2015 Holiday Gift Guide Roundup ( + Bonus Ideas!)

Ciate London South Beach Socialite Collection White Heat/Putting On The Ritz/Deco Delight 
Before we take a little holiday "breather" for the next week or so, I wanted to share a few more holiday gift ideas (scroll down for list) and highlight others you might have missed

Order these for the beauty lovers in your life for: Holiday, New Years, Kwanzaa, birthday and wedding/anniversary gifts to share in December and January. Of course, all of gift picks are also perfect just for you to enjoy this holiday season.


We'll be back at the top of the year with all-new beauty and fragrance finds, drugstore picks every week and more sneak peaks on our instagram.

As always, we thank you for being a Palacinka Beauty Blog reader for another year.  We LOVE being able to share the best beauty products, beauty features and beauty news with you on all our channels, from our blog to our twitter, pinterest and instagram.  *Please follow us on all three( if you're not already), to always get our exclusive beauty news, product information and inspiration.



Happy Holidays and Happy New Year to you all! P.S. I'll also continue to feature beauty products over the holidays over on Instagram - RLB


Note: Our bonus gift picks listed are pictured from top to bottom.



1. Ciate London South Beach Socialite Collection White Heat/Putting On The Ritz/Deco Delight (pictured at top)


2.philosophy Renewed Hope in a Jar Ornament 


beautyblender air. port pro pouch


4..Deborah Lippmann Empire Gift Set

5.Elizabeth and James Nirvana Black Hand Cream



















2015 Holiday Gift Pick - Givenchy Ondulations D'or




Do you know someone that loves beauty - but has A LOT of makeup already?  

Don't worry!  Here's the gift for them. Givenchy Ondulations D'or .

Givenchy is one of my favorite luxe French beauty brands, and every holiday they create the most unique - yet wearable, products and shades.


Givenchy Ondulations D'or is their 2015 limited edition eye shadow.  It was inspired by one of Givenchy's iconic symbols, the star, which is molded into the eye shadow palette.. This blend of three shadows - bronze, black and gold are gorgeous and versatile for all skin tones as well.

The shadows are silky and very pigmented.  The black can be used as a liner or for a smoky eye, and the bronze and gold are perfect accents for a holiday look or a big night out. I also liked mixing all the shades together for a unique eye shadow shade.  I was very impressed there was no smudging or fall out from any of the shades after applying.


The black shadow has subtle shimmer and the bronze/gold shadows have a fine glitter. The effect is not over the top, but just the right amount of sparkle and glam.  This may look like a splurge, but they (or you) will actually get a lot of use out of it! - RLB


Purchase Here: Givenchy Ondulations D'or 0.19 oz

2015 Holiday Gift Pick - Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist Intense Limited Edition



If you have a Rose lover in your life, Jurlique has created a water mist that's a must have for the holidays.

Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist Intense Limited Edition is now in a concentrated, more robust formula with a specially designed bottle.  The Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist is one of my favorite mists to hydrate during the day, freshen and/or set makeup, or even use in place of moisturizer in very hot/humid environment.  



Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist is made with a unique organic blend of five precious rose extracts.  The effect on the skin makes it look slightly dewy and plump. The scent is absolutely divine as you might imagine.  It always makes me feel like I'm in a field of the freshest, most gorgeous roses you could imagine - yet the scent is not overwhelming. 

Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist  works best on normal, dry and very dry skin (with no sensitivities to rose/floral scents).

You're going to want one for yourself too - I promise! - RLB

Purchase Here: Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist Intense Limited Edition 6.7 oz


2015 Holiday Gift Pick - Stella McCartney Stella- The Print Collection 1 oz Eau de Parfum Spray






Stella McCartney Stella is one of my favorite Rose-based fragrances.  For the holidays, treat yourself or the fragrance lover in your life with this limited edition snakeskin print fragrance packaging.

Stella McCartney Stella- The Print Collection  
is truly a work of art and a very unique, chic, fragrance packaging approach.


Stella McCartney Stella is an ode to the English Rose.  It's a very feminine scent which has a huge essence of rose and floral notes, yet also has a beautiful freshness to it from the citrus notes.  The dry down becomes much more sensual with Amber, rounding out the florals at the end of the day beautifully.

This scent has excellent staying power (about 6+ hours) and above average *silage/*projection on me.

If you already own Stella Stella McCartney Stella- The Print Collection is the perfect additional to your collection! - RLB





Notes: 
Rose, Peony Flower, Mandarin, Rose Absolute, Amber. 


*Sillage - The scent trail, How long the scent is smelled after a person leaves or comes into a space.

*Projection - The distance at which a fragrance can be detected coming off the skin.


2015 Holiday Gift Pick - The Original MakeUp Eraser


I've found the perfect beauty gift for the beauty lover in your life - even the ones that have it ALL.

Since makeup has to be removed, any beauty lover would welcome a quicker, easier and better way to do that.  Makeup Eraser The Original MakeUp Eraser is the answer.


Makeup Eraser The Original MakeUp Eraser is a special wash cloth that removes all makeup, including waterproof, long wear and theatrical makeup and mascara - with just water. That's right, this soft, fuzzy pink cloth is chemical-free and yet can remove an entire face of makeup with water only. 

