LOVE THIS! Award season brings us tons of new hairspiration.
LOVE IT NOW BECAUSE: Red carpet hair don’t care!
Make a date with Kate. Or at least her hair.
I just can’t get enough of the comely, classic Kate. Kate complemented her sparkling Elie Saab gown at the Golden Globes with a statuesque and sexy updo, created by celebrity hairstylist, Creighton Bowman. Here’s how to do it yourself at home: 1) On towel-dried hair, apply René Furterer VOLUMEA volumizing foam – no rinse at the roots and René Furterer FIORAVANTI shine enhancing no-rinse detangling spray on the ends. 2) Spray on René Furterer LISSEA thermal protecting smoothing spray to help protect the hair from harsh heat styling tools. 3) Next, using a medium-sized round brush, blow out your hair. 4) Curl the hair with a 1 1/4″ curling iron and then set the hair into 1″ sections. 5) Brush out the curls and spray René Furterer NATURIA dry shampoo all over for added texture and thickness. 6) To begin the updo, pull all of the hair to the top of the crown and secure it with a ponytail holder. 7) Once the ponytail is secure, wrap all of the hair around the ponytail base in a forward motion and secure it with pins in the front of the ponytail. 8) Finally, mist hair with René Furterer VEGETAL FINISHING SPRAY to hold the look in place and to smooth any flyaways.
Go edgy like Emma. Right now, we’re all about the bob and while I’ll be keeping my long locks for now, I definitely have a little short hair envy going on…especially when I see these kinds of looks. Emma Stone’s blunt bob is cut just above the collarbone and is softly textured around the perimeter. She chose to dress it up for the Golden Globes with an unexpected barrette in the back. How cute is that for a girl who’s known as much for her independent spirit as she is for her award-nominated roles?
To create at home, follow PRAVANA Global Creative Director Sherri Jessie’s lead.
1) Mist PRAVANA NEVO Color Lock to extend the life of the vibrancy of hair color and make it softer, stronger, and glossier.
2) Distribute an egg-sized amount of PRAVANA Full Volume Volumizing Foam and blow dry.
3) Wrap medium sized sections of hair on a 1 1/4” curling wand. Curl hair away from the face on each side.
4) Comb through the hair with a wide toothed comb and accessorize with a large barrette in the back, below the occipital bone.
5) Lightly spray with PRAVANA Nevo Super Shape Hair Spray to smooth down any flyaways.
B is for Bosworth and beautiful. Kate Bosworth debuted her jaw-skimming bob to jaw-dropping reactions at the Still Alice red carpet premiere in New York.
John Frieda Creative Consultant Harry Josh fills us in on how we can replicate the red carpet reveal, inspired by Kate’s Oscar de la Renta dress, for our own shining moments.
1) Spray John Frieda Luxurious Volume Fine to Full Blow-Out Spray on wet hair.
2) Dry hair with Harry Josh Pro Tools Pro Dryer 2000 ($300) and a round brush.
3) Pin each section to let it set and build volume and shape.
4) Let the hair down from the pins and mold it with your finger to shape and set.
Moll’s Bag of Tricks: To prep hair for styling, be sure to use a product that preps the hair for heat. One of my favorites, Tresemme Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Spray, can be found in your local drugstore and, at only $3.99, won’t break the bank. Just apply to towel-dried hair and protect hair from harmful heat styling, all while making it softer, shinier and easier to work with.
This month, we’ve been talking all about visualization and how it can help you become your best you yet. This week, we’re going to get specific with what we want. Vision boards can sound very abstract, but they’re actually quite fun and easy to make. Not only does a vision board help you get clear about what you want, but it also broadens your mind a bit so that we can see more clearly than before. So open your mind, get comfortable and get out the scissors. Are you ready? Believe me, you are.
What exactly is a vision board? A vision board is a tangible declaration of what you dream about and what you would like to accomplish in your life. It’s more simply put: what you would like your life to look like. By starting with a blank canvas and filling it with a random series of images and words that inspire you, you put out an intention into the universe of what you would like to create, do and be.
