Holiday Gift Guide 2017
The holidays are just around the corner, and if you’re anything like me, you’re living on the edge and haven’t even begun to shop. Whether you’re shopping for a friend, who always has a perfectly polished manicure, a co-worker whose makeup is always on point, a sister who’s constantly battling dry skin, a mother who loves to be pampered, or a neighbour who is always up-to-date with the hottest trends, I got something for everyone on your beauty list. If you have a beauty obsessed female in your life, this holiday gift guide is for you. I’ve got your makeup and skincare gifts covered with these 15+ fantastic gifts.
I don’t know about you, but I always start the new year off with a new set of makeup brushes. No matter how often you clean them or how well you take care of them, they always seem to look a little rough come December. The Sephora Collection DOUBLETAP Brush Set features 5 double-ended brushes for both your face and eyes. Its gunmetal design, cruelty-free, incredibly soft synthetic bristles are easy to work with and buff out beautifully. From a cheek brush, to a highlighter brush, to a foundation brush and even a buffing brush and double-ended concealer brush, this collection offers all the tools you need to apply your liquid and powder foundation, blush, highlight, contour and bronzer. It also comes with a shadow and crease brush, along with a spoolie and liner brush to ensure you achieve a flawless and seamless eye look. Its packaged beautifully in a travel-friendly, dark rainbow, durable, zip-around carrying case that stores all your brushes when not in use. It retails for $60, but comes with a $175 value.
For anyone who likes to experiment or play with different lashes, Sephora x House of Lashes Lash Story Pro Edition is where it’s at. With 12 falsies in the set, it’s the perfect time to play with a new set each and every month for all of 2018. It offers a wide variety of wearable, natural-looking lashes to more bold and dramatic lashes. Whether you’re looking for added volume for the office or extreme fullness for evening, this kit has it all. It comes beautifully packaged in a pale pink, somewhat travel friendly case, perfect for keeping all your lashes organized and in one place. It comes with an array of lengths, thickness and styles, allowing you to get as creative as you like. Depending on the time of day, event or occasion, there’s a lash for you. It retails for $150 USD.
Dior sure knows how to create a glamour’s palette. The Dior Couture Colour Wardrobe Eyes & Lips Palette features an array of runway inspired shades that are perfect for creating both daytime and evening looks. It comes with 6 vibrant and iridescent eyeshadow shades that complement each other beautifully. From your basic every day nudes to a pale pink, rich chocolate brown, gold and even a black, the possibilities are endless. It also comes with 3 of the brands best-selling lippies to finish off your look. The chic, glossy black, zipper case makes it perfect for travel and touch-ups on the go. It retails for $98.
Treat the lipstick junkie in your life to the Bite Beauty Matte Crème Lip Crayon Collection. Much like the Sephora x House of Lashes set, this collection features 18 deluxe Matte Crème Lip Crayons in an array of the brands bestselling shades. With its rich and creamy, intensely pigmented, long-wearing formula, you’ll be able to create perfectly polished different looks every day of the week. From beautiful every day nudes, to bold and striking reds, to stunning burgundies and vivid pinks, these extremely comfortable lippies are one of those formulas you just need to try for yourself. I promise you’re going to fall in love. It retails for $155, but comes with a $288 value.
The Sephora Collection Seeing Stars Eyeshadow Palette is an affordable option for anyone who loves to play with shadows. This 16-pan palette contains both shimmer and matte shades in a mixture of both natural and fun pops of colour. It’s extremely versatile and can easily create an array of stunning and flattering looks. Whether you’re looking for soft and subtle pinks or rich and creamy taupe and nudes, this palette can do it all. The pretty rose gold packaging just screams holiday and will be an excellent addition to any makeup collection. It retails for $30.
Give the gift of younger, more youthful skin with the Estée Lauder with this 4-piece set. The Supreme + Global Anti-Aging Cell Power Crème, Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II, Supreme + Global Anti-Aging Eye Balm, and Advanced Night Micro Cleansing Foam all help to revitalize the skin for a healthy radiant glow. This is perfect for all the females in your life looking for firmer, more hydrated skin without cosmetic surgery. It retails for $100, but comes with a $175 value.
Don’t forget that with any $200+ Estée Lauder purchase, you’ll be able to pick up the All Out Glamour Set for only $50. The set includes 6 full-size makeup essentials plus a midnight blue sparkly clutch that can be gifted to a loved one or kept and enjoyed for yourself. From smoldering, smoky eyes to sultry nude-y lips and mega volume lashes, this kit has everything you need to be party-ready in minutes.
It’s no secret that I have a slight obsession with OLEHENRIKSEN Truth Serum. It instantly transforms your skin and reveals a radiant and healthy glow in days. The OLEHENRIKSEN 12 Days of OLE Glow Skincare Advent Calendar features 12 of the brands iconic and best-selling beauty essentials that ensure you’ll have healthy-looking skin by the new year. You’ll be able to test out some of the brands favourites, along with discovering new ones with these 12 deluxe-size samples. Each product is designed and created to brighten, visibly firm the skin, provide it with all-day hydration and act as the perfect makeup prep-step and nightly game-changers. Honestly, this set would be perfect for anyone in your life who wants to up their skincare game. It retails for $62, but comes with a $132 value.
