Saturday, November 1, 2014

Holiday Gift Guides: A Wonderful Selection of Options!

Yes, it is that time of the year again when gifting begins to creep into our thoughts causing us to make endless lists of gifts you deem as suitable fits for the people you have in mind. Here's an easy cheat sheet for you to help take the stress out of this glorious time and allow you to enjoy it! 

By Terry Baume de Rose Colour Collection
Baume de Rose Colour Collection is a limited edition gift set of five travel-sized tinted lip balms inside a pink petal case that will be equally at home in your evening bag or jeans pocket. The collection features four floral- toned shades alongside the eternally popular classic version of the balm.
Price: $89, Available at 

By Terry Give Me 5 Smoky Eyes
This limited-edition eye collection is a must-have line-up of five smoking hot products stashed inside in a graphic print pouch that’s worth the splurge. All you need to pull off brazen black, elegant ebony and gothic Baroque looks. The kit includes Terry’s signature Hyaluronic Eye Primer, Mascara Terrybly, Crayon Kohl Terrybly, Ombre Blackstar and Eyebrow Liner.
Price: $159, Available at 

Clinique The Nutcracker Act I and Act II Compacts
“The Nutcracker” is a world-renowned perennial holiday classic that is brought to life annually by the internationally recognized American Ballet Theatre, America’s National Ballet Company ®. Inspired by the beauty and elegance of the time-honored tradition, Clinique has developed The Nutcracker Suite capturing the beauty and grace of this classic performance. Inspired by the dazzling dance of the Snowflakes, The Nutcracker Act I color compact includes a Snowflake Suite eye shadow quad in soft pinks and sultry tones, and a delicate pink Blushing Blush Powder Blush in Plié Pink. The Nutcracker Act II color compact is inspired by the whimsical land of the Sugar Plum Fairy and includes a Sugar Plum Suite eye shadow quad that couples beautiful plum shades with shimmering white and silver tones, paired with a flushed pink Blushing Blush Powder Blush in Tutu Pink.
Price: $36 each, Available at Clinique counters nationwide

Clinique Happy Heart Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm in Plumped Up Pink
To commemorate the 10th Anniversary of the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami, Clinique commits to help Happy Hearts Fund build its 100th School by the end of 2014. Clinique introduces its latest selection of Gifts that Give Back benefitting Happy Hearts Fund with the Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm in Plumped Up Pink. This sheer fuchsia shade amplifies your lips with a natural-looking pop of color and the super-nourishing, multitasking formula is loaded with mango and shea butters as well as antioxidants to help pamper and protect lips. 
Price: $17, Available at Clinique counters nationwide and on while supplies last. $3 from the sale of each chubby stick will go directly to Happy Hearts Fund!

FLOWER Gift Sets
From FLOWER – the full cosmetics range co-founded by Drew Barrymore and available exclusively at Walmart – a multitude of gift sets for every beauty junkie on your list.
·         Classic Fragrance Set ($19.98) - This 15mL fragrance set includes one of three new scents from FLOWER along with a 100ML body lotion and body wash. Available in Cherished, Radiant or Sultry. 
·         Fragrance and Color Set ($19.98) - This 15mL Fragrance Set includes one of three new scents from FLOWER along with a corresponding FLOWER Lip Butter and Nail Lacquer to complement your personality and mood. Available in Cherished, Radiant or Sultry.
·         EYE SEE YOU Eye Beauty Set ($19.98) -Sparkle and shine this holiday season with the essential eye palette from FLOWER. Featuring 8 metallic, high-shine, fully pigmented shades to complement all of your holiday party looks and a bonus Extreme Measures Lengthening Mascara for the finishing touch.
·         TOTAL PACKAGE Complete Beauty Set ($19.98) -Perfect your holiday party looks with this complete beauty set featuring 4 Shadow Play Eyeshadow shades and 4 Kiss Stick Velvet Lip Color shades. Complete your look with the FLOWER Lash Knockout Volumizing Mascara for perfectly battable lashes.
·         COLOR IN THE LINES Mini Chubby Beauty Set ($9.98) - These Self-sharpening lip and eye chubbies are the perfect holiday clutch accessory for a quick touch-up on the go. Set includes 3 mini crayon chubbies (eye or lip).
·         LUXE N’ LACQUERED Nail Beauty Set ($9.98) -These 3-free, super-high shine nail polishes with a built-in top coat are formulate to last without chipping, fading, or dulling. This set of three rich shades are the perfect stocking stuffer to give or receive.
Available at Walmart and

