The holidays are coming up fast, which tends to put people into one of two camps. The first are the conscientious shoppers who meticulously plan their loved ones' gifts way before Santa Claus climbs down the chimney. The second camp likes to take risks, lives on the edge – and ends up having to
trawl Amazon on December 23 in a last-ditch attempt to find something suitable that will also ship in under 24 hours.
If you land in camp one, congratulations; you're so very organized. If you're in camp two, however, relax. We've compiled the
best products for every beauty lover in your life. Whether it's the friend who always has perfectly polished nails, the sister who battles dry skin every winter, or the person who just loves any product worthy of a flat lay, we've got something for everyone.
Now you can feel smug and enjoy the festivities without the stress of overheated shops and holiday songs on a loop.
For the one who battles dehydrated skin every winter Give the gift of moisture this holiday season. Tackle the plummeting temperature and office central heating with Pestle & Mortar's duo hyaluronic serum and moisturizer, packaged up in in bathroom shelf-worthy bottles. The Ordinary's Hyaluronic Acid is a cult hit for a reason, and makes for a stellar stocking stuffer, while Alpha-H's gift set will buff away dead skin, leaving complexions glowing. Pestle & Mortar The Hydrating Duo Gift Set, $130, available at Pestle & Mortar. The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5, $6.80, available at The Ordinary. Alpha- H Liquid Gold Luxe Collection, $66.07, available at Cult Beauty.
For the one who demands a signature scent For those who like heavy, rich scents, Atelier Cologne's Café Tuberosa is divine. With notes of tuberose from India, bergamot from Calabria, and a coffee espresso accord, its fragrance is deep and one spritz lasts all day. For those searching for something a little more feminine, the latest addition to Marc Jacobs' Decadence range is perfect – fruity and floral, but not too sweet. Another earthy scent comes from cult fragrance makers Byredo. Velvet Haze is inspired by the music and movements of the '60s, so expect a heady mix of patchouli, cacao, ambrette, and musk. Atelier Cologne Café Tuberosa Cologne Absolue, $150, available at Sephora. Marc Jacobs Decadence Eau So Decadent Eau de Toilette, $87, available at Sephora. Byredo Velvet Haze Eau de Parfum, $230, available at Byredo.
For the one who values beauty sleep For the individual who won't get out of bed for less than $10,000, Slip's 100% silk eye mask is gentle on lashes and brows, and promises some good shut-eye. Tropic's pillow mist is heavenly to spritz on freshly washed sheets, with lavender, rosemary, frankincense, and rosewood. If you're going to get a full eight hours, you might as well give your skin some overnight TLC, and Kiehl's' Midnight Recovery Concentrate is a divine blend of primrose oil and squalane that works hard while you rest. Slip Pure Silk Sleep Mask, $45, available at Sephora. Tropic Skincare So Sleepy Pillow Mist, $26.50, available at Tropic Skincare. Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate, $46, available at Kiehl's.
For the one who owns every Urban Decay Naked palette If your friend has their calendar marked for Urban Decay's next eyeshadow drop, gift them some equally versatile and pigmented palettes. Huda's Rose Gold set has all the sparkle to see you through party season, while Zoeva's Queens Guard palette comes with an oxblood makeup bag and a hefty collection of high quality brushes. We love SUQQU's fit-in-your-handbag compact, perfect for mid-evening touch-ups. Huda Beauty Textured Shadows Palette Rose Gold Edition, $65, available at Sephora. Zoeva Queens Guard Collection, $189, available at Selfridges. SUQQU Designing Color Eyes Palette, $63.13, available at Harrods.
For the one who lives for a good flat lay If your friend is just waiting for Into The Gloss to request their Top Shelf, treat them to some more Instagrammable goodness that'll sit as pretty on their face as in their bathroom. If Glossier's new perfume wasn't exciting enough, we're still giddy over these creamy blushes, while Aesop's luscious gift set looks handsome in even the tiniest one bedroom. Aesop Association Gift Set, $175, available at Aesop. Glossier Cloud Paint, $18, available at Glossier. ( LIXIRSKIN Electrogel Cleanser is not available in the U.S.)
For the one who wants a strobe you can see from outer space Luminescent skin isn't going anywhere fast, with SS18's beauty offering encouraging glowing cheeks and brow bones. RMS' Luminizer Quad is our go-to all year round, with four shades matching your skin no matter the weather. Fenty Beauty sent social media wild with its Match Stix Shimmer Sticks – this gold number is beautiful on dark skin. NARS' recent homage to Man Ray gave us the prettiest highlighting powder, complete with abstract lips. RMS Beauty Luminizer X Quad, $48, available at RMS Beauty. Fenty Beauty Match Stix Shimmer Stick in Blonde, $25, available at Sephora. NARS Overexposed Glow Highlighter Double Take, $42, available at NARS.
For the one who lights candles to unwind If your friend's idea of a relaxing evening involves a glass of red, a hot bath, and a few hundred lit candles, three new drops will satisfy their senses. Bella Freud's Starry Nights scent is bursting with rich frankincense, agarwood and tobacco flower, plus looks great as a makeup brush holder once you've burned it to the bottom. Diptyque's holiday candle will get you in the festive spirit, with soul-warming blood orange, smoky wood, and cloves. Urban Apothecary's romantic floral notes are the ideal accompaniment to an end-of-a-long-week bath. Bella Freud Starry Starry Nights, $65, available at Amara. Diptyque Dragon Candle, $35, available at Saks Fifth Avenue. Urban Apothecary Velvet Peony Luxury Candle, $39.39, available at Urban Apothecary.
