The Beauty Bug’s Ultimate Gift Guide

Here it is – print it out and highlight it, send it to your friends, email it to your boyfriend/husband, hand it out at the office, take it shopping with you – it’s The Beauty Bug’s Ultimate Gift Guide (in no particular order)! 1196559628_1196559622_smashbox.jpg

Shimmer as if you’ve been sprinkled with fairy dust with this limited edition Smashbox Platinum Surge set. Including a full size Fusion Lights in Glisten, an eye shadow quad in Smoulder (a very usable, versatile smoky palette), and 2 lipglosses (Starlight – clear gloss with a silver shimmer, and Moonbeam – a pale pink shimmer), it’s one of the most useful bargains that you’ll find on the Sephora shelf this holiday. Check this set out in person, and test it and you won’t be able to resist. For the girl who wants to glimmer and sparkle…

Just looking for a stocking-stuffer? The Smashbox Gloss-N-Go Mini Lip Gloss Kits are adorable! Complete with three flattering-on-any-skin-tone shades, and a mini lip liner – they’ll kit in almost any purse. For the on-the-go girl…

Get instant glam with this Supermodel Kit. A fabulous sequined makeup bag filled products worn by the top models during Fashion Week Live, this set provides all the product needed to recreate that dramatic, high-fashion look. Let’s face it, you really can’t go wrong with a set that contains a full-sized Dior Show and a full-sized Stila Lip Glaze. For the girl who wants to work the runway… 1196562024_1196562021_m8lh01_261.jpg

Voted the most useful set by The Beauty Bug and Her hive, the MAC Heirloom 5: Basic Brushes set is a no-brainer. Since brushes are one of the more expensive beauty tools, and having the right brush for applying and blending is a must, (could mean the difference between a smoky eye and an unblended, messy, black eye), this set essential. In fact it’s become a recent habit of The Beauty Bug’s to intentionally not buy any brushes during the year, and wait to buy MAC’s brush sets. Housed in a darling, antique-inspired clutch, the set combines fashion and function. For the girl practical, stylish, savvy girl…

1196564700_1196564696_p194200_hero.jpgWhat’s a gift guide without any Philosophy products, right? The Beauty Bug can’t think of any “it” lists (Sephora, Allure, InStyle, Oprah) that this Philosophy duo hasn’t made. In fact, they are so popular that they are joining the ranks of the one-namers – there’s Cher, Britney, Brad, and Purity and Hope (in a jar). While She likes to alternate Her cleansers and try different brands and varieties, The Beauty Bug has never used a cleanser that has made Her face feel so clean and so fresh. She likes it so much, that just the smell evokes a sense of comfort. For the classic, simple pure girl…

Another Philosophy duo worth noting – Memory Cranberry. Simply delicious. For the fruity, healthy, festive, tart girl that wants to make memories last forever…

1196650400_1196650394_8966-000246.jpgKerastase who? Ever since The Beauty Bug tried Alterna’s Caviar Anti-Aging Seasilk Moisture Collection and Volume Collection, She can’t get enough. She considers it one of the best product discoveries She’s made all year. Once an ingredient only used in skincare, Seasilk infuses elasticity and radiance into hair. Not only are the apparent qualities amazing (smell, consistency, moisturizing ability, repairability, overall shine and feel), but the scientific anti-aging technology is revolutionary. If you want to try it before you invest in larger-sized bottles, try the Seasilk trial/travel set in moisturizing or volumizing. For those who are already Alterna fans, and have experienced the luxurious Caviar shampoo and conditioner, try the Alterna Holiday 2007 Gift Box. For the sophisticated, high-class girl….

1197082201_1197082196_la_mer.jpgSay the name La Mer to any smart, astute women and her whole world stops, the clouds open up and the sun shines down. The posh brand, known for its famous Crème de la Mer, has several new gift sets being offered exclusively at Saks. The Beauty Bug’s pick is the Miraculous Beginnings Set – available in both normal/dry and normal/oily. The sets offer a great sampling of La Mer products, including the miracle creme, and the cleansing gel, which contains a natural gemstone that modifies the property of water to improve cleansing performance. Along with the gift, remember to give the lucky lady a short lesson on how to apply Crème de la Mer correctly. Take a pea sized amount of The Crème, and rub it together in your hands until it’s is no longer white, but a clear, thin gel-like consistency. This allows the liquid crystal structure of The Crème to break down and The Miracle Broth is released. Then, using both hands gently pat The Crème into skin. Don’t rub.

