Holiday Gifts for Beauty Lovers — As Seen on Telemundo 47’s “Acceso Total”
Earlier today, I stopped by Telemundo NY’s “Acceso Total” to showcase some amazing holiday gift ideas for beauty enthusiasts — everything from luxury makeup brushes and sonic facial cleansing brushes to picturesque eyeshadow palettes, body butter collections, rollerball fragrances, hair care kits, holiday-themed nail enamel sets, and a surprise-filled beauty advent calendar. With Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals just days away, it’s the perfect time to snatch up some of these must-have-now items, so get the scoop on them now and prepare your shopping list!
Below, you’ll find details on all the beauty gifts showcased in the segment. Don’t be surprised if you want some for yourself!
BEAUTY GIFTS UNDER $500
Iluminage Precise Touch Permanent Hair Reduction System $295. Available at Sephora.com
This sleek and compact device utilizes elos laser technology to deactivate hair follicles, permanently reducing hair growth. Delicate and precise enough to tackle hair growth in such sensitive areas as the upper lip, chin, armpits, and bikini zone, the Iluminage Precise Touch gives women a true gift: a shaving and waxing-free future. Moreover, this at-home device offers results on women of all skintones and hair colors.
These ergonomically sound, luxurious-looking makeup brushes feature interesting head shapes designed for greater precision when applying makeup to different areas of the face. The largest brush (shown above, at center), the Oval 6, is delightful for applying tinted moisturizer and liquid foundation, distributing the product evenly and massaging the face with its dense and soft bristles. The Oval 4 and Oval 5 brushes, meanwhile, enable the precise application of eye shadow to the upper and lower lids. The Circle 1 brush (pictured above at left) can be used for applying concealer to small areas (be it to camouflage blemishes or cover the sides of nostrils, or the are below the outer corners of eyes where stray eyeshadow tends to land) or for applying lip color. Lastly, the Linear 1 brush can help women achieve a graphic liner look or arch their eyebrows as desired. For the Holiday 2015 season, these mirrored brushes come packaged in a white velvet box with a satin lining and magnetic flap closure.
The star atop the Christmas tree won’t be the most luminous thing in the room if there’s a woman in there who has been using the radiance-boosting products in the Eve Lom The Perfectors Gift Set. Packaged in a luxe gold-toned box, this kit features the award-winning Eve Lom Cleanser, a balm-textured product formulated using four aromatic plant oils (hops oil, chamomile oil, eucalyptus oil, and clove leaf oil) and meant to be applied with a circulation-boosting, skin-massaging muslin cloth for optimal results. The cleanser effectively removes dirt and debris, dislodges even the most stubborn makeup, decongests pores, stimulates blood circulation and hence promotes cellular regeneration, restores skin’s dewiness, hydrates the visage, and and soothes any inflammations, which is why it’s widely considered the the Rolls Royce of facial cleansers. Here, it’s accompanied by the Eve Lom Brightening Cream, an indulgent cream formulated with a unique DERMAPEP complex, antioxidant additives and rose otto oil, which together battle hyperpigmentation while increasing skin’s hydration levels, helping to produce a more even and glow-y complexion. Last but not least, the set features the Eve Lom Flawless Radiance Primer, which yields instant result thanks to light-diffusing pigments that minimize the appearance of dark spots, blemishes, redness, and enlarged pores, but which also tackles these concerns in the long term thanks to brightening ingredients like niacinamide and sand lily extract, moisturizing sodium hyaluronate, and antioxidants vitamin A and E.
Clarisonic x Keith Haring Mia 2 Skin Cleansing System, $149. Available at Sephora.com
Skincare enthusiasts can write tomes about the life-changing benefits of the Clarisonic Mia 2 brush, which relies on sonic technology to deliver a cleanse six times more efficient than what can be achieved through a manual routine. This limited-edition kit features a Mia 2 brush and carrying case emblazoned with iconic “Dance” illustrations by the late Keith Haring, a pivotal figure within the urban art movement in New York City during the 1970s and 1980s. Both of these items, along with a device charger and foaming cleanser, are packaged inside this festive box, which itself features an all-over Keith Haring print.
