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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 2013

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. All of the companies are also doing good in the community and giving back to charities.  These gift items are some of our favorites that will put the spirit into anyone’s gift.

(Photo Credit: Lea Black Beauty)

(Photo Credit: Lea Black Beauty)

Before Lea Black was a Real Housewife of Miami, she was in the beauty industry.  In the mid 1980′s Black began learning about the business of beauty and decided to create a skincare regime.  With a little personal break from the industry, due to marriage and a child,  she has relaunched her beauty line.  An anti-aging and moisturizing skincare line that will super hydrate any skin type.  The Deluxe Collection includes the four most popular Lea Black Beauty Products: Revitalizing Skin Exfoliant, Advanced Anti-Aging Serum, Everyday Moisture and Intensive Moisture Renewal Creme.
Charity:  Lea Black is known for The Blacks Annual Gala in Miami which supports Consequences Charity & Foundation.  The Foundation provides educational resources and experiences for at-risk youth that include scholarships, vocational training, camps, workshops and after school activities that address culture, the arts, life skills and career aptitude.  This Foundation was designed to reduce juvenile crime and incarceration for at risk youth.
(Photo Credit: Spehora)

(Photo Credit: Spehora)

 

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar All-Star Mini x 4: $20

This limited edition set of four mini lip tars is the perfect way to introduce a friend or yourself to the liquid lipstick.  These lip tars are highly pigmented and high power color so a little goes a long way.  The 4 Lip Tars are Memento (pink/plum), NSFW (red), Anime (neon pink) and Black Dahlia (black/red).  Only available at Sephora.
Charity: The Lip Tar Memento shade was a collaboration between OCC and celebrity makeup artist Victoria Stiles to benefit CancerCare.    CancerCare is a national leader in providing services to help people manage the emotional and financial challenges of cancer.
(Photo Credit: Bobbi Brown Cosmetics)

(Photo Credit: Bobbi Brown Cosmetics)

Bobbi Brown  Holiday Collection Twilight Pink Lip & Eye Palette: $80

Acclaimed makeup artist Bobbi Brown has released a holiday collection that are sure to be a hit for any beauty lover on your list.  We are loving the amazing dawn-til-dusk palette which has it all in a compact perfect to create any holiday look for this season.  The ten eye shadows in the palette are: Ivory Eye Shadow, Dust Sparkle Eye Shadow, Canary Shimmer Wash Eye Shadow, Cool Ivory Eye Shadow, Nude Eye Shadow, Slate Eye Shadow, Opal Sparkle Eye Shadow, Truffle Eye Shadow, Twilight Pink Metallic Eye Shadow and Espresso Eye Shadow.  Golden Pink Creamy Lip Color, Nude Pink Creamy Lip Color, Pale Mauve Creamy Lip Color, Bronzed Pink Creamy Lip Color all four are perfect for any skin tone.

Charity: 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.

(Photo Credit: MAC Cosmetics)

(Photo Credit: MAC Cosmetics)

RiRi  M·A·C Holiday: $16.50 – $44

Rihanna’s final collection with MAC is just in time for the holidays.  The collection features the return of RiRi Woo along with two new lipsticks; Pleasure Bomb and Bad Girl RiRi.  Also in the collection is nail lacquer, Superslick Liquid Eye Liner, Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow, Bronzing Powder, and two brushes.  The collection’s packaging is gorgeous with an exclusive white-pearl package and rose gold detailing.  A stunning presentation of a limited edition collection.

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.

(Photo Credit: Blue Mercury)

(Photo Credit: Blue Mercury)

Laura Mercier: Shimmer Effects Mini Caviar Eye Stick Collection: $40

Laura Mercier’s famous caviar Stick Eye colour in a sampler of four mini shimmering shades: Amethyst, Pink Opal, Rosegold, and Sugarfrost.  The eye shadows are a lightweight, long wearing creamy shadow that can be used as an eyeliner or as a creme eyeshadow.  These sticks are perfect to get a great look.

Charity: Laura Mercier began The Laura Mercier Ovarian Cancer Fund to raise awareness, fund research and educational efforts that will help diagnose, treat and support women with ovarian cancer.  Since the creation of the fund the cosmetics line has created products that the profits will solely go to this cause.

