Gift Guide: For the Beauty Junkie

gift guide for the beauty junkie guru

Back at it today with Gift Guide #7! (Missed one? You can see the first six here!)

Today is all about the beauty junkie in your life. The girl who’s obsessed with Birchbox*, who’s addicted to the checkout lanes at Sephora (guilty.. they get me every time), and who is always carrying at least four lipsticks in her purse. Sound familiar? These gifts are for her!

I was never really a beauty junkie until my first job in New York. I managed social media for a company that owned eight cosmetics, skincare, hair care, and fragrance brands. We did most of the product development in house so I became quite the guinea pig. For 16 months, I was always testing new hair sprays, lip colors, moisturizers, fragrances, and even men’s facial scrub. Needless to say, I became kind of obsessed with trying out new products!

I’ve tried and tested most of these products myself. (I’m putting them on here, so you know they’re good!) And the ones that I haven’t tried have come highly recommended and are on my “to buy” list in my phone. What, you don’t have one of those? 😉

St. Tropez Self Tanner | YSL Touche Éclat (How fun is this special edition tube?! Need it.) | YSL Lipstick | Smashbox Brush Set | Aerin Evening Rose | Ted Baker Cosmetic Bag | Aerin Eyelight Concealer | Aerin Ikat Jasmine Body Cream | NARS Audacious Lipstick | Caudalíe Nighttime Detox Oil | NARS Smoky Eye Kit | MZ Wallace Cosmetic Bag | Essie Polish | NARS Eye Liner

*If she’s not already a Birchbox member, a subscription is a fabulous gift idea!

Lauren recommended this nighttime detox oil and I fell in love. I’ve been wearing the new NARS Audacious Lipstick like every day. I’ve been experimenting with this smoky eye kit.. Great for beginners! (I feel like I’m so bad at eyeshadow.) Lauren P got me this cosmetic bag for my birthday and it’s just so cute!

And because I ran out of space in the image above, here are some of my absolute favorites…

Favorite Lipsticks: Pink (shade: fuchsia) | Bold Red (shade: beso) | Less Upkeep Red (shade: cherry)| Mauve (shade: anna)

This is my absolute favorite hair product… ever. This spray is absolutely magical. My go-to fragrance. Favorite tinted chapstick. Must-have leave-in hair product. The very best dry shampoo. Can’t get enough of these serum capsules. Favorite Self-Tanner. I could go on and on… Maybe I should write about beauty more often? You tell me!

Click through the slideshow below to shop these gifts and more…


Twenty Five Days of Gift Guides

Day 1: Jessica’s Wish List | Day 2: The New Yorker | Day 3: Sparkle Obsessed | Day 4: Festive Finds | Day 5: Plaid & Tartan | Day 6: Monograms | Day 7: Beauty Junkie

Or check them all out on this Pinterest board!

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  1. 11.18.14
    Rena said:

    Thanks a lot! Now I know really good presents for some of my friends – although I would be happy to get that stuff, too 🙂
    xx from Germany/Bavaria, Rena

  2. 11.18.14
    Emily said:

    That dry shampoo along with Blopro is my favorite! Even with my dark hair. I put it on at night and it soaks up the grease as I sleep. My hair looks great.

  3. 11.18.14

    I’ve heard fabulous things about the YSL lipsticks! I really want to try one!

    Her Heartland Soul

  4. 11.18.14

    Great suggestions! How cute is that Ted Baker bag?

    Liz @

  5. 11.18.14
    Alexandra said:

    Fabulous round up – a birch box subscription would be an amazing gift!

    Warm Regards,

  6. 11.18.14

    SUCH A great guide! Who doesn’t need a little St. Tropez this time of year?!

    Heidi D.

  7. 11.18.14
    Lauren said:

    Lipsticks and Nail Polishes are always my go-to beauty gifts for my girlfriends. You can never have too many!


  8. 11.18.14

    I’m such a fan of that YSL lipstick. I love it in every shade.

  9. 11.18.14

    Awesome gift guide! Plum and red lip shades are perfect for holiday presents. Happy Tuesday 🙂

  10. 11.18.14
    Emily said:

    This is so great! My friends are most definitely beauty junkies. I can’t wait to check all of this out!

  11. 11.18.14
    Ella said:

    YES you should write more beauty posts- I’m obsessed! You literally described me perfectly as this guide’s target <3

  12. 11.18.14
    Sam said:

    This past year or so I have become a major beauty junkie! I definitely miss all the magazine beauty sales where I could get amazing products for only $1. I have a thing of St, Tropez spray that I have yet to try. I should probably use it now that I am a lovely shade of ghost white.

  13. 11.19.14
    Melissa said:

    Such great picks Jess!

  14. 11.19.14

    Great idea, I have a friend that would love all of these.

  15. 11.19.14
    Ana said:

    Hahaha that so me, too! I’m a complete beauty addict. It started when I was about 14, spending all my pocket money on new products (my family fell over laughing when I bought eyeleshes conditioner). Not much changed for me in that department 🙂 Great selection- I already own half of the items and they are truly great!

  16. 11.19.14

    I’m such a beauty junkie…this is my dream to find all this under the tree! Great roundup!

    Cathy, your Poor Little It Girl

  17. 11.19.14

    I’m OBSESSED with Nars lipstick – I really should try their other items!


  18. 11.19.14
    Sarah said:

    Yes! I love beauty themed post! I’m quite the product junkie myself.

  19. 11.19.14
    Rachel said:

    Great Picks! I feel that every girl is a beauty junkie. You just have to find out what product she can’t live without.

  20. 11.20.14

    I love love love that Ted Baker makeup bag! I have it already in black and pink!

  21. 11.27.14
    Nina said:

    Your beauty posts are fabulous! Please do more – I’m a big fan!