Galentine’s Gifts for your Girls

We’ve got a busy weekend coming up in Los Angeles— Valentine’s Monday, Galentine’s Saturday, Palentine’s (Is that one?)… and some big football game in town.

This quick V-Day post goes out to Mel in OC. And thanks for the question:

“I have plans with my husband Monday but am invited to a Galentine’s potluck on Saturday. I know what I am getting him but am not up on cute gal gifts. Any ideas?”

Okay, here goes! Without knowing the crowd or their ages, I’ve got a few suggestions that could work for a range of beauty styles.

IDEA: Pick up a few mascaras and tie them in a red or pink cellophane bag with some candy at the base. Cute, simple!

With the exception of my sister, most women will always welcome a new mascara. Lately I’ve been wearing Ilia’s Fullest Volumizing Mascara. The color is a really deep and rich black, but the natural formula is weightless on your lashes—It also layers easily without flaking. You can also opt for full or travel-sized, which I appreciate.

Same candy bag idea, but with…

BLUSH

Cheek color is huge for 2022! Most women can always use a compact blush that travels well. Check out all the fun shades of Fenty Cheeks Out Freestyle Cream Blush. They pat on easy with fingertips and can build from a sheer wash of subtle color to a happy popping cheek. Speaking of popping, Petal Poppin is my favorite shade – with Cool Berry and Rosé Latte close behind.

LIP COLOR

I couldn’t get my hands on the Makeup by Mario Moistureglow Plumping Lip Serums fast enough. And I can honestly say they didn’t disappoint! Sadly, they keep selling out on his site and at Sephora. If you can find them, I highly recommend grabbing a few for your friends–and yourself!

But if you find empty shelves, a great alternative is the Tarte Maracuja Juicy Lip Balm. It’s a hybrid balm, gloss and color treatment in one good-sized vegan tube. They don’t plump as much as Mario’s, but they make up for it with a buffet of antioxidants and vitamin-packed nutrients. The colors will work on all skin tones, so just tie a few up and gift with confidence.

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Lip Masks: Best Bets

I’m all about a great lip product. From gloss to sheen to liquid lipstick, I’ll try anything. I even enjoy the look of a matte lip… just not on me. It miiight have worked on a pre-30 me. Anyway with all this day-to-night lip love, I’ve always made sure to sleep with a great balm slathered on. And unlike the lip oils I love so much, … Continue reading Lip Masks: Best Bets

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

I wouldn’t presume to know what gift you should get your Valentine this year. Aside from some really good generic suggestions anyway. But if you’re shopping for your friends or sisters …or basically anyone you aren’t sleeping with…I’ve got some not-s0-ordinary gift suggestions sure to make them smile.   ONE FOR ME, ONE FOR YOU Clarins’ Daily Energizer Lovely Lip Balm creates a subtle flushed pink on everyone … Continue reading Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

Chubby Chic?

Yeah, I said it. Chubby Chic. You know how the names of products can make you wanna buy them – like OPI’s Barefoot in Barcelona or NARS’ Orgasm? Well Clinique’s Chubby Sticks aren’t like that. With colors like Pudgy Peony, Chunky Cherry and Two Ton Tomato, you might not become enamored with the names themselves. Luckily, packed with Jojoba Seed Oil, Shea and Mango Seed … Continue reading Chubby Chic?