Is there any greater feeling than unwrapping a gift during the holiday season, only to find the eyeshadow palette that you’ve been dropping hints about for weeks? Or even months? Didn’t think so. There’s a reason that beauty products are common in all the top Holiday Gift Guides. These makeup and skincare products make you look and feel good, and many brands even release seasonal gift sets or holiday-themed versions of their classic products. A Christmas-eque Too Faced liquid lipstick set? We’ll take ten, and give them to all of our glam makeup enthusiasts as the perfect gift. But don’t worry, there’s also plenty of serums, Gua Shas, and red lipsticks to go around during the most beautiful time of the year - in more ways than one. Shop these top beauty products that you’ll definitely want to give as a gift (even to yourself!) in 2020.
You’ve probably heard that Coconut Oil is key for removing makeup - whether from your favorite beauty influencers, RuPaul’s queens, or just a bit of trial-and-error at home. But did you know that it also moisturizes the skin, deep conditions your hair, works as an eye cream and more? Coconut Oil is the mother of all beauty multitaskers, and you’ll understand why with the Organic Coconut Melt by Kopari. It’s 100% organic and pure, ideal for even the most sensitive skin, and works to moisturize and soothe nearly every part of the body. See why MIRA guests call this Kopari favorite a “holy grail” and “heaven in a bottle”!
It’s hard to say what we’ll miss the most about Keeping Up with the Kardashians once the show finally concludes in 2021, but Khloe and Malika’s adorable friendship is definitely at the top of the list. At least we’ll always have this influencer collab highlighter palette as a reminder! Encased in a metallic gold package, this set features a highlighter, bronzer, and two radiant blushes to create your best full-face glam looks. Even if Kim is the queen of contouring (Kontouring?) in the Kardashian family, Khloe is a close second…and you’ll always be ready for a glow up with this holiday gift.
All of this luxury makeup? In one $50 set? Believe it, but it won’t last long. Holiday Blockbuster Set by Elizabeth Arden is one of the biggest steals in any Holiday Gift Guide - estimated to include over $400 worth of makeup including eyeshadow, lipstick, mascara, eyeliner and more in one ravishing red case. It’s a holiday dream come true for any beauty product expert, but you need to be sure that you grab one this season before they sell out!
Two of the greatest holiday trends come together with this lippie that you need in your bag - red lips and shimmer! We love a luxurious matte, red lipstick at Christmas… but if you’re a gloss girl for life, the Butter Gloss in Red Velvet is the ultimate sweet treat. It delivers sheer to medium coverage that melts into your lips, with a non-drying and long-lasting formula that embellishes your pout in glossy, glamorous color. Ideal for work or play, this lip color makes a statement without being overwhelming. Oh, and it will stay perfect and put-together on your pout even as you snack on homemade red velvet cupcakes and other holiday sweets!
Exfoliation is everything during the colder winter months, as blackheads creep up on you and dullness just won’t seem to go away no matter how much you scrub. However, the key to glowing skin isn’t to scrub your skin harder, which can strip your face of its natural and essential oils… it’s to use the right exfoliant, like The Rice Polish by Tatcha! This powder-to-foam formula absorbs easily into the skin and removes toxins and impurities for your brightest complexion. The ingredients are unlike any other exfoliant you’ll try, too. Japanese Rice Bran is rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and nourishing moisturizers to promote cell turnover and get brighter skin, Rice and Papaya Enzymes sweep away dead skin cells, and Pearl hydrates with amino acids, collagen, and minerals. And we can’t forget Hadasei-3™, a Tatcha-exclusive trio of anti-aging Japanese superfoods (green tea, rice and algae) for youthfulness and glowing skin. While this is the original version of The Rice Polish, you can choose from four types to give to your favorite people this season: Classic, Deep, Gentle and Calming.
Yes, it’s not exactly cheap… but this is one of the best deals on beauty products you’ll find in the Holiday Gift Guides. For luxury makeup looks, French girl glamour, everyday seasonal chic and everything in between. It features 10 of the brand’s most popular full-sized (!) makeup and skincare products - including the Advanced Génifique concentrate, eye cream, and eye and lash concentrate - plus all the eyeshadows and mascaras you could need from such an iconic brand. Skin comes first, yes, but makeup is plenty of fun too… and you’ll get all the Emily in Paris vibes from this sophisticated makeup set.