FLOWER Cosmetic Bags
Store your makeup and beauty brushes in style! New from FLOWER – an assortment of cosmetics cases for small enough to throw in your purse to larger train bags that are perfect for travel. Each case comes in a pink and blue floral print.
·         Small Cosmetic Bag ($7.98) – This small cosmetic bag is the perfect size and shape for small purses or for travel. The open compartment is still large enough to fit longer makeup ítems comfortably, while still being able to fully zip the bag.
·         Double Zip Foldover (Small $9.98; Large $13.98) – The unique design lets you fold one flap over the other to keep everything on hand. Organize your favorite products for daily use.
·         Cosmetic Clutch ($10.98) – An inside mirror allows for quick touch-ups on the go! Organize your favorite products for daily use in this convenient clutch to use everyday or for a special night out.
·         Train Case ($18.98) – Featuring a design that will hold all of your necessities in one organized spot, this train case has compartments to store the FLOWER brushes as well as cosmetics.
Available at Walmart and

Laura Geller 20 Shades of Baked
Tap into your inner makeup artist this holiday season and explore beauty creativity with an eye shadow portfolio that features 20 Baked shadow shades and a double-sided makeup brush to make application a breeze. Like all of the brand’s Baked products, these shadows begin as liquid pigments and are then baked on terracotta tiles for 24 hours and hand-finished in Italy. The result is a creamy, weightless powder that glides on to deliver vibrant color with an innovative texture that applies like powder but feels like a cream. Infused with Centella Asiatica and White Tea Extracts to provide antioxidant protection, the palette’s shades include pretty neutrals, statement hues and bright pops of color, with each shadow allowing for contouring, unlimited drama and endless looks. 
Price: $49, Available at and ULTA

Laura Geller So Scrumptious Vol 2
The perfect holiday kit to achieve healthy, glowing skin this season comes with full-size products of a variety of Laura Geller’s bestsellers. The kit highlights the brand’s famed Spackle Under Make-Up Primer (in Champagne), Color Drenched Lip Gloss (in Pink Macaroon), a double-sided makeup brush, and a variety of the cult-favorite Baked products, including Blush-n-Brighten (in Pink Grapefruit), Baked Eye Elements (in Sahara Skies) and Color Correcting Foundation (in Medium). All of the Baked products begin as liquid pigments and are then baked on terracotta tiles for 24 hours and hand-finished in Italy. 
Price: $59, Available at and ULTA

Urban Decay NAKED Vault
The NAKED Vault is an amazing collector’s set loaded with twelve NAKED essentials no one should be without. Packaged in a beautiful abstract vault, inside you’ll find all three NAKED Palettes, three shades of Flushed (Naked, Native, Streak), three shades of Lipgloss (Nooner, Rule34, Streak), and three 24/7Glide-On Double-Ended Eye Pencils (Zero+Whiskey, Perversion+Pistol, Darkside+Blackheart).
Price: $280, Available at and

Urban Decay Vice 3
It’s time to reclaim your spot on the naughty list. Vice is back, in its third edition, and trust us – it’s worthy of the name. This luxe, sophisticated palette is so indulgent you’ll feel like you’re getting away with murder. Featuring 20 gorgeous brand-new, exclusive, never-before-seen shades in a mix of brights and neutrals. Each shade contains the Pigment Infusion System, the proprietary ingredient blend that makes every UD shade so velvety, rich, blendable and long-lasting. It also comes with a cool, neon-green metallized double-ended brush. The thin, sleek case features a neon-green jeweled “VICE” emblazoned across the front, and comes with a matching bag perfect for stashing extra brushes.
Price: $60, Available at Sephora, Ulta, and

