Written by: David Maderich
The holidays are fast approaching, and if you’re like me, you’ve been too busy sipping martinis at holiday parties to even think about gift giving. Well, dear readers, take a peek at my “Last Minute Holiday Beauty Gifts”. I mean, what gal doesn’t love the gift of beauty?
I adore all-in-one makeup kits – and Pixi has one of the cutest kits this holiday season. The Early Bird Morning Light kit is packed with 3 blushes, 2 bronzers and 20 eye shadows. All the colors are designed to make you look wide-awake and ready to start the day or night. This fabulous little kit also makes a divine stocking stuffer for gals-on-the-go.
Every glamour girl loves lip-gloss, so why not indulge her? I am in love with Mally Rancol’s new Mally Holiday Slimline Lip Gloss Library. Packaged in a gilded gold gift box are 10 super shiny liquid lipsticks in every wearable color under the rainbow – from natural to pink to red to plum. Buy one for every gal on your list.
Gel nails are all the rage, but they are not only expensive, but time consuming. For the do-it-yourself gal on your beauty list, try Sally Hansen’s Salon Gel Polish Gel Manicure Starter Kit. Each kit contains all you need for 10 perfect salon gel manicures with high gloss shine and zero chips for up to two weeks. I tried these nails on a shoot and they are a breeze to apply.
Sexy smokey eyes make the perfect holiday gift. Urban Decay’s 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Zero (black) is the first pencil that I’ve discovered that stays put on the inner rim (the water line). And this stuff stays on forever – cry, make love or rumba until the cows come home and you will still look fabulous. Try other colors like Lust (purple) or Flipside (teal) for 24-hour liner or blend it out for nonstop eye shadow. I even use it for lipstick! I swear, this stuff doesn’t move.
What beauty junkie isn’t on the perpetual hunt for a good foundation? Well, look no more. Tom Ford Beauty Traceless Foundation Stick is here. This is definitely my new favorite foundation. Not only does this miracle stick have amazing coverage that you can layer on for sheer to heavy coverage, but it also stays fresh all day with a soft dewy finish. I swear, Tom Ford can even make foundation sexy! Buy one for every girl on your list!
Sexy wavy hair is a gift every girl dreams about. Make her hair dreams come to life by giving her the new John Frieda Definition & Curl Wavy Curls Iron. This fabulous titanium ceramic-coated 1 to 1 ½ inch iron makes sassy loose waves that will make Santa swoon. Just wrap the hair up the iron like a candy cane and your hair will be ready for holiday fun.
For the sassy lass or lad that craves a holiday stocking stuffed with skincare, make them smile with Osmotics Cosmeceuticals. I highty recommend the eye creams. These tiny jars of hope will help erase the sags and bags of everyday living – and what fashionista doesn’t love that! Try Blue Copper 5 Firming Eye Cream to firm and tighten the eye area or Renovage Cellular Eye Repair for serious mature skin with crow’s feet and sun damage.
Finally, for the person on your beauty list that has everything, I’ve found the perfect gift. Everyone washes his or her hands, right? And all that washing leaves the hands dry and cracked, right? Well, say hello to Soap & Glory Cream and Soaper Duo – hand soap and hand cream paired together in a nifty stainless steel caddy that will look genius on any counter. Fabulous!
Now get out there and shop until you drop!
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“True beauty isn’t about perfection. By liberating people to realize this simple fact, we help them see the real beauty within themselves.” Kristan Serafino