The MakeUp Eraser was gentle and didn't pull or irritate my skin, no matter how much or what types of makeup I was removing. After washing, my skin felt soft, fresh and completely clean with no harsh residue or fibers left behind on my skin.  


Each MakeUp Eraser will last a thousand washes.  I usually washed it a few days a week. Tip: I you use a corner a time, you can keep the remainder of the MakeUp Eraser clean, decreasing the amount of washes you need to do.  

I recommend buying a few MakeUp Erasers for beauty stocking stuffers, and keeping a few for yourself!  They're also perfect for travel because it eliminates bringing any additional cleansing products, wipes, etc. MakeUp Erasers are a $$ saving product which also eliminates or reduces purchasing makeup remover, cotton balls, etc.

If you're also concerned about using disposable wipes and the effect on landfills and the environment as a whole, Makeup Eraser The Original MakeUp Eraser is a great solution. That's the best type of holiday gift of all - one that makes you look great and helps the environment too! -RLB 

Purchase Here: Makeup Eraser The Original MakeUp Eraser® 7" W x 16" L

2015 Holiday Gift Pick - L'Occitane Almond Deluxe Duo





L'Occitane is always a great gift idea for a beauty lover, but this year I've found one that has a nice little twist for the holidays - fine, sheer shimmer.


The Almond line is one of L'Occitane's best, most soothing scents, and their L'Occitane Almond Deluxe Duo, which includes the Almond Shower Oil is the perfect way to cleanse and scent dry skin, particularly in the winter months.

The Almond Milk Veil is thin and light textured, with the matching almond scent.  It absorbs in seconds and doesn't leave any oily, greasy or sticky residue on the skin.  *For very dry skin, I recommend using the shower oil first to really lock in moisture before adding the finely shimmer-based lotion, which is thinner in consistency. I loved the fine shimmer effect of the Almond Milk Veil paired with the almond scent.  This is perfect to apply before those big holiday parties or date nights.


If you haven't experienced the L'Occitane Almond line, it a slightly sweet and very pure scent that's not over the top, artificial or cloying.  It lingers lightly during the day and it so relaxing and warm feeling.

L'Occitane Almond Deluxe Duo the perfect body care set for the holidays, complete with festive gift ready box - and a great treat for yourself too! - RLB

Purchase Here: L'Occitane Almond Deluxe Duo


This set contains:
- 8.4 oz Almond Shower Oil
- 8.4 oz Almond Milk Veil



*This product was provided courtesy of L'Occitane PR for reviewing purposes.

2015 Holiday Gift Pick - Tom Ford Noir Pour Femme Gift Set




I wanted to add another fragrance to my 2015 Holiday Gift Picks, and when I came across the TOM FORD Noir Pour Femme Gift Set I knew I had found it.


TOM FORD Noir Pour Femme has become another 1 of my spicy, exotic favorites for this year.  It smells sophisticated, with deep and complex spices and floral combinations.  

If you have a TOM FORD or fragrance lover in your life who likes their scents to be bolder (but not off putting) and stand out, I highly recommend TOM FORD Noir Pour Femme.




The scent starts out very warm, slightly sweet with a light citrus element which gives a nice, slightly dry airy feel.  As the day goes on, TOM FORD Noir Pour Femme gets warmer and more sensual with beautiful rose, vanilla, amber and multiple wood notes which also make the dry down comforting and sexy. 


The staying power on me was very good - at least 5+ hours before any touch up.  The *silage/*projection is above average, so the scent will enter the room a bit before you, but not in an obnoxious way. This will work for everyday, with a light touch (just a few sprays), and it's perfect for a big night out or a special date night with your sweetie (LOTS of sprays).




The hydrating emulsion is lightweight, silky and has a very close scent to the Noir Pour Femme  EDP.

By night time, this smells best when it's by someone very close to your skin! :) - RLB

Purchase Here: TOM FORD Noir Pour Femme Gift Set


*Sillage - The scent trail, How long the scent is smelled after a person leaves or comes into a space.

*Projection - The distance at which a fragrance can be detected coming off the skin.

Fragrance Notes:

Mandarin Oil, Bitter Orange Oil, Ginger Extract, Rose Absolute, Jasmine Accord, Orange Flower, Indian Kulfi Accord, Vanilla Madagascar, Amber, Australian Sandal Wood, Lentisque Resinoid. 

This set contains: 
- 1.7 oz Eau de Parfum 
- 2.5 oz Hydrating Emulsion 

2015 Holiday Gift Pick - Ciaté London Choc Pot



Ciate London Choc Pot Mint  is effective, cute AND yummy smelling.  In other words: it's the perfect stocking stuffer for your beauty/nail polish lover.

Ciate London Choc Pot Mint  allows you to skip the cotton pads.  It's a mini travel friendly-size pot you just insert each nail in and turn a few times to remove your nail polish.

While a pot-style nail polish remover is not unique, what IS unique is the gentle formula which leaves behind a chocolate mint scent on your nails!




