Gift Guide

Holiday Beauty Gifts To Treat Yourself

December 3, 2015

There’s a lot to do during the holiday season and if you’re like me you probably find life a bit hectic if not extra busy. With all the things going on with friends, family and year-end wrap ups, I think it’s important to not forget you! Today’s gift guide focuses on some of my favorite beauty items from Nordstrom to consider treating yourself with. Sometimes just one simple thing like a new candle or lipstick can be a nice treat.

I’m a huge fan of home fragrance. The right scent can shift the mood and help you unwind or lift the spirits. Mini candles are always so cute to have around the house. Diptyque Baies is of course a favorite. Vanille is another nice one for the holiday or cold weather as it’s a warm and cozy scent. (It also comes in the 5 Piece Mini Set and 10 Piece Mini Set.)

For a little bit of glam, a new scent to wear is also a mood lifter. If you want a sampling of lots of scents, the Jo Malone Cologne Collection has 5 mini clutch-sized perfumes in Lime Basil and Mandarin, Pomegranate Noir, English Pear and Freesia, Peony and Blush Suede and Wood Sage and Sea Salt. If you like stronger scents, there’s also the Cologne Intense Collection with 5 minis.

For color, hands down my most favorite highlighter launch this year is the Tom Ford Skin Illuminating Powder Duo. I liked it so much I bought a backup (although it appears to be permanent). Another cute mini set is the Laura Mercier In The Glow Trio which has small sizes of the Matte Radiance Highlight Powder, Bonne Mine Face Color Stick in Peach Glow and a mini Rose Gold Caviar Eye Stick.

For the holiday, the best beauty pick-me-up is a new lipstick or lipgloss. The Charlotte Tilbury Mini Lipstick Charms Set has made a comeback with Penelope Pink, Bitch Perfect and So Marilyn. For a little more glitz the MAC Viva Glam Miley Cyrus Lipglasses are surprisingly wearable even though they are on the sparkly side. I have last year’s and this year’s versions and even though I’m a neutral lip lover at heart – I find I can wear both without feeling like the shimmer is over the top. If you’re looking for a double-duty tint and hydrate lip, the Hourglass Lip Oil in Icon (c/o) is a splurge but worth a look. It feels super hydrating on dry lips and gives a glossy natural red tint.

For eyes, Charlotte Tilbury’s Fallen Angel Palette is still available even though it was launched last year. This is one of my most-worn palettes and since it is limited-edition I did buy a backup because the colors work so well without having to think about how to coordinate them. The shades are versatile enough to go with any lip and cheek color. 

If you’re feeling extra spendy – the Louboutin Nail Polishes are the ultimate splurge in luxury beauty. I own quite a few and really like them for the rich colors. I also find they last a long time on my nails. All the Nudes are swatched in this post here.

I hope you are all having a great week – the weekend is almost here! With all the busy aspects of the last month of the year, I hope you don’t forget to take a moment or two and treat yourself. I love the phrase, “on a bad day there’s always lipstick,” because sometimes a little extra bit of glam can really make me feel better or more put together, even if it’s just for a moment 🙂

What do you like to do to treat yourself during the holidays? Do you have any beauty tips, tricks or traditions to share? 

Many thanks to Nordstrom for teaming up to sponsor this post. As always all opinions my own.

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  • I honestly can't commend you enough on your photographs in this post – absolutely stunning wow. You capture the products perfectly. Some of these bits look so beautiful, I wish my bank balance would allow me to buy them but sadly not haha! Amazing post, as per.

    • Thank you so much Isabelle – so kind of you to say.

  • I love highlighters, the Tom Ford one has been one of the best this year!

    • Yes!!! TF is the best one launched this year.

  • Great Post! Might have to splurge on some of these products this Christmas!

  • I always love Jo Malone. I'll have to check out the intense set!

    • I've had my eye on the intense sets for years, but there's usually 1 that has me hesitant!

  • Get the Tom Ford highlighter! lol I am not necessarily into highlighting but I bought one and it really is so beautiful. Diptypque candles are really a great treat too. I was excited about the Charlotte Tilbury trio because everyone raves about those colors, unfortunately Bitch Perfect and Penelope Pink do not work with my coloring. Isn't that just sad? I might splurge this time for one of the new matte ones – Love Liberty? 🙂

    • Hi Evelyn, sorry for the delay, by this time I hope you've found a CT lipstick that works for you!

  • Absolutely love the profile shot here. The CT mini lipstick set is the perfect gift – so lovely xx

  • Everything looks so pretty! Charlotte Tillbury is one of my favorites <3


    • So happy to hear about another CT fan!

  • Beautiful holiday picks! I love the look of the Tom Ford highlighter and the Charlotte Tillbury quad! 🙂

    • Thank you 🙂 You need the TF highlighter if you don't have it yet!

  • Rachel; Evelyn–three times the charm. I'm another vote for the TF highlighter being the best of the best this year 🙂 My complexion is back to its usual winter fair (TF Pale Dune, Clé de Peau 010) and I find the lightest shade in the highlighter provides a soft luminous glow that looks natural at any time. The darker, combined with my naturally rosey cheeks, creates a soft rose gold glow that is beautiful at night. Of course, both shades can be applied heavier to give more gleam, but that's not my personal style. I'm into a more natural highlight look right now.

  • I need the Tom Ford duo, it looks stunning. The charlotte tilbury palette is also something I want for Christmas. Everything here looks so pretty.

    Perfect Shade of Mauve

    • I think everyone needs the TF duo in their life!