We’re right in the heart of the pre-Christmas season, where festive decorations are up and out in Singapore’s main shopping districts, and the department stores in said areas are teeming with gifting specials. Beauty brands, in particular, have gotten ready for Christmas by lining the shelves in Sephora and other major boutiques with their festive wares. Neatly arranged rows of sparkly goods line these shops, silently promising that the beauty junkie in your life will rejoice when at the receiving end of these items.
We compile some of our favourite beauty gifts for Christmas 2019 in this gift guide. Get to shopping.
Miu Miu’s youthful namesake perfume is the fragrance that the quirky girl in your life deserves. Created by perfumer Daniela Andrier, this feminine scent is steeped in the unexpected, with green, vegetal notes crossing florals that include rose and lily of the valley.
S$147. Available at Sephora.
Travel-sized products can be too small, yet full-sized versions can be too bulky for travelling, so this where midi sized products come in handy. This skincare kit is a collection of Drunk Elephant’s best-sellers like the Protini Polypeptide Cream and the A-Passioni Retinol Cream, all midi-sized — perfect for beauty lovers on the go.
S$68. Available at Sephora.
Versatility in skincare is always appreciated, especially for individuals who are always on the go. That’s where Philosophy steps in with its Day and Night Duo, a kit comprising its Renewed Hope in a Jar, both day and night formulas, promising hydration throughout the day with two simple products.
S$62. Available at Sephora.
British heritage becomes bottled in Burberry Beauty’s My Burberry Eau de Parfum fragrance gift set. Complete with a travel-sized eau de parfum, a body lotion and a travel spray, everything in this kit features the signature My Burberry scent that evokes a garden after the rain.
S$219. Available at Sephora.
When it comes to gift sets, Benefit never fails to impress. This eye makeup trio packs a punch as it includes Benefit’s Badgal Bang mascara, Badgal Bang eyeliner pencil and a miniature Badgal Bang mascara in cobalt blue for a vivid pop of colour.
S$86. Available at Sephora.
This limited edition set features Anastasia Beverly Hills’ top three brow essentials to create brows polished to perfection. The Best Brows Ever Kit comes with a travel-sized Dipbrow Gel to add volume, a full-sized Brow Wiz to mimic precise brow hairs and a travel-sized clear brow gel to set everything in place.
S$55. Available at Sephora.
Mario Badescu’s facial sprays are a staple in almost every skincare beginner’s stash. A couple of spritzes instantly acts as a pick-me-up throughout the day, and gives the user dewy hydrated skin. Formulated with aloe, the mist arrives in three scents — Herbs and Rosewater, Cucumber and Green Tea, and Chamomile and Lavender. With this gift set, your recipient doesn’t have to pick just one.
S$24. Available at Sephora.
Tarte returns with another seasonal palette, this time named, Winter Wonderglam. Housing a spectrum of 24 eyeshadows in multiple finishes, this kit has hues you’ll need for practically any eye look one can think of, from cocktail party smoky eyes to a subtle day-to-day neutral look. It also comes with the Tarteist gel eyeliner and Lights, Camera, Lashes mascara, so you’ll be giving more than just one gift to your loved one.
S$84. Available at Sephora.
A good night’s sleep is the bedrock for beauty, hence the term, “beauty sleep”. There’s no gift more precious than one of a good night’s rest, made better with Slip’s Ultimate Beauty Sleep Gift Set, which comes with a top-grade, thick silk pillowcase that happens to be hypoallergenic, a sleep mask and some hair scrunchies that will ensure you wake up with the best of hair days.
S$215. Available at Sephora.
Charlotte Tilbury may have just arrived in Singapore, but she has stepped into our beauty scene with aplomb. For Christmas, the celebrity makeup artist has a whole line-up of gifts, including this Starry Eyes to Hypnotise Instant Eye Palette, which, well, caught our eyes. Use them according to the trios the shades are grouped into to build simple eye looks, or mix and match to your own ends. Either way, it’s a palette that can suit your everyday needs.
S$130. Available at Sephora.
Coco & Eve has the perfect stocking stuffer for Christmas with its adorable hair masque kit, named The Gift of Good Hair. Made with Balinese ingredients, coconut, and natural oils, this much-raved about hair product is worth all the hype and more, so do as it suggests and give the gift of good hair this festive season.
S$28. Available at Sephora.
HERA collaborates with Annie Atkins, graphic designer for The Grand Budapest Hotel, to create its Roll The Dice festive collection. The whimsical collection is a velvet-clad carnival of beauty delights, and we particularly love its tasselled renditions of the brand’s cult Rougeholic lipsticks, available in mini sizes to best suit one’s needs when on-the-go. There are two shades to pick from, red or brown.
S$45 each. Available at HERA Takashimaya and HERA ION Orchard.