Friday, December 03, 2010


From the fabulous window displays to all the perfectly good excuses to get dressed up, this is my favorite time of year - even if the cold means I am applying Skin Food to my hands every five minutes.

Since there’s nothing better than sharing your favorite things with friends, here are my top eco-chic gift picks for the holidays. Whether for you or someone else (or both!), there’s nothing better than a gift that makes you feel good, makes you look good, and that you know is good for you. It’s a win-win-win situation.

With intense pigment that stays put and nourishing Vitamin E and Jojoba oils, these eye pencils are great for day or night. For the holidays, KORRES has gone above and beyond, putting together a limited-edition set of 10 FULL SIZED eye pencils - a $160 value! They’re perfect whether you wrap the box for one lucky set of eyes, or split up the set into multiple gifts. (Maybe tie up a set of three with one of these pencil sharpeners?)

I have something of an obsession with tarte cheek stains if you haven’t noticed, and this year, in honor of tarte’s tenth birthday, they’ve created a limited-edition color. The universally flattering pink is packed in a gorgeous aubergine tube emblazoned with a gold-studded TEN. I think I love the packaging as much as the product.

My favorite eyelash curler is all dressed up for the holidays. The best eyelash curler I’ve yet to try, tarte created an ergonomic, spring hinge design with silicone pads, so it’s gentle on your lashes - and it really makes your eyes POP (you can buy the bling-less, but just fabulous, original here). For those who normally don’t leave the house without mascara (me) it’s incredible what this little tool can do. In less than two minutes, I look like I’ve had ten hours rest. It’s the next best thing to gifting someone a good night’s sleep.

We’re big fans of KORRES Lip Butters here at BB, and this set includes three full-sized pots in pomegranate, wild rose, and jasmine. Made with shea butter and rice wax, the lip balms are super hydrating while giving you a bit of color and shine. Normally $10 each, this incredible set is flattering for all skin tones and perfect for keeping lips moisturized during the cold winter months.

For your most lash obsessed friends, check out this mascara trio from tarte. The set includes a trio of treasures: a deluxe size version of lights, camera, lashes!, the 4-in-1 mascara that is proven to increase lash volume by 424%; the nourishing rejuvulash, to get rid of clumps as well as freshen up your lashes midday; plus the ergonomically designed bottoms up lower lash mascara.  A $42 value.

There is an art to the smoky eye, and KORRES is happy to walk you through the process. This seven-piece set includes their Abyssinia mascara, a black liner, and four shadows to create a smoldering eye, and following the dramatic eye/subtle lip rule, they throw in their ridiculously moisturizing Cherry Oil Lipgloss in Beige Pink. The products are a $117 value. The step-by-step guide...priceless.

I adore Paddywax candles for their lovely, subtle fragrance blends - especially at the holidays. They smell amazing, without being overpowering, and they’re made with soy wax and all natural ingredients (no synthetic fragrances, no petro chemicals, no lead wicks). Light one of these pretty little blue spruce and cranberry candles while you’re getting ready to go out, or bring one as a hostess gift. 40 hours of eco-winter wonderland.

“Your generosity is only exceeded by your good looks (thank you)” is printed on this eco-friendly letterpress greeting card by creativity cards. White on white (no ink!) and made of cotton, it’s a paperless way to send a note of thanks for gorgeous the gifts you’ve received.

Have a beautiful holiday! xo a.


LILIAN said...

I like my Korres so much. I’ll definitely want to try these out.

airbrush makeup said...

I had my gift list too.

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