Hot Holiday Makeup Palettes To Give (and Receive)!

Makeup palettes are fabulous gifts for any lady.  Below, I am featuring products in a variety of prices from $15 to $65 so you can find a very nice gift on any budget!  Also, each company has many different holiday gifts in different price ranges.  So check out their sites and have fun shopping!

Pixi Fake Awake Kit – Power-Nap ($28 USD on sale now for $23.80 USD) from the Pixi line. This makeup comes in lovely hues of pink for your cheeks and lips. These versatile colors can be dressed up or down.  If you’re tired and lacking some serious nap time, let the Fake Awake Kit from Pixi™ perk up your look! Kit contains: Lip/Cheek Tint, Lip Gloss,  Awakening Powder, Setting Powder and 4 Concealers.  Available at Target and

Jemma Kidd Glamour Kit Palette ($48 USD)  — This all-in-one glamour kit will let you easily create an array of ultimate party looks in an instant. Developed exclusively for Space NK, Jemma Kidd Makeup School brings you the all-in-one ‘60s inspired Glamour Kit. This of the moment palette includes a two-in-one priming eye and lip base to enhance colour pigment and ensure long-lasting results; a selection of 4 versatile eye shadows in neutral, taupe, charcoal and an illuminating silver to open the eye area for that iconic ‘60s doe-eye; a high pigment black crème liner to give high-definition; and a lightweight lip and cheek flush for a natural finish. Apply with mini Jemma Kidd Make Up School essential shadow and liner duo brush applicators. You can find this at  There is also a lovely palette at Urban Outfitters and you can find tons of great JK Jemma Kidd sets and stocking stuffers at Target and

Laura Mercier Limited Edition Baked Eye Colour Palette ($48 USD) — Enhance eyes this holiday season with Laura’s stunning new Baked Eye Colour Palette.  In shades of warm bronze, cool pink and smoky lilac, this beautiful palette features a range of five Baked Eye Colours, plus a mini Double-Ended Eye Colour/ Crème Eye Detail Brush for flawless application.  The palette includes 5 shades: sienna, terracotta, ballet pink, pink petal and lilac.  You can find this at

Mally More Perfect Palette ($65 USD) — The latest edition of Mally’s favorite colors all delivered in a single beautiful Palette, with a gorgeous lipgloss, three brushes and a fierce travel pouch. Everything you need for a fast face on the go, Two Blushers (Mally’s look & Romantic), six gorgois eye shadows (Mally’s Glow, Browlight, Natural, Shimmering Taupe, Broadway Bronze and Nolita Navy), an eye shadow base, an all over Luminizer, And Blossom, one of Mally’s favorite lipcolors.  Available at

Stila Dream in Full Color Palette ($39 USD $366 value) —  makes creating endless color combinations a reality. With 29 Eye Shadow shades, seven Cheek Colors and a Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner in Stingray, it’s easy to dream up a different look for each holiday party – day or night. For step-by-step instructions, a 16-page artistry lookbook expertly demonstrates how to apply – empowering everyone to be their own pro artist.

e.l.f. Studio Holiday 144-Piece Ultimate Eyeshadow Palette ($15 USD) — Looking for the ultimate gift for you or someone special on your list? e.l.f.’s limited edition Ultimate Eyeshadow Palette features 144 gorgeous shades to create endless eye looks for the makeup artist in all of us. From bright blue hues to perfect plums, rich neutrals and sparkling charcoals, these long-lasting, pigmented shadows are ideal for creating vivid day and night looks that reflect your personal style. Discover beautiful eyes with the Ultimate Eyeshadow Palette! This sleek palette comes packaged in a sparkling silver glitter box for instant holiday glam!

Smooth Your Complexion With Face Makeup That Won’t Weigh You Down In the Summer

L’Oreal’s Magic Smooth Souffle ($15.99 USD) creates a flawless, silky, even-toned finish. Apply it daily to achieve smooth, poreless perfection. Available in 12 different shades, Magic Smooth Soufflé is versatile enough to beautify every skin type.

What I think:  I love this foundation! The texture is smooth and silky when applied, and it covers so well. I set it with a little powder and it stays all day!  You can find this at drugstores and mass market retailers near you. 

Hissyfit Saving Face Foundation ($29.00 USD) — Put your best face forward. Saving Face Foundation | Highlight is a dual-purpose formula that acts as a foundation and a highlight, providing buildable yet flawless coverage plus SPF 50. Using your foundation shade, Saving Face evens skin tone and creates a flawless canvas, while your highlight shade conceals and adds dimension for that confident look you deserve. For normal to dry skin types.

Hissyfit Saving Face Buffing Powder ($25.00 USD) A perfect finish begins here. This lightweight product is formulated to complement saving face foundation | highlight and is rich in antioxidants and pure botanical extracts like green tea, aloe, and jojoba to condition the skin for a perfectly polished look. For all skin types.

