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    47 Splurge-Worthy Beauty Gifts To Give This Year

    Not to be dramatic but: Give me skincare or give me death.

    1. An Aesthetica contouring kit here to take their hand and lead them toward the path of chiseled cheekbones. This vegan, cruelty-free, and hypoallergenic palette includes a handy how-to guide (pictures and charts included!) to help this makeup technique seem 10000000x less intimidating to those of us who don't run a beauty vlog.

    2. An I Dew Care peel-off mask packed with a generous helping of hyaluronic acid to reveal smoother, brighter, more hydrated skin. And the Instagram opportunities whilst wearing it? Endless, thanks to the holographic finish.

    3. A Benefit four-in-one pencil complete with lighter and deeper shades, an edge definer, and an arch highlighter to fill in their brows and make 'em pop. Plus, this formula is easy-to-blend (perfect for *ahem* minor mess-ups), waterproof, and will stay put for hours upon hours.

    4. A bottle of Clinique ID that allows you to choose between five bases and five active cartridge concentrates. The base should be determined by the level of hydration their complexion requires, all while their most annoying skincare concerns will be tackled by impressive active concentrates.

    5. A Stila liquid eyeliner with a formula worthy of the cult-like praise it gets: it dries quickly, won't smudge or budge, lasts 25 hours a day, and the thin tip makes application a summer breeze.

    6. An oil-free Tatcha water cream to provide balanced hydration that will leave their skin feeling neither greasy nor dry but *just* right. Japanese botanicals, leopard lily, green tea, rice, algae, and a hint of 23-karat gold aid in everything from controlling greasy t-zones and promoting natural cell turnover.

    7. An oil serum here to deliver some SERIOUS glow, the kind they'll say ~I dew~ to after about .5 seconds of wear. A blend of nourishing oils, fruit extract, and sugarcane squalane offer hydration and visibly brighter skin while light-reflecting minerals will give their complexion that "I drink a TON of water" radiance.

    8. A Rituals countdown calendar that they were *technically* supposed to be opening all month long, but let's be honest here — how much better is it to just open everything at once? And the packaging is so gorgeous that you won't have to worry your pretty little mind about tape and wrapping paper.

    9. TheBalm Cosmetics cruelty-free mascara that will deliver water-resistant volume, intense, and DRAMA to their lashes with just one quick swipe. And the best part? They come in a pack of two. *opens package and discreetly pockets one for myself*

    10. An Elemis ginseng toner they'll want to spritz around mid-afternoon, when their skin is starting to feel dry and they're in desperate need of more coffee. A quick blast of this alcohol-free mist will refresh, soothe, and rebalance their pH level (AKA mattify the oily parts and hydrate the dry ones).

    11. A Revlon one-step dryer because their arm is already sore from balancing both a dryer and a round brush. This easy-to-use tool promises a salon-quality, shampoo commercial-worthy blowout and all they'll have to do is, well, brush through their hair. *patiently waits for royalty check*

    12. A La Roche-Posay gel cleanser with a favorite five-letter word: C-L-E-A-R. This salicylic acid wash targets (and destroys) blackheads and whiteheads while ridding surface oil by up to 47%, which basically translates to clear complexions ahead.

    13. A Skinfix cleanser that enlists the help of Brazilian kaolin volcanic clay, Canadian glacial clay, and sulfate-free coconut to cleanse their skin while tightening pores and preventing any breakout apocalypses. This clay-to-foam formula truly allows them to wave goodbye to heavy foundation, built-up sweat-trapped-in-pores, and allllll that excess oil.

    14. A bottle of Yves Saint Laurent Libre guaranteed to become their new go-to fragrance; a combination of French lavender essence, Morrocan orange blossom, and musk accord provide for a unique scent that will feel all their own.

    15. A limited-edition BuzzFeed X Birchbox beauty box packed with nine splurge-worthy favorites in the skincare, haircare, and makeup realm. The best part? You'll pay $62 — but they'll actually be receiving over $200 worth of cult-favorite products.

    16. A cruelty-free Elizabeth Mott bronzer that will give their face some sun-kissed glow (even if they've been stuck in their cubicle and haven't seen the sun in several days...) *and* SOME CONTOUR. Reviewers love this product so much, they've actually hit the pan because of consistent use.

