When it comes to picking gifts for our friends, just call us (beauty) Santas. Give us a friend’s name, and we’ll rattle off at least five unique beauty gifts that are perfect for her—all while sipping our cranberry martinis and admiring our glitter-flecked manicures. But ask us to name the gifts we’d give ourselves, and we take pause. We’ve seen practically every holiday gift set under the sun at this point, so asking us to go back and ponder the products that caught our attention this year is no easy request—but fine, if you insist, we guess we’ll share what we’re hoping will end up in our stocking. Some of these products are tried-and-true goods we want an endless supply of, while others are new and intriguing picks that caught our eye as we were compiling gift guides this year. Behold—a beauty editor’s (well-curated) gift list.
Keep scrolling for the products our editors are wishing for this year!
I've recently gotten back into the habit of using my NuFace device on a regular basis. I love the lifted appearance it gives my face. However, I'm still a bit preoccupied with the fine lines that have taken up residence on my forehead. I've heard such great things about the LED attachment—I think it has the potential to eclipse my love of the microcurrent tip.
This is something I hope to get and give this holiday season. It's one of my absolute favorite masks. It gives my complexion an instant boost in radiance and makes my skin feel so soft. Plus, it only takes two minutes. I make anyone who's staying at my apartment try it. I'm currently rationing the last bit of what's left in my jar, so I'm hoping to get a new one. And I intend to spread the love and give a couple to the favorites on my list.
I ask for a facial every year. In my opinion, a girl can never have too many facials. I like to make a day of it and treat myself to some spa pampering, something I think we all do far too infrequently.
I'm such a latecomer to the Eve Lom party and can't believe I hadn't tried it prior to this past month. The cleanser has transformed my skin. I accidentally left it at my parents' house during my last visit and felt lost without it, so I had my dad ship it to me. It's that good.
I need this mask in my life to hydrate and soften my blond hair.
It's time for an upgrade, and this is the best there is.
Dying to try this industry favorite. Seriously, models swear by this.
I’ve been eyeing this gorgeously packaged natural brand for a while now and am dying to add something—anything, really—from the line to my vanity. I mean, just look at the products. The Lapis face oil and Blue Tansy mask are especially intriguing, given their ocean-hued formulas.
A Spa Getaway
It’s amazing what just one day to unplug and devote to total relaxation can do for the mind and body. In my dream Christmas morning scenario, I would open a sleek little envelope with a ticket for a one-night getaway (but, like, I wouldn’t say no to longer) to a quiet retreat like Golden Door Spa. Until that happens, I will simply bring my yoga mat to the roof of my downtown apartment and play nature sounds through my speakers.
I received a sample of this scent at a beauty event and wake up each morning fearing I’m going to finish the last drop. This is a sandalwood perfume like you’ve never smelled—sweet, creamy, and cozy, like someone baking cookies in the woods just gave you a hug while wearing the softest cashmere sweater. I can’t get enough.
The only time a candle isn't burning in my apartment is when I'm not there (three cheers for fire safety!), and I'd love to add this gorgeous specimen to my collection. It's the fragrance blend of my flower-child dreams—with notes of frankincense, cypress, patchouli, and palo santo.
To continue this fragrance journey, after Ojai, we're stopping by Marfa, Texas—the inspiration behind this scent by one of my new favorite brands, D.S. & Durga. With sandy, earthy notes, it's like a desert dreamscape in a bottle.
A Stay at Mii Amo Spa in Sedona, Arizona
While escapism by scent would certainly be a worthy enough gift, the real fantasy is to make it literal by heading to this once-in-a-lifetime retreat. Mii Amo is a gorgeous, holistic spa in the middle of the Arizona desert, surrounded by the Red Rocks. Treatments are inspired by Native American medicine and spiritual practices for the ultimate in finding mind-body balance. Please, Santa?
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