OH, JOY: Karen has availed of our holiday pouches! You should, too. For a different type of gift guide, I’m tackling three of the most common personalities on everybody’s gift list. Check out a few presents you can bestow on someone super stressed, someone super lazy, and someone super experimental!


In the course of our extremely fast-paced and multi-tasking lifestyle, we sometimes need a prescription to slow down. If you have a friend who works just a little too hard, the best way to express your concern is through a care kit! These picks are all from local label Zenutrients:

1 All is Well Balm – An all-around stress and sickness reliever like this is perfect for on-the-spot healing, whenever, wherever.
2 Soothing Green Tea Soap – Stress shows on the skin, and this soap leaves it more hydrated and refreshed.
3 Stress Relief Massage Oil - This soothes not only the body but the mind. Wonderful scent, and makes for an ahh-worthy moment.


On the other end of the spectrum is the friend who’s just a little too laidback. (Remember Slowpoke Rodriguez from your Looney Tunes days? That friend.) When you’re spending about an hour getting ready for your all-girl dinner date, she’s still sitting on the couch watching TV because she just “doesn’t get it.” Ten minutes, she says, is just enough time. Give this lass a little TLC with a gift bag filled with multi-purpose, fuss-free products.

1 Pixi by Petra’s Illuminating Tint & Conceal – It’s a tinted cream concealer and a highlighter with sunscreen and moisturizer built in, so you can literally apply and run. The ultimate lazy girl go-to.
2 Majolica Majorca’s Brow & Lash Colorist – A mascara and brow definer in one, this product is smudge-proof, and waterproof, and sweat-proof. No need to reapply!
3 The Body Shop’s Lip & Cheek Stain: A lipstick and blush in one, this works with any skin tone and gives you a healthy glow with a natural look.


The toughest gifting challenge has to be the girl who is always in the know when it comes to beauty and fashion trends. She’s the girl who forecasts things before they even happen, and if you’re wearing the latest trend for 2014, she’s already revving up for 2015. So, why not give her something out of the box? Shock her a little and have some fun. Gift her with a beauty challenge she’ll be excited to try!

1 Paperself’s Full Peacock Lashes – Bold and different, these lashes (which have been featured in The Hunger Games series) turn any lashline into a work of art.
2 Palty’s Bubble Hair Color – What I love about this hair dye: the fun application! But it’s temporary, so it’s still something you can play around with, color-wise. Change of mood? No problem! It’ll fade out in a couple days.
3 Suesh’s EE Acrylic Palette with Spatula - Got a budding makeup artist on your hands? This palette and spatula combo gives her the freedom to customize her makeup colors, mixing and blending to however degree she wants them.

Don’t forget to avail of BeautyMNL’s Holiday Pouches for your gift packaging! Available in Small and Large. Selfie courtesy of Karen Pamintuan.