Urban Decay Black Magic 24/7 Glide-On Double-Ended Eye Pencil Set
There’s no such thing as too much black. Perfect for the liner junkie on your list, this eight-shade set contains four double-ended pencils each with a black shade on one end and a richly colored shade on the other to create an array of looks with mystery and depth on the other end. The four hit black shades, Black Velvet, Black Market, Perversion, and Zero, are paired with Smoke (gray matte), Tornado (deep eggplant), LSD (navy shimmer) and Demolition (brown matte) for the ultimate edgy lineup. 
Price: $39, Available at Sephora, Ulta, and

Annick Goutal Noel Candle
Create the atmosphere of a crisp and cozy winter day with this candle. The scent, reminiscent of a Christmas tree, is a blend of citrusy notes including lemon, bitter orange, Brazilian mandarin and Siberian pine. Available in two sizes.
Price: $85 (10.5oz) and $35 (2.4oz), Available exclusively at the Annick Goutal Boutique, 397 Bleecker Street, NYC, (646) 964-4819 – ships nationwide

Annick Goutal Petite Cherie Gift Set 
Petite Chérie is the scent Annick Goutal bestowed on her daughter, as a gift and now the rest of the world can do the same. The iconic scent is available for a limited time in an elegant gift set that includes a 50ml bottle of the fragrance along with a 100ml bottle of the body lotion. It’s a fruity and floral fragrance with notes including pear, peach, musky rose, freshly cut grass and vanilla.
Price: $115, Available exclusively at the Annick Goutal Boutique, 397 Bleecker Street, NYC, (646) 964-4819 – ships nationwide

Clinique Happy Heart Perfume Spray 
To commemorate the 10th Anniversary of the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami, Clinique commits to help Happy Hearts Fund build its 100th School by the end of 2014. Since the inception of the philanthropic partnership, and with the help of consumers in five countries, Clinique has donated one million dollars to Happy Hearts Fund, enough to build 5 schools around the world. Clinique introduces its latest selection of Gifts that Give Back benefitting Happy Hearts Fund. The newly designed limited edition Happy Heart features a logoed fragrance bottle and a modern color-block package design in pink and orange. The scent is bright and floral with hints of sweetness from mandarin orange and cassis mingled with soft floral notes of water lily, rose, and geranium.
Price: $38, Available at Clinique counters nationwide and on while supplies last. $10 from the sale of each fragrance will go directly to Happy Hearts Fund!

Elemis Spa Light Candle 
The perfect hostess gift, this festive candle infuses and illuminates the home with beautiful aromatics vanilla, orange and cinnamon. 40 hours of burn time.
Price: $47.50, Available at

FLOWER Discovery Set
Change your fragrance as often as you change your outfit this holiday season with this fragrance trio from FLOWER. Includes 7.5mL bottles of Cherished, Radiant and Sultry.
Price: $19.98, available exclusively at Walmart stores and on

Lolita Lempicka Minuite Sonne 
This year’s glittery, limited-edition holiday scent represents the sensual midnight hour. It is richer, denser, more of an evening fragrance… perfect for that holiday party or kiss under the mistletoe. Notes include Liquorice Iris Concrete, Vanilla and Benzoin.
Price: $105, Available at

Ralph Lauren Fragrances Midnight Romance Holiday Gift Set
For the modern woman  who does it all with style and grace, this chic fragrance set contains full-size (3.4oz) EDT, a 2.5oz shower gel and body lotion, and a rollerball purse spray (.5oz) of Midnight Romance, a new floriental fragrance for spring inspired by the enchantment of feminine mystery. The stunning pale pink and black bottles make for a gorgeous addition to your mother’s vanity. Perfect for spring, Midnight Romance combines an exhilarating mix of notes, including:
·         TOP NOTES:  raspberry, Italian bergamont, juicy lychee
·         MID NOTES:  peony, jasmine sambac, freesia 
·         BASE NOTES:  black vanilla, iris absolute, ambrox
Price: $110 for gift set; Available at and select retailers

Sofia by Sofia Vergara Gift Set
Lovable, sensual, glamorous, approachable…all the words used to describe the ultimate gift set. This Sofia by Sofia Vergara set includes all the essentials that the modern woman is looking for to feel sexy and beautiful. A luxurious, exquisite and fine scent, the set includes the fragrance in a full bottle and pencil spray along with the shimmer body lotion.  
Price: $55 (3.4 oz EDP, 3.4 oz BL, 0.33 oz. EDP Pencil Spray); Available at Perfumania &, HSN, Kohls, Kmart, Nordstrom Rack, CVS, Walgreens, Walmart, Fred Meyer and Meijer

