The holidays make look different this year and feel a little bit lonelier, but when life hands you lemons, make lemonade. Translation: We’ve all had a rough year, so we deserve a little something special to lift our spirits. Whether you’re browsing for yourself or your 30-something friend or family member, these best-of-the-best beauty presents are sure to impress. Happy shopping!
The cult-favorite, monoi oil–rich Orgasm Afterglow Lip Balm now comes in the ultimate duo, paired with Fast Lane, a sheer, mauve-nude shade. And the best part? You don’t even have to wrap it! Just hang it on the tree or tuck it in a stocking and you’re all set.
The name of this limited-edition set “Beauty Lover” hits the nail perfectly on the head (and I love the reusable canvas pouch). From an editor-favorite mascara and eyeshadow to a derm-favorite hyaluronic acid serum, it’s sure to put a permanent smile on the face of any beauty aficionado.
Patchology All Eyes On You Trio
Darphin Hydraskin 15ml & Darphin Intral Serum 5ml
ILIA Limitless Lash Mascara
Kosas 10-Second Shadow in Supreme
Trish McEvoy Intense Gel Liner in Black
SkinCeuticals H.A. Intensifier 30ml
Molton Brown Orange and Bergamot Shower Gel 100ml
R+Co Death Valley Dry Shampoo (Travel Size)
NEST Amalfi Lemon & Mint Mini Votive Candle
Spa Rituals Hand Sanitizer
Tom Ford Lost Cherry Candle ($132)
Tom Ford’s super sought-after Lost Cherry fragrance is now available in a chic candle, which will complement holiday decor while adding an element of bougie fun. The scent itself is a conversation-starter: “black cherry’s ripe flesh dripping in cherry liqueur glistens with a teasing touch of bitter almond,” according to Mr. Ford—it’s just the right amount of sweet.
This is a must-have just for the navy limited-edition bag alone—so chic! Inside you’ll find a refillable lipstick bullet and six “refill” shades of the iconic Rouge Dior Lipstick: 999 (satin), 999 (matte), 988 (satin), 481 (matte), 458 (satin) and 772 (matte), which are all enriched with mango butter (even the mattes!) for hydrated lips.
One of my favorite collaborations of the holiday season, stylist to the stars Harry Josh has teamed up with fashionista to the stars, Anine Bing to create a limited-edition, highly coveted kit. Not only do you get a Harry Josh Pro Dryer 2000, 1.25-Inch Travel Curling Iron (it’s SO cute!) and a 1.7-inch Magnesium Thermal Brush (one of my favorite round brushes), but also an Anine Bing black vegan leather bag.
diptyque Best of Baies Set ($135)
The irresistible, cult-classic Baies scent in three forms? Seems too good to be true, but thanks to this Nordstrom-exclusive, limited-edition set, it’s REAL! A 2.5-ounce candle is combined with a 1.7-ounce Room Spray and a beautiful scented oval that will fill any small space with all the fruity-floral goodness Baies has to offer. This one is a no-brainer.
Another standout palette from makeup goddess Charlotte Tilbury, this limited-edition, 12-shade stunner features brand-new soft-shimmer and wet-look metallic formulas in four sets of three to make it easier than ever to achieve different looks. Plus, the palette is housed in a collector’s edition silver starburst case that is super giftable—no wrapping needed!
This is truly the year of amazing holiday collaborations! Never would have guessed Beachwaver Co. would join forces with Stila Cosmetics to launch a limited-edition “Kitten-inspired” Beachwaver, which rotates automatically to give you effortless waves in mere minutes. And as a free gift, you’ll also get a Stila Kitten Karma Liquid Eye Shadow, a rose gold metallic hue.
OLAY x OROLAY ($150)
Another genius collaboration on the beauty front: OLAY has partnered with OROLAY, the makers of the “Amazon Coat,” the 2019 viral sensation. Beginning Cyber Monday (November 30), the limited-edition coat will be exclusively available on Olay.com as a free gift with any $150 purchase (until it sells out of course!). Wondering which skin care to stock up on? We recommend Olay’s new Regenerist Ultra Rich Fragrance-Free Moisturizer and Regenerist Retinol24 MAX Fragrance-Free Night Serum. Layer the serum under the cream and you’re in for a treat.
