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Share the Beauty Wealth

Our own beauty needs are important. But in the spirit of holiday giving, we should also think about our friends' and loved ones' beauty upkeep. A few beauty brands you might want to check out:


Philosophy's Limited Edition Holiday Gift Sets range from scented shower gels and lip shines to fragrance collections. For friends who love coffee, there's The Coffee House Flavored Lip Shines, including caramel mocha latte, eggnog latte and café au lait flavors (three-piece set for $28), and The Coffee House High Foaming Shampoo, Shower Gel & Bubble Baths, including caramel mocha latte, eggnog latte and cafe au lait scents (three-piece set for $30). For the angel in your life, there's the Angel Cakes Holiday Angel Shower Gel & Lip Shine Set - angel food cake-scented high foaming shampoo, shower gel & bubble bath and lip shine boxed in a festive glittery round keepsake (two-piece set for $20). If you're looking for good stocking stuffers, Philosophy's Flavored Lip Shine ornaments come in spicy pear cobbler, gingerbread and red velvet cake flavors, and in cool packaging to hang on a tree ($12 each).

Find these and more gift sets (ranging in price from $20-$85) at philosophy.com and Sephora.

Urban Decay

Give the gift of eye color with Urban Decay's Book of Shadows, a colorful pull-out, mirrored box containing pop-up graphics and, most importantly, 16 eyeshadows, two cruelty-free brushes made from high-quality synthetic hair and an Eyeshadow Primer Potion ($45). Seven of the 16 shades are new and exclusive to the palette: Mayhem (deep purple), Sidecar (bronze sparkle), Gridlock (medium brown), Scandal (peachy pink), Absinthe (electric green), Protest (dark green), and Shakedown (shimmering taupe). For those who love drama, there's Urban Decay's Three Piece Heavy Metal Glitter Eyeliner Set, including purple, silver and green glittery shades ($36). Use the tip of the brush for more subtle lines or the side of the brush for more dramatic sparkle across the lids.

Find the Book of Shadows at Sephora and the eyeliner set at Ulta.

Neil Morris Fragrances

For friends or relatives who love anything Laguna, check out Neil Morris's Coral fragrance, inspired by a three-hour late afternoon walk along Laguna Beach taken by the fragrance designer himself. Coral, part of a line of eight signature fragrances, includes bergamot, pomegranate, fig, sweet pea, Bulgarian rose, sandalwood, and oceanic musk scents. All of the signature fragrances are based on Morris's own memories and thoughts of various locations and states of being ($95 each).

Find the fragrances at neilmorrisfragrances.com.


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