Holiday Beauty Buys 2011: Great Finds Under $100

December 5, 2011 • Beauty, Magazine

It’s one of the best times of the year, and giving is what the holidays are all about. We all have our own personal gift wishes but we also have to think of gifts to give others. So when it comes to giving, who wouldn’t want to be pampered or look their best? We all love to enhance our appearance and feel good about ourselves, and that’s why I have compiled some of the best gifts to make just about anyone on your list feel special. Check out these fabulous beauty finds for under $100!

There’s not a more perfect gift for anyone that loves makeup than Smashbox’s Be Discovered Blockbuster Palette. Smashbox is known for their amazing pigmented products, and this palette is no exception. With all their best selling shades this palette is everything you will need including 45 Eye Shadows, 9 Cream Liners, 3 Blushes, 1 Bronzer, 2 Soft Lights, 6 Lip Glosses, and 4 Mini Brushes. They have even organized the palette into three types of looks, from Indie Glam, Pop Icon, to Mod Chic. You can’t go wrong with this palette for an gal on your list.

Need a great gift for your mother-in-law, mom or even your child’s teacher? Try L’Ocittane’s delightful Hand Cream Bouquet. This cute gift is an arrangement of mini Shea Butter Hand Creams with scents such as Cocoa Flower, Desert Rose, Hibiscus Flower, Pivoine Flora, Shea Butter, and Vanilla. A scent for any mood you are in, and yummy goodness for soft, nourished hands.

I’m in love with this product, and anyone who loves Nars Blushes should too. Rarely does Nars come out with a big hit such as some of their best selling blushes in one sleek palette. That’s why there is so much excitement for Nars’s Danmari All About Cheeks Palette,  these blush and bronzer shades, ranging from warm bronze to luminous highlights and the perfect blushes to accent. This palette even contains the famous Orgasm and Super Orgasm Blushes.

For that person on your list that has just about everything, I just bet she will be impressed with this luxury gem. From the brand that has some of the best hand bags brings us a home fragrance that will sure to set your nose into utter satisfaction. Balenciaga L’Essence Candle is a feminine modern fragrance that captures the essence of Balenciaga Paris, with intense violet and vibrant woody notes. This candle captures quit the sophistication and sexiness one would love in their  home.

This gift will bring true ‘bliss’ to anyone on your list. Inspired by their number one facial, Bliss has packaged up the Triple Oxygen Treatment in one great gift set. The ‘Glow’ Ho Ho Radiance Revving Triple Oxygen Trio will give your skin the best glow of the season. It provides your skin with a blast of oxygen, and will leave your skin healthy and luminous. This great set comes with the Triple Oxygen+C Energizing Cream, 1 Triple Oxygen Instant Energizing Eye Masks and a Triple Oxygen Instant Energizing Mask.

This time of year any spa treatment will do our bodies good, but when you can’t make it to the spa, bring the spa home to yourself or anyone as a gift. Carol’s Daughter always delights, with wonderful collections for a spa getaway right at home. One of their best smelling, and all time favorite scents, Ecstasy, comes in a lovely set  that takes care all of your skin’s needs. From Ecstasy Sea Salt Scrub, Body Cleansing Gel, Bath & Body Oil, and the ultra smoothing Shea Souffle.

Last but not least, for the ultimate gift for the makeup lover who loves luxury is Nars limited-edition Nagauta Kabuki Brush Set. Yes, at $225, this gift is over $100 but it is a great value and I just had to share it with you. Nars interprets the artistry of the kabuki theater makeup that combines luxury, sleekness and modern drama. This collection features multi-use brushes that are black-matte and  precision-cut and has dense natural hair bristles for rich and smooth applications. No need for wrapping because these brushes are housed in a sleek keepsake wooden ‘bento’ box with a dramatic red lacquer interior. The ultimate in modern luxury, your gift receiver will love these Nars brushes.

1. Smashbox Be Discovered Blockbuster Palette, $60

2. L’Occitane Hand Cream Bouquet, $50

3. Nars Danmari All About Cheeks Palette, $65

4. Balenciaga L’Essence Candle, $65

5. Bliss ‘Glow’ -Ho-Ho Gift Set, $75

6. Carol’s Daughter Ecstasy Spa Experience Set, $67

7. Nars Nagauta Kabuki Brush Set, $225.00

—Kelley Epps Woods

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