By Ingrid Schmidt
Los Angeles Times
December 22, 2012
Beauty sets can solve eleventh-hour holiday shopping conundrums, while bestowing on the receiver a gift of pure indulgence. Here are some of the latest for her or for him, with prices that range from tolerable to a luxurious splurge.
'The Firestarter' candle and lighter set
Light up her life with the eco-friendly MCMC candle and Moroccan-inspired bronze lighter, decked out with a lavishly fringed tassel, from Cobra Society. Made of a green blend of soy, vegetable oil and beeswax, the candle boasts decadent notes of tobacco, Bourbon vanilla and fir balsam. Curated by the folks at Reformation on Melrose Avenue, this set comes ready for giving, packaged in a recycled box tied with grosgrain ribbon.
$90 at Reformation in West Hollywood and http://www.thereformation.com
Lafco Claus Porto mini-soap gift box
A perfect present for the hostess, these long-lasting shea butter guest soaps are a miniature version of the brand's signature oversized bars. Wrapped in the same fashionable packaging and hand-milled in a factory in Portugal, the soaps come in an assortment of scents, including red poppy, honeysuckle and lavender iris.
$60 at Santa Maria Novella/Lafco in Beverly Hills and http://www.lafco.com
Tom Ford nail lacquer boxed gift set
She can paint her nails (and the town) with this designer wardrobe of 16 well-edited Tom Ford nail lacquers, ranging from neutral hues to bold and bright — all with a luxurious, high-shine finish. Also available in a personalized selection of four, the sets are presented in an elegant mahogany box with gold trim.
$480 for the 16-piece set, or $120 for a four-piece set, at Neiman Marcus stores and http://www.neimanmarcus.com
D.L. & Co. 12 Days of Christmas set
No holiday is complete without the scents of the season. A find from California company D.L. & Co.'s first stand-alone boutique on Beverly Drive, this collection of 12 gold votive candles, themed for the 12 days of Christmas, is infused with the aromas of mistletoe, cinnamon-clove and wintery berry. The set comes in a book-like box imprinted with the lyrics of the classic carol.
$200 at D.L. & Co. in Beverly Hills and http://www.dlcompany.com
Chanel Essential brush set
Present the femme fatale in your life with equally stylish beauty accessories: five makeup brushes from Chanel in a chic carrying case. The limited-edition set includes matte black powder, blush, foundation, eyeshadow and contour shadow brushes.
$225 at Chanel boutiques and http://www.chanel.com
Fresh 'Sugar Soiree' set
Who knew how kissable, colored lip balms could change our lives? A must for every lady's pre-mistletoe pampering, these ultra-moisturizing lip treatments come in a set of two sheer, reparative formulations and six softly tinted shades with SPF15, including berry, coral, nude and sheer rouge.
$65 at Fresh at the Grove and in Century City, and http://www.fresh.com
Bobbi Brown lip and eye palette
Meet the quintessential makeup compact for a universally flattering, non-makeup look. This mix-and-match palette of 10 eye shadows and four lip glosses in the natural, pinky-beige hues that are a hallmark of makeup artist Bobbi Brown is just the right size to stash in a handbag for last-minute touch-ups.
$75 (or $30 for a smaller version) at Nordstrom at the Grove and http://www.bobbibrowncosmetics.com
Arquiste Boutonnière No.7 gift set
Here's a dapper gift for guys. An homage to the original lapel flower that Parisian gentlemen wore to the opera, Arquiste's new musky floral eau de parfum features notes of lavender, bergamot, Italian mandarin and gardenia. The fragrance is accompanied by an elegant gardenia boutonnière stick-pin and silk knot cufflinks, created by fine jewelry brand M. de Phocas.
$195 at Barney's New York in Beverly Hills and http://www.barneys.com
Jo Malone London Tea trousseau chest
This limited-edition lacquered chest comes with a key, so it doubles as a long-term stash for valuables. Better yet, it's filled with three exclusive tea-scented colognes (in Assam-grapefruit, Earl Grey-cucumber, and sweet lemon) and two deluxe candles (in sweet almond-macaron and Parma violet). The fragrances are designed to layer together or enjoy solo.
$695 at Nordstrom at the Grove and Saks Fifth Avenue in Beverly Hills and http://www.nordstrom.com
Sonya Dakar Holiday Hangover Kit
Help friends recover from the telltale signs of party overload with Sonya Dakar's Holiday Hangover Kit. Designed to banish eye puffiness, dark undereye circles, breakouts and redness, it includes Flash Facial exfoliating treatment, Blemish Buster tinted spot treatment and Organic Omega Booster hydrating serum, plus a $100 gift certificate for any skin care service at Sonya Dakar Skin Clinic.
$150 at Sonya Dakar Skin Clinic in Beverly Hills and http://www.sonyadakarskinclinic.com
Malin + Goetz hand wash set
Let the cocktail connoisseur lather up with rum and lime, a mojito in the form of liquid hand washes by Malin + Goetz. Known for typography-bedecked packaging and natural-based formulations that are gentle on sensitive skin, the New York-based brand opened its first West Coast location here earlier this year.
$40 at Malin + Goetz in Larchmont Village, (323) 391-1884, and http://www.malinandgoetz.com
Malin + Goetz's bestselling lip moisturizer set
Good for him or her, 65 individual lip balms come packaged in a modern apothecary jar, ready to dispense to family members or house guests. The super-hydrating, paraben-free lip balm works alone (for him) or layered over lipstick (for her), keeping that all-important kisser in top form.
$775 at http://www.malinandgoetz.com
L'Occitane hand cream bouquet
L'Occitane's bestselling shea butter hand creams moisturize skin without oily or greasy after-effects. The six purse-size essentials include the classic unscented cream, plus an array of fragrant options, including rose petal and a new almond essence.
$50 at L'Occitane stores and usa.loccitane.com
Lush You're a Star gift set
Hollywood friends young and old are sure to shine a bit brighter with this collection of celebrity favorites, packed in a star-studded hat box. (Fans of Lush include Gwen Stefani, Robert Downey Jr. and Vanessa Hudgens.) The set includes the bestselling Dream Cream body lotion, two bath bombs, two bath melts, two massage bars and Silky Underwear Dusting Powder.
$74.95 at Lush in Santa Monica, Studio City and Topanga and http://www.lushusa.com
Kjaer Weis' the Essential Trio set
For the makeup maven: a beautiful set of certified organic lip tint, cream blush and eye shadow by Danish makeup
artist Kirsten Kjaer Weis. Packaged in refillable, heavy metal cases that slide open with James Bond-style stealth, a collection of two or three comes in an elegantly understated red box, so all you need is a bow.
$125 for trio sets, or $75 for duo sets, at Ron Robinson Fred Segal in West Hollywood and http://www.kjaerweis.com
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