This is the time of year when all the stores are awash in gift sets. Makeup gift sets, skin care gift sets, body care gift sets... Sometimes the deals are so good, it's actually cheaper to buy the set and get a couple products than it is to buy a single one of them on its own. (I call this the "doesn't even need justification, just throw it in my basket as fast as I can" purchase). Since I'm sure at least some of you are like me and still have the majority of your gifts to buy, here are a few of the sets I'm either buying for myself or handing out to others this year.
Bliss' "Glow"-Ho-Ho Radiance-Revving Triple Oxygen Trio is a limited-edition set with three products - a1.7 ounce Triple Oxygen+C Energizing Cream, a 3.4 ounce Triple Oxygen Energizing Mask, and a pair of Triple Oxygen Instant Energizing Eye Masks. Before I got the set, I'd only tried the mask before, which I love, but now that I've tried the cream too, I like to pair them up for full effectiveness. It's a great value too since Bliss can be a little pricey and you're getting a lot for your money here. (And if you like Bliss, make sure you check out all of their holiday gift sets because there are a bunch of them and they're all fantastic values. I sort of want them all). This set's a great way to get introduced to their skin care line if you've never tried it before and it's easy to pick up at Sephora at one of your many holiday shopping trips to the mall.
I've been totally obsessed with Ahava's products all year because they're great on my sensitive skin, so I'll take any excuse to pick some more up. Shoshanna for AHAVA is another limited-edition set that comes packaged in a bright travel bag perfect for a weekend away. Inside you'll find a 3.4 ounce Mineral Hand Cream, a 3.4 ounce Mineral Body Lotion, and a .85 ounce Dermud Intensive Foot Cream. I love their Mineral Body Lotion so much that I use it almost every day, so I'm really psyched to have stumbled across this set before I have to pack for my trip to the east coast next week. More room for another five lipsticks!
Origins is one of those brands that I sometimes forget I love as much as I do and then I'll use one of their products and get all excited about how great it is and want to buy every single thing they make. Since that's (sadly) out of the question, this season I'm turning to their gift sets as a way to get the best bang for my buck. I know their ginger products are uber popular, but I hadn't tried them until now and I can finally see why everyone raves about them so much. I always thought I didn't like the smell of ginger, but apparently I was confusing it with like, the scent of exhaust of something because it's SO nice. It's all rich and warm and a little spicy and just delicious. The Ginger To Go and Stay set is great because you get both travel-size and regular-sized products in it, so you can use them both at home and on vacation if you want. (And I definitely do. The smaller sizes will also be making the cross country journey with me next week. They'll be perfect to use in the apparently frigid NJ weather that I'll be flying into). You get a full array of body products in the set too - Body Wash, Body Scrub, Body Cream... You'll be able to layer the scent as much as you want, which always makes me very happy. Now I kind of think that I need the Ginger Essence to spritz on top as a final layer. It seems very winter appropriate, doesn't it? It'll be the perfect scent to wear to cheer me up when I'm shivering in my sixteen layers as I trudge through the snow, wondering how I ever managed to spend four years of college in upstate New York with its ten foot high snow drifts. Los Angeles has made me soft!
Note: Samples of these items were sent to me by PR representatives working with Bliss, AHAVA and Origins