Gift Guide: For the Beauty Buff

Gift Guide: For the Beauty Buff
ESSENCE.COM Nov, 21, 2011

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“It’s unisex, which is great!” says Shereen. “It’s for everyone! If you’re into roses, or spice, there’s something in there for everybody. You can even customize your own scent by mixing a few at once!”

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This new-kid-on-the-block mascara thickens and lengthens even the scrawniest and skinniest lashes. Your friends will think you’ve gone faux!

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“This is my favorite set,” gushes Shereen. “I use it every day. These brushes are your airbrush gun in a brush form. You can use any kind of foundation, whether liquid, cream or powder.” The set comes with an unbeatable price, she adds. “You’re going to get four brushes instead of buying one regularly priced brush at $42.”

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“These glosses are really cool because they’re AM to PM,” says Shereen of the 4-gloss set, which includes corals, neutrals and a pink lip. “You have your daytime look and it’s also bold enough to take you straight into night.”

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“This makes my skin feel amazing! My skin never feels tight,” says Shereen. “Every piece of makeup that I wear comes off with this cleanser. It ‘checks’ your skin by removing impurities and it balances. It’s like a toner in a cleanser itself and it’s great for normal to oily skin and even combination skin,” she adds.

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“This is an all-natural product. There’s no alcohol, added perfumes or dyes, so this is perfect for someone with very sensitive skin,” Shereen says. “It’s just a great, gentle refresher. It makes the skin soft and supple.”

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“This blush is amazing!” gushes Shereen. “It can go from the fairest skin to the darkest skin.” (Think actress Nicole Kidman to supermodel Alek Wek.) “And it can change to the person’s undertone. I love the coral color because it’s a great wake-me-up color for any skin tone especially for women of color. You put it on, and all of a sudden it looks perfect on me, on you, on anyone!”

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“This is a really inexpensive quad of shadows,” Shereen says. When we learned Beyonce rocked the same shadows in a recent photo shoot, we were so sold! “It’s a very sexy shimmery nighttime look,” confirms Shereen.

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“Every year, Urban Decay has made a Book of Shadows and every year they sell out,” Shereen warns. “You get 12 to 15 shades of every color you can imagine,” she says, adding the shadows are full-sized.

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“This is amazing!” shrieks Shereen. “You get six shades of red and there’s a perfect red for everyone! You can add a gloss on top and you are ready for a night out."

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“The strip isn’t super thick, they’re very natural and you can reuse them,” Shereen says. “Which is great and saves money.”

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You’ll be number one on Santa’s naughty list with this perfectly sexy shade of apple red. We love that it flatters the full spectrum of brown skin tones.

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“These pencils aren’t waxy. This pencil is super thin and it feathers on very soft and natural,” reveals Shereen.

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Don’t let winter find your hands and feet worse for wear! Keep them supple and soft with this luxuriously scented scrub.

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“I love the Duo in black,” reveals Shereen. And false eyelash amateurs take note. “It’s a cheat sheet for someone who doesn’t often work with lashes and it looks like liner when it dries,” she adds. “Also, it’s gentle on the lash line. You won’t pull out your lashes upon removal!”

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