Anthony The Perfect Shave Kit
Maximize intimate moments by giving the man in your life exactly what he needs for a full service shave at home, no appointments needed. Smooth, protect and soothe with four full-size products designed to work together for the ultimate shaving experience. The kit includes Glycolic Facial Cleanser, Shave Cream, Pre-Shave Oil, and After Shave Balm. *Anthony donates a portion of the proceeds from the sale of all products to support prostate cancer research.
Price: $65 ($90 value), Available at, Sephora and

Clarisonic High-Performance Skincare Men’s Holiday Gift Set
This holiday season, help him get skin as smooth as (he thinks) he is. This high-performance skincare regimen for men works gently and efficiently to leave skin smoother, hydrated and more comfortable.
Kit includes: Clarisonic Mia 2 in Grey, Clarisonic Deep Pore Brush Head, Jack Black Pure Clean Daily Facial Cleanser, Jack Black®Double-Duty Face Moisturizer SPF 20
Price: $149 ($193 value), Available exclusively at Sephora and

Dollar Shave Club
Give the gift of convenience and a consistently close shave – like music to a man’s ears. Dollar Shave Club is a subscription-based company that sends high quality razors to your door for a few bucks a month so you can always shave with a fresh blade. It all started by figuring out what people actually wanted: a great shave without the overpriced shave tech and the inconvenience of trudging to the store.  Add-ons include grooming essentials like Dr. Carver’s Shave Butter and Post-Shave, and One-Wipe Charlies.
Price:  $3 per month and up, Available at

Kenneth Cole Mankind Gift Set
This bold fragrance celebrates the evolution of the modern man; confident, connected and ready to take on today’s challenges. Mankind is an aromatic fragrance delivering a fresh, modern and masculine scent. It opens with a fresh blend of cardamom, tarragon leaves, zesty ginger and a splash of pineapple. It continues into a masculine blend of cedarwood, vetiver root and cinnamon then transforms into a rich, enticing drydown of sandalwood, oak moss, tonka and sexy skin musk. Kit includes Eau de Toilette, Deodorant, After Shave Balm, and the Hair & Body Wash.
Price: $76, Available at Macy's and

Ralph Lauren Fragrances Polo Red Coffret Set
This stylish kit contains three of Ralph Lauren’s signature Eau de Toilettes in travel-friendly sizes.
·         Polo Red (1.3oz) - With powerful notes of red saffron, red grapefruit and red cedar wood this spicy, woody fragrance captures speed and adrenaline
·         Polo (1oz) - An invigorating blend of wood, leather, and tobacco captures the rich heritage of the thoroughbred sporting tradition
·         Polo Black (1oz) - With a bold fusion of iced mango, silver armoise and patchouli noir, the fragrance creates an intriguing combination of crisp energy and dark sensuality
Price: $60, Available at

Ralph Lauren Fragrances Polo Red Dopp Kit 
Gift the high-powered jetsetter in your life a sleek dopp kit complete with two Polo Red EDTs (1.4/4.2oz); Hair and Body Wash; and After-Shave Gel. Each product features the fragrance’s woody spicy scent to capture speed, adrenaline and seduction. 
Price: $86 (a $96 value), Available at

L'Oréal Paris Sparkling Soirée Nail Collection
A modern, soirée-chic holiday collection inspired by fashion’s biggest runways.  By itself, a single sequin on a dress adds subtle glimmer, but collectively, they shimmer brightly as the season’s most elegant bead of choice.  Winter glamour comes to life as Colour Riche introduces Sparkling Soirée: four winter shades and four glitter top coats.  Go solo or pair together for up to 24 mesmerizing looks. 
Price: $5.99, Available for individual purchase at select retailers nationwide until supplies last!

