1. Let her test-drive the hottest beauty products every month
The hottest trend in beauty right now are beauty membership services where a box of beauty goodies arrives to your doorstep every month. There’s Glymm.com, Topbox.ca and Loosebuttons.com to name a few. Thanks to these beauty membership services, a customized assortment of beauty products will arrive on your front porch (or someone else’s) for an average of $10 a month. Unlike random drugstore samples, these cosmetics are slightly larger in size, and are tailored to suit an individual’s beauty taste buds.
2. Solid Perfume Jewellery
Instead of opting for a standard fragrance, a solid perfume accessory is more unique, fashionable and thoughtful. Many high-end fragrance brands like Chloe, Juicy Couture and Marc Jacobs have created stylish lockets, with their signature scents tucked inside. Each chic necklace varies in appearance, and depends on a woman’s scent preference. Juicy Couture’s gold-toned heart locket is peppered with rhinestones, and is catered to suit a younger female. The Chloe locket is silver and classic, whereas the Marc Jacobs Daisy Solid Perfume Ring is black, and is adorned with miniature daisies.
3. Smashbox Limited Edition Be Discovered Blockbuster Palette, $68
A makeup palette for the total makeup junkie. This is a great time of year to stock up on makeup palettes that are great value. I like the Smashbox Be Discovered Blockbuster Makeup Palette, $68. It has: 45 Eye Shadows, 9 Cream Eye Liners, 3 Blushes, 2 soft lights, 1 Bronzer, 6 lip glosses, 4 mini brushes. If you were to buy all of these products separately, it would cost you $340, so this is a deal. Don’t let the shades intimidate” the palette is organized into three types of looks, to help one achieve a chic holiday appearance.
4. The Body Shop Festive Lip Balm Trio
A small, but significant reason why women love the holidays: beauty brands dress their products in adorable, festive-esque packaging. This gift from The Body Shop is already pre-wrapped, and features three Christmas-scented glosses. It’s the perfect ready-to-give gift for a hostess, your child’s teacher, or as a stocking stuffer.
5. Kiehl’s Limited Edition Koons Creme de Corps, $37
Given that the holiday’s premise lies on the idea of giving and not receiving, there’s no present more appropriate than a gift that gives back. For the holidays, Kiehl’s collaborated with artist Jeff Koons to create a charitable collection. Net proceeds go towards The Koons Family Institute, which aims to protect children from abduction and exploitation. The product itself is one of Kiehl’s biggest cult favourites.
6. Philosophy: Snow Angel Duo, $26¨
Yet another beauty buy influenced by the festive season and winter snow. Philosophy is known for its unique holiday packaging, and tends to stick out among the shelves. This frost-inspired product comes with a snowy scented shampoo and body lotion. As long as the gift-receiver does well with scents, this product is likely to be on her beauty-want list.
7. Joe Fresh: Double Dipped Brush Set, $24
Act like the beauty expert by gift-wrapping this Joe Fresh brush set. It features five vibrant-hued brushes with a brush on either end. Not only are the bristle colours playful, but the brush sizes are practical for all makeup applications.
8. Shopper’s Drug Mart: Fragrance Sampler & Certificate For Her, $75
Perfume sampler from Shoppers Drug Mart, $75. Since fragrance is such a personal choice, this sampler featuring minis of 10 best-selling fragrances (like Dolce & Gabbana, Givenchy, Calvin Klein, Vera Wang, Marc Jacobs, etc) let’s your loved one experience several scents, and it comes with a voucher to redeem a full-size. There’s one for men and one for women.
9. Rodial Life & Style Body Soufflé© Rehab, $40
This rich body soufflé© guaruntees luxe pampering hours, without the hefty price tag. The Rodial moisturizer has a soft, whipped texture to provide thorough hydration without feeling overly oily or heavy on the skin. With its subtle and relaxing scent, this beauty product is meant for those who need to unwind during the holidays.