While there will be plenty of shadow palettes, preboxed lotion sets, and everything in between available to give this holiday season, why not personalize some (if not all) of your presents this year? Monogrammed gifts are always a best bet, and your recipient will feel all warm and cozy inside, knowing that you took a little extra time to make him or her feel loved. So let's kick things off with personalized beauty gifts. If it can be stamped, embossed, or stitched, you'll find it here.
Palettes are like the buffet of the beauty world: a one-stop shop for everything to make yourself gorgeous. From the beautiful packaging to the coordinated colors, showstopping palettes always top our list of covetable gifts. Any beauty lover would flip out when she flips open one of these goodies, so click through for some giftspiration . . . even if it's for yourself.
Earlier today, Adele was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire by Prince Charles, and the songstress did not let the royal event pass without dressing up her nails and — of course! — wearing a headpiece. You don't need a date with a prince to pull off her look. Now is the perfect time to don a black cage veil to top your holiday hairstyle, and the Goorin Bros. Jeanne headband ($38) has a satin band with a velvet bow that'll do just the trick. And if you're like us, you couldn't help but notice the tiny crowns adorning her royal blue manicure. Re-creating it is easier than you think as you can find plenty of nail accents like this silver crystal crown ($2) or this pink enamel crown ($4) to add to your ring finger. But remember, pinkies up!
If you're anything like us, a chip-free manicure is on the top of your wish list for the holidays. But who has time to actually go to the salon for a gel manicure and sit under those LED lights for an hour — especially around this busy time of year? Lucky for us, polish brands have heard our prayers and started releasing top coats that do the work of a gel manicure, minus those annoying (and time consuming) LED lights. The top coats offer up chip-resistant protection with some glossy shine thrown in, and some of them are even quick-drying. Are you impressed yet? Shop our picks below!
I'm not going to lie, I absolutely love, love, love red lips. While I rock them year round, the Winter months are when I know I can wear them daily if I wanted to. Most reds go really well with my skin tone, which is definitely a plus, and it allows me to really play up my pout and attract attention to the fullness of my lips. I started off this look first by applying my eye makeup. I did a similar look for an Inspired makeup tutorial, and I also rock out similar eye makeup often, so creating this look for me or anyone is a breeze. In this particular look, I am using Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette ($27). I first applied my transition color and blended it into the crease and slightly toward my brow bone. To create this, I used a combination of Naked 2 and Faint from the Naked Basics palette. Once done, I applied W.O.S. (Walk of Shame) and used it as my lid color and highlight color. For my eyeliner, I used Jesse's Girl Waterproof Eyeliner Pen ($7) (which is becoming an absolute favorite) and applied to my upper lash line, creating a slight winged liner. Finishing off my eyes with mascara, I used Elizabeth Mott's It's So Big Volumizing Mascara ($20) and applied the mascara to my upper and lower lashes, and my eyes were completed. For my lips, I used Lipstick Queen's Black Tie lipstick ($50) — a gorgeous bold red lipstick that I am absolutely in love with. I first lined my lips with Milani's True Red Color Statement Lip liner ($4) and then applied Black Tie lipstick and blended with a lip brush.
If you are a foundation wearer or like to contour and highlight, you can surely do this step prior to applying your eye makeup or after to complete your look. I do not use foundation or concealer so I skipped this step. For this particular look, I opted for a more natural face and decided to not contour my cheeks like I did in the "inspired" look I created previously. This look is really just about the lips with a little subtle drama to the eyes. It's wearable for every day but definitely showstopping, and you'll surely turn heads at any New Year's celebration. To complete the look, add your favorite accessories and a cute beanie or fedora and a warm coat or sweater.
A stylish bottle of perfume is always a popular gift for the holidays, and mothers, sisters, and friends will all welcome a new addition to their scent wardrobe. Before you head to the local department store and get a spritz-induced headache, shop our perfume favorites. We're rounding up fragrance classics like Dior, new releases from Marc Jacobs, and a popular celebrity scent. Forget frankincense and myrrh; this year, the holidays smell like one of these gifts under the tree.
- The wrong shade of blush could actually make you look older — Real Simple
- What you may not know about hair extensions — Allure
- Forget the Year of the Snake! This was the year of the blondes — InStyle
- Is Rihanna coming out with another scent? — The Cut
- Tricks for healthier hair include olive oil and air-drying — HuffPost Style
- Chemical-free beauty products that are actually good for you — The Fashion Spot
- These Hollywood A-listers have made bangs iconic since the 1920s — Glo
- You may think these stars have symmetrical faces, but they don't — YouBeauty
- Kim Basinger proves that age is just a number — E! Online
- How to embrace all your shades of gray — Naturally Curly
Ain't no party like an onscreen party because an onscreen party . . . offers fresh inspiration for retro beauty looks you can copy this weekend. Keep reading to find hairstyles from our favorite holiday scenes, both classics and more current. These looks have already been immortalized on film, but they will look brand new when you sport them this season.
When Louis Vuitton tweeted a photo of Gisele Bündchen in its latest (and Marc Jacobs's last) campaign, we were immediately distracted by the top model's super voluminous, textured, and — dare we day — Jersey hair. Just take a minute and dissect it with us. Gisele is draped around one of Louis Vuitton's gorgeous bags, sporting smoky eyes, contoured cheeks, and some seriously teased-up, sexy tresses. And she is working that bump (sans the Bump It).
In a world where people are loving Kate Middleton's sleek blowouts and talking about how touchable straight hair is, it's nice to see a nod to the hair our mothers would have loved in 1986. There are two things you need to have to re-create Gisele's look at home: texturizing spray and a good teasing comb. After styling your hair the way you want to, section off the front part. It should be as wide as the mid point of your eyebrows and extend back to the crown of your head. Pin the rest of your hair away.
Divide the sectioned-off hair into three sections. Working from front to back, backcomb your hair with the teasing comb at the root, spritz with a texturizing spray, and then smooth it back with the comb again. Continue with the other two sections. Use your fingers to smooth down the front section of hair and to give it that piecey, textured look that Gisele's has. Finish with a healthy dose of texture spray, a few spritzes of hairspray, and your best Gisele smolder.
From Beyoncé's fan incident to Miley's alien-esque bleached brows, we're recapping all the major beauty moments from 2013. Jennifer Lawrence shocked everyone with her pixie cut, while Jennifer Aniston combined her beauty knowledge with her business savvy by working with Aveeno and as co-owner of Living Proof. Marc Jacobs blew us away with his massive beauty line, a 33-year-old Justin Bieber fan received $100,000 in plastic surgery to look like his idol, and Miley, well, was just bein' Miley. Which moments were your favorite? See them all in our breakdown. On Kirbie: Contrarian jacket, Equipment blouse