It’s that time of year, friends…time to start lusting after all those holiday gift guides! This beauty holiday gift guide includes some of my personal favorite products + some I’m lusting after.
If you need more ideas than this, check out my holiday gift shop here.
2016 Holiday Gift Guide: Beauty Gifts
Total Matte Smoky Glow Palette for Eyes & Brows
A great chocolate makeup palette is such an essential, and I’m loving the colors of this Christian Dior Total Matte Smoky Glow Palette for Eyes & Brows.
Clinique Moisture Surge
One of my all-time favorite moisturizers is Clinique Moisture Surge. It’s a gel-based formula that’s super lightweight and really quenches the skin. Macy’s also has this cute gift set.
Philosophy Amazing Grace
Not into gifting makeup? Philosophy Amazing Grace is a classic gift set just about any gal will love. The scent is oh-so-lovely and it’s a great value at just $18 ($30 if purchased separately.)
Stella McCartney Gift Set
One of my all-time favorite perfumes is this STELLA Stella McCartney scent, so this little gift set has officially made my wish list! It’s a $90 value and likely to sell out.
Drybar The Four Pack Set
I get a lot of questions about my favorite dry shampoos, and right now I’m loving Drybar’s Detox. This Four Pack Set from Drybar is a great way to test drive some of their products. It includes Drybar Detox, TripleSec 3-in-1 Texturizer, Money Maker Flexible Hold Hairspray and Sparkling Soda Shine Mist.
MAC Nordstrom C’est Chic Matte Eyeshadow Palette
I’m a sucker for a pretty eyeshadow palette and I’m loving the shades in this MAC Nordstrom C’est Chic Matte Eyeshadow Palette. They’re super wearable colors, and I love the matte finish. While a little bit of shimmer is nice, I’ve really been into matte these days as it’s just more polished for an everyday look. And, I’m not 20…
Vichy Hylauronic Acid Intense Hydration Skin Care Mini Gift Set
I love sampling gift sets during the holidays as a way to try out new products. And this Vichy Hylauronic Acid Intense Hydration Skin Care Mini Gift Set is a great starter set if you aren’t familiar with Vichy products. It also makes a great travel set, too. I’ve been using the Vichy Double Peel Glow Mask about once a week or more and have been loving it, so this brand gets a thumbs up in my book. And for just $20, it won’t break the bank!
slip for beauty sleep Pure Silk Pillowcase
Take it from the makers: “This anti-aging, anti-sleep crease, anti-bed head pillowcase by slip for beauty sleep is like an eight-hour beauty treatment every night.” And really, who wouldn’t want to sleep on such soft silk at night? Silky pillowcases have long been touted as a beauty sleep essential to help prevent lines and wrinkles, prevent hair damage from night tangles and keep your night cream actually on your face since silk is less absorbed than other fibers. Considering how many hours we spend asleep this seems like a worthwhile investment. They also make this silk eye mask.
Yves Saint Laurent Lipstick
A great YSL lipstick is something any gal will covet, so adding this to the list was a no-brainer.
Also worth mentioning…
Sigma Spa Express Brush Cleaning Mat
I’m adding the Sigma Spa Express Brush Cleaning Mat to my holiday wish list, as it’s such an easy way to keep those makeup brushes clean! I use a super sophisticated method to clean my makeup brushes (which currently involves many, many paper towels), but this brush cleaning mat is brilliant. And, it’s just $25. Get it here.
Worth the Splurge…
Sephora Collection Easel Brush Set
This limited edition Sephora Collection Easel Brush Set comes with a whopping 27 professional-grade makeup brushes, so you’ll never have to buy another makeup brush set again. I have not personally tested out this set but the five star reviews are fantastic. Learn more about it here.
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This post is sponsored by HGTV SantaHQ. All opinions expressed are 100% my own.
This weekend, we were invited to stop by the 2016 HGTV SantaHQ at Scottsdale Fashion Square. It’s become an annual tradition we really love, because you not only get your pictures with Santa, there’s so much fun to be had inside the SantaHQ!
This was also the year Sebastian was a tad bit hesitant about things. I tried to build some excitement beforehand and let him know all week we would be meeting Santa. I even showed him a few photos of Santa online so he wouldn’t be totally scared when he met him! He peered around the corner and didn’t seem to enthused but…he didn’t cry! We told him to give Santa a high-five, because it’s his favorite way to greet people, and even though he really didn’t want to sit on his lap we were able to get a few pics.
SantaHQ has something for all ages, like like the interactive Elf Ray vision app the older kids can play with and fun lights and buttons in Santa’s “Control Center” the little ones will love. It took a little bit for Sebastian to warm up to all the excitement (it was a tad overwhelming) but once he did he had a blast. We even had some fun with the “Elf yourself” iPad app.
This year was also the first year they had the Cowboys & Cookies with Santa event–it was SO crazy cute! There were free cookies and milk for the kids (in a cowboy container, of course) and a free goodie bag with things like a cowboy hat and a sheriff’s badge. The hat was Sebastian’s favorite part, and I really loved the fun photo opps. There was also face painting and free balloon animals, too.
If you’re thinking about heading down to the 2016 HGTV Santa HQ, I highly recommend making reservations in advance! You won’t have to wait in line with grumpy kids and will literally be able to just walk up during your appointment time. You can make your reservations here, and it’s totally free.
Special thanks to HGTV SantaHQ for inviting us back to check this out! It’s always a blast and we look forward to the tradition every year.
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