ON THE HUNT FOR THE LATEST HOLIDAY BEAUTY GIFT?!
Sometimes finding that perfect gift for the beauty-lover in your life can be a challenge- I know! ;) You can easily garnish quite a collection and that does make it more difficult for others to avoid gifting you things you might already have... or haven't tried. I personally tend to be a little pickier as well since becoming a beauty blogger, which poses even more challenges. There are however, some great places to start and one of my FAV's is ULTA Beauty :) Why?!
When it comes to this awesome store, it has a little bit of everything beauty-related and so much more! They have a lot of deals too on a regular basis, in addition to their Ultimate Rewards loyalty club. Not only can you get a FREE gift on your birthday, but every time that you make a purchase you rack up points [1 pt. for every $1 you spend] that can be redeemed on ANY product! It costs nothing to join either and that's a nice perk for just spending money on things you were already going to buy.
This year around the holidays, ULTA Beauty also creates a great gift guide. There's a wide variety of products and brands to be found! You can even shop by beauty-lover personality type- one of my top picks from this section is the "Young & Fab" Gift Guide! Want to know why it's one of my fav's? Make sure to check out my top picks below...and you'll see why ;) *HINT- there are some FAB beauty finds...you just might want to snag some of these for yourself!
THE BEAUTY CLOSET'S
ULTIMATE BEAUTY GIFT GUIDE :
ULTA Beauty Young & Fab
1. FOR THE NAIL-OBSESSED CHICA:
#Coveted 12 Pc Nail Color Minis
- Bianca (Bombshell) (textured silver holographic glitter)
- Tilda (Bombshell) (green pearlescent silk top coat)
- Janet (It Girl) (pale peach soft focus, semi-matte)
- Ming (It Girl) (sheer wild orchid jelly)
- Delores (Wonder Maven) (iris linear liquid holographic)
- Mari (Bombshell) (peony linear liquid holographic)
- Shawn (Bombshell) (bright poppy crème)
- Danielle (It Girl) (cerulean wave duochrome)
- Brandis (Boho Glam) (taos turquoise crème)
- Hazel (Boho Glam) (wild violet and bronze duochrome)
- Cassandra (Bombshell) (deep cabernet crème)
- Penny (Classic with a Twist) (burnished bronze metallic)
If you know someone who just LOVES nail colors and polish in general- this is the BEST set and offers up a lot of unique and pretty colors that are easy to please :) Julep also happens to make awesome polish that is fantastic quality- I can put one coat of their polish and it will last a week+! The box it comes in makes for nice storage too, plus it's just cute!
2. FOR A GREAT STOCKING-STUFFER:
Precious Gems Trio
- Pop of Passion Lip Oil-Balm in Plumberry Pop (pink plum)
- Pop of Passion Lip Oil-Balm in Pink Passion (youthful pink)
- Pop of Passion Lip Oil-Balm in Nude Passion (caramel buff)
Perfect item for a stocking stuff, I'm a big fan of Bareminerals products in general! They are bound to please ANY beauty-lover on your list this season and these are something that everyone can enjoy. Each one is a lip oil-balm and this trio includes the colors listed above in plum, pink, and nude shades. You get ultimate shine and moisture with these and the end result is a light and pretty color-stain.
3. WANT TO KEEP IT HOLIDAY-THEMED?
Holiday Cookies Set
Holiday Cookies Set Includes:
- Christmas Cookie Shampoo, Shower Gel & Bubble Bath (4.0 oz.)
- Sweet Creamy Frosting Body Lotion (2.0 oz.)
- Sugar Sprinkles Lip Shine (0.4 oz.)
If you like holding on to the holiday feel while still being able to please the beauty-lover in your life, this is the perfect gift! Not only does it bring a little bit of fun and seasonal nostalgia, but it's sure to please most anyone :) With great scents like "Creamy Frosting", "Christmas Cookie" and "Sugar Sprinkles", how could you not smile!? Philosophy also happens to make great skincare and body products that aren't pumped full of harmful ingredients! This is a good buy too at only $24.
