Tarte of Giving Holiday set 2013_

Tarte of Giving Holiday set 2013_

{Tarte – The Tarte of Giving}

Christmas is upon us. Yes, I know it’s actually three days away but believe it or not I still haven’t started my gift shopping

In light of my failure to stay on top of this year’s special occasion I’ll be spending the next two days raiding the malls and getting my hands on everything I can for the wonderful people in my life. Beauty wise, Sephora is brimming with the most stunning sets I’ve seen in a long while. We don’t have time to wait for shipping so it’s not the biggest problem if these sets are sold out online. Head to the stores and check out my top picks for gifting below. If you’re anything like me you’ll be spending the next few days like a headless chicken. I hope my gift guide for the beauty addicts in your life makes things a little easier 😉

Tarte’s The Tarte of Giving set is fantastic for the busy-girl in your life who tends to travel a lot. Stock her up with this gorgeous beauty case (with a shower hook!) that’s filled with a variety of glosses, full 20 piece eye shadow palette and skin-care and make up mini’s to have her set for a while. $71…I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw the bargain price.

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{Stila Artist’s Essential Set}

If you know a girl that refuses to leave her house without a full shadow look then Stila have you covered. The Artist’s Palette is loaded with four quads that offer a variety of shades to mix and match for a myriad of looks just waiting to be created.

 

I love that it comes with a liner, brush, lip stain and blush to complete of the intricate eye looks your girl’s created. Another $71 set that is totally worth it’s weight in gold.

Make Up for Ever Aqua Rouge

{Make Up For Ever – Ultimate Long Lasting Lip Set}

I have long since been a fan of Make Up For Ever’s Aqua Rouge lip colours (an opaque lip of colour that still allows for long make out sessions) this set is for the girl that goes bold before she goes home.

Six full size lip stains with double ended gloss and the matching lip liner to keep your pout in place. If she has a couple of these it’s worth gifting the set to allow her to play with more long-lasting colour. $168 is pricey so I would reserve this extra-special set for you BFF or sister.

{Tarte – Off The Cuff Amazonian Clay Blush Palette}

Hands down this is my favourite release of the 2013 gift sets. It’s simple I know but the size of the blushes is fantastical. The palette itself is stunning to look at and it’s the perfect collection of shades for any skin tone. 4.5grams of five different shades of blush inclusive of the perfect, matte bronzer. I just want to keep this set in my life forever.

$50 for the palette, the blushes are $31 individually. Enough said.

Shades featured: Dollface, Park Avenue Princess, Darling, Dazzled, and Crave.

{Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette}

If you know a make up addict that hasn’t got this in her arsenal then you can save yourself the searching time and pick up this pretty. There aren’t many setting powders that compare to this line and the fact that there are three variations in one set makes it a MU dream. Featuring Dim Light, Incandescent Light (exclusive) and Radiant Light it offers a variety of finishes for any make up look. I love using the middle shade to set my under-eye concealer and keep it bright but not cakey. Bonus? You get a 5ml  Veil Mineral Primer with the palette. $58 for the palette where the full size individuals are $52.

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philosophy cherry pinwheel cookie

philosophy cherry pinwheel cookie

{Philosophy Shampoo, Shower Gel and Bubble Bath}

As a young girl I kinda had a bit of an addiction to cherry flavoured lip balms. Was that a thing or was it just me? This shower gel reminds me of just that. Bathing in that cheerful, cherry goodness. It’s sweet, it’s sugary it’s just oh-so delicious. Sure, you may get sick of smelling this one on a daily basis but if you’re not easily affected by intense scents then I suggest you give this a little sniff.

Between this scent and the Peppermint Stick I would say they’re my least favourite but I do lean towards caramel scents a little more. If you’re feel in’ the fruity smells then this will be the one you love most.

cherry pinwheel cookie shower gel

Cherry Pinwheel Cookie Recipe:

3 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup butter

1 cup sugar

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup cherry preserves

Directions: combine flour, baking powder and salt. Cream butter, sugar vanilla extract and in eggs in a separate bowl. Slowly stir in flour mixture. Roll dough in to rectangle on lightly floured wax paper. Refrigerate for 20 minutes. Spread preserves over the dough. Roll up, wrap and freeze for two hours. Slice roll in to pieces and bake for 15 minutes at 375 degrees.

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spiced gingerbread cookie shower gel philosophy

spiced gingerbread cookie shower gel philosophy

{Philosophy Spiced Gingerbread Cookie Shampoo, shower gel and bubble bath}

I’ll be honest, I’ve never been a fan of gingerbread in any form of baked goods. My must-have Christmas treat? Shortbread cookies dipped in pretty much anything.

ooey gooey spiced gingerbread cookie

{I love the way this looks good enough to eat…}

That being said, I ADORE gingerbread scented beauty products. So much so that this particular shower gel has become my favourite of the five.

It makes me want to eat it. I love that for the seemingly edible products, Philosophy include the recipe of said product on the bottle. Totally satisfying the foodies in us right?

So here’s the Philosophy recipe if you do love gingerbread men…

2 cups flour

1, 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

1 teaspoon ginger

1/2  cup brown sugar

1/3 cup molasses

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1 egg

1/2 cup unsalted butter

Directions: mix sugar, butter and molasses, add egg and beat for one minute. Sift in dry ingredients, then mix for two minutes. Scoop on to pan, lightly flatten cookies and dust with sugar. Bake for 13 minutes at 350f. Allow to cool before decorating!

In lieu of not wanting to bake this treat my oh so thoughtful boyfriend came home with this deliciously scented Bright – Gingerbread Man Air Freshener that now sits on our tree. Isn’t he the cutest! He’s also literally filling my living room with the sweet scent of gingerbread cookies which is doubly as awesome seeing as I just showered with the scent…

Gingerbread man Bright

You can find this little badboy at your local Metro store.

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{Sweet Christmas}

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snow angel shower gel philosophy

snow angel shower gel philosophy

{Snow Angel}

Day One: Philosophy Snow Angel Last year I’m pretty sure my mum made her first snow angel, Ever. This scent reminds me so much of the awesome times we had last year. I’m pretty sure it was their first time tobogganing, too <3

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Back to the present day and I start my Monday with the soft and subtle scent of the snow angel. It’s nothing but light and clean and best suited for the ones you love that don’t want and overwhelming smell of delicious cupcakes.

snow angel - pholosophy

{my favourite ‘clean’ scent}

Whilst most of the time I’ll reach for the sweetest shower gel I own, sometimes it’s nice to just keep it clean.

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{Sweet Christmas}

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