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‘Tis truly the season for me now, not only have I started baking, I also left the safe confines of internet shopping and made my way through the throngs of holiday shoppers to do some shopping! What prompted me (an infamous hermit amongst my friends) to face the crowds during the height of shopping season? Makeup, of course. And not just any makeup, the Los Angeles based members of the wht review team were invited to the Bare Escentuals boutique at the Westfield Century City Mall for an in depth make over and tutorial, as well as a close up look at their famous Holiday Collections for 2009.
This was my first visit to a Bare Escentuals store and I left with a better understanding and bigger appreciation of this line that is so revered by it’s loyal following. From the welcoming staff and brightly lit shelves brimming with dozens of holiday sets, to the row of super comfy bar stools in front of a makeup bar with every single product in the place available for testing; this is a store for everyone – from the makeup novice to the completely obsessed.
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All of the review team received detailed consultations and makeovers (or makeunders, as they call them) with the knowledgeable staff. Check back in the new year when I’ll fill you in on the fabulous tips I picked up to help you achieve that naturally, flawless look you covet for your skin (just like those videos!)
Before the staff worked their magic, the Boutique Manager Brenda gave us a closer look at the astounding array of limited edition holiday collections. As we took the grand tour and during our makeovers (a good two hour visit) we witnessed these coveted sets flying off the shelves! The smarties at Bare Escentuals can put together a mean collection. Many are full of limited edition pieces, fan favorite hues, travel sized tools and discontinued “but so good we had to bring it back” colors, packaged in charming sets and priced to meet any budget. Be warned, once they’re gone, that’s it, and a few popular collections have already sold out – so get your favorite while you can!
We all left the store with the perfect collection (or two or three) tucked into our bags for holiday gifts for friends and family (and maybe even ourselves). Our top picks include:
• One discovery for me was the RareMinerals skincare line. I loved the Renew & Reveal Facial Cleanser that we used to begin our facials. It’s a fine, soft powder that you mix with water to create a creamy lather that thoroughly and gently cleans skin. So I picked up the Rare Minerals Miracle Remedies Kit, a three-piece starter set containing the cleanser, plus the Purely Nourishing Facial Moisturizer and the Moisture Burst Facial Mist to calm my winter dry skin. $35
• Satisfy a sweet tooth with the Sweet Obsessions set, a collection of nine eye-popping shades of shadows nestled in a box reminiscent of luxurious chocolates. These good for the skin shadows – all powders are formulated without parabens, sulfates, synthetic fragrances or dyes – are decadently named (Cherry Coco Truffle, Dark Chocolate, Strawberry Mousse) but feast away – they contain absolutely no fat! Limited Edition $48
• Shopping on a budget? Searching for a stocking stuffer? Give her Lustworthy Lips and Lashes with this budget friendly set containing a duo of Mini Bare Minerals 100% Natural Lipgloss in Strawberry crème and Mini Bare Minerals Flawless Definition Mascara in black. Two products to highlight holiday eyes and lips for just $15
• Stef’s pick was the Bare Minerals Face Fashion Kit: Classic Glam that can be used to achieve an elegant, dramatic and fashion forward yet still classic style for all of the big holiday parties and events. Centered again on lips and eyes (the big sparklers of the season) this kit contains two eye shadows (Pearl Sateen, a vanilla cream and Parisian Gray, a medieval stone), an eyeliner (Charcoal Lam’e, a metallic bronzed coal), the So Fab Blush (in rose berry) and the 100% natural lip gloss in Pomegranate, a red berry shade. Make sure to check the comments for her thoughts on this set (hint: she’s in love). And if you want it, get to the BE site, as it’s the only place this coveted set is available. $34
Want more? We’ve barely (hee) scratched the surface of dozens of holiday sets available from Bare Escentuals for this year. Set aside some time and go browse all of their special editions. Or maybe you’ve already picked out a few must haves? BE enthusiasts, which holiday sets are making your heart pound this season?