Friday, March 9, 2007

Cosmetic Sets: Get the Most Bang for Your Buck

Ever since I hit university, I started to have an interest in quality skincare and makeup. With Sephoras popping up in Toronto, and the expansion of the beauty counters at SDM and Holt's, trying products other than Maybelline or Cover Girl seemed inevitable.
With my growing preference for quality products but being on a student budget, gift sets are the ideal way to purchase normally 'expensive' products for a fraction of the price. Gift sets often feature popular products as well, so you're bound to find a few items you'll like. If the item simply doesn't suit you, you can give it away as a gift or stocking stuffer like I do. It looks great without spending a lot. It's also a great way to try out different products before you pay full retail price for them.
My Recommendations:
1) Smashbox All Access VIP: it's a great deal for $69 CAD. It's a perfect set for someone starting to use makeup.
2) I got the Cargo 10th anniversay set for $49 CAD and it contains 5 full sized products, all of which are best sellers.
3)The Caudalie VinoGo Weekend set is priced at $32 USD, but it's also $32 CAD! I love Caudalie products, especially the foaming cleanser.
4) Stila On The Go Set: $41 CAD with the lovely and highly pigmented shadow quad, lip glaze in honeydew and full size convertible colour in the best colour (IMO) Lillium ( it's not on the sephora site anymore...not sure if it's sold out).

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