Another outstanding products worth nothing from the La Mer line is Radiant Infusion, a tonic made of rare blue and white sea algae to treat uneven, dull skin. And here’s a Beauty Bug bonus for you – shop and enter offer code HOLIDAY2007 to receive a travel-size Crème de la Mer and complimentary standard shipping. 1197088035_1197088031_cobig.jpg Shop before 12/22/07. For the cosmopolitan, mature, cultivated girl…

Indulge your sweet tooth without the calories with the CO Bigelow Soda Fountain Milkshake Lip Mentha Set. The set is a perfect stocking stuffer, or perfect for a Hanukkah goodie bag – The favorite part of The Beauty Bug’s holiday every year. The Beauty Queen makes a mean goodie bag. The Beauty Bug recently wore the Double Chocolate gloss all day, and it was a day-long treat. She had the sweet scent of chocolate ice cream on her lips all day, and She couldn’t help but smile. The 3 flavorful glosses – Strawberry Shake, Double Chocolate, and Vanilla Malt – are all clear, sheen glosses with that classic minty-ness that CO Bigelow is known for. Get it fast as it’s limited edition. For girl with the sweet-tooth…

1197324472_1197324469_thebalm.jpgIf you’re a city girl like The Beauty Bug is, you need this BalmVoyage luxury travel makeup kit. It contains 3 of their most flattering colors that are perfect for any skin tone – 2 ShadyLady eye shadows in Luscious Lani (pink champagne on ice), Caught in the Act (rich brown with gold sparkles), and a blush/shadow in Hot Mama. It fits perfectly in any handbag, evening bag, or wristlet even and comes with a darling luggage tag for the girl that travels a lot. With the BalmVoyage kit, a city-girl is prepared for whatever is thrown at her – whether it be a last minute date, or a sudden rainstorm. For the on-the-move girl who needs to re-apply for that special date….1197327888_1197327885_oscar.jpg

Break out your shower caps ladies when he’s not around; you’ll need them for Oscar Blandi’s Tempo! Hair Treatment Trio. This compact hair mask sampler is amazing- as The Beauty Bug writes this She has the marine mud treatment in her hair and the suction cup timer to her left. Of course She looks beautiful adorning her pale blue shower cap, but She’s happy that The Beauty Bug boyfriend isn’t here to witness it. The set contains samples of the Marine Mud mask, the Exfoliating treatment, and the Smoothing Hair treatment. Use the masks in the shower and suction the handy timer to the shower wall (leave on for 3 minutes), or leave them on for a bit longer (15 minutes) and apply some heat from a hair dryer for maximum results. All the masks smell so clean and fresh, are easily applied (not too thick), and leave hair healthy. While conditioning everyday is a start, The Beauty Bug depends on these mask for their reparative benefits and their nutritious ingredients. an And for those that tend to lose track of time after the applying, just set the timer. For the punctual, sensible girl with a great head of hair…

1197330475_1197330472_p196013_hero.jpgReaders of this site know that The Beauty Bug is a fan of Peter Thomas Roth. His Pumpkin Enzyme Peel was one of Her favorite fall products, and She has continued to use it into the winter. Because of her love for PTR, She had to include this “The Basics” Kit on Her must-have holiday list. The kit is a perfect travel companion for someone who travels a lot (all the products the perfect size to bring in a carry-on bag), or for someone who wants to familiarize themselves with the Peter Thomas Roth line. The Beauty Bug especially loves the Botanical Buffing Beads Face Wash, it exfoliates without being too harsh and smells delicious, and the Cucumber Gel Masque, a calming, cool, subtle mask that soothes and hydrates the skin. Other products in the kit include the Chamomile Cleansing Lotion, Max Sheer All Day Moisture Defense, and the Botanical Buffing Beads Body Wash. For the jet-setter who must cleanse, exfoliate, treat and moisturize….

Happy Holidays and Happy Shopping!

4 Responses to The Beauty Bug’s Ultimate Gift Guide

  1. Nevin

    All great recs! Is it bad if I want to buy these all for myself instead of others? I’ve totally been eyeing the MAC heirlooms brush set…I can feel myself caving at any second!

  2. Karen

    Nevin! Hell no, girl! It’s not bad if you want to buy these all for yourself. Girl cannot live by giving alone. Girl must also buy things for herself.

    I want EVERYTHING!!

  3. Julie P

    i want ALL of these!!!

  4. Lily

    Love your recommendations!

    Lily x

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