I would like to assume most of you have already completed, or are nearing the end of completion, on your Christmas gift list (there is only two weekends left, people!) But, in case you're still in research mode, let me make it a bit easier and suggest some truly kick-ass gifts that any girl would love to receive!
Laura Mercier is one my of faves (as you probably already know) and there's a good reason for that - her stuff is fantastic! Colors are always super wearable, foundation makes you look flawless and the palettes are to die for. Sure, you have to shell out a bit more, but isn't your friend or family member worth it? My fave of this season is the Luxe Colour Wardrobe. This is, by far, the best palette she's ever released (and that's saying something because I obsessessively purchase her new holiday one every year). The shadows are absolutely stunning (and you get 8 of them!) the brushes are magnificent (you get 3 - well, 4 if you count one as double-ended), 3 powder liners, one pencil liner, two blushes and one shimmer. I am just so impressed with how many beautiful looks I've been able to create - everything from lovely daytime subtle to sexy smokey eye for night. Yeah, it's pricey at $125.00 but it's actually a steal if you add up all the items you get in it. LOVE this one!
Another fantastic palette for this holiday is the Masterpiece Series by Stila. This palette box set is an absolute STEAL! It's ridiculous how much you get for only $29.00. You get three different palettes for three completely different looks (all with the look book, of course, so you can follow their instructions or craft your own if you want). You get a total of 15 shadows and three blushes and about a billion different looks! This is a fantastic gift and at the price, you might as well grab one for yourself while you're at it!
If you've got a friend who travels, you have got to check out Katie's Favorites Travel Set by Alterna. Katie Holmes picked a few of her fave items and packaged them (well, she didn't exactly package them herself, but you see where I'm going) into this cute little cosmetic pouch. Set comes with Caviar shampoo and conditioner (which are wonderful), Bamboo Translucent Dry Shampoo (amazing time-saver and must-have for any traveler) and my favorite of the bunch - Bamboo Smooth Kendi Dry Oil Mist (quite possibly the best, and lightest, hair oil to give shine and eliminate frizzies). Retails for $29.95.
For the eye liner junkie, you cannot pass up Urban Decay's Black Market set! First of all, UD liners are my absolute fave - they are so smooth to apply and smudge perfectly when you want them to and don't smudge when you don't want (if that makes any sort of sense). I love, love, love this set - comes with some really beautiful liners and 5 out of the 6 are exclusive to this set! It's a total steal, too, at only $24.00. This is a wonderful must-have for your friend, co-worker, mom, sister and most-definitely for yourself.
Note: Some of the above items were sent to be by a PR representative working with the above brands.