Tis the season for great beauty buys.

October 30, 2008

We are a mere day and a half away from the start of November and you know what that means: holiday shopping and great deals galore! If you check out almost any beauty retailer this season, you’re bound to find great sets. This year your dollar is worth it’s weight in makeup gold. A few on my must have list for getting and giving include:

Stila Step Out and Shine, Sephora exclusive, $50: this gem of a kit comes with a darling  silver clutch, the new pomegranate lip and cheek stain (possibly one of the prettiest and easiest stains to apply), convertible color for cheeks and lips in orchid, an all over shimmer in a pink-gold hue, eyeshadow quad featuring day to night purples, and a black mascara. Everything in this set can be sheered down for a more natural look or amped up for a holiday party look that will turn heads.

Smashbox Rapture Eye Shadow and Brush Collection, $59: complete with eight duo eye shadows and two full size brushes (including my favorite, the #15, a must have for highlighting the inner corners of the eyes) this is the ultimate gift for any Smashbox or eyeshadow lover.

Tarte The Vanity Palette, Sephora exclusive, $52: sequel to last years We Wish You Wealth palette, this years offering from Tarte is one of the best value sets of the season. Revamped from the Wealth palette, it features 16 brighter eye shadows, 16 smoother glosses, four powder blushes, a mascara, bronzer, luminizer, and brushes. I have the Wealth palette and all I can say is hallelujah to the switching out of cheek stains to powder blushes. While I adore Tarte’s cheek stains, they dried up fairly quickly in the palette because they were exposed to too much air. If you love them too, do check out their Très Cheek Mini Cheek Stain Set. It’s comes with an adorable pouch and I’m loving the limited edition colors, especially Chic, a gorgeous peach tint.

Stay tuned for more favorites. I have a stash of new products to review as well as some old standbys.

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