Your Wish List: Luxe Beauty Buys to Hint For This Christmas
Christmas may be a time for giving, but in the immortal words of Tom Haverford, it's also time to "treat yo self". If the end of the year isn’t a celebration of hard work and achievement then what is? We think it’s the perfect excuse to indulge in the beauty and health luxuries you've resisted for twelve long months—whether you’re fronting the cash yourself or just dropping hints for loved ones. Ahead, we've compiled some amazing splurges—all conveniently compiled in one place. Keep scrolling for luxe beauty buys to hint for these holidays!
La Prairie Skin Caviar Concealer Foundation SPF 15 ($250)
Speaking of perfect-looking skin...this foundation and concealer combo is where it's at. The lightweight texture is a dream to apply, and the formula delivers a naturally dewy finish. Consider yourself warned, purchase this and you'll be onto the skincare next.
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit ($117)
This stunning limited-edition palette is yet another way to get a flawless complexion. (Because everybody likes options, right?) The powders inside were designed to mimic the most skin-flattering forms of light, and their cult status amongst makeup artists proves that they do indeed, deliver.
Kjaer Weis The Essential Trio Set ($180)
Exclusive to Net-a-Porter, this set of makeup basics (it includes an eye shadow, lip tint and cream blush) is gluten-, petroleum-, paraben-, artificial colouring- and fragrance-free (phew). It's also certified organic; great for anyone wanting to go all natural in the new year.
Giorgio Armani The Hollywood Palette ($225)
Giorgio Armani does a great seasonal palette (also: a phenomenal foundation) and this one is no exception. Inspired by Hollywood starlets of the '30s and '40s, you'll get ten silky eyeshadows—in nudes, metallics and more—cream foundation, setting powder, applicator brushes and sponges. Yep, basically everything you need to go from desk to pre-Christmas drinks in one compact.
Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Lipstick Wardrobe Matte Revolution ($460)
We don't think words can do this lipstick set justice... To see it, is to love it. And covet it. And beg your boyfriend for it. Every shade of Charlotte Tilbury's magical Matte Revolution Lipstick (a formula favoured by Rihanna) in one place. You'll never have to buy another bullet again. (But if you're obsessing over this like we are, you probably will...)
Bobbi Brown Beauty Case ($250)
Like everything else Bobbi Brown puts her name to, this leather beauty case is chic, understated, and exactly what you need to make makeup/life easy. Like getting your taxes done on time, keeping your beauty stash in a designated (and luxe) place will make you feel like a proper grown-up.
Nuface Trinity Device ($458)
Admittedly, this microcurrent facial machine is not for everyone, but if you're looking to ramp up your anti-ageing routine (and don't want to go the Botox route) it could be just what you're after. Designed to lift and tone facial muscles, it's backed by clinical testing and lots of very loyal fans.
Diptyque Cleansing Balm ($99)
Best-known for their cult candles and otherworldly fragrances, Diptyque also make a range of bath and body care and...it's amazing. You can't go wrong with any of their products (the packaging alone makes each item individually covetable) but this multi-purpose balm is a winner. A mix of nourishing oils and beeswax, it leaves skin smooth and softly scented, whether you use it as a cleanser or mask.
Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II ($140)
If we could write a love letter to this tried-and-true serum, we would. (So would lots of other people; it's Australia's #1 skin repair serum.) It battles lines and wrinkles, dehydration and dullness, and does it all without sensitising skin. A good place to start if your New Year's resolution is, "have glowy skin like Kendall Jenner".
La Mer The Eye Balm Intense ($270)
If you're rubbish at remembering to apply eye cream (or actually finding the motivation to), this beauty could change all that. The cooling gel-cream contains the brand's signature elixir of healing marine ingredients, and absorbs quickly. The silver-tipped applicator makes applying the cream an indulgent experience, and is also said to improve micro-circulation on contact.
By Terry Serum Terrybly Sunbooster ($136)
This innovative serum works by encouraging the skin to form an increased amount of melanin, then helping it "migrate" towards the epidermis. Essentially, it assists your skin in maintaining a glow without traditional tanning agents like DHA. Plus, it boosts moisture levels. The perfect gift for anyone who loves a little colour come summertime.
Omorovicza Gold Night Drops ($352)
A radiance-boosting serum that "harnesses the anti-inflammatory properties of gold" to repair and hydrate. Um, if there's anything fancier than using skincare with gold in it, we'd like to know about it. The subtle rose scent and silky texture add to the extravagant experience.
This Works Deep Sleep Bath Oil ($141)
For anyone who has trouble falling (or staying) asleep, this therapeutic blend of slumber-promoting oils is a godsend. (We like to think of it as the gift that keeps on giving.) You don't even need a bath to enjoy it, just smooth over limbs before you hop in the shower.
Penhaligon's Artemisia Bath Oil ($96)
Perfume house Penhaligon's counts Sienna Miller and Kate Moss among its fans, and it's not hard to see why—their scents are original and inspired. The ancillary products are also worth a look-in, and come packaged in gorgeous bottles. The Artemisia bath oil is fragranced with its namesake scent (a creamy blend of vanilla, violets and jasmine), which stays on skin even after you towel off.
Philip B. Russian Amber Imperial Shampoo ($187)
Yes, it's a lot to spend on shampoo. But yes, it is worth it, especially if you're a bottle blonde. The product itself has a somewhat odd putty-like texture, but it transforms into rich bubbles when in contact with water. (Magic!) Plus, it's packed with nourishing ingredients like amino acids and shea butter to knock back frizz and leave hair shiny.
Unlike other brush brands (like Mason Pearson, for instance), you may not have heard of Y. S. Park. Made in Japan, their tools are top quality and will take your hair styling game through the roof. Trust—the Curl Shine Styler Brush will turn out a salon-level result if you do no more than drag it through damp hair while simultaneously blasting strands with a hairdryer.
Christophe Robin Regenerating Mask with Rare Prickly Pear Seed Oil ($87)
Even if your haircare arsenal comes entirely from the supermarket, there's a place in your life for a top-notch treatment. This regenerating mask is enriched with prickly pear seed oil, a precious natural ingredient with antioxidant properties that enhances shine. A good one for boosting colour, whether that be natural or dyed, it also happens to smell phenomenal.
Tory Burch Tory Burch for Fitbit Bracelet ($271)
Turn your Fitbit into a piece of jewellery with this gilded Tory Burch cuff. The geometric stripes disguise the fitness tracker underneath (because let's be honest, a sporty band can look a bit meh outside of the gym), and a hinged "door" makes installation easy.
Aromatherapy Associates Relax Eye Mask ($95)
Everyone loves an eye mask! Especially when it's crafted from silk-shantung and filled with calming lavender. (It's also backed with cotton-velvet because, comfort.) A great gift for seasoned travelers and poor sleepers alike, it's hard to imagine anyone who wouldn't be thrilled to receive a little everyday luxury.
Morihata Chikuno Cube Charcoal and Clay Natural Air Purifier ($38)
An eco-friendly air purifier that looks more like it came from a designer homewares store than a healthfood shop. (Makes sense—it's been a recipient of the Japanese Good Design Award.) Made from ultra-fine bamboo and charcoal powders, it aborbs odours and cleanses air.