You might be wondering why I’m making this guide since beauty retailers seem to have figured out exactly how personal the gift makeup is. If you are not purchasing it for yourself, it may be very hard to know what color foundation is needed or which lipstick shades are preferred for the recipient. Almost every store that sells beauty products offer some kind of gift set with a variety of some of the most popular products. But the holidays are suppose to be a time to find the things that will really knock their socks off, that they’re not expecting, so prepare to amaze the beauty lover in your life. This is my guide to some of the most coveted beauty products of 2016 and a few practical options as well.
Gift Guide: The Beauty Lover
Least to Greatest expense
Carli Bybel Eyeshadow Palette
This palette was created by a well known YouTube beauty guru, if you haven’t heard of her chances are the beauty lover in your life has. Her palette she created with BH Cosmetics has been highly talked about this year, it also includes four highlighters along with the ten shadows! I have also reviewed the product, spoiler: two of my cousins are getting this as a Christmas gift, so go get it now! Click Here for Review
Jaclyn Hill X Becca Champagne Pop
This is another collaboration a major company has done with a YouTube beauty guru, as I previously said, if you haven’t heard of Jaclyn Hill I’d be willing to bet your beauty lover has. Highlighting was huge in 2016, everyone wanted this blinding, beaming light right on their cheeks. This product goes amazing with every skintone, so no need to worry about that. If you know someone who was born to glow, they need this in their life!
Makeup Bag: The Weekender
This item might not have been talked about that much, but for a makeup lover you can never go wrong with gifting a makeup bag! It’s something that is practical, something large enough to fit almost everything that they own in to it, but also compact enough to take on a weekend getaway. If you’re really feeling generous, buy the bag and fill it up with a few or all of these items. (And then send it directly to my house.)
Modern Renaissance Palette
Recently no one has stopped talking about this palette, this is a new release from Anastasia Beverly Hills. This company was initially known for their fabulous eyebrow products, but it feels like 2016 exploded with their insanely amazing eyeshadows! As of December 14, this palette was still in stock but it sells out fast so if you’ve heard your beauty lover mention it, GET IT NOW! Ulta is sold out, the link below is for Sephora.
Kat Von D Shade and Light Palette
The Kat Von D Shade and Light Contour and Highlight Palette is a classic, this is something that has been talked about for years and the hype around this product has not died down. If your beauty lover doesn’t have this yet, I’m sure she wants it. And if she does have it, it’s probably almost time for another one.
Tarte Tarteist Pro Amazonian Clay Palette
You might not have heard this product being mentioned much yet, that’s because it’s brand new! Tarte has had an amazing year with their eyeshadows, this brand has been around for a long time but were most well known for their mascara and full coverage foundations. In 2016 they have expanded their horizons and really amazed everyone with the quality of their shadows.
Sephora Makeup Brushes
2016 was the year where everyone discovered how amazing the Sephora Collection is. Their products have always amazed me, some are hits and misses, but overall it is a fabulous collection with a wide variety. One of the greatest finds was their affordable and high quality brushes. Every beauty lover needs a nice set of brushes, it makes applying makeup so much easier and enjoyable when you have the proper tools. Not sure of what they need? That’s okay, get a variety pack, something with smaller brushes for eyeshadow and larger brushes for face makeup!
Here is where things start to get out of hand. Viseart has been a brand that has always been deemed as overpriced. But for some reason you hear more and more about them in the beauty community. Yes, their shadows are creamy and pigmented, but so are much more affordable eyeshadows. Is it really worth the price? That depends, but if you get this palette it will definitely cause shock and amazement.
Clarisonic Mia 2
This cleansing brush has been highly talked about for three years now, everyone seems to own one and those who don’t are probably curious if it is worth the hype. I have a full review on it here, but my overall advice is if your beauty lover is struggling with skin issues: acne, dry skin, or just feels insecure about their skin… Get it! Even if it doesn’t work for them, they will appreciate the effort and thoughtfulness.
Natasha Denona Palette
Yes, you read that right. If you’re hyperventilating say it with me, “Two hundred and thirty nine dollars.” This palette has been highly discussed not only because of the hefty price tag, but because of the bendability and pigmentation of the product as well. The palette is expensive, but if you decide to go this route be sure to have the smelling salts ready, because this is a cause for fainting!