ULTIMATE HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE!

BFF Beauty Girls reveal their favorite Beauty & Skin Care kits, sets and gifts for the ultimate Holiday gift guide 2012

STOCKING STUFFER!

Great Gifts under $15

The Original White Sponge Puff By Konjac Sponge Company

$10.00 nubonao.com

Try the Konjac Sponge as part of your skin care regime and see and feel the results for yourself. You will find the extra soft texture is ideal for even the most hypersensitive skin. The sponge will not damage the delicate skin surface and is non-abrasive. It massages and stimulates the skin during use, encouraging cell renewal. Deeply cleanses the pores, helping eliminate dirt, excess oil, bacteria, blackheads and blocked pores.

Kristin Says: We’re obsessed with this little cleansing tool and when I received my very first Konjac Sponge, in its’ adorable packaging and all, I immediately thought ‘what a great stocking stuffer this will make!’ (Konjac Sponge Review HERE)

Urban Spa – Moisturizing Booties – 1 pair & Urban Spa – Moisturizing Gloves – 1 pair

$7.50 each amazon.com

Refresh. Renew. Revitalize! Simply apply a foot cream & hand cream, slip on the booties & gloves, and they will use your body heat to seal in the moisture. Remove the booties & gloves after a few hours (or overnight) and your feet & hands will look wonderfully soft and feel refreshed. One size fits all.

BFF Beauty Girls Say:  Apply moisturizer before putting on these gloves & booties, and you’ve got the perfect solution for winter cracked & dry skin!

Sally Hansen Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips  – $9.00

Sally Knows nails are the best accessory. Now, Sally makes it easy to get a salon effect any time, any place. It wears like nail polish because it IS nail polish. No dry time, so you’re ready to go.

    • Lasts up to ten days
    • No dry time
    • Peel & apply
    • Includes: Cuticle stick, mini file & buffer

Kristin Says:  These do-it-yourself nail polish strips are a great and easy way to get the expensive nail design/pedicure look without the high cost!

PETAL FRESH Original Aburatorigami Japanese Beauty Papers

30 Sheets Each | Size 3.74″ x 3.74″ – $12.00 beautysage.com

All-natural leaflets that absorb excess oil, without disturbing makeup.  All skin types.  Remove excess oil and sweat without disturbing makeup or stealing moisture from the skin with these all-natural leaflets. A powder and primer alternative, it actually improves the wear of makeup, so your complexion remains fresh throughout the day.

BFF Beauty Girls Say: We love the elegant packaging of these all-natural Japanese blotting papers and pretty packaging can make the gift extra special.

CAN’T MISS HITS!

Gifts that are guaranteed to bring out holiday cheers from any beauty lover

beautyblender Holiday Candy Cane Trio By BEAUTYBLENDER

$49.95 b-glowing.com

Savings of $10.05! beautyblender Holiday Candy Cane Trio comes with two original beautyblender sponge’s and one beautyblender pure sponge.

beautyblender is the first ergonomically designed non-disposable sponge applicator that allows you to flawlessly apply your makeup. It allows you to access hard-to-reach areas with stunning ease and results in a flawless complexion

BFF Beauty Girls Say: Anything that comes in a candy cane casing is a plus, then add the best makeup blending tool ever invented and you’ve got a guaranteed hit!

beautyblenderAirport PURE kit By BEAUTYBLENDER

$49.95 b-glowing.com

Ideal for travel or to use at home.  Easily clean your sponge with this solid soap cleanser.  One white beautyblender®, one Solid™ blendercleanser and one Airport carry case.  It’s the ideal way to keep your beautyblender sponge clean, bacteria free and on-the-go!

Jenni Says:  I love this kit because it’s travel-size ready.  I can’t tell you how many times i’ve ruined my beautyblender sponges with whatever random shampoo I can find in a hotel room, all because I couldn’t pack my blendercleanser in my carry-on (since it’s over 3 fl. oz).  With this kit I can take the blender & cleanser with me on any trip, all packaged in an adorable travel case!

Kneipp – Revive with 5 Bath Collection – 5 x 0.68 oz

$22.00 beautyhabit.com

“Revive with 5” Bath Collection. Each travel size bottle is sufficient for 2 bathing experiences. The perfect holiday gift!

