Holiday Gift Guide

2012 Holiday Gift Guide: The Twelve Days of Jewelry

The season of giving is officially upon us. Nothing brightens up a woman's eyes like the gift of sparkle and shine. It's true we all love jewelry, whether it be a dazzling pair of gemstone earrings or an eye-catching cocktail ring. I've compiled a list of 12 brilliant baubles that will fit anyone's holiday shopping budget and will add a little or a lot of shimmer to your wardrobe this season.

 

~Christy Pastore @christypastore

Shimmering Accessories

Nothing amps up your look more that a dazzling pair of heels or an eye-catching statement necklace. The holidays are no exception -- it's the one time of year where too much is just enough. Outshine everyone at the next social gathering with fabulous baubles or a pair of metallic heels. Jazz up your everyday look with a shimmering scarf or crystal beaded beret.

We've rounded up 21 fabulous fashion finds to make your winter wardrobe pop!

Shimmering Accessories
Shimmering Accessories
Shimmering Accessories

 

~Christy Pastore @christypastore

Editor's Pick~ 100 Unforgettable Dresses by Hal Rubenstein

100 Unforgettable Dresses is the perfect holiday gift for anyone who loves fashion, celebrity and film. InStyle magazine's fashion director, Hal Rubenstein chronicles the most fascinating, memorable and jaw dropping dresses that made fashion history.

The book reveals the secrets and stories behind these one of a kind designs and celebrates the lasting influence of each gorgeous, sleek and sultry creation. Featuring looks from the runway, the red carpet, cinema, politics and royalty that have had a huge impact on our lives and pop culture.

The most spectacular looks from style icons including Audrey Hepburn, Jackie Kennedy Onassis, and Sarah Jessica Parker are also included. 

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~Christy Pastore @christypastore

Give the Gift of Great Skin

There really is something magical about this time of year -- the lights, the parties, the food, an entire month dedicated to shopping! There are few things I love more than finding that perfect gift for someone. For all of you whose lists include some makeup & skincare obsessed friends and family members, I have rounded up some fantastic gift sets. These are sure to put a smile on the face of any fashionista. Happy shopping!


Ambre Blends Gift Sets: Available at most retailers that carry Amber Blends and at www.ambreblends.com.There are several different options and price ranges so you can select exactly the right gift set for the Ambre Blends wearer on your list. Natural oil perfumes, soaps, body creams, candles -- these are sure to please almost anyone.



Glo Minerals Luxe Beauty Collection: It’s no secret I love, love, love Glo Minerals & Glo Therapeutics. This holiday season they have released a gift set that is definitely going to the top of my personal wish list. It includes two eye shadow palettes: Venus has a blend of pinks & neutrals, one matte and three with sparkle; Jupiter is a mix of browns & blues, plus a base color with three matte shades and one sparkly. There is also the bellini/hibiscus blush duo. Bellini is a beautiful matte blush that literally looks good on EVERYONE. Hibiscus is a lovely soft pink shade. Two lip glosses: Brown Sugar, a metallic gold with sparkle (you’ll want to be wearing this with your fabulous New Year’s Eve dress); and Whisper, a mauve-y pink, perfect for everyday. There is also a bronzer, a lip pencil, lid primer (to keep your eye shadow in place), a black eyeliner, and three pro makeup brushes. All that and it comes in a cute reusable makeup bag AND it's only $85.


The Glo Travel Body Kit: Have a frequent flyer on your list? This set includes a sugar body polish, body wash, body butter, lip balm, and a travel size candle all in a drool worthy honey sugar butter scent. These products are so good even your homebody friends will love them.




The Bobbi Brown 20th Anniversary Collector’s Edition Lip Palette: I’m not even putting this one on my list for fear it will be overlooked. Nope, this one is going straight under the tree with a big bow and a “to Danelle, from Danelle with love” sticker. It includes the ten original Bobbi Brown lip colors released in 1991, plus ten new shades all perfect for mixing and matching. Read my lips -- every girl wants this.

 


The Clarisonic Brush: I’ve been working with this brush for several years and I still think it’s fabulous. It’s perfect for all skin types. I’ve seen it do wonders for clients with acne issues and calcium deposits. It removes makeup and really gets the skin clean and it helps exfoliate. It is available in many colors, and there is a convenient travel size version called the Mia. Trust me, if you don’t already have one, add this to your own wish list.

 

 

~Danelle Osborn

Danelle Osborn - Aesthetician/Makeup Artist with Adorn by ado. Spa in Indianapolis, Indiana. As a former model and lover of makeup, Danelle appreciates the benefits of great skin care.  Danelle holds a degree in communications and is also licensed in the field of esthetics. She has been practicing for over six years working in both naturopathic and medical spa settings.

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