Beauty & Fashion Holiday Gift Guide: Unforgettable Looks, Scents, Skincare and Makeup!

Everyone knows a beauty and fashion maniac—and you probably are one yourself! Here is a list of sure fire great fashion and beauty gifts for all budgets and all tastes!

Fill your holiday season with great scents and healthy skin from head to toe! The 2022 L’Occitane Classic Holiday Advent Calendar features 24 beloved formulas for daily surprises, and is now in sustainably sourced and reusable packaging. The recipient of this mind-blowing beauty gift will revel in travel-sized versions of classics, including nourishing shea-enriched formulas, signature Verbena and Rose hand creams, indulgent body lotions, gentle cleansing soaps, and a full-sized Almond Delicious Hands for a touch of warmth and softness all season long. This advent calendar’s irresistible beauty items includes travel sizes of the legendary Almond Delicious Exfoliating Soap, Immortelle Precious Cream, Verbena Cooling Hand Cream Gel, Almond Shampoo, Almond Conditioner, Wooden Comb Verbena Shower Gel, Verbena Body Lotion and much more. Order here (it is a $115 value for just $80): L’Occitane Classic Advent Calendar.

L’Occitane never fails to amaze with their limited edition scents, and Green Chestnut just blows us away with its warm, slightly “piney” but feminine vibes. What makes it so special (especially for the holidays) are the festive notes of fresh magnolia and chestnut delight, wrapped in warm vanilla, cedarwood and fir balsam. Teaming up the Green Chestnut Shimmering Body Oil ($48) with the Green Chestnut Hand Cream ($30) makes for a long lasting and unique holiday gift. You will love the pretty design of each item and any recipient of these would be proud to have them out on display on a bedroom dresser or bathroom counter. Order the hand cream here: Green Chestnut Hand Cream. Order the Shimmering Body Oil here: Shimmering Body Oil.

I was recently waking towards the Javits Center when I noticed a beautymobile of some kind doing quick makeovers on passers by. Upon closer inspection I saw that makeup artists were using Rinna Cosmetics and in particular, the limited edition Delilah Lip Kit. It was developed and designed by Lisa Rinna’s daughter Delilah Belle Hamlin and it works on everyone for a quick and perfect everyday lip! Kit includes 1 In the Nude Lip Liner (0.2g/0.01 oz), 1 Stripped Lipstick (3.9g/.14oz), 1 Pretty Please Lip Gloss (4ml/.14 fl oz). This item is available on the official Rinna Beauty site for $49 and gets my vote for Best Lip Stocking Stuffer item for 2022! Order on this link: Delilah Lip Kit.

The Rinna Beauty Better Naked Iconic Eye Kit is the perfect item to team with the above Delilah Lip Kit. You get a natural and beautiful array of colors that allow you to create your own signature “naked” look. This amazing kit includes: 1 Luxe Latte Eye Crayon (0.2g/0.01 oz), 1 Lash Out Mascara (3.9g/.14oz), 1 Better Naked Quad Shadow Pallet (3.9g/.14oz), 1 professional, full length two sided applicator brush. In my experience using this kit, I have to say that the eye crayon is not only a very useable mocha color but it lasts about 16 hours. You can use it on both lids and brows. This will become your go-to eye kit! Order here for $59: Better Naked Iconic Eye Kit.

Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics has partnered with Americares, a 501(c)(3) non-profit health-focused relief organization, in support of the humanitarian crisis caused by the ongoing war in Ukraine. For Holiday 2022, they have put together the Support Ukraine Makeup Set. Twenty per cent of the purchase price of each curated blue and yellow ribbon wrapped box will be donated to Americares in support of its Ukraine response. The team at Youngblood believes in the saying, “We CAN make a difference!” This amazing set features many of Youngblood’s amazing mineral based products (they were one of the first natural makeup lines so they really know how to please their beauty maniac customers): Mineral Primer, Pressed Mineral Eyeshadow Quad in Sweet Talk, Outrageous Lashes Mineral Lengthening Mascara, Mineral Lengthening Lash Primer, Legit Eyeliner Pencil in Blackest Black, Pressed Mineral Blush in Tangier and Mineral Crème Lipstick in Smolder. This is currently on sale for $85 on the official Youngblood website: Support Ukraine Makeup Set.