Frist Aid Beauty is another sought-after skincare brand thanks to its high-quality ingredients and unique and innovated products. The Frist Aid Beauty Tales of FAB Skin is another amazing gift set that features some of the brands most iconic and best-selling products. Unlike the OLEHENRIKSEN calendar mentioned above, this kit actually contains full-size products. From their Ultra Repair Cream, to Facial Radiance Pads, to their oh-so popular Pure Skin Face Cleanser and Hello FAB Coconut Skin Smoothie Priming Moisturizer and even their Ultra Repair Lip Therapy, all 5 products will help cleanse, hydrate and highlight the skin. It retails for $67, but comes with a $137 value.
The Body Shop Strawberry Premium Gift Set features delicious strawberry skincare treats perfect for any bath or shower junkie on your list. It comes beautifully packaged in a festive red box with huge red bow and contains a rich and creamy body butter, a delicious shower gel containing real strawberry seed oil, a gentle, yet effective body polish, a yummy, high-hydrating hand cream and a refreshing body mist. It retails for $46.
Keeping with The Body Shop theme, the Frosted Plum Festive Tin is another excellent option for those that like to indulge in bath products. Not only does it come beautifully wrapped in a fun and fruity purple tin ordainment, it contains 4 delicious treats within. With its sugar-frosted winter plum aroma, this elegant, yet sweet scent, brings together juicy ripe plum and apricot blossom and peony for a slightly delicate floral scent. It comes with 4 mini frosted plum favourites, including a shower gel, body scrub, body butter and hand cream for only $28.
If you can’t decide which Body Shop Body Butter to get your friend, why not treat them to The Body Shop Dial-A-Flavour Body Butter Collection. The packaging turns into a fun game of which body butter am I going to use today. Simply spin and watch as it points you in the right direction of what scent you are going to use that day. From the classic Almond Milk & Honey Soothing & Restoring Body Butter, to the floarly British Rose Instant Glow Body Butter, to the delicious Strawberry Softening Body Butter and Mango Softening Body Butter to the famous Shea Nourishing Body Butter, the choice is yours. It retails for $20.
L’Occitane makes some of the best hand creams around and with the L’Occitane Hand Cream Bouquet you’ll have the chance to experience some of their most cherished scents. Each is formulated with nourishing shea butter to help keep hands incredibly soft, smooth and hydrated all-day long. It features an extremely thick and creamy, white creamy texture that absorbs into the skin instantly. It never leaves behind a sticky or greasy residue. It penetrates deep down into the skin and keeps both hands and cuticles nourished and moisturized the day. It retails for $54.
Amopé Electronic Foot File is one of those products I use daily and one that I have gifted to several of my friends in the past. The Amopé Pedi Perfect Gift Set includes the electronic foot file, extra coarse roller head, along with the regular coarse roller head, soft touch roller head, a roller cover, 4 batteries and cosmetic bag to keep stored while not in use. The roller-head rotates at the push of a button to conveniently create a spa-like experience at home. It instantly buffs away dead skin and leaves skin incredibly soft and smooth. Its unique spinning roller instantly buffs away rough, callused skin on feet to reveal supple, touchable feet in as little as a few minutes a day. It’s quick, easy, completely painless and safe enough to use daily. Simply wash and clean your feet, turn on unit and gently rotate back and forth or side to side over your hardened skin for 2-3 seconds. Continue until you have your desired softness. It retails for $59.99.
It doesn’t get any more classic than Miss Dior, so why not treat her to the ultimate perfume gift set. The DIOR Miss Dior EDP Signature Three-Piece Set features a 100ml parfum natural spray, 10ml refillable travel spray and a 5ml miniature parfum. It’s a light and refreshing as the morning dew, yet provides a soft and sensual aroma. It’s a perfume for a woman that’s bold, adventurous and loves her freedom. It’s a floral composition that stirs your emotions and allows you to express your own unique personality. It retails for $198.
Who isn’t on the hunt for products that add both softness, volume and smoothness to hair? Toss in protects against future breakage and heat damage and you have a Holy Grail lineup. OUAI On My Ouai Kit features a dry shampoo that cleanses hair without water, a texturizing hair spray that adds volume and texture, a smooth spray primer that helps control frizz and fly-a-ways, and a treatment masque that helps repair damage and protects colour treated hair. This four-piece set not only leaves hair silky-smooth and soft, it instantly refreshes, detangles and conditions the hair. It retails for $48.
If you’re looking for a totally unique and incredibly fun gift, get the Sephora Collection La Piñata. Hang it from your ceiling or in a doorway, pull string, and watch as 10 Sephora Collection faves fall out. It comes with The Mascara in 02 Ultra Black, Cream Lip Stain in 01 Always Red, Fingertip Eyeliner in 01 Smart Black, Ribbon Hair Tie, Creamy Body Wash Capsule in Cotton Flower, Fizzing Bath Cube in Cotton Flower, Sleeping Mask in Lotus, Lip Mask in Shea, Eye Mask in Avocado, Mini 4-Step Nail Buffer and retails for $30.