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HOLIDAY 04: GIFT GUIDE
Make shopping for the beauty devotees in your life easier this year with these wish lists ideas from the makeup divas here at Cosmetic Connection.


Marissa's Wish List
I love the holiday season. All the cosmetic companies come out with such great gifts, especially color gifts! If I had a million dollars, or even $200.00, here's a few of the things that I would buy!

Christian Dior Colour Couture, retailing for $68.50, is a FABULOUS red cosmetic bag with a big buckle that when I buy I will use as my night out clutch! Tacky, maybe, but I want the collection for the bag alone! However, the cosmetics in the bag are great too. There is a full size five color eyeshadow palette in a flattering neutral tone, a soft pinky lipstick, Rose Souffle, a sample of Ultimeye Mascara in black, a mini blush in # 894 and a sample of Pure Poison. All in all, a very good deal. You can buy this at Saks.

YSL Collection Eyeliner looks fun for the holidays. It comes with three small jars of creamy liquid for lining and shadowing. The three colors are a neutral sand, a medium rose/bronze and a silver black. All are shimmery and the collection comes with a long brush handle and three attachments…one thin for lining, one slanted for shaping and one eye shadow brush. It might seem pricey at $70.00, but for what you get, I think it's a pretty good deal! Again, you can buy this at Saks or anywhere they sell YSL.

Guerlain Divinora Precious Colours Eyes, Lips, Cheek Palette in Gold Radiance will take you through the holidays and into spring. This is a beautiful creamy collection of color. The eyeliner is gorgeous, a shimmery black/gold that would be beautiful over another eyeliner. The other eye color is a glittery clear color to go over eyes or cheeks. The lip/cheek colors are a gold glitter gloss and a creamy nude color. The compact is a stunner too, a silver/black case with a 3d thumb print as the cover. It's hard to describe, but let me say, people will ask about your compact when you pull this one out! Guerlain can be purchased at Saks and Lord & Taylor, as well as other department stores.

Lorac Licked*Kissed*Bitten Lip Polish Collection are 8 tiny, little nail polish sized bottles of lip gloss. My two favorites are LKB 4, Hot Pink Shimmer, and LBK 2, Rose Shimmer. I love a gift that lets you try lots of different things without costing you an arm and a leg, and for $25.00 this fits the bill. This would make a great stocking stuffer or, you could be like me and give a few away to friends and still keep one or two for yourself! All the glosses smell minty and wouldn't take up a lot of room in your evening bag. Lorac Cosmetics are at Sephora and Sephora.com.

Guerlain Midnight Secret is a late night treatment that was explained to me to be geared towards clubbers who need to look refreshed with only a few hours sleep. Well, I don't go out much anymore since I can't stay awake past 10, but I do get up in the middle of the night with the baby so I thought I would give this a try. WOW - I have to tell you, this is the gift that I think I will buy myself! I put this on at 3 am when I was up changing diapers and my skin really did look good when I woke up. And then I tried it again after having sick kids up half the night, and I have to say, my skin looked rested, no baggy eyes, no sallow skin or that tired look your skin can have after a long night. My skin felt moisturized and soft, and looked so good that I didn't put any foundation or powder on during the day! That's some treatment!

I hope my family reads my list…I'll be disappointed if one of these items isn't under the tree... hmmm... I better go out and buy a few for myself just in case!

Happy shopping and Happy Holidays!


Lisa's Wish List

Dear Santa,
Since I've been a very, very good girl this year (no, really - I have!). I offer the following "wish" items for your consideration.

Sincerely,
Lisa

Fresh Index Fragrance Chronicles
Fresh Index Fragrance Chronicles Fresh makes some of my very favorite fragrance combinations. They are sophisticated and simple, usually one single note, or a combination of two complimentary scents. This collection contains fifteen of Fresh's amazing parfum sprays, including my personal favorite, Pomegranate Anise. A great way to experiment with mixing to your own personal tastes or mood.

