December Beauty Picks and Holiday Gift Ideas
It’s mid-December…but if you’re like me, you’re wondering where the hell December went?!
So I’ll get right to it, because we don’t have time to waste, right?!
These are my beauty picks for the month. Who knows, you might like them for yourself, or for stocking stuffers and gifts!
Urban Decay NAKED Illuminated
Urban Decay Naked Illuminated Shimmering Powder for Face and Body is a beautiful highlight that comes in three shimmery shades – Luminous, Aura, and Lit. A sweet selection of colors sure to suit every skintone. Highlight is used to accentuate features of your face and/or body – cheeks, collar bone, cupids bow, you know. Although highlight is popular in the summertime for achieving a beachy and healthy glow, it is also essential for some night-time glam in the winter.
I especially love LIT for medium to dark skintones for a warm and golden radiance.
Urban Decay Naked Illuminating Shimmering Powder is shimmery, smooth and silky and comes with a convenient little brush.
COVER FX Custom Infsuion Drops
A few months ago I went to a COVER FX event where they introduced the COVER FX Infusion Drops to myself and a few fellow bloggers. Perfect timing because essential oils are all the rage right now. Typically I don’t think about adding oil to my current beauty products, BUT – COVER FX changed my mind. Their vitamin enriched oils are meant to be mixed with all your beauty products. foundations, face creams, or even to use alone. They come in four fabulous formulas: A+ Jasmine for Anti-aging, C+ Lemongrass for Radiance, E+ Chamomile – with Calming benefits, and F+ Neroli for hydration needs.
I’ve been using them almost daily and even though my skin is oily, no complaints here. My favorites are the Jasmine and Lemongrass. I love incorporating them into my night-time skincare routine so my skin gets some extra TLC throughout the night.
COVER FX Custom Cover Drops
DOLL 10 BlendSmart Rotating Foundation Brush
Here’s something for your best friend who adores makeup and brushes.
This is an innovative way of applying makeup. The Doll 10 Rotating Foundation Brush helps to evenly apply your makeup by buffing it into the skin with its brush head rotating 360 degrees leaving a flawless finish. To use with cream, liquid, and powder foundations.
Synthetic hair is washable.
Currently only available on QVC
Hello Breath Spray
HELLO Breath Spray prides itself in saying its “naturally friendly.” And of course that’s cute….but, what I find even cuter is the packaging! It adds a little splash of happiness to my breath and my makeup bag.
HELLO Breath Spray comes in three flavors – Supermint, Mojito Mint, and Grapefruit Mint. Each under four bucks and you can pick them up at Walgreen’s, CVS, and I think even ULTA carries them. 😉
L’OREAL MAKEUP REMOVER WIPES
Are you obsessed with keeping makeup wipes everywhere? Do you keep them on the bathroom counter, the bedside, and even near the couch? I do! Because I feel that here should never be an excuse to fall asleep with makeup on. Even for those times when I am too tired to wash my face and go through my entire skincare routine, at least a makeup wipe will smack some sense into me!
At the moment, I have been alternating between the L’OREAL IDEAL CLEAN makeup removing towelettes and the L’OREAL REVITALIFT Radiant Smoothing Wet Cleansing Towelettes. The L’OREAL IDEAL CLEAN towelettes are for all skin types and free of alcohol. What I especially like about these is that they are safe to use around the eye area, pretty awesome if you’re a contact lens wearer like moi. 😉 As for the L’OREAL REVITALIFT towelettes, they are my preferred of the two, mostly because I feel like they do a better job at removing my makeup and making my skin feel fresh. The REVITALIFT towelettes contain Vitamin C and exfoliate dead skin cells – so maybe that’s why I feel like my skin feels a bit smoother and cleaner after I use ’em. 😉 I picked them up at Rite-Aid, but I’m sure you can pick them up at your local drugstore, Target, or the like.
GUESS GIRL fragrance is a playful and exciting fragrance with fruity notes of raspberry nectar and melon and floral mid notes of Brazilian Paradise Orchid and Lily. Though sweet and vibrant GUESS GIRL is a great daytime fragrance. Conveniently available in a rollerball.
Well here’s a neat idea, right-sized makeup. STOWAWAY makeup came up with the concept that we should have makeup products that we can use up before they expire. Because, well some of us are guilty of having way to many lipsticks FOREVER. But, also I appreciate the size of these products for traveling. I mean, how cute are these lipsticks and mascaras to gift to your globe-trotter friend? They don’t take up much space because you can just stow them away…haha. 😉
Anyway, you can choose from lipsticks, mascaras, concealers, eyeliners, rouge, and beauty balms. Order them individually, in kits, or check out their subscription service to receive treats at a frequency that is convenient to your lifestyle.
p.s. They’re gluten free.
