Bargain Beauty Find! e.l.f. Small Stipple Brush

Hello gentle reader.

I was cruising around Target, one day and came across a Display of e.l.f. makeup brushes. I was going to pass on by when I remembered that I had heard and read so many glowing reviews of the Small Stipple Brush from their Studio line and that I wanted to try it, one day. So I put on the brakes, backed up and sifted through the display until I found one.

Three dollars. That is all the brush cost.

The e.l.f. Small Stipple Brush is amazingly well made for one so affordable. A black, matte finished contoured lightweight plastic handle tapers into a shiny black metal ferule. The bristles are white tipped black synthetic material. The brush, so far seems sturdy and well made. The overall length is middle of the road, not full length, not a shorty.

This brush has a small diameter, is nice and dense, firm but soft to the touch. It is a perfect tool to apply creme blush, creme or powder highlighter, even do a fast wash of shadow across the eyelids. It cleans up with a swish and dries quickly. I like this brush. I think I need to grab one or two more so that I have spares on hand so that I have a clean one to reach for when my other one is dirty.

For being sturdy, well made, good looking, soft and effective at applying whatever I want it to apply, and extremely affordable, the e.l.f. Small Stipple Brush is a Bargain Beauty Find!

Do you own this brush? Multiples? What do you think of it? Are there any other e.l.f. Studio brushes that are just so good and I must try? Enable me.

China Glaze The Giver Collection

Hello gentle reader.

China Glaze the Giver Collection is a movie tie in collection released by China Gaze when the movie The Giver came out, last Summer. I haven't seen the movie, yet or read the book. Books? I have little clue what the story is. But I knew, the moment I saw early images of these polishes that China Glaze was on to something with this collection. And even if I decide, upon seeing the movie that The Giver  blows, I can take comfort in the knowledge that these polishes don't.

The China Glaze The Giver collection is twelve coordinated muted and quiet colours that are, while gentle in nature, hardly boring. At least, I don't find them so. Let's have a look see at them, shall we? All polishes swatched over base coat and topped with Posche fast dry top coat.

Friends Forever, Right? Pale, pale, pale ever so slightly dusty pink. This looks a tiny bit more pink to the eye than in my photograph. This richly pigmented crelly applies surprisingly well, for a pastel. If your nails are ridgy jerks, like mine are ridgy jerks, use a good ridge filler. Trust me. This swatch, sans ridge filler? Three coats. Four on my ring and pinkie nails. Lesson learned.

Intelligence, Integrity, Courage. Soft, grey blue crelly. The colour of a low, overcast sky. The formula is lovely. This is two coats and top coat.

Five Rules. Dusty sage green crelly. Three coats and top coat. Great formula and application, it did want to tighten up on me on the third coat.

New Birth. Palest of blues. Slightly dusty. Beautiful. This one was a little thin and streaky, I needed three coats and top coat for full opacity and a smooth, even finish. This is so pretty, I don't care. Sometimes a polish is worth the effort.

Capacity to See Beyond. Perfect turquoise blue. Just. Perfect. The formula is as fantastic as the colour is beautiful. This is two coats and top coat.

Release. Have a bottle of dirty-dark lavender crelly beauty for your nails. This is two dreamy coats and top coat.

History of the World. Sweet fancy Moses (as a friend of mine is so fond of saying) this polish is stunning. This dusty, subdued blurple is so elegant and smooth and... My brain just melted down. The formula is nearly perfect, application a dream. This swatch is two coats and top coat.

Giver's Theme. This intense, clean violet crelly is surprisingly flattering and easy to wear. The formula on this one gave me some trouble, the first coat fought me every step of the way. The second coat went on so much better and suddenly it went from a streaky, snotty mess to smooth, opaque perfection with a hint of squish. Top coat just finished it off.

Seeing Red. Rich, warm, slightly brick-y red crelly. This is two coats plus top coat. I am such a sucker for a great red polish. This one is a beauty. So flattering. So sexy.

