It’s a dilemma we all invariably face each year when Christmas rolls around: what to give to those beauty addicts who are just impossible to buy for? (Yep, we all have them in our lives). So we sifted through all of this year’s gorgeous Christmas offerings to curate our dream present guide, whether the recipient is a skincare obsessive, a glitter lover or obsessed with wellness, or if you’re just looking to #treatyourself. Time to get gifting…
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THE HAIR OBSESSIVE
If someone in your life just can’t be without their hair straightener longer than 24 hours (something we’re certainly guilty of), this Cloud Nine styler (and bonus paddle brush) is the gift for them. The mineral-infused plates promise silky straight locks with minimal damage, and we’re obsessed with this rose gold-hued edition.
THOSE WHO NEED SOME TLC
Aesop has curated a kit of ultra-nurturing products (made up of an exfoliator, hydrating mask and face mist) in its elegant little Orbit of Intention collection, intended to be used as a twice-weekly routine. Perfect for loved ones in dire need of a little pampering in their lives.
THE GLOW GETTERS
Give the gift of a radiant complexion this Christmas (honestly, who wouldn’t want that?) with the Dermalogica Daily Glow Duo. Featuring their cult Precleanse Balm and Daily Microfoliant, it’ll leave skin refreshed and luminous – which is just what you need post-Christmas overindulgence.
THE SMOKEY EYE ENTHUSIAST
The festive season calls for smokey eyes aplenty (what’s New Year’s Eve without one?), and this Holiday Heat set from Urban Decay will have you sorted. You can nail your sizzling warm-toned smokey with the Naked Heat Petite Palette, and finish off the look with a host of Urban Decay’s most iconic offerings: their primer potion, glide-on eye pencil and setting spray.
THE SUMMER LOVER
If your friend just can’t get enough of the hot weather (and dreads the arrival of autumn every year), help them make summer last year-round with this diffuser and candle pack from Palm Beach. Appropriately named Summer Bellini, this fruity fragranced duo will be your recipient’s little ray of sunshine even throughout the dreariest cold weather.
THOSE WITH PERPETUALLY PARCHED HANDS
There’ll be no excuse for chapped hands and flaking cuticles with this bumper set of little hand creams courtesy of Innisfree, each one scented with a different fragrance inspired by the idyllic Korean island of Jeju. Pop one wherever you might need some hydration – your handbag, desk drawer, bedside table, you pick – and say goodbye to achingly-dry hands.
THE LIPSTICK LOVER
For some, one neutral pinky-nude shade is all they wear, day in, day out. Others prefer a library of hues for different whims, moods, and occasions. And for their perfect gift? The Lip Clash Coffret from NARS, offering four lipsticks from their iconic Powermatte line, in various but unfailingly sophisticated shades. A lipstick obsessive’s dream.
THE MALE SKINCARE AFICIONADO
Beautiful skincare shouldn’t be reserved for just the ladies on your Christmas list. That’s why we love this Do One, Two kit from Triumph & Disaster – offering a nourishing cleanser and exfoliating scrub, the skincare-obsessed men in your life will be impressed. And if your dad/boyfriend/neighbour still resist your attempts to get them to follow a skincare routine, its understated monochromatic packaging and refreshingly pepperminty scent may just be enough to convince them.
THE MINERAL MAKEUP LOVER
Can’t get enough of mineral makeup? This comprehensive collection of mineral essentials from Nude By Nature – featuring a powder, bronzer, primer, mascara, and brush (and more) – will have you set with all your favourites for the year ahead.
THE BLENDER OBSESSIVE
You can never have too many Beautyblenders in your life, and this technicolour Sweet Indulgence Set will mean you’ll never be without your fave makeup tool again. Plus, each sponge comes paired with a matching colour soap (how satisfying is that?) to keep them looking as fresh as the day you got them.
THE GLITTER ADDICT
No one does high-octane highlighter quite like Fenty Beauty, and this Avalanche All-Over Metallic Powder Set does not disappoint. Featuring seven metallic pigments in a kaleidoscope of hues, you can use them as eyeshadow, highlighter, on the lips – the glittery possibilities are endless.
THE MASKING MASTER
For the person who, come Sunday night, can always be found luxuriating in a plush robe in full pamper mode, trying out the latest and greatest the face mask category has to offer – we reckon cult clay mask brand Sand & Sky’s Perfect Skin Combo would be just what they’d want to open on Christmas morning. Comprised of their Porefining Mask and Flash Perfection Exfoliating Treatment (and a handy hairband to keep your hair out the way), it’ll definitely upgrade your weekly masking routine.
THE COCONUT NUT
We all know someone who goes mad for coconut-scented anything, – makeup, skincare, candles, you name it, they’ll buy it. So what better gift than The Body Shop’s Coconut Premium Collection, which offers all the coconutty goodness you could ever want: a shower cream, body butter and scrub, mist, and more. Truly a coconut lover’s heaven.
THE SKINCARE CONNOISSEUR
For those who are encyclopaedic resources of skincare knowledge, The Luxe Edit from Aussie cosmeceuticals brand Synergie Skin is sure to be a winner. Featuring five of the brand’s products (including their SuperSerum+, which has a fervent cult following), any skincare obsessives in your life will be thrilled. And how divine is the illustrated box it all comes in?
THE LUXE CANDLE LOVER
Christmas isn’t quite Christmas without a spicy, warming candle softly scenting the room, and what better offering than Cire Trudon’s totally indulgent Nazareth candle. Scented with orange and suitably festive spices like cinnamon, cardamon, and clove, it’s a candle connoisseur’s dream.
THE CHAMPAGNE AFICIONADO
Last but certainly not least – while not strictly a beauty product, a bottle of bubbly courtesy of Moët & Chandon always goes down a treat. Plus, it makes the perfect accompaniment to a girl’s night in feat. manicures and face masks.
Story by Tess Schlink