This set of limited edition shrunken cream shadow sticks is exclusive to Sephora and is actually completely sold out online, but I found plenty in stock at Sephora locations in Toronto, so it's bound to still be available in other locations throughout Canada -- spare yourself the legwork and call around before heading out to grab it. EDIT Nov. 3rd, 2014: this set's back in stock on sephora.ca right here!
I hadn't tried this range of shadow sticks in 4-5 years, so I did grab this set on a semi-whim, but I've worn it daily since I did so I can say I'm very fond of the finish, staying power and neutral shades of this set. The highlight shades (Rosegold and Moonlight) still have a bit of warmth to them (nothing I detest more than a stark, cool-toned highlight shade) and the Amethyst and Cocoa shades worn together make a lightning fast smudgy-sexy eye. The full-size Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye is 0.05 oz for $34 CAD. This set is $46 CAD for 0.12 oz, so the value is quite apparent on a per ounce basis and you get 4 shades to play with. Score!
No holiday is complete without the presence of Fresh, the brand's lip balms in particular. Each year, a flurry of gift sets hit the shelves from Fresh and each year, value is tremendous for the quality of product you get. This set of Fresh Sugar Tinted Lip Treatment SPF 15 lip balms pretty much sets you up for the year, if not longer, as it contains 7 mini lip balms, each a different wearable shade (one for each purse/coat pocket to tide you through winter!). The formula contains black currant, vitamins A, C, E, and SPF to nourish and protect lips year-round. This set is a fantastic way to try out a slew of different shades of this beloved lip balm and figure out which is your fave to repurchase down the road in a full size format (I'm partial to Honey and Petal myself). Warning: these balms can be breakable/smushable in warm weather, but methinks we won't have to worry about that any time soon here in Canada.......... :)
my personal favourite Benefit boxed powder in a post not too long ago!), so if a bunch of their boxed powders are housed in a single offering, I recommend you commit to the purchase! This is a wonderful mix of shades that actually run the gamut of blush, bronzer and highlighters, so your cheeks are beyond taken care of. These powder pans aren't the full-size amounts, but consider all the sets I've mentioned so far as an economical way to try a variety of shades of a particular formula without breaking the bank. The value is pretty solid here; a full-size boxed powder is $36 CAD for 0.25 oz of product whereas this set is $43 CAD for 0.94 oz of product (this includes the little Watt's Up cream highlighter). Well worth a purchase!
Clé de Peau Beauté Holiday Coffret
Hustle to Holts for this one, y'all. I mentioned this palette in my September faves, and I will say this again - it's a gorgeous and very wearable palette packaged up with a mini Extra Rich lipstick and full-size Perfect Mascara, making this a really lovely set (for yourself or someone awesome) at the $200 price tag. Did we all pause and reflect on how gorgeous this celestial holiday packaging is? It's a luxe little treat.
Jo Malone Cologne Intense Collection
'Tis the season for warm, cozy perfumes, and the Jo Malone Cologne Intense range is the perfect addition to all the wintery layers you'll be piling on each time you step outside. The collection is decidedly richer and deeper than the original Jo Malone fragrances, so it's definitely geared towards those who appreciate a more complex fragrances. This coffret set is an excellent way to explore the range of Cologne Intense scents, including 0.3 oz each of Tuberose Angelica, Velvet Rose & Oud, Saffron, Dark Amber & Ginger Lily, and Oud & Bergamot for $150.