Christmas Beauty Gifts: Best Skincare, Haircare and Body Care Gifts To Buy For The Festivities

Christmas Beauty Gifts: Best Skincare, Haircare and Body Care Gifts To Buy For The Festivities

Local skincare heroes, international staples and special edition hair and body treats; these are the best beauty gifts to buy for Christmas

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Beauty addicts rejoice! The skincare, haircare and body care gift options this Christmas are indulgent treats that everyone will love. Think best-selling products and effective formulas that come in the most stunning, festive packaging you have seen! Listed below, are our favourite beauty gift ideas including local skincare heroes, international staples and special edition hair and body treats to brighten the festivities this year. 

Whether you buy them for your girlfriend and mum or decide to keep them all for yourself, we guarantee it will be a very merry Christmas indeed!

IllumiaSKIN by Kim Lim

When it comes to skincare and beauty gifts, you can’t go wrong with IllumiaSKIN by Kim Lim! Founded by entrepreneur Kim Lim, illumiaSKIN carries a range of daily skincare and body-loving essentials that will have your loved ones looking their very best, all year long.

Developed in Korea and backed by the team of skin experts at leading medispa and aesthetic clinic, Illumia Therapeutics and Illumia Medical, the dermatologically-tested formulas have been personally tested and curated by Kim Lim. What’s more, these industry-paving products use only high-quality and premium ingredients that are suitable for all skin types!

Looking for the perfect gift for a skincare addict? The much-coveted IllumiaSKIN All 1n One Mask contains Hyaluronic Acid that attracts moisture and locks it in for a dewy skin texture! Word has it that Founder Kim Lim, personally tested and tried hundreds of face masks from around the world before curating the right bio-cellulose material for this one, so it feels like a second skin!

Chock-full of hydrolyzed collagen and hyaluronic acid, the All 1n One Mask restores skin with moisture, and contains Salmon DNA, a magical and all-encompassing ingredient that helps in the skin’s healing process. There’s also adenosine and niacinamide that firms and brightens the overall skin complexion and texture!

For a coffee gift with the right kind of ’health kick’, consider IllumiaSKIN’s Metabolic Boost Slimming Coffee that speeds up natural metabolism rate by up to 5 times. This unique cuppa helps burn fat while you go about your day and makes for the perfect morning or evening drink - no calories included! Known for its ability to effectively reduce free fatty acids and block calorie absorption, it will stave off bloatedness and water retention too.[2]  Psst…it is also sugar–free, making it the perfect gift for those watching their blood sugar levels!

If you would like to gift a holistic skincare and body detox solution, you must take a look at IllumiaSKIN’s Radiance Hourglass Detox. This hassle-free and full body detox will also deliver the skin of your dreams - all in one shake! From improving the health of your guts to eliminating toxins from the body AND delivering silky-smooth skin, from the inside out, it is one of the hottest beauty gifts to buy for your girlfriends this year!

IllumiaSKIN’s All 1n One Mask, Metabolic Boost Slimming Coffee and Radiance Hourglass Detox are available online on their e-store shop.illumiatherapeutics.com and at their outlets.

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The Body Shop 

If you are on the hunt for stocking fillers and show-stopping gifts, we highly recommend checking out The Body Shop’s best ever Christmas collection yet! From pint-sized treats to lots of body-loving goodness for literally everybody and every budget, you are sure to find a treasure trove of gifts here. 

This year’s special edition festive fragrances include Love & Plums, Kindness & Pears and Joy & Jasmine - all vegan and stunningly festive! Did we mention, their best-selling advent calendars are back too? Filled with the best skincare, haircare and body care treats, these make fun presents for your loved ones. What’s more, they come in 3 easy price points, so you can decide how much you’d like to indulge!

For something extra special, try the Ultimate gifts and skincare collections that comes packed with The Body Shop’s most popular products. For instance, the Bloom & Glow British Rose Big Gift is a beautiful(and large) set that includes refreshing, petal-scented Shower Gel, soap, a Ramie Bath Lily, creamy, and vegan Body Butter. Made with 95% ingredients of natural origin, including English rose extract and handcrafted Community Fair Trade shea butter from Ghana, it leaves skin feeling softer, smoother and nourished with 96hr moisture. There’s even a rose fragrance Eau de Toilette and a lush hand cream! 

