December Beauty Board

It’s the most wonderful time of the year—only you still haven’t purchased half the gifts you need to because you keep buying stuff for yourself instead. I get ‘ya. Here are a few ideas for yourself and otherwise.

What I most love about the holidays makeup-wise are all the gift sets. Napoleon Perdis, Pixi and Edward Bess have these playful glosses. All are neutral, soft shades for a natural look. Perfect for puckering up under the mistletoe.

Holiday candles are also the best. This one from Nest, available at Neiman Marcus, is simple amazing. Called Opulence by Ken Downing, it’s sugarplum fairy meets sandalwood for holiday that will last well into the new year.

Living in Florida makes it hard to get into the Christmas spirit, especially this year when it’s summer part 2. This Holiday home scent from Nest at Neiman Marcus is amazing for giving your home that Christmas feel.

Red lips for New Year’s? Yes, please. Try out Red No. 2 from Marilyn Monroe Spas.

Lancome was recently in town and invited bloggers to a beautiful lunch at Juvia to introduce us to their latest, like this Blush Subtil cheek palette which is a great way to get a good winter glow.

Who doesn’t love getting stuff in the mail? Birchbox is loaded with happy little presents that will make it feel like it’s Christmas year-round. Scrabble, perfume, socks, the cutest clear coffee mug. What’s not to love?

Taking spa at home to a whole new level, Clarisonic created a pedicure kit that’s as divine as its facial offering. Find it at Neiman Marcus.

Sparkling wine for New Year’s Eve, coffee to get you through the first morning of the new year. This rose bubbly from Michelle Sparkling Wines is a great way to ring in the next 365. And after a late-night out, you’ll need a classic roast to get up and running. Thank you, Lavazza.

Speaking of the last night of the year,  chances are on January 1, 2014, you’ll be hitting the hay slightly earlier than usual. Here are a few of my new favorite things for ultimate beauty sleep. This Iluminage Skin Rejuvenating Pillow Case guarantees to improve the condition of your skin. Add Tata Harpers natural Resurfacing Mask, Perricone MD Blue Plasma Orbital and C. Booth’s Nourishing Dry Oil Mist and you’ll wake up looking ready for a brand new year. Find Iluminage, Tata Harper and Perricone MD at Neiman Marcus.