If you're looking for the perfect way to inspire her this holiday season, these beauty volumes should be on your gift list. They're good for so much more than keeping glass stains off the coffee table. Each page is packed with hair, makeup, and nail tips from celebrities and industry insiders. Whether the recipient likes a good self-help book, prefers a historical drama, or salivates over amazing photography, there is an option in this roundup. Click through to kick-start your friend's romance with all things beauty.
White Elephant gift exchanges are a great excuse to get kooky and find those random, bizarre, hilarious gifts and bring them to the table (or office party). Whether you're just trying to understand your mother — there's a breath spray for that — or want to upgrade your selfie game, these gifts have you covered.
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Party hopping? No matter how amazing you look when you walk out the door (and you definitely do!), sometimes things happen. But keeping a mini emergency kit can help you avoid serious mishaps. Grab a cute pouch, and stuff it with some of these must-have items:
- Mini deodorant: Getting asked if you're dating anyone over and over again at dinner can really make you sweat, so keep a deodorant on hand for when you need a little extra protection.
- Pain reliever: That red wine that you're swilling in order to get through dinner can make your head spin, but an emergency stash of aspirin can help you get back on your feet.
- Hand lotion: Cracked, dry hands are the worst party accessory. Keeping some lotion in your emergency kit will make sure your fingers stay smooth.
- Travel perfume: Sephora gives out free samples of all its fragrances. Just ask a sales associate for a sample, and you can stash one in your bag for when you need a little lift.
- Travel toothbrush and toothpaste: With all the eating that goes down on the holidays, keeping a toothbrush and toothpaste in your emergency kit is a necessity.
- Makeup stain: A stain like Stila Lip and Cheek Stain ($24) can be used in a bunch of ways, making it the perfect makeup-in-a-pinch product.
- Detergent pen: Spill something on your party dress? Kiss that stain goodbye with that handy detergent pen you have hiding in your purse.
A simple way to deck out your nails for the holidays is with a quintessential Christmas element: candy canes! You don't need a steady hand to pull off this striped look. All you need are red and white nail polishes and a roll of tape. Just keep reading for a step-by-step tutorial.
The perfect holiday hair accessory might be lurking in your jewelry box. Allure has gathered some expert tips for creating the perfect hairpiece out of the baubles you already own.
December tends to be an expensive month. Instead of buying a new hair accessory for your party circuit, take a tip from celebrity hairstylist Mara Roszak and dig around in your jewelry drawer. "I bring a slew of hair accessories when doing red carpet, but often times we end up using a brooch or a vintage earring that the stylist brought," she says. "You just need to have the right pins, and you can make anything work." Below, two of Roszak's favorite pieces to repurpose, plus one of my own.
A brooch. "These are the easiest to put in your hair," says Roszak, who used one in Nicole Kidman's updo at the Oscars last year. "There's usually a clasp at the back. You just weave it through the hair like you would a pin, and then secure it with a pin or two to make sure it won't slip out."
An earring. It's best to use dangly or clip-on earrings rather than studs. Clip-ons work just like a bobby pin or barrette, while dangly earrings with hooks need a bit of tweaking. "At the 2012 Golden Globes, Emma Stone's stylist brought these beautiful earrings and asked if I could pin them in her hair," remembers Roszak. "I removed the hook so that I could slip a pin through the top of the earring and tucked them into her low chignon."
A necklace. I love the look of a multi-strand necklace hanging from the back of a half-up hairstyle — it's a little bit Game of Thrones, but also really gorgeous if you pick a delicate-looking piece. Open the necklace and secure the ends over each ear, crisscrossing your pins so they hold better. If the necklace is on the heavier side, use a few pins at the middle of the back of your head so it doesn't drag all your hair down.
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There are plenty of reasons to love the holidays, and as beauty editors, we can't think of a better time of the year to be completely dazzled by the gorgeously packaged gifts from our favorite brands. Right now, beauty counters are overflowing with amazing palettes and gift sets, so we're helping you cut through the chaos with our handpicked favorites. Just keep clicking to see what we're giving (and hoping to receive!) this year.
If we're being honest, we've gifted our mothers with jewelry or perfume for the last few holidays (cliché, we know). But this year, we're planning to surprise her with one of these gorgeous trinkets from Estée Lauder. The special holiday collection is an easy way to combine the two classic gifts — baubles and scents — with a more personal touch.
This isn't the first time the iconic beauty brand has offered golden zodiac compacts (pictured below), but this year they come encrusted with Swarovski crystals. Estée Lauder is also launching the Starry Nights gem-embellished compacts featuring a mirror and Lucidity Translucent Pressed Powder inside. But the winners of this holiday collection are the solid perfume compacts. Each one is a talisman for luck, including ladybugs, wishbones, and horseshoes. Within the charm is a solid version of Estée Lauder's signature scents like Pleasures, Beautiful, and Tuberose Gardenia. You'll be able to pick up this gift at your local Estée Lauder counter in department stores as well as on EsteeLauder.com.
Solid Perfume Compact Collection
Starry Nights Powder Compact Collection
Zodiac Powder Compact Collection
With her coveted beauty products lining the shelves of Target and a roster of many famous faces she's worked with, Sonia Kashuk hardly needs an introduction. The stylish makeup artist knows a thing or two about fashionable gifts, and she's sharing what she loves to give and receive for the holidays. From delectable treats to personal favorites and her top beauty picks, find out what's on her shopping list ahead!
The only way to add extra holiday cheer to your holiday hairstyle is to pop in an adorably sparkling hair accessory! Not sure where to start? We've got a roundup of adorable holiday hair accessories, straight from Etsy. Just keep clicking for instant holiday cheer.
Pretty packaging gets us every time, which is why we're obsessed with the latest collaboration between perfumer Frédéric Malle and Liberty of London. The two brands are celebrating five years of collaboration, and to mark the occasion, Malle chose 18 different Liberty of London prints to redress his classic scents. The artwork ranges from geometric to floral, colorful to austere and highlights the synergy between sight and smell. Each box was hand selected by Malle to match the fragrance within, like Lipstick Rose (above), which is decked out in rich, red blooms. These limited-edition boxes will look amazing on your vanity or under the Christmas tree, and you won't want to throw out the wrapping! All the scents are available at Liberty of London and FredericMalle.com. We'll stop gushing now and bring on the product porn.