2018 Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide
‘Tis the Season! The season of giving. We know that gift giving can be stressful, so we decided to take the guesswork out of gifting this season, and find picks for every beauty lover in your life. Skincare? Makeup? Devices? We thought of it all, at every price point, for every budget, and even for yourself. There’s no way you can click away without adding something to your shopping cart…or your wishlist.
GIFTS UNDER $50
The perfect stocking stuffer, this two-piece set contains 2 of the brand’s cult favorites: their ultra gentle Spy Face Cleanser (50ml) and a mini of their Sugar Advanced Lip Therapy that’s perfect for your purse. A good and budget friendly introduction to the brand’s hero products.
Gift to: a friend or family member who loves skincare, or a boyfriend who still washes his face with bar soap.
This limited-edition brush sets comes with five ultra-soft face and eye brushes, as well as a blinged out travel canister. Each brush is adorned with a glitter-filled acrylic handle and a shiny golden barrel.
Gift to: a makeup NOVICE who loves all things girly, or to a seasoned pro who is always growing their collection of tools.
LAURA MERCIER Custom Setting Matte & Glow Translucent Loose Setting Powder Duo
An iconic duo, the Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder has been heralded as the best setting powder by pretty much everyone in the beauty community and I seem to be the last person to try it. This set features mini (but not too mini) sizes of the Original Translucent Setting powder and the brand’s new Glow Setting Powder which is sprinkled with tiny light reflecting pigments that make you look lit from within.
Gift to: your beauty guru friend who should have her own YouTube channel by now?
PHYSICIAN’S FORMULA COLOR ME HEALTHY HOLIDAY SET
Can you ever have enough liquid lipsticks? The answer is no. This set includes 14 (yep, you read that correctly - FOURTEEN) lip products for your every mood and occasion. The perfect nude? A bright red? A deep plum? You get the idea. 13 adorably sized liquid lip minis in the brand’s Healthy Lip formula that is velvety and semi-matte, but not drying, and a full-sized Healthy Lip Transformer gloss that can be worn alone or on top of any of the liquid lipsticks.
Gift to: a friend or sister that’s never seen with bare lips.
MAC Shiny Pretty Things Party Favours Mini Lipsticks
$35 CAD//$29 USD
Mini MAC? Yes please. This set comes with 4 baby lipsticks in nudes that actually work for all skin tones. Hark!, Fam Only, Half-Caff, and Nutmegged.
GIFT TO: your friend who hasn’t put down her velvet teddy lipstick since 2012.
GIFTS UNDER $100
Give the gift of endless baths. A self-care junkie’s dream gift, this set of 11 limited-edition holiday bath bombs will keep the relaxation coming for months. Each of the bath bombs offers a unique eruption of colors and textures and aromas, turning your bath (uhm I mean your loved one’s bath) into a soothing oasis.
GIFT TO: YOUR FRIEND WHO IS ON A MISSION TO LIVE THEIR BEST LIFE (OR TO YOURSELF).
SUNDAY RILEY CLEANSE + DETOX AHA/BHA KIT
$58 CAD/$45 USD
We love a good kit, and this Sunday Riley set has three absolute faves. Their newly reformulated Ceramic Slip Cleanser is a gem for all skin types, and an 8ml trial size of their famed Good Genes Lactic Acid Serum (cult classic), along with a 5ml size of their Salicylic Acid U.F.O Oil which is great for acne prone skin.
$82 CAD//$62 CAD
A start-to-finish luxurious immersion into the world of Fresh Beauty, this kit is a full travel-sized skincare routine in a box. Cleanse, moisturize, and mask all-in-one. Featuring some of the brand’s bestsellers, their iconic Soy Face Cleanser, a generously sized Rose Face Mask (it lasts forever), a mini Lotus Youth Preserve Youth Cream (melty goodness), their Black Tea Eye Concentrate, and the beloved (by Meghan Markle nonetheless) Sugar Advanced Lip Therapy. So much moisture.
GIFT TO: SOMEONE WHO IS CHRONICALLY DRY and needs a good dose of moisture.
$65 CAD//$58 USD
Did somebody say glitter? This palette is full of it. Adult glitter is in, and so are bold shimmery eye looks. The buttery formula of these means no messy fallout, and the rich pops of colour compliment any eyeshadow palette you may already own.
GIFT TO: YOUR FRIEND WHO LOVES TO EXPERIMENT WITH MAKEUP.
French skincare brand L’Occitane came in hot this year with their limited-edition Holiday collection. Pre-packaged in a beautiful box dreamed up by Parisian fashion designer Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, you don’t even need to wrap this one. A travel-size of L’Occitane’s famous hand cream, along with their cleansing Shower Oil, Ultra Rich Cream, and a mini lip balm, this set contains four Shea Butter superstars that leave your skin soft and supple.
GIFT TO: Your scaly friend who suffers from dry winter skin, or eczema.
ERNO LASZLO THE ART OF MASKING SET
$88 USD/$114 CAD
Masking is on the rise. Sheet masks, clay masks, we’ve seen it all. Erno Laszlo is putting the fun back in masking with this set of bi-phase masks that you mix together yourself like the little scientist you are. Complete with a spatula and 5 masks that are activated by adding a powder to a liquid mixing agent, this set offers 3 masks for your every skin need; firming, hydrating, and brightening.
GIFT TO: YOUR FRIEND WHO TAKES THEIR SELF-CARE SERIOUSLY.
BIG TICKET GIFTS
Who doesn’t love fizzy water? Imagine asking “sparkling or still?” when hosting guests at your Holiday dinner party this year. I know, so fancy. This may be a Gift Guide, but I strongly recommend getting any of the above for yourself because.. you deserve it. We always promise ourselves we’ll start drinking more water, but let’s face it, water is boring. Nothing like some on-demand carbonation to make drinking water more fun.
GIFT TO: YOUR FRIEND WHO KEEPS SAYING THEY’RE GONNA STOP DRINKING SODA.
SILK’N FLASH & GO EXPRESS HAIR REMOVAL DEVICE
$349 CAD/$300 USD
Speaking of gadgets and gizmos, this Silk’n at-home permanent hair removal device uses a pulsed light technology that mimics treatments you would get in a doctor’s office or spa, but makes it safe for at-home use.
GIFT TO: YOUR FRIEND WHO CAN’T GO WITHOUT THEIR STANDING WAX APPOINTMENT.
The future is here, and with it, came the kind of innovation we never could have even dreamed of pre Y2K. If you haven’t heard of the ZIIP Device, you’re clearly not keeping up with Pur Opulence (click here to read our ZIIP Beauty 101 post, where we answer ALL of your questions), but also, you’re missing out big time! The ZIIP is a skincare device that uses nano and microcurrent to help firm, lift, and target major skin concerns like acne and pigmentation. Think of this as a tool for unlimited at-home facials.
GIFT TO: YOUR MOM. SHE DESERVES IT.
Artisanal coffee at home? A rarity. We all know someone whose instant coffee routine is well overdue for an upgrade. This teeny tiny, but very mighty machine is smaller than a toaster and fits right into tight nooks and crannies in your kitchen. It only has 2 buttons so you don’t have to be a barista to use it, and fits all Nespresso pods, which come in dozens and dozens of flavours.