Calling all last-minute shoppers! This holiday season, Houston-based skincare lines, makeup brands, and clean beauty retailers have the best products for your mom, sister, best friend, neighbor, or even yourself (we won't tell). Great skin, a pretty pout, and a fresh manicure with nontoxic nail polish: it's all here, and to save you the stress, we rounded up the very best gifts for the beauty obsessed.
The seven-piece Holly Jolly Kit includes pure, clean, and natural products to keep your skin glowing—even after all those champagne toasts and tamales—from Switch2Pure, a Houston-based online retailer with a brick-and-mortar pop-up in River Oaks District until January 31. $97, Switch2Pure, 4444 Westheimer Road.
All-natural Parry Botanicals offers a variety of holiday gifts including a three-piece set of the brand's best-sellers—Restorative Cream, Body Cream, and Pure Botanical Lotion—and a seven-piece set full of "everything you need to start fresh," featuring the aforementioned best-sellers plus the Botanical Cleanser, Vitamin C Serum, Hydro-storative Face Cream, and Organic Lip Balm. $100–$250, Parry Botanicals.
Source Vitál has been in the natural beauty biz for nearly 30 years, and the local apothecary's holiday sets are safe and cruelty-free. "Using family recipes and intelligent formulas, these kits feel and smell amazing without using any irritating synthetic fragrances, dyes, or harsh chemicals," says CEO Paul Colgin. All gift sets are packaged in resealable zip-lock pouches and environmentally friendly tubes for convenient traveling or shipping, near and far. $17.95–$24.95, Source Vitál Apothecary, 1291 N. Post Oak Rd. #125.
The unisex, all-natural, vegan full-size shaving set from Camellia Alise is on sale for gifting with code Holiday20. Prep with Fresh Start Scrub, achieve a close shave with Smooth Intentions Shave Cream, and protect your fresh skin with Finishing Touch, a post-shave oil. The set comes in two scents: Fresh Start, a calming lavender, and Bold Start, with earthy undertones and hints of sandalwood. $50 value, Camellia Alise, Amazon, and Essential Body Bar Spa, 1220 Cleveland St.
Buy two organic, cruelty-free custom spray tans from Beautifully Bronzed, get two. The best part? These can be split for easy gifting or or used toward retail items at the River Oaks location. All told, you'll save $130 on a glowing stocking stuffer. $65/tan value, Beautifully Bronzed, 2015C W. Gray St.
When it comes to puckering up under the mistletoe, Katie Lynn Beauty has you covered with lip sets in a variety of shades like Strike a Pose, a kit featuring Remake, a peachy pink with a gold fleck finish, All That, a soft creamy nude hue, and Embrace, a mauve hue with a sparkly undertone. Katie Lynn Beauty, 2800 Kirby Dr. Suite B212.
Jentry Kelley Cosmetics is offering a three-piece makeup set with full-size Nutmeg Frost Lipgloss, Nebula Dust Eyeshadow, and Goldsmine Impact Loose Shadow. Other skincare sets from the Houston-based makeup artist retail for $99 and are ideal for a range of skin types. $29, Jentry Kelley Cosmetics.
Searching for a gift that won’t break the bank? Enter Makena Cosmetic Bags to keep all the skincare goodness in one place. Metallic or brightly colored canvas bags with top-zip closures and side handles can be purchased with or without a monogram. $12.50, The Royal Standard, Boardwalk at Towne Lake, 9955 Barker Cypress Rd. #108.