‘Tis the season to shop it up, so shop it up we shall. Call me a slave to consumerism, but I actually really love the shopping aspect of the holidays. In fact, buying gifts for others is something I find great joy in. I also tend to purchase a few things for myself during the holiday season. It seems to make the whole process that much more fun!
This particular holiday gift guide is ultra girly and features gifts for both the fashion savvy and beauty guru. These are all personal recommendations from me, someone whose career revolves specifically around beauty. I’ve organized the guide into pricing tiers, so shop according to your own budget!
Olivia + Joy Rockefeller Satchel, $98: Talk about a versatile bag. Olivia + Joy make classy, sophistcated bags that rank high on the quality spectrum. This one features double handles, an authentic-feeling faux leather and gorgeous gilded details. It’s roomy, but not cumbersome.
TOCCA Meet The Girls Fragrance Collection, $62: The complete fragrance wardrobe from TOCCA, one of my all time favorite brands in the entire world, is a fabulous gift option. Their perfume is exquisite and earns me compliments on the daily. This set features TOCCA’s entire collection of perfumes in portable, pocket-friendly sprays, giving her on-the-go scentage. You can buy TOCCA goodies from bigelowchemists.com, too!
Deborah Lippman Big Bang Nail Polish Collection, $78: “A dazzling collection of 12 mini nail lacquers in Deborah Lippmann’s signature long-lasting, quick-drying formula. This giftable set features bold and bright colors in assorted finishes. Explore different layering combinations with each of the versatile finishes. Crème finish is smooth, glossy, and vibrantly colored. Glitter finish is fun, fashionable, and full of flash. Shimmer finish is alluring, lustrous, and refined.”
Emilie M. Leslie Compartment Satchel, $85 (use code to get for $51): Emilie M. is hosting a really fabulous deal on their website at the moment. Enter code “XMAS40″ to get 40% off any item in the store, or you can use code “XMAS60″ to get 60% off sale items. Pretty sweet. They offer a lot of different styles and I love all their bright colors. This is a steal for your favorite fashionista!
RocksBox Jewelry Box Subscription, $60 for 3-months (use code to get for $51): If she’s into accessories, she’ll love a subscription to RocksBox. You essentially pay a $19 a month fee to borrow 3 pieces of high-end jewelry. Not only that, but if you fall in love with a piece, you can buy it for a discounted rate. The pieces they send are very high quality and versatile. Plus, you can customize it to your preferences. The best part is that you can send in your “old” box for a new set as often as you want! Use code “ICING” to get 15% off gifts.
Modcloth Myth Perfect Jewelry Holder, $54.99: “Perched on a dish with a delightfully scalloped edge, this peachy ceramic jackalope flaunts a set of antlers with a polished cream finish. Whether it completes your dreamy decor or collection of curiosities, this fiercely adorable creature is almost too cute and convenient to be true!”
Make Up For Ever HD Complexion Starter Kit, $79: The key to amazing makeup? Flawless skin. That can be achieved with an excellent skincare regimen, but you can also fake it a little bit with a good base! The MUFE HD Complexion Starter Kit features “three must-have HD Complexion products paired with an HD Invisible Cover Foundation shade of your choice.”
POPSUGAR Must-Have Beauty Box, $39.95: Packed with over $100 worth of lifestyle goodies every single month, the POPSUGAR Must-Have subscription box is a bargain. November’s box included a delicious gourmet jam, a giant scarf (retailed at $42), luxe soap, a rich candle, beauty products, a wine carrier and a $30 gift card for a printing company. One month costs $39.95, but you can buy multiple months at a time.
Mullein and Sparrow Trade’s Pink Himalayan Bath Salts, $35: These mineral-rich, fragranced pink bath salts come in a gorgeous 18oz. glass bottle, making it a show stopper gift. You can find them on ScoutMob, which is an awesome online boutique that features products from many different vendors. It’s kind of like Etsy.
REI Merino Wool Arm Warmers, $26.50: She’ll be able to text and keep warm in these merino wool arm warmers by REI. I love that they cover most of your hands, too, keeping the wearer extra cozy. These are super, super soft and come in both a creamy white and black.
