Beauty, MakeupStila Holiday 2012

Stila has always been one of my favorite brands (as evidenced by the fact that I drag myself out of bed at 5am on the weekend to get to their  warehouse sales early every year – the only thing I love more than sleep is a great makeup sale!).  They always outdo themselves at the holidays too – their gift sets are some of the best products and greatest values out there, and this year is no exception.

The big attraction for me is the Snow Angel Color Palette & Stay All Day Waterproof Volumizing Mascara.  Love this one!  It’s a HUGE collection of color – literally everything you could ever need for eyes and cheeks in one package.  (The only downside to this is that it’s not exactly portable or travel-friendly, but that’s okay.  Sometimes trading pack-ability for more shades it totally worth it!)  It’s shaped like a snowflake (so cute) and has 12 blushes and 18 eye shadows, all of which can be used wet or dry.  It also comes with a deluxe Stay All Day Mascara tube and a look book for inspiration (definitely a bonus if you’re gifting this to someone who doesn’t have much makeup experience).  This is a serious, serious value at only $39 – that’s only $1.30 a shade, even less than any drugstore brand.  If you only buy one item from Stila’s holiday collection, it should be this one.

…Unless you really need to stock up on Lip Glazes or Eye Liners…  Because those two sets are awesome too.  (Seriously, Stila, what are you doing to me?)  The All Is Bright Lip Glaze Set has eight different Lip Glazes in it for only $25.  I feel like everyone knows of the awesomeness of the Lip Glazes by now (colorful, great flavors, moisturizing…) and to pick up two classic shades and six limited-edition ones at that price is a can’t miss if you’re on the hunt for new lip colors.  But if you need to acquire more eye liners, the Seeing Stars Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner Set is what you’re looking for.  For $32, you get five Smudge Sticks (normally that many would run you $100) in great, wearable shades.  I love the Smudge Sticks because they apply so easily, blend like a dream, and their highly pigmented colors last all night (especially important during the holidays).

And as a special treat for our readers, Stila is giving you 25% off on their holiday items purchased at through December 15th with the code TDO25.  Even more reason to stock up!  Happy shopping!

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