Presents don’t have to actually be big to make a big impact. This holiday season, treat your family and friends to adorable beauty trinkets that they will never forget. Keep reading for our favorite stocking stuffers and Secret Santa beauty ideas of the year. Find something perfect for everyone on your list!
Whish Body Butter Ornament: Whish Body Butter was one of my favorite product finds this year. Every scent is strong, but not overpowering. Plus, it truly moisturizes, without that odd, thick residue many body butters leave you with. For the holidays, the brand has released ‘ornament’ versions of its butters in the scents Vanilla Mint and Winterberry. This would make a great little stocking stuffer for any bath and body lover. ($9)
NYX Intense Butter Gloss Set: NYX’s line of Intense Butter Glosses is absolutely amazing. So richly pigmented, fairly long-wearing, affordable and not sticky at all, these are some of the best glosses out there…especially at drugstore prices. The brand has just released two Butter Gloss trios – one in a variety of nude shades, and one consisting of brighter colors. Either one would make a fantastic gift for any lipstick junkie. The shade Tres Leches is without a doubt the best nude gloss I own. ($11.99)
Tarte Energy Lip Duo: Products from Tarte’s Energy line make a great gift, because they literally work with every skin tone. The collection acts as a ‘mood ring’ of sorts: they react to your skin’s pH to give you a perfectly customized shade of pink. This little duo includes a cheek stain and lip gloss. The lip tint is also fantastic.
Formula X The System to Go: Formula X polishes are so underrated. These polishes, more so than any other brand I’ve tried, do not chip! You can rest assured that your manicure will stay chip-free for at least a week. This ingenious set features a nail cleanser (to remove oils and residue), base coat, nail color and top coat. It has everything you need for a salon-quality manicure in one convenient, portable set. ($16)
NEST Holiday Votive Candle: Everyone has that one friend who can’t get enough of fragrances and candles. Gift them this beautiful holiday-inspired candle by NEST Fragrances. Enclosed in an elegant red and gold case, this aromatic candle smells like pomegranate, mandarin orange, pine, cloves and cinnamon. The long-lasting candle can burn for up to twenty hours. ($14)
Real Techniques Core Collection: If you’re looking for high quality makeup brushes at affordable prices, you must try Real Techniques. Their brushes really look and feel like luxury items. Their Core Collection is the perfect gift for anyone who’s beginning to get into the world of beauty. It features four essential brushes: a detailer brush for concealing, a foundation brush, a buffing brush for applying powder and a contour brush. ($17.99)
LORAC Pocket PRO Palette: LORAC shadows are simply the best. So buttery, pigmented and easy-to-blend. This mini-palette has everything you need to create an everyday eye, or even a simple smoky. I use this palette so much, yet I haven’t even made a dent in it – it will last forever. Any eyeshadow addict will truly appreciate this pocket-sized present. ($18)
BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector Glow on the Go: This duo by BECCA has the best of both worlds – its cult classic Opal highlighter in both powder and liquid forms! I (and many others) honestly can’t choose between these two products, so this set is such a smart idea. The liquid is perfect for mixing into your foundation for an all-over luminous glow, and the powder one is the most pigmented highlighter ever. These travel-sized versions are all of you need – both will last you a lifetime. ($20)
Sephora Face Mask: The Korean beauty trend blew up this year, and it shows no signs of slowing down. If you’re looking for a gift for a K-beauty addict or someone who’s curious about the innovative skincare, pick up a few Sephora brand sheet masks for them. There are so many varieties, all catering to different skin concerns. A mix of two or three would make a unique gift for any skincare junkie. These sheet maks are one of the most comfortable I’ve ever tried. They’re not overly-soaked and messy; they feel luxurious on your face. You’ll truly see a difference after one treatment. ($6 for one)
CLEAN Rollerball Layering Collection: Giving perfume as a gift is tricky. Everyone has very specific preferences when it comes to perfume, and every scent reacts differently on different people. So I would typically steer away from recommending any fragrance as a gift, but I couldn’t help including this set. The CLEAN Rollerball Layering Set features five rollerballs that can be worn alone or layered on top of one another for something unique. What I love about CLEAN is that their scents are very straightforward – Cotton, Rain, Fresh Laundry. Everything is pure and universally appealing. Rest assured anyone would appreciate this set. ($18)
Pinch Provisions Minimergency Kit for Her – Bubbly: This all-in-one set has been around for years, but it doesn’t get old. Everyone should have a Minimergency Kit in their purse at all times. This kit features seventeen items that can help you out when you’re in a pinch. From a safety pin to lip balm to hairspray, floss and even a tampon, this compact case has it all. It’s the perfect present for a Secret Santa when you don’t necessarily know what the person would like – everyone could use a Minimergency Kit in their lives! ($16)
NAILS INC. Snowglobe: How cute is this? Nothing says ‘holiday’ like glittery nails! NAILS INC.’s Snowglobe polish literally acts like a snow globe – shake it before you paint. Prior to shaking, the gold glitter sits at the bottom of the bottle. You have the ability to customize how glittery you want your nails to be – a sheer dusting as a top coat or full-on opaque sparkle. This is such a fun and festive gift. ($15)
Which of these stocking stuffers will you be giving this holiday season? Let us know in the comments below and on PAMPADOUR!
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