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The holiday season is exciting and fun, but unfortunately it’s also very stressful. Now that it’s over, we want nothing more than to take the time to calm our thoughts and put ourselves in a time out. We find that products infused with relaxing ingredients like lavender, green tea, vanilla and Shea butter work wonders to soothe not only this time of year, but anytime we need to unwind.

Men want (and need) beauty grooming products just as much as we do. While they might not like to admit it, they want to look their best everyday. Since he is most likely not shopping around for products, gift him with something that will get him on the right skincare track, keep him smelling great or will keep him from looking like he’s applying for Santa’s job.

 

 

 

 

 

For more gift ideas, check out our Huge Holiday Gift Guide 2009

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.

 

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, sephora.com

 

 

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, nordstrom.com

 

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, candledelirium.com

 

 

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, beauty.com

 

 



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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, artofbeauty.com

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