editor’s note: excellent news! the celebutante set is back in stock at benefit’s website…turns out they located a few extras. grab yours while you can!
to be honest, it’s only been in the last year or so that i’ve really seen the wisdom of the beauty gift set for holiday giving. i was never a huge fan of it, but lo and behold, when i actually started *giving* beauty sets to my near and dear – each and every gift, to my complete shock, was a huge hit! my theory is that, since many of us don’t indulge in the really splurge-worthy beauty goodies during the year, a little dose of luxury is incredibly welcome at the holidays.
that said, i have a couple of useful beauty giving guidelines: i still stay far away from perfume gift sets. fragrance is a tricky thing to gift, and just because your near and dear loves a perfume doesn’t mean she wants a lotion, body wash and candle to match. second, look for variety in the contents – no sets of 10 lipsticks or 40 colors of eyeshadow in one palette. mix it up, give them lots of new things to try…they’ll love you for it.
i’ll be showing off a few of my favorite beauty gifts this week, but can’t resist starting with the cutest ones i’ve seen all year. i’m inclined to send these sweet little sets from benefit to each and every one of my girlfriends – they’re perfect for friends, for a holiday stocking, and perfect for a teenage girl (no eyeliner or heavy lip shades to abuse):
the celebutante set is my absolute favorite, but sadly sold out literally everywhere online – you’re going to have to venture mall-side to find them (sorry about that). i did spot a few at my local sephora recently, and it’s also worth checking macy’s. for $34, you get sample sizes of just about all of my fave benefit products: high beam, benetint, lip gloss, two lipsticks, two eyeshadows (all in beautiful, useful neutrals), dallas face bronzer, annd brushes to match. plus, it all comes in that darling (and highly travel-friendly) box.
i’m always dying to test out benefit’s latest magical face powder, but it’s so hard to choose which one to try! if you have friends that are the same way, snap up a box of powderazzi this holiday, and their dilemma is solved. you get coralista (a gorgeous, warming sheer blush), hoola (a fabulous matte bronzer) and dallas (a perfect blush/bronzer hybrid), plus their fab powder brush, all for $30! you do have to buy it from hsn.com, but it’s a small price to pay (ha!…sorry, couldn’t resist).
oh, and yep, i got samples of these…so i can tell you exactly how cute these little sets really are. trust me, you can’t go wrong.