For the one who loves animals It's never been easier to get hold of quality vegan beauty products, and now your green-loving friend can have the prettiest products in her bag. Sister & Co.'s Body Melt combines cold-pressed raw apricot oil with shea butter for a lightweight moisture hit, while Dr. Bronner's lavender and coconut concoction is a hydrating post-shower staple. Clean Beauty Co.'s Supercharge Serum is perfect for lackluster winter skin, thanks to its potent blend of squalane, prickly pear, jasmine, and watermelon seed oils. Sister & Co. Apricot, Lemon & Vanilla Body Melt, $34.43, available at Sister & Co. Dr. Bronner's Organic Lavender Coconut Lotion, $9.99, available at Dr. Bronner's. Clean Beauty Co. Supercharge Serum, $51, available at ASOS.
For the self-proclaimed skin-care pro Cult hits for those who know their salicylic acid from their hyaluronic acid, their vitamin C from their vitamin E, and their retinols from their retinoids: Emma Hardie's glow-giving set includes her renowned Moringa Cleansing Balm, nourishing Age Support Face Cream, lightweight Brilliance Facial Oil, an essential Protect & Prime SPF 30, plus a face cloth for perfectly prepping makeup. Any skin-care fanatic will want to get their paws on La Mer, so treat them to one of the most hyped youth-bestowing products out there. 111Skin's edit of classic products repairs, restores and brightens dull skin, with serums, eye gel, and day and night creams to turn winter skin around. Emma Hardie Lift & Glow Skin Essentials, $87, available at ASOS. La Mer Moisturizing Soft Cream, $170, available at Sephora. 111Skin The Classic Edit, $470, available at Net-A-Porter.
For the one who loves a beauty gadget Got a gadget-obsessed pal? Foreo's cleansing and detoxifying LUNA offering is wide-ranging, but we love the Play edition as it's perfect for traveling and sleepovers, meaning there's no excuse for not taking off your makeup. Won't leave the house without your 30-minute GHD ritual? DAFNI's Go Straightening Brush is a compact and time-efficient tool for those seeking smooth locks in no time. For those at the opposite end of the tresses spectrum, T3's Interchangeable Styling Wand gives you everything from '70s curls to beachy waves. Foreo Luna Play, $39, available at Sephora. Dafni Original Hair Straightening Brush, $39.59, available at Target. T3 Whirl Trio Interchangeable Styling Wand, $270, available at Sephora.
For the one who cherishes bathtime Whether your friend is stressed or just loves some bubble-filled alone time, these bath treats are perfect. Jo Malone's skin-hydrating Bath Oil will fill the room with amber, lavender, and bergamot, while Herbivore Botanicals' Bath Salts infuse the water with minerals to detoxify skin. For something sweet, Laura Mercier's Sweet Temptations Crème Brûlée Duet brings warm caramel, sugar, and vanilla bean to bathtime. Jo Malone London Amber & Lavender Bath Oil, $65, available at Jo Malone London. Laura Mercier Sweet Temptations Crème Brûlée Duet, $50, available at Blue Mercury. Herbivore Botanicals Calm Dead Sea Bath Salts, $18, available at Herbivore Botanicals.
For the one who wants a little of everything Gift sets are perfect for those who want to test a new brand before committing. Charlotte Tilbury's given us an edit of her bestselling pieces, from Charlotte's Magic Cream Moisturiser to Lip Cheat Lip Liner. Benefit's collection sets you up for party season with cult They're Real! Mascara and Dandelion Twinkle Blush. There's no introduction needed for MAC's super collection of classic lip shades, including Ruby Woo, Velvet Teddy, and Flat Out Fab. Charlotte Tilbury Charlotte's Beauty Icons, $75, available at Charlotte Tilbury. Benefit City Lights, Party Nights Gift Set, $32, available at Sephora. MAC Snow Ball Mini Lipstick Kit, $69.50, available at MAC.
For the one who books weekly manicures Is there a better time of year to go all-out with sparkle and shine? Yves Saint Laurent's red and gold-flecked Dazzling Lights polish is perfect for the friend who has Muji boxes full of nail lacquer. Alternatively, Nails Inc.'s holographic duo bring a more understated shine to New Year's Eve nails. For those who experiment with textures and finishes, Sally Hansen's Chrome Kits give a salon effect at home – with no UV light needed. Yves Saint Laurent La Laque Couture Dazzling Lights in 91, $28, available at Nordstrom. Nails Inc. Holler-Graphic Trend Effects, $19.86, available at Cult Beauty Sally Hansen Salon Chrome Kit, $15.99, available at Ulta Beauty.
For the one with perfect hair It's party season, which means morning-after hair will certainly need a little TLC. Ouai's trio offers Rose Hair Oil (which can also be used on the body), Dry Shampoo Foam, and a smoothing Finishing Creme. Kevin Murphy's haircare is a treat at any time of year, but this gift set is ideal for those with coloured locks in need of some care – plus, the bottles look cute on our bathroom shelves. Davines' gift set is rich in Amazonian roucou, giving hair a frizz-fighting, just-left-the-salon finish. Ouai Haircare Morning After Kit, $22, available at Net-A-Porter. Kevin Murphy Staving Alive available in salons. Davines Wishing You A Beautiful Experience, $74.13, available at Cult Beauty.