How's your holiday shopping coming?  Need some inspiration?  Then pull up close to your monitor and check out the Beauty411 Holiday Gift Guide 2009.  A little eye candy and lot of good suggestions to get you one step closer to finishing your holiday gift shopping.

Who are you shopping for?


For the makeup artist:  I love the idea of giving makeup brushes and I've personally gifted the MAC brush sets on many occasions. This year, three brush sets are available as part of the Magic, Mirth & Mischief Holiday Collection.  Choose from the Do-the-Trick Buff and Line Brushes, Wave Of A Wand Sweep and Define Brushes and Morning, Noon & Knight Everything Eye Brushes.  Each set comes in it's own bag, retails at $49.50 and is available at


For the hostess:  A wonderful way to show your appreciation is with the Crabtree & Evelyn Pomegranate Citron & Mistletoe Hand Care Caddy which is
blended with season-inspired notes of pomegranate, citron and
English mistletoe.  Botanical extracts of mistletoe and pomegranate soothe and condition the skin.  As an added benefit, the products are free of parabens,
sodium lauryl sulfate, mineral oil and propylene glycol.  Available at
Crabtree and Evelyn retailers, $28.

La Mer-Signature-Collection

For the jetsetter:  This limited-edition La Mer Signature Collection features travel sizes of La Mer essentials: Creme de la Mer (1 oz), The Lifting Face Serum (15 ml) and The Eye Concentrate (5 ml). If she's into luxury skincare, this is the set for her! Presented in La Mer's signature gift box, this set is to die for. $240.


For the seductress:  Nothing is sexier than a smoky eye and I haven't found an eyeshadow set yet that is better than the Chanel Smoky Eye Essential gift set.  This set includes LES 4 OMBRES Quadra Eye Shadow in Smoky Eyes, (my favorite Quad of all time!), LE CRAYON KHÔL Intense Eye Pencil in Noir, EXCEPTIONNEL DE CHANEL Intense Volume and Curl Mascara in Noir, LE PINCEAU OMBRE #2 Eyeshadow Brush, a mini DÉMAQUILLANT YEUX INTENSE
Gentle Biphase Eye Makeup Remover and a pencil sharpener, in an elegant
makeup bag with the iconic CHANEL monogram.  $140.


For the skincare fanatic:  Do you know someone that is into skincare? Dermatologists Dr. Katie
Rodan’s and Dr. Kathy Fields’ latest book, “Write Your
Skin a Prescription for Change,”
tells how to achieve healthy, beautiful skin. This book is an informative,
empowering, go-to guide to help women of any age.  Available at,  $24.95


For the diva:  Indulge her penchant and flair for the flashy with Guerlain Sublime Radiant Powder.  A gorgeous black-tasseled atomizer sits atop the bottle, an impressive addition to her vanity or dresser.  Sublime Radiant Powder will illuminate her skin, hair, decollete–anywhere she wants add a sheer sparkling effect.  Available at, $85.


For the frazzled:  Who isn't frazzled and stressed around the holidays? Space NK founder
Nicky Kinnaird can relate. Life NK is a new signature collection of everyday essentials inspired by her hectic
lifestyle and love of ambient fragrance.  Each product and fragrance has been thoughtfully created
to suit the body’s moods and needs at different times of the day.  For the person that needs to chill out, the Gingered Woods Candle is perfect.  Available at Space NK, $30.

Stay tuned for the Beauty411 Gift Guide for Fragrance Fanatics coming soon!


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