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In Our Cart: Holiday Beauty Releases We Want Under Our Tree

Every year we wait for the holiday season to roll around, when beauty brands start to drop their too-good-to-be-true holiday collections. We’ve seen it all and put these beauty picks at the top of our lists. See what the MORE editors are wishing for this season, and gather some Christmas gift ideas for your own holiday wish list.

Too Faced Boss Lady Beauty Agenda

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“I’ll have to take a deep breath of air before rattling off all the goodies in Too Faced’s Boss Lady Beauty Agenda: 24 (!!!) eye shadows, one Chocolate Soleil Bronzer, one blush, one highlighter, a deluxe-sized Better than Sex Mascara, a deluxe-sized Melted Matte Liquified Long Wear Lipstick in “Sell Out”—and that’s just the makeup. The holiday set also includes a leatherette year-round agenda with a sticker sheet and monthly step-by-step beauty looks for inspo. I definitely consider myself a boss, and I’m still one of those people that lives by my physical agenda, so this is perfection. But let’s get back to the makeup: Chocolate Soleil Bronzer, made with real cocoa powder, is one of my daily makeup must-haves and I can’t even start talking about these eyeshadow mattes and shimmers without drooling. I plan on sending a photo of this set to my husband and parents with gold stars all over it.” —Caitlin White, Senior Editor

To buy: Too Faced Beauty Agenda, Sephora, $58

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Fenty Starlit Hyper-Glitz Lipstick

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“Everything my girl RiRi touches turns to gold, and the Fenty Beauty holiday release is no exception. Between jewel-toned eyeshadows, cosmic gloss, and glimmering eyeliner it was hard to choose a favorite in the limited edition Galaxy Collection—but, after hours of deliberation, I finally settled on Starlit Hyper-Glitz Lipstick in $upernova. I’m not a big sparkles girl, but this metallic lipstick has a multidimensional shimmer that I’m already planning on wearing to all my holiday parties. It’s just enough glitz to glam up an ordinary outfit, and the creamy formula is buildable for a jewel chrome sheen or full-impact finish. And at $19 a pop, I don’t feel too guilty putting a few shades on my list.” —Taylor Borde, Editor

To buy: Starlit Hyper-Glitz Lipstick, Fenty Beauty, $19

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Morphe 39A Dare To Create Eyeshadow Palette

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“This holiday season I can’t see myself reaching for anything other than the Morphe 39A Dare to Create palette. First and foremost, I’ve always been in love with Morphe shadows for their blendability and insane color payoff. Secondly, when I saw these shimmers, I’m almost certain my heart skipped a beat and I knew I needed this in my collection. But the real kicker for me was the bigger pans that the matte transition shades are in—finally! I’m always hitting pan on my favorite transition shades so I’m very happy that Morphe decided to give us larger pans for those.” —Lindsay Goedert, E-Commerce Coordinating Editor

To buy: Dare To Create Palette, Morphe, $32

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L’Occitane 10-Piece Hand Cream Soirée

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“As the temperatures drop, my poor hands are always the biggest victim. It doesn’t matter how many leather or text-friendly pairs of winter gloves I buy; my fingers and knuckles get so dry during the bitterly cold Midwest winters. I always have good intentions at the start of the season—purchasing the best of the best hydrating lotions to incorporate into my nightly beauty routine, but come lunchtime the following day, my hands are dying of thirst for silky-smooth hand cream. This 10-piece holiday hand cream set from L’Occitane is definitely on my wish list this year because the small little creams are perfectly purse-sized, and the various scents will surely appeal to my many winter-onset moody phases. I mean, is there any mood that the scent of Rose et Reines can’t brighten up? Winter-induced dry and cracked hands, you don’t stand a chance.” —Alexis Puebla, Editor

To buy: L’Occitane Hand Cream Set, Sephora, $79

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Fresh Best Of Beauty Bundle

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“Fresh’s Sugar Lip Treatment: Advanced Therapy is already one of my beauty addictions—so smooth! so hydrating!—so I’ll welcome any other Fresh beauty products with open arms and grabby hands. The first time I bought the Fresh Sugar lip treatment, I made everyone I was out with try it, that’s how much I love it. This “best of” bundle for the holidays adds a soy face cleanser, a black tea eye treatment, a Lotus Youth face cream, and the brand’s iconic Vitamin Nectar Vibrancy-Boosting Face Mask, which are all pretty much must-haves for the harsh winter weather. Plus, colored pencils? This box is all about the spa zen.” —Caitlin White, Senior Editor

