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The Ultimate Beauty Gift Guide for Women in Their 40s

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Weeding through gift guides filled with shimmery lip glosses and acne-fighting skin care aren’t exactly helpful when you’re looking for gifts to get your 40-something girlfriends this holiday season. So, leave the neon eyeshadow and peach-scented makeup for your 15-year-old niece, and opt for these luxe picks, perfect for every woman in her 40s.

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La Mer The Treatment Lotion ($165)

When used before the remainder of your skin-care routine, this “energizing” primer plumps and preps the skin for maximum absorption while adding a layer of initial hydration.

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HydroPeptide Gua Sha Glow Kit ($89)

Not only does the brand’s Moisture Reset Oil create the perfect glide for a proper Gua Sha experience, but it’s chock full of anti-aging ingredients like flower extracts and pumpkin oil for a double dose of radiance.

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Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Face Palette ($80)

Define, highlight and sculpt with this timeless palette—it’s available in two shade ranges—filled with six limited-edition shades of blush, bronzer and highlight for the ultimate lit-from-within makeup look.

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Erno Laszlo Vitality Treatment Method Mask ($96)

Also known as the brand’s iconic “Famous Pink Mask,” this mix-it-yourself treatment brings the spa home with a blend of hydrating and plumping ingredients.

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Moroccanoil Magic of Hair Repair Gift Set ($66)

Nothing screams silky, healthy strands like Moroccanoil. This limited-edition set includes full-size versions of the Moisture Repair Shampoo, iconic Restorative Hair Mask and Perfect Defense Spray, plus a mini Treatment Oil, perfect for taming flyaways or sealing split ends on the go.

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dr. brandt Microdermabrasion ($79)

When it comes to achieving baby-soft skin, this cult-classic treatment is a must. The creamy formula is filled with superfine crystals and AHAs for both a chemical and physical exfoliation. The result: supple, soft, glowing skin.

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Makeup by Mario Four-Play Everyday Eyeshadow Quads ($25 each)

The only thing better than a timeless, classic eyeshadow quad? One that’s perfectly curated by celebrity makeup artist Mario Dedivanovic so you can’t go wrong. Each palette includes two matte and two shimmery shades for countless eye looks.

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Van Dang Fragrances The Reed Diffuser ($165)

Elevate your home fragrance with any of the six unique scents from Van Dang, available in a variety of formats including alcohol-free diffusers, candles, meditation sets and linen mists. Our favorite: Rosa Luna, a musky, sexy take on the classic floral.

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U Beauty Resurfacing Compound ($228)

Claiming to replace an average of seven skin-care products in one bottle, this high-tech (and clean!) exfoliator works to reduce the appearance of pores and wrinkles and slough off dull skin in a single step.

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NewBeauty TestTube 15-Year Anniversary Tube ($39.90)

Valued at more than $200, this editor-curated assortment of beauty products includes best-sellers from brands like Megababe, Be a 10, Neolastin, Shielded Beauty and more.


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Amanda Harrington London Buff & Bronze Face Set ($88)

Sofia Vergara and Jennifer Aniston call on Harrington for all of their bronzing needs—the Natural Honey shade was created for Aniston’s specific skin tone—and this clean, vitamin-rich line makes bronzing at home foolproof.

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SkinMedica TNS Advanced+ Serum ($295)

Anyone would be thrilled to receive this high-powered age-defying cocktail for the holidays—consider it the Birkin of skin-care serums—but those experiencing some skin laxity and etched-in lines would especially cherish it.

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Allē Gift Card

Cosmetic treatments for the holidays? Say no more. The next-gen version of Brilliant Distinctions, Allergan Aesthetics’ loyalty program, Allē unlocks access to exclusive offers and rewards that can be used on anything from injectables and lasers to peels and skin-care products within the Allergan family.

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Joanna Vargas Magic Glow Wand ($285)

Upgrade her skin-care routine with this multi-use tool that uses targeted temperature and massage settings to take self-care up a notch. Massage settings mimic the natural flow of the lymphatic system, heat enhances the efficacy of your skin-care products and a cool-down mode de-puffs and calms inflamed skin.

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Chanel Rouge Allure Or Beige 107 ($45)

The only thing better than a timeless, nourishing nude lip color is one that’s housed in packaging so chic, you won’t have to bother with gift wrap.

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