Holiday season is prime time for pampering, and indulging loved ones (and yourself) with gifts galore. Perfect for those vying to look their best for all the year-end partying to come, looking to splurge on loved ones, or needing a serious pick-me-up to round off 2017 with a bang, these festive gift sets and makeup products make for swoon-worthy additions to anyone’s home beauty collection.
Alessandro Michele’s first ladies’ fragrance Gucci Bloom has been all the rage lately — what better to pair it with than a sultry autumnal eyeshadow quad, Gucci’s iconic black mascara and an on-trend matte lip? This gift set has the basic fall/winter look sorted.
HK$1,615 from Lane Crawford, 3/F, IFC Mall, 8 Finance Street, Central, hong Kong, +852 2118 2288
Choose any three from the vast collection of ‘Boys & Girls’ lip colours from Tom Ford in this chic gift set. Any lipstick lover will be head over heels with the smooth, sheer and layerable formula, with colours ranging from classic nudes and wintery plums to intergalactic blues and purples.
HK$900 from Lane Crawford
Loyal wearers of the iconic No.5 fragrance will adore this latest limited edition body gel, which perfumes the skin with the famous scent, while leaving behind a gorgeous sun-kissed shimmer.
HK$965 from Chanel Beauté, Shop 1060, 1/F, IFC Mall, 8 Finance Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2805 0880
If you loved the sexy, ultra slim lipsticks by Hourglass released earlier in the year, good news: You can now get the whole shebang with two gold applicators and 30 refills in all sorts of different shades. It’s the ultimate gift for the lipstick lover, and one who will appreciate the cruelty free product and its long-wearing, soft satin finish.
HK$6,200 from Lane Crawford
La Mer’s holiday editions are looking positively celestial this season, with all new stylish packaging inspired by the cosmos. Aside from hero products like Crème de la Mer, the Illuminating Powder is a pressed compact highlight of gemlike and pearly shimmer, making it easy for you to pack on the glow.
HK$990 from Lane Crawford
For fans of this seductive scent (or those who got enamoured by Bella Hadid as its face), this fragrance gift set is the perfect choice. Characterised by florals like night-blooming Jasmine balanced with masculine vetiver and black musk, it’s the dreaminess of Rome after dark in a bottle. The set comes with a 75ml bottle; a 15ml fragrance mist and a beauty mirror.
HK$1,100 (HK$900 without mirror) from Sogo, 555 Hennessy Road, Causeway Bay, +852 2833 8338
The holidays are a surreal time after all, making this arty crossover between surreal modern master Man Ray and Nars the perfect gift for artistic souls. This eyeshadow palette combines the hottest colours of the season: from a warm mustard shade ‘Your Move’ to ‘Tryst,’ a shimmering true gold; rich burgundy ‘Blind Date’ to emerald ‘Momentum.
HK$500 exclusively from Facesss, Ocean Terminal, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 2111 0415
Who doesn’t like to be pampered from head to toe? This global exclusive set from Shiseido Parlour (the brand’s Ginza confectionary) and Lane Crawford features indulgent sweets and a handpicked selection from Shiseido’s best skincare products — including its bestselling Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate serum.
HK$820-950 from Lane Crawford
Aesop’s holiday gifting collections this year are inspired by the game-changing social psychology studies done in the 50s-70s and all delve into to different human behaviours. Designed with a sleek and minimalistic box, ‘Association’ is Aesop’s grandest of the six, featuring a trio of essential skincare featuring the detoxifying properties of parsley seed.
HK$1,200 from Aesop, 42-42A Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2673 3885
Estée Lauder’s bestselling skincare products are bound to make inevitable appearances under the Christmas tree, but for something a little out of the ordinary from the esteemed brand, you might want to check out its stunning solid perfume pendants, filled with either Modern Muse, Pleasures, or Beautiful as scents. Inside, they’re engraved with a message such as “You are not a drop in the ocean, you are the entire ocean in a drop.” — perfect for your special someone.
HK$1,680-2,280 from Estée Lauder, Shop 1078, IFC Mall, 8 Finance Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 3521 0026
Louboutin fans will have three sultry new products to choose from that are perfect for the sparkly season. Reminiscent of luscious red silk ribbons, The Satin Lip Colour (HK$800) gives a smooth, luxurious finish; the Loubilaque Lip Lacquer (HK$755) offers a patent leather shine; and the Metalissime nail colour (HK$450) gives off a glistening metallic look. It’s a hard choice for sure — or better yet, pick all three.
HK$450-800 from Christian Louboutin counters and stores
Every year, the Christmas Advent Calendar is perhaps one of the most coveted items on people’s wishlists. Exclusively sold at Lane Crawford, the towering house features 24 goodies for you to unravel throughout the month of December, with some of the brand’s most-loved fragrances, candles and body products. This year, Jo Malone’s products are more colourful than ever, thanks to the festive redesign by Jonathan Saunders.
HK$4,000 exclusively from Lane Crawford
Combining three fragrances into an indulgent perfume ritual, this Christmas gift set by Guerlain will be dictating exactly how you want to luxuriate at home on Christmas Day. The fresh yet musky Eau de Lit evokes early cosy mornings in a soft blanket cocoon; the Eau the Cashmere is perfect for sweater weather, sprayed on warm knitwear and scarves; and finally, the Eau de Lingerie is best described as lace in fragrance form — a daring and intimate scent made for the bedroom. If hygge is your MO, this set is a must-have.
HK$2,015 from Guerlain, Shop G42, Festival Walk, Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong, +852 2265 7064
If it’s ever time to get Clé de Peau’s star product and anti-ageing saviour La Crème, it’s now. With its infamous price tag (HK$6,800 for a 50ml pot), this luxurious gift set seems almost a steal, featuring a large and small pot of the hero product, plus the much-hyped serum, eye contour cream, cleansing foam, lotion, emulsion, and a choice of another skincare product — all encased in an elegant cosmetic pouch.
$7,280-8,000 from Clé de Peau, IFC Mall, Shop 1059A, 1/F, IFC Mall, 8 Finance Street, Central, Hong Kong
For adventurous skincare lovers, Rodial’s got the ultimate targeted mask duo for hydrating and firming, featuring the most hardcore-sounding of ingredients: Dragon’s Blood and Snake. Don’t worry: ‘Dragon’s Blood’ actually refers to the tree sap from the antioxidant-rich Amazonian Sangre de Drago tree. The jet-black peel-off ‘Snake’ mask in fact is a peptide blend mimicking the effect of snake venom, helping to ‘freeze’ and tighten loose skin.
HK$480 from Joyce Beauty, 1/F, New World Tower, Central, Hong Kong +852 2869 5816