One of my favorite parts about the holidays is gift giving. As a beauty geek, I love shopping for my fellow cosmetic and skincare lovers. 

You’d think it’d be easy with all the options. The beauty industry is booming, and we’re constantly bombarded with new releases, collaborations, and brands.

I’ll tell you what, though, easy is not how I would describe it.

I got on Sephora’s site the other day, and I can’t explain the amount of stress I felt looking at the pages and pages full of potential gifts. It was overwhelming to say the least.

I don’t want you to feel the same anxiety. 

I gotchu girl.

Combing through all the options, I made a list of all the products that were noteworthy. Then, I did my research and narrowed it down.

I now present you with a list of amazing finds that any beauty lover will adore. I broke it down into two sections, makeup and skincare.

I hope this labor of love makes your holiday shopping experience a little easier 😉

Makeup Holiday Gift Ideas

FENTY BEAUTY BY RIHANNA –  Lip Stunna Mini Longwear Fluid Lip Color Ornament: $15

Adorn her tree with Underdawg! This gorgeous burgundy shade comes in an adorable mini package that makes for a perfect stocking stuffer or ornament.

The semi-matte liquid lipstick is long-wear and flake-free. It takes one swipe to achieve the ultimate vampy look. This color is a must for the fall and winter time. 

TARTE Gift of Good Lashes Eye Set: $20

Is drama her thing? This set has everything she needs to finish off the perfect smokey eye. The dual-sided liner has liquid on one side and gel pencil on the other, making it easy for a wing on top and smooth under-eye finish.

With the rich pigment, extra layers are not necessary. Once she’s finished lining, she can pop on those wispy lashes to complete that stunning look.

  • Double Take Eyeliner Pencil & Liquid Liner
  • Tarteist PRO lash adhesive
  • Tarteist PRO cruelty-free lashes

SMASHBOX – Cosmic Celebration Photo Finish Star Power Primer Set: $22

Who doesn’t want to look perfect in photos? Give her the tools to take the most stunning selfies. This set has three fabulous primers that will keep makeup looking fresh and flawless all day.

With the original Photo Finish primer to create a smooth surface on the face, the Primerizer to prime AND hydrate, and the Primer Water to both prep and set, she’ll be ready for any event where the cameras are flashing!

  • “SMASHBOX” Travel-Size Photo Finish Foundation Primer 
  • “SMASHBOX” Travel-Size Photo Finish Primer Water
  • “SMASHBOX” Travel-Size Photo Finish Primerizer

SEPHORA FAVORITES – Superstars Set: $34

This set is basically a mini makeup kit. If your beauty lover is just starting out or loves to experiment with new product, this is the gift for her!

Everything from mascara to liner to highlighter, this set has it all. These are some of the best sellers at Sephora, so you know what you’re getting is good. And not all of them are deluxe samples! There are three full-sized products included. 

Just look at all the goodies you get…

  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel
  • Milk Makeup Hydro Grip Primer 
  • NARS Velvet Matte Lipstick Pencil in Dolce Vita (dusty rose) 
  • Bite Beauty Agave+ Daytime Vegan Lip Balm 
  • Urban Decay All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray 
  • Benefit Cosmetics Roller Liner Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner 
  • Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eyeshadow in Metallic Taupe (chrome taupe) 
  • Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara 
  • FENTY BEAUTY by Rihanna Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter in Mean Money/Hu$tla Baby (soft champagne sheen/supercharged peachy champagne shimmer)

TOO FACED – Gingerbread Extra Spicy Eyeshadow Palette: $49

This palette lives up to its name – it’s EXTRA SPICY! The pigment is to die for, and it smells like a Christmas dream.

When I first swatched this little guy, I’m not joking, my heart stopped for a moment. The shadows are like butter and blend like nothing else. It’s definitely on theme for the holidays, but this can easily be used daily throughout the year. 

Treat your beauty lover with… well… a gingerbread treat! She will not be able to thank you enough.

Skincare Holiday Gift Ideas

GLAMGLOW – Selfie-Approved Cleanse And Glow Sheet Mask Trio: $19

This mask set screams “PAMPER YOURSELF FOR ONCE”. It’s like you’re giving her the gift of three moments of self-care.

Each mask addresses a different skin concern that benefits all skin types. One is for getting rid of all those nasty impurities that like to nestle down on the face. The second gives the skin a much needed dose of hydration. The third will give the face back the natural glow that sometimes likes to fade away. 

This set is small enough to fit in a stocking but big enough to excite any skin care connoisseur. 

  • Black Bamboo Charcoal Sheet Mask
  • Hyaluronic Acid Sheet Mask
  • Provitamin B5, Licorice, and Arginine Sheet Mask

LANEIGE – Kiss Me at Midnight: $28

While we’re on the subject of masks, let me turn your attention to this treasure. This set holds the key to perfectly hydrated and luscious lips. Laneige’s best selling lip mask is a dream for dry lips.

With three flavors to choose from, your beauty lover can switch it up every night to keep things interesting. 

Say goodbye to cracks and flakes and hello to soft, kissable lips that are perfect for that midnight smooch 😉

  • Lip Mask in “Berry”
  • Lip Mask in “Mint Choco”
  • Lip Mask in “Sweet Candy”

FRESH – Evergreen Routine Gift Set: $69

OMG I might just buy this set for myself. It has a little bit of everything, and makes the perfect starter kit for a full skincare routine.

All of the products suit any skin type, so even if you’re not sure whether she has dry, oily, or combo skin, you are good to go with this one.

The products are larger than deluxe samples, so she can try them for an extended period of time to see the results before investing in a full-size. 

Yeah… now that I’m looking at it more, this will be going under the tree with MY name on it!

  • Soy Face Cleanser
  • Rose Face Mask
  • Lotus Youth Preserve Moisturizer
  • Black Tea Firming and De-Puffing Eye Cream
  • Sugar Lip Treatment Advanced Therapy in Translucent

Well, there you have it. I would love to hear what beauty buys you’ll be gifting this year. Let me know in the comments the fantastic finds you discovered that I might have missed!

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