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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Elemis Pro-Collagen Perfect Duo Kit ($125)

Housing a full-size Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm and Marine Cream, this award-winning pair means two things: serious savings (it's worth $192!) and younger-looking skin ahead.


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Donna Karan Cashmere Mist Candle ($40)

The warm, fan-favorite scent gets even cozier with its latest launch: a must-have candle for the fragrance connoisseur.


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NeuLash Lash Enhancing Serum Duo ($95)

The only thing better than one bottle of this lash-lengthening potion is two for the price of one. One try and she'll never go back!


4/17

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SK-II Limited Edition Facial Treatment Essence ($235)

If she's a fan of the skin-softening, brightening essence, she'll love any of the three limited-edition bottles from the newly released Fantasista Utamaro collection.


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Clé de Peau Beauté Kimono Dream Collection Rouge À Levres Lipstick ($65)

Housed in packaging too pretty to toss, this feels-like-butter lipstick feels luxe until the last use.


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Mary Kay TimeWise Repair Volu-Firm Advanced Lifting Serum ($70)

Expect deep creases to appear filled and lax skin to look lifted once you reach the end of this small-but-mighty bottle. Think it can’t get any better? Its non-comedogenic, fragrance- and oil-free formula makes it safe for even the most sensitive skin types.


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La Mer The Regenerating Serum ($365)

This new-and-improved version of the brand's classic Regenerating Serum was worth the 10-year wait. Think: a lightweight yet hefty collagen and elastin boost (thanks to the new Metabolic Ferment) plus beefed-up antioxidant protection to keep pollution, UV rays and free radicals at bay.


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Elizabeth Arden Vitamin Capsules ($48 for 30 pieces; $84 for 60)

Biodegradable encapsulation technology makes this no-nonsense brightener 178 times more potent than traditional vitamin C. If your sensitive skin is already worried about any potential irritation, natural clary sage, a natural anti-inflammatory, has your back.


9/17

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Oribe Serene Scalp Thickening Treatment Spray ($76)

Thinning strands? No problem. Densifying polymers instantly plump fine strands while serious peptides and botanicals create fuller-looking strands over time.


10/17

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Indie Lee Energize Body Wash ($24) and Body Oil ($45)

Tough mornings and dry skin days are officially things of the past with this invigorating, mood-boosting duo spiked with vitamins A and B, calendula and a cocktail of jojoba, grapeseed and marula oils.


11/17

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Revision Skincare C+ Correcting Complex 30% ($160)

Aside from bottling the highest concentration of pure THD Ascorbate on the market (30 percent!), this supercharged formula helps fade fine lines, brighten tone and support the skin’s natural production of vitamins C and E for better-looking skin both now and in the long-run.


12/17

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Beautycounter Countertime Collection (starting at $49; full collection available for $382)

Beautycounter’s long-awaited anti-aging collection is finally here, and it was so worth the wait. From the luxe glass packaging to the all-natural retinol alternative found in each product (a blend of bakuchiol and Swiss Alpine Rose) picking just one wrinkle-smoothing favorite from this collection would be a crime. 


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NuFACE Trinity Supercharged Collection ($325)

If potent serums or heavy moisturizers aren’t fulfilling their age-fighting properties, it might be time to bring in the big guns. With consistent use for 5 minutes every day, this high-tech beauty device will help improve facial contour, tone and reduce fine lines and wrinkles.

14/17

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NewBeauty TestTube ($29.95)

NewBeauty’s reinvented TestTube is overflowing with head-to-toe products (including multiple that that are full-size) curated and tested by our editors. Friends in their 40s will especially love July's Sanitas Brightening Peel Pads ($74 value) and Skin Research Laboratories NeuLash ($65 value)—plus seven more products—all for less than $30.

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Artis Elite Makeup Brush Set ($360)

Yes, this makeup brush set might be pricey, but trust us when we say it’s worth every penny. Not only will these exquisite brushes last years and years, but their dense fibers and unique shape take makeup application to another level.


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Care/of Personalized Daily Vitamins Gift Card ($30-$120)

If there’s anything we’ve learned the last few years, it’s that beauty really comes from within—a healthy body equals healthy skin, hair and nails. For around $30 each month, you can gift a friend or loved personalized daily vitamins, curated just for them after taking a brief survey.


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Lashify The Control Kit ($145)

Not your average falsies, the Lashify brand has brought lash extensions into the comfort of your own home. Filled with two sets of lashes, bond glue infused with biotin, a clear finishing coat and a fuse control wand, the Lashify lashes can last up to one to seven days and are much stronger than your average false lashes (but less expensive than a trip to the lash extension salon).