Assortment includes:  Lavender, Pure Bliss, Enjoy Life, Stress Free and Soft Skin Baths.

Usage:  Fill Tub, add Herbal Bath and mix gently. For 1-2 Baths. Water Temperature: 97-100 F/ 36-38 C. Bathing time: 15-20 minutes

BFF Beauty Girls Say:  Who doesn’t enjoy a warm relaxing bath in the middle of the winter?

Beautyhabit – Make them Blush Holiday Set

$68.00 beautyhabit.com

Includes:

  • Figs & Rouge Rambling Rose Balm (8 ml)
  • Rouge Bunny Rouge Shimmering Luxe Balm in Sip of Pink (061) (3.8 g) – (Sip of Pink review HERE)
  • Sheswai Nail Lacquer in So Pretty (15 ml)
  • Belmacz AURA Crushed Pearl and 24k Gold Leaf Balm (5 g)

BFF Beauty Girls Say: It’s not often you get a custom gift set with multiple brands, and even more rare is a set with such fabulous brands like “Make them Blush” has from beautyhhabit.  A Rouge Bunny Rouge – Belmacz – Sheswai – Figs & Rouge combo makes this gift a MUST-HAVE!!!

HOLIDAY GIFT SETS (Under $75)

Great value with multiple products in one perfectly put together gift set

LAQA & Co. – Gift Set #5 – 3 x 0.17 oz

$49.00 laqaandco.com

Includes (from left to right): Topcoat, WTF, BMX Bandit

Bright, high gloss nail lacquers in a pen. They work just like a real pen, only these pens let you quickly and neatly do your nails anywhere in a few clicks.  But these aren’t just polishes, they’re little pieces of art, too. The brand is covered in unique artwork from young designers who are looking to get their voice out there.

Jenni Says: Ever since I tried the Laqa & Co Fat Lip Pencil, and loved it, I’ve been dying to try their nail polish click pens.  This art-inspired gift pack is the perfect trio set for the holidays.

ROCK THIS TOWN set – new for holiday! by DEBORAH LIPPMANN

$42.00 nordstroms.com

set includes: MOON DANCE deep lavender swirl (glimmer), CHAIN REACTION dirty brass (glimmer), PHOENIX RISING foxy copper (glimmer)

My Touch My Kiss Lip & Nail Duets by DEBORAH LIPPMANN

$38.00 beautybar.com

Duet 1) PUTTIN’ ON THE RITZ – new! Lip & Nail Duet

    • DROPS OF BRANDY bronzed berry lip color (sheer) & GLAMOROUS LIFE rose gold nail lacquer (shimmer)

Duet 2) MY TOUCH MY KISS – new! Lip & Nail Duet

    • I’M EVERY WOMAN nude-mauve lipstick (sheer) & NAKED clean bare-beige nail lacquer (creme)

The Gift Set: Red Velvet Lip Scrub & Lip Slip – Holiday 2012 by SARA HAPP

$40.00 b-glowing.com

It’s the most wonderful time of year. sara happ® is celebrating with the bestselling Lip Scrub® flavor of all time paired with the cult-adored Lip Slip™. Indulge. Gift to those you love. Most importantly, take a moment to pamper you.  By sara happ®.

BFF Beauty Girls Say: This is our go-to gift for luscious lips!  mmmm…red velvet sounds so yummy too! (Lip Scrub review HERE, Lip Slip review HERE)

Very Merry VMV Happy Holidew Kit for Combination Skin (3piece) by VMV HYPOALLERGENICS

$25.00 dermstore.com

An all-in-one complete Holiday-themed starter sampling kit made specifically for combination skin.

Kit includes:

    • SuperSkin Care Hydra Balance Smart Cleansing Scrub for Combination Skin (1 oz.)
    • Superskin Care Superskin 2 Primer (1.7 oz.)
    • SuperSkin Care Hydra Balance Smart Moisturizer SPF 15 for Combination Skin (1 oz.)
    • Facial headband

BFF Beauty Girls Say:  An affordable skincare starter kit from a fantastic brand will be a perfect gift for someone young who’s just starting to become interested in skin care.

