There is a good reason Sephora is always jam packed with people and on weekends it seems like every woman in the world decided to shop for makeup at the same time. The store is a one-stop-shop for all things beauty – a makeup wonderland full to the brim with the trendy must-haves you’ve been eyeing all year (boyfriends and husbands beware, once you're dragged in there is no escape). My advice to tackle the holiday rush: arrive early, don’t leave your list to the last minute, call ahead for product availability (or shop online) and be careful when checking out the Fenty Beauty isle because you might get trampled in the commotion (just kidding). Today I’m sharing some awesome sets, palettes and glam accessories for a little gift giving inspiration.
If you read my article – Battle of the Makeup Sponges then you know that Sephora’s Perfect and Restore ranked #2 on my list because it is most similar to the original Beauty Blender yet very affordable in comparison. When dampened these versatile applicators blend liquid makeup seamlessly for a flawless finish and there are different sets and sizes available for full-face coverage, concealer, contour and spot touch-ups. They also make great stocking stuffers.
Sephora Snow-Fetti Mini Sponge Set packaged in a Christmas ornament ($15.00), Blend Til The End Sponge Set ($15.00).
Never worry about dull skin with the Sephora Winter Flush Blush Palette ($20.00). This compact comes with 4 wearable matte shades and flattering shimmer highlighters for a healthy flush and a pop of radiance. The texture is silky and the finish is soft and subtle for a natural effect.
The Sephora Wonderful Stars Palette ($23.00) includes a pretty range of shadows, blush and luminizer that is travel-friendly and perfect for the season. Use the lighter hues during the day and create smokey looks with the deeper shades for a night out. The color scheme is luminous and fresh – great for all complexions and the pigmentation is buildable so you can enhance the intensity with a good primer and a few layers.
Most girls like to show-off their cute makeup bags so you might want to pick up the Let’s Disco Confetti Clutch ($25.00) with shards of pretty multi-colored foil. With this bag everyday is a celebration and the pieces float freely so you can scatter them any way you like to create different designs.
For the lipsticks lovers on your list the Sephora Mini Lip Stain Set ($15.00) is a must! If I got these cute minis in my stocking I’d jump for joy. The box includes 4 colors (neutral to deep) and the bestselling cream formula is rich, highly pigmented, vivid and full-coverage for show-stopping lips.
The Midnight is Coming Mini Palette ($6.00) is another cute stocking stuffer small enough to fit in your pocket.
It contains 3 universally flattering shades with a touch of shimmer for frosty winter evenings and the matte brown is great for crease contouring. On busy mornings with no time for blending, use it to create quick, stylish looks.
The Dark Rainbow Ready in Five Brush Set ($35.00) and Compact Mirror ($15.00) are both covered in sparkling glitter for a festive pop of holiday glam. I always keep a small set of tools in my purse for touch-up on-the-go and these stylish essentials are perfect for travel and everyday use. The beautiful clutch includes a powder brush, blush brush, shadow brush, crease brush and angled liner for all your makeup needs and the soft bristles feel great against the skin.
The Emjoi trend seems to sweeping the globe and although I find the fascination a bit odd, I can totally see the appeal of the cute little faces. This happy little tint ($6.00) nourishes parched pouts with glossy moisture and fresh flattering color for easy day time wear.
The Sephora Winter Queen Palette ($13.00) has 1 bronzer, 2 pretty blushes and 1 pearly highlighter so you can shape, define and enhance like a pro. The smooth, buildable powders are ideal for events and Christmas parties with bright, luminous finishes that provide a healthy glow.
The mermaid and rainbow trend is still going strong (I blame Ariel and unicorns) but I do love the multidimensional colors and the Dark Rainbow PRO Airbrush ($40.00) is stunning. The quality is fantastic with no shedding and as you rotate the handle it changes from pink to blue, green and purple. The densely packed soft bristles provide optimal coverage and a smooth, flawless finish when applying foundation. The small rounded tip helps target problem areas to conceal blemishes so it makes a great gift for a friend (or yourself).
Continuing with the flashy rainbow theme, the Dual Boar Bristle Brush ($19.00) is covered in shiny chrome that looks gorgeous every time you pull it out of your bag. It also keeps your hair neat and sleek while distributing natural oils from the scalp to fortify and nourish.
Z Palettes are great for saving space and customizing your collection of pigments. This one from Sephora stores a lot of product and makes a thoughtful gift for makeup enthusiasts and artists who need to de-pot and reorganize. It retails for $38.00.
Many of these items are limited edition and only available for the holiday season so make sure to check out the website at sephora.ca or get your goodies at the nearest store.