Holiday skincare gift guide: for her 🎁

Gift ideas to get her glowing

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Stephanie Papanikolas
Nov 08, 2019 · 7 min read

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Hey there, reindeer. The end of 2020 is upon us and the season of giving is here. Fun fact: up to 7 different religions observe holidays between October 31st and January 15th, so Christmas is just one occasion to give a holiday gift — and that’s before we get to those winter birthdays! If you’re reading this, you’re probably hoping to impress the woman in your life. Whether you’re shopping for the perfect wife, your best friend, or even yourself (no shame 🙋), here are trendy holiday gifts for her in 2020, hand-picked to impress even the ultimate beauty geek.

Gifts for her under $20

These aren’t your everyday stocking stuffers.

The Creme Shop Charcoal & Lemon Fusion Sheet Mask

A hydrating and clarifying mask, soothing for anyone prone to acne or dry skin. This moisturizing mask is formulated with ingredients like glycerin, hyaluronic acid and allantoin, which can give anyone a relaxing boost of hydration.

$3.00 via The Creme Shop

The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 Hydrating Support Dropper

Give winter skin a hydration boost by applying a couple of drops of this solution to the skin, followed by your daily moisturizer. While a little extra hyaluronic acid might be just what seasonally dry skin needs, don’t dive in head-first — The Ordinary just recommends a patch test before use.

$6.80 via Deciem

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Etude House Plumping Pearl Syrup in Starlight

You can’t get much trendier than sheer lipgloss in 2019, and this Korean brand does it best when it comes to a subtle yet feminine no-makeup makeup look. I recommend this product in the shade Starlight for the translucent shine that’s the current rage when it comes to lip-plumping glosses.

$11.52 via Etude House

The Konjac Sponge Company Facial Puff Sponge with Bamboo Charcoal

Meet your new favorite physical exfoliator: the konjac sponge, made from the root of the konnyaku plant. Just gently cleanse with this natural puff to clear away dead skin cells, leaving your face feeling fresh and looking bright.

$12.00 via Beauty Expert

ColourPop yes, please! eyeshadow palette

In 2019, no one can get enough of yellow eyeshadow, and this warm-toned eyeshadow palette has the perfect color scheme to bring a little brightness into grey winter days. This 16-pan palette offers a nice combination of matte and metallic shades in creamy, blendable formulas that make this an ideal palette for makeup beginners or experienced artists. Get this for the girl who loves makeup in your life!

$16.00 via ColourPop

Eyeshadow color palette from ColourPop

Image via ColourPop

Gifts for her under $50

Looking for a practical gift with a personal touch? She’ll think of you every time she uses these beauty hits.

The Original Makeup Eraser

She’ll think of you at the end of the day when she uses this luxurious microfiber towel. This super-soft towel is double-sided, with one side optimized to remove most makeup while the other gently exfoliates.

$20.00 via Makeup Eraser

COSRX AHA/BHA Clarifying Treatment Toner

This exfoliation toner with alpha and beta hydroxy acids is one of the most popular skincare routine supplements. Just apply once or twice a week for clearer pores and a glowy complexion. While hydroxy acids aren’t for everyone, this is a great product for the Korean skincare aficionado in your life.

$23.00 via COSRX

Milk makeup bottles

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Milk Makeup Triple the KUSH Set

Milk Makeup’s signature KUSH line is infused with cannabis sativa oil to encourage a more natural look. This gift set comes with a full-sized KUSH High Volume Mascara, which retails at $24.00. Throw in a mini clear brow gel and lip balm, and your makeup minimalist’s face is complete.

$25.00 via Milk Makeup

GLAMGLOW BRIGHTEYES Illuminating Anti-Fatigue Eye Cream

They don’t call it BRIGHTEYES for nothing: caffeine helps to reduce the appearance of dark circles while luxurious moisturizing ingredients like butylene glycol and hyaluronic acid depuff and plumpen skin for a more youthful glow. If you can’t give her the gift of a full night’s sleep, this is the next best thing!

