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By Amy Sciaretto

Time is money, especially during the holiday season. Since you don’t have a ton of time to provide a wish list to your friends and family and if you are reading this in hopes of finding a good pick up for the lady in your life or your BFF, Beauty News is pleased to present this handy, printable, all-you-need-to-know gift guide in the spirit of our Fall 2010 preview. This gift guide is Twitter-sized: crucial information in 140 words or less. Happy shopping!

L’Wren Scott For Lancome Set

Why: Designer/makeup capsules are the best of both worlds and L’Wren Scott, the companion of Mick Jagger, co-designed this Lancome set, featuring red lipstick, lip gloss and nail polish along with a gray shadow quad and polish. Red + gray = cool winter chic. The reusable black rosette pochette is also “must have.”

For: Fashion-forward label lovers.

Kindred Spirit: Sienna Miller, Whitney Port, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kate Middleton

Charlotte Ronson for Lolita Via Beauty.com

Why: Charlotte Ronson designed a fashion -forward, zippered pouch decked out in a peek-a-boo lace overlay, black patent piping and internal pockets so she can stash gloss, oil blotters, bobby pins, eye liner, you name it. It’s easy to clean and travel with and she’ll want to show it off. The kit overflows with 13 deluxe samples from prestige brands, including Stila, Phyto, Nuxe, Smashbox, Urban Decay, Lavanila, It and Oscar Blandi.

For: Fashion-forward label lovers.

Kindred Spirit: Eva Mendes, Rachel Bilson, Jessica Biel, Beyonce

Benefit Beauty Wonderland

Why: Because less is more! A low-maintenance beauty routine prefer’er will die for this set, packaged in a hatbox-meets-handbag-shaped, collectible kit. Sugarbomb blush -a multi-faceted, cupcake-sweet pink- lives alongside Some Kind A-Gorgeous foundation faker and BADgal Lash mascara, which is like false lashes in a tube. If she doesn’t need (or wear) anything else, she’ll be thanking you for eons.

For: The makeup minimalist.

Kindred Spirit: Jennifer Garner, Kate Mara, Elizabeth Banks

Pop Beauty Day to Play

Why: If she spends more time outside of her house than in it, then a day-to-night transition kit is necessary. This dawn-to-dusk palette packs 24 eye shadows into one knockout, playful palette. The choices are hers with this handy dandy set.

For: The puller of all nighters.

Kindred Spirit: Lindsay Lohan, Riley Keough

Burberry Lip Charm

Why: High fashion meets form and function with Burberry Beauty’s Lip Charm. The Nude Beige gloss contained within is a universally flattering natural neutral and it’s one of the most chic gloss I’ve unearthed, thanks to the iconic Burberry check cascade. The charm’s interior mirror and magnetic closure make it a high-end stocking stuffer because she’s worth it.

For: Uptown girls with a love for labels.

Kindred Spirit: Rachel Weisz, Emma Watson, Ashley Greene, Christina Hendricks

Urban Decay Little Sins Eyeshadow Primer Potion Set

Why: Eye shadow is fleeting. With these powerful potions, encased in mini vials, shadow is crease proof and stays put. Four shades –Original/Nude, Sin/Champagne, Eden/Matte Nude, Greed/Gold– amp your shadow hues, too.

For: Naughty girls with a penchant for long nights.

Kindred Spirit: Megan Fox, Angelina Jolie

Urban Decay Urbanglow Cream Highlight

Why: Shimmery eyes are a winter must and Urbanglow’s crushed pearls offer ethereal glow on the browbone, in the inner corners of eyes and on cheekbones. If you dare, dab on the outer corners of eyes or on your cupids bow. Moonshine is a shimmery peach; Sin is an iridescent pink. Pretty all around!

For: Sisters and girlfriends.

Kindred Spirit: Ashlee Simpson-Wentz, Nicole Richie, Chloe Sevigny

Urban Decay Cowboy Junkie

Why: Midnight Cowboy is Urban Decay’s cult fave shade – a sparkly, pinky-nude neutral that anyone can wear. This purse-perfect kit includes MC, Midnight Cowboy Rides Again and Midnight Cowgirl, with Romp, a smoky grape exclusive to this set. Eye liner and a full-size MC gloss are also included.

For: The class act or girl next door.

Kindred Spirit: Jennifer Aniston, Sandra Bullock, Halle Berry

Hissyfit Eye Clockpots By Reggie Wells

Why: Guesswork is gone and portability is major with these round compacts. A velvety, stay-put primer and four expertly coordinated eye shadow trios mean endless options and little space occupied in your suitcase, carryon or Luis Vuitton barrel bag.

For: The always-on-the-go exec.

Kindred Spirit: Kelly Cutrone, Lauren Conrad, Ivanka Trump

Borghese Scintillare Collection

Why:Scintillare” is Italian for “sparkle” and holidays are meant for glittery, festive lacquers on her digits and extremities! Rich, dark winter shades are made less serious with an infusion of glitter that’s appropriate for any age. Purple Confetti, Vigneto Berry and Mediterraneo Sea up the holiday party ante and boast Duale Curve Tip Brush which hugs the nail and deposits even color.

For: The weekly mani/pedi addict.

Kindred Spirit: Monica Bellucci, Isabella Rosellini, Madonna

Dermablend Leg and Body Tattoo Primer

Why: Tattoos are no longer the domain of the underground. They’re mainstream, but it’s not always best to bear ink at the office holiday party or during the festive season. If she needs to hide art from boss or family, this smudge-proof, water-resistant primer will conceal for up to 12 hours when used with the accompanying cover up. It’s also hydrating, so there is a skin benefit. This won’t work if she’s head-to-toe tatted a la Kat Von D, but if she’s got ink here and there, this will hide it.

