Best Beauty Gifts


I adore fashion, but beauty was really my first love, and I was a beauty editor for years before I switched to writing about fashion. My obsession has resulted in an almost encyclopedic knowledge of beauty products and the ability to recite obscure old beauty ad slogans on demand. I’m not telling you this to impress you (wink), but to show you how passionately and seriously committed I am to lipsticks and creams and powders and such.

I have a problem. A real problem. But nothing the million-or-so new beauty products on this list won’t fix. Here, my picks for the best beauty gifts of 2015.


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What a great concept! For $14.95 a month, you get a 30-day-supply of a luxury fragrance, customized to your preferences, so that you can try before you buy.

LORAC Limited Edition Alter Ego Lip Collection


LORAC’s famous Alter Ego lipsticks and glosses come in a limited edition gift box, with 7 brand new shades, for $75 ($330 value), starting on Cyber Monday. Exclusively on

The Original Makeup Eraser


This luxurious cloth quickly removes all your makeup (even waterproof mascara!), and gently exfoliates too. Plus, it’s good for up 1,000 washes. $20, Nordstrom

Tom Ford Private Blend Collection Mini Set

D492 Tom Ford PB Mini Decanter Set

There are just no words, you guys, for this kind of luxury. This amazing gift set features 6 Tom Ford scents to mix and match, Sigh. $345, Nordstrom

The Jojoba Company Jojoba + Rosehip Oil


Part of this product’s appeal for me is in the packaging, which is glam and girly and also matches my bathroom, but there’s more. Jojoba helps rosehip oil penetrate better, and the result is a hydrating oil packed with vitamins and antioxidants that is good for all skin types. $24.95,

Dior Nude Palette


I am not one of those women who buys palettes to pare down to the basics. I buy them because I love them, and then I pack 17 or so for a weekend getaway. This one is so elegant, and the shades are so wearable, so that if you were the minimalist type, it might be all you need. $62, Nordstrom

Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Killer Cheekbones


I don’t know for a fact that this lovely blush duo, priced at a steep $110, will give me killer cheekbones, but I am so tempted by the gorgeous packaging, luxurious brush, it’s British-ness, and, of course, the promise of the name. $110, Nordstrom

Living Proof Happy Hair Days Kit

Living Proof Happy Hair Days Holiday Kit 2015

As a victim of curly hair’s unpredictable moods, the promise of a Perfect Hair Day is a tempting one, indeed. This travel kit features the brand’s famous Shampoo/Conditioner, a new dry shampoo, a styling treatment, and Night Cap Overnight Perfector, which promises a week’s worth of great hair after a single overnight treatment. Totally going to try this! $32, Ulta and Sephora

Repechage Vita Cura Nutri Oil

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Among other things, I’m a little obsessed with body oils. I have a whole line-up next to my bed, and this might need to join them. The Vita Cura oil from spa favorite Repechage is light, absorbs quickly, and provides antioxidant protection. $45,

YSL Kiss & Love Collection


SG 5042138_T1844300 La Laque and Mini RPC Set

So French and so chic, this set features a trio of lipsticks and matching nail lacquers in gorgeous shades. $85, Nordstrom

Tory Burch Rollerball

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Who doesn’t need a little Tory Burch rollerball in a Christmas cracker in her stocking? I seriously can’t name a single person. It even comes wiht a sweet little note from Tory. 😉 Love.

Tory Burch Marrakech Eye Palette

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I know. Two Tory Burch gifts in a row seems kind of lazy of me, but who can resist this packaging??? I’m sure the shadows are lovely, too. $60,

OPI “Infraredy to Glow” nail lacquer


Sure you can wear sparkly polish. It’s Christmas! I love the whole OPI “Starlight” collection, but this festive, flecked shade is my fave. $9.50, Ulta

Iluminage Sleeping Beauty Deluxe Set

Iluminage Sleeping Beauty

I love the idea of improving my skin while I sleep, and I know my side-sleeping isn’t doing my skin any favors, so I’ve added this set to my wish list. A pair of luxurious skin rejuvenating pillowcases and an eye mask to help you get that beauty sleep. $99, Sephora

Rodan + Fields Acute Care


So simple yet so effective, these little strips really banish expression lines on the forehead, near the eyes, and more! $22o,

There. I narrowed it down. Sort of. Which of these beauty gifts will make your list this season? And if you’re looking for gifts for someone else (what?), you might want to check out some of my other gift guides, featuring the Best Gifts for Men, the Best Gifts for Kids, and the Best Hostess Gifts.

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