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All wrapped up for the holidays

Michele Murko Darpan, 23 Nov, 2021 04:48 PM
  • All wrapped up for the holidays

Gift-giving ideas for those beauty enthusiasts on your list. 

This holiday season, it’s a cinch to indulge your loved ones or yourself with the wide range of limited edition and specially packaged beauty gift sets on offer. Whether it’s a luxury collection splurge or a value-packaged set easily divided for stocking stuffers, we have some suggestions to get everyone’s wish list sorted.


Seasonal sparkle

Lise Watier dusted the holidays with some sparkle by launching its limited-edition Irresistible collection. Each item was imagined for adding a dash of glamour for the season. The glittery packaged range includes a six colour, highly pigmented eyeshadow palette in matte, satin and metallic finishes, a blush duo, a universal lip balm in a natural pink hue, and a high shine glossy lip coat for a golden touch.

$27-$49 | The Bay, London Drugs

Rose coloured dreams

Specially created for fans of Charlotte Tilbury’s famously flattering Pillow Talk collection is the opulent Pillow Talk Dreams Come True gift box.  Filled with 14 full-sized items that include Charlotte’s Jewel Lips, Eyes to Mesmerise, Matte Revolution, Instant Eye Palette, Luxury Palette of Pops, Beauty Light Wand, Cheek to Chic, Push Up Mascara and Lip Bath, among others. The brand’s holiday range also offers a less extravagant selection of gift sets, like the Collagen Mini Lip Bath set, that start at $30.

$450| Nordstrom,,

On the first day of Christmas…

Celebrate the 12 days of Christmas with Benefit’s 12 Merry Days of Makeup gift set— one full-size Benefit makeup treat for each day. The set includes Roller Liner Eyeliner, four mascaras, three brow stylers, Dandelion brightening blush, two primers and Hoola Bronzer. Benefit, a brand that embraces the holiday hoopla big time, makes the gift boxes are value priced. The Merry Days box is a $190 value that retails for $88.

$88 | Sephora,

Luxuriant Locks

Wind back the clock on “old” tresses with Kerstase’s Chronologiste gift set. The longer the hair, the older it is. This collection, which includes shampoo, mask and leave-in heat protector treatment) is formulated to revitalize hair back to new-growth condition by infusing it with hyaluronic acid, abyssine and vitamin E.

$136 |

Scents of the season

The Body Shop, with its broad range of gifts sets that encompass most of their collections, makes gift giving simple — be it a hostess gift of a trio of hand creams ($20) or a set for the guy who won’t give you any hints. This year, they again have an expansive range of festively packaged gift sets and their popular value-packed advent calendars that offer a generous selection of scents for their hair and body products.

$89-$195 | The Body Shop,

Festive florals

This year Fresh expanded its ultra-moisturizing rose collection with the Rose Deep Hydration face cream which delivers 72 hours of moisture thanks to two hyaluronic acids and Damask rose extract. This full size, value-priced set includes the rose cream, moisturizing rose toner and Petal Soft rose lip cream.

$52| Nordstrom,

Hot hued glamour

Barbie lovers of any age will be charmed by this limited-edition collaboration with L’Oréal Professionnel’s Steampod. This styling tool uses a combination of heat and steam to create any style—curly, wavy or straight— that Barbie and her posse of gal pals would want but with 78 per cent less damage than with a conventional straightening iron.

$350 |

Holiday glow

Snag this set for yourself or drop it someone’s Christmas stocking. This golden-toned BB cream and soft nude gloss are perfectly paired to create a glowy look for any occasion but perfect for the holiday season.

$19.99 | London Drugs,

New year, new you

Start the new year off with a new approach to fighting age-related skin issues. RoC, the anti-aging skincare brand, returned to the Canadian market this year bringing its ultra-effective, yet economically priced, retinol treatments. The Retinol Correxion line smoothing collection—daily serum, hydration cream, nighttime capsules, deep wrinkle cream and eye cream— is gentle yet results can be noticeable almost immediately with appearance of plumper, more hydrated skin.  Weeks later pores appear smaller and skin smoother.

$40-$44 | London Drugs,

Cheers to the season

Toast the holidays with Bath & Body Work’s Champagne Toast fragrance for body and home. Surround her with notes of Champagne, berries and orange with a collection includes a three-wick candle, hand soap and body lotion. Or combine it with other festive fragrances to create a custom gift basket.

$7.95 and up | Bath & Body Works,

It’s in the gift bag

This festive mini tote will add some holiday cheer to any outfit while making her celebration ready. It boasts two lip treats (one neutral, one bolder) a blush, contour and highlighter palette, Revitalizing Supreme + cream and a mini night repair.

$60 | The Bay, esteé

Fragrant luxury

Zafferano is the latest addition to Valmont’s Storie Veneziane opulent fragrance collection. The Swiss luxury cosmetics and skincare brand describes the scent as inspired by the Venetians’ trading relationship with the Moors, the first merchants to arrive in Venice from the East.

A spicy, floriental (a fusion of floral and oriental notes) scent, Zafferano is formulated with notes of saffron, Bigaradier flower, and woody oud essence.  

$700 | Holt Renfrew,,



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