Why do it? Because as a companion to visualization, it works. It’s worked for many people, many friends of mine, and – well – it’s worked for me. That might be reason enough, but creating a vision board also reminds you of what you are here to do, and serves as a source of daily inspiration in your life.
How do I start? There are a few different ways of approaching the creation of a vision board, but the first thing you’ll need is a blank slate. That might mean a blank sheet of poster or foam core board, a bulletin board or a magnetic board. Choose your blank slate and set it aside. Now, it’s time for the fun part – it’s time to pull images!
Let your imagination run free. If you’re not sure where to start, this is the best –not to mention, most fun – exercise for you. Say you’re at the beginning of a new chapter and know you want a new, different, better life, but aren’t yet quite sure yet what your dreams look like. Try this and see what magic you can stir up. Gather the magazines in your house or pick up some of your favorites from the grocery store or search images and phrases online. Give yourself a time limit (an hour, perhaps) and start skimming through magazines, tearing out any image that appeals to you or print your selections you found online. It is very important to be very specific with what you put on your board. I often write over top of images or add notes of exactly what I hope to happen. You could even cut out pictures of yourself and put them in the images so you can better visualize yourself living out your dreams. The biggest rule here is that there is no rule, except avoiding self-judgment. Once you have all of the images, choose the ones that speak most loudly to you. Stack them in order of appeal and then decide what you really want on that board. You’ll also find that you’ll discard some of the images that don’t seem as relevant now that you’ve sorted through your images and phrases. This is not only okay, it’s important. This is how you’ll decide what is really important to you, what motivates you and – most importantly – what makes you truly happy.
It’s craft time! Again, refraining from self-judgment, crop the images and arrange them in a pleasing way that catches your eye. Remember, no one else ever has to see this. This is only for you. That alone is such a gift in itself.
Where should my vision board live? Good question. If you live alone, I recommend hanging your vision board somewhere you will see it every day, multiple times a day. Many people hang it on the wall facing their bed or on their bathroom mirror or refrigerator. But what do you do if you live with someone or have frequent visitors? You could hang it on the back of a closet door or inside a cabinet you often open. It creates privacy where the public won’t see your vision board, but you’ll see it every day. If you don’t want your vision board anywhere it’s visible, you might also consider doing the same exercise above, but collecting images in a notebook or journal.
What I want for you. I am so grateful every day that I’m living the life I want, surrounded by people I love – and I never take that for granted for a second. This is what I want for you. From my own experience, I can tell you, that creating a vision board is the best first step you can take towards living your best life.
So, what are you waiting for?
Moll Wants To Know: What theme kept coming up while creating your vision board this week?
LOVE THIS! Winter weather essentials to protect your skin!
LOVE IT NOW BECAUSE: There’s no excuse for dry skin in winter.
With our country suffering from some of the coldest temperatures ever and folks hitting the slopes this winter (Hello, Sundance!), I wanted to share with you some of my Winter Weather Essentials. These Moll musts keep skin hydrated, lips supple and the windburn at bay.
Wind burned no more. While we all know the best way to prevent windburn is to slather our faces with Vaseline, for some funny reason, I find that a lot of women don’t want to do this. Ha! Instead, opt for a deeply hydrating cream with oils and/or waxes in it to form that barrier between the harsh winter conditions and your delicate skin. I love Weleda Cold Cream ($16.50) because it does just that – it naturally protects your skin against cold temperatures and wind, and repairs very dry skin to boot. Too late? Already hit the slopes and got that windburn and need to camouflage it a bit? Rather than paling it out with concealer, try countering the pink with a brown-based cream blush, such as Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge in Milk Chocolate ($27). By adding a bit of warmth to the cool red of the chapped skin, you end up with a perfect winter bronzed effect!
