We all make those resolutions to be better organised come next Christmas, so we don’t have to scramble to get last-minute gifts. “This is the last year I’ll be doing my Christmas shopping at the last-minute!” we told ourselves last year.
And yet, inevitably, here we are, running to the shops the week before Christmas to pick up gifts for the Christmas party happening tomorrow.
We totally understand the sentiment! And dare we say, the mad rush is even a bit of a Christmas tradition? ;) The adrenaline rush from scoring awesome deals at the very last-minute can be quite heady after all!
We’ve put together a list of 12 gifts you can quickly run out to pick up for your girlfriends! Best of all? They don’t even look like you got them merely an hour before showing up for the get-together!
1. Kiehl’s Festive Maskin’
Kiehl’s best-selling Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Masque comes in a festive set this Christmas, with two travel-sized Healthy Skin Essentials that is a real treat! The Rare Earth mask is a clay mask that ladies swear by to help minimise the appearance of pores on the face. The mask is also effective at purifying and detoxifying the skin, for a truly clean-looking visage!
The festive gift pack also comes with a travel-sized bottle of Calendula Herbal Extract Alcohol-Free Toner (40ml), which is specially formulated with soothing herbal extracts to gently cleanse normal to oily skin; and a travel-sized tub of Ultra Facial Oil-Free Cream (7ml), a non-greasy and lightweight cream that works synergistically with the skin’s lipids to visibly reduce oil on the face without drying out.
Available at Tangs and Kiehl’s outlets at SGD47.
2. Clinique Twice As Happy
If you’ve got a friend who loves the joyful scent of Clinique’s bestselling fragrance, Happy, you’ll want to pick this set up for her!
Double your friend’s happiness with a double dose of the fresh scent of ruby red grapefruit and bergamot that is the essence of Clinique’s Happy fragrance – with a bottle of the Perfume Spray (30ml) and a tube of the scented Body Cream (75ml). With this, the scent of happiness will linger on the skin long after the base notes of musk and amber have faded, as the body cream luxuriously moisturises the skin at night with its infectiously happy scent!
Available at Clinique counters and outlets at SGD55.
3. Innisfree Real Vivid Colour Nail Set
This limited edition festive nail set by K-beauty brand Innisfree will truly complete a Christmas outfit! You know how they say that the little details actually make all the difference – and a nice set of nails really puts the finishing touches to an outfit. This Christmas set is available in two lush festive hues that you can choose from: red or green. Each set also comes with cute Christmas stickers and sparkly glitter powder for a truly magical manicure!
If you personally feel that Christmas is a time for helping those in need, you’d be happy to know that this nail kit is part of innisfree’s Green Christmas 2017 collection, which is the brand’s Christmas campaign in support of the Children’s Cancer Foundation (CCF). And, as part of the campaign, every purchase of a limited edition Christmas kit lets you purchase a card-craft DIY String Art Kit set for SGD2, with the proceeds of the sale going to the CCF.
The nail kit is available at all innisfree outlets at SGD15.
4. Kat Von D Beauty Everlasting Mini Liquid Lipstick Set
This set of opulent liquid lipsticks by cult favourite Kat Von D will be sure to delight your girlfriends, last-minute gift or not! Comprising 8 mini tubes of Kat Von D’s bestselling liquid lipstick that ladies love for its amazing formula that is non-sticky and beautifully pigmented. Your friends will love the range of autumnal shades that run the gamut from saintly to sultry, perfect for festive wear! There is also an exclusive new shade in this set, Madrid, that is a muted shade of warm plum, with a matte finish – reminiscent of sultry summer days in Spain. The 8 shades in the set are:
Available at Sephora at SGD74.
5. Laneige Holiday Sleeping Mask Set
K-beauty brand Laneige is famous for having k-drama goddesses Song Hye Kyo and Lee Sung Kyung as its lovely ambassadors, ‘cos who doesn’t want to look like them?
For more practical reasons, Laneige is also well-known for its sleeping masks – it was one of the first brands to introduce the handy concept of sleeping masks in its Sleeping Mask Pack almost a decade ago. Ladies still love the masks for their efficacy and the sheer genius of the idea. (Leaving the mask on overnight to work its magic, and you wake up with baby soft skin in the morning? Yes, please!)
This limited edition set comprises three of Laneige’s bestselling sleeping masks in handy travel-sized tubs: Water Sleeping Mask Lavender (25ml), Water Sleeping Mask (25ml) and Time Freeze Firming Sleeping Mask (25ml). Your friend will absolutely love this for pampering her face after one too many late nights out!
Available at Laneige outlets at SGD39.
