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Best bets for the beauty buff on your gift list

Jessica Padykula is a freelance writer and editor in Toronto, Canada covering a wide range of  topics for several online lifestyle publications. She is a regular contributor for SheKnows, covering travel, style, relationships, health and...

Best beauty gifts

Shopping season has begun! How many people have you crossed off your gift list? Choosing what to buy for whom can be tough, but we’re here to help. If you’re shopping for a few beauty buffs this year, we have some beauty gifts they’re sure to covet.

Hair bling

Hair bling is in this winter (as seen on many a fall/winter runway) and no beauty buff should go without a little extra sparkle for her strands, we say. Just try not to swoon when you check out this gorgeous olive branch headband (bhldn.com, $280), featuring clusters of golden leaves, sparkling jeweled fruits and ornate branches. The elegant handmade piece is perfect for taking any holiday outfit up a few notches and creating a chic, eye-catching hair style sans stress.

olive branch headband

Pretty polish

Who doesn't love a perfectly polished nail? Hotly-hued nails are a winter beauty must, so we suggest gifting your favorite manicure-addicted pal with some of this season's most sought-after shades. She's sure to love the front row collection from Nails Inc. (sephora.com, $18) featuring four stand-out metallic shades perfect for party season. Gunmetal, champagne, bright red and silvery purple make up this must-have nail gift kit.

front row collection from Nails Inc

Skin-softening scrub

Every girl wants smooth, touchable skin and there's no better time than winter to squeeze in some extra scrubbing. One of our all-time favorite body buffers – and one we know anyone on your gift list will love – is Fresh brown sugar body polish (fresh.com, $65). Brown sugar is blended with four oils – evening primrose, sweet almond, apricot kernel and jojoba to smooth and soften skin. The luxurious body polish also contains peppermint to invigorate and calendula to calm and soothe.

Fresh brown sugar body polish

Pretty palette

Beauty buffs are ready for everything and always look good on the go – no matter the venue. We're pretty sure she'll love this sleek, minimalist Julie Hewett palette housing a multi-tasking sheer color for lips and cheeks (Anthropologie, $18). Choose from three subtle shades: Rosie (sheer, vibrant raspberry), Destiny (soft nude with pink undertones) and Peachie (bright coral peach) – or pick up all three!

Julie Hewitt palette, lip and cheek colors

Gorgeous gloss

If you're really stumped for what to buy your beauty-obsessed BFF, you can't ever go wrong with gloss. Give her the one that outshines them all – Juicy Tubes. The holiday gift set is packed with six seasonal shades she'll love to paint her pout with (Lancome, $30). Shiny, sparkly shades range from peachy nudes to eye-popping pinks.

Juicy Tubes

Fresh fragrance

We've always been suckers for Marc Jacobs' scents and we can't wait to gift a few select people on our list with the Marc Jacobs daisy rollerball trio set featuring three of the designer's most popular perfumes – Daisy, Eau so Fresh and Lola – in purse-size rollerball vials (Bloomingdales, $38). The three signature scents come packaged in an adorable metal tin making it virtually gift-ready. All you need to do is add a bow!

Marc Jacobs daisy rollerball trio set

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