Can you believe we’re just over one week away from Christmas? Yes, you read that right. One. Week!
Neither can we, but there’s no question we’re excited. We’re busy girls over here at BlushPretty and are betting you are too, so if you’re not done shopping, don’t stress – we’ve rounded up our picks for those of you needing some beauty-inspired gift ideas for a lovely lady in your life!
Stila Colour Outside the Lines Smudge Stick Set ($39)
Stila is well-known for its ability to provide luxurious makeup in simple but feminine-chic compacts and palettes. This season is no different, as their Holiday 2013 line is filled with sets perfect for gifting to your makeup artist or best friend! Lip glosses, blushes, or palettes for the whole face, their holiday selection is vintage-inspired but filled with modern, on-trend makeup. One of my favourites from the line is the Colour Outside the Lines Smudge Stick Set. Five versatile colours from the always-needed black to a jewel-toned emerald, these liners shine all night without budging once. Wear them alone, or better yet, double up!
Kiehl’s Creme de Corps ($12.50 – $87) and Ultra Facial Cream ($32 – $57)
This season, Kiehl’s partnered up with NYC artist Eric Haze to transform some of their best-selling products into brighter, bolder versions of their everyday self. Any one would be lucky to be the recipient of Kiehl’s Creme de Corps or Ultra Facial Cream that will not only smooth, moisturize and condition their skin and complexion, but also look festive perched atop their vanity. Perfect for the stuffing of your favourite person’s stocking, the added bonus of this collection is that you can customize your own gift sets which includes limited edition Kiehl’s x Haze gift boxes. That’s one present crossed of your list, and one present you don’t have to wrap!
The Body Shop : Ginger Sparkle Shimmer Lotion ($12)
Sure, building gingerbread houses is fun, but what we love even more is the festive and welcoming smell of the gingerbread itself, right? For those who love the holidays more than anything, treat them to The Body Shop’s Limited Edition Ginger Sparkle Shimmer Lotion. This lightweight moisturizer is essential for staying hydrated throughout the colder months and it does double duty – it gives your skin a subtle shimmer and sheen which is essential for all your holiday cocktail parties!
lil steph’s picks
Stila Collage of Color Lip & Cheek Palette ($12)
For the blush fiend in your life, the Stila Collage of Color Lip & Cheek Palette contains three of their convertible colour cream blushers (Peach Poppy, Coral & Roseberry). This product can be worn sheer or built up to a bright pop of colour for your cheeks or lips. A bonus: the palette itself quite compact, so it’s great for on-the-go use or travel.
The Body Shop Mango Butter Up Duo ($12)
Treat a loved one (or yourself) to the gift of smooth, hydrated skin. The set contains a Mango Lip Butter and mini-Mango Body Butter. The Mango Body Butter features Community Trade shea butter, the perfect cure for dry skin and the winter blues. With the addition of the adorably festive packaging, who could resist?
YSL La Laque Couture in Violine Surrealiste ($27)
Nail polish is an excellent way to gift a trend. Violine Surrealiste is similar to Radiant Orchid (2014’s Pantone Color of the Year) but also adorned in YSL’s luxe gold packaging. Gift it on its own as stocking stuffer fit for a queen or pair it with a manicure set to create a DIY at-home spa treatment set.
Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar All-Star Mini x 4 Set ($25)
Bold, matte lips are an obsession of mine and so many other beauty junkies out there, so it makes sense that OCC Lip Tars are a cult favourite. These liquid lipsticks are as bold as it gets, not to mention incredibly versatile as they can be mixed together to create unique shades. This gift set is the perfect way to sample the goods, and is right on budget for those smaller gifts you might be looking to pick up. Grab the OCC lip tar primer to go with these, and you’ve got the formula for a luscious-looking lip! (Bonus: OCC is 100% vegan and cruelty-free!)
Bath & Body Works Triple Moisture Body Cream – Vanilla Bean Noel ($13)
Fun fact: Once upon a time I worked for Bath & Body Works, so I consider myself to be something of a B&BW connoisseur since I’ve tried just about every popular scent in most forms. Every year around the holidays, the scent to end all scents comes back for a limited time – Vanilla Bean Noel. Personally, think it’s a safe bet if you’re shopping for someone else as it’s subtle & sweet, and it’s hard to go wrong with vanilla. The body cream in particular is my favourite since it’s super moisturizing and does a great job of tackling my dry legs during the winter months.
Sephora Favorites Draw The Line Set ($36)
Next to lipstick, eyeliner is my favourite thing to play with. While you’ll usually catch me wearing a solid black liquid cat-eye, this set has six eyeliners from a range of trusted names including Sephora, Stila, Urban Decay, Make Up Forever and Eyeko. Made up of full and sample size products, this set will allow you or the lucky recipient to experiment with liquid & pencil options to create plenty of looks for day & night at an incredible value.