    17. An Eva Naturals face serum because adult acne is garbage and according to reviewers, this stuff truly helps. Ingredients like hyaluronic acid, retinol, aloe, salicylic acid, and niacinamide work in harmony to solve their most annoying skin problems from acne and dark spots to dehydration and redness.

    18. A Best of 2019 starter set to be loved by the skincare aficionado in your friend group. They'll get to sample ten cult-favorite products from this past year (ranging from Benton aloe toners and Mamonde oil-to-foam cleansers to Cosrx pimple patches and Mediheal sheet masks), all neatly tucked away into a reusable canvas tote.

    19. An Aveda daily treatment for dead hair in need of some major TLC. This 98% naturally-derived blend works to combat four types of damage (environmental, chemical, physical, and heat) while reducing breakage by up to 90% in about a week.

    20. An Elizabeth Mott eye primer capable of keeping their shadow and liner in tact all 👏 day 👏 long 👏. That's right, folks! No creasing, smudging, fallout, or crying under the watch of this cruelty-free must-have.

    21. A Mario Badescu mild toner packed with aloe vera to soothe irritated skin and (*important*) contains no alcohol, meaning that this will even out sensitive complexions without causing extreme dryness or flare-ups in the process.

    22. A mini refrigerator designed to store all their beauty and skincare products. And before they ask "but why", let 'em know that chilling said products extends their shelf life, helps nix puffiness when applied to their skin, and prevents bacteria from building up and causing an acne onslaught.

    23. An all-natural Dr. Hauschka day cream formulated with sensitive skin-friendly ingredients: rose petal, wild rose hip, shea butter, rose petal wax, avocado oil, marsh mallow extract, and St. John’s wort. This holy grail calms irritated complexions in a jiffy and leaves behind a smooth, hydrated complexion.

    24. A Stila liquid shadow for a fantastic dose of ✨ sparkle ✨ that feels like luxury at first swipe. The formula itself is ultra blendable, lasts all day, and the shade options? Shimmery and stunning.

    25. A vegan Tarte contour concealer here to banish blemishes, redness, and dark circles to the pits of Hades. Say hello to flawless coverage that is crease-resistant, easy-to-blend, and long-lasting — all while looking lightweight and natural.

    26. An Act+Acre scalp detox because the amount of built-up dry shampoo that has become permanently lodged into their scalp = yuck. This cold-processed blend of moringa oil, basil leaf, amaranth oil, and baobab oil will remove impurities while promoting faster hair growth, reversing UV damage, and delivering some much-needed, non-greasy moisture that their mane will thank them for.

    27. A Laura Mercier foundation with blendable, medium-to-full coverage that creates a flawless complexion *without* making their face feel like it's drowning in product. This matte formula has a staying power of 15 hours, contains fine powders to help them ditch their greasy t-zone, and is completely transfer-resistant. Pinch me.

    28. A hydrating Summer Fridays cream face mask to give tired, dull, stressed skin some serious pampering. This cult-favorite travel mask is packed with vitamins, ceramides, antioxidants, and gently exfoliating extracts to give you a dewy complexion that every ~no makeup makeup~ guru would envy.

    29. A makeup remover towel woven with some unicorn horn, because this thing is MAGIC. All they'll have to do is add water and this thing will take off all of their makeup — lipstick, eyeliner, foundation, waterproof mascara, and whatever the HECK else they have on.

    30. An Ahava cream because 'tis the season for hands to be Dry with a capital "D". This blend of nourishing deadsea minerals will become a must-have in their purse and will likely become the most useful/beloved gift they'll receive this holiday season.

    31. A Celeb Luxury color depositing shampoo to turn their ~Pinterest pastel~ dreams into a reality (no expensive or time-consuming trips to the salon required). *uses shampoo once* *posts 'gram pic with the hashtag #hairgoals*

    32. A pink clay Sand & Sky pore-refining mask to hit the reset button on grease and blemishes (this includes both scarring and all those painful, emerging zits) with an impressive blend of Australian botanicals. ✨ Smoother, brighter skin ✨ is at their fingertips — and all they'll have to do is apply a face mask two or three times a week.

