It’s beginning to look and feel a lot like Christmas: there’s a tree in every shopping mall, you’re frantically trying to find the best gift sets for your fellow beauty junkie friends, and equally nice things for mum and dad. But don’t forget about yourself! You’ve made it through another year, so it’s time to indulge yourself with some beauty drops that will carry you through the end of this year and into the next.
Benefit Cosmetics The Porefessional Hydrate Primer, $56
Now you can enjoy all the pore-minimising benefits of the cult-favourite primer with a boost of hydration. Hyaluronic acid and shea butter keep skin refreshed and moisturised while minimising the look of fine lines. You will find makeup goes on smooth and lasts longer with this layered underneath.
The History Of Whoo Gongjinhyang: Mi Velvet Lip Rouge, $58 each
If watching all the K-dramas has convinced you that you were a Korean princess in your past life, you can live out your fantasy IRL with these gorgeous lipsticks fit for royalty. Not only do these lipsticks have premium ingredients, but they also have velvet primer cream complex, along with powder particles, to give the illusion of line-less, plump lips. Even the packaging, with its delicate lotus flower design and square shape, is reminiscent of the beauty and grace of an empress. Available in eight totally wearable shades.
Elizabeth Arden Vitamin C Ceramide Capsules Radiance Renewal Serum, $153
Each capsule is packed with a combination of an extremely stable, oil-soluble version of vitamin C and ceramides, along with other nourishing ingredients like vitamin E, avocado, sunflower seed and olive oils. Together, they fight free-radical damage, keep skin hydrated and nourished, brighten skin tone.
Milani Hypnotic Lights Eye Topper in Cosmic Meadow, $23.85
’Tis the season to dazzle and all you need to add a little sparkle to your festive looks is this eye topper from Milani. The water-based formula dries quickly with minimal fall-out and can be worn alone or over your favourite eyeshadow. One layer will give you a wash of captivating colour, while a second layer tapped on will give you a brilliant foil effect.
Cetaphil Hydrating Eye Cream-Serum, $25.90
Did you know the skin around your eyes has fewer sebaceous glands? This means it produces less sebum and the resulting dryness can emphasise fine lines and dark circles. This lightweight, non-greasy eye cream can be used both in the day and at night to hydrate, restore skin’s elasticity and help rejuvenate skin, so the area around the eyes looks fresh and well-rested.
K-Palette Real Strong Waterproof Eyeliner in Retro Brown, $21.90
Waterproof, sebum-, sweat- and smudge-proof, this eyeliner is what you need for the festive season and beyond. It stays all day and night, but comes off easily with an eye makeup remover. To celebrate its one-year anniversary, the brand has released two limited-edition shades, Classical Burgundy and Retro Brown. We suggest you get Retro Brown that gives the eyes subtle definition when you don’t want to look like you’re wearing eyeliner.
Avène Hydrance Aqua-Gel Night Hydrating Sleeping Mask, $69.90
Wake up with hydrated, glowing and healthy skin with this mask that soothes, detoxes and moisturises while you sleep. The light, refreshing gel texture is suitable for all skin types, including sensitive skin.
Disney x Luxasia “Believe in the Journey” lipstick collection, $22 each
Inspired by the sequel to Disney’s hit movie Frozen, these lipsticks come in a special packaging featuring Anna, Elsa and Olaf. In line with the freezing cold theme of the movie, the lipsticks are hydrating thanks to Vitamin E, Argan, Rosehip and Jojoba Oils so your lips remain soft and smooth even if you kissed a snowman. Pick from five shades that range from nude to bright red, with inspiring names like True to Myself, Fearless and Born to Lead, among others.
Peter Thomas Roth Peptide 21 Amino Acid Exfoliating Peel Pads, $89
If you really want to see results from your skincare routine, adding a gentle exfoliator like the Peter Thomas Roth Peptide 21 Amino Acid Exfoliating Peel Pads to your skincare routine is key. With an exfoliating complex comprising Phytic Acid, Salicylic Acid and Sodium Lactate, dead skin is sloughed off so the benefits of your following skincare products are better absorbed. Pores are refined and skin tone is evened out. Plus, it has chamomile, green tea, vitamins A and E to calm and soothe skin and tackle free radical damage respectively.
Code8 Iconoclast Eyeshadow Palette in Lustrous Corduroy, approx. $73
With a mission to help every woman “look your best natural self, only a little more polished”, this is just the palette you need to ace those job interviews. The colours are made to suit all skin tones and work seamlessly with each other. Plus, they are formulated using a special “Knead Technology”, whereby prebaked pigments are mixed with natural oils at high temperatures and speeds, resulting in long-wear formulas with intense color payoff.
Gucci Rouge à Lèvres Mat in 25 Goldie Red, $53
Encased in a gorgeous gold metal tube, each of the 28 shades offer a rich, matte payoff thanks to a mix of pigments and gelling waxes. Each swipe of the lipstick feels soft and velvety upon application and feels comfortable on the lips. Bonus: it doesn’t smudge through the day. Our pick is Gucci’s Creative Director Alessandro Michele’s favourite number 25, which also happens to be a very flattering coral red.