Whether you’re a Secret Santa on a budget or shopping for one of your closest girlfriends, these gifts will bring a smile to the grumpiest soul.
First spotted in South Korea, our premiere pick boasts of an oriental origin. The cushion compact foundation is a total beauty game-changer. Its ingenious built-in spongy base soaks up just the right amount of product for an air brushed veil of foundation. Considered a fusion of skincare and makeup, this feather-light concoction offers sun protection (SPF 30) combined with daily coverage.
Cara Delevingne and Lily Collins aren’t labelled runway brow queens for nothing. Statement arches are rocking the Hollywood scene right now and a personal stylist set will have anyone equipped to ace the perfectly-pencilled trend in an instant. This travel-friendly kit, home to dual eyeshadows in complementing shades, an applicator and three stencil templates is the key to standout brows.
Color me Scarlet
While the matte-lip craze kicked off the season, this liquid suede formula is one that will elevate a pout game for more than one reason. Even the faint of heart can carry off classic red lips with dreamy-cream matte coverage. Transfer-proof as the name suggests and long-lasting are just the beginning. Just one swipe offers the most intense colour coverage for a Picasso-perfect finish.
Blush and Bronze
This versatile multi-tasking makeup essential—a hybrid blusher/highlighter palette—complements glowing skin that’s so in this festive season. Sculpt, bronze and illuminate with a compact combo in matte, satin and shimmery shades from dusky nude to iridescent pink. We don’t advocate going all out aping Kim K. but boosting facial definition with a healthy flush, will seldom be a nay.
Gilded and Tinted
As undeniable as Donald Trump’s win, Maybelline NY knows its nudes. This rose-gold-themed palette packed with 12 neutrals ranges from sensuous rose, tempting taupe to provocative plums. Each shade is paired with a complementary shimmer and matte shadow, so the combinations are unlimited. Plus, the highly blendable, universally flattering tones make for fool proof, bare-it-all looks.
A no-fail face cream is ideal to upgrade a skincare regime this winter. Switch up greasy products for this lightweight, quick-to-absorb formula from The Body Shop. Packed with Vitamin E, Shea Butter, and Aloe Vera, it offers 48 hour moisture infusion coupled with intense hydration. The improved ingredient list also boats of Biofermented Hyaluronic Acid from Pomacle, France for a cell-level plumping effect.
Babes on a budget, what’s going to be your first pick this Christmas?