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AK Gift Guide 2016: For the Skincare & Beauty Lover

This is AK’s last gift guide of 2016, and also a favorite: For the Skincare & Beauty Lover! Enjoy these amazing makeup + skincare products.

Happy Friday! This is officially my last gift guide of 2016, and also one of my favorites.

If you know me well, you know that I have a fondness for trying out new skincare and beauty products. It’s been a thing I’ve done since college but more recently, I’ve started purchasing on a regular basis. My favorites are usually masks, dry oils and night creams, but it varies by season.

Over the past year I’ve found some favorites that have found their way into my little beauty cabinet time and time again. So if you’re looking for something new to try, or you’d like to gift a friend (or girlfriend/wife) with an inexpensive product, there might be something on this list to buy.

Happy shopping!

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1.) J’adore Dior perfume: Everyone always asks me the perfume I wear, and this is it. I will forever love it. Splurge here because it is worth it! $100

2.) Dr. Bronner’s Pure Castile Soap with Almond Oil: Organic, fair trade soap with no harsh chemicals. I use this as a body wash, but you can also use it as shampoo or as a cleaner. Bottom line, it’s good stuff. $15

3.) Better Shea Butter Rosehip Seed Oil: I use this both day and night. I absolutely love it — my GO-TO facial oil. I’ve tested other brands and this is by far my fav. $15

4.) Primal Pit Paste Natural Deodorant Stick: Aluminum, Paraben and Cruelty Free Deodorant in an easy to use stick. $22 for 2

5.) Pumpkin Honey Glycolic Mask: Another one that I use about 1-2x per week. Last time I used this before I headed to the airport and someone asked me what I used on my skin because it looked so radiant. AKA YOU NEED THIS. $12

6.) Milk Makeup Lip Color: So obsessed with this bold lipstick that just so happens to be vegan. An unforgettable color, but various are available to choose from. $22

7.) Sunday Riley Good Genes Treatment: An amazing moisturizing serum that’s wonderful to use daily either day or as an overnight treatment. I typically use this in the winter when my skin needs extra daily moisture! Feel SO good and is well worth the price. $105

8.) Coconut Charcoal Mask: Alright, let’s get this straight — every woman needs this skin care mask in her life. It’s a blend of coconut oil, turmeric, clay and herbal extracts. The clay helps to draw out impurities in your skin. As soon as I started using it I fell in love! $38

9.) Aveda Hand Relief: I keep this gem in my purse for when my hands get dry. It works wonders and has a wonderful scent. Also great to use on your face! $9.50 for the small lotion

10.) Mario Badescu Super Collagen Mask. I tried out Mario’s products last year and have been a fan ever since. This is a great, inexpensive mask with collagen to help revive your skin and get rid of fine lines $18

11.) 1000 Roses Beautiful Day Cream: As you can tell, I grew my beauty collection this year by about 20. I love trying out new products and this brand happens to be the one that’s consistently in my cabinet. This day cream is INCREDIBLE. $14

12.) Bare Minerals Original Foundation: This is the foundation that I’ve been using for years. I absolutely love it because it’s light with as little or as much coverage as you’d like. It also has SPF 15! $28

13.) Dr. Hauschka Daily Hydrating Eye Cream: Can we talk about how amazing Dr. Hauschka products are? I recently picked some up and have been loving this eye cream made with avocado and macadamia nut oils and so much more! $37

14.) Mario Badescu Glycolic Foaming Cleanser: So I got this as a sample when I purchased another Mario Badescu mask and immediately really enjoyed this cleanser. The trick is to use it no more than 2x per week because it’s so powerful in clearing up dark spots and acne prone skin. $16

15.) 10 Piece Sculpt + Blend 2 Brush Set: A great starter set that’s inexpensive and has everything you need to create multiple looks! $20

16.) Mario Badescu Vitamin C serum: Another must have from Mario. This vitamin C serum helps to brighten the skin. I use twice at night and mix with my rosehip seed oil. $45

17.) Mini Ceramic Straightener :A travel-sized tool plated with titanium to straighten to create loose waves. Easily fits into a purse for quick touch ups! $30

18.) Lancome All-In-One Contour: This is the bronzer, blush and highlighter duo that I use and absolutely love. I usually do the nectar lace combo for my face. $48

19.) Aveeno Ultra-Calming Makeup Remover Wipes: I normally use coconut oil to get my makeup off, but these are great for traveling or if you have sensitive skin. $6

20.) Stila black waterproof liquid eyeliner: My favorite because it actually stays on! $22

21.) Frank’s Coffee Body Scrub: If your skin gets dry during the winter months, then this scrub is for you. Made with a blend of oils and real coffee to rejuvenate your skin. $18

22.) Rebel Green Fresh Lilac Organic & Natural Laundry Detergent: The Rebel Green laundry detergent is an organic, plant-based formula that’s biodegradable. No synthetic fragrances, phosphates, phthalates, parabens or dyes. $15

23.) Bath Brew: This green tea & sea salt tea bag for your bath will leave you feeling refreshed and glowing! $14

24.) Coco Rose Coconut Oil Body Scrub: A mix of coconut oil and rose. Scrubs away bumps and impurities in your skin. I love using it before I shave my legs and on the back of my arms to prevent dry skin bumps $36

25.) Gold Makeup Bag with bottom zip: A great inexpensive makeup bag that includes a fun bottom zip to store your brushes! $28

26.) Naked Decay Eyeshadow Palette: Lasts forever and is the best eyeshadow for creating multiple looks, from smokey to neutral. $54

27.) Andalou DIY Facial SPF 30 Booster Serum: This is a great daily SPF to use! I put it on after I wash my face, then I apply my moisturizer (usually rosehip seed oil). $11

28.) Clinique High Impact Mascara: This mascara is one that I’ll never ever stray from. I simply love how easy it is to apply and how long it makes my lashes appear! $18

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Gift Guide for the Lady

Gift Guide for the Man

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