The holidays are a chance to dress up and go out. Event just one special beauty item can help you dazzle. Here are 9 products “must-haves” to help “holidazzle” yourself and add a whole lot of “feel good” if you give them as holiday gifts.
Upscale Skincare & a Bargain as Well: One of the Advice Sisters favorite skincare lines is Kaplan MD Beverly Hills. Beverly Hills Dermatologist, Stuart Kaplan, M.D. is a renowned anti-aging expert who has designed his products to multi-task and work effectively so you need fewer of time and a simple skincare routine. This is serious skincare, effective, and upscale. Treat yourself to a true value and test out some of their (and our) favorite Kaplan MD products. The Ready, Set, Glow Kit ($100 available for a limited time for $45.00) has four fabulous skincare must-haves from Kaplan MD along with the cutest little sequined zippered makeup bag the bling in the holidays (in Kaplan MD blue, naturally). The entire gift set is tucked into a shiny, silver, Kaplan MD box ready for gifting, It’s a bargain, too!
You will get: Travel Size HYDRATING MILK CLEANSER: this creamy cleanser contains 22 organic extracts to gently remove impurities while hydrating the skin. Gentle enough for all skin types, and leaves no greasy after-feel.; Travel Size CLARIFYING TONER – An alcohol-free toner infused with Rosewater to restore pH balance, while tightening pores and refining skin texture and you can use it as a finishing spray to set makeup. Travel Size HYDRATING ESSENCE – the dropper tip dispenses an oil blend of 8 pure essential oils to deeply hydrate and nourish the skin while leaving a bit of a dewy glow. *the full size of this fabulous product is $95.00! Full Size LIP 20 TREATMENT GLOSS in “Clear” (a $30 value!) – This is one of my personal favorite products, it’s addictive (see advicesisters review). This gloss is treats lips right, by moisturizing, making lips more pouty, and it even protects with SPF 20. This clear version has a minty scent, and is full of silvery shimmer. Wear it alone or over your favorite lip color. There’s even a little mirror on the top of the tube, so you can admire yourself! The set is so well priced, better get one for yourself . while supplies last. If you are truly strapped for cash, split up the set between two BFFs. The best place to find all the Kaplan MD products (and all the ingredients) is on the Kaplan MD web site
The Most Coveted Lip Product: If you’re going to get just one special lip product to glamorize or gift it’s this one: Feast your eyes on this NARS Special Force Killer Shine Limited Edition Lip Gloss ($28.00) from their holiday collection. The intense neutral red color, super-sexy glossy shine, and the NARS special edition Steven Klein brush wand from the NARS Steven Klein Holiday Collection 2015, make it collectible as well as the best lip gloss around. The dark strawberry is universally flattering (everyone can wear the color). If you’re not into drying lipsticks, this gloss gives you the most dramatic red lips without the drying feel. The gloss is long lasting, and when it’s been (hopefully kissed off under the mistletoe), a bit of red will remain as a lip tint. This is a status symbol, especially among fashionistas and those who really know good quality, high performance makeup. This lip gloss will turn heads when you wear it, and when you take it out to re-apply it. You can get these in NARS stores and makeup counters, but do visit the NARS web site and check out the fabulous Steven Klein photos too!
A fabulous find: Some makeup brands are “fabulous finds.” That’s how the Advice Sisters feel about Mehron makeup. Created for the stage, the affordable, high performance products continue to wow us with their quality. If you want to see all the reviews we have done on Mehron products so far, just type “Mehron” into our search box at the upper right hand side of the page and they will all be listed. If there’s one time of year when women of all ages can go a little wild with glitter, it’s holiday time. Our “it” product is Mehron’s Precious Gem Powders. At $9.95 each they’re affordable, with enough glitter in the .17 oz. shaker jars to light up your days and nights with glitter for a long time. Some of the colors are more shimmery and luminescent, some more glittery, but none of these are hard to wear. The soft, silky powder can be applied anywhere you like. We suggest using a brush, or wet them and make them seriously metallic (great as an eye liner). Use these as stocking stuffers for younger girls and make their holidays, special. Although these are part of Mehron’s Studio and Stage Makeup Collection you’ll feel like a celebrity with a bit of any of these 13 birthstone tinted gem powders on eyes, lips, skin, and hair. Tip: shimmer and glitter powders are fun, but don’t overdo them. Less, is more! Buy the ones you love on the Mehron Web Site
A High Quality Favorite: Another personal favorite brand of ours is IT Cosmetics. They always have high quality, high performance, cutting edge products that astound us. For Holiday 2015 gifting and as a little splurge for yourself, we like the Limited Edition, Naturally Pretty Must-Haves Eyes Set by IT Cosmetics is just $28.00 ($38.00 value). It’s a “go glam yourself” must-have. Inside the feminine, blush pink and rose gold metallic trimmed cardboard box (magnetic closure and interior mirror), find six big squares of new matte shadows in universally flattering earthy tones that slide on opaque and intense with just a fingertip, thanks to IT Cosmetics’ bo-Tug® technology. There is also one long rectangle of a new, innovative transforming powder to change matte into a pearled shade, in a signature Hello Light® to lighten and soften as well. TIP: dip your eye shadow brush into the matte shade you want, then swirl the brush into the transformation powder, then apply to lids. You also get one of my favorite, no clumping, BIG volume mascaras in a mini size: the Hello Lashes® 5-in-1 Volumizing mini Mascara. To top it off IT cosmetics offers a packette of their fab, Bye Bye Under Eye® Concealer. This is a great EYE-dea for a gift, but we’re including it as a suggestion for you, to get through all your holiday events in style. Oogle all the great things on the IT Cosmetics Web Site, and your holiday shopping could very well be easily completed.
