Not everyone has the budget for the crown jewels, let alone diamonds and cars (even though that’s what is shown on television). But luxurious gifts can be found at all price points. We’ve selected half a dozen that we feel are exceptionally luxurious even though not all of them are high budget. Feast your eyes on: The Ultimate Luxurious Artisan Bag, Luxurious Storage for Makeup Brushes, Tote-able, Luxurious Fragrance Atomizers, A personal, Luxurious, Intimate Gift, Luxurious Lip Products, and a luxurious makeup set.
The Ultimate Luxurious Artisan Bag: Rosy Toes Designs by Lucy Chapman wowed us with one of a kind, luxurious designs in felted wool. The artist makes wristlets and handbags, one of which I received at the Consumer Products Holiday All-Press Gifting Event, in partnership with The Artisan Group® I was so captivated by the quality and originality of these designs., I requested the Chickadee and Pinecone on Haystack Yellow Felted Wool Cross Body Messenger Bag ($195.00) top kick off this luxury and beauty gift guide on advicesisters.com. This bag is so stunning, these photos don’t really do it justice.
For the special women in your life that appreciate hand-made products from natural fabrics, but still want a status bag, this is it! Rosy Toes Designs are made of wool felt, alpaca felt, recycled sari silk, cotton remnants and jacquard ribbon. This is not the felts kids use in arts and crafts products.Felted bags aren’t felt at all. Felt produces a soft, smooth fabric that is thin, but Felted wool is much heavier and substantial. It’s a fabric that has been washed and dried with heat. The process shrinks the fabric and makes it very thick and soft. Lucy describes the process here. If you’re seeking a spectacular gift for someone who appreciate natural fabrics and hand made items, check out the Rosy Toes Web Site. This bag is beautifully made. It will become an heirloom. It also looks expensive and make a statement. Felted wool is naturally odor and dirt repellent, so you don’t have to wash it, but if you need to follow the steps on the Rosy Toes Web Site . Note: Most of the items on the Rosy Toes Web Site are available in stock, but if you want something special, order at least 2-5 weeks in advance as these are made by hand and the holidays are bound to be a busy time.
Luxurious Storage for Makeup Brushes: Anyone who reads advicesisters.com knows we’re big fans of FACE Stockholm products, but we haven’t reviewed many of their accessories. For women who love makeup and makeup brushes, good ones are a sound investment (see: how to choose makeup brushes). Once you buy those luxurious brushes, you have to protect them. What many people don’t have, is a luxurious brush roll for home and travel. This FACE Stockholm makeup brush roll ($26.00) stores your prized brushes , and at an astoundingly inexpensive price! The soft sided, black, roll-up brush roll from FACE Stockholm not only looks professional, but it holds a wide variety of brushes in a dozen slots of various sizes. A protective flap goes over the bristles to protect them and keep them clean, and there is a small zippered pocket for small items like tweezers or pencils. The entire roll closes super-securely with a magnetic closure and a tie. To my count there are 39 different makeup brushes on the FACE Stockholm website, some synthetic, some with natural bristles. They range in price depending upon size and material from about $14.00 for a thin, sable bristle eyeliner brush t0 to $38.00 for a synthetic contouring brush. Most of the brushes in the mid $20 range. Depending upon your budget it would be nice to include at least one FACE Stockholm makeup brush with the gift of the brush roll. Get a makeup brush collection rolling (pun intended) or simply add a brush she might not have yet. For more information and to order go to your favorite FACE Stockholm makeup boutique, or makeup counter, or visit FACE Stockholm, online.
