Holiday Gift Guide 2015: Suggestions in Every Conceivable Category

I hope your December is going well…how is that Christmas is practically 10 days away?! For the past couple of months, I have been diligently setting aside marvelous gift ideas for beauty lovers in every category imaginable.  From the perfect thank you to the hostess on your list to the makeup-obsessed teen…from the demure skincare aficionado to brilliant stocking stuffers, this post has you covered.
Without any further ado, I am thrilled to present my Holiday 2015 gift guide.  If you are anything like me, you may have only recently found the time to embark upon the exhilarating yet often arduous journey otherwise known as Christmas shopping…with a fleeting reserve of time, thank goodness for the Internet and expedited shipping!
Kindly scroll for more details, a copious amount of images and the Bottom Line…
Above: For the home and hostess.
Above: Woodsy, musky and beautifully warm, this luxurious Diptyque set is oud, well-executed. 
Above: 12 colorful Molton Brown fragrances for endless enjoyment.

Above: The L’Occitane Hand Cream Trio is darling, no?
Above: This Tocca set may be too adorable to give away.
Above: More unconventional than flowers or wine, this diffuser is a gorgeous gift. 
–Shop for HOME + HOST(ESS)–

Above: Deluxe stocking stuffers.
Above: Bliss sets aplenty.
Above: SK-II Mid-Day Essence…every stocking should be so fortunate.
Above: Mauves and nudes for instant appeal.
Above: Swatches of the nude-toned Mally Duo and the clover pink Rouge Bunny Rouge gloss…whimsical and universally-flattering.
Above: The IT Cosmetics Brush Set comes with six brushes for a full face in seconds.
Above: Nails under control.
–Shop the Stocking Stuffers–

Above: Health + Hair.


Above: The holidays are a befitting time to embrace this utilitarian pairing from HUM.
–Shop Health + Hair–

Above: Books.


–Shop Books–

Above: Brushes.


Above: The Jenny Patinkin Gem Collection features four brushes, artfully emblazoned with a single gem.
Above: The Surratt Beauty Brushes‘ packaging is sublime.
Above: Four of my favorite Surratt Beauty brushes as of late.
Above: For the brush nonconformist, this five piece Artis set is a must.
–Shop Brushes–

Above: Fragrance.


  • Mixologie Blendable Perfume Collection…eight eclectic scents that are meant to be blended together to suit one’s personality and mood…fragrance has never been so fun.
  • Maison Margiela Replica By the Fireplace…the latest from the Maison Margiela line, this woodsy musk evokes the lush warmth of a fireplace in wintertime, making this entirely apropos for the months to come.
  • Byredo Oliver Peoples (reviewed HERE)…slightly spicy, slightly fruity and slightly musky, this skin scent is unisex and excellent for daily use.  I am already halfway through my bottle!
  • Reisa…a unique blend of sensuous florals and unexpected oud, this special blend is as singular as the woman who wears it.

Above: The scent alchemy of Mixologie…excellent for a creative friend or family member.
Above: 3 unconventionally captivating fragrances
–Shop Fragrance–

Above: Foundation for days.


Above: Beautiful makeup begins with a beautiful base.
–Shop Foundation–

Above: For the burgeoning beauty lover.


Above: A closeup of the Stila set.
Above: Maybelline Brow Drama features two coordinating brow powders and a highlight shade.

Above: The PIXI Contouring Kit.
–Shop Teen Beauty–

Above: Skincare galore.


Above: A closeup of the four-piece Tata Harper Glow on Demand Set.
–Shop the Skincare–

Above: The CdPB Bal Masque Coffret + the Giorgio Armani Luxe is More Palette.


  • Clé de Peau Beauté Bal Masque Coffret (also available at CdPB): This gorgeous 3 piece set features a breathtakingly beautiful eye shadow quad in the greens of the season, a natural red lipstick and a bordeaux version of the Perfect Lash Mascara (reviewed HERE).  Full closeup review of this gem forthcoming!
  • Giorgio Armani Luxe is More Palette: This two layered wonder contains a host of neutral eye shadows, two under eye concealers and a setting powder for a sophisticated take on the “no-makeup makeup” look.  This is the palette you will reach for time and again…comprehensive swatches soon.
Above: Beauty Set #1.
Above: Beauty Set #2.
Beauty Set #2: Classic Minimalist

Above: Beauty Set #3.
Beauty Set #3: Pink and Tan Glow
Above: Beauty Set #4.

Beauty Set #4: Rich Lips + Neutrals

Above: Beauty Set #5.

Beauty Set 5: Bolds + Bronzes 

Above: Beauty Set #6.

Beauty Set 6: Golden Taupe Gorgeousness

Above: Beauty Set #7.

Beauty Set #7: Surratt Beauty Genius

–Shop Beauty– 

Above: Last look.
Bottom Line: I hope you found this holiday gift guide of epic proportions helpful and useful; I still have a beauty product  lip color intensive, a jewelry spotlight and a “last minute picks” gift guide in the works, slated to go live later on this week along with a fresh FOTD and new product procurements.
I would love to know which products are on YOUR list to give or get…do share!
–The Beauty Professor
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Comments (4)

  • Unknown Reply

    Great post! The problem, I want them all! I always love to get my daughter, sisters and girlfriends little beauty goodies. Love your suggestions! ?

    December 15, 2015 at 2:32 pm
    • The Beauty Professor Reply

      Thanks so much, Debi…happy shopping, my friend! Hope your week is going well…xx,

      –The Beauty Professor

      December 16, 2015 at 6:10 am
  • wendy Reply

    hi rachel!!! you have exquisite taste and there's so many things that i want on here!! i wanted to ask you, under the category bolds and bronzes what is that next to the mustaev blush and above the marc jacobs nail polish? it looks like a gorgeous bronzey eyeshadow. it could be my eyes but, i only count 4 items that are in detail and 5 makeup items in the picture. those surratt brushes look amazing. loving the armani eye tints. omg!! loving everything!! i already have chanel's ideale lipgloss. i love it!! i will come back to this post many times. thankyou so much rachel!! xxoo. p.s. sorry for any typos or blunders, i'm typing this before i go to sleep for the night, in your snapwidget/ instagram pictures….it just shows your lips and it says something about makeup forever (i could be mistaken) what are you wearing? xoxo.

    December 16, 2015 at 2:06 am
    • The Beauty Professor Reply

      Hello Wendy!

      Thank you ever so much for the kind words; I so appreciate your question as somehow, in my haste, I failed to post the details for the eye shadow (now updated!). It's Urban Decay Chopper and it's a glorious light copper with slightly rosy leanings. It is so easy to wear and I've been reaching for it constantly!

      Also, in the Instagram pic, I am wearing a combination of MUFE Nude Beige gloss and Rodial lip liner #2…full feature of this favorite combination soon ; )

      XO and sleep well,

      –The Beauty Professor

      December 16, 2015 at 6:13 am

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