2015 Holiday Gift Guide

Happy December, lovelies! The holiday season is upon us and it’s the perfect time to start your shopping (if you haven’t already). I’m no Oprah, but I have curated a list of my favorite tried and true products for the season to help you find the perfect gifts for the beauty lovers on your list. Read on for my picks!

IT Cosmetics Brush Set

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It Cosmetics brushes are literally my favorite brushes of all time. I have a variety of different brands in my kit, but I constantly find myself reaching for the It Cosmetics brushes on both makeup jobs and when painting up my own face. They are fluffy and wonderful and allow for a precise application, too. This set provides a great assortment of quality makeup brush staples everyone should have stashed on their vanity.

Rose Gold Apple Watch

Apple Watch

For the trendy relative on your list that needs the latest and greatest in tech accessories, get them an Apple Watch this year. I’m obsessed with the rose gold shade. This smart watch combines everything you know and love about your iPhone with the fitness and health tracking capabilities of devices like the Fitbit, all conveniently displayed on your wrist. It’s a fun gadget and a great gift!

MAKE UP FOR EVER Artist Plexi-Gloss Collection

Make Up For Ever Artist Plexi-Gloss Collection holiday 2015

I am head over heels in love with the MUFE Artist Plexi-Gloss Collection. This limited-edition set features 12 super shine shades in an innovative, non-sticky formula. The collection offers up everything you need to create lip looks ranging from sheer to opaque with a high shine that stays put. Its pigments are packed with Plexi Color Technology to deliver up to five hours of color impact while reflective shine beads maximize shine. Love love love.

Artland Peacock Martini Glasses

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It wouldn’t be a true Martinis and Mascara gift guide without a colorful martini glass (or 4). This set of Artland martini glasses would make a lovely housewarming gift for the hostess of your next holiday party. Or you could always score a set for yourself to use for your next shindig. Martinis always taste better when contained in something fun!

Cards Against Humanity

Cards Against Humanity

Get the party started this holiday season with Cards Against Humanity! If you’ve never played, do yourself a favor and pick up a set of these cards. I promise, hilarity will ensue. Just be sure to pick your company wisely. This game is not for the faint at heart, but it’s super fun with the right bunch of people.

Happy Hour Cutting Board

Happy Hour Cutting Board

It’s no secret that I believe every hour should be happy hour. So, any happy hour themed trinket is welcome in my kitchen! I’m obsessed with this maple cutting board – perfect for slicing up the garnishes for your next batch of cocktails. Bring one over to your friend’s house and kick the holiday party off right!

Sephora Favorites Lashstash

Sephora Favorites Lashstash

This eleven piece set includes an array of eight mascaras and a curler, lash fibers, and a precision lash liner for the ultimate lash looks. It contains some of my absolute favorite mascaras (especially Benefit Roller Lash and YSL Volume Effet Faux Cils!) in the perfect travel size so you can test them out and discover your own fav. Or, stash ’em in your holiday clutch for touching up your mascara on-the-go. You could also buy the kit for yourself, pick out your favs, and give the rest as stocking stuffers to your friends. These mascaras are tried and true, so I promise you each one will make someone happy.

Clairisonic Mia 2 Polka Dot Duo

Clairisonic Mia 2 Polka Dots

I gush about my Clarisonic Mia on the reg, but this time, there’s a double value involved!  The waterproof, rechargeable Mia 2 is gentle enough to use twice daily on all skin types, including sensitive skin. Clarisonic’s patented sonic technology gently removes the impurities traditional cleaning methods leave behind, cleansing six times better than your hands alone. And now you can scoop up this deal from Sephora and score two Clairisonia Mia 2s for the holidays at a discounted rate. Perfect for gifting! I won’t tell if you keep one for yourself. 😉

Ankit Fat Bass Floral Headphones

Ankit Floral Headphones

I’m obsessed with pretty much anything by Ankit. (If you aren’t familiar with them, you may recognize their goodies from ModCloth or the shelf at Urban Outfitters.) Make a statement with these noise canceling headphones that are both trendy and built to last. Anyone on your holiday shopping list would be lucky to have them! I know I love mine.

