Holiday Makeup Gifts Guide — Sets That Can Be Split Between Friends!

The gift of beauty is so appreciated — I know, because that is what I give all of the women in my family as well as my friends for holidays.  sometimes, even just a little lip gloss or eye liner or even nail polish can make someone’s day.  In this economy, a large gift may not be feasible to give to all of your friends.  My advice?  Purchase one of these sets and split it up between a group of your co-workers, your teenage daughter’s besties, or your child’s favorite teachers at the middle school or high school.  I guarantee that they will love your thoughtfulness as well as the amazing gift they receive!

tarte Eye Candy Waterproof 6-pc Amazonian Clay Shadow Wand Set ($29.50 USD, $59 value) — Feast your eyes on this. Infused with Amazonian clay, these shadow wands put an exotic twist on your makeup routine. The versatile set offers silky-smooth application and extended waterproof wear, in shades that pop from day to night. From tarte. Includes:

  • 0.05-oz emphasEYES Clay Shadow Stick in Charcoal
  • 0.05-oz emphasEYES Clay Shadow Stick in Champagne
  • 0.05-oz emphasEYES Clay Shadow Stick in Bronze
  • 0.05-oz emphasEYES Clay Shadow Stick in Moss
  • 0.05-oz emphasEYES Clay Shadow Stick in Taupe
  • 0.05-oz emphasEYES Clay Shadow Stick in Plum

These go on like a dream and stay on ALL DAY! You can purchase this beautiful set at www.qvc.com.

Pixi Endless Silky Eye Pen Taster Trio ($12 USD) — These waterproof pencils give the intense effect of a liquid liner. The unique formula is super long-wear, non-transfer and ultra-pigmented. They glide on like seamless silk, and in a single application create a solid colour line that stays on and on.  This limited edition trio includes our bestselling shades in a classic black, a suit-all deep brown, and an ultra-flattering deep lilac. Kit containing exclusive mini sizes of the bestselling Endless Silky Eye Pens in No.1 BlackNoir (intense black), No.3 BlackTulip (deep lilac), and No.4 BlackCocoa (deep brown). Perfect for lovers of very dark eyeliner and aer available at Target stores and www.pixibeauty.com.

Pur Minerals Liquid Metal Eye Shadow 4pc Stick Kit ($22 USD) — Turn up the heat with Pür’s long-wear Liquid Metal Eye Shadow Sticks. Available in four molten metallic hues with iridescent shimmer, our smudge-proof shadow sticks capture the light from all angles to create a megawatt, multidimensional effect. Effortlessly apply as an eye crayon or liner and feel the creamy, water-resistant formula cool the skin as it colors. Shades:

  • True Cobalt
  • Iced Bronze
  • Steel Envy
  • Midnight Chrome

These metallic liners are available at www.purminerals.com.

Laura Mercier Limited Edition Mini Lip Glacé  Set ($48 USD) — Laura Mercier Lip Glacé is a high-shine, perfectly pigmented lip gloss with rich, long-lasting colour and brilliant shine that creates the appearance of fuller lips. With the unique blend of moisturizing, anti-aging, anti-oxidant and plumping ingredients provided by the Laura Mercier Lip Complex, the non-sticky gloss formula applies smoothly without feathering or bleeding. Available in a variety of coverage’s and finishes. The Limited Mini Lip Glace Set includes Rose, Blush, After Hours, Sparkling and Quartz. I love these luxurious glosses and you can purchase at www.lauramercier.com

LORAC Bejeweled Lip Gloss Collection ($25 USD, $132 Value)  — Live the diamond life with LORAC’s Bejeweled Lip Gloss Collection! These glamorous glosses are infused with antioxidants to help nourish and protect, while the natural emollients soothe and moisturize your lips. The bejeweled diamond wand, with its sparkly finish and custom pro-brush, hugs the curves of your lips for gorgeous, ultra-rich color and super high shine. These are full-sized and the shades are:
• Rich Garnet (Dark Cherry) • Hot Pink Sapphire (Bright Pink) • Pink Diamond (Opalescent Lt. Pink) • Rose Tourmaline (Medium Pink) • Peach Moonstone (Peach) • Red Ruby (Red).  These are very sparkly and perfect for teens and pre-teens as well as women who want to be noticed!  Available at www.loraccosmetics.com.

