best gifts of 2016 | beauty

I’m one of those crazies who waits until the day after Thanksgiving to start prepping for Christmas (although I won’t say no to a “All I Want for Christmas” singalong year-round), so up to this point I’ve been pretty hush-hush on the holiday front. But when I looked at my calendar yesterday, I realized that we are only a week away from Thanksgiving and Christmas is coming up quick! In order to help you beat the last-minute shopping rush, therefore, (the one that I swear not to fall into every year) I’m so excited to share my first Christmas gift guide of the year with you today!

I have a few different guide categories up my sleeve, but today I wanted to start out with beauty. Why? This is such a great category for gifting all the ladies on your list. Whether it be a small stocking stuffer for a friend, or a pricier perfume for your mama, there’s really something for everyone!

Each of the items I’ve included below are products I personally use and love. I think it’s so special when you’re able to explain the “why” behind a gift, instead of just wrapping up something random. Whenever I’m told “I’ve heard this is the best ___” or “I use this everyday and know you’ll love it too!” the gift takes on a whole new meaning to me! My hope is that this collection of favorite beauty finds, along with my explanations on why I love each, helps you pick out the perfect presents for those on your list – or yourself – this year!

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The only item that’s not clickable above is the Drybar gift card, which you’ll find here! Other than that, knock yourself out. If you have any questions on the products above, feel free to leave a comment or shoot me an email at [email protected].

Finally, let me know if there are any gift guides you’d love to see! I’ll do my best to put together some great lineups for y’all.

Wishing everyone a lovely weekend, and happy shopping!

Love from Texas,


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  1. been wanting to try the sugar lip balm and the benetint for a while now!
    xo, Hannah

    Published 11.18.16 · Reply
  2. Katie said:

    These gift ideas are awesome! I love Essie’s Fiji and the Sugar Lip Balm is my favorite!


    Published 11.18.16 · Reply
  3. I love all of these gift ideas! Thanks Kate!

    Published 11.20.16 · Reply
  4. Tasneem S. said:

    Did you have a good experience at the Dry Bar? I want to get my sister a gift card for her birthday, but I’ve heard mixed reviews about the hairstyles not lasting long etc. Thoughts??

    Published 11.20.16 · Reply
  5. Sadie said:

    I have crazy hair – thick and curly. I’ve been using the BaBylissPro straightener for 3 years now. It’s amazing!

    Published 11.21.16 · Reply