The holidays can be overwhelming, especially when it comes to buying gifts. This holiday season, I’ve been posting a series of gift guides to help y’all through it. I freaking thrive during the holidays because I love to give gifts that are personal and useful to each individual loved one. That’s why I get super bummed if someone doesn’t end up loving the gift I got them! One category that’s perfect for personalization and practicality is cosmetics + beauty!
I love this category of gifts because it only requires a tiny bit of research in order to knock someone’s socks off. Raid your mom’s makeup drawer or your sisters shower caddy to see what she’s using, and you’re in! I’ve outlined a few types of cosmetic lovin’ gals and my favorite products for each category. Keep scrolling!
THE FRAGRANCE FREAK
Everyone has that one friend or family member that smells so good! For me, it’s my mamma. She smells like vanilla and coconut goodness at all times due to her collection of essential oils + perfumes. Whoever this person is in your life, get them what they really want. And what you know they’ll use! Perfume. See below for some of my favorites.
THE “EVERYTHING ALL NATURAL” EXPERT
Organic, all natural, vegan and cruelty free are all labels I look for when shopping for cosmetics. And these types of products are easier to find than you think! Two of my absolute favorites in this category are Kopari + 100% Pure. Kopari is a line of skincare and makeup all derived from coconut oil. Coconut oil is like crack to us all-natural skincare gals. 100% Pure is a brand I recently discovered, made with only organic ingredients that come from nature. I’m loving their blush palette made with real fruit dyes!
SHOP ALL NATURAL BEAUTY
THE “A BIT OF EVERYTHING” BEAUTY GIRL
Okay, so you’ve raided the cosmetic closet or vanity, and you’re completely lost! There are too many things! If you’re shopping for a beauty lover who likes to use products from head-to-toe, go for a gift set or holiday box. Stores offer prepackaged gift sets and/or the option to create your own!
One of my favorite options for gift boxes is Fresh! I stopped into their West Coast Plaza storefront to check out their holiday offerings and was obsessed. They have gift sets for way less than their actual value, or give you the option of selecting an assortment of products on your own.
SHOP GIFT SETS
THE SUN LOVING SEÑORITA
For the bronzed beach babes in your life, tanning + sun care cosmetics are the perfect gift. If you’re buying for something who lives somewhere warm, opt for sunscreens, lip balms and post-sun moisturizer.
Does your sun lover live in the cold?! No worries! There are so many options for a fake, healthy looking glow [ without the danger of tanning beds ]. Choose tanning towels or mousses like the ones pictured below from St. Tropez! Sun kissed skin without the sun 🙂
SHOP TANNING + SUN CARE
THE FACE MASK FIEND
Does anyone else get in bed at night and treat themselves to a face mask?! I loooove doing this because it transforms my room into a mini spa. If your gal doesn’t get to the spa as often as she deserves, bring the spa to her! Face masks are the best because they come in so many varieties and you can cater to each person’s individual skincare or relaxation needs!
My latest obsession is the Onyx Youth face mask! It’s totally unlike any other mask I’ve tried. Here’s the deal : Onyx Youth is a mask made in Korea and contains volcanic ash + floral extracts. It’s made with magnetic particles that help to brighten + lift the skin, keeping it young and fresh. The coolest part of this mask is that you remove it with a magnetic wand…seriously feels like magic!