Beauty Guru: My beautylicious wish list

Each year, my holiday wish list is full of beauty items I hope will result in a beautiful bounty I get to unwrap on Christmas Day. Sometimes people listen and sometimes they do not. However, it is the thought that counts, isn't it? This year, I am throwing out there my top three items from my list. Maybe someone will pay attention and realize why I want these items so badly.

Sedu Pro Ionic Ceramic Tourmaline Flat Iron (1")

I have wanted this flat iron for some years now. It has great reviews from women with different hair textures. What impressed me most was seeing how this iron thoroughly straightened natural, Afro-textured hair. The hair was sleek, smooth, with lots of shine and movement. I figure this iron should be able to give me good results when I decide to straighten my hair. The reason I have not purchased it yet is the price tag, $150. I think I may just have to part with that much money and purchase this flat iron as a Christmas gift to myself. However, if family wants to chip in a little, I will not stop them.

Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment

God bless beauty box subscriptions! If it were not for my Sample Society membership, I would have never tried this product. The price tag, $85 for two ounces, would have forever kept me from discovering this wonderful product. I am still using my deluxe sample from my October box and it has worked wonders for my skin. My face recently had a huge breakout party thanks to monthly hormonal fluctuations. I needed something that would remove the dead skin cells without irritating the acne and causing me scars.

This exfoliating treatment uses natural enzymes to gently exfoliate skin. After three weeks of using it my skin is softer and it flakes less (cold, dry air flakes my T-zone out). What I really love is that a little bit of the product goes a long way. After you wash your face, apply a thin layer while skin is still wet, massage it in for 30-seconds, and leave on for two minutes then rinse. This product is worth me paying full price for the full-size tube as a gift to myself.

Smashbox Photo Finish More Than Primer Dark Spot Correcting

This also was a freebie I recently won via a Facebook contest Smashbox had on their fan page. I was able to win one of their full-sized tubes of this product. So far, I have only liked one primer, Korres Pomegranate Mattifying Primer, which did not instantly brighten my face like this one from Smashbox has. My pores, which were large potholes on my face thanks to those hormonal changes I mentioned earlier, were less noticeable. My cheeks did not create an oil spill and my face was matte and smooth. It is too early for me to tell if my dark spots will clear any faster with this product. I am very happy with the results thus far, making it the perfect gift to give to myself this Christmas, even if it does cost $42.00 (I am such a tightwad).

All three of these products I definitely am getting this year for Christmas, even if I have to purchase them myself. If you suffer from dullness, dryness, and uneven skin tone during the winter then I do recommend the Kate Somerville and Smashbox products. Your skin will thank you for it.

ShawnTe Pierce is a Yahoo! Shine Beauty Guru and writes about beauty and fashion for her blog SJP's Fashion Updates as well for Yahoo! Voices, Daily Glow and other places on the web (sounds mysterious doesn't it?). Follow me on Twitter or at Fashion Sense on Facebook.