Nice and balmy. Don’t be afraid to saturate the skin and lips during the cold winter months! Start by being sensible with your cleansing routine and using a rich balm cleanser, such as Bobbi Brown EXTRA Balm Rinse ($60). It is my go-to cleanser for the coldest nights. As for lips, you can never go wrong with Rosebud Lip Salve ($6). A multi-purpose product and a must-have in winter, this balm can be applied to lips, face and rough patches to moisturize, calm, soothe and heal irritation. Fun fact? It also doubles as a diaper rash ointment. And the packaging is SO pretty!
Before the mittens. I can’t say it enough. The fastest way to look young is hand cream, hand cream, hand cream. Ok. That was enough. Caudalie Hand And Nail Cream ($15) is a cult favorite because it’s packed with antioxidants and anti-aging ingredients that moisturize, protect and nourish, leaving hands and cuticles silky smooth.
Don’t forget the SPF! Just because the skies might be overcast doesn’t mean you’re cloaked from sun damage. So be sure to be loaded up with plenty of sunscreen. Whether it’s a classic like Neutrogena Age Shield Face Lotion Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 110 ($12.49) or a cream-free powder that can be dusted on like Colorescience Sunforgettable Mineral Sunscreen Brush SPF 50 ($62) – just be sure to protect that skin. It’s more sun sensitive than you might think in winter!
Moll’s Bag of Tricks: Hitting the slopes and don’t feel like applying all that makeup, only to watch it melt off? Try just applying that Rosebud Lip Salve ($6) to lips, cheeks and eyes. You’ll get a natural glow and skin will be extra hydrated and dewy.
Last week, I talked about how powerful a tool visualization can be and how much it has impacted my life. This week, I’m bringing you the visualization tools and steps that have turned the concept of visualization into an everyday activity for me. Start practicing these steps and you’ll be visualizing your best life in no time…and seeing it come to life.
Make that goal. Think clearly about what you want – what you really, really want. While thinking about your goal, try to avoid self-judgment.. Not sure where to start? Ask yourself who you would like to be, what you would like to create, what you want to work towards or simply what makes you feel truly happy. By setting a goal, you not only know what to visualize, but you also have something rewarding to look forward to.
Relax, baby. With the fast pace of the world around us, sometimes “Relax” is the last thing we want to hear. But in this case, it’s imperative. By relaxing – and taking out the fear, stress and anxiety – you open yourself up to new ideas, thoughts and opportunities. Can’t relax? Start easy. Get comfortable. Choose a spot where you can be quiet and alone with you and your thoughts. Start breathing peacefully and deeply. I prefer to relax and get into my zone right before I go to bed because it gets me settled for sleep, and I love visualizing about the next day before I even fall asleep.
Clear vision. Now that you know what you want, create a picture of exactly what that is. Imagine the environment, smell the smells, feel the feelings. Imagine it happening right now, not in the future. By thinking of it happening in the moment you’re in, it feels like a reality, and is not only more specific, but is much more likely to become your reality. When you see images of your goal(s), cut them out of those magazines or take a picture. You can use them for your vision board – but more on that next week.
Start a new habit. With that goal and clear vision of it in mind, revisit it often. Start by thinking about it when you first open your eyes in the morning. When you’re stuck in traffic, turn off the radio and focus on the vision. And then revisit it again at lunchtime or bedtime. The more you make visualization a habit, the easier it gets and the clearer and clearer it becomes.
Stay positive. While it might be routine for us to let our doubts seep into our vision, try to lock them out. Focus on seeing yourself as successful in achieving your goal, rather than how it can’t be accomplished. If you feel negative every time you visualize, it might be that your vision needs to change. Be open to that. After all, visions and goals change and grow just like we do. And when you achieve your goal, make it a personal promise to reward yourself and celebrate your success. Positive affirmation is key to keep us going towards our best selves!
Next week? I’m going to walk you through how to create your very own vision board – and let me tell you this one simple (and fun step) is a total game changer!
Moll Wants To Know: What goals or dreams have come true for you in the past?
