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The beauty-obsessed and the everyday gal or guy all need a little extra TLC in the winter. You’ll find something for all of them in this list of twenty plus gifts to get them smooth and glowing![starting from top center and going clockwise]
Kopari Beauty Besties gift set, $40. If you know me, you know I’m a big fan of Kopari’s coconut-based skin products. They smell ahh-mazing and deliver on their promises. This little set has everything you need to get introduced (let’s be honest, you’ll want one for yourself as well as your bestie) to Kopari. The set includes a mini Coconut Melt, Coconut Deoderant (yes, it works!), Coconut Face Cream and Coconut Lip Glossy, which will keep your kisser hydrated all winter long. Become an FLR VIP today and get 15% off all Kopari products through December 31!
Whole Foods Market, Acure Winter Skin Wellness Set ($20). This is for the friend who keeps complaining that she doesn’t have enough time to get a facial, but is desperate for one. This awesome and well-priced kit has everything they need to pamper their skin at home. The sheet mask provides instant hydration with hyaluronic acid, and the under-eye hydrogels with soothing cucumber are just what the doctor ordered post office party. Use the Radically Rejuvenating face mask with Moroccan red clay and marshmallow root to help perk up tired skin while you’re watching Lovely Actually for the 30th time!
Frank Body Shimmer Scrub ($19.95). Even if the last disco ball you saw was twenty years ago, you’ll want to get cozy with this shimmery scrub. Made with roasted coffee grinds to slough off dead skin and grapeseed oil to moisturize, the formula also leaves behind a subtle shine that is appropriate for school pick up, as well as the club.
Frank Body Shimmer and Cherry Bomb Lip Scrubs ($14.95). I don’t know about you, but the cold air outside and the dry air inside always do a number on my lips, making daily scrubbing mandatory. Frank Body’s Shimmer Lip scrub sloughs off those dead skin cells with sugar and salt, and citrus oil leaves them with a gentle tingle. A touch of mica makes them look shimmery–not glittery. The Cherry Lip Scrub gets the job done with raw sugar and ethically sourced beeswax to seal in moisture. These make perfect stocking stuffers for teens and anyone who is looking for some action under the mistletoe.
Nutiva Body Oils, $9.99 (for 3.4 ounces). Body oils can be heavy and messy, but this super light formulation, made with organic botanicals, soaks into skin instantly. I love the zesty, energizing ginger scent for day and the calming lavender after a hot bath. Also available in unscented and blissful grapefruit; certified vegan and non-GMO.
Whole Foods Market, Cocokind Beauty Set (about $45). For the purist on your list. Every item in this set is certified USDA organic and is also free from parabens, preservatives, gluten, GMOs, fragrance, alcohol and any other nasties you can think of. Start the day with the Facial Cleansing Oil, which leaves skin super soft. Follow it with the fast-absorbing Chia Seeds Facial Oil. Freshen up your makeup anytime of day with the gorgeous-smelling Rosewater Facial Toner (also amazing for hydrating during travel). And keep the MyMatcha All-over Moisture Stick handy for smoothing cuticles and soothing parched lips on-the-go.
Paper Source, Lapco Face Mask Set, $24.95. For the girl or guy who likes some variety along with their pampering, this set of seven targeted sheet masks has a fix for everything. They can start the week off with the Pearl brightening mask and end it with the purifying Charcoal one, which detoxifies and tightens pores.
Manuka Honey Gentle Cleanser ($21.99): This gentle cleanser combines Manuka honey with blueberry extract to moisturize and tone the skin. Irritated winter skin is calmed by aloe leaf juice and sunflower seed oil. Great for removing your makeup once all the merry making is over.
Manuka Honey Hydrating Day Cream ($22.99): Dry winter air strips facial skin from essential moisture. This lightweight cream is clinically proven to keep skin hydrated for 12 hours and is formulated without sulfites, parabens, phthalates, petroleum, mineral oil, silicones or propylene glycol.
Manuka Honey and Shea Butter Moisturizing Hand Cream ($22.99): Harsh winter air combined with lots of hand washing can leave your paws feeling parched. This comforting blend of shea butter, Manuka honey and cocoa seed butter provide essential moisture and help turn back the clock on the appearance of skin. Throw one in her stocking and she will be thanking you all winter long.
Manuka Honey Renewing Body Lotion ($24.99): With a wonderful, light green tea scent, this body lotion moisturizes with Manuka, shea butter, evening primrose oil, and sunflower seed oil. Leaves skin smooth and soft with a balanced skin tone.
Manuka Honey Night Cream with Bee Venom ($49.99): Bee venom might sound like a crazy thing to put on your face, but it actually helps to stimulate the skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines. The Manuka honey attracts moisture to the surface of the skin, giving your face a firmer and more youthful look (sign me up!). Smooth this on at night and wake up with a brighter, more rested looking complexion. Note: Do not use this product if you are allergic to bee stings.
Teami oils ($39.99 each). I am a convert to facial oils. They really help deliver benefits to the skin and these targeted oils are a joy to use. Sensitive types will love Soothe, which contains lavender to reduce inflammation and blue tansy to boost relaxation. The Glow formula helps restore a youthful glow to the skin with rose petals, and cinnamon bark helps fight acne and bacteria on the skin. The Repair blend is based on soothing chamomile, which helps fight free-radical damage and reduce sun damage. All formulas are vegan, soy-free and non-GMO.
Teami Refresh Tea ($29.99 for a 5.3-ounce bag) and Luxe Tumbler ($49.99). For the yogi on the go. As lovely to look at as it is to sip, this blend combines dried mango and strawberries, peppermint tea and rose buds for a naturally sweet and caffeine-free blend. Keep it hot or cold in the 20-ounce, BPA-free rose gold tumbler.