Last Minute Luxury: Gift Ideas, a New Video Tutorial + My Latest Lip Collaboration!

Last Minute Luxury items for face, hair and body
Last minute luxury for everyone (including you) on your list.

The season of gifting is upon us and I have rounded up some of my favorite luxury beauty to consider as you finalize your lists! I am also thrilled to share a video tutorial featuring even more skincare and makeup favorites and am over the moon to introduce you to my latest lip color collaboration, created in partnership with Nude Envie.

Kindly scroll on for more details, swatches and images of everything in action as well as the Bottom Line…

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Last Minute Luxury: Gift Ideas, a New Video Tutorial + My Latest Lip Collaboration!

Give the gift of good skin, which is sure to be well received by everyone. I adore everything from Agent Nateur (use AGENTRACHEL for 15% off)  and use the Holi Oil and Holi Mane daily; there are also some new launches that have also made it into the mix including the Lash + Brow Serum (masterful results with zero irritation), the Body Balm (glowing skin with a lush, weightless texture…insane!), the Holi Body Wash (a shower must to cleanse and refine skin…I love using it for the closest shave, too),  Filter Face Cream (hydrates with a velvety finish that’s great for all skin types including oily) and the Lactic Acid Cleanser Duo, which removes every last trace of makeup with the oil and then leaves skin absolutely glowing thanks to potent yet gentle lactic acid.


Next, the *Augustinus Bader Cream and Rich Cream are excellent to hydrate, protect and refine all skin types while adding a glow; I’ve used both since 2017 and the cream is my husband’s favorite (and he’s tried a lot in my arsenal over the years). For eyes, the *Retrouve Revitalizing Eye Concentrate (also available at Retrouve) is the unequivocal gold standard for lifting, firming and smoothing and the *Retrouve Dermal Defense Hand Cream (also available at Retrouve) is a opulent must to expertly care for one’s most used limbs. Lips will benefit from the BY TERRY Terryfic Glow Baume De Rose Lip Care Set,which includes an innovative scrub to gently exfoliate and a jar of the iconic Baume de Rose, which is peerlessly elegant and effective.

I’ve also been testing and loving the Herbal Face Food The Cream (use BPCream20 for 20% off site wide) which you can see in action in my tutorial below. It’s got such a beautifully unique texture and is made completely of botanicals…it’s completely edible (wild!) and has natural SPF50. There’s really nothing like it and my skin is revitalized every time I use it, which is a lot as of late.


For the body, Pink Swan makes an incredible oil that hydrates and absorbs on contact while imparting a glorious glow. Housed in a chic glass bottle and produced in small batches, it’s independent beauty at its best. Use BEAUTYPROFESSOR for 15% off.

Last Minute Luxury items for the lips

// MAKEUP //

City Beauty is currently in the midst of its final days of a 35% off sale (through 12/18 with code BEAUTYPROFESSOR) and the site is brimming with innovative products that I’ve personally used for years. I wholly recommend the Line-Blurring Wrinkle Filler as an instant topical to smooth fine lines and wrinkles on all complexions, even on top of makeup, the volumizing and lengthening Beyond Mascara (on my 4th tube!), which delivers a false lash effect without smudging or flaking and, of course, the City Lips Matte in Blush Nude and City Lips in Los Angelips, which in tandem create a quintessentially gorgeous pinky nude lip with noticeable plumping effects.

Last Minute Luxury makeup items from City Beauty
Swatches of some of my City Beauty favorites.

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To protect the complexion, the Iris and Romeo Weekend Skin (use code Rachel -15 for 15% off) is brilliant. The 100% mineral SPF adds hydration and a stunning golden glow that leaves skin looking healthy and plump. I also love the Gee Beauty Prime Skin (comes in a versatile range of shades); one pump evens skin tone, taking the place of primer and foundation while looking entirely natural. The Gee Beauty Pinky Beam is equally effortless as a fresh wash of color for cheeks, eyes and lips alike. I also appreciate the bouncy ease of the *Merit Flush Balms (the peachy Beverly Hills, rosy Cheeky and plummy Mood are favorites); apply straight the dome and blend with fingertips for a seamless and fresh finish.

For a universally flattering glow, the LE *Clé de Peau Beauté Luminizing Face Enhancer in 105 is so lush. The sculpted, celestially-themed packaging is next-level and the pearlescent powder is so finely milled that it instantly makes skin look lit from within. Additionally, I can’t believe I’m typing this but it looks like my beloved Tom Ford Golden Peach Eyeshadow is going away (it’s sold out at most retailers) so now is the time to stock up for yourself and those in your life who love it, too. I’ve also found limited stock HERE and HERE.


In terms of brushes, the new Jenny Patinkin Brush Set is genius. With dual-ended construction and sustainable bristles that are ultra soft and dense to blend powders and creams adeptly, this are truly the only 6 brushes one would need to create an entire face. They come in a gorgeous pouch which makes traveling with them a dream.

Speaking of dreamy, Oribe has just launched brushes made of Italian resin…a breathtakingly beautiful fusion of style and substance. I recommend the Italian Resin Flat Brush (apropos for all hair types), the Italian Resin Medium Round Brush (perfect for bouncy blowouts) and the Italian Resin Wide Tooth Comb (detangle post-shower without incurring damage to delicate damp locks).

Gift Ideas

For stocking stuffers, I recommend getting those you love a  SABRE Pepper Spray with Jeweled Design; it’s eye-catching and easily latches on to keys or a purse making it extremely convenient to stay extra safe. I never leave home without mine. I also love the endless options from Loopy Cases, which feature a flexible finger loop to make holding your cell phone securely an achievable endeavor.

