Influenster Editors' Holiday Shopping Musts

See what our Senior Editor is adding to her must-list for the holidays!

ByCaitlin M.

As the holidays inch closer and closer, we're making sure you're armed and ready when it comes time to click "add to cart." This season, we've asked our Influenster editors to share their must-have gifts. Consider this your ultimate cheat sheet for everyone on your list—including yourself. 

First up, check out what our Senior Editor, Caitlin, is putting on her dream wishlist this holiday season. Hint: It's all things beauty-related. See her picks below!

1. Kat Von D Beauty Trooper Black Eyeliner Obsession ($88 at, with 4% cash back)

Kat Von D Beauty Trooper Black Eyeliner Obsession
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"Anyone who knows me, knows I'm obsessed with my KVD Tattoo Liner. I'm eyeing this best-of kit because it includes my beloved liquid liner as well as the new Lash Liner for the inner eye, the Dagger Tattoo Liner for those dramatic looks, and the Ink Well Long-Wear Matte Eyeliner for that precision cat eye. All in all, this has to be at the top of my wishlist!"


2. Pinrose Intention Scenting Gift Set ($50 at

Pinrose Intention Scenting Gift Set 
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"Other than just looking amazing, this gift set from Pinrose is topping my must-shop list because of the amazing messaging behind it. The set is all about self reflection, self care, and being more mindful via scent. A little hippie dippie I know, but I'm all about self care in 2019! The kit contains nine Pinrose scents, a deck of Intention Cards, a rose quartz, and a step-by-step guide to "Intention Scenting," so you can figure out just how to become a master intention setter."


3. Oribe Dry Styling Collection ($74 at, with 5 % cash back)

oribe dry styling collection
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"I'm not a brand snob in the slightest, but I will say when it comes to my hair, I'll splurge. This trio of Oribe essentials is perfect for the hair addict or luxury lover and is absolutely worth the splurge. Trust me, there's nothing quite like the Influenster-award winning Dry Texturizing Spray to give som added oomph to any 'do. This kit comes with a full and travel size of the texturizing spray as well as a travel size of the oh-so essential Gold Lust Dry Shampoo."


4. Wander Beauty Just One Swipe Complexion and Lash Duo ($45 at 

wander beauty just one swipe complexion and lash duo
courtesy wander beauty

"If I lost my entire beauty bag tomorrow, this duo could literally get me through anything and everything. I've been a fan of both Wander Beauty's Wanderlust Powder Foundation and Unlashed Volume and Curl Mascara since the days they launched. This powder foundation is a seamless natural foundation that's ideal for the makeup minimalist like me. And the Unlashed mascara has been a mainstay in my makeup kit for nearly a year. If anyone wants to know what I hope to find wrapped up under the tree this year, it's this combo of faves!"


5. Sol de Janeiro Coco Cabana Cream ($45 launching December 1 on, December 25 at, with 4% cash back)

Sol de Janeiro Coco Cabana Cream
courtesy sol de janeiro

"Forget the flashy holiday packaging, Sol de Janeiro's newest cream doesn't need it. The new Coco Cabana Cream is the brand's most moisturizing cream to date with up to 72 hours of hydration. The new oil-in-water gel cream comes just in time to save my winter-wrecked skin. Plus, it comes in the brand's iconic Cheirosa’39 scent of coconut, toasted praline and warm vanilla latte. I'm taking a wild guess this will sell out in a flash, so if you're shopping for a skincare addict, act fast!"


6. Bobbi Brown Luxe on Luxe Mini Luxe Lip Color Collection ($115 at, with 4% cash back)

Bobbi Brown Luxe on Luxe Mini Luxe Lip Color Collection
Courtesy bobbi brown

"I'm not typically a lipstick person—like at all—but the second I swiped on Bobbi Brown's Luxe Matte Lipstick this fall, I fell in love. The non-drying, powder-like matte finish has me totally converted to a lipstick lover. For the record, I'm considering this 10-piece mini lipstick kit my match made in heaven. Plus, I'm adoring these clutch-sized lippies for NYE outings."


7. Kristin Ess The Waves for Days Kit ($14 at

kristin ess waves for days
courtesy kristin ess

"Kristin Ess has some of my favorite new hair launches to date. And I absolutely love how affordable they all are. Her holiday kits this year are not to be missed. Although I venture to bet any hair lover would be thrilled to receive any of Kristin's goodies this year, I'm recommending The Waves for Days Kit complete with the Soft Shine Beach Wave Spray and a Gold Bar Clip. Kristin is known for creating soft, wavy 'dos for her celeb clients, so anything to help us get one step closer to mastering that same look is a must in my book!"


8. VDL Cosmetics Lumilayer Primer Set ($26 at

VDL Cosmetics Lumilayer Primer Set
Courtesy VDL

"Deal alert: This is a total steal from Korean brand VDL. The set comes complete with everything you need to master the K-beauty glass skin trend. For less than $30, you get four of the brand's must-try primers. In the holiday set you'll get: a full and travel size Lumilayer Primer with its signature sheen, a travel-size of the peachy Lumilayer Primer Fresh, and a travel-size of the Satin Veil Primer with its mattifying and blurring formula."


9. Lanolips Coconutter Cracker ($19 at, with 4% cash back)

Lanolips Coconutter Cracker
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"Two things I love: fun packaging and products that work. Thankfully, this has both! I'm a huge fan of Lanolips' Coconutter 101 balm for its moisture-locking lanolin formula and its vacation-ready coconut scent, so I'm loving the chance to score my fave balm and the Coconutter Hand Cream in one festive holiday cracker. This is one set I'm gifting myself this holiday season!"


10. Bastide Le Sud Holiday Basket ($200 at

Bastide Le Sud Holiday Basket
coutesy bastide


"Everyone has to have one pie-in-the-sky, dream gift on their wish list, right? Although my dream gift might be a trip to the South of France, this gift basket is the next best thing—and a little cheaper than a plane ticket. This mega kit is ideal for the Francophile in your life thanks to its Provencal favorites. Some of my favorite hand soaps and lotions come from the luxurious Bastide, and this kit has my heart skipping a beat. Inside, you'll get: a travel-size Rose Olivier fragrance, a travel-size Fleurs d’Oranger hand cream, a Figue d’Ete candle (this is one of my favorite scents FYI!), a citrus and jasmine Neroli Lumiere body wash, and the antioxidant-rich Huile Seche Dry Oil Mist. You get all this in a dreamy basket—yep, I'm sold."


Leave a note in the comment section and let us know what makes your holiday list!

About the Author
Caitlin M.
Senior Editor at Influenster. Runner. Music lover. All things nachos. Follow me on Instagram: @caitlinsmiller
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