What I think: The SPF 50 in this foundation makes it perfect for the summer (and any time of the year).  It is very light going on, but really evens the skin tone and covers imperfections.  I tried it in light, and it was a little bit orange for me.  I would need a more neutral shade to perfectly match my skin.  There are 15 shades, so I’m sure there is something that I will like.  Visit to learn more and to purchase. 

I love the powder.  It sets my makeup, but it doesn’t look like I have anything on, it blends in so perfectly.  This comes in 8 shades.  I have the fair and it is perfect for my skin tone.  

Jemma Kidd Makeup School Light As Air SPF 18 ($38.00 USD) ultra light and natural skin foundation for a velvet, shine-free finish. SPF 18.  Features include; highly blendable & lightweight texture, silicone coated pigments for a velvet feel & soft focus finish, balancing benefits to help keep the skin perfectly matte for an even, shine free complexion and unique long-wear technology for all day staying power.

Jemma Kidd Makeup School Blushwear Creme Cheek Colour ($23.00 USD) — Formulated with antioxidants vitamins A, C and E this cream to powder formula enhances the complexion and the contours of the face while brightening, conditioning and protecting against free radical damage. Packaged in a slim compact with mirror, this sensational formulation is great for on-the-go use. Available in 3 shades Pomegranate (berry red), Guava (coral), and Paw Paw (terracotta).

What I think:  The foundation covers well but is so light, it doesn’t look like I’m wearing makeup.  The SPF 18 is a nice feature.  I apply this foundation, a little powder, cream blush and I am off.  I usually don’t need concealer with this.

The cream blush is fab, too.  Always a winner all year long, cream blush is easy to apply and stays all day — and this one is no exception.  It also gives a lit-from-within glow.  Visit to purchase.

Glam Up With Jemma Kidd Makeup School

Jemma Kidd is a makeup artist who has founded a makeup academy and lines of makeup including Jemma Kidd Makeup School, Jemma Kidd Pro and JK Jemma Kidd (you can find this line at Target). I have recently tried some products from hr lines. Here are a couple that i really like:
Jemma Kidd Makeup School Lash Xtension Volume Mascara — Carbon super-black mascara with Bio-boost complex to help enhance lash-growth and next generation ‘V’ groove brush for creating maximum volume.

Give lashes extreme volume and length with Jemma Kidd’s Lash Xtension Volume Mascara. The unique formula enriched with Bio-boost complex helps to encourage natural lash growth while Silk Proteins and Vitamins A and E condition and strengthen.The carbon formula leaves lashes looking blacker than black and the reflective pigments create a subtle gloss finish for added drama. The innovative design of the double ‘V’ groove brush encourages maximum mascara application, resulting in thicker, longer looking lashes.

  • Bio-boost complex helps stimulate natural lash growth.
  • Carbon black shade for blacker than black lashes.
  • Added Silk Proteins and Vitamins A and E condition and strengthen.
  • Next generation double ‘V’ groove brush provides instant volume, length and depth

What I think: I love the super black tint of this mascara and that fact that it lengthens and thickens my lashes. The thick brush is really easy to apply and it stays on all day without smudging! I have only been using this for a couple of weeks, so I haven’t noticed lash growth, but I will let you all know if I do!

Jemma Kidd Pro Skin Perfection Kit — A revolutionary, professional standard skin perfecting palette with four shades to help conceal, enhance, sculpt and shade your way to a flawless base.

  • Citrus Colour Corrector
    Unique citrus shade with green undertone. Yellow corrects blue & purple undertones around the eye area while green will neutralise any unwanted red tones in the complexion. This revolutionary citrus shade is the perfect combination of both ‘essential’ colour correctors in one
  • Apricot Colour Corrector
    Brightening apricot shade to neutralise & even skin tone around the eye area with added collagen for firming effect
  • All Over Radiance Crème
    Mini version of the award winning JKMS Dewy Glow Radiance Crème – (Iced Gold)
  • Lip & Cheek Flush
    Berry blush concentrate to create subtle definition & a healthy flush; added antioxidants vitamins A & E

What I think: This is a great little do-it-all compact that is perfect to use at home or put in your purse for quick touch-up! I use the Citrus and Apricot correctors under my eyes. I put the citrus first and the apricot over. It lessens my dark circles and brightens, too. The radiance cream is gorgeous as a highlighter and the flush is a pretty lip and cheek color!

You can learn more about these products and more at

Target Beauty Brings Great Holiday Makeup Kits

I think it is fabulous that Target brings quality makeup from touted makeup artists at such an affordable price. You can purchase beautiful gifts for as low as $9.99.

Here are the latest holiday offerings by Pixi, NP Set and JK Jemma Kidd:

Get glowing in an instant with skin nourishing, shimmering shades from the guru of the flawless, dewy glow – Petra Strand.  Winter Wakeup Eyes sets deliver an eye-catching variety of shadow shades, while Pixi Essentials delivers all of the Pixi favorites in a party-ready clutch.  Winter Wakeup Eyes available in No 1 Bright and Light and No 2 Shade and Shape ($9.99 each) Pixi Essentials ($28).

