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Holiday Gift Guide 2012: Stocking Stuffers

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Are you still on the hunt for the perfect gift(s) for the beauty obsessed? Or, like me, have you yet to fill out your Santa Wish List? 2012 has seen a plethora of phenomenal beauty products and I’m here to weed through the good, the bad, and the just plain ridiculous. The first of 3 gift guide installments, today is all about the perfect stocking stuffers for your beautiful friends and family (and perhaps even something for you!).

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Fresh Sugar Perfection($23, a $35 value): Fresh’s coveted Sugar Lip Scrub and tinted lip treatment with SPF (and a pop of red) combine to form the ideal gift for a dry, winter pout. I can’t survive the winter without either of these products!

($22) – Sea Buckthorn replenishes dry skin with a light citrus scent. A great gift for a naturally-conscious beauty addict who loves her bathing time. Leaves my skin soft and silky and smelling delish!

Tata Harper Jet Set Survival Kit ($25) – Hand picked by Tata herself, this airplane-approved set comes with the 3 essential steps needed for hydrating skin: Hydrating Floral Essence Spray, Replenishing Nutrient Complex and Aromatic Irritability Treatment.

Royal Apothic Conservatory Blossoms Kit ($48) – Housed in a beautiful wooden box, these 3 single note scents can be worn alone or layered for a unique and individual smell. Contains Velvet Dahlia, Hot House Peony, and English Rose.

Pinch Provisions Minimergency Kit For Her ($13) – The most genius stocking stuffer gift of all: 17 personal car essentials that every woman needs to own, like mini lip balm, clear nail polish, deodorant towelettes, and elastic bands (+ more!). All comes nicely arranged in a tiny colored bag that will fit snuggly in your favorite Proenza PS1.

EOS Alice in Wonderland Lip Balm Collection ($10) – For the Disney lover, this lip balm set contains 3 of Evolution of Smooth’s sphere moisture balms in vanilla, watermelon and blueberry flavors. 100% natural, 95% organic.

Stocking Stuffers: Nude Skincare The Essential Collection

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Everyone wants clear skin. What a better gift to give than that of a flawless face? Nude Skincare The Essentials Collection is the perfect starter kit for all skin types. It contains 3 full-sized bottles of their cult favorites: Cleansing Facial Wash, Hydrating Water (love, love, LOVE) and Age Defence Moisturizer.

CLEANSING FACIAL WASH 100ml/ 3.4fl oz
Cleanse, balance and refresh with the ultimate foaming cleansing gel. This delicately fragranced wash effectively removes make-up and pollution without stripping, leaving skin feeling immaculately clean and balanced.

HYDRATING WATER 100ml/ 3.4fl oz
A deliciously scented mist to revive dehydrated skin. Use as a toner after cleansing, mist to set make-up, and re-apply through the day to quench skin and plump the complexion.

AGE DEFENCE MOISTURISER 15ml/ 0.5fl oz
Smooth, firm and protect with this powerful anti-ageing moisturiser, clinically proven to reduce the appearance of wrinkles by up to 63%. Milk peptides and hyaluronic acid firm and hydrate for beautiful, younger looking skin.

The combination of these three wonderful products will leave your skin, hydrated, smooth and ultra fresh.

It’s a $77.00 value but sells for $60.00 and ships FREE from sephora.com.

Stocking Stuffers: Caudalie My Vinotherapie Spa Escape

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Who doesn’t want a trip to the spa? But do you really have the time? Well, Caudalie is bringing the spa to you… in the convenience of your own home. Caudalie’s My Vinotherapie Spa Escape is just want Santa had in mind.

Indulge in Caudalie’s most coveted products in sample sizes. Caudalie uses grape-seeds (polyphenols)  in all of their products to stimulate cell renewal and give you gorgeous skin.With the Spa Escape set, you can try the range without commiting to the products… and create a spa at home!

Here’s what you get in the set:

– 1 fl oz Nourishing Body Lotion
Enriched with highly nutritive active ingredients, this treatment immediately and lastingly moisturizes your skin to help regain its softness and elasticity.
Morning and evening, massage the Nourishing Body Lotion all over the body in circular movements.

– 0.13 fl oz Vinopure Purifying Mask
This non-drying purifying mask eliminates complexion-dulling impurities to brighten the skin. It cleanses deeply, tightens the pores, and regulates oil production.
Apply twice a week to perfectly clean skin for deep-cleansing, then rinse with warm water. For combination skin, use three times a week.

– 5.3 fl oz Cabernet Scrub
For those who seek strong exfoliation coupled with slimming action, crushed grape-seeds are mixed with brown sugar, pure Gironde honey, and 6 organic essential oils to smooth and drain.
Apply to wet skin. Massage the whole body with circular movements and rinse with care.