Nails Inc. Glitterati Collection ($25 USD ,$29 Value) Bring the party to your nails with this sensational set of sparkling colors. The full coverage trio includes a sheer blue base with purple glitter, scene-stealing gold glitter, and a clear paint with silver and holographic glitter—all ideal options for fun, glistening style everywhere you play.
This set contains: – 3 x 0.33 oz Glitter Nail Polish in Hatton Garden (clear with silver microglitter and holographic glitter), London Bridge (sheer blue with purple glitter), Chelsea Embankment (gold microglitter).  Available at Sephora and www.sephora.com.  Enjoy

Treat Someone To a Fab Bath And Body Gift Set

A beautiful body care gift is perfect for so many of the ladies in your life!  The sets below are all lovely.  The Pacifica or the Upper Canada set would be perfect for a teacher.  The Olay or the AHAVA collections would be a sweet gift for an aunt or grandmother.  Split up the L’Occitane hand creams and give to fellow office workers.  And your best friend would love the Bliss spa set.  It smells fantastic!

Olay Luscious Embrace Luxuries Gift Set ($9.99 USD $15 value) — Let fragrant moisture embrace you. Discover the lush, flourishing beauty of the Amazon – lushly exotic, merging the scent of crushed orchid extract with hints of papaya, blackberry and black currant. Feel it envelop your body like a botanical-infused steam treatment. With jojoba butter.

Contains:

  • 10 fl oz moisturizing body wash
  • Puff
  • 8.4 fl oz hand & body lotion
  • 2 moisture bars, 4.25 oz each
  • Savings booklet

You can purchase this set and others from Olay at drugstores and mass market retailers near you.

Pacifica Island Vanilla Take Me There Set ($18 USD, $26 USD ) — Inspired by the unique magic of Tahitian vanilla, this sensual blend sets sweet and sultry vanilla absolute, with honey-jasmine notes and a touch of fruitiness, against a deep and beautiful base of tea. This set contains the purse-ready 2.5oz Body Butter, .33oz Perfume Roll-on and NEW Color Quench Natural Moisture Lip Tint.  Visit www.pacificaperfume.com to learn more and purchase.

L’Occitane Hand Cream Bouquet ($60 USD on sale for $50 USD) — The delightful Hand Cream Bouquet is an arrangement of Mini Shea Butter Hand Creams (1 ounce each) in Cocoa Flower, Desert Rose, Hibiscus Flower, Pivoine Flora, Shea Butter and Vanilla.  This fantastic set comes wrapped in a festive pink holiday box with candy print, delightfully packaged in gold paper.  Purchase at usa.loccitane.com.

Upper Canada Naturally Tin Box Set ($20 USD) — On their own, Upper Canada Soap’s BodyWash and Lotion keep skin soft and supple, but together they are the ultimate power couple in moisturizing and smoothing skin!  Available in Wild Mint Lime, Warm Honey Nectar, Pressed Olive and Avocado, and Sweet Vanilla Fig. Visit www.uppercanadasoap.com to learn more.

bliss happy ‘spa’lidays in lemon + sage ($29 USD, $46 value) — a ‘scent’-sational set of best-selling bath blends
This lemon scented, spa-inspired sudsing and softening set is your ‘zest’ bet for a livelier lather and post-shower slathering. Merry ‘citrus’ to all! Includes full sizes of lemon+sage soapy suds and body butter, plus a Bliss blue shower pouf.
• Lemon+Sage Soapy Suds (16 oz): whips up a luxe lather and doubles as bath bubbles • Lemon+Sage Body Butter (6.7 oz): delivers mega-moisture in Bliss’ signature scent.  You may purchase at www.blissworld.com or www.sephora.com.

