Dear Santa: Luxe Gifts For Beauty Lovers


What girl doesn’t love receiving beauty gifts for the holidays? This holiday season, step out of the basic Holiday box, and give luxe beauty gifts that will make the beauty lovers in your life wonder…”How did they know that’s what I would love?” Some of these gifts she may not even know about, but I can assure you they are all luxe gifts – at every budget – that she will love!

For the best friend turned beauty guru. If there’s a lady in your life that has every beauty product under the sun, I have one gift that she won’t have: Artis Fluenta 9 Brush Set ($400). While it may sound like a fortune, any beauty expert will tell you that these 9 brushes (and every brush she will ever need) are one investment you want to make…especially when you’re a beauty lover. The most luxe set of brushes currently available on the market, they’re sold exclusively at Neiman Marcus, and are made with CosmeFibre, a revolutionary engineered fiber, made entirely for applying cosmetic and makeup products. It’s also luxe in its presentation, as it’s packaged in a beautiful velvet gift box, with satin lining and magnetic closure, to give the brushes a perfect home. Although, if you ask me, they’ll look super chic in a beautiful jar on your dressing table, or lying in a lovely tray on your bathroom counter. Seriously, you can’t go wrong with this one. She will be FLOORED!


For the fragrance-loving aunt. While it might be easy to run to the department store and pick a bottle of perfume out as a gift for your favorite aunt, if your gift recipient is anything like me, she is picky about what fragrance she wears. That’s why I love this Mixologie Blendable Perfume Collection ($69), which allows the recipient to pick the scents that speak to them, and custom blend to their heart’s content, until they find their perfect signature scent-think of it as her own personal parfumerie! Made up of eight distinct rollerball scents that evoke eight characteristics, the Mixologie alcohol-free, blendable perfume collection evolves with you. Let your scent match your mood on any given day with the following elements: electric (citrus twist), serene (light floral), tenacious (crisp vanilla), sultry (wild musk), free (ocean mist), assured (natural), inspired (rose floral), and tender (fruity). Each box also contains 7 recipe cards, so when she’s not feeling particularly creative, she can try out some of the beautiful combinations that Mixologie has already masterfully created.


For the makeover-loving daughter. If you know someone who just never can have enough makeup, this is the gift for her! Tarte Greatest Glitz Collection ($49), lives up to its name, with everything a makeup lover needs to have a holly, jolly Christmas! The beautiful sequined box (with mirror inside) houses 3 removable eye and cheek palettes in neural, rose gold and smokey eye pairings, to seamlessly sweep, blend and define anywhere, from workday to soirée. Finish with Tarte’s bestselling mascara, and she’ll be thanking you with a kiss while wearing their new “flashy” shade of the supremely silky LipSurgence Lip Créme, and the best part? With a retail value of $322, it’s a steal at under $50!


For the high maintenance friend. If your friend loves to take the time to pamper herself every so often, here’s one dynamic, deluxe set you won’t want to miss giving her: Bliss x Hudson+Bleecker Star Treatment Manicure Kit ($99). This sparkling, zippered cosmetic case contains Bliss High Intensity Hand Cream, a Diamancel nail file, Bliss Genius nail polish, Bliss Fixer Upper Nail Corrector Pen, and Bliss Glamour Gloves – a $182 retail value. While all the products will get her looking – and feeling – glamorous, the Glamour Gloves will leave her feeling downright pampered.


For the jet setting sister. If your sister is a world-class traveler, look no further than the Caudalie Premier Cru Anti Aging Set ($99). Frequent traveling can prematurely age the skin, and Caudalie’s premier line counters the effects of aging with the most luxurious products around. The luxurious eye cream delivers instant and long-term results. In fact, after one use, the eye area is brightened and renewed. Dark circles and puffiness fade away, and the eye area becomes smoother and firmer. The “crème de la crème” moisturizer delivers exceptional anti-aging action for visibly younger skin. Day after day, the skin appears transformed: density is restored, wrinkles are smoothed, imperfections and dark spots are diminished, the skin texture is refined, and the complexion becomes more even and radiant. The texture melts onto the skin for a naturally perfect and luminous result. So, no matter where your sister jets off to, her skin will be just as well tended to, as she is by the flight attendant.


For the mint-loving teacher. Sometimes, shopping for the teachers in your kids’ lives can be the greatest shopping challenge. You want to do something special for them, but you also need to keep it under a certain budget, and you may not know their preferences very well yet. Well, you can’t go wrong with Philosophy Peppermint Stick Duo ($18). At under $20, your favorite teacher will get Philosophy’s peppermint stick shampoo, shower gel & bubble bath, as well as their peppermint stick high-gloss lip shine. So, you’ll be sure to get her in the holiday spirit, while also encouraging her to pamper herself a bit!


For the kissing – and lipstick-loving – cousin. There are women who hate lipstick, women who like lipstick, and women who love lipstick. This gift is definitely for that last group of women! The Lorac 20th Anniversary Alter Ego Lip Collection ($75) includes 10 Alter Ego lipsticks and 10 matching Alter Ego lip glosses, all housed in a Collector’s Edition keepsake box. With so many colors to choose from, your “kissing cousin,” won’t have a lack of choices, but making a decision of which color to wear when might be a struggle for her. As the kids say, “the struggle is real.”