Category: Collections

MAC Holiday 2015 | Magic of the Night Color Collection and Gift Sets

Published in: Collections, MAC Makeup, Makeup, Product Reviews

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This year I really, really hope I get an invite to a Hogwarts-style enchanted garden/magical nighttime holiday event because then I’ll have the world’s most fitting excuse to get gussied up in makeup from the MAC Holiday 2015 Magic of the Night collection.

I just hope I can find the right black-tie pregnancy dress, hmm… :)

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Oh, boy! This collection is a doozy. It’s a big one, and it’s split into two parts. First, there’s the color collection, spell caster’s codename “Magic of the Night.” And then there are several holiday gift sets in three different categories, appropriately named Enchanted Eve, Irresistibly Charming and Viva Glamorous.

Playing with these pieces today it was pretty much love at first swipe. The color theme and deep jewel-toned smoky eyes, gleaming skin and matte lips are totally my style, and I’m a sucker for the magical vibe.

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Guerlain Holiday 2015 Winter Fairy Tale Collection Highlights

Published in: Collections, Guerlain, Makeup, Product Reviews

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A couple of holiday-infused highlights from the Guerlain Holiday 2015 Winter Fairy Tale collection coming to select Guerlain counters at Saks Fifth Avenue, Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Sephora, Bloomingdales and Dillard’s stores October 15

“SNOW DAY!”

Two words I have never spoken in my life, although I’ve always wanted to, but growing up here in this part of California, the only snow we get is on TV, except for the fake kind they use at the mall by the scary Santa…

No offense to any mall Santas out there, but the ones I remember were terrifying! They were just so big and loud and red and sweaty…

Wait — what were we talking about?

Oh, yeah! Guerlain…

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The eyeshadows from the Guerlain Holiday 2015 Eye & Blush Palette (it’s a compact with two tiers)

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The blushes from the Guerlain Holiday 2015 Eye & Blush Palette (the second tier in the compact)


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Make Up For Ever Holiday 2015

Published in: Collections, Make Up For Ever, Makeup, Product Reviews

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Three of the six Make Up For Ever Holiday 2015 sets

Hold me close and kiss me deeply, MUFE, as we snuggle by the Christmas tree and the roaring fire…

Hello, holiday collections! MUFE, you had me at glitter and hot pink. :)

Make Up For Ever’s holiday 2015 collection is cutie-cute-cute, and as for the packaging, there’s no man junk visible within a three-mile radius.

The collection includes six limited edition sets, and here’s a look at three of them (not shown are the lash kit, the gloss duo and the mini brush kit). They’re some of the best deals I’ve seen so far this holiday makeup season.

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Make Up For Ever Holiday 2015 15 Artist Shadow palette ($59, a $221 value)

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The Make Up For Ever Holiday 2015 15 Artist Shadow palette

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A closer look at the Make Up For Ever Holiday 2015 15 Artist Shadow palette

The colors themselves are all re-promotes from the permanent line, so these aren’t brand new products, but you may not mind, even if you already have a few of the colors…

And the reason for that? Price break!

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Make Up For Ever Holiday 2015 Artist Plexi-Gloss Collection ($150, a $228 value)


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NARS Steven Klein Holiday 2015, Part 2: The Color Collection

Published in: Collections, Makeup, NARS, Product Reviews, Video

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Gray does not grandstand in the new NARS Steven Klein holiday 2015 color collection, but if it did, and there were more gray in the release, [THIS] would be right about where I’d insert a 50 Shades of Grey joke about my cat’s never-ending need to dominate my life.

Um, yeah! You know how NARS is with their holiday collections — they like to take the road less traveled, which in this case means nothing too candy cane-covered or outwardly holiday-ish. This year’s color collection, a collaboration with fashion photographer Steven Klein, has an artsy edge to it, and by “artsy edge,” I mean that if a billionaire playboy were ever to invite you to the secret playroom in the back of his mansion, this collection would suit your favorite pair of shiny dominatrix boots quite nicely.

As NARS puts it, imagine “Fantasy. Roles. Rules.”

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NARS Steven Klein Killer Shine Lipsticks in Redemption, Besame Mucho and No Shame ($29 each)

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NARS Steven Klein Killer Shine Lip Glosses in Special Force, Fast Life and Provoke ($28 each)

Shiny vinyl-like finishes play a big part in this 15-piece limited edition launch of pieces for eyes, cheeks, lips and nails. As they are with the Steven Klein holiday gifting sets we looked at last week, lip products are again the stars of the show. There are three lipsticks and three glosses in a completely new formula called Killer Shine, and they’re so glossy and bright that your dominatrix boots be totes jelly.

NARS also carries that same concept of lovely lusters over to the products for eyes, cheeks and nails.

And now that I think about it…there’s very little, if any, matte here, so if you’re drawn to glitter and shimmer like a moth to a flame, then holla! — you’ll probably find something to like in this release.

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NARS Steven Klein Dual-Intensity Blush in Vengeful ($45)


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NARS Steven Klein Holiday 2015, Part 1: The Gift Sets

Published in: Collections, Makeup, NARS, Video

It wouldn’t be the holidays at NARS without a gift set with some man junk…

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NARS Steven Klein Full Service Mini Kabuki Brush Set ($95)

And a lady in a Jason Voorhees mask…

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SCARY!!!

So, yeah. It’s pretty much business as usual over at NARS! :)

The brand likes to scoot along the razor’s edge with their holiday collections, often doing collaborations with cutting edge artists, and their holiday releases are anything but boring and traditional. Instead of reindeers and candy canes, we get ladies in lingerie wearing sexy aliens masks.

This year’s collab is with fashion photographer Steven Klein, and it’s a big one. I’ve split it into two parts, with this first video covering the gift sets, which arrive on the NARS website and at NARS boutiques October 5, and then in stores November 1.

Here are some swatches and pictures, and there’s a lot more info in the video at the top. I hope you see something you like.

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NARS Steven Klein Despair Cheek Palette ($65)

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NARS Steven Klein Despair Cheek Palette Blushes in Nico, Savage, Esoteric and Ferocious


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