Post Series: 2014 Holiday Gift Guides

No matter what age your beauty lover is, she’s sure to need, use or want products that make her feel pampered, special and beautiful.

With a variety of price points and brands, we assembled a beauty gift guide that’ll inspire you to make the women in your life glow this holiday season. Don’t forget to check out our suggestions for stocking stuffers, too!


Whip Hand Cosmetics Set the Stage Makeup Primer

Makeup artists around the world covet this Detroit-based company’s primer. The unscented, lightweight and professional-strength formula goes on smoothly and transforms into a matte micro-powder to fill and smooth fine lines and rejuvenate skin. It’s suitable for all skin types and works with your favorite foundation, keeping your makeup in place all day long. Or you can wear it on its own for a natural look.

Nars Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner

This creamy pencil glides on with a budge-proof finish that has intense color. Designed to wear well for at least 12 hours, it even has a built-in sharpener at the other end.

Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara

Dramatic lashes that are long, full and have just the right amount of curl come standard with every tube of this mascara.

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush

Clay from the banks of the Amazon river is infused in this soft, long-wearing blush, and it’s available in a variety of shades to suit different skin tones. The clay minimizes oil and balances and hydrates skin.

Laura Geller Love Me Dew Lip Crayons

Pamper your lips with a rich balm-like lip color that moisturizes and makes lips shine. Lip Dews come in a crayon-like design that never needs sharpening. Red, nude, coral, mulberry and plum shades are included, and they smell like sweetness the moment you open the cap.

Stocking Gifts - Quicken Loans Zing BlogStocking Stuffer: Almay Oil-Free Gentle Eye Makeup Remover Pads

A botanical blend of aloe, cucumber and green tea wipes away makeup that soap and water just cannot – without irritating your delicate eyes. It’s also grease-free, hypoallergenic, fragrance-free and dermatologist tested.


Clarisonic Mia 3

Cleanse your face with a brush that uses a sonic frequency of more than 300 movements per second. With each successive speed, this device offers a deeper level of cleansing. It also features a battery-life indicator, a USB-enabled pLink charger, and a drying stand that also serves as a charging station.

Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+

This classic moisturizer is adored by women of all ages. The dermatologist-developed formula strengthens your skin’s moisture barrier by 54% to create all-day hydration that keeps skin looking youthful.

Serious Skincare New Beginnings Age-Defy Kit

The brand’s top four A-Defiance skin care products (including the retinol eye cream) work together for a regimen that minimizes fine lines and wrinkles. Your skin will glow, look healthier and feel softer with regular use.

Forever Red Luminous Body Souffle

Bath and Body Works hit a home run with this nourishing body cream. Simply apply after showering for silky smooth skin that smells amazing, thanks to the combination of pomegranate, red osmanthus, vanilla rum and red peony.

The Body Shop Frosted Cranberry Hand Cream

This non-greasy cream conditions hands and features the seasonal fragrance of Canadian cranberry seed oil, which helps ward off chapping from cold weather.

Stocking Gifts - Quicken Loans Zing BlogStocking Stuffer: Philosophy Shower Gel Ornaments

The award-winning three-in-one formula (shampoo, shower gel and bubble bath) is available in festive scents, and it comes packaged as a cute ornament. Christmas cookie, peppermint stick and snow angel are just a few of the sweet scents you can choose from.


Ultra CHI Holiday Flat Iron

The Ultra CHI irons come in a variety of fun holiday designs like bubbles, glitter and damask. You can straighten, curl, flip or add waves to your hair with this fun tool. The tourmaline ceramic plates add moisture and shine while reducing frizz for silky hair. These irons also come with a tote bag for perfect gifting.

Infiniti Pro by Conair Curl Secret

Great for all hair lengths and types, hair is drawn into the tourmaline ceramic chamber where it’s heated from all directions to create tangle-free curls. It’s easy to use, and there are varying heat levels and timer settings depending on whether you want loose, medium or tight curls.

Vidal Sassoon Ionic Styler Dryer

This 1875-watt dryer uses ionic technology, three heat settings and three air flow settings (including a cold-shot button), to set hairstyles. The attachments allow you to do more with your hair while drying with its de-tangling comb, smoothing comb and brush attachments!

Not Your Mother’s Smooth Moves Frizz Control Hair Cream & Lock Luster

Smooth Moves is a coconut and silk extract cream that tames unruly hair; especially in warmer climates. It helps to de-frizz your hair if you let it air dry, and it helps keep it straight if you use a dryer. Lock Luster is a moisturizing argan and macadamia oil treatment that is great for damaged hair, and helps protect it from heat and styling treatments.

