My trip to Trinidad is fast approaching, and I want to come good with the Christmas gifts this year. I’ve decided that part of this year’s gift to the women in my family will be a makeup/hair product basket including some of my favorite things. Custom tailored for mom, aunties, sister, and sister-in-laws, of course! The only issue is, I can’t spend more than $15 on any individual basket item. So here are a few fantastic, affordable products for all you bellas on a budget – the stuff I’ve been raving about since this blog started.
I love the L’Oreal Bare Naturale Powdered Mineral Foundation. So much that I plan on buying each of my relatives their very own, and judging from my shade I think Sun Beige should work great. At $14.49, it’s the priciest item in the basket by far.
A little goes a long way with this stuff, and through trial and error I have figured out how to avoid looking like a gray-skinned zombie. Now I just use it sparingly to cover my spots and flaws, and it works to perfection (and lasts for hours!).
This might seem odd, but I gotta include Secret Sparkle Deodorants for everyone. The stuff my dad buys in Trinidad is less than sub-par, and this stuff comes in cool scents like Peach Shimmer, Berry Sparkle, Tropical Radiance, Luminous Lily, and my fave, Vanilla Sparkle. Plus it’s $2.99 at Walgreens! For my mom I might get the Secret Platinum and Olay Conditioners. It claims to ” Noticeably improve the condition of underarm skin by using Provitalin – a revolutionary blend of skin conditioners including ProVitamins B5 and E”, and she’s obsessed with underarms as you realize from her five beauty tips.
I’ve raved over Milani lip glosses at length before, so I will definitely get one for each of my relatives. Hell, at $3.29 I might get two. My mom’s been seeking a bronzy shade, so I think she would love this shade, El Dorado.
My sister Petal is all about pampering her hair. I’m going to get my family a selection of conditioner packets from Sally’s, and I’m definitely getting her my beloved Beyond the Zone Last Call Hair Masque. Just last week there was a buy-two-get-one-free deal at Sally’s, so my advice is keep your eye on the upcoming sales, bellas! It’s much less stressful to do most of your Christmas shopping now rather than wait till December. Hell, the malls are already packed to the gills!
Part of the fun of Christmas shopping is giving your relatives something they would never buy themselves. My Aunts Opal and Gemma (there was a jewel theme on that side of the family – Gemma, Opal, my grandmother’s name was Pearl, I already mentioned Auntie Ruby…I digress) OK Opal and Gemma are both beautiful ladies with wonderful, sparkling brown eyes. I want to get them Rimmell Soft Kohl Kajal Eye Pencils in cool blue and jungle green. Why? Because they would shy away from those colors under normal circumstances, and nothing brings out beautiful brown eyes like blue and emerald green. Try it, you’ll see!
I usually line the top lid, but fitting in with recent trends, I’ve been using them to line my lower lids. Especially if you’re a darker-skinned beauty, the look is subtle and effective. Guaranteed compliments, trust me!
I know I’m going to find a ton of other little knick-knacks and pretty hair accessories (like the flower my mom’s rocking in her hair in this picture… I forgot that I gave it to her as a Christmas gift until she reminded me!) to throw into the holiday gift basket – some Garnier Fructis Curl & Shine Leave-In Conditioning Cream for my sister-in-law Lindsay, the only other person with natural locks in my family at the moment (I’m working hard on convincing my mom and aunts to finally end their relationship with the creamy crack!) and Softsoap Pure Cashmere Moisturizing Body Wash for my mom. I haven’t tried that yet, but I like Softsoap stuff and my mom loves any rich body wash for dry skin. But that’s the general idea.
If you ladies have any additional suggestions for my holiday gift, please let me know!