You'll Actually Want All of These 10 Gifts Picked by Urban Decay Founder Wende Zomnir
This holiday season, POPSUGAR Beauty tapped some of our favorite influencers, including popular brand owners, bloggers, pros, and celebrities, to share the gifts they would like to receive or give. Find more gifting inspiration here.
We want Wende Zomnir's life: she spends her days surfing on the beach in California, being a mom to her sons, and creating the empire that is Urban Decay Cosmetics. The brand is beloved for its sexy, longwear makeup — settings sprays, Naked eye shadow palettes, and longwear lipsticks are just some of the top sellers.
Since Wende has such fantastic taste when it comes to creating products you love, we figured she would be savvy at choosing the best beauty gifts to give this season.
"I couldn't survive the holidays without online shopping," she told POPSUGAR via email. "I like doing it from my desk after my boys go to bed, so that I don't miss any time with them during the holiday season. And I can do it when I travel. It's fun for me to give gifts of beauty because I'm always being asked my opinion on makeup, skin care and hair care — a beauty gift is the three-dimensional expression of all my advice!"
Wende also has a theory on present presentation. "Unless you love wrapping, I believe in spending the extra money for gift wrap and direct shipping if you are giving to an out-of-town friend or family member. Save the time and spend it with your people! And speaking of spending time with people, my resolution is to look around, look my gift recipient in the eye, and never glance down at my phone while we enjoy the festivities together, in person, in the real world."
Keep reading to discover 10 gorgeous holiday gifts, all chosen by Wende!
"I'm excited about this kit of three travel-size products because at $32 it's a substantial present at a great price. It's an affordable indulgence of my must-have Drybar products, and it's fun to turn my friends onto my go-to favorites. Alli Webb, Drybar's founder, is a friend, and I know how hard she works to make these products perform! And, they smell amazing."
"I was so happy when we launched 100 shades of Vice lipstick earlier this year. I like to wear a different shade of lipstick every day to match my mood, and this formula is incredible . . . comfortable, hydrating and so pigmented. I love the formulas and finishes. Of course the matte shades are rad, but the metallized shades might be my new favorites. This set is a great way to share my love for lipstick with a friend so she could fall in love with as many new shades as I have."
"I use the Skinceuticals products in this kit. I would be excited to get it or give it to my mom, sister, or someone I talk skin with (like Kandee Johnson). You can't gift this set to just anyone, because they might get the wrong idea or be offended if you send an anti-aging set. But this is perfect for the person who would be excited to get powerful products that work. They are super-effective and deliver great results."
"I would love to receive the aqua LightStim because it matches my bathroom. I want one of these because it is a next-level treatment for reducing and eliminating fine lines and wrinkles, and it stimulates the production of collagen and elastin. I love the idea of being able to dramatically improve my complexion at home . . . while my boys watch a hockey game, I can snuggle up with them on the couch and LightStim away . . . "
LightStim For Wrinkles ($249)
"I would love to both give and receive this collection. This is another kit at a great price, and these are essentials that I use all the time. Crème de Corps is my favorite body moisturizer, because it's rich and hydrating, but not greasy. And in the Winter, I love having the extra boost of moisture from the Nurturing Body Wash. The cool holiday packaging turns a product that I use every day into a special gift."
"I own it, and love mine. You can travel all over the world with it because it's auto world voltage. It's a compact way to have three different tools. My favorite is the tapered barrel but I also love using the other barrels. I like how it's clamp free, because I prefer to leave my ends free when I curl to give my hair a more 'I woke up like this' kind of look. This set is for a good friend, niece, or sister-in-law who likes that cool-girl-undone-hair. It has tourmaline and ceramic barrels, so it doesn't fry your hair and holds the curl really well. It's also white and rose gold, so it's super pretty, as well."
T3 Whirl Trio ($270)
"I've given these earrings as a gift before. Diamonds and gold are always a hit! It's a super beautiful luxury item that's affordable, but still feels very fancy. And it's extra-special because it's personalized, which always makes a gift feel more important and thoughtful. I have my initials in yellow gold, but I would love to have them in white gold as well."
Carbon and Hyde Diamond Letter Stud ($199, originally $299)
"This is on my wishlist! I would love to receive the Gift Sexy Treatment Set so I can try all four of the GlamGlow muds. I have the Super Mud at home and I love it . . . I really want to try the other ones. This would make a great gift for friends, too. If you need stocking stuffers or small gifts, you could break this set apart and give one GlamGlow mud to four different friends. Add in a bottle of bubbly, and invite them all over for a pre-holiday spa night at your place."
"This year, I will be gifting Naked Ultimate Basics because it's the perfect collection of wearable matte neutral shades that aren't too intimidating for your makeup novice friend. She can easily try new looks without feeling overwhelmed whether she's going to the office, or going out."
"I would give this to the women I surf and play beach volleyball with, and it's perfect for anyone who loves going to the beach or has a vacation coming up. I own this bag already and love it. So many beach bags are ugly and/or impractical . . . this Mikoh bag is both cool and functional! It's super-chic and has an attached zipper pouch inside like a luxury designer tote, and makes you look pulled together while at the beach. This bag is sleek and black, and features minimalist line drawings of shark teeth on it, not your typical beach print! The shark teeth make it beachy, but in a rad way, adding that edgy touch I love. It's the perfect size to carry all the beach essentials, and the canvas is coated so it keeps out water and sand. The handles are uncoated canvas so they are comfortable and just the right size to wear over your shoulder or carry in your hand."
Mikoh Mako Tote ($156)