With December just around the corner, now’s the perfect time to launch my Holiday 2018 Gift Guide series! All month long I’ll be sharing my top beauty picks for that special gal (or guy) on your Holiday shopping list! Need ideas on what to ask Santa for this year? I’ve got YOU covered as well. From gifts under $25 to the most luxurious splurges, many of these covetable beauty products are only available for a limited time or are such an incredible value that you’ll want to make sure to snatch them up while you still can!
This year’s luxury gift guide starts off with this beautiful “accessory” from Dior. The Daring Multi-Use Eye & Lip Palette ($98 CAD) launched recently with the brand’s Holiday 2018 Collection. It features 6 eye shadows and 3 lip colours that come in the most spectacular, studded black case. Don’t you just love this palette’s combination of vibrant colours, neutrals and iridescent shimmers? Come on – who wouldn’t want to find this beauty under the Christmas tree?
For the woman in your life that loves to channel her inner rebel/punk self (me!), this limited edition Hot Tryst Cheek Palette ($74 CAD – $185 value) from NARS is absolute perfection! It includes 4 ultra-flattering blush shades and 2 beautiful powders to contour and highlight the face. All of the powders can be sheered out or built up for a natural finish or high impact application. LOVE!! Kings Road, Swindle, Untamed, Friction, Bowery & Adrenaline
For the beauty lover on your list that would enjoy a little bit of everything Tarte’s Pineapple Of My Eye Collector’s Set ($77 CAD – $454 value) is a perfect 10. The set includes 24 Amazonian Clay eyeshadows, eye liner, mascara, cheek and lip formulas in all new shades. The eyeshadows are matte & metallic finishes and come in the most adorable pineapple compact! Also included is a mini mascara, liquid liner, bronzer, highlighter, 2 blushes and a lip quench rescue balm!
Give the gift of pampered skin with L’Occitane’s Nourishing Shea Body Care Collection ($79 CAD – value $110). This nourishing assortment of Shea products comes ready to give in L’Occitane x Castelbajac Paris’ Blue Gift Box. Included in the luxe skin care set are some of my personal favourites: the Shea Butter Ultra Rich Body Cream (200ml), Shea Butter Hand Cream (75ml), Shea Lip Balm (12ml) and the Shea Body Shower Oil (250ml).
This past year, I was introduced to Stila’s amazing liquid eye shadows and so of course when I saw their Aura Alight Glitter & Glow Highlight and Eyeshadow Set ($59 CAD – value $93) on Sephora’s website, I just knew they would make this list! This set is incredible and would make such a great gift. It features 2 highlighters and 4 liquid eyeshadows in 6 show-stopping shades, perfect for anyone who enjoys a little more sparkle in their life.
Monarch, Painted Lady, Diamond Dust, Kitten Karma, Smoky Storm & Plum On
I am so in love with The Body Shop Expert Facial Masks! They are sold separately or together in the At-Home Facial Mask Experience ($99 CAD – $140 value/usually on sale!) which includes 5 full size (75ml) facial masks: Amazonian Acai Energizing Radiance Mask, British Rose Fresh Plumping Mask, Chinese Ginseng & Rice Clarifying Polishing Mask, Japanese Matcha Tea Pollution Clearing Mask and Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask. Choose to target a specific skin concern or use more than one to multi-mask!
Check out this super festive beauty collection that includes a total of 18 eye shadows, 3 face products (highlighter, bronzer, blush) and the iconic Better Than Sex Mascara. Too Faced’s Under The Christmas Tree Breakaway Face & Eye Set ($52 CAD – $250 value!) is absolutely adorable! Give the palettes as one Christmas Tree as or “breakaway” the palettes to spread even more joy!
Whether you’ve got a friend, sister, mom or teenager to buy for or would just like to treat yourself, every one of us could use a luxury makeup brush set for Christmas! This stunning Diamond Cut Brush Set by Quo features 10 luxe geometric cosmetic brushes and a textured black clutch for easy storage. At only $70, this is a total steal!
I recently fell in love with the Black Tea Kombucha Essence – a super nourishing toner that has done a 180 on my skin! – so much so that I put the Fresh Ready, Set, Firm Gift Set ($144 CAD) on my wish list this year! Although fresh launched a number of great kits for the Holidays, this particular one focuses on their Black Tea range. Included is a full-sized Black Tea Firming Corset Cream, a Black Tea Overnight Mask and travel sizes of their Black Tea Age-Delay Eye Concentrate and Black Tea Kombucha Essence.
This list could never be complete without my all-time favourite fragrance! Yves Saint Laurent’s Black Opium is a warm and spicy scent with key notes of Black Coffee, White Flowers and Vanilla. The intoxicating fragrance is easily giftable on its own, but this season comes in various gift set options as well. My top pick is the Black Opium Makeup Set ($112 CAD) which includes a 50ml Eau de Parfum Spray, 2ml Rouge Pur Couture Lipstick and The Shock Volumizing Mascara.
Which of the gift recommendations above will you be checking out this year?