What Beauty Editors Want for the Holidays

Want to know what beauty products to gift this season? You can't go wrong picking the ones beauty editors want themselves.
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Want to know what beauty products to gift this season? You can't go wrong picking the ones beauty editors want themselves.
We want ALL the beauty products. Photo: Gomainstream/Creative Commons

We want ALL the beauty products. Photo: Gomainstream/Creative Commons

Beauty editors experience the enviable benefit of free samples all year round, but that doesn’t mean they don’t want to be spoiled during the holidays. In fact, we asked seven editors from our favorite publications to share their wish lists and it’s clear that they all are hoping for some pampering (three of them requested facials). Read on to discover some great products, tools, accessories and even a jade face roller that you can add to your wish list, too.

Mollie Chen: Editorial Director, Birchbox

Photo: Courtesy Mollie Chen

Photo: Courtesy Mollie Chen

I think the holidays are the time to take advantage of great gift sets...and to ask for luxuries that you wouldn't necessarily buy yourself. 

I fell in love this year with Balance Me, an incredible natural skincare brand from the UK, and I'd love to get their Rose Otto duo — the hand cream is my current favorite. 

Given all the cocktails and cookies I'm planning on eating this season, I'm also hoping for an excellent serum to brighten and replenish my skin, like Shiseido's Ultimune

If someone *really* wanted to spoil me, I'd ask for 1-liter sizes of Oribe's luxe shampoo and conditioner, which would keep my hair looking supermodel-shiny well into spring.

Emily Dougherty: Beauty Director, Elle

Photo: Courtesy Emily Dougherty

Photo: Courtesy Emily Dougherty

My friends and I usually do a $20 cap for presents each year. We go for homemade things, or write love letters to each other. I especially like it when they make me hand-made beauty products -- salt scrubs or body oils laced with all of their favorite essential oils. Store-bought products are also awesome, but homemade products just have that extra TLC! I just feel so lucky to have my friends, and I don't need them to buy me things. My friends are the best presents of all. But! If I did have to make a wish list… 

A Stack of Super-Cheap Cotton WashclothsI think a basic, fresh, clean cotton washcloth is the best exfoliator of all. I use a clean one twice a day (SO DECADENT!). The cheapo ones from Kmart work just as well as the million-thread-count versions. And if I had a huge stack, I wouldn't have to do laundry as often! 

Spellbound Sky Ritual CandlesI'm a huge skeptic, but I've been trying to believe a bit more in magic. Believing in magic just makes the world seem so much more fun! And anything sold at Silverlake's Spellbound Sky is a good place to start. I especially love their Spellbound Sky Ritual Candles — each is infused with essential oils, crystals, and tons of love and good intentions. 

Jade Face RollerEva Chen, the most generous person on the planet, gave me a jade face roller as a b-day present ages ago. For years, I'd keep it at my desk and roll it all over my face whenever things got stressful at work, or I felt a headache coming on. Jade rollers also might boost circulation and keep wrinkles away, but I love them for their cooling, destressing effect. My original shattered a few months ago (I'm sorry, Eva!), and life just isn't the same without it! 

Glossier Liquid Foil and Belmacz Glow Lip GlossA slash of Glossier Liquid Foil gold liner, and I'm set for ANY holiday party. And if I want to take the gold theme to the next level, I'd dab on a bit of Belmacz Glow lip gloss in Madder, a neon orange-red on lips and cheeks. (There's just something so right about lip gloss right now.) And I love nothing more as accidentally-on-purpose wearing the same makeup or outfit as my BFF to a party, so I definitely plan on forcing her to wear these too! 

Fiona Stiles YS Park U Gold Hair PinI will never say goodbye to my beloved scrunchies (let the haters hate: no other hair accessory is basically a soft and fluffy pillow attached to the side of your head.) But Fiona Stiles has convinced me to up my game with her gold hair pins: just twist and stick, and you've got the perfect updo.

Phillip Picardi: Senior Beauty Editor, Refinery29

Thinking about a facial with Joanna Vargas. Photo: Leslie Kirchoff

Thinking about a facial with Joanna Vargas. Photo: Leslie Kirchoff

As a beauty editor, I've assembled a sort of hodge podge of makeup brushes — usually we get one or two when new styles launch, or we get mini kits from holiday gift sets. But, all I want in my life right now is an absolutely immaculate brush set that I can proudly display on my vanity in a very chic holder. It would also be helpful if said brushes could travel easily, since I'm always on the go. Kevyn Aucoin's are some of my absolute favorites in the industry — this is a beautiful assortment that will have me set for life. I'm too scared to call it in because of the outrageous price tag, but I'm not too scared to ask for it from my loving mother. I hope she's reading this.

