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What better way to embrace a new year?
Congratulations, you made it through the holidays and the new year is in full swing. However, it’s okay if you’re still recovering from the stress of the holiday season, or if you find yourself totally stressed out about getting back to your normal routine in January. But you know what? It’s the perfect time to treat yourself. The end of a year is all about getting together with loved ones. Celebrating Christmas means giving gifts to family and friends to show you care. However, the first months of a new year are all about grounding yourself. Finding new routines and resolutions to make 2023 the best it can be. So yes, it’s time to treat yourself.
Buying yourself a few presents is not selfish. It doesn’t have to break the bank either. Now is the time to find that new signature scent, record your intentions in a gratitude journal, or simply stay hydrated on a daily basis. Each item here can serve as a beautiful gift for yourself to start 2023 off right.
Jo Malone London Cologne Discovery Set
Discover a new signature scent for yourself in 2023. Jo Malone London is a luxury perfumery known for its ‘unique fragrance portfolio’. I use their perfume daily, even during work from home days when I don’t go out of the house. The best part? My friend too. Jo Malone has numerous gender neutral fragrances. Start with the brand’s cologne discovery kit to find the scent that best suits your personality.
To buy: $20; sephora. com.
Laneige Lip Mask Set
It’s been a long winter and your lips are probably feeling it. I’ve been using Laneige’s lip masks for years and nothing dulls chapped lips quite as well. The brand’s iconic Lip Sleeping Mask comes in four different options: Gummy Bear, Vanilla, Sweet Candy, and Berry. Each is sulfate-free, contains vitamin C, and works on your lips overnight as well as overnight.
To buy: $24; sephora. com.
Reversible tarot card pendant necklace
You don’t have to wait for a partner to gift you jewelry. This adorable tarot-themed necklace from Nordstrom is made from recycled brass and glass and layered in 14-karat gold. It comes in three styles: sun, moon, and fortune, each with an embossed image on one side and three uplifting words on the back. For example, on the lucky necklace, those words are “fate, luck, chance.” Gift yourself the kind of energy you are looking for to guide you in 2023.
To buy: $18 (was $45); nordstrom. com
Sensual Cashmere Crew Socks from Falke
Trust me on this one: cashmere socks are the ultimate cozy gift for yourself. Rock the rest of these colder months with the achievable luxury that comes from wrapping your feet in soft clouds. Shoppers say these Falke socks are “so comfortable, so soft” and “not too bulky.”
To buy: $38; nordstrom. com.
H2O Capsule Gallon Water Bottle
Say goodbye to dehydration in 2022. Go big or go home with this liter-sized water bottle, the best option if you’re always worried about getting enough water. The H2O Capsule Gallon Water Bottle ensures that your daily supply is in one place. It also comes with a convenient straw and multiple handles for ease of use. Your body will thank you.
To buy: $24; amazon. com.
3000 questions about me Activity Journal
Whether you’re someone who goes hard on New Year’s resolutions or someone who avoids them like the plague, this activity journal from Target can help you get closer to your 2023 goals. Questions range from “what’s the craziest urge you’ve ever had?” to “what are some things you should cut out of your life?” This journal is all about getting closer to yourself. Take it for a spin. You might just learn something.
To buy: $10; goal.com.
GLAM lavender body scrub
Turn your showers or baths into a treat. This black-owned company GLAM body scrub is cruelty-free, certified organic, and safe to use on sensitive skin. Scented with luscious lavender, you can use this product to scrub away those top layers of old skin cells and emerge with softer, great-smelling skin.
To buy: $15; goal.com.
Upwest x Nordstrom’s softest pitch
Nordstrom promises “hygge vibes” from its Softest Throw Blanket. And don’t we all deserve that? We all need a good blanket to wrap around us on those long winter evenings while we watch Netflix. It is available in five colours: dark burnt orange, blue, yellow, cream and grey. It gets bonus points for the fact that shoppers noticed how expensive the blanket looks in their home.
To buy: $49; nordstrom. com.
Grandelash’s Lash Fix-It Starter Pack
Grande Cosmetics is incredibly popular these days. The brand became known for its GrandeLash-MD serum, which promotes eyelash growth. This Lash Fix-It Starter Kit combines that famous serum with the GrandeRepair leave-in conditioner. While the serum comes with a thin brush as an applicator, the leave-in conditioner has an applicator that is much closer in style to the traditional mascara brush. That makes the set the perfect starting point for anyone who wants to try out the trend, but may also need to get used to applying a serum so close to the eyes.
To buy: $39; ulta.com.
Olaplex no. 6 Bond Smoother Leave-In Styling Treatment
Here’s something that works for all hair types and textures. After a long season of parties and get-togethers during the holiday season, your hair could probably use some recovery. This leave-in styling treatment from Olaplex uses the brand’s patented Bond Building Technology to smooth, strengthen and protect hair. It has worked for me, keeping my naturally textured hair hydrated and frizz free both when worn naturally and when used to extend the life of a silk press. The treatment is incredibly easy to use: just rub a small amount into your hands and then distribute through your hair, wet or dry.
To buy: $30; nordstrom. com.
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