Wednesday, December 7, 2016

15 Awesome Holiday Gifts for A Beauty Addict

Do you feel you have an obsession with beauty products? You're not alone. We've all suffered from the syndrome of the empty vanity. This means gifting a beauty addict can be a time-consuming affair. Fear no more: Here at New York For Beginners we've put some elbow grease to curate an exclusive and comprehensive beauty gift guide with the most appealing novelties of the season. We can't promise you won't want to keep some of these beauties for yourself, though...

Please note this guide has two parts to showcase all the boo-tiful products we've found, so scroll all the way down to unveil the 15 gifts that made our cut!

{Psst...  click on the beautiful bold pink links to learn more about each product!}







1. Smart Mirror and Smart Body Scale by Hi Mirror ($189 and $79): Behold the world's first smart beauty mirror! This incredible device makes Snow White's Magic Mirror faint in comparison. It offers personalized, in-depth skincare analysis from the comfort of your home. Hi Mirror is able to take high-resolution pictures of your skin to analyze results of wrinkles, fine lines, red spots, dark spots, dark circles, pores, and complexion. By using it over time, Hi Mirror creates comparative reports that tell you whether your beauty products are working or not, and can design a custom skincare routine for you. If this weren't enough, this mirror has also a body type analysis function that works in conjunction with the Smart Body Scale. After taking your body measurements, this futuristic device gives you information of your weight, body fat percentage, body mass index (BMI), basal metabolic rate (BMR), total body water, muscle mass, and bone weight. The system works with the Hi Mirror free app available for Android and Apple users. The future of beauty is here, and the beauty victim in your life won't thank you enough for this insane gift.

2. Flash&Go Express hair removal device by Silk'n ($299): Many beauty addicts, men and women, spend an incredible amount of money on waxing services. Aside from being tremendously painful, temporary hair removal techniques are costly over time and have to be performed at a beauty parlor. That is why I wholeheartedly recommend this innovative light-based hair removal device if you want to gift a beauty addict. Flash&Go Express offers permanent results on the entire body from the comfort of your own home. Unisex, it is ideal for treating sensitive areas (such as the bikini line and underarms) but also works wonderfully well on larger areas like legs and arms. The Home Pulse Light, a patented technology, uses gentle pulses of light energy to physically disable hair growth. The light energy is absorbed by the hair and the follicles, while the surrounding tissues remain at their normal temperature. Virtually painless (especially if you compare this method to a laser treatment), this device has enough light pulses to treat the whole body and face for one person and needs no refill cartridges. Buh-bye, unwanted hair!

3. Mr. Pumpkin Enzyme {Precious Cleanser} by Lica Cole ($35): A good cleansing routine is the staple treatment of a true beauty addict. The wonderful Mr. Pumpkin Enzyme uses the power of coconuts married to other organic extracts to deliver an in-depth, yet gentle, cleansing experience. Adapted to all types of skin, including very dry complexions like mine, the enzymes exfoliate the surface of the skin, while the other ingredients regulate the sebum production during the day. The result is a bright, beautiful, and soft skin that glows. With a pretty clean formula composed mostly of natural and organic ingredients, this cleanser has the scents of the holiday season. With its impeccable packaging and its habit to keep promises, Mr. Pumpkin will quickly become the favorite Mr. in your beauty addict gal's life.

4. Holiday Multi-Box Assortment of face masks by Florapy ($56): Masks are the beauty product of the yearif you don't believe me, check your Instagram feed. How about gifting the beauty-obsessed on your list a complete set of eight flower therapy facial masks? This assortment includes eight different varieties to introduce your loved ones in the art of masking without the mess for a spa-like treatment. Each mask targets a different skin concern with the power of florals and aromatherapy. The kit includes: Jasmine Peppermint (detox), Chamomile Patchouli (stress relief), Arnica Rose (strenght an energy), Calendula Sage (anti-aging), Sunflower Lemon (even skin tone), Blackberry Primrose (deep hydration), Dandelion Lemongrass (clear complexion), and Yarrow Lavender (sweet dreams.) Each mask is made with 100% coconut fiber, which holds 20 times its weigh in water and ensures all the beneficial ingredients in the masks are delivered to the skin without making a mess. Believe me, you'll want to keep a few of these masks for yourself!

5. Luminosity Skin Serum by Healing Saint ($145): This wonderful serum created by endocrinologist Dr. Jane Cases is designed to heal damaged and aging skin without hormonal disrupting chemicals (known as HDCs.) The proprietary formula uses a polypeptide complex and a cocktail of botanicals to apply the science behind wound healing to skincare. Great for treating dry skin, improving the appearance of dark circles, and treating adult acne, this serum also restores youthful glow by helping the skin's own renewal process. Aside from being a terrific skincare product, I for one appreciate the transparency of the company and the very clean formula free of harmful synthetic ingredients. This is an ideal gift for that beauty fashionista with a discerning epidermis.

6. Stars in Your Eyes Must Have Eye Essentials kit by Julep for Ulta ($28): Give the gift of limitless starry-eye looks with this exclusive 3-piece set valued at $45. Stars in Your Eyes includes a full size creme-to-powder eyeshadow stick in Taupe Shimmer, a When Pencil Met Gel long-lasting eyeliner in Blackest Black (matte carbon black), and a Lenght Matters buildable lenghening mascara in Jet Black. With an elegant keepsake starry beauty case, this gift will make your beauty addict loved ones squeak in anticipation.