Pamper perfect & protect kit by RODIAL

$66.00(A $113 Value!) skinstore.com

Give your skin the ultimate treat this festive season and prepare to pamper, protect and perfect with this trio of skincare classics from Rodial.  3 cult classics to nourish and moisturise lips, hands and skin.  Presented in a beautiful gift box, this is the perfect gift for a litle luxury this Christmas.

    • Rodial glam balm™ HAND is an innovative hand cream that gently repairs, protects and moisturises skin while effectively brightening. (50ml)
    • Rodial glam balm™ LIP is a rose flavoured & scented special formula designed to plump & fill the lip area, while repairing dry and chapped lips. (10 ml)
    • Rodial glam balm™ MULTI is an intensive anti-ageing balm. With 3D Hyaluronic Filling Spheres, this multi purpose balm instantly hydrates to smooth skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. (40 ml)

Kristin Says: The Rodial glam balm MULTI has saved my skin in the last two months!  I will definitely be purchasing another tube of it soon, and any kit that includes this heavenly balm, will make an excellent gift!  Review coming soon!

Rouge Bunny Rouge – Petite Present Gift Set – 3 pcs

$70.00 beautyhabit.com Exclusive!

This 3 pc Gift Set features a full size Long-lasting Matt Eye Shadow in Sweet Dust Seriema (071), the new Megaplumes Mascara in Tenebrous Boa and a Glassy Gloss in Rhubarb Custard (078).  All nested inside a signature Petite Present Box. Value priced, just for the holidays!  Supplies limited.

BFF Beauty Girls Say: The perfect gift set to introduce a friend to the enchanted garden that is Rouge Bunny Rouge! (Glassy Gloss Rhubarb Custard review HERE)

LUXURY GIFT SETS ($75 – $150)

Gift sets that will make an impression! Beautiful, luxurious and high quality products in these lavish sets.

Aesop Resurrection Duet

$119.00 aesop.com

A delightful duo to cleanse and care for the hands.

Jenni Says: This is my all-time favorite hand cream, I love the scent, love the texture and LOVE how it makes my hands feel and look!  Yes it’s pricey but the bottle is huge and will last up to 5 months or longer!

EVE LOM GIFT SETS!

BFF Beauty Girls Say:  You will never go wrong with the gift of Eve Lom!  We knew these luxurious sets from Eve Lom had to go on our Holiday Gift list when we wanted them for ourselves!

The Perfect Partners – EYE SOLUTIONS SET by EVE LOM

$100 b-glowing.com

With all demands of the eye contour put to consideration, EVE LOM has created a new duo set designed to work together in harmony. These remarkably powerful age-defying formulas promote a rejuvinated and instantly lifted eye area. Achieve a radiant, younger-looking eye contour in two simple steps:

Use the Eye Cream at night to hydrate and help diminish dark circles and puffiness while you sleep. Wake up to beautifully refreshed eyes and follow with the application of the Eye Lift each morning, for instantly lifted, firmer and smoother-looking skin. The Eye Cream can also be layered over the Eye Lift for extra-hydration, anti-dark circle and de-puffing benefits, rejuvenating the delicate eye area and helping to promote a more youthful appearance.

Daily Collection by EVE LOM

$85.00 spacenk.com

Offer the gift of beautiful, radiant skin every day – with this introductory set of Eve Lom’s most loved products, including our award-winning Cleanser. Ideal for all kinds of skin and great for travel, it’s the perfect present for anyone (or at this exceptional value, why not just treat yourself?).

    • Cleanser 50ml
    • Muslin Cloth
    • Morning Time Cleanser 50ml
    • Rescue Mask 15ml
    • Kiss Mix 7ml

Perfect Partners Collection by EVE LOM

$100.00 spacenk.com

This collection is perfect as a gift for all skin types – or as a great value treat for you, if you love Eve Lom’s Cleansers. The Cleanser (acclaimed by Vogue as ‘probably the best in the world’) exfoliates, brightens and tones – while the Morning Time Cleanser sets skin up for the day.

