Gift guide: For the beauty lover


We all have that one girlfriend who somehow always rocks glam hair, fresh-looking skin and a great tan. She is always up on the hottest trends and products and is no stranger to trying new and bizarre treatments - all in the name of beauty.

Here are five great holiday gifts that are sure to make your beauty-loving friend happy this holiday season.

Dry Bar pampering session

For the girl who loves glamour and a good blowout, we recommend gifting her a special hair appointment at Dry Bar. The salon, located in Del Mar, offers a variety of different treatments for luxurious locks, including a traditional blow out for $45 and other services like the bay breeze hydrating shot, a mudslide treatment, an “uptini” updo and more. For a full list of offerings and to give the gift of good hair, visit

12857 El Camino Real, Del Mar.

Perfume sampler kit

Beauty-obsessed girls are very scent specific. They know what they like and aren’t willing to settle on a less-than-ideal fragrance. That’s why we love this sampler kit from Sephora, which offers you the chance to try out a variety of great perfumes for $65. Once you decide on your favorite fragrance within the kit, simply take your scent certificate (included in the package) to the counter at Sephora to redeem a full-size version at no extra charge.

Self-tanner and applicator mitt

San Diego women love having a bronzed glow, all year long. During the winter months, some people flock to tanning beds, but the San Diego gal takes better care of her skin than that. That being said, a good self-tanner is the gift that keeps on giving. We like this one from Tarte, which also includes a handy applicator mitt so you can have a professional looking, evenly-applied tan without dirtying up your hands in the process.

High-class facial at High Brow Beauty

It’s during the holiday season when our skin is dryer, rougher and just... problematic. Gift your gorgeous skin-guru with an organic medi facial, which is the “perfect marriage of medical science and luxurious pampering,” according to High Brow Beauty. The studio also offers eyelash extensions, eyebrow tinting and body sugaring, if you’d like to make it a full day of beauty.

High Brow Beauty, 2121 Fifth Ave., Banker’s Hill.

Winter-themed nail polish kit

Keeping up with the nail color trends is a must, especially during the holidays. We love this kit from Essie that features four different rad nail polishes ideal for a trendy pop of color. We can see this being a great stocking-stuffer or to pair with one of the other gifts on our list.