6. Crabtree & Evelyn Ornament Tin Sets (Orchard, Garden, Terra)
Crabtree & Evelyn is well-known for their gorgeous Christmas tins, year after year! This year, they surely do not disappoint with their evocatively scented body care products, especially their range of hand therapy creams, which have moisturised many of our hands over the years ;) These hand cream duos are so prettily packed in ornament tin sets that would look beautiful on the tree! The six festive scents are available in three ornament tin options:
- Orchard Duo: (1) Pomegranate & Argan Oil; (2) Citron & Coriander
- Garden Duo: (1) Gardeners; (2) Rosewater & Pink Peppercorn
- Terra Duo: (1) Goat Milk & Oat; (2) La Source
Available at Crabtree & Evelyn stores at SGD23.
7. Neal’s Yard Remedies Bee Lovely Nourish Duo
If you’ve got a friend with a big heart for the environment, you’d want to get this for her! British brand Neal’s Yard Remedies is committed to improving the lives of their customers and the people they work with, and the brand is well-loved for its organic products and environmentally and animal-friendly practices.
The Bee Lovely Nourish Duo is a bee-utifully scented set that includes a Bee Lovely All Over Balm (15g) and a Bee Lovely Hand Cream (30ml). The Bee Lovely range of products uses naturally nourishing ingredients such as honey, beeswax and propolis and uplifting organic orange essential oil, all from sustainable bee sources. 3% of sales of this range will also go to bee-friendly charities, money which will help support up to 50 million bees by 2020!
Available at Neal’s Yard Remedies stores at SGD32.
8. L’Occitane Cherry Blossom Christmas Bauble
There is no time like Christmas time for pretty gift packaging, especially gifts that come in a neat little Christmas bauble! L’Occitane’s rose-gold coloured bauble with star-cut outs decorating its surface will surely satisfy your friend’s love for rose gold.
She’ll also love the products encased within: three cherry blossom scented products which is will moisturise while leaving behind a girly and refreshing scent. This limited edition Christmas set includes a bottle of Fleur De Ceriser Shower Gel (35ml), a bottle of Fleur De Ceriser Shimmering Lotion (35ml), and a tube of Fleur De Ceriser Hand Cream (10ml).
Available at L’Occitane outlets at SGD20.
9. The Body Shop Almond Milk & Honey Festive Picks
The Body Shop is another favourite haunt for last-minute gifts, thanks to its prettily packaged gift sets that are gorgeous enough to gift without wrapping!
The Body Shop releases new scents every festive season, and this year is no different. Our favourite this year is this set comprising three products from their all-star Almond Milk & Honey range and a bath lily to up the luxury ante during shower time: Shower Gel (250ml); Hand Cream (30ml) and Body Butter (50ml).
The Almond Milk & Honey range is formulated for sensitive and dry skin, and is enriched with almond milk from Spain and Community Trade honey from Ethiopia.
Available at all The Body Shop stores at SGD36.
10. Sephora Collection Maxi Wonderland Gift Set – Maxi Coffret Bain
Here’s one more reason for you to check out Sephora at the last minute: the limited edition Sephora Collection Maxi Wonderland Gift Set – Maxi Coffret Bain! Drawing inspiration from a snowy chalet in the woods, this makes for a whimsical and pretty gift that your friends will love.
This cotton flower scented set includes a bubble bath, a shower gel and a bar of scented soap to make bath time a luxurious affair; a nourishing and rich body lotion that is lightweight as a snowflake; and a moisturising hand cream to keep hands smooth all day.
Available at Sephora at SGD35.
11. Mamonde Flowers for Me Holiday Makeup Set
This is another one for those of you who love your k-beauty products! Leading floral-inspired k-beauty brand, Mamonde, has come up with a pretty range of limited edition festive sets, packaged in a delicate “Flowers for Me” floral motif.
Our pick is the Holiday Makeup Set, which includes two sticks of Creamy Tint Color Balm Intense in these two shades: No. 5 Blooming Rose, and No. 11 Velvet Red; and also includes a cult-favourite Brightening Cover Powder Cushion in the choice of two shades: N21 and N23.
Let your friend make like k-drama beauty Park Shin Hye with these picks of hers this Christmas!
Available at the Mamonde boutique at Takashimaya S.C., Tangs Vivocity, Isetan Tampines, Metro Centrepoint, Amazon, Sephora and Lazada.sg at SGD60.
12. RMK Silver Mirror Closet Kit
If you’re picking this gift up at the last-minute for your BFF, she’ll definitely love you for this. It is a bonanza of beauty products that will set every beauty-junkie’s heart a-flutter! This limited edition festive set includes everything that you’ll need to create a complete look, and has two palettes, a glow pencil, lip colours, a cheek crayon and mascara. It contains:
- RMK Seductive Love Palette Powder
- RMK Seductive Love Palette 3D Finish Nude
- RMK Glow Pencil 01
- RMK Color Lip Gloss EX-02 ( 4.5g)
- RMK Moist Lips 01
- RMK Eye & Cheek Crayon 01
- RMK Separate Curl Mascara N 01 (2g)
Available at RMK counters at SGD185.
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