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The Best Beauty Brands to Gift This Christmas

Christmas is around the corner, meaning gifts are flying off the shelves in anticipation for this year’s home-bound celebrations. Sometimes it can be difficult to curate ideas, especially for the girl or guy who has it all, but with beauty, there’s always a new trend or hyped product to test. Sometimes, it even leads to a new staple favourite. Here are our top picks this year for the beauty-savvy souls.

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Drunk Elephant

The one, the only, the highly-anticipated ‘The Trunk’ is back with its 4.0 edition. Drunk Elephant was founded by Tiffany Masterson in 2012, a clean-compatible skincare label that instantly earned the hearts and bathroom beauty shelves of many. Designed to deliver real—and frankly, instant—results, the brand uses all-natural ingredients and its limited-edition exclusivity makes it a holiday favourite. Your skin changes depending on the time of year, time of day and climate of the region you’re in. Nourish and hydrate the skin with the easy-to-use smoothies, serums and magic oils from this all-in-one set—trust us, you will be amazed. All products are 100% free of essential oils, silicones, and fragrance. Drunk Elephant is a supporter of IEF (International Elephant Foundation) and cruelty-free.

The Trunk 4.0 (HK$3,515) by Drunk Elephant includes:

  1. -30 ml / 1 fl oz A-Passioni™ Retinol Cream

  2. 30 ml / 1 fl oz C-Firma™ Day Serum

  3. 30 ml / 1 fl oz T.L.C. Framboos™ Glycolic Night Serum

  4. 50 ml / 1.69 fl oz T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial™

  5. 50 ml / 1.69 fl oz Protini™ Polypeptide Cream

  6. 50 ml / 1.69 fl oz B-Hydra™ Intensive Hydration Serum

  7. 30 ml / 1 fl oz Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil

  8. 150ml / 5 fl oz Beste™ No. 9 Jelly Cleanser

  9. 90 ml / 3 fl oz Umbra Tinte™ Physical Daily Defense

  10. 15 ml / 0.5 fl oz Shaba Complex™ Eye Serum

  11. MONOS luggage-

  12. Sample bag

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An evening ritual is, to some, the most cherished part of the day. Taking a warm shower, removing all the face residue from the day, then massaging in some nourishing creams to rejoice the skin—it’s a holistic feeling. afterhours. celebrates the moments, a concept store dedicated to a natural regime, with the purpose of seeking balance in the element and aesthetic. Showcasing a boutique range of all-natural products for the skin, face and body, afterhours. commits itself to sustainability by choosing environmentally-conscious brands in its collection—plus the designs are divine.

We recommend the SANS [CEUTICALS] ACTIVATOR 7 BODY + HAIR + FACE OIL (HK$329), a multi-functional solution to stretch marks, scars, dry skin and acne. The potent and reparative oil contains active vitamin A to stimulate cell repair, increase collagen production and boost skin resilience, tone and elasticity. The SANS [CEUTICALS] BODY + HAND BUTTER is crafted from Manuka honey, 5% Niacinamide, Kawakawa extract and oat extract, for a healing luxurious butter which soothes and restores all skin types. Buy this duo in a set, the Revival Essentials Kit (HK$559) for a beautiful all-in-one luxury gift. MAISON LOUIS MARIE is a vegan pioneer with roots in French botanical history specialising in scents. The No.04 Bois de Balincourt (HK$489) is a delicate blend of sandalwood, cedarwood, with mid notes of vetiver, nutmeg and cinnamon and an amber wood base, packaged in a travel-friendly size. Tea fanatics can also try the newly-launched range of MAYDE TEA products available online.

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OMG Anti-ageing Haircare

Give the gift of great hair this year with SHHH Salon’s homegrown haircare range to get OMG results. The brand targets hair anti-ageing and overall hair wellness, using OMG’s signature blend of argan plant stem cells, collagen and hyaluronic acid. While we love the in-person treatment at the salon, it’s important to maintain haircare at home, and what better way to do it than with the pro-salon grade products, directly from the source? Expect instant benefits with these unisex products, all made in Japan to align with SHHH’s luxury ethos. Each product uses eco-friendly refillable packaging to help reduce single-use plastic. Not sure yet? Request a sample and see the magic for yourself.

Available at SHHH, online and select retailers.

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Bobbi Brown

A pioneer in the beauty industry, Bobbi Brown Cosmetics was founded in 1991 by the legendary makeup artist, Bobbi Brown. The well-known beauty brand has outposts all around the globe, offering products from skincare to makeup. This festive season, the brand has launched a limited-edition Holiday 2020 Collection, inspired by the wonders of winter in New York. Gift your beauty fanatics a top-of-the-range set—the Essential Brush Kit (HK$1,200), which includes all the tools for any beauty look, including a Travel Size Blush Brush, a Travel Size Full Coverage Face Brush, a Travel Size Eye Shadow Brush, a Travel Size Brow Groomer and a Travel Size Ultra Fine Eye Liner Brush, presented in a beautiful emerald-tone case for easy carrying. Spice up holiday looks with the Golden Shimmer Eye Palette (HK$380), a plate of matte, metallic and diamond textures for versatile styling.

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Natasha Moor Cosmetics

Founded by entrepreneur and make-up artist Natasha Moor, the namesake brand has now become a household staple amongst many beauty bloggers and makeup lovers alike. Through years of experience, Moor has accumulated a wealth of knowledge in the makeup industry. Each look is bespoke and catered to women’s individual needs, from luscious lipsticks to confidence-igniting eyeshadow. Her first line, lipstick, was an instant success, offering a range of moisturising, long-lasting shades for every occasion. Some of our favourites include the warm-tone brown Legacy Silk Suede Lipstick (HK$210), the party-ready Storm Molten Matte Liquid Lipstick (HK$185) and the everyday essential Kohl It Magic Black Eyeliner Pencil (HK$160).

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TINCTURE—All-Natural High Performance Cleaners

Refresh, clean and sparkle a home with TINCTURE, an all-natural collection of performance cleaners made using 100% natural ingredients with no harmful chemicals. The superior cleaning power of each product makes cleaning enjoyable and stress-free, all of which are biodegradable, sustainable, cruelty-free and vegan-friendly. It’s also effective against bacteria and viruses (2 products have passed Europe’s EN1276 and EN14476, demonstrating 99.999% bactericidal and virucidal activity, including coronaviruses). Made in England, each product gives off a natural botanical fragrance, making it feel like you’re cleaning spa. Give the gift of luxury cleaning—it’ll make the process more efficient and enjoyable.

Exclusively available at at SHHH.