We may not be jetsetting as much these days, but even a good domestic road trip still calls for cute beauty minis. This six-piece set features all of the amika classics—Normcore Signature Shampoo and Conditioner, Soulfood Nourishing Mask, Perk Up Dry Shampoo, Un.Done Volume and Matte Texture Spray, and Brooklyn Bombshell Blowout Spray—in a fun, reusable, New York-inspired travel bag.
For those looking for some serious pampering in the body-care department, this six-piece set—handpicked by brand founder Emilie Hoyt—is self-care in a box. And remember, you deserve some beauty bliss this season too, so treat yourself if it looks too good to give away!
Rose Tangerine Lavender Soap
Bamboo Lemongrass Foaming Body Scrub
Sofian Lavender Whipped Body Crème
Almond, Milk & Honey Body Butter
Eucalyptus Foaming Foot Scrub with Pumice
Lavender & Eucalyptus Foot Crème
Dermstore’s first-ever Advent Calendar is a winner! From mini versions of derm-favorite SkinCeuticals Retinol 0.3 and SkinMedica TNS Eye Repair to the chic, silk Slip Midi Scrunchie, this 24-piece bundle of surprises—valued at $516—is stacked with skin and hair goodies from top brands. Every day of December will feel like a mini Christmas morning!
Calling all Schitt’s Creek fans! This will be the gift that has everyone talking—leave it to the Beekman boys to bring our favorite faux apothecary to life, and right in time for the holidays. This limited-edition collab has already sold out once, so snag it up as soon as you can, aka today! The four-piece set comes with Rose Apothecary Lip Balm, Goat Milk Bar Soap, Body Milk and a soy wax rose-scented Votive Candle. And once the candle burns out, you can reuse the votive for Q-tips, bobby pins or whatever you like to cherish David in your memories forever.
Pattern On-the-Go Kit ($24)
This cute On-the-Go Kit offers a sampling of the hydration shampoo and both conditioners, all designed to care for coils and curls.
Another celeb-backed beauty launch (any Dua Lipa fans in the house?), Libre from YSL Beauté with orange blossom, lavender and musk smells just as beautiful and lush as the bottle it comes in.
Urban Decay’s Naked is back and glowier than ever with this highly anticipated update to the 12-pan palette. Full of both powerful neutrals and dizzying metallics, each exclusive shade in the collection is designed for both day and night use.
Homesick New York Candle ($30)
For the far-away friend or relative, Homesick candles make the perfect gift and absolutely nail the nostalgia with candles that represent every single state and several cities across the country. We might be biased, but the New York Candle—that smells like the first days of fall (apples, nutmeg, cinnamon and musk)—is a fave.
Remind that relative (or yourself) who’s boss with these adorable and delicious chocolates from Maggie Louise Confections that feature every flavor of yum—espresso, peanut butter, strawberry sea salt, hazelnut, mocha, and so much more.
Chill out with this heavenly set literally made for the Angels. Beloved by beauty gods Charlotte Tillbury, Gucci Westman and Vincent Oquendo (who are apparently always equipped with these freeze sticks), celeb facialist Georgia Louise‘s skin tools are the ultimate way to depuff and firm.
Another celestial beauty gift straight from the Angels—specifically, Victoria’s Secret veteran Lindsay Ellingson, who cofounded the brand—Wander eye masks are beloved by supermodels the world over, including Heidi Klum, who sports these affordable, restorative masks on flights to boost hydration.
For the friend in need of the royal treatment this season, we present you with Mason Pearson’s Popular Mix Brush. This paddle brush with a blend of boar and nylon bristles is so good that it remains largely unchanged from its conception in the early 1900s, and is even rumored to be the hairbrush of the British royal family.
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