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Best of Beauty Gifts


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I love the holidays! I am on a “Holiday High” from Halloween through New Years Day. I love the food, the decorations, the music, the traditions—mine or adopted—but I don't love the presents! Don't get me wrong, I love giving them. But I get stressed out deciding what to give. What if it's the wrong size? Too big is bad but too small is worse. What if it's the wrong color, length, shape? What if they already have one? You can see how worked up I get!

But since beauty is something I know, I have a few ideas I'd like to share for other gift-a-phobes (or anyone who has run out of ideas). Here are a few suggestions that could turn out to be one of those gifts you buy two of...one to give, one to keep!

Super Stars Beauty Essentials, $75 @ Sephora
This is a great gift for a beauty junkie or rookie. It has Sephora's top-selling products that should be in everyone's kit. And it's truly a one-size-fits-all (except for the darkest skin tones). The set contains:

  • Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish Powder
  • Sephora Collection Microsmooth Baked Eyeshadow Trio in Sunset
  • Nars Blush in Orgasm
  • Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer
  • Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment
  • Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil
  • Benefit They're Real! Mascara
  • Buxom Big & Healthy Lip Polish in Dolly
  • Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner
  • Chloé Rollerball

Fragrance Sampler, $50 @ Sephora
Here's a great gift idea for either a woman or man. Fragrance is a wonderful give, but it's hard enough to pick a scent for yourself, let alone someone else. These kits contain samples of twelve top-selling fragrances, which allow the recipient to try before they buy. The kits also contain either a beauty bag for her or a post-shave cooling gel for him—and a voucher for a full-size bottle of the fragrance they love the most.

Sonia Kashuk All Out Glam six-piece brush set, $25 @ Target
This six-piece set is a perfect addition to any makeup kit and a great starter brush set as well. The kit also includes a glamorous little clutch that doubles as an accessory for toting valuables to all those holiday parties.

What are some of your favorite beauty gifts?

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