Guys! I can't remember a year when Christmas crept up on me like this. Anyone else feeling this way? I haven't even STARTED my Christmas shopping, which is why my annual gift guide post(s) have been so tardy. (Apologies to you early birds out there!)
For anyone else who's still on the hunt, this one's for you... because even though I'm woefully unprepared for the holidays, at least the beauty companies have us covered with some seriously impressive gift sets. Seriously, they make shopping for any female on your list so much easier than having to scout out individual prodz from a bunch of different beauty counters. Some are so cute that you won't even have to wrap 'em! I've got 15 options here—at all price points and body parts!—so dig in and get your shop on.
Benefit "I'm Glam... Therefore I Am" Life of the Party Makeup Kit
Adorbs! Benefit's kits are getting better and better. This one has all you—oops, I mean SHE—will need (save foundation and concealer). It contains four shades of eyeshadow, a face powder, Girl Meets Pearl luminizer, Life on the A List lip gloss, BADgal mascara and a sponge applicator. $40; at Benefit counters.
Stila Daydream Palette
Isn't she purty? But she's not just nice to look at—there is some serious value in this 22-strong eyeshadow palette. Apparently that means it's worth nearly $100. But you pay only a fraction of that. $24; at TheShoppingChannel.com.
Cake Beauty Holiday Handful Hand Creme Trio
I may be over the dessert fragrance craze, but I still like my hand products to smell yummy. Cake makes some of the best, and this kit features two (the classic Milk Made, which is a vanilla-raspberry, plus Snow Woman, which is "sweet vanilla cream"). And then you get UnSweet—an unscented one for when you need a break from all that sugar. This would be perf for any female—we ALL need a steady hand cream supply here in Canada. $36; at eBeauty.ca.
Fruits & Passion Foaming Bath Forest
F&P comes out with a version of these every year, but I always dig 'em—what person wouldn't love scented bath gels packaged as a FOREST? That you can use as Christmas ornaments? I mean, COME ON. $19.95; at Fruits & Passion stores.
M.A.C Glitter and Ice Make It Perfect Brush Kit
Brushes are one of those beauty items that you might not buy for yourself—after all, they tend to take a back seat to the fun stuff like lipsticks and eyeshadow. But EVERYONE needs great brushes. M.A.C's are some of the best, and this kit contains five travel-sized essentials (complete with sparkly handles!) in a cute makeup bag. $59.50; at M.A.C counters.
Avon Expert Mega Palette
One of the best things about the holidays is how makeup companies come out with these ridonkulous palettes with zillions of colours—and then charge you a bizzaro low price. This one has 36 eyeshadows, 36 lip glosses and six blushes—and the colours are totes flattering. $35; at Avon.ca.
SUPER by Dr. Nicholas Perricone Skin Nutrition Kit
Dr. Perricone is The Man when it comes to the connection between skincare and nutrition. I've interviewed him a couple of times and he's brilliant. SUPER is his brand new line—Elizabeth raved about the serum here—and it's perfect for any beauty junkies in your life... especially GREEN beauty junkies. Everything is formulated without parabens, propylene glycol, mineral oil, phthalates, synthetic fragrances, animal by-products or synthetic dyes. This starter kit contains a cleanser, eye treatment and restorative moisturizing cream. $70; at TheShoppingChannel.com.
Fresh Citron de Vigne Set
Who doesn't love Fresh? Everything they make smells sooo good—including this scent, which was inspired by France's champagne region. (HELLO!) It includes the eau de parfum, along with body lotion and sugar cubes for the bath. Such a great price too! $40; at BeautyMark in Vancouver or BeautyMark.ca.
StriVectin Ageless Skin Blockbuster Kit
This has "Mom" written all over it. Mine is particularly obsessed with StriVectin, so I think yours will love this anti-aging kit too. It includes the cult favourite Intensive Concentrate for Stretch Marks & Wrinkles in both regular and sensitive skin versions, as well as the eye cream, cleanser, neck cream and face serum. $114; at Sears.
Nip + Fab Holiday Body Pamper Kit
If you've got someone on your list who takes care of their bod, you can't go wrong with this cult beauty line's body-focused holiday kit. It features prodz to help firm, tone and smooth the legs, tummy and bust! $29.95; at Shoppers Drug Mart.
Urban Decay Holiday Nail Kit
UD's popular Book of Shadows is always a great holiday purchase—for, say your beauty-conscious BFF or cousin—but this year, I'm really feeling this collection of six mini nail polishes. The packaging is gorgeous and the colours are totally on trend: moody, shimmery and perfect to get her through the rest of the winter. $28; at Sephora.
L'Occitane Handbag Essentials
Sorry for the teeny tiny pic! But wowza, what a great idea. There ARE certain things every gal needs in her handbag, and this trio—a solid perfume, lip gloss and hand cream—definitely hits the mark. I really, really love the solid perfume idea. This scent is Rose & Violet. $36; at L'Occitane stores.
The Body Shop Born Lippy Lip Balm Selection
If I had a pre-teen in my family, this is what I'd buy her. You get five fruity lip balms all packaged up like a giant lolly. Yum! $15; at The Body Shop stores.
Bath & Body Works Aromatherapy Peace on Earth Gift Set in Stress
Hopefully it's not too much of a hint to buy this de-stressing relaxation kit for the Type A personality in your fam. I've long been a fan of B&BW's aromatherapy line—this contains a body lotion, body wash, foam bath and oil burner to scent the room. The eucalyptus and spearmint scent really works! $49.50; at Bath & Body Works stores.
Philosophy Jolly Jubilee Set
In case you haven't heard, we're giving away one of these (along with four other Philosophy beauty sets) and you can enter to win at this linkity link right here. But that's not the only reason to mention this seriously cute gift set. It would make a great hostess present, and the packaging is so fantastic that you won't even have to wrap it! $23; at Shoppers Drug Mart.
How far along are you with your Christmas shopping?
Think you'll be snapping up any of these beauty gifts?
Spotted any others that you think are great? Spread the word in the comments!