28 gifts for different beauty personalities

Find the right presents for your eclectic friends

Is she practical or loves all things lavish?
Is she practical or loves all things lavish?
18 Dec 2018

Is she practical or loves all things lavish?

There are friends who prefer packaging over product and vice versa; some who just wear nothing but lipsticks; and others who relish a sweet-scented home. If you know your friend’s beauty compulsion, we’ve got the right gift for her here!

For the pragmatic friend:
For the pragmatic friend:
18 Dec 2018

For the pragmatic friend:

Great value-for-money skin, body and hair beauty gift sets for the girl who will use them.

Baylis & Harding Beauticology Gift Set, $12, from Guardian
Delight in a sweet rush of candy-scented bath and body products: Candy Cane Shower Gel, Vanilla Icing Hand Cream, Candy Cane Lip Balm, Peppermint Swirl Bath Soak, and Peppermint Swirl Body Wash.

Saturday Skin Holiday Bright Set, $92, from Sephora
Be merry and bright with this skin brightening set featuring full sized items, Rise + Shine Purifying Cleanser, Wide Awake Brightening Eye Cream, Spotlight Brightening Mask (1 Sheet) and Quench Intense Hydration Mask (1 sheet). The free “Make Every Day A Saturday” canvas pouch makes the splurge worth the price high tag!

For the pragmatic friend:
For the pragmatic friend:
19 Dec 2018

For the pragmatic friend:

The Body Shop Olivia The Owl Set, $36
This too-cute-for-words set contains six full-sized bath and body products from the brand’s Strawberry and Coconut lines. When you’re done, it transforms into a coin bank after.

IGK Friends With Benefits Texture & Shine Kit, $43, from Sephora
For that girlfriend who obsesses over her hair, get this trio of bestselling texture and shine formulas for all hair types. Includes full-sized Beach Club Volumizing Texture Spray, travel-sized Smoke & Mirrors 2-in-1 Cleansing Conditioner, and travel-sized Mistress Anti-Frizz Leave-In Conditioner.

For the perfume addict:
For the perfume addict:
18 Dec 2018

For the perfume addict:

From accessibly-priced fragrances to super exorbitant scents, how deep is your love?

Prada Candy Perfume Coffret, $198
The adorable bears first spotted hanging off Prada bags in 2014, have now been recreated into lovely little toons (by Canadian illustrator and artist Tracy Walker) that appear on the brand’s holiday collection of perfume sets. Our fave is the pretty-in-pink classic Prada Candy (sparkling cedrat and caramel) which features a full-sized Eau De Parfum, Body Lotion and Roll On Perfume.

Jean Paul Gaultier Le Mâle Christmas Collector, $138; Classique Christmas Collector, $170
For fans of Jean Paul Gaultier perfumes: Classique EDT 125ml (invigorating orange blossom and ginger) and Le Mâle EDT 100ml (fresh minty-vanilla-lavender) flacons are dressed in festive garb and housed in a magical snow globe.

For the perfume addict:
For the perfume addict:
19 Dec 2018

For the perfume addict:

The Body Shop Black Musk Collection, $52
The sexier equivalent to the brand’s best-selling White Musk, Black Musk is delicious blend of bambinella pear, dark liquorice root, black vanilla and cruelty-free musk. The set comes with a 60ml eau de toilette, shower gel and body lotion, and packaged in a beautiful ornamental lantern that can be illuminated with ambient LED tea lights.

Maison Francis Kurdjian Discovery Set, $255, from escentials
Fans of Francis Kurdjian scents will love this travel set comprised of six fragrance refills featuring its clean-and-fresh Aqua fragrance wardrobe: Universalis, Aqua Vitae and Aqua Celestia. Available in Eau De Toilette and Eau De Parfum versions.

For the palette player:
For the palette player:
18 Dec 2018

For the palette player:

Pretty palettes filled with rich colour and finishes for the girl who loves to draw attention to her eyes.

BECCA Volcano Goddess Eye Palette, $65, from Sephora
Here’s a versatile colour palette with 12 creamy eyeshadows in three versatile finishes, ultra-matte, shimmer and molten metallic, to create an endless range of smouldering eye looks. It’s specially formulated with Black Tourmaline, a powerful protection and grounding stone formed in volcanoes; hence the name.

Tarte Pineapple of My Eye Collectors Set, $85, from Sephora
Enjoy Tarte’s new eye and cheek colours in one adorable palette, with complimentary eye liner and lipstick. All vegan-friendly, of course!

For the palette player:
For the palette player:
19 Dec 2018

For the palette player:

Urban Decay Naked Cherry Eyeshadow Palette, $83, from Sephora
Smoky mauve eyes are all the rage now and Urban Decay delivers with an all-new 12-colour eyeshadow palette of cherry-inspired hues from intense black cherry to sexy plums and wearable pinks.

Shu Uemura La Maison Du Chocolat Eye Palette, $98
Shu Uemura teams up with Parisian chocolatier house La Maison du Chocolat to create a makeup collection for Christmas with gourmand-inspired packaging that’s good enough to eat. Just check out this drool-worthy limited edition eyeshadow palette available in two colour harmonies – Dark Cacao and Framboise Berry.

For the atas friend:
For the atas friend:
18 Dec 2018

For the atas friend:

No price is too high for the girl who has everything! Check out these lavish treats for your treasured friend.