Community. Creamy, slightly red toned milk chocolate brown. It is weird that I don't hate this? It's weird that I don't hate this, isn't it? I think that slowly, over time, I am developing a tolerance for brown polish. Only problem, this one gave me lobster claws. I had to do serious skin tone fixing. This is two easy-peasy coats and top coat.

Boundary of Memory. This greyed out jelly base is packed with super fine black, gold and silver glitter. This polish is a tad... Snotty. The first coat was a bitch on wheels. The second coat was much easier and resulted in a perfect, if somewhat gritty and thirsty finish. Gelous then Posche finished this off to glossy, super shiny and sparkly perfection.

The Outer Edge. This is a delicate fine white matte glitter suspended in a fluid, clear base. While I suppose one could pile on enough to get this opaque, why would one wish to do so? It is so pretty as a one coat topper. It looks like super fine, grainy snow that fell, ever so briefly then stopped. This would be a terrific polish for upcoming Winter nail art. Mmm-Hmmm!

Bonus "nail art!" Ish. I topped Release with a deep V-shaped application of The Outer Edge to mimic the V in the Giver logo. Topped it with top coat.

And that is the China Glaze The Giver Collection. Isn't is beautiful? And wearable and classy and fun? Just about everyone should be able to find a shade or three that they would love to own and wear.

You can find China Glaze The Giver polishes on Amazon, eleven of the twelve are available on the Ulta website. You should be able to find them in Ulta stores, in random Sally Beauty Supply stores and other beauty supplies and retailers that carry China Glaze.

Have you picked up any of these beautiful polishes? Which shades did you get? If you're thinking about it, which ones would you like to have? Please do tell.

Bargain Beauty Find: Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eye Shadows

Hello gentle reader.

While my Ipsy Glam Bags haven't been delighting me all that much, lately one thing that did make me very happy was that I had accumulated enough points to redeem for a little beauty treat. I had a choice of a handful of different products, I chose a trio of Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eye Shadows. These are a newer offering from Milani and they have been receiving quite a bit of buzz and I was excited to get a few and try them out.

The packaging is pure Milani, that pretty, luxe look. The shadow cakes, themselves are generously large, mounded with a dip in the center.

The three shades I received are:

Bella Ivory: Slightly peachy ivory shimmer. This is a lovely highlight and inner corner brightener.

Bella Gold: 24 Karat metallic wow.

Bella Espresso: This warm brown with a gold shimmer is just my cup of... Coffee.

Swatch action.

All three of these shadows are soft and velvety, once you break the surface. They are nicely pigmented and have wonderful payoff. They apply smoothly and evenly and blend and wear well. These shadows kick up a little bit of powder but not tons. The gold is a tad bit flaky. Fallout isn't bad, at all. Just tap your brush. You know what to do.

These shadows are really good. I think that I'd like to try a few more shades, in future. There are thirty shades to choose from in the line of Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eye Shadow. Something for everyone. These shadows retail for $4.99 each and are available on the Milani website, at CVS and other drugstores and mass retailers that carry Milani.

Have you tried Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eye Shadow? What do you think of them? What is your favorite shade?

Bobbi Brown High Light Powder in Pink Glow

Hello gentle reader.

I was kicking around in the beauty section of the Nordstrom website and I ran across this beauty. Bobbi Brown High Light Powder in Pink Glow. Uh-oh! My inner magpie went into drool mode and I knew that I was in trouble. I socked it away on my ever growing wishlist and clicked out, to give myself some time to think about it. While it isn't prohibitively expensive, it is spendy enough that I didn't want to impulse buy. And, I'm really glad that I waited. When I went back to purchase, it had been temporarily marked down five dollars. Thank you, Nordstrom.

Bobbi Brown High Light Powder is a limited edition offering, part of their Scotch on the Rocks holiday collection. It comes in two shades, Pink Glow, which I chose and Bronze Glow. The highlighter came to me in a pretty gold stamped leather look box printed to appear trimmed in ribbon. Now, call me cray but, for what I had to pay for that highlighter, would a snazzy leather box with real ribbon on it really be asking too much?

Yes? I thought so.

