I truly enjoy giving friends and family beauty products for holiday gifts; they're gifts that can be used up and are a safer bet than guessing someone's shoe size or giving them home decor they'll never use. You can find even the most luxe beauty products at a fraction of what clothing and accessories cost. I'm just saying… Beauty products as gifts make sense.
And we all know a beauty product junkie or two. She's the one that reminds you every time Target or Ulta has a sale… You cringe as you swipe your card, but after stocking up a year's worth of shampoo for half the price you secretly thank her. Her boyfriend has learned to gauge her damage at Sephora by the amount of color swatches on the back of her hand. And she's the first person you call when you need help getting ready for a big date or event.
Sure, her dresser drawers are stuffed with makeup instead of sweaters… But you have to admit, you loved her even more when she told you about her beauty product drive for the local women's shelter or how she brings cartfuls of new Lip Smackers for the girls at the children's hospital. Her heart is just as full as her bathroom cabinets.
So… For the girl who lives for the new Nars nail polish and haunts every beauty blog in cyberspace, here are my best gift picks. Click on the products in the photo or see the photo slide at the bottom for all my beauty picks.
Psst… If you're into beauty products, stay tuned this Wednesday when I'll be doing a Sephora holiday haul video!!
A true beauty junkie loves her tried-and-true favorites and venturing out and exploring new items. This advent calendar is bound to have a little of both.
Give it to her early so she can count down to the holidays or she can start 2015 off right with this set of mini versions of Benefit's best selling products, sized perfectly for travel.
This little set is perfect for travel or simply organizing her makeup. Every brush she needs for her eye shadow looks is included in this handy, compact kit.
I had to include this in the gift guide even though as I'm writing this it's sold out on Sephora's website. Since they still have it up I'm assuming they'll restock.
Why is it such a must-have?? Well, GLAMGLOW took the beauty world by storm when it released these miracle masks and they've been favorites of beauty junkies the world over ever since. This set is particularly wonderful because you are basically getting the two mini masks free.
These. Colors. Are. Stunning. And I would use that adorable glittery pouch to contain hair ties or makeup in my handbag. A gift with dual purposes!
Living in dry Colorado, my lips are usually in various stages of peeling and/or bleeding during the winter. These products are total lifesavers!! The Lip Scrub gently buffs away dry skin with a delicious taste and fragrance - no stinging!! And the Lip Slip is a gorgeous need-nothing-else lip balm that hydrates as much as it makes lips look kissable.
Philosophy's famous moisturizing shower gels multi-task as bubble bath or shampoo as well. These Philosophy shower gels are one of my absolute favorite gifts to receive because their products are scented so beautifully and lather so well.
MAC gets me every time with their stunning holiday gift sets. This year is no exception. This extremely wearable set of nudes is packaged in a shimmering cosmetics case with pearl-like detail.
Too Faced makes some of the best eye shadow palettes around… Their silky, pigmented colors are some of my favorites. The additional shadow primer, mascara, and lash lining tool make this a perfect gift.
Don't forget to sign up for the 3rd giveaway in my #TTWeddingSeries… THREE people will win a bottle of Christian Louboutin "Rouge Louboutin" nail polish!! I'll draw the winners and announce this Friday.
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