LOVE THIS! Glitter Bag for the New Year!
LOVE IT NOW BECAUSE: All that glitters makes us feel more golden.
Every girl loves diamonds. It’s true. Pair a diamond glow with a beautiful eye and I predict romance is right around the corner. To keep makeup stunning while sparkling , press a little Makeup Forever Diamond Powder in Champagne ($25) all over the lower lid. Apply 2 coats of black mascara and a red lip, and you’ll be the diamond’s best friend.
What makes you blush? One of my favorite ways to add some sparkle without swimming in it is a shimmery blush. And which one could be more fitting for the romance that New Year’s brings than NYX Cosmetics Baked Blush in Foreplay ($7)? This illuminating pink blush with gold shimmer catches the light in all the right ways.
Just call you “Sparkle Smooch”. For a sparkling lip that doesn’t look the least bit costumey, dial it up with Dazzleglass by MAC Cosmetics ($20). Right now, I’m particularly swooning over the Date Night shade – a sheer, dusty rosy plum with crystalline opalescence.
Make that skin sparkle. But do so subtly. Jimmy Choo Shimmering Body Cream ($80) leaves you with supple, shimmering skin, all while imparting the softest seductive scent. Don’t forget to concentrate it on the areas that won’t be covered– namely, the arms and décolettage.
Moll’s Bag of Tricks: If you’re anything like me, and want to add some sparkle while still maintaining a certain level of sophistication, think simplicity. Choose one feature you’d like to see sparkle and stick with that. Whether it be lips, lashes, eyes, cheeks or nails, let that one feature subtly light up any room.
Most of the people I know and love have one common resolution when it comes to kicking off the New Year: getting healthier. Whether that means losing weight, toning up, exercising more, reducing sugar in their diet or running a marathon, the end game of getting healthier is always the same. And what a rewarding resolution it is to make! Making this one resolution can lead to a leaner, more toned body, reduced body fat, lower cholesterol and lower blood sugar. If you’re in the “getting healthier” camp like I am, here are some of my tips to help you stay on course without going insane.
Eat your veggies. This is a small step that can lead to big results. By just eating one more serving of vegetables every day, you not only will replace foods that are calorically dense, but you will also get your fill of nutrients and fiber.
Drink your weight in water. Well, that’s certainly one theory. Some trainers recommend drinking your weight or half your weight in water. I, on the other hand, trust The Mayo Clinic’s more reasonable recommendation of 13 8-ounce glasses (3 Liters) of water per day for men and 9 8-ounce glasses (2.2 Liters) of water per day for women. After all, it says drink more water, not drown in it.
Don’t save the china. As my regular readers know, I recommend making your table as seductive as possible when it comes to mealtime – but I don’t just mean on date night. Even if it’s just you, eating an English muffin in your kitchen on a busy Monday morning, be respectful of your time and food. Pull your favorite plate off the shelf, toast your English muffin and add a slice of orange on the side. Just the pretty presentation alone will make you enjoy your food more. After all, as important as it is for us to make meals pleasant for loved ones and company, it’s just as important to respect ourselves enough to do the same when no one’s around.
Cut out the cocktails. Now, I don’t mean altogether, because I for one love my martinis, but I do mean cutting back on them. Those calories from alcohol add up over the course of a year. If you’re someone who enjoys a few glasses of wine every night, try limiting yourself to one glass of vino with dinner. Or instead of drinking every day, limit yourself to indulging in cocktails 3 days per week. Most people would opt for drinking on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, but if you know you enjoy having a glass of wine with Olivia Pope while watching Scandal on Thursday night, save the drinking for then.
As much as it may sound like a cliché, it really does all come down to moderation. Becoming healthier doesn’t mean being perfect, it just means getting better.
Moll Wants To Know: What are your New Year’s resolutions this year?