To buy: Fresh Best Of Beauty Bundle, Sephora, $64

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Tarte Magic Star Collector’s Set

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“I put my full trust in any of Tarte’s long-lasting Amazonian clay products—my favorite being my pocket-sized Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in the perfect peachy nude. It lives up to its name, which is why I’m dying to get my hands on this star-packed gift set. Let’s start with the 25-piece eyeshadow palette with exclusive mattes and metallics. covering the spectrum from neutral pinks and browns to moody purples, oranges, and blues. Then there’s two blushes, a bronzer, and highlighter to create the perfect contour. A mini Lash Paint Mascara and Sex Kitten Eyeliner layer on the drama, while two tarteist favorites complete the full-face look with a matte and glossy lip option. Don’t even get me started on the oh-so-smart design that folds up into the ultimate travel palette for day or night, no packing required. This is definitely one worth adding to the collection!” —Taylor Borde, Editor

To buy: Tarte Magic Star Set, Ulta, $49

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YSL Rouge Pur Couture Dazzling Lights Edition Lipstick

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“I’m a sucker for a classic designer lipstick, but when my prune-coated lips are also getting intense hydration and antioxidant care in the process, well—that’s just the cherry on top. Though I love to rock classic poinsettia red all throughout the holiday season (cliché, I know), by the time Christmas rolls around I’m itching to wear my favorite chocolate browns and plummy purples. However, this Prune Avenue shade is the best of both worlds, combining my love for neutral nude lips with the longing desire for a pop of color. That, and the fact that this gold case coated in a sparkling firework design would look simply fabulous displayed in my makeup organizer. Santa, I promise I was good this year!” —Alexis Puebla, Editor

To buy: YSL Dazzling Lights Edition Lipstick, Sephora, $37

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Urban Decay Nagel Vice Lipstick Palette

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“It feels like the goddesses of lipstick thought of me personally when conjuring up the collab between one of my fave beauty brands, Urban Decay, and the late, ’80s artist and icon Patrick Nagel. I’m a true ’80s child, and I love the punch and boldness of these lipstick shades and the badass ladies on the packaging. I can barely choose a color I love best, but Troublemaker is pretty close to my dream shade, and I’m jumping up and down at the idea of having Psycho and Backtalk in my back pocket, too. These limited-edition palettes are already available and are already quickly selling out, so Santa is going to have to hurry to get this one under my tree.” —Caitlin White, Senior Editor

To buy: Nagel Vice Lipstick Palette, Urban Decay, $22

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butter London All The Jewels Manicure Kit

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“I have a girlboss mentality with a broke girl budget. Although I wish I could afford to have a standing appointment at the nail salon, I’ll opt for happy hour with the girls every week instead. After many years of practice I’ve perfected the at-home manicure, if I do say so myself. However, I will be the first to admit that my nail polish collection needs a grown-up update. Butter London’s All The Jewels collection is the 45-piece nail set I’ve been dreaming of. With everyday nudes, winter-ready maroons, and work-appropriate metallics, what more can I ask for? This opulent set also includes two topcoats, a basecoat, a nail file and buffer, and a festive keepsake tin to keep everything in place. Talk about the royal treatment.” —Taylor Borde, Editor

To buy: butter London Manicure Kit, Amazon, $150

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IGK Hot Girl Hair Customizable Set

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“Anyone who knows me knows that, though makeup and skincare are all fine and dandy, for me—it’s all about the hair. I’m loving this build-your-own hair set from IGK, because not everyone is a one size fits all kind of gal, ya know? The set comes with a travel-size Hot Girls hydrating shampoo and conditioner set and your choice of a full-size styling product from the dream-worthy hair line. On my wish list this year, I have the Beach Club Texture Spray right at the top because of its ability to add an easy lift to my ‘do without making it too heavy or wet. When it comes to hair, the bigger the better IMO. Any aid that makes teasing my tresses a little easier is definitely a product I want under my tree!” —Alexis Puebla, Editor

To buy: IGK Hot Girl Hair Set, Sephora, $29

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