Give the gift of beauty to someone you love this Christmas, including yourself. Our skincare-obsessed team navigated through a sea of shiny new beauty products to round-up the best items to purchase for a friend, colleague or family member this season of giving. Trust us, these presents are extra special and worth the splurge!
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To be honest, La Mer is something we all want underneath our tree on Christmas day. This beauty brand has done magic for our skin in so many ways that we can’t possibly start to explain it. Its prestigious position in the world of skincare speaks for itself that is why this cream is one of the most coveted possessions on a woman’s vanity. This season is made even more special as La Mer invites legendary fashion photographer Mario Sorrenti and his daughter, emerging talent Gray Sorrenti, to refashion the iconic Créme de la Mer jar. The father-daughter duo captures memories of countless summers spent by the sea in their own powerful visual and vocal narratives. La Mer’s “Edge of the Sea” campaign showcases two limited editions of Crème de la Mer jars making any beauty routine that more creative and beautiful. The Crème de la Mer moisturizing cream in 30ml is priced approximately at MOP $1,545.
Inspired by French aristocracy including Marie Antoinette who famously loved the brightening properties of orange blossom, Darphin is a beauty brand that will mesmerize your senses. It was founded by master botanist, formulator and kinesiotherapist Pierre Darphin who made it his life journey to find the purest and most concentrated plant essences. This season of giving, give a woman you truly admire the 8-Flower Golden Nectar. It’s a masterful blend of eight precious flowers and over 20 plant and essential oils in a lightweight, fast-absorbing formula. You’ll find traces of immortelle, ylang-ylang, patchouli, neroli, rose, lavender, jasmine, and iris helping renew your skin cells. It’s priced at HKD $1,310 for 30ml and a heartwarming gift to receive, indeed.
John Masters Organics
Put John Masters Organics on top of your shopping list! This one-stop-shop for your family, friends, and workmates offers everything with six beautiful box sets filled with expertly crafted organic products that suit every need. All the gift sets are now available at all John Masters Organics stores. For your sister or cousin, get the Body Care Essentials priced at HKD $370. You’ll find treasures in the form of the Geranium & Grapefruit Body Wash (8 fl oz) and Geranium & Grapefruit Body Milk (8 fl oz). It’s the perfect protection against the cold and wind.
Invest in the Deluxe Hair Care Set for your mom, aunt or best friend. It’s such a thoughtful gift that includes the Repair Shampoo for Damaged Hair with Honey & Hibiscus (16 fl oz), Repair Conditioner for Damaged Hair with Honey & Hibiscus (16 fl oz), Repair Hair Mask for Damaged Hair with Honey & Hibiscus (4.5 fl oz) bringing life back to very dry or damaged hair. It’s priced at HKD $1,500.
Augustinus Bader is an amazing brand we’ve recently just discovered. Hailing from a world-leading expert in regenerative medicine, their Rich Cream is an exquisite product that consists of replenishing argan, avocado and evening primrose oil. The combination of omega 6 fatty acids and antioxidants help to protect the skin from free-radicals. This formula dramatically improves the complexion’s appearance for a radiant glow that’s badly needed amidst the Christmas rush, insane traffic, and stressful deadlines. We love that it’s suitable for normal to dry skin types and also offers the ultimate protective shield against dry climates. It’s best as part of an evening beauty routine. The Rich Cream is priced at HKD $1,350 for 30ml and HKD $2,100 for 50ml.
For more details, visit www.augustinusbarder.com
AUGUSTINUS BADER www.lanecrawford.com
We went crazy over the Charlotte Tilbury Advent Calendar and the new intergalactic holiday collection has swept us off our feet once again. Charlotte’s glittering galaxy of makeup magic makes it easy to shop this holiday season. Get your girlfriends the limited edition Magic Dreams skincare kit. It includes Charlotte’s Magic Cream which is a rich formula containing hyaluronic acid, and vitamins C and E. It aims to flood the skin with moisture for a dewy, glowing and party-ready complexion. It’s also paired perfectly with the Magic Night Cream. This supercharged formula feeds the skin hour by hour as you sleep with a powerhouse of eight magic ingredients that work wonders. You’ll also find a relaxing, 100% silk, lavender-infused eye mask. It’s priced at HKD $790.
Costa Brazil is a clean luxury beauty concept created by Francisco Costa and has just recently arrived in Hong Kong. What we love most about this sustainable beauty line is that it nurtures the body by harnessing the enriching, all-natural ingredients of the Amazon rainforest. We believe in its simple but powerful philosophy: beauty shines in nature. That is why we think Costa Brazil’s Kaya Jungle Firming Body Oil is a winning beauty buy. It promotes firmer and healthy-looking skin. It’s comprised of hydrating tucuma butter, Brazil nut and patauá seeds that help improve appearance and firmness. It’s priced at HKD $790 for 100ml and HKD$ 425 for 30ml.
Costa Brazil www.net-a-porter.com