Holiday Beauty Gift Guide 2017

Let’s say you’ve got a beauty junkie in your life.

Someone that takes at least 30 minutes to get ready, someone who plans their makeup before their outfit (or even coordinates them, which is pretty next level), someone who knows the difference in tones between red lipsticks or someone who enters Sephora and actually knows what they’re looking for.

What do you get this person for Christmas?

Firstly, don’t underestimate the power of a good snoop. See what brands they seem to like, items they go through quickly. Listen to them when they talk about makeup. Maybe there’s something they wouldn’t necessarily buy for themselves, but something they’ve always wanted.

While you can always go the gift card route — tried and true, though a little uninspired —  you could also dive headfirst into Christmas-shopping-mania and find the perfect gift for the beauty lover in your life.

We can help you there.

tarte Limited Edition Treasure Box

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This is a wildly-well-priced gift set from a wonderful makeup brand, containing almost everything you need to do a full face of makeup except for foundation. tarte’s makeup is good, in the nature of full disclosure they are one of my favourite brands, and is entirely vegan if your beauty junkie is concerned with the ingredients of the product. This guy will keep on giving: the potential for a lot of use, over a long period of time.

Find it here.

Juliette Has a Gun Discovery Kit

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Fragrance is so specific to every person that it’s hard to get it right unless you know someone really well. A good solution to that, of course, is to bombard them with so many scent options they have no choice but to find one they really like (and possibly regift the rest.) Mini perfumes are perfect to take on the go, not to mention Juliette Has a Gun have some wonderfully unique and gorgeous scents available. This is the perfect way for someone to be introduced to the brand.

Find it here.

Tom Ford Black Orchid Set

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So yes, scent is specific to every person, but come on, I think everyone likes Tom Ford. His makeup brand is the pinnacle of luxury. The packaging! The scent! The price tag! This is a splurge gift for sure, only for those who have made peace with a high budget, but if you know your intended gift receiver is a bit of a lush, the you know this gift will be a hit. Like, when you wear this, you smell expensive.

Find it here.

Sephora Favourites Give Me Some Nude Lip

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If you can’t decide on one lipstick to get someone, or if you go spying in their makeup collection see so many brands you don’t even understand how its possible, I will point you in the direction of the Sephora Favourites lip set. This gift set has lippies from Kat Von D, Buxom and Bite Beauty and contains both liquid lipsticks and, well… lip-sitcks. And they’re all nudes so they’re guaranteed to actually be used. Basically the perfect gift for the person you have no idea what to get for.

Find it here.

Fenty Beauty

Okay, so we all know Rihanna is a goddess who can do no wrong, and it was a surprise to absolutely no one that there makeup collection is damn good. Even if someone already has pieces from the collection, it seems unlikely someone would say no to getting more Fenty Beauty. Nearly everything from the collection is a safe bet, but may I point you towards:

Galaxy Eyeshadow Palette
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Glittery eyeshadows galore in beautiful, limited edition packaging.

Find it here.

Killawatt Freestyle Highlight in Trophy Wife
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The greatest highlighter to have ever been made. Whoever wears it will literally look like a million bucks. Like a stack of gold coins.

Find it here.

MAC Rossy de Palma Collection

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“Limited edition” and “collaboration” are words that are pretty exciting and hysteria-inducing in the beauty community and MAC is on top of the game. Their collabs are always timely, well-made, and beyond tempting. They do have a few available right now, such as the Nicki Minaj and Robert Lee Morris collections, and, while both are exquisite, my personal favourite is the collection with Spanish actress Rossy de Palma partly because she’s fabulous and partly because the packaging is so luxe.

Find the collection here.

MAC Snow Ball Pigment and Glitter Kit

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If you know your gift-intended loves some glitz and glam in their life, why not give the gift of glitter? MAC pigments are famous for their staying power and potency and these colours are perfect for the winter. Not to mention they come in a cute little disco ball clutch for even more glam.

Find it here.

