Must Have Makeup Palettes + Sets.

As if I'm not lucky enough to receive makeup regularly to review, I do go shopping for it on my own. Unfortunately, I don't get the time I'd like to spend in a store like Sephora often enough. I did have the time to spend a good hour or so in my favorite Sephora store earlier this week and I did some major shopping. I picked up a lot of new makeup makeup must haves for fall and winter.

While I won't be reviewing all of these completely on the site because a lot of the items I bought were Christmas presents, I thought I should show you everything that I bought. There are so many great new makeup items and makeup sets out there that I think you will want to know about right now. The deals on the sets are incredible too with the holidays coming up too.

The first thing that caught my eye was the NARS X Steven Klein One Shocking Moment Cheek Palette. After creating my own custom cheek palette and having a certain someone wanting her one, I knew this palette would make a great gift for her. This cheek palette features four perfect blushes, a contouring duo and the best NARS Laguna bronzer.

Also making a great gift is Too Faced Le Grand Chateau. This adorable dollhouse boxed set contains three giftable palettes. Each palette has a cheek products (a blush or a bronzer) and six shadows. It also comes with a mini Better Than Sex Mascara. This obviously makes a great gift but it's also a great way to pick up a ton of Too Face products at a great price.

I can't resist a great lipgloss so I had to pick up the MAKE UP FOR EVER Artist Plexi-Gloss Kit. This limited-edition set contains four of the brands best selling Plexi-Gloss shades. I really like how glossy these lipglosses are and they wear really well. The shades include two nudes (one more creamy beige and one ore pearly nude), a candy pink and a red coral.

I highly debated the Dior Nude Palette for Eyes & Lips. The last thing I needed was another nude palette but I could not resist its beauty. I picked this up as I'm always needed a gift for someone that I seem to forget and I know I cannot go wrong with this stunner. This palette features three gorgeous eye shadows from a light gold to a matte brown (the picture does not do the palette justice) and two beautiful lip colors that will work on anyone. I normally hate eye and lip colors in one palette but Dior is super smart and put a little door over the lip wells.

Bobbi Brown has some of my favorite palettes year round and this holiday she has some great in her line up. One of my favorite is the palm sized Bobbi Brown Bellini Mini Lip & Eye Palette. I'll be reviewing this one in full soon, but quickly this features five wearable shades of classic Bobbi Brown eye shadows plus a shimmery lip gloss. This is the kind of palette that you put in your purse and take with your everywhere. I regret not buying two!

I had to pick up the Laura Mercier Daring By Day Eye & Cheek Colour Palette for me! This palette with six eye shadow shades that range from matte to pearl finishes in light ivory and n pink to brown and plum are perfect for a lot of skin tones and some of my very favorite. It also has the perfect cheek products to complete the look. I know this will be so handy for me when I travel this winter.

Have you been shopping at Sephora lately? Tell me what you picked up or what you are shopping for!


Teri Cosenzi

I'm Teri, your resident beauty expert. While I'm not playing with beauty products, painting my nails or shopping for makeup with my daughter who loves trying products with me, you will probably find me sneaking off to Florida with my husband of over 25 years or cheering on one of my three sons. I like baking, re-decorating, drinking tea, fussing with my flowers and facials.

Fall Must Have: Vaseline Intensive Care Advanced Repair Spray Moisturizer.

It's getting cold out there. I'll be honest, I am not a fan of the fall. I do not like the cooler weather and having to add extra layers of clothes this time of year; I am definitely a summer girl. Beside having to add on more clothes to stay warm, my skin starts to become more dry as we transition to the winter. I don't like thick creams and lotions, especially as it's not too cold yet. Finding the right moisturizing products can be challenging. I'm known to be picky. I need my lotion to apply quickly and absorb fast. A spray on lotion like Vaseline Intensive Care Advanced Repair Spray Moisturizer is just what I needed.

