The gift of beauty

Marilyn Monroe and her Christmas stockings.

Nothing gives many women greater pleasure than the gift of indulgence and beauty. There’s no surefire treat like a beautifully wrapped box of luxury perfumes, sparkling holiday makeup or soothing bubble bath. Problem is, we know how dizzying the aisles of Sephora can be to the untrained eye. So, for you last-minute shoppers looking for the perfect stocking stuffer or extra something special, we rounded up here a few of our favorite holiday gift sets that will make your daughter, mother, sister or girlfriend feel like the beauty queen she is.

For the eco-savvy girlfriend, this jewel box of animal-friendly, paraben-free mineral makeup—maybe the biggest beauty trend of the year—will have her jumping for joy. The Jane Iredale Starter Kit features two PurePressed Bases with SPF 20, Dream Tint in SPF 15, Circle/Delete Concealer, PurePressed Blush, Just Kissed, Base Brush, Blush Brush and Concealer Brush. $79 at

This universally flattering red is perfectly glamorous for the holidays. The pigments in Yves Saint Laurent’s Rouge Pur Couture N° 20 will saturate lips with long-lasting, moisturizing coverage, as already evidenced by celebrity fans Maggie Gyllenhaal, MIA, and Alexis Bledel. $30 at Sephora.

Not sure of her shade? You can’t go wrong with the 36 eyeshadows, 9 lip colors,  3 blushes, and bronzer in LORAC’s special-edition “Box Office Sensation” gift set. Plus, it’s all stored in a fabulously portable Cabernet croc train case. $56 at Sephora.