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I know I’m not the first person to say it, but the holidays are stressful! Sometimes I wish I could just wake up and it will be January 1 already — but then I’d miss all the fun, and I certainly don’t want that. So what’s a girl to do to take a little of the “hectic” out of the holidays? For one, it’s important to stay organized. My iPhone is filled with checklists detailing everything that needs to be done, from party planning, to my work to-do list, to gift shopping.

One of the best (and worst, let’s admit it) parts of the holidays is searching for that perfect gift for everyone on your list. Whether it’s a little something for an office coworker or something a bit more extravagant for mom, I love seeing the joy that comes when a friend or loved one opens a gift and loves it. But finding that gift can be tedious and time-consuming. This year, I decided to simplify the search by shopping at beauty superstore Ulta, where there is something to be found for every single adult on my list at every price point. One-stop shopping? There’s certainly nothing better than that.

For my sister, the Marc Jacobs Honey fragrance was a no-brainer. A 2013 Allure Best of Beauty winner, the scent is light and refreshing, and the honeybee adorned bottle will look amazing on her vanity. For mom, I went for the Mia 2 Skin Care Cleansing System — the best product that anyone can purchase for their skin. Using sonic technology, it gently removes impurities, leaving skin softer and more beautiful.

For my kids’ teachers, The Body Shop Schoolbox Gift Set containing a selection of shower gels and body butters is the perfect little gift to show my appreciation. For my babysitter, I’m loving this Ulta Beauty Box Blockbuster set which contains an endless color assortment to last all year.

Finally, what’s gift shopping if I don’t treat myself with a little something? For me, I picked up Your Skin But Better CC Cream from IT Cosmetics, a product which truly lives up to its name. Not only does it provide flawless, natural coverage, but it protects skin with SPF 50+ and is packed with anti-aging ingredients. So when I’m feeling the full force of holiday stress, at least my skin won’t give it away.

ULTA Logo.jpgULTA Beauty is not just another store for holiday shopping; it’s an exciting wonderland of beauty products that make great gifts, stocking stuffers and personal treats. This year, ULTA is filled with a dazzling variety of holiday treasures that are sure to delight your friends, family, loved ones, and even yourself!


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Those of you who follow us on Twitter know that we had the pleasure of attending Robert Verdi’s Tweet This Holiday Gift Guide Party last night. Each year, Robert unveils his gift picks for everyone on his list and this year’s list did not disappoint.


Amongst the incredible gift ideas were Hoopla Vs. mittens for kids and adults which pair rival animals against each other on each hand (frog vs. fly, for example) and the most amazing python print hobo bag from Monika Chiang that seriously holds everything and it’s super lightweight. For the chic techie in your life POP Phones are the coolest thing around and come in tons of fun colors — and only cost $29.90 (we also featured this in the StyleBakery gift guide). For the beauty buff, Olay Professional Pro-X Cleansing System makes any beauty routine a cinch and Linea Pelle triple strap double wrap bracelets are just what the stylish trend setter wants.

Check out Robert Verdi’s video below to see the full list of gifts on his list:

Robert Verdi’s Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide from Robert Verdi on Vimeo.

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