Tagged: Deborah Lippmann

Holiday Gift Sets to Split

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I love all the holiday sets that come out around the holidays, but even as a huge beauty lover, receiving 15 lip glosses or 9 hand creams all at once is a bit overkill.  As the gift giver, what I like to do is to split up these gift sets and spread them out among multiple recipients, so they get can try a variety of my favorite products.

I listed 5 of my favorite gift sets to split up below – what I’m going to do is mix and match a few items from each set to give out to each recipient and package them in a cute pouch.  I personally think this shows more thought as you can pick out the colors/scents that you think each person would like best.

Buxom Shimmer and Shake Show-Stopping Collection of 15 Lip Polishes & Creams, $59 – I LOVE Buxom glosses – they are tingly, minty, and offer a beautiful shine.  And at $59 for 15 of the most popular colors, this set is a steal.

Laura Mercier Luxe Caviar Stick Set, $98 – These Caviar Sticks are AWESOME eye color bases or can even stand alone as easy swipe-and-go shadows.  Even ladies with oily lids (like me) can use them – once they set, they are almost smudge-proof.  Normally, the retail price is $26 per Caviar Stick, and since these are full size and come with SIX, this set is a great deal to split up among multiple recipients. My favorite colors are Amethyst, Cocoa, and Khaki.

Deborah Lippmann Big Bang, $78  – I was totally on a Deborah Lippmann kick for the longest time, then I got over it, thinking that the polishes weren’t all that unique, and now I’m back on.  The polishes really wear beautifully and last quite a long time, and Deborah Lippmann offers innovative colors and finishes for people who like daring polishes.  A full-size polish will run you about $17-$19, and even though these are smaller, few people actually finish a full bottle of nail polish, so this is a great way to gift out a few cool colors to each recipient.

Fresh Sugar Treasures, $50 – I tried to not like these since they are pricey, but I can’t even tell you how many tubes of Fresh Lip Treatments (in various shades) I’ve gone through.  They are just so easy and are moisturizing.  It was also my SPF  lip treatment of choice when I climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro a few months ago.  Fabulous set to split and gift to multiple ladies.

L’Occitane Hand Cream Soiree, $92 – I’m not one of those people who obsessively applies hand cream – I’m just too lazy.  However, even I will go to the effort during colder months of making sure I have a tube on me, and I really like the texture and scent of the L’Occitane Hand Creams.  My favorite scents are Mango Flower, Lavender, and Honey.

Are you giving out beauty gifts this year?  If so, please share!

Fall nail polish picks

Autumn officially began this past weekend, and despite 90 degree days in Texas, the days have already gotten shorter.  Nail polish is one of the easiest ways to transition into a new season, and what that, we bring you some of our go-to nail colors for the fall:

From left to right:

Revlon Moon Candy in Galactic – dark blue with blue flakes.  The application of the solid nail polish part is AMAZING – this is easily opaque in one coat.  Revlon came out with a lot of these Moon Candy polishes, and this one is by far the coolest looking one.  Shiny top coat recommended to smooth out the texture of the flakes.

Revlon Moon Candy in Orbit – dark eggplant purple base with purple flakes.  Again, the solid nail polish part is AMAZING – why aren’t all opaque polishes like this??  One thin coat is completely opaque.  Again, recommend a top coat on top of the flakes.

China Glaze Man Hunt (from the Safari Collection) – a darker medium-toned blue cream polish.  Nice consistency, 2 coats needed for full opacity.

Deborah Lippmann Billionaire – dark forest/mossy green.  A tiny bit runny, 2 coats for full opacity.

NARS Galion – a dark (see a theme here?) stormy grey that looks like it has a very dark blue tinge.  It looks black in the swatch below, but it’s really not.  This WAS a limited edition product, but it is now fully available on the NARS website!  Pretty sure this is going to be our favorite nail color of the fall.

Swatches below – the solid colors all had 2 coats, NO top coat.  The Revlon Moon Candy polishes had 1 coat of the solid base with 1 coat of the flakes, no clear top coat.

What are your nail polish picks for the fall??