Enter the palette.
Real Girl hearts a good all-in-one makeup kit, and I think the best cosmetics gift you can give is one that has options. Choose wisely, keeping in mind the color groups your giftee already wears and feels comfortable in. But the beauty of a palette is that you'll also be giving her colors she may not have chosen for herself--but will find that she adores. That's one reason I love getting palettes: all the makeup experimenting with none of the cost. Yum!
Specifically, I'd like to turn your attention to the glamorous and adorable options from Too Faced Cosmetics. I quite love the small and compact Candy Box, Caramel Truffles, which features a layer of 6 flattering pinky-browny glosses, underneath which lies a gorgeous tray of 4 goldy-bronzy-silvery eye shadows, both tiny lip brush and shadow wand included.
But perhaps a more gifty presentation can be found in the gorgeous pink and black Lace Case, with its mixture of both light and dark glosses and eye shadows. Or, for someone who enjoys more of a laugh--of the slightly naughty kind--there are the cheeky Quickie Chronicles, each with a title of its ideal girl, and a palette of appropriate shadows, glosses, and 1 blush. If you'd like to spend less, a smaller option would be the equally adorable Mini Quickie Chronicles. For convenient ordering (with Real Girl royalties) browse the Quickie Chronicles on Amazon.com, or just click on some examples below!
For more Too Faced palette goodies, check out the Kits section of the official website. Warning: It may make you want to max out your credit card.
But what about you? Favorite palettes and kits? Or favorite cosmetics gifts?
Have the happiest of holidays, my lovelies.