Holiday Haul + Last Minute Gift Ideas
It's been a long time since I've blogged, huh? Let's just jump right into it. I've been meaning to post about my Black Friday purchases but since I did most of my shopping online, they didn't all arrive at the same time and I just never got around to posting about it. So now, nearly 3 weeks later and with Christmas in just a few days, I thought I'd post some of the things I got and maybe give you an idea for some last minute presents.
I really loved my Fun Palette from Ciaté London so I decided to get the Chloe Morello Beauty Haul Make-Up Set. This particular set comes with a make-up pouch, a mini Wonderwand Mascara in the shade "Black Magic," a moisturizing matte liquid lipstick in the color "Pin Up," and the gorgeous Pretty, Fun and Fearless Palette. This eyeshadow palette includes a beautiful mix of neutrals, berries, mattes and shimmers and is guaranteed to give you different looks for the many different holiday parties you may need. It retails for $49 and it looks like is only available on the Sephora website since I have yet to see a Ciaté London shelf in an actual Sephora store.
I've been wanting to get my hands on the Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb perfume for years now but just never got around to buying it. When I mentioned to my husband that I saw a V&R gift set, he snuck in the Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Addict Gift Set into my online order and I was surprised to find this arrive just in time for our wedding anniversary! This gift set includes a 100 mL Flowerbomb Eau de Parfum, Rollerball, 50 mL Body Lotion and 50 mL Shower Gel. While it is priced at $140, it does not look like it's still available on the Sephora website. I see that there is a set on Amazon but it is priced for over twice the original price at $301! You'd be better off getting the similar Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Travel Gift Set for $120, which includes everything but the rollerball.
The Tarteist PRO Amazonian Clay Palette is one that I've been keeping an eye on for months since I saw it on IG and when I realized that I wasn't going to spend enough money to keep my Ulta Platinum status, I decided to use my points and got this bad boy for only $24.90! And since the original price was over $50, Ulta still shipped it to me for free! This is such a pretty palette that I'm excited to play with. It comes with 16 matte shadows plus four "brand-new iridescent luster shades with a microshimmer, duochrome formula." I've gotten to use it once since getting it and I am already in love!
A red lip is essential for the holidays and there's not a color more beautiful than the NARS Audacious Lipstick in the shade "Rita." It is a warm red hue that is definitely in line with the Christmas season. I also love this formula since it is creamy enough to keep my lips moisturized and long lasting enough that I don't have to worry about it wearing off. I think NARS may have just converted me from a MAC lipstick lover to a NARS lipstick fan. The catch is that it is slightly more expensive at $32.
Last but not least is a lipstick from Urban Decay's Vice Lipstick Vintage Capsule Collection in the color "Smog." I've been wanting to try out bolder colors for my lips and figured this golden color is just the ticket. It reminds me of a 90s kind of vibe but with a Metallic twist. This is definitely a lip color fit for New Year's Eve parties! It's currently on sale for $11 at Sephora but I see that this particular shade is currently out of stock online so you may need to brave the long lines to check it out at your local store. The shade "Bruise" is still available online and it is a deep red that would look beautiful for winter. "Oil Slick", a glittery black, is also available online and I may pick it up if I can make my way through the Christmas crowd.
I hope I gave you some ideas! Let me know what cool stuff you end up getting for Christmas! Happy holidays!
p.s. Have you seen my new make-up tutorial using two of the products on this list? Check it out below!