One of my favorite gifts to not only give but to receive are skin care sets. Regardless of the price point or brand I love trying out what different brands have to offer for the gift giving season. Holiday sets tend to offer more bang for your buck and give you the opportunity to try new products without having to commit to paying full price for every item. Most people hate spending money on skin care or don’t even know where to start when it comes to their skin care routine so a set is a great way to go. I’ve plucked some of my favorite kits of all price ranges from the drug store, beauty speciality stores and department stores to make your shopping a little bit easier this season.
Coming in at $10 from Target this “Yes To” masking kit is amazing for gifting a natural skin care staple while staying in an affordable price range. Break up this kit for stocking stuffers or gift as a kit to the beauty junkie in your life who loves sheet and mud masks. The Charcoal Sheet Mask detoxifies and gets rid of skin’s nasty impurities in the skin from oil build up to pollution. The Tomato Sheet Mask fights acne and prevents breakouts with salicylic acid. The Cucumber Mud Mask helps calm and soothe the skin. The Coconut Mud Mask hydrates and smoothes skin with virgin coconut oil, my personal favorite. The Charcoal Mud Mask detoxifies, deep cleans skin and prevents acne with salicylic acid and charcoal ingredients.
I was disappointed that I wasn’t able to find a lot of holiday skin care sets at the drug store this year. However I did find this 3-piece hydration set from ELF that you can get for $20. Great for teens and young adults looking to get into skincare this set is ideal for keeping the skin hydrated and plump. The E.L.F. Daily Face Cleanser helps remove everyday impurities, dirt, and makeup for skin that feels clean and renewed without being stripped. The E.L.F Illuminating Eye Cream helps hydrate and minimize the appearance of dark circles and puffiness for glowing, healthy looking skin. Infused with Purified Water and skin nourishing Jojoba, Vitamin E, and Cucumber to help soothe and protect the delicate skin area around the eye while antioxidants Shea Butter and Green Tea help to brighten and hydrate. The Daily Hydration Moisturizer is a basic lightweight, lightly scented moisturizer that hydrates and nourishes for glowing, healthy looking skin. Infused with Purified Water and skin nourishing Jojoba, Aloe, Vitamin E and Cucumber to help soothe and protect the skin. Rich in antioxidants Shea Butter, Grape and Orange.
Peter Thomas Roth has become one leaders in multi masking but with so many formulas to choose from how do you pick? I found this Peter Thomas Roth “Meet Your Mask” holiday set for $25 at Nordstrom that is perfect for the skin care fan in your family. I love this gift set for traveling, to break up and give away to friends or use them all and discover which mask works best for you. I’m personally a huge fan of the 24K Gold Firming mask as well as the Irish Moor Mud!
– Cucumber Gel Mask: an ultra-gentle, ultra-soothing, hydrating and calming gel mask that instantly soothes sunburned skin while calming and hydrating all skin types, including the most sensitive skin.
– Rose Stem Cell Bio-Repair Gel Mask: a cooling, soothing treatment that helps counteract visible signs of aging for younger-looking skin.
– 24K Gold Mask: a mask infused with pure 24k gold and colloidal gold that helps lift and firm skin while imparting an opulent glow.
– Irish Moor Mud Purifying Black Mask: a purifying, decongesting and hydrating mask made with odorless Irish moor mud to draw out dirt, oil and impurities and infuse skin with moisture and vitamins.
– Blue Marine Algae Intense Hydrating Mask: a deeply hydrating and nourishing gel formula that delivers nutrients and maximum anti-aging moisture to your skin to help protect it from the effects of damaging dehydration.
– Pumpkin Enzyme Mask: a powerful and highly effective exfoliating treatment that addresses a dull, aging and congested complexion in three ways.
One of the kits I was most excited to find was this Philosophy Microdelivery Peel Kit for $28! This limited-edition skin care set is a gentle yet potent peel regimen that will detoxify and calm your skin leaving it bright and radiant. I love this kit for the beauty junkie that knows their skincare but would be interested in trying new skincare experiences. Along with the two part peel set you get the Purity cleanser and Take A Deep Breath moisturizer to help oxygenate the skin after the peel.
$40 at Sephora you can pick up this lip-loving ritual from Fresh Beauty. The Sugar Lip Prep N’ Paint kit preps, protects, and paints your pout for nourished, healthy-looking lips. All of the treatments are powered by sugar, a natural humectant that prevents moisture loss. Plus, you can personalize the gift with a love note and colored pencils, both found inside.
Sugar Lip Polish is a gentle conditioning exfoliant that preps and perfects the lips, leaving them soft, smooth, and ready for color. Sugar Lip Serum Advanced Therapy is an age-defying lip serum that leaves lips smooth and soft—even under long-wear lip color. Sugar Rosé Tinted Lip Treatment Sunscreen SPF 15 is a bestselling, cult-favorite lip treatment that moisturizes, protects, and smooths the lips while leaving a sheer rosy tint. Sugar Lip Treatment Advanced Therapy is an advanced lip treatment that enhances volume, boosts moisture for up to 24 hours, and smooths the look of wrinkles around the delicate lip area, making it the perfect prep step for long-wear lip color. Sugar Cream Lip Treatment Buff is a creamy formula that nourishes and smooths the lips while leaving a warm nude lip.
