The 14 Best Holiday Gifts for Beauty Lovers

by Nicole Collins
And just like that the year is about to end! I don’t know where the time went, but I know that I now have a list of people I need to get presents for and most of them are beauty lovers so I put together this amazing list of things I know they’ll love! Added treat, everything is on sale!
The thing about gift giving is that most people aren’t very good at it. Let’s be honest. Most people try to think of a “good gift” rather than thinking about what the person they love loves most. If you buy your loved one (or colleague or mother in law or whomever) something they actually enjoy and would buy for themself, then you’ve given them an amazing gift.
Everyone wants luxury skincare or a truly epic dry shampoo or some new makeup that they will really love. They want something they haven’t yet splurged on for themself but have been dying to try or a surprise they hadn’t yet discovered. Do yourself a favor, and put these little gems into a gift box or stocking this season and thank us later!
At 213Deli we’ve tried it all. The brands we love don’t test on animals because people like me are more than happy to try new beauty products regularly even though I sometimes end up with rashes and reactions. It’s worth it to find the holy grails that really do work. I’ve worked in beauty for nearly 20 years now, and I’ve tried just about every product on the market. Herewith are my top 14 beauty favorites for 2023.
Hydra Dew

Best Beauty Multi-tasker

I think we can all agree that there’s nothing better than finding a product that gives you your ideal luminous glow. My current favorite is the rms Beauty ReDimension Hydra Dew Luminizer, which is a highlighter and eyeshadow all in one gorgeous little compact.
You’ll see that the glow is hitting its stride when you pop it on the high points of your face (your cheekbones, brow bones, nose, and cupid’s bow). You can also use it as an eyeshadow.
The luminosity is perfection and it’s made with skin-loving, clean ingredients like everything else from rms – specifically Gel2Powder technology, wildcrafted buriti oil, and organic jojoba oil. The Gel2Powder technology is what you can thank for the lovely light weight of the formula. It helps the texture feel bouncy and provides long lasting, multi-dimensional color. The oils work to protect your skin’s barrier, provide antioxidant protection, and help your skin retain moisture.
BONUS for 213Deli, get an original Beauty Blender (you know that cute pink sponge) when you buy the rms Beauty ReDimension Hydra Dew Luminizer. Our gift to you!

Best Lip Oil

There is (almost) nothing more alluring than supple lips, which makes a great lip oil the perfect gift for yourself or a gal pal.
The Saint Jane Luxury Lip Oil in Alchemy hosts a cocktail of beneficial oils, butters, and antioxidant-rich vitamin C to leave lips hyper hydrated. The sheer wash of shimmery rose paints the lips with just enough iridescence to give the appearance of fullness and flush. This is gorgeous on its own or over any other lip shade.
Fun fact: Saint Jane is named after a 16th century saint, Jane De Chantal, who dedicated her life to nursing sick and elderly women who were rejected by other religious orders because of their age or ailments. A feminist who inspired collective care as the north star of your brand? I’m all about it.

Best Lip Scrub

Again I say, there is (almost) nothing more alluring than supple lips. That makes the Sara Happ Lip Scrub in her best selling Pink Grapefruit arguably the best gift for anyone and everyone on earth.
Sara Happ broke the early aughts internet when she literally invented a category and launched the first-ever lip scrub, which remains a cult classic to this day. Whether you’re battling skin concerns or trying to scrape off last night’s red lipstick, this scrub is magic in a tub and perfectly unisex!! The best selling Pink Grapefruit scrub has the refreshing flavor of fresh grapefruit that immediately invigorates the senses with a burst of bright citrus while eliminating dry, flaky skin and immediately leaving lips soft and supple.

