Gifts of Beauty

I can almost guarantee that any woman who takes pride in her hair has wondered about Wen, the “amazing” one-step conditioning cleanser made famous by its infomercials. She will love receiving the Wen Gift Set, which comes with a 16oz pump bottle of the Cleansing Conditioner, 6oz Spray Volumizing Treatment and 6oz pump Styling Crème. Once you get past the oddness of washing your hair with a product that doesn’t produce suds, it’s hard to go back to regular shampoo. The cleanser really does a thorough job and after rinsing can be used as a leave-in conditioner. My hair was soft, clean and shiny. I found the Volumizing Treatment to be effective as both volumizer and styling tool. The set comes in scents like Fall Ginger Pumpkin, Fig, Lavender and Pomegranate and costs about $44.

Our lives have become so hustle-bustle, everyone can use a little help from their friends. 21 Drops’ 21st Century Survival kit provides a set of friends in the form of aromatherapy. This set offers that extra boost, with roller-ball bottles of blended essential oils: De-Stress, Sleep and Uplift. If someone on your list enjoys scented candles, try introducing them to aromatherapy with this or any number of specially blended kits by 21 Drops. $75 for three .27oz bottles.

Power of a Flower has a great gift pack for the natural skincare buff. Developed by a woman looking to retain her own youthful appearance without the use of surgery or injectables, this line uses all natural essential oils and herbs. The Facial Kit comes with travel sizes of Reviving Eye Butter, Regenerating Oil, Refreshing Toner, Cleansing Grains and Restoring Lip Balm stick. They all smell amazing and the Regenerating Oil is particularly effective. Used at night, it left my skin silky soft and well hydrated. About $45.

Make Up For Ever’s Ultimate Eye Liner Collection is a fun choice for any eye makeup aficionado. It includes 14 long-lasting eyeliner options: Seven shades of Aqua Eyes waterproof eyeliner pencil, four shades in Aqua Liner waterproof eyeliner and three shades of Khol Perfect kohl pencils, along with a pencil sharpener. I’ve always been a khol fan and these go on like buttah. About $160.

Lush has a variety of time-saving, already-wrapped gift packages. Ray of Sunshine includes a tart lemon Sexy Peel Soap, Olive Branch Shower Gel, Sugar Scrub and a Massage Bar. These products are all made from the freshest organic fruits and vegetables and fine essential oils, and they are handmade fresh with little or no preservatives or packaging. They are also marked with a made-by person and date and a best-if-used-by date. $30, and may melt if shipped to a warm climate.

toni munna

Toni Munna is a native Long Islander who is always on the lookout for products that fulfill their promise to firm, hydrate, slim, soothe, de-wrinkle, plump, relax, de-stress, and just generally make you look and feel better. She a firm believer that wellness enhances beauty and has been testing beauty products and reviewing spas for you since the fall of 2006. You can reach her with questions at