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ThisThatBeauty Holiday Gift Guide

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If you are a skincare lover and have not yet alerted your entire family and friends to all the great value sets out for the holidays, you’re not doing it right. This is the time to stock up on some your favorite brands or to be introduced to new lines of products you have been wanting to try.  Here are six great holiday skincare sets that are worth receiving (or giving.)

 Gfit guide for luxury skincare lover

1. Kate Somerville Red Carpet Essentials Kit – I love when brands do a kit of their cult classics. Both the Exfolikate and Dermaquench Lift are two of Kate Somerville’s most popular products and are great staples for any skincare routine.

2. Clarisonic Sonic Radiance Brightening Solutions Set – There is no better time of the year to gift a Clarisonic than the holidays. It’s that item that we won’t splurge and buy ourselves, and secretly hope a family member or friend will give us. And this set comes with two Clarisonic cleansers and a serum to help get you started on your way to that perfect skin.

3. Eve Lom Ultimate Collection – File this under decadent holiday gifting. If you receive this Eve Lom set, you better be sure you have an equally amazing present to give back. This set contains all of Eve Lom’s most popular products – with the iconic cleanser taking center stage.  But don’t worry, this set comes with products for the eye area and lips as well so you can be sure that your entire face will get the royal treatment.

4. Revive Limited Edition Artbox – Part skincare set, part work of art. Half of the appeal of a gift is the packaging and this Revive set does not disappoint. The set is done in collaboration with artist Markus Linnenbrink and is truly a collector’s piece with the stunning keepsake box that houses 5 of Revive’s best selling products including the pillar product, the Moisturizing Renewal Cream.

5. Tata Harper Daily Essentials Skincare Discovery Kit – For those natural beauty lovers in your life, Tata Harper blends the best of both worlds – luxury and naturalness. And with this Discovery Kit, 7 of Tata’s daily skincare essentials are available to try in one set.  The best part is the price point which is under $70 and can even be a good option to use as stocking stuffers if you want to break up the set. So many options!

6. Omorvicza Limited Edition Introductory Set – As I stated earlier, skincare sets are the best way to try products from a line that you are slightly familiar with or have been wanting to try for a while.  These introductory sets often offer deluxe sized samples of their top sellers so you can pick and choose what you will purchase later in full sizes. Of course there is always that risk that you could love everything, and then you are faced with what to pick up first.  I have a feeling that will be the case with this Omorvicza set which features products designed to help brighten, energize and give a deep cleanse.

There you have it, a gift guide for the luxury skincare lover. The only thing left for you to do is send this list to your friends and family and keep your fingers crossed.

Happy Holidays!

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Yikes! The Christmas shopping crunch is upon us…so this week’s #TheGifter mission, Outgifting Countdown, is right on time. This week I’ll be spotting incredible last-minute gift ideas for you to give everyone on your list. And we’re not talking any old gift…no no! This week, I’ve spotted loads of popular designer labels for less…labels that will certainly impress the recipient. So from housewares, to apparel, to edible goodies — Marshalls is stocked with holiday gift ideas for frantic last minute shoppers. So fret not and read on. . .

May I suggest these majorly on trend, seude, wedge boots for. Originally, priced at over $140, you can score these at Marshalls for $59.99. TIP: Know her shoe size
May I suggest these majorly on trend, suede wedge boots? Originally priced at over $140, you can score these at Marshalls for only $59.99. TIP: Know her shoe size..and hurry – the selection at Marshalls rotates regularly! There are incredible items to be found with each store visit. New gifts arrive daily….even on Christmas Eve!

Generally, ‘last minute’ shopping ends up exceeding your budget because you’re under the wire to buy a gift…so you end up buying the most convenient thing, regardless of cost. But with Marshalls you’re sure to find stores filled to the brim with high quality, popular brands for 40-60% off retail.

