The holiday season gets pretty damn exciting for beauty lovers. Yes, it’s overwhelming, but the sparkly, shiny and glittering beauty wonderland overflowing with swoon-worthy gifts is exactly what makes our hearts beat faster.. in a good way, of course! It took us a while, but we’ve curated a list of standout gift ideas – skincare, makeup, body care, haircare and fragrances – that are sure to impress any beauty enthusiast in your life. Happy shopping!

Skincare

1. Fresh Facial On The Fly Kit, RM120

Just because you’re halfway across the world, it doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice on your beauty ritual. This kit, with the Soy Face Cleanser, Rose Face Mask and Lotus Youth Preserve Face Cream, has everything you need to keep your skin happy with the changing weather, jet lag and external pollutants.

2. innisfree Holiday Limited Edition Green Tea Seed Serum, RM149

innisfree’s Green Tea Seed Serum has long been one of its star products and should you already love this extra hydrating, anti-oxidant rich concentration, you’ll be delighted with its festive, limited edition 160ml jumbo bottle. The magical formula is also now in its newly improved 3rd generation, so your skin will thank you.

3. Peter Thomas Roth Mask Frenzy, price N/A

This kit features six of Peter Thomas Roth’s best-selling masks including the Hungarian Thermal Water Mineral-Rich Atomic Heat Mask, Rose Stem Cell Bio-Repair Gel Mask, Cucumber Gel Mask Extreme De-Tox™ Hydrator, Irish Moor Mud Purifying Black Mask, Pumpkin Enzyme Mask Enzymatic Dermal Resurfacer and 24K Gold Pure Luxury Lift & Firm Mask.

4. Origins Refresh, Hydrate, Glow Kit, RM125

Give your skin an invigorating boost of energy with this coffee-infused favourites by Origins which comprises the GinZing™ Refreshing Scrub Cleanser, Energy-Boosting Treatment Lotion Mist, Refreshing Eye Cream to Brighten and Depuff, and the Energy-Boosting Gel Moisturiser.

5. SK-II PITERA™ Originals Set, price N/A

Every festive season, SK-II unveils limited edition bottles of its famed SK-II Facial Treatment Essence and we’re loving the 2018 collaboration with visual artist and illustrator Karan Singh. Get the gorgeous bottle as part of the PITERA™ Originals Set, alongside the Facial Treatment Clear Lotion, Facial Treatment Mask, and R.N.A. Power Cream.

Makeup

1. MAC Cosmetics Shiny Pretty Things All Stars Kit: Chili, RM150

Sample some of MAC Cosmetics’ bestsellers in one practical kit, comprising the cult favourite Prep + Prime Fix+ setting spray (30ml), In Extreme Dimension Mascara in 3D Black, and a little MAC Lipstick in Chili – a matte, brownish orange-red shade. It makes a great gift, whether for a beauty junkie or a total beginner in makeup.

2. Mamonde Creamy Tint Squeeze Lip Best 3 Colours Set (Sephora Exclusive), RM150

Lip tints are pretty wonderful as they combine the vivid colour of a lipstick and the comfort of a lip stain into one. And there are various reasons why we love Mamonde’s Creamy Tint Squeeze Lip lippies – they extend highly-pigmented colour while nourishing the lips to get rid of lines and leave a lightweight, velvet finish on those puckers.

3. Sephora Collection Premium Brush Set – 4 Face & Eye Brush Set (Limited Edition 2018), RM108

Every beauty lover needs the right set of tools and these festive brushes with psychedelic holographic handles will make getting ready extra fun. The best-selling kit includes Sephora’s well-loved powder brush, a foundation brush, a blush brush and an eyeshadow brush.

4. Tarte Pineapple Of My Eye Collector’s Set (Limited Edition) – RM255

Not only is this tropical-themed gift set adorable, it features some really great face, eye and lip products too. Aside from the Sex Kitten Liquid Eyeliner and Tarteist Quick Dry Matte Lip Paint in Low Key, there are 24 Amazonian Clay Eyeshadows in exclusive new shades, two Amazonian Clay Blushes as well as one Amazonian Clay Highlighter and Bronzer.

5. Laneige Wild at Heart Layering Cover Cushion, RM136

Laneige’s famed Layering Cover Cushion now comes in a fun, limited edition packaging as part of the festive My Neon Sign collection! The innovative 2-in-1 cushion foundation and concealer offers a buildable sheer to medium coverage that lasts with a moist, semi-matte finish for skin that looks healthy but not flat.

Body Care

1. Sephora Collection Charming Hands Set (Limited Edition 2018), RM62

Give your hands the love they deserve with this handy kit which includes a pair of Avocado Hand Mask gloves, a nourishing Coconut Hand Balm and a reusable heat pack that will be of good use in colder weather. It’s literally everything you need to keep your hands soft, cosy and warm during the holiday season.

2. The Body Shop Spa Of The World™ Relaxing Escape, RM309

The Body Shop’s Spa Of The World body care range will always be one of our favourites and for the holiday season, our top pick would be the Relaxing Escape gift set featuring the rich African Ximenia Scrub for thorough exfoliation, and the Japanese Camellia Body Cream to seal hydration in.

