It’s been a while, but I swear I’m not procrastinating – not at work anyway, but I’m quite behind my Christmas shopping.
These last two weeks have been no-joke crazy and because I’ve been so busy hustling, I’m feeling for everyone who’s also been hustling… We’re now 3 days down til Christmas, and where I live, going from one place to another is not a walk in the park. So, my options are limited: 1. Go to a one-stop shop like Nordstrom, Target, or Sephora, or 2. Get on the Internet. And if you know me, then there’s no guessing that I’m going on the Internet. I’ve got about a dozen people left to shop for so instead of going the big-gift route, I’m opting for miracle stocking stuffers that’ll save me from a Christmas FAIL! I’ve already hauled my top picks and I think you (or your peeps) will love them just as much. (Warning: It’s a hefty list!)
For the girls who obsess over their skin
Winter is harsh on our skin, and I don’t know any girl who wouldn’t want more face masks. The great thing is, they come in 3, so you can give them individually (maybe something for your co-workers), or keep one to yourself…
Anyone who complains about dry skin is bound to love this stick. It’s super gentle, smells earthy and amazing, and keeps the skin soft & supple. The only thing is it doesn’t remove makeup that well…
I first got a hold of these patches from Beauty Beyond Borders (3bbox), and they were so effective (and painful), I went for the full pack. I love these and use them once every two weeks. No facial required – they extract and remove all the gunk in your pores.
I love this serum because it effectively combats blemishes without drying my skin out… Anyone struggling with acne would really appreciate this. I was so sad when they were out of stock, but they just got a fresh batch in, so I ordered 3 just to be safe. You can get 20% off your first Glossier purchase with this link!
For the girls who can’t face the world without coverup
Anyone who has a thing for cute packaging will fall head over heels for this cushion. That’s just an added bonus though, the real benefits come in the wonderful texture, high SPF coverage, and daily wear. I was really surprised with its performance at such a low price point.
For the girls who need their highlight
I’ve LOVED Tarte blushes for years, got my hands on the revered Park Avenue Princess Bronzer over the summer, and just tapped into its highlighters. All three are heaven sent. Every single person who loves contouring & highlighting will undoubtedly appreciate this mini version.
Winter is a great time to swap out powder products for creams, and this one’s a great one to rotate in. I found the formulation very creamy, pigmented, and easy to work with. This product will essentially take care of your contour, highlight, and blush for girls on the go.
I reviewed these lovely strobe gels here and realized how perfect of a gift they’d make. This product is super novel and innovative… It’s rare, so I highly doubt your friends or family have it in their stash. It’ll be perfect for anyone who’s makeup game is strong. I promise, they’ll be surprised.
For the girls all about their eyes
For anyone’s who ever asked if there’s a way to grow your brows, this VegaBrow serum seems really promising. I find it appealing because it’s 100% vegan, cruelty and hormone-free. I haven’t tried it myself, but this one’s for a good friend. I’ll report back if you’re interested (let me know in the comments)!
Tarte killed it with their palette offerings this year. This one in particular gives you a nice range of light, medium, and dark colors to work with. Plus, you get a blush and one eyeshadow that works as a highlight. It’s great for on-the-go and the quality of the shadows are beautiful.
The packaging here is super adorable, and I love the color combinations that came with each palette, but I chose the smokey eye one because I’m kinda smokey eye obsessed. All the colors work cohesively with one another. Anyone being introduced to eyeshadow will no doubt love it.
I love a good black eyeliner – I didn’t find the black too intense here, but still enjoyed it nonetheless. The self-sharpening concept is genius, it glides on easily, and is long lasting. One of my sisters only wears black eyeliner, so this one’s for her.
The Tarte Lash Paint was so crazy impressive (reviewed here) that I knew I had to try the new Maneater one, and OMG – false lash effect to great heights. I don’t even wear falsies, but I’m not complaining. I’m starting to think Tarte makes the best mascaras!
I had a budding love for for warm eyeshadows this past summer, and this little palette completes that part of me. It’s so holiday appropriate and such an appealing price!
For the girls who survive on lipgloss
Full review here, but I’m still loving it. Anyone who complains about dry lips will love you for this.
Both these products were also reviewed here, but they were so good, I deem them giftable! I don’t really prefer any one over the other, but the Tarte one definitely caters to a younger audience, while luxe-lovers will appreciate the LMDB.
Alright guys, gotta run – that was a mouthful, but hope it was helpful! Talk soon!