For the animal lover, these adorable ceramic critter candles are just too cute!
For the animal lover, these adorable ceramic critter candles are just too cute! And at under $6 each, you can get all three and still stay on budget.

And here’s a strategy tip: While last-minute shopping, don’t be afraid to reach for the classics…like a warm & cozy robe, sleek leather gloves or a beautiful nightgown. The classics are the classics for a reason — they work! Check out these classic picks . . .

These Italian leather gloves with with shiny golden buttons are sure to please!
CLASSIC PICK: These Italian leather gloves with shiny golden buttons are sure to please! And wait until she peeps the fancy designer label…she’ll squeal!
Cold weather accessories are always a welcome holiday gift.
CLASSIC PICK: Cold weather accessories are always a welcome holiday gift. This fringey scarf is the perfect score. It’s both cute and warm..oh, and 30% off retail. Yep, total score!
CLASSIC PICK: The polka dots add a touch of whimsy. She'll love this cozy designer robe.
CLASSIC PICK: The polka dots add a touch of whimsy. She’ll love this cozy designer robe. It’s priced well under $20, so why not throw in slippers, too?

Ok, well I’m off to continue my #TheGifter mission of the week…follow me on Instagram and Twitter @ThisThatBeauty #TheGifter as I share more “Outgifting Countdown” last minute picks.

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As Maree mentioned in ThisThatBeauty Gift Guide: Fragrance for Him, giving the gift of fragrance is a bit of a cliché. While the act of gifting perfume might be common place, it takes a certain amount of dedication and dare I say, skill, to find the right fragrance to suit someone’s taste and personality. I’m not an expert but having sniffed, worn and reviewed my fair share of fragrances, I’ll attempt to help you find the right Fragrance For Her.

Love, Chloé

Love, Chloe

Notes of orange blossom, musk  iris, pepper, lilac and more make this a sensual and seductive fragrance perfect for date night.  Do you have a friend who always has a good dating story? Love, Chloé might be the perfect gift.  $115

PRADA Infusion d’Iris

Prada infusion d'iris eau de parfum absolue

A  youthful fragrance with notes of  Iris Pallida, Muguet, Neroli, Violet, Cedar Wood, and Heliotrope.  PRADA Infusion d’Iris may be great for anyone who likes that just showered fresh feeling, who might spend 45 minutes on makeup — only to achieve a ‘natural, makeup free’ look. $66

CHANEL Coco Noir

chanel coco-noir

This Chanel scent is not as dark as either the name or the bottle suggests. It is a warm oriental scent with notes of citrus, vanilla, rose, jasmine sandalwood, and white musk. It’s actually quite easy to wear. CHANEL Coco Noir may be perfect for the woman who acts all ‘hard’ but who you know is a softy on the inside. $98

HONEY by Marc Jacobs 



Notes of pear, mandarin, peach nectar and apricots paired with honeysuckle, orange blossom, vanilla and smooth woods, make this an energetic, fresh and fruity scent.  This youthful fragrance is perfect for the young or young at heart. $72

Lady Gaga Fame


Don’t mistake this black liquid for something toxic and over the top. Notes of belladonna, orchid, saffron, incense, honey, and apricot make this a somewhat mellow, unisex fragrance. Though the juice appears black in the bottle, it actually turns invisible when it hits the skin. Lady Gaga Fame is for that girl/woman who is a bit of a contradiction and fully embraces it. $69



citadelle fragrance

Citadelle, part of the Raw Spirit collection from Nomad Two Worlds, is a woody yet refreshing fragrance that blends Haitian vetiver, marigold, pear, bergamot, lemon, cinnamon, nutmeg, amberwood, musk and cedarwood. Part of the proceeds from Citadelle will be used to support sustainable Haitian agricultural projects. This is the perfect fragrance for your philanthropic friends. $35

