Holiday Gift Guides 2015: Last Minute Beauty Gifts

Are you still wondering what to get that awesome lady in your life?  Well, I don’t mean to be a brat, but you’re running out of time!

Below are some wonderful beauty gift ideas.  Some you can find in stores, but if you want to order online, I think deadlines are coming up!

Caswell-Massey Sandalwood Foaming Bath Gel ($20 USD) — This invigorating Sandalwood bath gel will foam into an opulent lather. It is mild enough for everyday use. Splendid in the bath, equally marvelous as a body cleanser in the shower.

Caswell-Massey Sandalwood Body Lotion ($22 USD) — This luxuriously nourishing Sandalwood body lotion will leave your skin velvety-smooth. Its exceptional scent makes moisturizing a gratifying experience.

When I saw these I though Sandalwood?  Too spicy!  But these smell amazing!  And they would be nice to have in a his and hers bathroom as the shower gel would work for men or ladies!

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Japonesque Pixelated Color Kit $28) preps skin with the Radiance Primer, illuminates skin with Liquid Light, and perfects with the Pixelated Color Finishing Powder for a glowing complexion all night long.

 The Japonesque Pixelated Color Eye Defining Pencil Set ($23) in 4 new bold shades, the color pencils combine an exquisite gliding texture with saturated prismatic color to create a stunning multitude of looks.

Both of these kits are perfect for the beauty junkie that you’re not sure what to give. The first is an amazing highlighting set, perfect for holiday photos.  The second are gorgeous eyeliners in a black, gray, blue and plum.  No brown?  That’s fine with me, I have a TON of brown eyeliners!

Available at Ulta stores and

XSense Deluxe Sample Pack
XSense Deluxe Sample Pack

XSense Deluxe Sample Pack ($14 USD) — A perfect way to try each scent in your own day. The deluxe sample pack has 2 doses of each scent to help you at work, play and rest. It’s a perfect introduction to the power of natural, scientifically backed ingredients. You get a sample of each of these containing ingredients which could help significantly:

WorkSense—helping learning, retention, memory, and accuracy;
PlaySense—helping speed and endurance;
RestSense—helping reduce stress and improve relaxation.

  • Made with a proprietary mix of natural and pure ingredients
  • Results may vary
  • Carefully formulated, with special versions for men and women
  • Not a drug, not habit forming
  • 100% Money back guarantee
  • FREE Ground shipping on all domestic orders

This all kinds of smell the same to me, very strong and herbal.  I am not sure how they work, but they do wake me up and are a neat idea for the lady who likes aromatherapy.

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Key West Aloe Tropical Escapes Key Lime Essentials
Key West Aloe Tropical Escapes Key Lime Essentials

Key West Aloe Tropical Escapes Key Lime Essentials ($55 USD) Feel refreshed from head to toe with Key Lime hair and skin products – complete with travel bag.

Set includes:

Key Lime Shampoo, 8 oz.

Key Lime Conditioner, 8 oz.

Key Lime Bath & Shower Gel, 8 oz.

Key Lime Lotion, 6 oz.

I haven’t tried this scent, but it sounds amazing!  I have been using a lot of winter scents lately and this sounds refreshing.  I have tried Key West Aloe and really enjoy it.

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Too Faced Le Petite Maison
Too Faced Le Petite Maison

Too Faced Le Petite Maison ($39 USD) —  exclusive to Ulta Beauty this holiday season and gives you everything you need to embrace elegant beauty. The kit features 12 soft, blendable eye shadows, and Deluxe Better Than Sex Mascara for party-perfect eyes housed in a cozy French apartment.

I haven’t tried this yet, but I love Too Faced.  Their eye shadows are amazing!  I think this would be an amazing give for your makeup obsessed friend!

Purchase at Ulta stores and

Fresh and Light Fragrances For Summer

It has been so hot in Kansas City lately.  Yesterday was almost 105 — yikes! Today has cooled (?) down to the 90’s.  In this hot weather, I love to wear fresh and light fragrances.  Below are the ones I have been using and enjoying.

Thymes Lemon Geranium Petite Cologne

Thymes Lemon Geranium Petite Cologne ($18 USD, 0.4 fl oz) — Perfumery meets botany in a lush sensory experience. Perfect  for travel, this pocket-sized perfume revitalizes your senses with freshly pulped lemon geranium, clippings of dewy muguet, honeysuckle and green armoise,  steeped in Tonka bean and tree moss. Take it wherever life takes you.  It is a fresh and citrusy scent, perfect for hot days!

Also Available in bath salts, body souffle, bubbling bath elixir, candle, body and bed mist, and shower gel.  The Garden Alchemy Collection also include the scents Rosemary Sage and Wild Angelica.

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Elemis Frangipani Monoi Body Oil

Elemis Exotic Frangipani Monoi Body Oil ($50 USD 100ml) —                              Intoxicate the senses with an exotic blend of Coconut Coprah Oil and sweet-scented Frangipani flowers. Monoi Oil is traditionally produced in harmony with nature on the beautiful coral shores of the Polynesian Islands by soaking Frangipani flowers in Coconut Oil.This exquisite treatment oil has long-lasting hydration properties to seal in moisture and leave skin silky soft. Can be used as an intensive conditioning treatment for hair and nails.

This is wonderfully scented and moisturizing.  This is for days that you want a lovely sheen on your skin with a sweet floral fragrance. Learn more at

Caswell-Massey Sea Grass Hand & Body Soap Set

Caswell-Massey Sea Grass Hand & Body Soap Set ($30 USD) — Three individually wrapped bar soaps are nestled into a gift box – perfect for hostess  gift giving. The scent will transport you to the seashore with a warm, breezy air of a relaxing summer day. Made from the freshest ingredients including a combination of citrus bouquet, sparkling notes of crisp greens, calming florals and hints of Cedar and Sandalwood.

This is a perfect fresh soap to place in by every sink in the house.  Available at and

Cartier Baiser Vole

Cartier Baiser Vole ($69 USD 1 oz)  Cartier Baiser Vole is an Allure Best of Beauty Award Winner. An original creation from Cartier’s in-house perfumer, Baiser Volé, meaning ‘Stolen Kiss,’ is the expression of love according to Cartier. A story of pure passion told through a strikingly feminine and rare flower: the lily. Baiser Volé is a pure floral fragrance, reflecting all its perfection for the first time: fresh, floral and powdery.

I received a small sample of this in a gift with purchase.  I have been wearing it and I fear that my sample is almost out!  It is such a wonderful clean, light floral scent.  I would wear it every day if I could.

Purchase this at fine fragrance stores like Sephora.

Enjoy a new summer scent!
Notes: Lily Petals, Green Lily Leaves. Style: Fresh. Floral. Powdery.