Holiday Gift Guide 2015: Makeup Gift Ideas

Still looking for the perfect gift for the makeup lover on your list? It is such a fun gift to receive!  When I give makeup, the recipient is always excited to have new colors to play with!

Don’t be afraid to give adventurous colors as gifts, too.  It gives the lady license to try something new and bold!

Below are some great gift ideas:

Smashbox Art. Love. Color. Pop Studio Set
Smashbox Art. Love. Color. Pop Studio Set

Smashbox Art. Love. Color. Pop Studio Set ($29 USD) — At Smashbox we’re all about sharing hot new talent. For our Holiday collection, we partnered with breakthrough artist Yago Hortal to bring you these mega-vibrant, limited-edition kits featuring all of our bestsellers in a range of shades—from bold pops of color to always flattering neutrals.

•   Full Exposure Mascara (black)
•   Be Legendary Lipstick in Primrose (mauve pink)
•   Be Legendary Lip Gloss in Disco Rose (rich rose)
•   Photo Op Eye Shadow Trio in Spectral [Platinum (matte warm nude)
•   Bare (shimmery goldish brown)
•   Aubergine (dark matte plum)
•   Photo Op Eye Shadow Trio in Callback: Fortune (soft copper), Nude (matte soft caramel), Cocoa (metallic deep brown)

Available at

Maybelline Gilded in Gold Makeup Kit
Maybelline Gilded in Gold Makeup Kit

Maybelline Gilded in Gold Makeup Kit ($14.99 USD) Get a luminous look. This kit has everything you need to light up the night with a luxurious glow. The kit features shimmery and matte nude shadows, eyeliner, blush, highlighter and a red lip gloss. For flawless application, the kit includes step-by-step instructions and face charts to follow.

Available at select mass market retailers

It Cosmetics The Heavenly Luxe 6 pc Essentials Brush Collection ($50 USD) is a set of 6 essential must-have brushes and travel case that truly sets a new standard in the brush category by creating an ultra-luxurious, ultra-plush collection of brushes that work with all of your favorite products, but take them to a whole new level of airbrush application! We designed the sophisticated travel case to protect your brushes and allow for ease of storage and travel. The case also flips around and velcros, becoming a vanity stand for your brushes!

It Cosmetics Limited Edition Your IT Girl Lips! ($24 USD) — Experience the gift of youthful vitality with your perfect red lips that last! This limited-edition, 2-piece set includes your cutting-edge Blurred Lines™ Smooth-Fill Lipstick in IT Girl™ and a bonus Travel-Size YLBB™ Your Lips But Better Waterproof Lip Liner Stain in Cherry Flush. While Blurred Lines™ lipstick drenches your lips in rich color, lip-smoothing collagen and hydrolyzed filling spheres, the creamy YLBB™ lip liner enhances your lipstick and locks it in place with budge-proof definition. For skin as beautiful as your lips, this set also includes free samples of No. 50 Serum™ Primer, Your Skin But Better™ CC+™ Cream with SPF 50+ and Bye Bye Under Eye™ Concealer—try IT, love IT, believe IT!

IT Cosmetics Your Je Ne Sais Quoi Limited Edition ($28 USD) — Treat yourself or someone special to our award-winning, cult-favorite Vitality Lip Flush™ 4-in-1 Reviver Lipstick Stain and Vitality Lip Blush™ Hydrating Gloss Stain in Je Ne Sais Quoi®—your perfect flush of pink! Tucked inside a luxe-looking makeup bag that doubles as a clutch, this limited-edition duo also comes with bonus samples of No. 50 Serum® Primer, CC+® Cream with SPF 50+ and Bye Bye Under Eye® Concealer—try IT, love IT, believe IT!

Available at

MUA Makeup Academy Holiday
MUA Makeup Academy Holiday

MUA Makeup Academy Holiday sets — Tis the season to share the glam with NEW Makeup Academy holiday offerings, available exclusively at CVS/pharmacy! The sparkly and festive makeup kits are perfect stocking stuffers for beauty enthusiasts and help achieve flawless eye, lip and face looks!

Whether it’s the Sultry Eyes kit, featuring the Smokey Eyeshadow Palette for nighttime looks, the All About Brows set for killer arches, or Shades of Plum lip set for a defined pout, there’s an option for everyone – beginners and pros alike! Additionally, the kits are affordably priced at $15-$20.

