When it comes to gift-giving, it’s the thought that counts. But let’s be real. Sometimes, you just want to go all out and treat someone special to a totally over-the-top present. Or, maybe you just want to treat yourself, and we’re all for that as well. After all, you deserve something for getting through one of the most stressful years ever.
We’re not talking about a simple stocking stuffer, but something utterly luxurious and swoon-worthy. The kind of jaw-dropping, covetable gift that makes a serious statement and causes gushing gratitude. Ahead, we’ve rounded up the most luxurious beauty gifts that are worth the splurge, no matter who you’re shopping for.
Luxurious beauty gifts: Skincare
Skin Inc 2020 Holiday Spirit – Strength
We know you can’t help bingeing Netflix till wee hours in the morning, so give your delicate eyes some much-needed rest and strength with Skin Inc’s powerful duo. This brightening kit features a pair of Optimizer Voyage Tri-Light Glasses for Bright Eyes and a tub of My Daily Dose for Bright Eyes Cream (15ml).
Inspired by NASA’s LED light therapy, the eye device allows you to tailor your eye treatment according to your concerns. Turn on the red for anti-ageing benefits, yellow to address dark circles, and orange for puffiness and fatigue caused by blue light. Use the eye cream under it to revive tired eyes. It’s infused with apple stem cell extract, vitamins E and B7, along with chlorella and peptides to erase lines, wrinkles, and puffiness.
Skin Inc 2020 Holiday Spirit – Strength retails for S$298 at TANGS.
Victoria Beckham Beauty Cell Rejuvenating Priming Moisturizer
Dressed in a gorgeous tortoiseshell packaging, Victoria Beckham Beauty’s Cell Rejuvenating Priming Moisturizer looks and feel ultra-luxurious on any vanity table. This high-performance formula not only bathes your skin in hydration, but it also helps to support your skin’s renewal process for a healthy-looking complexion.
Harnessing the benefits of Augustinus Bader’s patented TFC8 technology, this formula repairs and renews your skin. It’s infused with micro-algae extract to boost your skin’s elasticity and firmness, while black tea ferment enhances radiance and plumps up your skin. With a unique blend of pearl and optical powders, the priming moisturiser illuminates your skin and blurs fine lines and large pores to perfect your canvas.
Choose between the ‘original’ for a luminous, colour-free glow and ‘golden’ for a warm, bronzed filter effect. Check out the full suite of makeup products here and find out where you can get your hands on them.
Victoria Beckham Beauty Cell Rejuvenating Priming Moisturizer retails for £140 (S$250.47) at Cult Beauty.
Chantecaille Refine Skin Texture Set
Pairing a luxurious, nourishing formula with anti-ageing properties, Chantecaille combines its iconic Rose de Mai Face Oil with its Retinol Intense + in a glorious skincare set.
The face oil is infused with powerful botanicals than soften the appearance of fine lines while promoting a radiant complexion. Boosted by a bouquet of rosehip, evening primrose, rose damascena, and rose geranium, the elixir delivers instant nourishment with a few drops.
Its Retinol Intense + has twice the amount of retinol as well as brightening botanicals to reduce wrinkles and even out your skin tone. Used before bedtime, the actives will help reverse visible signs of skin fatigue as you sleep.
Chantecaille Refine Skin Texture Set retails for S$463 at TANGS.
Aesop The Metaphysical Voyager
Housed in a recycled paper pulp case, adorned with short stories by late Brazilian writer Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis, Aesop’s The Metaphysical Voyager features a lightweight serum and a potent moisturising gel to replenish and balance the skin.
An antioxidant gel serum, the B Triple C Facial Balancing Gel is a life-saver for sensitive, combination, oily, and acne-prone skin. Filled with one part vitamin B and three parts vitamin C, the gel has a honey-like texture that sinks into the skin quickly to hydrate, strengthen, and brighten. With the addition of green tea extract, the gel soothes the skin and controls shine.
The Parsley Seed Anti-Oxidant Serum, on the other hand, is packed with antioxidants to give your skin the extra strength it needs to fend off environmental aggressors. It delivers a huge hit of active botanical extracts, such as parsley seed, grape seed, and moisturising oil to nourish your skin.
