The Advice Sisters Beauty and Style offer some of the season’s best from Mary Kay, Anastasia Beverly Hills, Arcona and NYX Cosmetics.
Mary Kay’s Satin Hands:
Hands down (pun intended), one of our perennial favorite giftable sets is the Mary Kay Satin Hands Pampering Set. The latest version of this set is the Satin Hands Pomegranate Pampering Set ($36).
This set has been featured in advicesisters.com’s holiday and Mother’s Day gift guides in different limited edition fragrances because it’s such a winner with women young and old.
Fragrance-Free Satin Hands® Hand Softener: 2.1 oz. (helps seal in moisture and gets hands ready for the hand scrub).
Pomegranate Satin Hands® Satin Smoothie® Hand Scrub: 7.75 oz. (an exfoliator/cleanser that gently removes dead skin cells).
Pomegranate Satin Hands® Hand Cream: 3 oz. (with nourishing Shea butter for up to 24-hour moisturization –even if you wash your hands a couple of times).
Pomegranate is such a lovely and seasonal scent. It is slightly sweet but also brightly tart. If you prefer unscented or white tea & citrus, Mary Kay has those available as well.
Find yours at https://www.marykay.com/
Mary Kay Live Fearlessly Fragrance:
Do you know a woman who is fearless and fierce? Tell her how much you admire her by gifting her a bottle of Live Fearlessly Eau de Parfum by Mary Kay.
Mary Kay’s founder, Mary Kay Ash (fierce and fearless), has said “Courage is the art of doing what we fear, no matter how difficult. Courage is truth. Courage is confidence.”
The fragrance arrives in a bold faceted clear glass flacon with faceted acrylic topper over the gold spray nozzle. It feels like a precious jewel, a talisman, in the hand,
The fragrance inside is a woodsy floral with a hint of an edge. the first sniff isBbergamot coupled with Ginger, and a note called Lush Petals. A heart of Bold Rose, Lily or the Valley and Orchid follow and at drydown, sensuality with some favorite notes: Sustainable Roasted Tonka Bean, Cedarwood, Australian Sandalwood, and Vanilla Musk.
The fragrance is substantial but still appropriate for the “GirlBoss” to wear to work, showing she takes charge, whatever t the occasion.
Beauty Hint: Spray your fragrance where your skin is warmer and can help it evolve. These areas are pulse points (wrists, behind the ears, the base of the throat, inside the crook of your elbow, behind knees and inside ankles).
This lovely new fragrance from Mary Kay is just $44! For more information visit the Mary Kay Website
Arcona Berry Duo:
Cranberry scented products are a holiday staple. For the skincare lover and the one who travels, there’s Arcona’s Polished Perfection Exfoliate & Tone set ($24).
Thegift-able boxed duo includes a 2 oz. spray bottle of pearly pink toner that is so fruity and fun, I could easily see why it’s an ARCONA best seller. This toner It cleanses, tones and hydrates for a natural glow.
Breathe in that berry scent while exfoliating with a 1 oz. flip top tube of Cranberry Gommage, a purifying exfoliant cleanses that cleanses, detoxifies, tones and decongests enlarged pores.
Because it is formulated for sensitive and delicate skin using a gentle (thank you!) enzymatic exfoliating gel to refine and purify almost everyone can use it. *This multifunctional gel can also be used as a weekly exfoliating and firming mask for all skin types.
Arcona products have no sulfates, parabens, petro-chemicals, phthalates, PEGs or dyes and they’re leaping bunny cruelty-free.
Visit the Arcona Web Site http://www.arcona.com
Sultry Eyeshadow Palette:
What would the holidays be without giftable super covet-able glam? Get it with the Anastasia Beverly Hills SULTRY shadow palette ($45).
The first thing you’ll notice is the super-sparkly coppery outer carton (just add a gift card). Inside, there’s a palette also covered in sparkling copper.
Don’t let the cover mesmerize you too long….dive inside and see the gorgeous pans of color eyeshadow!
Inside the gift-able palette, there’s a large interior mirror, a beautiful dual-ended shadow and blender brush. The stars of the show are the 14 shadows in glittery and matte formulas.
