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Beauty must-haves to gift yourself and your best pals

Jasmine Alimin
Jasmine Alimin11/22/2022 03:57 PM GMT+08  • 3 min read
Beauty must-haves to gift yourself and your best pals
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Slick moves

Save money at the hair salon and dress up your locks with GHD’s professional stylers. For the party season, we recommend the GHD Gold Professional Advanced Styler ($345) to achieve straight, silky tresses. The iconic gold styler features Dual-Zone technology to deliver salon-quality results without compromising hair health. Inspired by the opulence of the 1920s and its Art Deco design, the limited edition hair straightener is imbued in champagne gold and packed in a dramatic red velvet vanity case.

For the lips

Turn heads in Rouge, Hermès’ latest trio of volcanic red lipsticks ($118 each) inspired by lava and smelted ore. Created by Gregoris Pyrpylis, creative director for Hermès beauty, these blazing red limited-edition shades packed a strong punch with rich pigment and a matte finish. They come packed in refillable holders in Art Deco-inspired lacquer colours.

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Eye power

If you are spending too much time in front of your devices, your skin, too, needs protection against blue light rays, which damage and cause ageing to the eyes. Estée Lauder tackles this problem with the reformulated Advanced Night Repair Eye Supercharged Gel-Creme ($119) using a proprietary Chronolux Power Signal Technology to reduce multiple signs of ageing caused by environmental aggressors such as fine lines, wrinkly skin and dark circles. After four weeks of use, 90% of women attest that lines appear diminished, 94% said wrinkles appear diminished, and 96% said the eye area looked smoother and less puffy.

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Lacquered art

Launched a year ago, the Cartier Nécessaires à Parfum collection welcomes a new refill case designed with an Art Deco-inspired geometric motif that echoes the shape of the brand’s famous red case. Engraved, enamelled and lacquered, the new Les Nécessaires à Parfum red box case ($1,200) is the perfect expression of art de vivre. It is made to house all the brand’s fragrances in 30ml refillable glass bottles using a magnetic mechanism specially developed to facilitate the fragrance flow. Ultra-thin and chic, it is perfect for slipping into your handbag or pocket and spritzing on the go.

Absolue beauty

Just like its festive packaging — featuring a Pop Art-inspired geometric rose icon designed by French artist Richard Orlinski — Lancôme Absolue contains the skin-softening properties of Grand Rose, which visibly revitalises your skin with moisture, firmness and plumpness. The premium anti-ageing and brightening formulations are just as luxurious as the gilded bottles they come packaged in. The Absolue Holiday Set ($490) includes Absolue Soft Cream 60ml, Absolue Soft Cream 15ml, Absolue Rich Cream 15ml, Absolue Eye Cream 5ml, and Absolue Eye Serum 5ml.

Steely looks

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Love vegan make-up? Then Tarte’s Modern Mosaic Palette Wardrobe ($36) is the perfect all-in-one treat. The slim and chic compact contains eight finger-friendly buildable eyeshadows in warm plum, metallic and rich matte finishes to create a variety of bold festive looks. The powders are enriched with mineral pigments and algae to soothe, smoothen and soften lids.

Perfume wardrobe

Love La Collection Privée Christian Dior? Enjoy all the brand’s artisanal fragrances in La Collection Privée Fragrance Discovery Set ($335) — a festive gift box that reveals 10 miniature perfume bottles. Italian artist Petro Ruffo designs the whimsical imagery of flora and fauna on the box.

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