As the year draws to a close, we find ourselves less motivated because hey – we’ve worked our asses off for the entire year, and we deserve a break. With Christmas just a few days away, here are some ideas for some last-minute shopping, whether for your loved ones or for yourself.
After all, you should treat yourself to something pretty to end the year on a sweet note, no?
Kiehl’s X Peter Max
Kiehl’s is known for its artist collaborations, having worked with big names like Jeff Koons, KAWS and Craig & Karl. This year, NY-based artist Peter Max’s works adorn the labels, resulting in a whimsical, psychedelic effect. As Kiehl’s products usually have minimal decoration, the limited edition collections are always worth collecting, if not for the labels themselves.
L’Occitane X Pierre Hermé
This collaboration between a French beauty brand and a French patisserie has resulted in delectable goodies for Christmas – a trio of gourmand scents. However, unlike other types of gourmand fragrances we all know and hate (remember the ones with cloying vanilla/caramel/cotton candy notes? Ugh!), these seem promising. Take your pick from Pamplemousse Rhubarbe (grapefruit/rhubarb), Jasmin Immortelle Neroli (jasmine/immortelle/neroli) and Miel Mandarine (honey/mandarin).
Shiseido X Yohji Yamamoto Y’s
Another collaboration worth splurging on, the Camellia Palette is simply too stunning for words. Inspired by the camellia, the asymmetrical eye and face palette has six flattering hues, in silky-smooth textures that Shiseido is known for. The lid features a camellia-print fabric, in colours that are reflected in the eyeshadows, some of which can also be used as blusher/highlighter.
Benefit never fails to disappoint when it comes to fun and quirky stuff. This year, the advent calendar is filled with 12 miniatures of the brand’s all-time bestsellers, including The POREfessional, Bad Gal Lash and High Beam, to name a few. This is definitely the die-hard deluxe sample collector’s dream come true.
Aptly named Let It Snow, the Xmas bath and body collection is a pretty shade of ice-blue, and the cute facial expressions will put a smile on even the grumpiest person’s face. Perfect for teens and kiddies who aren’t old enough to appreciate makeup yet. Let this be a wonderful beginning to what will eventually become a never-ending obsession for beauty!
This warrants a mention even though it’s not available in Malaysia, but make it a must-buy item on your wishlist when you travel. This year’s holiday collection is a Lolita-meets-Goth combination in terms of packaging (rare for Jill Stuart because it often focuses solely on being cute), but the colours are still totally wearable.
Any self-respecting Guerlain Meteorites collector will not miss this year’s Perles des Neiges, beause not only are there spheres, there are also stars (!!!!!!) There have been comments about how lacklustre the colours are compared with previous versions of Meteorites, but just for the sake of admiring these pristine white stars nestled amongst a bed of golden spheres, it seems kinda worth it…
The Body Shop
Finally, a new scent that’s not apple/cranberry/ginger! Rejoice! Based on looks alone, the new collection, Frosted Plum, already wins points for being less ‘teenybopper’ than its counterparts. Rich shades of purple make it a gift option worthy of a fully-grown woman. Also, less embarrassing to buy for oneself because it makes you feel more grown-up than opting for Glazed Apple.
Merry Christmas, everyone!!!
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