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A Holiday Gift Guide for all the Beauty Mavens in Your Life

It’s time to start thinking about the holidays (We guess? This year has been so weird). It may not look the same as in years past, but you’ll still want to do some Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa decorating, and end-of-year gift-giving. And one of the categories we love to splurge on, whether it’s as a gift for us, or for a loved one is beauty.

Who doesn’t want to get a lipstick in a fabulous shade, some soothing skincare, or a fun set of nail polishes? Or how about hair products that will make your curls look better than ever, or mascaras that will make everyone think you’re wearing fake lashes? These things are not only gifts, they’re ways to feel like the best version of ourselves in uncertain times. And we all need that.

We wanted to make holiday shopping this year easy and fun, so we put together a roundup of beauty products that would make fabulous gifts. And, as always, we are including plenty of items from Latinx/WOC brands.

 

Besame Cosmetics Signature Refillable Compact

For the vintage-lover in your life is this beautiful gold-plated compact from Besame Cosmetics. It’s refillable (you can choose from several year-specific translucent powders), comes with a powder puff, and is gift-ready in an equally-luxurious satin-lined box.

Available at besamecosmetics.com, $68

Emma Beauty Holiday Collection

A great stocking stuffer is this Merry Christmas collection of nail polishes by Emma Beauty. The pack of four features a holiday-perfect range of colors: classic red, a golden glittery hue, a deep plum, and a metallic forest green.

Available at emmabeauty.com, $20

The Complete Rizos Curls 4-Step Bundle

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Give the gift of perfect, hydrated curls with Rizos Curls’ 4-Step Bundle. Your gift recipient will get a hydrating shampoo, deep conditioner, curl-defining cream, and refresh and detangle spray, and no doubt great-looking hair.

Available at rizoscurls.com, $75.99

Alamar Cosmetics Divine Mami Full Face Bundle – Dark

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Alamar Cosmetics is one of the beauty brands that are putting together cosmetic bundles that you’ll want to snatch up as gifts. This one, the Divine Mami Full Face Bundle (shown here in Dark), features a bronzer, best-selling blush trio (both infused with hyaluronic acid), and vegan and cruelty-free brushes.

Available at alamarcosmetics.com, $74

Benefit Cosmetics Together At Lash Set

The fun part about getting a cool makeup set for the holidays is getting to try out several new products at once. Benefit has great holiday gift sets, including this one that has three full-size mascaras (BADgal BANG, They’re Real, and Roller Lash) you can swipe on your lashes.

Available at benefitcosmetics.com, $38

Morphe Deck the Haul 13-Piece Makeup and Skincare Collection

Morphe came through with a gift set that combines makeup and skincare. You get fab products including an eyeshadow palette, two lip liners, lip scrub, 3-in-1 balm, three different brushes, and a continuous setting mist. It’s one of those “a little bit of everythng” gift for the makeup lover.

Available at morphe.com, $49

Eva’s Garden Body Gift Box

There’s no better time to gift things that focus on self-care. We all need to focus on being healthy, happy, and well-taken care of. So, gifts like Eva’s Garden’s Body Gift Box make total sense. You can choose any two-product combination of body lotion, body scrub, body oil, and body wash.

Available at shopevasgarden.com, $30

Besame Cosmetics Lucy Lipstick Deal

A great shade of lipstick can instantly make you feel glam, no matter what you’re wearing. And who doesn’t also instantly get a smile on their face when thinking about the show I Love Lucy? Besame Cosmetics’ I Love Lucy lipstick deal combines beauty and nostalgia with two fabulous shades, “Love That Redhead,” and “What a Peach.” It’s a great gift for those who love makeup, and Lucille Ball.

Available at besamecosmetics.com, $40

Beladolce Botanicals Miami Glow Body Oil

We’re not lounging by the pool, or on the beach, but we still want that bronzy glow as if we were. Beladolce Botanicals has the perfect solution with their Miami Glow Body Oil. It hydrates with oils including argan, jojoba, and maracuja, and leaves a “sheer golden bronze” tint on the skin.

Available at beladolcebotanicals.com, $22

Benefit Cosmetics Magnificent Brow Show Set

Brows have been a major focus of the face for years now, but they have no doubt gotten even more attention now that half of our face is constantly covered by face masks. We will always search for great cosmetics that make our eyebrows look bold and flawless, so these products also make for wonderful holiday gifts. Benefit put together a Magnificent Brow Show Set that includes five different full-size products that will give you the brows you want.

Available at benefitcosmetics.com, $49

Lights Lacquer Hold Me Fast Set

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There are nail polish colors that we will wear on the regular. And that we know our loved ones will too. That’s why it’s fun and easy to gift them. In this Lights Lacquer Hold Me Fast Set, we have three shades that are definitely part of nail polish’s greatest hits collection: a deep, glittery burgundy; a rosy mauve; and chocolate brown.

