Q: My mother-in-law gave me a perfume that I don’t like at all! Is it improper to re-gift?

A: Perfume preference is all about personal taste, so don’t feel bad about passing this gift along. If the package is unopened, go ahead and re-gift it if the right opportunity comes along. If it’s already opened, see if a girlfriend or co-worker would like it. The bottom line – don’t let it sit unused in the bottom of a drawer. Someone is sure to appreciate it.

Q: My nail polishes get goopy and stringy shortly after I buy them. How long should nail polish last?

A: Nail polish should last between one and two years before getting goopy. If it’s going bad before that, the lid may not be screwed on tightly enough or it’s being stored in a place that’s hot and humid.

Q: I love the aroma of lavender. What benefits does this botanical bring when used in aromatherapy?

A: According to About guide Cathy Wong, lavender can reduce anxiety, promote sleep and alleviate the side effects of alopecia areata. Although this essential oil is considered safe, it can cause irritation when applied to the skin. In aromatherapy, lavender may lead to excessive drowsiness – especially when used in combination with sleep aids. Learn more here.

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From fragrances and facial scrubs to nail polish and lip shine, here are beauty-inspired presents for all budgets. Whether you’re treating someone you love – or yourself – read on for great gift ideas.

Pampering presents for every price point

If every time you turn around, there’s another birthday, anniversary or hostess gift to buy, it doesn’t take long to run out of ideas. Not only is a beauty-inspired gift a great way to express love and appreciation, but the possibilities are almost endless. There’s something for everyone – including body treatments, hair tools, lip plumpers and more.

$10 and under

  • Lips
    • Exfoliate: Ensure smooth lips that are kissably soft with Colorescience Lip Exfoliator. This gentle, conditioning exfoliant lifts away the day’s lip color while relieving chapped, dry lips.
    • Condition: Pamper your pucker with Korres Lip Butter - Pomegranate. With shea butter to bring ultra-moisture and rice wax to seal in hydration, this conditioning treatment brings the gift of softer, more conditioned lips that last all day long.
    • Shine: Philosophy Melon Daiquiri Lip Shine is a citrusy escape every time you lick your lips. In addition to sparkling color, this lip shine brings long-lasting hydration and superior shine without any stickiness.
  • Body
    • Shower: For the gift of a morning pick-me-up, reach for H2O Plus Pina Passion Shower and Bath Gel. Blended with pineapple, strawberry and sweet vanilla, this fresh, foaming body wash gently rinses away oil, dirt and other impurities while protecting the skin’s natural moisture barrier.
    • Hydrate: Drench skin with the conditioning benefits of shea butter. L'Occitane 100% Pure Shea Butter is a rich, emollient body cream that includes powerful fruit extracts to protect, nourish and moisturize dry and sensitive skin.
  • Face
    • Cleanse: Ole Henriksen Complexion Sponge is an essential skin care accessory for the girl on the go. These easy-to-pack complexion sponges expand with water to gently and effectively cleanse skin.
  • Hair
    • Brush: Streamline your hair care routine with the multitasking CHI Air Expert 9 Row Vent Brush. This innovative brush features negative ion technology and Far Infrared rays to reduce static electricity to achieve dry hair up to 50 percent faster. Locks are left smooth, healthy and ready to style.
  • Nails
    • Polish: Nourish nails with a vegan lacquer that’s free of DBP, formaldehyde and toluene.  SpaRitual Nail Lacquer Idyllic brings superior shine, quicker dry time and complete coverage, and its advanced brush is designed for improved application.

