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Cute Holiday Gift Ideas for the Bath and Body Lover

December 17, 2020

The Body Shop Holiday Gift Ideas | The Beauty Lookbook

Christmas is quickly approaching and if you’re looking for some last-minute gift ideas I have some cute ones to share from The Body Shop! They have tons of great gift sets and bundles at multiple price points. There is something for everyone whether you’re shopping for a loved one, friend or looking for something to treat yourself.

The Body Shop Holiday Gift Ideas | The Beauty Lookbook

The Body Shop Holiday Gift Guide: Little Gift Box

One of my favorite sets is the Warm Vanilla Little Gift Box ($25). They’ve packaged up some great body products in a Shower Gel, Body Yogurt, Hand Cream and mini Body Scrub. The shower gel is really amazing, and I love that this vanilla is warm and well-balanced. The Body Yogurt is a lightweight moisturizer and absorbs beautifully into the skin. They carry this set in a other scents too like the Nourishing Shea, Soothing Almond Milk & Honey, Hand-Cracked Coconut and a few others too.

The Body Shop Holiday Gift Warm Vanilla Set | The Beauty Lookbook

The Body Shop Holiday Gift Warm Vanilla Set | The Beauty Lookbook

Mask Duo

For the skincare lover the Day and Night Mask Duo ($45) has a Nicaraguan Coffee Intense Awakening Face Mask for day and the Hemp Overnight Nourishing Rescue Mask. The coffee mask is a gentle warming exfoliating mask you leave on for 5-10 minutes. It has sesame seed oil, cocoa and shea butter to soften the skin – I was so impressed with this one! It’s gentle on the exfoliating properties and after rinsing off my skin felt so incredibly smooth, soft and refreshed. The overnight mask is made with Hemp Seed oil and aloe vera to help soothe dry skin. It has a soothing earthy scent to it and very hydrating.

The Body Shop Mask Duo Set

Hair Care Set

For the hair care lover they have some cute hair sets! I tried the Puree Bliss Banana Hair Care Duo ($20) which comes with the Nourishing Shampoo and Conditioner along with a fun banana print hair wrap. Both have a fresh fruity banana scent that lathers up nicely in the shower or bath. They rinse out to leave a subtle scent so it’s not too fruity. My hair really likes both for a good clean feel.

The Body Shop Banana Hair Care Set

The Body Shop Banana Hair Care Set

Sharable Hand Cream Set

The cutest gift set is the Squeeze and Share Hand Cream Cracker Set ($28). It comes with six individually boxed hand creams. They’re perfect to split up for stocking stuffers or to give as gifts to coworkers! The Almond Milk and Honey is my favorite – it has a really nice scent with a light almost gel-like texture. It absorbs into the hands well leaving them soft, hydrated and not sticky.

The Body Shop Squeeze and Share Hand Cream Cracker Set

The Body Shop Holiday Gift Guide

The Body Shop Holiday Gift Guide

I hope you enjoyed this holiday roundup! If you’re doing last minute shopping I suggest you order soon! Also don’t forget to check out their Special Offers/Sale Page to see what GWPs and sales they have going on!

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Haircare Holiday Gift Guide

Holiday Gift Guide: For the Haircare Lover

December 16, 2020

Holiday Gift Guide Best Haircare Gifts | The Beauty Lookbook

1 Oribe Trio / 2 Vent Brush / 3 Comb / 4 Tortoise Clip / 5 Hair Ties / 6 Farewell Frizz Set / 7 Hair Clips / 8 Hair Tie Bauble / 9 Ouai Trio / 10 Slip Silk Set / 11 T3 Brush Set / 12 Mason Pearson / 13 Bumble and Bumble / 14 Tortoise Comb / 15 Living Proof Minis / 16 Oribe Trio / 17 Gisou / 18 Aquis Towel / 19 Sisley Brush / 20 Sisley Round Brush / 21 Sisley Hair Oil

Happy Wednesday! If you’re looking for some gifts for the hair care lover here are some things I’ve used and love. There are tons of sets at the $25 and under price point so if you’re looking for something more budget-friendly I’ve linked a bunch below. IGK, Living Proof and Briogeo have tons of minis and sets to pick from.

