It's that time of year again! One of my favorite parts of the holiday season is going out and finding gifts that people will love, and more importantly, actually use. In this gift guide, I've compiled a list of 11 of my favorite beauty related gifts that any beauty lover, such as myself, would love to open up on Christmas Day!
1. Oval Beauty Brushes
One of the hottest beauty trends this year, these oval cosmetics brushes are popping up just about everywhere. I personally use these brushes and I love the flawless, airbrush type finish that they provide. There are countless brands that make these style brushes now, but one of the original brands is Artis Brushes. They make this style of brush for just about everything, from face contour to eyeshadow. Personally, I love these style brushes for foundation and concealer. Besides Artis, you can check out other brands on Amazon, such as the ones pictured below, and also MAC Cosmetics for these brushes.
2. Kylie Cosmetics Holiday Set
It's no secret that Kylie Jenner's cosmetics line is one of the hottest brands on the market today. Within minutes, her product launches sell out. Recently, Kylie launched her holiday collection, and from the packaging to the actual products, the set makes the perfect gift! I purchased her birthday collection over the summer, and the liquid lipsticks truly are long wearing, the shadows are packed with pigment, and her highlighting powders are some of the best. Any beauty lover who likes to keep up with the latest trends will be sure to love this gift!
3. Beauty Blender
I don't know about you, but I can't live without my Beauty Blender! There are so many "dupes" on the market, but none can truly do what the original Beauty Blender does. Perfect for applying foundation and blending out concealer, this is one beauty tool that I find every woman should own. This adorable and colorful "Beauty Blender Spring Fling" set comes with three beauty blenders, and is the perfect gift for any girl who's as addicted to makeup as I am!
4. La Mer Mini Miracles Collection
If you've read my Favorite Beauty Products Post, then you know that I am a huge fan of La Mer products, specifically their moisturizers, although I love the whole line of luxury skincare products. This "Mini Miracles Collection" comes with a small size of their original moisturizing cream, the treatment lotion, and the eye concentrate. Priced at $85, it's the perfect way to give the gift of great skincare. This is also a great way to introduce someone to the La Mer line, and also test out some of their most iconic products. TIP: When using the moisturizing cream, make sure to warm up the product by rubbing it between your fingers to smooth out the product, then, rather than a lathering motion, pat the product into the skin.
5. Mac Mini Glitter Pigments
The perfect product for this time of year, light up your eyes with these Mac Cosmetics loose pigments. I personally own these and have created so many festive holiday looks by combining the loose pigments with other eyeshadows. Personally, I love the use the bright gold pigment all over the eye lid, the white pigment "vanilla" under the brow to highlight, and the peach color either blended into the crease or used all over the lid as well. Although these are miniature sized pigments, a little bit goes a long way with this product, so they will last quite a while. These colors are versatile, and can be blended to create beautiful looks, especially this holiday season!
6. Tarte "Treasure Box"
I have been a fan of Tarte Cosmetics for quite some time now, and more recently, they have become one of the most popular brands on the market. Tate Cosmetics produces vegan friendly and cruelty free products, which is an added bonus! This limited edition "Treasure Box" kit from Sephora is basically a full face of makeup in a box. The kit includes 24 eyeshadows, 2 bronzers, 2 blushes, 1 highlighting powder, eyeliner, a lip gloss, and the ever popular "Lights, Camera, Lashes" mascara. Needless to say, it truly is a makeup treasure box! Priced at $59, I find that this kit is a steal, and is also an amazing gift. I find that this gift would also be great for someone who is just getting into makeup, almost as a "starter kit," as it includes a wide variety of colors, which is perfect for creating different looks, from day to night.
7. Flowerbomb Fragrance Set
I have been wearing this fragrance for about two years now, and I continually get compliments on it. With its mix of prominent floral notes and vanilla, it is super feminine, and for me, it is the perfect "night out" fragrance. I love this set because it comes with the full size fragrance, full size lotion, a rollerball, and travel size spray. So, you'll have your lotion and perfume for home, a rollerball for on-the-go, and a travel size spray for jet setting! TIP: Layer the lotion with the spray for a fuller bodied scent and for longer wear.
8. Anastasia Beverly Hills Sun Dipped Glow Kit
Another one of my beauty favorites, I use this highlighting powder kit every single day! These highlighting powders are super pigmented and give the perfect glow. Perfect for a makeup pro to add to their collection, or someone who's just getting into the highlighting trend, you can't go wrong with this palette! View it HERE.
9. Urban Decay "Naked 4Some Vault"
Whoever received this gift will never have to purchase another eyeshadow again! The oh-so-famous Naked palettes from Urban Decay are some of the most commonly used and loved palettes on the market. Although primarily neutrals, with so many colors, it's easy to create countless looks with all of the different variations. Get all FOUR of their iconic palettes in this kit! They are a staple in any makeup collection.
9. A Luxe Candle
One of my favorite and most relaxing activities, especially this time of year, is lighting a few candles and cozying up with a great novel. If you know anyone like me, then they will surely enjoy a nice, cozy and luxe candle, such as this one by Tom Ford. I personally love Tom Ford fragrances, especially this Amber one, which also has notes of vanilla (my favorite)!
10. Donna Karan Cashmere Mist
I have been wearing the Donna Karan Cashmere Mist body lotion everyday for about 4 years now. To say it is a must have for me is an understatement! The lotion is super hydrating and has a velvety quality about it. While the scent is not overpowering or too strong, it is a pleasant scent with notes of sandalwood and amber, and is especially great for everyday wear.
11. The Perfect Red Lip from YSL
There is nothing more classic than the perfect red lip, and no one does it quite as well as YSL! This kit is called "The Essentials" set, and that it is. The kit also comes with the YSL Touche Éclat Pen, which can be used for highlighting the cupids bow, which makes your lips appear fuller.
Finding the perfect gift can be hard sometimes, but I hope that I have given you a little inspiration for your gift giving endeavors. What are some of your beauty gifts that you'll be giving this year? Comment below!
Tanti baci and Happy Holidays,
The Sweet Paisana