Doesn't hurt to ask.

Open the pretty outer box and inside is a sleek, plastic faux tortoise compact that feels light but solid in the hand. Push the little button on the front edge and the lid springs open to reveal the reason why we are all here.

A full sized mirror covers the upper inside of the lid to serve your every check your look need. In the pan is a pillowy, tile pattern embossed cake of highlighter joy. In person and in my photographs, this Pink Glow highlighter looks a bit tan. When I first opened it, I was a bit taken aback and I wondered if I had been sent the wrong product. I flipped it over, the label said Pink Glow. I picked up a little of the powder with my finger and swatched it on my hand. It's not tan.

Over the top of the highlighter is splashed a silver what seems to be over spray. It appears to be breaking up and fading away in a spot or two but it's holding on pretty tight, right now. I am not willing to dig and scrape up my highlighter to find out what exactly is going on. Time will tell.

The surface of the powder is very soft, silky and picks up with a light touch of the finger or brush. It applies smoothly and blends out readily without any chalky dryness, skipping or dragging.

Le Swatch. A swipe and a blur. This highlighter is not Barbie or bubblegum. It is delicate, very glow-y with a sprinkle of diamond sparkle. That sparkle may be from the silvery over spray. I think? Whatever the case, this is beautiful.

Mama Magpie is happy.

Bobbi Brown High Light Powder  in Pink Glow or Bronze Glow can be purchased from Nordstrom, the Bronze Glow is available on Sephora and both shades are available from Saks.

Bobbi Brown High Light Powder has 0.04 oz of product and is $45.00.

Tell me, gentle reader, did you pick up this highlighter in either shade? Are you thinking of doing so? How is your holiday makeup shopping going?

Bargain Beauty Find: Freshen Up Your Hair, Don't Gunk Up Your Hair with Herbal Essences Naked Dry Shampoo

Hello gentle reader.

If there is an advantage to getting a little older, it is that my hair doesn't get as oily as fast as it did, when I was younger and I don't have to wash it as often. But I still want my hair to look, feel and smell fresh. How do I do this and go days between washings?

Enter dry shampoo. Whoever invented this stuff deserves a Nobel Prize in Beauty. Seriously. A little can of propellant and oil absorbing material and fragrance. Genius! In my travels, I have tried a handful of brands of dry shampoo and I am on a mission to try more. Hey, why not?

One of the brands I recently picked up to try is Herbal Essences Naked Dry Shampoo. Formulated with natural tapioca it absorbs some of the excess oil in the hair and on the scalp, provides a bit of lift and body and imparts a fresh, citrus-mint scent to softly fragrance and freshen my tresses. And it does all of this without leaving behind a heavy, powdery residue. I can use this dry shampoo and not end up looking like Cary Grant in the crop duster scene in North by Northwest. I am a blonde but this stuff is so lightweight and sheer, I believe that darker haired beauties would love it, as well.

Herbal Essences Naked Dry Shampoo is available at most drug stores and other mass retailers. It runs about six dollars a can but is frequently on sale in one store or another and I am always finding coupons for it in my Sunday paper, to boot. The effectiveness of this dry shampoo and it's affordability make it, for me, a definite Bargain Beauty Find.

What do you use to freshen up your hair without gunking up your hair in between shampooings? Please drop me a comment and share your secret.

China Glaze Apocalypse of Colour Collection for Hallowe'en, 2014: Swatches, Photographs and Review

Hello gentle reader.

Another China Glaze Hallowe'en polish collection that I just had to have.

China Glaze Apocalypse of Colour, Hallowe'en, 2014 nail polish collection is a six piece collection comprised of five new polishes and one re promote. These are all, with the exception of the glow in the dark top coat, glitter polishes. Some are matte, some more traditional style glitters. The colours are spooky glam as are the names.

Let's take a look at the collection. I left out Ghoulish Glow. I got it with this collection but I always have trouble getting it to work so I left it out of this post.