 

 

For hair accessories I’ve been loving the hair clips from J.Crew – I find they are pretty good quality and hold up well for my hair. I like that they have different sizes available and the tortoise print ones are pretty! I’m a huge fan of Slip Scrunchies because they won’t tug or pull my hair. They will stretch out with use, but still retain their elasticity for me.

 

 

For brushes I have so many loves – all for different purposes. For wet hair I prefer wide tooth combs like the Mason Pearson Rake Comb, Yves Durif Comb or the one from Crown Affair to brush out wet/damp hair. For brushes I’ve been loving the T3 Detangling Brush for wet hair (bought this in their Luxe Brush Set).

For a round blow dry brush I can’t use one that is too wide because it’s just hard for me to do on my own. I really like the T3 Volume Round Brush and the Sisley Blow Dry Brush No 2. For a regular vent brush the Yves Durif Brush has been my go-to for a while now.

For smoothing and brushing out dry hair I love the Sisley Radiance Brush.

 

 

For a luxurious treat, my favorite lines are Oribe and Sisley. I don’t think you can go wrong with either brand. I love the Oribe Gold Lust line and their Styling Set. For oils I think the Sisley Hair Oil is the best one I’ve tried out of any brand. I can’t recommend it enough (review here in case you missed it a few years ago).

 

 

In terms of hair styling tools, I’m on the hunt for some new ones. For hair dryers I’ve still been using the Harry Josh and Dyson but I’m looking for something new. I haven’t quite decided what to buy next but if you have any you really love let me know in the comments! I stopped using a curling iron as I found my hair became a lot more fragile after color treating it. For straighteners I like the HAI Convertible Iron and the Dyson Corrale Straightener but am super interested in the new L’Oreal Steampod. If I end up getting anything new I will be sure to review it!

Hair Care + Styling Favorites

If you’re looking for more in depth hair care reviews, I have some linked below:

What are some of your hair care favorites for yourself or to give as gifts?

 

Fragrance Holiday Gift Guide Home / Interiors

Best Holiday Candles + Scents For the Home This Season

December 14, 2020

Best Luxury Christmas Candles Byredo, Diptyque, Cire Trudon | The Beauty Lookbook

I’m wrapping up my holiday gift guides with a few more roundups! Today I’m sharing my favorite luxury candles for the holidays. If you’re looking to splurge on something nice for the home or as a gift here are my favorites.

Best Holiday Candles Diptyque, Byredo, Maison Francis Kurkdjian | The Beauty Lookbook

DIPTYQUE

Diptyque Best of Baies Set | The Beauty Look book

Baies is my favorite of all the Diptyque scents, it’s great for holiday because it’s a unique mix of roses and blackcurrant. It’s a green and berry mix which I think is interesting and perfect year round. I’ve bought this in multiple sizes and adore the Baies Room Spray. Available in multiple sizes. In case you are not a fan of blackcurrant or rose, I’ve included a few others.

Best Diptyque Candles for Christmas Amber, Santal, Vanille, Feu de Bois

Vanille is a unique vanilla in the sense that it’s a smoky leathery one with a hint of spice. It’s not sweet like other vanilla candles.

Ambre is one of the prettiest holiday scents to me. It’s a warm mix of amber and musk giving it a cozy feel.

Feu de Bois is the best firewood scent in candle form. It has a smoky earthy kind of wood smell.

Santal is one of the softest sandalwood scents I’ve tried. Sometimes sandalwood can be a bit strong in other candles, this has good throw but has a well-rounded feel. It has a bit of a velvety feel to it.

A few other fun things to check out:

BYREDO

Byredo Tree House Room Spray Mini Bibliothque Candle | The Beauty Lookbook

Tree House is one of my favorite woodsy kind of candles, this year I opted to buy the Tree House Room Spray and am so impressed. It has the longest lasting power of all the room sprays I’ve tried. It smells just like the candle and is quite potent. It has a mix of pimento, bamboo, cedarwood, guaiac wood, sandalwood and leather. The Room Spray comes at quite a steep price but it is cased in a large glass spray bottle and I feel it will last a long time.

