Gift Guide: Our Coolest Makeup & Cosmetics Goodies To Get & Give
By advicesisters.com staff
If you know someone who loves makeup and cosmetics you already know what they want.
They will never have too many lipsticks, powders, mascaras, or just about anything else.
The good news is that many of our favorite brands are offering beautiful, limited edition goodies for holiday gifting.
Whatever your budget, we’ve selected some of the coolest cosmetics and makeup goodies to get and give.
Which of these will be on your “must-have” list?
Laura Mercier Kiss of Shine Lip Glace Collection & Face Illuminator Palette
We’re loving this set of multiple mini-sized lip glaces from Laura Mercier in a limited edition set called Kiss of Shine ($53/$83 value). The set includes a color for every day of the work week: Angelic (creamy light peachy nude), Blush (medium rosed brown), Cosmic (sheer shine with silvery shimmer), Wildflower (reddish magenta), and the trendy deep berry stain called “Black Cherry.” All of these shades are silky, super shiny, and smell slightly like vanilla. The deeper colors work more like a stain, but all the glosses can be worn alone, or over another lip product. Pop one or a few in your bag and you’ll always be prepared with pouty, shiny, kissable lips. The spotted leopard cat themed gift bag is the holiday design for all of Laura Mercier’s gifts this year. Any one of them will turn her into a “kitten.” Get this in fine department stores and on http://www.lauramercier.com/
Also from Laura Mercier is the limited edition Love Face Illuminator Collection ($58). Four large, embossed rounds of shimmery highlighter give you build-able coverage for a natural looking glow. You get AIndiscretion (rosed gold) and Devotion (a cool highlight). The light-reflecting pigments can flatter all skin tones, depending upon how much and where you place it. We tried it on different skin tones and it really did look lovely as long as you don’t go too crazy with your application If you don’t want too much “glow” just start with a little (try using a fan brush) and build up to the level you desire. To pick up more color use a brush with more dense bristles. Two colors are meant to accentuate the angles of your face: Devotion (Cool Highlight) or Indiscretion (Warm Rose Gold Highlight) while Addiction (gold highlight) or Seduction (bronze highlight add a warm glow. The large square compact with interior interior mirror is decorated on the outside with the chic, Laura Mercier Leopard design for Holiday 2016. This new and exclusive edition is at Sephora and Sephora.com
Limited Edition Rita Audacious Lipstick by NARS/Velvet….
Limited Edition beauty products are sought after by collectors, but beauty product fans love them because they are special and they make a woman feel special, too. If you are lucky you may be able to grab up a Limited Edition version of NARS’ best-selling Rita Audacious Lipstick ($32) in a fabulous limited scarlet red that’s not just holiday perfect, it matches the lipstick. The case closes distinctively with a magnetic closure and the lipstick itself is a luxury, silky and fabulous, and the intense.The moist color slides on in a single stroke. “The perfect red lipstick is a woman’s best accessory” opines François Nars, Founder and Creative Director of @Narscosmetics. Whether you buy this one for yourself or give Rita Audacious Lipstick as a gift, it’s the lipstick of the season. Right now it’s exclusively at Sephora and Sephora.com
You won’t find this particular set of all the NARS Velvet Glide Lip Colors ($26/each) for sale (we’re just showing you all the colors from light to deep). However, you can make someone’s dream come true by giving them one (or more) of these beautiful intense and new lip colors that glide on your lips like a silky gloss but cover like a lipstick. Amazingly, they are long-lasting, moist, pampering, and utterly irresistible.We are completely addicted! Visit your favorite NARS makeup counter or store, or go online to shop the shades: http://www.narscosmetics.com/
Hard Candy Stocking Stuffers
What can you really get for a makeup lover if all you have is a buck? Easy answer: Hard Candy Cosmetics Cheeky Tints Sheer Blush Gels $1 (4 shades) ; Lip Gloss Ornament $1 (3 shades of gloss swirl, 3 shades of perle) or 4 different Eye Shadow Duo Ornaments $1 featuring two shades each of a highlight and lid color. These mini-sized makeup goodies are small enough to stuff in a stocking, or in a purse or travel bag. The Eye Shadow Duo and Lip Gloss Ornaments even come in holiday packaging (shadows in metallic polka dot cardboard) Lip Glosses in clear polka-dotted cello triangles and each has a hot pink satin ribbon to hang on a tree, or on a package. Seriously fun makeup at insane prices! We are showing one of each on our photo. These are all exclusively at Walmart and walmart.com. We know from experience they sell out lightning fast, so if want them, stock up now.
