My holiday wish list is always full of beauty products, but sometimes, the best things in life can't be bought. So many of the things beauty girls really want for Christmas don't even exist, in fact. They are, literally, priceless — because you just can't get 'em (yet).
On my official beauty wish list this year: A shimmering pressed powder highlighter, a creamy plum lipstick, and an on-the-go eyebrow touch-up spoolie brush. On my unofficial beauty wish list? Waking up every day with ***flawess skin, not having to spend more than five minutes blow drying my hair, and the ability to give myself the perfect manicure (no q-tip touch-ups necessary.)
Sadly, though, the things I really want when it comes to beauty aren't as easy to come across as a luxe mascara or new makeup brushes. Christmas is all about fantasy, so indulge me for a moment. Wouldn't it be amazing not to deal with all of the beauty-related struggles we put up with every day?
It's a dream world, of course, but it doesn't hurt to consider what we'd really want to find in our stocking this holiday season if it was really possible.
Here are 11 things beauty girls actually want this year (but we'll settle for anything you can buy at Sephora, FYI.)
Self-Cleaning Makeup Brushes
Lilumia in Tokyo, $147, lilumia.com
Oh, crap. I just remembered that I need to clean my makeup brushes. You too? This would be so much easier if they just sanitized themselves. The Lilumia to the rescue — the device cleans your makeup brushes for you, like a beauty tool washing machine.
Fragrance That Seriously Doesn't Fade
Wildfox Eau de Parfum Set, $97, nordstrom.com
Am I just used to the scent, or is my perfume gonezo? Oftentimes it's the latter, sadly. If only there was a perfume that stuck around for more than a few hours without having to do a thing. Unfortunately, we do have to employ a few extra steps to get the most out of our scent — opt for eau de parfum over eau de toilette, and layer the scent with lotions and body washes. Those gift sets really do have a purpose.
Brush-On False Lashes
Lash Fibers Lash Primer, $21, makeupforever.com
There are so many mascaras that market themselves as false eyelashes in tube form, but I'm calling BS. There's really nothing like the real thing. However, lash fibers are an interesting alternative to traditional falsies. While your first coat of mascara is still wet, brush on this fluff-on-a-wand to amp up lashes. After 30 seconds, follow up with another coat to disguise the fuzz.
Matte Lipstick That Won't Dry Your Pout
NARS Pure Matte Lipstick, $27, sephora.com
I have a love-hate relationship with matte lipstick. It's sophisticated and chic, but it dries out lips like a mother. And honestly, no lipstick looks good on a cracked, flaky pucker. While there's no perfect solution, some get close — NARS' version includes hydrating mango butter to help counteract dryness.
A Way To Finally Ditch Acne Scars
SkinMedica Scar Recovery Gel, $57.98, amazon.com
Unfortunately, when it comes to acne, when it's over it's not really over. Seriously, didn't we already pay our dues by enduring painful cysts or inconvenient zits? Apparently, acne scars don't think so. But it would be amazing to be able to get rid of them in a moment — in fact, that'd be a dream for all blemishes in general. According to ELLE, SkinMedica's scar recovery gel can help clear up pink and red marks. I'll take it.
Nail Polish You Can't Paint On Skin
DIY-ing a manicure is cheap and time-saving, but no matter how good you get at it, there's always a rogue swipe that leaves the skin around your nail looking like a 5-year-old's coloring book. If only there was a nail polish that just didn't adhere to skin so we wouldn't have to break out the q-tips and risk messing up the entire masterpiece. The best option is to paint around the nail first with a latex solution, like Liquid Palisade.
A Fast, Easy Blowout Hair Dryer
Drybar Buttercup Blow Dryer, $195, nordstrom.com
This is my true dream in life — a blow dryer that simply gives you a blown-out look, and fast. A sleek blowout looks polished and stylish, but man, it's hard to master. Blowing out your own hair requires a lot of not-so-quality time with your blow dryer (and that's once you've got the technique down.) Rather than giving up and rushing to a blow dry bar, try working with Drybar's tool, which was obviously created with blowouts in mind.
Water Liner That Really, Truly Does Not Run
Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Pencil, $15, skinn.com
Is it too much to ask for an eyeliner that's actually waterproof when applied to your waterline? Apparently so. Ironically, the most smudge-proof liner I've come across is Skinn's smudge stick. It does a great job of creating a budge-proof full lash look instead of a raccoon eye, especially when you treat it like a lipstick — blot it off after an initial application, then re-apply.
Makeup That's Totally Safe To Sleep In
BareMinerals Pure Transformation Night Treatment, $60, bareescentuals.com
Sorry, Kim K — it's really not OK to sleep in your makeup. Forgetting to cleanse your face at night means your skin doesn't have a chance to regenerate itself while you're getting your zzz's in. But wouldn't it be great if we could leave our hard work on for days at a time? BareMinerals has a start, thankfully. Their Pure Transformation Night Treatment is approved for shut-eye.
A Permanent Eyebrow Wax
Tweezerman Mini Slant Tweezer in Tube, $13.99, ulta.com
Full brows are in, but that doesn't mean we appreciate those stray strands that lie way beyond where they're supposed to. Of course, there's always laser hair removal, but it would be so much better if an eyebrow wax or threading appointed lasted, well, forever. Sadly, though, sharp tweezers (like Tweezerman's) are still a must in my makeup bag.
Makeup That's Automatically Symmetrical
I'm sorry, but I just don't have a good second-best suggestion for this. The struggle of uneven makeup is so, so real, and there's always one side that looks better than the other. I'll let you know if I ever figure out the secret to perfectly symmetrical makeup — till then, I'll be hoping that a beauty scientist somewhere is working to create a solution.
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