NEST  Fragrances Dahlia and Vines

Dahlia and Vines

This light fragrance combines peony, garden rose, and daffodils with essence of garden vines, white amber and warm vanilla. It’s quite delicate and wears ever so faintly. I think NEST Fragrances Dahlia and Vines would be ideal for someone who wants something subtle and unique — give this to the friend you might describe as ‘wallflower’. $25




marni fragrance

The combination of bergamot, ginger, and pink pepper gives Marni a very light opening. However, the rest of the fragrance is headier, containing cardamom, rose, cinnamon bark, patchouli, cedarwood and incense. I think Marni is best suited for someone who is mature or mature beyond their years, someone on whose sage advice you might rely. $105

Gucci Guilty

gucci guilty

You can never go wrong with a Gucci fragrance and Gucci Guilty is no different. It contains notes of mandarin, pink pepper, peach, lilac, geranium, amber and patchouli.   Someone on your list into the bling? The gold intertwined Gs over glass adds a bit of luxury to the packaging and will definitely go over well with them. $75

La Vie Est Belle

La Vie est belle

This bright fragrance uses notes of pear, black currant, praline, tonka bean, vanilla, and patchouli to create an olfactory experience that is beautiful from start to finish. La Vie Est Belle translates to “Life is beautiful,” and would make a great gift for that friend who  finds joy in every situation and seems to have good grasp on what it means to be happy. $58

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I know it may seem a tad cliche to get the man or men in your life a fragrance for the holidays, but frankly we have to be around them and it’s always nicer if they smell amazing.  Rarely do men take the time to seek out the perfect fragrance or even one at all, so it is up to the ladies to help them out.  Dads, brothers, husbands, sons, friends – they may not initially think they want or even need a new scent, but wait until they start getting compliments from everyone they meet, soon are asking you for a second bottle.  That womanly intuition knows best! Here is a look at some great fragrance options for him:

L’homme By Yves Saint Laurent

ysl l'hommeOk full disclosure, I worked for YSL years ago and when this fragrance came out, it was an instant hit and frankly I fell in love with it immediately.  I was able to gift bottles of this to any and every man that I knew – and you know what?  It was ALWAYS a win.  Both from the man’s perspective AND from the woman’s perspective.  Not surprisingly, it has stayed on the Sephora best seller list for years and I definitely know why.  Slightly fresh initially, the bergamot, ginger and vetiver dry down to make this an intoxicating woody fragrance.  Available at Sephora for $62.00.

Bleu de Chanel

Bleu de ChanelIs there anything more classic than a Chanel fragrance? I think not.  For years, I was a fan of Chanel’s Platinum Egoiste for men until I smelled this new scent after it launched a few years ago.  A woody aromatic fragrance, it is most definitely for the man that prefers a clean, fresh scent that will stand the test of time.  Available at Sephora for $62.00

Bond. No. 9 I Love NY Fragrance

Bond No. 9 FragranceThe first appealing thing about this fragrance is the bottle itself.  Bond No. 9 is a quirky and uniquely individual brand, that half the fun of their scents is the packaging. This I Love NY bottle will surely catch your recipient’s attention and probably amuse him just to have on his vanity. But the scent is just as eclectic and modern, with notes of Ginger, Juniper Berry, Grapefruit Zest, Musk and Amber.  Available at Sephora for $175.00.

Aventus by Creed

Creed AventusThis was one of the fragrances I gave my husband when we first met, and I think to this day he claims it is one of his favorites of all time.  And with good reason – it is the epitome of a masculine and sophisticated fragrance.  There are those scents that just inherently smell like a man, that you want to spritz your pillow when they are gone just to keep the scent around, ya know?  (I know you guys do it too!)  This is THAT fragrance, and since Aventus is one of Creed’s top selling fragrances, clearly I am not alone in my sentiment.  Strong notes of black currant and Italian bergamot open  the fragrance, while patchouli, musk and oak moss bring the depth and richness that is so notable in this scent.  Available at Nordstrom for $165.00.

