The holidays are typically my favorite time to try new cosmetics and skincare. I have such a hard time springing for expensive products without first being able to try them out. Companies often put together kits during the Christmas season that alleviate this anxiety. Typically, the offer is a collection of large samples together in one kit with a much lower price tag than a full size version. While this taunts some impulse shoppers, it also allows for customers to give a product line a try without a full commitment from their wallets.
This year, I was really drooling over the Benefit Cheeky Sweet Spot. The little gingerbread house holds six of their box o’ blushes as well as a large sample of their Watt’s Up! highlighter. Included are their popular blushers: Dandelion, Bella Bamba, Sugarbomb, Hoola, Coralista and Rockateur. These blushers are some of my absolute favorites! They have great color payoff and last flawlessly throughout the day. So I was pretty disappointed when I found out the kit was sold out everywhere just a couple of weeks after the launch. I have to admit though, for $36 I couldn’t blame the masses for rushing out and nabing every last one.
While I was home for Christmas, I stopped in to the local Ulta to exchange some nail polish colors. Sometimes while I’m out shopping I get these little feelings. Do you know what I’m talking about? Like little fairies are following me saying, “Oh! Something wonderful might be happening!” No? Ok, maybe that’s just me, BUT I walked in and at first I breezed by the sparse shelves that were once overflowing with Christmas goods. But then, I took a couple of steps back and thought,, “Well, might as well take a look.” I circled the display twice and on my last pass I saw it! Tucked down in the corner was one Cheeky Sweet Spot waiting for me to take it home! Ok, so in reality, looks like someone purchased this and then returned it making it the one and only in the store. I was sure to grab it right away and was so please to bring it home with me!
The kit itself is so precious! I mean, a little green gingerbread house with a fox standing guard in the back? Yes, please! I really love how Benefit stepped up their game this year with their holiday packages. The blushers aren’t quite full size, but they are definitely larger than a basic sample size. I have used Bellabamba and Hoola every day since and haven’t even begun to wear down the lettering. Suffice to say, these beauties last and last so I’m very excited to have all of my favorites in one convenient box!
The kits have been sold out for some time, but I would check in with your local stockists to see if any have been returned over the holidays! This is one of my shopping secrets. Every once in a while you’ll get lucky and find a gem that someone else passed up. This goes way beyond cosmetics! So if there’s something you were on the hunt for during the holidays and gave up on, go ahead and give it one last chance! Often times, stores won’t bother to put an item that has been returned back into their online inventory system. So you can’t always rely on how many they report as being in stock. I’m so excited to see what Benefit comes out with for 2015! Keep your eyes peeled during the holidays to see what amazing release they bring out next!
Until next time!