Good stuff: my favourite last-minute beauty gifts
Pamper loved ones, or yourself, with limited-edition sets
Have you made your list and checked it twice? If you’re like me, you’re probably only just starting to think about all the gifts you need to buy before December 25. Thankfully, beauty brands have gone all out this year with a range of must-have sets sure to please everyone on your list or, ahem, yourself. Here are some of my favourites.
Beautiful products, beautiful packaging and a beautiful story inspired by real-life geisha, Tatcha has it all. Its Kinhaku Holiday Collection (HK$990) features some of the brand’s most popular items, including Japanese blotting papers, camellia cleansing oil and exfoliating rice enzyme powder. And it all comes in a handmade, reusable kiri box traditionally used to protect kimono. Available at Joyce Beauty counters and stores.
2. La Prairie
Looking to splurge on someone special? La Prairie’s luxurious – and high-performance – sets are a good place to start. The limited-edition Classic Caviar collection (HK$8,880) includes the brand’s signature Skin Caviar Luxe Cream, Skin Caviar Luxe Eye Lift Cream and Skin Caviar Liquid Lift. Available at La Prairie counters and stores.
With whimsical packaging and a cute reusable tin, Benefit’s Delicious Wishes set (HK$630) appeals to all ages. It comes with the Stay Flawless and POREfessional primers, Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow foundation, and Posietint lip and cheek tint. The brand also offers a fun advent calendar, but it’s probably a bit late for that. Available at Benefit counters and stores.
Grape-powered Caudalie has something for everyone, with a wide range of sets for face, body and hands. Perfect for the drying days of winter, the Premier Cru Anti-Aging Set (HK$788) includes the nourishing Premier Cru La Crème face cream and brightening Premier Cru The Eye Cream. Available at 3 Gough Street, Central, 2319 1006, hk.caudalie.com
Sometimes you want to do more than pamper, and give loved ones a gift that really does something. GlamGlow’s Gift Sexy Set 2014 (HK$560) has all of the brand’s mud-powered face treatments – Thirstymud, Youthmud, Supermud – and I can personally vouch for their performance. It’s perfect for party season and post-Christmas recovery. Available at Joyce Beauty counters and stores.
6. Lab Series
Last but not least, one for the guys. Lab Series is one of the leaders in men’s grooming products, and they’ve put together a perfect starter set with Skincare Simplified (HK$630). The three-step regimen includes a Multi-Action Face Wash, Water Lotion and Age Rescue Face Lotion. Get him hooked and next year you can spring for the Max LS 3 Must Have set (HK$1,520). Available at Lab Series counters.