This holiday season, there were just so many great beauty holiday gifts that we couldn’t boil it down to just one list.
Deborah Lippmann, for example, brings a bit of joy and glamour to beauty mavens everywhere with the introduction of her Fantastical Collection and three holiday lacquer duets. Whether your look is more classic, modern or edgy, there is something for everyone. The range of six colors and finishes add an air of mysticism and splendor for a fascinating nail look. The first half of the collection introduces three shimmer lacquers, while the remaining three are enhanced with sparkling glitter. Each shade lends itself to creating an exotic illusion of the nails, including:
• XANADU – celestial cerulean curiosity (glitter),
• WEIRD SCIENCE – charming chartreuse chemistry (shimmer), $18
• MARRAKESH EXPRESS – spiced sienna splurge magenta (rough cut glitter), $20
• DEAR MR. FANTASY – mystic marvelous stone (shimmer), $18
• DREAM WEAVER – mesmerizing mood explosion (shimmer), $18
• MAGIC CARPET RIDE – eccentric ebony (glitter), $20
Available online at www.deborahlippmann.com and at Barneys New York, Bloomingdale’s, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom and Sephora stores nationwide.
You can also spring for the deborah lippmann Holiday Gifting Duets: available in three versions, these rich crème and shimmery shades are accompanied by festive mini pouches, making a perfect gift to that beauty maven, while adding a dash of holiday sparkle. Each set includes fashion size nail lacquers that can be worn separately or layered for a twist. Sets include:
JAZZ STANDARDS Duet In Ruby Red Slippers Glitter Bag
o Shades: Lady Is A Tramp (classic sanguine red) and Ruby Red Slippers (Dorothy's shimmering ruby red)
o Availability: $19, www.deborahlippmann.com and Barneys New York, Bloomingdales and Neiman Marcus
DANCE MUSIC Duet in Glitter And Be Gay Glitter Bag
• Shades: Single Ladies (flirtatious red) and Glitter And Be Gay (candescent canary yellow glitter)
• Availability: $19, sephora.com and Sephora stores nationwide
GLAM ROCK Duet in Ruby Red Slippers Glitter Bag
• Shades: Through The Fire (radiant merlot) and Ruby Red Slippers (Dorothy's shimmering ruby red)
• Availability: $19, nordstrom.com and Nordstrom stores nationwide
If you are looking for the perfect fragrance, the Nicole Richie fragrance is one of my favorites. “It’s very much a reflection of my individual style—a spiritual balance of femininity and bohemian,” she has said. “It’s the notion that fashion can be easy, comfortable and offers juxtaposition between casual and luxury.” Nicole Eau de Parfum, 3.4 oz - $69.00; 1.7 oz - $55.00 http://www.beautybar.com/b/nicole-richie-fragrance
If you are looking to give the gift of amazing holiday eye shadows, one of my favorite holiday palettes is the CARGO Cosmetics Limited Edition Northern Lights Holiday Shadow Palette. With its 12 winter-inspired shades including soft matte nudes and greens to a beautiful teal and an antique-like gold, the set is perfect for the holiday season! The set also includes a mirror and dual-ended brush with a shader on one side and a slanted liner on the other for easy application. PRICE: $39 (a $90 value) http://www.ulta.com/ulta/browse/productDetail.jsp?productId=xlsImpprod11511037
For something other than beauty, everyone loves a hand-crafted candle for another type of holiday glow. Exquisite, hand-crafted candles in an elegant votive size. French for “The Fire of the Water,” boutique candle company Le Feu de L’Eau was created by Jo Strettell, a veteran fashion and celebrity makeup artist, and Wendy Polish, a designer with a background in fine art. Together, they create their signature candles with a one-of-a-kind process, sculpting each one by hand under water. The innovative method was first invented by Polish’s father over five decades ago, and is used to create the distinctive, sculptural shapes and sophisticated, organic designs that make Le Feu de L’Eau’s candles so unique. Inspired by the custom-blended fragrances used in their full-sized candles, the creative minds behind Le Feu de L’eau bring you a new line of perfectly petite candles that effortlessly complement any décor. Use individually for a gentle glow, or set the mood by creating a display. With a creamy ivory color and chic glass jar, the natural, soy-based candles in the new Petite Votive Candles collection last for four to six months, and are available in all eleven scents from the original celebrated line. Petite Votive Candles, 2.85 oz / 80 g, $16.50; Glass Domes, $25. http://lefeudeleau.com
We know what to get the stylish mother for Christmas, but what about the stylish father? One of my favorite beauty gifts for dad includes the Burt’s Bees Natural Skincare for Men because nature sure does know how to treat a man. Chock-full of clean, no-fuss, no-frills natural care products he doesn't even know he wants but won’t be able to live without.
Natural Skin Care for Men Bar Soap, ($4): Intensely clean,
our energizing and purifying soap is made from an all-natural vegetable soap
base featuring Lemon, Orange and Petitgrain Oils to cleanse plus Rosemary Extract
and Fir Oil to revive and invigorate your skin.
Natural Skin Care for Men Body Wash, ($8): Sure, chirping birds may work for some guys, but if you want nature’s most invigorating wake-up call for your skin, grab a bottle of our natural body wash.
Natural Skin Care for Men Shave Cream, ($8): The perfect shave is within your reach thanks to this natural cream. All items available at burtsbees.com.