Stocking stuffers for the beauty buff
Stocking stuffers sometimes seem like an afterthought ($5 Starbucks gift card or a pack of gum anyone?). It’s hard to manage buying gifts, sending cards and finagling something to go in a stocking, but this year you can just tap into all the beauty gift sets out there that besides being totally useful are packaged as fun eye candy that everyone loves to open during the holidays.
Stila for J. Crew Lip Glaze, $35 at J Crew stores and www.jcrew.com
This 3 pack of Stila’s signature product comes in varying and flattering shades that are light enough to wear every day.
Jouer Tinted Lip Enhancer set, $25 at www.jouercosmetics.com
Culver City-based cosmetics company Jouer is known for its no-fuss approach to makeup. These lip conditioners are great for the person who doesn’t like a ton of color and prefers a moisturizing lip balm to a gloss.
Nars Cosmetics Sweet Disposition multiples set, $40 at www.narscosmetics.com
A Nars multiple stick sits in the makeup bags of many women who use it as their go-to highlighter, bronzer and blush. These travel sized multiples are great for stashing in an overnight bag or leaving at the office to get made up before heading out to dinner.
Laura Mercier Eye Color Sampler, $48 at www.lauramercier.com
This is a great starter kit for someone who’s just beginning to experiment with eye shadow. Plus, it’s got neutral and dark colors to mix and match for day and night.
Cargo Most Wanted makeup set, $15 at www.ulta.com
Cargo has packaged travel size versions of their signature items together for one on-the-go makeup set. It’s got classic colors of lip gloss and blush, plus a lash activating mascara.
REN mini Rose set, $25 at www.renskincare.com
Organic skin care brand REN has made a bath set for people who love rose-scented products. Give this to the person in your life who needs a little help relaxing.
For the Boys:
Kiehl’s Men’s Refueling kit, $29.50 at www.kiehls.com
Boys need skin care too. This face scrub, soap, lotion and eye cream set keeps it simple and gives him everything he needs at once.
Anthony Logistics Mint & Eucalyptus cleansing gel, $22 at www.anthony.com
Perfect for the holidays or just when he needs an invigorating scent to get going in the morning. This shower gel is scented, but not cloying.
-- Melissa Magsaysay
Photos: from top, Nars Sweet Disposition mini multiples set/Nars Cosmetics; Stila for J. Crew lip glaze set/Stila; Laura Mercier eye color sampler/Laura Mercier; Cargo's Most Wanted makeup kit/Cargo Cosmetics; Jouer Tinted Lip Enhancer kit/Jouer Cosmetics; Kiehl's Men's Facial Fuel kit/Kiehl's; Anthony Logistics Eucalyptus and Mint shower gel/Anthony Logistics