Tuesday, December 9, 2008

strawberry's beauty gift guide

Cheez-its, Christmas is only three weeks away! WTF, when did this happen? Being in China has really effed up my whole sense of reality, and by reality I mean my sense of American holidays.

In the spirit of the season, I've compiled a list of beauty must haves that would make great stocking stuffers. Stockings are my absolute favorite part of Christmas. Well, that's sort of a lie, I love everything about Christmas, but I do think that stockings are super awesome.

Strawberry's Beauty Gift Guide

Bare Escentuals Flawless Radiance
This isn't a blush...and it's not a bronzer...it's just a light shimmer that makes your skin absolutely glowing. Even after a rough night of grad school homework, a quick brush of this in the morning makes me look bright eyed and bushy tailed. I'm really into blush, but I like to add this on top and on my nose and forehead for a subtle glimmery look.

Burt's Bees Watermelon Lip TintIf I forget this at home for some reason, I usually have a mini-panic attack, especially if I'm somewhere sightseeing and taking photographs of myself and various Chinese landmarks. I'm not the biggest fan of lipstick, but this color is SO adorable. It's a light pink with just the slightest shimmer. I absolutely love it. And of course, it has Burt's Bees signature minty fresh feel. Mhh, mhh, mhh!

Murad Perfecting Skin LotionI've been using this product since before it was re-marketed as an "acne" lotion and have always loved it. During winter my fair skin can get super dry, and applying Skin Perfecting Lotion at night feels like my skin is getting a tall drink of water. There's not much more satisfying than feeling your face hydrate after a long day, and it helps me to relax and get in a calm mood for bed. This product is so light that I wear it under my sunscreen every day, and my skin has never looked better!

Benefit Brow Zings Eyebrow Tint
I used to think it was weird to color in your brows or tint them in any way, until one day in high school when my normal waxer was out sick and the lady they put me with insisted on dyeing my brows. WOAH. Seriously, it makes such a huge difference! My hair is so light that my brows sometimes are hard to even see, this is a good thing when, say, you're living in China and haven't found a good waxer yet and thus have not groomed your eyebrows in three months. But, if you want to really look put together, eyebrow tint is the one product that really does it for me. A little color goes a long way to frame your face and really pull a look together. I don't usually wear eyebrow tint every day, mostly because I'm too lazy to apply it in the morning, but if I want to look really sharp and professional, Benefit eyebrow tint is a make-up must.

Comptoir Sud Pacifique Vanille Abricot PerfumeThis is the one gift I have consistently purchased for myself every year since I started using it. The large bottle lasts me a whole year, so it's pretty convenient to get it for myself every Christmas (if I'm lucky I can convince my mom to drop the $80 bucks on the bottle). Anyway, I was hesitant to even share this with all of you, because it's sort of my personal beauty secret weapon, but I figured I should share the wealth and spread the joy and let you all in on the mimi (secret in Chinese). Fellas absolutely ADORE this scent. It smells like cotton candy or fresh baked cookies or vanilla and sugar or jawbreakers...I've gotten all kinds of "it smells like..." when I'm wearing this perfume, but one thing all people agree on is that it smells delicious and wonderful.


KC said...

This all sounds so wonderful :) my friends think it's weird that I use an eyebrow pencil, but although my brows aren't really light like yours, it's good to fill in the spaces and look more... complete I guess? Almost always after they see me use mine they ask if they can borrow it. Lol. I've never tried a tint before, though, you've sparked my interest. This is a great list, thanks for sharing. I'm tempted to share my own!

Andy said...

Well, according to the label, it's supposed to smeel like vanilla and apricots, but if it smells good, it's definitely worth trying it.

Strawberry said...

KC - ya it's sorta like a pencil, but it's this gel stuff then this powder "sealant". i don't really remember how the benefit chick marketed it to me, but i really think it makes a huge difference when someone colors in their brows. not in a crazy way, of course, more like...eyebrow "enhancement"
also, you have to buy that perfume. it.is.to.die.for.

andy - ya they have a whole line of vanilla scents, but this one is my favorite and it doesn't really smell like abricots either

Taryn said...

Your stocking stuffers are all fancy and name-brand. My mom usually gets me Suave and calls it a day.

Strawberry said...

T - my fave stocking stuffers ever are deodorant (that expensive-ish "RX strength" one) and chapsticks. love it. OH and shaving cream.

essentially, my mom likes to buy stuff she would normally buy for me at the store if i needed it, but market it as a stocking stuffer since she's shoving it in a stocking for christmas