    • Cleanser 100ml
    • Muslin Cloth
    • Morning Time Cleanser 125ml

Luxury Collection by EVE LOM

$125.00 spacenk.com

Create an at-home spa experience with this indulgent selection – perfect as a gift, or for treating yourself to some seasonal pampering. Eve Lom’s award-winning Cleanser exfoliates, brightens and tones, while TLC Radiance Cream hydrates and smoothes fine lines, and Rescue Mask re-energises tired, dull skin. Ideal for all skin types – especially normal or drier complexions needing a boost – it’s a little bit of luxury at incredible festive value.

    • Cleanser 100ml
    • Muslin Cloth
    • TLC Radiance Cream 50ml
    • Rescue Mask 50ml

Rodial Dragon’s Blood Heroes Kit by RODIAL

$125.00 (A $228 Value!) skinstore.com

Give the gift of youthful skin this festive season with The Liquid Facelift Kit.  Plump and smooth skin to perfection with our liquid facelift in a box, containing 3 cult favorite dragon’s blood products working together to soothe, sculpt and smooth the face.

Kit Includes:

    • Dragon’s Blood Sculpting Gel, 1.7oz – A revolutionary anti-aging, sculpting gel formulated to define facial contours.
    • Dragon’s Blood Eye, 1.7oz – This instantly cooling gel refreshes and hydrates puffy tired eyes.
    • Dragon’s Blood Mask, 1.7oz – A deep moisture mask with Hyaluronic Acid to immediately plump lines and wrinkles.

Jenni Says: I think this will make a great gift for the Jet-set Beauty.  The Hyaluronic “Dragon’s Blood Mask” is even reccomended for in-flight use, and the “Dragon’s Blood Sculpting Gel” is one of my all-time favorite products! (Sculpting Gel review HERE)

Rodial skin bleach kit by RODIAL

$175.00 – NOW $148.75 dermstore.com

Got pigmentation problems? This regimen from Rodial is ‘spot’ on. Don’t be fooled by the harsh-sounding name: the three full-sized, skin-brightening bests are all about restoring a youthful, even glow to your complexion. Each product puts the smackdown on spots with its own special brand of pigmentation-fighting power. The Cleanser exfoliates to refine pores and reduce the appearance of aging. The Serum gives your damaged dermis a dose of incredible illumination and minimizes fine lines, wrinkles and imperfections. The Mask removes dead skin cells, ramps up new cells and leaves your skin softer and smoother than ever. It’s all thanks to formulas packed with fruit acids and enzymes that really hit the ‘spot’. Great for all skin types.

Kit includes full sizes of:  Rodial Skin Bleach Cleanser (3.4 oz), Rodial Skin Bleach Serum (1.01 oz), Rodial Skin Bleach Mask (1.7 oz)

Kristin Says:  I’ve been loving the Skin Bleach Cleanser by Rodial lately, so when I saw this Skin Bleach Kit available with all full-sized products I thought it would make an excellent ‘luxury’ gift for someone who is obsessed with skincare and in particular correcting hyperpigmentation, just like me!  It also works great with my Clarisonic and Konjac Sponge.  Review coming soon!

Chantecaille – Le Must Have Set – 5 pcs

$98.00 beautyhabit.com

A limited-edition kit of best-selling products that will instantly enhance everyone’s natural beauty.

Includes:

    • Faux Cils Mascara – The ultra-conditioning formula instantly lengthens, thickens and plumps lashes for a super dramatic, eye-opening effect
    • Gel Liner in Hematite -The first long-wearing gel liner housed in a wooden pencil. The dual effect brush can be used to create a precisely defined eye or a sultry smoky look.
    • Lucky Brilliant Gloss – hydrates lips, leaving them soft, supple and never sticky. Microspheres of vegetal polysaccharides gently plump lips.
    • Rose Eye Makeup Remover- gently dissolves all types of makeup while protecting, brightening and hydrating the eye area. 82% botanical.
    • Packaged in a Metallic Bronze Faux-Croc Roll Zip Pouch

BFF Beauty Girls Say:  Chantecaille plus Limited-edition is a win win in our beauty book! The fact that you can get 5 of Chantecaille’s best-selling products in one kit AND it’s under $100, makes this gift another must-have…or should we say Le Must Have!