The luxe and, long-lasting shadows are so smooth, you can apply them with a fingertip but we suggest using the dual-ended brush.
My personal favorite is “Rose quartz” because it is a very glittery and trendy peachy pink. However, no matter what you choose, this covet-able eyeshadow palette tempts you to try, play, strut your stuff!!
Cinder – metallic cool-toned beige taupe with gold flecks; Fresh – ultra-matte ivory pink
Twig – ultra-matte mid-toned taupe; Pearl – metallic pearl white with a soft pink undertone
Teak – metallic golden brown; Steampunk – metallic topaz bronze
Dystopian – ultra-matte dark ash brown; Rose Quartz – metallic soft peach with a pink shift
Cyborg – metallic silver with a violet undertone; Ember – metallic bronzed khaki
Slate – ultra-matte slate grey; Bloom – ultra-matte coral pink
Noir – ultra-matte deep black; Birch – ultra-matte mid-toned yellow taupe
The colors will add glamour all year long. For more information visit the Anastasia Beverly Hills website: https://www.anastasiabeverlyhills.com
Luscious Liquid Lipsticks!
Nothing adds glamour more quickly to your holiday look than a sexy lip color or gloss. If you’re seeking a little splurge for yourself or a gift for a bestie, the Anastasia Beverly Hills Mini Metallic Liquid Lipstick Set ($25) is like finding “the one.”
It’s true love with something for everyone, from a sheer shimmer to a rich opaque metallic. These are called minis but they’re really close to full size. Also, they dry fast and last for hours.
More importantly, the trio arrives in festive gift packaging, so you don’t have to fuss with wrapping.
“Blizzard” offers a super-sparkling wash of glittery shimmer to wear alone or over your favorite lipstick.
“Phantom” is a seriously intense, rich metallic Bordeaux that is party-ready. It’s deep but universally flattering, and it definitely will turn heads.
For those who love glamorous shimmer, there’s “Mai Tai.” It looks like rose gold in some light sources, more shimmery gold in others. No matter how it looks, it’s gorgeous!
For more information visit the Anastasia Beverly Hills website: https://www.anastasiabeverlyhills.com/
Nifty Gifty From NYX:
NYX offers even budget beautistas on-trend and affordable products also deliver high-quality results. The best beauty booty for under #10? It’s got to be the NYX Cosmetics’ Sprinkle Town Duo Chromatic Lip Gloss ($8).
These giftable lip glosses arrive in a colorful holiday gift box with a little satin ribbon to hang it like an ornament if you wish. The gloss inside has sprinkles on the black cap.
There are three limited-edition shades of this lip gloss that will leave tons of sparkle and a touch of color on lips.
We tried “Pot Of Gold” which is a very sparkly, sheer, champagne gold. At first we thought we would probably wear this mostly over a color, but on bare lips, it shines and adds long-lasting shimmer. We love!!
However, if gold isn’t your color try ” Shimmer Cravings “or “Spark Of Magic” in cool nude or primrose. The glosses are so silky, and yet more sinfully good than a cupcake with sprinkles!
For more information visit the NYX Cosmetics Web Site https://www.nyxcosmetics.com/
Take Your Face Off:
Last Spring the Advice Sisters reviewed The Makeup Mitty by Take My Face Off (see full review), a marvelous way to whisk away even the most stubborn makeup, easily, quickly, and without irritating your skin.
Even better, the Mitty is made of re-usable, plushy fabric that you can wash and use over and over again. These are ecofriendly and so effective!
Pop it onto your finger, the teardrop shape lets you get into areas a regular washcloth, can’t.
For the holidays (Chanukah is December 2-10th) and for a holiday gift idea, the Makeup Mitty is dressed up as 8 flames to add to a cardboard menorah (srp. $66). A fab gift for anyone who celebrates Chanukah or wants a big, cute decoration for the holiday.
For holiday gifting or to hang as an ornament, half a dozen makeup mittys are fastened with a re-useable snowflake pin into the shape of a poinsettia with silver satin hang tag (srp. $55). You might be tempted to keep both the menorah and the ornament intact for future holidays, but DO use the makeup mitty (remember, you can wash and re-use. For more information visit the Take My Face Off WebSite