Nov 21, 2017

Shop Local Seattle: Best Beauty Gifts

For the beauty fans on your list, here are our top picks from eleven local brands in Seattle plus three experience gifts that are gorgeous to give or receive.

Featuring pretty packaging and all natural ingredients, French Girl Facial Polish is finely milled and formulated with organic brown rice powder, french clay, and organic flower petals to gently exfoliate skin. Local shopping tip: French Girl is available on Amazon Prime. $38

Over the past few years, vegan beauty products have come a long way and that inspired Seattleite Lindsay Arnold to launch the Velvet Report, a site dedicated to educating consumers about the luxurious side of vegan beauty and helping them discover ethical beauty brands along the way. The Velvet Report's Vegan Makeup Starter Kit is a great place for newbies to begin. The kit comes packaged in a beautiful keepsake box and features a lipstick, mascara, eyeshadow quad and liquid blush. $75

Beauty fans on your list will love Butter London's Little Gems holiday set featuring 6 petite nail lacquers. Colors range from nudes to metallics and as always, are free from toxic ingredients. $24 Butter London was founded back in 2005 by British entrepreneur Sasha Muir and continues to expand its presence in the city. The company recently opened a nail bar in South Lake Union.

Seattle boutique flora & henri recently unveiled their first fragrances just in time for the holiday season. "Isle of May" features notes of red roses and rich violets, while "Alcazar Palace" blends orange citrus notes with delicate white floral. The bottles feature artwork by local illustrator and tattoo artist Kyler Martz. These perfumes make a gorgeous gift to give and receive. 3 sizes available, prices range from $30-250. Shop online, or pick up gifts from flora & henri in-store at 401 First Ave. S. (Curbside pick-up is available for local shoppers)

Located in Seattle's International District, Paula's Choice is a trusted beauty brand that is vegan and cruelty-free. The Brightening Radiant Skin Collection is a great pick for battling winter skin. The kit contains RESIST Brightening Essence to replenish anti-oxidants, a Pure Radiance Skin Brightening Treatment that helps balance uneven skin plus and a gel Renewal Mask that is designed to be worn overnight for a refreshed, hydrated glow. $79 for the set.

The holidays can wreak havoc on your skin. Say no to free-radical damage and toxins with Teadora's Anti-Pollution Facial Mist. This product helps protect skin from pollution, sets your makeup, and helps reduce the appearance of fine lines. Oh, and it makes a great gift for beauty junkies. $38

Strip lashes from Noir Lash Lounge make a great stocking stuffer for beauty fans. This local company has two locations in the Seattle-area including Bellevue and Belltown and manufactures their own brand of strip lashes for girls who love the look of false lashes but don't want to commit to a full set of extensions. Strip lashes are available in a variety of styles from all natural to super dramatic, prices range from $11.99 - $13.99.

It's no secret that Seattleites are Vitamin D deficient, especially during the cold winter months. Local esthetician Susan Grace knew there had to be a better way to give her clients a boost, so she infused Vitamin D into her signature toner to boost collagen production and tighten skin. Tone Well is available locally at Haute Yoga on Queen Anne and select Barre 3 locations. $10-$29

Founded back in 2011 in a local Seattle kitchen, Herbivore Botanicals is dedicated to using high-quality raw materials to create beautiful skincare products. The Coco Rose Body Polish gently exfoliates with a blend of Virgin Coconut Oil and delicate Moroccan Rose. Shop online at Herbivore Botanicals or pick-up from a local stockist like Moorea Seal. $36

When Kari Gran first launched her eco-friendly skincare line back in 2012 with a cleansing oil as the anchor of the line, it was a massive departure from the way most women in Seattle were washing their faces at the time. I mean come on, use oil to cleanse your skin? It sounded counter-intuitive, but it turned out to be a genius way to help balance oily skin. If you're new to the line, I recommend starting with the "Mini Kit" and Lip Whip Gift Pack. The travel size set comes with the signature cleansing oil, essential serum, hydrating tonic (your choice of lavender or rose), Three Sixty Five sunscreen in SPF 28 for daily use, and a lip whip (your choice of Peppermint or Cinnamon). Gift wrap available. $64

New day, different polish, because your polish color depends on your outfit, right? 100%. Give your girlfriends the gift of pretty nails with the #Coveted 12-piece mini nail set from Julep. Featuring dark blues for stormy days and bright pinks for sunny days, the set also includes a soft pink neutral for days when your vibe is subtle and sweet.

For your best friend
Spa day in Seattle at the Four Seasons -  My favorite spa day starts with brunch at Goldfinch Tavern, followed by a trip to the sauna before getting a Northwest Body Scrub. $150-195

For your mom
Moms work hard and they deserve a Day of Beauty like only Gene Juarez can provide. The 6-hour experience comes with a 90-minute massage, 60-minute facial, Spa mani + pedi, catered lunch, expert blow dry and make-up application. $475

For your man
The "Proper Gent" service at Butter London's flagship is $25 for a 25-minute manicure that includes nail shaping, cuticle care, and moisturizing massage with a buff to shine. 


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