The Best in Holiday 2012 Gift Finds is an ongoing series until December that celebrates the practical to the extravagant, the unusual to the commonly needed items of everyday life.
From food, wine and spirits to beauty, clothing and even home goods and appliances, we have been trying and testing and ultimately weeding out the good stuff you should consider for giving this holiday season. Take us shopping with you.
Sun in winter is a tricky proposition. The wrong product and you wind up orange, the right product you morph into a glamorous goddess ready for bare party gowns and dresses.
The best picks in faux sun for 2012 was winnowed from a ton of potions, bronzers and cosmetics. These items featured below we found worked best in their category, and they do it while benefitting your skin and make great gifts to give for the Holiday season.
These three featured items are cruelty free, made in the USA and paraben free as well.
Bonus: The Fake Bake and Gleam Body Radiance have specials on for Cyber Monday and beyond to score a hot deal. Take advantage of this.
Flawless Bundle by Fake-Bake
The kit contains their fantastic self tanning spray with a professional mitt, a great tropical smelling, fast-drying and non-sticky formula. Fake Bake Flawless Self-Tan Liquid has an easy application with intense color development. The mitt makes for an effortless way to glide over in long strokes for a perfectly even tan.
The dual function cosmetic bronzer assists in making the application even easier (shows-where-it-goes) providing an instant golden tan. The product is transfer resistant, so can be worn throughout the day. Formulated with Fake Bake's exclusive triple tan formula (DHA boosted by DMI & Erythulose) for an intense tan that lasts longer. Suitable for all skin tones and skin types. No artificial preservatives or Parabens
Comes with the new anti-aging self-tanner for the face. This lightweight patent-pending face tanning formula contains a combination uses Swiss apple stem cells and peptides and other skin loving ingredients to reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Hydrates your skin leaving it velvety smooth. Will not break you our or lay in pores.
Also included is the Passion Fruit Body Polish (170/ml 6oz) to polish your skin prior to self-tanning with passion fruit, aloe, ground loofah and exotic extracts. Use all year around. The fourth part of this kit is the Oil-Free Moisturizing Lotion (170/ml 6oz)this is for using before your tanning treatments for superb hydration and optimal absorption of the coloring agent, made with ginger and green tea to promote a soothing effect for dry or sensitive skin.
PROMO CODE: CMS30 for 30% OFF thru Cyber Monday
Jane Iredale PowderMe SPF Dry Sunscreen
For those who despise liquid foundations or wish to effect the look of sun without sparkle on the face, meet your new best friend. For men or women, this clever mineral powder foundation is a dry sunscreen and concealer all in one
The shade Golden is a believable wash of color that makes you look healthy without being comical colors of tangerine or pink. Great for traveling, melt-proof makeup is backed by the Skin Cancer Foundation and is made with natural botanicals.
We recommend Golden for most skin tones that range fair to medium. Iredale's line is primarily geared toward lighter to medium-skinned women.
Gleam Body Radiance
Dr. Oz picked Melanie Mills' Gleam as the perfect skin savior and finisher to perfect a spray tan or just to add a velvet glow to the skin, enlivening and firrning it up for bare fashions.
We lived in three colors (Mills designed the line for all women, light to deep complected) Light Gold, Rose Gold (bestseller) and Bronze Gold. All the colors can be mixed together for a unique shade.
This product was made famous on 'Dancing with the Stars' by Emmy award winning artist Nadege Schoenfeld, the body makeup expert on staff giving the dancers their glowing velvet finished skin that stands up to rigorous dance workouts.
It can be mixed into foundation and is used by Jennifer Lopez and many other A-list stars for that 'lit from within' look. Super useful, densely pigmented, it's a must-own for all year around.