Yes, it’s the magical time of the year again! The time when we hear Christmas songs playing in the shops & at home. The time when we gather with family and friends over food, drinks & television (no fireplace here in Singapore). Yes, it’s the time for gift exchanges & secret Santa!
Are you busy working and stressing over what to get for your GF/Wife/Special Someone/ Mum/ Colleague? Fret not, because I’ve done the research at the departmental stores’ beauty counters, screened many beauty maven’s IG feeds, processed many PR releases and I’m here with what I’d like to think as THE definitive guide for ALL the ladies in your life! 😉
Christmas Gift Sets For The Special Someone aka Wife/Fiancee/GF
1. The Lancome Happy Holidays Beauty Box, $118 worth $606 with $130 purchase
If I could only have 1 beauty gift this year, this would be it! I’ve seen the set in person and the packaging and products are equally mesmerising as they are on visuals.
So, in order to bring the box home or to gift it, you will need to shell out $130 first. But of course I’ve done the research and decided what you should get:
Choice 1A: Lancome Genefique Youth Activating Duo Prestige Set $216 worth $323
I would recommend this set for ladies above 25 years old.
Choice 1B: Lancome Hydrazen Neocalm Hydrating Cream Prestige Set $98 worth $181.
I would recommend this set for ladies 18-24 years old.
Visit the Lancome Singapore Holiday Microsite for more information.
Another prestige brand that caught my attention while walking around the departmental store is Estee Lauder…
2. Estee Lauder Limited Edition Luxe Color Set, $108 with $120 purchase
What should you get with $120? You can also use the $120 budget to buy a gift for your Mum, God-Ma, Aunty, BFF or Sister. 😉
Choice 2A: Estee Lauder Beautiful Ultimate Luxuries, $180
Another super value set is this 2D. Estee Lauder All Night Glamour, $80 with $50 purchase.
I recommend getting this Estee Lauder Dramatic Lips & Nails, $72 to go along with the set:
For a full list of Estee Lauder’s Christmas Gifts visit their FB album here.
Christmas Gift Sets For Mummy Dearest
Nothing spells extravagance in today’s beauty world like SK-II does. Their ads currently running on Youtube videos reminds us that when you gift an SK-II, you’re gifting, in their words not mine, “The Gift of Everlasting Beauty”. Well, I’ve never used SK-II before, but if there’s anyone who deserves “Everlasting Beauty” surely it’s Mothers all over the world who bore us and love us from the moment of our conception to this very day, right? 🙂
Make Mummy happy with this
Choice 3A: SK-II Revival Deluxe Set, $452.
SK-II STEMPOWER 80g
SK-II STEMPOWER EYE CREAM 15g
SK-II SKIN SIGNATURE 3D REDEFINING MASK 1pc
If your Mummy’s skincare concerns’ all about Whitening and Brightening, then this is the set of choice.
Choice 3B: SK-II Aura Glow Set, $532
SK-II FACIAL TREATMENT ESSENCE PURPLE FLOWER LIMITED EDITION 215mL
SK-II CELLUMINATION AURA ESSENCE 50ml
SK-II CELLUMINATION DEEP SURGE EX 50g
SK-II WHITENING SOURCE DERM-REVIVAL MASK 1 pc
If your Mummy’s tastes gear towards the finest luxury, then perhaps you might want to consider this.
Choice 3C: SK-II Finest Inspiration Set, $974
(The price tag does make me wonder if the packaging comes in real rose gold.)
Do visit SK-II’s very clever Gift Finder Microsite here.
Perhaps Mummy prefers a prestige brand’s blockbuster makeup set?
Then 4. Elizabeth Arden’s All Day Chic Holiday Color Collection Set $119 worth $1093 is something that will make you and her smile from ear to ear. With a total of 17 items including 2 makeup palette for work and play, 4 glorious lip colours, brushes and more, this is the best value for money blockbuster make up set this year – yes you can take my word for it. For more info on the set, visit my recent blog post here.
