Maria has been researching and writing about health and beauty for over 10 years. She shares her findings on her skincare website and here.
Finding Beauty Gifts & Ideas for Women
If you are finding it difficult to find thoughtful gifts for women, I have come up with five beauty gifts that I think any woman would be happy to receive. Many women are constantly looking for new ways to update their makeup or are looking to find innovative beauty tools to improve results. They also want to save time and boost convenience while bringing out desired features in new ways.
With this in mind, I have found some new products that claim to do exactly these things. Each product, in its own way, is worth a look at. This list includes a range of beauty products with different uses; they can all come together to complete the puzzle of a beautifying experience, or simply be the perfect new addition to a growing collection.
1. L'Oreal Paris Women of Worth Kit
The L'Oreal Paris Women of Worth Kit comes as a part of the company's Women of Worth campaign, which honors women who are benefiting their communities through philanthropy. L'Oreal is increasing its donations this year by five thousand dollars each, giving 15 thousand to each honoree. Purchase of this kit goes toward that.
The kit itself includes a full set of lip, mascara, and eye shadow. It includes L'Oreal's Colour Riche La Palette Lip in Nude, Voluminous Primer Mascara, Voluminous Original Mascara, and Colour Riche Pocket Palette in French Bisque.
The Colour Riche La Palette Lip in Nude includes five different nudes for an array of color combinations. It comes with a small half-mirror and a small brush as an applicator. The nudes go on smooth and have a very creamy texture. The colors can be thin and less striking than one would expect. Rather, it is a light and shiny color, closer to what you might expect from lip gloss.
The Voluminous Primer Mascara is said to bring thicker, longer lashes, condition lashes and amplify mascara. There is a noticeable difference after using it. It can be hard to remove, and tends to get clumpy if one is not diligent about application, but it can be a very useful product.
The Voluminous Original Mascara thickens and builds lashes evenly and smoothly. It has one drawback, that one must be very deliberate when using it. Allowing the formula itself to thicken in the bottle through the first few uses and removing excess from the brush when you pull the brush from the bottle. With care, it truly is an excellent thickening mascara in a low-cost kit.
Finally, we have the Colour Riche Pocket Palette in French Bisque contains four cool tones. It is L’Oreal’s first eye shadow quad that combines four different finishes, which allow as many possibilities for eye looks as your creativity can lead to. These are shimmery, almost glittery colors which can take some off-guard. For an inexpensive drug-store brand, it is a very versatile palette. This eye make up is not particularly long-lasting but it works well and will allow the user to find their signature look in a pinch.
Overall, the set works well, and for such an inexpensive piece it is worth picking up and present it as a gift to your intended woman.
2. Golden Mini Makeup Train Case With Mirror
SHANY is a young company that prides itself on making cruelty-free products. This train case is designed for travel, but its versatility is impressive, and it can easily be used for storage or a multitude of other things. The sleek, stylish design comes in several colors, and it is made with aluminum for the corners and acrylic for the trays and compartments. The trays and compartments are dust-proof and spill-proof and are very easy to clean.
Its dimensions are listed as 9.6"x6.8"x7.3". Small, to be sure, but the well-designed case is able to hold all of the essentials and more. Full-sized brushes fit well, along with all of your other tools and basics. This is where the top design comes into play. The top unfolds into a mirror, and the sides open up into several compartments.
The compartments are just the right depth, so as to hold all the necessities and still not waste any space. When the compartments are all opened, the case does take up quite a bit of space, and is more suited to being set on a kitchen table or other wide area. This is a benefit in another sense, however. The thoughtful way in which the compartments slide and lift open creates a levelled effect where every compartment is accessible at once. There is no need to slide trays in and out looking for the right items.
The case puts everything and a mirror at your disposal. The one downside to the case is that is can be prone to tipping over when it is fully opened. But by anticipating this, it shouldn't be much of a problem, as you can easily avoid it by opening the case slowly, setting it against a wall or something else stable, or keeping heavier items in the lower compartments.
Overall, the case serves it purpose and it is hard to find faults in its design or build. If in need a travel case for makeup, another case to store things at home, or even some other form of organizing items, this make up case will suit wonderfully.
3. Aesthetica Contouring & Highlighting Kit
The Aesthetica cosmetics contour series is an encompassing set of contour kits from another young brand that touts itself as ethical and cruelty-free. This product is also marketed as vegan, and it is meant to capitalize on the growing contouring trend. If you haven't noticed this trend, take a quick look on Instagram.
Contouring brings definition and angular look to the face. It hides things women want to hide and brings the very best features to the forefront. It accentuates the natural features by bringing out the profile and defining it. The Aesthetica Powder Contour Kit contains three matte foundation powders for contouring and three illuminating powders for highlighting.
