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Tracie Rosales has always loved fashion and make-up. After graduating from college, Tracie went to National Makeup Academy, and then to M.A.C. school. After moving to Northern Virginia with her husband, she decided to start her own company “Makeup Artistry by Tracie”.

In the four years that Makeup Artistry by Tracie has been a company, it has been honored with several awards and milestones. In 2007, The Washington Mystics (WNBA) invited Tracie to participate in events and do the girls' makeup, which she does every year. In 2008, MABT was invited to the White House’s staff appreciation day, to speak about skin care and makeup. MABT was also honored by winning the 2008 Home Based Business of the Year. In 2009 Makeup Artistry by Tracie was featured in Northern Virginia Magazine as Best Makeup Application. Tracie volunteers for charities such as The Loudoun Small Business Development Center, Arthritis Foundation, Nationals Incorporated Pageants, Active Girlz, and The Soldiers Angels Foundation.

Charitable And Stylish Holiday Beauty Gifts 2012

Whether you are trying to find a gift for the Beauty Diva in your life or trying to compose your own wish list, we have searched and tested these products to give you a great variety of beauty ideas and in different price points. These gift items are some of our favorites that will put the spirit into anyone’s gift.

SKIN IS IN:  Men & Women Set $150 each, Teen Set $120, Kids Set $90

Having good skin is always trendy, and these gift sets are perfect for the women, men, teens and kids in your life.  The daily skin care regimen created by world-renowned cosmetic dermatologist, Dr. Tina Alster, will protect and pamper your skin every day of the year.


(Photo Credit: SKIN IS IN)


(Photo Credit: SKIN IS IN)

Charity: 10 percent of sales go to support Dr. Alster’s charity partners. FaceTime for Women sales go to Susan G. Komen for The Cure, k.Zone and t.Zone sales support Sturge-Weber Foundation and FaceTime for Men benefits Wounded Warrior Project.


MAC Cosmetics -VIVA Glam It Bag: $30
A clasp-top clutch in glossy black leopard print vinyl over red satin, included two signature lip luxuries, Nicki Minaj‘s scene-stealing pink satin finish lipstick bad Ricky Martin colourless Lip Conditioner will surely be a winner with any beauty fanatic.  The gift is limited edition and we love MAC’s lipstick shades.

MAC Cosmetics Viva Glam It Up

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Charity: The VIVA Glam Campaign began in 1994 and since then MAC Cosmetics has raised $250 million for people affected by HIV and AIDS. Every penny of the VIVA Glam products goes to the MAC AIDS Fund.


Make Up For Ever – Aqua Eyes Collection: $36

We know that finding a true waterproof eyeliner that doesn’t smudge or run is a feat all on its own. However, we have found that product and even more exciting is that it is packaged in a holiday limited edition collection just in time for the holidays. Make Up For Ever Aqua liners stay put, they are creamy and come in a variety of shades. The gift set includes: Dark Grey, Blue with Green Highlights, Champagne, Black Purple, Mat Black and Pearly Brown.


Make Up For Ever - Aqua Eyes Collection

(Photo Credit: Sephora)

Skincando – Combat Ready Balm: 2 oz. – $12.50 or 8 oz. – $30

I had the pleasure of being introduced to this amazing product and tested it out both in the hot east coast summer and then in the dry winter. The balm works on severe dryness, magic for dry elbows, scars and will aid in helping with eczema. Skincando also designed a Babies + Kids formula that quickly soothes diaper rash, itchy skin, beach burn, chapped cheeks, and eczema. The natural skin cream is soothing for that sweet sensitive kid skin and made with organic products.

Skincando - Combat Ready Balm

(Photo Credit: Skincando)

Skincando - Combat Ready Balm

(Photo Credit: Skincando)

Charity: Sara Demelio creator of Skincando, has been donating Combat-Ready care packages to our U.S. troops overseas since 2005. The program Operation Sand Flea, has been a hit with soldiers as it calms and soothes their sand flea bites, dry skin and sunburns. If you would like to help Sara and Skincando you can donate a jar and a note gets shipped with each one. Skincando also can send to your special service member and they cover all shipping costs.


