Beauty, Fashion and Home: An Editor’s Curated Holiday Shopping List

Winter Collection by Backyard Candle

The holidays are in. The pressure is on to find something perfect, whether it’s for friends, family, or yourself. Never fear; your holiday shopping fairy godmother has a curated list of beauty, fashion, and home must-haves to delight and inspire. From luxe lipsticks to cozy cashmere to chic barware, these editor-approved picks will solve all your gifting woes and then some. So grab your credit card and a mug of hot cocoa; it’s time for some holiday retail therapy!

Luxurious Fashion Finds: Standout Scarves and Accessories

For a unique truly gift, turn to ASAKEADE, gifts inspired by a fusion of cultures: The blend of bold, audacious colors… a ceaseless flow of brilliant, cosmic designs. This oversized yellow scarf is a must-have to brighten up your winter wardrobe. This lightweight accessory is nearly 7 feet long and adds vibrant color and instant warmth. Wrap it around your neck for a stylish layered look, or drape it over your shoulders for a cozy covering. At under $300, this high-quality Ezekiel’s Chariot scarf crafted of soft 100% silk satin is a steal you won’t want to miss. For the stylish socialite, consider the Large Gold Ezekiel’s Chariot Scarf, a showstopping accessory from emerging African designer Asake Ade. This vibrant yellow silk scarf with white and metallic gold accents adds a pop of cheer to any outfit. Drape it around the shoulders or tie it to a handbag for an eye-catching statement piece they will treasure for years.

Large Yellow Ezekiel's Chariot Scarf
Large Yellow Ezekiel’s Chariot Scarf
Large Yellow Ezekiel's Chariot Scarf
Large Yellow Ezekiel’s Chariot Scarf

Handcrafted leather bags and cotton totes

Treat yourself or a loved one to an artisanal bag built to last. Fabacollection offers handcrafted leather bags and cotton totes made by European artisans using high-quality, eco-friendly materials. Their stylish yet timeless designs are perfect for work, travel, or everyday use.

leather tote Peaceful Chaos
Upcycled Leather tote Peaceful Chaos

The leather tote Peaceful Chaos is handcrafted in Italy from soft, supple upcycled leather. With a roomy interior and adjustable straps, this lightweight yet durable bag will be your go-to for years. We fell in love with one specific tote bag: the CHARLES THE KOI LARGE COTTON TOTE BAG is handwoven in Montreal from organic cotton and features an artistic pattern in vibrant yellow hues. Its woven cotton material is breathable and machine washable. The artwork is from a California artist.

Faba Collection partners with small family-run European workshops to produce each bag using traditional techniques passed down through generations. The artwork is from a local artist. By purchasing one of their bags, you’ll support local artisans and a sustainable, ethical fashion model. Treat someone special with a gift that makes a meaningful impact.

Charles the Koi Tote
Charles the Koi Tote

These chic yet conscientious carryalls are sure to delight. At under $200, Faba collection’s bags won’t break the bank but will bring lasting joy for holidays. An inspired gift for the socially-conscious fashionista on your list, or spoil yourself with an artisanal indulgence built to stand the test of time.

Holiday Beauty Bundles for Self-Care

Treat yourself or a loved one to some holiday pampering with these beauty bundles with natural goodness.

Desert Dweller Deluxe Bundle

Eart Based Body Desert Dweller Deluxe Bundle will transport you to a desert oasis with its cactus-inspired body care. The Cactus Crush body cream nourishes skin with prickly pear oil and aloe vera; the Nude Mood lip and cheek tint gives a sun-kissed glow; the Rose Glow hand cream softens with hyaluronic acid and vitamin E; and the bonus Succulent Stick balm everything. Your skin will feel as resilient as a desert bloom for the beauty guru on your list.  To top it off, the lip and cheek shimmer balm adds a touch of glimmer for a radiant glow. Your recipient will feel pampered with this thoughtful assortment of clean beauty essentials.

Viking Secrets’ Glow Facial Oil boosts hydration and brightness with sea buckthorn, rosehip, and jojoba oils for a radiant complexion. Viking Beauty’s Foam Cleanser with Calendula and Rose Water is a refreshing and gentle skincare essential that leaves your skin feeling deeply cleansed and nourished. Its soothing formula, enriched with natural ingredients like calendula and rose water, makes it a must-have for a healthy and radiant complexion. Use them together for a complete skin-loving routine.

Whether for yourself or gifting, these natural beauty bundles are a thoughtful way to bring comfort and joy this season. Pamper mind, body, and spirit with nature’s gifts and spread the glow! Treat someone special to self-care essentials for the ultimate act of kindness. These spa-quality sets will surely delight you however you choose to use them.

