It’s the most wonderful time of the year! MAC hasn’t exactly wowed me too much during holiday for the last couple years but this year I was all in. MAC really came through with the Nutcracker Sweet Collection! The packaging is beautiful and the colors are perfect for the season. I just couldn’t help myself.
I went from, “I’m just getting this compact I don’t really need.”
Then soon to, “Okay I could use a few more things from this collection.”
There’s a big ol’ world of lipstick out there and I’m determined to explore it all! I’m quite the lipstick junkie but there’s a lot of brands that I have yet to try. Like Bite Beauty. I’ve been meaning to try Bite Beauty’s luscious line of lipsticks because they’re frequently praised for being creamy, pigmented and super comfortable to wear. Basically everything a girl could love about a lipstick.
Holiday season is all about impulse buys. Sometimes it just happens. I’ve been trying to keep up with all the new goodies rolling out lately but somehow Smashbox’s holiday lineup almost slipped right by me. Until I walked pass the Smashbox gondola and saw the beautiful Light It up L.A. Lights Palette: Contour. Blush. Highlight. It’s a huge palette that mashes 3 full sized L.A. Lights Blush and Highlight trios together for maximum cheek coverage all season long.
Makeup is sorta like books. It can really take you places! Like the new limited edition Too Faced Grand Hotel Cafe palette set for holiday. From the moment you open the hotel shaped box, you’re whisked away to the Grand Hotel Cafe to spend your Christmas in Paris. Like a boss. A delicious smelling boss. With just a quick whiff of the yummy smelling palettes I could close my eyes and imagine sitting in cute quaint cafe nibbling on gingerbread cookies as I sip on a Peppermint Mocha Frappuccino in bliss. Just take me away Too Faced!
The holiday season is fully upon us and the palettes and sets are rolling in heavy! I saved up thousands of Ultamate Rewards points just so I could lose my mind (guilt free) on all of the incredibly amazing holiday goodies popping up this year. There were quite a few sets and palettes that I knew I wanted for sure but there was one palette that I just kept going back and forth on. The LORAC Mega Pro 3 Palette has been a huge hit on social media since its release but I wasn’t quite convinced that I needed it.
“The colors are super dupable.”
“Hmmm some of those mattes look too pale.”
“There’s too many mixed reviews among other brown girls”
“I’m just gonna pass.”
There’s a ton of reasons to make all of your beauty purchases at Ulta but the best one is the rewards program. Hands down! Racking up points at Ulta doesn’t just get you deluxe samples or impossibly hard to get mega sets. Shade but no shade. Sorry Sephora. I’ma let you finish but Ulta has the best rewards program around! Instead of getting deluxe samples of goodies you’d essentially receive for free elsewhere Ulta rewards you with dollars off your next purchase. The more points you have the better!
I’ve been spending up a storm over the last few months at Ulta but it’s all paid off because I was able to score almost all of the new limited edition holiday sets and palettes on my list without breaking the bank. I let my points stack up to 2,300 and redeemed them for $133 off. Talk about win! I couldn’t wait to grab a grey bag and fill it up with my top holiday picks so far this year.
Too Faced is killing me with cuteness! I almost want to write a letter to Jerrod and tell him to stop creating cute palettes for at least 6 months so we all can chill out for a second and save our money for once. I don’t know about you but I’m becoming a bit of a Too Faced fiend. The cute packaging sucks me in every time and their buttery, pigmented eyeshadow formula hooks me while the delicious scents put the final nail in the coffin. I already own all 3 of the Chocolate Bar Palettes and the Peanut Butter and Jelly Palette but now I’m curious to see what’s inside Too Faced’s upcoming Peanut Butter and Honey Palette. Because I’m already sure that I’m going to need it. Jerrod Blandino (Too Faced owner) let the cat out of the bag that the Peanut Butter and Honey Palette is coming soon to Ulta for Spring but didn’t give us a peek inside or an actual release date just yet but I have a feeling that it’s going to be beautiful and a huge hit. Here’s to hoping that the Sweet Peach Collection doesn’t break us all so we’ll still have money left for the Peanut Butter and Honey Palette!
Tarte is known for being your friendly, natural based everyday makeup brand. But this year Tarte seems to be taking their products to the next level. That’s right. Tarte is going Pro! Tarte surprised us all over the weekend when they randomly dropped 2 new palettes and an entire new line of lipsticks on us out of the blue. The madness started when Tarte sent some of our favorite YouTubers (like MakeupShayla) to Bora Bora for what seemed like just a nice, killer vacation but it turned out to be a pre-release party of some sorts. Snapchat stories went from boat parties and jet skiing to swatches of new palettes that just magically appeared on Tarte’s website. Well played, Tarte!
When you’re constantly being bombarded with pretty images of new releases and bomb new collections from uber popular brands it can be hard to see the beauty in other brands. It literally took me years to wean myself off MAC and now my eyes are open to the endless world of wonderful makeup brands out there that don’t always get a ton of love. Like Makeup Revolution. Makeup Revolution is probably more popular in it’s hometown of London but over the pond it’s just starting to get a little shine thanks to the geniuses at Ulta who exclusively launched the line in stores here in the US. Good move, Ulta!
Now we aren’t forced to order Makeup Revolution goodies online and then wait for them to cross the 7 seas to revel in its affordable goodness. You can simply waltz in Ulta, grab a palette or lipstick off the shelf and then be on your merry way without spending all your coins. Doesn’t that sound like a dream come true?