Available at CVS stores.

Côte Shop Limited Edition 9-Polish Gift Set
Côte Shop Limited Edition 9-Polish Gift Set

Côte Shop Limited Edition 9-Polish Gift Set ($144 USD) — This specially curated set of nine luxurious, hand-poured, “five-free” polishes which are made in the United States, cruelty–free, vegan, FDA approved and free of the five major toxins associated with nail polishes: formaldehyde, dibutyl phthalate (DBP), toluene, camphor and formaldehyde resin. Including a luscious trio of nudes, a bold trio of red hues, and a fresh trio of neutral pinks.

Purchase at

Lipstick Queen Galactic Gorgeous
Lipstick Queen Galactic Gorgeous

Lipstick Queen Galactic Gorgeous ($24 USD) — Take your lips into a fuller dimension with this travel-sized selection of Big Bang glosses formulated with light-reflecting shimmer particles for an otherworldly shine.
This set contains:

  • Infinite 3ml
  • Energy 3ml
  • Creation 3ml
  • Black Hole 3ml

Purchase at

Holiday Gift Guide 2015: Cool Beauty Gifts

Looking for a cool beauty tool or a fun palette to give this holiday season?  I have some great ideas below.  From a hi-tech way to apply makeup to affordable palettes to luxe collections, there is something for everyone.

Luminess Air Epic Airbrush System
Luminess Air Epic Airbrush System

Luminess Air Epic Airbrush System ($399 USD) – Reveal skins natural beauty with our dermatologist tested and recommended Luminess EPIC Airbrush Makeup System. Airbrushing helps eliminate cross contamination (no need for makeup brushes) resulting in healthier looking skin.

This system is truly an EPIC breakthrough with its game changing digital design. The Epic features a built in display, easy to use interface, and several tutorials that brings our professional makeup artist Heather Boswell directly into your home revealing the simple art of Airbrushing. Luminess Air’s specially formulated foundation allows you to spray away a verity of unwanted imperfection such as acne, discoloration, dark circles, bruising, scars, wrinkles, rosacea; even tattoos. Our makeup allows skin to breathe without sacrificing coverage – Airbrushing with Luminess Air gives sheer to ultra-coverage minus the appearance of thick or cakey makeup. This kit contains everything you need to create a flawless, camera ready look!

 Kit includes:

EPIC Airbrush Compressor and Stylus

AC Adaptor

Instructional DVD

1 Year Warranty

4 – 0.55oz bottles Ultra foundation

1 – 0.25oz Blush

1 – 0.25oz Skin Brightening Glow

1 – 0.25oz Moisturizer/Primer

Too Faced Le Petite Maison ($39 USD) — Exclusive to Ulta Beauty, the kit features 12 shadows, Deluxe Shadow Insurance Eye Primer, and Deluxe Better Than Sex Mascara for party-perfect eyes.

Ulta Beauty Ulta Be Discovered Blockbuster Kit ($24.99 USD) — For those who just don’t want to share, keep curious hands out with the lock and key closure. Includes: 33 eye shadows, 4 blush shades, 1 bronzer, 4 brow powders, 1 eye shadow brush, 2 color coat cream eye shadows, 6 glitter eye top coats, 2 dual ended eye liners, 2 butter balm glosses, 1 powder brush, 1 eye liner brush, 6 gel eye liners, 1 highlighter, 2 eye shadow primers, 1 brow brush.

Makeup Revolution’s Mermaids Forever 32 Piece Eyeshadow Palette ($15 USD) in a beautiful collection of colors! Mermaids are forever, and this palette is the stuff that fantasies are made of. A breathtaking collection of jewel tones inspired by aquatic fairy tales and folklore, from sea greens to cobalt blues.

All available at

Tory Burch Holiday Cracker ($28 USD) is a perfect stocking stuffer! Cheerfully wrapped in a signature print which encompasses a little note from Tory and a Tory Burch Eau de Parfum Rollerball – a scent of floral peony and tuberose blend with crisp citrus notes of grapefruit and neroli, anchored by earthy vetiver.

