As a beauty product junkie, we have entered into one of my favorite times of the year. Cosmetic companies everywhere package their best-selling products and special made-for-the-holidays lines together and price them way below full dollar value. You may wonder why I’m telling you about these holiday specials now. You see, people wait all year for these gift sets to come out, and some notoriously sell out within days. If you wait until you start your holiday shopping, you may be out of luck! In fact, Sephora just stocked their sets last week and the Eaton Centre location is already sold out of a couple of them.
My biggest piece of advice for those looking to invest in great cosmetics is to start with good brushes. They last forever, use less product and can really help with application. The caveat is that buying a brush set is an expensive investment. Every year MAC comes out with a brush set during the holidays and they are priced well below the value of buying the brushes individually. This year there are 3 different sets, but to start your collection, this “Essentials” kit ($59.50) is perfect, since it includes a powder brush (for bronzer/blush), and the most important eye shadow brushes (for liner, blending and angled for the smoky look). Plus they come in a cute case and in mint green!
This is my fourth year in a row buying Sephora’s mascara set. Every year, they package together their 10 best selling mascaras. This year’s set includes 8 travel-sized mascaras, 2 full-sized, a lash primer and a pair of fake eyelashes. At $56, the box lasts me just over a year and lets me try out new brands. I’m especially excited that Lancome’s Hypnose Drama mascara is included in the set this year – I hear it’s the best around.
Another great set at Sephora this year is their eyeliner set. I think women everywhere are always in search of the best black eyeliner that stays put and can be put on precisely. There are 7 included in the set and it’s priced at just $36. Bad news is the Eaton Centre is already sold out, so you’ll either have to buy it online or try another location.
The Philosophy sets are always a favorite of mine to gift. They come in amazing scents each year and in really fun packaging. Perfect for stocking stuffers!
Lastly, our friend Saroja swears by Smashbox’s lip gloss set. There’s a great variety of colours which are nice either on their own or to pair with your different shades of lipsticks. If there’s an odd colour that you know you won’t use, I wouldn’t hate to be the recipient of your outcasts!!