How do you shop for that beauty lover in your life whose collection could compete with Sephora?
Enter this list of more than 20 beauty gift ideas that are guaranteed to surprise and delight.
From a cult-favourite hair brush to a high-tech skin analyzer, these are the most thoughtful, unique and genuinely cool presents to put under the tree.
Read on to discover the best beauty gifts of the year.
The Best Beauty Gifts of 2020
Yves Durif Petite Brush & Comb Set
Move over, Mason Pearson. There's a new brush (and comb!) in town, developed by Parisian hairstylist Yves Durif. His namesake Yves Durif Petite Brush & Comb Set includes a travel-sized hair brush and a full-sized comb, both handmade in Italy from natural ivory resin. They're so gentle, you can use them on wet and dry hair.
Cooluli Mini Beauty Fridge
If Instagram is any indication, 2019 was the year of skincare fridges—and none are cuter or more functional than the Cooluli Mini Beauty Fridge. Compact and portable, it has a four-litre capacity and both heating and cooling modes. The latter is a great way to extend the shelf life of skincare products by inhibiting oxidation and bacterial growth.
Dagne Dover Hunter Toiletry Bag
A few months back, I was kindly gifted a Dagne Dover Duffle Bag, and now I'm obsessed with the brand's incredibly practical yet stylish creations. The Dagne Dover Hunter Toiletry Bag is made from washable, durable neoprene, and comes with two removable mesh pouches to keep beauty essentials organized.
StackedSkincare Ice Roller
Ice rollers like the StackedSkincare Ice Roller are one of the handiest gadgets for your skincare arsenal. Made from stainless steel with a gel and water core, you just pop it in the freezer to chill. Then, roll it over your skin to help reduce redness, puffiness and inflammation. It can even shorten the lifespan of a pimple!
Highborn Salome Full Spectrum CBD Topical
Highborn Salome Full Spectrum CBD Topical is a fragrance and topical CBD experience in one. The blend of coconut oil, rose otto, holy basil and other essential oils is spiked with THC-free CBD, which is non-psychoactive. When applied to pulse points or areas of discomfort, it triggers relaxation within five to 10 minutes.
blendSMART Rotating Rose Gold Foundation Brush
There are makeup brushes, and then there's the blendSMART Rotating Rose Gold Foundation Brush. Thanks to a patented innovation, the head spins at a rate of 190 rotations per minute to mimic the blending motion of a professional makeup artist. It works with cream, liquid and powder formations to create a seamless, natural skin finish—no skills required!
Silke London Silk Hair Wrap
Anyone who struggles with "bed head" will appreciate a Silke London Silk Hair Wrap. Made from 100 percent mulberry silk, it protects your hair from friction while you sleep, which is said to contribute to slow growth, dryness, frizz and split ends. The brand even claims that you can get away with washing your hair less often!
WAYSKIN Skin Analzyer
The WAYSKIN Skin Analzyer is a skincare nerd's dream gadget. The donut-shaped device measures your skin's moisture levels (along with humidity and UV), and records all the data through an app on your phone. That way, you get real-time feedback on just how well your skincare routine is working at warding off dry skin.
Victoria Beckham Smoky Eye Brick
There's room for another palette in your collection when it's the Victoria Beckham Smoky Eye Brick—one of the most buzzed-about launches of the year. You get four complementary shades in a chic, slim tortoiseshell case. There are four colour harmonies to choose from, including Tweed (shown here).
Hanacure The All-in-One Facial
Hanacure The All-in-One Facial has been all over Instagram—it's the face mask that turns you into a wrinkled old lady as it dries!—but the results are no joke. Besides moisturizing, it also brightens and tightens thanks to an array of peptides (including copper). And now, you can now buy it in a single-dose starter kit.
The White Company Fluffy Faux Fur Sleep Mask
Everyone loves a sleep mask, but instead of the ubiquitous silk, why not a furry one instead? The White Company Fluffy Faux Fur Sleep Mask is made of plush faux fur with a satin lining and strap. It's also machine-washable.
Augustinus Bader The Cream
Yes, you can get a bottle of the most sought-after skincare product of 2019—Augustinus Bader The Cream—for less than $100. That's because it now comes in a 15 mL "discovery" size. Inside is the breakthrough formula that both moisturizes and activates cellular repair. Any skincare addict will drool over this one!
Rouje Paris Lip Palette Les 4 Rouje
French girls don't apply lipstick straight from the tube. They dab it on with their fingers for a softer, lived-in effect—and the Rouje Paris Lip Palette Les 4 Rouje makes it easy to do just that. Created by French "It girl" Jeanne Damas, it has four creamy shades that work not just on the lips but also lids and cheeks.
Aquis Lisse Luxe Hair Turban
For anyone who hates waiting around for their hair to dry, the Aquis Lisse Luxe Hair Turban is a game changer. Woven from ultra-fine fibers that wick away moisture, it cuts drying time in half while keeping strands smooth. Over time, hair will get healthier because it's not being exposed to as much heat, water or friction.
Skin Gym Face Sculptor
Face rollers are all the rage right now, but few are as sleek as the Skin Gym Face Sculptor (it resembles the ReFa, which is more than double the price!). The metal globes have a deep kneading action on the skin, similar to a professional massage. As such, it's meant to firm, sculpt and boost radiance.
Gisou Honey Infused Hair Perfume
Choosing a fragrance for someone else is risky. So why not gift them a hair perfume instead? Gisou Honey Infused Hair Perfume has a delicate feminine floral scent, and is infused with honey to boost hair's shine and moisture. It's also in the prettiest packaging around.
VitaJuwel Wellness Water Bottle
Crystal-infused water bottles like the VitaJuwel Wellness Water Bottle are the latest way to stay hydrated. Even if you don't believe in the power of amethyst (for awareness), rose quartz (for tranquility) or clear quartz (for energy), you'll probably notice that the water tastes a lot crisper and cleaner.
Chanel Rouge Allure Liquid Powder
Anything from this brand is sure to please, but especially the Chanel Rouge Allure Liquid Powder, one of the most exciting innovations to hit the lipstick category. It's a cream-to-powder formula (yes, powder!) that creates a soft, blurred matte stain. With 13 shades, there's something for everyone, from subtle to bold.
Diptyque Hand Care Set
Everyone can use more hand soap and hand lotion, especially when it's the fancy kind that you'd be proud to display in your restroom. This Diptyque Hand Care Set includes both and a wash and a lotion that look, feel and smell luxurious.
Slip Slipsilk Pure Silk Pillowcase
You can never go wrong with a Slip Slipsilk Pure Silk Pillowcase. Not only does it elevate beauty sleep into a luxurious experience, but it also helps to prevent "sleep wrinkles" and keeps hairstyles intact. The fabric also ensures your skincare products stay on your face, where they belong, instead of seeping into your pillowcase.
RMS Beauty Hidden Desire Palette
The RMS Beauty Hidden Desire Palette will convert any makeup lover to clean beauty. Every shade is new and only available in this palette; you get six eyeshadows, a blush and a luminizer to play with. The texture of this brand's powders is incredible (so buttery!), and they're all made with non-toxic ingredients.
Hey Dewy Portable Facial Humidifier
Dewy skin is just a click away, with the Hey Dewy Portable Facial Humidifier. It plugs into your laptop, car port or charger and uses ultrasonic technology—not heat—to emit a fine mist of hydration. (I think it's a much better option than facial steamers, which get way too hot and can seriously damage your skin.)
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