$15 – $30
CIBU Ka Pow Dry Shampoo
I’m pretty picky with my dry shampoos. And I’ve tried quite a few…from low end to high end and everything in between. And trust me, they are not all the same.
So with that in mind, here’s what the CIBU Ka Pow Dry Shampoo does:
- It refreshes your hair by absorbing oil without leaving that white gunky stuff. (love this!)
- Increases volume where you want it. (love this!)
- Adds texture.
- Extends the life of your blowout.
Oh, also noteworthy is the scent. it’s quite pleasant and not overwhelming. Let me know if you splurge on this guy and how you end up liking it.
CLARINS Joli Perfect Shine Sheer Lipstick
CLARINS lipstick in the shade Watermelon – c/o CLARINS
A medley of sheer color, shine of a lipgloss, with the texture of a lipstick is what CLARINS Joli Rouge Perfect Shine Sheer Lipstick delivers. CLARINS delivers quality and class as always. A lipgloss/ lipstick for grown-up. You can wear your big-girl chonies with this one.
InStyler Tulip and Instyler Max 2
If you want to curl your hair in 3 seconds, you might want to try the InStyler Tulip. Soft curls, beachy waves, and tight curls all with its ceramic barrel. It has an anti-tangle technology, 3 heat settings, 3 rotation settings, and 3 timer settings.
The open design makes it a fun process.
Bed, Bath, & Beyond
The InStyler MAX 2-way Rotating Iron smoothes and polishes your hair while curling. You can control the direction of the barrel rotation so that your hair is curled in the desired direction without having to switch hands. It has 4 heat settings, tourmaline ceramic floating plates, and ionic bristles.
(Available in black or purple.)
I had my hair curled with this during an InStyler blogger even during the summer and I loved the way it turned out. 🙂 (instagram)
Bed, Bath, & Beyond
Twistband Hair Ties
This goes out to the gals who are ALWAYS losing their hair ties. Twistband.com offers a large selection of hairties and hairpins. They even offer an ethereal crown that I think is pretty. Twistband sells certain items in sets of three or more, “bundles”, and even a grand “tower.”This makes for a great gift for dancers, athletes, gym-rats…but basically anyone that wants to put their hair up and doesn’t want it creasing. And the packaging is a nice surprise…it’s like, HELLO! – your package has arrived.
$10 – $68
EMANI Vegan Lip Shine
yes! Something for the VEGAN makeup lovers. I KNOW Vegan beauty products aren’t on the mainstream radar. So let’s chat a bit about this one. EMANI is a line that brings to you long-lasting, clean, and natural products. 100% vegan certified and 100% cruelty free.
The EMANI lip shine contains vitamin E, organic fruit and essential oils. Several colors to explore.
They carry more than lipshine. Let’s just say pretty much everything – primers, lipstick, eyeshadow, lipcolors, concealers, brushes, and the list goes on.
Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics
Since we’re on a roll, talking about Vegan cosmetics…let’s talk about one of my favorite brands, OCC or Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics. They are well-know for their vibrant lip tars, which of course I love. However, I love their creme colour concentrates and foundation and lip brushes as well. The creme colours kick ass because they are smooth and blendable – allowing for application on eyes, cheeks, and lips. You can sheer out the color as you wish or build it up for a bolder look. The finish is demi-matte. The color range, think – blue, gold, white, silver, red, terra cotta brown, and more.
Oh, and all the OCC brushes are custom blended with synthetic fibers, they’re so soft and like everything else – cruelty free.
If you’re running out of time to send a gift, or even pick it up – they have giftcards.
myamor Organic Rejuvenation Eye Gel
myamor is an all natural and organic skincare by Myrka Gallamos. And guess what? It’s vegan! Ok, that makes for three vegan products in this post. Hooray! 🙂
Often times, I enjoy eye products that are cooling, and this one is an eye gel that leaves a cool and soothing sensation around the eye area. It’s too soon for me to see any results, since I’ve only been using it for a few days.
Some of the ingredients include: Rose Hip Oil, Lemon peel extract, Aloe, Green Tea leaf extract, and lavender oil.
So if you’re into eye gels and/or organic skincare, voila!
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So that concludes this month’s beauty picks and hopefully you found this post useful to get some holiday shopping done. Please feel free to share your own personal beauty picks! Sharing is caring. 😉