What woman doesn’t need some R&R? Help her create a spa-worthy experience from the comforts of her home with this indulgent quintet of face masks, each targeting a specific skin concern or woe. The Cucumber Gel Mask, for instance, soothes and hydrates tired, irritated, and inflamed skin with its calming cucumber extract. The Irish Moor Mud Mask decongests clogged pores, drawing out any impurities and dirt therein, so as to detoxify the skin and prevent breakouts. The Pumpkin Enzyme Mask, meanwhile, promotes exfoliation and cellular regeneration thanks to the alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) and vitamin A-rich enzymes naturally found in pumpkins. The Rose Stem-Cell Bio Repair Gel Mask features a lightweight, gelatinous consistency akin to that of the Cucumber Gel Mask but it’s formulated with rose stem cells that deliver potent anti-aging benefits. Women with champagne tastes, meanwhile, can give their complexions the Midas touch with the 24K Gold Mask, which helps to minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and improves the skin’s texture and suppleness.
Too Faced Le Grand Palais Set, $58. Available at Sephora.com
Prepare for cuteness overload! This dollhouse-inspired cosmetics set by Too Faced comes in a perky pink box that opens up to reveal the inside of a palace-like domain in Paris replete with an arched window that offers a view of the Eiffel tower, Baroque wall carvings, gilded mirrors, and a dramatic stairwell with a black stair railing. Positoned atop the long “steps” before the window are miniature versions of three of Too Faced’s best-selling products: the Better than Sex Mascara, the Shadow Insurance Primer, and the Melted Liquified Lipstick (in Peony to suit the pretty-in-pink theme). The biggest secret, however, is hidden beneath the “floor” of the ballroom-like space: a palette replete with 18 eyeshadow shades, 2 powder blush colors, a highlighter, and a bronzer. In other words, this kit has everything a gal needs to get all dolled up!
FRESH Sugar Lip Delight, $55. Available at Fresh.com
Smooching under the mistletoe will be a much more pleasant experience when gals use FRESH’s lip treatments to keep their pouts soft, smooth, and inviting. Like a box of kisses, this set features seven Sugar Lip minis, all of which contain sugar extract, a natural humectant that draws moisture from the atmosphere, infuses it into skin, and locks it therein. The set contains two non-tinted varieties, the Sugar Lip Treatment Sunscreen SPF 15 and the Sugar Lip Treatment Advanced Therapy, as well as five options with sheer hues: Sugar Rosé, a translucent rose; Sugar Nude, a sheer blush nude with a touch of shimmer; Sugar Tulip, a sheer honeysuckle pink; Sugar Ruby, a sheer jewel-toned red with a shimmery finish; and the new Sugar Fig, a sheer pearlescent wine color.
Moroccanoil Holiday 2015 Smooth Gift Box, $60. Available at Moroccanoil.com
Like a haircare white knight, this boxed kit comes to the rescue of any woman battling frizz and losing the fight against unruly strands. The limited-edition kit contains Moroccanoil’s argan oil-infused Smooth Shampoo and Conditioner, both of which are designed to lock moisture into strands, tame frizz and fly-aways, and leave hair soft and manageable. The trio is completed by the Smoothing Lotion, a leave-in styling product that protects strands during the heat styling process and which provides long-term control and protection against humidity.
Inspired by the dark enigmatic beauty of an oil slick, the twenty shades in the new Urban Decay Vice 4 eyeshadow palette include rich and saturated jewel tones and blackened metallics, many of them with iridescent qualities. As with all Urban Decay eyeshadows, these never-before-seen shades offer unparalleled pigment payoff, feature a velvety texture that glides right atop skin and enables seamless layering and blending, and they stay put for hours on end without losing their vibrancy — all thanks to the brand’s proprietary Pigment Infusion System. The shades in the Vice 4 palette range from muted shades like Framed, a light matte nude hue with a near-satin finish, and Grip, a taupe matte with iridescent micro-glitter, to Harlot, a metallic lavender; Grasshopper, a metallic emerald with green micro-glitter, Flame, a fiery orange with incandescent gold micro-glitter; and 1985, a metallic fuchsia with tonal micro-glitter. Anyone who lays eyes on the Vice 4 palette will want a fix — luckily, there’s no need for makeup rehab!
Korres Best of Body Butter Decadent Body Butter Collection, $42. Available at Sephora.com
With winter weather threatening to leave skin dry, flaky, and itchy, it’s the perfect time for a double-dose of moisture. The three body butters in this holiday kit, all formulated with 92.8% natural ingredients, contain such ingredients as shea butter and avocado, sunflower, and sweet almond oils to hydrate, soften, soothe, replenish, and fortify skin all season long. Moreover, they come in delightful aromas like Jasmine, Guava, and Basil Lemon that titillate the senses without overpowering them.