IT Cosmetics Superhero Mascara & Confidence in a Cream Ornaments
For an unforgettable ornament gift, we can’t say enough about the IT Cosmetics Ornaments: Superhero Limited Edition Ornament($12) and Confidence in a Cream Ornament ($164) A round cello container with iridescent pink end caps showcases IT Cosmetics latest mascara. The ornament hangs from a thin glittery silver ribbon with its own mini-sized gift tag. It’s more than just a cute presentation. This travel-sized mascara has an exclusive, Elastic Stretch Technology that really does add more volume and length while the Lash-Changing Power Brush lifts, separates and curls and coats lashes with an intense black pigment and skin benefits of collagen, biotin and peptides to condition as you coat. The travel-friendly 0.5 fl. oz. Confidence in a Cream is a great product which advicesisters.com reviewed in April 2016 (read our Confidence in a Cream Review). It improves your skin’s texture while helping to minimize the appearance of pores, fine lines, and wrinkles, and it’s hypoallergenic, non-irritating and Paraben-free so good for all skin types. These pretty in pink ornaments are a great way to try some great IT Cosmetics products and affordable gift ideas. Get them at Ulta and ulta.com and learn more at https://www.itcosmetics.com
Je Ne Sais Quoi Complexion Perfection Palette
Je Ne Sais Quoi in French literally means “I don’t know what.” it has another meaning too, a “certain quality” that’s hard to describe. We don’t have any problem describing the Je Ne Sais Quoi Complexion Perfection Palette by IT Cosmetics with talc-free powder formulas infused with hydrolyzed collagen, silk, peptides and proprietary Perfect Lighting™ Technology that help to enhance and brighten your features (particularly important in Winter when skin can lose its glow). Dressed up for holiday gifting in a glitzy outer cardboard box of rose gold, the big square inner compact with large interior mirror is also glossed up in trendy rose gold metallic with the phrase “je ne sais quoi” in pink script on the cover. Inside are four large squares of some of our favorites IT Cosmetics products: Translucent Bye Bye Pores pressed powder, Sunshine in a Compact in “Warmth,” Bye Bye Pores blush in a clear medium pink called ‘Je Ne Sais Quois,” and there’s one square of Perfect Lightning Luminizer in a light peach shade called “Je ne Sais Quoi” and that’s embossed on it in script letters, as well. All of these products have been reviewed in different iterations on advicesisters.com in the past (in different shades). For our detailed reviews, type the name of the product into the search box at the top of this page. Get this at Ulta and ulta.com and learn more at https://www.itcosmetics.com
“Douce” in French means “soft” but Doucce Cosmetics are made in New York with a Parisian vibe. The packaging is unusually elegant, shiny silver and elegantly packaged. The colors are trendy but wearable. The Doucce Lucious Lip Stain ($28) arrives nicely packaged with both a stain and a gloss in separate tubes so you can wear the stain matte for day, add a gloss to glamorize for evening. Our sample wasn’t the Red Velvet shown here (we just think it’s a better color for holiday gifting). The Golden Caramel #612 that we received would please nude lip lovers with a warm, peachy stain that looked great both matte and shiny. These are long lasting stains that won’t fail you when you don’t have time to re-apply. We have been using the lip gloss over other lip stains as well, because it is so shiny and lovely. Doucce is a makeup line that is new to us but we’re eager to check out some of the other items we saw at the Accessories Council holiday preview. yes, we’re intrigued. We think you will be as well. For more information visit http://www.doucce.com/