A personal, Luxurious, Intimate Gift: If you want enhance romance over the holidays (and beyond) try a fragrance from Luz de la Riva Couture Intimate Cosmetics. No date for New Years Eve Yet? Spritz on some Lily Pheromone Perfume ($65.00 3.58 fl. oz.) and see what happens! There are two fragrances: Sweet Cherie and Wild Orchid. If the pheromone fragrance does its job, you’ll be on your way to attracting someone special. The Advice Sisters couldn’t find a lot of information on all the ingredients, but we are told it is alcohol and paraben-free and made with natural ingredients and aphrodisiac notes that help to release the hormone Oxytocin (which promotes happiness and bonding). “Sweet Cherie” sounds like it would be sweet, but it’s not. “Lily” is a light, fresh scent that’s not intrusive. Wear it all over your body, and watch him him leaning in closer to get more of a whiff. The nicely boxed fragrance comes with a black, tasseled spray diffuser with retro styling, making this fragrance even more attractive. The bottle features a “pin up” girl –cute!! Tip: Shake the flacon before using the fragrance. *This brand also has a number of sexy products including a Lulu 24K Body Oil ($39.00) with actual 24k gold flakes, organic ingredients and natural pheromones and a new, Sahara Sensual Moisturizing Shimmering Body Oil ($38.00) with natural oils including coconut, jojoba almond and sesame oils that leaving your skin with a glow. Check this enticing site and find intimate gifts she’ll really love. Get these at Nordstrom or on the Luz de la Riva Web Site
Luxurious Lip Products: Sara Happ® ‘The Lip Scrub™ Exfoliator ($24.00) is 1 oz. of pure heaven for dry, flaky lips. Dy heat, wind and cold can really make lips dry, chapped and sore and that’s unpleasant. And, if you want to wear the season’s glamorous bold colors, you need your lips to be smooth, or every tiny bit of dry skin, shows. The Sara Happ Lip Scrub is made of sugar crystals and jojoba and grapeseed oils that gently but firmly rub away those dry, flaky pieces. You can get it in a variety of flavors: Vanilla Bean; Brown Sugar ; Crème Brûlée ; Peppermint , Sparkling Pink Grapefruit ; Sparkling Peach ; Confetti Cake (Limited Edition) and a new flavor: Peony (Limited Edition). Just massage a bit of lip scrub into your lips in a circular motion, rinse, dry flakes are gone, smooth lips appear! Slick on some Sarah Happ the Lip Slip Balm ($24.00 1 oz) in Nude or The Pink Slip. These little pots of barely there color enhance the natural color of your lips with lots of glossy, pouty, shine. These lip luxuries are packed in small, square metallic boxes ties with a ribbon so they’re gift-giving-ready. Beauty Tip #1: add the Lip Slip Balm to your lips before before bedtime for a treatment that works hard as you sleep. Beauty Tip #2: for more moisture and pampering during the daytime, try Sara Happ’s One Luxe Gloss ($24.00). The wanded tube glosses are subtle with light reflectors as is the The Lip Slip One Luxe Clear Shine Lip Gloss ($18.00) They’ll keep your lips looking fabulous but totally natural. You can get Sarah Happ at Nordstrom and other online outlets (*at press time the Sarah Happ web site was under construction).
Luxurious makeup – that’s how we roll: Smashbox Art. Love. Color. Pop Studio Set ($39.00) is not just all the makeup you need to make it through the holidays and 2016, it comes in a totally re-usable hard sided plastic tube decorated with a rainbow of artists “splatters. Use the tube for pens or makeup brushes. But that’s not why you want this makeup-lover’s gift. The tube is filled with five fabulous Smashbox faves: Full Exposure Mascara (black), Be Legendary Lip Gloss (“Disco Rose” is a super-shiny clear medium rose) Be Legendary Lipstick (“Primrose” is a medium rose-d pink), and two eye shadow compacts each containing a trio of mini-sized earth-toned eye shadows . One eye shadow compact has a deep intense chocolate, a shimmery greige, and a matte light peach. The other compact has a sort of taupe-ish shimmer, a light flesh shimmer and a soft, matte light camel. You can’t mess these up no matter how you use them! This one one that beautistas won’t be able to resist. If you want to give someone a super super makeup gift, this is it. Visit the Official Smashbox we site to learn more, or go to your favorite Smashbox makeup counter.