Hello, Gorgeous!: Beauty Gift Guide

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Hello, Gorgeous!: Beauty Gift Guide
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If you're in a gift-giving bind and in need of some quick picks for your favorite girlfriends, look no further than your local cosmetics store. There are plenty of wallet-friendly options that are sure to be a hit. Wrap them up separately, or combine a few to create a mini makeover kit. From metallic nail polish to soothing hand cream, you'll be able to find gifts for every gal on your list. And let's be honest--who can resist a shiny new lip gloss?

Eye Shadow Palette
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Eye Shadow Palette

An eye shadow palette of adventurous shades could be the perfect gift for a hardworking gal who deserves to have some fun. Look for a set in daring colors, like metallics or jewel tones. Holiday gifts are a way for women to try out something they might not normally buy for themselves, so help your friend discover what could be her next go-to makeup look. Eyeshadow palettes are completely budget-friendly, too: you can buy a large palette full of different shadows, or a smaller three-shade palette meant to create one particular look.

Colorful Eyeliner
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Colorful Eyeliner

Black and brown eyeliners are tried-and-true and safe...sometimes, too safe! This holiday season, challenge your friend to break out of her makeup shell with a colorful eyeliner in a hue like royal blue or jewel purple. If you have money to spend, shop for a trio of fun, flirty shades. If you're wallet-conscious, look for a single shade that you know will complement her eyes--remember, opposites attract!

Glitter Powder
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Glitter Powder

For the girl who loves a night out on the town, what's better than a pot of glitter powder? She can use it to add a sparkling touch to any aspect of her makeup, from shimmering shadow to lux lips. Buy one pot in a universally-flattering shade like pearly white, or give her a set of colors. Most glitter powder can be applied with water, but if you want to give the gift of extra staying power, add a bonding eyeshadow primer to the mix.

Colorful Mascara
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Colorful Mascara

Like eyeliner, mascara is one of those safe beauty products: once you find a winner, you stick with it. A colorful mascara will shake up her usual makeup routine for the better. It can be used with bare eyes as a substitute for eye shadow, or worn with black or brown mascara for a two-toned effect. Blue is a great shade for everyone, as it counters redness in the eyes.

Yummy Lip Gloss
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Yummy Lip Gloss

Lip gloss makes the perfect stocking stuffer. It's one of those beauty products that should be stashed everywhere: your purse, the glove compartment, a desk drawer. Who knows when there will be a beauty emergency? If your friend has a signature scent (like vanilla or raspberry), look for a lip gloss with that flavor. Or if you're unsure of her color or flavor preferences, buy a set.

Mini Brush Set
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Mini Brush Set

For the girl on the go, a mini brush set is the ideal travel companion. Small, chic and easy to stash, it eliminates a bit of the fuss associated with packing. Essential items in any mini brush set include a powder brush, blush brush and eye shadow brush, but many also include more beauty tools. Look for a set in a bright, flirty case for a lively gal, or if you're shopping for a working professional, a simple black case could be more appropriate.

Cosmetics Bag
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Cosmetics Bag

If your friend is a makeup maven who owns every eyeliner, shadow and blush on the market, don't try to compete with her top-notch products. Instead, embrace them--literally--with an adorable cosmetics bag. Whether she makes it her go-to storage space for necessities (afternoon lipstick touch-ups, anyone?) or her new powder pouch, a cosmetics bag is one gift that will definitely be put to good use. Pick one that matches her personality: rhinestones, flowers, stripes, whatever!

Metallic Nail Polish Set
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Metallic Nail Polish Set

With its glitz and glam, there is no better time than the holiday season to wear metallic nail polish. Look for a set with the staples (gold and silver) and a few fun colors. Whether she's going to the company holiday party or counting down the seconds until the new year, there will be always be an excuse to jazz up her nails. For added fun, throw in easy-to-apply nail stickers, like the rhinestones shown here.

On-the-Go Manicure Set
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On-the-Go Manicure Set

An on-the-go manicure set is a great choice for the nail-conscious lady. Complete with (at the minimum) a pair of scissors, nail clippers and emery board, a mini mani set fits into a handbag for any nail-related emergencies. It can be given alone or with a few bottles of nail polish. She'll be thanking you for this gift at the first sight of a hangnail!

Moisturizing Hand Lotion
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Moisturizing Hand Lotion

No matter your location--snowy climate or not--cooler winter temperatures mean one dreaded thing: dry, flaky skin. Help your friend banish this downside of winter by giving her a high-quality hand lotion or cream. Her poor dry paws will eagerly absorb the extra moisture. To make a helpful, hydrating duo, add a cuticle oil pen or bottle to the gift.

Exfoliating Body Scrub
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Exfoliating Body Scrub

Another weather-combating holiday present is an exfoliating body scrub that sloughs away dry flakes to reveal fresh, hydrated skin. What makes an exfoliating body scrub different from a regular shower gel are the beads or grains used for scrubbing, like oatmeal or sea salt. Body scrubs come in many colors and scents, so pick one with a smell that you think she'll find soothing. Or try your hand at making your own body scrub!

Learn how to make your own body scrub with simple ingredients

Handmade Soap
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Handmade Soap

Another winter-time treat for dry skin is a special handmade soap. Not only do these contain soothing ingredients, they also smell great and look fantastic. When picking out a few soaps for your friend, think about where she'll put them; chances are, you'll be able to select something that will flow with her bathroom or kitchen decor. If you want to add a little something extra, pair this with bubble bath beads or a sudsing bubble bar for a spa-worthy gift.

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