Saturday, December 19, 2015

Last-minute gifts for the Beauty Addict


Are you still searching the perfect gift for the beauty addict in your life? Look no more! I've compiled a selection of what I consider to be la creme de la creme (aka the very best) gift sets available for the discerning beauty junkie. For more information on each product, click on the pink links in the description:






1. Whimsical Wonder color collection ($34, reduced to $24) by Josie Maran. This five-piece collection houses some of the best beauty items from Josie Maran. It includes a 100% Pure Argan Oil Light, ideal to wear under make-up; a Coconut Watercolor Cheek Gelee in Pink Scape, a gorgeous blush in between a cheek stain and a cream formula; an Argan Enlightenment Illuminizer; a Coconut Watercolor Eye Shadow in Beach Sand, and an Argan Black Oil Mascara. This set is ideal for the Belle of the Ball who wants to discover new make-up options without breaking the piggy bank. 

2. Gold - Jewel Lip Kiss Palette ($108) by Terry. Although quite the splurge, this palette has everything a real beauty addict needs. Featuring five velvet-matte and five dazzling-shine colours, this palette is the epitome of by Terry's philosophy: great-quality products focused on delivering gentle but powerful formulas while kicking in a pop of color. Dazzling.

3. Mi Vida Loca Remix Eyeshadow Palette ($59) by Kat Von D. This limited edition boasts 24 highly pigmented and matte powder eyeshadows in an exclusive vinyl-record case featuring Kat Von D's illustrations. An ideal gift for anyone interested in beauty, Kat Von D's products deliver high-pigmented and long-lasting make-up experiences.

4. Makeup Brush Elite Mirror Collection White Velvet ($160) by Artis. This luxury limited-edition makeup brush set, just in time for the holidays, is sure to be everyone’s list! These game-changing brushes revolutionize cosmetic application with their trademarked CosmeFibre® technology and an ergonomic handle for effective and exceptional application. I have personally tested an Artis brush for my lip color application and I can honestly recommend the brand. Aside from delivering a flawless look, these brushes are extremely comfortable to use by short-sighted belles of the ball like me who need to get really close to the mirror when applying make-up.

5. Personalized fragrances ($64) by Archetypes. This fun brand boasts an impressive collection of 12 fragrances divided in what they call "archetypes," or different characters that represent the multiple aspects of human nature. Originally created after Carl Jung's theories, this brand offers twelve olfactory families that represent twelve different characters or states of mind, aspirations, and motivations. This is a really meaningful gift that can deeply resonate with the recipient's personality (providing that you know them well enough to identify their archetype!)

6. Bottle Service 10-Piece Mini Nail Polish Set ($36.50) by Formula X. This fun gift set includes 10 of the finest Formula X mini polishes, including five brand new limited edition shades and five best-selling classics. From rich jewel tones, sparkling nudes, and zesty brights, these top-shelf shades are party-ready and come in champagne-inspired packaging that is perfect for gifting. Cheers to a perfect harmony of rich color, crystalline radiance, and a crisp, smooth finish!

7. The Sky-Liner Petites Highliner Collection ($48) by Marc Jacobs Beauty. This collection of extreme-wear, waterproof highliner crayons will be the most coveted treasure of the season. These crayons act like a gel pot eyeliner without the messiness, and the selection includes the five best-selling classics (blacquer, in the buff!, (wave)length, ody(sea), and (stone)fox) and two new limited-edition shades (express-oh! and boys + berry.)

8. Auda{city} in Paris Palette ($68) by Lancome. Designed by Lisa Eldridge and inspired by the streets of Paris, Lancôme's first multi-pan eyeshadow palette has 16 beautiful shades in 4 finishes that compliment all skin shades for the perfect day and night looks with matte and shiny effects.

9. Fuji Green Tea Premium Selection Gift Set ($48, now on sale for $28.80) by The Body Shop. This is the perfect gift for the green tea lover that pampers her or his body as part of a complete beauty routine. With the purifying and relaxing essence of pure, hand-picked green tea leaves from Japan, this complete gift set includes a shower gel, a body butter, a body scrub, a cologne, and a bar of soap (a $69 value!)

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