20 Holiday Beauty Buys for Every 20-Something on Your List
By Danielle Fontana , Associate Editor |
Best-selling lipsticks, chic fragrance towelettes, a new way to beat hangovers and a self-rotating curling iron that happens to have the Victoria’s Secret Angels’ stamp of approval—we know there’s no time like the holidays to give the gift of pampering, so we’ve done the hard part for you. Here, our top picks at every price point for that beauty-loving 20-something on your list.
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Aside from this limited-edition palette being created by Kim Kardashian’s go-to makeup mogul Mario Dedivanovic (two of the shades, “Kim” and “Muse,” are inspired by her), there’s a shade for every occasion—ranging from coppers to neutral mattes—and the pigmentation can’t be beat. Snatch it up before it’s gone.
Let’s be honest, we all want to look like Victoria’s Secret Angels, and this must-have curling iron (the holiday limited-edition option is adorned with Swarovski crystals) brings us one step closer. It rotates to do the work for you, and it’s the official tool being used backstage for the Victoria’s Secret show in Paris. We can’t ask for more.
JINsoon Pearl Collection ($42)
Look no further than this for the girl who loves her manicures. Inspired by and resembling three different types of pearls, this gorgeous set from luxe nail polish brand JINsoon (it’s vegan, too!) bottles up holiday spirit in the chicest way possible. Includes shades Akoya, Nocturne and Baroque.
Specifically designed for blow-drying, this sleek, aluminum-plated brush slashes your prep time in half. And since there's less heat on your locks, there's also less damage done for healthy, shiny strands every day of the week.
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Covering all the bases of skin (Magic Balm, Everything Primer Luminous Base and Younger Eye Cream), hair (Beyond Hydrated Shampoo and Conditioner and Honestly Effortless Sea Salt Spray) and makeup (Truly Kissable Lip Crayon in Sheer Chestnut Kiss), this all-in-one kit includes founder Jessica Alba’s beauty bunker musts, and that’s enough to sell us (the $63 savings didn’t hurt, either).
This cool-girl spinoff brand of the ever-classic Estée Lauder brand is chock-full of beauty buys women in their 20s and beyond are coveting (Kendall Jenner is brand ambassador), like these limited-edition magnetic eye and face palettes (you can keep them apart or click them together) that boast universally flattering eye shadows, highlighters and blushes to keep you glowing all season.
Nonirritating and gentle on skin, this set from indie brand Drunk Elephant is perfect for every skin type that’s craving the same thing: a young, luminous, blemish-free complexion. You’ll receive a full-sized B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Gel, mini Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil, mini T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Night Serum, mini C-Firma Day Serum, and Pekee Bar that together all add up to glowing skin that’s in year-round.
A great blowout is synonymous with the pros at drybar who are known for creating the most voluminous, glamorous locks in mere minutes. This coveted set makes giving the gift of good hair easy, containing a Buttercup Blow-Dryer (the same dryer used in every salon!), Full Pint Brush, Triple Sec 3-in-1, Southern Belle Volumizing Mousse and High Top Self-Grip Rollers for her best hair days yet.
Who doesn’t love a good lip trend (or three)? This bundle of lipsticks contains mini versions of the brand’s best-selling shades that beauty lovers couldn’t get enough of this year—Medieval, Hello Sailor and Frog Prince—to make any lipstick lover swoon and keep your wallet happy.
Not only does this three-piece set contain the award-winning Purity Cleanser that’s beloved by many a beauty editor to remove every trace of makeup (I use it daily), but it also includes a matching Purity mask and Hope In A Jar Moisturizer to deliver fresh, straight-from-the-spa skin every time you use it.
Perfect for the girl who carries too many just-in-case makeup products in her bag, this adorable pouch lays flat and is designed to slip right into any bag while carrying all of your must-have items. Even better, it’s lined for super easy cleaning and made with cruelty-free leather. Win, win and win.
Perfect for the jet-setting beauty lover in your life, this set includes amika’s best-selling Mighty Mini Dryer (it weighs less than a pound and fights frizz) and Mighty Mini Styler (it reaches a temperature of 400 degrees in less than a minute) to make traveling—and looking flawless—easier than ever. Not a big traveler? The set is perfect to throw in your gym bag, too (though it’s housed in a cute case you’ll want to show off).
An at-home gel manicure is finally possible with this innovative and glamorous set that contains a limited-edition gold champagne LED lamp (and USB cord and power charger for endless uses), two mini gel polishes, a nail file and cuticle stick and—the best part—10 remover pads to take the grunge work out of removing gel polish.
Fresh Sugar Lip Showcase ($77)Not only do each of these ultra-nourishing, sugar-infused lip balms contain SPF 15 to keep your pout protected, but the 10-shade assortment of the brand's best-selling hues also guarantees there's a sheen for everybody, just in time for mistletoe season.
The Wand by PureWine ($25 for eight)
Look out stiletto-shaped bottle holders, there’s a new gift in town for all our wine aficionado friends and it’s crazy good. These easy-to-use “wands” make hangovers things of the past by filtering out the histamines and sulfite preservatives that commonly cause unwanted side-effects like headaches and leave behind everything we love about it wine by also acting as an aerator. Needless to say, we're hooked.
Beauty junkies can never have too many makeup brushes (it’s almost a rule), and this uber-elegant collection from Sonia Kashuk happens to be one of our favorites. This 10-piece set includes five different eye shadow brushes, one designed to apply highlighter, three face brushes (for foundation, concealer and blush), plus a spoolie to keep brows in check—all for less than $40.
The $41 savings isn’t even the best part of this all-inclusive set from benefit. It includes a miniature version of everything you need to create a flawless makeup look in one place: Roller Lash Super Curling & Lifting Mascara, POREfessional Pore Minimizing Face Primer, Benetint Cheek & Lip Stain, They’re Real Duo Shadow Blender in Brazen Bronze, custom ShadowBlender and a Coralista Coral Blush/Rockateur Blush. Where do we sign?
This adorable, holiday-ready packaging (no wrapping needed!) houses seven of Dr. Jart's best-selling sheet masks from the Prescriptment Mask Collection to treat the most common skin woes: dehydration, sagging, dullness, blackheads and enlarged pores.
Healthy hair never goes out of style, and this kit from KEVIN.MURPHY delivers a sexy mane with every wash. The set includes a PLUMPING.WASH, PLUMPING.RINSE and BODY.BUILDER for voluminous hair you won't be able to get enough of—promise.