Ok, so minor confession. I definitely used to be one of those people that never had their act together around the holidays, especially when it came to gift giving. I was 100% the person who would be scrambling to put together gifts as late as the day of - and it was almost always a guarantee, with so many people getting together, that I would forget someone important. After a few embarrassing incidents, I definitely got better at being prepared, and even came up with a fool-proof trick for having something awesome on hand for literally everyone - even the surprise visits of people I wasn’t expecting to see!
Since I’m such a regular at Sephora inside JCPenney (seriously though, I can’t stay away), every holiday season, I’ve started stocking up on goodies to have on hand for everyone on my list. From my 4 sisters to my 5 cousins (and let’s not get into how many second cousins I have), nieces, aunts, friends, and random family friends, I’ve got it all under control.
See the thing is, I’ve found that no matter who the person is, beauty tends to be something everyone is interested in. It’s exciting to unwrap, it can be useful, it doesn’t take up a lot of room, and feels like a total luxury - even though it’s totally affordable.
My go-to picks are often sheet masks - as everyone’s skin can use a little boost during the winter months, and right before the New Year! I snag a ton of these and keep them ready to go,handing them out like holiday cards. I love the Sephora Collection ones specifically, partly because they really work, but also because the packaging is so pretty you really don’t even have to wrap it! This year, I picked up a few of their Gold & Silver Masks ($6 each).
Other go-to’s are their selection of little perfumes - they are always so pretty, and fantastic for travel. I’ve also found it’s a great way to introduce someone to a new scent without forcing them to commit to an entire bottle. One of my favorites is the Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium Rollerball.
And lastly, I always pick up a few special gift sets, like this Bomb Baby Mini Lip and Face Set from Fenty Beauty by Rihanna, that are universal for every skin tone. I mean, what beauty lover in your life wouldn’t want a highlighter and lip gloss from Fenty?
And the best part is, even if you end up overbuying extras, it doesn’t matter, because there’s nothing here I wouldn’t want to use myself! So, happy holidays to you! And to me… ;)
This post was written in collaboration with Sephora inside JCPenney. #SephoraInJCP