Christmas Gifts Sets for The Sister / BFF
5. Biotherm’s Aquasource Deep Hydration Set, $69 worth $121.
Don’t we just love Christmas? All these superb discounts going on! In case you’re new, Biotherm is one of my favourite skincare brand. I currently swear by their Pure-fect Anti Spot Corrector which helps to reduce my acne marks remarkably overnight. I’ve also used and loved this Deep Hydration in travel size so I highly recommend this!
Personally I don’t think any Christmas 2014 Beauty Gift Guide would be complete without this 6. Laneige Sparkling Make up Collection set, $45. It comes with 2 water drop tints, 2 nail colours and 1 duo eyeshadow in the loveliest hues of pink, rose gold and gold.
Christmas Gift Sets for Bosses / Manager / Supervisor
7A. Crabtree & Evelyn’s Home Fragrance Diffuser in Hollyberry, $98
7B. Crabtree & Evelyn’s Home Fragrance Diffuser in Noel, $98
This home fragrance diffuser is the cutest design this Christmas! This is a thoughtful gift that will make the home smell and look good as well. 🙂
7C. Crabtree & Evelyn Seasonal Spectacular, $300.
Well, this isn’t a beauty gift, but your bosses and their family/families will thank you all
the same all the more for it. 😉
For the full Crabtree & Evelyn Christmas 2014 Catalogue, download the file here: Christmas 2014 Catalogue
7D. Net-A-Porter Holiday Kit, $100 worth US$306
“The Holiday Kit is a curated assortment of some of our favorite beauty products to give and receive during the holiday season,” says David Olsen, vice president of beauty for NET-A-PORTER.COM. “This beauty kit is our quintessential holiday edit offering the most gift-worthy items of the season. Perfect for anyone on your shopping list or for yourself to cover all your beauty needs.”
Available here. Unfortunately sold out, am checking with PR if it will be restocked. It’s way to early for your Holiday to be sold out at Mid November. Maybe they weren’t expecting a huge response for this set? Truth be told, I haven’t tried a single brand featured in this kit, much less used a single item but it looks amazing and is like an up-scale Bellabox/Vanity Trove, definitely would make an amazing & thoughtful gift set!
The Holiday Kit includes:
- Erno Laszlo – Phelityl Pre-Cleansing Oil, 15 ml
o This vitamin-enriched formula removes all traces of makeup and penetrates deep into your
pores to dissolve trapped impurities leaving your face clean and refreshed.
- Erno Laszlo – Sea Mud Deep Cleansing Bar, 17 g
o Harnessing the power of mineral-rich Dead Sea Mud, Erno Laszlo’s 97% natural cleansing
bar removes impurities and exfoliates without stripping away your skin’s essential oils.
- Tata Harper – Rejuvenating Serum, 15 ml
aging by decreasing wrinkle depth and minimizing the appearance of fine lines.
- Verso – Day Cream, 15 ml
o A moisturizing and protecting day cream with Retinol 8 complex that helps to activate the
skin and to stimulate its natural production of collagen, reversing the signs of aging.
- Earth Tu Face – Face Balm, 25 g (full size)
o Whether you’ve had too much sun or you’re suffering the effects of the winter chill, Earth
Tu Face’s concentrated Face Balm will redress the imbalance thanks to redness-reducing Rose Absolute, tissue regenerating properties from the evergreen shrub Immortelle, as well as healing Beeswax to lock in essential moisture.
- Susanne Kaufmann – Shower/shampoo, 50 ml
o Susanne Kaufmann uses wild harvested and organic ingredients from the Alpine Bregenzer
Forest to craft her natural skincare range.
- SHOW Beauty – Divine Thickening Lotion, 150 ml (full size)
adds essential Amino Acids to repair and restore your locks, while Aloe Vera, Mango, Kiwi and Ginger Lily extracts add intense shine – styling a bombshell look has never been easier.
- de Mamiel – Salvation Body Oil, 30 ml
o This revitalizing formula has been created using natural and organic essential oils including
Baobab, Argan, Camellia, Rosehip and Coconut for beautifully radiant skin.
- Malin + Goetz – Vitamin b5 Body Moisturizer, 29 ml
o Target dull, dry skin fast with MALIN+GOETZ’s intense body moisturizer. This
concentrated combination of provitamin b5 and essential fatty acids is both oil and residue- free – it soaks into the skin quickly for long-lasting hydration that won’t clog your pores.