– 1 fl oz Fleur de Vigne Shower Gel
Soap-free, with an ultra-gentle plant-derived base, this shower gel respects skin’s pH and transforms your shower into a moment of total relaxation.
Lather onto wet skin. It rinses away easily, leaving nothing on your skin except for the delicate trace of Fleur de Vigne.

– 0.5 fl oz Hand and Nail Cream
Nourish and protect hand and nails with this anti-oxidant cream.
Apply anytime to maintain soft, luxurious hands.

PRICE TAG: $34.00 ($53.00 value)

Stocking Stuffers: Elemental Herbology Bathing Infusions Gift Set

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Bath time is, by far, my favorite time.  I love soaking in a nice, hot bath at the end of a stressful day. For all of you bath lovers out there, this is THE GIFT to give and receive: Elemental Herbology Elemental Bathing Infusions Gift Set. It comes with 5 1oz bottles of bathing infusions to target a myriad of specific concerns.

You get each of the elements:

Wood: To regenerate and invigorate.
Fire: To promote vitality, energy and clarity.
Earth: To restore equilibrium, calm and centre the mind.
Water: To unravel stress and tension.
Metal: To purify and eliminate toxins.

The 100 % natural oils smell delish and are tres, tres soothing come bath time. Just pour a bit into the tub and enjoy. BONUS: You’re special someone will like it too, the scents aren’t too sweet or girlie, but rather more spicy and musky.

A word (or several….) from the company:
“You can use Wood when you are feeling under the weather, Fire when you need a major energy boost, Earth when you are feeling unsettled, Metal when you are feeling bloated and need to detoxify and Water when you need to de-stress and relax.”


PRICE TAG: $38.00

Stocking Stuffers: REN Mini Rose Trio Gift Set

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There’s no denying that I am a HUGE fan of REN’s Moroccan Rose Bath Oil and Sugar Body Polish. It’s one of my favorite bath tub treats. I discovered the Moroccan rose scent quite some time ago and I never bathe without it. The smell is so fresh and soothing and feminine and it’s perfect year round.

You can imagine my excitement when I found the REN Mini Rose Trio Gift Set. The trio contains a mini 50 ml Rose Body Wash, 50 ml Rose Body Cream and a 30 ml Rose Body Oil. They all come housed in a pretty, delicate box. Bathing with the oil and wash is like a trip through a rose garden. Top it off with the body cream and you’re smelling like a dozen long stems. The scent isn’t perfumey or overpowering, rather it’s a lingering floral with a sweet disposition.

Ladies, take note — your man will love bathing in this rose garden too (trust me, I’ve tried it).

What a perfect present for the bath-obsessed! And if you’re feeling very generous, you can buy the trio in full size bottles as well.

PRICE TAG: mini, $25.00 /

Stocking Stuffers: Steamcream

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Hydrating lotion in attractive tin jars, oh my! Here’s a great stocking stuffer idea: Steamcream. Straight out of the UK, Steamcream is a multipurpose cream made from steam. It’s like the Elizabeth Arden 8-Hour Cream of Britain. But the coolest part about this cream has got to be the packaging. Funky eco-friendly tin packaging designed in Japan and decorated with limited edition collectible designs like leopard or bedazzled.

They’re so fun to carry around, perfect for the purse, desk, bedside table. Use it anywhere – on hands, body, face – it’s great for all skin types. Winner of the 2010 Beauty Insiders Choice, Steamcream does not disappoint in it’s hydrating abilities.

But you may be asking yourself, why steam?

Here’s a word (or several…) from the company:

“Steam has been recognised for its benefits to skincare for centuries. Which is why we put pure, unrefined steam directly into our cream. The result is a soft, luxuriant and glossy cream… STEAMCREAM have pioneered the use of a steam technique to create this unique, gentle and loosely-bound emulsion. This looseness allows each ingredient – including a moisturising and soothing oatmeal infusion, orange flower water and healing lavender oil – to breakdown and penetrate areas of the skin that other creams find hard to reach.”

Steamcream makes a really cool gift AND it’s effective as a moisturizer. What more could you possibly ask for?


PRICE TAG: 10 POUNDS for 75 grams

Click here to buy or visit Shen Beauty at 315 Court Street, Brooklyn.

Holiday Stocking Stuffers….

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Joy – Candy-striped and ready to wait under the Christmas tree!

Noel – This blonde beauty is dressed and set to act as Santa’s little helper.
Angel – Pure and perfect this angelic diva was sent from above to brighten holiday spirits.
Merry – There will be no shortage of holiday cheer to spread around with this elf-inspired diva.
Faith – This sultry dark haired diva is waiting with you, Christmas gifts in hand.
Holly – Dressed in her holiday finest with short soft brown locks!

J&D Diva Tweeze Holiday edition retail for $12.00 and are available at divatweeze.com.

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