Nails inc Snowflake Effect Polish
Give your nails some holiday charm with Nails inc’s Snowflake polish. This polish provides a cool, crisp finish over your favorite nail color, featuring different sized glitter and sequin particles that create the illusion of snowflakes on your nails. Drawing inspiration from Chanel, Celine, and Alexander Wang, we recommend 1-2 coats over your favorite silver polish to add a little frosting to your nails.
·         Kensington Church Street – shimmering white 
·         Whitechapel – white with gold particles 
Price: $16, Available in two shades for a limited time at, Sephora, and

Nails inc Styled by You
Customers can now create their bespoke nail polish in the new Nails inc concave glass bottle designed by Fabien Baron and personalise with a unique, laser etched monogrammed cap.  Coinciding with the festive season, the new service launches at the end of November on and offers a next day delivery service. The new service launches alongside Nails inc’s new look website and the process quick and simple.
Price: $25, Available at

AHAVA Wish Upon A Star Ornaments 
The perfect gift for any jet-setter, these festive ornament sets are complete with travel size essentials:
·         Mineral Body Lotion & Hand Cream (both 40ml)
·         Mineral Botanic Velvet Cream Body Wash & Body Lotion in Hibiscus & Fig (both 85ml)
Price: $12, Available on

AHAVA Mineral Stars
Keep the body moisturized throughout the cold winter with AHAVA’s trio of best-selling, Mineral Body Lotion, Mineral Hand Cream and Mineral Foot Cream, packaged in a golden windowed box that shows off the beautiful limited edition gold-splashed tubes.
Price: $33.50, Available on

Bliss mistletoe gems
This mega-moisturizing duo for lips and hands is the perfect stocking stuffer
·         high intensity hand cream (1 oz) smoothes rough cuticles without being greasy and leaves a light, lemony scent
·         fabulips softening lip balm is enriched with shea butter, jojoba and grapeseed oils to leave lips moisturized, nourished and incredibly supple
Price: $12 ($18 value), Available at bliss spas,, Sephora and in October 2014

Bliss lemony trinkets $10 
A magnifi-‘scent’ mini duo of spa-inspired lemon+sage bath and body blends, two of bliss’ best-selling products
·         lemon+sage body butter (1 oz) restores moisture to even the most rough and scaly skin as it protects the skin from free radicals
·         lemon+sage soapy suds (1 oz) is a vibrantly scented liquid soap that whips up a luxe lather for supremely soft skin
Price: $10, Available exclusively at Sephora and in October 2014

Caudalie Vine Body Luxury Set 
This covetable gift set features products ideal for restoring moisture to winter-dry skin. Each natural formula works to repair skin lipids with exclusive ingredients extracted from the grape and grapevine.
·         Caudalie Vine Body Butter (225 ml)
·         Caudalie Hand & Nail Cream (50ml)
·         Caudalie Lip Conditioner 
Price: $34 (a $56 value), Available while supplies last at Sephora/

Caudalie Instant Radiance Set
A potent and luxurious set featuring full sizes of Caudalies best-selling dark spot correcting serum and the iconic beauty elixir.
·         Vinoperfect Radiance Serum (30ML/0.5 OZ)
·         Beauty Elixir (30ML/0.5 OZ)
 Price: $79 (a $97 value), Available while supplies last at Sephora/

Clarisonic Mia 2 “Oasis Collection” 
Can’t escape to the tropics this season? Recreate the “spa oasis” feeling with the limited-edition Mia 2 Oasis Collection, in bright and vibrant patterns, to invigorate your skin and your spirit. These kits are compact and equipped with a travel case for a gentle and effective cleanse at home or on-the-go. Designed with two speeds for customizable convenience, Mia 2 is powered by patented sonic technology and is clinically proven to cleanse skin six times better than hands alone.
Kit includes: Mia 2 in St Tropez Bikini, Ibiza Sarong, Capri Blue, Parrot Bay Pink or Fiji Green, with Sensitive Brush Head, Protective Travel Case, Universal Voltage Charger, extra Sensitive Brush Head and 6 oz Refreshing Gel Cleanser 
Price: $159 ($231 Value), Available at