I Love Your Guts. Raspberry pink textured matte base with pink and silvery shimmer and tiny black matte glitter. This is two coats. No top coat. Application isn't difficult, at all. Just don't overwork it too much, it can drag off if you do. Otherwise, the formula and application are easy.

I Love Your Guts with top coat. Shiny top coat really brings out the depth of colour, the different shimmery elements and makes the black glitter stand out. I like this better, much better with top coat.

But of Corpse. This is the same formula as I Love Your Guts, above. Only green. Same formula, application, everything. Only green.

But of Corpse with top coat. Again, I like this much better with top coat. While I like certain matte, textured polishes, these are prettier, shiny.

Getting to Gnaw You. Another matte black base but not textured, this one has fine coppery glitter. This is two coats and top coat. Application was easy, as with the previous polishes, don't try to overwork this one! It drags, bad. Have plenty of polish on the brush, apply swiftly and deftly and you'll be fine.

Don't Let the Dead Bite over Dress Me Up. Don't let the Dead Bite is a red and dark pink glitter mix of small and medium hex and tiny bars in a semi sheer, milky fleshy toned pink base. I think that it needs undies so I applied two coats of a good ridge filler, then a generous coat of Dress Me Up, then a good coat of Don't Let the Dead Bite and finished with top coat. The result is a diseased flesh effect. Quite spooky-glam. Don't Let the Dead Bite has a nice formula. It was very easy to work with and only one coat of top coat makes it super smooth and glossy and shiny.

Rest in Pieces is very pretty but to me, doesn't really read Hallowe'en. It is a coppery and holo hex and long bar glitter mix with some smaller and larger black hex pieces mixed in. This is a pretty glitter topper and I like bar glitter well enough but I have so much of it. And this glitter feels like an afterthought. As if the person who formulated it thought, "I need a Hallowe'en glitter, I'll take this random glitter mix, throw in a little black glitter and that'll do it." Meh.

What about a great mix of different sizes of hex in black, orange, purple, maybe a little white? Then add in some bats or witch hats or skulls. Now, that would be very Hallowe'en! Oh well. As I said, this is pretty. Just not ringing my bells. I applied one generous coat by patting and carefully stroking it over two coats of Roguish Red. It made for a pretty mani to wear for a couple of days.

So, that is the China Glaze Apocalypse of Colour for Hallowe'en, 2014 nail polish collection. It is pretty, the polishes are very good. It's a departure from the usual collections that China Glaze releases, this time of year.

You can buy the polishes individually or in collections from AmazonUlta (they don't have all six available on their website as of this writing), in Sally Beauty Supply stores and other beauty supplies. They are around, if you would like to have them.

What do you think of this collection? Did you pick up any of them? Like? Please do tell.

Tarte Sweet Dreams Bon Voyage Collector's Set and Travel Bag

Hello gentle reader.

Had enough insanely cute Tarte holiday pretties, yet? No? Good. 'Cause I have a good one to show you, today!

The Tarte Sweet Dreams Bon Voyage Collector's Set and Travel Bag is a Sephora exclusive limited edition holiday collection. This chic, gold and lavender synthetic travel bag is filled with beautiful full and snack sized treats for eyes, cheeks, lips and complexion.

Okay, I have to squeee over the tassels. Just. Look. At. Them! So darling. I love tassels.

Maybe I was a strip tease dancer in another life.

Or a dirty old man, leering at strip tease dancers in another life.

Open the zip around bag and lift the lid and your eyes will light upon mint green and lavender stripes all over the interior. In the lid there is a soft, elastic topped pocket in which is inserted a slim, square, lavender and gold paperboard eye shadow palette. In the body of the bag, nestled securely in the lift out insert are a full sized Lip Surgence Lip Tint and Gloss and snack sized Lights, Camera, Lashes mascara, a cheek stain, Maracuja Oil and a Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Finishing Powder.

Let's start with the eye shadows. There are twenty full sized shadows in the palette. All of the names are on a plastic slip cover but not printed on the palette. Really, Tarte? They are all French in theme, very chic and fun. There is a mix of matte and shimmer shades, neutral to jewel tones. The quality is lovely, as always. The mattes are smooth, silky and have wonderful pigmentation and payoff and are only mildly powdery. The shimmers are rich, brilliant and velvety. They also have beautiful pigmentation and payoff and are a just a bit flaky. Nothing major.