$25 and under

  • Face
  • Eyes
    • Curl: The new Blinc Heated Lash Curler is an updated twist on a classic beauty tool. Every makeup bag should include this innovative accessory, which uses heat to safely and effectively curl lashes without the damage of conventional curlers.
    • Color: Every girl needs a little glam on the go. With Too Faced Perfectly Pretty Kit, she’ll be prepared for any event. This purse-friendly cosmetic kit includes eye shadow, multitasking primer and lash injection for a gorgeous look any time of the day or night.
  • Lips
    • Protect: Juice Beauty SPF 8 Lip Moisturizers blends SPF 8 mineral sun protection with certified organic emollient plant oils, fruit extracts, antioxidants, vitamins and honey. The result? Soft, kissable lips that are protected from the elements. This pack includes a Naturally Clear Lip Moisturizer as well as Soft Pink and Raspberry lip tints.
  • Body
    • Cleanse: Give the gift of grace with Philosophy Amazing Grace Shower Gel. This nourishing, aromatic shampoo and shower gel inspires a woman’s feminine side while infusing her skin with creamy milk proteins to calm, cleanse and condition.
    • Exfoliate: A body brush is a great way to exfoliate more effectively to enhance the efficacy of skin care formulas. The easy-to-use Eight Body Moisture Sisal Body Brush has a comfortable wood core handle and a natural sisal pad to gently slough away dry, dead skin. Use regularly to improve skin tone, boost circulation and reduce the appearance of cellulite.
  • Fragrance:
    • Inspire: Philosophy Amazing Grace Perfumed Body Spritz inspires femininity with its refreshing, clean aroma. This convenient body spray fits easily in a purse or drawer to bring fast, fresh scent as well as moisturizing and antioxidant benefits to the skin.
  • Nails
    • Polish: Beauty should be inspired by creativity, so embrace products like SpaRitual Jet Setter Nail Lacquer Duo that let you experiment with color. This trendy duo of shimmery, shiny lacquers including Ice Ice Baby and Jet Setter are precisely hand blended for optimal appearance.
    • Rescue: No beauty bag is complete without the Tweezerman Nail Rescue Kit. This portable trio of Tweezerman’s top stainless steel nail care essentials allow you to maintain highly groomed, attractive nails at work, at home and everywhere in between.
  • Hair

$50 and under

  • Face
  • Eyes
    • Color: Every girl loves to get creative with cosmetics. Stila Back Stage Eye Shadow Palette boasts the unique textures and latest trends of the season and includes six shades, which can be worn wet or dry to create a variety of glam looks.
  • Lips
  • Fragrance
    • Embrace: For a classic fragrance that appeals to every women, reach for Elizabeth Arden Red Door Fragrance Gift. Layer this unique blend of ylang-ylang, rose, orchid and jasmine with the Red Door Eau de Toilette Spray, Red Door Luxurious Body Cream, Red Door Bath and Shower Gel and Red Door Parfum Spray.
  • Body
    • Pamper: Bring the spa to the comfort of home with the  H2O Plus Sea Salt Spa Collection. First, Sea Salt Body Wash brings mineral benefits to the bath or shower with sea salts to nourish and detoxify. Then, lather on Sea Salt Skin Smoother to infuse pores with deeply conditioning European sea salts. In addition, Spa Hydrating Body Gloss and Sea Salt Hydrating Body Butter bring the ultra-hydrating and nourishing effects of shea butter and red marine algae.
    • Shave: Every woman appreciates smooth, flawless skin. Help the girl you love achieve an effortless shave with Emjoi Gently Classic. This convenient, rechargeable tool gently features 18 tweezer action discs that remove hair from the root to extend the time between shaving. It’s safe to use on the legs, upper lip, chin and elsewhere to remove unwanted hair.
  • Home
    • Smell: Boasting the scent of green citrus, wild violets, muguent and amber appeals, the Votivo Dalian Glass Candle Glorioso makes a great hostess gift or special surprise for a loved one. This soy-based candle is hand poured into an elegant Dalian hand-cut glass jar with a silver lid embellished with the Votivo insignia.
  • Hair

$75 and under

  • Face
  • Eyes
  • Hands
    • Makeover: Transform dry, parched hands in minutes with Bliss Makeover Your Mani. First, slip on Glamour Gloves, lined with a unique self-activating gel infused with grapeseed and ceramide gel to restore the condition of hands including the nails and cuticles. Follow up with High Intensity Hand Cream to infuse hands with a corrective blend of macadamia oil and grapeseed extract to lock in hydration all day long.
  • Lips
  • Hair
  • Body
    • Drench: There’s no gift like soft, supple skin. The L'Occitane Ultimate Shea Butter Gift Set features botanical extracts, creamy milk proteins and shea butter to bring deep skin conditioning from the inside out.
  • Fragrance
    • Escape: An exotic escape is just a spray away. Michael Kors Island Eau de Parfum is an internationally inspired fusion of citrus, floral and woodsy notes that’s topped off with a splash of tropical waters.
    • Cherish: For the timeless romantic on your list, Sarah Jessica Parker Lovely is a stylish, sophisticated scent that’s appropriate for day or night. A blend that includes patchouli, orchid, cedar and lavender, this complex aroma appeals to a variety of palettes.
  • Neck
    • Restore: The décolleté is often overlooked when it comes to skin care. Protect and preserve this delicate area with Jurlique Herbal Recovery Neck Serum. Rich with botanicals and herbs including seaweed, rosehip and avocado, this restorative serum is a must-have for every beauty routine.