Best Mascara

Kjær Weis’s Im-Possible Mascara is aptly named, because it seems impossible. Certified organic mascara that is buildable, volumizing, lengthening, lasts all day, and is easy to remove? Packaging that is recyclable and can be infinitely refilled? Impossible. Until now. Kjær Weis, the pioneer of organic, luxury beauty, made it happen.
The brush is a dream! Dual-sided, with one curvy side for buildable volume and drama, and a flat side for detail and definition. I like to use both, starting with the curve to get the length and fullness going, then flip to the flat side for precision. I don’t personally wear mascara on the bottom lashes, but the flat side would be perfect for applying there if you do.
The formula is a bold black. Just a few coats make my lashes really pop. It dries quickly so I don’t have to deal with smudges, but not so quick that it causes clumps. And the ingredients are gorgeous. Sustainably sourced beeswax with acacia gum creates the creamy texture and clump-free hold. Marula oil nourishes the lashes. Raspberry fruit water and sunflower seed oil condition and support growth. It’s like a built-in lash treatment.

Best Aerosol Dry Shampoo

I could wax poetic about dry shampoo for hours. I’ve tried them all and fallen in love many times.
Most people wash their hair 1-2 times a week, which is the exact right amount of times.  Washing and drying aren’t great for our hair or our scalp microbiomes.  But how do we stay fresh looking between washes and blow-outs?  The key to this and many other things in life, really, is an incredible dry shampoo. 
I honestly don’t know how people lived before dry shampoo.  Then again, was there a time before shampoo?  People were putting powder in their hair hundreds of years ago so dry shampoo really is one of the oldest tricks in the book!  
The Living Proof Advanced Clean Dry Shampoo is literally one of the best beauty products on planet earth.  I cannot say enough great things about it.  The incredible formula truly cleans like a liquid shampoo.  It eliminates oil and sweat, leaves hair with just-washed and treated softness and shine and conditions ends.  It balances your scalp’s sebum levels and adds pollution protection.  Plus it leaves no white cast.  I mean, what’s left to say? 

Best Powder Dry Shampoo

I’m also all the way in love with the Nature Lab Tokyo Perfect Clean Dry Shampoo. It’s truly unique in that it is a powder in a non-aerosol pump so you spray it and a puff of powder lands cleanly on your scalp. I have very dark brown hair so I usually opt for dry shampoos with color, but this powder is magical and leaves no white cast or ashy look. It blends Japanese rice powder and volcanic minerals to absorb oil and impurities. I spray and then shake my strands to distribute the product evenly throughout my hair. It leaves you with a fresh-from-the-shower air-dried (esque) moment.
This is the only way to go if you’re traveling (it’s TSA friendly) or buying for a friend with wanderlust who never checks a bag!

Best Scalp Scrub

If you are, in fact, washing your hair only 1-2 times a week as you should be then make sure your washes count!  Use a scalp scrub that will really rid your scalp of product and dead skin build up and leave your hair gorgeous. 
I’ve tried so many scalp scrubs and many leave my scalp and, or hair dry and brittle, which is not what we’re going for. The NatureLab Perfect Clean 2-in-1 Scalp Scrub and Clarifying Shampoo is magic in a tub, and it’s safe for color treated hair! Massage your scalp like you’re at a fancy salon and feel the refreshing tingle getting your scalp all the way clean. Last, pull the product gently through your tresses then follow up with your favorite conditioner.
Inspired by the ancient Japanese ritual of sake cleansing, this scrub + shampoo uses probiotic-rich sake water, antioxidants, and plant extracts to exfoliate the scalp. It works like a treatment and is gentle enough for daily use – not that anyone washes their hair daily. The probiotic-rich sake water balances the scalp’s microbiome. Sugar crystals remove build up without drying out the scalp. Hyaluronic acid (the same one you put on your face) hydrates strands for visible shin, and platinum fiber adds a glossed finish.
New Mutha

Best Eye Cream

It might sound crazy to give someone an eye cream as a gift, but if your gift recipient loves skincare and, or is over the age of 35 (and certainly if they’re a mom), they’re likely going to be extraordinarily appreciative of such a thoughtful gift!
Among its 100% clean, 97% naturally derived ingredients in the MUTHA Up All Night Eye Cream are pearl powder and coffee seed extracts that make quick work of diminishing dark circles and boosting radiance. Bio-fermented hyaluronic acids, rice kefiran, and rice peptides provide maximum hydration, renewing tired eyes to give that “I just got eight hours of refreshing sleep” look.
I love its whipped texture that absorbs easily and its pearlescent tint that creates the effect of a pretty highlighter, brightening my under eye area with gusto.
Best Serum