Bibliotheque is one of my favorites for the holiday, it has a really unique mix, almost like a more intense less sweet version of their Bal D’Afrique perfume. Bibliotheque notes are peach, plum, peony, violet, leather patchouli and vanilla. It is available in the standard 8.5 oz size and also in the mini 2.5 oz (shown here). Minis are harder to find sometimes as they sell out, but you can find them at Byredo, Violet Grey, Lucky Scent, Space NK.

Maison Francis Kurkdjian

Maison Francis Kurkdjian Baccarat Rouge 540 Candle

The Maison Francis Kurkdjian Baccarat Rouge 540 Candle was a gift from my bestie and it is AMAZING! I just bought the perfume and fell in love with it. The candle smells exactly like the perfume – woody, amber, floral and sweet with extremely good throw. It is quite a splurge but I would not hesitate to buy on my own. She bought it from Saks.

CIRE TRUDON

Cire Trudon Ernesto Candles | The Beauty Lookbook

There are so many things I want to try from Cire Trudon but I keep going back to my one favorite, Ernesto. Cire Trudon makes the best of the best in terms of how elegant and unique their candles are. They have the strongest throw out of the ones I have tried. I fell in love with Ernesto thanks to one of my readers who kept nudging me to try (she even offered to buy me one if I didn’t order one lol!). I eventually splurged and have never looked back. This year they launched Ernesto in a beautiful Alabaster vessel with a lid. It’s truly glorious. I ordered it over Cyber Week for some savings. It is like a beautiful work of art.

For Christmas, I have also tried Gabriel, Nazareth and Fir – all are truly lovely for the holiday season.

ACCESSORIES

Diptyque Photophore Glass

Crate and Barrel Glass Cloche Candle Cover

Glass Match Cloche Twist Skeem Design | The Beauty Lookbook

Wick Trimmers Diptyque and Lumira

A few accessories I love:

That wraps up my holiday candle favorites! I hope you enjoyed the roundup!

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Cyber Monday Haul Picks + Sales On My Radar 2020

November 30, 2020

Cyber Monday 2020 Haul Picks

Happy Monday! I’m doing something a little different this year for Cyber Monday and sharing what I hauled plus a few things on my radar.

1 Alabaster Candle // 2 Byredo Candle // 3 Tom Ford Illuminator // 4 Perfume // 5 Jacket // 6 Mini Cream Bag // 7 Clear Makeup Bag // 8 Hair Mask // 9 Travel Perfume Set // 10 Eyeshadow Vault Set // 11 Clear Travel Case // 12 Mugs // 13 Mini Cocotte // 14 Pan // 15 Hand Cream // 16 Lip Volumizer // 17 APL Slides // 18 Duffle Bag // 19 Hoodie // 20 Grey Hoodie // 21 Shorts // 22 Leggings

Bloomingdale’s is having a few promos. They’re doing 15% off beauty $100 in beauty and also up to 30% off marked items. I ordered the Cire Trudon Alabaster Candle in Ernesto and a couple Byredo Candles. Saks is also doing a sale on beauty with 15% off beauty using code CBTY20SF. I ordered the Maison Francis Kurkdjian Baccarat Rouge 540 along with the Discovery Set to try some other scents.

La Mer had some really good Gift With Purchases going on over the weekend! I stocked up on the Hand Treatment and Lip Volumizer (both also available in this Rejuvenating Hydration Collection set with a full size lip + mini hand). They have another good one up today for a 4 piece sample set with $200 purchase and a deluxe size product added with $300.

Also in beauty I bought the Anastasia Beverly Hills Sultry Eye Vault Set. This one isn’t on sale but was relaunched for Black Friday/Cyber Monday. I stocked up on my favorite hair mask Briogeo Don’t Despair Repair (20% off Cyber Monday sale with code HOLIDAY).

