Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Xmas 2013 Beauty Gift Guide

[As published on Emmagem.com HERE]
For girls who are absolutely obsessed with beauty products, Christmas is the best time of the year. Not only are there stunning limited-edition collections to splurge on, but also gift sets that offer you more than your money’s worth!
This year, the sheer number of choices are guaranteed to mind-boggle, and probably set you back a couple hundred Ringgit (or more). Personally, I think Christmas 2013 is way more interesting than last year’s, which was a letdown, probably due to the poor circumstances of the economy.
It’s good to see some of my favourite brands bouncing back, so here’s a guide for Emmagem readers, with items personally handpicked by the Emmagem team. We all love beauty products too! J
Hurry, before they’re all sold out!

For the Makeup Lover
The French powerhouse sticks to its iconic gold tones yet again this year, but ups the ante with a selection of divine eyeshadow palettes. The star of the collection, however, is a gold compact containing powder that’s infused with mother-of-pearl.
Dior Xmas 2013
Clockwise from left: 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette in Golden Snow (RM210), Diorific Powder in Rose D’Or (RM265), Diorific Duo Nails (RM124)

This highly-coveted collector’s item has been a firm favourite since 1991! Each year, Kanebo releases a limited number of a new design, which always features a goddess or an angel on the top of the compact. The latest one showcases the Angel of Love.
Kanebo Milano Xmas 2013
Twany Milano Collection 2014

Laura Mercier
Just like tiny baked delicacies encased in a box, we can’t help but fall in love with these intensely pigmented shades. However, remember to handle with care!
Laura Mercier Xmas 2013
Les Petits Bonbons Baked Eye Colour Palette

This year’s Chanel Christmas collection might not be as attractive as the others, but what it lacks in terms of packaging, it makes up for with fail-proof formulas that die-hard fans know and love.
Chanel Xmas 2013
From left: Ombres Mateelassées de Chanel in Charming, Rouge Allure Velvet, Le Vernis in Rouge Rubis

Guerlain goes for a younger, more upbeat perspective, which is rarely seen from the brand as it usually deviates towards luxe, opulent finishings. Neon touches on the lipsticks and a wacky design on the compact – we LIKEY!
Guerlain Xmas 2013
From left: Crazy Paris Pressed Meteorites Powder (RM224), Rouge Automatic in Illusion and Reflex, Rouge G in Provocative (RM161)
For the Skincare Lover
For the 3rd time, SK-II decorates its iconic Facial Treatment Essence bottle with a different limited-edition design. This year’s bottle is covered with diamonds, engraved and printed with Swarovski Elements.
SK-II Xmas 2013
Facial Treatment Essence with Swarovski Elements (RM519)

Featuring artworks from New York-based graffiti artist Eric Haze, these cheerful colours and designs will be sure to delight the cool kids.
Kiehl's Xmas 2013
From left: Kiehl’s X Haze Ultra Facial Cream (RM100), Kiehl’s X Haze Calendula Toner (RM135)

The Body Shop
Who doesn’t love gingerbread men? These yummy items make you (and your bathroom) smell so decadent! Plus, the packaging is just too cute for words.
The Body Shop Xmas 2013
Ginger Sparkle Collection (RM25 to RM55.90)

This certainly appeals to the traveller in every girl. Forget nasty hotel room toiletries – who needs them when you can smell like nectarine blossoms and grapes?
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Grace Cole Decadance Bodycare Set (RM69.90)

Swiss line
In conjunction with the brand’s 25th anniversary in 2014, Swiss line’s exclusive Christmas coffret will make a great gift for the woman who deserves the very best in life.
Swiss line 25th Anniversary Kit_Pic
25th Anniversary Coffret Set (RM888)

For her and for him, die-hard romantics will fall in love with these complementary scents inspired by Grasse, the land where perfumes are born.
L'Occitane Xmas 2013
Un Noël à Grasse Fleur d’Or & Acacia EDT and Cèdre & Oranger EDT (RM225 each)

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