The Best Beauty Gifts for Travelers
Today, skincare and wellness are just as prized by beauty aficionados as seasonal colors, glittery glosses, and silky foundations.
To reflect this increased demand, there’s a seemingly never-ending supply of popular products from brands both new and old. Here, we’ve featured timeless, iconic names like Chanel and Tom Ford alongside breakthrough lines like Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty and the du jour Glossier. From super niche to ultra luxe, everybody’s on the lookout for the next greatest innovation or trend for beauty junkies to coo over.
This year, Travel + Leisure is offering its most comprehensive gift guides ever. The goal: to make sure you can find the perfect present for everyone on your list. Below, our top picks for the discerning beauty lover.
Cle de Peau Beaute Holiday 2017 Essential Radiance Set
For the skincare-obsessed, this limited-edition set from CDPB includes softening cleansing foam, hydro-softening lotion, protective fortifying emulsion, intensive fortifying SPF, and soft cotton applicator pads.
To buy: barneys.com, $130
Glossier Boy Brow and Haloscope Duo
Bold, shaped brows and dewy, hydrated cheeks — what more could anyone want? This simple yet elegant duo from Glossier is an instant beauty crowd pleaser no matter how much or how little makeup someone wears.
To buy: glossier.com, $30
Tata Harper The Multi-Masking Collection
L’Occitane Signature Advent Calendar
‘Tis the season for L’Occitane’s annual advent calendar. If you’re looking to please the beauty junkie in your life, this is a sure-fire way to her or his heart. On top of the 24 classic L'Occitane skincare products, you’ll find elegant holiday illustrations inside each drawer.
To buy: loccitane.com, $69
Chanel Coco Noir Eau de Parfum
Nothing says sophistication like Chanel. Coco Noir makes for a special holiday gift, bringing out both warmth and seduction through notes of grapefruit, bergamot, Indonesian patchouli, and sandalwood.
To buy: nordstrom.com, $100
Belif The True Tincture Cleansing Stick
Cleansing sticks are the new travel beauty must-have. We’re obsessed with this one by Belif, which is formulated with soothing chamomile tincture extracts and is free of parabens, sulfates, and phthalates. Just work it into your damp face, lather, and rinse.
To buy: sephora.com, $28
Oozo Injectible Sheet Masks
Sheet masks have never been more popular, and this one by Korean brand Oozoo takes things to a whole new (and much more fun) level. The brightening serum is kept in a syringe—to keep it fresh—which is injected into the front opening and then soaked up by the cotton sheet mask. This is the perfect small gift or stocking stuffer for beauty lovers.
To buy: amazon.com, $22 for five
Bottega Veneta Parco Palladiano
Bottega Veneta’s recently launched collection of unisex fragrances—called Parco Palladiano—come in stunning bottles and six different scents, all of which were inspired by the flora found near the Palladian villas in the brand’s native Veneto region in Italy. With such a variety of delicate, captivating scents, you’re bound to find at least one that’ll suit the person you’re shopping for.
To buy: bergdorfgoodman.com, $295
Christian Louboutin Velvet Matte Lip Colour
Since Christian Louboutin forayed into the beauty arena, his products have become something like collectors items for beauty enthusiasts, due to the posh packaging and high-quality formulations. We’re currently obsessing over his latest line of lipsticks, which are non-drying and rich in color. The box it comes in is decadent, to say the least, so it truly makes for a very special present.
To buy: sephora.com, $90
Diptyque Votive Candle Set
Nothing warms up a home in the wintertime like the rich fragrances of Diptyque candles. Featuring three scents, Baies, Figuier, and Roses, this set is a lovely holiday gift for those who appreciate indulgent home decor.
To buy: nordstrom.com, $100
Peach & Lily Dream Sheet Mask Collection
Everyone’s favorite K-beauty e-retailer, Peach & Lily, just came out with their own line of sheet masks. For K-beauty enthusiasts (and trust me, there are tons of ‘em), this is a big deal. For $15, you’ll get a pack of three
To buy: barneys.com, $15
Huda Beauty Eyeshadow Palette Rose Gold Edition
Every girl could always use a new eye shadow palette, and this year, we’re obsessing over Huda Beauty’s Rose Gold kit, which includes a nice mix of neutral tones to wear during the day, and sparkly shades to coat your lids with on New Year’s Eve.
