Treat Yo’self: Best Beauty Buys For The Festive Season
It’s never too early to start shopping for Christmas in our books. Whether you’re looking for gifts for dear ones or something for yourself as a tap on the back for making it through the year, these Christmas Holiday collection limited-edition beauty drops will have you singing, “All I want for Christmas is you~”!
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Product styling and photography: Jane Tan
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit – Ghost, $130
Every year, the brand releases a limited-edition Ambient Lighting Edit that features three best-selling and three exclusive shades. The Ghost Edit, the fifth iteration, features three new shades: Eternal Bronze Light, Iridescent Rose and Sublime Flush (along the bottom row). These, along with two finishing powders and one highlighter, will be all you need when travelling or getting ready for year-end parties. Get your hands on it before it ghosts you.
Chanel Éclat Magnétique De Chanel Illuminating Powder, $103
Embossed with the outline of a vintage Chanel button, this metal peach highlighter is almost too pretty to use. When you do dip into it, the sparkling gold shimmers seamlessly blend to give the most beautiful highlight on the cheekbones, inner corner of the eyes or bridge of the nose. To intensify the sheen, layer over a cream highlighter.
HERA Holiday Black Cushion, $75 in shades #21 and #23
We love the longwearing, semi-matte coverage of the HERA Black Cushion, and this reimagined retro packaging is yet another reason to pick it up again. Designed by Annie Atkins, (who also did the graphic design for the movie The Grand Budapest Hotel) it pays homage to the roots of the brand featuring a reinterpreted version of the very first HERA logo on plush red velvet. The red and blue elements are inspired by traditional Korean colours derived from the ‘Obangsaek’ (traditional Korean colour spectrum), creating an eye-catching visual impact. You don’t want to miss out on collecting this cushion!
You can purchase the Holiday Casing separately for $10 when you purchase a Black Cushion refill for $35.
Fenty Beauty Mini Body Lava Travel-Size Body Luminizer in Who Needs Clothes, $39
You dew you, girl. And this cute-sized body luminiser is here to help you with that. Trace the universally-flattering rose gold shade along collar bones, rounds of your shoulders and lengths of your shins to draw attention to all the right features.
Diptyque Pine Protection Candle, $ 70g at $55, 190g at $100
Drawing inspiration from lucky charms from around the world, the Pine Protection Candle features symbols and aromatic notes that will protect you against malevolent spirits as you enter the new year. On the outside, a shooting star, the dream catcher, the beetle and coral keep away any malicious spirits. While notes of pine, associated with longevity and continued happiness and basil and sage, beneficial in long winter months create a protective aura when lit. Don’t forget to make a wish before you put out the flame.
Christian Louboutin Beauty Loubileopard Metallic Eye Colour Priyadora, $80
Created especially for the festive season by their global makeup artist Isamaya Ffrench, this metallic brown shade packaged in iconic leopard-print is purrfect for the festive season. The water-based formulation goes on easily and gives a mirror-like brilliance enhancing any makeup look with its rich hue.
Jo Malone Rose Magnolia Cologne, $225 for 100ml
A beguiling floral fragrance with top notes of magnolia and black pepper, a heart of decadent Rose de Mai that mingle with opulent Rose Damascena with a dry down of patchouli and warm amber make this floral, spicy fragrance perfect for a tropical Christmas.
Becca Pop Goes The Glow Champagne Pop Face & Eye Palette, $63
What’s better than a single Becca Champagne Pop highlighter? The Becca Pop Goes The Glow Champagne Pop Face & Eye Palette that comes with the cult-favourite highlighter and four exclusive new shades that can be used on the eyes and cheeks to add colour, highlight and contour cheeks and eyes.
SK-II x Fantasista Utamaro Limited Edition Facial Treatment Essence, $220 for 160ml
This year, SK-II has teamed up with Brooklyn-based artist Fantasista Utamaro to dress up the cult-favourite Facial Treatment Essence. The artist’s signature style of mixing traditional Japanese patterns with ultra-pop and technicolour are seen on the three limited edition designs for SK-II Facial Treatment Essence.
Tarte Foil Finger Face Quad
Give any makeup look a festive feel with this quad that features four pigmented full-face formulas that include eye shadows, a blush and a glitter gel topper. Apply with your fingers for a really pigmented finish.