DryBar Peace On Earth Good Hair to All

DryBar Peace on Earth Good Hair to All

This set contains everything you need for the perfect DIY blowout! DryBar’s signature Buttercup Blow-Dryer is powerful yet lightweight and incorporates nano-ionic technology to increase shine and reduce frizz. Of course, my other favorites in the set include the alcohol themed hair treatments like Triple Sec, a 3-in-1 product that texturizes, amplifies, and refreshes hair providing texture and intense volume. Hot Toddy Heat & UV Protectant is a lightweight lotion that protects hair from heat, UV exposure and helps seal split ends to prevent dryness, damage and breakage. Get it for your hair loving loved one and enjoy peace on Earth and good hair to all! 😉


The Official Martinis and Mascara Holiday Gift Guide 2013

If you are anything like me, you’ve saved your Christmas shopping until the last minute… which is, last time I checked, right now. But fear not, there is still time to get everything on your list! Trust me, we can do this. 😉

Here is my roundup of the best gifts of the holiday season for the beauty lover in your life!

Image Skincare 2013 Gift of Glamour Holiday Gift Set


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My absolute favorite skincare line has curated the best of their best for the holiday season. Image Skincare’s 2013 Holiday Gift Set is complete with a full skincare regimen to make your skin look radiant and beautiful. I own and use every product in this kit on a regular basis. The box includes 1 oz sizes of the ORMEDIC Balancing Facial Cleaner, VITAL C Hydrating Anti-Aging Serum, PREVENTION + Matte Moisturizer SPF 32 and the MAX Crème; along with a retail size ORMEDIC Balancing Lip Enhancement for perfectly plump lips.  Amazing.

Stila Artist’s Signature Set

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I adore Stila and this super-organized set includes so many of the line’s best products. The kit features 15 deluxe Lip Glazes, two eye shadow palettes each containing 6 pans, a 4 pan cheek palette, 7 Smudge Sticks, 3 Smudge Crayons and 3 brushes that can be used to create a countless range of looks.

Sonia Kashuk Purple Seductia Bath and Body Collection

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This bold and sexy fragrance fuses pomegranate with rose and earthy patchouli. It smells delish! The collection, available at Target, features perfume, body butter, body oil, shower gel, lotion, and hand creme – all priced under $20.

ARROJO ReFINISH Dry Shampoo

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We all know how much I love the ARROJO brand (and the haircut I got from Nick Arrojo himself, but more on that later!). This is one of my absolute favs from the line and is totally gift worthy. How I lived before Arrojo’s dry shampoo I’ll never know. Infused with aloe vera and ginger, ReFINISH cleans hair without water by absorbing excess oils. Using this and shampooing less will allow you to preserve your color longer. Stuff a stocking with a bottle of this and you will make someone very happy!

YSL Love and Lacquer Reds Set YSL Love and Lacquer

Glossy Stain No. 9 in Rouge Laque combines the texture and shine of a gloss with long-lasting wear for a bold red statement. Pair your sexy, red lip with Laque No. 1 nail lacquer in Pop Art, a no-chip formula that strengthens the nail. Finish the look with my go-to mascara – YSL Baby Doll Mascara in Fetish Black for defined, clump-free lashes.

IT Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe 7 Piece Brush Collection with Stand

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These brushes by IT Cosmetics are literally the softest I’ve ever felt. They buff makeup onto the skin flawlessly. The crystal handles and stand are stunning too. So elegant, but practical too. This is such a perfect gift for anyone who wears makeup. Seriously!

Tom Ford Holiday Eyeshadow Quad

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Does this one even need a description? Tom Ford’s holiday collection is flawless. And this palette is perfect for the sparkly smokey eye that you’re going to want to whip up next week on New Year’s Eve. Cue Jay Z lyrics!

