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Beauty Editor Picks For The Holidays 2015

Beauty editors are on the front lines of anything that is in vogue and are usually light years ahead of the curb when it comes to knowing what will trend.

They also have access to the beauty gurus themselves which create the products and treatments. And in my experience most of them won’t write about anything they don’t believe in.

In the article below you get to see their wish list but for the full story just click on the link below.

I edited the article to give you Phillip Picardi and Simone Kitchens first, both wonderful people, incredible beauty editors and personal friends.

By Danielle Odiamar

What Beauty Editors Want for the Holidays

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.

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.

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

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 Washcloths: I 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 Candles: I’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 Roller: Eva 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 Gloss: A 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!

Lastly, I look forward to seeing you at the salon where you will be dazzled by how great your skin looks.

Call NOW for your appointments at 212.949.2350.

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