I love gel-based moisturizers and Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics has come up with an amazing one. The new Hydra Luxe Water Creme lets you indulge your skin in a daily moisturizer that instantly delivers intense hydration for soft and resilient skin. It is infused with Hyaluronic Acid to soothe and quench dry and irritated skin, Hyaluronic Acid is known for its stunning capacity to attract and hold onto 1000 times its weight in moisture. Hydra Luxe is packed with a powerhouse of calming and redness reducing ingredients such as Aloe Vera, Allantoin, and Calendula—these super-charged ingredients revitalize skin’s outer surface layers to instantly improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Wake up to a deeply nourished and balanced complexion with this amazing new product that is a real game changing. It feels so light but it really does what it promises. Order here for $64: Hydra Luxe Water Creme.

I am a longtime user of the original Style Edit Root Touch-Up Powder but now I am also freaky about Style Edit Root Concealer which has found it’s way to being Amazon’s Number One root concealer product. The accolades are well deserved for these products as they are both easy to apply, cover the gray and stay until you wash them out. Next on board for me to try out is the Root Cover Cream (the Style Edit people really know how to make a product for any gray hater out there)! The cream is the newest product and it is something new and cutting edge: a waxless crayon that provides instant targeted coverage. It has a sponge tip to blend into hair. To see and get all the Style Edit products (which I think make great stocking stuffers and retail from $20 to $35), go to styleedit.com. I like to order my original Style Edit powder in Medium Brown here because the price is great ($21.99): Style Edit Powder.

I am a big fan of the 80s so imagine my delight when I spotted the Nosta Swatch Me Palette Volume 1 at the recent Accessories Council holiday press preview—but I fell in love with the five creamy, very useable colors as much as the packaging . Each of the cream-to-powder shades are super pigmented and blend easily for dramatic makeup looks that you can totally go retro with or modernize (I use all three center shades blended together on my lips and as blush). You can use a synthetic brush or your fingers to apply the shades to eyes, lips and cheeks. This a vegan and cruelty free product that is very deeply pigmented—so you get a lot of color while using very little product. Order here for $35:Nosta Beauty Swatch Me Face Palette.

Luis Steven strives to be an affordable American made luxury bag brand The soft Italian leather and modern yet classic styles in this line will have you wanting to add more and more pieces to your collection. Here is the Crossbody Camera Bag, one of my current favorites (and while it is available in other colors, I like the red to show off my holiday spirit). This women’s crossbody camera bag comes with a detachable, adjustable strap, front cell phone pocket and easy access back pocket. It is designed in durable, Italian premium pebble leather. This beautiful accessory features a luxurious suede interior with a zipper pocket, leather pocket and plenty of room for all your essentials. It measures about 9.5 x 6.5 x 2.5 and has a generous 24” adjustable strap. You can order here for $345: Crossbody Camera Bag.

I do not have to tell you about the legend of Merle Norman Cosmetics and how amazing their quality is. Many people (like me) to back almost 50 years with this brand and it got its reputation for both delivering high quality products and how well their representative can pick the perfect colors just for you each season! Here is my pick for their most giftable item for ladies from 13 to 103! It’s the limited edition Merle Norman Starry Rosé Shadow Palette which gives you 12 stunning matte to metallic eye shadows—it is perfect for creating countless day-to-night looks. Here is a tip directly from the Merle Norman in house makeup artists: try using Eclipsed or Rich Rosé as eye liner with Makeup Artistry Eyes #5 Brush. SHADES FROM LEFT TO RIGHT TOP ROW: Fuzzy (matte), Warmth (matte), Angelic (matte), Swoon (matte); MIDDLE ROW: Heavenly Rosé (metallic), Flora (luminous), Celestial Rosé (luminous) and Eclipsed (semi-matte). BOTTOM ROW: Baby Rosé (matte), Enchant (luminous), Rich Rosé (matte) and Luster (metallic). Purchase for $70 here: Merle Norman Starry Rose Shadow Palette.

While we are on the subject of Merle Norman, let me point out that their skincare is pretty darn magical—so why not pick up their limited edition Magical Skin Set for yourself and the skin care enthusiast in your life? It is curated with luxe skin care favorites for ageless, healthy-looking skin—and it provides perfect self-care for travel or trying new formulas with your daily regimen. This gives you tremendous bang for the buck as it is priced at $84 but you get $168.25 worth of products. Included are Exfoliating Charcoal Scrub (.2 Oz), Anti-Aging Complex Dry Oil Serum (1 fluid Oz), Anti-Aging Complex Emulsion Broad Spectrum 30 (.5 Oz) and Anti-Aging Complex Eye Treatment Broad Spectrum SPF 30 (.2 Oz). Purchase here: Merle Norman Magical Skin Set.

