I know it seems hard to believe, but the holidays are officially here! With Thanksgiving right around the corner, Black Friday and the madness of Christmas shopping will be upon us before we know it. So I thought now is the perfect time to start getting our lists together and checking them twice (sorry, I couldn’t help myself!) for all the special people in our lives; and maybe putting down a few things on our own wish lists.
One area that I often dream of splurging on myself, and rarely follow through, is on quality skincare and beauty products. I know many of my girlfriends and family members are the same way. It feels like a serious indulgence and probably not worth the expense. But when I do treat myself, I find that the products are worth their dollar weight tenfold! They are made with better, healthier ingredients, last longer, and my skin looks worlds better than when I use the cheaper pharmacy brands. Today, I am sharing some of my all-time favorite products (and some that I am dreaming of giving a try!) that would be perfect to gift to the ladies in your life who probably put themselves last and deserve something luxurious.
If you have followed along for a little while, you know my love and devotion to Perricone MD. I started using their skincare when my complexion was at its worst (think dull, dry and sad) and now I don’t go a day without it, and I use their makeup line as well. All their products are loaded with anti-aging ingredients and goodies to keep your skin bright, healthy, hydrated and energized. I would have loved their No Makeup Starter Kit (above) or the Pre:Empt Series (below) which is loaded with antioxidants to fight all the visible signs of aging. I swear it is magic. Or you could snag some individuals of the Eye Cream or Serum for some killer stocking stuffers.
I am thinking about getting this gift for a couple of my girlfriends- surprise revealed! I love the idea of putting together a goodie bag of my favorite masks for a fun ladies beauty night. This Boscia Pore Pudding is new to me and hands down my favorite addition to my routine as of late. It makes my skin brighter and my pores tighter-winner! And as the chill of winter really starts to kick in, these Dr. Jart Sheet masks for Hydration and Brightening are the best. (And less than $10) And for a splurge gift, this combo of Boscia Products with a deep cleaning Clarisonic Mia2; perfect for exfoliating and deep cleaning after all those holiday parties.
Speaking of cold weather necessities, if you are anything like me, you need some serious moisture for your lips. My mom always puts one of these in our stockings and it is a relief to have extras in every purse for those days when you can’t seem to save those dry lips! My go-to favorites are the Rosebud Salve and the Lip Balm by La Mer.
My last skincare gift is a true wishlist item! I have never tried the La Mer Creme, but loads of women have told me that it has completely saved their skin. I know it is an investment, but I have a feeling the results are worth the price tag.
Keep those makeup drawers filled with some new goodies! Burberry Military Red Lipstick is a universally flattering red and would be a gorgeous gift for everyone on your list. This Chanel Lip Shine is the right kind of moody, and can be layered for beautiful depth of color. The Naked Palette from Urban Decay is a cult classic for a reason-it works with basically every hair, eye and skin color combination you can imagine!
Since defined brows and highlighter have been the “must-have” beauty look in the last year, here are my favorites of both. I recently purchased my first highlighter from Tarte and I completely understand the obsession with the subtle glow it gives. I swear by my Anastasia brow powder duo (and their brush and gel) to keep my eyebrows even and perfectly filled in. I am thinking about investing in a new set of brushes and this package of Essentials from Sephora as well as their set for an Uncomplicated Smokey Eye are both going onto my list.
If you know me, you know I have a slight obsession with doing my nails. Like…I paint them at least twice a week. A gift like this set of gorgeous reds from Deborah Lippmann would send me over the moon! Add in her Hydrating Laquer Remover that smells like lavender (yes-REALLY!) and the Cuticle Lab Kit and you have a fabulous gift for any polished gal. And if your pals prefer to be pampered instead of doing the pampering themselves, get them a gift card to their favorite salon for a mani pedi on you!
Hope you have some new ideas to add to your lists and happy shopping!