Fabfitfun VIP Subscription

box_bg This isn’t the first time I’ve confessed my love for the FabFitFun VIP box. I actually just received my Winter box and it is to die for. Stay tuned for my full wrap up on what’s in this one, but in the mean time, you can sign up to get next season’s box of goodies curated by the amazing Guiliana Rancic and her fab team!

MAC Stroke of Midnight Palette

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I loooove the Stroke of Midnight palettes. The limited edition face palettes come in warm and cool (cool shown above). The colors are beautiful and the compact is sleek and stylish. Everything you’d expect from MAC at holiday time. :)

Ole Heinriksen Ole La La Glow from Head to Toe Set

ole heinriksen This set includes my favorite product from the line – the Ultimate Eye Lift Gel. It is amazeballs. The other products are fab too and will be a great gift for the skincare aficionado in your life!

Chandon Sparkle Bomb Holiday Kit

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In true Martinis and Mascara fashion, this gift includes a beautifier and an alcoholic beverage. Even better – they both sparkle! Chandon has partnered with Formula X for Sephora to offer their new golden Sparklebomb Effects nail polish packaged with its holiday bottling. Love love love.

So, there you have it. On your mark, get set, shop!

ULTA Holiday Gift Guide


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Ok, so I might have gone a little overboard in my search for the best holiday gift items from ULTA. There are just so many choices! If you haven’t been to the makeup mecca that is ULTA, you need to get there stat. I had an absolute blast on my shopping spree at the awesome shop selecting my top ULTA picks to share wiith you guys for the holidays! After playing and wearing and trying everything I received, I have declared the best of the best. Here are my absolute favs:

Urban Decay Vice 2 Palette


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Oh my goodness, do I love this palette. The shades are absolutely amazing, highly pigmented, and super easy to blend. Urban Decay’s limited edition, back-by-popular-demand eye palette includes 20 exclusive shades of velvety, anything-but-neutral shadows. Perfect for giving – or keeping – this holiday!

Clarisonic Mia 2

Why did I not have a Clarisonic before now? It is seriously like receiving a spa treatment every night. I just started using it days ago and can see a serious improvement in the tone and texture of my skin! Sonic technology gently yet deeply cleans pores without harsh chemicals and removes six times more makeup than manual cleansing. This new, more wonderful version comes with two speeds and Clarisonic’s patented T-Timer for personalized skin care.

 

Marc Jacobs’ Honey Fragrance

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The bright, floral notes of Marc Jacobs’ Honey Eau de Parfum make for a perfect complement to a joyful holiday spirit. Add a little sweetness to someone’s holiday with this 2013 Allure Best of Beauty Award winner. We all know how much I agree with Allure’s taste in beauty! 😉

 

Philosophy Season of Sparkle Set

Everyone could use a little extra sparkle during the holidays. Philosophy’s Season of Sparkle set is the perfect trio to do the trick. These cute sets of shampoo, shower gel, and bubble bath come in White Pear, White Cherry, and White Cranberry scents and will leave hair and skin feeling soft and smooth.

Lipstick Queen Hall of Fame Set

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This set of lippies includes a star-studded line up of best-sellers, featuring three universally flattering shades. Medieval is a beautiful deep red. It’s pure pigment suspended in antioxidant Vitamin E. Jean Queen is a subtle pink, enriched with Aloe Vera, Vitamin E and Shea Butter. And Butterfly Ball in Float’s soft wash of sheer nude is the ultimate in hydrating lip color drenched in Aloe Vera and Vitamins E, C and B. All are super moisturizing and a perfect for a basic lip wardrobe!

Like my list? ULTA has created a pretty epic roundup of gift worthy products that you should take a peek at too! It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. :)

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ULTA Beauty is not just another store for holiday shopping; it’s an exciting wonderland of beauty products that make great gifts, stocking stuffers and personal treats. This year, ULTA is filled with a dazzling variety of holiday treasures that are sure to delight your friends, family, loved ones, and even yourself!

[Compensation was provided by ULTA Beauty via Glam Media.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of ULTA Beauty.]