Random swatches of the shadows. I just started smacking them on in no particular order. There are some lovely, intense jewel tones and some deep, rich matte velvet shades in this palette. There are also lavender, lilac, coffee, pink, taupe... The colour selection is great and the eye look possibilities are endless.

The petite Tarte Cheek Stain in Muse is so stinking adorable!

Too bad the contents of mine wasn't so much. The little plastic protective dome had adhered it's self to the blush and when I pulled it off, it yanked all of the product right out of the tube and messed it up. Nooooo!!!! I managed to get the blush unstuck and back into the tube but it looks pretty beat up. *sad panda*

This Cheek Stain is a gently shimmery creme blush in a soft nude.

Here is a swatch. It is a bit more wearable looking on my skin than it appeared in the tube. It was looking pretty brownish and I was having my doubts. I think I can work this.

The full sized Lip Surgence Lip Tint in Romantic and Lip Gloss in Visionary.

Lip Surgence in Romantic is a creamy, peachy-nude. The lip gloss in Visionary is a lovely apricot with a soft, iridescent shimmer to brighten and visually plump your lips without adding overt sparkle or glitter.

I don't really need to show you the Maracuja oil, mascara or powder. We all know what those things look like.

So, gentle reader. What think you of the Tarte Sweet Dreams Bon Voyage Collector's Set and Travel Bag? Isn't it great? The entire set is $59.00. I know that sounds a little spendy but remember, the Lip Surgence Lip Tint is $24.00 if purchased individually and the gloss is $19.00. Just those two together would set you back $43.00. So, for just $16.00 more you are receiving a twenty pan eye shadow palette, a deluxe mini mascara, blush, powder and Maracuja oil. And don't forget that pretty, pretty and practical travel bag with the adorable tassels. All in all, I think it's a good deal.

Did you pick up this beautiful holiday set? If you are craving it, it's exclusive to Sephora and available in stores and on their website, now. I am thrilled that I bought mine. I needed it like I need another hole in my head but I don't care. I wanted it. It's sweet as candy and oh-so-pretty and it had to be mine!

I'm still trying to figure out if I was the tassel spinner or the leer-er.

Teadora Rainforest at Dusk Lip Butter

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Hello gentle reader.

Teadora invites you to drench yourself in sensory beauty with their Rainforest at Dusk Nourishing Lip Butter

From Teadora's Website:

 "Packed with antioxidant rich Buriti, Brazil Nut, Andoriba, Maracuja (Passion Fruit), Acai, oils. Capucau, Murumuru, Mango Butters plus Carnuba Wax, our Rainforest at Dusk Nourishing Lip Butter comes in a delicious chocolate-berry flavor we call Acai - Acu and provides light exfoliation and intense hydration for your lips." 

Teadora Rainforest at Dusk Nourishing Lip Butter Ingredients list. All of the ingredients are natural, many sourced directly from the Brazilian rainforests. This lip butter is cruelty free and vegan. This lip butter is chemical sunscreen free. I encourage you to click the link provided and read all about Teadora's commitment to using only the finest natural ingredients, and their mission statement to provide beautiful products and their commitment to preserve the rainforests. 

Opening the box is a treat. First of all, every exterior surface is a font of useful information about the product you are about to experience. Do you remember the old Celestial Seasonings herbal tea boxes? Sitting and sipping their tea and spending how long? Exploring that box and discovering delicious tidbits and words of wisdom on the top, sides, bottom and flaps. This packaging is like that! And I was delighted. Once I got it open, the fun didn't end. As I opened the flap, there was a tiny, round flip book on top of the jar full of information on the key ingredients in this lip butter and a little bit of information on Teadora's philanthropy and their commitment to "Rain Down the Good."

