Brown Girl’s Holiday Gift Guide for Your Favorite Beauty Buff

Unsure of what to get your beauty junkie bff or glamazon girlfriend? This is our 2019 Holiday Gift Guide for the best gifts at any price point!

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Here some products that would make the ideal stocking stuffers.

1. Fenty Mini Fairy Bomb

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If you’re a novice at buying a gift for your beauty buff, you only need to learn one word: F-E-N-T-Y. We are absolutely obsessed with everything this line has to offer and we’re even more obsessed with what the brand stands for. This mini fairy bomb is the cutest pom-pom ornament with superfine 3D shimmer to give us that Rihanna glow!

2. Stila 3D Dazzle Mini Glitter & Glow Liquid Shadow Set

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Glittery eyes are here to stay, and I promise you there is no brand delivering us sparkle like Stila! These liquid shadows take all the mess and pain out of adding that extra sparkle on top of your shadows, and their shade range is just stunning!

3. Huda Beauty Obsessions Eyeshadow Palette

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These cute, compact shadows are small but mighty! They come in four color themes: Warm Brown, Mauve, Smokey, and Electric Obsessions. We’re obsessed with how pigmented the shadows are and how beautifully curated the color selection of each compact is!

And, for those looking to put gifts under the tree, don’t forget the following:

4. BUXOM Party All Night Mini Lip Plumping Vault

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Is there a more thoughtful present than the gift of endless lippies? We think not. BUXOM is one of the few brands that ACTUALLY plumps your lips like crazy. The smaller size is perfect for nights out in a small purse or pocket.

5. L’OCCITANE Holiday Almond Home & Away Set

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This skincare set is actually a dream. I’ve personally used all these items, so to find them all in one set at such an amazing deal is too good to be true. Shower oils and milk concentrates are sure to keep all dry winter skin at bay and keep you glowing into the new year.

6. Peter Thomas Ross Mask Frenzy

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This is the perfect gift for the skincare junkie who loves face masks! It’s a great purchase for someone who wants to find out which one is for them and who enjoys their “me time.” A little goes a long way and they last forever!

Lastly, just in case you’re in the mood to splurge on your favorite beauty buff, then here are a set of gifts that will have her singing your praises all year round!

7. Pat Mcgrath Labs Mothership V Eyeshadow Palette – Bronze Seduction 

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This eyeshadow palette is the ultimate luxury. These glittery gorgeous mattes are more buttery and blendable than you could imagine! And, with this being her warmest-toned palette to date, it’s sure to look stunning on any melanin queen.

8. Fenty Beauty Match Stix By The Dozen

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This is the perfect gift for any beauty junkie to try Fenty Beauty with a 12-piece collection of mini shimmer sticks! As a staple of the Fenty brand, these sticks have an endless variety of uses and can play up cheeks, eyes, and lips.

9. Dyson Blown-A-OUAI Noir Set

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Dyson and OUAI have teamed up to create the perfect gift! This set has everything your beauty buff will need to style hair without extreme heat damage. As the most awarded hair dryer of 2017, this splurge will make it a holiday to never forget!

We’re hoping this holiday gift guide has got the ball rolling and that you now have everything in place to present that makeup-obsessed friend with a gift she’ll love!

By Seerat Saini

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17 Ayurvedic Beauty Brands on our Radar Right Now

Holistic beauty trends are more prevalent than ever — that makes ayurvedic beauty brands incredibly sought-after, as well. Do you find yourself asking what your beauty products are actually made of? A lot of us even resort to food products for a skincare routine such as honey for face wash.

The term “Ayurvedic Beauty” is getting more recognition outside the South Asian world as well.

Ayurvedic beauty is coined upon the term “Ayurveda,” which originated in Hindu culture as the basis of utilizing the five life forms — air, water, ether, fire, and earth — to heal the human body.

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Ayurvedic beauty brands focus on using herbs and natural ingredients to create their skincare range and consumers around the world are attracted to these natural products.

Scroll down to see some Ayurvedic beauty brands founded by South Asians.

Soma Ayurvedic

Is your skin feeling a little dry this winter? Nourishing your skin with body oil will lend it the right amount of moisture — Soma Ayurvedic’s jasmine body oil can do that trick! Shop the oil, and their full line of products, here.


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Sama Tea

If you’re familiar with author and podcast Host, Jay Shetty, then you may have heard of his tea line, Sama Tea. Herbal teas provide many natural benefits. Has it been a stressful week? Try their lavender rose chamomile tea for some TLC. Check them out here.


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Sahajan Skincare

Know the Netflix show “Ginny & Georgia?” Loved the actress’ fresh-looking skin? Sahajan Skincare is behind that glow! They’re a must-try, featured in both Vogue and Elle India. See their full range of products here.


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Shaz and Kiks

This unique company showcases its brand with an emphasis on ‘holistic.’ Whether it’s bad hair days or excessive shedding, not only do Shaz and Kiks provide the products to help but also break down the science behind the problem. Go on your very own shopping spree by clicking here!


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Looking for accessible ayurvedic beauty products? Look no further! Ranavat is now in Sephora. With a beauty line that covers both hair and skin, there’s something here for everyone. See for yourself here.


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UMM Skincare

UMM Skincare is known for its brown sugar body scrub, made with natural ingredients, and Bakuchi oil known to improve signs of aging and hyperpigmentation. Try it for yourself by shopping here!


Give your skin the best by adding ZAILA to your daily skincare routine! Click here and start shopping!


This brand is all plant-powered, and we’re here for it — you should be too! Check out their full range of products here.

Inde Wild

Are you looking for brown skin-friendly sunscreen filled with nutrients? Look no further. Inde Wild has its very own SPF 50, with natural substances such as liquorice extract and cica, and it’s a mineral SPF suitable for all skin types. See what the brand is all about and shop it here.


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Mango People

I’m always in the market for brown girl-friendly lipsticks, and ones that are made of natural ingredients are a huge plus. Mango People does just this with their unique lipstick colors that suit all brown skin tones. Try them out here!

Kama Ayurveda

Need to swap out your shampoo for something better? Try Kama Ayurveda’s Ayurvedic Hair cleaner, infused with a variety of herbs and pulses with key ingredients like vetiver, tulsi, rose, moong beans, and shikakai. They have a variety of products to choose from so start with your hair and keep shopping for more here!


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Forest Essentials

According to Forest Essentials, night time is the best time for hydration. Check out their night cream, filled with nutrients to enrich your skin. You can shop their wide variety of products here.


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Koppen Ayurveda

A brand made for modern living, their essentials are all worth a shot! Start shopping here!


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Looking for a new face mask to try? AAVRANI has a variety of face masks and explains in detail when you should apply the mask during the week depending on your skin type. Take a look here!


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Plant-based skincare, anyone? Delhicious has got everyone covered, so click here and fill your baskets!


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Pratima Skincare

Just getting into skincare and don’t know where to start? PRATIMA skincare has starter sets, with basics, that every woman can use such as vitamin C serum, essential oils, and collagen creams. Grab yours now by shopping here!


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Fable & Mane

Struggling with hair care recently? Fable & Mane includes various hair oils in their collection that help grow and nourish your hair. Not only that, they have a scalp detox line as well — definitely worth checking out. See their full range of products here.


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In a world that’s becoming more conscious of holistic living, embracing Ayurvedic beauty in your day-to-day is a step in the right direction, and these brands are here to help you get started.

By Hrishika Muthukrishnan

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