There are only nine more days to shop for Christmas if you happen to observe that holiday or just enjoy exchanging gifts with friends for fun. That does not mean the following suggestions suddenly become null and void once all the fanfare is over, as they can be enjoyed throughout Winter until the frost melts and ushers in the first signs of Spring. A hallmark of transition from adolescence into adulthood, makeup collections should have more thought put into them than it was the first thing you saw at Wal*Mart so you grabbed it to save the last shred of sanity you had left. Leave long lines and annoying children that are threatened with Santa not even visiting them if they did not behave and snuggle up with a cup of homemade hot chocolate to browse the web instead. Whether giving to yourself or someone you love, these beauty products are sure to make the recipient shine as brightly as tinsel on a Christmas tree.
Illamasqua: Black Christmas – Limited edition gift box hailed as the ultimate 9-piece kit for creating a dramatic smokey eye, including a leaflet with step-by-step instructions on how to execute four unique makeup looks produced by the School of Makeup Art.
This set contains:
- Powder Eyeshadow in Obsidian
- Pure Pigment in Zeitgeist
- Medium Pencil in SOPHIE
- Precision Ink in Abyss
- Masquara in Raven
- False Eye Lashes in 13
- Eye Brow Cake in Thunder
- Sheer Lipgloss in Artifice
Illamasqua: Freak Gift Set – The ultimate in luxury gift sets, this contains three hand-selected products that are among the company’s best-selling makeup pieces, the shade said to reflect the the rare blooms of the exotic scent for which the arrangement is named. Included in the series is Nail Varnish in Wink [soft lilac], Liquid Metal in Phenomena [molten silver], Sheer Lipgloss in Tantrum [deep berry pink] and 75ml of Freak Eau De Parfum. Top Notes are listed as Black Davana, Opium Flower and Belladonna, while Heart Notes are Poison Hemlock, Datura and Queen of the Night blossoms, and the Base Notes are Frankincense, Myrrh and Oud.
NARS: American Dream – Gleaming elegance for eyes, this Artist Palette contains six eyeshadow shades that are an indication of smart, contemporary style.
NARS: New Wave – The product story about this Artist Palette says it all; vivacious violets juxtapose with chartreuse and bold blue in an edgy electro cool color collection for the eyes.
NARS: Travel Brush Set – For those on the go, a collection of the most coveted brushes NARS has to offer. The quartet is travel size and comes in a zippered pouch to keep them from roaming about your luggage as you go over the river and through the woods to grandma’s house.
This set contains:
- Blush Brush
- Eye Shader Brush
- Small Dome Eye Brush
- Push Eyeliner Brush
Too Faced: Confection Collection – Exclusive assortment of eye shadows, luxe lip shades and cruelty-free brushes. The main attraction is the Shadow Bon Bons, a compilation of twelve shadows [seen below], full-size LashGasm Mascara and Candlelight Shadow Insurance.
Other items include Perfect Pink lip liner and Fuchsia Shock lipstick, while the brush trio consists of: Liner/Smudger, Lid/Smoker, and Crease/Blender; all of this fits into a reusable pink tote emblazoned with a golden frame and the company’s logo.
Too Faced: Love Sweet Love Collection – A celebration of the spirit of love that helps you achieve two romantic looks with products for flirty eyes, flushing cheeks and a seductive pout; one guise is for the day while the other is more appropriate for evening. The assortment contains a Book of Love [seen below] with six shadows, two blushes and two lip glosses; LashGasm Mascara, Shadow Insurance Eye Primer, Perfect Eyes eyeliner in Perfect Black, Primed & Poreless Face Primer and “Teddy Bear Hair” face brush; it all fits inside a gold embroidered velveteen makeup back.
Too Faced: Spun Sugar – This purse-size palette is a limited edition that offers everything one needs for eyes, face and lips in shimmering sugar-inspired shades. Glimmering golds and sexy silver hues make it easy to take your look from Haute Holiday to Naughty New Year’s Eve with eight pigment rich shadows, highlighting blush with golden pink shimmer, universal bronzer and clear shimmering gold gloss.
- Light Gold – antiqued gold shimmer
- Gold – warm golden amber
- Yellow – pale gold shimmer
- Brown – golden brown shimmer
- Silver – light silvery glitter
- Light Gray – metallic gray shimmer
- Dark Gray – cool gray
- Black – pewter shimmer
Urban Decay: Book Of Shadows Vol. III Redux – Yet another limited edition item that is a remix of Urban Decay’s NYC palette and an ode to the Big Apple by way of sixteen shadows and a cool pop-up display which illuminates when opened. The popular palette has a new low price, some shade changes and a few other tweaks from its first inception as a way of UD professing their love for the East Coast.
A drawer pulls out to reveal the assembly of versatile neutral hues, smokey-eye essentials and bold, attention-grabbing brights; there is also a travel-size Eyeshadow Primer Potion and 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in the best-selling, award-winning zelaous black.
What You See Is What You get:
- Oil Slick – black matte with silver micro-glitter
- Uzi – silver metallic with big iridescent sparkles
- Stray Dog – cool ash brown metallic
- Mildew – mossy green shimmer with gold shift
- Midnight Cowboy Rides Again – light pink champagne shimmer with silver glitter
- SWF – pale cotton candy shimmer with silver micro-glitter
- Last Call – plum metallic
- Rockstar – deep aubergine shimmer
- Haight – mermaid blue shimmer
- Maui Wowie – golden beige metallic shimmer with silver micro-glitter
- Aquarius -aqua green shimmer
- Smog – deep coppery bronze shimmer
- Goddess – deep smokey blue with aqua micro-glitter
- Sin – champagne shimmer
- YDK – cool bronze shimmer
- Ecstasy – bright purple shimmer