December 12, 2013

2013 Holiday Gift Guide with the Cupcake Blondie!

From makeup to haircare to all things beauty, check out these suggestions to make her smile Christmas morning! I've compiled a list of makeup, skincare, and haircare products I would buy any girlfriend of mine!

$ - Under $25 / $$ - $25 to $50 / $$$ - $50 +

There is nothing more decadent than a bubble bath overflowing with the scent of fresh baked cookies! Philosophy can make that happen! If you've very tried this brand you know how true-to-life their scents really are! So when you buy an Orange Creamsicle body wash you're going to get exactly that. Their holiday fragrances are to die for & definitely something to stock up on for the rest of the year. Their gift sets are usually a great value and they are also sold via QVC and overstock retailers like TJMaxx for a fraction of the price!

$$$ - Sedona Lace 12 Piece Brush Set

I grabbed this set of brushes for half off on Black Friday! They are well worth their full retail price! I am astonished with the quality Sedona Lace delivers with every product they sell. I also have palette from them and they are amazing quality shadows for an even better pricetag. If your loved one is in need of a set of brushes, try this set out! If you don't like them, their customer service is fabulous as well and makes returning/exchanging a cinch! These come in light pink, black, and hot pink/black! They even have single-sold kabukis to match! I value the sets for the economic value but you can always buy individual brushes, too.

$$$ - Urban Decay's Naked 3 Palette

It's here!!! Naked 3 has come in the flesh to stores TODAY! It's on my list, what about yours? This has been so highly anticipated that if you can get your hands on it for your loved one you'll be Santa himself! There are 12 rose toned shades perfect for any romantic look! Full of shimmer and shine it's perfect for anyone's collection of shadows.

$ - LUSH Homemade Beauty

LUSH is one of the reasons I'm making my own cosmetics at home this season! From scrubs to salt sprays and face washes too, LUSH brings us fresh, natural cosmetic products we can indulge in everyday! They offer shampoos, body washes, lotion bars, hair styling products, soaps, bubble baths - you literally name it and they more than likely offer it, and if they don't they want to know! You're going to have a wonderful experience if you head into a LUSH store and get to feel hands-on the magic of homemade beauty products. This is an absolutely perfect gift for anyone to take that extra time now and again to pamper themselves.

$$$ - Marc Jacobs Perfumes

It's higher end, yes, but Marc Jacobs perfumes are extremely popular this year! I love them and so do many other ladies who have had the opportunity to smell these wonderful fragrances in person. Don't know which to pick? No problem!

  • DOT: red berries, jasmine, driftwood
  • DAISY: strawberry, violet, jasmine, musk, vanilla
  • DAISY EAU SO FRESH: raspberry, grapefruit, pear, wild rose, apple blossom, cedarwood, plum
  • HONEY: pear, mandarin, orange blossom, peach nectar, honeysuckle, apricot, honey, vanilla
  • LOLA: pink peppercorn, pear, grapefruit, peony, rose, vanilla, musk
  • OH LOLA!: pear, raspberry, peony, magnolia, vanilla, sandalwood

$$$ - Michael Kors Handbags

I'm not even writing a description... they're THAT good.

$ - Matrix Biolage Hair Care

There is absolutely nothing wrong with getting someone a gift set of hair care (especially in winter when we all should pay attention to our locks)! Biolage by MATRIX is my go-to favorite line for any hair care product! I use the Hydratherapie line and it is the best shampoo and balm I have ever tried. It can be pricey when it isn't on sale, but check local beauty stores and salons for packaged sets especially at this time of year!

$ - Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eyeliner Set

Six full sized 24/7 eye pencils for only $24! Must have for anyone who uses liner daily! This set includes your basic black, brown, and grey as well as a purple, blue, and olive green! If you know UD's prices you know this is a fantastic steal for six of their liners. These are quality with the lasting power of a tattoo. Okay, not that permanent. ;) But you get the idea!

$$ - Benefit Little Love Potions Sample Kit

I have never tried a Benefit product and I am DYING to! I really want to try the boxed blushes but only time will tell when I'll get that chance! This kit of Benefit's Little Love Potions is so perfect for anyone wanting to try their products! You get nearly one of all their best sellers in a convenient sample size! It's perfect for the newbie to Benefit to give the ma chance to save their cash before they shell out a pretty penny on a mascara or primer. Even if your gal pal has tried and loves Benefit, these are PERFECT travel sizes for a suitcase or purse!

I'm wishing all of my readers a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! I hope this helped narrow down a few ideas for your loved ones. What's on your wishlist? Happy Holidays!

xo K