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Holiday Beauty Gift Sets & other news!

First, I’ll start out with the good stuff.. this year’s hot holiday beauty gift sets! I just got the Sephora catalog and peed in my tights just a little. WoW.

Bare Excentuals Extreme Glimmers Holiday Gift Set

There are a ton of gift sets and samplers this season, and I am picking out my faves of the bunch. Up first is the Bare Excentuals Extreme Glimmers Eyeshadow Holiday Gift Set (ONLY $32). This set is only at Sephora and of course limited edition. The set contains:
– 0.03 oz bareMinerals Extreme Pyrite Eyecolor
– 0.03 oz bareMinerals Extreme Malachite Eyecolor
– 0.03 oz bareMinerals Extreme Perlite Eyecolor
– 0.05 oz Prime Time Eyelid Primer
– Extreme Glimmer Brush

I’ve always been a big fan of Bare Escentuals eyeshadows, they seem to last forever! Sometimes I’ll use them with a damp brush for a more intense effect.

Sephora LashStash Mascara Deluxe Sampler

If you’re still looking for that perfect mascara, here’s your chance to sample the Sephora mascara best-sellers! The LashStash Mascara Deluxe Sampler ($39) contains tiny versions of the following:
– 0.16 oz Hourglass Superficial Lash
– 0.09 oz Urban Decay Skyscraper Multi-Benefit Mascara
– 0.13 oz Korres Abyssinia Oil Volumizing and Strengthening Mascara
– 0.14 oz Benefit A Little Bit BADGal Lash Mascara
– 0.2 oz Smashbox Lash DNA
– 0.03 oz Laura Mercier Thickening and Building Mascara
– 0.07 oz Fresh Supernova
– 0.1 oz Sephora Lash Stretcher
– 0.14 oz Tarte 4 Day Stay Lash Stain
– 0.12 oz Cargo LashActivator

How cute are these? Neat sizes for travel and if you hate one of the tubes.. no biggie, right? You have tons more to try!

Glitz & Glam Shimmer and Shine Deluxe Sampler

Need a little sparkle for the holidays? Well, here’s your chance to get your hands on this blockbuster set for you or your pals: The Glitz and Glam Shimmer and Shine Deluxe Sampler(Only $38) from Sephora is amazing! It’s got everything you need to shine:
– 0.27 oz Tarte Celebutante Dry Oil Shimmer Spray
– 0.3 oz Smashbox Artificial Light Luminizing Lotion in Flash (iridescent pink)
– 0.17 oz Tarte Glam Gams
– 0.4 oz Tarte Lock & Roll in Bronze (shimmering true bronze)
– 0.28 oz Guerlain Meteorites Powder Pearls for the Face in Beige Chic (golden glow)
– 0.17 oz Tarte Cheek Stain in Eco-Cheek (coral with a touch of shimmer)
– 0.23 oz Sephora Super Shimmer in Desert Gold (rosy tan with pink and gold shimmer)
– 0.06 oz Laura Geller Blush-N-Brighten in Sunswept (bronze, coral, and rose)
– 0.59 oz Smashbox Eyeshadow in 24K (true gold shimmer)
– 0.1 oz Laura Geller Lip Shiner in City Lights (pink and gold flecked glimmer)

Glitter and shimmer is huge this season.. so stock up on these little goodies.

Tarte Crown Jewels Lipgloss Multi-Gift Set

I LOVE Tarte lip gloss. I got the cute set last year with the mini lip glosses and just loved them. This year, Tarte’s holiday treat to us is the Crown Jewels Lipgloss Multi-Gift Set ($39) which contains three different sets of natural lip color:
– Glittering Green Goddesses set: (sheer nude-peach, sheer beige, sheer sweet pink, sheer cotton candy pink, sheer shimmering cinnamon)
– Dazzling Divas set: (dazzling warm sand, dazzling gold, dazzling orchid, dazzling violet, dazzling coral-pink)
– Twinkling Trendsetter set: (twinkling strawberry, twinkling melon-pink, twinkling fuchsia, twinkling brick-red, sheer raspberry)

You can break this set apart and throw into the stockings, or save for yourself.. heheh. If you haven’t tried Tarte’s lipgloss yet, think ya should!

Collector's Edition Fragrance Sampler For Her

I love wearing perfume, but I have so many big bottles sitting around, they get old and gross, and then I have to throw away what seems to be a really good amount of perfume that went bad. Sooo.. I’ve been collecting tiny bottles of perfume instead! Small enough to carry, small enough not to last me 15 years and get old and crusty, these are perfect! This set includes:
– 0.17 oz Juicy Couture Eau de Parfum (Awesome scent!)
– 0.25 oz Ralph Lauren Romance Eau de Parfum
– 0.13 oz Marc Jacobs Daisy Eau de Toilette (YUM! I love this)
– Dior Addict Shine Eau de Toilette
– Givenchy Very Irresistible Givenchy Eau de Toilette
– 0.16 oz Stella McCartney Stella Eau de Parfum (LOVE this)
– 0.24 oz DKNY BE DELICIOUS Eau de Toilette (One of my faves)

To shop all of Sephora’s holiday gifts and samplers: CLICK HERE

To check out’s Holiday Value Sets: CLICK HERE

To check out Yahoo! Shopping’s Holiday Gift Guide, which features gifts for EVERYONE: CLICK HERE


In other beauty news:

I believe that my new favorite mascara find, Lancome Fatale, is being discontinued. I did not see it on the Lancome website, but I did see it at Sephora. =( I am sad. That was my new fave!!! I am keeping the brush because I loved it.

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I am Krista, the author of I started a career as a pro makeup artist in 2001 for Benefit Cosmetics in the San Francisco bay area, and transitioned in 2006 to pursue jobs in the Silicon Valley. I am currently working as an editor in the media industry, where I contribute to original content that includes beauty articles. I am occasionally doing freelance makeup jobs, but spend most of my time working on improving my health and wellbeing. I have Hashimoto's and PCOS, and plan on contributing articles that touch on these areas, as well as weight loss and Paleo Diet recipes.

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