Holiday Collections 2007
The Muse didn’t have too much time this weekend to get the Weekend Steals and Deals up and available for you!
However, she comes bearing early Christmas gifts to make up for not posting the Steals and Deals of the week!
Head on over to your local Bath and Body Works shop or hop onto the website and you can purchase one of the Muse’s favorite Holiday items for $3!
Bath and Body Works is offering the 4oz size of Twisted
Peppermint Three in One Shower Gel for $3!
Snatch some up for yourself or to stuff stockings with!
Two new Bath and Body Works Temptation items have popped up on the website! The first of which is entitled Vanilla Ice Cream and it’s not a three in one shower gel this time It’s a body spray! This is the first time we are seeing any of the Temptation line in the body spray format. This could be good news for the Temptation line!
Reviews on the site are saying that this surprising little body spray isn’t all about Vanilla Ice Cream. It’s is, however, about the entire sundae! Chocolate sauce, ice cream, nuts, cherry, and more await in you in this yummie spray!
If that wasn’t enough you can also slather on some of the new Whipped Delight Shimmer Body Mousse to complete the entire decadent desert sensation!
Both items are up and available at Bath and Body Works site but I am unsure when they’ll be sold in stores. Keep your eyes peeled I imagine it won’t be long before you’ll see these popping up in stores.
Vanilla Ice Cream Body Spray is $8 and Whipped Delight Shimmer Mousse is $12.
The Muse wants to spray herself with Vanilla Ice Cream and top it all off with some Whipped Delight! She’ll most definately be ordering both for her very own!
Sometimes it’s really difficult to firgure out what to get a special friend in your life or family member and during those hard times I normally reach for a gift card for them!
I think gift cards are brilliant gifts especially when you’re finding it really hard to pick something out that you’ll think they’ll love!
This year Bath and Body Works offers a Twisted Peppermint Scented Gift Card for purchase!
How cool is this?
Bath and Body Works Twisted Peppermint Scented Gift Card
Head into the shop (or online) grab one of these sweet smelling cards and you’ll be all set to make your friend’s (or family member’s) Bath and Body wishes come true!
The Muse is loving the idea of a scented gift card Especially one that smells like gorgeous Twisted Peppermint!
I have to say that it’s been a long while in between collections that have wow’ed me.
As much as I adore cosmetics I can’t honestly say any collections from the past few Holiday seasons have really knocked me back. Last year Givenchy’s Christmas collection was gorgeous but nothing that I got insanely excited over. MAC’s collection last year was lovely as well (and this year) but again nothing to make me bounce off the walls! Of course I always look forward to the Holiday season to see what will be released and this year there is no exception.
Two collections have not failed to wow me this year and I’m pleased with both and can highly recommend them to you.
If you’re on a tight budget this year or just not looking to spend a whole lot on cosmetics my personal picks of the season would have to be from Guerlain and Givenchy’s line up. They have truly out done themselves. You can see the Givenchy Holiday Collection by clicking here.
On to the good stuff
Givenchy brings us Diamonds but Guerlain went for a completely opposite effect. Guerlain brought us the gold.
My collection arrived in the mail today and to say I’m excited would be an understatement. The collection is beautiful and this is truly something you’re going to want to add to your cosmetic stash if you’re serious (and have a passion) about owning some seriously posh makeup items.
The star of the show is Forever Gold of course. A radiant shimmering gold powder for your face and body housed in a gorgeous vintage style perfume bottle. The powder is amazingly soft, silky and just pure perfection. I was slightly discouraged after hearing there was only .35oz in the bottle but it didn’t prevent me from wanting this. Of course seeing pictures that look larger than life probably have you skeptical about its size or at least I was worried about it. I purchased this quite blindfolded without seeing it in person but really its a spray bottle full of gold shimmering powder how much more do I need to know before saying I WANT THAT! I expected to be disappointed and even set myself up for disappointment. I had convinced myself that it would arrive and be the size of a nail polish bottle or smaller! I was shockingly delighted to see that it’s much larger. It’s about 1.7oz in size (50ML) which is fantastic because you can sit it on your vanity and convince yourself that 1.7oz’s of the most gorgeous shimmering powder awaits you (when in reality you’re only getting about .35oz or less of powder).
Would I recommend this?