Best Serum with Vitamin A

If your gift recipient is a minimalist or insanely busy (ie doesn’t have time for a 10 step skincare routine) then give them just this one item, and they’ll be eternally grateful. The U Beauty Resurfacing Compound is meant to help with four key skin issues we encounter more of as we mature: fine lines, blemishes, discoloration and uneven texture.
This one product includes several big-hitting ingredients, like vitamin C, retinol, hydroxy acids, vitamin E and antioxidants. I know you may be thinking that sounds like a lot of actives all together, and you’re right. The experts at U Beauty have created this formula using their proprietary SIREN Capsule technology, which delivers these powerhouse ingredients to areas of your face most compromised by oxidative damage. Free radicals are neutralized by the SIREN Capsule, and the anti-aging actives penetrate the skin’s most vulnerable areas. It is not only gentle (no burning, no stinging) but it provides real results. This is a holy grail product that will utterly delight its recipient!
Bio Effect

Best Serum without Vitamin A

Now if your gift recipient is a maximalist and loves a longer skincare routine (or they cannot use vitamin A because they have sensitive skin) then get them the bioeffect egf serum. This Iceland-based biotech brand uses a botanically-derived form of Epidermal Growth Factor from barley that can be used on its own as a gentle, retinol-alternative, or in conjunction with the dermatologically-beloved vitamin A-derivative for an added, anti-aging boost.
Epidermal growth factor is a signaling protein that targets cell turnover and increases the presence of structural proteins in the skin like collagen and elastin, as well as hydration powerhouse hyaluronic acid. Supporting these components of the skin — which naturally begin to decline at the age of 25 — means helping to buffer your complexion from the typical signs of aging like wrinkles, crepiness, sagging, et al. It also supports the integrity of the skin barrier, a protective layer of the skin that keeps moisture in and irritants, aggressors, and pathogens out.
I use the U Beauty serum in the morning and this one at night, so you can give them both!

Best Serum with SPF

Again, the maximalist will want this to layer over the others. The minimalist or gift recipient with sensitive skin who never leaves the house without SPF will love this serum all on its own.
Formulated with 70% organic ingredients, the clean, vegan formula offers broad-spectrum protection against UVA and UVB rays, as well as Bluescreen Digital De-Stress Technology — which is a fancy way of saying the product includes plant-based active ingredients to repel blue light from screens and even helps to combat pollutants.
But that’s not all. While you’ve probably heard all about probiotics being great for your gut, it’s not exactly common knowledge that these tiny microorganisms can also improve the look of skin as well. By helping all skin types, whether dry, normal, combination, or oily, to retain moisture, this super ingredient works to keep the skin’s natural barrier intact and thriving — and yes, it’s all found in this fabulous serum.
To sweeten the deal, you’ll also be left with a gorgeous, dewy radiant glow — without having to excessively rub it in, just to suffer from the dreaded white cast so many sunscreens are known for.
In terms of the best way to use it, I like to save this product as the last step in my daytime routine. After cleansing, I simply apply my favorite serum then top with this gem.

Best Moisturizer

Ok now everyone on earth uses moisturizer even if they aren’t all the way down the serum rabbit hole like I am, so this is a slam dunk. The OSEA Atmosphere Protection Cream is a silky, lightweight moisturizer that absorbs quickly and wears really well under makeup. The key ingredient is undaria seaweed, which replenishes and rebuilds the skin’s moisture barrier. It’s also packed with a seaweed marine blend of brown & green seaweed extracts, sea water, and marine exopolysaccharide that work synergistically to balance the skin’s microbiome.
In clinicals studies, users overwhelmingly agree that their skin is more hydrated, healthy and smooth. I concur, and I find the subtle scent of rose geranium, clary sage & chamomile utterly intoxicating.
face oil

Best Face Oil

This is the item to gift if you’re really trying to impress someone! Retrouvé is pricey. It’s an investment, and it’s worth every penny.
The Retrouve Balancing Face Oil is light and silky. It seals in hydration, and works its magic all day under make-up. It’s easily absorbable with big benefits (antioxidant rich and full of fatty acids) but without the heavy feel of most oils. It features Mokaté Oil, from the drought-resistant Kalahari melon, which adapted to survive arid desert environments by locking in every drop of moisture. It’s made with the brand’s signature Triple Airless Protection System (RTAPS313™) that aids in keeping the exceptional ingredients exceptionally efficacious.
It’s so beautifully packaged that all it needs is a bow on top.