It’s not like a regular lip balm, it’s a cool lip balm. Burt’s Bees is the drugstore brand we’ve all been using for years to hydrate and smooth our chapped lips - a necessity during the winter - and you can put a twist on the classic balm with this giftable 4-pack. These lip essentials have all the moisturizing, long-lasting, soothing power of the original balm, with sweet flavors like Pomegranate, Pink Grapefruit, Coconut & Pear and Strawberry. It’s the ideal beauty product set and holiday gift for any lip balm lover - as it contains four to store in your work desk, bedroom, car, and gym bag!
Unleash the elegance with this BH Cosmetics brush set - which includes 10 tools for your most gorgeous holiday party looks. Or you know, just an inner corner shimmer for those that like to keep things simple! With marbleized handles, rose gold ferrules and silky-soft two-tone synthetic bristles, the sleek design of these brushes fit right in on your vanity - creating a Pinterest-perfect look that your Instagram feed will love. And also, your face and eyes. These brushes line and define to perfection, with silky soft bristles that blend out a flawless cut crease and buff out your foundation like a luxury makeup dream. Discover the magic of marble with one of our favorite brush sets from BH Cosmetics - and a must-have beauty product for all the Holiday Gift Guides!
Stressed skin is common around the holidays - whether it’s due to chilly weather, last-minute shopping, or studying for finals. Or you know, all of the above. Of course, there is a way to practice self-care and skincare while giving your skin a boost of moisture… and the magic is in this Cucumber Gel Mask. It’s formulated with Cucumber Extract to nourish, hydrate, calm, and soothe your face during stressful times - such as after waxing or excessive sun exposure. It also contains vitamin-rich Papaya Extract to soften and smooth, along with Chamomile Extract to provide further comfort. The lightweight, ultra-cooling green formula may be giving off major Flubber vibes, but it’s also reminiscent of Christmas green… and makes the perfect de-stressing beauty product to gift for the holidays.
Let it snow? More like let it glow. GLAMGLOW is always there to give your skin a boost of A-list brightness, as the LA-born brand was originally created to provide skin care solutions to the biggest stars in Hollywood. And you’ll be looking “lit from within” this season with YOUTHMUD, a new kind of clay mask. It’s made with Volcanic Rock to reach deep into the skin and lift impurities like oil, dirt, and dead skin - which smooths out uneven tone and texture while smoothing out the look of fine lines. It works alongside a Natural Clay Blend to further absorb impurities and excess oils, ideal for those with oily skin, while GLAMGLOW’s exclusive TEAOXI® Green Tea Leaf treatment provides antioxidant benefits and amplifies your skin’s brightness factor, in true GLAMGLOW style. Smooth, refine, and brighten your complexion with this luxury mask, which MIRA guests say evens out skin, minimizes pores, brightens and has incredible anti-aging properties.
Sure, it took Selena Gomez a couple years and a lot of playing with our hearts before she finally launched Rare Beauty in September 2020 - but it was totally worth it. The makeup line was highly praised by the beauty community for its simple, glamorous, and feel-good products - like the Soft Pinch Liquid Blush! Step away from the powder and try this liquid product with a doe foot applicator, used to simply place a couple dots of blush on each cheek, before seamlessly blending in with your fingers or a beauty sponge. The result? A soft and natural flush of color that complements all makeup looks. The liquid formula looks subtle and stunning on your cheeks, and you’ll never have to worry about the streakiness or clown-like vibe that often comes with powders. Shop the entire Rare Beauty collection to recreate Selena’s youthful, natural radiance!
It’s easy to have your eyes on the prize with the Holiday Hall of Fame set by Urban Decay. And by “the prize,” we mean seasonal eye looks that put you in the spirit to shop for even more beauty products. Give your eyes a boost with these holy grail products - Eyeshadow Primer Potion, 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil, and Perversion Mascara - and set your foundation for hours with the cult favorite All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray. You’re going to need it to lock your makeup looks in place at the holiday party - even if you’re attending from Zoom in your living room. And don’t forget to enhance your eyes even further with your favorite Urban Decay eyeshadow palettes!