Shoshanna for AHAVA Gift Set ($35 USD value $60 USD)  — This limited edition holiday gift set will spark skincare addicts and fashion lovers alike as it brings the best of two worlds together: skincare and fashion. The collaboration between AHAVA and Shoshanna was inspired by their ability to make women feel and look their best, at any age. Combining the best in mineral skincare with the best in design, AHAVA and Shoshanna created this bright, bold, sensible travel case to compliment the chic, sophisticated traveler. The set contains AHAVA’s famed products: Mineral Body Lotion, Mineral Hand Cream, and Dermud Enriched Foot Cream. Available at Nordstrom, Lord & Taylor, and www.AHAVAUS.com.   Enjoy!

More Great Holiday Bath Gift Ideas

Bath and body care are great gifts for the holidays! I love giving and receiving them. The sets below are all good gifts and affordable, too! Have fun shopping!

SJ Creations Mistletoe & Mint Ceramic Caddy Set ($20.00 USD on sale for $9.99 USD). Keep your hands clean and soft with this coordinating pair of cleansing hand wash and moisturizing lotion in an attractive, reusable ceramic caddy. The scent is fresh and minty, and is perfect for the holidays. The set includes:

  • 16.9 fl. oz. Cleansing Hand Wash
  • 16.9 fl. oz. Moisturizing Hand Lotion
  • Reusable Ceramic Caddy

If you are in the shopping mood, SJ Creations is doing a Cyber Monday promotional contest. When you purchase anything, enter the code CYBER15 to receive 15% off on Monday, November 29. Plus if you sign up for their newsletter you will get a code for 30% and be entered to win free products in a drawing on Tuesday, November 30th. Just visit www.sjcreationsinc.com to learn more.

Gingerbread House Bubble Bar ($6.25) is one of the many fun holiday products and gift sets that LUSH has released this season. This warming, spicy, stimulating bath time treat is crammed full of ginger powder to help increase circulation and warm you up on cold winter nights. There’s also a hint of buchu oil and lime, to give it a fruity scent. 

Check out www.lushusa.com to see all of the great gift ideas they have. All products are hand made and many of them are vegan.

Whish Lavender Dream Collection ($25.00 USD) This set includes everything you need to smooth, soften, and pamper your skin in our brand new sweet smelling lavender flavor. Give the gift of perfectly soft skin to yourself or a friend. All items are in flight approved sizes. The set includes:

Three Whishes Body Wash – unique combination of wheat, sugar, and corn rather than harsh sulfates.
Three Whishes Sugar Scrub – exfoliate with our unique sugar, bamboo powder, raspberry seed mix.
Shave Crave – this moisturizing shave cream will leave your skin smooth and soft.
Three Whishes Body Butter – triple dose of moisture from organic shea & raspberry butter and organic aloe.

All Whish products are paraben free, suflate free, DEA & TEA free, and petrochemical free and are all natural with organic ingredients.

I love this lavender scent because it isn’t too strong and has a touch of sweetness to the soothing lavender. The products are all moisturizing and leave skin so smooth! Visit www.whishbody.com to learn more and to purchase.

Fab Holiday Sets from Urban Decay

Urban Decay always releases really cool holiday makeup sets, and this year is no exception! I’ve sampled a few of the sets and I think that all of the products aren’t only fun, but they are quality cosmetics that really last. Some of my favorite sets are:
 
24/7 Sets — do you like Urban Decays long-lasting eye liner?  You will love the new 24/7 Sets ($29.00).  These each include an exclusive shade of 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil, 3 best-sellers, and a Heavy Metal Glitter Eyeliner. The sets are:
 
Hi-Fi :  new shade, Mildew, a deep green inspired by one of their best-selling eye shadows and exclusive to this set. Also included are Zero (black), Flipside (teal) and 1999 (plum), and Heavy Metal Glitter Eyeliner in Distortion, an iridescent sparkle.

Stereophonic: new shade, Crash, a rich eggplant inspired by another eye shadows and exclusive to this set. Also included are Zero (black), Underground (metallic taupe) and Gunmetal (like it sounds!), and Heavy Metal Glitter Eyeliner in Midnight Cowboy, a beige sparkler.

