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39 Gifts Beauty Obsessives Will Actually Want, According to Pros

Last updated: 03-15-2019

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39 Gifts Beauty Obsessives Will Actually Want, According to Pros

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Huda Beauty Desert Dusk Eyeshadow Palette, $65, sephora.com
"This is a beautiful eyeshadow palette with every type of texture you need to create any look, from simple to dramatic. I love it because it's perfect for beginners and more experienced makeup artists." — Osob Mohamud , beauty vlogger
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Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer, $18, sephora.com
"Here's a universally flattering lipgloss that works for all skin tones. Super shiny without any stickiness, it's a perfect gift for any makeup lover. I wear it almost every day, even with a bare face." — Osob Mohamud , beauty vlogger
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Nars x Man Ray Love Triangle Blush/Lipstick Set, $24, sephora.com
"This super-cute holiday set includes popular Nars shades in mini-lipstick and mini-blush form. My personal favorite is the Orgasm mini set. It's a great value for the price." — Osob Mohamud , beauty vlogger
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Cosmedix Elite Eye Doctor, $220, skincareedit.com
"It keeps your eye area deeply hydrated, and I’ve seen it reduce my friends' crow’s feet around their eyes. It’s a game-changer.” — Nicole Warne , founder of style and beauty site Gary Pepper Girl
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Giorgio Armani Lip Magnet Liquid Lipstick in Fatale, $38, giorgioarmanibeauty-usa.com
“This lipstick shade was created by Giorgio Armani with me in mind, so I’ll be gifting it to all my close friends this Christmas!” — Nicole Warne , founder of style and beauty site Gary Pepper Girl
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Biologique Recherche PH50 Lotion, $90, skincareedit.com
“This is my little facial in a bottle. My skincare specialist Melanie Grant swears by it, and it has honestly changed my life." — Nicole Warne , founder of style and beauty site Gary Pepper Girl
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Sephora Favorites Glow for It Kit, $40, sephora.com
"I love the Sephora Favorites sets that feature top sellers across different brands in different categories—they're a major deal and a great way to discover new brands you may not have tried before, mixed in with your favorites. One I'm eyeing is this set." — Lara Eurdolian , style and beauty editor at Pretty Connected
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Lips Off Leash Plumping Mini Lip Collection, $59, ulta.com
"I'm a huge fan of Buxom lip products and this set is an incredible value—$59 for products worth $150. It features a very wearable mix of 15 of their Full-On Lip Polish and Full-On Lip Creams. The formulas are beautiful and both products plump!" — Lara Eurdolian , style and beauty editor at Pretty Connected
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NARS x Man Ray Noire Et Blanche Audacious Lipstick Coffret, $55, sephora.com
"This set contains four mini NARS Audacious Lipstick shades in a keepsake magnifying container inspired by the art of Man Ray. The packaging is a work of art—I keep mine on my desk—and is a gift on it's own. The fact that under the print it's also hiding mini lipsticks makes it the best present ever." — Lara Eurdolian , style and beauty editor at Pretty Connected
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Chanel Coco Noir Foaming Shower Gel, $55, nordstrom.com
"I received this as a gift one year and I still remember using it and being grateful for the most luxurious shower experience. I’d say I couldn’t imagine buying it for myself, but then again, I might now that I’m thinking about it…" — Kristie Dash , digital consultant and beauty writer
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Diptyque Baies Scented Candle, $64, nordstrom.com
"I feel like candles are really predictable, but I swear I get the most genuinely gracious reactions when I gift Diptyque candles. It’s such a luxury to burn one, especially during the fall and winter. The Bailes scent isn’t polarizing at all—everyone loves it." — Kristie Dash , digital consultant and beauty writer
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60 Minute Massage, $225, hyatt.com
Along with bottles of wine, massage gift cards are my favorite gifts to give friends who are seemingly impossible to buy for because who doesn’t want to spend time at a spa? Make sure it’s a spot you’ve vetted beforehand to be sure it’s as perfect as it sounds. The whole point of the gift is that it’s better than the slightly-shady bargain massage spot on your street corner. My favorite in New York is Spa Nalai (shown here) at the Park Hyatt. — Kristie Dash , digital consultant and beauty writer
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Beautyblender Midas Touch Set, $25, spacenk.com
