It's gonna get sappy up in here.
Most of the stuff you see in these galleries each week comes to me in either bike-messenger-delivered shopping bags or FedEx boxes. On occasion, if I do some online shopping and decide to have a purchase sent to the office instead of my home (where packages tend to disappear), it'll slip my mind that I had it sent to the office and I'll open up a box expecting some skincare products and be greeted with the Sorel boots I forgot I bought after consulting with Samantha over Instagram messages for a half hour. (I got the 1964 boots, Sam. I'm sorry.)
Anyway, some of the best stuff I got last week is actually the result of me physically going somewhere — namely to the flagship e.l.f. store here in NYC, where they invited editors to check out this year's variety of holiday sets and pick out a few products. There are bunch of great new kits, and all of them are double-take levels of affordable, but we'll start off this week's selections with my favorite one.
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e.l.f. Prep & Play Kit
So, hi, yeah, this is insane. A great lip exfoliator and a deep wine matte lip color for $5? TOTAL? How are you not getting this for literally everyone you know? And that's including your friends and family members who don't wear makeup because it's just rude that they don't when such great deals are available. (Dad, you are going to look great in this color.)
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e.l.f. Mascara & Shadow Shield
While I was at the e.l.f. store, I also picked up the solution to all of life's problems: this stick with a flappity thing on it. "The reusable and reversible design works on both eyes, under eye or over eye" to prevent smudges and fallout while you're applying eyeshadow or mascara. When I first saw this, I looked at it like that scene in Contact when Jodie Foster was in awe of a celestial event and was like, "I had no idea..."
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Alba Botanica Hawaiian Detox Cleanser
The kind of Hawaiian detox I need — in which I go to Hawaii and emotionally detoxify my haven't-been-on-vacation-in-over-a-decade brain — is, sadly, not to be found inside this bottle. It does, however, contain volcanic clay that can help un-gunk my pores. It promises to be "anti-pollution," which has me hoping it'll be especially helpful on my city-besmirched skin.
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The Artis Oval 6 brush costs no less than $60, unless you buy it on eBay and then there's a decent chance it's not actually Artis. The BrushCraft Oval 6 — which is perfect for foundation, blush and contouring — costs only $24.50, and it is Artis. (I'd embed the Tim & Eric mind-blow gif here if I could.) How is this possible? Well, Artis has come out with a few less-expensive and still funky-looking makeup brushes under the name BrushCraft, and they're damn good!
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C2 California Clean Ageless Facial Oil
In case you haven't heard of them, C2 is a women-owned business whose founders have expertise in chemistry and pharmacology but are also super-into natural ingredients. The face oil from their collection is all about squalane from olives — not to be confused with squalene from sharks — which is said to sink deeply into skin to help hold in hydration.
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GLAMGLOW POUTMUD Wet Lip Balm Tints
POUTMUD — which, to me, sounds like a place wealthy people summer (like, as a verb) — has already existed as both an exfoliating treatment and a clear balm for a while, but now it comes in super-moisturizing, sheer colors. These are three of the six available: Birthday Suit, Hellosexy, and Love Scene. (Why Hellosexy is one word and Birthday Suit and Love Scene are two, I do not know.)
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KISS Salon Secrets Ombre Design Kit
Remember those Paas Easter egg decorating kits? (Of course you do. I do and I don't even celebrate Easter.) This set is like a Paas Easter egg kit, but for your nails. But packaged for Christmas. I've made this more confusing than it needs to be.
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reVive Anti-Aging Light Therapy
What I once looked at as a straightforward handheld anti-aging device has now been complicated by the internet, which tells me that there are original versions of this tool, Kathy Ireland versions of this tool, and versions with fewer Lite Brite doohickeys. But what's true of all of them is that they use LED technology to increase collagen and elastic production in the skin. My mom will probably ask me for it as soon as she reads this.
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L'Occitane Shea Butter Ultra Rich Body Cream
L'Occitane is kind of the master of all things shea butter and also all things gift sets, so it's no surprise that their best-selling body cream appears in their Nourishing Shea Butter Gift Set, alongside Hand Cream, Foot Cream, Shower Cream, and Milk Soap of the shea butter variety. But I'm focusing on the Body Cream because of something I just realized...
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The label on the jar includes Braille! I'd never noticed that before, and off the top of my head, I definitely can't think of any other brand with Braille on their packaging. Way to be inclusive, L'Occitane!
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Victoria's Secret Paris Eau de Parfum
I received this little rollerball to celebrate their fashion show (airing tonight, beeteedubs), and as someone who immediately thinks of Lovespell when talking VS fragrances, I was surprised by what my nose interpreted as masculinity in this new scent. The brand describes the fragrance as both "sex in the City of Lights" and "the scent of Parisian gardens in wintertime," neither of which I have personally experienced, but apparently that's French cypress, night blooming jasmine, white cedarwood.
Anything here strike your fancy? Have you bought anyone beauty gifts for the holidays this year? Treat yourself to anything new lately? Let's hear all about it.