In no particular order, here are some gift suggestions for products they probably don’t already own.
Linda Hallberg is a new makeup brand by the incredible swedish makeup artist and blogger, you guessed it, Linda Hallberg. It launched fairly recently so it’s safe to assume whoever you’re buying for doesn’t already own any LH products. Better yet, LH released two new products this month: the Metallic Mysteries and Enchanted Secrets palettes. I’d personally love to receive a Metallic Mysteries palette. And considering this is a brand new product, your giftee is likely not to own it.
These can only be found online on Linda Hallberg Cosmetics. They ship worldwide.
Milk Makeup is a trendy brand that also launched recently. It is fairly well known in the beauty community but I know some people (myself included) have yet to purchase any of their products. It’s a novelty brand and sometimes we tend to stick to familiar reliable brands. Milk Makeup would make a great “I’ve been wanting to try it but was never going to get it for myself” gift.
Recommended products: Any of the highlighters or gift sets.
This is Rihanna’s recently released makeup brand. Trust me, beauty enthusiasts are dying to try her products. It’s not just because it’s Rihanna’s line, the products are actually really good. Because of the hype surrounding Fenty, a lot of things sold out during its initial launch. There’s a good chance your giftee doesn’t own many (or any) Fenty Beauty products.
Recommended products: Everything. Seriously. Lipsticks and highlighters are a safe choice. The Uncensored Lip Paint would make a great gift.
Fenty Beauty can be found on Sephora and the Fenty website.
Paul & Joe is a smaller boutique brand that I have featured on my blog before. Since they don’t have worldwide mainstream distribution, your giftee may not have even heard of them before. The brand is more known in Europe and Asia but you can get their products online at U.S. based retailers as well. Their products have a vintage french luxury feel. The packaging makes you want to have the products out on display. Plus, they’re a cat friendly brand that offers a ton of cat-themed beauty items such as cat-shaped lipsticks, blushes and eyeshadow adorned with cat prints, and cat makeup bags. A Paul & Joe item would be the ultimate gift for a cat and makeup lover. Check out my previews P&J reviews here.
Recommended products: The cat-shaped lipsticks and the blushes (cream or powder)
The holidays are the time for hundreds of new releases of limited edition makeup items. You can get anything from eyeshadow palette, body & skincare to holiday sets. This is a surefire way to guarantee you get your special someone something they don’t already own. The only downside is that the best products sell out quickly so you can’t hesitate on your purchase.
Pretty much all brands release new limited edition holiday products. I suggest shopping at Sephora because whatever you don’t find in-stores can be purchased online. Plus, they have a considerable amount of international stores.
P.S. Stay away from MAC Cosmetics holiday releases. They have a tendency to be crap and offer poor value. Get something from their permanent range instead.
Recommended products: NARS Narssisist Wanted Eyeshadow Palette ($59), KatVonD Metal Matte Mini Eyeshadow Palette ($39), Anastasia Beverly Hills Sugar Glow Kit ($40), KatVonD Everlasting Liquid Lipstick Set ($49)
6. Laura Mercier Body Collection – $18 to $75
The Laura Mercier bath and body products were iconic beauty items from the old school YouTube/blogging beauty community of 2006-2008. Laura Mercier makes luxurious bath products with decadent scents. They offer body creams, honey baths, fragrances, hand creams, and candles. You can buy these separately or get one of their sets (they’re a good value! highly recommended). These are pricey (considering they’re bath & body products) but they are a spoil-yourself gift, like perfume, that people don’t usually get for themselves. It’s a nicer option (if it’s in your budget) than gifting Bath & Body Works products. No shade to B&BW, I like them a lot and used to work there myself, but their scents sometimes feel juvenile.
Happy Holidays, everyone!