Jo Malone London Lime Basil and Mandarin Cologne

Jo Malone Lime Basil & Mandarin CologneInitially, you may look at my choice here and wonder why I picked a fragrance from a brand that is typically perceived as for women only.  I threw this particular scent in to let you in on the secret – Jo Malone makes many fragrances that are unisex, Lime Basil and Mandarin being one of the most popular ones.  What has always made Jo Malone fragrances so alluring is the different blend of ingredients that manage to make the colognes smell rich and robust without ever overpowering or heavy.  This particular scent is one of the signature ones from the brand and features a blend of lime, mandarin, pepper and white thyme for a classic effect.  Available at Nordstrom for $115.00.

Greg Lauren for Barneys

Greg Lauren for BarneysIf there is any family that knows fragrance, it would be the Laurens.  With their timeless Polo brands, they have defined classic and timeless when it comes to colognes.  So, it is no surprise that Greg Lauren would create a scent that is causing quite a stir in the industry.  Exclusive to Barneys, this unique fragrance combines Tonka beans, vanilla and marine notes for an irresistible scent that is both artistic and elegant.  Available at Barneys for $195.00.

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Beauty products are the ultimate gifts to give (and to receive.) They can run the gamut and fit the likes of many different friends, no matter how discerning their tastes or niche their preferences.  I have pulled some of my favorite finds from around the web for a beauty gift guide those around you will surely remember.  And isn’t the best part — giving someone a gift that later becomes a favorite?  (I am so competitive…I want to win at the gift giving game.)

For the Gal Who Loves Nail Polish

Deborah Lippmann Big Bang Set

Deborah Lippmann’s Big Bang Nail Set – Deborah Lippmann is one of my personal favorites for the vibrancy and shade range of her polishes, not to mention their long wearability and ease of application.  And this set is the ultimate one to give (or receive)!  12 shades that vary from natural and subtle to bold and daring.  The only part of this gift left is to get the recipient to agree to let you use them!  Available at Sephora.com for $78.00.

For the Gal Who Loves a Fancy Candle

(but Can’t Commit to Just One Scent)

Diptyque Nordstrom exclusive candle setDiptyque Candle Set (set of 10) – Everyone loves a great candle, but Diptyque candles are the best of the best.  With amazing scents and long burn times, it’s safe to say this brand has a cult following.  What I like most about this gift is it can be given to just one special person, or broken up into 10 individual gifts for a bunch of friends or family.  And frankly noone will fault you if you keep just one for yourself.  Available at Nordstrom for $130.

For the gal who likes a more low maintenance routine

Fresh Sugar Lip set

Fresh Sugar Stars Mini Lip Collection – Not everyone may be into a full face, so an array of tinted lip balms (that truly are the best on the market) is just the answer!  With tinted balms, the problem is often that the colors are quite sheer so having different shades is often pointless as they all end up looking the same.  Not with these best selling balms from Fresh – they pigment is rich and vibrant, while delivering intense moisture and hydration for the lips all day.  Available at Fresh.com for $65.00.

For the gal who loves a Pinterest-worthy vanity

Anthropologie lipstick holderAnthropologie Vestige Lipstick Holder – Don’t your friends’ lipsticks deserve the very best?  Yes they do.  What better way to display one’s favorite daily lip shades than with this adorable holder?   Reds on one side, nudes on the other – perfect.  Available at Anthropologie for $28.00.

For the Gal Who Needs Fragrance Options

Jo Malone fragrance Set

Jo Malone London Cologne Collection – If she changes her makeup every single day, chances are she changes her fragrance to – and this Jo Malone London set is perfect for the friend that needs variety in her beauty life.  5 of their top selling fragrances housed in what may be the most elegant packaging possible for a multitude of scent combinations.  Wear them alone or layer – the possibilities are endless.  Available at Bergdorf Goodman for $100.

