Filling the stockings for the holidays is one of the most gratifying and pleasurable endeavors; you can really hone in and find the little things that make life worth living, and surprise people with your thoughtfulness in a small, targeted useful gift.
The stocking can hold a book, gift card, candy, fruit, fragrance and socks and hopefully with our suggestions, you can zazz it up a bit with new-to-market finds and stay within a budget too. The following items represent the best we have found for economical, fun and chic beauty items that are great gifts to give.
Take us shopping with you for the 4th instalment of Christmas Stocking Stuffer Picks 2012, the best in total bargain beauty gift finds.
scünci Hair Accessories
Just perfect for the girls. scünci makes Knotted Ponytailers, Ponytailer Bracelets and fun Hair Chalk (in dual packs of coral/purple or pink/turquoise) to add temporary style and color to your own strands for parties and get-togethers. Useful and stylish, mostly fun.
scünci hair accessories are made for every type of hair and style, including barrettes, hair bands, clips and more. Knotted Ponytailers are available at CVS for approximately $4.99. The scünci® Ponytailer Bracelets can be purchased for approximately $3.99 and are available at Walmart and CVS stores.
The scünci Hair Chalk is available in Walmart stores for approximately $7.99 and will be available in CVS and other retailer stores in 2013.
Anti Monkey Butt Powder
Made in USA
Imagine a product that will keep your rear-end in good order: Anti Monkey Butt Powder is unlike any other body powder because its specially formulated with calamine to soothe skin and relieving itching. There's a Baby and a Lady Anti Monkey Butt Powder too, which boasts the dynamic duo of calamine and cornstarch, has a light fresh scent and patented microparticle polymers to make it soft and silky.
For under $6, you can make gift receiver laugh and be happy to have a really effective personal grooming product that works quite nicely.
Pure Ice Runway Nail Trends Collection
Made in USA
Super affordable (under $2) and high fashion, the collection from Pure Ice goes the gamut, from textured suede effects to metallic chromes to full-coverage glitters and more. We love the Runway Nail Trends Collection of five unique and innovative nail looks, including "Getting Gorgeous" - Blue with purple and blue Iridescent microglitter. "Alter Ego" - Rich coffee brown with copper microglitter and silver small shard flakes. "Nude Beach" - Perfect nude with pearl shine and creme finish. "Glass of Bordeaux" a sheer black with blood red microglitter and "Silver Lining," a clear polish with silver glitter and silver diamond large shard flakes.
Made in USA
Sex and advertising are usually joined at the hip for cosmetics, but not this company. Lip Bliss was founded by a mother of teen and preteen daughters who just had enough with the suggestive lip gloss names out there. Lip Bliss gloss is made from fortifying castor, cranberry, and safflower seed and peppermint oils to smooth and nurture, plus added anti-oxidants, green tea extracts, and moisturizing vitamin E. The colors are pure shine and subtle color without stickiness, gluten and paraben free, not tested on animals. We especially love the natural tones of Curiosity, Devotion and Kindness.
Fake Bake 60 Minutes Self Tan Plus Mitt
Made in USA
Fake Bake's 60 Minutes Self-Tan Liquid is a new addition to the Fake Bake line. There is a fail-safe built in to this product that allows you to control how dark you get: 1 hour for a light golden tan, 2 hours for a slightly darker golden tan and 3 hours for a deep tan.
Usually you have to wait at least 4-8 hours for a spray tan to develop. But this new item, redolent of coconuts and all things tropical, looks natural, unlike some self tanners that turn you orange.
The application is quick with the enclosed mitt to apply the product evenly. I recommend that you do it in the bath or standing on a towel to avoid staining bathroom floors. Don't wash the skin with soap when you do rinse it off, and don't forget to exfoliate before the application.
You also get a pair of plastic gloves to be worn under the mitt too.
Real Techniques Trio of Brushes
Made in China
For under $20, you can get three travel essentials that can be used every day and will make a huge difference in the way your makeup looks and lasts. Especially the foundation brush which tops Prescriptives, Makeup Forever and M.A.C. versions of their brushes for the way it applies both liquid and cream foundations.
This affordable giftable kit includes 3 full-size brushes plus a case. One essential foundation brush, one multi-task brush: for effortless application of powder, blush, and bronzer and one domed shadow brush, with a tapered design that smoothly shades and defines eyes. These ultra-plush, synthetic taklon bristles are hand-cut and 100% cruelty-free, with extended aluminum handles that are light and easy to use.
Merle Norman Polish Your Pout
Made in USA
Under $28, four shades of super sexy gloss from a veteran in the beauty business, Merle Norman. I love the 2012 Polish Your Pout collection, with gift sized colors of Diamond Diva, Gumdrop and Mademoiselle, plus a retail size of one of my favorite nude shades ever, Ladylike. Fantastic lip wardrobe of wearable shades.
For the more mature woman. A pretty box full of pleasure! A fabulous collection of deluxe beauty samples hand-picked including the Trojan Vibrations Interchange 5.3 vibrator. The box is under $30 and contains Neutrogena Naturals Lip Balm - full size, 1.7 oz., NYZ Roll on Shimmer - full size, 1.5g, Ferro Blush X3 - two pods, .75g each
ALFAPARF Cristalli Liquid Hair Serum - 5ml and the Trojan Vibrations Interchange 5.3, - a $79 Value! Plus a $20 Sole Society Offer.