Holiday Gift Guide 2011: Best in Makeup and Nail Sets

For the budding artist or makeup junkie

Smashbox Click You’re It Holiday Palette ($56).  With 15 eyeshadows, 5 cream eye liners, a lid primer and how-to guides, this is the ultimate colour palette for the creative ones. See swatches on Makeup and Beauty Blog.  Available at Sephora stores and online.

For the natural beauty or mama-on-the-go

Laura Mercier The Book of Nudes ($60).  Laura makes some of the best eyeshadow palettes on the market; they are soft, luxurious and always well-coordinated. Available at Sephora stores and online.

For the life of the party

Lise Watier Soleil Festive Palette Eyeshadow Trio and Mascara * ($39) and Liquid Gold Eye and Cheek Illuminator * ($25).  Lise Watier eye palette — beautifully dressed in gold and black — is sure to be a hit!  The classic shades mixed with multi-dimensional glitter is perfect for all the parties she will be crashing this season. 😉  See swatches on Beauty Reflections.  Available at Shoppers Drug Mart, Lise Watier counters and online.

For the pickiest girl on your list

Laura Mercier Limited-Edition Mini Lip Glace Set (US$48). Even a lipstick kinda girl (me) will love this gift set.  This is for the girl who cannot just have one lip colour in her purse.  See swatches on Makeup and Beauty Blog.  Available at Laura Mercier counters and online.

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For the teen girl or the young-at-heart

Nails Inc The Glitterati ($30).  I love these chunky glitter polishes from new-to-North-America Nails Inc!  Watch your teen girl swoon over her manicure instead of complaining about how gross boys are. 🙂  See swatches on Oh, Dollymix.  Available at Sephora stores and online.

For anyone (Glitter Geek’s TOP PICK)

China Glaze Winter Ice Nail Polish Set ($30).  This one is a crowd-pleaser.  Wear the nail polishes alone or layered for a true disco ball effect.  My absolute favourite is Tinsel Town.  Make sure you buy this for your favourite beauty blogger, too. 😛  See swatches on Vampy Varnish.  Available on and Trade Secrets.

What are your top picks this year for makeup and nails?

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  • Your gift guide looks great! This is really helpful 🙂 thank you!

    • Thanks Soha! What are you picking up as gifts and for yourself (of course :P)?

  • Very pretty suggestions! Nice montage.

    • Thanks kitteh momma! I’m glad you like it!

  • That’s some nice PSing there girl. You’re becoming quite the pro!
    Thanks for the link btw. 🙂 This guide is awesome. I saw that Smashbox Palette at Shopper’s yesterday it is AMAZING. Might pick it up during this weeekend’s Redemption! LIking that LM one too.

    • Thanks Tracy! Maybe the next gift guide is only going to take me two hours… 😛

      How many points do you have and how much can you redeem? 🙂

  • Sabina

    You always make me want to buy more make up…I guess it’s time for some shopping 😀

    • Come see me and shop with meeeee!

  • Ok, I need photoshop in my life… You did an amazing job putting this all together, Arianne!

    • Thanks Dani! 🙂 I’m so pleased with how it turned out… now I should probably start on the next one…

  • I like this post. I really like the Laura Mercier glosses they look even prettier in person

    • Thanks Janella! Is the Laura Mercier gloss kit out at Sephora as well?

  • Why do you have to make me want to go shopping? STOP IT!

    • LOL Lelo! I can’t shop makeup so the least I can do is enable others 😛

  • SO beautiful! This was totally worth the nine million hours of work. It looks lovely 🙂

    ♥ Jessica

  • You have no idea how the LM sets tempted me so… but I prevailed! And then you post this! Wah!

  • <3 Look the look of Book of Nudes.

  • Tess

    Gaaaaah, I’ve been wanting the Smashbox Holiday palette!!
    Great post and gift ideas! 🙂

  • I have that OPI set. Love!

    Fortunately for me (and my wallet), none of the holiday palettes attract my attention.

  • I picked up that china glaze set recently, it’s really pretty and comes with a cute necklace too. 🙂

  • Love your collage of holiday makeup must-haves! I really want those Laura Mercier mini lippies and that palette. I also agree with everyone else when they say that you are DEFINITELY an enabler! 😛

  • oh my, hard to choose, but it would have to be the smashbox palette for my #1 choice, and then the laura mercier lippies for my #2. a girl can never have too many shadows or lip colors right??!!