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Our favorite beauty sets for the holidays

Being glamourous is always on trend, making beauty an ideal gift that keeps on giving! For all the people on your list, here are some fabulous beauty gift sets to give, whether they’ve been naughty or nice. (Warning, you may end up buying more than a few for yourself!)

bliss holiday suds + butter duos

bliss holiday suds + butter duos

There’s nothing more blissful than Bliss in our shower, and this season, we’re all about these spa-inspired soapy suds and body butter duos. It comes in several shades, but we’re obsessed with merry ‘citrus’ — a blood orange + white pepper duo packed with an orange shower pouf.

Price: $32 each ($47 value), available at

Stila Snow Angel Color Palette

Stila Snow Angel Color Palette

As soon as we hear “White Christmas” on our holiday mix, it imparts all sorts of feelings for the season of merry. You may just discover that Stila’s Snow Angel color palette achieves very much the same reaction. There are tons of looks that can be created with this palette — for the holidays and for beyond — and the fact that it’s snowflake shaped makes it just that much more adorable. The palette contains 12 cheek colors and 18 eye shadows that can be worn wet or dry as well as a deluxe Stay All Day Waterproof Volumizing Mascara.

Price: $39, available at

Urban Decay Smoked Palette

Urban Decay Smoked Palette

We’ve always had a stalker-level of love for all things Urban Decay, and the Smoked Eyeshadow Palette just increases the passion with 10 smoky shadows (five are brand-new shades exclusive to this palette!) including hues of green, blue and purple in addition to the gray and brown smoky classics. Also includes a full-size 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil, Deluxe Travel-Size Eyeshadow Primer Potion and a 29-page, step-by-step, how-to ‘get the look’ book (created by co-founder Wende Zomnir). Traveling for the holidays? Demand this as an early gift to yourself — you may find it’s all you need.

Price: $49, available at Sephora.

Ciate' Mini Mani Set

Ciate Mini Mani Set

Think there’s a chance there’ll be a ring waiting under that mistletoe? We can all dream, but regardless, this selection of mini nail treats is the stuff of fantasy, complete with 17 of Ciate’s bestselling mini Paint Pots, four mini Caviar blends and three exclusive Paint Pot glitter shades.

$58, available at Nordstrom.

Kiehl's 'Greatest Hits' Collection

Kiehl’s ‘Greatest Hits’ Collection

Some of the most iconic skin care items are Kiehl’s, and this set is a great gift for your best friend who shares your affection for timeless beauty.


Bobbi Brown 'Extreme Party' Eye Palette

Bobbi Brown ‘Extreme Party’ Eye Palette

This Nordstrom Exclusive is also super travel friendly, with nine great party-ready luxe shades, a highlighter, four professional-quality brushes and everything else you need to be the belle of the (Christmas) ball.


M·A·C 'Sinfully Chic' Face Kit

M·A·C ‘Sinfully Chic’ Face Kit

When we popped open this kit, the packaging alone had us madly in love, but if you dig deeper, the sinfully chic kit IS sinfully chic. Includes Powder Blush in Pursue Your Passion, Lipstick in Out To Please, Lipglass in Be Nice, Technakohl Liner in Graphblack and 129SE Powder/Blush Brush — so, so chic. (We know. We just can’t stop gushing — you will too when you are basking in the shimmer!)


Laura Mercier 'Glamour Wardrobe' Palette

Laura Mercier ‘Glamour Wardrobe’ Palette

Sometimes our eyes are bigger than our needs — this applies to our plate as well as our beauty closet — and quite possibly the Laura Mercier Glamour Wardrobe Palette. At two levels (there are eight eye shades, five lip shades and four cheek colors), there are a whole lot of combinations happening — but we always DID have commitment issues… Also included are all the tools you need to make these looks work! We’re smitten, it’s true.

$98 at (A $256 value!)

Urban Decay Ocho Loco 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil Set

Urban Decay Ocho Loco 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil Set

We said it earlier, we’ll say it again — there’s no bounds to our Urban Decay obsession, and their 24/7 Eye Pencils are EVERYTHING. This set includes four new and exclusive shades, four tried-and-true ones, plus a Grindhouse Sharpener.

$59 at ($152 value!)

Best of Avon Holiday Collection

Best of Avon Holiday Collection

You can’t find better value than this amazing collection from Avon, including the 2013 Fergie fragrance — VIVA! Also included is a host of popular Avon products: Anew Clinical Eye Lift Pro Dual Eye System, Ultra Color Rich Lipstick in Plum Seduction, Nailwear Pro+ Nail Enamel in Red Reveal, True Color Eye Shadow Quad in Femme Fatale, Super Drama Mascara in Black, and Advance Techniques Moroccan Argan Oil Leave-in Treatment. We rather love the leopard tote too! Normally, it’s $148 but right now it’s on sale for a crazy $50!

Amika Mini Gold Leopard Styler + Bag

This travel-sized tool is super cute (we’re rather obsessed with leopard, if you didn’t notice!). It also has floating plates that allow you to do more than just straighten. They adjust as you work your way over your hair, letting you create curly and wavy looks as well without tugging.

$29 at Sephora

Amika Mini Gold Leopard Styler + Bag

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