Available at Sephora and

Tory Burch Lip Color Set ($72 value of $96),  represents the ideal balance of sheer yet vivid color and rich texture with a weightless finish. Each color is designed to flatter a variety of skin tones and is subtly scented with notes from the Tory Burch fragrance – cassis, grapefruit and mandarin.

Available in the fine fragrance area at most department stores

Holiday Gift Guide 2015 — Fun Makeup Sets From Jane Iredale, IT Cosmetics, Stila and NARS!

It’s holiday gift guide time!  There are so many gorgeous gift ideas that I am excited to share with you this year.  From makeup to bath products to books and food items, I will have ideas for gifts for everyone on your list.

For my first gift guide,  I am highlighting holiday makeup sets that are perfect for the girly-girl in your life.  She would be so excited if you gave her one (or more) of these:

Jane Iredale Holiday 2015
Jane Iredale Holiday 2015

Jane Iredale In the Blink of a Smoky Eye Smoky Eye Kit ($50)

  • Five step-by-step looks are included on the fold-out ‘how to’ guide.
  • Highly pigmented shadows are simple to blend, sensitivity-tested and long-lasting for stay-put, gorgeous, crease-free color.
  • Packaged in an artful travel box with a mirror and dual-ended application brush.
  • Makes a beautiful gift.
  • Includes eight versatile shades:
    • Bone – matte, creamy nude
    • Pure Gold – shimmery, bright gold
    • Dawn – shimmery rose brown
    • Rose Gold – shimmery rose gold
    • Iris – matte, cool violet
    • Forest – matte, deep green
    • Double Espresso – matte, dark, cool brown
    • Ebony – matte black

Jane Iredale Forever Red Just Kissed® Lip and Cheek Stain ($25)

  • Non-drying, long-lasting stain adjusts to the wearers own chemistry for an irresistible, custom shade.
  • Olive Butter, Avocado Butter and Wild Rose Wax soothe and soften lips.
  • Rose Flower Wax and Beeswax nourish and moisturize.


Available November 2015 at, select skin care specialists & beauty apothecaries worldwide.

It Cosmetics XOXO, IT Girl! Limited Edition Holiday ($28, $44 value) — For the IT Girl in your life, reach for the gift that will give her naturally pretty, party-ready eyes! Within this limited-edition, exclusive IT Girl makeup case is a full-sized No-Tug Waterproof Gel Eyeliner in Black, a travel-sized Hello Lashes Mascara and a travel-sized Brow Power Universal Brow Pencil. This never-before-released set will give IT Girls a festive look that will last all day and night, without clumping, flaking, smearing, fading or smudging!

IT Cosmetics Your Je Ne Sais Quoi! ($28, $44 value) – Celebrate your Je Ne Sais Quoi with this limited-edition lip essentials set, an exclusive for the season! Included in the brand-new holiday makeup case are two full-sized, best-selling lip products for your softest, most beautiful lips ever! Take Vitality Lip Flush in Je Ne Sais Quoi wherever you go for a long-lasting flush of color that hydrates, conditions and nourishes your lips. This 4-in-1 lipstick reviver pairs perfectly with Vitality Lip Blush Hydrating Gloss Stain, which delivers high shine and rich pigment in one swipe. With nine butters and oils, this lightweight, stain-infused gloss will minimize the look of fine lines, while giving you your most luxurious lips ever!

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Stila A Whole Lot Of Love Giftable Set
Stila A Whole Lot Of Love Giftable Set

Stila A Whole Lot Of Love Giftable Set ($59 USD) –A special delivery — sealed with love, from Stila. Recapture the classic romance of hand-written love letters with this ultimate collection of cherished Stila essentials. It’s everything you wished for, all wrapped in a vintage-inspired special delivery package that’s ready to give (or keep).

Includes 20 color-rich matte, pearl and shimmer eye shadows, 4 shades of universally flattering, silky-smooth blush, and a deluxe-size HUGE™ Extreme Lash Mascara for the biggest, boldest, blackest black lashes ever.

Available at and fine beauty stores

NARS NARSissist Blush, Contour, And Lip Palette
NARS NARSissist Blush, Contour, And Lip Palette

NARS NARSissist Blush, Contour, And Lip Palette ($59, $103 value) — This unique palette can be used to give cheeks and lips a shimmery wash of color. Featuring NARS’ Laguna bronzing powder, Albatross highlighting blush, three limited-edition blushes, and Istria lip gloss, it’s all encased in a take-anywhere NARSissist mirrored palette.

