Gift Guide 2018: 8 Beauty Products that Really, Really Work
Welcome to Amidst’s first ever gift guide! You’ll find I do gift giving a little differently: I’m not about high prices that break the bank. What matters most to me is that each gift feels personal, and comes from a company you want to talk about. In this five-part series (I’ll be putting new posts up through Dec. 14), you’ll find a list of affordable, special fashion and beauty items and companies that will have you just as excited to give gifts as your recipients will be to receive them. Happy gifting!
Got a beauty enthusiast in the family? Looking to get Mom something she’ll be excited to use everyday? Want to treat a friend to a winter pick-me-up? These beauty products have been tried and tested by yours truly—a lot of them are in my bathroom cabinet right now.
For the lipstick hater
Wrap up this tinted lip oil ($22) from Julep, the subscription and shop-by-product Korean skincare-based company that coined the phrase “if you can put it on, you can pull it off.” This treatment is a godsend for chapped lips. As a Colorado resident, I’m constantly trying to keep my lips moisturized and, packed with five different types of healing oils, the tinted gloss revitalizes rough patches in one application and stains lips with a light, non-sticky, natural hue that lasts most of the day.
For the DIY spa master
Take a look at this Julep Triple Quench mask set ($29). This mask’s three-step system, apply an essence ampoule gel, then a gel sheet mask and then a lightweight cream, packs dry pores with hibiscus fruit and honey extract, shea butter and more. I used my first of these masks roughly a week ago and am still reaping the moisturizing benefits.
For the beauty routine devotee
Let me introduce you to the Don’t Miss A Spot honey cleansing foam ($24) and Good Morning honey silk serum ($45) from Sarasota, Fla.-based Hey Honey. The cleansing foam is gentle on all skin types, wonderful at clearing out pores, and actually smells like honey. The silk serum serves double duty as a moisturizer and a makeup primer. Added bonus: they are both cruelty-free products.
For the nail art artist
Non-toxic nail polish that wears as good or better than the classic chemical stuff felt impossible to find—until I came across Zoya polish at a beauty bar. Run by a husband and wife team originally from Russia, the company claims their polish is the longest-wearing, toxin-free, natural nail polish on the market and, after a pedicure, I’d say they stay true to that promise. The polish sat picture-perfect on my toes for months and didn’t die my nail beds, something I’ve had happen in the past. I’d recommend any of the polish gift sets (all $30).
For the makeup artist
Go a little old school and hit the Target makeup aisle for Maybelline New York’s new eyeshadow palette, Lemonade Craze ($11). The 12-color collection has matte and glitter shades that look flattering in almost every combination I’ve tried—even those mostly-ignored instructions on the back create, well, eye-catching results. (Note: Maybelline claims the palette is citrus-scented, but I haven’t found that to be the case.)
For the traveler
Add Josh Rosebrook’s two-ounce Hydrating Accelerator ($22) and Lush Cosmetics’ Jason and Argan Oil shampoo bar ($12), both TSA friendly, to their travel kit. My mom, who spends at least half of the year traveling, found the hydrating accelerator spritz very refreshing after long plane rides. This particular Lush shampoo bar, with a lemon-rose scent, is a quadruple threat, making hair stronger, shinier and softer and lasting at least six months with regular use.