The Other Hours of the Day: Best Beauty Gift Items

Gift Guide: Beauty

1. Essie Winter 2011 4-piece Mini Set ($12): Great colors, great gift for a teenager or adult who likes to have fun with nail color.

2.  Beauty Blender ($20):  Seems like a lot for a sponge, but when I got my make-up done for a wedding last year it really seemed to do the trick; I was sold.  This is for a make-up queen who enjoys going all out glam.

3.  Tweezerman Petite Tweezer Set ($25):  This is the perfect gift for a tweezing fanatic; you know the kind who uses tweezers on the daily.  Anyone with killer eyebrows will love the pointed precision.

4.  Blotting Papers ($10):  These are easy to find at a beauty store or at the drugstore and make a great stocking stuffer. The smaller the package, the better for stashing in clutches and evening bags!

5.  Rosebud Salve ($6):  Great stocking stuffer; also comes in a tube version.

6.  Clarisonic Mia ($120) and replacement heads (2/$40):  This is a great gift for a teenager, college student, or young adult.  Hands down, you need one.  If she already has one, replacement heads always appreciated.  Make sure you know which kind she prefers.

7.  PedEgg ($7):  Another stocking stuffer for the girl who does her own pedicures.  Pairs well with the nail polish set.

8.  Chi Hair Dryer ($100):  I am not picky about my hair, but I do believe a good blow dryer is the key to less products, less time, and longer life.  Find one that suits her style hair.  If she does her straight, look for one with a concentrated nozzle, if she does her hair curly, make sure there is a diffuser.  This is the kind of product that many girls won’t splurge on, but will love it as a gift.

9.  Tocca Roller Perfume Trio ($48):  Split them up and give them as stocking stuffers, or give it as a gift.  Don’t be limited to this product line, Sephora has an extensive collection of rollerball perfumes.  Find her scent, and get it!  These are perfect for traveling, stashing in your evening bag, or keeping in a desk drawer before heading out of work.  Tocca also make a sampler set of 7 Eau de Parfum Sprays ($18) which also makes a great gift for someone searching for a new scent.

10.  Bobbi Brown Ultimate Party Palette ($65):  A great gift any lady would appreciate, especially before New Year’s Eve.  This includes everything for the eyes and lips.

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