The Daily Edited is one of my favorite makeup bag brands and they’re doing 20% off sitewide! I bought a few of the newer colors in the Clear Makeup Bag and Clear Travel Case, this Peach Pink color looks so pretty! Also love the new Baby Blue color.

For the home I ordered one of the Our Place pans on sale with code SUPERSALE. From Le Creuset they had some things I wanted that weren’t on sale but I ordered some of the Mugs, Ramekins and Mini Cocottes for the home.

Clothing-wise I ordered the Rails Collins Jacket in Bone (30% off sitewide with code BFCM30). I have one in a green color and love it so decided to buy a second in a different color. I splurged on the new APL Shearling Slides (not on sale, but I could not resist!). They are having a Cyber Monday promo (excludes the slides) but if you buy 2 you get 1 pair free. I ordered a Duffle Bag from Lululemon for Andrew. I have a few other things on my radar that are marked down at some really good prices but haven’t ordered them quite yet from Alo Yoga.

The last thing I want to put on your radar is that Tory Burch is having a pretty good sale on their website. My Perry Bombe Bag is 30% off in most colors. The black seems to be the one that is excluded, but if you had your eye on other colors you can save during their Cyber event with code THANKS. I use this all the time and even have my eye on the Cloud Blue or New Cream. You can see my Perry Bombe Bag review here in case you are curious!

 

Stay tuned for more posts later today (yes more blog posts going live soon!). I will have a full EM Cosmetics roundup (they’re having a sale) and a look at the Chanel Good to Glow Makeup Set.

Beauty Favorites Budget Beauty Holiday Gift Guide

Cute Budget Beauty Holiday Gift Ideas

November 23, 2020

Best Budget Beauty Gift Ideas | The Beauty Look Book

So many of you have asked for more budget beauty features and I’m thrilled to share a Budget Beauty Gift Guide with some cute stocking stuffer ideas! I’m partnering with Walmart to share some of my latest finds. I have a roundup of some new discoveries along with a couple tried and true favorites.

My Favorite Lash Duo

L'Oreal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara and Primer Holiday Kit

The L’Oreal Lash Paradise Mascara has been my favorite for several years. I love both the regular and waterproof version. They have a cute Lash Paradise Mascara and Primer Holiday Kit at a value price. I use the primer almost daily (it’s one of the few mascara bases I really like and have repurchased countless times).

Best Plumping Lip Gloss

Maybelline Lifter Lip Gloss Review and Swatches

The Maybelline Lifter Glosses are my latest budget beauty discovery. I love the sleek simple packaging and these are some of the prettiest plumping lip glosses I’ve tried. They have a sweet cookie like scent and give the lips a plumping look and feel without an intense sting (they will tingle a little). They have Hyaluronic Acid and make the lips look super glossy. I cannot pick a favorite! I’m wearing Moon in this post which is a sheer smooth shimmery pink. There are some cream colors without shimmer too. A few more swatches below.

Maybelline Lifter Lip Gloss Swatches

Maybelline Lifter Lip Gloss Makeup Look

Best Bronzers

L'Oreal Bronzing Powders

L'Oreal Bronzing Powder Amalfi Medium

The best budget-friendly bronzers I’ve tried are from L’Oreal. I love the Summer Belle Bronze Please! in the shade Amalfi (Medium). I recently bought the darkest color in Taormina (Dark) which is a good non-orangey deeper bronze. If you want a softer look the True Match Lumi Bronzers are also nice for a luminous glow.

Favorite Affordable Brushes + Tools

Best Affordable Makeup Brushes Real Techniques

So many friends and family members ask what the best affordable makeup brushes are. Many of them have teens or younger ones just starting to get into makeup and want to know what a good brush set is to start. Real Techniques Brushes are my favorite. They’re well made and functional. They have several cute sets or you can buy them individually. Sometime last year I discovered the Everyday Essentials Makeup Brush Set and use all the brushes in the kit. Brush 200 is perfect for foundation, 401 is a great multi-tasking brush and I love the other two for highlighting or blending.

