Beauty Blog Advent Calendar 2012: Day 03 - My Meow Cosmetics’ Xmas Shoppe recommendations

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Meow Cosmetics does something that I think is just incredibly cool: it releases seasonal collections for a month or two; and then, every year at the same time, it brings them back. This lets people who only learned about the collections at the very end of their availability have another shot at buying the colors they wanted, and it lets people who take a while to decide (like me) buy their samples, ponder for the better part of a year, and then purchase in full size.

Most of their winter-seasonal inventory is eyeshadows, though in their overall inventory there are several blush, glow powder, and highlighter collections. I haven't purchased full-size items from every collection in Meow's Xmas Shoppe, but I've gotten samples of everything. (Usually as part of the decision-making process!)

Beauty Blog Advent Calendar 2012: Day 03 - My Meow Cosmetics’ Xmas Shoppe recommendations

<p>Here are the items that I'd recommend:</p> <h4>Winter Spirits</h4> <ul> <li>Hot Toddy — delicious-looking dark-toffee brown</li> <li>Lambrusco — I don't know that I've seen this exact shade of icy purple-blue too often</li> <li>Shiraz — lush non-bright violet with great color payoff. Good for just about anything: lining, contour, accent, all-over...</li> </ul> <h4>Ghosts of Xmas Past</h4> <ul> <li>Elf — coverage could be better, but I haven't seen many other successfully-executed greens with red sparkle highlights</li> <li>Santa Baby — almost-purple bordeaux rose - but it's definitely red. (Except when it pulls purple.)</li> </ul> <h4>Glacial Grove</h4> <ul> <li>Howl — the brown is deep enough that the silvering doesn't wipe it out</li> <li>Permafrost — pretty, sparkling near-silver with pink undertones</li> <li>Verdure — the best color payoff of the collection - the dark green is not softened completely away, but it's not so visually visceral, either</li> </ul> <h4>Snowflakes</h4> <ul> <li>Avalanche — gorgeous indigo-blue sparkle</li> <li>Flurry — very pale, but good for adding a blued highlight</li> <li>Ice Storm — amazing, intense blue sparkle</li> </ul> <h4>Merry Mayhem</h4> <ul> <li>Jangle — better color intensity than Ho Ho Ho; makes a better liner and accent color</li> <li>Ring-a-ling — reason</li> <li>Star — lovely rich yellow with solid color payoff</li> </ul> <h4>12 Pains of Xmas</h4> <ul> <li>Batteries Not Included — reason</li> <li>Cat in Tree</li> <li>Lights Out</li> </ul> <h4>Reindeer</h4> <ul> <li>Vixen</li> <li>Comet</li> <li>Blitzen</li> </ul> <h4>Holiday Ghost Stories</h4> <ul> <li>Present — sheer, and soft silver with a pink iridescence. This one surprised me, with how much I liked it!!</li> </ul> <h4>Xmas Rant</h4> <ul> <li>Bustle</li> <li>Greed</li> <li>Traffic — though if you buy Star, from Merry Mayhem, you might not need this also.</li> </ul> <h4>Holiday Wishes</h4> <ul> <li>Joy — lovely creamsicle-orange shade</li> <li>Magic — surprising near-metallic purple-brown</li> <li>Peace on Earth — a soft, cream-white with excellent coverage</li> <li>Surprises — warm metallic red, almost metallic, almost "bright" but not "candied"</li> </ul> <h4>Xmas Trees</h4> <ul> <li>Noble</li> <li>Spruce</li> </ul> <h4>Sugarplums</h4> <ul> <li>Sugarplum blush</li> <li>Vision</li> </ul> <h4>Xmas Misfits</h4> <ul> <li>King Moonracer</li> <li>Cornelius</li> </ul> <h4>Ice Blossoms</h4> <ul> <li>Crownbeard</li> <li>Hoar Frost</li> </ul> <h4>Aurora</h4> <ul> <li>either one — if you're a sheer-glitter-effects fan</li> </ul> <h4>Santa Baby</h4> <ul> <li>Duplex</li> <li>Kisses</li> <li>Santa Honey — if you love rich gold shadows, you need this color</li> </ul> <h4>Midnight Clear</h4> <ul> <li>Ancient Splendor</li> <li>Peaceful Wings</li> <li>Solemn Stillness</li> </ul>

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