The Ultimate Beauty Gift Guide

Beauty/Skincare, Featured Article, Healthy Living
on November 16, 2012
Holiday beauty gift ideas for 2012.

The Blue Avocado (xo)eco Makeup Bag by Lauren Conrad is a great holiday 2012 gift idea.

Blue Avocado (xo)eco makeup bag by Lauren Conrad
This travel makeup bag is not only an adorable gift (of course—it’s designed by Pinterest maven Lauren Conrad), but it’s eco-friendly, too. It’s made from Repreve, a recycled fiber made from plastic bottles. We love that you can snap out the pouches for airport security or just for a smaller travel option, but even loaded up with beauty essentials, the bag is surprisingly compact and lightweight.

Anastasia Kisses on My List lip gloss set is a perfect holiday 2012 gift.

Anastasia Kisses on My List lip gloss set
This gift set of six glosses features two of Anastasia’s formulas: HydraFull, a super-moisturizing gloss, and HyperColor, which reacts with your skin’s chemistry to create custom hues. Gimmick aside, this set offers quite a nice range of wearable colors for beauty lovers of any age and definitely delivers on the promise of high shine, moisture and even staying power.

Jan Marini Holiday Exfoliator in Pumpkin Spice is a great beauty gift for holiday 2012.
Jan Marini Holiday Exfoliator in Pumpkin Spice
The perfect gift for your pal who’s addicted to pumpkin spice lattes, this face scrub really does mimic the scent, look and even texture of the Thanksgiving favorite! That is, if pumpkin pie were packed with microbeads and glycolic acid. This luxurious exfoliator leaves skin feeling smooth and smelling great—just don’t give into the temptation to take a bite!

Runway Tools EasyCurl Curling Iron is a great 2012 holiday gift idea.

Runway Tools EasyCurl Curling Iron
They may be a beauty necessity for many, but curling irons can be the most dangerous thing in the bathroom. The EasyCurl lives up to its name, allowing the user to spin the barrel using a thumb button instead of a twist of the wrist, which helps protect against accidental burns. It’s also designed to clamp hair from the roots, minimizing damage to ends, and features auto shut-off. A smart gift for your best-tressed friend.

Urban Decay's Naked 2 eyeshadow Palette is a great holiday gift idea for beauty lovers.

Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette
If you’ve ever bypassed the Urban Decay counter thinking it was a teenybopper brand, look again. The Naked 2 eyeshadow palette (a follow up to the immensely popular Naked kit) is packed with nothing but neutral shadows, from taupe to cream to grey, in matte and shimmery finishes. (Plus a double-ended brush and mini lip gloss.) Even beauty junkies may find it’s the only eye palette they ever need.

Love & Toast Super Smoother Collection lotions are a great beauty gift idea for holiday 2012.

Love & Toast Super Smoother Collection
This cute hand cream set caught our eye because—besides being pretty—it’s more practical than a typical bath & body gift, because the recipient could toss a tube in her purse, gym bag, office desk drawer, car, etc. As a giver, you could also snatch up the set and split up the lotions as stocking stuffers. The lotions are made with shea butter and natural oils in yummy scents like honey coconut and sugar grapefruit.

Sephora OPI Tinsel Town Nail Polish Collector's is a great holiday gift idea.

Sephora by OPI Tinsel Town Collector’s Set
As bold colors, glitters and nail art become more popular manicure choices, a trendy gal can find herself going broke trying to keep up! Gift your polished pal with this set of 16 mini nail polishes and full-size gold glitter topcoat. She’ll get endless looks—from conservative to crazy—and the small brushes will make it easier to try her hand with designs. Plus, Sephora by OPI polishes score high marks for long wear.

Josie Maran Argan Joy to the World holiday set is a great holiday 2012 gift idea.

Josie Maran Argan Joy to the World holiday set
Argan oil is the new “it” ingredient in the beauty world, and supermodel Josie Maran was among the first to champion the “Moroccan miracle moisturizer.” This gift set includes her bestselling 100 percent pure argan oil, an all-purpose face and body moisturizer, plus a mascara, lip treatment and cleansing wipes. A portion of the proceeds of this kit (as well as several others in a range of prices) goes to global charities.