Or I suppose I should say that winter collections are already here – and have been for at least a month now. The cosmetic and fashion industries are always months ahead of the season, and there have been tons of fun new holiday collections.
Working in the cosmetic industry, I tend to notice a pattern of a sort of holiday collection progression- some brands launch their collections more towards the cusp of fall and winter, such as Smashbox and Lise Watier. Smashbox launched their On the Rocks collection, featuring value sets and 2 palettes. Lise Watier launched their gorgeous Aurora Collection at the end of October, which you can read all about here. Other brands, like MAC, launch a few different collections throughout the fall and winter months. They launched their Brooke Shield and Rocky Horror collections in the fall, followed by the Heirloom Mix Holiday colour collection, and of course their gorgeous keepsake kits. They don’t stop there, though, there are more collections to come in the next couple of months! Keep your eyes out for the new Lightness of Being collection, coming in December!
Here are some of my current favourite products from winter/holiday collections!
Benefit Sweet Spot Box O’Blushes:
This adorable little tin features 5 of their best selling blushes, the “Hoola” bronzer, and a mini Watt’s Up! Highlighter. I had been wanting to try the Benefit blushes for quite some time, and snatched up the last 2 of these sets when I saw them in store! While the blushes are a bit smaller than the individuals, you get 7 cheek products for around the price of 2 individual blushes! Such an amazing value, especially if you’re like me and were wanting to try them all out!
Lise Watier Celestial Light Powder from the “Aurora” winter 2014 collection:
This was definitely a “love at first swatch” deal for me. It is my absolute favourite highlighter at the moment. You can read all about it, along with the rest of the collection here!
Mac Objects of Affection “Rose” Pigments & Glitters: MAC is exceptionally well known for their gorgeous holiday collections, most of which always include stunning limited edition pigment/glitter sets. Me, being a huge sucker for pigments and glitters, could not resist. This set features 5 gorgeous rose-tones pigments and glitters. From left to right: “Whisper Pink” (soft pinky-beige with a subtle pearlized shimmer), “Tan” (a very popular permanent pigment, it’s a pinky/tan with soft amber tones), “Rose” (a more vidid rose tone with copper sparkle), “Reigning Riches” (a copper glitter), “Heritage Rouge” (a deeper, brown-toned plum)
I purchased one of their glitter/pigment sets last holiday season, and it has easily been one of my favourite purchases from Mac! I highly recommend these sets-it takes forever to use up the pigment, so it’s a really great value.
Guerlain Perles d’Etoiles Meteorites Illumination Pearls from the “A Night at the Opera” holiday collection: Guerlain is famous for their Meteorites-gorgeous powder pearls that illuminate the face. This year’s limited edition Meteorites feature 6 different shades, ranging from bronzes, soft pinks, and a few red pearls.
Smashbox “On the Rocks” Photo Finish Primer Duo
The Smashbox Photo Finish primer has been my favourite for quite some time – not to mention it’s one of the top primers on the market! I am a huge advocate for primers, they really do make a difference in your foundation application and wear! I snatched up this set as soon as we received it in my store. It’s two primers for the price of one: the foundation primer, and the hydrating under eye primer. Not to mention it has pretty limited edition packaging!
Lush Santa’s Lip Scrub: Lush does some of the best – and not to mention delicious – lip scrubs. This holiday lip tastes like cocoa-cola, and helps to exfoliate the lips to leave them soft and smooth.
I can’t wait to see what other holiday goodies this season will have in store! What are some of your favourite holiday products so far?