Last minute panic-shopping for the trickiest peeps on your list? I’ve got you covered. Here are my picks of the 2018 beauty sets…and the people I’d give them to:
1. For the life of the party: Urban Decay Elements Space Powder
We all know someone who spends the their December flitting from Christmas party to Christmas party, soaking in as much holiday cheer as they can. This glittery all-over powder is a perfect accessory for evenings of champagne, fairy lights and festive bling.
2. For the workaholic: Fresh Masks For Miles Set
Self care is something we know we should do, but in reality it happens so infrequently that when it does it’s almost a special occasion. Give someone a reason to take some me-time and pamper themselves with these adorable mini masks (the rose is a personal fave of mine).
3. For the sophisticated sugar plum fairy: Jo Malone White Moss and Snowdrop
This limited edition scent that captures the essence of winter is just the thing for someone who loves going all out for the holidays. It smells just like a crisp, snowy day should…without relying on overplayed seasonal notes. Plus, it comes in an iridescent bottle inspired by vintage mercury glass ornaments!
4. For the luxury lover: Les Eau de Chanel in Paris-Deauville
Not technically a set, but worth an honourable mention because who wouldn’t want to see a chic black and white package under the Christmas tree? The brand’s unisex Les Eau de Chanel bath gels and body lotions are perfect as luxe hostess gifts, with Paris-Deauville being a his/her fave that has just the right mix of green, woody and floral notes.
5. For the rebel: NARS Holiday 2018
Need a gift for someone who rolls her eyes at Christmas carols (but secretly loves holiday gifting)? Go all out with the most punk rock holiday set around! Studded packaging, safety pin and graffiti motifs, plus cheeky names galore, these will definitely score cool points with your edgy bff.
6. For the on-the-go gal: YSL Gold Attraction Edition Makeup Palette
Palettes aren’t just great for travellers, they’re also perfect for anyone who doesn’t always have the luxury of getting ready at home (doctors, gym fiends, working moms, etc). This multi-tasker has three eyeshadows, an eyeliner, two cream blushes and a highlighter, plus all the brushes you’d need to put a look together in a pinch.
7. For the makeup maven: Laura Mercier Caviar Sticks Set
Even someone with tons of makeup (like yours truly!) would be delighted by these cult faves in pretty Xmas sets. The Caviar Sticks are my personal fave, and since all 4 colours are equally beautiful you can easily split up the set into smaller gifts or stocking stuffers.
8. For the fuss-free friend: Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream
We all know that one person for whom fuss-free effectiveness is key. Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream is a best-seller for a reason…it just works. Nab a limited edition Xmas tub designed by illustrator Andrew Banneker for some extra festive cheer, or put together a few faves and get them packed together in a funky holiday gift box.
9. For the skincare addict: Drunk Elephant Inspector Drunk Set
I decide what I like best about this set – the fact that it has a full size bottle of crowd pleasing C-Firma + 4 other popular skincare samples to try, or that the box looks like a kid’s game. Either way, this would be such a delight to open up on Christmas morning!
This post features products that were provided as press samples, however all opinions and observations are my own and not influenced by the brand or its PR team. This post contains affiliate links.