Now that Halloween is over, we can safely begin the Christmas dialogue: Where are we going, what are we doing, and what are we buying? Right now Sephora VIB customers should have a 20 percent off coupon in their well-manicured little hands, good through Monday, November 10. (In stores, or online!) With so many amazing holiday beauty sets already hitting stores, it's smart to shop now while supplies last.
Don't forget--if you're shopping for a true beauty junkie they may already be shopping these sets for themselves, so keep the gift receipt!
Net-a-Porter 'The Holiday Kit', $100
Net-a-Porter Beauty has compiled a gorgeous, 14-piece collection of haircare, skin, and beauty products for the holiday season. It includes super-luxury brands like Chantecaille and Malin + Goetz, among others. In addition to the expected--lip balm, lotion, shampoo, day cream--there are fun little extras like Sleep Plus Pillow Spray and B the Eyebrow Experts' Clear Brow Gel. The packaging is lovely on its own, so no need to wrap it--a score for the environmentally conscious, or the lazy, among us.
Laura Mercier Mini Caviar Stick Eye Color Collection, $55
You might as well order two, because you will be sad when your friend/loved one calls to rave that her Laura Mercier Caviar Sticks were the absolute best present this year. Easy-to-use, perfect for travel, and almost universally flattering, this collection includes Rosegold and Moonlight, two new, popular colors. Not too shimmery for day, Caviar Sticks allow you to build up the color for evening--perfect for makeup newbies, or frequent travelers.
Clarisonic Mia2 Winter Hydration Set, $149
For the same price as just the Mia2, Sephora is offering this Clarisonic gift set that also includes a half-ounce Glamglow hydrating treatment, a 2 oz. First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream, and a five ounce Boscia Purifying Cleansing Gel--a $206 value for $149. If you've been holding off on purchasing a Clarisonic, this gift set offers a lot of bang for the buck.
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NARSissist Smokey Eye Compact, $59
Choosing just one NARS holiday gift set is practically impossible--you may want to peruse them all so you don't miss out. One of the standouts for 2014 is the NARSissist Smokey Eye Compact. NARS eyeshadow is as buttery and blendable as they come, and their eyeliners are equally impressive. This kit includes a three-color palette of powder shadows, a miniature long-wear eyeliner, and the NARS Wide Contour Travel Brush #43. To give you an idea of price, the regular #43 brush is $32 on its own, and a standard sized eyeliner from the Larger Than Life line is $24; an eyeshadow trio compact from NARS is regularly priced at $45. Basically, if you buy this kit you are pretty much stealing from NARS.
Bobbi Brown Deluxe Lip & Eye Palette, $80
Bobbi Brown eye and lip colors are high-quality, universally flattering, and well-priced on their own, so the Deluxe Lip & Eye Palette is not just an amazing value--it's a safe bet if you're not sure what to buy for the beauty lover on your list. This palette can do a no-makeup makeup look, or go straight to date night. Shopping for a more mature makeup lover? Bobbi Brown powder shadows are very forgiving, and she'll appreciate the smooth application and resistance to creasing.