for being so patient with me while I wandered around in a daze this week
And for your patience, as promised, I reward you with the MAC Beauty Powders Review and Pictures!
MAC Beauty Powders in Micro Pink and Natural Flare
I ended up purchasing two of the eights colors and I know at least four more of the colors that are on my wish list!
Ok these confuse me slightly as I thought MAC had previously released a similar product. The other reason I am puzzling would be I am unsure if these are being released via MAC anytime soon or if these are a MAC Pro exclusive. I thought I had seen something about the release being with the Holiday goodies but I am too lazy to go looking at the moment So don’t quote me on that!
I ended up with Micro Pink and Natural Flare both of which I am very happy with! Micro Pink should probably be kept with the fair skin group because it may appear slightly chalky on a deeper skin type and Natural Flare is good for all skin types in my opinion.
I guess if you took a Mineralized Skinfinish and you cracked it up into finely milled powder and added a little sparkle you’d have a MAC Beauty Powder. Maybe it’s me but that is what I am getting in terms of finish and texture on my face! Which is great because who doesn’t want a loose powder format of Mineralized Skinfinish right? Plus sparkle? I’m all over that!
For those of you yelling boo at the sparkle have no fear it’s a very natural finish and you’re not going to look like you’re ready for a night in a club or anything remotely glittery and loud. It applies with a nice, even finish and the sparkle is there but barely noticeable. These remind me of Bare Escentuals Rose Gossamer Powder for some reason!
MAC Micro Pink Beauty Powder and Bare Escentuals Rose Gossamer
I used Natural Flare this morning with a peach blush and it really made my blush pop up a little. It also made my blush a bit more subdued and natural looking!
Excuse the crummy eye make-up! Last few days I feel like I’m rushed in everything I do So disregard the mucked up eyeshadow and concentrate on the gorgeous look Natural Flare gave my cheeks!
I normally reserve my 187 for applying Mineralized Skinfinish but it dipped happily into my pot of Natural Flare this morning and worked wonderfully to apply the powder! I think the 187, 188, or a small kabuki would be great for application! If you want more of a loose effect I’d try applying with a puffier brush such as the 129.
Overall, I’d say nab a few of these to add to your collection because they are quite good! I’m loving the two I got and hopefully will get the others that I’m currently wanting!
These are available via Phone from MAC Pro or if you happen to live near a MAC Pro store you can hop right in and purchase them for $21 USD.
My camera doesn’t pick up swatches well and Micro Pink looked like I had nothing on however it did ok with Natural Flare.