Beauty Gifts Your Besties (Or You) Will Obsess Over Non-Stop
Santa works hard, y’all. We say that because we just popped his red hat on to help you sleigh your Christmas gifts this year. This one’s for our last-minute planners, hunnies with empty shopping carts, and busy baddies who have no idea what to gift the squad. Here are our fave gifts to shop for your besties: from haircare goodies they’ll love (and you’ll borrow) to manicure sets that work for Christmas, Valentine’s, and beyond. Santa’s probably taking notes somewhere…
1. For The Manicure Master: Olive & June Mini Mani Party Set, $28
Olive & June nailed the festive memo this year. They picked, packed, and wrapped four of their vegan polishes, including shades OJBH (metallic gold), Hibiscus (bright pink), and Exclamation Point (silver holographic glitter) to keep your nails ever in check. Though these opaque polishes are stunning on their own, we’d top them off with the Super Glossy Top Coat for mega-watt shine and sprinkle on some stickers too. Choose Simple & Shiny if the geometric symbols are a vibe and Shimmery Stars for some sparkle.
2. For The Boujee Babe: Gisou Honey-Infused Body Oil, $49
Stressing over what to get your boujee bestie for Secret Santa? DW, they probably have this luxe body oil on their wishlist. Rightfully so, since it’s powered with the finest sustainably sourced fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals for an instant all-over glow. Their Mirsalehi oil blend is delicately paired with honey, creating a powerhouse of antioxidants that work overtime to nourish skin. Do them (and yourself) a favor and pop two into your cart.
3. For The Glow-Getter: WISHFUL Glow Trio Set, $29
First stop: glow globe. Our limited-edition trio is a must-have if you wanna kick winter dullness to the curb thanks to three of Huda’s FAVE skincare goodies. Use the Yo Glow Enzyme Scrub on clean, dry skin and let the AHAs, BHAs, and pineapple enzymes slough dead skin cells away. Follow with the mega-hydrating Thirst Trap Juice Serum, which drenches parched skin with three types of hyaluronic acid and firming peptides. Finally, end with our sweet-smellin’ Honey Whip Peptide Moisturizer to repair, plump, and soothe skin for a bouncy-skin finish.
4. For The Hair-Obsessed: JVN Haircare Complete Air Dry Cream & Nourishing Shine Drops Hair Set, $32
If you can bear to part with this full-size haircare set, gift it to someone close by. That way, you can pop by for a few drops before you head out for the night (been there, done that). The vegan duo delivers the layerable Complete Air Dry Cream and Complete Nourishing Shine Drops that preps and protects your crown. Thank hemisqualane for improving your hair texture, hibiscus extracts for protecting your strands from heat tools, and Queer Eye’s Jonathan Van Ness for creating the duo.
5. For The Always-Busy Cutie: THISWORKS Deep Sleep Bath Soak, $34
Gift this sleep-inducing bath salt to anyone struggling with quality ZZZs. A spoonful in the bath helps their bodies hit DND on any ex-drama or corporate complaints while it cocoons the skin with an award-winning blend of lavender, vetiver, and chamomile. All in all, it’s absolute bliss.
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6. For The Lipstick Lover: Huda Beauty Lovefest Tear & Share Lip Quad, $33
Raise a toast before you split these mini limited-edition Liquid Matte lippies and tinted plumping Silk Balm lip balms with your squad. They’re boxed in tear-and-share packaging, making it easier to rip into them. You’ll get two new and improved Liquid Matte formulas, which give eight hours of transfer-proof wear so your cuties can swipe ’em on right before the NEXT toast. The full-coverage matte lippies come in Hot Hippie (rusty muted orange) and Boho Babe (Burnt cherry red), while the juicy lip balms subtly plump lips in delicious Toasted (Rusty muted orange) and Burning Cherry (burnt cherry red) shades.
7. For The Type-A Planner: Be Rooted Plan It and Achieve It Bundle, $50
Hand hunnies that map out their five-year plan this cute journal set to help them keep their thoughts in order. It comes with the ‘You Got This’ lined journal to scribble dreams and visions into while they can keep track of their countless to-do lists with the undated ‘Pop of Color’ planner. We won’t blame you if you “borrow” one of the affirmation pens (Dream it, Believe it, and Manifest it) for the unforeseeable future.
8. For The Fragrance Lovers: KAYALI Travel Essentials, $55
Now your bestie can swap their full-size perfumes for our travel-sized fragrances and smell good wherever they go. You’ll gift them three decadent scents: Eden Juicy Apple | 01, a fruity infusion of apples and berries; Vanilla | 28, an elite mixture of creamy jasmine and rich Madagascan vanilla orchid; and Lovefest Burning Cherry | 48, a euphoric swirl of burning cherries and raspberries. Maybe even slip them some info about layering their perfume?
9. For The Lip-Lining Qween: MAKEUP BY MARIO Mario’s Lip Lift™ Kit, $20
If your BFFL can’t keep up with all things beauty, ask them to a) bookmark this and b) try out Mario Dedivanovic’s lip lift technique, AKA one of the most game-changing lip hacks of the year – we spill the tea here. The makeup legend is basically Kim K’s right-hand man, and he’s curated a vegan lip duo to help EVERYONE attain her luscious pout. Each combo holds a full-coverage matte lipstick and a matching lip liner: Power Red (Alicia and Neils), Mauve Nude (Erin and Smokey Pink), and The Pink Nude (Sam and Hugh). We LOVE!
10. For The Reading Rookie: My Body by Emily Ratajkowski
We’ve all seen Emily Ratajkowski kill it on the runway, but not everyone’s added her first-ever memoir to their must-read list… And we’re here to change that. She dives into the fashion and film industry’s sexualization of women and shares her thoughts on everything between feminism, sexuality, and power. If courageous writing’s your vibe, you won’t be able to put this one down. Psst, it’s gotten 4/5 stars on GoodReads too.
Since you’re super busy, pop these festive press-on nails on before your festive parties!