If you like fine footwear that lasts for decades, Mia Becar is a brand worth trying out! It is a female-owned and Latina-owned luxury footwear brand based in Los Angeles. All of their collections are meticulously handmade in Italy from the finest of materials including legendary Italian buttery soft leather. Since the brand’s beginnings about three years ago, they have grown from an indie brand into an international label, recently launching some collections in mainland China, Paris and Qatar. They are also proud of the fact that that they received the Fashion Group International’s Rising Star Award for Accessories and that as we go to press, are currently in the running as a finalist for the Accessories Council’s 2022 Design Excellence Awards! I like a good black flat as my everyday “go-to” shoe, and I am in love with the style called Danieli Ballerina Flat made with laminated suede. This brand takes pride in the extra details that make a pair of shoes unique and the beautiful buckle on the Danieli was inspired by the stained, mosaic glass seen throughout Venice. These shoes can upgrade any ensemble and go from day to night! Order here for $850: Mia Becar Danieli Ballerina Flat.

Eylure’s Pre-Glued Luxe Faux Mink Lashes in Paragon are a “3/4 style” designed to kick out at the corners of your eyes and elongate the eye area overall. Crafted from a silk-effect fiber, each style made by Eylure is glossy and beautifully tapered. They are your go-to brand for a luxury look with an ethical spirit. You get a no muss, no fuss 15 hour dramatic eye look thanks to not only the quality of the lashes but the quality of the glue. You really just pluck the lashes off the plastic card with your fingers (or a tweezer) and place them as close to the base of your lashes as possible. The Eylure brand is cruelty free and vegan friendly! These are an incredible deal at $8.99 and the perfect stocking stuffer for any beauty fiend! Order them here: Eylure Pre-Glued Luxe Faux Mink Lashes.

If you love a strong yet gentle long lasting vanilla fragrance, I cannot recommend any scent more strongly than Lavanila’s Pure Vanilla Healthy Fragrance. A 3.4 ounce bottle costs $72 but it lasts for ages! This is an all natural signature blend of pure essential oils, nature identical oils and botanically derived aromas. It also features Goji Berry, known as a “super anti-oxidant” which nourishes and protects skin with 18 amino acids and 21 trace minerals. Last but not least, Madagascar Vanilla Beans are the “magic ingredient” in this fabulous scent—they are prized for their antioxidant, skin soothing, calming, and aromatic qualities. Order here: Lavanila’s Pure Vanilla Healthy Fragrance.


I love to wear my Comfy, the original wearable blanket, when I am having a lazy day at home and I think it’s a great gift for anyone. Our friends at Comfy have just introduced a very special item and they’re now keeping us dry during inclement weather! They just introduced Comfy® SplashTM–the new hooded water-resistant wearable blanket perfect for any weather event, such as cheering on the kids during games, snowboarding activities, or taking the dog for a walk. Featuring a 100% water-resistant outer shell and a super soft silken fleece on the inside, there are even more reasons to Feel The Happy this holiday season! The Comfy® SplashTM ($119.99) comes in both taxi cab yellow and navy (along with some cool prints like the one above) and is designed to ensure you can take the warmth and softness you love from all of The Comfy® products into even the worst of conditions. One size fits all! It’s the biggest one yet, with extra length to keep pants dry, ideal for sitting and enjoying outdoor sporting events.The Comfy Nation has been asking for a waterproof version, and the brand delivers on that request just in time for fall and winter temps with its trademark style and design. Order yours here: The Comfy Splash.

The Famolare Double Vision Wedge Sandal in red is my idea of a knockout comfort shoes with a retro vibe. I think that this classic brand is ideal for gifting to anyone who wants insane comfort but to look stylish as well. Women who wore Famolares in the 70’s and 80’s shared identity, supporting peace, pushing for civil rights and rallying to protect the environment. Now 50 years later, not much has changed. Famolare helps relieve lower body pain with its famous patented wavy rubber sole design. They absorb shock, cushion arches, and roll and push the foot forward for an even stride. They create even pressure points as you walk instead of a crooked gate like other sandals. Buy the Double Vision style for $158 here: Famolare Double Vision.

Shein is the fashion company that never stops amazing fashionistas. They are always right on trend and give you the absolute best prices on everything from jackets to bras to yoga pants and back. They even have great stocking stuffers like jewelry cases, bath mitts, jump ropes and more. One of the hottest trends right now is faux leather separates and you will find close to 100 items based on this trend on the Shein app. Here are two of my favorites (in the photo above) that I think would be a great gift together for your most fashion forward friends or ones who like a classic look. Both these pieces are faux leather but they are classically cut so they will be in style for years. The name of the faux leather midi skirt is SHEIN SXY Zipper Back Solid PU Pencil Skirt ($20) and you can buy it here: Solid Pencil Skirt. The name of the faux leather jacket is Shawl Collar Single Button PU Blazer ($31) and you can order it here: Shawl Collar Jacket.