This set contains:
– 3 x 0.1 oz Blush in Roman Holiday (pretty pastel pink), Enrapture (pink terracotta), Enthralled (toasted rose/shimmer)
– 0.12 oz Highlighting blush in Albatross (luminous glow)
– 0.15 oz Bronzing powder in Laguna (brown powder/gold shimmer)
– 0.12 oz Lip gloss in Lstria (pink glace)

Available at NARS boutiques and

Last Minute Beauty Stocking Stuffers

Still stuffing stockings?  I am!  I have compiled a list of great stocking stuffers for the beauty conscious lady — and man — in your life! Pick your fave one, two or three and gift beautifully!

jane iredale Eye Shere Liquid Eye Shadow
jane iredale Eye Shere Liquid Eye Shadow

jane iredale Eye Shere Liquid Eye Shadow ($17 each) — For a festive stocking stuffer, try the smooth and luxurious Eye Shere Liquid Eye Shadow available in two new Limited Edition shimmering shades: Opal Silk, a shimmery opalescent white and Gold Silk, a shimmery sheer gold. This quick-drying liquid eye shadow has a smooth and luxurious formula that will not crease or smear, and helps to camouflage shadows and veins on the eyelid. The new shades can be used alone, beneath powder eye shadow for added intensity, for over powder eye shadow for a high shimmer effect.

These are so pretty!  They are shimmery, but very wearable.  I wore the gold one all over my eyelid today and it was a sheer wash of color. LOVE!

Available at

L'Occitane Shea Butter Travel Treats
L’Occitane Shea Butter Travel Treats

L’Occitane Shea Butter Travel Treats ($24, on sale on the website for $20) — A nourishing set of Shea Butter hand and foot cream – a nice surprise to hang on the tree.

My favorite hand cream and a foot cream, too?!  Awesome gift!

Available at and fine beauty stores

VOLANTÉ Transformative Eye Crème
VOLANTÉ Transformative Eye Crème

VOLANTÉ Transformative Eye Crème ($85) — The endless holiday nights and late last-minute gift shopping never looked so good with this feather-light crème infused with peptides, clinically proven to help reduce dark circles.  Powered by the 7 VITAE Complex, this crème improves the tone, texture and brightness of the skin around the eye.

This is a great luxury cream for someone special, or for yourself!  Available at

Burt's Bees Natural Skin Care for Men Deodorant
Burt’s Bees Natural Skin Care for Men Deodorant

Burt’s Bees Natural Skin Care for Men Deodorant ($8 USD) — Go ahead and strut your stuff. Made from an odor-fighting botanical, our powerful natural deodorant harnesses energizing Citrus Oils, woodsy Cyprus and Warm Fir to keep you smelling and feeling your best. Bring on the day.

My husband’s stocking is always the hardest one for me.  He is going to love this deodorant, it smells fantastic!  And the line also includes bar soap, body wash, shave cream and aftershave, and a nice gift set, too!

Available at and mass market retailers near you.

Beauticontrol Moisturizing Body Bar - Juicy Pear
Beauticontrol Moisturizing Body Bar – Juicy Pear

Moisturizing Body Bar Juicy Pear ($10 or $26 for all three) — A trio of tantalizingly scented body bars are perfect for all skin types. They luxuriously wash away dirt, oil and dead skin cells, leaving skin refreshed and soft. Available in three delicious scents: Exotic Beaches, Juicy Pear and Verbena Blossom.

These smell fantastic and make great gifts for moms and sisters (and friends, etc…)

Available at

Smashbox Be Legendary Lip Gloss
Smashbox Be Legendary Lip Gloss

Smashbox Be Legendary Lip Gloss ($20 USD) — Inspired by photo gels found on set, Smashbox created this glassy gloss with a clear, hydrating base free of traditional heavy binders for a non-sticky finish. Then they infused the formula slowly with vibrant pigments using a careful mixing process for an ultra refined pigmentation in which all of the gloss ingredients are perfectly dispersed. The result is a superlight, comfortable blend that you can hardly feel, but that still leaves a bold wash of gorgeous color—just like a photo gel.