It wouldn’t be holiday makeup without Too Faced, the brand that infuses their eyeshadows with cocoa for a chocolate scent and once launched a gingerbread lipstick. Good times. Get a taste of holiday cheer with the Chocolate Gold Eyeshadow Palette - with 16 shades enriched with real gold to light up your looks this season. Most of these shades are ultra-shimmery, ideal for the metallic eyeshadow enthusiast. Money Bags is a glistening green that reminds you of the Christmas tree, New Money an iridescent purple that’s simply mesmerizing, and Drippin’ Diamonds is a striking silver for major New Year’s Eve makeup vibes. More of a matte makeup person? This palette has a few - including the jet black Decadent, warm brown So Boujee, and pale pink Rollin’ in Dough. With shade names like these, you’re basically manifesting luxury and lit eyeshadow looks this winter... plus a little sweetness, considering each of these colors is infused with Cocoa Powder for a chocolate smell! Pair this palette with the Better Than Sex mascara to give the gift of sweet treats and seasonal glam.
We could go on and on about the power of AHA’s in skin care, and we definitely do… but the bottom line is that it’s a beauty essential that treats a variety of complexion issues, especially for those with oily skin. Good Genes All-In-One Lactic Acid Treatment is a cult favorite face serum that boosts the exfoliation process, removing dirt, oil, and other impurities from beneath the surface to restore your natural glow, as well as treat and prevent acne. Your pores will be smaller, your breakouts gone, and brightness instantly restored. A must-have for the winter season, when even the most oily skin becomes a bit dry. And that’s not all, it even has anti-aging effects! AHA’s stimulate the production of collagen, which fills in fine lines and helps restore your youthful radiance in just 3 minutes. And that’s clinically proven, by the way… so grab this face serum and get ready to look young, fresh, and clear-skinned. Because isn’t that the greatest holiday gift of all?
Fun fact: this under eye cream is sold every 3 minutes at Sephora, and even Kim Kardashian loves it. When Mrs. West herself is a fan, you know a beauty product is legit. Banana Bright Eye Cream uses Vitamin C and collagen to get rid of dark circles while targeting fine lines and dryness around your delicate eye area. It’s inspired by banana powder, AKA the setting powder you use to set your under eye concealer, and blends easily into your skin to make you look rested and radiant. The ideal beauty product, and addition to the Holiday Gift Guides, for your loved ones who understand the power of eye cream!
Three things that K-beauty brands know best? Sheet masks, natural and healthy ingredients, and glowing skin… and you’ll get all of the above with the Midnight Blue Calming Sheet Mask. It contains anti-inflammatory and calming ingredients like Willow Bark Extract and Glycerin, delivering moisture to the skin as you recover from holiday stress and dryness. Sure, we love a creamy face mask as much as the next beauty enthusiast… but there’s something truly soothing about a sheet mask. It’s self-care mixed with skin care, and your complexion will be taken to the next level with this K-beauty favorite (and essential gift!) from Klairs.
Okay, take a second to think about the iconic Advanced Night Repair serum that works wonders on both your skin and your mom’s. Pretty awesome, right? Then imagine an eye cream that works just as beautifully on the thin skin around your eyes, preventing wrinkles and fine lines for years to come. That’s exactly what you’ll get with this under eye cream from one of the most legendary beauty brands in the world. With a lightweight gel texture that provides up to 24 hours of hydration, brightens dark circles in just a few weeks, and protects against free radical damage with just a dab of product, you’re in for a recharged and vibrant look that will remind you exactly how amazing Estee Lauder is.
Ready to bring a little summer into your winter skincare routine? Milk Makeup has all the watermelon products for cool, calm, and collected skin this season. Watermelon Extract is known for its hydrating and nourishing properties that infuse your skin with vitamins - and this set has all the “one in a melon” products that make the most gorgeous holiday gifts. Watermelon Brightening Face Mask, Mini Watermelon Brightening Serum, Cooling Water Eye patches, Mini Melatonin Overnight Lip Mask… they all give your skin a fresh and fruitful appearance for AM + PM beauty. Or in the case of the holidays - Christmas morning and late-night studying for finals!
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