It’s December and that can only mean one thing: Rouquinne’s Holiday Gift Guide!

Over the life of this column, the makeup companies have gone into holiday season marketing in a BIG way! From a few palettes and gift sets (mainly from fragrance companies), there has been an explosion in gifts for the makeup junkie in your life. So much is now available that I can’t mention it all here. Two years ago, I started an accompanying topic on the CurlTalk Makeup Forum—Rouquinne’s 24 Days of Beauty—where each day from December 1 to December 24, I feature a beauty gift not mentioned in this column. Now, on to the show…

MAC Tartan Tale Collection

MAC Tartan Tale Collection

Stila Color Wheel Eye Shadow Palette

Stila Color Wheel Eye Shadow Palette

This year MAC Cosmetics HAS gone overboard with their holiday offerings: 25 gift sets are available in the “Tartan Tale” collection. There is also a tartan teddy, a teddy key chain and the Kids Helping Kids cards and gift tags; truly something for everyone.

Stila entered the gift race in mid-October this year. If you can still find it, the Color Wheel Eye Shadow Palette features 37 shades of eye colour, two double-ended brushes and a 16-page tips and tricks book. ($38US at Stila or Sephora)

Sephora Fragrance Sampler

Sephora Fragrance Sampler

Sephora’s Fragrance Sampler set has expanded from one featuring their best-selling perfumes for women to 10 including their signature nail polishes, a mascara sampler and another featuring 10 lip glosses.

Benefit Some Beauty to Love

Benefit Some Beauty to Love

Benefit’s Some Beauty to Love is a pink and green purse-shaped box containing Coralista blush, a mini-Eye Bright pencil, a sample-size Bad Gal mascara and a sample size of That Gal primer. ($29US at Sephora)

Buxom Beauty Love at First Sight

Buxom Beauty Love at First Sight

Buxom Beauty’s Love at First Sight kit contains six mini-eye liners in turquoise, purple, white, black, dark brown and gold. ($28US at Sephora)

Urban Decay Little Sins

Urban Decay Little Sins

Urban Decay has put all four shades of their primer potions together in a package they call “Little Sins”. Greed is an exclusive colour to this set—a pearly gold shade. The mini-primers will set you back $29US at Sephora.

Too Faced Enchanted Glamorland

Too Faced Enchanted Glamorland

Too Faced Enchanted Glamorland contains 15 eye shadows, a mini-primer and mini-glamour gloss, La Vie En Rose blush and Snow Bunny bronzer along with three face charts. Another Sephora exclusive at $49US.

Lorac Croc Collection

Lorac’s Croc Collection

Lorac’s Croc Collection is a mini-train case in faux crocodile skin containing a neutral eye and cheek palette, Nibblin lipstick (pearlescent rosy red), a mini black eye pencil and mascara and a lip gloss in shade Naughty (also pearlescent rosy red). ($40US at Sephora)

Ojon Shine & Protect Winter Collection

Too Faced Enchanted Glamorland

For your hair, there is the Ojon Shine & Protect Winter Collection; four pieces including shampoo, conditioner, glossing cream and glossing mist designed to keep your lovely locks hydrated during a dry North-American winter. Also a Sephora exclusive, the set is $44US.

Avon Mark Rock the Box

Avon Mark Rock the Box

Finally, for the budget-conscious, there’s Avon Mark Rock the Box. The box itself contains four eye shadows and two lip colours for $18US or $22Cdn. But you can up the ante and add Get Bright Highlighter in Natural, Glow Baby Glow lip gloss in Pink Crush, Make It Big mascara in Raven and No Place to Run eyeliner in Jet Set along with the box set for $28US/$36Cdn. From the Avon website or through your friendly neighbourhood Avon lady.