Lush The Big Spender
I am absolutely devoted to Lush, and their "fresh, handmade" items and this gift package is a winner! Lush makes the most wonderful, unique body care items. Their bath bombs are amazing, Dream Cream calms even the grumpiest of skin, their "Honey I Washed the Kids" soap is addictive, and American Cream hair conditioner will have you smelling your hair all day. These are just a few of my favorites, but you'll find your own in this amazing collection.

Henri Bendel Candles
While this isn't a bodycare item, these gorgeous scents are perfume for your surroundings. The candles are long lasting, and with scents like firewood, pomegranate, orange spice, and fig, you'll find one that is appealing.

Bourjois The Lip Collection
If lip color is your vise, this collection is for you. Ten lipsticks, four glosses, and two lip pencils to play with. Great pigment and a creamy feel are Bourjois trademarks ­ a super gift for any "lippie" addict on your list.

Smashbox Slideshow Palette
This slim little case holds a lovely collection of eye and lip colors that are wearable for any complexion. A must for those holiday parties when all you have is a little purse to tote goodies to keep you looking great all night.


Heather's Wish List
What do you give to the makeup diva who has everything? Are you kidding? There is always something new to try :)

Delux Beauty Jr Duos
I have one of these, so why is it on my wish list? Because I love it so much I want all the shades! Everything about it is perfect: lightweight and sheer lipgloss on one end, creamy and blendable liquid blush on the other. The colors are gorgeous, the formulas are smooth and wearable, and the tube is so tiny you can pop it into your pocket. I'll take one of everything, please.

Laura Mercier Lavender Basil Body Butter ($40)
I have become a devotee again to using a body moisturizer of some kind after showering, and this is one I would love to have. The smell is heavenly, and Laura Mercier just has a way with bath and body products.

Clean Perfume (especially the roll-on perfume oil, $82 for .35oz)
I started wearing this about a month ago and I'm hooked. The fragrance is subtle but present, and light but still with body and character that lasts. I also love the roll-on applicator of the perfume oil, so I can dab it wherever I want.

Hard Candy Lunch Box ($25)
Sometimes makeup just needs to be fun and playful, and that's what Hard Candy is all about. This set looks like something you'd want to carry around to show your friends. It comes with two mini lip brushes and six lip glosses, an assortment of eight eye shadows, a mini mascara, eyeliner, and two double-ended eye shadow brushes, plus two universal shades of cream-to-powder concealer, a powder blush, and a shimmer highlighter, all in a snappy little blue case. Too cute, and a steal at $25!

Susan Posnick COLORFLO
I was shopping at The Blush Beauty Bar here in Portland with my mom on Black Friday (day after Thanksgiving) and Blush's delightful owner Deborah did my mom's makeup so beautifully using COLORFLO. I had almost forgotten how cool it is, but now that I've seen the COLORFLO way again, I need a new one for myself. This is the best mineral makeup, both in formula and packaging. The minerals go on so smooth and light, dispensing from just a click of the brush handle loaded with the mineral powder. No messy jars, no botched applications. When the handle is empty, you just buy a refill packet and pour it in. You are gorgeous and environmentally conscious. It's a good day.

Also, I have to mention Japonesque Heated Mini Eyelash Curler, the one and only eyelash curler I will use, and Sugar Lip Fever, the tastiest lip gloss out there. Get them and you will thank me :)


Vicky's Wish List
- Frederic Fekkai Soft Hold Hair Spray
($22.50)
- Fresh Orange Chocolate Shea Butter ($36)
- Origins Cocoa Therapy Line - looks too yummy! Prices range from $12 to $28
- Trish McEvoy lucite handled makeup brushes ($20 and up), eyeshadow pans ($15)
- Nars Golddigger collection ($18-$24)
- Cargo Beach blush in Miami Beach ($26)
- DuWop Buttercream lip balm ($15)
- Sage Machado perfume oils (all of them!) ($45 for 1/8 oz.)


Denise's Wish List
The Holiday season is upon us, and I know that I, for one, have barely slowed down to consider what I would most like to receive as gifts. I've been running to and fro, trying to find the perfect gift for everyone on my list... but yeah, yeah, what about me? Here are a few wonderful little items that I think would make any makeup maven or cosmetic diva on your list a very happy camper this holiday season.