3. Lush Sleepy Gift Set, RM115

Say goodbye to your insomnia forever with Lush’s acclaimed Sleepy Gift Set, comprising the Sleepy Shower Gel and Body Lotion. Infused with lavender, oatmeal and sweet tonka, this dream combo will send you into peaceful slumbers while soothing the mind and body. Get ready to get comfortable!

4. Aesop Contours Of Discovery Kit, RM390

In collaboration with Dutch couturier Iris van Herpen, the Contours of Discovery kit, elegantly wrapped in a reusable amenity case and rippling graphic, aims to refresh the spirit and awaken the soul with Aesop’s Resurrection Aromatique Hand Wash and Balm, as well as the Geranium Leaf Body Cleanser and Scrub.

5. Laura Mercier Luxe Indulgences Ambre Vanille Luxe Body Collection, RM359

Nothing quite screams luxury like this Ambre Vanille body collection by Laura Mercier that makes any bath time that much more indulgent. Consisting of the Crème Body Wash, Soufflé Body Crème, Eau De Toilette and Honey Bath, the lingering scent blends the sensuality of amber with the warmth of vanilla for a fragrance that is feminine yet sophisticated.

Haircare

1. Sephora Collection The Fascinating Hair Masks Set (Limited Edition 2018), RM56

Give your hair a little TLC with this pack of three hair masks enriched with super ingredients for nourished, frizz-free hair. Coconut repairs the hair fibres for healthier strands, shea strengthens the hair and reduces breakage whereas rose smoothes and eliminates frizz. Leave them on overnight and wake up to hair that is renewed!

2. IGK Friends with Benefits Shine & Texture Kit (Limited Edition), RM140

All it takes for model-ready hair is a bit of pizzazz and this trio has all you need to achieve that. Beach Club is a texturising spray that extends volume and locks in moisture, and Smoke & Mirrors 2-in-1 Cleansing Conditioner repairs, cleanses and hydrates damaged and dull hair. Finally, Mistress nourishes and strengthens the hair while adding shine.

3. Percy & Reed Perfect Wonders Discovery Set (Limited Edition), RM110

This little travel kit from Percy & Reed safeguards colour, boosts radiance and protects hair from damaging external elements. Both the shampoo and conditioner have non-stripping, nourishing formulas to clean and strengthen locks, while the Wonder Balm and Wonder Overnight Recovery lovingly hydrates and combats overall breakage.

4. Dyson Airwrap™ Styler Volume + Shape, RM1,999

Dyson comes up with the most ingenious hair tools and its latest addition is no exception. This innovative styling tool is engineered to create curls and waves, smooth and blow dry effectively without extreme heat, so you can say goodbye to unnecessary damage without compromising on having runway-ready hair.

5. ghd Glacial Blue Collection air® hair dryer, RM690

Get salon-quality results two times faster with ghd’s best-selling air® hair dryer, now available in a limited edition colour just in time for the holiday season. With its professional-strength motor and advanced ionic technology, it extends exceptionally fast drying and styling capabilities while leaving the hair soft and silky.

Fragrance

1. Amouage Love Tuberose 100ml EDP, RM1,360

Love Tuberose is a floral fragrance with an edge, embodying an unfolding story of romance with mystery and excitement. It blends the warmth of Gardenia, Tuberose and Jasmine with Vanilla and Chantilly Cream for some delectable sweetness, while Cedarwood and Sandalwood completes it with a rich, dramatic depth.

2. Jo Malone Cologne Collection (Limited Edition), RM590

Any fragrance lover will appreciate this luxurious five-piece collection comprising Lime Basil & Mandarin, Nectarine Blossom & Honey, English Oak & Redcurrant, Wild Bluebell and Wood Sage & Sea Salt. Wear them on their own, or mix and match the complementary fragrances to create your signature scent.

3. Jimmy Choo Fever 100ml EDP, RM450.90

This hypnotic fragrance highlights the contrasts between floral and gourmand with top notes of Black Plum Nectar, Lychee and Grapefruit, fused with heart notes of Heliotrope, Vanilla Orchid and Jasmine, and substantiated with base notes of Roasted Tonka Bean, Benzoin and Sandalwood.

4. Calvin Klein Women 100ml EDP, RM414.10

Calvin Klein Women is a fragrance that encapsulates the essence of a modern woman who is multifaceted, adaptable and boasts many personas. This woody floral fragrance highlights top notes of eucalyptus acorn and heart notes of orange flower, while the base notes of Alaskan cedarwood gives it complexity and character.

5. H&M Freewheeling EDT 75ml, RM64.95

H&M’s latest fragrance collection is a wardrobe of 25 various scents and one of the standouts has got to be the sweet-smelling Freewheeling fragrance. It has top notes of candy apple and pear, heart notes of jasmine and berries, and finally, a base note of tonka bean.

Carmen Chong
YouTube-obsessed and a beauty junkie at heart. Find her on Instagram: @carthemen