Best Full Skincare Routine for a full Overhaul

Pacifica Beauty’s latest skincare collection “Future Youth” celebrates the brand’s clean origins with modern innovation. This entire regimen comes in a limited edition PR Box not sold elsewhere, and it’s on sale making this arguably the best gift on this list.
The four piece collection is about cleansed, hydrated skin along with sunscreen and plant powered nutrients that fortify the skin’s barrier, all of which create healthy skin long-term. No aggressive exfoliators. All skin-loving nutrients. Transparent skincare that leaves you with a glow thanks to skin loving ingredients including their proprietary Flora+Peptide 11TM , Pacifica’s longevity complex with multi-peptides, phytonutrients, functional flowers and kombucha.
The first step in the routine is the Foaming Cleansing Gel, a gentle plant-based formula using the Flora+Peptide 11TM longevity complex, phytonutrients, flower oils and vanilla to leave skin clean and hydrated. In clinical studies, after just one use, 100% of users confirmed skin felt clean without residue, 97% agreed impurities were gently removed, 88% noticed skin felt refreshed and 78% noticed skin felt hydrated after rinsing. I love the scent and how gentle it is on my face and eyes.
Step two is always all about the eyes, and Pacifica nailed it with the Time Shift Eye Serum. It’s lightweight and unscented and deeply hydrating, which is ideal for the delicate area around my eyes. It’s also formulated with the Flora+Peptide 11TM longevity complex and visibly improves the appearance of fine lines around the eye area, helps brighten the appearance of dark circles and improves the appearance of skin’s elasticity and firmness. In clinical studies, in just 10-days, 88% of users agreed skin around the eyes felt more hydrated and 82% noticed skin around the eyes appeared more radiant. After 4-weeks of continued use, 89% of users noticed skin around the eyes retained more moisture ​& appeared more radiant, 83% confirmed an improvement in overall texture around the eyes, and 81% saw an overall more youthful appearance around the eyes. I’m using it morning and night and loving it for its mega hydration.
Step three is the Gravity Rebound Serum, a lightweight serum for the face, neck and decolletage also using the Flora+Peptide 11TM longevity complex. It’s rich in multi-peptides, phytonutrients steeped in omega 6 and 9, functional flowers such as Edelweiss (for its ability to protect and repair skin) and Kombucha (which smooths and improves texture). Clinical results showed statistically significant improvement in fine lines (after 10 days) and firmness (after 4 weeks). In just 10-days, 87% of users agreed skin felt softer, 84% noticed skin looks more radiant & youthful, 84% noticed an improvement in overall skin texture and 81% agreed skin looks healthier and more able to retain moisture ​. After 4-weeks of continued use, 93% of users agreed skin felt more hydrated, 91% agreed skin looks healthier, 88% noticed an increase in skin’s overall radiance and 81% felt skin’s integrity was stronger and firmer. I’m hooked and using it morning and night! 
Finally, the Daily Turnaround Hydrating Moisturizer (with broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection SPF 50) also uses the Flora+Peptide 11TM longevity complex and is fortified to hydrate and protect against daily skin stressors and absorbs easily. In clinical studies, 97% of users noticed the product went on smoothly & seamlessly without a white cast, 97% confirmed skin was deeply hydrated, 89% noticed a boost in skin’s radiance and 89% agreed skin texture was smoother. I love how lightweight it is and the fact that it’s got a heavy dose of SPF in it! It also looks great under makeup and doesn’t pill.
Happy gifting!!
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