Holiday Gift Guide 2012: beautyblender Air.Port Pure Kit

If you’re applying your foundation with anything but the beautyblender sponge, you’re doing it wrong.

The point of foundation is to fool the eye of the beholder into thinking you were blessed with a flawless complexion. But if you’re applying it incorrectly, or with inferior tools, you just look like you’re wearing a makeup mask. The difference between foundation that looks like foundation and foundation that looks like skin is beautyblender.

Since I was introduced to beautyblender in 2007, we have been in a monogamous relationship. 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. beautyblender can also be used with moisturizers, eye treatment serums and lotions, makeup primers and makeup removers to be a truly hygienic, gentle way to ensure optimal use of the most advanced skin care products.

And if you have problem skin, I can’t recommend anything better for magically disguising blemishes and hyperpigmentation. beautyblender is reusable (perfect for those green gals), latex-free, non-allergenic, and odor free…and makes the PERFECT holiday gift. (more…)

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Holiday Gift Guide 2012: Tarte Treat Yourself to Gorgeous Collection

Tarte’s Treat Yourself to Gorgeous is a 28 piece holiday collection from tarte featuring 20 Amazonian clay eye shadows, four cashmere waterproof gliding liners and four maracuja divine shine lip glosses.

Treat Yourself to Gorgeous is the perfect holiday gift because you can gift the whole thing or break this set into three substantial stocking stuffers! Each of the different components – 20 eye shadows, four eyeliners, and set of four glosses – comes in a beautiful individual box…so really, there’s no wrapping necessary. (more…)

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Target + Neiman Marcus Holiday Collection

Just in time for the holidays, the highly anticipated Target + Neiman Marcus Holiday Collection offers a diverse mix of gifting items for everyone on your list, as well as dressing options to get through the season with style and grace—all at affordable prices!

Target and Neiman Marcus are partnering with 24 of America’s most talented designers—all members of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA)—for a revolutionary, limited-edition holiday collection spanning multiple categories including fashion and accessories for women, men and kids, home goods, stationery, sporting goods and pet accessories.

Items range from $7.99 to $499.99, with most pieces less than $60, and will be available Dec. 1 at all Target and Neiman Marcus stores, as well as on and

The Target + Neiman Marcus Holiday Collection includes:

Alice + Olivia
Bike, $499.99
Luggage, $179.99


Double Old Fashioned Glasses (set of 4), $49.99
Shaker, $49.99
Tray, $79.99


Band of Outsiders
Cookie Cutters (set of 5), $29.99
Hats (set of 2), $29.99


Brian Atwood
Sunglasses, $39.99
Leather Gloves (sizes S/M-L/XL), $49.99


Carolina Herrera
Travel Bags (set of 3), $39.99
Stationery Set (set of 3), $19.99




Last Minute Holiday Gifts For Beauty Lovers

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 Mia Skin Cleansing System – Jaguar , $129
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. This limited-edition, Sephora exclusive set includes the Clarisonic Mia One Speed Brush, international charger for worldwide use, Sensitive Brush Head, and Gentle Hydro Cleanser. I don’t normally advocate getting catty with the ones you love, but I think that in this instance, the gift recipient would welcome it.

Juicy Couture Nail Polish & Hand Warmer Set, $44.90
Juicy Couture and Deborah Lippmann teamed up on this impossibly chic set of hand warmers and nail polish (available in two colors – black and light khaki). You lucked out by waiting ’til the last minute because it’s now 33% off!

Yankee Candles, $2-26
You know what I love most about Yankee Candle? What you expect is what you get. The scent is always spot-on. And they last forever…or up to 150 hours, to be exact. Plus, they always seem to be having a sale (right now, it’s buy 1 get 1 50% off of the holiday candles). I shopped the sale last week and picked up Christmas Cookie and Balsam & Cedar. I’ve been burning them non-stop – but like I said, they last so long, they’re still full and look basically brand new. Get on this.

Sephora by OPI Glimmer Wonderland Eighteen Piece Mini Nail Colour Set, $48
This set of 18 on-trend, mini nail polishes makes a great gift for any manicure maniac. If you need to stuff a few stockings, you can always split up the bottles between a few of your friends.

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.

Tweezerman ProCurl Eyelash Curler, $20
Oh my, gift recipient – what big eyes you’ll have! Tweezerman’s ProCurl Eyelash Curler has a sleek body shape, with a larger opening, that is tailored for comfort ease of use. A narrowed top bar adapts to all eye shapes, and a thick, rounded silicone pad ensures intense, crease-free curl. And you’ve gotta love the color (I can’t be the only sucker for anything rose gold). If you’ve got a couple extra bucks to spend, throw in a tube of my favorite mascara, Maybelline’s The Falsies in Blackest Black.

Urban Decay Naked Palette, $48
Whenever I put on makeup and decide to do up my eyes, I always find myself reaching for the Naked Palette. It’s my favorite eye kit of all time. With 12 gorgeous neutrals that look gorgeous on anyone, you can mix and match to create office-appropriate eyes or sexy, party-perfect peepers. What makes this even more irresistable is that it also comes with a an eyeshadow brush and travel-size Eyeshadow Primer Potion (which every girl should own).When I asked Urban Decay Co-Founder and Creative Director Wende Zomnir what inspired this ingenious kit, she told me, “I travel a lot and I created Naked because I wanted a great collection of easy-to-wearshades at my fingertips. It was so fun putting the shadow shades together and gettingthem in just the right order (you should see all the different iterations on my iPhonecamera roll!). My ultimate smoky eye includes Virgin, Naked, Smog, Darkhorse andCreep!” The equally amazing just launched but is currently sold out, otherwise it would earn a spot on this list.

ecoTOOLS Alicia Silverstone Brush Set with Bag, $16
There is a common misconception that a set of quality makeup brushes will set you back a pretty penny. I’ve tried (and own) more brushes than I know what to do with – and my favorites, hands down, can be found at Target! The ecoTOOLS Alicia Silverstone Brush Set with Bag includes five bamboo brushes with incredibly soft and luxurious (synthetic) bristles – nestled in a hemp and cotton bag.

MOR ‘Essentials’ Honey Nectar Gift Set, $22
Since discovering MOR Cosmetics this summer during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, I have been obsessed with their products…so much that two weeks ago during a sale, I bought 10 more  MOR products – at 50% off (lucky me!). So my holiday bath and body gift picks are the products that introduced me to the brand. The MOR ‘Essentials’ Honey Nectar Gift Set includes a full-sized Honey Nectar Soap Bar (6 oz.) and Hand and Body Lotion (11.8 oz.). The Honey Nectar scent is one of the best fragrances I’ve ever smelled. I’m not a big honey fan, but the scent isn’t so literal; it also features notes of brown sugar, candied almonds and warm vanilla milk. If you opt to give this gift, here’s a cute suggestion: on the attached gift tag, write “MOR, MOR, MOR…how do you like it, how do you like it?

Beauty-Inspired iPhone Cases, $28-34
These beauty-inspired cases by Diane von Furstenberg and Marc Jacobs dress your iPhone in fabulosity.

Forever 21 Cosmetics Cases, $5-10
This is just a sampling of the super cute makeup cases from Forever 21. For these prices, you can afford to stuff some stockings with these cases – stuffed with more beauty goodies!

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