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Ultimate HOLIDAY Gift Guide 2016! <3


I am SOOOO excited that the holiday season is upon us, I love this time of year! I put in a lot of time & effort this year to bring you my annual holiday gift guide featuring the best of the best. Every single gift on this list is luxurious and amazing and there is something for everyone on your list. Have a happy & healthy holiday with your friends & family and of course, happy shopping! Xo.


::: Juverest Pillow ::: Created by a board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Anson, this sleep wrinkle pillow is the #1 gift for beauty sleep! This pillow is made of 100% polyurethane foam covered in polyester. It helps prevent wrinkles, encourages sleep positions that reduce any compression wrinkles, promotes correct neck alignment, and of course, provides a comfortable nights rest. It claims to help reduce wrinkles better than any silk pillowcase on the market. Could this be the new secret to wrinkle free skin?! »


::: Ralph Lauren 3-Piece Romance Trilogy Gift Set ::: If your shopping for someone who has yet to find their signature scent, look no further. This set contains three 1oz bottles of Ralph Lauren’s best-selling perfumes; Romance, Midnight Romance and their newest offering, Tender Romance. Every scent is really sensual & feminine. With over 1200 5-star reviews on Sephora, their new Tender Romance is just as loved as its predecessors. The top notes are, Ginger, Pear Accord, Bergamot, White Magnolia Accord, Jasmine, Ginger Lily Accord, Cashmere Woods Accord, Benzoin and Musk. »


::: Aromatherapy Associates Star Jewels ::: This is ultimately the gift of relaxation in a box! Aromatherapy Associates makes THE best bath oils. Their oils are so rich & concentrated and leave your skin soft and moisturized and the scents are similar to what you’d experience at an upscale spa. Included: Deep Relax, Revive Morning & my favorite; De-Stress Mind which is a luxurious blend of Frankincense, Petitgrain, Wild Chamomile and Rosemary. »


::: D.L. & Co Masion Blanche Gift Set ::: Founded in 2003, D.L. & Co introduced their idea of modern alchemy by offering an array of unique candles and diffusers. This is my favorite gift set offered this year. Encased in white glass with metallic gold interior and contemporary designs, these soy/maple wax candles infuse the room with their intoxicating scents while adding a soft illuminating glow. The scents included are: Aire de Provence (citrus, bergamot, rosewood, jasmine, ylang-ylang, cedarwood, and musk); Jacinthe d’Eau (sparkling citrus, summer kiwi; Limette et Miel (lemon, orange, Mandarin, peach, pink grapefruit, plum, and vanilla); and Noix de Coco (Vanilla jasmine, coconut, muguet, musk, amber, and sandalwood). »


::: Caudalie Holiday Gift Sets ::: Skincare is my vice and what kind of gift guide would this be if I didn’t include some of my favorites? Caudalie has a really good selection & variety this year for the holiday season. My favorites are the Go & Glow, Hydrating and Soothing Stars and Grapest Body Essentials. The Glow & Go set is essential during the colder months. It contains both a super concentrated serum & elixir. The serum is packed with their powerful Viniferine and reveals a brighter more even complexion while the beauty elixir is awesome at toning, priming skin, setting makeup, it tightens pores, reduces dullness and just provides overall radiance. This is a staple in my skincare routine, I love it. It contains essential oils and plant extracts, and is great to apply throughout the day to refresh your makeup. What I love even more than the Glow & Go set is the Hydrating & Soothing Stars set. It contains three everyday essentials for clean & incredibly hydrated skin: Micellar Cleansing Water, Vinosource Thirst Quenching Serum and Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet. I am addicted. »

::: Philosophy Holiday Sets ::: These are my #1 go-to holiday gifts this year. Philosophy makes some of the best skincare & bath products you can find, the packaging is so festive and they have a gift set for everyone on your list. Pictured are a few of my favorite offerings, don’t ask me to choose a favorite, I love them all! I’m partial to the shower gels because they can also serve as shampoos & bubble bath. The gift sets are really affordable and every single scent is really fresh & concentrated and of course, amazing. I cannot recommend their holiday collection enough! »