I love how creamy and blendable these liners are. Long gone are the old days of heating your liner with a lighter to get it soft! And once it sets, it stays on. The set is cool because not only do you get Zero, a great black, you get to try other shades as well. Plus the glitter liner is great for a night on the town!

Smoke Out Kit ($34.00 USD)  — I realize how daunting creating a smoky eye can be. It is not an ever day look that we are used to doing. This fab kit not only gives you all of the tools that you need, but step-by-step instructions and a face chart, too! 

Included in the kit are 4 shadows, a shadow brush, travel size versions of 24/7 Eye Pencil in Zero (black),  and new Skyscraper Mascara. Adorned with exotic wisps of smoke, the kits feature a swiveling mirror and swinging layers, kept shut with magnets.

Remember that smoky eyes don’t have to be black! The kit comes in 3 palettes;  black/grey, plus brown and deep green kits. And I LOVE the Skyscraper Mascara. True to its name, you get very long lashes with this mascara. But, they are also very thick, as well. I had a lot of fun playing with the looks with the instructions. You can vary the intensity of the smoky eye, which is great!

Show Pony Shadow Box ($30.00 USD) Is a fun shadow kit that includes a primer and liner for great eye looks! Urban Decay chose Kime Buzzelli, darling of the LA art scene, to illustrate this amazing Shadow Box inside and out. Kime’s paintings feature wickedly fashionable women… often with brightly colored makeup running down their cheeks. Inspired by these characters, Urban Decay has filled this palette with 6 shadows… all totally wearable, and 2 exclusive to this set: Snatch (peachy-pink with glitter) and Painkiller (turquoise shimmer).

This is the first time I have tried the Primer Potion. It is such a great idea, since shadow never seems to stay on all day. The primer potion goes on creamy, not greasy and seems to help shadow stay put.
 
Visit www.urbandecay.com to learn about these kits and more. 

Pacifica Tuscan Blood Orange Spray Perfume Set

Tuscan Blood Orange Spray Perfume Set

Looking for a fragrant gift for a friend, teacher, baby sitter or co-worker? Pacifica has released the Tuscan Blood Orange Spray Perfume Set ($20.00 USD) that is an affordable, yet luxurious perfume and candle gift set in time for the holidays. 

This beautiful gift box contains Pacifica’s natural spray perfume, a signature soy candle in a glass container, and a lovely printed box of matches. The set’s fragrance is a refreshing blend of blood orange, strawberry, raspberry, and mandarin. This is a wonderful scent for holidays as well as anytime of the year. It is usually hard to give fragrance, but since this is a fruity and not flowery set, many women will love it!

This set contains:
– 1.0 oz Spray Perfume
– 3.0 oz Soy Candle
– Matches

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
– Parabens (perfume)
– Sulfates (all)
– Synthetic Dyes (perfume)
– Petrochemicals (perfume)
– Phthalates (all)
– GMOs (all)
– Triclosan (all)

This set is available at Sephora stores and online at www.sephora.com. Enjoy giving (or buying it for your self) this fab gift!

Borghese Holiday Nail Kits

Great Gift Idea: Just in time for the holidays, Borghese introduces two mini kits featuring fun, glittery lacquers. These kits would make perfect stocking stuffers, teacher and co-worker gifts, perfect for all of the stylish ladies on your list!

Each kit contains four long-wearing, nail-strengthening polishes that contain Borghese’s exclusive Acqua di Vita complex to help restore healthy moisture to the nails. Micronized Gemstones add brilliance. Each shade comes with a special Duale Curve Tip Brush custom designed to hug the shape of your nail for a smooth, flawless application. The rich, saturated hues are free of DBP’s, Toluene and added Formaldehyde.

The collections are:

 Allegra — Gold Glitter, Red Glitter, White Glitter and Black Glitter

Serena — Brown Glitter, Green Duochrome, Multi-Colored Glitter, Purple Shimmer

Each kit costs $9.99 and can be found at drugstores nationwide. Pick one up for a friend — and yourself!