Gorgeous gloss in an array of colors for every lady!

Available at and luxe beauty stores nationwide.


Makeup Gifts That Will Make Her Holiday Bright!

Makeup sets are such a fun gift to give (and to receive).  The great thing about them is that there’s so many choices in different price ranges — it’s easy to find a gift for a friend, babysitter or teacher. Or mother, sister…the list is endless!

So grab a few of these great gifts below and pass out the pretty this holiday season!

Pür Minerals Let It Glow! Makeup Stick Trio
Pür Minerals Let It Glow! Makeup Stick Trio

Pür Minerals Let It Glow! Makeup Stick Trio ($24 USD) Give your skin a rosy glow with this limited-edition set that offers three twist-up makeup sticks that highlight your features for natural radiance. Define, contour and brighten while conditioning for smoother, softer skin.

Available at

Lancome All Over Face Palette
Lancome All Over Face Palette

Lancome All Over Face Palette ($55 USD) — Take your makeup look from day to night with the ‘All Over Face’ palette that features nine new eyeshadow shades, plus two contouring essentials.

COLOR DESIGN Sensational Effects Eye Shadow  X 9 —  In Blizzard, Starlight, Onyx Eve, Warm Cocoa, Fox, Smolder, Cashmere, Fawn and Mink Me.

BLUSH SUBTIL Delicate Oil-Free Powder Blush in Everything Nice

STAR BRONZER Long Lasting Bronzing Powder in Cinnamon and Spice

Available at

Robin McGraw Revelation Pure Joy Lip Gloss Collection
Robin McGraw Revelation Pure Joy Lip Gloss Collection

Robin McGraw Revelation Pure Joy Lip Gloss Collection ($49.95 For all for or $15.95 USD) — A collection of four high-shine lip glosses with brilliant color and subtle shimmer makes a special gift for a loved one – or for yourself. A luxurious, non-sticky formula creates the perfect look for any celebration. 

The set contains:

Frosty Glaze: A Champagne Shimmer

Rainbow Rose: A Sparkling Blush

Confetti Red: A True Ruby Red

Sprinkle Pink: A Bright Berry Pink

Available at

Avon Makeup Studio Palette
Avon Makeup Studio Palette

Avon Makeup Studio Palette ($24.99 USD) — Perfect for a girl on the go, this palette is a holiday hit. It’s sized to carry everywhere, for touch-ups, or transitioning makeup from day to night. The set includes 25 eye shadows, 12 lip glosses, 2 blushes, 2 bronzers and 3 brushes.

Available at visit to locate a Representative or shop online.

ck one has great gift sets for the holidays:

ck one eye essentials gift set ($25 USD) — For a great bargain, the ck one eye essentials gift set features everything needed to create a complete eye look, including volumizing mascara in black 800, powder eyeshadow in ambitious 710, and double-ended eyeliner in genius/radical 800.

ck one high-shine gloss trio holiday set ($20 USD) — A great stocking stuffer, the ck one high-shine gloss trio holiday set features three high-shine gloss tubes in wearable shades for every occasion.  the line includes two existing shades, proper 300, tender 810, and one limited-edition shade, faithful 910, a sparkling, translucent shade.

Available at Ulta stores and

Are you picking up a makeup kit for someone special this holiday season?  Which one?  Leave a comment and let me know!

Fab Beauty Gift Sets For Holiday Gifts

I love giving gifts of products that my friends or family would not purchase for themselves.  An eyeliner wardrobe, high-quality brushes, great skincare, fragrance and hair care — these are fun to get as gifts because they introduce you to something new and fabulous!

Here are some of my faves for the season:


tarte Eye Catchers 6-Piece SmolderEYES™ And Skinny SmolderEYES™ Collector’s Set ($39 USD) — A six-piece collection of full-size eyeliner favorites in universally flattering, must-have shades.

What it does:
These pure, powerful, and always-pretty smolderEYES™ liners glide on like butter and impart a precise line for a sleek look. Use the built-in smudger to go sultry and smoldering and enjoy the completely waterproof finish. Amazonian clay ensures longer wear, while nourishing lids, reducing surface oil, and improving overall texture. No matter how you wear these versatile shades, the rich pigments boast true, bold color.

