Christmas is just 11 days away, and the malls are so crowded and busy. You could really smell the festive yet frantic note in the air. People are very much happily checking and buying each item on their gift shopping list.
Every year, my favorite shopping months are November and December. This is because during these months, I not only buy for myself, but for others as well. It’s fun shopping for gifts, but it would really be great if we could have some help in deciding what products to buy for them. So, I decided to write this Holiday Gift Guide which I hope will be helpful for you in deciding what to buy for your makeup-loving mother, sister, wife or friend. In this Holiday Gift Guide for Her 2014, you can find the perfect gift for your loved ones so there would be less people returning products at the mall after Christmas. 🙂
For the Korean Makeup addict
What stood out this year for me is the Etude House Play 101 Pencils. These pencils from Korean brand, Etude House, are so versatile because you can use them in so many different ways. For the lips, they can be used as lip liner, lip gloss or lip color. As a blush, concealer, bronzer or highlighter for the face. For fast and easy eye makeup, they can also be used as eye base, eyeliner, eyeshadow or brow liner. The Play 101 Pencils come in 5 different textures and finishes: creamy, glittery, shimmering, matte and glossy.
Because these pencils are so affordable at Php348 each, you could gift several of them and the receiving end will love your gift so much! You could buy 1 or 2 to be used for the lips and cheeks, another 1 or 2 for highlight and eye makeup, another 1 as a concealer. To find out more about these Play 101 Pencils, you may check my detailed review for shades 12 and 16 here; and shades 3, 15 and 25 here. I’m also planning on reviewing shades 27 and 41 anytime this week, and will be getting more shades soon. I just love playing with these Play 101 pencils. 😀
PICK A LIPSTICK
For the Lipstick addict
My favorite lipsticks have always been from Chanel and MAC, but this year, NARS had really impressed the makeup community with their new release. The NARS Audacious Lipsticks where you have 40 shades to choose from. The color range is vast that whatever your skintone is, you’re bound to find at least 1 NARS Audacious lipstick that will work for you. The texture of these lipsticks are so creamy and they are super pigmented and long-lasting.
You could buy NARS Vera for your mom. NARS Kelly or NARS Annabella for your sister, wife or friend. NARS Michiyo for your super cool teenage daughter. I’m pretty sure that they’ll appreciate and treasure your gift. Other colors to check out are NARS Marisa, NARS Brigitte, NARS Juliette and NARS Raquel. They cost Php1,650 in NARS Rustans and you could also buy it here (as of posting, the NARS Audacious Lipsticks are on sale for $28.80) and here for $32.
SPARKLE WITHOUT HASSLE
For the truly young or simply young-at-heart
The Laneige Sparkling Makeup Collection is a great gift especially for young makeup addicts. It can also be given to those who, like me, are not-so-young anymore but are still young-at-heart. 😉
The Laneige Sparkling Makeup Collection includes 2 lip tints, Neon Pink and Raspberry Pink. Both are beautiful colors and are very soft on the lips. The 2 nail polishes included in the collection, Golden Bubble and Pink Wine, are both glittery and fun. Also packed with sparkling, shimmering splendidness are the 2 eyeshadows in the collection, Pink Dust and Gold Dust. These are great for highlighting the eyes and are so easy to use.
With 6 great products included, the Laneige Sparkling Makeup Collection costs only Php1,650. It’s so affordable and very much worth the price.
For women who loves flaunting elegant nails
I am a fan of Chanel nail polishes because I love the formula, the colors, the packaging, everything! Not all of their shades are perfect, because I’ve also encountered some that are disappointing, like Eastern Light and Blue Boy. I hadn’t been able to review Blue Boy because I’ve already given it away, but I didn’t like the formula of that one. It’s such a pity because I really loved the color. For Eastern Light, you can find my detailed review here.
Well, enough of the negative. My favorite Chanel nail polishes this year that are to die for:
☆ Chanel Phenix Le Vernis
☆ Chanel Rouge Flamboyant Le Vernis
☆ Chanel Sweet Lilac Le Vernis
☆ Chanel Mirabella Le Vernis
☆ Chanel Tentation Le Vernis
The Chanel nail polishes cost Php1,250 in Chanel Rustans, and you could also buy it here for $27.
I hope my little Holiday Gift Guide for Her had been helpful to you. How are you faring with your Holiday gift shopping? Christmas is just around the corner, so you’d better finish your shopping soon. I hope you all have a very merry, savvy Christmas! 🙂
Alyssa Melanie is a certified MUA – a Makeup Addict. While her favorite high-end brands are Chanel and Dior, she just can’t resist falling in love with a lot of drugstore brands too, like Revlon and NYX. Her motto: “When I feel good about myself, I feel beautiful. Putting on makeup and taking care of my skin, makes me feel oh-so-good.“