Deck the halls with beauty bargains

If you are anything like me you are totally freaking out at this time of year for one reason…holiday makeup bargains! Right around this time stores like Ulta and Sephora are full of holiday packages of high end products at a reasonable price. Some of these sets may seem pricey at first but when you compare the cost of the package to the standard cost each product in the set, you really do get more bang for your buck! These gift sets are also a great way to dip your toes into the world of high end makeup if you happen to be curious about some products but you don’t want to risk throwing away your money on a full sized product that you’ll just end up hating. I thought I would touch on a few of these sets that I have my heart set on this year.

One thing that I got so excited about this year was that NYX released a few adorable stocking stuffer sets. NYX leans more toward the drugstore level when it comes to prices but their products are amazing! These lip sets are adorable and filled with some great colors. They are $11.99, and with each individual product costing $5.99 you are getting a great deal.

Next up are a couple of sets from Too Faced. Last year I got the La Belle Carousel set and it was great. This year I’ve locked my eyes on the La Petite Maison set and the French Kisses Melted set. La Petite Maison comes with 12 beautiful neutral shadows and a deluxe sample of the Better Than Sex mascara. Standard 9 shadow palettes from Too Faced run at about $36 and the deluxe sample mascara costs $12. At a price of $39 this set really is a steal! Another great deal is the French Kisses Melted set. It includes 4 different shades of the Melted lipsticks and costs $25. This set is a great way to try out different shades without spending $21 on one lipstick!

My final must-have of the year, the Tarte Greatest Glitz collector’s set. This entire set is B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L. I didn’t think I could het much better than the Away Oui Go palette I purchased last year, but Tarte released this set and I am in love. There are 24 great shadows in shades of gold, pink, mauve, and bronze. There are also three beautiful blushes, a deluxe sample of the Lights, Cameras, Lashes mascara, and a sample size LipSurgence lip crème. I also hate to let the packaging sell me, but the sparkling sequined case it comes in is also a great selling point! But the sparkles are not a distraction, Tarte has great pigment in every product! This set is a $322 value that sells for $49, what a steal! I don’t know about you, but I need to add this set to my fabulous collection.

Eyes That Sparkle and Shine

I’ve always been a big fan of glitz and glam, and that stands true when it comes to my eyeshadow. Sometimes you need a little something to take your eye makeup to the next level. This NYX Roll On Shimmer does just that. I have it in the shade Salmon and I got it at Ulta for $3.99. It’s a nice dusty rose color.

I use this product to take my eye makeup from day to night. I apply the shimmer to only my lid and then shade around the outer edge of my eye and the crease. To help the product stick to your eyelid you may want to use an eyeshadow primer or a touch of concealer. Even without primer, this is a shimmer that will last you all through the night. This shadow is perfect for a night out, formal, or any other even where you want to add the perfect touch of glitz to your look.

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Run out and grab this shimmer for yourself today. Ulta carries it in 16 different shades. Whatever your preference may be, we can sparkle and look fabulous together.

Sensational Lashes

I have heard so much hype about the new Maybelline Lash Sensational mascara that I just had to go out and buy it. I got lucky because Ulta was having a buy one get one half off sale on Maybelline products when I bought mine, but normally this mascara costs $8.99.

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I tried it out for the first time today and I can see why everyone is buzzing about it. The formula is very pigmented and fast drying, which is a godsend in the world of mascara! The brush has short bristles on one side and long on the other so you can reach the roots of your eyelashes.

This is probably the only thing I’m not too thrilled about, mostly because I don’t like plastic mascara applicators. I also think that the short bristles weren’t as effective as they were intended to be. The formula can get a little clumpy, but that was nothing that an eyelash brush couldn’t fix. Overall I’d definitely say that this mascara has my eyelashes looking fabulous. I won’t hesitate to reach for it the next time I’m getting ready.