$39.00 via GlamGlow

Slip Scrunchies in Pink, Caramel, and Black

Hair ties are a girl’s best friend, and it’s our job to keep the scrunchy trend alive. Slip Scrunchies are made with silk to be especially gentle on delicate hair and to avoid hair creases. Get this for the VSCO girl in your life.

$39.00 via Slip

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Stila The Fourth Dimension Liquid Eyeshadow Set

Every year, Stila hits it out of the park with limited edition holiday releases of their liquid eyeshadows. These shimmery eye pigments have a creamy, quick-dry texture that makes them easy to apply — just pair it with a quick winged liner and you’ve got glam in two steps. This year’s set has 4 full-size shadows, including two limited edition shades. I’d also recommend checking out the limited edition Highest Realm trio (3 full-size shadows, $25).

$49.00 via Stila

Too Faced Let It Snow, Girl! Limited Edition Collection

For the girly girl who loves makeup, Too Faced’s holiday collection is sure to impress. This limited edition Christmas collection comes with a 19 pan eyeshadow palette, a blush quad, and a highlighting/bronzing compact, plus a deluxe tube of Better Than Sex mascara. My favorite part of the collection is the cute cookie-inspired packaging, which adds a sugary seasonal touch to the serious makeup collector’s vanity.

$49.00 via Too Faced

Too Faced Makeup product

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Gifts for her under $100


Is your wife obsessed with charcoal masks? Glamglow’s mud mask is the holy grail, and its drying consistency is especially soothing on oily, acne-prone skin. Want to gift a really impressive anti-aging skincare routine? Pair this mask with the BRIGHTEYES illuminating eye cream.

$59.00 via GlamGlow

GlamGlow product

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TATCHA The Rice Polish: Classic Foaming Enzyme Powder

This gentle physical exfoliator can be used up to twice a week to encourage a bright, clear complexion. With rice powder as one of the main ingredients of this formula, just add water to transform the powder into a cream that you can use to gently cleanse away dead skin cells to reveal more youthful skin beneath.

$65.00 via TATCHA

MAC Taste of Stardom Mini Lipstick Kit

For the makeup artist or lipstick collector in your life, this lipstick kit comes with 12 diverse and versatile shades that unleash a wide range of options when it comes to pairing the perfect lip color to the rest of your look.

$74.00 via MAC

Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial

For the ultimate skincare geek in your life: this AHA/BHA facial serum is legendary. It’s possibly the most winning-est skincare product I’ve ever seen, chosen as a top skincare product by Essence, Teen Vogue, Allure, and Cosmopolitan. While it’s not a skincare product meant to be used every day (in case the price wasn’t an indication), it’s a nice treatment the woman in your life can enjoy once or twice a week while thinking of you ❤

$80.00 via Drunk Elephant

The best beauty gift for her of 2019

Urban Decay Naked Honey Drop Vault

For the best gift for the beauty geek in your life, this collection is doing the most in 2019. This vault includes the Naked Honey Eyeshadow Palette, the latest in Urban Decay’s iconic Naked series, plus everything you need for a gold-dusted and honey-dipped look. The most jaw-dropping part of this collection? The honey-scented sparkling body powder, which has a mineral-based formula that makes it gentle for most skin types.

$115.00 via Sephora

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We hope this 2019 holiday gift guide inspires the perfect gift for the trendy woman in your life. Personally, I’m asking Santa to bring me something sparkly. I hope he sees this list, but in case he doesn’t, there’s no shame on splurging on some luxury skincare as a Christmas gift to myself.

If you’re also on the hunt for the best gift to give yourself, you can’t do much better than a custom skincare freebie! Sign up for a free trial of Curology to get your first bottle of prescription acne or anti-aging cream for just $4.95 to cover the cost of shipping and handling. You can also get the complete set with the Curology cleanser and your choice of moisturizer at no extra cost. So go ahead — give yourself the gift of happy, healthy skin today.

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