In what has become an annual tradition for my family and I, on December 2nd, 2014, we were delighted to attend the 10th Annual UNICEF Snowflake Ball 2014, presented by Baccarat, at Cipriani Wall Street, and I was beyond honored to yet again serve as Co-Chair. It takes a talented team to produce an evening as memorable – and impactful – as this one and I certainly couldn’t have done it alone. I would like to thank my co-chair, Gillian Miniter, our fabulous committee, UNICEF Next Generation Co-Chairs Nell Diamond and Jaime Jiménez, Richard Plepler – Honorary Chair for the evening, and Project Chair, Pamela Fiori. With the efforts, passion, direction, focus and funding of these individuals, we helped raise over $3.4 million dollars for UNICEF this year!
The mood of the evening was one of warmth, hope, joy and connectedness. Lanterns cascaded down from the ceiling with the children of UNICEF’s faces smiling down at us, reminding us of what we all were there to do. Created by HGTV star, UNICEF Ambassador and one of my most favorite people, Vern Yip, each lantern featured a picture of a child and symbolized UNICEF’s efforts in more than 190 countries and territories. It was breathtaking.
While we dined on delicious dishes, designed by The Taste host – and UNICEF Ambassador – Marcus Samuelsson, there was a live auction to remind us of the task at hand: raising money for the children of UNICEF. Before the evening had begun, 2.5 million had been raised and following the auction more than 3.4 million was raised for UNICEF. The auctions included VIP packages, including Elton John concert tickets and coveted invitations to attend his annual Academy Awards party, as well as a once-in-a-lifetime experience to attend Fashion Week and have dinner with the lovely Heather Graham. Afterwards, the always fun-with-purpose UNICEF’s Next Generation, a group of on-the-rise entrepreneurs and philanthropists, hosted the after-party, featuring DJ Ms.Nix. It’s so encouraging to see a whole new generation, continuing the mission of UNICEF.
The only thing that could add to such a magical evening was the company I kept. I was delighted to be joined by my dapper husband, Charlie, clad in a blue velvet jacket, who always supports me 150%, my son Michael, and his wife Aphrodite, in from Los Angeles, and dear friends, David and Brooke Burke Charvet, also all the way from Los Angeles.
Among the comely crowd were some of the most wonderful – and big-hearted – people around, including UNICEF Ambassadors, Angie Harmon and Tea Leoni. One of my many favorite parts of the UNICEF Snowflake Ball is all of the dedicated and inspiring individuals I get the opportunity to meet. They not only exemplify everything that UNICEF is about, but they also inspire me to aim even higher for their level of commitment. And what a bar they have set!
U.S. Fund for UNICEF National Board Member, Hilary Gumbel (and also wife of emcee Bryant Gumbel), was honored with the 2014 Audrey Hepburn Humanitarian Awards for her commitment and dedication to UNICEF. Hilary has worked tirelessly with UNICEF for over a decade – as a volunteer, board member and advocate, traveling across the globe in support of the organization’s child survival and betterment programs. She has even authored a cookbook, UNICHEF: Top Chefs Unite In Support of the World’s Children, which features recipes from 40 top chefs, to raise both awareness and funds for UNICEF. I highly recommend it as a gift that gives back this holiday season.
As Hilary accepted the award, her passion was palpable, “Working with the organization has been the biggest joy and has provided the most amazing sense of purpose in my life. As long as I am breathing, I will help UNICEF continue its work to save and improve children’s lives around the world.”
Philanthropist Tom Freston, Board Chairman of the ONE campaign, inspired us all with the story of his lifelong involvement with UNICEF. “My relationship with UNICEF goes back over 50 years. I was a Trick-or-Treater each Halloween, carrying UNICEF’s orange boxes to collect change for the organization. I had a sense of where the money was going back then, but in the years since, I have seen so many examples of UNICEF’s good work around the world. I want to recognize and thank the extraordinary team at UNICEF who work so tirelessly to save the lives of children in need.”
