Makeup sets are such a fun gift to give (and to receive). The great thing about them is that there’s so many choices in different price ranges — it’s easy to find a gift for a friend, babysitter or teacher. Or mother, sister…the list is endless!
So grab a few of these great gifts below and pass out the pretty this holiday season!
Pür Minerals Let It Glow! Makeup Stick Trio ($24 USD) Give your skin a rosy glow with this limited-edition set that offers three twist-up makeup sticks that highlight your features for natural radiance. Define, contour and brighten while conditioning for smoother, softer skin.
Available at www.purminerals.com.
Lancome All Over Face Palette ($55 USD) — Take your makeup look from day to night with the ‘All Over Face’ palette that features nine new eyeshadow shades, plus two contouring essentials.
COLOR DESIGN Sensational Effects Eye Shadow X 9 — In Blizzard, Starlight, Onyx Eve, Warm Cocoa, Fox, Smolder, Cashmere, Fawn and Mink Me.
BLUSH SUBTIL Delicate Oil-Free Powder Blush in Everything Nice
STAR BRONZER Long Lasting Bronzing Powder in Cinnamon and Spice
Robin McGraw Revelation Pure Joy Lip Gloss Collection ($49.95 For all for or $15.95 USD) — A collection of four high-shine lip glosses with brilliant color and subtle shimmer makes a special gift for a loved one – or for yourself. A luxurious, non-sticky formula creates the perfect look for any celebration.
Avon Makeup Studio Palette ($24.99 USD) — Perfect for a girl on the go, this palette is a holiday hit. It’s sized to carry everywhere, for touch-ups, or transitioning makeup from day to night. The set includes 25 eye shadows, 12 lip glosses, 2 blushes, 2 bronzers and 3 brushes.
Available at visit Avon.com to locate a Representative or shop online.
ck one eye essentials gift set
ck one high-shine gloss trio holiday set
ck one has great gift sets for the holidays:
ck one eye essentials gift set ($25 USD) — For a great bargain, the ck one eye essentials gift set features everything needed to create a complete eye look, including volumizing mascara in black 800, powder eyeshadow in ambitious 710, and double-ended eyeliner in genius/radical 800.
ck one high-shine gloss trio holiday set ($20 USD) — A great stocking stuffer, the ck one high-shine gloss trio holiday set features three high-shine gloss tubes in wearable shades for every occasion. the line includes two existing shades, proper 300, tender 810, and one limited-edition shade, faithful 910, a sparkling, translucent shade.
Summer makeup is usually bronze and shimmering and/or bright and fun. This years offerings are no different!
I love using self tanner (post to come), so in the summer I don’t cake on the makeup. So bronzer, great waterproof eye makeup and bright lips and eyes are the perfect products for an easy look.
I am so lucky to have been sent lots of fabulous makeup products for my honest opinion. I have a lot to review, and here are some great ones:
ck one summer limited edition explores the colorful world under the sea and transforms its
tropical hues into a vivid palette of summer shades.
the lineup includes:
ck one summer limited edition powder bronzer compact in shade 400 sandbar ($25 USD)
ck one summer limited edition long wear + shine nail color ($14 each) scented with ck one summer fragrance
in shades 500 riptide (shimmery aqua) and 610 current (bright green creme). Once dry, they smell fantastic!
ck one summer limited edition long wear cream eyeshadow tubes in shades 400 surge (bright turquoise), 500
reef (vivid green), and 720 dune (sandy beige) ($18 each).
I have been testing the nail polish in riptide and the cream eyeshadow in reef and dune. The polish is crazy-pretty and smells great after it dries. The eyeshadow in reef is a bit to bright for me, but I LOVE dune. It is bronzy summer in a tube and lasts a long time on.
Summer 2013 Aqualillies for tarte limited-edition collection is so cool! Inspired by America’s most glamorous synchronized swimming group, the Aqualillies, this limited-edition collection includes seven splashproof products.
For additional information, check out the Aqualillies for tarte collaboration on tarte’s YouTube channel.
I have been testing the finishing powder, the lipstick and the eyeliners. The finishing powder is so good! Use a fluffy powder brush to buff it over foundation or bb cream. It sets your makeup and blurs the look of fine lines and pores.
The lipstick is gorgeous, but way to bright for me. I gave it to my teenage daughter and it is so pretty on her.
The eyeliners last FOREVER on. But the brush takes me a bit to get the hang of, and you only have a few minutes play until it is set and totally waterproof. Perfect for the pool!
Laura Mercier Folklore Collection — Laura Mercier’s inspiration for this collection stems from Aztec influences and fantastical rituals, colours in this collection are reminiscent of ancient symbols and artifacts, textiles and jewelry. When conceptualizing the collection, Laura envisioned the spirit of earth and fire infused into an illuminating new mosaic of colour. The products create a naturally bronzed look, with fiery shades that are perfect for day and night.
