These are the gifts you should be asking for
Luxury means so much more than a hefty price tag; it’s the satisfying click-close of a compact, the hefty weight of a high-quality skin care vessel in your hands, and more importantly… it’s the way it makes you feel once you put it on. ‘Tis the season to splurge and be merry: here are the must-have luxury beauty items to add to your Christmas wish list.
Tom Ford Café Rose EDP
Consider yourself a true perfume connoisseur? Then add this to the top of your wish list right now. This jumbo sized carafe (250mL in total) can take your obsession with Tom Ford to the next level, and it’s a sure-fire way to guarantee you’ll never run out of your favourite spritz ever again. Decant the spicy floral fragrance into smaller containers for a travel-friendly way to smell good on the go, or mix a drop into an unscented body cream to wear it from head to toe.
Chanel No. 5 The Body Oil
We’ve waxed lyrical about oils this year, and why wouldn’t we, there’s so much to love about their nourishing formulas. Usually associated with autumn and winter (they’re ace at comforting hydration-zapped skin), they also work a treat in the warmer months as they feel lightweight on skin. This season, our top pick is Chanel No. 5 The Body Oil, a limited edition spritz that echoes the signature powdery floral and lightly woody scent that the luxury French brand is renowned for. Need a reason to justify the price tag? We’ll give you several: the 200mL size will last for years to come, it’s great at relieving tired muscles once massaged into arms, legs and the body, and it can simply be worn on its own on the neck and pulse points or as an anchor to your favourite summer fragrance. It’s a bargain in our eyes.
Dior 5 Couleurs Splendor in Smokey Sequins
We still get excited by the arrival of a new eyeshadow palette and Dior 5 Couleurs Splendor in Smokey Sequins has stolen a piece of our hearts. The silver and charcoal shades are pressed with a stunning sequin design, whilst the bronze shade in the centre is stamped with the Dior logo. So divine.
La Prairie Cellular Cream Platinum Rare Ultimate Rejuvenating Cream
It doesn’t get any more luxurious than a face cream that contains real platinum; and not on the outside as part of the packaging, but blended into the formula to help restore balance in the skin. And at such a steep price tag (it swoops in at just under $1500!), you’ll be happy to know it does that, and so much more. Along with peptides and hydrating ingredients, this day and night cream can also address skin’s firmness, reduce expression lines and strengthen the surface - making it a true time-fighter.
Guerlain Meteorites Perles de Legende Collector
Long before highlighting and strobing came perfecting, which is where Guerlain’s Meteorites range made its mark decades ago. And as we’re all for a limited edition product, Guerlain Meteorites Perles de Legende Collector is one that you won’t want to miss. Inside this year’s edition is a beautiful blend of pink and gold to highlight, as well as a light blue shade to lightly colour correct redness. If you can’t bring yourself to use such an impressive item, it looks just as pretty on your dresser - and we’re ok with that.
Bobbi Brown Sequin Eye Shadow in Silver Heather and Golden Chocolate
Add a touch of glitz to your makeup look with Bobbi Brown Sequin Eye Shadows, which can be used wet or dry. Blend the powders over your eyes to take your smoky eye to the next level, or simply pat it on with a flat fluffy brush and a mixing medium for a foil-like effect.
La Mer Genaissance de La Mer
Another great skin care buy that makes the perfect Christmas indulgence is La Mer’s Genaissance de La Mer, a serum that contains their top-line ingredient Miracle Broth, along with additions of rare calcified algae and refined 24 karat gold. If the silky texture doesn’t sway you, then the anti-ageing benefits will. Follow through with the special massage techniques (such as rolling, gliding and stroking) to reap the full benefits of this product.
Iantha is BEAUTYcrew's Beauty Editor, and has been part of the team since the site launched in 2016. Besides pinky-nude nail polish and wispy false lashes, she has a healthy obsession with face masks and skin care ingredients. Her previous work can be found in Virgin Australia Voyeur, Women's Health, and SHOP Til You Drop.