::: Molton Brown Ylang-Ylang Comforting Body Gift Set ::: I featured Molton Brown on my gift guide last year, and I couldn’t resist including them again this year. Every gift set offered is a true indulgence and they happen to offer a gift set with my favorite scent of theirs, ylang-ylang! It includes a body wash, body lotion, body polisher, and perfume. The top notes are ylang-ylang, cardamom and musk. The scent is comforting & addicting and perfect for helping you unwind this busy holiday season. »


::: Bio Ionic 10X Pro UltraLight Speed Dryer ::: Created by a world renowned hair stylist, this line of professional styling tools uses natural volcanic rock minerals and powerful negative ions to break down water molecules to deliver healthy, hydrated & smooth hair that’s conditioned from within. Negative ions eliminate any trace of frizz and create mega shine. This is one of THE best hair dryers on the market, and will dry your hair from start to finish in less than 10 minutes, which is crucial for many of us! »


::: Foreo IRIS Illuminating Eye Massager ::: Tired moms, rejoice! This device is tiny in size but packs a huge punch; it uses T-Sonic technology to reduce the signs of aging, dark circles and those unsightly under eye bags. I love using this every morning while getting ready to help me look more awake and energized & in the evenings for a soothing massage that helps me unwind and helps better absorb my eye creams. Gift this to one of your friends whose an exhausted mom with little kids, she will love you forever! »


::: Tria Beauty Hair Removal Laser 4X ::: If you’re looking to impress someone who has every single beauty product & gadget ever invented, this may your answer. I have wanted to try a laser hair removal device for as long as I can remember and this one has some of the best ratings and results. After a few uses this claims to deliver permanent results for both unwanted body & facial hair. It’s a fraction of the cost you’d pay for professional treatments and is very simple to use. Best part, it’s FDA-cleared so you can rest assured that it’s safe for at-home use. I am really excited about this device; and I think anyone who receives it will be too, it’s convenient, beyond useful & appreciated and did I mention.. Permanent!!! I will be posting a full review of this in the weeks to come sharing my results. »

::: IT Cosmetics All That Glitters & City Chic Ultra Luxe Brush Sets ::: I have a makeup brush obsession and these are by far the prettiest limited edition set you will find this season. IT Cosmetics makes some of the best brushes for foundation, eyeshadow, contouring and everything in-between. Each of these sets contains the everyday essentials and will get daily use. I love all things glittery & sparkly and these look as beautiful as they perform. »


::: Vasanti Syncronicity Eyeshadow Trio Kits ::: I love the concept of this – an eyeshadow palette, soft brush, false lashes and lash glue all in one. It’s so convenient, more than likely a brand the recipient hasn’t tried and the shadows are really good quality. The kits come in 3 different shades, Destiny, Serendipity and Inevitable. All three offer pretty shades that easily transition from day to night depending on the intensity you’re looking for. My favorite kit is Inevitable; it contains 3 gorgeous golden, nude pigmented shades: Champagne Gold, Copper Bronze & Antique Bronze, which are a must in any makeup collection. »

::: Too Faced Christmas Grande Hotel Cafe ::: OMG – When it comes to packaging Too Faced always wins, how cute & festive is this!?! This year’s theme is Christmas in New York and the box reminds me of the Plaza Hotel every time I look at it! Three coffee SCENTED palettes that contain 18 total matte & shimmer shadows, 2 blushes, bronzer and their best-selling Better Than Sex Mascara. The collection includes three buttery smooth, highly pigmented palettes in gingerbread coffee, peppermint mocha and eggnog latte. The colors are all so rich and smooth in consistency and live up to the Too Faced hype, and the scents are just as you’d except.. amazing! As like all of their holiday offerings, this one is limited edition so you better get your hands on it before it’s completely sold out! »

