HRM Holiday Gift Guide: For The Beauty Addict

The season of giving is again upon us, and with so many people on your list to account for, we thought we'd give you a helping hand. From now until the big day, we'll be serving up holiday gift guides to help you select presents for everyone on your list. From handmade soaps to nail polishes and all-natural remedies, we've got just the thing for the beauty addict in your life!

Urban Soaps peppermint soap
Peppermint Sparkle Shea Butter Basket – $25.00

Locally made by one of our good friends in Virginia Beach, Urban Soaps is a family-owned and operated natural skin care company. The best part about their soaps is that they're handmade in small batches, using only natural ingredients. (None of that animal fat, hardeners, lathering agents or preservatives that you might find in store-bought soaps!) This holiday season, they've got this fantastic-smelling Peppermint Sparkle Gift Basket. This Peppermint Sparkle shea butter bar has a light hint of peppermint, with flecks of shiny glitter to brighten your day and almond oil to help moisturize your skin. The gift basket contains: 3 bars of Peppermint Sparkle soap, one Peppermint Scented Bath Salt, and one Buttercreme Lip Balm.

Purchase online at Etsy or e-mail seller directly at Like UrbanSoaps on Facebook!

Dead Sea Mud Mask – $14.00
Let’s get real: what we all really want in life is a little slice of soothing peace and quiet. And also, smooth skin! So, why not give the gift of reinvigorated skin this holiday?

Rinse's Dead Sea Mud Mash is rich with natural minerals from one of the world's best known and saltiest bodies of water in the world. It's 100 percent natural, vegan friendly and gluten free.

If you make your purchase now from, you can get $2 off the retail price ($16). (

Whipped Body Frosting – $7.00

Based out of Richmond, Va., Naokeidoe Creations creates all of their products by hand from nourishing butters, oils, ingredients and fruit of the Spirit. 

While all of their products are luxurious, our pick this Christmas is the whipped body frosting.

Rich and very moisturizing, this product has a buttercream frosting texture that looks and feels like real frosting.  It is rich and dense, yet it absorbs very easily and quickly once applied to the skin. It's a must-have for the harsh, cold weather months and will leave your skin soft with a silky feel. 

Purchase online or at Kitsch in Ghent.

Lips in Beguiled – $15.00

Fall's "it color" was oxblood (no, not derived from the color of oxen blood as many have thought, but rather short for "oxygenated blood," the dark, deep red color that results when blood is exposed to air). This color is flattering on every skin tone and quite easy to wear.

TopShop currently has a great satin matte finish lip stick in a fun, printed tube. Best of all, the recipient can hydrate and nourish her lips while looking the part of a perfectly-pouted beauty addict. (TopShop)

Julep Emilie nail polish – $14.00
Pantone, THE global authority on color and provider of professional color standards for the design industries, recently announced that PANTONE® 17-5641 Emerald, a lively, radiant, lush green, is the Color of the Year for 2013.

With Julep's Emilie nail polish, her hands will be ahead of the curve in this vivid, verdant green. Julep's polishes are fast-drying and runway-ready, so the beauty in your life won't have to miss any of the holiday festivities waiting for nails to dry. (Sephora)


Privé Volumizing Dry Shampoo – $29

The busy girl on the go doesn’t have time to wash her hair every single day, so sometimes she’s got to fake it. She can fake it like she means it with Privé Volumizing Dry Shampoo. Enriched with ginko biloba, green tea and soy, Privé cleanses and helps to style hair, giving volume, texture and grip to clean hair and providing instant scalp and hair cleansing to unwashed hair.

Along with giving instant life back to hair in just three minutes, Privé benefits by helping to prevent hair loss by rejuvenating hair follicles. — Angela Blue

Purchase online or at Salon Vivace in Chesapeake, Newport News, Virginia Beach and Williamsburg

Privé Flash Brilliance – $22

When she does have the time to pamper her hair, she can give herself a little extra sparkle and shine with Privé Flash Brilliance Herbal Blend. This ultrafine non-aerosol mist adds instant brilliance and a smooth and sexy texture to all types of hair without making it oily.

Blended with chamomile, lemongrass and balm mint, this formulated herbal spray has a light and refreshing scent and comes in a travel-size bottle. — Angela Blue

Purchase online or at Salon Vivace in Chesapeake, Newport News, Virginia Beach and Williamsburg


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