Lancome Juicy Tubes Pop Gift Set ($35 at Macy's)
This time of year, chapped, dry wintertime lips abound. Any good makeup diva knows the benefit of a truly great lipgloss. Lancome Juicy Tubes are my favorites. The formula is lightweight and not sticky at all. All of the "flavors" that I've tried are absolutely yummy! This gift set comes with four fruity glosses and a mini-nail polish, with a truly budget-friendly price tag!

Four new Juicy Tubes Pop shades with an ultra-cool tingle plus 1 sparkling, sheer Juicy Vernis Nail Gloss. Set Includes: Juicy Tubes Pop - Iced Cranberry, Juicy Tubes Pop - Fruity Pop, Juicy Tubes Pop - Frozen Punch, Juicy Tubes Pop - Chai Freeze, Juicy Vernis - Dragee

CHANEL Take A Chance Gift Set ($68.50 at Macy's)
One of my favorite scents these days is Chance by Chanel. I know how difficult it is to recommend scents to others, since they are truly such a matter of personal preference. Despite that fact, I have recommended Chance to several friends, and they have loved it. It is a decidedly young, yet sophisticated scent from Chanel. Next time you pass by the Chanel counter, pick up a sample and see how it works for you. In any case, this is a fabulous gift set, that includes 1.2 oz. Eau de Toilette Spray, 3.4 oz. Body Moisture and 3.4 oz. Body Cleanse in a black faux suede cosmetic bag.

Laura Mercier Body Butter Set ($50 at Nordstrom)
To combat dry winter skin, you just can't beat the rich, creamy, and heavenly-scented formulas of Laura Mercier's Body Butters. This gift set contains three 2.5oz tubs of skin-saving wonder cream. Herbaceous Lavender Basil, the effervescence of Clementine enhanced by nuances of tangerine and the warmth of Vanilla Creme Puff above a warm base of vanilla beans. Believe me, she will thank you for these!

Happy Holidays!


More Special Offers and Coupon Codes

Avon
With coupon LSSHIP, get FREE shipping with any $30 order or more, now through January 5, 2005.

Prescriptives
FREE standard shipping on everything holiday with code HOLSHIP at checkout.**

FREE GIFT WRAP and a choice of an additional sample with every order for registered users.**

** Offer valid through 12/26/04. Registered users, be sure to sign in at checkout and select gift wrap to receive your benefits.

Renee Rouleau
Free shipping on orders over $75, now through January 31, 2005. Find out your Personal Skin Prescription here.

BeneFit Cosmetics
Free shipping on all U.S. orders - enter code FSTG in promo box at checkout

Origins
You can't go wrong with anything from the Cocoa Therapy collection from Origins. While you're on Gloss.com, enjoy Free Standard Shipping with your $35 Gloss.com order. Enter offer code GLSGIFTS at checkout. Offer ends 12/15/2004.

Drugstore.com
Free philosophy 6-oz. Gingerbread Man Salt Scrub ($7.50 value) (Ends 12-28-04)
Free Too Faced Eyeliner & Lip Gloss with purchase! ($17 value) (Ends 12-28-04)
Free Ramy Beauty Therapy Face Gloss in Shiksa with purchase! ($18.50 value) (Ends 12-28-04)
Free Crabtree & Evelyn Treat Yourself Sampler Kit ($12 value)! (Ends 12-28-04)
Free Fresh Soy Formula Hand Cream ($25 value) with purchase! (Ends 12-28-04)
Free DuWop Venom Flash in Silver ($6 value) with purchase! (Ends 12-28-04)
Free tarte 24.7 Lip Sheer in Tuesday ($16 value) with purchase! (Ends 12-28-04)

Fine Print: Coupon offer valid on all regular price, sale and clearance merchandise. Excludes fragrance, prestige cosmetics, prestige skincare, colonial candles. Cannot be redeemed for cash or gift cards. This offer may not be combined with any other coupon offer. Not valid on prior purchases. Limit one per customer.

Ulta.com-The Ultimate Beauty Site!

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