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The Absolute Best Beauty Products That Will Still Arrive in Time for Christmas

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Not that you would do this, but let’s just say you just realized that Christmas is five days away and you’ve neglected to buy your niece, your stepdaughter, your boyfriend’s little sister, or all of the above, a gift. My two cents: get them a skin care or beauty product. But what, exactly, to buy? There are hundreds of beauty brands and products and you’re already sick of shopping. I can help. Below, I’ve assembled a list of gifts that will delight just about anyone who has a face and that will, crucially, arrive on your doorstep before December 25.

Colbert MD Illumino Anti-Aging Brightening Face Mask x 5

Net-a-Porter does same-day delivery in New York, so here’s one for the locals. These Colbert MD sheet masks are some of the best I’ve ever used for getting that plumped-up, super-bright, nourished look. That makes them a dream for both pre-makeup prep and no-makeup days. Dr. Colbert is one of the most famous dermatologists in New York for a reason.

Leaders 6 Combo Pack

I also really love these sheet masks from Leaders, which are much cheaper than the Colbert masks. The girls at 0035mm (the city’s best Korean skin care shop) say that whenever they get a bundle of the snail masks in, they sell out the same day, every single time. It makes sense, because whenever I’ve used them, I’ve woken up with noticeably clearer, brighter, and less angry skin. This is a variety pack, which means the lucky recipient will be armed and ready to fight zits (use the tea tree), dry skin (the hyaluronic acid), and dark spots (snail). If you order this today, it’ll get to you by Monday, December 24.

Dr. Barbara Sturm Glow Drops

Dr. Barabara Sturm has a lot of celebrity fans, including Rosie Huntington Whiteley and Kim Kardashian. Every product from her line is frustratingly good, and I say frustratingly because it’s all damn expensive. But those prices make them great gifts for the beauty-lover in your life who might not be willing or able to spend so much on herself. These Glow Drops are one of the best products I tried this year. With sweet almond oil, pro-vitamin B5/panthenol, rosa canina fruit extract, and vitamin C, they will make your skin look soft, supple, and bright as hell. I like using it on clean skin before moisturizer as prep for makeup. And, good news: there’s free overnight shipping at the moment for orders over $150.

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Becca Skin Love Glow Elixir

While Dr. Barbara Sturm’s Glow Drops are pretty next level, a good dupe (which would make a great stocking stuffer) are these Glow Elixir drops from Becca. Nikki Makeup, one of my all-time favorite makeup artists, often uses this on her clients to prep their skin for foundation. And I understand why! Makeup glides over it like a dream. You’ll have to add on a $7 fee for two-day shipping to get this one to your doorstep in time for Christmas.

3D Facial Roller Massager

It’s safe to assume that any beauty junkie already has at least one quartz and one jade roller by now. My suggestion is to get them this more unusual facial tool. It purports to promote lymphatic circulation to de-puff and firm up the face and jawline; I mostly like using it because it feels incredibly relaxing, like a little face massager. It’ll come by Monday if you order today!

Lift and Sculpt Butterfly Stone

Okay, so I know I was just saying most beauty addicts already have a quartz roller — but this quartz sculpting tool is different because it’s shaped like a butterfly. Cute! The weird shape lets you massage literally every nook and cranny of your face, and makeup artist Romy Soleimani (who’s worked with everyone from Winnie Harlow to Hailey Baldwin) recently said it is the best tool for in-flight facial stimulation and massaging so that you look as good as possible when you touch down. You’ll have to order it today in order to get it by the 24th.

Cosrx Pimple Master Patch

You know the drill. Never could I ever get enough of these. Free shipping, and it’ll get to you by Monday.

Supergoop! Invincible Setting Powder SPF 45

Any beauty lover knows the importance of SPF, and any non-beauty lover should, so make sure your loved one is properly protected by buying them this fabulously handy, SPF-filled setting powder from Supergoop. If you sign up for Sephora’s FLASH subscription (it costs $15 for a year), you’ll get free two-day shipping, or a special one-day shipping rate of $5.95.

Pat McGrath Labs Skin Fetish Highlighter & Balm Duo

This is one of my favorite highlighters — and I’m an addict. The highlighter is bold without looking crazy, and the other end is a balm, which will turn up the shine and moisturize dry winter skin at the same time.

bh Cosmetics Rosé Romance 12-Piece Brush Set

This is the perfect all-in-one travel brush set. The 14 brushes are soft and phenomenal at flawlessly blending and buffing products into your skin. At $26, it’s also remarkably affordable for the quality.

ohii Treasure Shadow Palette

Don’t let the adorable packaging fool you — these palettes are incredible. The formula is so creamy, the pigments are so deep and long-lasting, and the colors are to die for. Sadly, you’ll have to pay $20 bucks for rush shipping in order to get anything from UO in the mail before Christmas.

Slipsilk Pure Silk Pillowcase

For anyone who fusses over their hair, a silk pillowcase is the move. Silk’s smooth surface helps reduce friction on hair, which can cause knots and split ends and major bedhead in general. Plus, silk fibers are less absorbent than cotton, which means any products you put on before bed will stay in your hair (and on your face) instead of rubbing off onto your pillow. If you order today, you’ll only have to pay $7 for two-day shipping.

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The Best Beauty Products That Will Arrive for Christmas