The festive season is something I look forward to most, even more than birthdays. Why? Simply because the best beauty offerings are launched this time of the year. Here are the absolute must-haves, whether they’re for yourself or someone you love. Go on, treat yourself.
It’s not the most practical gift on the planet, but it’s certainly the prettiest. Guerlain’s signature product Meteorites Powder is reimagined every year, and this time around, the rainbow pearls have been transformed into delicate little bronze balls that can be dusted onto your complexion. Housed in a snow-white dome, this collector’s item is definitely one not to be missed. Try Guerlain Meteorites Flacons Enchantes Light-Enhancing Powder.
Everybody needs a clever desk-to-date eyeshadow palette in their makeup kit, and Kit’s limited edition palette is the perfect buy if you’re looking for something to enhance your look. And at just $45 for twelve shimmery nude, pink and caramel shades to pick and mix from, it’s a bargain in our eyes. Try Kit Cosmetics The White T-Shirt Eyeshadow Palette.
It used to be that you could only get your hands on the best eye or lip palettes at Duty Free, but YSL’s latest launch will prove this theory wrong. With four pearly eyeshadows, two classic lipstick colours, a powder blush and three makeup applicators in the mix, you can’t go wrong with this standout buy. But wait, there’s more… complete your look with a matching Saint Laurent clutch, with lipstick prints all over of course. I can’t get over how clever this combo is! Try YSL Kiss & Love Multi Usage Palette, , and Saint Laurent Monogramme Printed Textured-Leather Clutch.
I’m so obsessed with snow globes, so imagine my excitement when I laid eyes on Burberry’s adaptation of their gorgeous floral scent My Burberry ($79). Gently tip the bottle upside down and back up again, and ogle in captivation as the teensy specks of glitter dance inside the bottle. Grab yours fast before they sell out.
Consider yourself a caviar connoisseur? Then you simply must see La Prairie’s collaboration with Baccarat; a beautiful crystal caviar server, that serves as home to a jar of best-selling Skin Caviar Luxe Cream. Wonderfully, you can swap out the empty skincare jar when you’ve finished it and insert a caviar server bowl that comes with your purchase, so you can show off your special collector’s piece forever. Be quick though, only 1500 pieces were created worldwide, with only a handful left in Australia. Try La Prairie Caviar Spectaculaire.
Look no further if you’re after something small that won’t break the bank this Christmas. Made with medical grade lanolin and scented with 100% natural cranberry fruit extract, this nourishing lippie will hydrate dry smackers or even nail beds immediately, without feeling heavy or too sticky on your skin. Try Lanolips 101 Ointment in Cranberry,.
Highlighting is one of the most effective ways to bring life to any dull complexion. Swirl a large fluffy brush around this luxurious gold compact and pat over cheekbones, around the temples and even lightly over your brow-bones to instantly add dimension to your face. Try Dior Diorific Palette in Luxurious Beige.
Add a festive touch to your digits with a sheer polish loaded with chunks of delicious pink glitter. Try wearing a few coats of it on its own for a dazzling treat or layer it on top of white or light pink polish for an explosion of cheer. Actually, it’s almost too pretty to use. Try OPI Nail Lacquer in Infrared-y To Glow.
You know I love anything novelty, and this teensy Too Faced ornament ticks that box completely. Created for the beauty-obsessed, you’ll find a travel-sized version their Better Than Sex mascara, in a neat little box that’s fit for stocking-stuffing and the like. Try Too Faced Deluxe Better Than Sex Deluxe.
The humble powder blush is key to adding balance to your entire makeup look, and Bobbi Brown’s latest limited edition offering is perfect for creating that healthy, lit-from-within glow. The five complementary colours are perfect for sculpting, highlighting and adding colour… the world is your oyster. Try Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Pink.
Get more bang for your buck with Laura Mercier’s festive all-in-one kit, that includes a staggering 12 eye colours, 3 blushes, 2 eyeliner colours and 1 eye pencil – all packaged up in a neat fold-out compact. The question I want to ask – just how did they manage to fit it all in!? Try Laura Mercier Master Class Colour Essentials Collection.