Aesop The Metaphysical Voyager retails for S$230 at Aesop.
Augustinus Bader The Cream and The Body Cream Duo
Augustinus Bader’s duo includes two incredibly moisturising creams – one for your face, the other for your body. Both are infused with the brand’s rejuvenating Trigger Factor Complex (TFC8) to boost your skin’s natural renewal process, resulting in a radiant, more youthful-looking complexion.
Developed over 20 years of research, The Cream minimises frown lines, scars, pigmentation, and wrinkles while significantly increasing hydration. A fast-absorbing, weightless formulation that’s ideal for normal-oily skin types, The Cream keeps your skin plump with hydration thanks to strengthening soybean, hydrolysed rice proteins, shea butter, soothing aloe vera, and brightening ascorbic acid.
Rich in amino acids and antioxidants, The Body Cream addresses a host of concerns, including dryness and cellulite. It intensely hydrates your skin while visibly improving tone and texture to give you your softest, smoothest skin yet. Formulated for all skin types, The Body Cream is the perfect complement to The Cream for a head-to-toe rejuvenating experience.
Augustinus Bader The Cream and The Body Cream Duo retails for S$453 at Net-a-Porter.
La Mer The Genaissance de la Mer Collection
Treat your skin to the understated elegance of La Mer’s The Genaissance de la Mer Collection. It features the Genaissance de la Mer Serum Essence, The Infused Lotion, and The Eye & Expression Cream. The exclusive set comes with a keepsake vanity tray to add a perfect touch of luxury.
The unique, cream-infused watery lotion turns into pure velvet on the skin to leave it hydrated, softened, nourished and strengthened, while the Serum Essence reduces imperfections and other signs of time that appear for a polished, resilient, and radiant complexion. If you’re struggling with crow’s feet and dark circles, the eye cream will smooth over expression lines as it plumps, hydrates, and lifts.
La Mer The Genaissance de la Mer Collection retails for £1,165 (S$2,078) at Net-a-Porter.
Luxurious beauty gifts: Makeup
Burberry Essentials Glow Palette
Just in time for the holidays, Burberry Beauty has launched its Festive Gold 2020 collection. Among the new releases, the Burberry Essential Glow Palette instantly grabbed our attention. The three-in-one face palette is packed with comfortable cream and delicate powder formulas, each blending onto the skin effortlessly to create luminous looks with tailored intensity.
Sculpt, colour and highlight your complexion with two shade palettes, 01 for fair to light medium and O2 for medium to dark skin tones. Wear it on bare skin or over your foundation.
Burberry Essentials Glow Palette retails for S$132 at BHG Bugis Junction and on Burberry.com.
Pat McGrath Labs Mthrshp Mega: Celestial Divinity Eyeshadow Palette
Ready for a treasure trove of eyeshadow shades? Then allow us to introduce you to Pat McGrath Labs’ first-ever Mthrshp Mega palette, one of the most luxurious beauty gifts you can get your hands on. Packed with 18 intergalactic shades, the Celestial Divinity Eyeshadow Palette is filled with a variety of glitter, shimmer, matte, and iridescent finishes. We’re talking punchy purples, vivid greens, and mesmerising metallics.
Pat McGrath Labs Mthrshp Mega: Celestial Divinity Eyeshadow Palette retails for S$120 at Sephora.
Urban Decay Stoned Vibes Vault Makeup Set
If you have a makeup junkie in your life, or if you are that makeup junkie, give the gift of the Urban Decay Stoned Vibes Vault Makeup Set. This 10-piece, gemstone-inspired makeup collection features the Stoned Vibes Eyeshadow Palette, 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils, Highlighter, and Lip Gloss.
Create versatile, dazzling looks with the Stoned Vibes Eyeshadow Palette, a range of 12 shades with buildable shimmers and pigmented mattes. Then, play with the waterproof Stoned Vibes 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils, a long-lasting eyeliner that goes on smoothly and won’t budge once it dries. You can also achieve a rose gold glow with the Stoned Vibes Highlighter, which gets it crystalline shape from 3D technology. For the final touch, swipe on one of four shades of Stoned Vibes Lip Gloss for sheer colour and glitter.