Brazilian Blowout Anti-Frizz Shampoo & Conditioner

Even if you don’t have a Brazilian blowout, this product will keep your hair soft, straight, frizz-free and shiny.

Stocking Gifts - Quicken Loans Zing BlogStocking Stuffer: Dry Divas Designer Shower Cap

Preserve that hairdo you worked hard on for an extra day with this stylish cap. Made from soft laminated fabric, each cap has a festive design, a matching ribbon and fashionable embellishment. You can choose the Classic if you have short or medium hair, the Bouffant if you have medium to long hair, and the Little Divas for kids under age 10. It’s great for travel, and it doesn’t leave a static effect upon removal.


Butter London Gilded Gears

Long-lasting nail lacquers are Butter London’s signature product, and this set is perfect for the holiday season. Featuring bottles of gold glitter, steel-gray metallic, rosy shimmer and a wine matte-satin finish, you can mix and match with shiny, matte, dark and light all winter long.

DIY Nail Art

Catherine Rodgers, author and creator of the YouTube channel, “Totally Cool Nails,” reveals step-by-step instructions for 75 creative nail art designs fun for adults and teens alike.

Deborah Lippmann Rock & Roll Base and Top Coat Duet

Every manicure and pedicure needs a quick-drying base coat and top coat to keep nails looking their best. This duo comes in a glittery confetti pouch that’s the perfect size for travel, and it looks great sticking out of a stocking.

OPI Gwen Stefani Mini Holiday Stars

This OPI holiday collection from the popular singer features a mini set of red, purple, burgundy and red sparkles, with fun names like “What’s Your Point-settia?” It’s a fun way to try different colors without committing to large bottles.

Revlon ColorStay Gel Envy Nail Enamel

Save a trip to the nail salon and head to your nearest drug store if you want the popular gel look – Revlon’s two-step system gives you that look at home. Brush on the base and color, and add the protective ColorStay Gel Envy Diamond Top Coat for rich color, shine and strength that lasts.

Stocking Gifts - Quicken Loans Zing BlogStocking Stuffer: Sephora Instant Nail Polish Remover

Stubborn nail polish is no match for this remover; it doesn’t even require cotton balls. Inside the bottle, there’s a pre-moistened pleated foam that helps to remove the polish. It’s small, so it’s easy for storage, travel or even to keep at your desk.


Katy Perry Royal Revolution

The pop singer’s latest eau de parfum combines a floral and sweet in a blue diamond-shaped bottle. Top notes are of pink freesia, black thorn and pomegranate, heart notes include orange flower, sandalwood and jasmine petals, and base notes are soft leather, skin musk and vanilla orchid.

Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream

The popular fashion designer created a light and airy fruity-floral fragrance with top notes of blackberry, pear and grapefruit, heart notes of jasmine, lychee and blue wisteria, and base notes of musk, white woods and coconut water. The bottle is draped in daisies and topped with a daisy-covered cap.

Victoria’s Secret Scandalous

The pink studded glass bottle is home to a blend of black peony, raspberry liqueur and praline. It’s a sweet scent that isn’t overpowering, and it’s a sassy choice for a night out on the town.

Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb

This floral scent has been a popular choice for women over the last several years. Considered a floral explosion, the notes in this rose-colored bottle include bergamot, tea, freesia, jasmine, orange blossom, orchid, rose and patchouli.

Philosophy Falling in Love

Don’t be fooled by the simplicity of its square glass bottle. This eau de toilette is designed to be a romantic fragrance with notes of sun-ripened blackberry, sparkling jasmine and vanilla. Compliments are inevitable.

Stocking Gifts - Quicken Loans Zing BlogStocking Stuffer: Tory Burch Eau de Parfum Rollerball

The first fragrance from this fashion designer is available in a purse-friendly rollerball, and it’s considered a mix of feminine and tomboy. Notes include peony, tuberose, grapefruit, sandalwood and bergamot. Not only is this a great stocking stuffer; you’re also doing something good – half of the purchase price is donated to the Tory Burch Foundation, which supports female entrepreneurs through small business loans, mentoring and education.

There are many great beauty products out there for every lifestyle, and this list is just a sample of the items your gift recipients (or even you) may fall in love with this holiday season. Happy shopping!

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