Vaseline Intensive Care Advanced Repair Spray Moisturizer is the perfect moisturizer for the fall season and beyond. This is a continuous spray lotion that is super fast and easy to apply. I simply spray on a small amount of the spray moisturizer over my skin right after I get out of the shower and I rub it in. I like that it instantly absorbs in seconds to heal my dry skin. My skin feels dry to the touch quickly. It is instantly soft - never sticky or greasy - which allows me to put on my extra layers so I'm never cold. I love that it is unscented too - it really is just what I was looking for.

Vaseline Intensive Care Advanced Repair Spray Moisturizer works so fast and well because it includes actual micro-droplets of Vaseline Jelly that moisturize the skin. It contains 2X the moisturization to heal very dry skin and that is exactly what I need this time of year. I need to protect my skin before we get into even colder weather and I don't have time to waste. This Spray Moisturizer is very unique, impressive and most of all effective. It is something I did not expect I could get out of a spray lotion.

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My Quick + Easy 5 Minute Makeup Routine.

If there is one thing that I struggle with more than any other, it is that I am always pressed for time. In this fast paced 24/7 world that we live in, I don’t have time to waste. That holds true every morning when I am applying my makeup. While I certainly do have times when I spend 20 minutes (or more) applying a full face of makeup, most days of the week I spend a quick five minutes on my makeup. Yes! just five minutes! You can too. With the right makeup products and and my tips, you can also be ready in a flash. Here is my super quick and super easy five minute makeup routine.

The best makeup products to use for a fast + easy 5 minute makeup routine.

I start out my five minute makeup routine with a tinted moisturizer (see my top tinted moisturizer post). A tinted moisturizer offers coverage that will blend onto the skin to hide flaws yet look natural. It is also hydrating so it is forgiving. You don’t have to be perfect with this like a foundation, it can be quickly applied and blended in with the fingers. A few really good tinted moisturizers to try include Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer, bareMinerals Complexion Rescue and NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer.

East Five Minute Makeup: The best tinted moisturizers to start with

Next up, I apply concealer (see my top concealer post) to my undereye area and any spots or flawed areas that need extra coverage. I apply concealer over tinted moisturizer in this case because tinted moisturizer does not add in the same amount of coverage as a foundation. The concealers i use will add more coverage and blend out over the tinted moisturizer to further perfect my look. I do use a concealer brush to apply my concealer because it is really the only to get a flawless look. Some really great concealers that are easy to work and cover fast are NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer, MAC Pro Longwear Concealer, MAKE UP FOR EVER HD Invisible Cover Concealer and COVERGIRL Ready Set Gorgeous Concealer.

Easy 5 Minute Makeup: The best concealers to cover flaws in a flash

For the rest of my face, I keep a bronzer/blush palette on hand (see my top bronzers post). I like a palette that is all-in-one meaning that I can blend the bonzer and blush together. I’ll tell you why. First I will quickly stroke on the bronzer, just on my cheekbones then I will apply the blush just to the apples of my cheeks. Remember, we are not going for a full-on makeup look here, just a natural everyday makeup look. I then take a large fluffy eyeshadow brush and run it though the bronzer and blush which will give me a custom warm shade and I dust that right over my lids. It’s so simple, natural and pretty. Some bronzer and blush combination palettes that I like are Urban Decay NAKED Flushed palette, Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick (there are a lot of shades available) and Smashbox Fusion Soft Lights.

Easy 5 Minute Makeup: Use a Bonzer/Blush Palette to Put on Your Face FAST

I finish my eyes with a quick coat of mascara. You can use your favorite mascara (see my favorite mascaras post). I go for a good everyday mascara like COVERGIRL Full Lash Bloom Mascara, Lancome Definicils or Tarte Lights, Camera Lashes. Just make sure it is easy to apply, doesn’t clump or smudge and lasts all day.

Easy 5 Minute Makeup: The Best Mascaras for Full Lashes in a Flash

I complete my look with a natural lipstick color (see my best nude lipsticks post). I like a nude or pink-nude lipstick color for everyday. It’s quick so I don’t have to be careful in applying. I use a long-wearing lipstick that is comfortable on the lips. I suggest Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick, MAC Lipstick and COVERGIRL Outlast Lipstick.

Easy 5 Minute Makeup: The best natural lipsticks to apply and get out the door quick