There are so many gifts you can give a die-hard BeauTista, but which ones really fit their personality? This gift guide highlights 8 suggestions (some are very inexpensive, some are a small splurge) that will delight men, women and couples. These are some of the Advice Sisters picks for the gifts you will most want to buy for yourself, as well as give to those special people on your list who are die-hard beauty fans. Which one will you choose for your gift list and which will you simply need to buy for yourself? Share your thoughts in our comments section
FOR THOSE WHO LUST FOR LIPPIES: The Advice Sisters love IT Cosmetics (use our search box at the upper right hand side of the page, type in ‘IT Cosmetics” and read all our previous reviews). They never cease to amaze us with their high performance products, great color, and affordable prices for things we assumed would cost a lot more. For the holidays, we’re adoring the “IT’s your lips but better!” The IT Girl® Set ($39.50). For starters, there’s nothing better than the IT Lip Serums for lips that need some TLC. Why We Love IT Lip Serums: These are clinically proven to increase lip hydration, color correct, reduce the appearance of lip lines and increase lip suppleness. And each of the CC+® Lip Serums has anti-aging ingredients such as collagen, peptides, hyaluronic acid plus 9 essential butters and oils to keep your lips hydrated when you really need it most (and that would be right now and during those drying,Winter months ahead). Over time, it might even reduce some of those annoying lip lines and creases. The nicely boxed set comes in a hard-sided box (you can re-use it with a hot pink satin pull-out tab. inside the three “limited edition” lip gloss/tint/balm/treatments arrive in white and silver tubes with unique, curved sponge tipped tops, dispensing shiny, silky, non-sticky, soothing, lip tints that have plenty of color to wear as is (they’re not sheer). Try all of these flattering colors: Under The Mistletoe ( bold berry), , Snow Bunny (semi-sheer baby pink) and Joy To The World (creamy deep rose). I received an editor’s sample but if I didn’t, this is the gift I’d be buying for myself! You can get a lot of IT Cosmetics on QVC, but for more information also visit the IT Cosmetics Web Site
A PALETTE FOR PEOPLE WHO CAN’T GET ENOUGH EYE LOOKS: I can’t think of a single woman who wouldn’t want to get the IT Cosmetics Limited Edition Naturally Pretty Celebration Matte Luxe Transforming Eyeshadow Palette Anti-Aging Matte Transforming Palette ($42.00). For starters, it arrives in a blindingly dazzling, holographic hard, sided box that throws off rainbows of color, before you even open the compact. Inside, there’s a mirror, and the proclamation in bold letters: ‘Naturally Pretty.” The idea, obviously is that these colors 14 of them plus a transforming ombre radiance “ribbon” (more on that in a moment” are universally flattering, day-to-night eye shadows that will flatter women of all ages and skin tones. The formula is a silky (because these are actually anti-aging silk-infused) pressed powder that is matte, but not harsh or drying. The Transforming Ombre Radiance Ribbon can be layered over any of these matte shadows however, to make it pearlized color with a (subtle), sheer golden overtone. But there’s more than that to these shadows! I can’t explain the technology, (it’s exclusive to IT Cosmetics) but these are anti-aging eyeshadows that really help to diffuse the look of lines and wrinkles on your eyes and lids wit anti-aging ingredients, such as as hydrolyzed collagen, acai, green tea and Vitamins A, C, & E (no talc or other ingredients that can “age” your age looks). Don’t give up on wearing pearly or deeper shadows simply because you think your eyes are “too mature” for them! The shadow are mostly nudes, ranging from pale ivory and peaches and beiges, to deep cocoa, but there is also a nice purple called “Sugar Plum” and a soft Nav y called “Starry Night” to make more drama or for liners. It’s a lovely shadow set, and a great value for 14 fabulous shadows and a unique transformer. You can get this palette (and plenty of other IT Cosmetics goddies) on QVC, but you might also like to visit the IT Cosmetics Web Site
LUXURY SKINCARE AT AN INCREDIBLE VALUE: I am not the one to recommend skincare as a holiday gift, most of the time, but some skincare gifts are so luxurious and pampering that they are a bit of a splurge. While the full size Antirides Extreme Line-Reducing set from Orlane is $250.00. you can give someone an impressive Orlane Paris Antirides Extreme Line Reducing Starter Set ($90.00) to introduce them to the Orlane Extreme Line Reducing Program, or simply supply them with travel-sized products they already know and love. The Starter set at $90.00 is a $187 value. It arrives in a shiny silver metallic box just perfect for gifting, and includes a 15ml Extreme Line Reducing Replumping Cream, a 15ml Extreme Anti-Wrinkle Regenerating Night Cream, and two items I can’t live without: a travel size Vivifying Cleansing Care and a travel size Vivifying Lotion. *if you are really strapped for cash or want a special stocking stuffer, the Orlane Web Site is offering an Extreme Line-Reducing Trial Sample Set with a 3.5ml Extreme Line-Reducing Re-Plumping Cream, a 1ml Extreme Line-Reducing Care Eye Contour and a 3ml Extreme Anti-Wrinkle Regenerating Night Serum packaged in a reusable silver mesh bag for just $10.00 (a $58 value).
