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GEMS of Beauty: Holiday Roundup

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GEMS of Beauty:
Holiday Roundup

 

How can it be the holidays already? This year is definitely going into the history books as one that changed this country forever, but if we’re going to be confronting tough issues, let’s get our holiday spirit revved up and go for it. While looking and feeling our best, of course. Let me help you find some dazzling and divine gifts for you and your loved ones. After all, a new lipstick and a long soak in a bubbly tub can do wonders for the spirits.

First, MAKEUP!

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1. BENEFIT DOLLY DARLING BOX (Limited Edition)

For friends or family members who are beauty junkies (sign me up!), sometimes you just don’t know what to get. Thank Benefit for this limited edition collection with 4 items that are certain to please women of all ages and skin types. Inside you’ll find The PoreFessional pore minimizing cream, Gimme Brow to even out your brow color, a full-size Roller Lash mascara, and Hoola Bronzing powder in an adorable, reusable metal tin.

Buy it (a $91 value) for $39 at ulta.com

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2. TWO FACED CHRISTMAS IN NEW YORK MERRY MACARONS

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One of the nicest things about beauty gifts for the holidays is the packaging. This clever little box opens up to an adorable tableau of an ice rink, and the lucky recipient will also find 12 vanilla-scented eye shadows and a deluxe-sized Better Than Sex mascara inside. It’s a keeper!

Buy it for $39 at ulta.com

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3. LORAC CUE THE CONFETTI HIGHLIGHTER & BLUSH PALETTE

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One thing you need to watch out for as you get older is the overuse of blush and bronzer. You really, really need to blend it well (and this means a good brush), and you really, really need to use a creamy formula if your skin tends to dryness. Lorac saves the day with this limited edition palette, including a highlighter and three neutrals (Nude, Coral, and Hot Pink). The colors are highly pigmented and a little goes a long way.

Buy it for $30 at ulta.com

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4. URBAN DECAY MOONDUST PALETTE

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Some women never outgrow the need for the old razzle-dazzle. I don’t just mean onstage—but on your eyelids. If you want some serious glam for your eye makeup, these innovative Moondust shadows are a perfect choice, as they contain a microfine iridescence and 3D metallics that are vibrant and unique to this palette. Wear with a nude lipstick and let your eyes do all the dazzling.

Buy it for $49 at urbandecay.com

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5. JULEP MUST HAVE EYE ESSENTIALS

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Or, on the other hand, at times when everything around you is sparkly, it can be nice to tone your makeup down a bit and look ultra-sophisticated with these essentials from Julep. The set comes with a full-size Eye Shadow Stick 101 in Taupe Shimmer, a mini Gel Eyeliner in black, and a Lengthening Mascara, all in a lovely, star-strewn makeup bag. I especially like the eye shadow as it’s soft and creamy and smudges in just the right way, so you can use it as a shadow or a liner.

Buy it for $28 at julep.com

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6. VAPOUR ORGANIC BEAUTY SIREN LIPSTICK

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Lots of lipsticks claim to be good for your lips, and then, well, they are a bit too drying or irritating. Not these luscious tubes from Vapour—they’re incredibly healthy, organic, and good for you, and the colors are divine. Even better, if you buy the limited edition “Hello, Love” Siren lipstick in a dazzling raspberry fuchsia, Vapour has partnered with Credo Beauty so that all the proceeds will go to Lipstick Angels, an amazing charity that provides beauty treatments to cancer patients.

Buy it for $25 at credobeauty.com

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7. OPI INFINITE SHINE PRIME + GLOSS DUO PACK

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When your holiday mood is as shiny as the wrapping paper you just ran out of, time to take a break and give your nails the glow. OPI’s Infinite Shine Duo Kit contains a primer base coat and a super-glossy top coat that work even better when paired with one of the Infinite Shine lacquers. And they keep your polish lasting a lot longer, too.

Buy it for $12.79 at amazon.com

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Next up, SKIN CARE!