For gifts under $50, you’ll find a range of head-to-toe pampering options that include crowd favourite skincare, body care and fragrance gifts. You can also opt for tons of little gifts that are priced under $30 and make for the perfect Secret Santa gift or presents for teachers, colleagues and as stocking fillers.

This year’s line-up also supports The Body Shop’s Community Fair Trade partners behind The Body Shop’s most-loved gift boxes and jute bags. Plus, every purchase over the Christmas period will support organisations across the globe, including Daughters of Tomorrow(DOT) in Singapore.

Locally, The Body Shop Singapore will donate S$0.10 from every transaction made in stores and online from 1 November to 31 December 2021, to support Daughters Of Tomorrow (DOT) in helping underprivileged women on their back-to-work journeys to build financially independent and resilient families. 

The full Christmas collection, The Share The Joy and Share The Love Big Advent Calendars are now available in all stores islandwide as well as online on Lazada, Shopee and GrabMart while the Share Love & Joy Ultimate Advent Calendar is available at selected stores only.

KEVIN MURPHY Holiday Collection

Rejoice for the festive season is here! The KEVIN.MURPHY holiday collection this year dares you to dream of your bombshell moment. Designed to inspire, these specially curated holiday packs encourage you to make everyone on your shopping list’s hair dreams a reality.

‘Tis the season for a GLOW UP with KEVIN.MURPHY Hydrate trio pack which comes with HYDRATE-ME.WASH, HYDRATE-ME.RINSE, and SHIMMER.SHINE. Don’t we know that in sunny Singapore hydration with a glowy shine is on the top of everyone’s wish list!

For those who are hard to shop for KEVIN.MURPHY recommends the REJUVENATION REGIFTED pack which consists of YOUNG.AGAIN.WASH and YOUNG.AGAIN.RINSE along with YOUNG.AGAIN DRY CONDITIONER for a youthful and nourished mane that they will only regift to themselves over and over again.

Any receiver will love unwrapping the TANGLE ME NOT holiday pack. It includes REPAIR-ME.WASH, REPAIR-ME.RINSE and UN.TANGLED leave-in conditioner for a sleek look... a gift so perfect that no holiday wrapping obstacle could stand in your way.

Are you dreaming of a blonde Christmas? Then the combination of BLONDE.ANGEL.WASH, BLONDE.ANGEL and SHIMMER.ME BLONDE hair spritz will make you believe that fairytales do come true, ONCE UPON A BLONDE.

If you or someone you know needs some T.L.C, we have got you covered. KEVIN.MURPHY’s PLUMPING.WASH and PLUMPING.RINSE with their limited edition hand crème will give you all of the TENDER.LOVE.CARE that you crave from your head down to your toes.

Finally, spread the cheer of holiday magic with ANGELS HAVE WINGS which includes ANGEL.WASH and ANGEL.RINSE with a complimentary DOO.OVER dry powder finishing spray which gives your hair a soft and velvety touch up. This magical concoction will have your tresses soaring.

Elemis - The Ultimate Skincare Collection

Want screams of joy? Then this Ultimate Skincare Collection by cult-favourite beauty brand Elemis is the one to buy. The luxurious collection comes with Pro-Collagen Icons including a cleansing balm, cleanser, a super-sized version of the best-selling Pro-Collagen Marine Cream, an overnight matrix, eye mask, moisture essence and even a luxe cleansing cloth. 

Featuring six formulas from Elemis’ award-winning collection, it includes all that you need to target the signs of ageing. Start with the unique Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm that slowly melts away makeup and impurities to deliver a soft and glowing complexion. Follow with a trio of acids from the Pro-Collagen Energising Marine Cleanser that will effectively remove any further impurities or makeup and prep your skin for the indulgence that comes next.