$100 and under

  • Hair
    • Style: For the Cadillac of hair tools, CHI Air Ceramic Hair Dryer- Fire Red boasts ceramic technology to evenly distribute heat to prevent damage and breakage. The result? A quicker drying time, less frizz and smoother, healthier hair.
  • Body
    • Shave: For smooth, hairless skin, Emjoi Divine is an advanced epilator that features 36 tweezer action discs to lift hair from the root. Antimicrobial protection prevents bacteria from penetrating pores to reduce infection while the unique massaging finger function minimizes pain.
    • Resurface: New advanced skin care tools like DermaNew Total Body Experience MicroDermabrasion System can bring clinical results in the comfort of home. Take advantage ofthis easy-to-use, dual action resurfacing tool to ensure a gentle, effective exfoliation from head to toe. This advanced system includes Accelerated Formula Microdermabrasion Crème, Polishing Body Wash and Total Body Moisture Renewal to resurface every inch of the body including the neck, feet and everything in between.
  • Face
  • Fragrance
  • Home
    • Steam: Create a steam-facial in the comfort of home with Paragon Petite Table Top Steamer. This small, portable steamer is perfect for personal use, allowing you to cleanse skin, stimulate circulation and relax muscles. It’s also equipped to use with essential oils to add the benefits of aromatherapy to any at-home spa experience.

Whether you’re on a caviar or bar of soap budget, you can always give the gift of beauty. If you can’t decide on the perfect present, a gift certificate is a great alternative that allows the one you care about to personalize your gift.

See also:

Dessert for the Skin: 10 Delicious DIY Skin Recipes

10 DIY Summer Treatments to Rejuvenate Skin from Head to Toe

Top 10 Skin Care Gifts For Him

10 Penny-Pinching Ways to Pamper Yourself


Paragon Petite Table Top Steamer This table-top steamer is ideal for a small treatment room, quick applications or for personal use. This device comes with ozone function, easy on and off buttons and it is lightweight and portable."
L'Occitane Ultimate Shea Butter Gift Set The best solution for dry and dehydrated skin, Shea Butter naturally repairs and protects."
Michael Kors Very Hollywood Eau de Parfum Make everyday worthy of a standing ovation. The eau de parfum makes its debut with shimmering jewels of mandarin and iced bergamot. Scene-stealing gardenia follows suit with a decadent performance of award worthy glamour. "
Votivo Dalian Glass Candle Glorioso A scented soy blend hand poured candle in an elegant Dalian hand cut glass jar with silver lid emblished with the Votivo insignia. The Dalain Collection is boxed beautifuly for gift giving."
Molton Brown Soap Gift Set for Home This elegant set makes a great gift or you may just want to keep it for yourself. Six great smelling soaps with a luxurious lather."
H2O Plus Sea Salt Spa Collection This mineral-rich set features H2O's best-selling Sea Salt spa luxuries to gently polish, purify and restore your skin's natural glow."
Fusion Beauty LipFusion InFATuation Mini Set This delightful collection contains 4 mini InFATuation lipglosses each in a different gorgeous sheer shade. This set is great for gift giving or for having a variety of lipgloss shades to match your every mood and outfit. InFATuation glosses plump while they hydrate giving lips a full, sexy appearance. "
Emjoi Gently Classic The Emjoi Gently Classic is a fantastic rechargeable hair removal system that removes hair from the root for up to 6 weeks. It has 18 tweezer action discs that remove hair quickly and comfortably. The Emjoi Gently Classic can be used from head to toe and since it is battery-operated you can take it with you wherever you go."
Colorescience Lip Exfoliator Most of the time, layering lip colores works beautifully, but occasionally you may notice a reaction when blending lip products so that the product gets “gummy”. Use Lip Exfoliator to start fresh. "
CHI Air Expert Tourmaline Ceramic Straightening Brush Straightening brush smoothes waves, eliminates frizz leaving hair silky and shiny. Ball tip will not snag or pull hair."
Blinc Heated Lash Curler The Blinc Heated Eyelash Curler is simple to use and shapes lashes in seconds. It's innovative design delivers a precise amount of heat, while making it easy to reach even the tiniest lashes. It's sleek, compact size makes it easy to carry, even in the smallest purse."

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