Without going into a lot of technical details (learn more about this skincare collection — Orlane calls it a “program”), is great fpr sensitive skin and for anyone who wants to reduce the look of againg skin.As Orlane dscribes it, the collection: ” stimulates epidermal repair to diminish wrinkles. Memoxyle®, a major discovery, intervenes in the transmission of inter-cellular messages, rebuilding the skin and helping it say young longer. Wrinkles and lines diminish, leaving a smoother, suppler skin. ” In more simple, Advice Sisters language, here’s what the four core products in this introductory set, do: The Extreme Line-Reducing Re-Plumping Cream helps fade wrinkles and plump up the contour of your face and to keep skin moisturized at an optimum level. The Extreme Anti-Wrinkle Regenerating Night Care helps to regenerate your skin with a ton of anti-aging ingredients while you are sleeping, helping to smooth and fill where wrinkles, lurk. The Vivifying Cleansing Care helps remove toxins in the skin and makes your skin feel just that much more refreshed. And the Vivifying Lotion is an alcohol-free toner that helps prepare your skin for other skin treatments you might want to use. You can purchase Orlane products at fine department stores, but I suggest you go to the Orlane Web Site
A BRAND NEW EPILATOR THAT IS PERFECT FOR TRAVEL: Emjoi is a company known for affordable personal grooming appliances, in fact we loved their Micro-Pedi for you feet (Dr. Scholls has a similar product which are are suggesting for holiday gifting, below). But this year, the newbie is an epilator for hair removal that is good for your face, and also good for travel. The EpiSlim by Emjoi $34.95 is a travel friendly, mini epilator that women are going to want not just for it’s small size and budget-friendly price, but also because this one operates on just two AA batteries and yet is still effective. Take it on the road with you, and 18 tweezers remove unwanted hair from the root while the unit’s three disc system keeps hair from coming back up to six weeks. Another thing I like about this epilator is that you can use it back and forth or in a circular motion, which you can’t do with every epilator, thanks to Emjo’s “Erase Glide Techology.” Also, the unit’s 14mm discs can remove hair from the root as short as 0.3mm with 540 tweezer actions per second, do if a hair is growing back, you don’t have to suffer looking at it and wait until it is long enough to handle.
On a personal note, I have sensitive skin and epilators cause a fair amount of discomfort, no matter how easy and convenient, efficient and “pain-free” they are advertised as being. I tried the review unit I received on my face first, and it was fairly pleasant. Better still, I didn’t have to go back over and over the same area, which keeps the irritation and ouch! factor down a great deal. Alas, on more sensitive parts of the body, it was still too hard to me to personally deal with. But plenty of people do use epilators everywhere, even on their bikini line, without any issues. If you know someone who travels and loves epilators, this is going to make a fabulous holiday gift that is not just affordable, it’s one that they’ll use all year long, and thank you every time they do. For more information visit the Emjoi Web Site
PAMPERING , PEPPERMINTY CARE FOR HANDS AND FEET FOR EVERYONE” Arbonne has all sorts of excellent skin and bodycare gifts for the holidays. Their ‘Pure Holiday’ collection is a celebration of packaging and products that are beautiful, healthy and earth-friendly, using natural, essential oils to evoke pure, festive scents this season. The Advice Sisters have selected two to bring “comfort & joy” at reasonable prices. For starters, the Pampermint® Hand & Foot Care Gift Set ($38.00) Packed into a plain paper cardboard box festooned with green pine boughs and red peppermints, is a set of two flip-top tubes, also in red and white “candy cane” strips, containing 4 oz. of Arbonne’s Hand Lotion and Foot Cream .These really do smell like recently-liked candy