Of course. No question about it. If you have the money to spend on it I’d highly recommend nabbing it. I haven’t even sprayed the bottle yet and I know how gorgeous it is. I can only review this from the stand point of ripping off the protective label on the sprayer. The label had a quite a large bit of powder on it. I’m, of course, on protective mode so the general idea of spraying this and wasting any is a big no no right now. However, I took the label and rubbed it on my arm and the shimmer is outstanding on this. I’m not entirely sure I can get away with actually spraying it on my face but it’s going to make my eyes pop and my cleavage will thankfully be shimmering gold in color this Holiday Season!
I’m worried that the sprayer will clog up but aside from that the entire package is just beautiful and if you want to spoil yourself this holiday season do consider grabbing this!
The second item I got is the Ombre Eclat Duo and Liner. The compact is a heavy gold with pretty white snowflakes on the cover. It comes encased in a velvet bag and of course is a magnet for fingerprints. The two shadows you’ll receive are a light shimmering white gold color and a deeper gold color. Both appear very pigmented but I can’t say for sure yet. The liner seems slightly out of place as it’s a bronze brownish color but I believe it could work well with the two eyeshadows. If you’re a serious collector you’re going to want to add this to your stash for sure. It’s very pretty. The compact is just gorgeous and of course the makeup that lays within is equally outstanding!
What would a Guerlain collection be without Meteorites? For the Holiday Collection and keeping with the gold theme, Guerlain gives us Gold Temptation Meteorites. The box is gold with an identical snowflake image as the Ombre Exclat Duo and Liner compact. For some odd reasons the meteorites appear just a bit smaller in this box than the normal size ones but that’s ok it makes for easier application in my opinion. They are highly shimmering beads of a beige gold color. Again, perfection.
Lastly I ended up with the Gold Lash Top Coat Mascara which is a golden coat to apply over your mascara. Again, fitting with the theme, the casing matches perfectly with all of the pieces in the collection and is gold in color with the snowflake emblem. The applicator is brushless so you’ll be slipping this across your lashes after mascara application to add a shimmering shade of gold to your lashes! Very, Very nice!
Some items I didn’t get were the lipsticks and gold gloss all of which were lovely but not something I absolutely had to HAVE. One item I also couldn’t even begin to think about affording was the pressed meteorites powder. At $155 the price tag screamed at me to say absolutely NOT! However, my lovely friend and reader, Betsy, pointed out that it is refillable so it’s not entirely a bad deal but still sometimes the Muse has to know her limits and a $155 palette is a limit she can’t reach even if she wants it badly!
Overall, it’s very difficult for the Muse to pick out one or two must haves from this collection because they are all simply stunning. As much as I adore the Givenchy Collection I’m loving (and possibly favoring) the Guerlain Collection.
If you’re on a budget I’d highly recommend removing yourself from any department stores that may contain a Guerlain counter. Because you’ll see all of this in person and most definately have a hard time saying NO!
The Muse strongly recommends selling off a kidney, a child, or a soul on E-bay (you know I’m kidding of course!) to nab yourself this glamorous collection!
Wait a second….
The Muse decided to get the keys to her beauty vault and pull out her Dior D’Trick palette to compare it to the new “I Love Dior” Deluxe Holiday Palette. Upon originally seeing the deluxe holiday palette I was racing around in circles in excitement but today I wandered onto Nordstrom to see a close up picture of it and to my shock it appears that the “I Love Dior” palette is the Dior D’Trick palette in new clothes!
Hey stop the train I wanna get off!
This is so not right! How could they crush my desire for this so easily?
What the hell?
Everything looks exactly the same right down to the lipgloss!!!!!!!
I purchased my Dior D’Trick palette from the YesAsia beauty section one year ago sometime in July or August.
Granted stateside we get none of the special bits that Asia and Europe get. I guess I shouldn’t be all that surprised that the palette is identical to the D’Trick.
I have to say I actually like the D’Trick’s pretty pink packaging better anyway!
I believe I paid $72 for the D’Trick and I’m curious to see what the “I Love Dior” will cost.
I also have one other palette similar in style that was purchased in a UK airport at a Duty Free shop. That has entirely different colors than these two thankfully.
Maybe I’m wrong but it appears these are one and the same. Which is good news because I have a few dollars extra to add to my growing MAC wish list but it’s also crushingly disappointing as I adore Dior.
Count the Muse heartbroken!
Back to the vault to stow away the D’Trick palette!
“I Love Dior” Deluxe Holiday Palette as seen on Nordstrom
Dior D’Trick Palette