If you still consider a strong eye and strong lip combo "rebellious."
The holiday season is coming right on up and if you are anything like me you start gift buying in November to space things out a bit. And also if you are like me, you like to buy presents for yourself too. Because, really, you know you’d love it.
So whether you are looking for a gift for your favorite gadget-loving beauty buff or need some To: Me From: Me present ideas, I gotchu, boos.
Here’s the lowdown. I’m splitting this up by skin, then hair, then other assorted items that aren’t skin or hair and price lowest to highest in each section. Kapish? Also sorry for ALL THE PHOTOS but it’s been a minute since I’ve done a fully fledged xoPhoto Shoot and I got a little bit overzealous.
Neutrogena Light Therapy Acne Mask, $35
Terrify your friends and family this holiday season with the Neutrogena Light Therapy Acne Mask. Usually you can only get light therapy treatments from a derm or by plunking down $500 for a big light-up thing you set up on a table to bask in. Light therapy is a good choice if you suffer from acne and have sensitive skin that doesn’t like topicals.
For $35 you get a 10 minute treatment daily for 30 days. There are blue and red lights on the inside of the mask, along with essentially a pair of sunglasses so you don’t burn your retinas. The blue light works on killing the P acnes bacteria while red soothes inflammation. It will probably take you a few weeks of use to see the difference, but how cool is that?
DERMAFLASH Facial Exfoliating Device, $189
I have always been a big fan of face shaving. Not to harp on my sensitive skin, but bleaching, waxing and even plucking can give me irritation so shaving is my best bet. Also a totally smooth face is the best canvas for foundation and don’t let anyone tell you it’s not.
The DERMAFLASH Facial Exfoliating Device is a face shaver and exfoliator in one. It’s essentially dermaplaning that you can do at home whenever you want. But instead of dermaplaning done as a facial (with a surgical scalpel!) you have this comfortable hand held device with guards around the blade so you don’t end up cutting yourself.
Foreo + Belif Brighter Together Gift Set, $199
I feel like every electronic beauty gift guide since the beginning of time has included a Clarisonic. I’m a bit prejudiced because I did have a Clarisonic years ago but it was too much for my skin and then it turned into a zombie, but that is a story for another day. Instead I’m giving you a different option, the Foreo Luna 2. Besides the obvious differences in design there is one major difference any sonic facial cleansing brush user can get behind: You don’t need to change brush heads. Ever.
Because the whole thing is made of silicone it resists bacteria and is totally waterproof so you can use it in the shower if you want. The Brighter Together Gift Set comes with a handful of skincare products along with the Luna 2. You get the cleansing brush and its charging accoutrement, two Foreo cleansers, two moisturizers from Belif (The True Cream Aqua Bomb, and Moisturizing & Firming Eye Cream) and their Aqua Bomb Face Mask. Basically you’ll have the cleanest, most hydrated face of all time.
[Ed note: Looks like this set is totally sold out, but here's a very similar (and slightly cheaper) one]
Arbonne Genius Ultra, $241
If you are truly dedicated to your anti-aging skincare regime you’ll be interested in the Arbonne Genius Ultra. It’s essentially an ultrasound for your face. Not unlike the sonic devices above, this uses ultrasound tech to amp up your skincare.
For the oddly specific price of $241.20 you get the Genius Ultra and two full-sized skincare products, the RE9 Advanced Intensive Renewal Serum and the RE9 Advanced Lifting And Contouring Eye Cream. This whole system works your skin care into your skin better than your hands/fingers can do. This gets your actives all activated up in your skin instead of on it to give you the best results.
Conair Fashion Curl, $60
For lazy hair styling look no further than the Conair Fashion Curl. This is the new and improved version of their original Curl Secret. It works by gently pulling your hair through to the lil curling iron on the inside of the bulb area. After you hear a bunch of beeps your hair is done and you release the curl.
I really wish this was an option when I had short hair. Curling short hair is such an enormous pain. Literally though, I burned myself and my hair so many times trying to curl it with straighteners and curling irons. This surprisingly doesn’t take that long to curl my whole head of long-ish hair and you get uniform ringlets you can use styling into whatever you fancy.
CHI Touch 2 Touch Screen Hair Dryer, $190
For blow drying buffs that don’t want to spend an arm and a leg on that new Dyson dryer (I mean it does sound amazing, but yeesh) spend just an arm on a really good, fully customizable dryer. The CHI Touch 2 Touch Screen Hair Dryer is touch screen (!!!) so you can decide everything from speed to temperature to ions.
Because of my new bangs I’ve gone from blow drying my hair once in a blue moon to blow drying my hair every single day. I have very quickly come to find out that using a good blow dryer will give you so much better hair than the $20 one you got years ago.
I have mine set up to very quickly give me straighter, shinier hair (them ions tho) without burning my scalp and forehead to a crisp.
GHD Gold Copper Luxe Gift Set, $199
If, instead of a blow dryer, you want to invest in a great flat iron, look no further than GHD. Pretty much known as the creme de la creme of flat irons GHD has all the bells and whistles of your average flat iron plus added benefits of floating plates, optimized temperature, and a cool light body.
And this guy is pretty too, I mean, come on. The Copper Luxe line is limited edition this year and has the pretty copper body, glitzy copper-flecked plates for shiny shiny hair, and comes with a heat-proof case so you don’t melt your countertop. The GHD body doesn’t get nearly as hot as other flat irons I’ve tried which makes it so much easier to do non-straight styles like waves or curls.
Tria Hair Removal Laser 4X, $449
And to wrap up hair we’ll chat about zapping it away forever. The Tria Hair Removal Laser 4x is, as it sounds, a hair removal laser. Like the laser hair removal treatment you can get in office, the Tria laser uses the same diode laser to zap your hair from the comfort of your own home, with wine, and your favorite show on.
I actually received this laser months ago because I wanted to see if laser removal would work on my very thick persistent hair and help me solve my annoyingly never-ending ingrown hair problem. And it definitely does work, so long as you use it. I have a super low pain tolerance so I can’t use this at higher levels but it’s all relative, you may fly by on level 5 no problem.
I’ve never been someone who wanted movie star blindingly white teeth, but I also don’t want yellow teeth, you know? I’ve tried pretty much every drugstore teeth whitening system out there and have had a real mixed bag of meh results.
Having never tried a light up teeth whitening kit I wasn’t sure it would actually make a difference but it 100% does. I’ve only just received this kit so I’ve only used it three times but each time I had actually noticeably whiter teeth without the tooth pain that usually comes along with teeth whitening. I totally drool like a fool each time I use it but I really don’t mind because it actually works.
Lilumia 2, $129
If you are impatient, busy doing things, hate cleaning and need a way to deep clean your brushes while entertaining your cat at the same time, the Lilumia 2 is for you. Wendy did a full review of the original Lilumia but the Lilumia 2 is new and improved.
It now comes with a better removable, cleaning mat and a lower price tag for this sleek chrome version. Honestly I was so skeptical of using this thing but it takes one minute to pop in your brushes, fill it with water, and turn it on. Then I’ll just get back to work or doing whatever it is that I’m doing, while my brushes get cleaner than I ever could get them.
Not that washing brushes is hard or anything but I’m not spending 15 minutes per brush you know? My hardest-to-clean foundation brushes (I’m lookin' at you Sigma) get squeaky clean using this so I’m definitely a fan.
- Do you treat yo'self during the holidays?
- Any other electronic beauty tech you would add?
- What is your favorite/most useful beauty tech you own?