Saturday, November 17, 2012

Oh Santa.....

This year there are some AMAZING collections that have been launched for the holiday season 2012.
If you're compiling your list to Santa and have been very good all year, here are some of my favourites you might want to add to your list......


Mac have done an incredible Holiday collection this year-I have never seen a bigger collection than this one.  The packaging is divine; sleek, sophisticated and will look amazing on your dressing table.  Many companies launch exclusive shades in their holiday collections that you can't buy in the permanent line, but its always worth doing your research to check you don't already own similar or indeed identical products (some of the eyeshadow palettes for example have 3 permanent line shades and 2 'exclusives' in them)

My favourites from the range are;

Fabulousness 5 Neutral Eye Palette

This eye palette is right up my street as I predominantly wear browns and greens.  There is a 'cool' and 'warm' eye version also.

Mac Divine Desire 'Quite Coral' Kit
  Still obsessed with coral-say no more!

Primped Up Lip Look Bag in Luxurious Pink

The lipstick 'Lickable' is part of the permanent line-but I dont own it (yet!)  The gloss and pencil are limited edition.  Sold to the blonde make up addict!  View the whole Holiday collection here


Bobbi Brown is a brand I have recently re-discovered after a few years of not buying anything from the brand.  Bobbi Brown is the Queen of the natural, groomed look but some of the products they have been releasing really have been beautiful, in both looks and quality.

I have treated myself to these 2 palettes

Bobbi Brown Extreme Party Eyes (exclusive to Selfridges)
 9 eyeshadows with different finishes-matt and metallic.

Bobbi Brown Bellini Palette-lips and eyes

10 eyeshadows and 4 glosses plus brushes-a beautiful set.

And these 2 are definitely on my wish list

Bobbi Brown Caviar and Oyster Travel Brush Set
Bobbi Brown Rich Caviar Eye Palette

There is a large range of Christmas Gifts from Bobbi Brown this year for all price brackets and you can see the whole collection here


Stila has for a very long time been one of my favourite make-up brands but it doesn't get the kudos it deserves.  It even disappeared out of the UK for a short while but is now back with a vengeance in Boots and in Selfridges Beauty Workshop hall.  You can also buy online here.  I have ordered some products on line and they came beautifully wrapped in bright pink tissue with a cute little card.  I will do a post about my favourite Stila products but for their Xmas collection there are a couple of real gems.  Stila is about the same price as Benefit so not hugely expensive and the quality is great.

This one is top of my wishlist;
Stila All Is Bright Lip Gloss Lip Glaze

Stila lip glazes are fruity smelling and non sticky.  This set would be an amazing gift for GBP18.50 (if you were to buy individually it would be GBP75!!) or you could break up the set and share them around your friends as stocking fillers.

Another highlight of the Xmas collection is this eyeliner set.
Seeing stars smudge stick waterproof eyeliner set
Lovely colours for the festive season with a metallic finish-this set is worth GBP65 but is retailing for GBP25.

Benefit do the cutest palettes all year round and they are all reasonably priced and make great gifts whether for birthdays or Xmas.  Not holiday specific but this palette is on my wish list

Benefit She's So Jetset!

Contains a miniature 'the Porefessional' (pore minimising primer), 4 neutral eyeshadows, first class face powder with a miniature brush, a mini 'they're real' mascara (this is an AMAZING mascara) and a mini lipgloss in 'Life on the A List'.  Cute personified.


Maybe viewed as a more 'grown up' brand but Estee Lauder have some great Xmas gift sets this Xmas.  And they have teamed up with Michael Kors to produce some great gift sets comprising of blusher, lip gloss, brush, lipstick, nail varnish, mascara and eyeliner in a gift bag in either red, black or gunmetal.  Well worth checking out.
Estee Lauder Micheal Kors Gift Set

These sets, also from Estee Lauder are lovely too
Estee Lauder Art Of Eyes-Dramatic Smokey

Estee Lauder Art of Gloss Set


Laura Mercier have outdone themselves this year with a fabulous Holiday 2012 collection.  Luckily I already know I have been treated to this beautiful set for Xmas already
Laura Mercier Glamour Wardrobe

This stunning set is a double decker treat-8 eyeshadows, 5 lip glazes and 4 sheer cheek stains plus brushes.  I am most excited about the eyeshadow shade Peridot which is a shimmery green colour.  Thanks mum!

For those who love handcream, Laura Mercier have a lovely set of 4 amazing smelling, small size hand creams for GBP20.
Laura Mercier La Petite Patisserie Sampler

Finally for Laura Mercier, I am so tempted to buy this small Xmas edition palette-but I already have one of the shades in the palette!  But that green is divine and I'm tempted just to buy it for that as it is a holiday edition and not in their permanent line.  There is also a smokey eye version with silver/grey shadows in it.  I have Black Karat (middle shade) and it can be used wet or dry and is a brilliant colour-I highly recommend Laura Mercier eye shadows-they have fantastic pigmentation and very little fallout.
Laura Mercier Baked Trio Golden Metallics
Finally, if nails are your thing then Nails Inc is the place to go for your holiday treats.
Nails Inc-The After Party
My pick of the bunch is this 3 polish set in 'The After Party'.  Xmas is THE time you can get away with wearing gorgeous glitter and this set really vamps it up!

Another brilliant nail polish brand I love is Models Own.  I so love this Wonderland Gift Set I cant think of anything more Christmass-y.  Such a shame you can't buy Models Own in Dubai, I discovered it in Boots at Heathrow airport.   This set looks great value for GBP20.

Models Own Wonderland Gift Set

What's on your list to Santa?



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