cane, not like medicinal peppermint, and they tingle nicely on the skin. At $38.00 for this set, it’s not inexpensive, but it’s effective, fun, nicely packaged, and both men and women are going to like it. It is the kind of gift you can (safely) give as a thank you to those who help you throughout the year, a co-worker, even a boss. The generously sized tubes should last through the worst part of the drying Winter months when skin is likely to need the most TLC. Shop for Arbonne through one of their representatives, and/or visit the Arbonne Web Site: http://www.arbonne.com/ Men are not always easy to buy beauty gifts for, but every man likes a great smelling soap that is large enough to last for a while. This Sky for Men® Soap Bar ($18.00( is 7 oz. of fresh-smelling manly woods and perhaps a hint of pine and vetiver (i’m just guessing as I don’t’ know the exact notes). But there are little grainy bits to gently exfoliate his skin (without ripping it to shreds). The natural, cardboard packaging features green pine boughs, blue snowflakes, and silver lettering. It looks expensive, and at $18.00 it isn’t budget-basement, but this elegant, pampering, mosturizing bar with exfoliating beads cleanses while conditioning and refreshing skin. He’s going to love it! Since sending someone a bar of soap without anything else might send a mixed message, pair it with some shaving essentials or a travel kit and a travel soap case, plus some fill it yourself bottles for travel. If you love the fragrance (as we do), you can splurge an order the Sky for Men® Gift Set ($75.00) with scent of Sky in a revitalizing balm (5 fl. oz.), and finish with a splash of citrus, woods and refreshing herbs.
LIP LOVERS TWO GIFTS IN ONE: Who doesn’t love a hot pink clutch? And who doesn’t love lip pens that deliver gorgeous, glossy color? If you’re in luck this holiday season, you’ll get the BareMinerals Deluxe Hydrating Glossy Lip Quickies set (QVC Item #A254382, $33.00 plus $4.47 shipping and handling) which is actually two great gifts in one. pairing a hot pink patent-leather zipepred clutch bag with three fabulous Glossy Lip Quickies, from bareMinerals. The three Lip Quickies are swivel-up lip crayons in neutral shades of pink, plum and peach (not bold and bright, but not so wimpy you won’t notice them either) and what makes them so special (and travel-friendly) is that they’re a liner, color and lip gloss all in one. Get the color you like, line, and color and add shine and all you need is that one Lip Quickie (hence the name “quickie”).. The Lip Quickies look good, but they also can help you (or your lucky gift recipient) get through the drying Winter months with skin-loving benefits for lips, thanks to Vitamins C and E. To use the pencils, first use the point to line your lips, then use the flat side to fill in with color. You can wear these as-is, or layer them (play around–it’s fun)! Visit the QVC web site and order quickly because I predict that this super-affordable Lip Quickies set is going to be sold out quickly
THE ONE DEVICE THEY DON’T KNOW THEY CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT YET AND WILL THANK YOU FOR ALL YEAR, FOR YEARS: Another travel-friendly beauty tool that I have discovered I can’t do without, even though it might not seem like the most glamorous gift, is the Dr. Scholl’s® Express Pedi Foot Smoother (srp. $39.99). Once you try this skin-smoothing device, you really will thank whomever gave it to you, ever single time you use it and you’ll be grateful to them all year long. In the past, if you wanted to remove corns, calluses and rough skin that can actually hurt you when you walk, you had to go to a doctor who would shave it off with a scary razor. The “at home” razors could often do more harm than good, leading to pain and infection. The alternative was to go to a salon that used the same type of razors plus sandpaper-like foot smoothers (but they were only effective for a small amount of rough surface skin). Now, those are considered a health risks and most salons can’t use them anymore.