Finally, give the gift of mental fitness and increased intelligence with a BrainHQ subscription. The website has 29 online exercises that work out attention, brain speed, memory, people skills, navigation and intelligence, making it a  utilitarian present for anyone seeking to improve their cognitive strength. I have been working with my subscription for the past few months and love it regularly refines my thought process!

Last Minute Luxury  from Nude Envie in neutrals
Nude Envie neutrals.

Also, in honor of the launch of my new Beauty Professor x Nude Envie Joey Lipstick (see it in action in the video below and I’ve included swatches at the end of this post), I am so happy to be able to extend an exclusive 15% off code to my BP community (use BP15 for 15% off…new lipstick launches excluded). This chic, LA-based line has ranked amongst my favorites for years…from the creamy and glowing Cream Blush (Ibiza Nude and Peachy are magnificent) and softly radiant Golden Highlighter to the rosy neutral eyeshadows in Beguile, Dreamy and Desire (a holy grail hue) and the rich mauve shine of Fearless Lip Gloss, there are so many resplendent options to consider. Also, take a peek at the gift bundles, which are curated for a range of different skin tones.

nude envie swatches
Nude Envie swatches.

On to the tutorial…

// Everything I Used in the Tutorial //

(1) T3 Volumizing Hot Rollers

(2) ZIIP GX: Use code ZIIPWITHBP for 20% off 

(3) *Herbal Face Food The Cream: Use code BPCREAM20 for 20% off sitewide (expires 12/31)

(4) *Make Moisturizing Reverse Emulsion

(5) *Make Beauty Smoothing Eye Treatment

(6) Drink Break—I have this exact Yeti in 3 colors

(7) *Le Metier de Beaute Peau Vierge 3: Use BP20 for 20% off site wide

(8) *Agent Nateur Body Balm: Use AGENTRACHEL for a discount site-wide  

(9) *Beautybio Pout Lip Plumper (reviewed HERE)

(10) *Clé de Peau Beauté Radiant Cream Foundation in O40:  Swatches of all shades HERE

(11) *GrandeBROW 2-in1 Tinted Brow Gel in Medium: Use Beautyprofessor15 for 15% off site wide

(12) *SUQQU Tone Touch Eyes 110 back in stock!

(13) *MAKE Skin Mimetic Bronzer in Aura

(14) *Girlactik Blush Duo in Florence and Bora Bora: Use BP20 for 20% off site-wide

(15) *Nude Envie Cream Blush in Ibiza Nude: Use code BP15 for 15% off everything (**excludes new lipstick launches)

(16) *ICONIC London Glaze Crayons in Wildflower and Nectar

(17) Jillian Dempsey Eye Kohl in Burgundy

(18) *Keyvn Aucoin lip definer in Minimal

(20) *Tower 28 Make Waves Mascara

(21) Beauty Professor x Nude Envie Joey Lipstick

(22) *La Bouche Rouge La Lumiere Highlighter

(23) *Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mist

Wearing a Susana Monaco top and trousers in a size 6.

Nude Envie Lipstick Joey
Meet my Beauty Professor x Nude Envie Lip Color in Joey.

Beauty Professor x Nude Envie Joey Lipstick

After months of testing, mixing, trial and error, I am thrilled to finally be able to formally introduce you to my brand new Beauty Professor x Nude Envie Joey Lipstick.

woman with full face makeup using Last Minute Luxury

A playful yet sophisticated blend of peach, pink and coral that was the result of nearly a year of development, this luxurious creamy lip color includes Vitamin E, jojoba oil and peptides for lush volume and buttery smoothness and the pearly finish that enhances depth and makes lips look full and healthy.

Joey is a shade that will flatter a spectrum of skin tones and, thanks to its impeccable, quality, all Nude Envie products are paraben free, cruelty free, vegan and gluten free. Vitamin E and jojoba oil allow our lipsticks to be extra moisturizing and extra luxurious.

Beauty Professor x Nude Envie Joey Lipstick swatch as Last Minute Luxury
Beauty Professor x Nude Envie Joey Lipstick alone on the lips.

Beauty Professor x Nude Envie Joey Lipstick looks incredible on its own, over nude lip liner and even on top of a darker lipstick, making it a makeup bag must that will add masterful versatility to your collection. I am truly proud of what Isabel Madison and I created with this shade…it’s truly a dream come to fruition!

Beauty Professor x Nude Envie Joey Lipstick swatch
A sunlit swatch of Beauty Professor x Nude Envie Joey Lipstick
Last look. Beauty Professor x Nude Envie Joey Lipstick in action.

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Bottom Line:

I truly hope you found this last minute luxury gift guide helpful and enjoyed the video tutorial as well.

Thank you, sincerely, for celebrating the launch of Beauty Professor x Nude Envie Joey Lipstick with me; I can’t wait to see how you wear it in the coming days!

Good things ahead, including a some new beauty on my radar, my best of 2022 video (watch last year’s HERE) and a story to commemorate 11 years of Beauty Professor…looking forward to sharing.

Stay strong, seek wisdom, much love and more soon,


–The Beauty Professor

**PR samples provided for review denoted by an asterisk (the rest purchased by me). However, as always, all of my opinions are expressly and unequivocally my own. © 2012-22 Beauty Professor® All Rights Reserved. Do not copy, reprint or republish content and/or photos without author’s written permission.

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