For the Gal Who Has Everything and Only the Best Will Do

Tom Ford Limited Edition Lip SetTom Ford Limited Edition 12 piece Lipstick set – Maybe she let you crash on her couch for a few months, or maybe she is having a particularly tough year, but I trust that receiving this Tom Ford lip set will most certainly brighten any beauty lover’s day.  With 20 shades that range from natural and nude, to deep and bold, this is the ultimate luxe set.  Available at Neiman Marcus for $588.00

For the Gal who Wants Super Soft Skin all Winter Long

Kiehl's Creme De Corps SetKiehl’s Creme de Corps Collection – Often when I find a product that I love more than life itself, I feel the need to share it with the world.  I have been using the Kiehl’s Creme de Corps lotion for years and am consistently amazed at how nourishing, rich and hydrating it is any season of the year.  Intense enough for the winter, but light enough for the summer, everyone should experience this gem.  And this set contains not only the cult classic body lotion, but the Creme de Corps Soy Milk & Honey Body Polish which banishes any dry skin forever.  In addition, the set contains the forever classic Ultimate Hand Salve, the #1 selling lip balm, sample of the Ultra Facial Cream and Powerful Strength Line Reducing Concentrate.  Available at Kiehls.com for $65.

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It’s still October (barely) and you may not yet be in the mood to shop for gifts.  However, these beauty gifts with their amazing value and great prices won’t last long. So, grab your ‘nice list’ and get ready to shop because everyone could use a little beauty gift.

Limited Edition Collections

The holidays are a great time to stock up on your beauty must-haves as well as discover new products to love.  During this time retailers create limited edition sets that include consumer favorites and best selling products and offer them at deeply discounted rates.

Benefit Cosmetics – It’s A Love Fest


It’s A Love Fest includes Benefit’s The Porefessional, Coralista, Sun Beam and They’re Real! mascara.   $36 (an $87 value)

Sephora  Favorites –  Give Me Some Lip


Sephora’s ‘Give Me Some Lip’ contains, gloss, sticks, glazes and balms from Sephora’s top selling brands. $25 (a $90 value)

tarte – the tarte of giving collector’s set and travel bag

the tarte of giving_with bag

tarte’s 34 pieces collection contains tarte’s tried and true: shadows, glosses, blush, cheek stain, treatment oil, eye cream and a bag.  $59 (a $490 value)

Too  Faced – A Few of My Favorite Things

Too Faced Palette

This 28-piece collection is an exceptional value that includes products for eyes, lips and face. $56 (a $436 value)

Peter Thomas Roth Anniversary Kit

PETER THOMAS ROTH 20th Anniversary Kit

This limited edition skin care kit contains five products to reduce the appearance of fine lines, resurface and brighten skin, rejuvenate eyes and an SPF to keep you protected. $35 ( a $138 value)

JULEP  – Time Machine

Julep Time Machine

We all know about anti-aging for face but what about for hands? Julep makes it easy with this  mask and sunscreen kit that will help you reclaim the hands of your youth. $26 (a $40 Value)

Prescriptives – Seriously Pampering 

Prescriptives Seriously Pampering

This Precriptives trio of products restores and  revitalizes face and  eyes with a full size Intensive Rebuilding Moisturizer and Eye Cream and a sample of their amazing Super Line Preventor. $125 (a $179 Value) There are several other value sets available to suite your skincare and makeup needs — check them out here.

Gifts with Purchase

Let’s face it, everyone likes a gift with purchase and these deals are nothing to sneeze at.  You can re-gift without guilt, keep the gift for yourself or separate items from various gifts and use them as stocking stuffers.  No matter what you do, you win!

Beauty.com The Ava Bag in Tigermilk 

beauty-com gift with purcahse

Designer Jane Mayle created the Tigermilk bag for Beauty.com. The bag,  loaded with 12 prestige beauty samples in both deluxe sample and full sizes, is complimentary with a Beauty.com purchases of $100 or more. (Available only while supplies last. Value $130)

Estee Lauder + Nordstrom

Estee Lauder Gift With Purchase


Receive a chic cosmetics clutch filled with deluxe travel-size bestsellers and your choice of a smoothing or lifting moisturizer—free with your $45 Estée Lauder purchaseUse promotion code LIFT during Checkout.

