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.
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.
More gift-worthy skincare products
Kiehl’s Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Mask (Nordstrom, )
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.
More gift-worthy palettes
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Palette Vol. 3 (Limited Edition, Mecca)
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.
20. Foreo Play (I feel like I need to clarify that this is a deep facial cleansing tool along the lines of the Clarisonic)