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1. COSMEDICINE NIGHT DUTY PERFECTED OVERNIGHT RESURFACING SERUM

Yes, I know I do go on a bit about serums, but I love them because they’re so easy to use and they give you such good results. This is one of my favorite products of the year, as it’s got a positively luscious texture that literally melts into your skin, and it instantly smoothes fine lines and wrinkles and makes your skin look and feel velvety soft.

Buy it for $220 at Cosmedicine.com

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2. REGENICA REJUVENATING DUAL SERUM

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I might be a bit of a dinosaur when it comes to high-tech computing (okay, I’m a hopeless Luddite), but the first to sign up for brand-new technological advances in skincare. Regenica hits it out of the park like a Cubs’ batter with their Rejuvenating Dual Serum. It’s infused with next-generation growth factor technology, and over ten other nourishing ingredients such as copper peptides, amino acids, and antioxidants to brighten your skin tone and texture while reducing the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and pores.

Buy it for $250 at regenica.com

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3. PERRICONE MD THIO:PLEX INTENSIVE 2-STEP BRIGHTENING SYSTEM

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Another innovative brightener is this one by Perricone MD. It’s a highly effective treatment for dark spots, pigmentation issues, and loss of firmness. Step 1 (the Intensive Base is loaded with potent antioxidants; Step 2 (Brightening Activator) has a unique antioxidant Vitamin Complex which works synergistically to reduce visible discoloration even more. You should see results within a single application! 

Buy it for $145 (2 of each 2-step tube) at PerriconeMD.com

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4. SJÄL SAPHIR CONCENTRATE ANTI-AGING FACE OIL

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Diamonds might be a girl’s best friend, according to Miss Monroe, but you can come close with the wonderful skincare like that’s formulated with energy-infused precious minerals and gemstones like gold, platinum, sapphire, and amethyst. Positive energy and anti-oxidants for improved and brightened skin is my idea of a perfect jewel. And this oil, chockfull of essential oils, is lightweight, lasts forever, and also smells divine.

Buy it for $175 at sjalskincare.com

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5. VBEAUTÉ DEEP SHEET PURIFYING CHARCOAL MASK

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Sometimes all the holiday fun can leave you feel clogged and sluggish, especially if someone spiked the eggnog. Take a break, sit back, and apply this sheet mask infused with bamboo charcoal that helps absorb impurities and excess oil. You’ll instantly look more refreshed and glowing, especially if you follow it up with vbeauté’s luscious Rejuvenating Glacial Oil, which is good for all skin types. Just don’t be surprised if your teen ends up swiping these masks, because they’re great at pore control!

Buy it (4-pack) for $38 at vbeauté.com

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6. SO FRESH SO CLEAN GREEN TEA WASH-OFF MASK  

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Another great mask is this one, which is especially good for teens with problem skin. Loaded with green tea, tea tree oil, cucumber, chamomile, and salicylic acid, it warms up when you apply it and washes off easily, taking your impurities and gunk from clogged pore with it. And it’s ridiculously economical as the resealable pack contains enough product for multiple masks. As singer Rebecca Black demonstrates in this photo!

Buy it for $4.99 at sofreshsoclean.com

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Remember—and this is last but certainly not least–the holiday spirit is something that we should all strive to have year-round. That means not only time with your loved ones (and prayers for peace on earth) but time for you. Which is why I can’t think of a better you time than, should you be lucky enough to visit London, England anytime soon, a blissful morning or afternoon at The Aman Spa at the Connaught Hotel. Not only is this a haven of serenity in the midst of this enormous, vibrant city—the instant you walk in, it smells so divine, you’re already relaxed and rejuvenated–but the treatments are exceptional, especially the holistic massages. Book one for 90 minutes or more and you’ll get access to one of my favorite indoor pools on this planet, which is ionized rather than overloaded with chlorine, so the water is exceptionally pure and clean. Have a steam with essential oils and then take the most heavenly shower ever in the changing room. You’ll walk out a new woman.

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For more information: http://www.the-connaught.co.uk/aman-spa/

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