Holiday Collections 2010
Let’s face it, some of us are in serious denial that Tarte didn’t gift us with their traditional Cheek Stain Trio this year.
How could they? Hey, give them props for creating the stupid brilliant Vanity Makeup Case. Betcha they were so busy creating that awesomeness that they simply didn’t have time to get together a trio of cheek stains, don’t hate.
For those who already own a million of their Cheek Stains this post need not apply but those new to the brand can indulge in Tarte Holiday 2010′s Ring It In Cheek Stain Set.
This set includes a cocktail ring plus three Tarte Cheek Stains in:
- Vivid (vibrant rosy pink)
- Luster (peach champagne)
- Flawless (soft peachy pink)
The set is $25 plus knock that sweet 20% off for a break down of $20 bucks.
Available at Sephora.com
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I’m a little late with getting this review done but better later than never eh? For the Holidays NP Set had released two 12 color eyeshadow palettes. These were available exclusively at Target and quite a little bargain.
At first glance you might have passed them up as they look a tad uneventful formula wise or maybe you didn’t see them as they weren’t by the regular NP Set Collection but on an end cap hanging on a hook.
Either way, they have turned into one of my best budget purchase as of late.
Let’s take a peek!
This year’s variation of Tarte’s mega palette, The Jewelry Box, features a whopping 32 Full Size Eyeshadows plus other wonderful goodies. I kinda dub Tarte the founding sister of HUGE Holiday Palettes. While every other brand was doing gift sets or festive themed makeup, Tarte was busy releasing super sized palettes to sink our teeth in. Needless to say the rest of the makeup world soon caught the bug and started releasing their own versions of these monsters palettes but we should all bow our heads in respect that Tarte was the first brand to start this great Holiday tradition.
I believe their Holiday Palette is now in its fourth or fifth generation, I know I own at least three of these bad boys and I can recall a year or two I didn’t indulge. Go right ahead and correct me if I’m wrong. I haven’t really gotten tired of collecting them since they are 1. such a great value and 2. Tarte goes for the shock value every year and just when you think you’ve seen it all, they go and do something extra special which is what The Jewerly Box Palette felt like to me.
It was the same idea and design but it was a new as well with alot more packaged into one very tiny box! Who doesn’t like a palette that features everything and the kitchen sink and allows it to fit into a chunky little box about the size of a music CD? That’s awesomeness people.
Did you haul the Tarte Jewelry Box?
Jump ahead to hear my thoughts!
I happen to be one for worshiping at the shrine of the Stila Holiday Lipglaze Gift Sets. I buy them almost every year for myself, for friends, for family, as stocking stuffers, for Secret Santa events, even for my mail girl!
It’s just such an incredible value at $25 plus the formula just rocks on a good Lipglaze.
However, this year, I was an ickle disappointed…
Seeking last minute stocking stuffers or a friendly hostess gift for a friend? Crack out the Ulta Peppermint Swirl 3-in-1 Shower Smoothie for the win!
This Philosophy dupe (or Bath and Body Works Twisted Peppermint) can be used as a shower gel, a shampoo, or as a bubble bath and has the sweet, cool, crispy scent of candy canes swirled with vanilla. It’s a touch more minty fresh than vanilla but it does the trick perfectly if you aren’t wanting to splurge on Philosophy version or you’re just missing Bath and Body Works Twisted Peppermint aka I can’t believe they didn’t bring it back along with lambie, what the hell are they thinking? Oh sorry did I go off on a rant there?
This is a nice jumbo, 24 oz size with a squirt topper for easy squeeze-free lathering up!
Ulta always has these Smoothies available for buy 2 Two, Get Two Free so check your local Ulta to see what deals they have going at the moment. Online this will set you back a mere $8.99 so it’s a nice budget pick however in store shopping is nesscary at this point if you’re wanting a last minute pressie!
It’s not Philosophy but it’s the next best thing particularly for the beauty budgeters!
Still stumped for beauty gifts? Brush sets are always a great one to go for! Particularly ones that are of high quality because I’m of a strong believer that makeup junkies can never have too many great brushes to apply their face with.
The Sephora Travel Clutch Brush Set is available in a festive red brush bag with a mirror and wristlet for toting around plus don’t forget the six brushes it hides away inside.