The Very Best Beauty Gifts to Bestow on Your Loved Ones, According to YouTube Makeup Guru Kandee Johnson
These are a Few of Her Favorite Things
“I love everything about the holiday season, from the beautiful decorations to the yummy drinks and treats,” exclaims YouTube beauty guru Kandee Johnson, whose expertise has resulted in collaborations galore - including her latest, a holiday-inspired hair care collection with OGX Beauty, launching just in time to top your wish lists. We asked the bubbly personality to hand-pick a sweet assortment of items any cosmetics-obsessed person would adore, following her gift-giving secret: “All year long my family and friends are like, 'What’s the best of the best?' So, I give them what I love!" Scroll through for stocking stuffers – and so much more.
Kandee’s Very Own Holiday Hair Care Collection with OGX Beauty
Johnson created three festive formulas with the brand: Candy Gumdrop, Frosted Sugar Cookie and Sparkling Cider. "I can’t believe I get to say this is my collection with OGX! The colors are amazing, and they smell so good you won’t want to stop smelling your hair. You might even want to eat it — I wouldn’t recommend that, though!” With notes of candy gumdrops (which she spent months perfecting with the brand) and vanilla frosting, among other delectable treats, Johnson says there's only one way to sum up the collaboration: “OMD — Oh my, delicious!"
Delicious Lip Balm
"I have these stashed everywhere: My bed, my car, my kitchen drawer. Not only do they smell amazing — if you can’t tell, I am big on yummy-scented products — they’re cruelty-free and organic."
Buy It! Treat Beauty Jumbo Organic Lip Balm in Soft Candy, $13.99 each; treatbeauty.com
Very Cherry Lip Liner
“This is hands-down one of my most used lip liners in my kit. I use it to create the perfect red lip, and what better time of year to show of your red lips than the holidays? I line and fill the entire lip with this instead of lipstick. It will last longer and won’t come off as easily on your teeth!"
Buy It! M.A.C Cosmetics Cherry Lip Pencil, $17.50; nodrstrom.com
Iconic Beauty Book
“I feel like this book by legendary makeup artist Kevin Aucoin is for everybody who truly loves makeup. To this day, I still have my original tattered copy that I got in high school. Mr. Aucoin inspired me and I know he inspired countless other makeup artist — he really looked at makeup like an art form."
Buy It! Kevyn Aucoin Making Faces, $21.99; sephora.com
"I put I use this every single day to keep my skin smooth and to help buff and fluff off every trace of makeup."
Buy It! Tarte Frxxxtion Stick, $22; tartecosmetics.com
Professional Makeup Brush
“I literally have hundreds of makeup brushes, but oh my gosh, this makeup brush created by makeup artist Troy Surratt is unlike any other one I own. Anybody can use it and their makeup will come out looking like a makeup artist did it. It’s magic."
Buy It! Surratt Beauty Artistique Smokey Eye Brush Grande, $75; net-a-porter.com
“When I can’t get to a spa, I feel like I am at one the moment I slip on this robe. My ideal night would consist of taking a bath, wearing my cozy robe and shopping for things online, possibly while I eat a cupcake!"
Buy It! Plush Necessities The Luxe Robe, $99; plushnecessities.com
Versatile Styling Iron
"I have used this GHD flat iron for years because I can get my hair perfectly straight or create waves or curls with it. And yes, I take it with me when I travel, too."
Buy It! ghd Gold 1” Nocturn Styler Gift Set, $199; ghdhair.com