Sometimes just a little bit of pampering goes a long way toward contentment. The great thing about beauty products is that something small, like lip balm, can be inexpensive, fun and appropriate for just about everyone, from girls to grandmas, and even boys. Whether you’re splurging on a bath product, indulging for yourself, or taking a chance with a bold lip color, fill up the stockings and surround the tree. I promise you will be thanked.

DECORATE

Zoya’s nail polishes offer all of the joy, immediate gratification and bold style of other brands, but without icky, toxic ingredients. Colors like Danica, a sophisticated teal green, and Juniper, a sparkly violet-blue combination, put the fun back in eco-consciousness.

Jane Iredale’s products somehow become everyone’s favorite item, no matter which one I give. The Just Kissed Lip and Cheek Stain provides the perfect touch of pink for just about anyone. Another great gift is the Come Fly With Me Eye Shadow Kit. The pretty gold compact comes filled with a quintet of neutrals both accessible and fly.

Bright and punchy, Zuzu Luxe’s Femme Fatale Lipstick packs a serious wallop. This dark and bright pink will brighten up anyone’s New Year’s.

Who doesn’t want to receive something with the name Flesh Pot on it? Flesh Cosmetics’ Eye and Cheek Gloss can be gilded just about anywhere on your face for a bit of sparkle and flash.

Catrice’s Generation Plump & Shine Lip Glosses give a bit of dash to your look, while coming in universally flattering colors. The warm and forgiving pinks, roses and russets will give your pout a Christmas cheer all its own.

Jessica Alba knows beauty, and she has made it her business to know about clean products. The Eyeshadow Palette features 10 saturated shades that can stand on their own, or be blended together, depending on your ambition.

TREAT

Kari Gran’s Lip Whip moisturizes your lips and gets them ready for kisses under the mistletoe, kisses at midnight, and just kisses in general. Composed of natural ingredients, like camellia and calendula oils, this balm might just make you want to forgo lipstick, your mouth a picture of health. The peppermint tinted sheer blush gives the product a holiday twist.

Herbicin’s Lavender and Camomile moisturizers are so cute in their little round canisters, they make the perfect stocking stuffers. Small enough to fit in a purse, or glove compartment, the tins will make just about anyone smile.

Lake & Skye’s Body Oil in 11 11. is one of those products that you can’t live without once you’ve tried it. It softens skin immediately. The clean scent gives just a hint o’ alluring smell, the kind you only catch up close and chase after, like a dream.

Dry hair can often feel like something you just have to live with. Isle of Roses supreme Hair Oil gently coaxes even the frizziest hair into a tamable beast. Light and delightful with a warm smell redolent of roses, cloves, and wood, this product both heals and perfumes hair in a manner both sophisticated and playful.

Flora + Bast embrace all things cannabis with their Age Adapting Facial Serum. The products’ many benefits include, reducing redness, puffiness, and dryness, as well as balancing skin, and toning down dark spots. This works like a true product of the future.

CLEAN

Sure you can scrub your face with a regular bar of soap or a drugstore pot of cream, but where’s the fun in that? Susanne Kaufmann’s Cleansing Milk comes in the coolest glass jar that makes your day begin and end with style. The herbal compound, made up of nourishing ingredients, like St. John’s Wort Flowers, works on all skin types. 

Vitabrid C12’s Daily-C Balancing Foam Cleanser does all the work of a traditional face soap, cleaning and purifying, while also taking care to maintain your skin’s moisture. The attention paid  to all of your skin’s needs really pays off in the long run.