2014 Holiday Beauty Gift Find - SKII Facial Treatment Essence Holiday Limited Edition

You may not have thought of giving a skincare product as a gift to that beauty lover in your life, but I think you can see that now, with SK-II, there's no better way to make them smile.

This year, indulge with the new Holiday limited edition SK-II Facial Treatment Essence. The bottle (and the corresponding outer box) have been digitally altered to reflect the beauty of natural flowers.  SK-II collaborated with Taiwanese artist Po Chih Huang to dress up the brand's most iconic Facial Treatment Essence bottle with her signature digital designs - and it's truly beautiful.

My favorite design is the Yellow Flower, which depicts the Yellow Freesia flower (shown, at top), but there are two other designs - Red Flower (red tulips) and Purple Flower (purple hydrangeas), (shown, below).

Each box contains a 7.2 FL OZ designed bottle, and the formula inside is the classic Facial Treatment Essence.

If you're thinking of splurging on the beauty lover in your life or yourself, this is a skin care product that I featured some years ago as being completely worth every penny.

For a little background if you've never used the Facial Treatment Essence: This is a treatment product to be used after cleansing, and before adding other products like heavier serums or moisturizers.

The product does appear out of the bottle as a thin, "water-like" liquid. The best way to apply it is to add one or two pours (about a teaspoon is all that's needed) from the frosted glass bottle into the palm of your hand. Then, cup your hands together quickly to spread over both and apply in a pressing motion to your face. The formula will immediately evaporate into the skin, so you don't have to worry about it running down your face. Note: since it is made from yeast, the smell when you first apply it is a very earthy, almost "mushroom" -like scent- but is does fade fairly quickly.

I applied the treatment each morning and evening after cleansing my skin and before moisturizer/primer and then makeup. Within just a few days I could see that my skin was much more supple and smooth - particularly in the t-zone. After about two weeks, I loved the beautiful glow my skin had - even without makeup.

It has a very cool, refreshing effect - it's also great after working out, and didn't clog my pores or cause any breakouts. Another plus for those of you with oily/very oily skin is that this can be used as your treatment and your moisturizer in one because of the thin, liquid texture. It's also great for very warm weather environments. - RLB

Go--> SKII Facial Treatment Essence Holiday Limited Edition. Available in store and via their sites: Macys.com, Nordstrom.com and BergdorfGoodman.com.

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