Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Great Beauty Stocking Stuffers for $25 or Less


There has to be something said for stocking stuffers. They are excellent extras to what is usually an over abundant gift filled holiday.  Stocking stuffers hold a special place in my heart because growing up and as I got older my Christmas stocking was usually bare, and if there was anything in it, it would be an orange. Yes. An orange.  My parents are older than most parents from people my age and they didn't observe a lot of the holiday customs that  people do today.  I remember them telling me a story how they ran out on Easter Sunday to buy candy to hide because my brother went searching for candy and they had no idea this was "a thing".  When it comes to Christmas stockings, my parents told me they usually got an orange in their stocking, if anything at all.  In the 20th and 21st century getting an orange in the dead of winter isn't the "treat" it was considered to be in the 1930's and 1940's.  So many years passed when my parents simply forgot to put something in my stocking. It hung flat and empty by the tree.  Sad isn't it?  OK. Not really. Not getting a something in your stocking is such a FIRST WORLD PROBLEM and WHITE WHINE that I dare not complain any further.

Let's take a look at some neat-o cool gifts that you can buy as a stocking stuffer for your friends and family.  Hopefully by consistently giving them stocking stuffer gifts, they will avoid the years of therapy I had to endure.

L'Occitane  'Shea Honey' Hand Cream $12 - Shea butter and the scent of honey?  It's not even the artificial honey scent, it's a really nice non synthetic smelling honey. I picked up 3 tubes when I heard they were going out of stock on the L'Occitane website, but I found it on the Nordstrom website, so I can buy many more!

Deborah Lippmann 'R&B' Mini Nail Lacquer Duet $19 - Pink and Glitter?  Pink and Glitter in a glittery bag?  Sign me up!  $19 is a decent price, but remember, these are mini bottles so you are not getting the same amount as full size.  But to be honest, I have so many nail polishes I think a few mini bottles would do me some good.  Oh wait. This is supposed to be a gift for a friend, right?  Well I'll just buy 2.  If you need a great and easy way to remove glitter nail polish check out my tutorial!

Fresh Verbena Oval Soap $15 - Fresh makes the nicest soaps.  They last forever and produce an abundance of rich and creamy lather.  The verbena scent is particularly enjoyable to me because it just reminds me of summer and fresh air and clean.  This makes a great hostess gift or something for your mom or grandma, since they always seem to have fancy soap in the guest bathroom, Am I right? Of course you probably have that really put together friend who has a perfect house and always fresh linens and soaps in the guest bath. She would probably like this too.

Formula X For Sephora Holiday Ornament $14 - I have yet to review the Formula X line of nail polishes but I have worn a few and they wear like IRON!  Seriously. No top coat, no base coat, 2 coats of polish and 6 days later I only had minimal tip wear!  WIN!  Plus this gold glitter is pretty and it can be used to make your current mani look more festive. Oh and Hellooooo it is a tree ornament!  So cute!

Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick - Icon Mini $10 - I picked up this mini during the Sephora VIB sale and I must say it was a great purchase. It's VERY tiny, but still plenty of product for many many red lip days.  It's a great gift for someone that either a) Wants to get into wearing red lipstick but afraid to try, b) Wants to try out the Hourglass formula before they commit to a full size tube, or C) has so many red lipsticks, that are wasted because one can only wear so many red lips in their lifetime and getting a mini tube is perfect because they won't feel like it is being wasted.  (Speaking for a friend)

Kiehl's Since 1851 Lip Balm #1 $6.30 - Kiehl's Lip Balm is pretty awesome AND it's unisex, so even Uncle Al can wear this without worrying that he is looking too Fru-fru!  Plus, it really is moisturizing!

Ineke Deluxe Sample Collection $25 - I already told you about how this is a great deal!  Buy a sampler from the Ineke Website and use that $25 as credit toward a full size bottle.  Sample before you indulge!

Pinch Provisions Minimergency Kit for Her $15-$23 - The prices range from website to website and you can see all of the Minimergency items on the pinchprovisions.comI reviewed this ingenious little kit  already. I'm thinking I might need to get a few for some of my friends!

Voluspa 'Maison Blanc - Saijo Persimmon' 2-Wick Candle $16 - Designer candles are all the rage but they must smell nice too, right?  The Saijo Persimmon candle has been sniffed firsthand by me and it's DELICIOUS!  Persimmon combines with peach and red currant. I just wanna eat it up...but I'm allergic to persimmons, so this is how I get my "fix"

Tea Forté 'Warming Joy - Petite' Tea Ribbon Box  $13.36 - This box of 10 pyramid shaped tea infusers with limited edition teas is perfect for the tea lover in your life.  Did I mention I love tea?  The flavors are Rum Raisin Biscotti, Sweet Orange Spice, Harvest Apple Spice, Sweet Ginger Plum and Winter Chai. NOMMY!

What say you?  Have any nice Stocking Stuffer ideas you would like to share?

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  1. that tea set sounds awesome. the petite set is already sold out but you can get nordstorm to price match from tea forte's website and get the bigger size for $14.50!

  2. Oh thanks for posting that! I love Nordstrom Price Matching! :-)

  3. Love the Sephora ornament and Deborah Lippmann glitter nail polishes they are perfect to get the pretty holiday glitter nail designs featured here http://www.lush-fab-glam.com/2013/12/all-that-glitters-holiday-nail-art.html


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