Ciate London Choc Pot Mint is acetone free and hydrates and conditions nails with a marula oil and Vitamin B5 + E formula.  After removing all my polish, my nails/cuticles felt and looked soft and hydrated.  There was no sticky or gummy residue.

As if all the above features were not enough, the formula is also incredible at removing all types of nail polish (dark shades, neon shades, shimmers) in seconds.  

Please Note: When you first open the jar and insert your finger in the pot, it will smell very similar to normal nail polish remover.(so don't open the pot and stick your nose right in to see what it smells like!). However, a few seconds after I took my fingers out of the Ciate London Choc Pot Mint and the liquid dried, my nails did smell like mint chocolate!   The best part of the scent is that is was very natural and authentic - not cloying or artificial.







This is also perfect to pick up for yourself if you (or your significant other) normally hates the smell of nail polish remover.  It's also great to have on hand for your holiday travel.

If Mint Chocolate is not a favorite of the person you're buying it for, you can also buy Chocolate Orange and White Chocolate. - RLB












Purchase Here: Ciate London Choc Pot Mint 1.01 oz

Purchase Here: Ciate London Choc Pot Orange 1.01 oz

Purchase Here: Ciate London Choc Pot White 1.01 oz

2015 Holiday Gift Pick - Urban Decay UD Gwen Stefani Eyeshadow Palette



I know many of you beauty (as well as Gwen Stefani) lovers have been waiting for this feature!

The all-new Urban Decay Gwen Eyeshadow Palette is a gorgeous eye shadow palette that displays Gwen Stefani's true sense of beauty and fashion.  If you're a big fan like I am, the Urban Decay Gwen Eyeshadow Palette actually reflects many of the beauty looks she's done not only this year on The Voice television show, but over her entire musical career. 



But...the palette is not for everybody.  So please read on! The color shade selection in this palette is on the cool-pale/neutral side, so this will work best for those with lighter/pale skin tones OR those who with deeper skin tones who like a subtle/natural eye look.

Having said that, Urban Decay Gwen Eyeshadow Palette is everything I would have imagined Gwen to include in a palette.  The colors are very pretty, with lots of versatile matte shades.  There are 15 shades in all, which are all very pigmented, smooth and apply well.  They also have amazing staying power - even without a eye shadow primer, which is a big plus.  This palette does not come with a brush, so I recommend it for home use with an inspiring brush set like this one.

Purchase Here: Urban Decay Gwen Eyeshadow Palette

Pick up These Makeup Brushes: SEPHORA Glitter Happy Brush Set 

There are four shades at the bottom of the palette which are very unique and fun to incorporate into holiday or night out looks.  All of them work well as eyeliners as well.  For the packaging junkies, Urban Decay Gwen Eyeshadow Palette is pure Gwen perfection, along with a huge mirror inside with the phrase " The Magic is in the Makeup" written on it, under the top of the case.  

It's nice to also know Gwen Stefani had a hand in everything, including the case, which was inspired by her love of black-and-white graphic prints and antique gold accents. She also handpicked most of the shade names, which were inspired by her songs. 

Urban Decay Gwen Eyeshadow Palette is a limited edition set I wouldn't wait too long to pick up for that beauty lover in my life! - RLB




This palette contains: 
- 15 x 0.04 oz Eye shadow in Blonde (pale beige/pink iridescent shift), Bathwater (pale beige with gold pearl), Skimp (pale nude satin), Steady (medium rose/metallic gold shift), Punk (reddish brown matte), Baby (cool metallic rose), Anaheim (light taupe-brown matte), Stark (nude-pink matte), Zone (medium brown matte), Serious (smoky gray with iridescent floating pearl), Pop (pale coral with iridescent sparkle), Harajuku (metallic blue-pink/iridescent micro-shimmer), Danger (deep metallic royal blue/blue micro-sparkle), 1987 (bright metallic yellow-gold), Blackout (blackest black matte) 


2015 Holiday Gift Pick - Pinch Provisions Minimergency Kit For Her - Pink Glitter


I'm a loyal "Pinch kit" - toting beauty lover (I have at least 3 to rotate in multiple bags at all times).  I can tell you first hand that these adorable little bags are worth every penny and make a great holiday gift or stocking stuffer.

Pinch Provisions Minimergency Kit For Her is filled with every essential (beauty/fashion/health) that you may need on any given day or while traveling. *There are 17 pieces included in this kit, all mini-sized.

This year they've updated their Pinch Provisions Minimergency Kit  with a Pink Glittercovered version, perfect for holiday parties and travel. 


The Minimergency Kits are also designed so well there's a little extra room for a lipstick, credit card and a key if you want to use the bag as a mini evening bag.

The nail file, polish remover, lip gloss and stain remover are sure to be someone's lifesaver one day.  Some of the wrapped products are 1x use, but there are a few like the breath mint drops, lip balm, sewing kit and hairspray that can be used multiple times.  You can also purchase replacement items for your  Pinch Provisions Minimergency Kit, which are fairly inexpensive.

Don't forget to order an extra Pinch Provisions Minimergency Kit for you too! - RLB


Purchase Here: Pinch Provisions Minimergency Kit For Her - Pink Glitter