Holiday Gift Guide | Beauty Gifting Made Easy at SEPHORA

What I’m about to say will make your life extremely easier if you have a beauty lover in your life. If you ever want or need to make a beauty lover happy, get them a gift from Sephora. The retail beauty giant offers everything you can think of for any beauty addict: the makeup junkie, the fragrance lover, the skincare devotee, and the nail polish fanatic. For the holiday gifting season, Sephora has some great individual products and giftsets to stuff their stockings and make their Christmas morning even merrier.


Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick Set ($39.00/$126.00 value) – Just in time for all those Holiday parties, this limited edition set of nine iconic Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick Shades offer a wardrobe of color options with a variety of matte, shimmer, and metallic finishes. Formulated with Color Cushion Technology, one swipe provides long-lasting, bold color with velvet-touch comfort that leaves lips feeling supple. This set comes housed in an edgy-chic, black monochromatic casing designed after Kat’s own studded bracelet—made to look as rock ‘n’ roll as the woman who wears it.

Elizabeth and James Nirvana White Rollerball & Lip Set and Elizabeth and James Black Rollerball & Lip Set ($29.00 each) – Give two essentials that are perfect for the modern girl on the go: An Elizabeth and James Nirvana rollerball, and a limited edition Elizabeth and James lip gloss in the shade of Nirvana Nude. Inspired by Ashley’s and Mary-Kate’s signature nude lip, the non-sticky gloss is perfect for all skin tones, giving lips a hint of color and refined shine with a subtle scent of vanilla.

Formula X Press Pods Gift Tags ($15.00) – Include an extra, unexpected treat on every gift this season with this pack of seven Holiday gift tags, each featuring a single-use manicure Press Pod in one of Formula’s most coveted cream or pearl shades. Each nail polish pod has enough lacquer to coat all 10 nails in two generous coats of Formula X’s patented No Compromise formula.


Sephora Collection Color Festival Blockbuster Palette ($49.50/$241.00 value) – With 130 shades for eyes, lips, and cheeks, this festive and dazzling palette has everything a girl needs to explore endless beauty looks. The innovative design opens to reveal two mirrors and multiple trays organized by color intensities making it easy to find the perfect shade for any party. The palette even includes six tutorials to help master a variety of professional application techniques.

Sephora Favorites Skin Wonderland ($56.00/$141.00 value) – Indulge her with this perfectly edited, 11-piece set of must-have skincare oils, creams, cleansers, and treatments to pamper and address a wide range of skin concerns. Travel sizes of top-selling products from Shiseido, L’Occitane, Kate Somerville, Nude, AmorePacific, Caudalie, Josie Maran, Jurlique, Clarins, Lavanilla and Ole Henriksen are perfectly portable, yet generous enough to notice results.

Marc Jacobs Beauty Blacquer and Bleu Five-Piece Eye Essentials Collection ($79.00) – Discover the magic of midnight with this collection of eye essentials that captures the beauty of the Parisian night sky. Magic Marc’er Precision Pen Eyeliner in Blacquer, Highliner Gel Crayon in (Th)ink, Omega Lash Volumizing Mascara in Blacquer, and a petite mirror come tucked in a collectable makeup bag designed by Marc Jacobs.

Ole Henriksen Unwrap Your Radiance Collection ($48.00) – Unwrap radiance this holiday season with a lavish collection of brightening, collagen-boosting, age-defying products for day and night. This special gift set of six beloved Ole Henriksen skincare essentials will restore youthfulness and luminosity to your skin with potent actives, soothing botanicals and intoxicating scents.

We’ll probably add all of these to our holiday wishlist. Which of these Sephora holiday gift ideas are catching your eye? Share your favorite with us.

Sephora SOHO Reopens with a Transformation on May 3rd

On May 3rd, the first Sephora Store to open in the US, reopens with after undergoing a transformation. The new revamped Soho location will offer the usual product favorites, along with enhanced services, new areas to explore, and even a few surprises. You may remember the Sephora Soho store looking something like this: 
With the new redesign and reopening, you will certainly be spending more time at Sephora. The makeover signals the beginning of several major store renovations for Sephora in 2012 that will elevate the beauty retail experience in the trend, culture and fashion center of the US – New York City. Sephora Soho’s transformation includes:
  • An entirely updated appearance to showcase over 13,000 of the world’s best beauty products
  • An expanded 30 foot Beauty Studio to conduct Express Services and Customized Makeup Applications
  • A private Personal Beauty Advisor (PBA) room to provide Sephora’s signature beauty services in the most sophisticated and tranquil atmosphere

  • A separate Fragrance room that allows clients to explore the world of fragrance in a completely immersive environment 
  • A specially commissioned art installation by New York artist Eric Daigh, combining his unique portraiture and Sephora’s brand codes including the flame, a symbol synonymous with Sephora since its creation in 1970
  • New Cast Costumes designed by Prabal Gurung
To celebrate the opening, Sephora will be featuring a variety of Soho-inspired events and services all weekend long:
  • Meet Kat Von D & Experience Her First Solo Art Show, “New American Beauty”, Thurs May 3rd 6 – 8 pm 
Meet Kat Von D, tattoo artist, TV star, and owner of High Voltage Tattoo as she previews her exclusive art prints for her New American Beauty art show which benefit the Art of Elysium. The first 100* people to purchase a limited edition art print or any Kat Von D beauty product will have the opportunity to meet Kat that evening. *Clients may begin purchasing prints and products on Thursday, 5/3 at 10 am.
  • Get Soho- Stylized 
Transform yourself at Sephora Style Stations where Sephora Cast Members and Brand Experts will be on hand to offer complimentary Soho-inspired hair, makeup, skincare and fragrance services. Before leaving the station, have your picture taken to be streamed to the live installation on the store front windows.
  • Sephora Personalized Beauty Assessments by “The Bumbys,” Friday (5-7 pm), Saturday and Sunday (3-5 pm) 
Once you have achieved Soho beauty style, let anonymous New York performance artists Gill & Jill Bumby provide “Fair and Honest Appraisals of Your Appearance” with nothing more than their manual typewriters and charming wit. It’s as simple as it sounds – you stand front and center and they type you a personalized assessment of how they think you look!
Shoppers along Broadway will be able to view the Sephora Soho profile coming to life in the window display. A live multi-media installation will create a dynamic and engaging living art piece that is reflective of the neighborhood’s unique attributes; images of neighborhood landmarks, architecture and street signs will be juxtaposed with photos and video of clients showing off their new Soho inspired look and will be punctuated with real-time social messaging.