Holiday Head Start: Gift Sets Worth the Self-Splurge
Excuse us while we indulge ourselves with a little pampering shopping session before the ceaseless party season begins.
Remember, the operative word here is “indulge”.
Yes, you have shopped for everyone under the sun and your wallet is near to weeping. But, how about a little something or maybe, a tonne of head to toe treats, for your own self before self-imposing a long shopping ban till the New Year arrives.
Moreover, while you slave over the stove for that Christmas Eve party, whose invitation list has gone a little out of hand, OR you rush to the ladies room for that after-work NYE party that would need a major transformation after the last working day of the year, you WILL need these gift sets to look glamorous and gorgeous!
Here is to ending the year with a self-pampering shopping spree:
For A Complete Complexion Overhaul – Overnight
Between shopping, wrapping presents, prepping meals and long work hours, your skin is often more than neglected during the Holiday season. However, before you book a facial in some fancy shmancy salon, think about getting yourself a skincare set that will guarantee you a complete complexion overhaul all year round, without breaking the bank.
We recommend PETER THOMAS ROTH – Black and Gold Kit for the ultimate facial experience at home. Start off with the Irish Moor Mud Purifying Cleansing Gel which is formulated with the black Moor Mud, Hijiki Seaweed, Volcanic Ash and Activated Charcoal to clease and detox skin, Lactic Acid and Salicylic Acid to chemically exfoliate skin and Tea Tree Oil and Willow Bark to help tone it.
Follow up with a multi-masking routine using Irish Moor Mud Mask on your t-zone and 24K Gold Mask on the rest of your face to purify and decongest skin while delivering intense hydration to make it appear firmer and more opulent. Finally, finish off with the 24K Gold Pure Luxury Lift & Firm Prism Cream to enhance luminosity and boost the look of radiance!
For A Makeup Base That Survives Grandma’s Cheek Kisses
Okay, so we don’t particularly have a solution to avoiding your beloved grandma’s smooches or your long distant Aunt Edna’s gloopy lip smacks on your forehead, we do have makeup base solutions that won’t wipe off at the first sign of air kisses.
smashbox – Light It Up Primer Set featuring Photo Finish Foundation Primer and Photo Finish Primer Water can help not only protect your makeup from wiping off by the end of the day but also, will help it look gorgeous after a number of touch-ups which you WILL need to wipe those lipstick marks off your face.
The iconic Photo Finish Foundation Primer helps blur, smooth and perfect the skin for your makeup and help its longevity while the Primer Water helps to restore and refresh it throughout the day. That powdery look after every touch up? Gone with a spritz of Photo Finish Primer Water.
For Your Most Eye-Catching Look Yet
The Holiday season brings out the inner Instagram star in you. You might not have the skills to create those intricate OTT eye-catching looks but you definitely have the urge to do so.
To help you satisfy your insta-guru cravings, we have a classic theBalm eye palette for you. theBalm – Balmsai Eyeshadow and Brow Palette with Shaping Stencils features 18 different shades in a variety of finishes to help you create different holiday looks, be it a classic neutral look or a full-on sparkling glam look. The palette also has shades that will work well as highlighters and brow products.
Better yet, the palette has “stencils to score flawless brows, carve out a gorgeous smokey eye, or channel your liner into an impressive wave” for us eye makeup amateurs.
For The Glow Getter In You
Who doesn’t love a little sparkle during the holiday season? But we draw a line at looking like a disco ball and instead opt for a lovely lit-from-within glow.
Becca Cosmetics – Blushed with Light Palette features a trio of luminous, matte pink blushes that keep you glowing through the night. The three universally flattering shades in Wisteria, Songbird and Snapdragon will help you create an effortless effect of multi-dimensional light or if you are not up for full glamour, a subtle flush of radiance.
For That Insta-Worthy Winter Glow
Instagram officially ditched Kardashian style contouring for Hadid-inspired strobing last year and for good reason. There is nothing more gorgeous than a beaming, rosy winter glow without heavily defined cheeks.
Strobing is easy – you simply apply highlighter to places where the light hits naturally. If you have light skin tone, opt for champagne or pale/light pink shades, if you have medium skin tone, opt for a peach or light gold color and if you have dark skin tone, go for gold or light bronze. But what if you have changing skin tones throughout the year?
Pick up theBalm – theManizer Sisters Luminizers Palette. Featuring the award-winning trio of Manizers – Mary-Lou, Cindy Lou and Betty-Lou – get ready to be found guilty – of being gorgeous.
For Lipstick That Lasts Till The Big Mistletoe Moment
After gorging down on Hors d’Oeuvres all night long (yeah, the diet goes on Holidays too), chances are your lipstick has bled, flaked or altogether disappeared into nothingness by the time the Big Mistletoe Moment arrives.
Solutions to the disappearing case of lipstick dilemma include applying lip primers, lip liners, multiple coats of lipsticks with translucent powder dabbed in between and more crazy beauty hacks that may or may not work.
OR…you can simply get lipsticks that guarantee intense, long-lasting pigmentation and are comfortable to wear. Smashbox – Light It Up Lipstick and Lip Mattifer Set offers all of that in 6 different shades!
The set features 6 mini Be Legendary Lipsticks in Famous, Primrose, Fig, Legendary, Tabloid and Inspiration, making the set perfect for the entire holiday season! You can go with a muted, medium peachy-pink like Famous or go all out for a glamorous look with glossy, medium dark plum like Fig.
Don’t like the cream finish of the lipsticks? Simply mattify them with the Insta-Matte Lipstick Transformer that instantly transforms the satiny finish to a velvety matte finish!
For Nailing The Polished To Festive Perfection Look
The Holiday season calls for red, sparkling nails!
While, there is absolutely nothing more gorgeous than a festive red nail color to finish off an already dazzling Holiday look, you have to admit, a little gold sparkle doesn’t hurt.
We love channeling our inner queen with Lippmann Collection – Ice Queen Nail Polish Set that features a classic sanguine red shade and a golden shimmer with mirror-like reflection to top it off!
If you are not up for the royal glam, we have an entire post dedicated to what will look perfect this Holiday season on the nail front. Check it out: 13 Holiday Manicure and Lip Collection Sets Worth Buying.
For Scents To Match Your Festive Mood
A festive fragrance can do wonders for your Holiday spirit!
Choose a different scent for each party or pick a signature one for yourself, Philosophy – Wishing You Grace and Love Coffret has three award-winning scents in one value set just for you.
From notes of bergamot, muguet blossoms and musk to notes of waterlily, leafy greens and frosted musk, the choices include Amazing Grace, Pure Grace and Loveswept. The best part? All three fragrances come in pocket-size 0.5 oz bottles so that you can carry your favorite scent to all Holiday parties.
With all these Holiday sets, you are about to look absolutely stunning this festive season. You’re welcome.