Beauty

By Amy Sciaretto

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The heat is on… and not just because it’s cold outside and temps are dipping to sub-freezing levels. With Christmas just two weeks ago, you likely still have lots of shopping to do and are incredibly pressed for time. Don’t crumble under the pressure or resort to gift card purchases. You can still nab lovely gifts for the beautyista in your life. If you procrastinated and need to find something thoughtful that she will love on the quick, the items below are your — natch — best bets!

Cargo Cosmetics Star Wars The Resistance Lengthening Mascara
Cargo Cosmetics Star Wars The First Order Volumizing Mascara


Two years ago, it was COVERGIRL. This year, it’s Cargo Cosmetics that has created a Star Wars makeup collection, including eyeshadow palettes and mascaras. Since you’re shopping for a product junkie that likely already has plenty of palettes, go for the lengthening and volumizing mascaras The tubes and packaging nod to the iconic franchise and a galaxy far, far away. The primo formulas lengthen, fatten, and darken lashes, since the luxurious brush bristles will kiss every lash. These mascaras will be the gifts that keep on giving because she will love whipping these tubes out every a.m. and indulging her inner fangirl for months after the film has left the multiplex.

Beauty Junkees Pro Blending Makeup Sponge

Most product obsessives have a stash of beautyblenders or squishy, egg-shaped makeup sponges in a variety of colors. While it may seem counterintuitive to buy her something she already has, DO IT! “I have too many makeup applicators,” said no one ever! Makeup lovers will always appreciate another tool in the arsenal that can be used to buff and blend liquid or cream products. And since these latex-free, bouncy blenders take a beating from daily use, it’s always good to have another in stock for quick replacements when needed. Beauty Junkees Pro Makeup Blending Sponges in the black, teardrop shape are high quality and high performance, with a bargain price. So buy two or three or seven for stocking stuffers.

Danessa Myricks Beauty Illuminating Veil

Beauty fiends seek glow year-round, especially during the doldrums of winter. You can help her achieve a dewy, sun-kissed sheen with Danessa Myricks Beauty Illuminating Veils. These luminescent, cream highlighters go the distance. A pinhead-sized drop delivers serious glimmer and glow. It can be used on arms, legs, the face, decolletage, or wherever she wants to get some pigmented and shimmery sheen without having to go out into the sun and ultimately damaging her skin to get it. The Illuminating Veils can be worn a la carte, layered under powder, or mixed with moisturizer. Goddess is a golden bronze and Light is an icy silver that would pop on darker skin tones, while the pink-toned Synergy and Serenity, the rose gold Radiance, and the peachy bronze Attraction will work with all skin tones. Highly recommend for makeup alchemists who like to play and combine separate products.

No7 Ready for Radiance Gift Set

Gift sets are always a do, since they feature multiple components at a super attractive prices. No7’s Ready for Radiance set boasts an eight-pan eyeshadow palette in shimmery nudes, along with a glittery peach gloss and a shimmery skin illuminator, which can be mixed with foundation or moisturizer for extra oomph! It has all the pieces to create date night or party-ready looks. It’s a lot of looks contained within one set.

Real Techniques Ultimate Sponge Collection

If you are stressing over colors and can’t decide which palette or liquid matte lippie to purchase, and don’t want to straight up ask her what color she would prefer because it would eliminate the element of surprise when unwrapping the present, stop stressing. Grab the Real Techniques Ultimate Sponge Collection. It’s over a dozen makeup sponges in several shapes (teardrop, sliced, domed, diamond), colors (hot pink, orange, and pink), and textures (spongy and porous.) These applicators serve innumerable purposes — contouring, blending, buffing, and erasing — for when she wants to serve up a lewk! This set is definitely recommended for the makeup vet who uses no less than 12 products a day.

Wander Beauty Read My Lips Ensemble

Lipstick sets are always a great gift, too. Wander Beauty’s Red My Lips Ensemble features five lippies — four moisture matte minis and one metallic. The additional texture means the wearer (and receiver of the set) can play and do lip art. The metallic hue can be used as a center fade or ombre shade. Berries, nudes and mauves, oh my! The keepsake box can be used to store her little secrets… whatever those may be. This gift will be one of her faves of the season.

Ecotools Six Piece Essential Eye Collection

Anything is adorbs when it’s served up as a mini. Ecotools Six Piece Essential Eye Collection includes five brushes and a storage bag and allows the user to effectively achieve the always in style smoky eye. The brushes are cruelty-free and the packaging is tree-free paper, so this is an excellent gift for a makeup fiend whose green and has planet sympathies. The brushes are easy to grip and the hairs are soft as velvet, which are two core qualities in a makeup tool.

Pur Quick Pro Eyes

Nothing will delight a makeupista more than set like this. Pur Quick Pro Eye Set features four dual-ended eyeliner and eyeshadow pens. These totable tools are easy to tuck into a handbag and she can take her look from the office to dinner and drinks with a few clicks. It’s a creamy shadow pen on one end and liner on the other. The user can apply and then smudge with her fingers and without having to lug any additional tools. She will be thrilled that she won’t be bogged down.

Pur Quick Pro Lips 3-Piece Nude Collection

Nude lips sink ships. OK, not really, but…Nude lips are a “do” for most beauty lovers, since they can be perfectly paired with a heavy smoky eye to achieve balance. Pur Quick Pro Lips 3-Piece Nude Collection contains the pinky Stripped lippie, the majorly shiny Birthday Suit Gloss, and Naked liner. It’s all the items she will need to create the essential and classic nude lip!

Originally published December 2017

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