There is a saying that you should give what you would like to receive. When it comes to gifts of beauty, a good way to narrow down the choices is to select something special that s/he would not necessarily splurge on. Whether your budget is no limits or very modest, there are still things you can buy that are splurges at all price points. Here are some I think are particularly great for Holiday 2011:
Redken’s holiday gift offerings
There is nothing better than mini-sized products in great packages. Therefore, I can’t gush enough about Redken’s holiday gift offerings/ I love the Amazing Hair From Start to Finish Travel Essentials Gift Set. Inside a really cute quilted, pewter metallic bag are travel-sized haircare and styling essentials — Redken’s most popular. You get Color Extend Shampoo 1.7 oz., Color Extend Conditioner 1 oz., 1 shine flash 02 glistening mist 2 oz. You also get a Forceful 23 super strength finishing spray 2.1 oz. (a maximum hold hairspray that lasts up to 24 hours). What I love so much about this set is not just the products, but the mini sizes. The cost for this little gift is minimal, but the ability to bring your favorite Redken products with you in a tote or purse–priceless!
Other Redken Holiday Offerings
The All Soft Gift Set ($23.00 a $33.00 value) includes 1 All Soft Shampoo 10.1 oz., 1 All Soft Conditioner 8.5 oz., and 1 All Soft Heavy Cream softening rinse-out mask 1 oz. plus a sample of the new, All Soft Argan-6 Oil Sample .16 fl. oz.. There is also a Color Extend Gift Set ($23.00 a $33.00 value) that includes: 1 Color Extend Shampoo 10.1 oz.; 1 Color Extend Conditioner 8.5 oz.; and a travel-sized outshine 01 anti-frizz polishing milk 1 oz.
For those who love perfect Blow-Outs there is a boxed Brilliant Blow-Dry Gift Set ($24.00 a $37.00 value) with 1 Extreme Anti-Snap leave-in treatment 8.5 oz.; 1 fashion work 12 versatile working spray 11 oz.; 1 satinwear 02 ultimate blow-dry lotion 1 oz. and a 1 Mirror Cling with easy blow-dry tips. There is also a Men’s Classics Gift Set which The Advice Sisters are reviewed on November 14th so check The BEAUTY archives at the top of this page. Also note that with any purchase of Redken Shampoo and Conditioners, receive a stylish black rhinestone bracelet (A $28.00 value) FREE! **To purchase Redken Products go to redken.com to locate a salon near you! To locate a Redken salon please log on to Redken.com. Please note, Redken products can only be guaranteed authentic when purchased from a salon. Please be aware that when you buy products outside of an authorized outlet you cannot be assured that you are getting the genuine product.
Whish on your Wish list!
The Advice Sisters have been fans of Whish body products and have reviewed them for years. Their Shave Cream is a must-have for silky smooth legs. For the holidays, the Whish Holiday Essential Set for just $20.00 gives you or special people on your list a taste of a trio of Whish treats: Pomegranate body wash, pomegranate shave cream and pomegranate body butter for $20. The 1.2 oz. plastic bottles are travel-sized, and in pump bottles for at least a week of skin-loving “comfort and joy.”
Excellent moisturizers like shea butter, organic raspberry butter, and organic aloe hydrate, while organic cucumber and organic marigold in the body wash and organic green tea and organic coconut oil in the shave cream soothe even the driest, Winter weary skin. The pomegranate scent is tart, almost like holiday cranberries, and uplifting. This is a perfect gift that is impressive but not expensive, and a nice intro to the line. The pink and white packaging with white stars is festive and girly–just add a bow if you want to save paper, time, trees, etc.
Magneffect Mani With Nail Polish from Layla
For fun gifts of beauty, try Magneffect Nail Polish from Layla. It lets you create one-of-a-kind designs on your nails by merely waving the nail polish cap over them, almost like a magic wand.