Luxurious but Practical: Glam girls on the go need a mini-sized tweezer, because you never know when you’ll find a stray hair, or worse, a splinter. Although Tweezerman has other gift-ideas (we will be sharing those in other features during December 2015), this Tweezerman Gift-able, the Candy Apple Red Petite Tweeze Set ($30.00) makes a glam gift. Tweezers are a must-have for your purse, and this one is so luxe! It’s the holiday perfect red from the leather case to the tweezers. Tweezerman tools are not toys, they’re serious beauty implements, but who says a tweezer has to be boring (not us)! Inside the sim, red case with magnetic closure are two stainless steel Slant (for eyebrow shaping) and Point (for ingrown hairs) tweezers. They’re just about the same size as your pointer finger, with the same, perfectly aligned, hand-finished tips as their full size versions. Pop these into your makeup bag and you’ll always be prepared. Tweezerman has all sorts of items you might want for yourself or as gifts from those famous tweezers to beauty tools, so visit the Official Tweezerman web site!
Elegant Shimmer: During Spring/Summer 2016 Fashion Week, At Style 360, I was fortunate to be backstage courtesy of Not Your Mother’s hair products. In the lobby lounge, I discovered Mustaev Cosmetics in a glitzy display. Naturally, raccoon that I am, I was irresistibly drawn to it like a moth to a flame. If you love glitter, try one of these tiny pots of glittery pleasure from Mustaev . Loose color powder ($15.00 each) contain either a luster or pearl color offering subtle shades to highlight and glamorize. Although they are meant for the eyes, you can also mix them with a gloss or lipstick, or blend into a highlighter or BB cream. Choose Champagne, gold, pink, white or opal. Just remember that a little goes a long way, don’t overdo! See more items from Mustaeav on their web site.
A Fun & Unique Fragrance Atomizer: Fragrance can change your mood, or the mood, but no one wants to carry an entire bottle of fragrance around. There are plenty of portable, refillable, fragrance atomizers, but some are better and more glamorous than others. Sen 7 Fragrance Atomizers are great, and we featured the original Sen7 in 2010. Now there’s also the Sen7 Fizz Fragrance Atomizer (Grey) $25.00. The Advice Sen7 Fizz is lightweight, holds 4 ml. and is TSA approved for hand luggage. It is available in assortment of shiny and matte metals and is the size of a standard pocket lighter. In fact, the atomizer looks like a standard lighter. The spray atomizer even pulls back as if you were using a lighter. To fill it with your favorite fragrance, simply pull the top off your spray fragrance bottle, slide the pin at the bottom of the Sen7 , revealing a little hole. Affix the top of the fragrance to the hole in the Sen7 and pump it up and down until the Sen7 is full. Then slide the metal pin closed. To spray, push the level on the Sen7 down as you would a lighter and the fragrance spritzes just where you want it. We like the grey and matte silver Sen 7 Fizz because it is one that men could use as well as the ladies, and not feel silly carrying it around. Just remember not to try and light that cigarette with it by mistake (or that candle if you prefer the “PC” version) with it by mistake! Learn more these great atomizers on the Sen 7 Fragrance atomizer web site
Try a HOT Trend: Glitter Roots? They’re the latest trend. You can get that extra glitz just on the roots, or all all over your hair with these cute little atomizers filled with glitter powder, from Sunci. Meant for your hair, they also add a starry sparkle to your body wherever you spritz it. Scunci makes this look easy and affordable with their Hair Shimmer Powders ($10.00). These are just too much fun! They are available in gold, silver or rose. One “puff” adds a hint of sparkle, but you can go a little crazy with more layers if you like the look of super-sparkle. These are quick and easy to use, and while I wouldn’t suggest overdoing it for daytime, they will sparkle up your night look in an instant. Even better, they leave a light, vanilla scent behind. They’re just the cutest little stocking stuffer or glam goodie for yourself and friends. have some fun with these! There’s a lot of glitter powder in these jars. Best place to find these are Walmart, Walgreens, Rite Aid, Ulta, and Target
Cult Makeup from Across the Pond: Studio 10 is a new beauty brand from the UK created by beauty industry veteran Grace Fodor (the BBC’s ‘Be Your Own Boss’ expert). Although we like the trendy color in sleek brown compacts, anyone who has mature skin will particularly appreciate these products that glamorize and address specific skin issues. In our holiday book review we recommended the book by Makeup Artist Gary Cockerill called Simply Glamorous. He lists Studio 10 Age Defy Skin Perfector, Youth Lift Glow-plexion, Visible Lift Face Definer, Longlast Velvet Liquid Lips and Age Reverse Perfecting Lipliner among his favorite products.
While we didn’t receive those for review, we did test out the Studio 10 Radiance Glow Bronzing Veil ($46.00) . The sleek, shiny brown compact with interior mirror holds a large rectangle of bronzing power plus a smaller rectangle of illuminating powder. The look is subtle, not in-your-face orange. What makes this particularly great is how the bronzer slides over pores and linesfilling them in and blurring fine lines. This is not just great for mature skin, it’s great for anyone who is under stress. Use it on bare, moisturized skin or over your favorite foundation to add more “life” to your face when you have to look “fresh” but your face screams “I am exhausted!” Actual skin benefits include what Studio !0 called “Suberlift.” It’s made from a natural extract of the cork Oak. Suberlift forms a microcrystalline network that progressively tightens and lifts the skin, as well as toning and smoothing. We didn’t’ see a huge difference (maybe over time) but our skin did look like its best self. The finely-milled powder doesn’t have any parabens. Wield your fluffy bronzer brush and get glowing! Beautistas in the UK as grabbing the goods at Marks & Spencer and Cult Beauty. In the US, you can find it at B-Glowing.com and Joyus.
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