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Haul: Holiday 2013 Sets

on November 15, 2013

Hello all!  So I’ve gone a bit crazy with these and agonized over which kits to get.  And I’m sad to say that it’s only mid-November and I’ve already purchased my 3 holiday kits for the year (as per my Project Pan 3.0 rule).  Well, technically I bought 5, but 1 is a brush set so it doesn’t count and the other I bought with a gift card so it also doesn’t count.  Anyway, I’m going to show you what I got.

Unsurprisingly I bought only bareMinerals kits this year.  I’m on such a kick right now.  I don’t even know how to describe it.  It’s like my brain is only wired for mineral makeup for no apparent reason.

  1. bareMinerals Fabulous Finishes – $18.31 (including tax)SAM_2639
    I bought this with a 20% off coupon and it was on sale to begin with, normally it would be $30+tax.  This kit included a medium Original Mineral Veil, a small Brightening Pearl Mineral Veil, a small Tinted Hydrating Mineral Veil, a small Balance & Boost Mineral Veil, and a mini Flawless Face brush.  Since I absolutely adore the mineral veils I thought this was quite the steal.  And the medium Original Mineral Veil has the Lock-Go sifter on it which is nice.  I have decided to swap the Brightening Pearl Mineral Veil though as I don’t think I would like that kind.  Even so, this was a great value and I know that I’ll love all the others.
  2. bareMinerals Brush with Splendor – $21.80 (including tax)SAM_2636
    I also bought this with the 20% off coupon.  This kit includes a mini Flawless Complexion brush, a mini Soft Sweep Cheek brush, a mini Tapered Blending brush, and a mini Flat Edged Liner brush.  I am in love with the feeling of all these brushes.  They are just fantastic.  They are also synthetic, just in case you were wondering.  So far I’ve only used the Flat Edged Liner brush, and it’s awesome.
  3. bareMinerals READY to Go Complexion Perfection Palette – $42.73 (including tax)I also got this with the 20% off coupon.  It was a fantastic time at Ulta.  I just love when they send me coupons I can use on prestige items.  Anyway, this palette contains the Creamy Concealer, READY Foundation, READY Touch-Up Veil, Bronzer, and Luminizer.  I got the kit R310 (not the one pictured as it took a while to get the correct color match) which matches the READY foundation in Medium Tan.  I think it’s a great value to find out if I like all the products or not.  And it’s also going to be great for travel.  I can’t wait to take it on my next trip.
  4. bareMinerals All The Faves – $35.97 (including tax)SAM_2641
    This is the one I bought with a gift card.  And it made me realize I had about 3 more dollars on my gift card than I thought, so that’s awesome.  This kit includes a mini Prime Time Foundation Primer, a mini Prime Time Eyelid Primer, a small Original Mineral Veil, a mini READY Blush in The One, a mini READY Eyeshadow 2.0 in The Epiphany, a small Lash Domination, a small Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss in Sparkplug, and a small Marvelous Moxie Lipstick in Get Ready.  This is probably one of my most fun kits.  The sizes are nice and will probably ensure that I can actually finish one.  It’ll be nice.  A lot of people say how the samples are too small, but I think they are just right.  Especially since the READY formulation lasts forever.
  5. bareMinerals 7 Ways to Bare – $41.42 (including tax)SAM_2643SAM_2644
    This is the only set that I bought at the actual boutique.  I went in to swatch it and I ended up walking out with it.  Seriously, all of these colors are right up my alley.  And they seemed to blend (at least on the back of my hand) like an absolute dream.  I can’t wait to try them out!  But of course I will have to until either Project Pan 3.0 is over or I pick one out for the holiday season or using up 5 products.  All of the colors are in the mini size, which is perfect for me: Pearl Sateen, Nude Beach Matte, Chic Nude, Silk Stockings, Pamper, In The Nude, and Spiced Fig Shadow Liner.  The only problem I have with this set is that it didn’t come with any eye charts.  The pamphlet did come with a few ideas in written form, but I prefer the eye charts.  Not a huge issue, just something to keep in mind if you wanted to get this for someone new to makeup or less creative in their eye looks.

All in all I’m really happy with all of my purchases.  And now I don’t have any more room in my makeup storage to put anything so hopefully that will help curb my appetite for new items.  I really don’t need any more makeup (not that I needed it before either).  What holiday kits have you bought?  Which are on your wish list?  Let me know if you’d like to see any in-depth reviews on any of the kits I showed here.


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