The answer is this amazing little DIY foot smoother that safely whisks away rough skin and small corns and callouses literally with the touch of a button, can be whisked away at the touch of a button. Within seconds, you can whisk away those annoying skin pieces that snag stockings and catch on socks. The secret is the spin technology that enables the roller to rotate at 35 RPS (revolutions per second) . I’ve used similar devices, but this one, that uses just two AA batteries, works very well, without having to soap your feet first. There are no metal blades, nothing to scrape your skin. Unless you hold the rotating roller down on your skin for a very long time without moving it, you can’t do any damage at all to your skin, but you can eliminate a whole lot of “bad stuff” on your feet! You will see little puffs of dead skin accumulating on the back of the roller and falling off it (do this over a trash can or newspaper. The roller has a unique surface that reduces bacteria (up to 99/9% is the claim, although I can’t quantify that) on the roller surface. What I do know, for sure, is that this little device can truly transform your feet and remove hard to deal with rough and tough skin and skin patches that cause pain and look ugly. It has saved me from foot pain and from ruined stockings, over and over again. You can also purchase replacement rollers. It is a fabulous gift for a man as well as a woman or for a couple (you can share the roller if you wash it — or get a replacement roller). . Package it with some mani/pedi items like a foot cream or really cute socks. The Dr. Scholl’s® Express Pedi Foot Smoother is available at ULTA, Branssmart, Amazon.com, Target.com and Fredy Meyer. For more information visit the Dr. Scholls Web Site
SPA STYLE DELIGHTS FOR EVERYONE’S BUDGET: When I saw the Juara display at an editor’s preview the first thing I asked was: “what is a candlenut?” It turns out that candlenut oil is extracted from the nut of the Aleurites moluccana, a flowering tree also known as Candleberry, Indian walnut, and less lovely, the Varnish tree. Candlenut oil is also known as Kukui nut oil, and it is known for softening the skin and as a hair conditioner, among other skin-loving benefits. For the holidays, gift him, her or them with a bottle of Juara’s richly foaming Candlenut Hydrating Shower Gel $28.00. The amber bottle with black plastic flip top looks lovely in bath or shower, and works for him or her with a fragrance that is primarily lush greens, delicate freesia, white blooming jasmine, bergamot and rose–with just a hint of fresh coconut . The scent is light and creamy, gourmand but not overpoweringly so, and the shower gel makes even dry, itchy skin feel velvety soft thanks to the candlenut oil (for those who care, the formula is also sulfate and paraben free so it’s good for sensitive skin). This collection is a great way to pamper sensitive skin and to delight your senses. I didn’t try all the products in the collection, although I did see some of them at the editor’s preview. The Candlenut Obsession Trio is just $25.00 and makes an affordable but pampering gift, too. For more information visit the Juara Skin Care Web Site
Who doesn’t love beauty products in a re-useable tin? So I’m suggesting the Winter Wishes™ Shimmeriffic® Shower Gel and Shimmeriffic® Body Lotion Gift Set by Mary Kay ($25.00) which is not just affordable and ready for gifting (just add a bow) but inside there are two gorgeous, glimmery products to make the holidays, New Years Eve, and the beginning of 2015, merry and bright, and nicely scented. Inside the tin are two flip top tubes containing limited edition Shimmeriffic® Body Lotion and Shimmeriffic® Shower Gel featuring fruity notes of snow apple and citrus sparkle plus floral notes of jasmine petals and cozy musk. The shower gel glows with orange tint and shimmer, but it is clear on skin, however the body lotion does have a bit of subtle shimmer (not club kid so you can wear it daytime, too) that catches the light . It’s a lovely little gift for a thank-you, a hostess, or for yourself because you deserve a pick me up. For more information visit the Official Mary Kay Web Site. and find a personal beauty consultant in your area.
For $35.00 just $10.00 more than the lovely Shimmerific body set above, Mary Kay has a fabulous trio of hand treats nestled into a re-use able shopping tote (use it as a lunch bag or shoe tote). The NEW! Limited-Edition Pomegranate Satin Hands® Pampering Set includes three products that help keep Winter-weary hands looking smooth and soft: Fragrance-Free Satin Hands® Hand Softener: 2.1 oz.; Pomegranate Satin Hands® Satin Smoothie® Hand Scrub: 7.75 oz.; amd Pomegranate Satin Hands® Hand Cream: 3 oz. The products are Dermatologist-tested and clinically tested for potential irritants and allergies. Start your hand-pampering process by using the Fragrance-Free Satin Hands® Hand Softener to seal in moisture and leave hands protected and prepared for the next step. The product is very emollient- dampen hands first, to increase hydration and to allow the softener to absorb better. Then apply the pink-tinted Pomegranate Satin Smoothie® Hand Scrub to cleanse and exfoliate in one step. It removes dead surface cells while instantly leaving hands feeling soft, smooth, and looking healthier and it smells fresh, uplifting and tart–really yummy, I like the pump bottle because it’s much easier and less messy to use, too. Leave it on your sink to remind yourself to exfoliate! Finally, use the Pomegranate Satin Hands® Hand Cream for up to 24-hour moisturization. This luxurious feeling formula absorbs quickly and provides a protective layer on your hands that lasts through several hand washings but it isn’t greasy and it has that great pomegranate scent, This is truly a great gift at a great price: For more information visit the Official Mary Kay Web Site. and find a personal beauty consultant in your area.
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