Products in the photo above are:
Crème Eye Liner ($22 USD) — An ultra-smooth, water-proof creamy eye liner that applies with the ease and smooth silky finish of a gel and the precision of a liquid liner. Smudge and transfer-resistant, this long-wearing formula goes on “foolproof” with the Laura Mercier Angled Eye Liner Brush. New colors are Canard (teal) and Cobalt (Vibrant Mid-Tone Blue).
Lip Crayon ($22 USD) A smooth lip colour that provides pure, long-wearing colour to lips in three on-trend shades for summer. With a convenient purse-friendly package, Lip Crayon never needs sharpening, making it perfect for travel and touch-ups on the go. The colors are Folklore (fuchsia), Mayan Sun (orange pink), and Burnt Clay (deep brown).
Baked Blush Bronze ($36 USD) — Laura Mercier Baked Blush Bronze is a baked powder with five complimentary shades that together provide the perfect, natural colour for cheeks and face. Each tile is hand-mixed with a unique design. The color is called Ritual and it is a warm bronze.
Illuminating Eye Colour (24 USD) — Eye colour with a multi-dimensional, luminous pearl finish with a soft, bouncy texture for excellent colour pay-off and a smooth, even application. The shades are Fire Glow (copper shimmer), Sun Glow (gold with shimmer) and Earth Glow (deep brown).
Faux Lash Mascara ($24 USD) — Give real lashes extreme volume and length for intense exaggeration and drama. The formula is extra-smooth, glossy and good-for-lashes, created with a blend of waxes and absolutely no fibers. Build rich, exaggerated lashes that are extraordinarily thick, super-shiny and conditioned. The new color is Sierra Brown.
I have been trying the eye shadows. I LOVE them. So pretty. I like to wear Sun Glow for an everyday light color and then add the Fire Glow in the crease and Earth Glow as a liner at night. So glam!
Bright is right this spring! At least with makeup. With all of the sad things that have been happening, a little bright color can help perk your mood – and your look – right up!
Cargo ColorStick ($28 USD) — An oil-free, cream color stick that blends effortlessly to eyes, cheeks and lips, for a natural, monochromatic look. The velvety, ultra-light texture blends flawlessly onto the skin for an “airbrushed” finish. Cheeks appear smooth and flawless. The cream-to-powder formula sets for an exceptionally long-wearing finish and never settles into fine lines. The dial-up stick makes application a breeze. Available in 5 shades. Santorini, Key West and Maui give a natural and pretty color to the cheeks, eyes and lips. St. Tropez offers a sheer bronze glow perfect for giving a soft tan glow or sculpting the cheekbones. Champagne is a warm highlighter that is ideal for highlighting the key areas of the face.
I have been using Santorini which is very bright coral/pink color. I love the creamy formula for my cheeks and lips, but the shade is a bit bright for me. I would definitely try this in a lighter pink or bronze.
L’Oréal Paris Colour Caresse Shine Stain by Colour Riche ($9.99 USD) This lightweight lip stain is designed to deliver long-lasting color with a glossy, high-shine finish (vs. the matte effect that many stains provide). Never heavy and never drying, the weightless formula glides on for a unique lip color experience. Colour Caresse Shine Stain has a moisturizing, water-based formula that leaves lips soft, comfortable and hydrated for up to six hours. It contains a blend of light shine oils and concentrated pigments for clear, luminous color.
I have been testing Stubborn Plum, a violet-pink almost mauve color. It is a bit 80’s for me, but it’s pretty. For a stain it is very moisturizing, but it has a funky taste. I think that if you do want a long-lasting lip color, this is a good choice because it is not drying at all. Plus it comes in lots of shades!
L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Eye Shadow Quads ($7.95 USD) – Color authority L’Oréal Paris is proud to expand its Colour Riche franchise to include a new collection of eye shadow quads that have been customized with trend-driven, wearable hues and specially developed to create not just one eye look – but endless statement looks for your every mood. The shades are grouped in three families to help you easily ﬁnd the palette that is right for you. Available in both pearl and matte ﬁnishes, the sophisticated shades vary from softly shimmering to bold and intensely rich.
These are beautiful quads of bright or smoky colors. The four shades can create so many fun looks. Really great pigment payoff!
Merle Norman Color Max Shadow in Lavender Ice ($12 USD) High-fashion shadows are packed with pigment to give you maximum color pay-off in a single swipe. Duo-chromatic pigments and pearlized powders create multi-dimensional effects with a satiny-smooth finish.
This is a gorgeous color on. The lavender is shimmery, but not glittery, which I love. Great alone with a dark liner.
Merle Norman Moist Lip Color in Cotton Candy ($15 USD) The name says it all! Soft, beautiful and oh-so-yummy lips are yours with this nourishing, light formula that provides sheer, luscious color and shine with moisturizing benefits.
This is my favorite lip gloss at the moment. So pretty and light and very moisturizing. Not sticky at all.
Pixi Extra Eye Bright Liner ($17 USD) — This waterproof precision inner rim liner is designed to brighten the eyes and make the eye whites look whiter. Twist-up, non-sharpening precision point pen makes it easy to use and adds a brightening effect exactly where you want it. The pale white-pink-lavender colour enhances the whiteness of the eye white, giving the illusion of larger, more bright and awake eyes – your own little wakeup makeup secret! Hypoallergenic. Paraben-free. Mineral oil-free. Suitable for the most sensitive eyes.