- Renouve – Anti-Aging Everyday Defense Hand-Sanitizer No1 – Gold, 30 ml (full size)
o Renouve’s multi-tasking hand serum eliminates germs with antibacterial, certified organic Bitter Orange Peel extract. This luxurious Swiss-made formula is blended with regenerative botanicals, antioxidants and anti-aging collagen-boosting Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5 that firms
and moisturizes for more youthful-looking skin. It kills 99.99% of bacteria and is 95% natural.
• This Works – Sleep Plus Pillow Spray, 5 ml
o Relaxation is essential for getting a good night’s sleep, and This Works’ pillow spray has
been formulated with this in mind. Clinically proven to improve sleep quality and daytime wakefulness, naturally. Immediate relief comes with a potent blend of Lavender, naturally encapsulated to gradually release aromatherapeutic benefits as you sleep. Wakeup feeling and looking refreshed.
- Ilia – Tinted Lip Conditioner – Bang Bang, 3.5 g (full size)
o Caring for your lips with moisturising Cocoa Butter and soothing Jojoba Oil, this warm red
conditioner makes a nourishing lipstick alternative. Formulated in a sheer balm for a subtle tint, build it up to intensify the color.
- Chantecaille – Liquid Lumière Anti-Aging Face Illuminator – Sheen, 23 ml (full size)
o Achieve youthful radiance while combatting the signs of aging with this lightweight velvety soft formula, crafted with Bamboo and Pea Extract to help boost collagen and elastin for
firm, smooth skin.
B the Eyebrow Experts – Eyebrow Gel, 5 ml (full size)
o Designed to sweep brows into place and hold them there, whilst simultaneously nourishing
the hair, the versatile applicator means it can also be used as a mascara.
8. The Face Shop SMIM Fermentation Concentrate Christmas Set, $69,90.
SMIM Fermentation Concentrate Total Treatment, 150ml
SMIM Fermented Concentrate Toner, 50ml
SMIM Fermented Concentrate Emulsion, 50ml
To put it simply, this is the Faceshop’s version of SK-II’s FTC, and I’ve been using this, now onto the second bottle and loving it thus far. To better understand this product, read my post here.
The Face Shop offers an array of attractively packaged and prices Christmas sets, check them out:
Christmas Gift Sets for Aunt / Cousin / Friends / Colleagues
9A. The Body Shop Advent Calender, $99.90.
I recommend getting this for your Aunt & Family. As a family, they can take turns to open 1 window each day and then commence to use the products in the family bathroom. Great idea? 🙂
9B. The Body Shop Glazed Apple Tin of Treasures, $36.90
Set contains: Shower Gel, Body Butter, Body Lotion, Body Polish, Green Mini Crinkle Bath Lily.
9C. The Body Shop Polar Bear in Strawberry Body & Lip Butter, $19.90 us a practical and cute Christmas gift!
Christmas Gift Sets for the Young / Young at Heart
This Christmas, Etude House has partnered with Save The Children for a “School Me’ campaign, that Etude House will donate 100 Won (S$0.10) for every Pink Wish Tree item purchased to provide educational opportunities for African girls in Sierra Leone, Liberia, the Republic of Cote d’Ivire and Uganda. Additional 100 Won will be contributed by Etude House if shoppers endorse the Pink Wish Card which comes along with every Pink Wish Tree product.
There’s a special microsite which you can check out for the Pink Wish Tree project here.
On the site, you’ll be able to click on the products for more information.
You can even see the top 5 most participants by country! Singapore has 1135 ppl which is remarkably for a country to small! 😀The Pink Wish Tree Card details updated on the site! I love the concept that Etude House has introduced for this Pink Wish Tree project to involved Etude House customers on this meaningful project to create awareness for Save The Children’s School Me campaign and to provide educational opportunities for African girls! Be sure to buy a Pink Wish Tree item and make a wish upon a Pink Wish Tree!
