MA Beauty Expert: Where to Jumpstart your Holiday Beauty & Style Shopping

Sunday, November 29, 2015
Donna Macdonald, GoLocalWorcester Beauty Expert

This is the week the stores and shops are filled to the brim with chic beauty and style gift selections. Don’t miss out. Here’s the lay of the land for you:

Evolve Apothecary

This tidy place carries lots of indie natural beauty lines but we especially love it as a source for the pretty and elusive Jane Iredale brand of makeup and makeup tools. She’ll love a slim signature compact of trendy eye colors.

Sara Campbell

Do you know what a ruana is yet? If you buy one, you’ll never want a winter without it. This cashmere lovely wasn’t invented by Sara Campbell but has become their specialty. A ruana is an asymmetrical swath of softness worn over blouses and t-shirts. Warm, gorgeous, and affordable. Put it on your list and add one for you. 


Give her a star. At least one in the form of Ari fragrance by Ariana Grande. The eau de parfum spray of this lush scent comes in a cut crystal prism bottle that looks like a twinkling star. The limited edition set comes with the crystal atomizer, a mini perfume, and body lotion. 

J. McLaughlin

Find fetching gifts at this classic yet current shop. Their Bella Beaded Clutch is glam and perfect for New Year’s Eve. For coziness, check out the Fur Pouf Hat which she’ll appreciate until March. Stylish warmth is always a welcome gift. 

Daisy Dig’Ins

For unique and charming gifts this “floral and more” shop has creative and unusual jewelry. Pick up a lovely beaded bracelet for your BFF to match her favorite sweater. Have it complimentary gift wrapped to make things really easy. 

Flaunt Boutique

A veritable treasure trove, this boutique will put a holiday spell on you. Don’t be surprised if you walk out with a few things for yourself. But make sure your stash includes Yosi Samra leopard flats for Mom. There’s nothing more comfortable than shoes that fold up! 


If you know she’s wanted a sonic cleansing brush forever, now Clinique has one. Swiss engineering in a soft whirring brush at an affordable price. Clinique Sonic Cleansing system comes with tried-and-true Clinique skincare too. This set will make her smile wide. 

Donna Macdonald is a freelance writer who enjoys covering topics of interest to women, especially fragrance, style, beauty. She has also written marketing material for a women's book that hit the New York Times Bestseller list and netted her an up close and personal discussion on the Oprah Winfrey Show. Donna currently writes her own personal blog,, where she also writes about issues close to a woman's heart. Donna believes that when a woman finds beauty in the world, she will find beauty in herself.

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    Photo: Ntrigue Salon

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    Photo: Orange Salon

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