I just bought the Artist Essentials Brush Set (one featured in this post) and think it’s a great addition to my current lineup. They’re soft and gentle on the skin but effective in picking up product. I also picked up another Concealer Brush because it’s one of the best I have tried and super versatile for both concealer or cream eyeshadow.

For beauty sponges the Elf Blending Sponge is hands down the best drugstore sponge I’ve tried!

Best Drugstore Beauty Tools Elf and Real Techniques

Cute Stocking Stuffers

Elf Bite Size Palettes

Elf Bite Size Palettes make for super cute stocking stuffers! I think they’re super cute – the Bite Size Eyeshadow Palettes have 4 shades for a complete look and I bought a few extras to keep for myself. The Bite Size Face Duos have a mini blush and highlighter in the same size compact in easy to wear colors.

Best Nail Care Picks

Best Budget Beauty Gift Ideas

Cute Nail Gift Ideas Tweezerman OPI

For nail care Tweezerman makes the some of the best nail tools. I swear by their Pushy Nail Cleaner to push back cuticles and also their Cuticle Clippers. This Mini Manicure Kit is a great buy – they have a few variations and I think they’re one of the most underrated accessories.

OPI nail polishes are perfect for any beauty lover. Out of all the gifts I’ve given, any OPI nail polish seems to get more excitement than anything else! I’ll sometimes put together a mini nail kit basket or tie a couple up in a cello bag for gifting. A few of my favorite neutrals swatched below.

OPI Neutral Swatches

Best Budget Beauty Finds

That wraps up my Budget Beauty Holiday Gift Ideas roundup! It’s super easy to take a couple of items and make a cute gift with a pretty bow or tiny ornament. I hope this gives you some ideas in case you need some quick and easy ideas for stocking stuffers!

You can find all of my beauty picks available at Walmart. They have their holiday beauty shop by different categories which makes it easy to filter and find things like Gifts for Mindful Beauty, Self Gifting, Beauty Gift Sets, Beauty Tech and Tools, Nails, Hair Tools and more!

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Many thanks to Walmart for partnering to sponsor this post. As always all opinions are my own.

Holiday Gift Guide

Holiday Beauty Gift Ideas $25 and Under

November 19, 2020

Holiday Beauty Gifts $25 and Under | The Beauty Look Book

1 Kosas Lipstick Trio // 2 Shower Gel Bauble // 3 Mini Hand Creams // 4 Mini Lipglass // 5 Bumble and Bumble Duo // 6 Laura Mercier Eye Duo // 7 Lawless Eye Palette // 8 Living Proof Set // 9 Elf Bite Sized Palette // 10 Elf Bite Sized Palette // 11 Fresh Sugar Lip Set (just marked down) // 12 Bite Agave Set // 13 Olaplex Sampler // 14 Kopari Sugar Cookie Melt // 15 L’Occitane Hand Cream // 16 Mini Essie Set // 17 NARS Lip Balm Duo // 18 Clear Drawers // 19 Sephora Trio // 20 Ouai Duo

Happy Thursday! Rounding up some of the cutest beauty gift sets $25 and under! There are lots of great hand and nail care options which I think are perfect for any age. L’Occitane makes some of the best hand creams and their Intensive Hand Balm is available in a mini size now! There are also lots of cute boxed sets which make for easy effortless stocking stuffers. A cute Silk Mittens Hand Trio popped up online for MAC and I am ordering this today!

There are lots of cute mini makeup palettes available at Sephora, Ulta and Walmart. I’ve heard great things about the Lawless Eyeshadow Minis so I plan on ordering a couple to try. You can find affordable minis from Tarte, Too Faced, Elf and more (linked below in the carousel).

Molton Brown has some of the most exquisite scents and gift sets. I love their Holiday Shower Gel Baubles ($15 each, available in a few scents) and Holiday Crackers ($25 each with 4 shower gels). This Mini Hand Wash and Hand Lotion Set is also a good one!

Another great brand to look for skincare sets is Fresh. I am 100% obsessed with their lip balms and love that they have different variations at different price points. I linked the ones Under $25 in this post but they have a wide range of sets to choose from.

