Good morning, friends! And welcome to our annual Holiday Gift Guide Spectacular! This year, I have a whopping nine guides for you, and they’re absolutely gorgeous (thanks entirely to my genius hubs, who made all of these pretty graphics for us!). I think they’re our best yet! When it’s all said and done, I think I’ll have covered absolutely, positively everyone on your list. I truly hope this will make each and every one of your holiday shopping lists a breeze, and your season a bit brighter.
Let’s kick things off with a few of my favorite gifts for the beauty addict. If she can’t hit a mall without beelining for Sephora, changes her nail polish color as often as she changes her clothes, and always has the inside scoop on the best new spa in town, look no further.
The beauty gift that keeps on giving – Birch Box will deliver a box of product samples to her door every month, so she can test out the latest and greatest from her favorite brands. Birch Box beauty gift box subscription, from $30
Bobbi Brown nails the holidays every year, but this petite little palette is one of my favorites. Eyes, cheeks and lips covered in a kit barely bigger than a box of matches. To Go palette, Bobbi Brown, $25
I’m officially obsessed with NUDE’s Replenishing Night Oil, which moisturizes beautifully without clogging pores. Her skin will thank you for months to come. Radiance Collection, NUDE Skincare, $78
Tarte has a cult following, and any beauty addict will know their cheek stain is legendary. This kit gets you the classic shade, plus a few fab extras, all at a very gift-friendly price. Shining Stars gift set, Tarte, $25
I love REN for holiday sets – they’re always so beautifully designed, and the products are every bit as good as the packaging. I’m a sucker for a great citrus scent, and their Neroli Grapefruit is one of the best. Neroli Grapefruit body duo, REN, $45
This gorgeous gold compact is as luxe a gift as I’ve ever seen, and the subtly shimmery powder inside will have her glowing all season. Passion face palette, Clarins, $55
This time of year, everyone’s skin is a scaly mess, but this Borghese scrub will make her limbs silky smooth, with a delicious citrus scent I can’t resist. Vitamin C body scrub, Borghese, $49
Creme de Corps is a cult classic, with good reason. This limited edition package by Jeff Koons is pretty enough for her nightstand, and proceeds go to help rescue missing and exploited children. Limited Edition Koons Creme de Corps, Kiehl’s, from $29
elizabethW has recently redesigned their entire line, and the new packaging is unbelievably pretty. This Cranberry Ginger scent is perfect for the holidays, but totally appropriate for year-round use. Cranberry Ginger perfume diffuser, elizabethW, $65
okay! so the winner this week is Melissa W., who won that amazing elizabethW eau de parfum with the bonus entry she got for posting the contest on facebook! here’s what she had to say:
I took this “assignment” as an excuse to post about your blog to my Facebook page, inviting my friends to see why I laugh in their faces when they accuse me of being into fashion. Hopefully they will come check out the guru. 🙂
i love how we always end up with winners whose quotes are so nice! thanks for the lovely words, melissa – and enjoy that fab new perfume! just don’t forget to email me by monday morning with your mailing info, so we can get that sent out to you (assuming i don’t swipe it for myself! kidding, kidding…)
if you didn’t win, i still strongly encourage you to check out a fragrance or two from elizabethW. if you need help narrowing the field, drop me a line at editor[@]shoppingsmycardio.com…i’m a total addict, so i know their fragrances pretty well by now!
huge thanks to everyone who entered, especially those of you who tried something new and spread the word about shoppingsmycardio to score that extra entry in the contest! what did you guys think of that twist to the giveaway, by the way…should we keep it up?
we’re a day late on this week’s giveaway, but trust me when i tell you it was worth the wait! this week, the fantastic owners of elizabethW would like one of you to have a full-size bottle of their eau de parfum in my favorite fragrance, sweet tea! i have to admit – this one is taking some discipline to give away, rather than keep for myself.
you know i love just about everything over at elizabethW, but sweet tea is a hands-down favorite in my perfume drawer. the scent is so mellow and familiar, but has just enough going on to keep it really interesting. it stays delicate because of the honey and lemon notes, but then that earthy black tea scent comes in and keeps it from being too precious. it’s a hard scent to explain, but i’ve never met anyone that didn’t love it.
so, to enter, comment below! we’ll draw a winner on friday, and you’ll have to email me by monday with your address – easy peasy.
and just to keep things interesting, i’m going to let everyone earn an extra entry this week by trying out one of the super cool new features on the site (bribery is the ultimate encouragement)! if you like it, maybe we’ll make it a permanent bonus feature 🙂 for your bonus entry:
pick your favorite post on shoppingsmycardio – it can be this contest, of course, but any post will do.
use that little purple heart at the bottom of the post (it says “share it” next to the heart) to send it out into the ether somewhere: digg it, stumble it, facebook it…any of the options you see there.
then, come back and comment to tell me what you sent out there and where you sent it!
presto, bonus entry! just trying to share the love far and wide 😉 good luck, everyone!!