Wednesday, December 9, 2015

TOP 10 | Luxe Beauty Gift Guide



The holidays are full of so much excitement, but shopping for gifts can be stressful beyond measure. This luxe gift guide is for the girl or beauty lover in your life who has everything! These ultra exclusive and coveted products are bound to wow even the most discerning of tastes, so be prepared to add a couple to your own wish list.

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Let's start with a brand new release, the Wayne Goss Holiday Powder Brush! This style of finishing brush can be used to apply face powder or even a touch of bronzer across the cheeks and forehead. It is available for pre-order today and will be available for sale to the public tomorrow. Make sure you sign up for early access to get yours first, especially if you have to box and wrap it for a loved one. This flat paddle shape is very popular with Japanese and Korean makeup artists, but the blue squirrel and synthetic blend is decadently soft without compromising or losing its shape. 


The Simple Human x Hello Kitty Mirror is probably the most kawaii item I've ever loved. I did not expect the quality and build of the mirror to be so impressive, but it is quite sleek and as expensive as a Sanrio item could ever look! I own this 10x magnification travel sensor mirror in the plain version with the black case as well as the full size 5x magnification model, but I still think this limited edition version is a must-have. The beautiful red bow embossed case is easy to spot in a suitcase while the pearly white details and Hello Kitty face on the back of the mirror are too cute for words. It makes tweezing eyebrows, extracting blackheads, and applying false lashes much more fun!


I have been lusting after this Creed Pocket Atomizer for over a year now, but I never could bite the bullet because it is too expensive considering it only has one very basic function. That, however, is why this is the epitome of a luxury gift! If a beauty lover in your life truly has everything, this stunning shatterproof atomizer will be sure to take her breath away. It is 4.5 inches tall so it will fit in the smallest clutch or in the pocket of a satchel bag. The Italian leather is etched with Creed's chic crest and is offered in a multitude of colors with both silver and gold hardware options!


Devices and tools always make good Christmas presents since they are useful and don't expire the way makeup does. I highly recommend the FOREO Luna Kit with Cleanser Duo because you get the cleansers for free. That's a total value of $66! Furthermore, FOREO's Day Cleanser is one of the best I have ever used. It is a cross between a cleansing milk and cleansing foam, ultra gentle and softening with a subtle refreshing scent. I use it every morning. Although the Luna is expensive, it really has helped to loosen up blackheads and better refine the texture of my complexion. I much prefer it to my Clarisonic because it does not cause flaking or redness.

The By Terry Gold Baume de Rose Trio Deluxe is every lip lover's dream! You can surprise someone special with the whole coffret, split them up to use as three separate stocking stuffers or keep all of them to pamper yourself. These shimmering limited edition lip balms come in pearly white, bronze gold, and rose gold which can be worn alone, used as a hydrating base, or mixed with lipstick or lipgloss. The retractable lip brush is a lovely addition to the set since it is the most sanitary way to apply the product! By Terry's lip balms are some of the most luxurious on the market, and even my picky mom adores them.

I know many of you have been patiently awaiting my review of Tom Ford Lips & Boys Lipstick re-release, which I am working on this week! In the meantime, take a look at Tom Ford Lips & Boys 10-piece Lip Color Collection if you're looking to spoil yourself or someone near and dear to your heart. The sticker shock may be difficult to overcome, so I suggest splurging on this set and splitting it with a friend or two — although there might be a tug of war battle over the signature mahogany Tom Ford keepsake box! My favorite lipsticks shades in the collection are Demsey (new), Julian, Addison and Beau. 

I love to browse and shop for others, so over the years, I've found that most women prefer multi-use makeup palettes that make a entire face possible. If you travel often or apply most of your makeup on the go, the Dolce & Gabbana Beauty Voyage Palette is perfect for you! It includes four best-selling neutral eyeshadow shades, my favorite blush color in Peach, the illuminator in Eva as well as lipsticks in Devil and Honey which can also be blended with the lip brush for versatility. Dolce and Gabbana pigmentation is phenomenal and the formulas work well across all skin types, especially oily skin. The limited edition leopard print lid is the cherry on top!

The limited edition Chanel Lipstick and Nail Set features five universally flattering lip colors and five matching nail polishes. Considering Rouge Cocos are now $36 apiece, you're essentially paying $32 for each lipstick in this set and receiving the nail polishes for free. It's a deal of a lifetime if you're new to Chanel beauty products or plan to split up this set into five separate gifts! I'm considering splurging on this because I did not purchase any of these new reformulated Rouge Cocos when they launched at the beginning of this year. In fact, I haven't bought much Chanel in 2015 since I felt the seasonal collections were lackluster after Phillips stepped down. This Lipstick and Nail Set is very impressive, although the patent zippered case could have been embossed instead of laser printed!

I have recently started using Guerlain skin care, and I now understand why the small yet dedicated following raves about the moisturizing Super Aqua line. I love how it makes my skin glow without causing bumps/milia or feeling heavy or greasy.  This indulgent Super Aqua Set is the same price as the full-size serum, but it comes with three deluxe sized samples for the full experience. I might actually order one for myself because I find myself reaching for the serum twice a day! I'm most interested in the Super-Aqua Lotion as I haven't found a hydrating toner that I love yet. This is the most fabulous and useful present you can give yourself or a loved one with normal to dry skin.

If you have very thin and/or sensitive skin, I recommend Chantecaille skin care. I know lots of women like Boscia, but I have never seen any positive results with their products. Instead, I rely on Chantecaille when my skin is feeling stressed and agitated. The Chantecaille Revitalizing Skin Care Set includes three of their signature products from their Aromacologie line, which combines technology with natural ingredients. The Pure Rosewater is a hydrating mist that can be used on bare skin or to refresh makeup and the Vital Essence, my favorite from the brand, is an incredibly gentle face and eye serum that reduces inflammation and can be used as a moisturizer on oily skin! I haven't tried the Stress Repair Concentrate before, but this trio comes with a 0.5oz jar.




Ultimately, I love how most brands offer so much "bang for your buck" when it comes to holiday sets. It may not feel any easier on the wallet, but the values of even these luxury beauty items are undeniable. December is one of the very best times to stock up, so take advantage of these opportunities to treat yourself to these seasonal gifts as well! Happy Holidays xo
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2 comments:

  1. Seriously the best gift guide I've seen posted this season, everything you suggested is spot on!

    Sarah youglowgal.com

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  2. Amazing picks!! I am lusting after some of the Tom Ford Lips and Boys shades, they're all so beautiful. I've never seen these Creed Atomisers before, but, buy do I want one of these beauties now!!!!

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