By Maddie Casey
Stuck on what to ask for this Christmas or holiday season? Here’s a list of makeup and skincare products we’ve compiled that would be a great addition under anyone’s tree.
1. A Signature Scent
The first item that we would put on our own list is a signature perfume scent. Everyone needs that one perfume that they put on everyday; the scent that everyone knows them by and that captures their true essence. Before you decide which scent to ask for, go to your dearest department store and try out different smells on your skin. Once you find one that you feel really captures “you,” put that on the top of your list! This year, some of our favorites are Saint from Kat Von D and You from Glossier.
2. Fenty Galaxy
This fall, Rihanna's beauty line dropped a new collection, the Galaxy collection. The collection includes lip products, eye liner and an eyeshadow palette. No matter what new item you’re looking for, anything from this collection would be a sparkling addition to your Christmas wishlist.
3. Holiday Gift Set
Another fun item to ask for is any beauty gift set, because they are a great value and many major makeup and skincare companies come out with them this time of year. Retailers like Sephora and Ulta carry many, as well as their own, which include products from many different brands in one set. One set that we’ve had our eyes on this year is the Sephora Favorites Glow for It highlighter set, which retails for $40 and has seven deluxe-size highlighters.
4. Anastasia Prism Palette
So many new eyeshadow palettes have been released in the past few months, but one that’s been catching our attention is the new, limited-edition Anastasia Prism Palette. The Sephora website describes it as “a luxe holiday eyeshadow collection with 14 shades of universal neutrals and prismatic metallics.” The colors in the palette are truly beautiful and inspiring; this is definitely the palette you should be putting on your list this year.
5. Natasha Denona
One great strategy for gift-asking is to choose items that would normally be a splurge to buy for yourself. A brand that is definitely out of our everyday budget is Natasha Denona. However, we always find ourselves staring at their beautiful eyeshadow palettes and other products, just wishing. This year, two items that are definitely on our wishlist are the Sunset Palette and the Chroma Crystal Top Coats, which retail for a whopping $129 and $28, respectively.
6. Luxury Skin Care
Speaking of products that are way out of our budgets, a good way to capitalize on the gift-getting season is to ask for expensive skin care products that we really want in our regimens, but are just a little too painful to drop the cash for. You can definitely find a lot of amazing products at the drugstore, but sometimes we just need those high-ticket items to fix that one persistent skin issue that just can’t be solved. One of our holy-grail items is the T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Night Serum from Drunk Elephant, which sells for $90 at Sephora. Ouch.
7. Face Mask
Another skincare essential of ours are face masks. Everyone loves a good face mask, but we don’t always buy them for ourselves because they aren’t an absolute necessity in our daily routines. Masks are a great pamper item that are always so much fun to unwrap and use. Two of our favorites are the Glamglow SUPERMUD Clearing Treatment and the Peter Thomas Roth Therapeutic Sulfur Masque.
8. Brush Set
One key part of getting ready every morning is our makeup brushes. Despite this, most of our brush collections are a tad old and could definitely use some revamping. A great way to update your collection is by purchasing a set of brushes, which is usually much less expensive than purchasing each brush individually. A great one is the Complete Set from Zoeva, which has some of our favorite brushes on the market. It retails for $130.
9. Drugstore Beauty
For those of us who don’t want to ask for high-end or high price products for the holidays, whether we don’t want to put the strain on our families or are thinking of small ideas from friends, drugstore products are always a great option. One of the best mascaras on the market, in our opinion, can be found at the drugstore. The Lash Paradise mascara from L’Oréal is $10 at Ulta, a great gift option to ask for from anyone and genuinely one of the best we’ve tried.
Finally, for those of us who really want to amp up our skincare regimen, the Clarisonic brush is a great gift option. This brush really takes cleansing to the next level, exfoliating the skin and really getting all of the grime out of your pores. Plus, the foundation brush head is a way to flawlessly blend your foundation, concealer and cream products into the skin. Clarisonic even offers great value sets around the holidays, like this one, which includes the Mia 1 brush and their cleanser for $129, the regular price of the brush.