As Jill Scott closed the enchanted evening with a powerful and poignant performance, I found myself reflecting on the power of people coming together. In the past 10 years, the Snowflake Ball has raised over $23 million for UNICEF’s work in more than 190 countries and territories to save – and improve – children’s lives. UNICEF programs provide health care and immunizations, clean water and sanitation, nutrition, education, emergency relief and so much more. I am so honored to be a part of an organization, filled with people who not only do so much, but who feel so deeply.
Moll Wants To Know: As we move into 2015, how do you plan on giving back?
LOVE THIS! Holiday Beauty Bets For Every Budget
LOVE IT NOW BECAUSE: The guys like to be pampered too, ladies!
$10 and under: Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm SPF 25 ($7.50)
The key to getting your guy a great gift is all about getting them something that they would never buy themselves, but secretly want to. Thus is the case with this gift. This is a perfect gift if you’re just newly dating someone because it’s simple, but just the slightest bit sexy. And lip balm? What guy couldn’t use that? Best of all, it comes in a variety of flavors to please every palate.
$20 and under: H&M Toiletry Bag ($19.95 on sale now)
Every man needs a dopp kit, otherwise known as a toiletry bag. And, let’s be honest, they’re not gonna buy it for themselves. So you need to. It’s easy, it’s simple it’s stylish, it’s cheap and – best of all – we know they need it!
$50 and under: Working Man’s Hygiene Kit ($50.00)
This all-natural set is everything your favorite guy needs. Created by a mechanic who let his dirty, damaged paws drive his inspiration to design products for dudes, the manly salves, scrubs and balms included are specially made to meet the needs of the working man. From soothing sore feet, to healing cracked lips and knuckles, to buffing the dickens out of dry skin, this kit goes beyond simple cleansers to get the job done. And it’s all made here in the USA. Find your local male grooming salon or spa, using Yelp or Google. You’ll be glad you did.
$100 and under: Man Cave spa gift certificate ($50-$100)
Ok. You think your manly man might not like this, but I assure you he would. After all, these aren’t the male spas of yesterday. I’m talking chic black leather furniture, single malt in their hand, a shave and a warm oil manicure, all at the same time. No man is returning that gift.
$200 and under: Clarisonic Mia 3 (in Black) Skin Cleansing System ($199)
Get your guy the gift that keeps on giving for years! This guy deeply cleans skin, without irritating the skin. And with the cool, masculine design, it’s not something he’ll be embarrassed to leave out on his bathroom counter on poker night.
Moll’s Bag of Tricks: No matter what gift you give, give it with love, but, DON’T give it with expectations or instructions. Men like to figure things out on their own so don’t give a gift and push them into using it. They’ll use it when they’re good and ready. But I know they will love any of these picks.
You know the saying – “the more things change, the more things stay the same.” This couldn’t be more true than during the holiday season. Think about it. In a busy world, living busy lives, our families find time to set the every day tasks aside and connect – and celebrate – as a family. The one thing they can count on every holiday season? Holiday traditions. Whether you’re a woman or a man, single or married, gay or straight, parents or childless, traditions are for everyone. One of the best compliments I ever received was from a friend telling us that as a combined family, we had created a magical new world of traditions. Whether your traditions are old ones or new ones, the most important factor is to just keep practicing them every holiday season.
Hang those stockings with care. They say they’re too old for stockings? They’re not. Personalized stockings are a tradition that keeps on giving…and I don’t mean just because they’re filled with gifts. They love seeing their name on that stocking on that fireplace every Christmas. It reminds them that – no matter what – they have a place where they will always be welcomed and belong. We all can use that.
Bet on breakfast. While everyone’s schedules might be haywire on Christmas Eve, make everyone commit to gathering together around the breakfast table on Christmas Day for a homemade meal. Christmas Day morning already taken by travel, in-laws or exes? No problem. Find a day that everyone can agree on and make that your holiday family breakfast tradition. Breakfast always seems easiest to me, because even though you might get the late sleepers, scheduling in the morning usually means less surprises and last-minute conflicts than later on in the day.