Ladurée Face Color Rose, $102, from Les Merveilleuses Ladurée Boutique, Takashimaya S.C
The most iconic product from luxury beauty brand, Ladurée, this blusher gets a festive facelift with vintage-inspired packaging. The powder sits on faux rose petals which really do smell like roses. For what you’re paying for, the pigments are of the highest quality, so a little goes a long way. If you’re keen on buying the pot alone, it’s $55.

The Body Shop 25 Days of the Enchanted Ultimate Advent Calendar, $429
How deep is your love for your friend? If she’s as important as air, then she deserves this Ultimate Advent Calendar with 25 items featuring full-sized favourites like Drops of Youth Bouncy Sleeping Mask and Oils of Life Intensely Revitalising Cream. Best of all, the boxes are pretty enough for you to re-gift.

For the atas friend:
For the atas friend:
19 Dec 2018

For the atas friend:

Eve Lom Youthful Radiance Gift Set, $250, from escentials
Get your hands on this cult beauty brand known for its stripped back approach to beauty that boast impressive results. If you’re new to the brand, we recommend this set which includes full-sized Cleanser, Moisture Mask, Radiance Lift Cream and muslin cloth.

Cclimglam 24K Gold Luxury Ampoule, $100, from Sasa
For the girlfriend obsessed with getting beautifully luminous skin, get her this calming serum filled with 24K gold flakes. Supposedly, it intensively treats wrinkles and sagging, while brightening the skin.

For the too-cute friend:
For the too-cute friend:
18 Dec 2018

For the too-cute friend:

Here’s a collection of adorable little treats that will make your bestie squeal in delight.

Kisshop Donut Lip Balm Set; Cupcake Lip Balm Set; $7.50 per set, from Guardian
These too-cute lip balms, sold in boxes of three, are practical gifts for the colleagues.

Hello Kitty Pocket Sanitizer, $4.90; Sweet Lip & Hand Care Set, $7.50, from Guardian
For the germophobe: Guardian carries a super cute collection of hand sanitisers, hand creams and lip balms featuring Sanrio characters like Hello Kitty, Me Melody, Little Twin Stars, and more.

For the too-cute friend:
For the too-cute friend:
19 Dec 2018

For the too-cute friend:

The Body Shop Don’t Ask Just Mask, $15
This baby deer eye headband is just too cute to ignore, plus it comes with the brand’s skin clarifying Himalayan Charcoal mask to pamper your face.

little Friends Cleansing Foam, $17 each, from THE FACE SHOP
If you love Kakao Friends, then grab THE FACE SHOP’s little Friends Holiday Collection featuring little Tube, little Ryan, little Muzi and Apeach in assorted face and body products, and makeup items.

For the lippie lover:
For the lippie lover:
18 Dec 2018

For the lippie lover:

The lazy girl’s only makeup must-have: A good lipstick to brighten up her whole face.

Too Faced Sweet Smell of Christmas Liquified Lipstick Set, $35, from Sephora
Enjoy the taste of Christmas with these matte long-wear lipsticks in yummy festive scents: Cinnamon Bear, Pumpkin Spice, Hot Buttered Rum, and Sugar Cookie. Glides over like gloss but dries into an ultra-matte opaque finish.

Etude House Tiny Twinkle Matte Chic Lip Lacquer Mini 3 Colour Kit, $38
Get your pout party-ready with this festive bauble containing long-wear lipstick miniatures in three wearable shades.

For the lippie lover:
For the lippie lover:
19 Dec 2018

For the lippie lover:

Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick and Mattifier Set, $44, from Sephora
For art buffs, Smashbox has teamed up with L.A. artist Jen Stark to create a cool collection of cosmetics packaged with loads of colour and sass. This set features high-pigment cream lipsticks with a satin smooth finish. If you like a matte mouth, just layer on the Insta-Matte Lipstick Transformer.

Sephora Lipstories Lipstick, $13 each
Extremely light and creamy on the lips but super pigmented, you can blot your lips many times and the colour stays on while hydrating your pout. The cute packaging on these two new shades is a plus!

For the house proud:
For the house proud:
18 Dec 2018

For the house proud:

Get these room refreshers for the homebody who relishes a sweet-smelling pad. 

Diptyque Carousel, $85, from escentials
Luxury candle-maker, Diptyque, makes Christmas extra special this year with a gilded carousel topper to be used on any of its 190g scented candles. Supposedly the heat from the candle will rotate the carousel naturally. Candles are sold separately.

Compagnie de Provence Version Originale Incensed Fragrance Diffuser 250ml, $100, from ecsentials
Enjoy the relaxing scent of lavender permeate the living room with this giant diffuser that’s magnified by the ambery scent of incense. Namaste!

For the house proud:
For the house proud:
19 Dec 2018

For the house proud:

Goutal Scented Paper Diffusers, $120, from escentials
If you thought diffuser sticks and clays are indulgent, how about some paper diffusers to sass up your pad? The origami creation, modelled after the iconic Annick Goutal perfume bottle, supposedly allows optimal diffusion of the fragrance – a Tuscany-inspired scent that blends Sicilian lemon and Cypress.

Damselfly Frankie Large Candle 300g, $65, from escentials
For the person with a wicked sense of humour, get her a Bitchin’ candle from Aussie brand, Damselfly, in her fave scent: Tuberose, Tiger Lily, Musk, Blackberry or Jasmine & Cherry Blossom. 

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