Holiday Gift Ideas: 2010 Part One

Hello and Happy Holidays!

With Christmas just a couple weeks away, I wanted to write a “favorites” blog. So many people struggle with gift ideas for the holiday season, and hopefully this list will help get your “creative juices” flowing.  The entire list is comprised of items that I have and currently reach for on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis, or products from brands that I know and love.

For The Beauty Addict

Many makeup companies offer great holiday kits for this time of year. I personally love makeup kits because it allows you to get a feel for that brand and what they have to offer.

A great example of this is the “Back to School Beauty Kit” by Stila Cosmetics. Stila is a higher-end cosmetics brand that is used and loved by celebrities, makeup artists, and the like. In this kit, you are able to experience some of the best products that Stila has to offer at an incredibly reasonable price.  For $15, your Beauty Addict will receive the following (I have included my short descriptions of the products as well):

Stila's "Back to School" Set

  • Stila’s Illuminating Tinted Moisturizer- Shade 01- this will provide you with a touch of radiance in your skin, restoring a youthful and dewy appearance.
  • Exclusive Eye Shadow Trio shade in Anya- this exclusive trio is beautiful. The three shades complement one another and would look great on any skin tone.
  • Exclusive Lip Glaze shade in Mayberry- this berry tone will give your lips a youthful, flushed appearance.
  • Sample of One Step Prime Color in Per Suede- this is a primer that will help keep your makeup in place. It should be applied after you moisturize, but before applying foundation, concealer, or powder.

All of these products together would normally retail for over $60. At $15, it is a steal! Click here to check out the Stila “Back to School Beauty Kit.”

For The Music Lover:

Of course everyone has their own individual taste in music, but the following are CDs that seem to consistently be in my CD player in the last month:

Taylor Swift- “Speak Now” Although she is deemed a “country” artist, Taylor Swift does not have the signature “twang” that you either love or hate. Her lyrics are authentic, heart-felt, and original. I can’t help but keep this album on repeat. Favorite tracks include: “Back to December,” “Dear John,” “Last Kiss,” and “Long Live.”  On Amazon, “Speak Now” is available on CD or in MP3 format for just $8.99, and is eligible for FREE SHIPPING when you spend $25. It really takes the hastle out of Christmas shopping. Click here to listen to samples of the album tracks.

Jason Mraz- “We Sing, We Dance, We Steal Things” I can’t help but be happy while listening to this album. Jason Mraz has catchy lyrics and upbeat rythms. Since this album was released in 2008, many of the tracks are already recognizable including “I’m Yours.” Click here to hear a sample of the album. Again, it is available on Amazon for $11.19. It is also eligible for free shipping.

Album highlights: “Live High,” “If It Kills Me,” and “Beautiful Mess.”

There are a couple of suggestions to get you thinking, and I’ll be back with part two…

Here’s a SNEAK PEEK.


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