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.
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For the Van Cleef & Arpels store opening in New York last night, Blake Lively channeled Hollywood icons like Rita Hayworth and Veronica Lake. But the newest face (and hair!) of L'Oréal Paris modernized her classic waves with a vampy makeup look. We're taking notes to copy this style for our next red carpet event . . . or, you know, a fabulous holiday party.
Classic Curls: To get the sideswept waves, you can go really old-school and dust off your hot rollers. Use the medium-sized curlers to set dry hair. While you're waiting for the waves to sink in (about 20 minutes), steal Blake's makeup look below. No time to wait? You can get a similar but more relaxed curl using a one-inch iron. Wrap hair around the barrel so that curls fall away from the face, leaving a few inches out at the roots. Hold for 30 seconds. Finish hair with a holding spritz like Oribe Anti-Humidity Spray ($38).
Modern Makeup: While a typical cherry-red lipstick would complete the Old Hollywood theme, reach for something vampier for an updated take on the classic instead. Try Deborah Lippmann's Forsaken Set ($38), a dark wine lipstick and nail polish duet. To balance out the moody lip, it's best to go light on the eye makeup.
Blake wore champagne shadows to brighten up her blue eyes. We like Bobbi Brown Shimmer Wash in Beige ($22) because it can work for most skin tones. Apply the shadow to lids and inner corners. Then, wet an angled liner brush and swipe on the shimmering shadow along the lower lash line, too. You want to avoid overusing eyeliner and focus on the mascara for this look. Bring it full circle by dusting the same metallic shadow under brows and on cheekbones for a glow that rivals Blake's gala-ready style.
Whether it's on the red carpet or Instagram, we all love nails. From a glossy red manicure to intricate nail art, there are many ways for us to polish our fingertips, and we never get tired of trying out a new bottle. This holiday there are plenty of gorgeous polish sets, small and large, for the lacquer lover on your list. Here's what we're adding to our wish lists!
If you're anything like us, your schedule is packed with holiday soirees galore: your friends' annual potluck, pre-Christmas cocktails, and that fancy seasonal charity event. Plus, the year's end means you'll be putting in overtime hours at work and shopping for gifts. Who has time to hunt for holiday hair tutorials? (Not us.) The good news is, last night's Trevor Project Benefit in LA offered plenty of celebrity updos for inspiration. So allow us to help you cross one more thing off your list by copying the red-carpet-approved styles below.
For Fringe Fanatics
Blunt bangs can get in the way when you attempt your holiday updo, but take your cues from Beth Behrs, and let your fringe breathe. The beauty of this topknot is that you don't need to add any hairpieces (like a bun shaper) to create volume. Hairstylist Aviva Perea slicked hair up section by section to avoid lumps using Oribe Surfcomber Mousse ($37). Then, she split the high ponytail into two sections and pinned down the first section in a doughnut shape and repeated with the other section. Don't have bangs? Clip-in fringe ($26) can also work.
For Plait Players
You might want to take this photo to your stylist for help, but Nina Dobrev's braided chignon is worth taking a stab at re-creating. If you don't have time for the braid bar, start with two pigtail plaits secured at the ends with clear rubber bands. Weave the two braids into a bun by pinning each plait in an oval shape (tip: use bobby pins the color of your hair to hide them better). The beauty of this look is the imperfection, so make sure to pull out a few face-framing pieces to soften the look.
See more party hairstyles from the Trevor Project red carpet after the jump.
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.
You've probably seen Deborah Lippmann's handiwork in the likes of Vogue or on the runways at New York Fashion Week, but she's most well-known for her line of polishes that you can find at many department stores and Sephora. We tapped the celebrity manicurist for her holiday shopping list, and just like her polishes — you'll find nothing but luxury here. From cozy cashmere blankets to a special spa treatment, see what Deborah is gifting this season.
— Additional reporting by Kaitlyn Dreyling