It’s that magical time of the year when the days are short, to-do lists long, and drinks (hopefully) strong. Strolling through the streets, looking online, we’re all scrambling to find thoughtful gifts for our loved ones before catching that plane home for the holidays. In hopes of giving you a head start and making everyone's lives a bit easier, I’ve created the first annual Rich Girl Skin Holiday Gift Guide, full of gift inspiration and ideas. There’s something on this list for all the ladies in your life!
Happy gifting everyone!
1. Emma Hardie Amazing Face Starter Kit
Emma Hardie’s Moringa Cleansing Balm was the first balm I ever tried and now I'm completely hooked. I learned later that it's a cult classic, and for such good reason. The smell alone is to die for and is one of the few things I look forward to waking up on Monday morning. This starter kit includes the Moringa Cleansing Balm, Dual Action Professional Cleansing cloth (one side for rougher exfoliation and the other with microfibers for smooth buffing) and the Age Support Treatment Cream. You can’t go wrong with this gift.
2. Birch & Brook Fireside Scented Candle
Oh Birch & Brook, where to start? This company was created by an English woman enamoured with the nostalgic glamour of the British 20s and 30s. Her handcrafted candles offer the most divine, complex, spot-on scents I’ve ever experienced. In particular, my favourite is the Fireside candle, which provides deep, smoky vibes to a dark winter evening at home. Easier than a real fireplace, but packed with just as much romance. They also have a limited edition Christmas Evergreen scented candle which I might have to sneak under the tree for myself...
3. Slim Aarons: La Dolce Vita
If you haven’t noticed, I’m obsessed with Slim Aarons. He served in WWII as a combat photographer and actually won the Purple Heart for his service. Post war, he famously commented that the only beach worth landing on was one "decorated with beautiful, seminude girls tanning in a tranquil sun." He proceeded to make a career of "photographing attractive people doing attractive things in attractive places." He travelled the world capturing how the rich and famous enjoyed their fabulous lives. Totally ridiculous and decadent? Yes. But also a thrilling, whimsical glimpse into family life, privilege, beauty and fun for fun’s sake. His book, La Dolce Vita, sits on my nightstand along with two other of his classics (yes, like I said, obsessed).
4. Aromatherapy Bath Jewels
I bought this luxurious little kit of three Aromatherapy Bath Jewels for myself earlier this year and have become a total believer. I use them most mornings in the shower, and during the once in a beautiful blue moons that I have time for a real bath. You can rub a few drops of Deep Relax, Divine Morning, or De-Stress Mind on your neck and décolleté before you step into the shower and the delicious, spa-like scent warms the whole shower and wakes you up. Makes life better.
5. Tata’s Daily Essentials by Tata Harper
So this is the one member of this list that I don't already own, so am putting it on here as a little shout out to "Santa" (hint, hint). This beauty brand is one of the most respected natural lines out there because it both uses only natural ingredients AND does what it says it’s going to do. This is the perfect gift for your world traveling friends who are always on planes and in need of some high-tech skincare. The kit includes the Regenerating Cleanser, Hydrating Floral Essence, Rejuvenating Serum, Repairative Moisturizer, Resurfacing Mask, Replenishing Nutrient Complex and Restorative Eye Crème. I’m going to use this starter kit to try out all the Tata classics to see which ones I want to buy full-size.
6. How to look expensive: A Beauty Editor's Secrets to Getting Gorgeous Without Breaking the Bank
This book was recommended to me by a friend and it’s so good I almost don’t want to share it. It’s written very much in the same vein as Rich Girl Skin – how to look expensive and gorgeous, but without all the overhead. Author Andrea Pomerantz Lustig is an industry-veteran beauty editor and girlfriend knows her stuff. She offers great advice and secret tips on how to create your best look across style, hair and skin. I especially appreciate how in her skincare section, she focuses on ingredients and routine (like us!) rather than specific products. A surprisingly worthwhile and fun read.
7. Confidence Tote Bag
All day every day.
8. Gift Certificate to learn how to be a badass at General Assembly
General Assembly is a start-up school with locations in several cities, including London and New York. I’ve spent many a Tuesday night at their Shoreditch campus learning everything from social media strategy to PR 101 to how to build an Ecommerce website (watch this space). If you’ve got a friend who’s looking to advance her skills or make a career switch, a credit towards an evening or weekend course at GA could be the perfect gift and kick in the pants to help her start her journey!
9. It’s All Good cookbook by Gwyneth Paltrow
An oldie but a goodie – still my favourite cookbook out there and the one I credit for teaching me how to cook easily and healthfully (not that I always choose to do so!). The sriracha brussel sprouts, cauliflower and chickpea roast, and melted anchovy and rosemary steak sauce are still to this day my go-to man-killers. Gwyneth is my queen, I don’t care what anyone says. As my dad always teases me, #whatwouldgwynethdo? Next year's list will include the bracelet ha.
Welcome to the sisterhood.
By Renee Parker