Little Luxury Gift Guide: The Ultimate Gloss

Little luxury gift guide chapter 1

Welcome to Chapter One of the Little Luxury Gift Guide 2009.

Little luxuries are all around us if you know where to look - be it a bright red lipstick that makes you feel like a movie star on a Monday morning, a mini-facial that makes you glow inside and out, or a book that takes you to the other side of the world. These tiny everyday gems are anxiously waiting to be discovered by you and wrapped with a bow, and each chapter of the LLGG seeks to deliver a new morsel of inspiration to you and your holiday season. Fancy shmancy is out; it's those legendary "small packages" that hold the key to a perfect season of giving.

Finding the ultimate gift is a daunting task, but giving the ultimate gloss can be the ultimate gift indeed. There are millions of glosses out there with a story to tell, but I've narrowed it down to six of my all-time favorites. No guessing - any one of these glosses would make an incredible stocking stuffer or a standalone sealed-with-a-kiss holiday present.

1. Raspberry Sorbet Lip Shine by Philosophy, available at Philosophy.com - $12

Lick-your-lips delicious and kiss-your-lips pretty. Philosophy has mastered the art of the perfect gift, and this sweet sorbet gloss is just one shining beacon of its fantastic holiday collection.

2. Melon PureGloss by jane iredale, the skin care makeup, available at dermstore.com - $19

It's smooth and bright with a tingle that'll keep your breath fresh to boot. Provides a shimmer that is equal parts healthy, replenishing and glamorous.

3. African Red Tea Exfoliating Lip Salvation by Ole Henriksen, available at sephora.com- $12

Infused with antioxidant-rich African red tea, this is a gift of health, powerful protection from the environment and super-soft lips.

4. Lipsicle Lip Gloss in Erte by Paula Dorf, available at yesstyle.com - $20

Opaque, bold and lasts for hours. Has a liquid A favorite of Warren-Tricomi hair and makeup artist Jillian Halouska.

5. Lip Gloss Compact by Bobbi Brown, available at Saks.com - $20

The whole line of colors is good for a classic, reliable gloss with hint of vanilla. They have soothing botanical extracts including Avocado, Jojoba and Chamomile Oils to keep lips supple.

6. Huge Lips, Skinny Hips in Kittypole Dancer by Purple Lab, available at ronrobinson.com - $25

"Double Duty Beauty" for the woman who wants it all! It's got lip plumper and hoodia - yup, the stuff that makes you lose weight. Applying it won't make you drop a dress size, but it might make you think twice before having that second slice o pie. Each color has a unique personality, and every single one is absurdly addictive. My favorite is Red Sole, named after Christian Louboutin shoes, but they're all delish. MWAH!

spa week gift card
And the the go-to gift of the season for any lady with a pucker worth its pretty-- the gift of wellness: A $100 SPA WEEK Gift Card, on sale for $80. They're redeemable all year 'round at spas all over North America. And you don't even have to choose a shade.

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