When it comes to last minute shopping, my go-to gifts are almost always beauty related. Whether it’s stocking stuffers for mom or that secret santa you just can’t crack, a pretty little box o’ beauty is enough to make any girl swoon. Make no mistake – one size does not fit all. Would you dare give your au natural sister a set of artificial skincare products? I think not. The good news is that during the holiday season our favorite brands really lay on the loot, most offering stellar deals & discounts. The bad news? All those gift sets can be a real pain to weed through. I’ve pulled my favorite into one collection, as has fellow OTY Expert Heather. Don’t forget to check out what our community members are quick to pick when it comes to gifting. Read of for a taste of the magic.
1. For the Flower Child: Claudalie Divine Oil Set
If the aforementioned crunch rang any bells, try grabbing this gift set from Claudalie. The company prides itself on creating a natural and environmentally friendly product, and for each Divine Oil that is purchased a tree is planted in the Amazon.
2. For the Lipstick Lover: Obsessive Compulsive Lip Tar
Beauty blogs are a buzz with this infamous product. Combining the “longevity of a lipstick with the easy application of a gloss,” this Lip Tar gift set is not for the faint of heart.
3. For the Beauty Beginner: Sephora Prestige Luxe Brush Set
If you’ve got a buddy who just needs to go back to basics, surprise her with this excellent brush set – it’s amazing what a great set of bristles will do. It’s pricey, so reserve this pretty prez for those you truly adore.
4. For the Hard Worker: L’Occitane Hand Cream Bouquet
Winter can be tough, and it’s even tougher on our hands. I never leave the house without (at least) one tube of hand lotion. Gift this yummy set of mini hand creams (in scents like almond, mango and rose petal) to keep her running smoothly.
5. For the Nail Art Enthusiast: Sephora by OPI Tinsel Town Collector’s Set
You know that friend whose nails are always polished to perfection? Well I bet she’d swoon over these dazzling shades from Sephora by OPI, packaged in miniature bottles that help avoid the dreaded dry-out. Conveniently, OTY is giving this set away in our holiday nail art contest, so shoot us an entry and you just might win it for free.
This year, our experts have everyone covered on your shopping list – literally. From the foodie to the fashionista and even that confused artist friend of yours, there’s a gift to be found for everybody in their collections. Here’s the breakdown:
2. For The Travel Girl: You know that jet-setting friend you envy oh so much? Even she deserves a cute little gadget for the holidays found by our global expert, Lilian (who definitely knows a thing or two about hopping planes, trains and automobiles).
3. For The Crafty Girl and DIY December: Have a pal who loves to roll up her sleeves and experiment with her creative side? Our resident beauty expert, Emily, shares the cute, crafty necessities of the season while Calli, or DIY guru, shows you how to make a gift or two yourself.
4. For the Fashionista: There’s no better personal shopper than our style expert, Rebecca, when it comes to scouring the best finds for that fashion-obsessed friend who just has to be sporting the latest it-items.
6. For the Foodie (Part 1 and Part 2): We’re so into food here at OTY that one collection just didn’t suffice. Both Rebecca and Heather have some seriously mouthwatering finds for the foodies in your life.
My social calendar tends to explode at this time of year, and switching up ensembles (what seems like two dozen times a week) becomes an added challenge on top of all that holiday shopping and cheer to be had. Lucky for you – - and me — the Oh That’s You experts were feeling extra generous this holiday season, so I decided to have them share a collection full of their ultimate outfit inspiration. Believe me, this one has you covered for everything from that fancy corporate soiree to a fun night out with your besties. Click here for the full festive guide to dressing for holiday parties from the OTY experts.
It’s no secret that the holiday season takes a toll on our minds (helllllo relatives) and our bodies (helllllo Christmas cookies). If you’re a product junkie like me, you may find yourself digging through that suitcase you call a makeup bag in search of the few items that will keep you sane in the coming weeks. December comes chock full o’ cocktails and chaos, causing everything from under eye circles to a lack-luster complexion. Whether you’re suffering from flakey skin or stinging cuticles, there are a couple old standbys to help ease the pain. Personally, I’m not sure what I would do without Dr. Perricone’s Super Hyper Hydrator. This is the moisturizer to beat all moisturizers. Not only does it smell good enough to eat (coconut, anyone?), but what you’re smelling comes from naturally derived extracts and oils. And forget about greasy residue – after leaving its adorable glass jar, it sinks right into my skin never to be seen again.
So now that your skin is happy, how do we solve the aforementioned holiday dilemmas? Well, our OTY experts have gone on record with their most trusted products. I’ve also taken the liberty of assembling a little collection of the top ranking holiday-themed items from across the beauty board, incase you’re in need of some additional inspiration. Because, unlike the above image implies, it does not snow beauty products. But don’t worry – we’re working on it.
Okay, so maybe a Birkin is a little out of my league, but how about a PS13? (Proenza Schouler’s latest it-bag in the making). Or a leather jacket with tiger-printed sleeves by Phillip Lim? (Yes, it’s as awesome as it sounds). Perhaps a pair of Givenchy’s that can (and will) literally, knock ‘em dead? Or maybe some spunky ear adornments by Tom Binns would do the trick?
You can’t blame a girl for wanting to play pretend every once and a while, especially when it comes to writing that letter to Santa once a year. So here you have it: my ultimate luxury wish list for the holidays.
I’m going to need your help, though. (My stylish little shopping elves bailed on me yet again). After you take a peek at the lust-worthy list, answer my question on OTY here by telling me what your choice would be if you could score any present this holiday season. If your answers are good, I may feature them on the blog later this week! Happy imaginary shopping, my friends.
It’s that time of the year again. Throw on your red, white and blue – we’re celebrating America’s 236th birthday!
I know it’s second nature to slip into the old flag-printed t-shirt, but I’m not letting you take the easy route out this time. No matter how you’ll be celebrating, there’s a chic way to do red, white and blue without crossing into tacky territory. Whether you’re attending a rowdy pool party with friends, a laid-back barbecue with the fam, or romantic fireworks with the boyfriend, I have all of the preparations for standing out as the most stylish American at your event of choice.