Bobbi Brown  Holiday Collection Caviar & Oyster Palette –$75

Acclaimed makeup artist Bobbi Brown has released a holiday collection that are sure to be a hit for any beauty lover on your list. The cosmetics company is also offering its customers Free Shipping and Complimentary Luxe gift wrapping with a note card so that you can order and relax. However, like every good limited edition collection, the items are in limited quantities and will run out. If there is an item that you can not live without, get it now before its too late.

Bobbi Brown Holiday Gift Giving Collection

(Photo Credit: Bobbi Brown Cosmetics)


The mirrored palette gives you the ease of creating several different party looks for all of this season’s outings. The palette features eight eye shadows and one luminescent skin enhancer.

  • White Shadow – Pure White
  • Sandy Pearl Metallic Eye Shadow – Silver Mauve
  • Plum Steel Metallic Eye Shadow – Gray Plum with Silver Pearl
  • Pearl Oyster Sparkle Eye Shadow – Warm Silver with Sparkle
  • Pink Opal Shimmer Wash Eye Shadow – Pearly White-Pink
  • Grey Sky Eye Shadow – Light Grey
  • Heather Grey Eye Shadow – Medium Grey Violet
  • Rich Caviar Eye Shadow – Rich Brown-Black
  • Skin Enhancer: Ballet Sparkle – Light Pink with Glitter


Since 2000, Bobbi Brown Cosmetics has worked with Dress for Success to help women-in-need get their independence and self-esteem back. Dress for Success provides its clients with interview suits and career development advice. Afterwards, every client receives a one-on-one beauty lesson and bag of makeup essentials from a volunteering Bobbi Brown makeup artist. In conjunction with Bobbi’s regular appearances on QVC, Bobbi Brown Cosmetics makes contributions of $25,000 to Dress for Success

Philosophy: To Believe: $20

While I am typically not a fan of Shampoo, Shower Gel & Bubble Baths all rolled into one product. Philosophy is my exception to the rule. To Believe is a great scent of cranberry currant, the scent is light and not overpowering.

Philosophy To Believe

(Photo Credit: Philosophy)

Charity: 100 percent of Philosophy’s net proceeds of to believe benefit WhyHunger. WhyHunger is a leader in building the movement to end hunger and poverty.


Bumble and Bumble: Merry Masterpieces Set: $48

The Merry Masterpiece Collection has the best of Bumble and Bumble products enclosed. The perfect hair gift for a Bumble and Bumble fan or for the Newbie. The limited edition set contains: BB Shine On, Surf Spray, BB Thickening Hairspray and BB Grooming Creme. Whether you want beachy waves or a shiny polished look this set will help create a variety of looks.

Bumble and Bumble: Merry Masterpieces Set

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Sephora by OPI – Tinsel Town Four Piece Set: $19.50

OPI is a leader in the nail polish industry known for it’s long wearing chip resistant and fun named colors.  This holiday season OPI has come out with a gift set exclusive to Sephora that not only has four fun colors, Already Famous, What Film Noir You In?, Dear Diary and Metro Chic but at a reasonable price to fit into a holiday budget. What we also like about these polishes it that they are Toluene, Formaldehyde and Dibutyl/Phthalate (DBP) free, so that even sensitive nails can rock the color line. This collection is a limited edition so make sure to get it before it sells out.

Sephora by OPI - Tinsel Town Four Piece Set

(Photo Credit: Sephora)

Charity: OPI is committed to health-related causes and children’s education, and through their nail polish they are able to give back locally and globally to the American Heart Association, American Red Cross, City of Hope, Gilda’s Club Worldwide, the Leukemia Research Foundation, the National Kidney Foundation, Oceana, Pamper Me Pink (a fundraiser for children with irritable bowel disease), Rock the Vote, Starlight / Starbright Children’s Foundation and many more.


KIEHL’S: Men’s Starter Kit: $39.50

No gift guide would be complete without keeping the man in mind. KIEHL’s has put together a  travel-sized kit that is perfect for any man that is on the go. Keep all of his items together in this no-fluff, no-nonsense kit. Complete with a Body Scrub soap, Facial moisturizing treatment, brushless shave cream, face wash and ultimate strength hand salve. The quality of KIEHL’s that a man will enjoy.

KIEHL'S: Men's Starter Kit

(Photo Credit: Kiehl’s)

Charity: KIEHL’S is actively engaged in three charitable initiatives, HIV/AIDS education, prevention and research; protecting and nurturing the environment and children’s well-being.

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