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Beauty & Beyond: Holiday Beauty Finds

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The only thing that warms my heart to the upcoming holidays more than the jingle of the Salvation Army bells is the loud and clear proclamation that'?¦the holiday collection from stila is here! The holiday collection from stila is here!

After getting on a WebCast with stila last week to hear all about their latest seasonal offerings, I was so excited I couldn't contain it. Santa has nothing on these ladies when it comes to ringing my beauty bell.

My most favorite launch is the Written in the Stars Eye Shadow Palette. This gorgeous snowflake of color will make your eyes twinkle and shine with 12 gorgeous, neutral eye shadow shades. They're a lovely mix of pinks, tans, dark browns, coppers and more. They can be worn wet and dry for a variety of looks.

I also adore the Seeing Stars Smudge Stick Waterproof Eyeliner Set. This set is four of stila's best-selling smudge eye liners in shimmery metallic shades along with one limited edition color. The shades Include Moray (golden olive shimmer), Stargazer (black with gold and silver pearl), Tetra (deep shimmery purple), the limited edition Oscar fish (warm brown with gold pearl), and Angelfish (metallic pewter). Oscar can be worn in the corners of your eyes, to really make them pop especially when you're pooped from all the parties.

stila's Stars Eye Shadow Palette ($20) and Seeing Stars Smudge Stick Waterproof Eyeliner Set ($32) are both available at Ulta stores.

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