Pluck the jar from it's secure box nest and open the lid to a warm, golden cake of softly cocoa and berry scented lip butter. The lip butter is fairly hard, you can get it out of the jar in a couple of different ways, depending on how you would like to use it.

To lightly exfoliate as you moisturize, scrape up a little of the product with the front of your fingernail then apply and lightly but firmly rub the product in, letting the naturally grainy quality of the butters and wax gently buff away uneven texture and dry skin cells then enjoy the nourishing, softening properties of the oils and butters softening your lips.

You can also apply as I prefer to do. Set a clean finger pad directly down on the surface of the lip butter and allow the warmth of your skin to melt the product then swirl up the liquefied goodness, apply and allow the oils and butters to soften and pamper your pout.

However you apply this lip butter, the beautiful, natural ingredients will make your lips feel wonderfully soft, smooth and cared for. The delicious chocolate berry scent and the lightly naturally sweet taste will keep you coming back for more and more.

Teadora Rainforest at Dusk Nourishing Lip Butter is packaged in a generous, half ounce jar and is $15.00. This is a good value, as this lip butter will last and delight you for a long time. While you are perusing the Teadora Website for your Lip Butter, don't forget to check out their other beautiful products for body, hair and skin.

Like Teadora on Facebook, follow them on Twitter and hang out with them on Instagram and Pinterest to keep up with the latest news you can use on their products.

Have you tried Teadora Rainforest at Dusk Nourishing Lip Butter? Or any of Teadora's other products? What do you think? Please do tell.

Thank you for swinging by and reading and have a beautiful day!
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Tarte Sweet Dreams Holiday 2014 Away Oui Go Portable Palette and Collector's Set

Hello gentle reader.

Pack your bags because, Away Oui Go! Buckle up and place your drink order. We are about to reach cruising altitude and you have a long flight ahead. Would you like a pillow? A cocktail? All set? Very good. Just ring if there is anything else you need

Remember when I said that I binged on Tarte holiday goodies? Yeah... I wasn't joking. I went a little overboard. And I'm not one little bit sorry. I am happier than a clam. I love holiday makeup sets. They offer great value for money and they are just so. much. fun! I mean, how can anyone be expected to resist them? And cosmetics companies are so smart to make and release them. Tarte sucked me in as a loyal customer through a holiday set. Anyone remember last year's Gorgeous Getaways set? Yep. I lucked across the final lingering quantities on Ulta's website last year during my mad distraction/retail therapy/Birthday Week shopping. I love it, to this day.

This year's French Holiday themed palette is a thing of beauty. A true feast for the face, eyes and the soul of any lover of things beautiful and utterly girlie! The outer palette packaging is heavyweight paperboard, emblazoned in glossy purple, gold, lilac and mint green. There is so much care and attention to detail put in to this lovely collector's set. 

Open the lid of the Tarte Sweet Dreams Holiday 2014 Away Oui Go Portable Palette and Collector's Set: $48.00 available at Ulta stores and on Ulta's Website - henceforth to be known as "Away Oui Go" because I'm not typing all of that out, every time! - and there is a wonderful collection of beautiful, wearable shades and tones for eyes, cheeks and lips in portable forms.

First, nestled in the gold framed well of the collector's box is four plastic, magnetized mini palettes, each with four coordinating eye shadows and one near full size rectangular Amazonian Clay Blush. Behind each mini palette is a purple satin pull ribbon for easy removal of the mini palette.

Set in the lilac and lavender striped lid is a mint green, quilted, pearl trimmed portable compact with the Tarte logo on a small gold toned plate on top. There are three mini Maracuja Lip Glosses in wearable shades and a deluxe mini Lights, Camera, Lashes mascara.

The shadows and blushes are covered, upon arrival in your home with a plastic slip cover printed with all of the shade names. But fear not! Pull out each nifty, portable little palette and lookie there! The shade names are printed on the back, as well! How much do you love the attention to detail on the packaging of these holiday palettes, gentle reader? Even under the pull out mini palettes it is pretty!

