Fact: We love the holidays times infinity. But despite the magic the season brings with food, festivals, and fun, it can also be stressful—especially with gifts and gatherings on our minds. While we look forward to all the beautiful happenings, it can be difficult to find time for the most important person in your life: you. So while you’re dreaming up presents to delight your loved ones, make sure to add your name to the nice list. Indulge in that skincare you’ve always wanted, plan a self-care day to relax and unwind, treat yourself to the most luxe mani you’ve ever had. Whatever you do, show yourself the love you deserve. Need some inspo? We asked 11 IPSY staffers how they’re splurging on themselves for the holidays—from scoring their most-wanted beauty products to scheduling a spa sesh, and more.
“I recently signed up for weekly acupuncture. Having an hour dedicated to stress relief each week really makes a difference during the holiday craziness!" - Hannah Cassidy, Senior Beauty Editor
“This winter, I'm treating myself to all of my skincare faves. The cold windy weather is so harsh on my skin, so I want to keep it moisturized, happy, and healthy with my must-haves like HEY HONEY's Good Morning Honey Silk Facial Serum and 111Skin's Rose Gold Booster!“ - Julia Lee, Social Media Manager
“For the holidays, while splurging for others I love to also treat myself to something special. I don't wear a ton of makeup, so my go-tos for self-care are skincare products to keep my skin glowing. The ACEOLOGY Beauty Brightening Treatment Mask makes my skin feel immediately tighter and I like to follow it up with a good mask” - Suzie Jang, Senior Integrated Marketing Manager
“Confession: Despite working in the beauty industry, I’ve always struggled with filling in my brows properly. This year, I promised myself I’d finally take the plunge and get them microbladed—a form of semi-permanent tattooing that uses tiny needles to draw delicate, hair-like strokes. I already know the procedure will save me a ton of time and agony every morning, so it’s well worth the splurge!” - Tiffany Tse, Director of Editorial
“Over the past year and a half, I’ve learned to love giving myself at-home manicures, and this holiday season I’m stepping up my DIY mani game. I’ve purchased salon-grade cuticle pushers and trimmers, lotions, cuticle creams, basecoats, and topcoats. Spending an extra 10 (ok, like 30) minutes on my manicures feels like I’m splurging on some me-time.” - Maddie Aberman. Senior Beauty Editor
"I love treating myself to a nice spa day every once in a while to give my skin some much-needed love and hydration. My mom, sister, and I are having a girls’ day at the spa in La Quinta. This is a tradition we do every holiday season, and as I've gotten older I appreciate it more and more. Perfect way to get some relaxation and family bonding in!" - Lucy Zimmer, Brand Operations Specialist
“I love having a high-quality hyaluronic acid in my skincare routine, and this serum has everything I’ve been looking for. It’s fragrance-free, cruelty-free, and plant-based with a super simple ingredient list. And even though I only really experience California winters (if you can even call them that) I know my skin will love the added hydration boost that this product will give on cold days!” - Susan Muramoto, Senior Copywriter
“I’ve had my eye on this KATE SOMERVILLE cream forever, and winter is the perfect excuse for a treat! Its blend of exfoliators and hyaluronic acid brings my dull skin back to life—to the point where I have to hide the jar so my husband won’t steal it. Seriously, this dude used to wash his face with a bar of soap and now is apparently some kind of skincare connoisseur!” - Lindsay Bukiet, Senior Project Manager
“As part of my commitment to take better care of my skin, I’m treating myself to this super luxurious CANNALOGICA Facial Hydration Oil. Not only does it feel so soothing, it also adds a little moment of luxury to my skincare routine. I’ll definitely be using it for a facial massage to help de-stress.” - Pia Bhattacharya, Senior Beauty Editor
“I have super sensitive skin and it requires extra TLC around this time of year. So I’m treating myself to this trio of hydrating holiday-inspired skincare . I love the creamy feel of the lotion and how soft it keeps my hands (even after tons of sanitizer). Plus, I’m a sucker for delicious scents and these seriously smell like Christmas in a bottle.” - Brandi Yates, Associate Copywriter
“I'm treating myself to a spa day for the holidays. After a long and crazy 2021, nothing would start 2022 off better than a bit of relaxation and downtime. Everybody can use a little recharge in their life.” - Parker Cooley, Producer
Looking to treat yourself for the holidays? Take our Beauty Quiz now and get in on the Glam Bag fun! Already an Ipster? Refer your friends to earn points, which you can use toward products. Either way, don’t forget to check us out on Instagram and Twitter @IPSY.
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