This gift guide is for gifting all of the different types of melanated skin care junkies. Now you know that when it comes time to shop for your girls you can’t purchase the same thing for everyone, their personalities are all far too different. Shopping for your best Girlfriends gives you the opportunity to highlight the importance of your friendship and sisterhood. Even if there isn’t a card, the gift should read “This is specifically for you”.
Here is how I’m shopping for my Girlfriends this Holiday season according to their personalities, Self-Care edition.
For the hardest working friend, you have.
Versed is a non toxic, vegan, and cruelty free brand and The Big Chill set has everything you need to destress around the holidays, perfect for the friend that works day and night to accomplish their goals, while still managing to live a clean lifestyle. The girlfriend that deserves a true unwind.
This set includes the JUST BREATHE Clarifying Serum, a pore-decongesting and skin-calming serum packed with a dynamic trio of willow bark extract, niacinamide and a zinc.
For those sleepless nights and hours dedicated to the computer screen, THE FIX Emergency Eye Mask. This eye mask is infused with cucumber juice and caffeine to help bring the under eye area back to life.
Lastly, this kit includes my favorite little tool, the Frozen Cooling Globe. I popped this in the freezer for the day, then used it to apply the JUST BREATHE serum to my face in circular motions, and I applied the THE FIX Emergency eye mask and rubbed the wand against my under eyes for a cool relief and depuffing.
For your forever, timeless bestie.
Some of us are fortunate enough to have our childhood best friend still be our best friend. For the friend that has been with you through teen hood, who has been there for your glow up, celebrate her with a product that enhances your glow. Hyper is a product you can’t go a day without, an essential for your routine day and night. Hyper Clear is an effective, light weight face serum packed with 15 percent vitamin c and vitamin e. This combo works to brighten skin, smooth rough texture, and dramatically improve the appearance of dark marks.
With a combination of fruit enzymes, turmeric, kojic acid and more, these ingredients are the holy grail for hyperpigmentation.
Your forever reliable bestie will love this forever reliable product.
To your right hand, your go to.
MY TOPICALS: The Duo - $56.00
The MY TOPICALS Duo is the perfect gift for the friend that always knows what you’re thinking and vice versa, your girlfriend who is always tuned in to the same shows as you and shares your love for your favorite cuisine, the other half to your duo.
Two power women of color created this spunky brand, and this duo set includes two essential products.
FADED, a non-bleaching skin cream for hyperpigmentation, balancing skin tone, brightening skin and increasing overall texture. Some key ingredients are Kojic Acid, Niacinamide, Melatonin, and a number of nourishing plant extracts.
LIKE BUTTER, this product can be applied as a moisturizer or as a nourishing mask. Made up of ingredients I love such as Turmeric, Green Tea Extra, Ginseng Root and more, this unique combination helps soothe stressed skin and strengthens the skin’s moisture barrier.
Your bestie will love this fun packaging and always think of you when she gets to use her medicated botanicals!
For the girlfriend that is always on Gogo, a real Jetsetter.
FENTY SKIN START'R SET - $40.00
We all have that one girlfriend who whenever you call her, she’s on a flight or some place new. Her job and life are fast paced, she has to pack quickly and lightly, she knows how to get dressed and get glammed up within 15 minutes and this Start’r Set is perfect for her.
The FENTY SKIN products are truly two in one, starting with the TOTAL CLEANS’R. This cleanser cuts down the time of double cleansing because it completely removes a full-face of makeup and impurities without stripping your skin of it’s natural oils or leaving any residue behind.
The next step is FAT WATER, which simplifies your routine since it is a toner and pore refining serum in one. Instead of packing your dark spot serum, your toner, your hydrating serums, you have it all in this product and it’s perfect for day and night.
Lastly, finding the perfect moisturizer, sunscreen, and make up primer can be such a struggle, luckily this product is perfect for all three. The HYDRA VIZOR INVISIBLE MOISTURIZER BROAD SPECTRUM SPF 30 SUNSCREEN is that last step you need before starting your day, beating your face, or just on your day off.
Your bestie will truly appreciate this routine, and it’ll give her that RihRih glow while she’s on go.
For the “I’m rooting for everybody that’s BLACK” best friend.
Buttah Skin Customizable kit - $59.99
Buttah is a Black owned skin care brand with products specifically for melanin rich skin. This is perfect for your friend who loves self-care and wants a spa experience without leaving the house or breaking the bank.
The Customizable Skincare Kit for Melanin-Rich Complexions is a three-step kit designed to cleanse, exfoliate, protect and moisturize your skin, helping you achieve your dream skin with every application.
Buttah’s complete customizable kit includes the following. The debris-dissolving gentle skin Cleanser. This cleanser lathers beautifully and doesn’t leave your skin feeling chalky after use. Completely prepped to ten apply the skin-transforming, moisture infused Vitamin C Serum. It’s light and not oily, which is rare for a vitamin C Serum, it makes a difference within a week of use and doesn’t clog pores.
You then have the option to choose between the Coco Shea Revitalizing Cream the moisture-locking, Facial Shea Butter, both are great options for combination skin, it’s up to you to decide which your melanated sister-friend will love.
This is for the friend who looks Hollywood naturally.
Glossier Skin Care Edit - $50.00
We all have that friend that looks fresh off out a magazine cover, all the time. She applies a light glam and gives off the effortless vibe.
Glossier is the perfect brand for those that love skin care and have very subtle make up routines. Glossier is a huge advocate for inclusivity, which is visible in their Grant Initiative for Black-Owned Beauty Businesses.
The Skin Care Edit includes the daily skincare routine, which is safe for all skin types for fresh, moisturized, dewy skin.
This adorable box is packed with the classic Milky Jelly Cleanser, essential and hydrating Super Bounce serum, the Priming Moisturizer Rich, a little something for the lips with two of the Balm Dotcoms, in original and rose. To top it all off it includes the light-reflecting Futuredew oil-serum hybrid and an adorable, very handy pink, nylon-spandex headband to protect your edges and hold your hair back while you indulge in this Glossier kit.
Your glam best friend can fit many of these products in her clutch of choice!
Which one of these holiday gifts will you be getting for your best girlfriends?