The BEST shower creams are from Sol de Janeiro. The Brazilian 4 Play Moisturizing Shower Cream-Gel is available in a mini in their Carnival Flight Set. There is also another variation in their Coco Cabana Jet Set which I also love. I think these are a good deal ($33 value for $25 each) and an easy win for anyone!

Last I wanted to mention that Kosas has some nice sets on their website (also a few available at Sephora and Nordstrom). I think their – swatches of their makeup in my Kosas Cosmetics Roundup post in case you missed it and want swatches!

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For the Guys

Holiday Gift Guide

Holiday Gift Guide: Cozy Gift Ideas

November 16, 2020

Best Cozy Gifts for the Holiday

1 Diptyque Santal // 2 Le Labo Santal // 3 Byredo Candle // 4 Sherpa Slippers // 5 Pink Sweatshirt // 6 Ivory Sweatshirt // 7 Best Luxe Lip/Hand Duo // 8 Cashmere Beanie // 9 Mini Candle Trio // 10 Pink Mug // 11 Barefoot Dreams Blanket // 12 Diptyque Room Spray // 13 Fuzzy Slippers // 14 Cashmere Scarf // 15 Pom Pom Hat // 16 Knit Beanie // 17 Cashmere Mule Slippers // 18 Bauble Silk Hair Ties // 19 Best of Baies Set // 20 Knit Mittens (matching hat) // 21 Nespresso Vertuo Next // 22 Cashmere Ballet Slippers // 23 Aesop Home Set

I’m kicking off the holiday season with my first Holiday Gift Guide! Today’s edit has a roundup of cozy gifts for the home. I’ve included a lot of my personal favorites to put on your radar. There are a few things I’ve bookmarked myself to keep an eye out for sales.

A cozy blanket or cashmere scarf are two things you can’t go wrong with (no matter how picky the person is!). Long time readers know I LIVE for our Barefoot Dreams. These are blankets we use all the time and I’m 100% obsessed. We love the classic CozyChic Throw Blanket the best for the softest option. I also really love the In the Wild Prints. I have the Everlane Cashmere Rib Beanie, Scarf and Throw on my radar for the season. I linked a few more cute options below!

Fuzzy slippers are on my wishlist this year. I have so many on my radar and bookmarked a ton of cute ones to keep an eye out for sales. I already ordered these mule slippers from Naked Cashmere and these from Sherpa Scuff ones from Madewell so far. I am hoping the others will be on sale for Black Friday/Cyber Monday – although I have to admit they are already in my online shopping carts. If you have tried any or have favorites please let me know in the comments.

The best cozy scents I’ve tried are Diptyque Santal or Le Labo Santal. I also think Byredo Bibliotheque is one of the most unique warm cozy scents I’ve ever smelled – it makes the prettiest luxe gift. For those who prefer room sprays both Andrew and I love the ones from Diptyque for the strongest throw. They come in a few variations and every single one is amazing. This year they launched a Best of Baies Trio set that has a mini Baies room spray.

For coffee lovers I have done a few highlights on my Instagram Stories (also saved in my Highlights under HOME if you want to see some demos). I’ve had the Nespresso Pixie from the day it launched and loved it for YEARS! A few years ago I stopped drinking espresso because it was too strong for me but I recently bought the Vertuo Next because it makes BOTH coffee and espresso. I 100% recommend it! Stores like Bloomingdale’s, Williams-Sonoma and even the Nespresso website have incredible deals during the holidays – this is the best time to buy one! (Currently on sale online at 30% off at the Nespresso website!).

A few other favorites I have include the Slip Silk hair ties, love the cute holiday set. They won’t pull or snag the hair. I also think Aesop makes lovely cozy home sets. I love their Resurrection Hand Wash Duo. I think The Seasoned Wayfarer Set is a really nice one to give as a gift. We’ve tried everything in the set which has a full size hand wash, mini room spray and deodorizing toilet drops (they work!).

Cozy Throws, Sweatshirts, Scarfs + Hats

 

Fuzzy Slippers

 

Cozy Home Gift Ideas

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