BOMB BEAUTY MUST HAVES
When my Judy asked for some 'bomb beauty must have' suggestions for her Christmas wishlist, I was stoked. Of course my mental wishlist is super long but I hadn’t even started to think about Christmas! I tried to cover all of the beauty bases. Did any of these suggestions make YOUR wishlist?
With 11 more shopping days until Christmas, it's crunch time! Cheers to the procrastinators who haven't even started shopping! To those who are already wrapping, it’s never to late to throw in a lil something extra. :)
Oh man, I love a gift set! Drunk Elephant is an incredible skin care line that was formulated with skin care issues in mind. Their founder defines the brand as "clean-clinical skincare" using high-quality natural and synthetic ingredients. I've tried a serum and a moisturizer here and there but I've never been able to use an entire routine to get the full effect. They have three holiday gift sets out right now with each focusing on a different skin care concern. You get 3-4 products in each set, anywhere from 0.5oz-1oz. My personal favorite is Volume 2: Come C About Me because it is a daytime kit. It includes the Beste Jelly Cleanser, B-Hydra Hydration Gel, C-Firma Day Serum, and Umbra Sheer SPF 30. This cocktail of products will give your skin a youthful, illuminating complexion.
First and foremost, I live for Tarte palettes but this one is SUPER special. It comes with so many products and is an incredible value! You get 24 eyeshadows, 2 blushes, 2 bronzers and 1 highlighter! Plus a full-size Sex Kitten eyeliner, Lights-Camera-Lashes Mascara, and a mini Quick Dry Matte Lip Paint. Tarte uses Amazonian Clay in so many of their products because they believe it's "nature's most perfect ingredient for better, longer wear". I have to agree with them! Their eyeshadows, blushes, and highlighters are made with concentrated mineral pigments that deliver rich colors while nourishing the skin. So many warm and cool toned shades to take you from season to season. The number of looks that will be created with this palette are endless! This collector's set is truly a treasure!
This five piece travel-sized lipstick collection is pure decadence. I love MJ Beauty lip products because the vibrant shades are super long-lasting. Like 10 hours long lasting! (I do recommend wearing them with a clear lipliner)You will find a nude, a neutral pink, vibrant red, creamy blush, and a bold purple. The buttery, creamy lippies will keep your eyes kisser moisturized, which is so necessary in the winter. These colors are perfect for holiday party season yet they are so versatile throughout the whole year. Speaking of parties, the magenta Marc Jacobs case makes for a very luscious clutch! It will definitely hold your phone and a few items. I should know I have last years lip creme collection. ;)
If you want to elevate your skincare game, get a jade roller! They are so hot right now! These facial massagers have been used in ancient Chinese skincare for centuries. This tool has so many benefits; improves circulation (which aids in detoxification), decreases puffiness, tightens skin...just to name a few. Use yr roller after applying serums to really make sure that your face absorbs the product.. I've heard of peeps leaving this in their fridge for extra cooling and depuffing. Most jade rollers have two sides, with the smaller end geared towards eye area massaging. I have a cheap roller from my local Asian market and it isn't even jade. It's soooo worth it to splurge on the high quality stone.
New brushes are always a nice treat. Brushes are supposed to last an incredibly long time but depending on the quality and how you maintained them, it might be time for an upgrade. One of my favorite brushes of all time is the Tarte’s Airbrush Finish Foundation brush, so I trust and believe in this brand. Since I am not a makeup professional, I don't think it's necessary to own super high end artistry brushes. This set includes a cheek brush, a complexion brush, a highlighter brush, a shading eyeshadow brush, and a blending eyeshadow brush. The artful design is so incredibly beautiful. Plus, it's nice to have a legit brush holder that isn't a coffee mug. Brush maintenance is key. I have an alcohol-free daily brush cleaner that I use every other day. They say you're supposed to wash brushes ONCE a week, but who really has time for that? I try to wash them once a month and hope that my skin doesn't suffer. Replace your brushes or add to your collection with this artful set.
You know I’m proud to be on team no hair wash! Is there anything more annoying than getting your hair damp when it’s supposed to be a no wash day? My current vibe is to wear my towel turban in the shower but that still always gets kinda wet. Shhhower Cap is made with nano-tech fabric, so not only is it waterproof but it straight up repels water. If the shhhower cap does get wet, it dries immediately. Straight up magic! Or science. Same thing, right? This fabric also has antibacterial properties, so no need to worry about mold or bacteria. It’s functional and so freakin’ chic! This might even be a good cap to wear when it snows? I want one in every print!
Who knew that the key to a great night of beauty sleep was a silk pillowcase?!? Slip silk pillowcases are made from high quality mulberry silk and is the ultimate bedtime accessory. You won't be waking up with a rat's nest or funky sleep creases on your face! A silk pillowcase can extend the life of your blowout, which is so essential. (Especially when you're team no hair wash) Typical cotton pillowcases don't slip, so they scratch up your face and can lead to hair breakage. I'm freaked out thinking that sleep creases can turn into wrinkles! Don't even get me started with the pillowcase bacteria that can cause pimples. This will make you rethink your entire bedtime situation. The collection comes with a pillowcase and an eye mask, which guarantees a healthy, wonderful night of sleep.
TBH, I've never used this product but our resident product guru, Lauren highly suggests this bath. Herbivore Botanicals is a plant-based brand that proudly uses organic, all-natural, food-grade ingredients to create really amazing skin and bod care products. This soak only have four ingredients!! Coconut milk powder is the main ingredient in this luscious soak, which hydrates and moisturizes the skin. This powder also has anti-inflammatory properties that can really soothe and soften the skin. I've heard people compare their post-bath skin to kitten fur and THAT'S SOFT. We all knows coconuts are just the most greatest fruit ever, so you know this bath soak is definitely the bomb.
If you've never caught a whiff of a Lather soy wax candle, you're missing out! Infused with real herbs and pure essential oil blends, these candles can elevate the mood of any room. They are super fragrant yet never overwhelming, providing an delightful aromatherapy experience. Each candle's scent is clean and comforting. My personal favorite is the lemongrass! Lather candles are 100% soy wax, which burns toxin-free and carcinogen-free. These are great scents for bath time, meditation, or for general chillin'.
STELLA PEONY BY STELLA MCCARTNEY; $25-$90
A splurge worthy fragrance is always a great item to put on a wishlist. Birchbox inundated me with fragrance samples and there is something really wonderful about a full size eau de toilette! Everyone needs a signature scent. At the moment, I have one for every season. Stella McCartney brought back her O.G. scent, Peony, for us all to enjoy! It's truly timeless; equal parts masculine and feminine, floral and woodsy, fresh and spicy. This parfum will make you feel like you're cutting a fresh bouquet of peonies in an English garden. You will be ready for Spring with just a spritz.
Ok, so maybe it's a little late for wishlist suggestions, but who said this list was exclusive to Christmas? These bomb beauty products are must-haves all year long!
Happy shopping, whether it is for you or someone else !