Winter Collections 2010
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!
After the Holidays, Winter is pretty much unleashed on New Yorkers far and wide although this year we got a taste of the bitter cold super early.
Needless to say, combining harsh, cold weather with skin does not make a pretty face. Think redness, flakiness, dry patches, and other woe and drama to play havoc with your skin.
Bobbi Brown Extra Repair Serum releases just in time for those winter-weary complexions that need some extra TLC. This serum gives an immediate feeling of comfort on contact and not only helps to improve the texture of your skin but also acts as a moisture barrier, sealing and locking in hydration while sporting anti-aging ingredients to help smooth fine lines and wrinkles and giving skin a more firmer, lifted look!
Ingredients include wheat, bran, and olive extract complex to help strengten skin’s natural barrier while improving its ability to lock moisture in. Vitamin C and a powerful peptide helps to soften the look of fine lines and wrinkles. Clary Sage Extract encourages skin cell turnover and sweeps away dull surface cells to reveal a fresh, radiant surface while Magnolia Bark Extract, Sucrose and Caffeine help reduce visible redness caused by irritation and finally Sodium Hyaluronate, Glycerin and Meadowfoam Seed Oil infuse skin with moisture, instantly and over time.
Apply in in the morning and again in the evening followed up with your moisturizer of choice for smoother, healthier skin!
I’m of the mentality that a good serum is an absolute essential item when battling harsh Winter weather particularly for those of us who sport dry skin so Bobbi Brown’s Extra Repair Serum definitely sounds interesting.
Available in January at Bobbi Brown counters and online at www.bobbibrowncosmetics.com
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.