4. For the gifter on a budget:
9 Piece Spa Pail
- 1 eye mask
- 1 bath fizz (1.58 oz)
- 1 shower puff
- 1 hand and foot cream (1.0 oz)
- 1 foot file
- 1 nail clipper
- 1 nail file
- 2 manicure sticks
If you don't have tons of cash to spend, I understand where you're coming from! It's difficult for myself these days with everyone in the household in school! I LOVE this kit because it's priced at only $10 and offers a miniature spa-in-a-box that will please any beauty-obsessed gal. The super cute box that the collection comes in doubles as an already wrapped present that makes a last-minute beauty gift super affordable AND easy.
5. For the scent-obsessed diva:
Daisy Dream Gift Set
Personally one of my fav pics that I wouldn't mind getting for the holidays myself.... ;) I absolutely LOVE the Daisy Dream scent from MARC JOCOBS- it's just the right mix of floral and sweet without being too strong. This is a perfume that most would love and it comes nicely boxed up with 2 extras included in the set. PLUS- if you snag this set at ULTA Beauty, you can score a FREE Serving set w/your purchase of $40+ and this set would be included in that offer due to its price-point :)
6. For the woman who has "everything" when it comes to beauty!
SPF Organic Matte Makeup Setting Spray
This is a beauty product that screams innovation and uniqueness all wrapped into one package of awesomeness! Not only is it formulated with organic ingredients, it has the added benefit of providing SPF 30 protecting from UV exposure! I'm a big fan of spray-on makeup primers and setting sprays- this particular brand makes one of the best out on the market right now. It dries in record time and there's a noticeable difference in how well your makeup will stay put and last throughout the day without moving and melting :) Great item that's perfect for those beauty-lovers who "have it all!" - I swear they won't have this one!
7. For the earth-conscious & organic chic:
The Body Shop
Vitamin E Hydrating Kit
- Vitamin E Cream Cleanser (6.7 fl oz.): Softens your skin while gently dissolving away dirt, make-up and impurities with a rich and gentle facial cream cleanser.
- Vitamin E Moisture Cream (0.5 oz.): Protect, soften and moisturize your skin with their best-selling easily-absorbed, moisture cream that has the lightness of a lotion.
- Vitamin E Nourishing Night Cream (0.5 oz.): Revitalizes and restores your skin while you sleep with a rich, nourishing night cream that contains antioxidant and replenishes moisture levels.
- Vitamin E Eye Cream (0.5 fl oz.): Moisturizes and helps protect the delicate skin around the eye area, reducing the appearance of fine lines, puffiness, and dark circles.
- Vitamin E Sink-In Mositure Mask (0.2 fl oz.): Bring skin back to optimum moisture level with this intensely hydrating mask.
If you're seeking a great option for those who are passionate about beauty AND the environment, this is the perfect choice! I really dig products that are environmentally conscious and void of harmful ingredients that aren't good for my body and skin as well :) The Body Shop has put together a wonderful kit that encompasses just that right vibe of organic and green, without skipping out on quality!
8. If she's a "Beauty Geek" i.e. loves beauty AND tech:
True Glow Facial Sauna
It can be hard to find that perfect gift for the beauty geek on your list, but this item is the answer! Now you can get a great sauna facial in the comfort of your own home and this technology allows you to get it done in record time- you can even utilize this in up to 15 minute intervals :)
9. She can't get enough hair products & accessories!
Infiniti Pro Secret Wave
I can't express how awesome this tool really is- talk about getting to make things easy! ;) If you have someone on your list that you know always has "hair on the brain", this is seriously the BEST gift you can get them. I usually have a shorter hair style and this even works for my thick and unruly hair :) It will shorten your styling time and give you a look that really does look like you came right out of the salon- without all of the cost and effort. This thing will well pay for itself after just one use when considering how much it can run you to get your hair styled or have an on-hand hair stylist!
10. If you don't know where to start or what to get?!....
Love, Lust & Lace PRO Eye Collection
- Cobalt Blue Pocket PRO Eye Shadow Palette in Cream, Nectar and Mocha (Exclusive) (0.15 oz)
- Front of the Line PRO Eye Pencil in Black (0.012 oz)
- PRO Plus Fiber Mascara (0.52 oz)
You can't lose with this fantastic makeup set from LORAC. They are a top go-to brand for makeup artists and I totally understand why. Everything I've every purchased from LORAC stood out for its quality and fool-proof options that can create a variety of looks. If you snag this set from ULTA Beauty, you can even get a FREE deluxe sample of the Pro Plus Fiber Mascara that's in the kit- for yourself! It comes with ANY $25 LORAC purchase :)