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Whether you’re gifting yourself or someone else this year, we’re here to help you shop smarter sans the stress. So, without further ado, here are the best luxury beauty gifts to spend on today.
Luxury, like most things in life, means something a little different depending on who you’re speaking to. If you’re a beauty enthusiast though, luxury likely refers to the products designed by world-renowned experts, award-winning master perfumers and celebrity make-up artists that come with a price tag to match. It definitely does for us.
This year, we’ve condensed the myriad luxury launches and innovations into an edit of the products we believe deserve a best-in-show title. Love Dr Barbara Sturm? She’s in here. Or perhaps you’re more partial to Diptyque, Ouai or Swedish perfumer Maya Nije? Of course, they’re in here too.
From skin, hair and scalp care, to make-up, fragrance and candles, shop splendidly this year. We think you more than deserve it.
Angélique Noire Eau De Parfum
A burst of warm, sweet olfaction, Angélique Noire Eau de Parfum is a blend of angelica, pear and pink pepper top notes, jasmine and carraway middle notes and vanilla, and angelica and cedar base notes. Powdery, sensual and sophisticated, it’s a truly timeless scent.
Pat McGrath Labs Sublime Perfection Foundation
Silky, lightweight and weightless, celebrated celebrity make-up artist Pat McGrath’s foundation is infused with hyaluronic acid to seamlessly smooth and blur the skin.
Pat McGrath Labs Mothership VIII Divine Rose II limited-edition eyeshadow palette
Shape, shade and blend your best eye look yet with McGrath’s limited edition eyeshadow palette. Featuring ten vibrant pink-gold-mauve colours, it’s perfect for party season and beyond.
Dr Dennis Gross DRX Spectralite Faceware Pro
One of the most popular LED masks, Dr Dennis Gross created this medical-grade facial mask to gently bathe skin in red and blue LED light therapy. Encourage cell stimulation, even out skin tone and banish the bacteria that can cause acne and breakouts.
RéVive Intensité Crème Lustre Night Firming Moisture Repair
Enriched with Révive’s renowned restorative firming complex, lather on this nourishing night cream to improve elasticity, reduce redness and quench dry skin.
Phillip B Peppermint Avocado Scalp Scrub
You’ve heard of scalp serums but did you know scalp scrubs are a thing, too? Designed to polish away dirt, oil and product build-up on the scalp, they can be the key to the volume and lift you need after wash day. Phillip B combines natural exfoliant sea salt with moisturising avocado and fresh peppermint and eucalyptus oils.
Les Fleurs Eau de Parfum by Maya Nije
Established in 2016, artisanal perfume maker Maya Nije creates small-batch vegan and cruelty-free scents to capture emotions and memories in olfactory moments. This scent, inspired by a 1970s song of the same name, is sweet, crisp and bright with citrusy bergamot, jammy fig, neroli, magnolia and woody musk.
Tata Harper Regenerating Cleanser
Rubber stamped by skincare expert Caroline Hirons, Tata Harper’s Regenerating Cleanser is suitable for all skin types. It helps purge congested pores and resurface skin to reveal bright, clear, smooth skin.
Darling Candle by August & Piers London
“There is only one you. You, with all your heart, soul, weird, wonderful. You, with all your imperfect,” reads the box of monochrome long-handle matches that comes with the August & Piers Darling candle.
A moment of sensuous tranquillity, the Darling candle blends rose with violet and grounding cedarwood. A brand beloved by supermodels and celebrities alike, light up your home with a heartwarming fragrance this Christmas.
Farmacy Green Clean Makeup Meltaway Cleansing Balm
Transform your evening skincare routine with a pastel green balm-to-oil cleanser that breaks down stubborn make-up, SPF and environmental grime without vigorous rubbing or harsh ingredients.
Essential oils of lime, bergamot and orange blended with sunflower and ginger root cleanse and soothe stressed winter skin, while the brand’s patented ingredient Echinacea GreenEvy deeply moisturises, smooths and evens out skin’s tone and texture.
Shani Darden Skincare Intensive Eye Renewal Cream with Firming Peptides
Celebrity aesthetician and eponymous founder Shani Darden developed this luxuriously intensive eye cream to soothe, firm and brighten the delicate skin around your eye.
A combination of collagen-promoting peptides, illuminating silk-tree extract, fine-line busting niacinamide and skin-barrier repairing ceramides, apply after cleansing and toner, twice a day.
Westman Atelier Baby Cheeks Blush Stick
A creamy compact burst of colour, the Westman Atelier Baby Cheeks multi-purpose blush stick can be used on the cheeks, lips and eyelids. Easy to use, the formula melts into skin for a diffused, healthy flush of colour.
