Hi. Wow. Holiday. It happened so fast. Where did summer go? Why am I gift shopping? What is happening?
If you can related (or even if you can't but just want some gifting inspo) you've come to the right place.
Why waste any more time with an intro? Just tell me what to buy.
Worth the splurge...
I am one of those shoppers that has no issue splurging on select items, but will stress over a $10 sandwich for two weeks. However, when I tell you these two products are *worth the hype* ... I mean it.
There are very few things in life that will never go out of style, white teeth being one of them. Just like you, yes YOU, I am guilty of using apps to whiten my teeth time to time. Colgate has blessed us with the cutest ten-day kit to turn teeth six shades whiter [as claimed] using LED technology and 700+ blue lights. You can choose to purchase as a one-time kit, or as a subscription if you want to stay on top of the process. This is the perfect gift for the one that already has *everything*
While I can confidently say I've never had a hot towel shave myself, I have heard they are lovely. Gillette launched their first heated razor, which has adjustable temperature levels to bring the hot towel shave concept to the comfort of your home. I don't have a beard, but I do have this razor, and ladies, it's amazing. I actually look forward to shaving my legs now (yes, even in winter - gasp!) I feel inclined to say this is the perfect gift for the *man* in your life, but honestly, if you're a human with hair, you're going to love this dang thing.
Smell ya later...
IMO, if you do not wear fragrance, you're doing it all wrong. I'm all about a bold, standout scent this holiday season, and you should be too.
My favorite scent of the season is Diana Vreeland Parfums' Empress of Fashion. The former Vogue Editor-in-Chief was one of the most influential industry icons to ever live, and this striking saffron encompasses character in the most chic of ways. A day-to-night fragrance, this one is worth dabbling in the niche parfum world.
This night fragrance is a *floral fantasy* and I can't get enough of it. The Tuberose moment has a strong white floral base, with a smoky finish that oozes sensuality. It's perfect for fall/winter, and exudes confidence.
Kisses for my b*tches...
I'm fairly confident this was a Myspace photo caption of mine in the past? Anyways, here are some products to give you the perfect pout.
We already know that Rihanna is the queen of everything, and that her glosses are in fact, bomb. This mini collection is a STEAL if you ask me, given that a three-piece set retails for $54.00. We all know this formula is fabulous, the colors are universal, and I mean, it's Rihanna. Need I say more?
I didn't think I could love a product more than YSL Beauty's Slim Matte Lipstick until they added these babies into the mix. Something about a ~ sheer ~ lip gives me all the feels. It's like I'm trying, but not TOO hard. It allows for a more buildable coverage, but the color still pops. Whether you're feeling a red lip for holiday or refuse to escape the nudes, this is a must-have stocking stuffer. Your lips will thank us later.
Keep it fresh...
Unless you are living under a rock, you're probably well aware that skincare is beauty's biggest moment in 2019. I will likely make a skincare-specific gift guide soon, but if you want to make a mini self-care bundle moment for the ones you love, these are my three choices.
These fabulous little eye gels were developed by Honest Hazel in the quest to reduce signs of stress and sleep deprivation. Funny, how did you know? They brighten dark circles [please help], reduce puffiness and hydrate [thank you]. They have all the good ingredients [Cactus Collagen, Soothing Aloe Vera, Vitamin C and Vitamin E, and Arbutin] and I will be prancing around my apartment with these on daily moving forward.
It is no secret that sheet masks rule the world, and the selection is quite *saturated*. I could go on and on about my favorites, but lately, I've been strictly using my Leaders' Recovery Masks. Made with coconut juice, my face always feels AMAZING, glowy, healthy and fresh after use. Pro tip - use the excess gel in the packaging to rub into skin post-mask.
A new favorite in my skincare routine is Saje Natural Wellness. Their products seem to work flawlessly with my skin, which often feels mission impossible. This clay mask cleanses using charcoal powder to draw out dirt from pores, and I feel like a new gal after using it.
CBD is ALL the buzz right now, and I often ask myself, does it really work? My answer is yes. I've been trying a ton of new CBD products as of late, as has everyone else. I've read a million and one features about CBD beauty trends, but these CBD products are what I ACTUALLY am gifting this year.
I was lucky enough to try some of La Bloom Beauty's products as of recent, and this one stuck out. As someone who literally has negative eyebrows [wtf, universe] I am constantly looking for solutions to help me. Brow pencils are obviously my best friend, but this product is as well. Made with lavender essential oil, my lashes feel longer and stronger as well. For the blonde friend whose eyebrows never had a chance, be the hero. Gift them this serum. You're welcome.
Someone recently pointed out to me that I never include workout-esc moments in my roundups, and I was like, "well ya, I don't work out much", and they were like, "well ya, other people do", and I was like, "well f*ck". But, in all seriousness, I actually am loving this CBD post-workout repair drink, even if it's just after walking a mile [I'm trying here!!!]. It tastes good, it jump starts the recovery process, and it's US grown, hemp based, THC free CBD isolate with protein. Gift this to the adventurous one, they'll love it, I promise.
Find your peace...
We've reached the end of this gift guide, and I've saved the best for last. Miss Kourtney K and Poosh teamed up with one of my favorites, Saje Natural Wellness, for the...
This cute little moment is not only affordable, it's amazing. A total state of *zen* The stone-like diffuser [I prefer gray but it comes in white as well] double serves as decor, and releases a blend of rose, lavender, and grapefruit. The mist lasts for seven hours and is 100% natural plant-based essential oils. It's chic, it's fun, it's calming. Regardless of who you may be gifting, this product is the perfect present and should be at the top of your list this holiday season.
Wow. Ok. We've made it to the end. Don't forget to follow me and tag me in any of the gifts you purchase from this guide - @thedylanjader. HAPPY [almost not really] HOLIDAYS!!!
Note that this post is not sponsored, however all images are provided by said brands above.
Cheers and c'est prune! x