Just in case you’ve literally been living under a rock and have ignored every pop Christmas tree, the barage of lights, and your desktop computer / diary for the past month. Christmas is coming with a twinkling, gilded fervour akin to the phrase “do you do gift wrap” come Christmas Eve. Whether you’ve been planning for the feight since October, or you’re more a last minute, frenzied shopper, utilise the advent of the internet (see previous reference to living under solid minerals) and make gifting even easier.
Mixed with the abundance of beauty launches that spring out towards the end of the year, beauty and the festive season are a match made in heaven. Whether you’re going for a relaxation, luxury, novelty, or even a practical twist, here we’ve curated the best of the best and categorised to suit every gift-ee in the present that keeps on giving long after the the ribbon has been cut and wrapping thrown away.
Next Level Ornaments
Even the most amped up of trees can benefit from an injection of travel-sized, best-selling beauty bits to make Christmas Day even more special.
This Works, Sleep Tight, $24. SHOP NOW
Supergood, Mistletoe Moments, $31. SHOP NOW
Eve Lom, Kiss Mix Bauble, $30. SHOP NOW
Kris Kringle Quick Fixes
When the dreaded office potluck rears its annual head, opt for these sure-fire hits that fill the under $25 budget. Perfect for even the most discerning colleague.
The Body Shop, Vanilla Chai Body Butter, $24.95. SHOP NOW
VMV Hypoallergenics, Grandma Minnie’s The Big Brave Boo Boo Balm, $23. SHOP NOW
Lanolips, Hand Cream Trio, $19.95. SHOP NOW
Table side treats
The gift for the hostess with the most-est, nix the corny Christmas jokes and crepe paper hats with these crackers that inject a luxe twist while sitting pretty next to the Turkey luncheon.
Jo Malone, Christmas Cracker, $70. SHOP NOW
Glasshouse Fragrances, Christmas Bonbon, $10.95. SHOP NOW
Mor, Lucky Star, $38. SHOP NOW
Go-to Festive Fragrances
Any of these new-season scents are sure to please – from festive scents infused with citrus, to Louis Vuitton’s latest foray into fragrance, there’s something for everyone.
Jo Malone, Orange Bitters Cologne, $195. SHOP NOW
Bvlgari, Bvlgari Rose Goldeu Eau de Parfum, $147. SHOP NOW
Louis Vuitton, Dans la Peau, $330. SHOP NOW
Diptyque, 34 Boulevard Saint Germain Essences Insensee 2016 EDP, $217. SHOP NOW
Bella Freud, Close To My Heart, $182. SHOP NOW
Tory Burch, Jolie Fleur Rose EPD, $195. SHOP NOW
Gilded Beauty Trinkets
Good things come in small packages and these beauty tidbits delight both in terms of execution (just look at the delightful packaging) and pay off. A limited-edition compact will look great sitting on a dressing table or makeup bag, while a new signature lippie shade will keep you in their minds all year long.
Charlotte Tilbury, Filmstar Killer Cheekbones, $165. SHOP NOW M.A.C Cosmetics, Magic Dust Powder Nutcracker in Yum Yum Yum, $51. SHOP NOW
Tom Ford, Lip Color in Black Orchid, $86. SHOP NOW
Bobbi Brown, Party to Go Lip & Eyes, $80. SHOP NOW
Dior, Diorific Poudrier Splendor – Christmas 2016 Limited Edition, $110. SHOP NOW
Guerlain, Meteorites Compact – Light Revealing Powder in Dore, $95. SHOP NOW
Skincare super packs
If you’re in a rush, make the pre-packed and pre-wrapped skincare pack your go-to. Opt for one of the following for a do-no-wrong present that mixes cult-classic favourites with best-selling new launches that’s sure to delight.
Aesop, The Persistent Collector, $155. SHOP NOW
Sisley, Black Rose Mask Set, $180. SHOP NOW
Clinique, Moisture That Matters, $70. SHOP NOW
SK-II, Crystal Clear Skin Set, $249. SHOP NOW
Erno Laszlo, Detoxifying Cleansing Set – Detoxifying Double Cleanse Travel Set, $57. SHOP NOW
Estee Lauder, Advanced Night Repair Essentials, $155. SHOP NOW
For the girl that has it all
For the beauty junkie that makes rivals every and any Into the Gloss top shelf, these uber luxe trinkets and baubles will elevate any well-stocked collection.
Byredo, Hand Cream Squeezer, $330. SHOP NOW
Buly 1803, Opiat Dentaire Toothpaste in Apple of Montauban, $46. SHOP NOW
Buly 1803, Officine Universelle Buly Toothbrush, $73. SHOP NOW
Fornasetti, L’Ape Scent Sphere & Crystal Set, $533. SHOP NOW
La Mer, The Illuminating Powder, $230. SHOP NOW
Mason Pearson, Handy Pure Bristle & Nylon Brush (Dark), $195. SHOP NOW
Slip, Pillowcase in pink, $79.95. SHOP NOW
Green Warriors Gift set
Earn some brownie-points with the eco-conscious, friend, colleague, or family member with a cruelty-free, vegan, or environmentally-friendly gift that gives back to the world.
Pai, Everyday Hero Collection, $76. SHOP NOW
Aveda, Chakra gift pack, $88. SHOP NOW
Skin Juice, Mummy to Be Box, $88. SHOP NOW
Give the gift of a Pamper Session
Give the gift of relaxation and peace of mind with a DIY pamper session to enjoy during the festive break.
Ren, Moroccan Rose Otto Bath Oil, $57. SHOP NOW
Herbivore Botanicals, Calm – Ylang Ylang + Vanilla Dead Sea Soaking Salts, $32. SHOP NOW
Aromatheraphy Associates, Star Jewels, $70. SHOP NOW
With so many options to choose from, and to suit every budget, a Christmas-party approved palette will dazzle every beauty fan from the season’s must-have limited edition selection (see NARS x Sarah Moon), to a please-all neutral.
Revlon, Eyes, Cheeks + Lips Palette Romantic Nudes, $34.95. SHOP NOW
Nars, Sarah Moon Collection Give In Take Dual-Intensity Eye & Cheek Palette, $100. SHOP NOW
Becca, Jaclyn Hill Champagne Collection Face Palette, $89. SHOP NOW
Maybelline, The Blushed Nudes Shadow Palette, $25.95. SHOP NOW
Beauty Tech head
Gizmos and gadgets are the way to go for the the true beauty nerd, with a piece of tech to nix any skincare, haircare, and makeup problem.
Foreo, Issa Toothbrush, $275. SHOP NOW
Clarisonic, Mia Fit, $315. SHOP NOW
Dyson, Supersonic Hair Dryer in Fuchsia, $599. SHOP NOW
Color Me, Automatic Foundation Applicator Pro Edition, $120. SHOP NOW
Chic #shelfie-approved Candles
While the candle might have been relegated to the quintessential last-minute, albeit daggy gift idea, we’d definitely beg to differ. Your recipient would only be so lucky to receive these chic options which are almost too pretty to burn.
Jo Malone, Pine Eucalyptus Home Candle, $85. SHOP NOW
Byredo, Bibliotheque Holiday Candle, $96. SHOP NOW
Diptyque, Un Encens Etoile Candle, $96. SHOP NOWFornasetti, L’Eclaireuse Scented Candle, $247. SHOP NOW
Bella Freud, Fairytale of New York Candle, $92. SHOP NOW
Glasshouse, Night Before Christmas 2016 in Dancing Sugar Plums, $44.95. SHOP NOW