Deck the (beauty) hauls! These Xmas beauty collections are guaranteed to wow that makeup junkie in your life, but we say treat yo’ self too…
Heads up: if you need an excuse to splurge on some beauty steals, wake up and smell the mulled wine. Beauty brands are churning out their best festive collections (limited edition sets included) faster than we can say pumpkin spice. We’ve sussed out the juiciest goodies this year – with our Christmas playlist in the background – to give you the lowdown on who wins the prize for prettiest packaging that could almost double up as Christmas decor, to our fave last-minute gift ideas. Are you ready for this?
For some true Christmas scent: Festive Sack of Peppermint Candy Cane Delights, The Body Shop
Ah, if skincare that smells like toasted marshmallows, cranberry and peppermint doesn’t get you in the Christmas spirit, we don’t know what will. Leave it to The Body Shop for the best Xmas scents. Our current crush? Peppermint Candy Cane! This festive sack has all your shower needs (shower gel, body scrub, body butter and hand cream). Light up some scented candles and give yourself some ‘me time’ in the shower before the festive frenzy begins.
Festive Sack of Peppermint Candy Cane Delights, The Body Shop, $28
Mini must-have for the gal-on-the-go: Beauty Favourites Set, By Terry
We’ll admit it – By Terry is a testament to the old saying “The French do it better”. Why? They’ve managed to compile all your beauty needs into one cute package. Mattifying setting powder? Check. Cream eyeshadow? Check. Mascara? Check. An on-the-go lip balm? Check. Congrats, you’re ready for that Xmas glow.
Beauty Favourites Set, By Terry, S$98, available at Escentials Tangs, Escentials Paragon and online
A stocking stunner that stole our hearts: Foaming Cleanser (Limited Edition 2018) by Kora Organics
Endless Christmas dinners, liquid buffets and log cakes are not going to do good for your skin. The solution? A solid cleanser to remove all those built-up meat sweats (it’s a real thing!) and makeup. The organic noni fruit and green tea extracts, sandalwood oil and aloe vera in the formula are so good to the skin, there’s no need to skim on your turkey diet.
Foaming Cleanser (Limited Edition 2018), Korra Organics, S$23, available online
Pretty packaging that’s worthy of framing: Ladurée Makeup Coffret VI Limited Edition, Les Merveilleuses Ladurée
And the award for extra AF makeup goes to Les Merveilleuses Ladurée. From blushes in pots that remind us of Parisian starry nights to gorgeous palettes packaged as handbags (crazy right?), you’ll think twice before using them. Our eyes are set on the makeup coffret which contains the handbag shaped palette of eyeshadow and blush, a glossy lipstick and a velvet makeup bag embroidered with delicate rose motifs. Elegant, whimsical and a bang for your buck.
Ladurée Makeup Coffret VI Limited Edition, Les Merveilleuses Ladurée, S$96, Takashimaya Shopping Centre, 391 Orchard Road, # B1-37A 238873 Singapore
And more ridiculously chic packaging: Under the Christmas Tree Breakaway Makeup Palette & Mascara, Too Faced
Give your peepers a smokey plum hue with a touch of sparkle (duh!) with this fab eyeshadow and face powder palette and the iconic “Better than Sex” mascara from Too Faced. Cool fall colours aside, you’ll see yourself reaching for this set ‘cos of how the palettes come together in the shape of a Christmas tree.
Under the Christmas Tree Breakaway Makeup Palette & Mascara, Too Faced, $57, available online
For a last-minute Xmas gift run: Heart of Grass Gardeners Body Care Duo, Crabtree and Evelyn
Are you the worst Santa ever who’s left the gift shopping to the last minute? Crabtree & Evelyn’s got your back with a grab n’ go body care duo that hydrates and restores skin. The gift set comes with the Gardeners body wash and lotion with a nourishing blend of cucumber, rosemary and sage, with rich avocado and shea butter that moisturises. And don’t get us started on that beautiful box. Crabtree & Evelyn’s taking it back to the 70s with bold colours and cool graphics so you can save time on gift wrapping.
Heart of Grass Gardeners Body Care Duo, Crab Tree and Evelyn, S$65, available online
For taking care of your skin: Roses & Tea Gift Set, Sabon
You may score top marks for keeping your face in check but what about your body? Don’t panic, this gift set from Sabon’s got the iconic rose tea body scrub and lotion that rejuvenates and enriches the skin. Plus, it looks like a cute, giant candy waiting to be opened. Who needs the spa when you have this deadly duo? It also comes with a cute wooden spoon so you don’t have to dunk your long, manicured nails into the tub.
Roses & Tea Gift Set, Sabon, $57, Sabon Boutique, Ngee Ann City, Takashimaya Shopping Centre; Sabon Tangs, Tang Plaza, Level 1
For spoiling the stylish men in your life: Thermal Therapy Duo, Peter Thomas Roth
If the man in your life has been using whatever’s on special at the supermarket, it’s time to get something that works for his skin. For starters, gift a great face mask so he can join in for #facemaskfriyays. Leave it to the face mask aficionados for a rich and luxurious face mask that incorporates the Hungarian thermal water. The Peter Thomas Roth Thermal Therapy Duo is quite the experience – you’ll feel a flash of heat that opens the pores and optimises the absorption of the good stuff from the thermal water. Fair warning if you’re gifting this to your man – he might end up with better skin than you.
Thermal Therapy Duo, Peter Thomas Roth, price unavailable, shop at all Sephora outlets
A gift we’re keeping for ourselves: Zoeva Eclectic Eyes Eyeshadow Palette (Limited Edition)
Eyeshadow lovers, this palette is set to make your peepers looking like a futuristic goddess (or an icy princess if you’ve seen Frozen too many times). It comes in chrome, shimmer, metallic, and glitter finishes for a spectacular pre-and post-holiday look. Plus, it’s highly pigmented so you won’t find any horrific patchy makeup on your IG stories.
Zoeva Eclectic Eyes Eyeshadow Palette (Limited Edition), $31, available online
For skincare junkies you go to in a beauty crisis: Cicapair X-mas Jungle Spell Book, Dr. Jart+
Redness, uneven complexion and fine lines (yikes, crow’s feet!) giving you a rough time? Dr. Jart+’s whipped out a jungle spell book that’s truly magical. Ingredients like Centella Asiatica Complex sounds like a spell from Harry Potter but helps protects your skin from stressful datelines. Other skin food includes raspberry leaf extract to reduce inflammation and a minerals and Panthenol solution to soothe the skin and restore moisture.
Cicapair X-mas Jungle Spell Book, Dr. Jart+, $65, available online
For the lucky girlfriend who has everything: Let’s Flamingle Brush Set, Tarte
Flamingo and pineapple shaped brushes? This brush set is the kind of gift that you don’t need BUT need in your life. You know what we mean. And if your friend’s a devout makeup maven, she’ll know what to do with these brushes. Use ‘em, frame ‘em or bring them to the Bird Park… she’ll know.
Let’s Flamingle Brush Set, Tarte, $56, available online
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