To buy: sephora.com, $65
Clive Christian Cosmos Flower Perfume
In case you’re not familiar with the Clive Christian brand, let’s quickly recap: the age-old perfume house takes its inspiration from the Crown Perfumery, which supplied Queen Victoria with her fragrances. Christian was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 2012, and is best known for his concoction of the world’s most expensive perfume. But back to Cosmos Flower; the scent (which, like all of the brand’s, comes with a partner fragrance—one for men, one for women—though most are unisex) blends notes of rose, magnolia, and violet, along with of amber, musk, and cedarwood, to name a few.
To buy: neimanmarcus.com, $550
Pestle & Mortar Hydrate Lightweight Moisturizer
Skincare junkies are always on the lookout for the latest, greatest moisturizer, and we may have found this season’s. Pestle & Mortar, an insider-y brand with a growing cult following, makes one of the best serums we’ve ever tried—and their new, antioxidant-packed lightweight moisturizer is just as nice. It’s suitable for all skin types.
To buy: amazon.com, $142
Filorga Scrub and Mask Reoxygenating Exfoliating Mask
This innovative mask from French brand Filorga is both fun and effective. It smoothes and exfoliates at the same time. Just massage all over your face, and wait until it starts bubbling. Once the bubbles have disappeared, rinse off gently to reveal glowing skin.
To buy: dermstore.com, $59
Fenty Beauty Matchstick Trio
AOA Brush Cleaning Egg
A perfect, travel-sized solution for keeping makeup brushes in tip-top shape on-the-go. Did we mention it’s one dollar?
To buy: shopmissa.com, $1
Bobbi Brown Lipstick in Rum Raisin
The secret to magnificent lip color range? A warm, brown base. We love this rich semi-matte hue for the winter months.
To buy: sephora.com, $29
Origins Clear Improvement Charcoal Mask
Charcoal facemasks are one of the trendiest products this year, and Origins creates bestselling products over and over. This Clear Improvement Charcoal Mask provides an ultra-clarifying cleanse, flushing out the dirt that causes dull skin. Lather this on your face twice a week, and soon you’ll see skin looking refreshed and healthier.
To buy: sephora.com, $27
Byredo Gypsy Water Eau de Parfum Travel Spray
This trio of scents will instantly draw the wearer closer to nature; just think: fresh soil, deep forests, and campfires.
To buy: neimanmarcus.com, $110
Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream
This simple, no-nonsense facial cream is a wonderfully hydrating and protective daily moisturizer for all skin types. It’s the perfect solution to wintertime dryness.
To buy: sephora.com, $28
Slip Silk Sleepmask
Slip Silk’s ultra soft, anti-aging sleep mask is the ultimate comfort while on a red-eye. It's made of mulberry silk and comes in several pretty, neutral colors.
To buy: nordstrom.com, $50
Armani Privé Bois d’Encens Candle
Armani Privé’s first candle collection plays up travel-inspired scents like Pivoine Sizhou, which was inspired by the majestic gardens of China. For the holidays, however, we love Bois d’Encens—a blend of ambery woods and cedar, reminiscent of wintery forest. This is also a beautiful gift to give your hostess.
To buy: giorgioarmanibeauty-usa.com, $90
NCLA Nail Wraps
These ultra-thin, self-adhesive wraps are the ideal gift for anyone who loves nail art. Easy to apply with expert-like detail, we love the vibrant “Truth in Turquoise” color.
To buy: amazon.com, $16
Tom Ford Black Orchid Eau de Parfum
A timeless Tom Ford scent — featuring black orchids, spice, and everything nice — is the ultimate holiday gift for someone special.
To buy: sephora.com, $122
Lancome Dual Finish Multi-tasking Longwear Powder Foundation
In a travel-friendly compact, Lancome has combined powder and foundation. Apply this matte finish wet or dry for a weightless feel and contoured look.
To buy: sephora.com, $40
Memo Paris Ilha do Mel Eau de Parfum
In typical Memo Paris form, this dynamic and seductive scent is inspired by a destination: Ilha do Mel, a whale-shaped island in Brazil. With enticing, sultry notes of grapefruit, sesame absolute, and white musk, this scent is divinely transporting.
To buy: neimanmarcus.com, $275
La Mer Brilliance Brightening Mask
This brightening and corrective two-step mask is a perfect gift for any beauty guru. The Soothing Primer calms and preps the skin for the Gel Cream’s serum-strength brightening and hydration powers.
To buy: sephora.com, $250
Burt’s Bees Baby Bee Face & Hand Cloths
These face and hand cloths aren’t just for babies. For anyone with sensitive skin, this gentle, travel-ready face wipe makes for the ideal mid-flight refresh.
To buy: amazon.com, $9