Colorpop Yes Please! Palette

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Colorpop is a well-made, incredibly fairly-priced makeup brand, so most of their products are good for the more modest budget but will make a huge impact. The Yes Please! palette is a real show-stopper for the brand. The palette was on Nylon’s beauty hit list of 2017 and features 12 gorgeous warm-toned shades, guaranteed to look good on everyone.

Find it here.

L’Occitane Advent Calendar

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At this point, it’s getting close to the wire, but I had to include one beauty advent calendar, firstly because they are just the best and secondly because they are so difficult to find in Canada that we all need to share the good ones when we are able to find them. L’Occitane’s advent calendar is pretty iconic already, at a decent price point for the amount of high-quality products you get from it. This year they’ve also put out a premium advent calendar for the big spenders, but the original is a great way to introduce someone to the brand if they’ve never tried it before.

Find it here.

L’Occitane Divine Collection

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For the skincare fanatic in your life, L’Occitane is a good way to go, and their Divine collection is a particularly well-advised gifting idea. It’s anti-aging, but you won’t necessarily offend anyone by giving it to them because the products in this line are also moisturizing, luminizing and all-around nice-skin-makers. (That being said, maybe don’t gift this to anyone who is real sensitive about aging.) The set contains an all-over cream, an eye cream, a cleaner and a face oil — a full skincare routine ready to go.

Find it here.

Inspired Soap Works Velvety Salve

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Lastly, I’ve got something pretty different from everything else we’ve talked about on here. Inspired Soap Works is a smaller Canadian company with a big impact, selling hand-made affordable skincare products. One of their last launches are a line of salves for the entire body, from head to toe. The salves are formulated without water, so despite them coming in small packages, they really will go a long way. These are the ideal ~stocking stuffers~.

Find it here.

Great Holiday Gifts for Fashion Lovers

The Holiday Season is lurking just around the corner and stores are now beefing up their stock to introduce new and exciting products for the rush of holiday shoppers who will be charging stores in the next few weeks. But even with all the gift ideas being put forth this season, it can still be an extremely frustrating task to find the perfect gift for your loved ones — especially the picky ones. With that said, Novella is here to help! We’ve compiled a gift guide to help you find the perfect gift for the fashion lover on your list.

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Photo: ResidentLuxe.com

CHANEL: Collections And Creations

For the fashion lover, coffee table books are some of the most coveted and cherished items on their wishlist. This coffee table book is a must have for the Chanel lover on your list. With a breakdown on the 5 cornerstones of the Chanel house (the suit, the Camellia, Chanel Joaillerie, Chanel Parfum, and the little black dress) this book is bound to have every Chanel enthusiast falling in love all over again with the iconic brand.

Photo: Joblo.com
Photo: Joblo.com

Marie Antoinette

Sofia Coppola’s iconic retelling of the young French queen’s tragic time at Versailles is as saddening as it is glamorous. With shining moments of happiness and heartbreaking ones of sadness, and topped off with Oscar-winning costumes by Milena Canonero, this gem is sure to please any die-hard fashion lover on your list.

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Photo: myjourneywithaudreyhepburn.wordpress.com

Funny Face

A musical comedy where Audrey Hepburn is swept away by Fred Astaire and turned into a larger than life fashion model. Enough said.

Photo: Journelles
Photo: Journelles

Louis Vuitton Twist cross body bag – Cruise 2016

Louis Vuitton is known for making some of the most amazing — and the most expensive — bags in the fashion industry. So it’s no surprise that one of the most coveted bags comes from this years Louis Vuitton Cruise Show. Nicolas Ghesquiere took the already coveted Louis Vuitton twist and injected a fresh aquatic spirit into the bag, making it all the more desirable for this coming summer.

Photo: Kastler & Oehler
Photo: Kastler & Oehler

The Little Dictionary of Fashion: A Guide to Dress Sense for Every Woman By Christian Dior

Filled with tips straight from the iconic couturier himself, the Little Dictionary of Fashion is the fashion lifestyle guide that every fashion aficionado needs this holiday season. Whether you need tips on what to wear to certain events or how to walk with poise and grace, Monsieur Dior has you covered from A to Z in this fantastic pocket guide.