This set contains:
– 5 x 0.056 oz SmolderEYES Amazonian Clay Waterproof Liner in Champagne, Gunmetal, Rainforest Black, Gold, Ash Violet
– 0.04 oz Skinny SmolderEYES Amazonian Clay Waterproof Liner in Onyx

Visit to learn more and purchase.


Deluxe Travel Brush Collection ($95 USD)

Everything you need for flawless makeup application with 9 travel-friendly professional tools in a chic carrier case.

Brush up on beauty this holiday season with Laura Mercier’s must-have Deluxe Travel Brush Collection for flawless makeup application.  Perfect for on-the-go, this sleek, chic brush case features a rigid, hard shell design with two pockets and a removable mesh pouch housing a combination of nine professional Brushes for face, cheeks, eyes and brows.

A $252.00 value.

Josie Maran Argan 6-pc Moroccan Holiday Collection

Pampering to go. Whether you’re heading across the country or just to the gym, this Moroccan Holiday collection brings you perfectly portable, pure Argan oil-infused products. The six travel-sized formulas help you achieve healthy-looking, glowing hair and skin. From Josie Maran.

  • 0.5-fl oz 100% Pure Argan Oil
  • 0.5-fl oz Argan Cleansing Oil
  • 0.5-fl oz Argan Oil Hair Serum
  • 0.5-fl oz Argan Daily Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 40 Lotion
  • 2-fl oz Argan Oil  Body Butter in Vanilla Apricot
  • 1.9-fl oz Argan Cleansing Body Oil
  • Made in Morocco/USA

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Tocca Eau de Parfum Viaggio

Always a big hit for the holidays, TOCCA has introduced its newest Coffret Set in a festive green & gold with three new scents: Graciella, Violette and Giuletta. The fragrances are:

Giulietta: Green Apple, Pink Tulips, Vanilla Orchid, Amber

Graciella: Asian Pear, Casablanca Lily, Ylang Ylang, Cashmere Musk

Violette: Italian Bergamot, African Violet, Black Currants, Creamy Cedarwood

Tocca Coffret Set retails for $45 at Sephora & Space NK stores nationwide and online at


TIGI ELASTICATE DUO ($19.99) & RECHARGE DUO ($19.99) — Excite the adrenaline-junkie of the family with the latest from Bed Head. The NEW Elasticate Duo offers a supercharged formula for break-resistant hair while the NEW Recharge Duo eliminates the build-up of 2012 while adding high-octane shine Both NEW gift sets are available at a special holiday price.
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Give The Gift Of Beauty With Stila, Smashbox and Laura Mercier

Makeup palettes are the perfect gift for makeup lovers. Stila, Smashbox and Laura Mercier all have fabulous sets for all of the beauty junkies on your list! 

Stila’s Eye for Color Palette($18.00 USD, $130 value) features 13 new, ultra wearable eye shadow shades for countless, easy-to-create looks!  Great gift for that Stila lover on your shopping list! Shades include: Petal Pink, Burgundy, Bronze, Coffee, Moss, Green, Blue Green, Navy, Lilac, Orchid, Porcelain, Bisque and Black. Visit or to purchase.

Smashbox Wish For The Perfect Palette ($59.00 USD, $260.00 ) No wonder this mega palette sells out every year! It’s the biggest, boldest gift you could give any beauty junkie, with nearly 80 shades for endless color combinations of eyes, cheeks and lips. You’ll even get a FREE step-by-step guide to create a festive holiday look. A portion of proceeds benefits the Children’s Miracle Network.

49 eye shadows
10 cream eye liners
6 brow powders
1 brow wax
8 lip glosses
2 blush
1 bronzer
1 highlighter
4 mini brushes (eye shadow, eye liner, angled brow and lip)

You can purchase this at

Laura Mercier Eye Colour Sampler ($48.00 USD) Mix, match and be merry with this amazing selection of fun and festive Laura Mercier Eye Colours – packaged in a portable case with a double-ended Eye Colour/Smudge brush for on-the-go application. Shades Include: Sparkling Dew, Chocolate, Latte, Pink Tulip, Ultra Violet, Pink Copper, Mica and Black Ice. Available for a limited time at