Now this is an advent calendar we can get excited about! Instead of mini chocolates behind each door is a makeup treat, from a bright red lipstick, to a charming fabric pouch. 12 treats in all. From Paul & Joe Beaute. $75. at Beauty Habit.

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For that make-up obsessed BFF,  the Kevyn Aucoin THE LOOSE SHIMMER SHADOW set ($65) one, because it’s brand-new so you know she hasn’t bought it for herself yet and two, the shimmering shades look good on everyone! (Believe me, All the beauty editors at DCN tried them out so we can attest to that.)

The trio of best selling shades –Topaz, Rose Quartz, and Candlelight — can be worn alone for a stunning shimmering effect, or layered over eye shadow to create dimension. We also like it as a highlighter.

It also comes in this beautiful custom packaging by Justin Teodoro, so no need to add wrapping paper. Add a bow and you’re done.


504954797_2_detail-1VITA LIBERATA pHenomenal Glow Kit ($50.00, Our beauty editors’ have tried just about every self-tanning product on the market (in the middle of winter we have the best-looking tans!) and Vita Liberata is the hands-down winner.

The Body Blur Instant HD Skin Finish 100ml, Phenomenal 2-3 Week Tinted Tan Mousse  with the tanning mitt is our glow kit for all year round. Not only is it easy to use (no streaking!) but we love the natural color for that sun-kissed glow.With ingredients that are completely non-toxic, free of parabens, perfume, alcohol and all chemicals it’s perfect for any girlfriend. Just remember to pick up another one for yourself.


 It comes in this lovely rose gold case so no wrapping needed! Done and DONE!


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