Urban Decay Stoned Vibes Vault Makeup Set retails for S$320 at Sephora.
Christian Louboutin Beauty Holiday Lip Coffret
Nothing screams luxe quite like a Christian Louboutin lip set. The Beauty Holiday Lip Coffret includes the brand’s coveted classic red lipstick in three different finishes: silky satin, velvety matte, and sheer voile.
Enriched with natural oils and butters, the creamy formulas hydrate and nourish your pout in a single coat. To amp up the opulence, the lipstick trio is housed in a black box and comes with a gunmetal chain so you can wear the sleek vials around your neck as necklaces.
Christian Louboutin Beauty Holiday Lip Coffret retails for S$242 at Net-a-Porter.
Westman Atelier Le Box set
Created with her close friend Gwyneth Paltrow in mind, Westman Atelier’s founder Gucci Westman put together three products to help you achieve the actress’ sunkissed, radiant complexion.
It features the Super Loaded Tinted Highlight in Peau de Soleil, a warm bronze-gold that can be used on your eyelids and face. The Baby Cheeks Blush in Petal is a dusty nude-rose that’s enriched with antioxidants and hydrating ingredients to keep your skin moisturised. Top off your look with the Lit Up Highlight Stick for a clear, lit-from-within glow.
Westman Atelier Le Box set retails for S$239 at Net-a-Porter.
Luxurious beauty gifts: Hair
Dyson Airwrap Styler (copper colourway)
To celebrate the core copper technology that powers the Dyson Airwrap Styler and Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer, Dyson has unveiled a limited edition copper colourway of both hair tools, available as part of its exclusive gift sets.
Powered by the patented Dyson digital motor V9, the Dyson Airwrap Styler uses jets of air to allow you to achieve voluminous curls, natural waves, and smooth blow-dry finishes at home. Whether you choose to curl, smooth, or rough dry your hair, it creates a natural look with a sleek finish while helping to prevent extreme heat damage.
Gift Edition Dyson Airwrap Styler retails for S$699 here.
Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer (copper colourway)
With a fast but focused airflow, the classic Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer cleverly controls the temperature to protect your hair from extreme heat damage. Using the same Dyson digital motor V9, it is up to eight times faster than other hair dryer motors while being half the weight.
Gift Edition Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer retails for S$599 here.
Balmain Paris Hair Couture Gold-plated Spa Brush & Hand Mirror Set
Elevate your vanity table with Balmain Paris Hair Couture’s limited edition Gold-plated Spa Brush & Hand Mirror Set. The gold-plated brush is handmade with sturdy bristles that stimulate scalp circulation. They distribute your hair’s natural oils for softness and shine too. The dual-sided mirror, on the other hand, has a magnified back and an ergonomic handle for a comfortable grip.
Balmain Paris Hair Couture Gold-plated Spa Brush & Hand Mirror Set retails for S$463 at Net-a-Porter.
GHD Platinum+ & Helios Hair Dryer Iridescent White Deluxe Gift Set
You won’t need any other styling tools with the limited edition GHD Platinum+ Styler and Helios Professional Hair Dryer. Wrapped in starlight hues with dusty gold accents, accompanied by a decadent midnight-blue vanity case, it’s one of the most luxurious beauty gifts this season has to offer.
Equipped with infinity sensors, the Platinum+ Styler monitors heat distribution 250 times a minute to ensure the optimum styling temperature of 185 degrees is consistent across each styling plate. This helps to protect the integrity of your hair and ensure long-lasting results. With high-gloss floating plates and a rounded barrel for versatile styling, you can create textured waves, dreamy curls, and sleek styles with ease.
Achieve salon-quality blow dries from the comfort of your own home with the Helios Professional Hair Dryer. With a combination of advanced internal aerodynamics and a bespoke contoured nozzle, you can expect speedy drying time and precise styling control. You can say goodbye to frizz and flyaways too with its advanced ionic technology.
GHD Platinum+ & Helios Hair Dryer Iridescent White Deluxe Gift Set retails for £368 (S$658.39) at Cult Beauty.