Tis the season, and we’re all scrambling for the perfect gift. I’ve rounded up a couple of Sassy’s favourite holiday beauty collections that your gal pals will simply swoon over – there are plenty more out there, so keep an eye out on your favourite beauty brands for their festive specials (Psst: buy one for your BFF and one for yourself!).
COUNTDOWN TO CHRISTMAS
Gone are the days of classic chocolate advent calendars. Benefit Cosmetics’ Candy-Coated Countdown is a revolutionary 24-day advent calendar filled with your favourite Benefit products. Yes, that’s right. Your days leading up to Christmas will be filled with travel-size surprises ranging from the bestselling Benefit BADgal Mascara to the cult-favourite pore-shrinking primer Benefit Porefessional. Amazing.
Exclusively available at Lane Crawford Times Square counter and all Benefit Boutiques. www.benefitcosmetics.hk/home
PAY IT FORD-WARD
If you’re looking to impress a leading lady in your life (in-laws, anyone?), your answer is the Tom Ford Jasmin Rouge. This ultra luxe scent, part of the Tom Ford Private Blend Collection, encapsulates the Tom Ford woman: daring yet understated, sophisticated and poised. The subtly spiced feminine fragrance comes in a body moisturizer, bar soap (which doubles as a great housewarming gift), and of course, the perfume.
Available at Tom Ford Beauty Counters at Lane Crawford. www.tomford.com
For your friends who love a good bubble bath, give the gift of pampering with some Lush Bath Bombs. These handmade holiday bath products are sold individually, so you can mix and match your favourite designs for a customized gift. The bombs are gorgeous – often infused with glitter – and create a dramatic fizz when you drop it in the bath. My festive picks are the Golden Wonder, Snow Angel and The Christmas Hedgehog.
Available at all Lush Stores. www.lush-hk.com
We drool over all things YSL at Sassy HQ, and their Wildly Gold Holiday Collection does not disappoint. The pièce de résistance in the collection is the YSL Beauté Palette Collector Wild Edition for a palette of seven beautiful pigments and three brushes to doll up your eyes, cheeks and lips. If you’re in the mood to splurge, I recommend this luxe line.
Available YSL Beauté Counters at The Beauty Gallery and Elements. www.facebook.com/yslbeaute.hk/info?tab=page_info
An affordable option for skin care aficionados is one of Burt’s Bees’ five Christmas sets. The packaging is adorable, the products are all natural, and the price starts at HK$178! I must say it’s hard to choose just one, but when in doubt, go with The Classics. It includes Burt’s Bees tried-and-true bestsellers: Honey Lip Balm, Beeswax Lip Balm, Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream mini and Res-Q Ointment mini.
Available at Burt’s Bees specialty stores. www.burtsbees.com.hk/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/StoreView?storeId=10801