12 Beauty Splurges to Give or Receive

Gym memberships, massages, and the best brows money can buy—W editors share the beauty splurges on their holiday lists.


The Inspiration:Face Time” photographed by Craig McDean, styled by Alex White; W Magazine July 2010.


“I always feel guilty about buying myself nice candles, but I’ve been lusting after this one from Le Labo.” – Emilia Petrarca, Associate Digital Editor

Le Labo Santal 26 Candle, $420,


“An hour or two at this posh spa takes me away from the stresses of the city—and the practitioners are all great.” – Jane Larkworthy, Beauty Director

20 Massage Gift Certificates at The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, New York, 80 Columbus Circle; 212.805.8880.


“I keep trying to find new easier ways to curl my very-straight hair and this would be a god-send.” – Tina Huynh, Associate Jewelry Editor

T3 Whirl Trio Interchangeable Styling Wand, $270,


“Customized workouts that are as enjoyable as they are effective, unlimited classes, and body consultations every 10 days make this less of a splurge and more of an essential. A Tracy Anderson Method membership is the gift that keeps on giving.” – Sue Williamson, Digital Editor

Tracy Anderson Method Membership, $900 per month or $45 per class, 45 Hubert Street; 212.965.1408.


“I’m putting down my tweezers now in anticipation of the Feathered Brow treatment by Kristie Streicher, who won’t see new clients without at least eight weeks (and up to a year!) of growth. The results are certainly Shields-worthy.” – Mia Adorante, Assistant Beauty Editor

Feathered Brow eyebrow shaping and tinting by Kristie Streicher, $100-$200, for appointments visit


“Is there a better gift than a tool that erases all signs of holiday stress from your face?!” – Kristin Auble, Research Editor

Tria Age Defying Laser Bundle, $495,


“Last year, my mom gave me a gift card to the Shibui spa for a massage and body scrub. It was amazing, hint hint…” – Sarah Leon, Digital Director

Elemental Well-Being Massage, starting at $235, Shibui Spa at The Greenwich Hotel, 377 Greenwich Street; 212.941.8900.


“I am always suffering from dry skin during the winter months, I couldn’t think of a better remedy than this Crème De La Mer moisturizing cream that promises a dewey complexion.” – Sam Walker, Associate Accessories Editor

La Mer Crème de la Mer, $310,


“For me, there is no bigger beauty splurge than a vacation that combines physical activity, natural beauty and relaxing spa treatments. I can’t imagine a more divine solution than a stay at this epic hotel.” – Vanessa Lawrence, Features Writer

A vacation at the Amangiri Resort in Utah, for more information visit


“I own a blender, and two Nutri-Bullets, but no juicer. This juicer would make my life complete – I need it! I would be ecstatic to open this during the holidays! – Sarah Zendejas, Assistant Fashion & Market Editor

Breville Juice Fountain Duo Juicer, $400,


“A spa weekend in Thailand, please?” – Lina Wahlgren, Art Director

Banyan Tree Spa Phuket, 33, 33/27 Moo 4, Srisoonthorn Road; +66 76 372 400.


“I love this holiday candle from Diptyque– its’ fresh balmy scent reminds me of Christmas and makes me want to go home for the holidays!” – Gillian Sagansky, Assistant Writer / Associate to the Editor in Chief

Diptyque Oliban Candle, $70,