Stacey Banfield

Christchurch Based Makeup Artist & Blogger

Get in my life – The Holiday Collections On My Hit List

Christmas is by far my favourite time of year, with literally every cosmetic house pulling out all the stops, to make us weak at the knees with their Exclusive Christmas offerings. I thought last year was unbeatable but it appears this year is looking more than promising. Social media is currently buzzing with sneak peaks and release dates so I thought, why not share a peak at what’s on my hit list this silly season.


Becca Cosmetics handsdown are killing it lately and their Ultra-exclusive Champagne Glow Palette in collaboration with the beautiful Jaclyn Hill is no exception. Housed in a stunning compact, three shades of Pressed Shimmering Skin Perfector will steal your heart. Featuring the Limited Edition Blushed Copper, Champagne Pop and New Pearl. Available online at October 27th – this is set to sell out so for those of us who aren’t in the USA have your forwarding company ready at the drop of a hat.



Every year Too Faced is a brand that I stock up largely on at Christmas time. Their sets always make the perfect gifts, plus I feel like the options are carefully thought out more than other brands ensuring you can use up every single product. Although Too Faced is not yet available in NZ there are plenty of places to get your fix with them online.  Below is what I will be picking up from Too Faced this year.



Melted Kisses and Sweet Cheeks set $36USD


  Too Faced Le Petit Tresor Lip Set $29 USD  

FYI : I buy these lip sets from Too Faced every year and they are fantastic, whether it’s for yourself your bestie or your Mum the colours are always so wearable and the formulation is stunning! A definite Must have that you won’t regret.





NARS – you always know with NARS it’s all about convenience and quality, that’s why their Holiday Collections are always so exciting. This year they are collaborating with Steven Klein to bring a colour Collection like no other. Dressed in packaging that reflects the Steven Klein image there really is something for everyone. I am adoring the lip set shown above cleverly named ” An Abnormal Female Lip Pencil Coffret”| $65.00  A Nars Exclusive and the “One Shocking Moment Cheek Studio Palette” $69.00  a Sephora Exclusive.  I Need these like NOW <3 Nars is available at



Stila Cosmetics has caught my eye with their Holiday Collection, featuring some of their most adored products placed together in the perfect little sets. In particular I have my heart set on picking up the  “A Whole Lot of Love Set” | $59.00 USD  Limited Edition, Sephora Exclusive”. Showcasing 20 eyeshadows, 4 Cheek Colours and a deluxe size mascara this is perfect for taking away with you on Holiday, or gifting to the friend “who has everything”. Stila shadows are absolute perfection so this will be worth every cent I’m sure.

Stila is also available at – NZ release date is generally end of October the beginning of November


MAC I am so with you here, All I want for Christmas is not only my most favourite Christmas song to belt out on my drives home from work in December, but I can see it will become one of my most loved Lipsticks this season. Yes that’s right MAC have teamed up with Mariah Carey to bring you a shade oh so fitting. This bad boy is a champagne shimmer frost, making your pout fierce in one swipe -timeless just like the icon herself. The only downfall for this is that it is an Online exclusive in select markets this December, so keep an eye out on and their social media for any updates.


Guerlain is one of my absolute faves when it comes to luxe high end and their Holiday offerings have really really pulled on my heart strings. This brand nail it time and time again with packaging, quality and the overall experience of buying and owning a part of a brand that is so luxurious. The Guerlain Winter Fairy Tale Collection for 2015 is just stunning.

Their iconic Meteorites Perles des Neiges RRP $80 USD (Limited Edition)transform into the cutest little white snowflakes to reflect the facets of a prism of light. When put together with the coloured pearls it gives a beautiful iridescent glow to your complexion. Can we also just die at the packaging like um HI your going to be mine! FYI Guerlain can be found in department stores Nationwide within NZ, Ballantynes here in Christchurch also do phone orders (squeals!!!)holiday2015_guerlain001

There are so many more items I could add to this list but I don’t want this post to drag on forever so I will bring you a part 2 very very soon. In the meantime I will edit this post when I am supplied with all the NZ release dates and RRP’s just to make your life that little bit easier. I mean now is the perfect time to start writing your wish list to leave “laying” perfectly placed around the house for your loved ones to “stumble” upon.

If there’s anything you would love to see reviewed in the flesh let me know below, I may even have a giveaway or two so keep an eye out on the blog for more info. In the mean time let me know if any of the above has caught your eye too, I would love to know ♥




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