Photo: Vogue
Photo: Vogue

GRACE: Thirty Years of Fashion at Vogue

As one of the fashion world’s most beloved icons, Grace Coddington has captured the hearts and inspirations of fashion lovers around the world for decades. In this coffee table book by Phaidon, Grace fans can indulged in the many dreamlike fantasies she has created throughout her illustrious 30 year career at Vogue and Vogue UK. I mean, who wouldn’t want to spend a cold winter day tucked into bed, reminiscing on the best that Grace and the fashion industry has to offer?

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La Dolce Vita

Nothing says glamour like a Fellini film. In this iconic black and white movie, fashion lovers can watch as a tabloid reporter falls in love in midst of the rich and the wealthy of Rome. Packed full of romance and drama, this film is sure to have the fashionista on your list re-enacting all the glamorous moments from this iconic blockbuster.

Photo: L'Occitane En Provence
Photo: L’Occitane En Provence

L’Occitane En Provence: Cherry Blossom

Sometimes designer isn’t always the way to go if you’d like a unique gift for the holiday season. If you’re looking for a particular fragrance that isn’t already sitting on everyone’s beauty vanity, it’s often better to aim for more niche perfumeries as opposed to the big names. Cherry Blossom by l’Occitane En Provence is the perfect scent to accompany a chilly winter day. With the soft and delicate aroma of cherry blossom, freesia, lily of the valley, and more, this scent manages to combine the sweetness of spring, with the delicateness of a soft winter snowfall.

Photo: Joss & Main
Photo: Joss & Main

The Fashion Book

As one of the most iconic and beloved coffee table books in fashion, the Fashion Book is the perfect gift for the curious fashionista. Filled to the brim with information regarding the best designers and brands in the industry, it’s no wonder this book has been dubbed “the fashion bible” by Vogue magazine.

Photo: BIS Publishers
Photo: BIS Publishers

Fashion Makers Fashion Shapers: The Essential Guide to Fashion by Those in the Know by Anee-Celine Jaeger

The perfect gift for the entrepreneurial fashion lover on your list. With page after page of interviews and bios on some of the high fashion and retail world’s most successful designers, this book is sure to inspire any would-be designer to pursue their dreams!

Photo: comingsoon.net
Photo: comingsoon.net

The Neon Demon

If you happen to have a lover of horror and fashion on your list, this is the movie for them. Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn, the man behind the widely praised movie Drive, the Neon Demon takes viewers on a wild ride where the glamorous lives of fashion models meet with the horrors that lie behind the cameras. Be careful though — this movie isn’t particularly meant for the faint of heart!

Photo: Gucci
Photo: Gucci

Gucci Metallic Leather Pumps in Platinum

Every holiday outfit calls for the perfect shoe, and this year Gucci delivered. This platinum leather fringed pump is the perfect shoe for the holiday season. Whether you need a subtle pop of bling for the office or a bright flash of sparkle for a night out, this pump will surely have you covered.

Photo: Taschen
Photo: Taschen

Fashion Designers A-Z

The most expensive of the fashion books on this list does come with its perks. Filled with information on the most celebrated pieces from the Fashion Institute of Technology’s permanent museum and the iconic designers who created them, this book is perfect for the die-hard fashion historian on your list.

Photo: CineParadise
Photo: CineParadise

Gia

Starring a young Angelina Jolie, this biopic about 80’s supermodel Gia Caragni is a drastic change from the fashion related movies we’re used to. Following her iconic rise and fall within the fashion industry, Gia dives deeper into the world of fashion and asks some very serious questions regarding fame, love, and success.

Photo: Sephora
Photo: Sephora

Pat McGrath Labs: Metalmorphosis 005 Everything Kit

After years of begging and pleading, fashion heavyweight Pat McGrath has released an opulent makeup collection inspired by all things shiny and excessive. With colours ranging from gold to copper, McGrath has created an eyeshadow so rich and pigmented that it takes on a life of its own.

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