Pretty P.O.V.: Holiday Beauty Gifts! Sunday 25 November, 2012
Gift-giving: It’s almost as wonderful as receiving gifts. (Almost.) I may be one of the best gift-givers or most awful gift-givers, depending on who you ask. “Best” because I know my recipient’s tastes, and I rarely fail at choosing great gifts. Perceived “awful” because I never ask the recipients what they want; I get them [...]
Gift-giving: It’s almost as wonderful as receiving gifts. (Almost.) I may be one of the best gift-givers or most awful gift-givers, depending on who you ask. “Best” because I know my recipient’s tastes, and I rarely fail at choosing great gifts. Perceived “awful” because I never ask the recipients what they want; I get them what I think they’ve hinted at or what I notice they seem to gravitate toward. I live for the element of surprise. It’s not much fun giving them what they expect; there are so many other people out there that will do that for them.
So, when it comes to gift-giving, I do my research. I was recently asked by Makeup.com to hand over my list of best beauty gifts for loved ones and myself. From old-school razors to bangles inspired by nail polish hues, I dug up what I thought the ones I love will appreciate when they rip off the wrapping paper.
But I also decided to pull together some holiday beauty gift sets (plus a discount for Fear No Beauty readers!) that I think will appeal to every fearless beauty out there—and that includes you, dear reader!
Stila’s Lip Glaze is hands down my favorite product from the brand. Have you tried it? Twist the bottom of this click pen and the most lush and lovely lip gloss pushes up into a soft applicator brush. When you swipe it onto your lips, it lends the perfect amount of hue and luster without all the sticky thickness associated with glossers. Once you try one color, you’ll be hooked on wanting to hear the click-click-click of twisting the bottom of another color. That’s why the All Is Bright Holiday Lip Glaze Set is golden: The set packages eight Lip Glazes together so you can mix up your lip hues every day of the week…plus one. I’m partial to Joy, a vibrant magenta-pink, and Jolly, a sparkling bubble gum shade. And here’s the kicker: The retail value of this set is $125, but it’s a true steal at $25! And, even better: As a Fear No Beauty reader, you can get an extra 25% the price of all Stila holiday products through December 15 when you use this special gift code: FNB2012! Get to shopping!
The Ciaté Mini Mani Month is perhaps the most delightful beauty gift set because it elicits surprise and tugs at childhood memories. Remember those holiday countdown calendars we used as a child? Each day you could swing open a different door to reveal holiday factoids or clues to hidden presents. Fun! This smart set plays out the same way: Open a door to not only reveal a cute beauty tip or sentiment, but also a mini Ciaté Paint Pot or bottle of one of four Ciaté Caviar “blends.” By Day 24, you’ll have yourself a mini army of multiple manicures. A retail value of $168 down to $58—now that’s an army worth building! Let the countdown begin!
I can’t even begin to tell you the limitless eye designs you can render with Make Up For Ever’s The Ultimate Eyeliner Collection. And with such ease! Why? Well, for one thing, this “pencil box” (with pencil sharpener included) stores 14 eye liners conveniently into one place so you can select your peeper-definer without so much as batting an eyelash. I mean, how many times have you dug through layers and layers of liners to get to that one you want? (Obvs, this is a problem for moi, so I gather it is for you too.) Second, The Ultimate Eyeliner Collection pulls together three types of liners for your defining pleasure: seven ultra-creamy, high-intensity, smudge-resistant Aqua Eyes (aquamarine 12L is a fave); three pigment-packed, perfect-for-your-waterline Khol Pencils; and four razor-thin, precision liquid Aqua Liners, which grant superior color that does not move…seriously. Honestly, if you’re lacking in the eyeliner department, all you have to do is snatch up this set and you’re set for life…or until you run out of a liner color! At $160 (half the retail value), it’s well worth the investment.
So there you have it: Three awesome holiday beauty gift sets that will fill out your beauty arsenal in one fell swoop.
And don’t forget: Stila’s teamed with Fear No Beauty to offer you an additional 25% off any holiday item purchased on stilacosmetics.com through December 15. Just enter FNB2012 at checkout!
So, Fearless Beauties: Which of these three amazing holiday gifts will you be asking for (or gifting yourself) this year?