The Beautiful Color Collection by ORIBE

$88.00 Spacenk.com

Add life and shine to your hair with the latest color-maintenance technology. Intense cuticle-enriching conditioners, color-protecting.  UV filters and next-generation frizz-taming bio-polymers supercharge this reparative, glossifying trio.  For those who like to play with colors.

Gift Set contains:

    • Shampoo for Beautiful Colour (8.5 fl.oz)
    • Conditioner for Beautiful Colour (6.8 fl.ozl)
    • Masque for Beautiful Colour (5.9 fl.oz)

BFF BEauty Girls Say:  A true luxury gift set that will please any friend with long beautiful locks! (Beautiful Color Mask review HERE)

CARLY’S CORNER

Natural & Organic gifts sets with products our Beauty BFF, Carly has reviewed and loves!

I Love Lavanila Gift Set Pure Vanilla by LAVANILLA LABRATORIES

$49.00 lavanila.com

Perfect for gift giving and gift getting, this sweet set features three best-sellers –

    • The Healthy Fragrance Pure Vanilla (1oz), The Healthy Body Butter Pure Vanilla (2.75oz)
    • The Healthy Deodorant Pure Vanilla (2oz) in perfectly portable sizes.  Spoil yourself or someone you know! (Carly reviewed vanilla-coconut HERE)
    • The Perfect Vanilla.  Pure Madagascar Vanilla blends with Tonka Bean and Rich Heliotrope for a luxuriously sexy experience.

Discover an all new way to love Lavanila! Perfect for gift giving and gift getting, this sweet set from Lavanila features three best-sellers in perfectly portable sizes.  Spoil yourself or someone you know.

Tata Harper Deluxe Trial & Travel Set

$65.00 spiritbeautylounge.com

This Deluxe Tata Harper Beauty Set contains the basic set of TATA HARPER’s skin care line PLUS a Special Replenishing Nutrient Complex. This set is excellent for anyone that wants to experience the full line of Tata Harper facial care products for a few days. For optimal cumulative results use twice per day.

Set includes:

    • Regenerating Cleanser 0.5 oZ (Carly reviewed the regenerating cleanser HERE)
    • Hydrating Floral Essence 9 ml
    • Rejuvenating Serum 0.25 oz
    • Rebuilding Moisturizer 0.25 oz
    • Repairative Moisturizer 0.25 oz
    • Resurfacing Mask 0.125 oz
    • Replenishing Nutrient Complex 4 ml

ISUN – Face Mask Trio Introduction Set

$40.00 beautyhabit.com

An introductory kit of three face masks.  Includes the Honey Goji Berry Mask to moisturize & soften, Blue-Green Algae Mask to calm & nourish and the Rhassoul-Neem to purify & detoxify. Product information & directions are also included. (Carly reviewed ISUN Vegan mask HERE)

LET’S HEAR IT FOR THE BOYS!

Holiday gifts for the man in your life

Trio Set for Men By REN

$85.00 nubonao.com

Experience the perfect shave with the Men’s Trio, featuring products to help leave skin smooth, soft and hydrated.  Suitable for husbands, fathers, brothers, boyfriends and lovers amongst others.

The Men’s Trio Set contains:

    • Tamanu High Glide Shaving Oil, 50ml – 1.6oz
    • High Glide Cooling Shave Cream, 150ml – 5oz
    • Multi-Tasking After Shave Balm, 50ml – 1.6oz

BFF Beauty Girls Say: Why not stray away from the Men’s skincare brands you see in all the department stores and give your man something new & different?  We like this shaving kit by REN, because they’re a fabulous brand with highly effective products!

Galaktoma Somatos BODY MILK by Sponge Skincare

$65.00 spongeskincare.com, dermstore.com

St John + Peppermint + Olive Leaf – cool, firm and hydrate

Created for the specific needs of the body, this refreshing milk contains peppermint to cool and invigorate with therapeutic st. john’s wort to perfect the texture and beauty of the skin. antioxidant rich olive leaf and virgin olive oil help promote cellular renewal and a youthful glow.

