If the holidays feel a bit different for you this year, you’re definitely not alone. But there’s something about the start of the season that still ushers in a feeling of hopefulness and comfort (and no, it’s not just the hot toddies and mulled wine). As we layer on our puffy coats and swap our oversized sweatshirts for slightly-more-oversized sweatshirts, our thoughts drift to the things in our lives that are bringing us joy this time of year—Zoom Dates with family, quality time with friends, and giving the perfect gift to someone and seeing their face light up (even if it’s over FaceTime). To help you with the latter, we’ve teamed up with our friends at QVC to curate the five beauty gifts that will bring maximum joy to anyone you choose to give them to—including yourself. Plus, our editorial director Faith chimes in on why each gift is a sure crowd-pleaser. And don’t forget to use the coupon code “OFFER” for $10 off a purchase of $25+ on QVC.com. Like we said: maximum joy.
This set is perfect for the skincare-lover in your life, or even if the skincare newbie who needs a little guidance. Either way, you can’t go wrong with this Tatcha set, which boasts three of the brand’s best-sellers to help you get the soft, luminescent skin of your dreams.
From Faith: “Tatcha is one of my favorite skincare brands—not only is it gorgeously-designed, but the products leave my skin glowing every time. I guarantee anyone will be delighted by this skincare set, but I’m especially a fan of the Violet-C Radiance Mask. I slather this on as a treat for my skin every week. Trust me—anyone who receives this set will love you forever.”
Calling all mascara fiends—we’ve found your dream kit. This three-piece collection features three of IT Cosmetics’ best-selling mascaras for all your lash needs, whether you’re looking for lengthening, curl, or volume. Or better yet, layer on all three.
From Faith: “I became an IT Cosmetics mascara convert after Byrdie’s associate editor Holly wrote this review about the brand’s Lash Blowout mascara. I immediately tried it for myself, and sure enough, my thin, limp lashes suddenly grew to new heights. I love that it adds so much volume in just one sweep, but doesn’t get clumpy if you keep layering it on. Any makeup lover in your life will appreciate this addition to her collection.”
There are very few concealers that have reached cult status, and Tarte’s Shape Tape is one of them—it’s creamy, blendable, and covers all sins. The new Shape Tape Ultra Creamy is made with a built-in eye cream, and is especially perfect for the under-eye area because it creates a smooth look and doesn't settle into fine lines. This kit contains a tube of Shape Tape Ultra Creamy, a sponge for blending (just remember to wet it before!), and the brand’s best-selling mascara to finish off your five-minute face.
From Faith: “I pledge allegiance to this concealer. I’ve been dealing with some serious maskne since the start of social distancing, and this concealer is the only one that offers coverage without caking or transferring onto my mask. Plus, the texture of it also smooths out any wrinkles or fine lines, so it’s great for your under-eyes, too.”
These self-tanning drops from Isle of Paradise are the easiest way to add a bit of color to your complexion as the temperatures drop. Most of us aren’t going anywhere tropical anytime soon, but that doesn’t mean you have to look like you haven’t seen the sun in months. A drop or two before bed and you’ll notice an instant glow the next morning.
From Faith: “Anytime anyone asks me for a self-tanning product for beginners, I tell them about this product—mostly because it’s so easy to use. You can mix a few drops with anything, from your favorite moisturizer to serum to body lotion. Just slather it on like you usually do, and you’ll see a tan develop in the next few hours. Just remember to always wash your hands right after—no one wants orange hands!”
Nothing sparks more holiday joy than all things glittery, and this palette from Urban Decay fits the bill. Unlike other jewel-toned picks, the shades in this palette are surprisingly subtle and wearable. Plus, the travel-sized All Nighter Spray locks everything in place and ensures no creasing.
From Faith: “This is one of my favorite palettes for the holiday season. The colors are shimmery, but not too shimmery, and I apply it directly with my fingers—no brush required. It adds the perfect bit of color and glimmery to your holiday look, whether you’re pairing it with a bare face or full-on glam.”
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