    33. A Teddie Organics rose water here to hydrate their skin, absorb excess oil, and brighten their complexion — without triggering any unwanted Rosacea. CHA CHING. The smell will also transport them from their dimly-lit office and into a flower shop, one that's filled from top to bottom with fresh roses that have just been picked.

    34. A bareMinerals tinted moisturizer that requires the max amount of effort they're willing to put into their beauty routine, which is exactly zero. They'll be able to nix shadows and unevenness by way of this light, creamy coverage that can be slathered on like a moisturizer!

    35. A Moroccanoil treatment that uses a blend of vitamins and argan oil to tame flyaways, mend split-ends, speed up drying time, and boost shine. If they're looking for definitive proof that heaven is a place on earth, they'll have to look no further than this haircare jack of all trades.

    36. A cream-to-foam Korres cleanser that uses the benefits of Greek yogurt (hello, generous heap of protein) to do exactly what it's supposed to: clean their face of oils, built-up gunk, and makeup in one simple step.

    37. A cruelty- and fragrance-free One Love Organics balm consisting of plant-based, cold-pressed extracts (think coconut oil, mango butter, jojoba, and chia) that can be used as a makeup remover, brow tamer, moisturizer, leave-on mask, and leave-in conditioner. For a skincare routine that feels eerily similar to a facial, you'll want to try out this splurge-worthy blend ASAP.

    38. A Kusshi makeup bag that takes on-the-go product organization to a whole new level: a removable holder keeps all of their brushes in tact while side mesh pockets can be used to store key items. Plus, the outside of the bag is quality leather while the inner nylon interior is machine-washable — which means 👏 no 👏 more 👏 having to stare at gross, caked-on foundation whenever they open their makeup bag!

    39. A vegan Urban Decay setting spray to finish off their complexion. Humidity, sweat, tears: it's all irrelevant when they've topped off their foundation with this magic stuff, which works to seal their makeup and prevent it from turning into a greasy mess.

    40. A Lily Aldridge perfume that uses a combination of unique ingredients (lychee, mandarin, rose absolute, peony, fresia, musk amber, and cedarwood) to give a scent that is floral without being overwhelming. If they'd love the idea of being transported to a serene rose garden every time they spritzed this on, then hit ~add to cart~ immediately.

    41. A Glow Recipe soufflé cream they'll want to slather on after a long, cold, stressful day (so perhaps...every day). This will restore their skin's hydration and calm blotchiness thanks to ingredients like banana, magnesium, turmeric, chia, and cica, all of which work in harmony to strengthen their skin barrier and give 'em some legitimate glow.

    42. A Peach & Lily pH-adjusting toner that combines a powerful blend of botanicals, salicylic acid, and AHA (as well as cape lilac, eggplant, and turmeric extracts) to simultaneously soothe inflamed skin while loosening dead skin cells. The result? Exfoliated, squeaky clean pores that are too busy thriving to even *consider* producing any excess sebum. It's the "boy bye" of skincare.

    43. A YSL liquid matte lip stain with an ultra-matte, high-pigment formula so lightweight, they'll feel as if they're simply wearing another layer of skin: kind of like skinny dipping, except they're still wearing clothes and the only thing that feels naked is their mouth.

    44. A spring water Avène facial spray that may seem like a regular can of water — but can a regular can of water soothe eczema, calm sunburn, reduce rosacea flare-ups, set their makeup, and refresh dull and tired skin? I think not.

    45. A Shiseido curler expertly designed with an edge-proof, broad curve that allows for every single lash to be curled from tip to root and from the inner to outer corner.

    46. A Bumble and Bumble oil primer that protects hair from the drying dangers of sun exposure and heat damage. They'll begin to think of this as the sunscreen step in their daily haircare routine, except this simultaneously fights frizz and won't ruin color-treated tresses.

    47. A Malibu-made C & the Moon body scrub about to become a permanent fixture in their shower. This combination of brown sugar, coconut oil, sweet almond oil, and jojoba seed oil gently hydrates and removes dead cells for skin so smooth, even a baby's bottom would be jealous.

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