Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Makeup Junkie Holiday Gift Guide 2008: The Gift of Perfectly-Polished-To-Go!

Perfectly-polished girls-on-the-go will love these ready-made sets that will doll you up for those holiday parties!

Smashbox Rapture Best of Smashbox Kit ($19 USD) are perfect travel-size products that you can throw into any cute little clutch. The set includes Smashbox best-sellers Bionic Mascara in Jet Black, Mini Fusion Soft Lights in Dusk, and Mini Lip Enhancing Gloss in Aura.

Mini Lip Enhancing Gloss in Aura is a gorgeous shimmery nude pink. My picture does not do it justice. This Full Color gloss has a nude base with a pink pearl finish to it. I definitely don't own a gloss like this and I think I'll have to pick up the full size version! I love Smashbox glosses and think the finishes are beautiful and long-lasting.

Mini Fusion Soft Lights in Dusk, a mix of shimmery golden bronze, deep bronze, tan, warm pink and champagne, gives the skin a gorgeous bronze glow. Swirl all the colours together for bronze flushed cheeks or use each shade separately. You can use the darkest shade to contour the hollows of the cheeks, the champagne shade to highlight the cheekbones and inner corner of eyes, and swipe the warm pink shade on the eyelids. Get your shimmer on this Holiday!

Smashbox Bionic Mascara in Jet Black gives your lashes intense colour. Your lashes will stand out with this rich black pigment. BIONIC is the first ionic mascara for longer, stronger and more voluminous super-power lashes! What is "ionic technology" you ask?

"The primary ingredient in BIONIC is a chain molecule with a positive charge. The friction caused by sweeping the mascara brush across lashes causes a negative charge. Since opposites attract, the positively charged formula adheres to the negatively charged lashes for a dramatic effect that lasts all day."

Hmm, a lot of hype and marketing? I loved how dark my lashes looked, but it was only good for length and not volume. The water-resistant formula also smudged on me and my lashes were flat by the end of the day. It didn't work for me but it may work for you! Trying a travel size version is a good way of trying the product before committing to the normal size and normal price.

Additional Smashbox Rapture Holiday Sets:

Rapture Lip Gloss Set ($29 USD): Lip Gloss in Illume, Radiant, Candid, Ravishing, Lovely, and Stunning. Stay tuned for my review!
Rapture Flawless Finish Primer Set ($39 USD): Award-winning Photo Finish Foundation Primer in both travel and full size!
Rapture Eye Shadow and Brush Set ($59 USD): 8 eye shadow duos, Definer Brush #15, Shadow Brush #32
Rapture Travel Brush Set ($49 USD): Travel Face Brush, Shadow Brush, Blending Brush, Smudger Brush, Contour and Liner Brush

Give a true glamour girl a "Perfectly Pink" gift from the brand Pink Beauty Cosmetics! Doll pink cheeks and soft pink lips is the signature look for the ultimate girly-girl this Holiday. The "Perfectly Pink" ($55 CAD) set includes my favourites Soft Flush Powder Blusher in Love At First Sight, Luscious Lipshimmer Lipstick in Kimberlina, and Glamour Glaze Lip Gloss in Sweet Pea.

Luscious Lipshimmer Lipstick in Kimberlina is the sweetest pale pink with swirls of gold shimmer. Pink Beauty lip products are a must-have, must-try! Absolutely moisturizing sheer colour that is buildable. I also love the sugary sweet scent. Versatile colour for a subtle day finish or for some glitz at night. Kimberlina is another pink lippie to add to my beauty stash!

Soft Flush Powder Blusher in Love At First Sight gives you the prettiest pink flush ever! Another must-have from Pink Beauty, the brand's powder blushes are highly pigmented and are so velvety-soft you can dab on with your finger. Love At First Sight is a true, clean pink that gives you doll-like pink cheeks. It's the perfect compliment to the set's soft pink lippies. Let your cheeks be the focus this Holiday!

Glamour Glaze Lip Gloss in Sweet Pea is a soft baby pink with a bit of creamy shimmer. I love Pink Beauty glosses for the moisturizing and non-sticky factor plus the yummy scent! Sweet Pea gives a hint of pink and would be lovely for fair skinned glamour girls everyday or to compliment a smoky eye. For my medium-dark skin tone, Sweet Pea can look a bit chalky on its own. I prefer using it over top of Kimberlina to highlight and plump up my lips. The result is beautiful!

Additional Pink Beauty Holiday Sets:

Lipgloss Trios Au Naturel ($49 CAD): Baby Cakes, Dearest, and Glitz
Lipgloss Trios Tres Chic ($49 CAD): Frilly, Sugar Pie, Coy

Lipstick Trios Traffic Stopping ($59 CAD): Vivi, Elsie, and Beatrice
Lipstick Trios My Fair Lady ($59 CAD): Abigail, Camille, and Mabel

Pink Beauty Best Sellers Set ($110 CAD): Luscious Lip Sheer Lipstick in Abigail, Luscious Lipshimmer Lipstick in Clarabelle, Lip Scintillate Lip Gloss in Frilly, Glamour Glaze Lip Gloss in Baby Cakes, Eye Splendor Shadow - Satin Finish in Chi Chi, and Cream Radiance Rouge in Allure

Check the Pink Beauty site later this week for details on the Holiday collections!

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