I wanted to do a gift-giving guide/series to help everyone with the sometimes difficult task of finding just the right gifts for family and friends. When I started coming up with ideas for the people in my life, I realized that the only reason I had these particular items on the list was because they were things I’d want. Maybe this happens to a lot of people — but I’m pretty sure my wishlist is not supposed to be the “guiding force” that helps me decide what to buy for others.
So instead, I’ll share with you a list of the things I think would be great to receive, and you can decide if they’d be right for anyone in your life 🙂
What I want: Coach Coffret
What it costs: $48 (it seems like most stores have a free gift with purchase for this; shop around)
Lately I’ve been mildly obsessed with fragrances. It started with a set I purchased from aerie last year after Christmas. Then this fall, I fell in love with Honey from Marc Jacobs. I also have a million little body sprays from Bath & Body Works. I always wanted to have a signature scent, but I just don’t think I can settle on one! Which is why this gift set from Coach would be perfect. You get four scents: Coach Signature, Coach Poppy, Coach Poppy Blossom and Coach Love. The bottles are super small (.17 ounces each), but that’s probably good for me because I can never seem to get through a full bottle anyway.
What I want: Origins mascara
What it costs: $17-21
Three years ago, Dan’s mom gave me Origins mascara for Christmas and I LOVED it. I have no good explanation for why I didn’t purchase it for myself once I ran out, other than price. Origins has several mascara varieties, and I have absolutely no clue which one I received, but I do remember using the Underwear for Lashes product, and it was great. The mascara I used went on smoothly — seriously, no clumps. I know makeup brands will claim that their mascara is “non clumping,” but I don’t think they know the definition of “non clumping.” In my opinion, it actually means NO clumps. The Origins mascara I used glided on smoothly and lasted all day. I also noticed that my eyes didn’t itch as often (not sure if that was actually due to the mascara or not) and my eye lashes weren’t hard as rocks/crunchy after the mascara dried. What I want: Urban Decay eyeshadow in Sin
What it costs: $18 (.05 ounce)
Two years ago, one of the top items on my Christmas wishlist was the Urban Decay Naked palette. This palette is amaze-balls. The colors are so neutral (other than possibly the super dark “creep” and “gunmetal” shades). I wear combinations of the colors nearly every day. The shade I wear the most is “sin.” The color is like a champagne-pink, but it has a shimmer/satin (not glittery, but “luminous sheen”) finish to it. It’s so pretty and perfectly fine on its own, but also looks great with slightly darker shades of pink or pinkish-brown colors (like “hustle” and “toasted” in the palette). I don’t wear a ton of eyeshadow, which is how the palette has lasted me almost two years. But I’m getting close to hitting the bottom on this color.
I’m not sure I can rationalize spending $18 on a mega small container of eyeshadow, so I looked online for “dupes.” The dupe most posted about was Wet n Wild’s Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio in Walking on Eggshells ($2.99 for three colors).