I get it. Girls are sometimes hard to shop for but it’s even harder to know exactly what you want for Christimas. My mom asks me what I’m wishing for each year and I usually don’t know. This year is different. This year I became an ipsy subscriber and my mind was opened to the pretty world of makeup. I can finally say, I KNOW WHAT I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS, MOM. Yes, I can speak in all caps.
If you’re a guy and have no idea what to get your girlfriend, because she simply doesn’t know what to ask for or wants to be surprised, I got ya. Ladies, if you don’t know what you want, I bet you’ll end up asking for one of the following.
No brainer, right? You might think it’s too easy, but it isn’t. I believe perfumes are an intimate gift, because you have to know the person in order to know what she might like. My current favorite is Poppy by Coach. I discovered Poppy while trying to run away from a professional perfume sprayer at the mall. I didn’t want to be a total sourpuss, so I did what most people do: extend an arm while your feet are still moving. That way you get the goods but won’t have to stick around to listen to all the blah blah blah. I had ran out of my previous perfume, Beyonce’s Heat. I sniffed my wrist and was all ooh la la. I bought it a few weeks later.
I know you’re all like “what does it smell like?” It’s hard to describe a scent, so I’ll just tell you what Coach.com says:
Sweetly scented jasmine and gardenia blend with fresh cucumber and candied rose petals in a pretty, lighthearted fragrance.
Well isn’t that cutesy wootsy? It smells good, that’s all you have to know. Other perfumes I like are:
- Heat by Beyonce
- DKNY Be Delicious
- Coco Mademoiselle by Chanel
- Ed Hardy Women
Still not sure? Go to your local perfume shop and ask for samples!
Last year, Lime Crime gave us the gift of perfectly matte lips. I remember I stayed up all night trying to purchase a Red Velvet Velvetine. It was worth it. It’s a hybrid between a lipgloss and a lipstick because it goes on like a gloss but dries like a lipstick. I’ve never seen a lip product with such a matte finish. They recently debuted a pink one, which of course, I slaved in front of the computer for hours to purchase it as well. They sell for $20 and are sure to make an impression.
Months ago, I got one of those plastic drawers at Walmart. I like it because it has wheels and I can easily move it around my room. Each drawer is a different category: face, lips, eyes, nails, etc. It’s getting pretty full so I’m considering getting a lipstick stand. They look sleek and it’s a way to proudly display your lipstick collection (or those beautiful Velvetines!) They sell for around $6 on Amazon.com
Want to go all fancy? Get her an Icebox! These are pretty pricey, though! I’ve seen them sell for over $300! They’re perfect to store all your makeup and are completely handmade!
Ice ice baby
Is she more into nails than makeup? Not a problem! Get her a nail polish rack! They sell for $25 on Amazon.
I’ve read great reviews on the InStyler Wet to Dry Rotating Iron. If she’s one of those that have to wait a long time for their hair to dry, this is perfect for her. I really can’t say much about it, because I don’t own one, but it’s definately a must-have!
She also needs to look at what’s she’s doing–in style! I’ve always wanted one of these, but like the Icebox, it’s really expensive. It costs $400, but hey, if you have the dollars, go for it. It’s a Vanity Girl Mirror and it even has a dual power outlet (to plug your hair dryer, curling iron, etc!). Great for doing makeup as well, of course!
The gift that keeps on giving
An ipsy subscription would be perfect for a girl that likes trying out new brands! It’s only $10 a month and you get a pretty makeup bag filled with 5 makeup products. I’ve been a subbie since April and am impressed with some of the things they send. Most bags have a value of $25+ Click here to check it out.
I hope this short list gave you an idea on what to give or what to ask for. Another thing you can check out are holiday makeup palettes. Urban Decay, Too Faced and lots of other brands usually debut their holiday palettes and gift sets around this time. Sadly, I can’t review any of them because I don’t own one–yet.
I hope your December is jolly and Merry Christmas!