The holidays are here! It's time for mulled cider, fireside conversations, guilty-pleasure Christmas albums, twinkly lights, furry scarves, and ice-skating. Can you tell I'm excited? While gift-giving brings us oh so much pleasure, we've also been making our own list, checking it twice, and, well, publishing it on the internet. Perhaps subtlety isn't our thing.
From candles to tarot cards and face masks to sexy scents, these are the gifts we're hoping to unwrap (hint, hint).
"Want. Need. What's stronger than need? Historically, my retention rate has not been stellar with beauty devices. But for this little guy, I would gleefully devote the necessary time and attention. The reviews and before-and-afters are incredible. And it just so happens to be the chicest of beauty gadgets. I'm not quite ready for Botox, and nano-current (when done properly) is the next best thing. (Note to my family members who I know are reading this: Should the Ziip be too lofty of a wish-list item, I would absolutely love a micro-current facial from Joanna Vargas instead.)"
"This is actually the first time that I've felt super psyched about my New Year's resolution, which is to take a well-rounded, comprehensive, and fun approach to self-care. Rather than slaving away at the gym, I want to prioritize wellness in ways that make me happy, too—things like hiking, yoga, journaling, and indulging other forms of creativity. For me, wellness is as much about self-understanding and caring for the mind as it is about the body. To that end, I really want to explore some more holistic and spiritual practices—things that, at the very least, will indulge my curiosity. For starters, I have a friend who knows how to read the tarot, and I'm going to make her teach me her ways."
"Surprise, surprise: The fragrance junkie wants more candles. But aromatherapy counts as part of my wellness plan, right? This luscious blend of frankincense, cypress, patchouli, and palo santo is essentially my version of heaven—and all those scents are known to be ultra grounding, calming, and meditative."
"I'm really into my bed—as in, keeping it cozy, soft as a cloud, and pristinely white. But my affinity for spray tans makes my sheets less bright than I'd like, so I find myself repurchasing pretty often. Recently, I've been lusting after this silky-soft set with a rich cotton sateen weave. It's next-level luxury."
"It's made for men, technically, but nothing sounds sexier than a few sprays of this warm, woody, spicy scent. With notes of amber, honey, patchouli, and sandalwood, Krigler's Oud offering is right up my alley (especially during the cold-weather months). Yes, I know it's pricey, but it's the holidays after all."
"Speaking of warm, woody scents: Le Labo's Santal is my absolute favorite. Someone gifted me with this candle a few months ago, and I have only been lighting it during the most special occasions. I'd love another to hold me over till spring."
"Holiday madness calls for a really great mask that'll (hopefully) erase all the late nights, sugary cocktails, and dry winter weather. This one is the crème de la crème for skin fatigue. It decongests, eliminates toxins, lifts, and brightens, and gives your skin a much-needed boost of energy and hydration. I plan to smooth it on, take a nap, and do nothing else post–New Year's."
"You already know everyone on Team Byrdie is addicted to this stuff. I'm adding it to the list because my bottle is one-third done and I'm already feeling anxious. My skin feels less radiant just thinking about being without it."
"With the holidays coming up and plenty of parties and gatherings to attend, my skin could use a major overhaul. As soon as winter strikes, I break out, my skin gets dry, and the glowing complexion I worked so hard for over summer and fall is but a memory. That's why this year I'd love to be gifted with an oxygen facial. The VS Angels brought this to the top of my mind recently, as they turn to this magical procedure before the big show for plump, hydrated skin. Then, to maintain my new complexion, I'd also love Dr. Brandt's mask, since frequent oxygen facials would be mucho dinero."
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