Members of the VIOLET GREY team select the beauty heroes they’re giving their friends and family this season.
Written By JAYME CYK
Does your mom have an insatiable appetite for red lipstick? Do your friends bemoan their dark circles (especially après holiday soirées)? Does your BFF have an affinity for the Italian Riviera? If you answered yes to any of the above—or even if you didn’t—you might enjoy a little help from this staff gift guide, which features the beauty essentials a few of our esteemed colleagues plan to bestow upon their loved ones this holiday.
Grab a hot toddy, get in the spirit, and read on for our picks.
“I am gifting these eye patches to all my homie Gs who work as hard as I do. There is no reason anyone should be walking around with dark circles. Poof, begone.”
—Cassandra Grey, Founder and CEO
“Shu Uemura’s Wonder Worker is what I’m gifting to my girlfriends because I like to surround myself with girls who have good hair. The milky formula helps hair air-dry to salon-blowout perfection, while special conditioners add shine for that extra razzle-dazzle.”
—Christina Han, Head of Development, Special Projects
“My sister is a huge fan of the Tatcha Indigo Body Butter, so I’m insisting that she try this delicious body gommage. Once water hits the black sugar, it turns into a blue oil that leaves skin incredibly hydrated. Happy Hanukkah, sister: you’re lucky to have me.”
—Jayme Cyk, Beauty Editor
“A lot of my friends are moms or entrepreneurs—or, in many cases, moms who are entrepreneurs—so my go-to gift is a selection of what I consider necessities: Ouai Wave Spray, a Utowa Eyelash Curler, RMS Living Luminizer, and Dior Addict Lip Glow all packaged perfectly in a VIOLET GREY makeup bag.”
—Tiffany Bensley, Co-Founder and Brand President
“I’d love to gift the L’Oeil du Vert Hollywood Jasmine fragrance to my mother. Her garden is full of the heady scent of night-blooming jasmine, so I know she would enjoy the fragrance. Also, it’s based on the aroma of the Hollywood Hills, so I hope wearing it will remind her of her happy visits to LA (and me!) while she endures the incessant rain in London.”
—Jack Sunnucks, Contributing Editor
“I will be giving my mum Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope in Brat Pack because she is never seen without her signature red lip. I want to introduce her to this matte yet ultra-nourishing shade (sorry to spoil the surprise, Mum).”
—Victoria Judge, Senior Director of Marketing
“I would gift this product in a heartbeat. It’s a savior once your coffee has worn off and the bags under your eyes return with a vengeance. It smooths and fills in wrinkles, hydrates the skin beneath your eyes, and has a convenient glossy lip balm to touch up your pout.”
—Nile Abbai, Melrose Place Makeup Artist
“The only fragrance gift better than Tom Ford Neroli Portofino? Tom Ford Neroli Portofino Forte. My friend Cooper loves the original scent, so I plan to blow his mind with the extra-strength Forte version. It’s guaranteed to provide a whiff of summer nights on the Italian Riviera during the long New York City winter.”
—Christine Whitney, Editorial Director