Christmas Gifts so great they won’t know you waited until the last minute!


Don’t fret if you still have people on your holiday shopping list. You can still grab excellent gifts in store and online to make everyone on your list giddy with joy! If you are out of time to ship, check the stores website for local retailers to grab your favorites this weekend before the big day. And gift cards for their favorite beauty stores and lines is always a great last minute gift. Check out below for a few of my favorites this year.



It’s game time this holiday season as Shu Uemura collaborates with the legendary video game: Super Mario Bros! I love this collection, still my favorite game and now featured by one of my favorite beauty companies. These are so adorable and would make a great gift for teens to nostalgic adults.

The Japanese duo take beauty enthusiasts on a pixelated adventure to help Princess Peach and bring peace back to Mushroom Kingdom with the Super Mario cast of characters – along with a variety of colorful makeup and haircare.

The series includes limited-edition, Mario-themed versions of their most beloved products, including the eyelash curler and cleansing oils (face and hair) as well as brand-new color cosmetics.

The line is available for purchase at and


The holidays are here, and let’s face it, an ugly Christmas sweater isn’t always the cutest way to stand out – that’s why Joico’s newest at-home, temporary hair color, Color Butter is a true holiday miracle.

No matter which holiday(s) you’re celebrating, Joico’s Color Butters have the shades to take your hair to new festive heights.

  • Begin this fun holiday activity by selecting your holiday hair color of choice – Red and Green for Christmas or Blue for Hanukkah.
  • Next, apply to dry, pre-lightened hair, then allow it to sit for 5 minutes before washing out.
  • Just a 5-minute wait time will have you achieving bright, saturated color, perfect to spread holiday cheer.

Color Butters temporary nature is a true gift within itself – no need to worry if your hair color will be outdated once the holidays pass, since as the seasons fade away, so will your color. How? Color Butters last only 10 washes, allowing you to celebrate with this new look for 8+ crazy nights.

The Joico Color Butter smells great and are super easy to use, you can see below my 13 year old combed some through her hair then rinsed and dried it. This morning she had cute and colorful braids for her school Christmas party. I can’t wait to help her create some more fun looks with these. And the best part they are temporary and clean up is quick and easy.

They retail for $19.99 and you can grab them at your local Ulta Store.


The mad dash to get all the holiday shopping done has officially started and while it can be overwhelming to get the perfect presents for everyone on your list, the solution comes in the form of gifts courtesy of the Amazon Rainforest. Surya Brasil, the vegan, cruelty free, Brazilian based brand has got you covered with the perfect stocking stuffers:


These polishes have the most amazing color and shine and the polish lasts for days even on my chip prone nails.

Exotic Animals Nail Polishes – Named after exotic animals from around the world and inspired by nature’s vibrant colors, this range features 16 polishes in unique colors that leave your nails feeling beautiful and healthy. The collection also includes a Base Coat, Extra Shine Top Coat and an Oil Dryer to provide a strong foundation, long lasting color and extra protection for your nails

One of my favorites the scents are divine, they hydrate my lips and make them feel and look amazing and smell good enough to eat. I can’t get enough of the Blood Orange, so good!

 Vegan Tinted Lip Balms – Providing your lips with a treatment to keep them smooth, soft and hydrated these lip balms moisturize, nourish, restore elasticity and are the perfect middle ground between lip care and lip color. The range comes in 6 unique flavors including Blood Orange, Coconut Nectar, Pink Grapefruit, Pomegranate, Sugared Fig and Vanilla Dragon Fruit.

The Surya Brasil line ranges from $4.99 for the lip balm to $12.00 for nail polish you can find the items online at or at your local Whole Foods or Market of Choice stores.

Looking for a stocking stuffer or a cute gift (under $50) for your Secret Santa? The Sun Protection Duo from Colorescience ($39), which includes a mini self-dispensing Sunforgettable® Loose Mineral Sunscreen Brush SPF 50 and the mini glossy Lip Shine SPF 35 is the perfect gift!

The Colorescience® Sunforgettable SPF 50 brush on sunscreen provides instant, broad-spectrum UVA/UVB sun protection in a sheer and easy to reapply formula comes in an array of shades for all skin tones. While the Sunforgettable® Lip Shine SPF 35 gives great gloss and shimmer with UVA/UVB sun protection in a beautiful rose shade.

This Limited Edition Holiday Gift Set is Available at for $39.00


Real Techniques Ultimate Sponge Set  On sale for only $24.99
12 sponge essentials from prep to finish to create any look you want from dewy to full coverage. Whether she is new to makeup sponges or a long time fan this set has every thing she could want and need.

  • miracle finish sponge – for a soft, rosy glow.
  • 2 miracle mini eraser sponge – erase makeup mishaps
  • miracle cleansing sponge – use to gently exfoliate skin prior to makeup application
  • 2 miracle blotting cushion – smooth + blot makeup
  • Miracle diamond sponge™ – 13 facets for multitasking
  • dual-ended expert sponge – use orange side to apply foundation and pink side to apply contour, highlight, or blush
  • 2 mini miracle complexion sponges™ – for touch ups on-the-go
  • new + season exclusive miracle 360 sponge™ – use damp for dewy glow or dry for full coverage
  • miracle sculpting sponge™ – create shadows or highlight your favorite features
  • #1 Makeup Sponge* miracle complexion sponge™ – use damp for dewy glow or dry for full coverage
  • 2 miracle contour wedges™ – use damp for a soft finish or dry for full coverage application
  • #1 Makeup Sponge* miracle complexion sponge™ – use with  creams, liquids or powders.


strobe + glow made easy

Light up the room with the all about that glow strobing set: 4 essentials to use with your favorite powder, cream, or liquid highlighters

  • miracle complexion sponge™: use damp with a liquid foundation for a dewy base
  • new strobe + blend brush: firm, angled head for sweeping on a heavier layer of highlighter + fluffy, round head for blending product onto skin
  • new set + spotlight brush: tapered, fluffy head for lightly blending highlighters + small, densely packed head for precision application
  • miracle mini eraser sponge: from flaking mascara to eye shadow fallout, these little miracles help sweep away your makeup mishaps.

You can grab these or other Real Techniques sponges and brushes at your local Ulta Store.




Disclosure: I was sent press samples for review. I was not paid to write this post and all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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