A neutral lover's holiday treat for eyes and cheeks! Now, I admit, if you love and flip for brights, jewel tones and unusual colours, this palette is probably not going to be your cup of tea. However, if you enjoy more neutral, wearable colours, if you delight in browns, greys, stones, taupe and lovely, wearable purples and golds, this is the set for you.

The eye shadows are very good quality. Sometimes, cosmetics companies will put lesser quality makeup in value and holiday sets. (RUDE!) It has been my experience that Tarte doesn't do that. The matte shadows are silky and soft and have excellent pigmentation and payoff. They are a touch powdery but not annoyingly so. The shimmers and more metallic shades are creamy and velvety and the pigmentation and payoff are stellar. They are a little flaky but again, not obnoxiously so.

The four Amazonian Clay Blushes are nearly full size, in very wearable and flattering shades. They feel, swatch, apply and wear just as well as the full size blushes, to me.

Blush swatches! Look how pretty!

Oh shit! I miss spelled "Irresistible" in my photograph! Derp! Dictionary, much? Idiot.

Random shadow swatches of all of the shadows. I just grabbed Q-Tips and started laying them on. I didn't do them in any order or notate their names because #lazyslag. I just wanted you to see how pretty and richly pigmented and smooth these shadows are.

The oh-so-darling Mini Maracuja Lip Glosses. These are the perfect size to pop into a pocket, evening clutch, handbag, makeup bag or carry on. The delivery is not the usual doe foot, it is a small, flexible brush.

Swatched, we see that the three Maracuja Lip Glosses are very neutral/wearable shades that would be flattering to a wide range of skin tones. Paris is rosy red and doesn't have shimmer. Nice is a neutral, brown-pink and is free of any shimmer. Cannes is a sweet carnation pink and has a soft gold fleck. The shimmer is extremely fine, is not overtly sparkly, just adds a lovely glow and light to the lips. You can't feel the particles on or between your lips.

Tarte Maracuja Lip Glosses have a lovely, light mint scent and sweet taste. They are a bit heavier in weight and they are sticky. I know that a lot of people don't like sticky lip gloss. Personally, I don't mind it. I'm one of those odd ducks who likes a stickier gloss, as long as it doesn't glue my lips together or feel uncomfortable or dry my lips out. In spite of the presence of peppermint oil, I don't find these glosses to be drying to my very sensitive lips. This gloss wears very well, the sticky quality allows it to hang in and not need so frequent touch ups. If you aren't into sticky, you will probably pass these along.

Look at the insanely adorable portable palette! The mint green, synthetic material is quilted and stitched and trimmed in little simulated pearls. A gold tone plate shows the Tarte logo. When I opened the lid of my box and saw this little carry away compact, I literally squealed. It is just that stinking sweet!

The carry away compact with one of the lift out mini palettes. A perfect fit and just as secure as you could want it to be. The magnets hold tight but not so much so that it is difficult to remove.

I know what you're thinking... Yeah. But do last year's Gorgeous Getaways mini palettes fit?

Yep! Sure do! See? Snug as a bug in a rug.

Tarte did such a good job on this Holiday set. Away Oui Go is beautiful, fun and at just under fifty dollars, packed to the rafters with value. I suppose, if you were inclined to do so you could break this up and give bits to others as gifts but if you are anything like me, you aren't going to. Nope.

The Tarte Sweet Dreams Holiday 2014 Away Oui Go Portable Palette and Collector's Set would make a lovely, welcome gift for any makeup lover on your gift list. It is also a perfect little spurge and indulgence for yourself. I am so happy that I bought this set. I like it and will get use out of it and just enjoy having it.

If you would like to treat yourself or someone special to the Tarte Away Oui Go set it is available in Ulta stores and on their website, now! I don't know how long it will last, so I do suggest that you get your tail in gear and get it while you can.

Did you pick up this lovely box of goodies? Do you plan to? What do you think of it? Please do tell. I'd like to hear what you think of it.

Thank you for flying Icy Nails Air. I hope that you enjoyed this review and were suitably enabled. Have a lovely day, watch your step and come back and see us, soon. Bye-bye, now.