Jenni Says: This body lotion should really be considered a gift option for anyone and everyone since it’s so incredible!  However I included it in this section because my husband is completely obsessed with it as well.  I’ve been using it for several months now and I have no critisisms what-so-ever.  It glides on your skin like milk, then it completely melts into your skin and disappears while hydrating and nourishing your skin all day long.  It leaves no greasy residue or shine behind, which is exactly why men love it too!  I know my husband hates to put on lotion because he thinks it’s too thick and creamy and doesn’t want to feel slimy and greasy, so when I gave him galaktoma somatos BODY MILK to try, he ate it right up (well he didn’t eat it but his skin sure did!)  It’s 100% Natural Ingredients too!

SPECIAL GIFTS FOR EXTRA SPECIAL PEOPLE

Give the beauty products you love to the people you love!  We selected a few gifts from some of our favorite brands with products we love and have reveiewed.

Rouge Bunny Rouge Seas of Illumination Highlighting Liquid (review HERE)

55.00$ rougebunnyrouge.com

Rodin Olio Lusso Luxury Face Oil (review HERE)

$150.00  b-glowing.com

Beauty Is Life – The Wonderstick (review HERE)

$32.00 Barneys.com

Tom Ford Makeup Brushes (cream foundation brush review HERE)

$70.00 Neimanmarcus.com

By Terry Baume de Rose (review HERE)

$60.00 us.spacenk.com, b-glowing.com

GlamGlow Tingling & Exfoliating Mud Mask (review HERE)

$69.00 sephora.com

I WANT THAT! A WISH LIST OF GIFTS

Products on our ‘wish list’ this Holiday Season

Rouge Bunny Rouge Vapours of Captured Memories – Lilt Eau de Parfum – 50 ml

€97.00 Incl. 19% VAT, excl. shipping rougebunnyrouge.com

With a jubilant rush of scent somersaulting on the skin, the first delicious hit of Lilt raises smiles and suitably beguiles. This hypnotic vapour, with charms so irresistibly unpretentious you’re compelled to follow, cleverly deceives with a sweet-smelling trail that’s not exactly what it seems.

Basking in the warmth of the skin, the aromatic mantle of earth, fruit, leaf and flower is bound by soothing musk and smoky vetiver in the dark wake of this beautifully enigmatic scent.

TOP: Green Leaf Accord, Fig Leaf

HEART: Peach, Coco, Violet

BASE: Vetiver, Musk

By Terry Or de Rose Blush Prestige

$79.00 b-glowing.com

This allover skincare blush, infused with anti-aging Pure 24 carat Pink Gold and nourishing-rejuvenating natural Rose Extracts, diffuses its luminous halo over facial reliefs to beautifully shape and envelop the face in light enhancing and smoothing sun-kissed radiance. The intensive, regenerating and lifting-rejuvenating formula with rare multi-perfecting prisms leaves the complexion clear and radiant.

BFF Beauty Girls Say: After reading a review from our favorite beauty youtube channel/blogger  – Seth Akin’s 7 Channelamanandhismakeup.blogspot.com – We we’re sold!  If Seth highly recommends a highlighting & illuminating blush, we have to have it!

Philip B – From Russia with Love Gift Set – 3 pc

$95.00 beautyhabit.com

Includes:

    • Russian Amber Imperial Shampoo (3 oz)
    • Russian Amber Imperial Conditioning Creme (2 oz)
    • Russian Amber Imperial Dry Shampoo (3 oz)

One of the most exquisitely pampering presents ever for everyone on your list – wrapped and ready to give! The “From Russia with Love” Collection: A decadent trilogy of Russian Amber classics – the most transformative hair treatments in existence. Featuring Philip B® 3 fl oz/88ml Russian Amber Imperial Shampoo (their worldwide bestseller) + 2 fl oz/60ml Russian Amber Imperial Conditioning Creme + new 3 oz/88ml Russian Amber Imperial Dry Shampoo, a unique, shine-boosting volumizer laced with the opulent scent of pure Russian Amber. ($35 savings). Paraben & Phthalate Free Formulas.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!!!!!!

xoxo BFF Beauty Girls

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