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Sunday, November 6, 2011

Tis the Season For Giving (Makeup!), Just a Few Gift Ideas....

Makeup is an amazing gift to receive if you are a young girl just getting started into the exciting world of cosmetics or if you are someone that still gets giddy when she opens up a holiday collection of lip glosses, makeup is easy to buy as gifts. Why? Because the selection of great gifts in the beauty category is pretty much endless and the ways in which many of the holiday sets are put together are sure to please most people regardless of their personal preferences. You can buy beauty gifts for so many people whether you barely know them (office gift exchange), teachers, girlfriends, family, or any other special person that has touched your life in some way that you'd like to thank with a little something. I've compiled a great list of gift ideas for all kinds of people that may be on your gift list. But if you know someone that totally hates makeup and anything girly, getting them something beauty related may come across as more of an insult than a hit. As if you're trying to give them a hint. Kind of like when you know someone hates to cook and is a terrible cook and you buy them a cookbook. It goes over like a led balloon. 

How About that Niece, Grandaughter, Daughter that is just getting started with makeup? 

Two words: Too-Faced. Young girls (and girls of any age really) LOVE the brand Too-Faced because they have the most adorably packaged makeup sets, especially around the holidays. Getting a little set from this brand will be a huge huge hit with any young girl in your life, or any girl that loves girly things. Here are some suggestions of various price ranges:

Too-Faced Natural Eye Neutral Eye Shadow Collection: perfect for girls starting out with makeup when
you don't want them looking overly made up or gothic. The shadows are perfectly natural and simple they all work together which takes the guesswork out of what goes with what. It's all included in this cute little kit that is sure to please anyone (not just young girls, everyone loves this palette trust me) $36
Too Faced Sweet Dreams Makeup Collection: OMG, this is so adorable and fun. You know how kids get so excited to open up toys on Christmas morning or other holiday gift giving activities, well, this set is like toys for makeup lovers. It not only includes great products but is so aesthetically pleasing that it is definitely one of my favorite gift ideas this year. $52

Too Faced Glamour to Go: This is a great little all-in-one set that is perfect when you have a $25 or less price limit to spend on a gift or you need an excellent stocking stuffer. This would make a perfect teacher gift or like I said before, if you want to gift someone and don't want to spend a fortune. You get a bunch of eyeshadows, a bronzer and blush and a lip gloss. So perfect to throw in the purse and have everything all in one compact. And only $22!

For the Girl That Insists her Makeup Be Naturally Made (no parabens, sulfates, dyes, fragrances, etc)

Tarte The Starlet Limited Edition Makeup Vanity: This is an over $500 value! It looks like a jewelry box and would look great sitting out on your vanity or dresser. This ginormous makeup collection includes little drawers that pull out and reveal a bevy of shadows, blushes (the very popular amazonian clay blushes that last 12 hours), bronzers, etc, and even comes with a mascara primer and their most famous mascara, Lights! Camera! Lashes. This amazing value is only $52

Tarte Glow Your Way to Gorgeous: Another amazing value from the beloved brand that is famous for its "high-performance naturals". This set is exclusive to QVC and includes an AMAZING (one of my favorites) concealer, an Amazonian Clay long-wearing blush, a waterproof cream shadow, mascara, and more. There are 8 total pieces in this collection and everything in it is sure to work on everyone and can be purchased based on skin-tone (light, medium, dark) but that only applies to the concealer. All for $55

For the Makeup Junkies that Love to Try New Brands and New Things:

Mally's 10-Piece Deluxe Automatic Waterproof Eyeliner Collection (QVC): Wow. 10 beautiful eyeliners for around $45! That is a ridiculous deal! You get your basic colors like black, brown, plum, navy, but then Mally throws in some super fun colors like a silver shade (Tinsel) and a gold (24K). These liners can ALSO be used as a waterproof shadow by putting it all over the lid and rubbing them in a bit before they set. And the box is VERY nice. Mally copied the design of the box after a very expensive piece of jewelry she received in a box just like it. Its not just any box, really, its very pretty and totally gift worthy. 

Mally Volumizing Mascara Duo: You get two mascaras for $28 (QVC) which make great stocking stuffers if you have two daughters or you can gift one person both mascaras. This mascara is so good, seriously. It lengthens, separates, and volumizes like crazy. What I love about it is that it doesn't make your lashes crunchy, you can build and build and your lashes keep growing. You can also find these on Ebay where I purchased mine if you want to get them a bit cheaper. 

Mally Share the Love Set: The reason why this set is called Share the Love is because you get 2 of a couple of  the items included so you can choose to give some of it away or keep for yourself. Which makes it a great gift to split up and give some of the items to one person and some to another on your list. Again, great stocking stuffers! You get two of Mally's famous mascara that wins the QVC beauty award like every year, plus two of these great lip pencils. For around $65

Great Gift For Makeup Artists, or Those Just Starting Out in the Makeup Artistry Business:

Sephora Makeup Studio Blockbuster Set: If you know any new makeup artists that just finished cosmetology school and trying to get a career started, this is a great gift. Its extremely portable and easy to carry on assignments. Not to mention so fun to play with. You get 96 eyeshadows, 84 lipglosses, and tons more stuff. This is also an awesome gift to give someone that just loves playing around with different colors and achieving different looks. This is an over $400 value for $49.50 at Sephora.

For the Fragrance Lover on Your List:

Sephora Favorites Fragrance Samplers (some are $50 and some $75) I talk about this Sephora fragrance sampler all the time. For one, you get tons of amazing popular fragrances sold at Sephora. But that's not the best part, You get a voucher for a FREE full-size fragrance! You decide which fragrance in the sampler was your favorite and that is the one to use your voucher for. So you use your voucher for a full-size version of one of the samples you used in the sampler. It's an amazing deal and I did it last year. This is a great gift idea because you can either gift the voucher or keep it for yourself, or keep the sampler and gift the voucher or vice versa. What a fantastic way to try a bunch of fragrances that you don't know whether you'd want in the full size or have been on the fence about. Highly recommended. 

For the Bath and Body Products Girl:

Philosophy The More the Merrier Gift Set: Talk about a great gift for scent lovers as well as a great gift to split up and give to multiple recipients. I did this last year with my daughter's teachers, I split up a Philosophy gift set. I was hoping they knew that Philosophy was a really good and not that cheap of a brand so they didn't think I went to Wal Mart and bought them some bubble bath that would inevitably give them a rash in really awful places. So this is a good deal, $26 at Sephora, so cute, so festive, and so yummy. 

For the Mom-to-Be or New Mom on Your List:

Philosophy Welcome Baby Gift Set: A 4-piece skin care set to pamper that new mommy or mommy to be in your life. This isn't a gift set for baby but rather, for mommy because baby will get plenty of gifts and it will be the mom who needs the pampering. Who says the baby should get all the fun gifts? What a great way to acknowledge a new mom and make her feel special. $30 at Sephora.


  1. This coming Christmas, I will definitely hand out some great make up stuffs to my friends. This is the first time I am going to do it so am looking forward to some moral support. It's going to be free, and exclusive only for my friend. I want some tips on what better cosmetics products can I give to my friends that they will surely love?

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  2. I got Tarte glow your way to gorgeous as a present from my BFF. best present ever. the maracuja oil and the concealer is TDF. great recommendation.

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