The Pro-Collagen Marine Moisture Essence boosts hydration and helps keep fine lines and wrinkles at bay. Follow through with Elemis’ best-selling Pro-Collagen Marine Cream to improve firmness and elasticity. You also have the Pro-Collagen Overnight Matrix that leaves the skin looking firmer, smoother and less creased while you sleep.

Finally, finish off with the Pro-Collagen Eye Revive Mask that comes formulated with next-generation Flash Filler Hyaluronic Acid to reduce the look of wrinkles around the eyes, while targeting the look of puffiness and dark circles.

Aesop - The Mentor Gift Kit

Aesop has not one but five different seasonal assortments to take care of your skin this Christmas! The Mentor comes with antioxidant-rich formulations for cleansing, toning and hydration, and is perfect for us city dwellers who need all the support for good skin. Designed to honour and encourage everyday acts of kindness, the kit has been tied to one of Aesop’s five registered charity groups. And as a gesture of support, the Aesop Foundation(the brand’s global charitable platform), has donated AUD $100,000 to each of these organisations, regardless of sales. 

Housed in a case made from 100% recycled paper pulp, The Mentor gift set is a Parsley seed skin trio that everyone will want. Containing a Parsley Seed Facial Cleanser that clarifies as it cleanses, and can be used for cleaning hands, your face and neck. The Parsley Seed Anti-Oxidant Facial Toner refreshes and preps the skin for hydration and is alcohol-free and won’t leave your skin dry or burning. Finally, the popular Parsley Seed Anti-Oxidant Intense Serum works to fortify and hydrate your skin leaving a breathable film behind so you are protected against environmental aggressors. The best part? It is gender-neutral and will nourish all skin types!

Fenty Skin

Trust Rihanna to come to everyone’s rescue by designing the most special Christmas gifts this year! Game-changing skincare sets that will have everyone looking gorgeous from top to toe, the offering includes price points to suit all pockets too.

Be it for yourself or your bestie, Fenty Skin’s The Before-Bed Set 3 Piece PM Essentials is the first-ever limited-edition Fenty Skin x Fenty Beauty set that will have you saying goodnight to dull and dry skin and good morning to juicy skin and kiss-worthy lips. Fat Water Pore-Refining Toner Serum with Niacinamide is a do-it-all toner serum combo that targets pores, improves the look of dark spots, and fights shine without stripping skin.

The Instant Reset Brightening Overnight Recovery Gel-Cream with Niacinamide instantly hydrates and reduces the look of fine lines and wrinkles. And you can keep your lips luscious with the Pro Kiss’r Luscious Lip Balm, a super creamy formula that smooths, and soften with every application.

You can also choose the Mini Body Scrub + Moisturizer Essentials that come in a travel-friendly, mini duo form. Buff rough skin in a hydrating glossy sheen with a body scrub and leave it nourished after. There’s also the Daily Duo Mini Cleanser and Toner Serum Duo that makes the best holiday set to take on your next much-awaited holiday!

Snatch these limited edition gift sets for you and your loved ones before they’re gone!

All items are now available for a limited time at Sephora.sg and in-store at Sephora.

KENZOKI

The best time to try new skincare? Christmas! Indulge in the repetitive formulas of KENZOKI and its new skincare ranges: Youth Flow, Hydration Flow and Nourishing Flow. With each formulated using KENZOKI’s Sacred Lotus Flower extracts to naturally boost the speed of skin regeneration, you can strengthen the skin and enjoy their feel-good fragrances.

Youth Flow is an anti-ageing range made up of toner, serum, moisturiser, eye serum and night mask that protects the skin from oxidative stress and stimulates cell turnover. What you get is firmer, radiant and softer skin that feels better with every passing day.  

For a deeply hydrating experience try the Hydration Flow range that keeps the skin moisturised by improving the circulation of water in the different layers of the skin. The range also comes with a cleanser, lotion, serum, moisturisers and sleeping mask.

Finally, the Nourishing Flow range consists of body cream, balm for the hands and nails, and one for the lips. The range smooths, softens and nourishes the skin and reinforces the integrity of the skin’s barrier function.

Skincare that leaves us smelling oh-so-good? What’s not to love!

