Holly’s Best Beauty Gifts of 2012

Attention, all beauty junkies! It’s a list we look forward to each and every year.

Studio 5 Beauty & Style Contributor Holly Stone names her best beauty gifts of 2012.

1. Liplicious Care
Aquafina Trio Flavor Splash Lip Balm; Walgreens, $4.99

SUPER hydrating, contains botanicals of jojoba oil, almond oil, and vitamins. Premium lip care at an affordable price.

2. Eye Body Guards
Garnier Skin Care Ultra-Lift Deep Wrinkle Cream & Ultra-Lift Eye Roller Bundle; Walmart, $23.94

For dark circle/puffiness help when you need it, and for fine line and wrinkle control every day.

3. Bright Eyes
Benefit Cosmetics Realness Of Concealness; Ulta, $18

This crafty little kit gives you A LOT of aid for A LITTLE cost. It contains a team of concealers and enhancers: Lemon-Aid to correct discoloration on eyelids; Boi-ing to hide even the darkest under eye circles; Ooh La Lift to brighten, lighten and tighten the eye area; Lip Plump to prime, smooth, and plump lips; and still my BEAUTY BAG FAVORITE: High Beam to give your skin an ethereal glow.

4. Eyelash Heaven
Revlon PhotoReady 3D Volume Mascara; Target, $6.74

Heavenly formula, heavenly application, heavenly performance. Easy. Perfect.

5. Protected by a Veil
Sephora Flawless Moisturizing Lotion SPF 15; Sephora, $22

Silky and lightweight cream feels like a veil of moisture, boosts skin’s radiance, and protects it from harmful UV rays and free radicals. I especially love this lotion because it doesn’t apply white and cause you to rub and rub and rub and rub to make it disappear. You can immediately apply your foundation after instead of having to wait for it to absorb.

6. Scuffs No More
Deodorant Removing Sponge; Maurices $3.99 or Jo-Ann Fabrics and Craft $4.99

I do this at least weekly-put on a shirt directly after applying my deodorant only to create multiple track marks. Ugh. And I do not like the feeling of being damp after I use a wet cloth to remove. Instead, I reach for this handy tool. BRILLIANTLY erases deodorant scuffmarks-no water necessary. Goodbye air dry!

7. Tighten Real Time
Peter Thomas Roth Instant FIRMx™; Apothica at the Gateway, $48

Revolutionary formula tightens in front of your eyes! When the white residue is splashed away, active firming agents remain behind. These agents work beneath the skin’s surface to help tighten, firm & smooth the appearance of fine lines, deep wrinkles and pores. It’s the gift of magic!

8. Softly Shining Corn Silk
Organix Hydrating Dry Styling Hair Oil Macadamia Oil; Walgreens, $7.99

After a recent segment on oils for face and hair, a Studio 5 viewer recommended this product to me. It was LOVE AT FIRST USE with its Macadamia Nut Seed Oil , Bamboo Extract , Cocoa Seed Butter , Coconut and Avocado Oils. At a much friendlier price point than the Macadamia Nut oil product I have previously recommended, this rich treatment makes hair shine like the Chrysler building and feel as smooth as corn silk. I love the feel, the smell, and BONUS-it won’t build up a residue. Thanks Kathy G.! All my girlfriends are getting this in their stockings!

9. Unexcused Absence
Ulta Silky Hand Cream; Ulta, $7.99

Smells divine. Absorbs quickly for heroically soft hands. Small and portable. A must-have for any beauty bag!!!

10. A Tacky Tool
Hollywood Wardrobe Tape; Jo-Ann Fabrics and Craft, $9.99

For ripped hems, to hide a bra strap, to delay a run in your nylon, to close a gapping neckline, to remove glitter from your face without gauging your skin, this multi-purpose beauty tool solves more problems than you can think of. You will be amazed at how you use it once you have it.

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