Gorgeous Gifts

This holiday season, don’t get caught with your pants down. These beauty gifts will please all of the characters in your life.

Lancôme Holiday Brush Set: Who needs all of these makeup brushes, you say? You do. And so do your friends. The sponges and puffs standard with the even the most luxurious foundations and compacts are poor applicators (forcing you to use more than needed) and rich in bacteria (which is fine if irritated skin and acne is your thing). The Lancôme Bush Set is packed with five brushes that glide liquid, powder, and cream formulas with ease. And to think, your BFF was going to desecrate her new NARS Warhol Collection Eye Palette with a sponge, LOL.

Votivo Candle, Provençal Honey: I say this with love, but the usual suspects in holiday scents are too often overdone. For the friend or coworker with a nose that begs to break tradition and can’t stomach another sugar cookie-peppermint patty-evergreen reminder of the holidays, I give you Votivo’s Provençal Honey. It smells like honey warming on the stove (even Yogi Bear would use it) and gives you that feel-good tingling sensation (that’s what the holidays are about, right?).

SK-II Facial Treatment Mask: Yes, it looks like the Phantom of the Opera’s mask, and yes you’ll need to part with $90 to buy just one package, but let’s not forget ye wise old saying: if Demi Moore uses it look to good, then thou shalt too. The mask is ultra hydrating and filled with skin-improving ingredients, including the brand’s star ingredient, Pitera. All you need to know is that it works, and you will be loved.

Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Prodigieuse Multi-Usage Dry Oil: Gold, sleek, and made in France. Gives this hair/body/face oil to the princess in your life.

Koh Gen Do Spa Water: Not all makeup removers are created equal, and Spa Water is one of the best. On the outside, Spa Water seems average, unassuming, and even drinkable (it is not). But after making its acquaintance with a cotton pad and your face, you’ll quickly realize Spa Water is a stealth skincare necessity. Effective on all skin types, it removes makeup while hydrating and smoothing (and soothing) your face. Give this to anyone, because anyone will love it (and if they don’t, send it to me).

Ciaté Velvet Manicure: Is there a show-off on your list? Consider Ciaté’s Velvet Manicure a done deal. Velvet Manicure is in a word, soft. Imagine cutting little pieces of a velvet jacket and then gluing them to your nails—that’s what this manicure does. The Ciaté kit includes a berry, blue, or silver lacquer, crushed velvet powder, and a brush for easy application. Home manicurist around the world delight.

Caudalíe Crushed Cabernet Scrub: To those that thought a shower was just a silly daily experience that prevented a malodorous consequence, meet Caudalíe’s Crushed Cabernet Scrub. With ingredients like grapeseed, flower and leaf oil, showers just got a silky boost. The pretty container isn’t that bad either. Gift gladly.

Kérastase Masquintense: Let’s be honest, colder temperatures and forced heat too often cause a terrible seasonal condition known as horse hair (sometimes referred to as burly wool head). If you have friend who suffers from this ailment, pass along Kérastase Nutritive Masquintense. The mask is like a drink of water to hair, and smells like luxury, to boot.

About Face: The difference between Fly Girl Jennifer Lopez and “Love Don’t Cost a Thing” J. Lo is makeup artist Scott Barnes. That J. Lo glow? He did that (seriously, it’s a mix of bronzer and shimmer he combined in a blender and studiously applied to her skin). Barnes’ gem of a book About Face details tips and techniques he uses on his clients (from the famous to the everyday). Gift it to someone who likes to play the cosmetic field.

Dior Addict Lip Glow: Meet the 21st century version of the mood ring…for your lips. Lip Glow reacts with lips to create a flush pink unique to your skin tone. On top of its subtle color, the lip treatment is hydrating and boasts SPF 10. So to recap, it’s a custom lip color that nourishes and protects. And to recap that recap, buy it for anyone.

Diptyque Luxurious Hand Balm: There’s a time and a place for industrial-strength hand creams, and wrapped in a bow under the tree is not it. Diptyque’s Luxurious Hand Balm heals dry skin, is lightly scented, and looks pretty by a bedside or pulled out of a handbag. Tell your friends I said you’re welcome.

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