Lifestyle Gift Guides: Beauty Holiday Collections

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by Briana Lerner, Lifestyle Staff Writer

It’s that time of the year. Shoppers faced the malls on Black Friday and sat at their laptop during Cyber Monday in the pursuit of the perfect holiday gift. When buying presents for your loved ones this season, be sure to cater to each person’s specific interests, this includes your life’s resident beauty addict. Whether they are someone who is just starting their collection or is an avid beauty connoisseur, your recipient will surely appreciate some of the season’s best offerings. This list includes something for everyone, from makeup junkies to nail polish buffs and fragrance lovers.

Ulta’s 12 Days of Beauty


This beauty advent calendar gives a new surprise everyday. The goodies inside include lip glosses, highlighters, blushes and even a temporary tattoo set. This gift is best suited for people who are just starting to use makeup. The calendar allows one to test various samples and find what products they like before having to buy full-sized containers.

Too Faced Grande Hotel Café


Too Faced’s holiday collection never disappoints, and this year is no different. Lavish and decadent, the Grand Hotel Café’s adorable packaging opens to reveal three makeup palettes that, together, include a total of 18 eyeshadows, two blushes, a bronzer and their cult favorite, the Better Than Sex mascara. Not to be overlooked, the package is even scented with gingerbread, eggnog and peppermint to amplify the holiday spirit.  This gift is perfect for those who love novelty and want to diversify the contents of their makeup bag.

Michael Kors Collection Mini Coffret


This luxe and glam Michael Kors mini fragrance collection comes with two mini fragrance bottles– Sexy Amber and Glam Jasmine– which is perfect for those who are either Michael Kors junkies or just love a good, trustworthy perfume. The packaging itself is plenty to love, with sleek gold bottles shining through the clear top, but the products inside are where this collection shines. For the fragrance-lover in your life, this gift is sure to be a hit.

Sephora Favorites Perfume Sampler


Instead of knowing exactly what perfume your loved one prefers, these sets allows them try multiple scents before selecting their favorite. This Sephora collection allows the user the freedom to pick, choose and play with various brands. The set also comes with a scent certificate that allows your recipient to receive a full-size of the fragrance they most prefer at the end of their sampling!

MAC’s Nutcracker Sweet Nude Lip Bag


Each year, MAC’s holiday collection become increasingly creative. This year’s theme, “Nutcracker Sweet,” launches beauty lovers into a magical make-believe land of sugarplum fairies and gumdrops. This super-sweet nude lip set comes with a lip liner, lipstick and lip gloss, all packaged in a stylish mini clutch. Wrap this for the friend who is a beauty professional looking for the next best thing. Helping them acquire the perfect shades to rock the nude lip trends will gain you beauty brownie points for sure.

Kylie Cosmetics Holiday Collection


Last but not least, the mega star of all holiday kits, King Kylie Jenner has decided to grace us with the ultimate gift for makeup lovers. Her holiday collection includes tons of new products, such as a set of mini matte lip kits, lip kits, glosses, exclusive metal lip kits, makeup brushes, another KyShadow palette and crème eyeshadows (whew, what a mouth-full).  With numerous accessories such as white fur stockings, lip kit ornaments, a puff-ball keychain and a silver makeup bag, Kylie’s gifts don’t stop at just makeup. All of this can be bought separately, but of course she also has a massive holiday box. I know what I want to see under my Christmas tree!

Throughout the holidays, receiving just the perfect gift can mean everything, and the sentiment and thought behind them are what make them so amazing. Even though the holidays are the time of year to be giving and generous, but really thinking about what your receiver wants and loves is more important. Any of these gifts above are sure to be a hit with the beauty junkie in your life. Happy Holidays!

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