When Last Choice Essence Mask, $28: These single-use essence face masks are all the rage right now. When makes some pretty great ones, as well, and they’re free of parabens, sulfates and phthalates. They come in a pack of four. The Last Choice masks by When are designed for winter use since they’re super moisturizer. To use, you simply remove the face-shaped cloth from the package and drape over your face. There are holes for eyes, nose and mouth.
Pixi Eye Alchemy Assortment, $28: Who doesn’t love an eyeshadow palette? This one from Pixi features 36 beautiful colors that flatter all skin tones. The shadow is great quality and it comes with a double ended brush.
Altair Beauty 15 Piece Pink Chevron Brush Set, $29.99: Anyone who loves to dabble in makeup needs a good set of cosmetic brushes. This set by Altair Beauty is a great one to gift and comes packaged in a gold cosmetic case, making it suitable for travel, too.
BeautyBox5 3-Month Subscription, $30: Here’s another gift subscription box. This one has a beauty focus and is delivered monthly to the recipients door. Gift subscriptions are available in 3, 6 and 12 months ($30, $60 and $99 including shipping). Each box is filled with 5 cosmetic products, usually trending or new items that range from luxury, eco-friendly, drugstore, up-and-coming and even vegan brands. The element of surprise is a fun one!
Lunch & Liberty Mermaid Book Tote, $24.95: She’ll be able to carry her books around in style with this wistful design for lovers of books and mermaids alike. It features a cozy cotton flannel plaid lining and has a thick exterior that’ll protect those precious rentals. You could also use it to store your tablet or other electronic devices in, as the exterior is quite durable.
Too Faced Jingle All The Way iPhone 5 Palette, $25: This is a brand new, limited edition pop-out makeup palette by Too Faced that fits an iPhone 5 case. Now her phone can be as pretty as her face! “Start with the glamorous collection of touch-up ready products, including 11 day-to-night shadows, a sexy bronzer, and a pretty pink blush. Pop out the palette and use the iPhone 5 case designed by celebrity decorator and TV personality Mary McDonald for a flash of style.”
Ash & Willow Big Bang Fringe Earrings, $22: She’ll make a statement in these gorgeous earrings by brand Ash & Willow. They give off a sort of iridescent crystal vibe and are super easy to dress up or down. The fringe is the perfect touch on these.
Archipelago Three Wick Candle, $19.50: How could I create a girly holiday gift guide and not include a home fragrance or two? Archipelago ranks up there with the best of the best candle makers. Plus, their packaging is just darling. I’m digging their three wick candles, which come in over 20 unique scents and burn for 40 hours.
LUSH Rosy Christmas Gift Set, $15.95: “We wish you a rosy Christmas, complete with this gorgeous gift of luxurious treats for the shower! This pint-sized package contains fan favorite Rose Jam shower gel and Ro’s Argan body conditioner for soft skin and decadent, floral showers all winter long. Give a Rosy Christmas to the hostess, friend, mother or sister who could use a reminder to take time out for themselves during this busy holiday season.”
Sunglass Warehouse Sunglasses, $5 – $25: An outfit’s not complete without a killer set of sunglasses. Not only does the perfect pair make a statement, but it protects your eyes from the sun’s harsh UV rays and keeps you from squinting. I love the huge selection of affordable sunglasses at SunglassWarehouse.com. They have super chic designs at blockbuster prices. Snag a few!
Sole Society Stackable Stone Ring Set, $24.95: This trio of black and gold rings will go with pretty much anything in her wardrobe. Not to mention, they’re versatile. I have the same set and like to wear all three together on the same finger for a blocked effect.
Color Me Couture Book, $8.65: This is a must-own book for any aspiring fashion designer or person who loves to doodle. “Color Me Couture turns the last one hundred years of high fashion into your own personal design studio. Learn about the cuts, patterns and fabrics of the world’s finest couture dresses and gowns from the most famous fashion designers…and then entirely reinvent them on your own.”