GIFT GUIDE: The Ultimate Beauty Guide

Whether you need to buy a beauty gift, or just want to pretty up for the next week and a half … and into the new year, I’ve spent weeks testing hundreds of products to whittle down a list of my favorites. There are cool new devices, higher end products and drugstore steals to meet all of your beauty needs. 


  1. mop basil mint unisex shampoo and conditioner (Put this one in your boyfriend’s shower, he won’t be mad you left it and you won’t hate using his stuff.)
  2. Revlon one-step volumizer hair dryer (Want to look like you got a salon blowout in about ten minutes? You’re welcome)
  3. Exuviance Overnight Recovery Masque (How to: Combat winter skin)
  4. abba color protection shampoo and conditioner (Keeps your highlights fresh)
  5. Tangle Teezer (Brush your hair without breaking it … wet or dry)
  6. Alba Hawaiian Detox Cleanser (smells RIDICULOUS, clears pores, drugstore steal)
  7. DERMAFLASH facial exfoliating device (Eliminate peach fuzz, dead skin, skip extra eyebrow waxing)
  8. COVERGIRL Katy Kat Matte Lipstick (tons of gorgeous colors, long-wearing, drugstore steal)
  9. Max Factor Masterpiece Max Mascara (volumizes, lengthens, doesn’t flake, brush separates lashes, drugstore steal)
  10. Borghese Fango Introductory Kit (detox, firm, hydrate –something for every skin issue — drugstore steal)
  11. Gelish Minis, shown in “life of the party” (long-wearing gel polish, fun colors; note: requires LED or UV light)
  12. COVERGIRL truNAKED Eyeshadow palette (take your eyes from day to night with this palette, drugstore steal)
  13. Beauty for Real Light-up Lipgloss (has a built in mirror, built in light, plumps … you can’t go wrong)
  14. Arbonne Intelligence Genius Ultra (helps reduce fine lines around eyes, smoothes skin!)
  15. Dermarche Labs Roloxin Lift Gold (immediately firms and tightens skin)
  16. Avon For the Love of Makeup Artist Palette (literally has an eye color to match every outfit you own, contains a contour palette, blush and glosses, perfect for travel)
  17. Moroccan Magic Argan Oil Lip Balm (long-wearing, super-hydrating, smells amazing, small business, but a drugstore steal)
  18. CRICKET technique silk thermal brushes (fights frizz, lightweight, creates shine)


Did I miss anything? Let me know




(Disclaimer: I was provided with all of these products to test at no charge but was not compensated in any way to include them in this guide)

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