L’Occitane Christmas is Coming Holiday 2015 Advent Calendar, $49. Available at L’Occitane boutiques.
Anyone who, like Buddy the Elf, finds themselves excitedly saying, “Christmas is coming!” around late October, will appreciate L’Occitane’s adorable advent calendar, which allows for a 24-day countdown until Christmas. Like a storybook, the calendar opens to reveal two illustrated “pages” that capture a L’Occitane boutique nestled in between two residential buildings, each apartment window showcasing a different festive scene: a couple kissing under the mistletoe, a man holding a book of Christmas carols and singing them from his windowsill, a woman wrapping gifts, and so on. The numbers 1 through 24 are printed along this landscape, each one designating a tiny slot that hides a treasure. When you open the flap covering each slot, then, you’ll find a different L’Occitane treasure— whether it’s a 0.3 oz. Delightful Rose Hand Cream, a 0.16 fl. oz. bottle of the Pivoine Flora EDT, or a 1.18 fl oz. bottle of the brand’s Shower Oil. A surprise is in store, then, for each of the 24 days in this beauty-filled countdown.
Molton Brown Festive Bauble Gift Set, $40. Available at MoltonBrown.com
These three exquisite body washes are packaged inside round bottles with silver caps that resemble the colorful round ornaments with which so many of us trim our Christmas trees. The clever and stylish set features three 2.5fl oz. scented body washes: the Eucalyptus Festive Body Wash Bauble, which blends refreshing and invigorating herbal notes of eucalyptus, mint and cedarwood; the Frankincense & Allspice Festive Body Wash Bauble, a piquant and exotic blend of allspice, frankincense, and vetiver; and the Ylang-Ylang Festive Body Wash Bauble, which opens with the delicate floral aroma of ylang-ylang before delving into a heart of smoky cardamom and a musk base.
Liquid lipsticks tend to boast more richly pigmented formulations and have the added benefit of an extended life span — or at least they do when they’re Stila! This holiday kit contains six deluxe-sized tubes of Stila’s Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick, which features a creamy matte finish that doesn’t dry out lips and won’t flake, run, or smudge. The shades in the kit are: Fiery, a raspberry red hue; Chianti, a vamp-y near-blackberry shade; Como, a perky, ultra-bright, orchid lilac; Aria, a cool-toned, full-bodied mulberry; Patina, a mauve-tinged rose; and Caramello, a pink-y nude.
Ciaté Oh Christmas Tree Kit, $29. Available at Bloomingdales.com
When you gaze at this mini nail lacquer set, you might recall these lyrics from the classic Christmas carol referenced in its name: “From base to summit, gay and bright, there’s only splendor for the sight.” In this case, the splendor consists of six tiny paint pots in festive hues: Mosaic Madness, featuring chunks of square glitter in blue, teal, peach, yellow, and silver hues; Tangled Tinsel, featuring gold and blue flecks of glitter; Serendipity a metallic pink lacquer with a shimmery finish; Headliner, a deep teal cream color; Sand Dune, a dainty gold-stoned shade with a shimmering finish; and Kiss Chase, a bright pink shade with a creamy finish.
‘Tis the season for giving — and strobing. What’s strobing, you ask? Well, it’s a makeup trend that involves highlighting key areas of the face (such as the center of the forehead, the ridge of the nose, the cupid’s bow, and high cheekbones) rather than relying on bronzers and sculpting creams to accentuate certain features and conceal others. Strobing, then, is all about knowing how and when to glow. Becca has gals covered this season with its Opal On The Glow Kit, which features two delightful luminizers: the BECCA Shimmer Skin Perfector Pressed in Opal, a powder-based highlighter in a pearlescent golden opal hue, and the BECCA Skin Perfector Opal Spotlight Wand, a liquid luminizer packaged in a travel-friendly tube with a wand-like applicator for on-the-go touch-ups.
CLEAN Rollerball Layering Trio, $10. Available at Sephora.com
This quaint rollerball fragrance set is packaged inside a clear cylindrical case with a minimalist white ribbon loop along the top for easy hanging on Christmas Tree branches. The kit contains three miniature rollerball perfumes, each in one of CLEAN’s most popular, delightfully minimalist, nostalgic scents: Warm Cotton, Skin, and Cashmere. The scents can be worn individually or can be layered together to create a one-of-a-kind signature aroma.