Glamorous Gifts: Last Minute Minis

Little mini kits are some of my absolute favorite things. They are sweet, compact, often quite affordable and make it easy to try a variety amazing products without over-spending. They also are perfect for those last-minute gifts still on your list or for a fun hostess or co-worker gift.

The Pacifica Hawaiian Ruby Guava Kit ($18) contains a 1oz sample of the spray perfume, a 3oz soy candle in a glass container and a coordinating set of matches all boxed in a beautifully printed and read-to-gift box.  The featured scent, Hawaiian Ruby Guava, is a delicious blend of tropical fruit notes and coconut surf wax. The lucky recipient will certainly enjoy a momentary escape to a more tropical setting -- without ever leaving home.

Mini nail polish kits are a particular fave because, let's be honest here, how often does one really finish a complete bottle of nail polish?  I'd be willing to be that the answer is hardly ever. So, save some money on full bottles and splurge for a mini kit with a few colors. The Essie On The Go Travel Set ($20) holds two of their most popular shades (Wicked and Ballet Slippers) along with a ridge filler and a top coat. The shades in the kit are the modern-day neutrals of a pale nude and an inky dark shade -- perfect for any occasion.  Plus, the small bottles are particularly amenable to take along on trips for touch-ups.

Even though it hasn't been too terribly cold where I live, my hands are starting to exhibit dry, flaky winter skin. Ugh. Hand cream is definitely something that most ladies carry an extra tube or two of around in their purse. In addition, with the concern over the H1N1 flu and the repeated appeals for proper hand-washing, it never hurts to have another bottle of suds around, either.  Bliss has put together the perfect one-two punch in this adorable mini kit, the Spa-la-la-la-aah Set ($20).  Using Bliss's signature Lemon Sage scent, this kit features a Body Butter Lite and Soapy Suds.  Take them to-go or make them a new home in the bathroom, these deluxe citrus-scented, softening products will be sure to lift your spirits as well as pamper your skin.

Avon's hip younger line, mark, has some very cute gloss mini kits available for the holiday season. The mark Glitz & Gloss Mini Purse & Go ($13) features a glittery change purse stuffed full with mini glow baby glow lip glosses in four trendy shades. In addition, one of the glosses is attached to the purse via a key chain for easy access touch-ups.  Fun for girls of all ages and a handy purse to grab when you just need a few things to leave the house.

If the little purse isn't so much your thing, then try the mark Holiday Treats Mini Juice Gems Squeeze On Lip Gloss ($12). Enclosed in a gold gift box, the kit contains mark's best selling lip glosses in four holiday-inspired colors and flavors: Holly Berry, Nutcracker, Egg Nog and Sugar Plum. Enjoy these limited-edition, best-selling lip glosses while you can get them. Also, get free shipping on your Avon/mark order of $10 or more by using code MISTLETOE

Lastly, Bare Minerals has some really cool mini sets for not much money.  Lustworthy Lips & Lashes ($15) contains a duo of mini bareMinerals 100% Natural Lipgloss in Strawberry Cream and Flawless Definition Mascara in Black.  Enjoy two of Bare Minerals' most popular products to polish your look. These would be perfect for keep in a desk drawer for a pre-happy hour touch up or even in your purse. If that's not enough mini BE, then try the Buxom A Wink & A Kiss Set ($18).  This duo contains the rich Buxom Big & Health Lipstick in Brooklyn and Buxom Lash Mascara in Blackest Black. The lipstick defines lips, adds color (a neutral mauve) and plumps them up for an absolutely perfect pucker while the mascara darkens and defines thick, gorgeous lashes.

So, remember that big things come in small packages when selecting any of these gifts.  Whichever one you choose, these minis are sure to be a big hit!



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