Philosophy + Macy’s

Philosophy Macy's Gift with Purchase

Receive a free Beautifully Smooth 6-Pc gift with $35 philosophy purchase.

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Hey ladies –

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. The intoxicating aromatic blend of turkey, sage, and giblet stuffing is upon us. I’ll be whipping up Sweet Potato pies before I know it (Note to self: Call my big bro for the recipe!)

Immediately following Thanksgiving, the official Christmas, Hanukkah, Festivus, Kwanzaa, etc. shopping season begins! Fret not, pretty lady. ThisThatBeauty’s got you covered. Don’t dare go holiday shopping without taking ThisThatBeauty with you. Starting today, I will publish regular holiday gift guides designed to help you plan your holiday spend. Whether shopping for your best girls or your baby boo…if your budget is a Frugalista $10 or if you’re ballin’ outta control ===> ThisThatBeauty’s got you covered.

So without further ado —

ThisThatBeauty Approved Holiday Gift Guide: The Hair Diva

This guide is for the girly girl on your gift list who’s as serious as a heart attack about her coif. You know her, right? She’s the one who doesn’t mess around when it comes to her weekly blow out or roller set appointment. She religiously reads haircare blogs and nothing gets between her and her holy grail products. Yea, she’s a Hair Diva…and here’s ThisThatBeauty’s approved list of goodies for Miss Thing!

P173101_heroT3 Featherweight Tourmaline Ionic Dryer

The secret to flawless hair is T3’s tourmaline technology. The T3 Featherweight Dryer is top of the line, state of the art professional technology for hair. The T3 is made with genuine tourmaline-infused components. Its incredibly lightweight and delivers noticeably superior performance. Its soothing blast of ionic infrared heat dries your hair with 60% less drying time, leaving your hair feeling more vibrant, thicker, smoother, shinier and easier to style than ever before. The Hair Diva will thank you!

Tresemme Color Protection Shampoo and Conditioner

The Tresemme Color Protection line is great gift for your BFF who loves coloring her hair but struggles to maintain the color in between salon visits.vitamin-e-color-revitalize-conditioner

Tresemme’s color protection products block color treated hair from fading by going deep into the hair shaft and depositing a protective layer around the dye molecules. This helps to lock in the color from and protect it from running during shampoos.

Morrocan Oil

This stuff saves lives! Seriously! Well, it saves the life of one’s hair. On many occasions Moroccan Oil has revived my lack luster locks. Its particularly effective at restoring the sleek finish of my blow out after I’ve been caught in the rain.

SB-00664-2TMoroccan Oil is an alcohol-free weightless formula which contains a unique formula of Argan oil that strengthens brittle hair while promoting healing to the hair with no build up. Moroccan Oil can be used on all hair types. The formula softens thick unmanageable hair and restores shine and softness. It is instantly absorbed into the hair and eliminates frizz. Moroccan Oil also nourishes the scalp and can be used as an oil treatment.

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The LiQWd line blends scientific advancement and beauty. The exclusive Nano-Hydrasphere deliver y system optimizes nano technology to infuse hair’s cortex layer with essential moisture, vital nutrients, and intensive volumizers. LiQWd offers an extensive line of shampoos, conditioners, styling products, and intensive hair repair treatments. The hydrating conditioner works exceptionally well for dry, parched winter hair. ThisThatBeauty is particularly fond of the hydration line of products!

Remington Airwave

200-1This ones for the curly girl on your gift list who wants gorgeous beach waves in an instant. The unique airwave attachment twirls hair into gorgeous loose waves. This is a must try for your wavy haired BFF’s :)

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