An "It" Girl knows giving is better than getting, but sometimes buying for the "It" Girl can seem like a daunting task. Don't fret, my pets: I did the heavy lifting for you, with some options for an array of your companions. "It" Girl tested, "It" Girl approved...and all under $40.
Let's get to giving!
For Your...Girl Who Secretly Loves "Keeping Up With The Kardashians"
Call it hate-watching, a guilty pleasure or "Kardashishame" (yeah, I just made that one up), there is something about KUWTK that makes us feel so great and so terrible at the same time. I think we all know that one person — or we are that person— who turns on E! to see what drama is shaking out.
The breakout star of the clan probably gets the least amount of air time: Kylie. I think we all paid a little more attention to Kyles this year as she flaunted some major style and even more major lips. Lips that made their way on every beauty list as an ultra-coveted trend.
via Instagram/ @KylieJenner
One of my favorite lipstick brands is Gerard Cosmetics. I recently purchased their "1995" shade when I learned one of my favorite beauty gurus Jaclyn Hill created it after being inspired by the grunge era / Ms. Kylie Jenner. And let me tell you: it is a-maz-ing, and my new favorite go-to color. In addition to the "1995" shade, Gerard recently launched five other new shades to tickle anyone's fancy. Like "1995" they are matte but oh-so-smooth and long-wearing. ($19 each, gerardcosmetics.com)
Get inspired by the neutral nudes of the '90s with this brown nude with rose tones
Vampy and rich with a berry undertone
A take on glamorous Hollywood lipstick that really turns up the heat; a true matte red
Buttery, full coverage and a stunning neutral hue that can be mixed with any lip color to create the perfect lip color
All Dolled Up
Feminine and flirtatious, this pretty in pink lipstick is a pigmented and playful
A fresh and fun peachy coral lipstick that is ultra pigmented and long-wearing
What good is a beautiful lipstick color, though, if your lips are dry and flaky? #nothanks.
Carmex Moisture Plus to the rescue! Pair these babies with the Gerard colors of your choosing and your girl will have the most enviable lips in the land. (Don't worry...it's okay if you buy a set for yourself, too.) These super cute lip balms have ultra-hydrating Carmex Moisture Plus technology for a supreme moisture experience. Aloe and vitamin E protect lips from the damage that can occur during the cold winter months, and I can vouch for it: I've been using them for the past two weeks and noticed my lips are so much softer, which makes putting on lipstick that much easier. ($2.99, mycarmex.com + be sure to check out their Facebook!)
These patterns are the cutest.
For Your...Blake Liveliest Friend
Facts are facts: Blake Lively is an insane beauty. From pregnancy to premieres, she always shuts it down. Not only is she stunning and stylish, I am fairly certain there are 100,000 Pinterest boards dedicated to her perfect hair. (Rough estimate, don't quote me.)
For your girlfriend who has her own Pinterest board dedicated to Blake's beauty, the Fat Hair collection featuring the brand's Advanced Repair Formula is the perfect gift to transform any look to party ready, glam hair. ($6.99 each, fathairstore.com)
Fat Hair Advanced Repair Formula Amplifying Blow-Dry SprayNo build-up, stickiness or flaking here. This spray helps prevent dehydration, maintains moisture balance and seal in style.
Fat Hair Advanced Repair Formula Amplifying Leave-In Conditioner & StylerIncludes Taurine to help repair damage and add volume; avocado for moisture and shine; and Inositol for smoothness and elasticity.
Fat Hair Advanced Repair Formula Amplifying Hair Spray
Exclusive Amplifying Complex adds strength, body and texture, without build up, residue, stickiness or flaking.
For Your...Nostalgic Pal
Nothing says "Happy Holidays" like a great graphic sweater or sweatshirt. Give your '80s-fanatic friend the gift of style by taking his/her ugly sweater game up a notch with 80stees.com's "faux Christmas sweaters." Styles feature iconic faves like Jem and the Holograms and the Gremlins. I mean, does it get better than that? It just might - a couple of my faves are below! ($35 each, 80stees.com)
Good tidings we bring from Etheria.
A great holiday, you will have.
For Your...Giving Comrade
Generosity is one of the most exquisite traits. And, sometimes, it comes in the form of affirmations. Take a moment this season to give someone you care for the Emergency Compliment book: 60 unique, off-beat compliments they can flip through to receive a few smiles of their own, with kudos such as: "Your hair looks great today. It also looked really good two days ago." And, since this person is so giving, it is possible they might just give you one back. ($12.99, urbanoufitters.com)
I never suspected it...but damn, it feels good to know this.
For Your...Social Media Obsessed Partner in Crime
You know the one: always scrolling through Twitter, adding hashtags to her selfies to get more "like"s and pinning in the wee hours of the morning. Feed into her obsession with the 8,000 Likes Cropped Tee ($12.90, forever21.com) and Like Button Pillow ($25, shopjeen.com).
The most likes I've ever received is maybe 0.5% of that.
Let the "like"s keep you cozy.
Let's be honest, we are all really just trying to be Baddie Winkle. Give the baddest bae in your world a duo of boss accessories: a dazzling ear cuff ($18, nastygal.com) and On Fleek beanie ($24, shop.nylonmag.com).
Ear cuffs are effortlessly cool.