last-minute gift guide (don't worry, we've got ya covered)

As always, Christmas has snuck up on us and it being a mere week away doesn't mean we've got all of our gifts to give under the tree. Don't fret, though. We have something to bring a smile to everyone on your list. We promise. For the skin conscious - This is an easy one thanks to Clarisonic. The skin cleansing system who boasts the mantra, "Clearer skin is healthier skin," has been a favorite of ours for awhile. It works by using a patented sonic frequency of more than 300 movements per second, which, in turn, removes 6X more makeup and 2X more dirt than our hands ever could. There are options, too, with the Clarisonic Pro (perfect for the queen bee – as it is one itself – and is only available through estheticians), the Mia 2 (Pro's baby sister is the pick for the globe-trotter, complete with a handy travel case), the Clarisonic Opal (palm-sized and designed to help around the eyes) and the Clarisonic Face and Body (the ultimate all-over skin treat).

For the lock lover - A Mason Pearson hairbrush is one object every woman longs for. After all, we know the feeling. The not mass-produced, coveted brush originated in London in 1885 and hasn't changed much since – meaning it's an investment that will last for Christmases to come. The brushes come in four sizes, eight colors and three pads including Boar Bristle (for fine to normal locks), Boar Bristle and Nylon (for normal to thick locks) and Nylon (for those super thick locks) and promises to clean hair, stimulate the scalp and produce a healthy sheen. Yes, please, Santa.

For the one who has it all - Sometimes gift cards get a bad rap, but there's nothing bad about treating someone awesome to a hair cut or color, massage, facial or waxing complete with a therapist who will customize each treatment to address specific needs and wants. It'll even score them one of our favorite above mention gifts – without the stress of picking it out. And to that, we cheers the season of giving.

holiday locks for the win

'Tis the season for holiday parties and there's one thing that's more important than that dish you made (or secretly bought) - your 'do. Not to mention that it's what's beside your newly oxygen treated skin. That's why we've rounded up a few of our favorites from all over the web. Let the parties begin! Anthropologie always gets our hearts in a knot, but especially in this year's Holiday catalog. It boasts natural waves with a necessary holiday sparkle. Our friends over at Allure recommend using a one-and-a-quarter-inch curling iron to create loose party waves. Just curl small sections all over and as you release them, pin them against your head for five to ten minutes. Once they've cooled off, brush them out with a boar-bristle brush (our favorite is Mason Pearson) and set with spray. For that sparkle, grab a fun barette. It'll allow for a little extra hold, too.

Next up is the super-easy triple braid from Cupcakes & Cashmere. It's simple, clean yet just messy enough. Not to mention it can be achieved in a mere five minutes. Late, no more! Head over to C&C for the full step by step on this one.

If your party calls for well, a bit more, we're in love with Refinery29's un-boring bun, which takes a good ol' classic up a notch. Just pull your locks into a low pony, divide it into two equal sections and braid each into a easy three-strand braid. Secure with an elastic then use your fingers to mess up those tidy braids a bit. Twist the two braid together and secure again, this time wrapping the double braid around itself to create your bun. Pin and voila! You may even want to reuse that Anthropologie inspired barrette again, too.