No matter how much you plan or how good your intentions, sometimes you get busy and you find yourself scrambling at the last minute to finish your holiday shopping. So for those of you who are still looking for that perfect present, I have some fabulous finds for the beauty lovers on your list.
Clarisonic Sonic Radiance Brightening Solution Kit (on sale for $199.20 at Nordstrom, orig. $249)
If you’ve got money to splurge on your special someone, I can’t think of many beauty gifts that would wow more than the Clarisonic. There are many iterations of the Clarisonic, but the one I’m recommending is the new Clarisonic Sonic Radiance Brightening Solution Kit. It’s a two-step, morning and evening regimen to gently and effectively treat and control dark spots and uneven skintone for a more radiant complexion. The set includes the Mia 3 Cleansing Device, Radiance Brush Head, AM Skin Illuminating Cleanser, PM Skin Renewing Peel Wash, and Brightening Activator Serum. I’ve been using for about a month and it delivers on its promises. Immediately, there was an improvement in my skin texture and my complexion looked noticeably brighter. And every day since, my dark marks fade a little bit more. It’s also helped to control my breakouts, which are the cause of my hyperpigmentation. So that’s a great bonus. If your gift recipient is already a lucky Clarisonic owner, you can get him/her the Clarisonic Sonic Radiance’ Brightening Transformation Kit, which includes everything above except the Mia 3.
Clarisonic Mia 3 Makeup Removal Expert, $199
If your loved one doesn’t suffer from hyperpigmentation, but you still want to give the gift of beautiful skin, try this Clarisonic set instead. Who wouldn’t want this cute little baby on their bathroom vanity?
This limited-edition, mini lip set lets you smudge on and experiment with Decay’s creamy Revolution Lipstick—from neutral to fuchsia to classic red—and it comes in a beautiful case. The set features minis of three exclusive new shades: Ladyflower (bright rose-pink), Crush (inspired by one of Urban Decay’s most-coveted Super-Saturated Lip Color shades) and Illicit (sheer baby pink)—plus three mini bestsellers. The 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil in Ozone, UD’s bestselling clear shade, ensures that color stays-put, prevents feathering, and it erases mistakes—yet it goes on clear. If you’ve never tried Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick, this set is the perfect introduction. Click here to find out why I think Revolution Lipstick is the best lipstick ever invented.
The ultimate travel kit for Naked junkies, this palette comes loaded with everything you need for a complete Naked look: six ALL-NEW shades of eyeshadow (including an extra large dose of the perfect all-over shade, 5050), bronzer, blush, a full-size Naked Ultra Nourishing Lipgloss, a travel-size 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil, and a travel-size Perversion Mascara.
Fresh Sugar Dream, $52
Give your gift recipient a head-to-toe home spa experience with this set, which features Sugar Face Polish, Brown Sugar Body Polish, and Sugar Lip Treatment Sunscreen SPF 15. The gentle exfoliating Sugar Face Polish mask is made with real brown sugar to instantly soften and smooth all skin types for a more radiant complexion. Sugar Lip Treatment Sunscreen SPF 15 features a blend of nourishing sugar and meadowfoam and black currant seed oils to moisturize, protect, and smooth the lips. The original, natural sugar exfoliant, Brown Sugar Body Polish, combines real brown sugar crystals with precious oils for soft, luminous skin. Everything is packaged in a festive, red box with a beautiful, gold trim – so it’s actually gift wrap optional.
beautyblender + Benefit Kit, $38
If you’re applying your foundation with anything but the beautyblender sponge, you’re doing it wrong. The difference between foundation that looks like foundation and foundation that looks like skin is beauty blender. It is the only tool I use to apply my foundation. beautyblender’s elliptical shape allows you to access hard-to-reach areas with ease. Its suede-like texture repels product, so your foundation actually ends up on your face – rather than absorbed by the sponge. And its unique curves fit the contours of your face, leaving your makeup dazzling and undetectable. I even use it to apply my concealer and cream blushes. The limited-edition beautyblender + Benefit Kit includes a beautyblender air.port pro bag, a mini solid cleanser, an original beautyblender, and Benefit’s brightening face primer and liquid highlighter.
L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream Trio, $28
Whenever someone asks me for a beauty stocking stuffer suggestion, the L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream Trio is one of the first things that comes to mind. Shea Butter Hand Cream is the #1 international best-seller from L’Occitane, and one of my personal favorites. Enriched with 20% shea butter, this super-creamy hand balm quickly penetrates to protect, nourish and regenerate dry skin. The scent is light, yet intoxicating. Smooth even the most hard-working hands with a blend of nourishing ingredients including almond oil, honey, coconut oil and antioxidant vitamin E. Keep one tube on your vanity at home, leave the second tube in your desk drawer at work, and stash the third tube in your purse so you’re never without this little luxury.
For more expert gift picks, check out Spoiled Pretty’s Holiday Gift Guide 2014!