::: Kryolan Ultra Foundation Palette 15 Colors ::: The ultimate gift for the makeup addict and the beginner a-like. Kryolan makes really high quality makeup that meets the demands of professional makeup artists but is also ideal for personal use. They have a full team of chemists creating a product line of over 16,000 and are often the preferred brand in the theater and television industries. Luckily for us, you don’t have to be a pro MUA to enjoy the Kryolan advantage; they offer products that are suitable for everyday wear for the average consumer. This should be a staple in everyone’s makeup collection. You don’t need to worry about purchasing multiple foundations for every season, this has every color you can imagine and you can mix and match colors to get your perfect shade. Obsessed! »


::: PUR Cosmetics 10th Anniversary + Holiday Collection ::: The only pressed powder foundation I use is from Pur. The formula is so smooth and glides on effortlessly with their chiseled brush to create a soft focus finish. Their 10th anniversary packaging is hands-down the most beautifully packaged makeup that I own, and they couldn’t have done a better job at creating this line if they tried! I love their Love Your Selfie 2 palette and their entire holiday collection is totally worth the purchase and it’s all pretty affordable so you will get a lot for your money! »


::: Paul Mitchell Limited Edition Rare Oil Luxury Gift Set ::: My top choice and favorite hair gift set for the season. This set has it all: Rare Oil Replenishing Shampoo, conditioner, 3-in-1 styling cream, perfecting hairspray and an intensive hair mask. Paul Mitchell’s signature marula rare oil products embody the power of the purest and highest quality, natural marula oil. Every item in this collection is super lightweight, smells amazing and adds just enough shine while keeping hair strong & healthy. My favorite is the mini hair mask, its super luxurious and super nourishing and ideal for every hair type. »


::: Airweave Top Mattress ::: Airweave is a proud supporter & partner of Team USA, and a cult favorite in Japan, and now offered worldwide as a luxurious option for better quality sleep. They designed their mattresses & top mattresses with Japanese technology & resin fiber to revolutionize the way we sleep. It’s firm & supportive, helps synchronize the body and allow free airflow keeping you comfortable and your body temperature regulated. After all, we do spend about 1/3 of of our lives sleeping so it’s an area we should invest in. It’s also really important we recognize that quality sleep >/= quantity. I LOVE getting a good nights rest, my husband does too and this is one of the best products I’ve found in a while and will get nightly use for years to come. »

::: Amalfi Décor Tiffany Collection Chandelier ::: If you have someone on your list that is home-décor obsessed, and loves all things glitzy & glamorous, Amalfi has you covered. I am in love with ALL of their products. Like, I would buy every single one if I could. They have a gorgeous selection of handmade cake stands, candle holders, trays and my favorite, crystal chandeliers! They’re made from authentic glass crystals & a wrought iron frame and look gorgeous in any room. I may have to check out their site again for gifting because I have big plans for this one! »


::: Luxury Therapeutics Heatable Spa Wrap ::: Shop outside the box with unique items such as this spa wrap. This wrap is packed with grains and soothing lavender and can be used both hot & cold. This + candles and a face mask are the best “spa gift” that can be used by anyone, anytime, whether it be at work, home or while traveling! »


::: Cathy’s Concepts Monogram Duffle Bag ::: This Christmas, I’m gifting this bag + a weekend getaway for my husband & myself. It is long overdue! This is awesome for overnight stays, trips to the gym or a week-long vacation. If you’re feeling super generous you could pack it with several vacation essentials so the recipient is ready for their next trip! I love giving monogrammed gifts, so much more personal and this one will get tons of use. Cathy’s Concepts has a HUGE variety of personalized gifts for everyone on your list. »

::: Sevenly + Threads For Thought Charitable Gifts ::: It’s so easy to get caught up with all of this materialistic stuff during the holidays, but it’s so important to remember that there are SO many people out there that are way less fortunate. By purchasing gifts from companies such as Sevenly & Threads For Thought you’re contributing to charities in need. Clothing for a good cause – something will never go out of style. » &


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