Saturday, November 30, 2013

What to Give This Christmas (2013 Beauty Edition)

Happy Weekend everyone!  
The month of December is a day away and one thing I'm looking forward to, is Christmas Shopping!  Well, traffic gets crazy down here but still, the idea of buying something (big or small) for your friends and loved ones is even more exciting than buying something for yourself!  I honestly look forward to this every year so most of the gifts I give are well thought off! 

So here's my first list for "What to Give This Christmas", the list may go on and on as there are so many simple to extravagant stuff out there worth giving, but I'm trimming it down to Beauty edition.

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For the Love of Skin Care

Celeteque DermoScience Hydration Regimen Kit

This kit is ideal for those who have sensitive skin.  The kit contains Hydration Facial Wash, Hydration Alcohol-free Toner and the Hydration Facial Moisturizer.  The best part about this kit is that it already comes in a cute box so you can save up on wrapper! :) 

Moringa-O Malunggal Herbal Line
 Okay, this doesn't come in kit but you can easily purchase their Hermbal Moisturizing Lotion, Herbal Facial Toner, Herbal Soap and their newest Herbal Hair, Scalp and Skin Therapy Oil and wrap them all together as a kit!  Why do I include this as a Christmas gift idea?  Well, my sister-in-law is a Chemistry graduate and she joined several workshops for beauty products like soap and perfume making, she told me how good Moringa (Malunggay) products are and most of them are flying off the shelves!  She particulary mentioned Moringa-O as one of the top, most-sought after brand!  And because I have used these products myself, they are definitely worth giving as a Christmas gift!  The scent is just amazing, even better than other international brands! :)

For the love of Makeup

BYS 02 Color Perfectionist Palette
This palette is perfect for makeup lovers who like the variation of bright and neutral colors!  Perfect time to create various look for different Christmas and New Year's gathering!  They are highly pigmented and most of them comes with a nice sheen perfect for the season.

Benefit Whole Lotta Lovin'!

This is a perfect kit for gals who are into simple makeup!  During my most recent Benefit Workshop held at Rustans Makati, I was able to create a complete day time, no makeup look using this palette! 

This kit comes with a travel size They're Real Mascara, 3 eyeshadow shades (Nude Swings, It's Complicated and Kiss Me, I'm Tipsy.  No Pressure Creaseless Cream to help eyeshadow stay longer and crease-free.  Boi-ing 02 concealer and a Hoola blush that can be used as a contour powder!

Primed for Lovin'!

Benefit Cosmetics took my breathe away with their 2013 Holiday Collection!  The tin can is a smart idea as I find myself wanting to collect them all as they are reusable and look so well on my vanity area!  I know Php3,200 could be too much at first glance but once you take a look inside, it's worth it as you get full sized They're Real Mascara, Porefessional Pro Balm, High beam and a travel size Sugarbomb Ultra Plush Lip Gloss.  If you're on a budget and have a lot of makeup loving friends, purchase this and split it to 4 of your friends then you get to keep the tin can yourself!  That's a great Christmas gift you can give for yourself too! :)

Bobbi's Holiday 2013 Gift Giving Guide
When I saw the press release of Bobbi Brown's Holiday Collection, my heart goes "Thump-thee-thump" (that's me watching too many cartoon shows with Baby Kyle :P)  But seriously, this collection is amazing!  I like the mix of matte and shimmer in their eyeshadow collection and they scream neutral, natural to glamour!

  • Twilight Pink Lip & Eye Palette Php4,300.00
  • Smokey Cool Eye Palette Php2,700.00
  • Smokey Warm Eye Palette Php2,700.00
  • Everyday Pretty Lip & Eye Palette Php2,000.00
  • Date Night Lip & Eye Palette Php2,000.00
  • Lip Gloss Trio Php2,400.00
  • Sequin Shimmer Brick Eye Palette Php2,700.00
Soffia Beauty Brushes
Okay, I used to purchase tons of Charm Brushes to give away to my friends who are into makeup!  I'm not saying Charm is not a good makeup gift but there is something more Luxe from the same maker of Charm Brushes!  Congratulations to my dear beauty blogger friend Sophie for creating yet another wonderful brushes perfect for personal use!  I said personal because I have to keep for myself!  Yes, I am permitting myself to be selfish at least once in a while as the brush hairs are so soft to touch! 

Check back to read my in depth review on both brushes :)

For the Nail Polish Addicts
One of the few polish brands that I am confident in recommending is from Revlon!  I mean it is perfect to give nail polishes to a recipient who loves to prettify their nails (me!) but imagine giving them something unique this Christmas?  The Nail Art collection from Revlon has been around for awhile, since I'm very busy taking care of Kyle, I really can't wait to whip them up and create more nail art tutorials using these! 

Here are just some of the Nail Art products from Revlon, perfect for gift-giving.

Revlon Nail Art Expressionist
You get 2 shades of nail polish in 1!  How cool is that?  I think there is a reason why this line is called Expressionist, you don't have to be a Nail Artist to use this, feel free to apply them as French Tip, or apply a different shade on one fingernail while the rest are of the same shade, or you can alternate the colors!  The possibilities are endless! 

Revlon Nail Art Moon Candy
I personally call these my Christmas Polishes!  You don't have to apply a top coat on your regular nail polish, but instead, apply the corresponding glitters and you get glamorous nails in an instant!   

A quick tip on first timers, create gradient nails easily with any glitter polish on top!  (Example: Check out Step 6 in my Romantic Gradient Nails with Rhinestones post, Step 2 on Dainty Taro Nails)

Revlon Nail Art NEON
The name says it all! For those nail polish "whores" who are used to wearing different shades of loud and bold colors may find the NEON collection an answer to their nail polish prayers!  I mean, you already own almost all the nail polish shades available on earth!  It's time you help them step up to another level..the neon level!

For the Love of Scents

Clinique Happy in Bloom 
Php1,950.00 for 30ml and Php2,750.00 for 50ml
 There are so many scents to choose from and I find myself going to the Perfume section of the department stores each time I get stuck on a rut!  I mean, who an say no to the gift of fragrance?  Not me!  And this year, I think I want to highlight Clinique Happy in Bloom!  Clinique Happy has been around and I've gifted that fragrance to both male and female alike and I get a positive reaction ALL the time!  But because Clinique Happy in Bloom is housed in a more "young" bottle, I think it's a perfect gift for our fragrance lovers and bottle collectors out there!

For the Love of Fashion

Fly Shades Holiday Collection
Okay, love for fashion, you can go for scarf, tops, dresses but I find buying clothing for our loved ones could be tedious as we may purchase a wrong size!  The best gift for fashionistos and fashionistas?  (LOL on Fashionistos, that is obviously NOT a word!)  --- SHADES!  Nothing beats a new frame that would be helpful all year round especially for recipients living in a tropical country!  The FLY Holiday collection is a must in checking out as their price points are affordable yet quality is good!

Can you help AMW readers by adding up on the Christmas Gift Guide?
I'd love to hear your ideas!

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  1. I love this list! I've actually been thinking of giving nail polish as gifts to my friends...I didn't know that there are a lot of variations to the standard nail polish. :)

    Thanks for posting and happy holidays! :)

    1. Happy Holidays too paola! :) I'm glad this list helps! And yup, there are a lot of new nail products from revlon :)

  2. Awesome list! The only problem here is that I want to gift most of these to myself! :P

    1. ahahaha I know what you mean! :D Let's hope and pray you get at least one item from above this holiday!


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