When anyone asks me what one skin cream I would bring with me to a desert island, I always say that it would be Kiehl’s Multi-Corrective Cream. It takes care of every possible issue for aging skin from sagging to fine lines to fullness. So I am excited to see a holiday gift set called Ultimate Anti-Aging Skincare Holiday Gift Set featuring this “seventh wonder of the world” at a great price. This gift set of potent Kiehl’s skincare favorites also features their highly acclaimed Retinol Skin-Renewing Daily Micro-Dose Serum formulated with Ceramide, Retinol and Peptide, and their youth-boosting eye cream and multi-benefit moisturizer. (In a nutshell, the full lineup is 30ml of Retinol Skin-Renewing Daily Micro-Dose Serum, 50ml of Super Multi-Corrective Cream and 3ml of Super Multi-Corrective Eye Zone Treatment.) There are so many benefits to these products: they target signs of aging to reveal smoother, younger-looking skin and they make the perfect skincare gift for anyone, young or old. This is a steal at $96–these products cost $143 when purchased separately. Order here: Ultimate Anti-Aging Gift Set.

Another favorite Kiehl’s holiday gift set of mine is called Brighten Up & Glow Skincare Holiday Gift Set. I love this kit because it features Ultra-Facial Cream which has been one of Kiehl’s “rock star” products for years and gives your skin an instant kick the minute you put it on (your skin just immediately looks more firm and even)! Although it is not publicized as such, Ultra-Facial Cream makes a great makeup primer. You can’t go wrong with this three-piece full-size collection featuring the 50ML size of Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution, the 50ML size of Ultra Facial Cream and the 15ML size of Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Eye-Brightening Concentrate. Brighten Up & Glow is a steal at $99 because you get $167 worth of amazing products—and just wait until you see how long they last (a little goes a long way with all three items). Order here: Brighten Up & Glow Skincare Holiday Gift Set.

Lights Lacquer’s “Cocktail Hour Collection Edition” is decked with everything you need to get your holiday party started, from luxurious lacquers to 3D pearl nail stickers and 3D gem rhinestones. In a nutshell, you get 400 pearl nail stickers and 3D gem rhinestones along with six bold, long-lasting lacquers and they are: La Whisky Neat (which was inspired by Made Men’s Don Draper, who is often seen with a whiskey drink in his hand), Burnt Orange (which is a duo-chrome with a Blue Green shift), Old Money (which is a classic rich forest green), Diamonds Are Forever (a sheer taupe with subtle diamond crystals which was inspired by the seventh in the original James Bond series with original actor Sean Connery), Audrey (which was inspired by Audrey Hepburn and the deep royal purple dresses she often wore in the 1950s), Lady In Red (which is a mysterious burnt berry red with a jelly finish inspired by the 1980s Chris DeBurgh hit “Lady In Red”) and To The Nines (which is a metallic moss green with fine golden shimmer inspired by the phrase “dressed to the nines”). My very favorite shade is “Lady In Red” because of its “vampy” vibe and you can see it in the photo above in the bottom left corner. You can buy the “Cocktail Hour Collection Edition” for $74 and feel good that you are getting 12-free, vegan, cruelty-free products. Polishes are also available individually for $11 each, gemstones for $8 each and pearl stickers for $7 each. Order the collection here: Cocktail Hour Collectors Edition.

Comfy everyday shoes always make a great holiday gift. Designed in Italy, Enjoiya footwear showcases modern trends, ultimate comfort and incomparable value. This cutting edge line’s products include high-quality leathers and suedes, memory foam, cushioned footbeds, non-slip soles and fashion colors. They also have cute bags! Pictured above is the Tee style slip on sneaker in blue—they are so comfortable that you’ll feel like they were custom made for your feet! Made with a Heathered Felt Upper Material, the Enjoiya team enhanced the design with color-contrasting piping and lined them with a soft and warm faux fur. The flexible EVA outsole supports activewear indoors and out. Order here for $69.95: Tee Sneakers. The Storia bag in Sand is the ultimate everyday boho shoulder bag because it is ultralight and can fit so much in it! This stylish bag that measures 12” x 11.5” X 5” has genuine leather lining and straps—and the interior pocket and branded zipper pull are classy, useful details. Order here for $69.95: Storia Bag.