For: The rebel beauty

Kindred Spirit: Angelina Jolie, Kelly Ripa, Rihanna

Make Up Forever Rock For Ever Eye Shadow Palette

Why: Smoky eyes are in style 25/8/366, yet women still need a little advice on how to achieve the look. MUF eliminates the guess work with the Rock For Ever palette, which functions for both naught and nice girls, thanks to four coordinated mix-and-matchable shadows in beige, black and white shimmer shades, along with a silver iridescent.

For: The rock chick.

Kindred Spirit: Kelly Osbourne, Kristin Stewart, Jennifer Hudson, Jada Pinkett Smith

Ellis Faas Milky Eyes Eye Shadow

Why: Magic abounds with a swipe of these long-lasting liquid shadows which transform into a matte powder upon application via the signature pen. While “milky eyes” may sound like a condition you don’t want to acquire, in this case, it’s a stunning, translucent and versatile product offering a stain or wash of color. It’s also ideal for contact lens wearers.

For: Busily beautiful moms.

Kindred Spirit: Katie Holmes, Kate Moss, Courteney Cox Arquette, Heidi Klum

Caudalie The Gold Standard Beauty Elixir – Gold Collector’s Edition

Why: Gold is good. She will radiate with a dewy glow with a spritz of this cult face spray which pulls quadruple duty since it hydrates, softens, sets makeup and imparts a hard-to-replicate sheen. It does a lot of glamourizing at a reasonable price.

For: Photo op fiends, models, red carpet regulars.

Kindred Spirit: Demi Moore, Jennifer Lopez, Jessica Alba

Cargo Lumières du Monde Palette:

Why: She can let her light shine with this black case palette, the name of which translates to “lights of the world.” Eight shadows (Deep Teal Green, Sparkling Bronze, Periwinkle Purple, Sparkling Electric Blue, Sparkling Brown, Matte Beige, Matte Warm Grey, Glittery Gold) of matte and shimmery texture and a blusher/bronzer ensure this palette will last you well past the holiday season. There are endless color combinations and coordinations – at least 81! She can boast a new look every day.

For: The experimenter and risk taker

Kindred Spirit: Charlize Theron, Rihanna, Lady Gaga

Photo Courtesy of Horchow.com

Stocking Stuffer Suggestions: Fill her stocking with lots of cute, portable treats that she can tote easily.

ONE Lip Butter Balms: When you head to Target to shop for big-ticket items, stop by the beauty aisle for stocking stuffers. ONE Lip Butter Balms are earth-friendly and adorably packaged in recyclable tins. Colder weather is coming and her lips need more hydration from these shea butter-packed boosters.

Available Flavors: Honey Cream, Shea My Lips, Cherry Pie, Lip Tune Up, Berry Delicious, Shea My Lips,and Coco-Coconut, the latter of which is my personal favorite.

Make Up Forever Aqua Eyes Waterproof Pencils
MUF’s cult-favorite Aqua Eyes waterproof pencils are five to a set and come in travel sizes and a reusable, grommet-studded, rock ‘n’ roll inspired tin. With matte black, silver, gold, copper and dark grey shimmery shades, these pencils allow for year-round beauty. Tuck ‘em in your pocket. I use the to dot my inner corners and lower lashline after I’ve applied black liner for an unexpected burst of boldness.

Comfort Zone Everyday Eye Makeup Remover
If you give the constantly renewing gift of makeup for the holidays, why not gift her with a quality makeup remover? This gentle make up remover is of Italian origin and crafted for eyes and lips and requires a hearty shake of the bottle to mingle the contents before usage. It’s rich and somewhat oily, which is actually a plus; tired eyes (and the skin around them) will be clean and moisturized. Just use a light touch.

butterLONDON Fall/Winter 2010 Collection
Her polished digits will last through the cold, brittle winter with butterLONDON’s on-trend and textured, fashion-forward collection. Bumster (opaque yellow designed by the late, great Alexander McQueen), Marrow (a customized, murky purple named and colored after the center of a bone) and Victoriana (twinkling, smoky blue representing the Victorian era) are modern throwbacks. That’s not easy to achieve, but that’s what makes them fashionable.

Nordstrom Professional Brush Set
Out with the old, in with the beautiful and new! She can toss her old, overused brushes that she has neglected to clean as often as she should have and replace them with these uber-soft, pro and essential brushes comprised of natural and synthetic hairs that are housed in a chic, cylindrical case. These brushes serve eyes, lips and face.

Jouer Mini Tinted Lip Enhancer Collection
Too cute! That’s Jouer Lip Tints. She can tuck one in every handbag so her lips will always be conditioned, nourished and tinted with just a faint hint of color through the hectic holidays and beyond. The trio includes Champagne, Bellini and Shiraz shades, which are pretty, subtle and sexy, all at once.

Koh Gen Do Face Powders
She can go Geisha-style with this trio of finely-milled Maifanshi face powders, encased in pink, white and red cups replete with their own mini powder puff. The loose powders are to be applied after foundation for sheer, natural coverage without drying your skin out. This is all she will need when attempting a wintry, cool look. Snow Pink kisses skin with angel-light shimmer and Natural Lighting Powder will camouflage uneven skin tone with its iridescence. She can sweep either over the décolletage and neck and shoulders for a sultry, inviting look.

Originally published December 2010
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