ACHIEVE ON THE GO GLAM WITH JK JEMMA KIDD: Makeup maven Jemma Kidd knows how to look runway-ready without breaking the bank.  Kick off the party season in true JK style with pocket-sized versions of her makeup must-haves that are ideal for stuffing fashionable stockings. Kits include Air Kiss Duo ($9.99), Signature Shadows Palette ($9.99) and Signature Kit ($26).

No matter the holiday look, Australian makeup maestro Napoleon Perdis has eyes covered, with two palettes packed with gorgeous shades to deliver looks from subtly sweet to dramatic and sultry. Palettes include Smoke Signal Palette ($9.99) and New Neutrals Palette ($9.99).

Visit Target stores and to purchase. Enjoy!

Pretty Up Your Pout With Glossticks by Jemma Kidd

Jemma Kidd Makeup School Glossticks


 Inspired by Jemma’s childhood days in Barbados, Jemma Kidd Make Up School introduces a brand new product to the range; Hi-Shine Hydrating Glosstick SPF15 ($25.00 USD). This gives a sheer wash of colour for lips with a hi-shine gloss finish. Available in a paradise palette of five stunning  shades reminiscent of the island’s colourful Caribbean splendor. Benefits of this product are:  

  • Chisel bullet for precise and even application
  • Soothing and hydrating formula
  • Light reflective particles for added fullness to lips
  • SPF 15 for protection from damaging UVA/UVB rays
  • Available in 5 shades: Bridgetown, Hibiscus, Sugar Cane, Holders and Paradise

What I think: I have Sugar Cane, which is a shimmery shade of coral. This is such a beautiful color and product that it is hard to believe that it has SPF protection!  It glides on easily and instantly moisturizes my lips. It also gives a glossy finish. The packaging is also inventive as the tube clicks into the cap and you have to press the bottom of the tube to release it. That means that it doesn’t come undone in your purse. Very nice!  Visit to learn more and find out where to purchase these fab glossticks!

JK Jemma Kidd — Luxury Looks for Less

Strike a Pose Swivel Palette

Target is one of my favorite places to shop because you can find just about everything there. And with the emergence of luxury makeup such as JK Jemma Kidd at Target, a beauty junkie like myself is in Heaven!

When I dress up for New Year’s Eve, I am always thinking about my makeup. You need the right makeup for the right outfit and situation. JK Jemma Kidd has recently introduced a fun little palette that includes the right products for a smoky eye and dewy face and lips. It is called the  Strike a Pose Swivel Palette ($32.00 USD).

This cool little Palette includes four metallic shadows in shades of gun-metal, bronze, mocha and taupe. They are very shimmery and very gorgeous. You also get a rosy cream blush and a cream highlighter as well as a pretty peachy-pink lip gloss.

You can make so many pretty looks with this palette. I like to add the highlighter everywhere — my under my eyebrows, my cheekbones, down the center of my nose to slime, the inner corner of my eye, and on my lips over the gloss for extra shine. The gun-metal or bronze shadows make great eyeliners and the mocha is pretty over the lid. The blush blends easily and can be also used as an eyeshadow. Fun!

Use this with other JK Jemma Kidd product such as the I-Conic Eyes Brow Pencil ($16.00 USD), the I-Conic Eyes Pencil Liner ($14.00 USD and both with sharpeners in the lids) and the Ultra-Plush Volumizing Mascara ($15.00 USD) to complete your party look.

Visit to learn more and to purchase these fabulous products!

New Beauty Products at Target Part 3 – JK Jemma Kidd

JK Jemma Kidd Front Cover Touch-Up Concealer


Possibly the most glamorous of the three new make-up lines at Target is JK Jemma Kidd. The pink and black packaging lends an old Hollywood feel to the products. The colors are very glamorous as well. There are lots of light, shimmering lip glosses as well as deeper lipsticks — which is the trend this fall. Also, there are many different eye shadows to choose from, including deep brights and soft neutrals. Kidd refers to the line as “catwalk-chic” and that’s a good description, I think.

The item that I really enjoyed is the JK Front Cover Touch-Up Concealer. I’m always on the look out for a great concealer with a little glow to it to camouflage my dark under eye circles. This one features Vitamin E to smooth and moisturize the under eye area. I also like the brush applicator that with a couple of clicks, enough product is distributed to be brushed on as needed.


JK Jemma Kidd Lip ID Color Adapt Lip Gloss

Another item that interests me is one that it not yet for sale. This is the JK Lip ID Color-Adapt Lip Gloss. Like the Smashbox O-Gloss, this product claims that it “reacts to natural lip PH for a completely individual, perfect color match” and that it is “non-tacky and hydrating; glides on transparent and colors lips naturally”.

As soon as this product becomes available (in 2-6 weeks according to the Target website) I will try it out. I like the Smashbox product okay, but the color is a little too neon pink for me. I am hoping that this color is more natural.

I hope you all enjoyed my breif forray into Target’s new make-up lines. I will be reviewing products more in depth in the future, so keep reading!!!