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Easy, Giftable Beauty Ideas

12 Dec

Although I’m more than happy to accept beauty gifts all year long, December is the more acknowledged month for gift giving. What follows is a list of thoughtful, sure-shot suggestions for the beauty lover and self-care supporter in your life.


Pat McGrath Labs Mini LUST Gloss Trio: You can’t go wrong with these super wearable (warm or cool) glosses from the queen of color. No one delivers rich, blendable color formulas like Ms. McGrath! She defines makeup artistry. Even her packaging is gift-worthy.

If you’re shopping for an eye palette, her Blitz Astral Quad Eyeshadow in Iconic Illumination has big color payoff that doesn’t read like finger paint. It’s a covetable compact quadrant of warm gold and bronze hues with the perfect pop of fierce bordeaux.

If the site is sold out, most Sephoras are now carrying the brand.



Laneige formulas simply make me happy. The Kiss Me All Day holiday collection comes with 3 full-sized glowing lip balms. Packed with Murumuru and Shea butters, each fruit-flavored tube keeps lips soft and hydrated all day long. There’s even a hint of tint in the Berry and Peach.

For someone suffering from dry, cracked lips, the Kiss Me at Midnight holiday collection is gift perfection! Laneige basically pioneered Lip Sleeping Masks and from the many others I’ve tried, none compare to their vitamin-enriched, protective formula. I believe the sites are sold out of this collection (complete with full-sized original Berry flavor + 2 new travel-sized Mint Choco and Sweet Candy limited editions), but I’ve seen them inside Sephora stores recently.



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Anyone who appreciates natural skincare will fall in love with the Lavido Age Away Replenishing Cream. Lavido is an Israeli brand that’s actually new to me and I can’t get enough of their formulas. This age-delaying cream boasts Summer Snowflake (something else new to me!), Hyaluronic Acid, and Grapefruit Seed oil. Simply massage it into freshly-washed, slightly damp skin until it absorbs.



With all the CBD lines sprouting up lately (see what I did there?), I have to include a few of my favorites. Because some are seriously overrated!

Well makes a truly unique CBD Face & Body Mask that feels so good on dry and sensitive skin. It’s made with Kaolin Clay, Argan and Avocado oils. You leave it on for like 10 minutes and then just rub it in. No messy mask removal!

I’m a little obsessed (sure that makes sense!) with the Well CBD Body Cream. It is well-priced luxe hydration without the greasy feel and it smells like sweet, spa-vacation Lemon Grass. Aside from the 300mg of CBD, it delivers big skin conditioning benefits from Vitamin E, Shea, Avocado and Coconut oils.

If you want to help protect your person’s face from common offenders like blue light, infrared and UV rays, grab some CBD Blue Light Defense SPF 30 by Dermaquest. It lightly hydrates while protecting collagen and shielding skin. This brand has a bunch of wonderful solution-specific formulas, with and without CBD. All definitely worth checking out!



The PMD Clean Pro is next-level facial cleansing, with one side for cleansing and the other for applying serums using heat therapy. It breaks down the dirt and oil in pores at 7,000 vibrations per minute while apparently operating at the perfect frequency to lift, firm, and tone skin. This might not seem like an obvious gift, but someone who is serious about facial care will love it! Blame me if they don’t. 

Lastly is a super luxe brush collection from IT Cosmetics. Your Brush Magic! is a limited-edition 5-brush set for makeup application. It comes complete with specific face and eye brushes that are travel-ready in a soft pouch and clean lucite carrying case. Give them the perfect excuse to toss those old brushes and start the New Year with new plush ones!


Happy Gifting Season!






Guide to Mom’s Day

3 May

May means blue skies and butterflies. It feels like summer is on its way – in Los Angeles at least. It also means Mother’s Day. So lock in your brunch rez, grab that gift, and get ready fobiter a day with Mom.


When it comes to giving gifts, I often opt for something Mom might not buy for herself. Here are a few fun ideas I’ve come across lately.


Deconstructed Rose Lip Gloss Library

By Bite Beauty

A library of 12 perfectly purse-sized, rose-colored glosses, ranging from soft pinks to deep reds. They come in a feminine blossom box and have light rosewater fragrances. Make sure she tries on every shade. Each one goes on sheer and can be layered for a denser shine of color. Sephora



Bloxsun Sun Glove

By Bloxsun

As an LA driver, I’m a huge fan of this product! Help Mom protect her hands from UV rays, photo aging, collagen breakdown, sunspots – and all that other fun stuff. Bloxsun Sun Gloves have the fingertips cut off for better mobility, are rated UPF 50+ (highest level of sun protection avail today!), and come in a sweet little pouch.

Get them HERE.


lancerLancer Dermatology

440 N. Rodeo Drive | BH, 90210


I haven’t tried anything from Dr. Harold Lancer’s skin care collection that hasn’t been used to the very last drop. I truly love his products – and his no-BS manner. His Rodeo Drive office is probably the poshest (it’s a word now) practice I’ve visited. If Mom is a skin fanatic and you can swing the bill for an appointment, go for it! Otherwise, hook her up with some of his products.

Suggestions: Any of the Nourish creams, skin Polishes, or Lancer Lash (it’s NEW!)





Erick Orellana

Sally Hershberger Los Angeles

760 North La Cienega Blvd. | LA, 90069


It’s likely that Mom has heard of Sally Hershberger. Best known for her choppy short cuts à la Meg Ryan, she’s got salons on both coasts, and is one of Hollywood’s most famous hair stylists. But Sally’s salon colorists and stylists are renowned in their own rights, as well.

Do Mom a special solid and book her an appointment for some new highlights with Erick Orellana. She’ll know she’s in good hands as soon as she hits the chair. Erick makes it his business (literally!) to be meticulous about hair color, and is known as an industry go-to guy for color correction.

You can even meet Mom after for some killer coffee around the corner at Alfred on Melrose Place… quite possibly my favorite street in Los Angeles.


Pure Treatment Oil

By SHOW Beauty

If Mom wouldn’t dare drift from her own stylist, treat her hair to real indulgence with SHOW Beauty’s Pure Treatment Oil. It’s a strengthening Argan Oil elixir that helps to enhance shine, elasticity, and overall hair health. Plus the bottle is so gorgeous, it can actually double as décor.

Pick up any of the SHOW Beauty products at Net-a-Porter.


Happy Mother’s Day, all!