holiday beauty gifts

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This was my favorite gift guide to put together because beauty is, not surprisingly, my favorite thing to shop for! Beauty brands come out with the most creative, festive palettes and sets around the holidays that make the perfect indulgent gifts. The Bottle Service nail polish set and Le Grand Chateau house of palettes are the winners when it comes to pretty packaging! Limited edition palettes are hot commodities this time of year. Hourglass’ Ambient Lighting Edit and Marc Jacobs’ Free Spirit eyeshadow palette are at the top of my wish list. I love that bareMineral’s has everything you need to touch-up your face makeup — it’s perfect for the friend who’s always on the go, as is Drybar’s Escape Plan set to touch-up hair! Diptyque’s 2015 holiday candles and Laura Mercier’s bath duet are great for anyone who needs to be pampered, which is everyone during the winter. Holiday beauty sets always have incredible value so it’s also a great time to purchase products you use regularly like these Kiehl’s hand salves or this beauty blender kit. I also find it’s a great time to discover new beauty favorites with sample sets like Sephora’s Superstar set of best-sellers or a collection of miniature perfumes so you can discover a signature fragrance. Let me know what beauty sets are on your list below!

3 plugins you need for sale season


Sunglasses: Celine, Earrings: Lulu Frost, Faux Shearling Vest: Forever 21, Dress: For Love & Lemons, Boots: Sam Edelman, Bag: Rebecca Minkoff, Lipstick: Estée Lauder in Lethal Red, iPhone Case: Inslee

Remember when Black Friday sales used to start on Black Friday? Me neither. But the best sales are still to come so today I’m sharing three plugins that will significantly improve your sale shopping experience!

Shoptivity. This is one you’ll want to start using now in anticipation of sales! The site lets you track products from any online store and sends you alerts when the price changes — simply install the plugin from here, click it on any product page, and save the product to your bag. You’ll also earn cash back at tons of stores (search here to see the cash back percentages) if you purchase the product through Shoptivity’s site. If you weren’t sure whether or not to purchase, a little cash back could be all the convincing you need!

Honey. Check this one before you make any purchases during sale season. It automatically finds coupon codes and applies them for you. On sites like Sephora and Victoria’s Secret where there are always tons of coupon codes at one time, it tries all of them first in order to find the best deal for your purchase.

Try. Essentially a dressing room for online retailers, Try lets you, well, try on items before purchasing. Install the button here and anytime you’re shopping on a site they work with (listed here) above the ‘Add to Cart’ button is a ‘Try for Free’ one. Use it on up to 5 items and they’ll ship for free! Once delivered, you get 10 days to try them on, see if they work in your wardrobe and decide what you want to keep and return. You aren’t charged until you go back on the site and indicate you are keeping an item. Try has been so kind to offer glam files readers an exclusive invite code! Go here to sign up and use the invite code: glamfiles – happy trying!

I hope you love these sites as much as I do & let me know if there are any other plugins I should get below!

Photos by Samantha Goh

faux fur stole


Sunglasses: Le Specs, Earrings: Lulu Frost, Faux Fur Stole: Asos, Tee: J.Crew, Cuff: Olivia Palermo x Baublebar, Flare Jeans: Frame Denim, Boots: Sam Edelman, Bag: Rebecca Minkoff

My fall/winter style mantra goes something like this: when in doubt, add fur. This faux fur stole was a total impulse purchase because I knew from the moment I laid eyes on it that I would be wearing it all season long. They’re such a fun piece to throw on over everything from tailored coats to party dresses to head-to-toe black. Asos has one of the best selections of faux fur stoles year after year. I wore it with my favorite flare jeans to the office last week — which I have to mentally prepare for as it means a full day committed to wearing heels. How glam would it be with a burgundy velvet dress for a holiday party?!

Photography by Samantha Goh