Sleigh bells ring, are ya listening? In the lane, snow is glistening…
While the leaves on the trees outside my window haven’t yet changed colors for fall, I’m already excited about the holidays. Halloween and Thanksgiving are just around the corner, and makeup lines have started releasing their limited edition holiday goodies (yay)!
Here’s an early look at one such release by a favorite brand of mine: Benefit Cosmetics.
I love the packaging. It’s not too stuffy or serious, and the purple and gold add a regal feel to the fun designs.
Peace, Love & Glossiness
Does m’lday like to keep her options open? If so, the set provides a lot of options. Two of the six shades in Peace Love & Glossiness are a purple and a gold, and each of the three double ended gloss sticks come with two coordinating glosses, to be worn by themselves or mixed together.
Gloss Stick One
My People, Your People: sheer, shimmery pink
Kiss You: sheer fuschia
Gloss Stick Two
Magic: creamy taupe-plum
Who Does Your Work: creamy wine
Gloss Stick Three
24K: shimmery gold
Talk to My agent: shimmery mauve
Swatches from left to right: My People, Your People; Kiss You; Magic; Who Does Your Work; 24K; Talk to My Agent
The glosses are taste-free, but they do emit a fruit punch scent, which fades after about 5 minutes.
I think the thin, non-sticky texture feels kinda like MAC Lipgelee Lipgass. Not only is it moisturizing, but the sheer color payoff makes them easy to apply.
A good holiday kit or set should be a bargain, right? Well, the full set saves a bundle over the cost to purchase all of these shades separately. Separately, they’d cost about $100. Bought with the set, the cost of each mini-gloss breaks down to $4.30!
The price makes the set a pretty fab way to get several different Benefit shades in one fell swoop!
And because the colors are sheer, easy to apply, and not garish or overly-sexy, I’d feel comfortable giving the kit as a gift to a younger cousin or someone just starting to wear makeup.
My People, Your People
My People, Your People layered with Kiss You
Who Does Your Work
Magic layered with Who Does Your Work
Talk To My Agent
24K layered with Talk To My Agent
Primpcess Gives Eyes the Royal Treatment
Benefit’s royal treatment doesn’t stop with the lips. No, Primpcess, Benefit’s other limited edition holiday item, contains all the right stuff to create a variety of pink and brown day-friendly eyes.
What do you think of the box? It comes with a mirror, two mini-brushes, an illustrated how-to booklet and seven mini-versions of popular Benefit eye products:
- Boi-ing Concealer in 02: a medium shade cream concealer to cover dark circles
- Creaseless Cream Shadow/Liner in RSVP: a light, shimmery champagne-pink
- Accent powder eye shadow: beige matte
- Contour powder eye shadow: shimmery pink
- Liner powder eye shadow: dark brown matte
- BADgal lash: a thickening mascara in black
- Eye Bright: a pink illuminator
I think it’s an incredibly user friendly kit and plan to stuff a couple stockings with this one. Most of my friends aren’t as addicted to makeup as I am, but I think they’ll appreciate Primpcess. What’s not to love? Like the Peace, Love & Glossiness kit, I’d also feel comfortable giving it to a younger relative or to someone inexperienced with makeup.
I may also give a box to my 60ish mum, too. She doesn’t usually wear makeup, but this kit might prompt her to play with some simple eye looks.
Happy hump day, cuties! I stayed up way too late last night reading The Other Boleyn Girl. Today I’m all about the coffee.
I’m on my way to work now. How’s your day been?
Quick question: have you ever ordered exercise DVDs from Amazon.com? I’m looking for recommendations. I’d like to have a couple new ones to use indoors this fall and winter. So far I have Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred and Hip Hop Abs on the list, but I don’t know…
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,