We aren't the only ones coveting new skincare and makeup products this season. Some of our favorite beauty experts, those lucky few who have more products at their disposal than we can dream of possessing, are also crossing their fingers and hoping a loved one gifts them with one of these exciting beauty gifts. We asked beauty pros to 'fess up about the products and gadgets that are at the top of their holiday lists. Here are the things they really, really want.
Saje Peppermint Halo Wand
"I love this product for stimulating and refreshing the mind," says Paula Simpson, celebrity nutritionist and beauty expert. "The peppermint has a soothing effect that works wonders for relieving mid-afternoon headaches."
"Lately I’ve been loving this multi-functional serum that protects, renews and nourishes my skin before I hit the daily grind," Simpson says. "Its cocktail of nutrients and antioxidants, including Zeaxanthin, Vitamin C, and Algae Extracts, promote cellular renewal and much needed hydration when the temperatures drop outside."
ZSS Nutri-Serum ($75)
100% Pure Seaweed Detox Bath
"I use this three times a week to revitalize my skin and draw toxins out," Simpson says. "Seaweed restores the skin's natural moisture balance and gently exfoliates, while vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants immerse your skin in nourishment. It’s a wonderful way to unwind from the day!"
Peter Thomas Roth Acne Clear Invisible Dots
Beauty Blogger Alea of MyStyleDaily knows the secret to healthy and clear skin: these amazing clear acne patches that deliver pimple-fighting medication to targeted areas of the skin. "I love that they are designed to only target the acne spot and can be worn overnight or during the day," Alea says.
Origins Ritual Tea Mind Over Mate Cleansing Body Mask
"This takes spa at home to another level," Alea says. "The mix of Yerba Maté & Citrus essential oils sounds amazing!"
Deborah Lippmann Cuticle Remover
If anyone knows her makeup products, it's Beauty Influencer Kathleen Lights, who boasts 2.7 million YouTube subscribers. And this cuticle remover is on top of her holiday list. "It really removes the cuticle and dry skin on my nails," Lights says. "It's my favorite."
Elizabeth & James Nirvana Black Dry Shampoo
"It's the ONLY dry shampoo that gets rid of excess oil and keeps my hair smelling good all day," Lights says. "Nothing compares."
Briogeo Rosarco Milk Reparative Leave-In Conditioning Spray
"I have gone through multiple bottles," Lights says. "It keeps my hair nice and moisturized without weighing it down."
Essence Pure Nude Highlighter
"It's extremely affordable and gives your face a natural and beautiful glow," Light says.
Essence Pure Nude Highlighter ($4.49)
Colourpop Ultra Satin Lips
"It's a way to wear matte lips without the drying feeling during the holidays," Lights says. "They are so comfortable."
Colourpop Ultra Satin Lips (any color) ($6)
If anyone understands the need to make footwear more comfortable, it's Dana Ward, beauty/lifestyle expert and co-founder of celebrity and entertainment news outlet clevver.com, whose always on the go and often appears as an on-air expert for shows like Good Day LA. "This innovative blister prevention spray creates a clear, durable barrier on your feet to block friction from all types of shoes — especially those beautiful heels that you’ve been waiting to wear for the right occasion," Ward says. "You’ll say ‘thank you’ when you realize how painless it is to run around town blister-free for work, errands, and holiday parties."
100% PURE Let It Glow Set
"This all-natural limited edition collection makes it super easy to get both a full daytime or nighttime look in the makeup department," Ward says. "With the brand’s cult-favorite Naked II Palette and Maracuja Mascara, this is the perfect gift set for surviving the holiday party season, especially for the green beauty junkie!"
LXMI Pure Nilotica Melt
"Say hello to the ultimate skin savior!" Ward says. "The luxurious balm-to-oil works to deeply nourish parched winter skin while also helping to smooth visible imperfections. The best part is it can be used anywhere on the body, including on chapped lips and dry elbows."
LXMI Pure Nilotica Melt ($64)
Shiffa Luxury Gold Body Oil
"Doesn’t every gal want some gold for the holidays?" Ward says. "This luxe blend of gently stimulating essential oils is infused with real gold pieces. Not only does it work to cleanse and purify your skin, but it makes for a beautiful decorative addition to your vanity."
Somerville360 Face and Body Self Tanning Towelettes
"If you’re missing that golden glow from months past, this is a quick, streak-free way to enjoy a healthy, sunless tan," Ward says. "The advanced formula reacts with your skin’s own proteins to create a natural look and I love that the single-use towelettes are easy to pop in your bag for a trip or tan touchup."
Tree Hut Shea Sugar Scrub
"This is my favorite body scrub all year round, but it’s especially helpful during the winter months for sloughing off that dull skin buildup," Ward says. "The sugar scrub helps skin retain its natural moisture, it doesn’t clog pores and it comes in more than a dozen scents."
Filorga Hydra-Hyal Intensive Hydrating Plumping Concentrate
I would be a negligent beauty writer if I didn't add my pick for an incredible product from the best skincare line I've only recently had the pleasure of learning about: Filorga. This Parisian brand boasts incredibly hydrating creams, a Vitamin C concentrate that has transformed my skin, and Time-Zero, an anti-aging night serum that targets fine lines and wrinkles without irritating sensitive skin. But its Hydra-Hyal plumping concentrate is the miracle-in-a-bottle I hope I find in my stocking this year. It contains four hyaluronic acids that deliver an immediate boost of hydration, smoothness, and glowy radiance that will make you look like you've had eight hours of sleep.
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