7. Lisse Luxe Hair Towel by Aquis ($30): This gift may be small in size, but mark my words: It is mighty. Because hair doesn't have the ability to repair itself, the secret to an impeccable mane is to simply avoid breakage. The hair towels designed by Aquis excel at drying hair faster with noticeably less damage. Ideal for any tipe of hair that needs a bit of care and love, I have found they work great on curly hair. This little wonder wraps and tucks to let hands free, and because hair dries faster with less friction, Aquis also helps control frizzy hair. Too good to be true? Believe me, the Aquis movement is real!




8. Fold-out Face Palette by Woosh Beauty at HSN ($79.95): Have you ever wondered why a beauty addict has a ton of products? Because it's impossible to find the perfect palette that has it all! Well, until now. This palette by Woosh Beauty makes it a breeze to streamline the makeup routine of your loved ones. It includes everything a beauty addict could wish for to create day and night looks. With an array of eyeshadows, foundation, blushers, contours, and highlighters, these palettes are curated to compliment different skin tones from light to deep.. This is truly a makeup one-stop shop; when I use it, I'm able to cut my makeup time to five minutes flat! An extremely clever solution that your beauty addict will always want to keep at hand.

9. City Chic Brush Set by IT Cosmetics for Ulta ($68): Looking at this brushes is pretty self-explanatory of why they made my gift list: Fluffy, soft, and ultra-dense, they are the ultimate goal of a beauty addict's vanity. This no-nonsense 5-piece ultra luxe skin loving brush set has it all: A powder brush, a foundation brush, a blush brush, an eyeshadow brush, and a crease brush, all kept in the prettiest rose gold bag that doubles as a night-out clutch. A whooping $150 value for virtually a third of the price, these beauties will make the person on your list very, very happy.

10. Targeted Solutions Set by Osmotics Cosmeceuticals ($85): This limited edition kit contains three of the best products of the brand: Crease-Less (aka botox in a tube, it is a non-surgical alternative to treat wrinkles and relax expression lines), Lipofill (aka the magic wand, it is a nonsurgical filler to tighten skin contours and enhance facial volumes), and Eye Surgery (the under eye rejuvenator that targets crepey skin, stubborn eyer circles, and puffy eye bags.) Do you have someone on your list considering going under the knife to fight ageing skin? Give the gift of non-surgical beauty alternatives made in the USA.

11. Oils and Serums Signature Series Discovery Set by Eminence ($79): Give the gift of luxury skincare wrapped in a gold keepsake box. This Discovery Set includes five classic Eminence premium oils and serums to tighten, correct, repair, brighten, and replenish the skin. The 5ml / 0.17 fl oz dark amber bottles, reminiscent of the apothecary preparations, contain a rosehip triple C+E firming oil, a citrus and kale potent C+E  serum, a facial recovery oil, a stone crop serum and a strawberry rhubarb hyaluronic serum. This is a perfect gift for the adventurous beauty addicts in your life.

12. Perfecter Pro Flip-Top Heated Round Brush by Calista at QVC (regular price $107, now on sale at $69.96): This awesome hair tool creates effortless and professional-looking wavy hair with the turn of a wrist. A fast and easy way to re-create the salon look, this magic wand uses an ion ceramic barrel and dual heaters with adjustable temperature to make its magic. The Perfecter Pro folds for easy travel, and is the type of one-of-a-kind, memorable gifts that every beauty addict wishes upon a star.

13. For Her Eau de Toilette Spray Gift Set by Narciso Rodriguez ($107): The Narciso Rodriguez perfume line is the high couture of designer fragances, and For Her is his most praised creation. This gift set includes a 100 ml/ 3.3 fl oz eau de toilette, a purse spray, and a 75 ml / 2.5 fl oz body lotion. For Her is a sophisticated musk with extremely feminine notes in honey flower, amber, vanilla and woody vetiver.

14. Shower, Sleep And Spa Cap by All Caps ($52): Give the gift of perfect hair with this Made in USA multitasking hair cap. Crafted with high-tech waterproof fabric, All Caps is a multi-use beauty tool designed to effectively protect and preserve your hairstyle in the shower, while you sleep, and during spa treatments. Furthermore, its reversible design includes a side ideal for hot oil, masking, and deep conditioning treatments. Fully adjustable, this one-size-fits-all hair superhero wipes clean with a wet cloth and can be thrown in the washing machine. Believe me, this cap saves you a lot of money by protecting and extending your blow-dry even when you sleep. Your picky beauty addict will love it forever and ever!

15. Trichotherapy Regime by Philip Kingsley ($215): Do you know a beauty victim that starts shedding a lot of hair in the winter season? {Ahem, that would be me!} This wonderful kit created by one of the most famous specialists in hair loss is the solution to hair loss woes and the secret to a glossy, healthy mane. The Trichotherapy Regime features 3 innovative products designed to help maintain optimum hair and scalp health from the inside out, and helps to reduce hair fall and breakage when combing. This ultimate hair and scalp regime includes a Tricho Pro (a volumizing protein spray to help restore the hair cuticle), a Tricho 7 (daily scalp drops chock-full with antioxidants), and a Tricho Complex dietary supplement. Each set contains continuous treatment for 6 weeks.

Disclosure level 1: The author received NO compensation to write this post. The author received a sample of some of the products featured for editorial consideration. Receiving a sample didn't influence the decision to feature a brand nor the opinions expressed by the author. All links provided in the article are for information only and are not part of any affiliate marketing program.

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