The Beauty of Giving: Holiday Gift Sets

Monday, November 26, 2012

Whether she's a super cosmetic fan or just dipping into the beauty pool, gift sets are such a treat to gift during the holidays. All nestled in one neat, beautiful packaged box, tin, or bag, gift sets include the best of a brand or collection. With so much variety, sets have become shopper-friendly and cater to every beauty need. I've rounded up some of my favorites and think they'll be sure winners during this season of giving.

1. Too Faced LoveSweetLove Set -- $46,
Too Faced knocks it out of the park with every collection, and their newest Confection Collection was no exception. With dreamy, candy inspired names and colors, this collection just screams holiday. The Love Sweet Love set is my absolute favorite set for gifting (or to buy for yourself!).  A $130 value, this set includes a the Book of Love which features 6 eyeshadows, 2 blushes, 2 lip glosses, Lashgasm Mascara, a deluxe shadow insurance primer, a deluxe Perfect Eyes Eye Liner in Perfect Black, Primed & Poreless Face Primer, a gorgeous super soft, tote-friendly, multi-purpose face brush and it all comes perfectly placed in a luxe powder blue and gold makeup bag.

Why I love it: All the products and the overall presentation is true to Too Faced whimsical and playful philosophy and delivers quality products. All the colors featured in the Book of Love palette are fool-proof and can be worn for both day and night. This set also includes tried and tested, A+ classics (Lashgasm Mascara, Primed & Poreless Primer &  Perfect Eyes Eye liner). Too Faced Perfect Eyes liner is one of the blackest liners I've ever worn and glides on like silk.

2. YSL Holiday Set -- $65,
YSL cosmetics are a glamorous addition to any makeup bag but can run up quite a pricey bill. This glamorous holiday set features some YSL's greatest products and values at $107.  The ultra luxurious products included in this set are a shimmery pink gloss, Dessin Du Regard Waterproof long-lasting Eye Pencil in Black Ink, Touche Eclat highlighter in 2 Luminous ivory, and Volume Effet Faux cils Shocking mascara all in a sleek, YSL black makeup pouch.

Why I love it: Like their garments and accessories, YSL's standard luxury and class extends to their beauty line. From exciting mascaras to beautiful packaging, YSL products are highly coveted by many. I chose this set for one of my faves because it includes the cult favorite touche eclat, their amazingly pigmented eye liner and the ever flattering golden pink gloss.

3. Sonia Kashuk Gilded Cage Six-Piece Holiday Brush Set -- $24.99,
I'm such a fan of Sonia's brushes. Quality doesn't necessarily mean spending lots of money and her brushes are quality beauty tools at wallet-friendly prices. In addition to the flawless bristles on all her tools, Kashuk brushes never skimp on the style and this set was a perfect example.

Why I love it: The glitzy black and gold fishnet design is such an eye catcher. From the clean gold to the shimmery accents this set is so holiday appropriate. Not to mention, this set of 6 beautiful brushes comes in a must-have clutch, which is sure to amp up your party ensembles this festive season!

4. Le Metier de Beaute -- $95,
LMdB just spells luxury in every way. Whether its polish, beauty tools or lip products, I have yet to find a product that doesn't demonstrate richly hued pigments and great quality  Although this isn't part of a holiday release, their eye kaleidoscope is still a favorite of mine.

Why I love it: With lovely warm hues that can create irresistible eyes, this subtle collection of shadows is a certified winner with me. With cold temps blanketing the city, it's refreshing to warm up the spirit of the holiday season with this set of shadows. 

5. Jurlique Rose Moisture Plus Essentials -- $70,
Jurlique really knows how to intermingle the goodness of nature and science and create amazing products. From creamy lotions to highly coveted skin concoctions, Jurlique products are such a treat for the skin.

Why I love it: It's no surprise that I adore Jurlique's rose products (the shower gel is my fave!) and was thrilled to see it featured in a holiday set. This luxurious set valued a at $86 comes beautifully packaged in a festive holiday box and features some of its star products: moisturizing cleanser, rosewater balancing mist and a moisturizing cream. This combination of products is a gift that surely keeps on giving in the form of glowing, hydrated and healthy skin.

6. NARS Andy Warhol Edie Set -- $75,
This is the ultimate gift for the fashionista in your life. A match made in artistic heaven, NARS Cosmetics released a perfect collection inspired by Andy Warhol's most memorable muse: Edie Sedgwick. Being a fan of the brand for as long as I can remember, I immediately swooned over this set of soft pinks and light hues.

Why I love it: The presentation alone makes this set so iconic. The must-have products snuggled inside help you achieve that signature 60's look. From the perfect 60's nude pink lipstick to the shadow and liner, this set gives you the essentials for Edie's superstar beauty style. Also included in this set is a mini blush duo in deep throat and amour--the perfect couple of peachy hued blushers.

So whether its a luxury collection, beautifully designed brushes or cozy, hydrating treats for your skin, sets will be always be a great gift idea. Get more for your money and those opening these treats will find not one but multiple items to use with post-holidays. From glam girls to boho babes, find the perfect compilation for your giftee.

Happy Holiday Shopping! 

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