(Photo Credit: Sephora)

(Photo Credit: Sephora)

Julep: Shades of Grey Set: $26

A play on the Famous book Fifty Shades of Grey here is a gift that would be fun for a gal in your life. Three of Julep’s most popular shades of grey nailpolishes in Harley, Kim and Dendrie.  A fast drying salon grade polish that are free of DBP, formaldehyde and formaldehyde resin, which makes them perfect for sensitive nails.

Charity:  Julep has established a “Powered by Girlfriends” program that donates a percentage of every nail polish color sold to organizations that empower women.

(Photo Credit: Nordstroms)

(Photo Credit: Nordstroms)

Philosophy: ‘hands of hope’ hand & cuticle cream holiday ornament: $10

“Philosophy: hand of hope are the hands that help, heal protect and comfort, use your hands to give hope, and you will have hope to hold.”  The packaging says it all and as a gift this 1 oz. cream is a cute holiday ornament perfect to add to a stocking or to give as a small token to someone that you would like to let know you think they are special.  A great little gift that packs a large punch.

Charity: Philosophy is a huge charity supporter creating many products that 100% of the proceeds will support a much needed cause.  The charities that they support are  WhyHunger, Rainforest Foundation, Women’s Cancer Research Fund.  A beauty company that is taking inner and outer beauty to another level.

(Photo Credit: KIEHL'S)

(Photo Credit: KIEHL’S)

KIEHL’S: Creme de Corps Soy Milk Honey Whipped Body Butter in Grapefruit & Coriander: $38

KIEHL’S iconic and best seller Creme de Corps Soy Milk & Honey Whipped Butter has two new scents and a special packaging this holiday season.

Charity: In maintaining KIEHL’S long standing support of children’s charities, is collaborating this holiday season with Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry Campaign.  100% of net profits, up to $100, 000 from the sale of Grapefruit & Coriander scent will be donated.  No child should go hungry in the U.S. and KIEHL’S is determined to help end childhood hunger.

(Photo Credit: Macys)

(Photo Credit: Macys)

 Ominia Jimmy Choo Eau da Parum Gift Set: $98

This holiday season Jimmy Choo has created a glamorous gift set.  The scents of Tiger Orchid, Toffee and sensual Indonesian Patchouli in the Eau de Parfum, the Perfumed Body Lotion and the perfumed shower gel.  A luxury gift set for the Park Avenue gal.

Charity: Launched in 2011, The Jimmy Choo Foundation was conceived on the 5th anniversary of the company.  The non profit charity is to empower women by helping them to lead healthier and safer lives, by leading women to dream and achieve.  The Foundation specifically focuses on addressing abuses that affect women globally such as gender based violence, sex trafficking, health issues and more.

(Photo Credit: evo)

(Photo Credit: evo)

evo: beauty is skin deep women’s essentials kit (calm): $30

The perfect travel set or to introduce someone to the line of evo products.  The kit of essentials will keep you looking fresh and calm.  What everyone could use during the hustle and bustle of holiday season.  The kit includes: The Therapist Shampoo, The Therapist Conditioner, The Great Hydrator Moisture Mask (hair), Soap Dodger Body Wash and Self Indulgence Body Creme.

Charity: Evo is also socially aware and gives damaged Evo stock to homeless shelters, the product is fine it’s just the packaging that is not perfect. For mother Earth all the packaging is 100 percent recyclable and they use recycled materials for printed and promotional items.

(Photo Credit: The Art of Shaving)

(Photo Credit: The Art of Shaving)

The Art of Shaving: Full Size Kit – Pure Badger Black Brush: $115

What Holiday Gift Guide would forget the man in our lives, and all men could use an amazing shaving kit.  The Art of Shaving has taken the mystery out of shaving with their 4 Elements of the Perfect Shave.  The kit helps against razor burn, ingrown hairs,  nicks & cuts, so the men can have amazing skin.  The Kit comes with Pre-Shave Oil, Shaving Cream, After-Shave Balm and the Pure Badger Black Brush.  The kits come in several different scents: Unscented, Sandalwood, Ocean Kelp, Lavender, and Lemon.

Charity: As the battle against cancer is everywhere, men are being affected.  The Art of Shaving joins the fight every year in teaming up with the Men’s health charity, Movember.  A growing movement in November to help raise awareness and funds for men’s health and participants raise money by sporting a moustache for thirty days.

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