" Space NK is a great place to find lovely little things. They always do such great holiday stocking stuffers, like the Beautyblender Midas Touch Set. It’s $25 and it comes with a Blender and a soap to keep sponges clean." — Katie Jane Hughes , celebrity makeup artist
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Weleda Skin Food, $11, amazon.com
"The holidays are a good time to give something they'll absolutely love all year round. This is not only a winter skin savior but also a necessary handbag essential for life. You can use it on any dry bits, to highlight your skin, or as an intense hydration mask. It’s amazing." — Katie Jane Hughes , celebrity makeup artist
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Glossier Body Hero Duo, $35, glossier.com
"I love giving body care since it's personal but not too personal, where you can get it wrong. The Body Hero set from Glossier is so lovely and pampering yet essential. The scent is dreamy and leaves your skin baby-soft." — Katie Jane Hughes , celebrity makeup artist
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Kiehl's x Disney Glow Getters, $74, birchbox.com
"My friend Hilary is a working mom of two and doesn’t have enough time to treat herself. I'm planning to gift her this cute Kiehl’s x Disney Glow-Getters set for some skin care R&R. — Katia Beauchamp , co-founder and CEO of Birchbox
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MAC Snowball Lip Bag, $39.50, birchbox.com
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Birchbox The New Adventurer, $55, birchbox.com
"My brother asks me for a BirchboxMan subscription every year, so that’s what he’ll be getting (again), but I'm also going to send him our limited-edition New Adventurer box to make this year's gift a little more special. It has a few grooming essentials from Kiehl's, Harry's and Lab Series, plus a beanie, Bombas socks (the best!), and a little pocket knife." — Katia Beauchamp , co-founder and CEO of Birchbox
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Dior Diorshow Lash Extension Effect Volume Mascara, $29, nordstrom.com
"I always thought drugstore mascaras worked as well as expensive versions—until I tried Diorshow. My eyelashes suddenly doubled in length (seriously, how does this stuff work?) and my eyes looked bigger and more awake. This holiday, I'd love to give a tube to all the women in my life."
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D.S. & Durga Big Sur After Rain candle, $65, amazon.com
"This candle—designed by a husband-and-wife team—captures the scents of Big Sur after the rain, with notes of eucalyptus shoots, Pacific spray and wet wood. What could be better? I'd love to give it to my husband, who grew up in Northern California—or anyone else with a soft spot for the Golden State." — Joanna Goddard , founder of lifestyle site A Cup of Jo
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Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask, $45, sephora.com
"I'd love to give friends a jar of this Korean sleeping mask, which has a serious cult following. You smooth it on at night and then wake up to impossibly soft, dewy skin. Plus, the packaging is so cute, you wouldn't even need wrapping paper." — Joanna Goddard , founder of lifestyle site A Cup of Jo
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Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter, $34, sephora.com
"Fenty has taken the world by storm, and I'm not mad at that. This highlighter is one absolutely everyone will love." — Jenn Im , YouTube star and video content creator
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SK-II Facial Treatment Essence, $179, sephora.com
"Everyone loves great skin, and this essence is my holy grail." — Jenn Im , YouTube star and video content creator
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Beauty Bakerie Coffee & Cocoa Palette, $38, beautybakerie.com
"Right now I am loving this coffee-and-cocoa palette, which has an entire full face of bronze and glow." — Jackie Aina , YouTube star and video content creator
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Nailhur Criss Cross Stiletto Nails, $25, nailhur.com
"One of my favorite gift ideas: press-on nails , for the girl on the go who doesn’t have time to sit in a salon every week. You can find them from Nailhur or on Etsy." — Jackie Aina , YouTube star and video content creator
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Whip Lashed Pro Lash Book, $111, whip-lashed.co.uk
"You can never go wrong with a lash book! I’m currently obsessed with these super-fluffy Whip Lashed lashes. They come with a bunch of different styles." — Jackie Aina , YouTube star and video content creator
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Space NK Holiday Heroes Gold Edition, $99, spacenk.com
"Most beauty gift sets contain only one or two things you actually really want. Not so the case with this set from Space NK. Every product in this well-curated set is a cult-favorite and legitimately freakout-worthy. From the Byrdie editor-loved Eve Lom Cleanser to Oribe's obsessed-over texture spray to Lipstick Queen's color-changing Frog Prince, you won't find anything that won't cause genuine excitement (even if you're gifting a beauty editor, which is saying a lot). I would give this to literally anyone I love, and prepare to be hugged tightly afterwards." — Faith Xue , editorial director of Byrdie