10. The Etude House Pink Wish Tree Collection includes:
10A. Etude House Moistfull Collagen Cream JUMBO 100ml, $35 (Pink)
10B. Etude House Moistfull Super Collagen Cream JUMBO 100ml, $35 (Gold)
10C. Etude House Precious Mineral Any Cushion SPF 50+/PA+++ 15g, $32 in N02 Light Beige (Pink) and W13 Natural Beige (Green) only
10D. Etude House Kissful Lip Care Set 3.5g x 3, $18 in Cherry (Pink), Strawberry (Green) & Peach (Gold) – I can’t make up my mind whether I like Cherry or Peach more!
10E. Etude House Petit Bijou Cotton Snow Body Set, body wash & body lotion, 100ml x 2, $19.90
10F. Etude House Hand Bouquet Hand Cream Rich Butter JUMBO (Gold) 100ml, $12
10G. Etude House Hand Bouquet Hand Cream Rich Collagen JUMBO (Pink) 100ml, $12
10H. Etude House Hand Bouquet Hand Cream Mini Set, Rich Butter (Gold) and Rich Collagen (Pink) 25ml x2, $8
Another lovely gift idea is Etude House’s My Castle Hand Creams which I’ve blogged about here.
Each 10I. My Castle Hand Cream retails for $9, when you buy 2 get 15% off and 20% off when you buy 4 + free cupcake towel!
Current Pink Wish Tree & My Castle Hand Cream Deals~
11B. Beauticology’s delectable Hot Chocolate and Marshmallows foot care Socks Set, $14.90
Not beauty related but worth mentioning, Watsons’ having a Spongebob Squarepant’s Christmas Special, here’s some of the items available.
11C. Watsons’ Spongebob Plush Pen $6.90 each
11D. Spongebob Tumblr, $19.90
While choosing the perfect gifts for your loved ones, take some time to also share some love with the beneficiaries of Star Shelter, a secular crisis centre under the Singapore Council of Women’s Organisations (SCWO) dedicated for women and children who are victims of family violence regardless of race, language, creed or religion. Watsons is launching a series of limited edition box tissues, mini hankies and travel packs featuring colourful artworks specially designed by students from the LASALLE College of the Arts to help raise funds for Star Shelter. Through the Helping Hands Fund, Watsons aims to raise $10,000 from the proceeds.
11E. Watsons’ Hope Box tissues, mini-hankies and travel packs – retail from $2 – $4.50
I find myself visiting Watsons’ at least once a month to stock up on my beauty essentials like cotton pad, eyebrow liner and more and there’s always awesome promotions. If you aren’t, be sure to sign up to be a Watsons’ card member, all you need is to pay $5 and you can register on the spot. 😉
Ok, so we’ve covered gift ideas for Special Someone, Mummy, Sister, BFF, Aunty, Bosses, Colleagues, Teens, Friends…
Wait a minute, did you think I’d forget Christmas Gift Sets For Your Awesome Self? 😉
These are awesome gift sets from Sephora that I would pamper myself with!
12A. The Best of Sephora Box, price available in store.
12B. Make Up Forever Beauty Kit, $54
12C. Hello Kitty 40th Anniversary Collection, Hello Kitty The Red Bow Beauty Diary, price available in store.
SO CUTEEEEEE, I DIE. >.< Somebody pretty please buy this for me? *meows*
12 E. Soap & Glory “Think Pamper” Set, price available in store. Honestly I have no idea what’s the scents and ingredients but I was sold on the idea of “Think Pamper”. Every girl needs to be pampered! 😀
YES. You’ve reached the end of Enabalista’s Definitive Christmas Beauty Gift Set Guide for Her with a grand total of 40 Gifts, including 31 Gifts Sets, 15 Brands & 12 Shops!
I’ve very thoughtfully indicated each set with from 1A to 12E so that you can share this link and the number in case anyone asks you what your Christmas beauty wishlist is! 😉
~ Giveaway ~
I’ll be giving away these 6 items:
10F. Etude House Hand Bouquet Hand Cream Rich Butter JUMBO (Gold) 100ml, $12
10G. Etude House Hand Bouquet Hand Cream Rich Collagen JUMBO (Pink) 100ml, $12
10I. My Castle Hand Cream x 4, $9
Details to be updated soon, watch this space!