Uh oh! You were saving up for those glamorous, holiday gifts, and then you had a major money emergency (e.g. vet bills, car repairs…) and now you’re wondering what to do to bring joy and cheer (and lots of pretty presents) to family and friends.
No worries! Target has affordable brands —beauty brands too– for everyone on your list. I love Target for everyday shopping, but it’s great for the budget-strapped during the holidays. Gift like a princess, not a pauper, and get everyone feeling happy! When it comes to makeup and beauty gifts, you can look like a mogul, for a mere $9.99/
Here are three suggestions for nifty, not expensive, beauty gifts (or tiny splurges for yourself):
Who doesn’t love Jemma Kidd? This gorgeous makeup artist has her own makeup school! For the holidays, give your eye-shadow fans the Jemma Kidd JK Signature Shadows Makeup Kit srp/ $9.99. A holly-berry-red cardboard display backing holds a clear, square compact with six party-worthy” trendy shades in matte and perle formulas. The six squares of covet-able color in this compact were hand-picked (by Jemma, I would wager) from her I-Design Eye Colour Line, plus there’s a an exclusive, aubergine shimmer shadow to help you make a new type of “smoky” eye. The intense aubergine is shot through with hints of gold shimmer–nice for a powder liner, too. The other shades include two highlighters: Vogue (ivory) and Elle (perle with gold shimmer), a rich, chocolate milk (Vanity Fair) , a steely grey shimmer (Backstage), and a light, lovely, copper (Vintage). These shades work with every skin tone, and at this price you can get one for yourself, too.
A Pixi is a fairylike or elfin creature, especially one that is mischievous and playful. But you don’t need fairy dust or magic, to make eye pretty! Pixi makes some of the cutest and slimmest kits around, but for Fall, they created a literal “library” of nude-toned pressed powders for face and eyes. Inside a lime green cardboard compact with slipcover top, are 18 eyes shadows that you can use to shade, highlight, contour, mix, match and layer. Together in the compact, the small squares look like an Italian mosaic, but “nude” doesn’t mean the same in every intensity or formula. Choose from a nearly nude flesh or slightly deeper flesh tones in matte formula, to an intense brown or black matte liner/shadow. Get sparkling with shimmery copper, glorious gold, or maybe a more subdued shimmer in peach or champagne. And there’s every type of nude in-between! You will find infinite varieties and ways to use them. Every eye shadow collector will covet this Pixi Nude Shade Wardrobe srp. $26.00
This one is for your collection, as well as for a gift: if you can’t have your own, personal makeup artist at the ready to make up your eyes, the next best thing might be a makeup collection by a celebrity makeup artist. A great one is the Napoleon Perdis NP Set Holiday Smoke Signals Eye Palette srp. $9.99 Yes, you can do a smoky eye, and with colors, too! Inside a shiny, Winter White cardboard compact (with smoky eyes on the cover) and a sugar-plum purple interior with round mirror, are a dozen squares of shimmery shadow that provide antioxidant nourishment with Vitamins A, C and E. Makeup artist Napoleon Perdis (who designed this kit, of course) suggests picking one of the 11 shadow colors ranging from perle, to purple, and every blackened shade in-between, and then wetting the black shimmer shadow and applying it, the smudging it, for extra glamour. TIP: For those who can’t quite master the smoky eye, know that it’s not going away as a trend, anytime soon. You can “finesse” it by using one of the deeper shades in the palette and layering another on top or in the crease. Blend them well, and if you can’t manage a straight line with a wet liner, simply dot the black or blackened purple on your lids with a flat, powder liner brush, right against your lashes, top and bottom–blend some more for an instant smoky look without the additional layers of color.
There are plenty more gifts to be gotten from Target. Visit your favorite Target store or check out their goods at the Target Web Site
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