Happi Holidays Roundup

December 16, 2013

A look at last-minute gifts to give and get.

Best in Brows

The Anastasia Lavish Kit ($38 at Sephora) features an eye shadow palette, eyeliner and brow pencil—billed as the essentials for creating decadent beauty in one portable kit. It includes 10-shade removable eye shadow palette, Mini Covet Waterproof Eyeliner, Mini Perfect Brow Pencil, Full-sized Tweezers, and a Professional-grade lining and blending brush.

Take Ten with OPI

OPI rolled out a new gift set for holiday—Take Ten ($24.95)—featuring 10 bestselling mini nail lacquers. According to the company, it includes a spectrum of hues, ranging from soft sheers to creamy reds to rich burgundies. Each nail lacquer also comes with OPI’s signature ProWide Brush, now in mini size for the first time. According to Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI executive vice president and artistic director, “Take Ten offers the gift of variety, with ten iconic shades.” The set includes the following in mini size: Pirouette My Whistle, Alpine Snow, Bubble Bath, Tickle My France-y, You Don’t Know Jacques!, Cajun Shrimp, Big Apple Red, German-icure by OPI, Malaga Wine and Lincoln Park After Dark.

Give Them a Hand

When it comes to the holidays, everyone knows there is a lot of preparation involved… decorating the house, cooking lavish meals and endlessly wrapping presents. Hands are extra busy resulting in tired, dull nails. L’Occitane’s gift set is the perfect treat for someone special making your holiday happy. Beautiful Hands ($60) is touted for featuring the calming and soothing benefits of the brand’s all-time favorite hand-care treatments for the ultimate manicure prep. This set features Shea Hand Cream, L’Occitane’s Magic Key (a very clever accessory to fix on all metallic tube creams allowing you to squeeze the tube without losing any content), Shea Nail & Cuticle Cream and Shea One Minute Hand Scrub.

Light Up the Night

What kind of holiday season would it be without the soft glow of a warm candle ($12.50-$20), and only the best from Bath & Body Works, of course. Made using the highest concentration of fragrance oils and a wax that melts consistently and evenly, these candles radiate enough fragrance to fill an entire room and they look beautiful too, said the company. Whether you’re looking for a sweet candy apple scent, the crisp air scent of fresh balsam or ripe, red cranberries dusted with fresh snow, these festive scents will fill your home with love and happiness this holiday.

Deo To Go

Stay fresh through the holidays with Lavanila’s mini 100% natural deodorants in the Lavanila Mini Deo Trio ($22). These “good-for-you” deodorants contain no aluminum or any harsh chemicals. Lavanila’s aromatic deodorants soothe, condition, and nourish the skin while effectively blocking odor, according to the company. The gift set trio comes with Pure Vanilla, sparkling Vanilla Grapefruit, and Vanilla Coconut, so you can choose your favorite scent and take it along to a party or vacation.

The average person planned to spend $560 on gifts this year, according to a recent survey from popular shopping system Birchbox. It also discovered that 70% of respondents wanted at least one-quarter of their presents to be beauty-related. Here’s a look at some last-minute home and beauty gift ideas that not only fit most budgets but are unique and appealing to most recipients.

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