Monday, December 12, 2016

7 Stocking Stuffers Every Beauty-Lover Needs This Holiday Season

By Contributor Kristin Magaldi

Finding the perfect gift for all of those special-someones in your life can be one of the most challenging parts of the holidays. It’s important to strike a balance between personalized, useful, and thoughtful without breaking the bank, and the easiest way to do that is with a perfect stocking stuffer. If you know your friend is the type to spend hours at the beauty counter, sampling every scent, and covering her arms in every shade of lipstick imaginable, then here are a few ideas to really make her smile.


This product is a must-have for anyone with dry skin who needs a versatile refresher on the go. Not only can this product be used as a primer, the cool balm is the perfect dose of moisture to pop on throughout the day when your skin is feeling parched. I leave it in my bag all day, using it in the morning to help depuff dark circles under my eyes, then reapplying later when my skin starts looking a little flaky. And if your friend is into more natural products, all of Milk’s cosmetics are vegan, and eco-friendly.


Anastasia Beverly Hills has long been famous for its incredible line of brow kits, but the brand has lately been taking over the eyeshadow game and positively killing it. This palette is by far the best in my repertoire, and quite possibly the best product I own. The pinky-toned shadows are all inspired by different works of art from the Renaissance, and are so incredibly pigmented and blendable, even beginner makeup lovers can create a breathtaking look.


Everyone loves a classic red lipstick, and it doesn’t get more classic than MAC’s matte lipstick in the shade Ruby Woo. An ultimate favorite for beauty bloggers, this shade will get you the perfect, crimson Holiday pucker that will last through all the cookies and Egg Nog. But with the rich pigmentation, and demi-matte finish, your girl will be rocking this color way past December.


If your bestie isn’t one for bold pops of color, get her a lip balm that treats her lips like gold. Not only is Fresh’s Sugar Lip Treatment great for smoothing and moisturizing damaged, winter lips, the SPF will be essential for summer days spent in the sun. And if she does want a little bit of color, this product is available in a variety of tints!


When it comes to mascara, this product is the Holy Grail. Not only will it lengthen those lashes to the heavens, They’re Real delivers a dose of volume that will have everyone wondering if you popped on some falsies. Even for my stubbornly straight lashes, this mascara never fails to give me some curl and body without looking too clumpy. It’s that good.


If your friend is a polish junkie also looking for some serious nail care, look no further than this NAILS INC. gift set. Not only does NAILS INC. have bullet proof polish that won’t chip for days, each polish in this collection is fortified with a different ingredient to help keep your nails healthy. For example the NailKale superfood base coat is infused with kale extract to help keep nails strong, while the Prince Arthur Road NailPure nail polish is formulated with an oxygen resin complex to make nails look shinier. I might buy myself one!


Highlighter has always been one of my favorite products. After you finish your look, there’s no better feeling than popping some shimmery dust on those cheekbones to make them glow like the heavens. When it comes down to it, BECCA has the best highlighters in the beauty world, and her poured creme skin perfector is no exception. With the cream-like formula, you will be able to get that signature BECCA shimmer that blends right into skin for a smooth finish. Did I mention it will last all day?

Holiday shopping is definitely the challenge of the season, but by popping one of these options in your bestie’s stocking, you’re sure to be the gift-giving MVP.

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