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Tatcha Pampering Camelia Trio, $68, tatcha.com
"Tatcha's packaging is always exquisite, and they even stepped it up a notch for the holidays this year. This set comes in a chic box and houses some of my favorite products from the brand (the lip balm and cleansing oil). I'd gift this to my mom—she's the hardest-working woman I know and this would be the ultimate indulgence for her to treat herself." — Faith Xue , editorial director of Byrdie
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Diptyque Incense Tears Phoenix Scented Candle, $70, nordstrom.com
"When in doubt, gift a candle—a fancy French one, preferably. Diptyque's new holiday collection is a collaboration with street artist Philippe Baudelocque and a starry, gilded dream. I'm especially obsessed with the blue Incense Tears scent, which is inspired by a Phoenix and smells like cozy myrrh and cinnamon. It's the perfect universal gift for anyone on your list." — Faith Xue , editorial director of Byrdie
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Glamcor Riki Skinny Mirror, $195, amazon.com
"This is a little extra, but the Riki Skinny by Glamcor is a must have. There are five stages of dimming, allowing you to control the amount of detail you would like to see as well as a magnifying mirror to really get up in there when you want to focus on the detail work on your eye makeup. The best part is you can mount your phone on the mirror and pair via Bluetooth to take selfies post makeup application. Let’s be real, you were going to post your look on the ‘gram anyway." —Eileen Dautruche, beauty blogger at Miss Whoever You Are
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Sephora Favorites Perfume Sampler, $65, sephora.com
"Fragrance is highly personal, but I love helping friends and family find something they would absolutely love. This set comes with 17 samples of some of the best-selling perfumes on the market (hello, Tom Ford Black Orchid). It allows someone to sample a variety of fragrances, from florals to woodsy scents, and comes with a certificate to redeem a full-size bottle of your fave at a Sephora store. It's the gift that keeps on giving." —Eileen Dautruche, beauty blogger at Miss Whoever You Are
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Pat McGrath Labs Mothership III Subersive Eyeshadow Palette, $125, sephora.com
"In my opinion, the best time (and excuse) to splurge on ridiculously pricey makeup is the holidays. What better gift to give than the gift of ultimate glamour in the form of Pat McGrath’s Mothership III Eyeshadow Palette? The lacquered case is unbelievably luxe and the shadows are pigmented, velvety, and easy to blend. Need I say more?" —Eileen Dautruche, beauty blogger at Miss Whoever You Are
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Love of Color The Trendsetters Vibrant Matte Lipstick Trio, $20, birchbox.com
"This is the cutest lipstick trio, with three mini shades for every skin color. It includes Color Me Confident, the perfect cranberry red color I designed for Birchbox. I think lipstick works as a superpower and can totally change your look, mood and style in one swipe. Pair this trio with a vintage compact you find on Etsy for a personal touch." — Courtney Quinn , creator of style and beauty site Color Me Courtney
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Sephora Collection Multi-Masking Mania Clay Mask Blockbuster Set, $38, sephora.com
"Everyone LOVES masks, especially if you can do them as a duo for a fun girls' night. Gift this set to your bestie as part of an ultimate girls-night-in kit, paired with things like microwave popcorn, a bottle of wine, Oreos, and cozy pajamas." — Courtney Quinn , creator of style and beauty site Color Me Courtney
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Too Faced Boss Lady Beauty Agenda, $65, amazon.com
"This is the perfect gift for that boss lady in your life. Give it to your actual boss or your best friend—it's super functional and crazy cute. Pair it with a real notebook or some fun pens to finish the feel." — Courtney Quinn , creator of style and beauty site Color Me Courtney
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Wander Beauty Read My Lips Kit, $35, sephora.com
"At $35, this five-shade lipstick kit is a steal. Plus, its double-ended apparatus won't take up precious purse real estate when they're at holiday parties this season." —Amber Katz, founder of beauty site Rouge18
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Blown a Ouai Set, $399, sephora.com
"It's all golden: The best hair dryer on the market (it dries my hair in a smooth eight minutes), the impressive price tag, the addition of Jen Atkin's fantastic products, plus the brilliant play on words in the name. Get into it." —Amber Katz, founder of beauty site Rouge18


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