It’s that time of year when the beauty brands offer up some enticing gift boxes and value packs of their bestselling products. Maybe treat yourself. That’s admittedly a little bit naughty. Better yet, treat your favourite people. That’s a lot nicer and it’s enjoyable to see others’ pleasure in what they receive. Here are some suggestions for glamorous holiday gift giving.
Beauty by Design
The elegant red and gold Armani Holiday Advent calendar is bursting with the prestige brand’s popular products. With nine full size items for lips, face and eyes, and fifteen miniatures which include eight signature Armani fragrances, this opulent offering will please the luxury lover on your list.
$500 | Holt Renfrew, armani-beauty.ca
Urban Decay offers up a limited-edition NAKED palette for the holiday season. Always a collector item for beauty enthusiasts, this one is a result of a collaboration with L.A.-based artist Robin Eisenberg, which the brand describes as featuring “rich golds to ultra-matte periwinkle to special reflect-effect blues.”
$69 | Sephora, select Shopper’s Drug Marts, urbandecay.ca
The Gift of Good Skin
La Roche-Posay has combined its specific-issue-targeting products in a range of gift boxes to makes it simple to address complexion issues. The kits, which tackle everything from plumping to hydration to brightening to wrinkle reducing, are a budget-friendly way to sample this high-performing French skincare brand while customizing according to skin needs.
$35.50-$65 | Shoppers Drug Mart, laroche-posay.ca
For those on your list that have a nostalgic fondness for Lush’s sugary holiday-edition Snow Fairy scent, this gift box is sure to please. Filled with bath fizzer, bubble bar, shower gel, soap and body lotion, body spray and lip jelly, the festively gift-wrapped set will extend the magic long after the holiday season.
$100 | Lush, lush.ca
Benefit’s Beauty Advent Calendar is more the 12 days of Christmas with the dozen of minis and fun-size goodies stashed in the drawers of this reusable festive package. It’s the perfect tasting menu of Benefit’s top sellers: Gimme Brow, brow pencil, brow setter; all four mascaras, two primers, Roller Liner eyeliner, Hoola bronzer and Dandelion blush.
$88 ($198 value) | Sephora,
All About the Glam
This Blot, Bronze and Blush trio gift set by cult beauty favourite Nudestix is all about creating a beautiful looking ultra-soft matte sculpted look without the shine. The limited-edition No Edit, No Filter, Just Glam set curated by TIK TOK personality Stephanie Valentine, AKA @Glamzilla, makes achieving a glowing complexion effortless.
$85 ($109 value) | Sephora,
Scent for the Season
New from Prada comes Paradox, a heady floral fragrance with key notes of neroli and jasmine, the scent is warmed and grounded with Ambrofix™, bio-converted amber, and Serenolide™, a musk molecule. Perfect for that someone who prefers some earthiness to balance out the florals.
$40-$139 |Sephora, sephora.com
You better have a Perfect Pout
This five-piece sugar lip care set from Fresh is a great way to fill Christmas stockings. Suitable for all skin types, the collection features the Sugar Advanced Therapy Treatment, freshening Sugar Mint Rush, and tinted Sugar Lip Treatments.
$51 ($83 value) | Sephora,
Merry and Bright
This four-piece set of Kiehl’s most popular masks will help your or someone else’s complexion recover from all the holiday merry making. This value set includes Ultra Facial Overnight Rehydrating Mask with 10.5% Squalane, Rare Earth Deep Pore Minimizing Cleansing Clay Mask, Calendula Petal-Infused Calming Mask, and Avocado Nourishing Masque.
$39 ($57 value) | Kiehl’s, kiehls.ca
For the makeup obsessed one on your list, YSL’s Rouge Sur Mesure will be an unexpected luxurious treat. From the beauty lab to the customer’s home, this unique high-tech device is for creating and customizing lip colour. The accompanying app helps users choose colours in four different ways—Shade Palette, Shade Match, YSL shade stylist, and Get The Look—to find their perfect shade.
$459 | ylsbeauty.ca