Frederic Malle Perfume Guns: Mr. Malle's Perfume Guns are genius inventions — one spritz instantly envelops the entire room in a halo of beautiful scent...which is especially ideal considering I order takeout for every meal.

Joanna Vargas Skincare: The best gift anyone can give is that of perfect skin in a pampering, unpretentious, totally safe space with a woman who rocks. Joanna is one of my favorite people in the entire industry, and every time I leave her bed, I feel like both my face and my heart have lifted. A facial with her is a treasure that everyone with a cool $400 to burn should experience.

Le Premier Parfum from Bycoolife: When I met with Pauline Rochas (yes, of THAT Rochas) and Carole Beaupré, two effortlessly chic French women, they told me that wearing "Le Premier Parfum" would get me lucky. I doubted them at first, but they handed me a sample vial, so I sprayed it before a first date. After I left him, I was a little disappointed things didn't go as the ladies promised, but then I quite literally bumped into an old flame on the street on my walk home. The rest of that story is definitely not safe to print here, but please be assured that I will be investing in a full-sized bottle in the hopes that more adventures await. 

Jean Godfrey-June: Executive Beauty Director, Lucky

Photo: Courtesy Jean Godfrey-June

Photo: Courtesy Jean Godfrey-June

I want an endless supply of YSL Sheer Candy lipstick in hot pink. It's the sheerest sheer, yet warms up your (and truly it looks good with any skin tone) entire face with its stealth brightness. It smells amazing, tastes amazing, looks amazing jumbled in your bag... It'll basically turn your whole life around. 

I want a rainbow of these gorgeous, fantastic Le Feu De L'eau candles I just wrote about. They are colored by hand underwater, the scents are subtle and perfect and they look so beautiful all together...utter hippie-luxeness! In a similarly fancy-crunchy vein, I want endless cashmere items from The Elder Statesman. I got a sweater last summer and I thought it would staunch my desire and it only threw rocket fuel onto an already-raging fire. 

I want oils, oils and more oils, specifically Intelligent Nutrients Serum Oil , which is the greatest face oil , all organic, wildly plumping, moisturizing … I put it on and look instantly better. Also, Tata Harper's body oil, which I use in my bath—it smells like heaven, full of essential oils, it smells so incredible. 

Lastly, I want many, many magazine subscriptions! Opening up the mailbox and seeing a magazine I love makes my day, truly. Start with this particularly fabulous magazine… Then: The New Yorker, World of Interiors, Cherry Bombe, The New York Review of Books, Bon Appetit, Vogue, The Smithsonian, Departures, Us . . . 

Bobbi Brown: Editor in Chief, Yahoo Beauty

Photo: Courtesy Bobbi Brown

Photo: Courtesy Bobbi Brown

When it comes to gifts, you can’t go wrong with giving things that you love. I am sharing my biggest beauty discovery this year, Oribe Gold Lust Nourishing Hair Oil. It gives hair a youthful shine without weighing it down. 

 I'm a huge Soul Cycle fan and with class certificates, I can get more friends to join me. 

For a really special gift, I always go with Ted Muehling's delicate, dressy and classic earrings. 

Simone Kitchens: Deputy Beauty Editor, Glamour

Photo: Nicole Benuska for Waiting for Saturday

Photo: Nicole Benuska for Waiting for Saturday

Tom Ford Matte Lipstick in Black Dahlia: My all-time favorite winter lip is something berry-dark and stain-like. Tom Ford’s new matte lipsticks are perfect for blotting on without a mirror.

A Facial with Joanna Vargas: Joanna Vargas is a wizard when it comes to skin. And her Triple Crown facial is the way to go: It involves a little bit of microdermabrasion, micro-current for toning, then a healing mask afterward. You leave looking like the best possible version of yourself: glowy and rested.

Frederic Malle Carnal Flower Hair Mist: Hair perfumes usually feel just like that (perfumey and too strong), but this one from Frederic Malle comes off fresh—even if you’re working with second-day hair. The scent is long-lasting, but not overpowering; think the prettiest, most subtle hint of tuberose.

Cheryl Wischhover: Beauty Editor at Large, Fashionista.com 

Our very own, Cheryl Wischhover. Photo: Courtesy of Cheryl Wischhover

Our very own, Cheryl Wischhover. Photo: Courtesy of Cheryl Wischhover

If bags could be soul mates, this studded bucket bag from Saint Laurent would be mine. 

At a recent press event for La Mer, I had a divine yet abbreviated facial from esthetician Joanna Czech, who counts Anna Wintour(!!), among many others, as a client. It was seriously the most amazing facial I've ever had. I'd like the longer version, maybe monthly if anyone is feeling generous. 

A lifetime supply of Giorgio Armani Luminessence CC Bright Moisturizer. I hate foundation and have tried every BB and CC cream out there. I love this one and I'm terrified it will get discontinued.