The darker shades are meant to add definition while overshadowing any problem areas one may have. The lighter highlighting shades are meant to enhance the best natural features. The colors are versatile and blend well. There are a couple of downsides. The kit is promoted as being good for all skin tones, but some with darker skin have found that it doesn't suit them.
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The Aesthetica Cream Contour Kit comes with six silky creams designed to contour by accentuating, highlighting, and defining the face. Again, there are three contour shades and three highlight shades. The packaging on this kit seems to better, and the cream applies soft and smooth. It seems to be a better fit for darker skin tones.
The Lip Contour Kit is meant to bring fullness and depth to lips, downplay overly full lips and even out uneven lip color, and it does so with five lip colors two lip pencils and a brush. Lip contouring can be used to make lips look fuller and to bring out a pouty look which is so fashionable these days.
It is easy and enjoyable to use, with only one drawback - it is not very long lasting, and in some cases needs to be reapplied multiple times throughout the day. That aside, the kit is a delightful and functional part of the Series.
The Brow Contour Kit brings us to an overlooked point of contouring. Natural, full eyebrows should have dimension and definition and this kit makes that happen. With six blendable shades, powder, tweezers, stencils, and a wax, the kit truly delivers everything needed to bring out that final piece of the puzzle.
Overall, the Aesthetica kit comes with a quality array of contouring products and gives you detailed directions to find the right look for every woman. For those wanting to get in on this trend, this kit might be a good place to start.
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4. Ten-Piece Professional Oval Makeup Brush Set From USpicy
These beauty brushes look amazing and are the latest trend to apply make up. An elegant set of handled toothbrush style makeup brushes in various sizes that will make a brilliant addition to any beauty collection. With brushes for every purpose, from powder to eyeliner to lip, the set provides a complete range and they all work brilliantly.
The brush hairs are made of a premium synthetic fibber to be easy on your skin and the handles bend to 90 degrees. The handles are flexible which makes it easier to apply make up from every angle. The brushes uniquely allow taking a large amount of product, and spreading it smoothly and evenly in ways unthinkable with standard brushes. Each size is well suited to its task, and although the different way of holding an applicator might seem awkward, even the eyeliner goes on well. The brushes truly bring a professional look for an incredibly low price.
They stand up wonderfully over time and repeated use. The set comes in a well-made case with a magnetic closure and it looks elegant, like ready for a gift. Also included are detailed instructions to help get the most out of them. Another plus is that the bristles are really smooth, easy to clean and don't come off. They are perfect to easily blend all type of make up textures like concealer, powder, foundation, blusher and BB cream.
There's no real drawback to this set, just a perfect addition to a collection when looking to step things up and reach new levels of smoothness and crisp application. It will change one’s look entirely and show a dramatic difference from the very first time.
These set of brushes will make an ideal beauty gift for women who love their make up and are not afraid to show it.
5. NewPollar Mini Portable Anti-Wrinkle Anti-Aging Device
Radio frequency technology has been used for some time in beauty to help women appear younger and fresh. The technology sends radio frequency waves beneath the top layer of skin, the epidermis, down to the dermis. The waves force realignment from deeper than basic surface treatments.
This technique has proven to tighten skin, remove wrinkles, fix loose jowls, sagging skin, and other facial imperfections. It has even been proven to stimulate the production of collagen, which diminishes with age. It has been found that the lack of collagen is a root cause of most aging skin problems.
The NewPollar Mini Portable Anti-Aging Thermal Dot Matrix RF Thermal Skin Care Lift Device is the latest in home radio-frequency treatment. This is the most non-invasive way to tighten your face up. Unlike lasers, the treatment works on all skin types and colors.
It works on the face, neck, body and eyes. In the face it helps to tighten loose skin, smooth line and wrinkles, reduce pigmentation and scars. It helps to rejuvenate the entire eye area by reducing wrinkles and puffiness. It is also beneficial for the body to smooth out dimples and tighten loose skin.
The device is rechargeable and small enough to take anywhere. According to the manufacturer, most people will see results after about 8-10 treatments, but some have reported results in as few as 1-2 treatments.
Results develop over time, and improvements can still be noticed long after the treatment has stopped. Customers have reported great success with this treatment, reporting the removal of puffiness under the eyes, the tightening of skin and elimination of wrinkles, and all in the time frame promised by the company. With no real drawbacks, it seems to be a solid product ideal for women who want to look younger but are not prepared to go under the knife.
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These are all solid products that will each be valuable additions to any beauty routine. They serve vastly different purposes, but each of these companies produce well-made, well-designed products that will enhance the beauty of any woman and bring out only their best features.
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