Holiday 2009 Gift Guide: Best Gifts for the Girl Who Has Everything
I have to admit; when I was putting together this selection of gifts to give (or receive!), I considered and chose a lot of gifts that I thought would make sense for me–because beauty wise? I am kind of this girl. I don’t think it’d be honest to try and downplay that I have a respectably sized beauty stash, so let’s not sugarcoat it: I don’t really need more makeup (in fact, need has long as since been replaced with want). So I thought to myself, “What could others give me that would still excite me?”
I am also notorious for my lack of patience, so when there’s something I want (beauty or otherwise), I tend to buy it myself if I really want it.
What are your picks for the girl who has everything?
Holiday Cookbook ($35.00) is a six-piece shower gel set (each with 2 oz.) housed in a cardboard “cookbook.” It contains the following scents: Red Velvet Cake, Cinnamon Buns, Spicy Pear Cobbler, Pumpkin Spice Muffin, Gingerbread, and Double Rich Hot Cocoa. Delicious! You can find this gift at: Nordstrom, Philosophy.com, Sephora.
Urban Decay Show Pony Shadow Box ($30.00) contains six shades of eyeshadow – a good mix of funky, brighter shades with more neutral toned shadows, plus a miniature-sized 24/7 Eye Pencil in Zero and Eyeshadow Primer Potion. The shades included in this palette are Snatch, Mildew, Flash, Painkiller, Smog, and Toasted. I do have this already, but it’s a palette that some beauty buffs may overlook in lieu of the BoS II.
Urban Decay Book of Shadows Vol. II ($48.00) is a palette that’s big on value and big on color. For the person who’s been extra good this year, you may find yourself wanting to give this collection of sixteen eyeshadows to them. It includes new/exclusive shades: AC/DC, Nylon, Mushroom, Sphynx, Jinx, Homegrown, Misdemeanor, and Perversion; as well as existing/best-selling shades: Sellout, Gunmetal, Ecstasy, Midnight Cowboy Rides Again, Twice Baked, Half Baked, Flipside, and YDK. Also included are miniature-sized Zero and Bourbon 24/7 Eyeliner Pencils and a travel-size Eyeshadow Primer Potion–all three fit nicely within the palette to boot. Like the Show Pony Shadow Box, there are some of us who felt like we just couldn’t justify the price tag on this palette or felt it was “too similar” (though I don’t think it is!) to last year’s.
Urban Decay 24/7 Super Stash ($36.00) is a superb collection of miniature-size eyeliners in a variety of bold shades. If you’ve been reading the blog for a bit, you’ll know that I favor these liners quite a bit–they’re often my go-to liner. I absolutely adore their holiday sets, because practically speaking, most of us won’t finish an entire pencil of blue, but half the size and cheaper? Yes, count me in! The set contains nine different shades: Binge, Corrupt, Eldorado, Graffiti, Oil Slick, Ransom, Rockstar, Stash, and Zero. Everyone can use more eyeliner!
Smashbox Wish For The Perfect Pencils ($32.00) includes five, full-sized and stunning limited edition shades of pencil eyeliner (Celebrate, Dream, Hope, Love, and Wish). Smashbox did a tremendous job formulating these eye pencils–they are definitely a top formula and wear so well. These are so fantastic in quality and only available for the holiday season that I think the seasoned beauty shopper would appreciate this surprise.
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Bliss Softening Socks ($48.00) are these awesome socks that pretty much come with this gel lining that soothes and moisturizes your feet while you wear them. Bliss says that a pair of socks lasts for up to fifty uses (not too bad!) and you wear ’em for about twenty minutes. (You can even get them in a nifty holiday gift box at Bliss.) You can also give the same technology, but for hands (gloves, rather than socks, duh!). This kind of an indulgent gift, so it may be something that would appeal to beauty addicts, but not something you’d cave in regularly, so it’s something nice to receive!
Godiva Candles ($22.50 for 7 oz.) have some very aromatic scents that burn for apporixmately sixty hours. I don’t burn candles religiously, but I really love receiving them as gifts, because they’re something I do enjoy but don’t always feel compelled to actually purchase (though that’s been changing, ha!).
BURN Candles ($60.00 for ~100 hours) come in amazing, complex scents that really waft throughout the room/rooms. I’ve found that I’ll burn one in the office, and the scent will be in the living room/kitchen and even in the bedroom. The scent is just enough to enjoy without being overwhelming. For the holidays, they’ve added the following scents: Firewood Embers, Grenadine Pomegranate and Sugar Pine Balsam. If you’re finding the price tag a little gift-giving prohibitive, they also have their BURN VOYAGE line, which are smaller-sized candles for $25.00 each that burn for approximately 35 hours. (On the other side, they also have candles that burn for approximately 150 hours for $95.00 a pop.) You can also find BURN at Barneys.
Tom Ford Private Blend Eau de Parfum ($180.00 for 1.7 oz.) is an ultra elegant, so luxe gift to give (and uhh, receive? Oh, yes, please!). While I haven’t yet caved on any of Tom Ford’s amazing scents yet, I do take a sniff and test them whenever I’m at Nordstrom! Everyone I know who’s purchased a bottle hasn’t been disappointed. Seriously, I can’t think of many (or any that I know) who would be distraught to receive a bottle of Tom Ford.
Clarisonic PLUS Skincare Brush Set ($225.00) is the latest Clarisonic, with a detachable body brush in addition to the facial brush. Like some other more price-heavy beauty items, it’s something a lot of beauty lovers lust after but can’t commit to purchasing–the exact reasons why it makes for an excellent gift to receive!
Guerlain Le Rouge G de Guerlain Lipstick ($45.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a creamy, smooth, pigmented lipstick formula that applies and clings to lips without drying them. It has the most subtle, yet noticeable, shimmer that really shines without being garish. It’s really a top formula, but the price tag definitely slots it into the luxury bag. I think I’ll go as far as to say that everyone should own at least one shade of Rouge G (I think that the line offers many, many holy grail potential shades–for the right person), but that price tag makes us all think twice… or ten times.
MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Eyes Collector Set (Value $425) Aqua Eyes Collector Set ($249.00) includes twenty-five shades of Make Up For Ever’s famous Aqua Eyes Eyeliner. The included shares are: Aqua Eyes in Champagne 23L, Fuschia Pink 13L, Purple 11L, Black Purple 6L, Shimmering Plum 4L, Burgandy 18L, Pearly Brown 2L, Light Brown 19L, Light Taupe 24L, Bronze Green 5L, Bronze 10L, Gold 9L, Pistachio 17L, Green 16L, Forest Green 20L, Turquoise 7L, Blue With Green Highlights 12L, Majorelle Blue 15L, Iridescent Navy Blue 3L, Mat Black 0L, Star Black 1L, Dark Grey 21L, Grey 22L, Silver 8L, White 14L. It’s a value set, even if it is a heavy investment. I love Aqua Eyes, and I can definitely tell you this set tempted me on more than one occasion (I managed to resist my staring at the dozens and dozens of liners I have sitting in a drawer already).
T3 Bespoke Labs Evolution Dryer ($300.00) will cut your gift recipient’s blow drying time in half, most likely! This is one of those products often overlooked in lieu of sparkly new makeup, but it is an absolute essential if you blow dry your hair regularly.