The One Product Your Skin Care Routine Is Missing: Valenti Organics Barcola Azzurro Mare Replenishing Elixir 

Valenti Organics Barcola Azzurro Mare Replenishing Elixir 
Valenti Organics Barcola Azzurro Mare Replenishing Elixir

What Makes Valenti Organics Barcola Azzurro Mare Elixir So Special? This replenishing elixir is a total game-changer for your skin. Made with organic ingredients sourced from the pristine waters of the Mediterranean, it delivers intense hydration and nourishment. The heroes’ ingredients are coral seaweed extract, barcola essence, and azzurro mare complex. This serum is formulated with in-house seaweed extract, which naturally provides powerful anti-aging and anti-inflammatory effects while replenishing minerals in the skin. It also contains low and high molecular weight hyaluronic acid, which intensely hydrates, smoothes, and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Sea kelp bioferment acts as a probiotic for the skin, offering oil-free moisturization and nourishment. Refreshing cucumber and roses hydrosols provide a delicate fragrance without the need for essential oils. Finally, 5% niacinamide, one of the most critical topically applied vitamins, soothes blemished skin and improves the appearance of aged, hyperpigmented, and sun-damaged skin, reducing fine lines and wrinkles.

Helios Ginseng Ferment Essence 120 mL from BAO Laboratories

SW Beauty Editor recently tried the Helios Ginseng Ferment Essence from Bao Laboratory and found it to be an extraordinary product that transformed their skincare routine. The packaging is sleek, minimalist, and elegant, giving off a premium feel that aligns perfectly with the outstanding quality of the product. The essence is well-preserved in a beautiful glass bottle, providing an overall enhanced experience. When applied, SW Beauty Editor was impressed by the luxurious texture of the essence, which glided onto their skin effortlessly, hydrating it and leaving behind a velvety-soft feel. The Helios Ginseng Ferment Essence absorbs quickly, instantly plumping and rejuvenating the complexion, making it stand out from other essences.The essence is rich in powerful ingredients like ginseng and natural botanical extracts that work together to nourish, brighten, and revitalize the skin. With consistent use, SW Beauty Editor noticed a significant improvement in the overall appearance of their skin, which looked smoother, more youthful, and radiantly healthy. The Helios Ginseng Ferment Essence is also incredibly hydrating, making it an excellent protective barrier against moisture loss even after long hours of wearing makeup. It seamlessly fits into any skincare regimen, making it suitable for every skin type. Additionally, SW Beauty Editor enjoyed the subtle yet captivating scent of the essence, which made it a delightful sensory experience.

Home Decor Gems: Vases, Candles and More

Mary Juryk Design: Butterfly Blue Glass Bowl with a silver Lid

Butterfly Blue Glass Bowl

The Butterfly Blue Glass Bowl by Mary Jurek Design  is a standout piece. Fine craftsmanship highlights this bold blue gem on any coffee table, vanity, or foyer in your home.

Bring the tranquility of nature indoors with the Butterfly Blue Glass Bowl by Mary Jurek Design. Handcrafted by artisans, this stunning decorative accent piece features a lid with a delicate cut-out butterfly design. When removed, the lid rests neatly on the rim, allowing the bowl to be used for display or storage. However, leaving the lid in place creates an eye-catching objet d’art that emanates a sense of calm—an extraordinary find for the home decor aficionado.

Cozy up your home this winter with Backyard Candles’ seasonal collection. Infuse your rooms with the comforting aromas of cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg. Their hand-poured soy candles fill your home with a warm glow and the sweet scents of the holidays. Handmade in San Diego, California!

Winter Collection by Backyard Candles

Whether enhancing your decor with a statement piece, evoking the season’s spirit through scent, or gaining a new appreciation for masterful works of art, we have curated gems to shine your holidays. Our selection of home goods, from functional to fanciful, helps create spaces that feel cozy, vibrant, and uniquely you.

Experience Gifts: Dining and Museum Tours

Perfect for Art Lovers and Foodies.

Experience the season of giving by treating your loved one to an unforgettable date night at the Getty Center offered by Virgin Experience.

Restaurant at Getty
The Restaurant at Getty

Treat someone special to an experience they’ll never forget this holiday season. A dining experience at the Getty Restaurant and a behind-the-scenes museum tour offered by Virgin Experience are unique opportunities for art and food lovers alike. Savor a gourmet meal with panoramic views of the Santa Monica Mountains in the company of a treasured masterpiece. Sous Chef Joel Grande prepared the memorable meal. We truly enjoyed the Signature Cobb salad, the chocolate mousse dessert, and the homemade espresso mango combo ice cream/gelato—The General Manager, Patrick Koffel, runs a smooth ship, ensuring all guests are well looked after.

An exclusive peek into the Getty’s collections guided by a museum educator perfectly complements a memorable meal. They immersed themselves in art, culture, natural beauty, and inspired cuisine on a magical day. What could be better?

Led by an engaging guide, you’ll explore the Getty’s European paintings, decorative arts, and sculpture collections at your own pace. Learn the stories behind Van Gogh’s Irises and Goya’s Portrait of Sebastián Martínez y Pérez. Stroll through the Central Garden, an ever-changing work of art. As the sun sets over the Santa Monica Mountains, enjoy a seasonal menu of farm-fresh fare and handcrafted cocktails at the Restaurant. A magical evening of art, nature, and nourishment awaits at this hilltop oasis!  An art and food lover’s dream!


Disclaimer: This review was based on SW Beauty Editor’s personal experience, and results may vary from person to person.

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