Three cheap and useful last-minute beauty gifts

Countdown to the holidays and that stocking is looking mighty empty.  Here are three fun giftlettes for the beauty-conscious on your list:

Sephora Collection Precision Pore Cleansing Pad ($6 at Sephora)


This wee pink thing could replace your $100 Clarisonic in an instant and never needs recharging.  It feels like a thousand tiny fingers are massaging (and exfoliating) your face, and you can use it with any cleanser (I use Aquaphor baby wash).  Plus, the silicone pad has a suction cup so you that can stick it to your shower tile, or wherever. Genius!


Revlon Marchesa Slant Tip Tweezer ($10 online and in drugstores)


Most of us are not going to afford a Marchesa gown any time soon, but while we’re saving our pennies, errant brow and chin hairs will continue to sprout.  Might as well pluck with aplomb.  Revlon also makes a sparkly pink one for “Vegas Barbie” types.


Kevyn Aucoin Lash Curler ($21 at Nordstrom)


Better than the Shu Uemura version in my opinion and with a namesake that’s somewhat easier to pronounce.  Comes with an extra red pad that you won’t have to use for years, because the original pad (firm, so it works better) will last so long.  99% of women need a lash curler, but won’t necessarily spend on it, so consider this a luxury item that will make you look very generous and well-informed.

Happy Holidays and New Year to all of you.  Less hope, more wisdom.

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