Have a nightcap. The holiday season can be super stressful. Know what melts that stress away for couples? A nightcap with your beloved as the busy day winds down. Alone in the privacy of your bedroom, enjoy a nightcap ritual that is just for the two of you – a drink that coaxes a warm and fuzzy feeling right before bed, thus putting a cap on the night. Traditional nightcaps include brandy, bourbon or cream-based liqueur drinks, such as an Irish Cream. One of you not a drinker? Oh, you can still have a nightcap. Just opt for a cup of chamomile tea or decaffeinated coffee. It’s more about the company you keep than the cocktail, itself.
For Christmas, creative compromise is key. Me? I like the biggest tree. The one that makes a statement, and I prefer artificial trees for those in the family who are allergy-prone, and to do away with all of that pesky needle shedding. My husband, however, loves a real tree. So we compromise. I pick the biggest artificial, real-looking tree I can find and place it in our great room, but then head to the local tree lots to pick out live greens and tie them in so that Charlie gets that traditional real pine feel. It is literally a tale of two Christmas trees in one. Then, I tuck hand-painted amber lights into each section for a warm, homey glow. Lastly, I add our favorite family ornaments. We all have our favorites and I somehow find a way to include them all. And isn’t that what family is all about? Working through any differences and making sure that every family member feels included? Well, in our family, it is.
Merry Christmas to you and yours –and to all a good night!
Moll Wants To Know: What is one of your family’s favorite traditions?
LOVE THIS! Holiday Beauty Bets For Every Budget
LOVE IT NOW BECAUSE: No matter what your budget, I’m here to help you find the best beauty bets for your budget! Consider yourself Santa, and I’m your beauty elf!
I’ve got a big family – but, lucky for them, I love giving gifts! And this year, there is no shortage for the beauty lovers in your family. I’m talking beauty gifts for every budget! I’ve got you covered with my top 6 Moll Musts when it comes to giving beauty this holiday season! Shop away, Santa!
$10 and under: Bliss Lemony Trinkets ($10)
‘Tis the season to bliss out! A moisturizing mini duo of spa-inspired lemon and sage, this maximum moisture body butter and bubbling body wash and bath is perfect for stocking stuffers or as a small gesture of a gift.
$15 and under: Bare Mineral Touch Up TO-GLOW ($15)
Perfect for the shining starlets in your life – I’m looking at you, my darling daughter-in-law, this mini illuminating touch up veil pressed powder and brush are perfect for stowing away in their clutches. With these ladies always on the go, they need a little touch up to glow!
$25 and under: Sephora Favorites Give Me Some Lip ($25)
We all love trying new lip colors, but we often don’t get them ourselves. This is why this gift is on my giving list this season! A six-piece sampler set with coveted lip glosses, lipsticks, lip stains, lip lacquers and lip tints in universally-flattering pink and nude shades. There’s even a full size product!
$50 and under: L’Occitane Hand Creams of Provence ($42)
Everyone can use this gift during the dry, winter months: a set of five luxurious scented hand creams, enriched with shea butter to nourish, moisturize and protect. Perfect for the people in our lives who use their hands a lot.
$100 and under: Yves Saint Laurent YSL Holiday Gift Set ($75)
A must-have makeup set of Yves Saints Laurent’s most coveted beauty icons, this even featured the prized Touche Eclat, an essential during holiday partytime. Not only is it luxe, but it also contains essentials that your gift recipient will enjoy every day.
$300 and under: Make Up For Ever Makeup Station ($300)
The daddy of all beauty gifts! This makeup artist’s set for creating fashion show looks, is just as useful for the non-makeup artists among us out there. With 30 iconic Make Up For Ever bestselling products for eyes, lips and complexion, this has everything you could need – or want!
Moll’s Bag of Tricks: Be sure to be mindful when choosing beauty products for your friends and family. Try to avoid buying products that require selecting skin types and skin tone shades as this can get a little tricky. Regardless of the gift, don’t forget that gift receipt because, after all, the best gift is one that will be enjoyed!