Have a Holly, Jolly – and Glossy – Holiday

One of my favorite gifts to give to the ladies in my life are lip gloss sets. They’re functional and fun — and the choices seem endless so you’re bound to find the perfect set for pretty much everyone. Here are a few of my top picks this year!

Benefit’s Triple the Glossy Set, exclusive to Ulta, is a serious great deal. For $18, you get three full-sized Ultra Shine Lip Glosses. Isn’t that amazing? Also amazing…the formula. They have a light fruity scent (apricot-lychee to be exact) and the gloss is so cushy. I’m obsessed with the middle shade shown above…Fresh Squeezed. It reminds me of NARS Orgasm a bit.

Senna’s Lip Pics Kit is adorable. Inside are five tiny glosses, and slots to hold pictures (or other papers, cards). While I like the idea of toting photos, they’re mostly all on my iPhone, so I like to toss this in my purse and use as an organizer for lists, business cards, notes and I think I even threw a few hair ties in there! Definitely a great gift idea.

I was a happy girl when I saw this addition to Korres Lip Butter line: Lip Butter in tube, glaze form.  You can purchase them individually, but three is always better than one! If you live in a cold climate — which is practically the whole United States this week — this gift is sure to get a lot of use. These babies are moisturizing to the max.

I do love this set of Laura Mercier Mini Lip Glaces — especially the colors chosen. I have turned my mother into a Laura Mercier junkie (she loves the Tinted Moisturizer especially), so I think this would be a perfect gift for her. I like to pamper her and gift her with things she wouldn’t normally buy on her own.

Anyone else like to give the gift of gloss for the holidays? Let us know your top picks!

Disclosure: We received a sample of the Benefit Ultra Shine glosses, but I also purchased the set on my own. We also received a sample of the Senna Lip Pics Kit.

Make Mine a Double: Senna Double Dose Blush Serves Up A Healthy Glow

Senna Cosmetics flys under our radar a bit, but they have a star(gazer) on their hands in the Double Dose Blush, aptly described as “blush with a dose of glow.” As a frequent user of MAC Mineralize Skinfinishes and Bobbi Brown Shimmer Bricks, Senna’s Double Dose Blush was a familiar product that I was ironically unfamiliar with. I’ve been using this in the shade Stargazer, and it’s a lovely duo of medium pink and a shimmery pale pink.

These powders have an almost creamy consistency and are incredibly pigmented. These swatches are heavy to show you the distinction, but a pop of pink and a subtle overlay of the shimmery light pink imparts a very healthy glow. For me, it’s reminiscent of Bobbi Brown’s Platinum Pink Shimmer Brick. Props to Senna Cosmetics for giving shimmer-loving gals a two-for-one option!  And extra props for quality.

Senna Cosmetics are available online and at scattered beauty boutiques and studios. In Chicago, I can find Senna at the Ruby Room on Division Street – a favorite of mine. You can check the locator online if you are interested in knowing where Senna is sold near you.