Gift guide: The beauty addict

We help a beauty-product obsessed reader create her ultimate holiday wish list.
1/9
"It�s got everything you need, from cool to warm, from neutral to smoky, from natural to going-out colors."
2/9
"[Chanel is] always the first to come out with a hot new color, and the [polishes] have good staying power."
3/9
"It�s a really gentle way to exfoliate your face every day without damaging your skin. Everybody who uses it says it�s totally worth it."
4/9
"Hair oil has been really popular because...it�s a natural way to get moisture in your hair. It�s great for getting frizzies out when you�re wearing a hat in the winter."
5/9
"It�s a standard beauty product that has stuck around for so long because it�s really great. Plus, I like the packaging."
6/9
"It�s got all your basics and extras to polish your skin p, plus it�s great for all skin types."
7/9
"Really good for delicate areas [like the bikini line]. It contains ingredients such as walnut shells, volcanic ash and charcoal. Everything is natural, with all essential oils and no fragrance."
8/9
"It smells like your skin but better. It�s fragrance for non-fragrance lovers."
9/9
�Use them with the Duo adhesive glue. They�re great for New Year�s or Christmas parties.�
By Jessica Herman |
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KAREN CHOI, 31, WICKER PARK

Choi became a self-described “product junkie” in college, when she started using Stila, “which led me to MAC, which led me to the world of makeup,” she says. Not only was it a gateway to an expensive habit, it also was inspiration for her career path. After spending a few years working at department-store makeup counters, followed by a stint as an aesthetician at Benefit, Choi now spends her days as an aesthetician at Trim and as a freelance makeup artist. But not even a makeup-aholic like Choi has everything. Her wish list serves as a not-so-subtle hint to her friends and family.

My favorite budget stocking stuffer is…MAC’s false lashes, starting at $14 at Macy’s. “Use them with the Duo adhesive glue. They’re great for New Year’s or Christmas parties.”

If you have to get a gift certificate, get it from…Sephora or MAC. “[Sephora] has everything, and [MAC’s] brushes are the best for the price.”

Please don’t get me any more…lip gloss. “I’m more into lip stains and lipsticks these days.”

 

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