Staff Picks: The beauty gifts on our Christmas wish list
Don't you just wish Santa was a real person? Beauty is a fun hobby but collecting products can often cost a pretty penny! As beauty addicts, there are always an item or two (though usually more) on our wish list because they're splurges we still have to save up for. We've been pretty nice this year so in case Santa exists and gets great beauty prices at the North Pole, here's what we're hoping to find under our Christmas trees!
Den: I've been obsessing over Guerlain's La Petite Robe Noire Intense since receiving a sample vial from the Beauty Lookbook Discovery Workshop! There are actually many perfumes that I like the smell of but it's difficult to find one that I can actually wear because my nose gets easily irritated. I love how this smells of chocolate and musk with hits of bergamot! It feels rich and complex without overpowering the senses.
Gett: I first swatched the Lancome Matte Shaker Liquid Lipstick in 270 Beige Vintage in a duty free shop. I just thought it was a great nudey-pink with a comfortable formula! I’ve been shying away from liquid lipsticks these days so I kinda surprised myself that I wanted this so bad. The packaging seems bulky BUT IT IS SO CUUUTE. And the color was just the nudey-pink I’ve been looking for. I was going to get this for myself on my last trip but it was always sold out in all the places I went to. :( I need it. I want it.
Angela: I'd love to have everything from Sunday Riley but especially UFO, Good Genes, and Luna. I've tried the UFO and it just works really well on my skin. It's light and it makes my skin really clear and smooth. I can't wait to try the others but they cost a fortune!
Karla: The Glossier You Fragrance! I am in love with Glossier, I use a bunch of their products religiously (the Perfecting Skin Tint, the Stretch Concealer, Wowder, the Cloud Paint blushes are must-haves for me!), and I just can't get enough of the brand! I recently received a small sample of the perfume with one of my orders and oh my goodness - the smell is RIDICULOUS! Musky and spicy but at the same time light and fresh, the scent is gorgeous and adapts well with the skin. I used it a couple of times and got a ton of compliments, which made me want a bottle of it even more. It's also great for layering under other perfumes. I must have it this Christmas! Haha!
Kim: Now that Sephora Philippines carries Natasha Denona in their lineup, the Star Palette (which I've always had on my wishlist since first seeing video reviews) finally feels within reach. I'm kidding myself, of course! If it hurts to know the price in USD, the pain is tripled when you finally see the PHP conversion. One day I hope to be rich AF to not mind dropping almost 10k on a single eyeshadow palette. For now until 2040, I think I'm good sticking with Natasha Denona dupes.
Sam: I am the last person who needs (nude) lipsticks but there's something so enticing about the Pat McGrath Nude Lip Set that just gets me. Maybe it's just the allure of the promotional photos, or maybe it's the thousands or rave reviews about the Matte Trance formulas, but I! NEED! THEM! Please and thank you.
Stacie: Can I please have the whole 3CE Mood Recipe Collection and Velvet Lip Tint? Please? The Facebook swatches call out to me. I need all of these pretty brick brown and rose reds in my life!
Marielle: I am looking for a distinct fragrance, something a little more fresh and herbal to shake things up~ I notice that these types of scents are more likely to be part of an artisanal fragrance brand's lineup, so I've been wanting to scent test Jo Malone or Diptyque. Unfortunately, my budget is still nonexistent!
Angeli: I have been longing for Charlotte Tilburry products since forever. It is one of those brands that make my knees weak. I already have their Matte Revolution lipstick and I felt so badass owning one! The FilmStar Bronze & Glow has been on my wishlist since 2015. Even though I know there are a lot of dupes out there, the packaging and the muted neutral shades make these into must-have classics! I just can't wrap my head around the $68 price tag - it's absurd! Meanwhile, the Cheek to Chic blush has been hanging out in my cart for a year now. I have not hit the Checkout button because I know I have a lot of blushes already. I really like the vintage-vibe packaging. I think that getting a Charlotte Tilbury feels like owning a designer bag; it feels so luxurious! For now, it remains a wish. :)
Charlie: I've always wanted to try something from Kiehl's. I'm most curious about the Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution and Midnight Recovery Concentrate because I want to treat and help my skin recover as much as I can. These two serums both have so many good reviews and contain ingredients that have worked for my skin. They both cost a pretty penny though so they're currently still sitting nice and cozy on my eternal wishlist.
Have you gotten a gift for yourself this Christmas? What beauty products are still on your wish list?