Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Holiday Breauty Gift Ideas 2014

I love Holiday sets because you get more out of your buck! So many holiday palettes/sets came out this year, which makes it harder to choose. I've narrowed down the list in this post according to their price (starting off with most expensive), so hopefully it will be easier for you to decide on what to buy for your friends and family for the holidays.

$75 CAD ($65 USD)

Who to buy it for: Makeup Junkie or someone who really likes Nars products.
Details: It comes with 4 blushes (0.15 oz each): Miss Liberty Highlighting Blush PowderSex FantasyDeep ThroatFinal Cut, so you're getting almost full size of the regular blushes (0.16 oz). It also comes with Laguna Bronzing Powder (0.35 oz) and you get much more product than the regular size, which only contains 0.28 oz
It's a great value! I'd recommend swatching it in-stores because some people have noted that these blushes aren't as pigmented as the regular ones.  
Where to buy? Sephora (U.S. & Canada)

Smashbox Master Class Palette III - Color & Contour
$72 CAD ($65 USD)

Who to buy it for: Someone who is building their makeup kit! If you have a friend or family who is getting into contour/highlight and into makeup overall, this is great!
Details: It comes with 32 eyeshadows, 3 blushes, contour powder, bronzing powder, highlighting powder.
Where to buy? Sephora (U.S. & Canada)

Urban Decay Vice3
$70 CAD ($60 USD)

Who to buy it for: Makeup junkie or someone who likes metallic finish eyeshadows.
Details: It comes with 20 eyeshadows, makeup bag and double-ended eyeshadow brush.  
Urban Decay eyeshadows are known for their quality but some people have noted that the eyeshadows in this palette aren't as pigmented and there's a lot of fallout.
Where to buy? Sephora (U.S. & Canada)
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette
$67 CAD ($58 USD)

Who to buy it for: Someone who is looking for a natural finishing powder or
likes Hourglass products in general.
Details: This palette comes with 3 shades of Ambient Lighting Powder: Incandescent Light (exclusive to this palette), Dim Light and Radiant Light. 
Where to buy? Sephora (U.S. & Canada)

Too Faced La Belle Carousel
$59 CAD ($49 USD)

Who to buy it for: It's great for someone who is starting their makeup collection because it includes eyeshadows, blushes, bronzers and mini mascara. It can also be used as stocking stuffers (it's written "To" & "From" on back of each section).
Details: It comes with 12 eyeshadows, 2 bronzers, 2 blushes, and mini Better Than Sex mascara divided into 6 sections that split apart and can be portable or handed out individually. 
The packaging is so cute! It actually comes with my favorite bronzer (Chocolate Soleil).
Where to buy? Sephora (U.S. & Canada)
$58 CAD ($50 USD)


Who to buy it for: Someone who likes Christian Louboutin or designer brands.
Details: It's a long-wearing nail lacquer. 
The packaging is stunning! I have Rouge Louboutin and I love it! It has a shine to it. Click here to see the full collection.
Where to buy? 

Benefit Cosmetics Sugarglam Fairies
$54 CAD ($45 USD)

Who to buy it for: Someone who likes Benefit Cosmetics products or needs some of the products in the kit (primer, bronzer, mascara).
Details: It comes with 3 full size products (hoola bronzerthey're real! mascara and the POREfessional). It also comes with a medium size Benetint.
This is a great deal! I got this for myself and I love it! I personally use the primer and mascara a lot. Keep in mind that it doesn't come in separate packaging.  
Where to buy? 
  • United States: Benefit Cosmetics website (free shipping on orders over $50)
  • Canada: Shoppers Drugmart (aka Pharmaprix in Montreal)

LORAC PRO Palette 2
$49.75 CAD ($42 USD)

Who to buy it for: Someone who is building their eyeshadow collection or likes collecting eyeshadow palettes.
Details: It comes with 8 matte eyeshadows, 8 shimmer eyeshadows and mini Behind the Scenes Eyeshadow Primer. 
I bought it not too long ago and I'm quite impressed with it. These eyeshadows blend in so easily and are quite pigmented.
Where to buy? Nordstrom (U.S. & Canada)

MAC Cosmetics Keepsakes

Who to buy it for: Someone who likes MAC products in general but this can be also great for a person that you're not sure what type of makeup they like.
Details: There are different sets for face, eyes & lips. You can see the full collection on their website
Where to buy? MAC Cosmetics (U.S. & Canada)

You can also watch a video of YouTuber xsparkage. She does an extensive review of the collection.

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