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bliss_youthgroupkit.jpgWhile we compile lists and shop for the perfect gifts for those we love, we also have hopes of receiving some gifts (including beauty products of course) of our own. Bliss’ Youth Group Kit contains travel-size versions of the brands best-selling anti-aging products and is affordable, so we won’t feel the slightest amount of hesitation asking for it.

Kit includes:

  • 1 oz Cleanser
  • 1 oz Toner
  • 0.5 oz Concentrate
  • 0.34 oz Moisture Cream
  • 0.17 oz eye cream
  • Signature deluxe makeup bag


Bliss Youth Group Kit (a $104 value), $68,

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Shimmer, glitter, sparkle, whatever you call it, it’s perfect for the season. Fashion trends can often be translated into makeup looks, and glitzy glamour is definitely a “do” right now. Try adding a bit of sparkle to your look for your next bash, or, if permissible, this week at work. The rule of thumb is, of course, to only emphasize one feature at a time, and when in doubt, less is always more.


natalie-portman2.jpgNatalie Portman is a true fan of the smokey eye, and she always wears it well. At the premiere of her latest film, Brothers, Natalie was exquisite as usual— her makeup was flawless! We can’t help but admire her eye makeup, since this is the time of year we find ourselves rockin’ different variations of the classic look.

To create a similar look at home, we suggest you try Maybelline’s new Stylish Smokes eyeshadow quad in Natural Smokes. This quad along with the other 3 in the collection has every shadow you’ll need to give your peepers the perfect smokey eye. Add some eyeliner and your favorite mascara and you’re set to hit the town looking bold and beautiful.

Maybelline Stylish Smokes, $5.49 each,
nyx_lip_palette.jpgWhen it comes to stocking stuffer-type gifts, we are always on the lookout for ideas that would suit the many makeup-loving gals on our lists. It just so happens that Kerry Malouf (celebrity makeup artist to Emmy Rossum, Alicia Silverstone, Jennifer Goodwin and others) suggested a great one to us that we had to pass along.

Kerri says: “Makeup palettes make for great holiday gifts! These amazing Luscious Lip Palettes from Nyx Cosmetics are the perfect stocking stuffer for all women— the busy mom, beauty lovers, college student. They provide a combination of high-pigment color mixed with high shine gloss, so you can mix and match, highlight and shade— for the perfect pout!”

Two she recommends most:


Champagne Sparkle:

“The shades work well for the holiday festivities. Mix the glitter glosses with the coral and raspberry shades for added sparkle and shine!”


nyx_red_rediscovered_lip_palette.jpgRed Rediscovered:

“My go-to palette right now for red lip trends; it has all the reds you need to go from day to night— all in one convenient compact.”


Nyx Luscious Lip Palette, $7,

The holiday season is in full swing, and that means it’s time to get serious about your gift purchases. Most of us have many people to buy for, while others of us have chosen to keep ourselves on a tight budget. In either case, we’ve found a few beauty-ful gift ideas that are both fabulous and seriously wallet-friendly.



sephora_ultimate_blockbuster_palette.jpgSephora Ultimate Blockbuster Palette

Complete with 84 eyeshadows that have been reformulated with enhanced pigments, 3 blushes, 60 lipglosses, 2 lip liners, 3 eyeliners, 6 cream eyeliners, 6 matte eyeshadows, 6 sparkling eyeshadows and all the brushes and applicators you’ll need to create over 60,000 looks, the recipient of this gift should have every reason to love you just a little bit more this year. $48,



Laura_Mercier_Almond_Coconut_Milk_Duo.jpgLaura Mercier Almond Coconut Milk Duo

Encourage your friend or family member to take a little more time out for himself or herself with this luxurious, skin-loving bath duo. Honey Bath, a foaming, moisturizing bath, contains natural ingredients that will leave skin feeling clean and soft. Soufflé Body Crème provides luxurious all-day moisture without a greasy feel. Limited Edition. $40,


deliriumandco-blue-sweet-tobacco.jpgDelirium & Company Sweet Tobacco Candle

Don’t let the word “tobacco” put you off considering gifting someone this candle. From first whiff, we were hooked on this soy wax candle’s sophisticated mix of sandalwood, Virginian cedar, musk and tonka bean. It’s a bit masculine and a bit feminine, so feel free to give it to any candle lover in your life. $38,



BE_sweet_obsessions.jpgBare Minerals Sweet Obsessions

We love shadows and sweets, so these sugar-high-inducing eyecolors are not only something we think would make a fabulous gift, but are also on our personal beauty wish lists. Kit contains 9 calorie-free colors. $38,




Zoya Color Lock System

Zoya’s best-selling kit will not only give your recipient the ability to give herself the best and longest-lasting manicure she’s ever had, but it will save her money over time. Who wouldn’t love that? $48,

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