The holiday season is just around the corner, and for me, that means an abundance of peppermint candles and an excuse to splurge on all my favorite of beauty goodies — for me and the lucky people on my shopping list.
But in order to stick to my budget (and still get the really good stuff!), there are a few things I make a point to remember when shopping for beauty during the holiday season. The first is to generally avoid those nicely packaged holiday kits a lot of brands put out. I know, I know, they’re so colorful and cutely wrapped, but truthfully, they aren’t always a good deal. Holiday kits can be a great way to try a brand you couldn’t normally afford, but they almost always include extra products you don’t really want or need — and that can add up.
Instead, I shop sites like Amazon and take advantage of Black Friday/Cyber Monday sales to stock up on the beauty gifts I’ve been eyeing since summertime. I also buy in bulk when it works out, like with a pack of 25 face masks or a nail polish set, then divide them amongst my loved ones. The last rule I have for myself for beauty holiday shopping is to think outside the box. You might think beauty means only skincare and haircare, but I like to include wellness items like silk pillowcases, collagen powders, and dental floss. Don’t be boring! Without further ado, here is everything on my beauty wish list this year.
So many of my beauty-editor colleagues sing the praises of their hot round brushes. This one can give you a blowout at home and requires no hairstyling skills. It’s time I get one for myself (and my mom and my mother-in-law). You can’t argue with hair tools.
I love this set of travel-friendly, single-use mud face masks because they look chic and expensive, are easy to use, and are a feel-good way to tackle fine lines and blemishes. They’re all different and work together to exfoliate, improve the radiance of your skin, and minimize pores.
I’ve had my eye on this gorgeous bottle of oil since, well, forever, so it’s at the top of my wish list this year. It’s made to smooth stubble and fights ingrown hairs but can do it all — try it as a cuticle softener, split end sealer, tattoo aftercare, scalp conditioner, or bath oil.
This limited-edition palette from RMS beauty is cruelty-free and free of sulfates, phthalates, parabens, petrochemicals, mineral oil, silicone, and talc. It has eight never-before-released products, including six eyeshadows, a blush, and a luminizing powder. If I only receive one gift this year, I hope it’s this palette.
I usually don’t splurge on dry shampoo, but around the holidays, I like for my hair products to smell less like baby powder and more like expensive perfumes. This dry shampoo from OUAI means I attend parties and gatherings with unwashed hair and still smell/feel fancy.