Gifts for the Beauty Buff

In years gone by I’ve held out on putting together gift guides, mostly due to laziness. This year however, I’m going all in and will be publishing a whole host of gift guides over the next couple of weeks. If there’s anyone you’re having trouble thinking of a gift for, or a guide you think would be particularly useful, hit me up and I’ll pull something together!  Now, onto my first gift guide – gifts for the beauty buff. I think everyone knows someone who is beauty obsessed, or at least someone who would appreciate beauty products for a gift. A quick note on these products: I’ve tried to find links for both Australian and USA retailers. Where the retailer isn’t indicated, it’s Sephora and will (fingers crossed) be available in either country and hopefully the UK as well.

Gifts for the Beauty Buff

THE BUILDING BLOCKS

To me, having a proper skincare routine is an act of self love. There’s nothing better than taking 10 or 15 minutes out to cleanse, exfoliate, do a face mask, massage in some serum or oil and top off with a rich moisturiser at the end of a long day or on a lazy Sunday afternoon. Following this logic, there’s a real sense of luxury granted that comes with giving skincare products as a gift. It’s a way of saying without words that it’s ok to take some time to look after yourself, especially if the product is something like a mask or a three step kit that takes some time and allows you to build a small ritual that is for you and no one else.

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1.Mizon Balm Cleanser

2. Mario Badescu Almond & Honey Face Scrub (Mecca, Nordstrom)

3. Origins Original Skin Rose Mask (Mecca, Nordstrom) / Origins Overnight Intensive (Mecca, Nordstrom) / Origins Clear Improvements Charcoal Mask (Mecca, Nordstrom)

4.Clinique All About Eyes De-puffing Serum (Mecca, Nordstrom, Sephora)

5. Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Serum (David Jones, Nordstrom)

6. Clinique All About Eyes (David Jones, Nordstrom, Sephora)

7. Mario Badescu Seaweed Night Cream (Mecca, Nordstrom)

More gift-worthy skincare products

Kiehl’s Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Mask (Nordstrom, )

Herbivore Blue Tansy Resurfacing Clarity Mask

Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm (Mecca, Nordstrom, Sephora)

PERFECT PALETTES

Kind of like skincare, I think gifting make up is about more than just giving someone something pretty. For a lot of women, their make up routine is intrinsically linked to who they are – whether you’re a swipe of mascara, hint of concealer and out the door type of lady, or whether you painstakingly contour, fill in your brows and apply winged liner (and if that’s you, please tell me your secrets for perfect winged liner), the make up you apply each day is how you prepare to literally face the world.

I personally think a palette is an amazing gift. Make up like concealer and foundation can be a little tricky to gift without knowing the recipient’s exact shade, but a luxe eyeshadow, bronzing, blush or contouring palette takes all the guess work out of which shade your loved one needs and allows them to try shades they might not otherwise use. Palettes help put the fun in make-up! I personally have and love the Mecca Max and Zoeva eyeshadow palettes below, but the Tom Ford makes a beautiful gift, and the Nars Orgasm/Laguna combo is a great way to try these cult classics.

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8. Mecca Max Eyephoria Vivid Impact Palette

9. Benefit Brow Zings 

10. Zoeva Naturally Yours Eyeshadow Palette

11. Zoeva Blush Palette 

12. Tom Ford Beauty Soleil Contouring Compact

13. Becca Highlight/Lowlight Palette Pressed

14. Nars Orgasm Laguna Duo (Mecca, Nordstrom)

More gift-worthy palettes

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Palette Vol. 3 (Limited Edition, Mecca)

Urban Decay Naked Palette

Urban Decay Naked Skin Shapeshifter

TOOLS & TREATS

These are exactly that – some the tools on my own wishlist, plus lovely little treats that you might not buy yourself but would give you the warm and fuzzies to gift. You could also put a few of these together in a cosmetic case to make a cute hamper.

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15. Amazinger Face by Zoe Foster-Blake

16. Herbivore Botanicals Coco Rose Coconut Oil Body Polish

17. Caudalie Beauty Elixir

18. Zoeva Classic Brush Set

19. Hourglass No.28 Lip Treatment Oil (Mecca, Nordstrom)

20. Foreo Play (I feel like I need to clarify that this is a deep facial cleansing tool along the lines of the Clarisonic)

21. The Beauty Chef Beauty Powder

22. Herbivore Botanicals Coco Rose Lip Conditioner

More gift-worthy tools and treats

Bumble & Bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil

Mecca Cosmetica Enlightened Lit from Within Illuminating Balm

Clarisonic Mia 2 Skin Cleansing System

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