The Ultimate Beauty Lover’s Gift Guide

Beauty/Skincare, Featured Article, Healthy Living
on November 24, 2014
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We all have “that friend” who’s totally, unabashedly beauty-obsessed. Call her a diva, if you will. You know the type: She could spend hours on end browsing through Sephora; she routinely takes an hour (or more) to get ready; she’s always in-the-know when it comes to the latest beauty and hair trends. If you’re looking for the perfect gift to spoil the beauty buff in your life, then you’re in the right place. We’ve rounded up a veritable spread of holiday gifts for beauty mavens, ranging from chic bath sets to hair appliances to perfume. With options for every budget, everyone (yourself included!) will love this good stuff.

T3 Featherweight Compact Folding Dryer, $150

T3 FW Compact Folding Dryer

Big, bulky hair dryers? Ain’t nobody got space for that. Perfect for jet-sets, the T3 compact dryer folds in half so you can stow it easily in your luggage or suitcase.

Clarisonic Plus Holiday Value Set, $180

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We all know the importance of washing our faces at day’s end, but is your old-fashioned soap and washcloth really doing the trick? The answer: Probably not. That’s where Clarisonic brushes come in. The electronic bristled brushes softly vibrate to deeply exfoliate the pores and wash off dirt, oil and makeup, revealing cleaner, more radiant skin.

If you’re looking to pamper the beauty buff in your life, look no further than the Clarisonic PLUS Holiday Value Set. Great for all skin types, including oily or dry skin, this all-in-one cleansing kit includes a Clarisonic PLUS with two brush heads (one for the body, one for the face) and three different gel cleansers.

As Clarisonic newbies, we were a little skeptical from the get-go: Is it really worth the steep price tag? But after putting the device through the ringer, our answer now is an emphatic “yes.” The Clarisonic brush was incredibly easy-to-use and left our skin feeling smoother and looking visibly brighter. “I will definitely be adding this to my weekly beauty regimen!” one reviewer gushed. “It’s worth every penny.”

Philosophy Trio of Cookies Shower Gel Collection, $42

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Nothing makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside like the scent of Christmas cookies in the oven. With three festive “flavors,” these cookie-scented shower gels smell good enough to eat. Just one whiff will whisk you away to Christmases of yore, making you nostalgic for a fresh-baked batch of mom’s gingerbread cookies.

L’Occitane Set of Eight Hand Creams, $65

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Hands down (no pun intended), L’Occitane is the crème de la crème when it comes to hand creams. A great stocking stuffer, this gift set includes eight luxurious L’Occitane hand lotions in small, portable bottles. Great for soothing dry, cracked winter skin, the lotions come in eight different fragrances, including the signature Shea Butter and the flirty Rose Scent.

L’Occitane Divine Skincare Collection, $182

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With four anti-aging products—including facial cleansing foam, face cream, eye cream and lotion—this splurge-worthy skincare gift set is a true luxury. The rich, velvety creams are scented with immortelle flowers, a Corsican flower believed to possess anti-aging and anti-inflammatory properties. We put the product set to the test and were incredibly pleased with the results; after about a week, we noticed softer, more radiant skin. Call it heaven in a bottle.

Marc by Marc Jacobs Daisy Eau So Fresh Perfume, 1.7 oz spray, $76.00

Daisy Eau So Fresh by Marc Jacobs

As Christian Dior once famously said, “A woman’s perfume tells more about her than her handwriting.” Any beauty aficionado knows the importance of finding her “signature fragrance”—the scent that defines you as soon as you walk into a room. For a foolproof perfume that will suit any personality, we recommend Marc by Marc Jacob’s feminine “Daisy.” A fresh, girly scent with delicate floral notes, this everyday perfume will take you from the boardroom to the nightclub and everywhere in between.

Jane Iredale Smoke & Mirrors Smoky Eye Kit, $50 

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Nothing makes a statement quite like a sultry, sexy smoky eye. But learning how to apply a smoky eye can be tricky and intimidating for many. Jane Iredale takes the guesswork out of eye makeup with this user-friendly smoky eye set, perfect for makeup mavens and beginners alike. Packaged in a compact travel box, the kit holds eight shades as well as a helpful step-by-step “how-to” guide to create your favorite smoky eye looks, from elementary to sophisticated.

EcoTools Mini Essentials Set , $5.99

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Call it makeup with a conscience: Ecotools uses only bamboo and recycled materials for eco-friendly makeup application. Great for on-the-go touchups, this adorable mini set includes a powder brush, eye shading brush and angled liner brush. Cute holiday-themed packaging makes this fun-sized kit the perfect stocking stuffer.

Rowenta Versa Style Iron, $159

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Do you ever wish there was a magical tool that could curl and straighten hair all in one? Well, such a tool does exist, and it can be yours for $159. The salon-quality Rowenta Versa Style Iron not only straightens but uses exclusive ProCurling™ technology with lateral edges and surrounding silicone rubbers to curl, wave or create incredible root lift in one step. Plus, it only takes 30 seconds to heat up, so you can achieve celebrity-worthy locks in ten minutes or less. Small caveat: For those of you who are clueless when it comes to hair appliances, like we are, mastering the art of curling with a flat iron might take a little practice, but you’ll get the hang of it with time.

jane iredale Glow Time Full Coverage Mineral BB Cream, $48

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BB Cream, which stands for “beauty” or “blemish cream,” is like tinted moisturizer on steroids. This multi-tasking cream from Jane Iredale combines foundation, concealer, sunscreen and moisturizer all in one itty-bitty bottle. Available in eight different shades, the cream incorporates natural minerals that adjust to your skin tone to cover blemishes, minimize pores and disguise wrinkles. Forget Botox—getting flawless, ageless skin has never been so simple.

G.M. Collin Bota-Peptide Eye Contour, $84.00. GMCollin.com

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This deliciously scented eye cream is clinically proven to reduce the appearance of expression lines, fine lines, wrinkles, and dark circles caused by fragile capillaries and puffiness. The serum contains a secret ingredient—caffeine–to wake skin up and improve circulation. After just a week of application, we noticed smoother, more awake eyes and less visible wrinkles.

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