No Holiday set round up is complete without a mens shaving kit. I’m a big fan of the Dallas based brand Jack Black and was really impressed with their holiday line up this year. For $40 Nordstrom has this three piece full size classic shave set. The Pure Clean Daily Facial Cleanser is a dual purpose 2-in-1 cleanser and toner that removes deep-down dirt and oil for clear, smooth, shave-ready skin. The Supreme Cream Triple Cushion Shave Lather is a shave cream with a luxurious, creamy lather that lifts your whiskers up for a smooth, ultra-close shave. I personally love this one. Post Shave Cooling Gel is a cooling, nongreasy gel that helps heal irritated skin and alleviate redness while working like a lightweight moisturizer to prevent flaking and dryness.
Another $40 skincare find from Nordstrom was this K Beauty Too Cool For School “Egg-ssential” skincare set. Known for its radiant effects egg takes a front row seat in this korean skin care line. Perfect for normal to dry skin this set will leave you hydrated and glowing. Included in the Egg-ssential set is the Egg Mousse Soap which is a gentle and creamy soap that removes makeup and impurities, leaving skin soft and replenished thanks to its combination of milk proteins, amino acids and egg extracts. The Egg Cream Mask that is a hypoallergenic microfiber sheet mask to hydrate, brighten and nourish skin. The Egg Mellow Cream is a five-in-one firming moisturizer that seals active ingredients from the intensive treatment of the mask while plumping and brightening skin with collagen fibers and niacin amide. In the kit you also receive a silicone pore cleansing tool.
Kiehl’s has a lot of holiday gift set selections for all price ranges however I loved the $60 kit exclusively at Nordstrom because it’s one of the only kits that delivers a full skincare routine perfect for him or her. Ultra Facial Cream is a light-textured daily hydrator that leaves skin comfortable and visibly well-balanced. The Ultra Facial Cleanser is a mild formula that contains a sugar-derived glycoside foaming agent to thoroughly cleanse skin and remove makeup without over-drying or stripping skin of its natural oils. Follow cleansing with Ultra Facial Toner that is a mild yet effective toner that helps refine surface texture while providing the ideal preparation for your moisturizer. The Ultra Facial Overnight Hydrating Masque is one of my all time favorite masks that amplifies hydration provided by daily moisture and restore healthy looking skin. Kiehl’s most iconic eye cream is a creamy yet uniquely concentrated avocado oil formula that gently moisturizes the delicate eye area leaving it hydrated and radiant.
My last gift set I fell in love with was the Fresh Beauty “Best of Beauty “ kit for $64. This kit is a mega steal for a full skin care routine from Fresh. Get hydrated, healthy-looking skin with this full ritual containing Fresh’s to-go cleanser, citrus face mask, makeup-prepping moisturizer, firming eye cream, and 24-hour nourishing lip treatment!
Soy Face Cleanser is a bestselling, do-it-all gel cleanser for all skin types that gently cleanses without drying the skin. Vitamin Nectar Vibrancy-Boosting Face Mask is an instant glow face mask powered by 50 percent real crushed citrus fruit and enriched with vitamins C, E, and B5 that gently refines the appearance of skin and reveals a radiant complexion in as little as one use. I seriously love this stuff! Lotus Youth Preserve Face Cream with Super 7 Complex* is a lightweight daily moisturizer that’s proven to provide 24 hours of significant moisture and prevent visible signs of aging while boosting radiance and prepping skin for makeup. Black Tea Age-Delay Eye Concentrate is an innovative AM and PM eye cream that diminishes and prevents signs of aging, including dark circles and puffiness, while moisturizing and visibly firming the eye area. The Sugar Lip Treatment Advanced Therapy is an age-defying lip treatment that gives volume, boosts moisture for up to 24 hours, and smooths the look of wrinkles around the delicate lip area.
Fragrance has and will always be a personal thing. I love to change my fragrance season to season as scents often create a time capsule for me. I can smell a fragrance that my mother would wear when I was a young boy and quickly feel a rush of memories from that time. When it comes to personal scent my craving changes often. In the fall I love husky, warm scents and in the spring citrus and fresh notes.
This fall and winter I have really been enjoying exploring Alford And Hoff and fell in love with no 3. It’s modern and full of energy. This scent is a a great scent that finishes off any look and will be leave an inviting scent throughout the day. I love how this scent doesn’t fade and brings compliments from men and women alike. Right now Alford & Hoff is giving this grey grooming bag with the purchase of $29.
Topnote: “White iron” aldehyde accord, Rhubarb, Absinthe accord, Angelica root/angelica seed duo, Ceylonese cardamom absolute, Italian giant cedrat essence
Midnote: Geranium from Reunion island, Geranium oxyde, Jamaican nutmeg essence, Kadota fig accord, Clary sage essence fortified, Florentine orris
Drydown: Trio of vetyvert extracts: ultra purified vetyvert essence from Haiti, vetyverol, vetyveryl acetate, Virginian cedar wood, Belambre, Guaiac wood essence from Paraguay, Black leather accord, Somalian olibanum extract.