ah yes, day 6 of the 12 days of christmas here on xoxonettaP, and we’ve arrived at the beauty and makeup portion of our shopping event. speaking of makeup and beauty, have you visited the xoxonettaP beauty and makeup shop? it’s right here (and it’s totally calling your name. you can’t hear it? maybe you should click the link and then you’ll hear your name as clear as a bell!).
makeup and beauty products are often the perfect gift to get someone who you know really well, know sort of well, or don’t know at all. you just have to look at their faces, usually, to see what kind of makeup they wear (if any at all), and you can give them a good sniff next time you see them to be able to tell what sort of scents they might be into. my all-time favorite, from my teenage-hood set of beauty products is from lush. now, when i started using lush products, they were still only available in london, but i went away to study abroad one semester and fell in love with bath bombs, handmade beauty products, and roses in everything. they make the PERFECT stocking stuffer items, and also great secret santa gifts. what are my favorites?
the sex bath bomb was, naturally, one of the first lush bath bombs i tried. i mean, come on, i was 19, i wanted to be sexy, and i certainly wanted to SMELL like i knew what sexy was. whether or not jasmine is really sexy, i don’t know, but look at how sexy the bomb looks. ok, don’t look too closely. but don’t you just want to lean into your screen and sniff it?
the rose queen is exactly what it sounds like. full of roses and fit for a queen. the thought of rose petals appearing in my bathtub after a bath is more than enough of a sales pitch to talk me into spending $5.
phoenix rising is exactly what the sparkle doctor ordered. it’s one of lush’s newer bath bombs, and i love the direction they’ve gone with it. it’s purple. ROYAL purple. fit for royalty. it’s dusted with gold glittery powder, sure to leave a kiss of sparkle on your skin, and it smells like spicy apples and cinnamon. YUM. sometimes i wish lush bath bombs were to eat and not just to soak in.
a lavender scented satchet is the perfect gift for just about any lady. first of all, nothing beats pulling out some new draws from your drawers and having them smell like the sweet scent of lavender. it makes getting dressed in the morning feel … pretty. this set of sachets is from crabtree & evelyn, and they’ve actually got quite a number of sachet products available in different scents.
i think the india hicks island night getaway bag is a great choice. and btw – you can get $15 off purchase of $75 or more at crabtree & evelyn with code AFFILIATE15. this set just screams expensive to me, but it’s really not at just $38. it smells like orchids, jasmine, palms and orange blossom, topped off with a hint of woody musk. i feel whisked away to somewhere divine, relaxing, and full of people ready to massage me already. you know what i meant.
this set is from nars’ holiday collection for 2011. it’s called arabian nights, and i think it’s wearable by loads of different women with lots of different skin tones. it’s such a rich palette of eyeshadow shades, and it’s got just a hint of sparkle for highlighting someone’s beautiful eyes.
maybe you’ve got a friend who, up until this point, has been scared to try a red lipstick? nars’ jungle red is the perfect place to start. it’s semi-matte, highly pigmented, and it’s got a “non-drying” formula. it was voted best overall lipstick by instyle in both 2010 and 2011. you pretty much can’t beat that. it’s a true red and very rich. nars is also offering free shipping.
yesssssssssssss. that is how i felt when i bought this for myself and opened up the package. i guarantee that’s how someone would feel if you gave this to them as a gift. i mean, come on. they don’t call it the makeup studio blockbuster for nothing. they say it has a $440 value, which i don’t doubt is probably a bit inflated, but come on. 197 different products. 96 eye shadows. 84 lip glosses. 8 eyeliners. 3 blushes. a bronzer. mascara. and applicators. MAKEUP PARTY!
what other great deals does sephora have? how about a free holiday sample kit with any $25 purchase! just use the code: PREPKIT. and, of course, free shipping on all orders over $50. with all this free shipping, i’m just gonna try out everything.