This works really well to brighten my tired eyes! It can also be used at the inner corners of the eye and under the browbone for extra light.
Pixi Tinted Brilliance Balm ($17 USD) — Packed with lip-loving ingredients, this glossy gel balm protects & hydrates lips instantly. After the balm wears off, lips are left tinted with a flattering, personalized hue just for you (colour & intensity depends on pH level of lips).
Twist-up crayon requires no sharpening. Secure lid after use.
Beneficial ingredients and what they do:
Jojoba oil is an effective natural moisturizer and environmental barrier for the skin
Peptides plump fine lines
Vitamin E nourishes and protects
Shea butter nourishes the skin
Vitamin A is a powerful antioxidant
Rose extract nourishes & repairs
I have this lovely balm in the newest (and lightest) shade Lucent Glow. It is a sheer rose-gold color with a pearly glow.
The new spring collection from ck one color is a limited edition street collection in collaboration with graffiti artist Miss 163.
ck one Street Limited Edition Powder Eyeshadow Quad ($28 USD) — High intensity eyeshadow formula with the purest, brightest pigments for intense brilliance. Can be used as an accent color to highlight, brighten eyes.
Illuminate: Pearlized shades for a shimmering finish. Can be used all over lid for sheer sparkling finish or blend with other colors to add intense shine.
Define: Ultra-fine micronized powder to blend and obtain a deep color effect. Soft matte even finish. Can be used to contour and add depth to the eye.
Contour + Line: Provides saturated intense color in one sweep. Super matte dramatic finish. Color remains pure and flawless for hours on hours. Can be used wet or dry – to contour, line, shape eyes.
Buildable color intensity
Vibrant color impact
Longwearing – wears up to 10 hours
Matte, satin, high pearl effects
Soft, silky smooth texture
These are fun, high-pigmented colors. They are perfect for spring and summer! I really love the brown, it is perfect for all eye colors.
Street Limited Edition Shine Lipstick ($16 USD) Pure Shine Lipstick by ck one Color for hydration + shine. I have Painted, a sheer violet and it is gorgeous. It gives so much moisture and a sheer shine.
I love trying brand new cosmetic brands! This Spring was the exciting launch of ck one color cosmetics, a full line-up of over 130 products that all capture the core ck one brand DNA – authentic, confident, and cool.
This line of affordable designer cosmetics continues the recent expansion of ck one into a lifestyle brand, with jeans and underwear introduced under the name in 2011.
I have got to try a few of these products and generally LOVE them. The packaging is unique and fun and the products themselves are really cool!
Here is the description about the packaging. I think it is interesting:
ck one color packaging design furthers the code-breaking legacy of the ck one brand with an understated pill shape that’s iconic and edgy. the modern, minimalist packaging offers simplicity in a black and white silhouette, enhanced by a playful contrast of soft touch matte and high gloss finishes for a heightened sensory experience. designed for intuitive use, product applicators feature two-sided textures and multi-functionality to encourage individual creativity.
Some of my favorite products are:
3-IN-1 FACE MAKEUP SPF 8 ($30 USD) — this distinctive liquid synthesizes serum, primer and face makeup into one simple, lightweight formula. treated pigment technology with triple-layer amino acid that mimics skin for an effortlessly natural, radiant finish. no compromise on skin perfecting coverage. antioxidants protect skin, lasting up to 11 hours.
What I think: A very lightweight but full-coverage makeup, which is very cool. There are 8 shades available from very light to very dark, so something for everyone. I wear the light which is a perfect match for my skin. It applies very smoothly and melts into the skin. So nice!
MOUSSE CONCEALER ($20 USD) — absolute flawlessness. air-whipped concealer delivers a natural, seamless finish that fully hides blemishes and imperfections, lasting up to 9 hours.
What I think — This blends extremely well. It only takes a few minutes to cover my under eye circles and blemishes. To apply, I dip a concealer brush into the pot and dot on my skin, then blend. Really great consistency, not too thick but provides full coverage.
MASCARA ($18 USD) — customize lash looks with a unique twist brush applicator. Select definition or volume with a twist of the cap in this all-in-one mascara.
What I think — Super-cool idea for mascara application. You can twist the top of the cap to make the wand shorter or longer. I make it short first, to thicken lashes, then I make it longer to separate and lengthen. It only takes 2 coats on each eye to make my lashes look extremely long and thick. The only thing that I don’t love is that it flakes towards the end of the day.
POWDER EYESHADOW QUAD ($28 USD) — accentuate. illuminate. define. fun and youthful hues that can easily be applied wet or dry to create looks for day or night.
What I think — This is a gorgeous eye quad. This comes in 6 color combinations, but I have Disco, the purple palette that you see above. It is prettier in person, though. It has a glitter purple, a shimmer fuchsia, a matte burgundy and a pearly off-white. You can make lovely combos with this set.
Available exclusively at Ulta and Ulta.com. Enjoy!