The Ultimate Beauty Gift Guide for 40-Somethings

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Jan Marini Skin Research Marini Holiday Exfoliator in Chocolate Truffle ($88)

One whiff of this decadently scented, gentle scrub (it contains 15 percent cocoa versus synthetic fragrance) will have you hooked. But what will keep you coming back for more is the smooth, glowing skin it leaves behind after each use. 

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NEST The Bestsellers List ($110)

You don’t have to be a candle connoisseur to get googly-eyed over this limited-edition lineup. Eight of the brand’s bestselling votives—Grapefruit, Bamboo, Ocean Mist & Sea Salt, Moroccan Amber, Cedar Leaf & Lavender, Apricot Tea, Sicilian Tangerine and Moss & Mint—are perfectly packaged (you don’t even need to wrap it). With a scent for every season and every room in the house, you really can’t go wrong. 

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Eve Lom The Perfecting Ritual Collection ($195)

In your 40s, sun damage may have taken its toll on your skin, leaving behind hard-to-treat discoloration that makes you look older than you are. This four-piece curated kit, which includes the brand’s potent brightening cream, serum and mask, along with its coveted cleanser and corresponding muslin cloth, helps even out your skin tone while also minimizing visible signs of aging for a more luminous, youthful look.

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IT Cosmetics City Chic 5-Piece Ultra Luxe Skin-Loving Brush Set + Exclusive Case ($68)

From the brand that makes a makeup brush for just about every area of the face and every type of makeup comes this exclusive set that features five essential brushes—a powder, blush, foundation, eye shadow and crease brush (for nailing the perfect smoky eye)—housed in a fashion-forward rose gold bag so you can stay organized (and look good) on the go.  

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Living Proof Spread Cheer & Perfect Hair Kit ($25)

Healthy hair is a sign of youth, so give the gift of better-looking strands to your girlfriends (or even treat yourself) with this all-star trio from Living Proof. The kit includes a travel-size Perfect hair Day Shampoo and Conditioner, as well as a full-size Perfect hair Day Dry Shampoo (it smells so good!), so you have everything you need to keep your locks in tip-top shape.

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Laura Geller So Scrumptious 6 Piece Color Collection ($59)

Although Laura Geller’s baked makeup blends transcend generations—you’ll love them whether you’re 20 or 40—this set of dessert-inspired neutrals works well on more mature skin types that don’t often benefit from heavy liquid makeup, which can actually highlight signs of aging rather than hide them. Not only do you get the brand’s signature Spackle primer (this stuff is a true cult-favorite), but you also score a full-size Baked Eyeshadow Sensation in Tiramisu, Baked Balance-N-Brighten Foundation, Baked Blush-N-Brighten in Tropic Hues and Color Luster Lip Gloss in Sugar Cane. It’s a value of $173!

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Diana Vreeland Parfums ($250 each)

Who wouldn’t want one of these gorgeous perfumes on her vanity? Trendy tassel and all, the bottles alone make a statement, but the juice inside is even more alluring. Each one is equally beautiful, but Full Gallop (the purple one far right) is the one the brand recommends for 40-somethings looking for a signature scent. A celebration of Diana Vreeland’s love of dance (even to the extent that the mannequins at the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum danced with each other), Full Gallop is robust with bold floral notes and warm undertones—there’s even a little hint of spice.

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LUSH Home for Christmas Gift Set ($28)

“Handmade” and “freshness” are two cornerstones of the brand and both are evident in this holiday gift set, which is sure to put a smile on any woman’s face. Ultra-feminine (rose and lavender are the predominant scents here), you get a Rose Jam Shower Gel, Serendipity Soap and Dream Cream Self-Preserving Hand and Body Lotion. Plus, the kit comes gift-wrapped, so you’ll have one less thing to worry about during this busy season. 

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Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray Set ($55)

With age, hair begins to thin out and lose its youthful volume and bounce. But with good products, like this beauty editor and hair stylist must-have, you can fake it, and everyone will think you were blessed with good genes. This limited-edition set is a must-have because you get the full size and a travel size, so bigger, better hair with seriously sexy texture is always within reach.

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Tatcha Working Wonders Set ($98)

If you’re looking for a beauty gift that screams “pamper yourself,” but you’re not sure what skin type she has or which ingredients she prefers, choose this luxe set, which features three products every woman can use: Indigo Soothing Silk Hand Cream, Luminous Dewy Skin Mist (a best-seller for the brand) and Petal Fresh Aburatorigami Beauty Papers (if you’ve never tried these, you need to). The bonus gift, a washi-wrapped pen stand, features Tatcha’s signature print and acts as the perfect desk or vanity accessory to house the mini products.

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