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Gifts! Covetable Cosmetics for Her (Me)

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There are still 11 shopping days left -- you know you need them. *grin* Here's a list to check via your Smartphone when your imagination fails you:

With this mega kit (above) of carefully selected anyone-can-wear-it colour, she can recreate any YouTube beauty look from fresh-faced to diva. Smashbox Wish Blockbuster Palette Set, $68. for retailers.


High quality makeup brushes are the gifts that keep on giving, (and now's the time for savings on sets at all price points). Murale Holiday Brush Kit, $75. Murale. (Sephora and Shoppers have pretty great ones too.)

Nars Bento Box Kabuki Bowls

Unique makeup items, such as these porcelain Kabuki cups with luxe lipstick interiors, score high on the holiday-delight meter. Limited-edition NARS Bento Box, $140. Holt Renfrew.

Deborah Lippmann nail polish in Boom Boom Pow and Today Was A Fairytale

Nail adornment has never been hotter. Deborah Lippman's glittering Boom Boom Pow and Today Was a Fairytale polishes are festively fabulous (try them over your OPI Axxium mani!). $24 each. Murale, Sephora and Tips :-)

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The smokey eye is always on the hot-evening-looks list (I am not obsessed). Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye Palette in Smoldering, $50. Holt Renfrew.

luxe lips

A divinely chic gloss or lipstick is a makeup must-have. YSL Rouge Pur Couture Lipstick, $37. Murale; Holt Renfrew. Chanel Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss, $37. The Bay; Murale. Tom Ford Private Blend Lipstick, $52. Holt Renfrew.


At-home airbrush makeup made easy -- just note: "If you can see the makeup on skin, you've sprayed too close," says Sephora makeup pro Adi Lando. Bonus? You never, ever, ever have to clean the unit. Temptu AIRbrush Makeup System, $247.50. Sephora.

Quo_Beauty On The Go

A slim compact with lipstick, shadow and blush makes for easy in-transit touch-ups. (I know about those.) Quo Beauty on the Go palette, $15. Shoppers Drug Mart.


Collectible and decidedly glamorous, this refillable jewelled compact of translucent pressed powder is a standout gift. Estée Lauder Royal Moon Holiday Compact, $60. Murale.

Clinique Click and Be Happy

A purse-portable mix-and-match scent plus gloss wand? It's a little on-the-go beauty genius. Clinique Click and Be Happy set, $36.

Now go play Santa!

A version of this story appeared in theMetro News.