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November 11, 2016

The Ultimate Holiday Beauty Gift Guide

It's that time of the year again. Personally, I'm in awe of the fact that it's already November, and the holiday-themed commercials are already creeping their way into regular programming. But, that being said, it's always a good idea to get a head start on holiday shopping. I've been through loads of Christmas-edition products and am rounding up the very best that I think are worth gifting someone, There's also a little something for just about everyone on your list.

The Pamper Lover - Go for the L'Occitane Advent Calendar. I love how this is so noncommittal. It contains a few of their best bits from each fragrance line, and products for everything from bath, to body, and skincare. It comes with 24 1 ounce-sized products, which means whoever you gift this to will be well stocked for their next getaway.

The Luxe Skincare Fanatic - Try the Omorovicza Limited Edition Introductory Kit and the Darphin Ideal Resource Holiday Set. These are two of my favorite skincare brands of all time and these sets are a wonderful way for a skincare lover to sample some of their offerings. The Omorovicza kit contains their cult famous Queen of Hungary Mist (a personal favorite), Thermal Cleansing Balm, Cleansing Foam, Balancing Moisturizer, and Ultramoor Mud Mask. This set would be perfect for the friend who's constantly traveling but doesn't like to let that affect her skincare routine. The Darphin Set will give them the basics for a beautiful, bright, smooth skin. It contains the Ideal Resource Smoothing Retexturizing Radiance Cream, Ideal Resource Anti-Dark Circle Eye Illuminator, and Jasmine Aromatic Care which is a serious must-have, especially during the colder months.

The Chic Minimalist - Try the Rodin Olio Lusso Luxury Face Oil and Olio Lusso Lip Balm. Sometimes, simple is better. But simple gone luxe is even better. I'm sure you've heard all about the cult facial oil that launched one thousand dupes - it's Rodin Olio Lusso. It's a mix of 10 nourishing oils that combat pretty much every skin ailment imaginable, while keeping the skin soft, plumped, dewy, and hydrated. The Lip Balm contains the brand's signature Neroli and Jasmine scent with beeswax, shea butter, and castor oil and gives lips a healthy sheen. All that comes wrapped up in adorable polka dot boxes for holiday. What more could someone want in a gift?

The Francophile - Get them the Nars Audacious Lipstick Holiday Kiss Collection in Rita. This is the special edition red tube that was brought out for the holidays exclusively at Sephora. This lipstick formula is one of the best out there; it's creamy, satiny and long-wearing while still being comfortable. What's more chic than the perfect red lipstick, especially when worn while sipping a delicious holiday cocktail?

The Fragrance Addict - Byredo anything/everything? I love Mojave Ghost, Bal D'Afrique, and Gypsy Water. But, if you'd like to spend a bit less and give a selection of fragrances, the brand's La Sélection de Fête is a great option and contains 6x12ml sprays including Blanche, Mojave Ghost, Bal D'Afrique, Gypsy Water, La Tulipe, and Super Cedar. Now that's sure to have them smelling dreamy well into the new year.

The Zen Friend - Have a friend that could use a little relaxation? Then the Aveda Feeling Balanced Is A Gift Collection of pure essential oil sprays are the perfect choice. The set contains one spray for each root chakra and encourages that they be used while meditating, so that you can be sure they'll leave the holiday season feeling grounded again.

The Makeup Fanatic - Try the Laura Mercier Master Class Color Palette. I've mentioned this before because it's simply the best palette I've come across in a long time, not to mention, perfect for those on-the-go. I will certainly be bringing mine for any traveling I do this holiday season. It contains 12 eyeshadows including 6 mattes, 1 sateens, and 5 lusters - all in beautifully wearable neutral shades. As if that wasn't enough, they've also added two Tightline Cake Eyeliners, one Longwear Crème Eye Pencil, a Second Skin Cheek Colour, Face Highlighter, and Bronzing Pressed Powder. This palette is any makeup lovers dream, or even the perfect way to start a beauty collection for the beginner. 

The Candle Hoarder - Got a friend that loves candles? Haven't we all. Diptyque Holiday 2016 is absolutely to die for. I love Épices personally, as it smells like gingerbread, but all of their candles make for a luxurious addition to any collection. Give them a little something special to fragrance their holidays. 

The Spa-Goer - The Dr. Dennis Gross Facial Steamer is absolutely a must-have for any of your spa loving friends. It's super easy to use and will make them feel good both inside and out. I love how it opens up the pores to help the following serums and moisturizers penetrate the skin more deeply. Surely, anyone would find this a treat.

What will you be giving this holiday season?

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