Drunk Elephant Holiday Collection

Have you SEEN the holiday collection at Drunk Elephant? Absolutely nothing comes close to the acids that Drunk Elephant have lined up for you this Christmas - packaging or efficiency-wise! Four kits to strengthen the skin barrier these contain only ingredients that benefit the health of the skin or support the integrity of DE’s formulations. That’s healthy pH levels, formulations the skin recognises, a small molecular structure that’s easily absorbed, and effective active ingredients that support and maintain the skin’s acid mantle. 

Looking to refresh and brighten your skin? Get the Saving Face Refining Skincare Set that is formulated to restore and refine skin while you sleep. Featuring T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Night Serum, Beste No. 9 Jelly Cleanser, Protini Polypeptide Cream and F-Balm Electrolyte Waterfacial Wash, it takes off all your impurities to deliver smoother skin overnight. Did we say it comes in the cutest egg-shaped gift packaging?

Drunk Elephant’s ​​Face Value Skincare Set moisturises as it brightens with four products -  C-Firma Fresh Day Serum, Protini Polypeptide Cream, B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum, and C-Tango Multivitamin Eye Cream.

You will also never find the Suspicious 6™ - essential oils, drying alcohols, silicones, chemical sunscreens, fragrances/dyes or SLS in their lineup. This ingredient-elimination diet benefits all skin types and inspired the #barewithus Instagram movement, a collection of bare-faced selfies that chronicles the Drunk Elephant journeys of people and their progress with healthier skin!

Oribe

Give it up for the most luxurious haircare gift set we’ve ever seen! Introducing Oribe’s Holiday 2021 Collaboration with À Paris chez Antoinette Poisson.

Every holiday season Oribe partners with artists who embrace craft and elevate it to an art form, just as co-founder Oribe Canales did through his approach to hairstyling.

This year, Oribe has partnered is excited to collaborate with À Paris chez Antoinette Poisson, a French interior design atelier. Vincent Farrelly and Jean-Baptiste Martin, co-founders, and artistic directors of À Paris chez Antoinette Poisson, specialise in the making of intricate hand-drawn and water-coloured single sheet wallpapers dating from the 18th century, historically known as decorative “papier dominoté”. Using this traditional block printing technique, Vincent and Jean-Baptiste created four unique designs for Oribe’s 2021 holiday packaging.

For hair in Singapore, you can’t go wrong with the Empower your hair gift set. It comes with the Gold Lust Shampoo that helps rejuvenate with a bio-restorative complex, and the Gold Lust Conditioner to undo the damages due to styling or the environment. There’s also a bottle of Gold Lust Nourishing Hair Oil to add sleekness and shine before you style. All wrapped up in the most beautiful gift box, it is as tree-ready as it can be!

All Oribe products are dermatologist tested and formulated with safe, high-quality, innovative ingredients. They are also PETA-approved, UV-protective, and colour- and keratin treatment safe.

The Oribe Holiday 2021 Collection is now available at participating Oribe salon partners. Find your nearest Oribe salon partner here.

Origins - Soothing Greetings: Mega-Mushroom Soothing & Fortifying Set

Are you an Origins Mega-Mushroom fan? This Christmas give the gift of four Mega-Mushroom favourites in one hydrating and skin-soothing gift set. It comes with a full sized bottle of the best-selling Treatment Lotion as well as a micellar water cleanser, serum and a mask. The perfect recipe to help weightlessly hydrate, soothe and strengthen the skin’s barrier! 

Who would benefit from it? This skincare set makes a great Christmas gift for dry and irritated skin types. Formulated with reishi mushroom and fermented chaga to visibly soothe, the four piece set is a great addition for anyone looking for healthier skin. Wrapped in a gift-ready box, it also includes a cute cosmetic bag to carry your mushroom favourites.

Available islandwide - All Origins Boutique, Metro Paragon, Tangs Vivo City, Tangs Orchard, BHG Bugis, One Assembly.

Glowfully

If you are looking for local businesses that are driving the cause of healthier skin, consider gifting a set from the homegrown skincare label, Glowfully.

