If your girlfriends are anything like mine, then beauty items make for ideal gifts. In the past, we’ve given each other Chanel polishes and Tom Ford lipsticks, all to much excitement of course. This season, there are a few beauty gems — from glam and glitzy to au naturel — that would make for lovely gifts, on their own or as stocking stuffers. 

Stila ‘Daydream’ Palette ($24 at Kiss & Makeup)
Deborah Lippmann ‘Glamorous Life’ ($20 at Beautymark)
Wong Kar Wai x Shu Uemura ‘Jeweled Love’ Eyelashes ($36 at Holt Renfrew)

Every year, Stila releases their limited edition holiday palette, and I find that I end up using mine all year around. The colours are classic and I find that it encourages me to get more creative with mixing different shades. Shu Uemura usually does a special holiday collaboration and this year it’s with the acclaimed film director Wong Kar Wai. I’m completely in love with his accent eyelashes made with red feather and crystals — would make for a fun little New Year’s Eve makeup addition. And I’m pretty sure that anything Deborah Lippmann would be an immediate hit. ‘Glamorous Life’ rose gold is one of my favourite metallics at the moment and it would work beyond the holiday season.

Kaia Naturals Bamboo Cloths ($20 at Kiss & Makeup)
Weleda Skin Food ($20 at Whole Foods)
Ilia Lip Care ($24.95 at Beautymark)

For the girl that loves green beauty, Kaia’s Bamboo Facial Cleansing Cloths is an ingenious product that triples as a cleanser, toner and makeup remover, and comes in a cute little box. And I can never say enough great things about Weleda’s Skin Food: its holiday version comes with a free pair of moisturizing gloves. Same goes for Ilia Pure Lip Care, a tinted lip balm that goes on as a lipstick — a must have for any natural beauty.
Do you give the gift of beauty?