Available at lightslacquer.com, $26

The Swoop Set

Another beauty product that deserves to be dropped in Christmas stockings is this edge styler, available at Shop Latinx. When you get The Swoop Set, you get six different stylers in varying colors, which means one for you and five for your favorite ladies.

Available at shoplatinx.com, $75

Loquita Bath and Body Muevelo Muevelo Shower Steamer

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2020 is just so, well 2020, so we need all the feel-good self-care products we can get our hands on. Be a good friend and/or family member and gift these soothing Muevelo Muevelo Shower Steamers from Loquita Bath and Body. All you do is place one in the shower, and relaxing essential oils, such as eucalyptus and rosemary waft into the air.

Available at loquitabathandbody.com, $7

OPI Holiday ’20 Nail Polish Mini 10-Pack

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Imagine several of your favorite OPI shades, like Lincoln Park After Dark, Russian Navy, Big Apple Red, Bubble Bath, and Malaga Wine could somehow end up all together in one gift. Well, they have. OPI has packaged mini versions of 10 great nail polish colors just in time for the holidays.

Available at opi.com, $28.95

elaluz Lip Luxuries Set

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A makeup gift set doesn’t have to have tons of products in it to be fabulous. Sometimes just two great product is all you need. Such is the case in this elaluz Lip Luxuries Set. In it, you get a “mask-proof” lip and cheek stain, as well as their 24k Lip Therapy, in a vegan micro-suede makeup bag.

Available at elaluz.com, $55

Happy by Elba Vegan Skincare

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Great skincare, that is also good for you, is a gift worth giving. So many of us are now opting to find more natural ingredients and less harmful chemicals, and brands that support this philosophy. Elba Vegan Skincare makes products that contain things like vitamins, peptides, and antioxidants. A good gift from them is their Happy set, that has an evening serum, face serum for the morning, face moisturizer, and a face mist.

Available at elbaveganskincare.com, $89.99

Flor Verde Lip and Cheek Color

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We love no fuss, easy-to-use beauty products that multitask. The Flor Verde Lip and Cheek Color is just that, a rich stick made with hydrating ingredients like coffee butter, hemp seed oil, and maracuja oil, that leaves “a universal duochrome pink with gold flecks” on the face.

Available at shoplatinx.com, $11

The Better Skin Co. Epic C Serum: Power Trio Complex

Chances are, you’ve been seeing Vitamin C serum everywhere. It is seen as an essential part of any skincare routine, as it does such things as stimulate the production of collagen, and diminish hyperpigmentation, spots, and scars. So, if you’re gifting beauty products for the holidays, you’ll want to consider adding a Vitamin C serum. The Better Skin Co. makes one, with a “Power Trio Complex” of Majestem, Vitamin C, and PhytoVie, that is vegan, clean, paraben free, cruelty free, and gluten free.

 

Available at thebetterksinco.com, $38

Herbal Bath Bag

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We hope everyone is taking more baths this year. We need that time to soak, unwind, and take time to oneself. And hopefully, everyone is also supplementing their bath with healthful products. Like this organic Herbal Bath Bag available at Shop Latinx. Gift an instant upgraded bath, with rock salt, rose buds, orange peel, lavender and chamomile flowers, peppermint, cloves, and more.

Available at shoplatinx.com, $6

Beladolce Botanicals Nossa Divina Facial in a Jar

Gifting beauty products is a great way to introduce both healthy, and Latinx, items to those you care about. Over at Shop Latinx, we found Beladolce Botanicals, and their Nossa Divina Facial in a Jar. This clay facial mask is described as “spa day in a jar for all skin types.” Ingredients such as rose hips, pomegranate, myrrh, organic jojoba oil, organic coconut oil, and mango extract help make this happen.

Available at shoplatinx.com, $28

Sephora Favorites Give Me More Lip Holiday Reds and Nudes Lipstick Set

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During the holidays, classic makeup looks include a timeless red lip with a swoop of black eyeliner, or a smoky eye with a nude lip. These two lipstick colors are an essential part of any makeup collection. Sephora knows this, putting together a gift set where you can have three full-size and five deluxe-size  red or nude lipsticks that you can wear time and time again.

Available at sephora.com, $45

OPI Custom Nail Polish Gift Set

Sure, ready-made nail polish sets are great, but there’s a chance that you, or your gift recipient may not like all the colors. OPI solved this problem with their custom gift sets. For under $40, you can choose three classic (or new) hues that you know will be loved and worn.

Available at opi.com, $34.95