Ready or not, here come the holidays! Got a lot of ladies on your gift list and don’t know where to start? We’d love to help. Our very first gift guide suggests 10 brag-worthy bestsellers across all categories—from beloved lipsticks and lacquers to cult-status body creams that will soften any pelt. Enjoy the season of giving! (And go on, get something for yourself, too…)
1. MAC LIPSTICK
Why it’s giftable: Aside from the fact that its brilliant shades and long-wearing formulas have made it one of the most popular lipsticks in the world? Okay, then: MAC’s gotten A-list approval from beauty icons like Madonna, Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Lorde, and most recently, Miley Cyrus.
2. THE SOUQ ORGANICS’ 100% PURE MOROCCAN ARGAN OIL
Why it’s giftable: This bottled miracle oil is acclaimed for its skin-perfecting benefits. And if you haven’t heard already, argan oil is considered “liquid gold” in the beauty realm. More on that here.
3. CRABTREE & EVELYN’S LA SOURCE HAND THERAPY
Why it’s giftable: Forget Crabtree & Evelyn’s beautiful packaging for a second—the best part’s inside the box! This top-selling hand cream is loaded with spa-worthy goodies like macadamia nut oil, shea butter, seaweed, algae extracts, and myrrh (yes, like the Three Kings).
4. FAIRY DROPS’ PLATINUM WATERPROOF MASCARA
Why it’s giftable: It’s been nicknamed “the holy grail of mascaras”—and it sells out almost every week on BeautyMNL. Plus, Fairy Drops hails from Japan, makeup mecca, where ladies take their lash formulas very, very seriously. So worth it!
5. BUMBLE AND BUMBLE’S SURF SPRAY
Why it’s giftable: Anyone in your barkada who complains of limp locks will love this potion. You know how your hair looks great at the beach because of the magical mix of sun and saltwater and sea breeze? This delivers a similar body and texture, sans frizz.
6. NARS’ THE MULTIPLE
Why it’s giftable: Speaking of lazy girls…this multi-purpose stick is like a complete kikay kit in one (minus the mascara and lash curler). It works as a lipstick, blush, eye shadow, and even a highlighting or contouring color. Tell ‘em to stash this in their bags so they can pull off an instant makeover anytime, anywhere.
7. LUSH’S DREAM CREAM LOTION
Why it’s giftable: The awesome ice cream tub packaging. The lulling fragrance of lavender and chamomile. The dryness-busting benefits of oat milk, cocoa butter, and olive oil (a blend that can even beat eczema!). It’s like telling your giftee you love them, in beauty product form. #Exagge #ButTrue
8. DEBORAH LIPPMANN NAIL LACQUER
Why it’s giftable: Who doesn’t like a designer mani-pedi? Best-selling shades include the classic red My Old Flame, and the delicate pink Before He Cheats, but the glamorous glitter polishes will steal the show at any Christmas party.
9. MISSHA’S PERFECT COVER BB CREAM
Why it’s giftable: With over 30 million tubes sold worldwide, Missha’s BB Cream is pretty much the BB cream to start with. This Korean fave provides fresh, natural-looking coverage while correcting dark spots and wrinkles. Plus, it’s got SPF built into the makeup and skincare, so it’s the ideal gift for a beauty noob slash lazy girl.
10. ROSEBUD PERFUME CO.’S SMITH’S ROSEBUD SALVE TRIO
Why it’s giftable: They’re known as lip balms, but they also function as cuticle softeners, knee-and-elbow moisturizers, sunburn salves, frizz tamers, eyebrow sealers, eyeliner removers—you name it! These babies will be the hardest-working products in any purse, no matter how high- or low-maintenance the girl.
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