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7 Holiday Gift Ideas for Beauty Lovers

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Confession: when I’m shopping for beauty gifts for Christmas, I’ve been known to pick up a little something (or two or three) for myself. It’s hard to resist the holiday glitz and glam of festive packaging! To help you in your quest for the perfect present for your loved ones, I’ve narrowed down my top beauty gift suggestions – so spoil them with a gift you know they’ll enjoy.

Affordable Stocking Stuffers

Moroccanoil® Treatment Ornament and Flutterby Mascara Shields

Moroccanoil® Treatment Ornament and Flutterby Mascara Shields

The limited-edition Moroccanoil® Treatment Ornament is a beauty bauble that will add a sparkle to your tree and shine to your hair. You can even hang the little box on your Christmas tree, since it actually is an ornament! The special 25 ml bottle of treatment nourishes and conditions hair for silky, smooth tresses for just $15.

Does mascara get all over your eyelids after you curl your lashes? Use Flutterby Mascara Shields between your lids and lashes to prevent smudging. I even use mine to apply a cut-crease eyeshadow. At only $14.99, this gift is practical, and it won’t break the bank.

Love your Lips

Kissy Missy Lip Set and Tiny Temptations

Kissy Missy Lip Set and Tiny Temptations

Looking to pucker up this holiday season? Two value-priced gift sets, both packaged in attractive metal tins, will see you through any mistletoe-induced challenges. Benefit Cosmetics’ Kissy Missy Lip Set includes the new they’re real double the lip products, plus the company’s famous tints. All of them promise you a fuller-looking pout and lip color that will last eight hours, and the entire set is $26.

Clinique’s Tiny Temptations is a pretty pink smorgasbord of super-nourishing minis of the popular Chubby Stick for lips. The $49.50 set features 20 shades, and the lip balms are beautifully sheer.

Treat Yo’ Self

Since this is the time of year to splurge on luxury items, you won’t feel any guilt over the price tags. Normally I’m an advocate for affordable beauty… but these products are so high quality, I just had to share them as gift ideas.

For runway-worthy hair, just look at the Victoria Secret models who showed off their tresses in the recent Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show – their hair was styled with The Beachwaver Co. Limited Edition BEACHWAVER Pro 1.25, which is a limited edition that is adorned with Swarovski crystals.

BEACHWAVER Pro 1.25 with Swavorski Crystals (limited edition)

BEACHWAVER Pro 1.25 with Swavorski Crystals (limited edition)

I love shiny things! This professional curling iron does the work for you, with a heat range of 290° – 490°, a lighter 5.5” ceramic barrel length, 1.25 barrel width, arrow button for rotation control, 8 foot swivel cord, ergonomic handle, beveled no-kink clamp, fast/slow speed switch and a home button.

If you ask me what is my top makeup tip, I would tell you without hesitation that you need to invest in good quality makeup brushes. Sure, I’ve been known to do videos on affordable makeup brushes, but if I had to pick, I would tell you not to go cheap. Artis is a company that’s been called the “Rolls Royce of makeup brushes,” and after trying their products, I’m inclined to agree.

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Gold Palm brush

The revolutionary CosmeFibers were engineered to glide over your skin, and they blend like a dream. Try the limited edition $75 Gold Palm brush, which is a powerful multi-tasker that fits perfectly in the palm of your hand (and it looks holiday-worthy, too).

For the ultimate indulgence, ask for the Digit Collection 10 Set brushes, which are ergonomically shaped like fingers so you can be your own makeup artist when you’re applying cosmetics on yourself. Brilliant! This ultra-luxury set will run Santa $375 – just make sure you’re on the NICE list!

10 Digit Collection brush set

10 Digit Collection brush set

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10 Digit Collection brush set

What’s on your beauty wish list this year? Comment below with what you’re hoping to get—or what you plan to purchase for your loved ones.

XO ~Angela~

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My friend bought me a Lilly!

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Although I agree that “it is more blessed to give than receive,” it’s undeniable that getting a gift can feel great. That was proven to me today, when I was over the moon for a super-thoughtful present from one of the nicest people ever.

MY BEST FRIEND RIKKI BOUGHT ME MY FIRST-EVER LILLY DRESS!
Here is my reaction face, after immediately putting it on… I literally could not even wait to go upstairs to try it!

Now Mogwai’s Lilly collar can match at least ONE of my outfits! He fully approves. Too bad he sat on the dress and I had to shoo him off. “Don’t you dare get dog hair on the Lilly! No treats for you if you do!”
Rikki Klaus is a friend I count myself lucky to have, who has been a great role model for me with her kind spirit and positive attitude, even when she faces adversity. I’m proud of her — I literally just wrote then deleted an entire paragraph about how amazing of a person she is, and this post is supposed to be about her gift instead of her resume, LOL. Although I do want to mention that she is currently reporting and even anchoring in a top 20 news market… I just have to leave that in. ‘Cuz that’s a big deal, y’all. 🙂 
And WHAT a gift she blessed me with! As much as I love Lilly Pulitzer style, I have never purchased a “Lilly” (iconic shift dress) because I just couldn’t justify the cost. “Children are still starving in the Philippines, so my money would be better spent on them,” I would rationalize, despite the secret hankering to wear one of those dresses so I could pretend to be an affluent Palm Beach socialite, just like Lilly Pulitzer herself. 
I could go on and on, but I do want to say that it’s not about the actual gift– though goodness knows it’s obvious that I adore it and am super-excited for it. What overwhelmed me was that the extravagant, sweet gesture was so well-thought out. Rikki and I have had many discussions about how much we love Lilly, and she even kindly stopped me from purchasing a yellow Lilly at a gently-used shop because it was too snug (“I’m a size 8! No, really, the 8 fits! Um, I’ll breathe later…”). She knows how much I enjoy the designs, but she is also aware that I’m highly unlikely to get my own. So the fact that she got me this present just makes me beyond grateful!
Rikki does everything with flair, even just writing a simple note, and gift-giving is no exception. Last year, I was also so happy because she got me a book I had been admiring, as well as other books that were clearly targeted toward my interests, PLUS a peplum shirt that I still wear to this day. I always tell her how much I like peplums, so she paid attention and remembered that. She obviously puts so much thought and love into her presents, and that can’t be measured by a price tag.
I am just glad and grateful that she is my friend, I would never need any gift other than that. But I will admit — you can expect to see me wearing this dress in some future #LillySelfies. 🙂

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