The polish and the bottle look like any other. But a dozen shades in this line have a formula that lets you wave the brush top (with a magnet in it) over your nails. This creates one-of-a-kind designs, in literally, seconds!
Simply apply one full coat ofMagneffect nail polish onto the nail. An additional coat can be used for added effect. Then immediately hold the magnet on top of the nail for at least 5 seconds. The line you see on the cap indicates the direction of the magnetic field. Hold it over the nail in the direction you wish your design to take. 3. See the design appear! I initially tried Magneffect with a gorgeous pewtery glitter polish called “Silver Galaxy” that left a very subtle striped design, but the design will be more pronounced with other colors.
A traditional polish, too
As a regular polish, it also excels. Magneffect’s fast-drying, high coverage polish needs no base or topcoat, The formula will not stain the nail and is free of toluene, camphor, formaldehyde and DBP. For $15.50 it’s a bit pricey, but it delivers something no other poilsh does, so now it’s a new obsession! I have seen it at Sephora, and it is also available online at Zappos.com and a few other online retailers. It makes a fantastic gift and a great little splurge that lets you do something special for the holidays.
Demeter Fragrance Library won my heart years ago, with its hundreds of unique scents, from dirt and Baby Powder to crayon and Redhead in Bed. While some of the scents may seem a bit weird, they are a huge amount of fun.
The fragrances boast 95% natural ingredients)! The Cologne Spray $20.00 1 fl. oz is the standard size, but they also have a $10.00 half oz. purse spray and travel-friendly perfume oil in rollerballs ($10-$12 .29 oz). The fragrances have no artificial color, no binders, emulsifiers, or phthalates, and use alcohol naturally fermented from corn. These make such great stocking stuffers.
Evokes Good Memories
Get a bunch that evokes good memories, and take a trip down your personal, olfactory “memory lane.” Holiday-centric scents include the light and soft and clean-smelling “Snow” and the slightly spicy, “Christmas Bouquet,” and the hint-of brine “Salt Air.” There’s also a yummy vanilla-centric scent called “Vanilla Cake Batter” that smells like a freshly baked butter pound cake. A bunch make a fun gift, and get a few for yourself to wear now that it is party time. Noses will notice!!! you can get these in drugstores and mass-market retailers, and also at www.demeterfragrance.com
Spa Rituals’s Twinkle 4-Piece Minis Holiday gift set
When it comes to gifts of beauty, I LOVE Glitter. It makes me giddy with joy! For the holidays, you can satisfy divas of any age with Spa Rituals’s Twinkle 4-Piece Minis Holiday gift set. Inside a re-useable, hard-sided box in golden glitter are four Spa Ritual nail lacquers.
Wear the starry and subtle shades to take you from day to evening parties, put on the 14K and silver glitz big time, for special events and parties. SpaRitual makes all sorts of spa and at-home, spa-style products. Their nail lacquers never use synthetic dyes or parabens. Their vegan Nail Elixirs and Lacquers are also free of toluene, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin and DBP. You” love the quick-drying polish that covers quickly and easily, dries fast, and makes you feel ready to party, day or night! Find Spa Ritual in spas, or at: https://sparitual.com/
Botanicals Lip Tint
For the holidays, I can’t think of a nicer little splurge than a luxurious lip tint that does great things for your skin as well as looks good. Clark’s Botanicals Ultra Rich Lip Tints come in four sexy colors and is really a treatment. But it’s also a pretty lip gloss. Atelocollagen, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract are the keys in “Rachel Red.” It offers you a strong, shiny, sexy, bold red lip.
Other key ingredients are natural moisturizers like shea butter, sweet almond oil, aloe leaf extract. Also jojoba plus marine collagen microspheres. The other colors are Carlotta Pink, Alexandra Rose, and Madge Mauve. The silky and moisturizing lip treatment with that light, floral scent is reason enough to love these, and to give them as precious “little somethings” to lip product loving friends https://clarksbotanicals.com/