We all know a friend or family member who loves trying beauty products, samples the latest fragrance or obsesses over makeup tutorials on YouTube. When it comes to making their eyes sparkle with delight this holiday season, here are some tried and true products they’ll love to see under the tree.
Revlon Photoready Eye Art: A bold eye can really make natural eye color stand out and even bring an extra twinkle to the eyes, and you don’t have to look like Ke$ha to do it. These duo shadow sticks transform lids from day to night and party-ready, with one end featuring a satin metallic finish and the other end featuring sparkles to create a custom look.
Fresh Sugar Lip Delight: When my friend first introduced me to this a few years ago, I said, “What? You want me to spend $22 on ONE lip balm?” accompanied with the look we all give our friends when they say something crazy. But she insisted it kept her lips protected all year long, so I took a chance. I haven’t been without it since. Not only does it soften lips, it has a touch of color or shimmer and even has SPF 15. This gift set is great because it includes seven mini versions so your gift recipient can try different ones and later buy a full size of their favorites!
Laura Geller Blush-N-Brighten: Sometimes blush can be overpowering or too glittery, but Laura Geller’s famous baked blush provides color, shimmer and a glow to cheeks no matter how old. Created in Italy, the blush starts as a cream baked for 24 hours on a terracotta tile; then it’s hand-finished to make a smooth formula with antioxidants. It comes in seven shades that all offer a swirl of different pinks, peaches and blushes to flatter all skin tones.
Josie Maran Whimsical Wonder Argan Oil Skincare Essentials: If you ever watched Josie Maran talk about her products on TV, you’ll see that her skin speaks for itself. This five-piece collection features Argan oil in each of the products, which hydrate and protect skin. The set includes pure Argan oil, Pure Argan Milk™ Intensive Hydrating Treatment, Infinity Intensive Creamy Oil, Argan daily moisturizer SPF 47, and Whipped Argan Oil Body Butter in Vanilla Apricot. You could split these up and make them stocking stuffers for a few people or keep them all for yourself!
Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes: When Olivia Pope uses it, you know it has to be good. These wipes take off the makeup that regular soap tends to leave behind, and it’s even safe to use around eyes, removing even the most stubborn mascara. These wipes leave the face feeling fresh, softer and minus raccoon-eye residue!
Clarisonic Mia 2 Duo Set in Caribbean and Pink Peony: Not everyone has the budget or time to enjoy regular facials, but with a Clarisonic, you can give that spa-like feeling at home. This cleansing device will reveal softer and smoother skin with consistent use. In colors exclusive to Macy’s, you’ll receive two devices, two chargers and two limited edition travel bags. This is a great gift for anyone who travels regularly, as they can keep one at home and take one on the go. Or you can do what my mom and I did, and each take one!
Wen by Chaz Dean Sweet Almond Mint Cleansing Conditioner: Not your typical conditioner with who-knows-what ingredients, this five-in-one formula replaces your shampoo, conditioner, deep conditioner, detangler and leave-in conditioner. It doesn’t lather, but it leaves hair silky and smelling fresh without harsh sulfates.
CHI Gemz Styling Iron: Great for fine, medium and coarse hair, this is the latest technology from a beloved brand in styling tools. The combination of zirconium and titanium-curved floating plates means ceramic heat is distributed evenly while straightening, curling or adding waves to hair. The temperature can be pre-set with its digital touch-sensitive technology, and the iron comes in a choice of colors with a thermal storage bag and three sectioning clips.
L’Oreal Paris Blow Dry It Blow Out Longwear Spray: This floral-scented dry shampoo can be sprayed for a quick freshening, or to simply extend the life of a hairstyle right after styling.
Butter London Colour Hardware Nail Art Tool Kit: Six tools are included in this kit to help take the nail game to the next level. Included is a dotting tool that’s double ended for two different sized dots, a striping brush, a clean-up brush to eliminate excess polish, a liner brush and a marbling brush to create special effects like ombre or a textured look.
Formula X Bottle Service Set: Here’s something to toast to! This champagne bottle-inspired package contains 10 mini nail polishes in five classic colors and five limited edition cream and shimmer shades. It makes an impressive statement and the lacquers contain an exclusive ingredient that enhances fingertip shine!
Solo One Step Gel Manicure Starter Kit: If your pal is tired of going to the salon for the gel look, give this kit for a quick-dry, glossy finish at a fraction of the price. It’s easy to use and dries quickly. All the tools needed are included, even four fun polishes that will stay looking fresh for a couple weeks!
Burberry Brit Eau de Parfum: If your beauty lover enjoys sweet and rich scents, then this British favorite is a great choice. With a combination of Italian lime, pear, green almond, white peony, sugared almonds, amber, mahogany, vanilla and tonka bean, they’ll get compliments everywhere they go.
Nest Eau de Parfum Collection: This set of seven features a rollerball applicator and artwork that looks like it’s part of a botanical museum collection. The scents range from sweet and spicy to floral and energizing, so they’re sure to find a few favorites in this set. A popular scent is the Indigo, which features Moroccan tea, Kashmir wood, black cardamom, wild fig and bergamot.
Victoria’s Secret Winter Bombshell Eau de Parfum: New for the 2015 holiday season only, Winter Bombshell is a limited edition updated version of the year-round popular, Bombshell. This festive scent’s notes features starfruit, frosted camellia and jasmine and comes in a snow globe-inspired bottle with red bow, perfect for gifting.
What are some of your go-to beauty gifts this holiday season? Let us know in the comment section below!
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