By Erin Williams


My favorite time for makeup has come – the holidays! Cosmetic companies pull out all the stops with inventive packaging and crazy deals to make gifts ripe for the picking for all of your girls, no matter where they may be celebrating.

For the chilly ones up at the North Pole, you can send dreams of Light Snow Shimmer Face Powder from Estee Lauder instead of the blizzard they’re likely to have. Housed in a beautiful gold-mirrored compact, this limited edition champagne powder is embossed with a snowflake that will give a soft shine to any face.

For a better bet than Eskimo kisses, get her Bigelow’s Kissable Lip Trio Gift Tin. It includes My Favorite Lip Balm, the amazing Mentha Lip Shine, and Soothing Lip Buffer to keep lips soft and smooch-ready.

And, where did those Eskimos come from? History lesson kids. That’s right, Sally, Asia. MAC’s Stashette: 5 Brush in Olive gives an oriental twist on brush sets with its floral jacquard clutch complete with faux croc trim and tassel. Five lacquered wood brushes for everything ranging from foundation to liner to shadow will keep her looking the best.

The classic beauties celebrating holidays in Paris will love Three Custom Color’s A Century in Red Lip Palette. With ten different shades of red running the gamut from “Rosie the Riveter’s” rich blue red from the 1940’s to the brown-red creme of the 1990’s, she’s guaranteed to find the perfect shade for her holiday pout.

Laura Mercier may well rival Dumas and Balzac with her Beauty Library Set. Each leather clad “book” has a unique story to tell about eyes (with nine shades), lips (six lipsticks and two glosses), or cheeks (two blushes, a shimmer, and bronzer). All contain amazingly usable colors that will work with any skin tone.

For a more compact version, pick up Sonia Kashuk’s Ladies Who Lunch. Perfect with crepes … Inside are a blush, a powder, an eye shadow, three lip shades, a brush, and a mirror. They all roll up in a cute silver clutch that matches your cutlery.

When donning Parisian couture, a subtle sheen on the skin is the perfect complement. Armani’s limited edition Midnight Shimmer Powder strikes the balance of class and sass. Available at Saks Fifth Avenue.

Speaking of sass, on a bolder note, your girlfriends in Las Vegas are sure to find ample use for Benefit’s BADgal Gear. Complete her smoldering look with the kit’s mini BADgal mascara, black liquid liner, and false lashes. Nothing’s real in Vegas ladies.

To keep your girlfriend warm on those winter desert nights, give her Urban Decay’s Shot-o-Gloss. With a choice of three sheer shimmery lip shades, she won’t need anyone else to buy her drinks.

If she has a tendency to get around town she’ll need the new Mini Quickie Chronicles from Too Faced. A blush, two lip colors, and two eyeshadows all work together to keep her looking ready for the Strip at all hours.

If the warmer shores of Tahiti are more her scene, she’ll love The Ultimate Diet from Philosophy. Yummy Cinnamon Buns are center stage in the form of Ultra-Rich Shampoo/Shower Gel/Bubble Bath and a Body Souffle. Bikinis intimidate no longer!

If she’s feeling a little pale at the beach, ColorEvolution’s new Body Bronzers will warm her right up. Available in Malibu and Venice, these loose mineral powders add a beautifully-bronzed glow anywhere you want it!

For those warm nighttime walks along the water, inspire her with Stila’s Deluxe Palette in Golden Moon. She’ll be radiant with four neutral shadows, a primrose blush, a golden peach lipstick, and a caramel gloss. And with the included brushes, she won’t have to get back to the cabana any time soon.

And two things for the New York City girl – shu uemura’s 24K Gold Eyelash Curler is the ultimate gift for the girl who already has everything. Handcrafted in 24K gold, it gives all day curl to last from brunch to a Broadway show.

Perfect lashes and perfect lips are all you need in New York. One is already covered, for the other, Bobbi Brown’s Bobbi’s PicksLip Gloss Palette is gorgeous! With four new creamy colors and three new shimmers, there’s a shade for every event to keep you camera-ready in the big apple.

Wherever she may be, her care package, sent with love, is certain to delight with all these holiday treats!

Originally published December 2005



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