Clarisonic Mia 3 Makeup Removal Expert
Get a different kind of kiss under the mistletoe this holiday season. This limited-edition Mia 3 device is covered in an adorable “Lips n’ Lash” pattern, and comes equipped with Clarisonic’s softest precision brush heads to remove makeup and other debris gently and efficiently. Mia 3 is powered by patented sonic technology and is clinically proven to cleanse skin six times better than hands alone, working with the skin’s natural elasticity to thoroughly cleanse and beautifully transform skin’s texture, reducing the appearance of pore size and creating a softer, smoother, more radiant complexion.
Kit includes: Clarisonic Mia 3, Clarisonic Luxe Cashmere Cleanse brush head, Clarisonic Luxe Satin Precision Brush Head, drying stand, USB enabled charger
Price: $199, Available at Nordstrom and

Clarisonic Holiday Value Sets
Give the gift of beautiful skin to your friends and family. This holiday season, Clarisonic is offering special values on their cult-favorite cleansing and sonic infusion devices, powered by patented sonic technology and clinically proven to cleanse skin six times better than hands alone. Score a Plus, Mia 3, Mia 2, or Opal in beautiful colors, with special added values including bonus brush heads and full-size cleansers.
Price: $149 - $225, Available at

Elemis 12 Days of Elemis Gift Set
On the first day of Christmas, indulge a loved one in the world of Elemis and allow them to experience a world of luxury skincare treats that will delight and deliver day after day.
·         Includes Exotic Frangipani Monoi Oil & Bath and Shower Cream; Skin Nourishing Shower Cream 50ml; Revitalizing Babassu Facial Wipes; Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm; Pro-Collagen Marine Cream; Pro-Collagen Oxygenating Night Cream; Papaya Enzyme Peel; Illuminating Flash Balm;
Cellular Recovery Bliss Capsules; Pro-Radiance Hand & Nail Cream; Treat Your Feet Foot Cream
Price: 113.50, Available at

Elemis Lift Effect Perfection Gift Set
Discover a youth giving gift for your skin, day and night. Powered by gardenia plant stem cell technology these products work together to give skin a smoother, firmer complexion. (Complete with Pro-Intense Lift Effect serum and Night Cream.
Price: $129.50, Available at

June Jacobs Brightening Gift Set
Cleanse, moisturize and treat your skin with spa-strength skin care essentials designed to help create a more radiant looking complexion to brighten up every room at every holiday party this season. Paraben and preservative free, this five piece kit is conveniently packaged in travel safe sizes with an elegant gift box - ie: no wrapping required.
·         Creamy Cranberry Cleanser
·         Vanda Orchid Polishing Beads
·         Brightening Serum
·         Brightening Moistsurizer
·         Intensive Age Defying Brightening Eye  Cream
Price: $54, Available at

Peter Thomas Roth Rose 4-Piece Kit
Give the gift of youthful-looking skin. Housed inside a beautiful rose-printed case (no wrapping necessary) you’ll find cult-favorites, including Rose Stem Cell Bio-Repair Gel Mask and Cleansing Gel, Mega Rich Intensive Anti-Aging Cellular Eye Cream and Pink Bombshell Lip Balm. 
Price: $65, Available at

Peter Thomas Roth Camu Camu Power Brightening Duo
Leave dull and drab winter skin behind with this power duo. Camu Camu Power Cx30 Vitamin C Brightening Serum and Moisturizer work synergistically to give skin a holiday-worthy glow, and to smooth, firm and improve the appearance of uneven skin tone, fine lines and wrinkles.
Price: $68 (retail value $91), Available at

SkinCeuticals Restore + Redensify Holiday Kit
Through the stress and chaos of the holiday season, it’s possible to maintain (and even restore!) a radiant complexion. Resveratrol B E is an intensive antioxidant night concentrate that boosts skin’s internal antioxidant defense system to help repair and prevent accumulated damage. Paired with a 15 ml sample of C E Ferulic, this antioxidant kit offers a day and night solution clinically proven to help restore tired, damaged skin and prevent future damage.
Price: $149, Available at

StriVectin Anti-Aging Lip Tint Duo
Give the gift of beautiful lips. The finishing step to every skincare regimen is now the finishing step on your holiday list. This kit includes two Clinical Corrector Anti-Aging Lip Tints SPF 20 in pink and plum.
Price: $38, Available at

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