Baby Cheeks comes in six shades ranging from a deep red to light pink, dusky peach and bright coral.
The Nue Co. Forest Lungs
Dubbed an “anti-stress” scent, The Nue Co. designed the Forest Lungs fragrance to melt away tension using replicas of molecular compounds produced by our leafy green tree friends, technically known as phytocides.
The creation of award-winning and world-renowned perfumer Guillaume Flavigny, expect bursts of warm smoky wood and bright clear citrus, intermingled with vetiver, benzoin and pine.
Ouai Leave-In Conditioner Jumbo
The brainchild of celebrity hairstylist Jen Atkin, Ouai Haircare is a brand inspired by the effortless beauty and style of Parisian women. The leave-in spray is Atkin’s secret to tousled, textured hair that’s protected from dehydration, tangling and heat damage.
Enriched with protective and repairing vitamin E and moisturising amino acids, spray liberally to nourish strands from roots to ends.
Diptyque Vetyver Scented Candle
Shorter and darker days don’t necessarily mean you can’t enjoy the best of the great outdoors. Enter the Diptyque Vetyver candle, a scent that infuses air with rich notes of earthy vetiver, juniper and cedarwood.
Dr. Barbara Sturm Balancing Hair and Scalp Serum
Tend to your scalp with celebrity skincare founder Dr Barbara Sturm’s Balancing Scalp Serum. A natural ingredient complex of Japanese camellia, brown and green algae and lavender address any irritation, redness, flaking and itching while pro-vitamin B5 repairs and protects the hair shaft.
Best used outside of your hair washing routine, apply to a wet or dry scalp and massage in using your fingertips. Leave to work its magic.
Suqqu The Cream Foundation
A dewy option professional make-up artists swear by, Japanese brand Suqqu’s cream foundation melts into the skin for an even and seamless glowing base.
Available in 23 shades across three different undertones (pink-beige, beige and yellow-beige), the product goes through three stages as it wears down; a fresh sheer glow, followed by a radiant glow and eventually settling into a natural dewy glow.
Dyson Corrale in Prussian Blue
It took seven years and £25 million in research and development to bring Dyson’s “flexing plate” hair straighteners but, wow, was it worth the wait.
Able to mould around the hair, you’re afforded more control over style, speed and direction – meaning you can work more evenly down the shaft. Suitable for all hair types, the device is cord free and has intelligent heat control technology to avoid excess damage. It’s also now available in this deep Prussian blue colourway.
Fable & Mane HoliRoots Hair Oil
Created by siblings Nikita and Akash, Fable & Mane is a brand inspired by their family’s Indian heritage and hair oiling rituals.
This hair and scalp treatment oil is enriched with the evergreen and Ayurvedic shrub, ashwagandha, which helps to reduce inflammation and address skin concerns such as psoriasis, eczema and dandruff. Massage into dry hair and scalp before your shampoo and conditioner routine for nourished, smooth hair.
Susanne Kaufmann Nourishing Herbal Whey Bath
Susanne Kaufmann’s bath treatment treats, moisturises and soothes skin during bathing. It also smells exactly how relaxation feels. Expect scent clouds of linden flower extract and chamomilla flower extract to float up from the warm water and carry your troubles and worries away.
Olaplex No.8 Bond Intense Moisture Mask
One of cult-brand Olaplex’s most anticipated launches, the No.8 Bond Intense Moisture Mask works by repairing fragile hair damaged by heat, chemical or colour treatments, leaving you with a supple, soft, moisturised mane.
Diptyque Biscuit Scented Candle
A limited-edition candle from luxury fragrance house, Diptyque, Biscuit is a warm, spicy, festive scent – designed to recreate the feelings of Christmas baking.
Philip B Russian Amber Imperial Gold Masque
This mask combines strengthening amino acids with argan oil and apple fruit extract to restore hair’s health, natural bounce and shine while also protecting against chemical damage and environmental factors.
Net-A-Porter The Beauty Fridge
For when you’re ready to step your beauty game up a notch, invest in a beauty fridge. It’ll extend the life of your products and cool down sheet masks, eye masks and facial tools for an extra refreshing self-care moment.
Facegym Pro Xtreme Pulse + Collagen Infusion Serum
Renowned by celebrities and professionals, Face Gym’s facial tool uses electrical pulses to stimulate muscles and promote skin firmness.
Maison Francis Kurkdijan Baccarat Rouge 540 Eau de Parfum
A truly iconic fragrance, Baccarat Rouge 540 is on a number of beauty wishlists this year for a reason.
“Yes, it’s the new Santal 33 in that EVERYONE seems to be wearing it, but it’s for good reason: it smells delicious,” says Stylist beauty director Shannon Peter.
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