I am firmly one of those who believes December is the time to be looking forward to Christmas - sure I'm a bit of a humbug - but I've realised that with the Christmas market being erected in the city centre and tinsel rearing it's shiny obnoxious head that I will be pressed to find a Christmasless corner in the next two months so I thought hey, if you can't beat them join them. And no one knows how to celebrate the festive season better than the beauty industry! I love myself a good palette or gift set and Christmas is the perfect time to but your hands on either. So I've complied a list of the ones I'm most excited about and if you're a scrooge like me this may perk you up a little!
|Top L-R: Aesop 'A Certain Radiance' Gift Set, Illamasqua Facet Face Palette in Aura, Lime Crime Venus Palette. Middle: Nars Virtual Domination Cheek Palette, GlamGlow GiftSexy Gift Set, Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Palette. Bottom: Lorac Pro Mega Palette, Soap & Glory The Next Big Thing Gift Set, Nars Digital World Lip Pencil Coffret.|
All images are not my own, but taken from websites stocking these products.
This one is probably not ending up in my hands this Christmas - or ever. It's not available in the UK and it's already sold out in the US, BUT if by some miracle it is added to the permanent collection by the time of my trip in January - I will be like a hawk in ULTA and it will be mine - a girl can dream... about eyeshadow. This beautiful palette is a 32-pan beauty with all new shades bar four (they're the basic ones though like black and white) and since getting my paws on the original Lorac Pro I can happily say that these shadows are worth the hype!
Lime Crime - Venus Eye Palette $42
Not necessarily a Christmas release but an eyeshadow palette released close to Christmas so I'm throwing it into the mix. Indie brand Lime Crime have been on my radar for some time. Prior my beauty obsession they were a brand I stumbled across on a late night tumblr scroll and I have always been interested in them. Their new release has definitely sparked my interest as a neutral palette with one serious edge. The majority of shades housed in this eccentric palette are ones I don't own and are both different and (in my opinion) wearable. On release day this did go into my cart but I resisted as Lime Crime is sold the NYC Urban Outfitters - so I plan to pick this puppy up once I'm stateside to avoid all those awful import charges.
Getting the huge S&G Set when it's star gift has become a bit of a Christmas tradition for me - in fact this will be the fourth year I've sprung into action and raced to the closest Boots to collect this baby on better than half off. This always has a week of stardom being less that £30 so please disregard the price listed above for one week only. This beaut contains TEN full sized S&G products - mainly bath & body but there's their mascara and lip gloss in there for good measure. A perfect gift and when bought at the right time at a great price. Sidenote - they've upped their game on the make-up sets front - I have my eyes on the 10 pan eyeshadow palette AND the Sexy Motherpucker gloss stick set so if you like their make-up too then they've got you covered!
Illamasqua are another brand I've always wanted to try but I've only managed to get my mitts on one thing (a Glamore nudes lipstick in Buff, you can see it in action in this video.) Another reason why Christmas time is a wonderful time in the beauty industry is you get several palettes which let you try a bunch of things from a brand - weed out the ones which are a waste of money and you do have some great little do-it-all palettes like this one. With this you get Hollow pigment - a famed contour for pale girl like myself, a sizeable blush and highlight, four neutral eyeshadows and a brow product! All you need is a lick of mascara and your base products and you're all set! If using this for travel is on you mind, a quick look at their travel brush set may be a good idea!
Spoiler alert: this may have arrived at my house today... BUT I couldn't not mention this brill pres. For less than the cost of two of Nars' amazing lip pencils gram for gram you get just shy of four pencils' worth of product and if you're a bit of a lip product hoarder like me then the 3/4 size won't bother you at all. Stay tuned for a full review on this set next week!
The other star of the Nars Christmas Release show is the cheek palette. Another product where you really get bang for your buck with the Laguna pan being larger than the standard size and the three blushes and highlighter being just short of standard size - you really do get a lot of product and I think this will suffice all of your cheek needs - I'm personally umming and ahhing about this for myself because I picked up last year's offering but I think this is a great set of shades!
I don't think I have mentioned it on the blog, but I did snap up the Ambient Lighting Powder Palette when it became part of the permanent collection - maybe a review for that one will crop up soon enough - but back to the blush edition - I know in my heart I need a viable solution to my undying love for the limited edition MAC Stereo Rose - and I think these could be the answer to my prayers. These blushes have the same marble looking dreamy effect and I think a wee palette of them could really help me make a decision on which one would suit me. If these are anything like the powders, you're onto a winner.
Right, I know I'm throwing the price right up there with this one - that's what wishlists are for, right? I thought I had to give a mention to one of my fave brands Aesop. Looking fresh as in a matte black tin, you get their hand wash, hand cream, body wash and body lotion which I'm sure down Boots you could get these type of products for a tenth of the price but man oh man would I like to try them. Out of their body range I've only splashed on their hand sanitizer and would really like that hand wash by my bathroom sink. With Aesop you know you're getting quality and the sizes are roughly half sizes of the full size product.
And last but not least, another set I purchased myself last Boxing Day as a 'you have to work today' treat.' They've switched it up a bit and you get a full size of their ThirstyMud treatment and two hefty samples of their famed SuperMud and YouthMud treatments. I think this set will cover most of your facemask needs and I'm definitely contemplating picking this up again as another Boxing Day treat.
So, I hope my fellow party poopers have at least thickened out that pending Christmas list. I'm going to keep my fingers crossed that some of these end up beneath the Christmas tree for me this December (Although knowing me I'll get a few prior the big day for myself, sorry not sorry)
What's your favourite Crimbo release?
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Let me know in the comments!