Glowfully is dedicated to delivering clean and effective skincare essentials that are suitable for all skin types, even the most sensitive of them! Free from any potentially harmful or toxic chemicals such as parabens, phthalates, sulfates and formaldehyde, their formulas are ones that are designed with our tropical climate in mind. Lightweight, fast-absorbing and skin-cooling, Glowfully products nourish without causing breakouts or feeling heavy on the skin. 

Whether you buy it for a loved one or for yourself, the Glowfully Holiday Firm and Bright set is one that is guaranteed to please! Containing a Charcoal Beads Gel Cleanser, Deep Sea Glow Serum and an Advanced Healing Elixir, this gift set will work overtime to deliver skin that is brighter and more nourished. 

Featuring three of Glowfully’s best-selling skin heroes, it helps buff away dead skin and power it with skin-smoothing Niacinamide and collagen-boosting Antarcticine. As the final step to the routine, the Advanced Healing Elixir smoothes fine lines and boosts skin radiance. 

Clinique - Even Better Set

Get rid of uneven skin tone with Clinique’s Even Better Christmas Gift Set. A formula that is designed to work on dark spots and uneven skin tone, it includes minis of facial soap, brightening essence, brightening lotion and a full-sized Even Better Clinical™ Radical Dark Spot Corrector + Interrupter. 

All About Clean™ Foaming Facial Soap(30ml) cleanses gently, removing dirt and oil leaving you with clearer and brighter skin. Next, the Even Better™ Brighter Essence Lotion adds radiance and plumping hydration.

Even Better™ Brighter Milky Lotion visibly treats dark spots and helps prevent new ones while adding a layer of soothing moisturising comfort to the skin. Finally, Even Better Clinical™ Radical Dark Spot Corrector + Interrupter is a powerful serum that helps visibly correct discolouration and acne scars and also stop future dark spots in their tracks. 

Packed in a gift-ready box, you also get a cute bag to go along with your brightening heroes! 

Available at Metro CWP, Metro Paragon, Takashimaya, BHG Bugis, One Assembly, Tangs Orchard, Tangs Vivo City, OG People's Park, Isetan Nex, Isetan Parkway Parade, Isetan Tampines, Isetan Scotts, Beautique at Jewel.

BSKIN

Is hubby looking for what to gift you this year? Send him a link to the specially curated festive gifts by BSKIN! Inspiring self-care with effective skincare formulas, these gift sets should be on everyone’s shopping list. 

Formulated with potent skincare actives like pure Vitamin C and bee-based actives like royal jelly and propolis, BSKIN works hard to restore balance, health and radiance to the skin. 

We adore the BSKIN Detox & Glow Set that contains the BSKIN White Glow Enriched Brightening Serum and a pair of exclusive BSKIN Ice Globes.

The BSKIN White Glow Enriched Brightening Serum restores moisture to your skin, inhibits melanin production and reduces pigmentation for well-hydrated and translucent skin.

Get the most out of your skincare by adding BSKIN's exclusive Ice Globes to your routine. TikTok trend aside, icing helps to improve blood circulation, reduce puffiness, minimize pores and deliver radiant skin. It also makes sure your skincare works harder!

For a similar solution to eye troubles, consider the BSKIN Bright Eyes All-Rounder Set, which contains BSKIN’s Eye Care Multi-Tasking Power Serum as well as a pair of BSKIN Ice Globes.

BSKIN Eye Care Multi-Tasking Power Serum hydrates and brightens the under-eye area and reduces fine lines and puffiness while lightening dark eye circles. A great option for thos working long hours on the screen. The gift sets come beautifully wrapped, in an exclusive gifting box - all you’ll need to do is just slide it under that tree!

BSKIN is exclusively available at www.bskin.com.

Natasha Tulsi

02 Dec 2021, 03:00 PM

Wordsmith and marketer by day, Natasha is your go-to girl on all things beauty, travel and family. This mommy to two loves her cheese, a fab read and crooning to Ping Fong (don't we all?). Natasha also heads Communications at Expatgiving and helps volunteers find their dream non-profit role! Reach her at email or via her Instagram @sonattymama