She has seen you at your best and worst, and knows your deepest, darkest secrets, your dreams and fears, the lies you told your parents to get out of trouble — well, she might even have participated in a few — and she’s even vetted every single boyfriend you’ve dated. So what do you get your best friend? From the creamiest lipsticks to the most decadent perfumes, here are the most coveted Christmas launches to pamper her.
1 / 13 Struggling to find the perfect gift? We have rounded up the best beauty products to surprise your beauty junkie BFF with.Read more
2 / 13 Shu Uemura x La Maison du Chocolat Rouge Unlimited Supreme Matte in Ripe Cherry, Salty Caramel, Deep Cranberry, Black Cherry ($38 each)Read more
Working with the renowned chocolatier, Shu Uemura introduces these new dessert-inspired shades that are also equally delectably named. With the same buttery soft texture that glides onto lips to cocoon them with colour and moisture, these beautiful lipsticks are perfect for dressing the lips this festive season. After all, who’s to say you can’t “borrow” it from her at some point?
Photo: Shu Uemura
3 / 13 Eve Lom Rescue Ritual Gift Set ($190)Read more
Pamper your BFF’s skin with this cleanser + mask duo. Comprising a 100ml Cleanser and 100ml Rescue Mask (usual retail price of $270), these are the absolute must-haves for a clarified and radiant complexion. An Eve Lom icon, the Cleanser packs essential oils and botanical extracts to dissolve makeup, keep blemishes at bay, and replenish it with moisture and nutrients in one gentle step. And if she’s a frequent flyer, she’ll love the Rescue Mask, which lifts dead skin cells and decongests pores while alleviating puffiness and redness.
Photo: Eve Lom
4 / 13 Dr Jart+ Cicapair X-mas Jungle Spell Book ($77)Read more
Perfect for irritation-prone skin, this limited edition gift set is perfect for neutralising redness and replenishing skin with moisture to protect it against external aggressors. With a full-sized colour-correcting day cream from the Cicapair line, this green-to-beige formula auto-adapts to your skin tone for a unified complexion. It also contains Centella Asiatica extract to speed up cellular repair. This set is also great for travel or for the gym as it comes with deluxe-sized samples of the same day cream and serum.
5 / 13 Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle 10/10 Plush Matte Lipstick 10-Pc Collection ($219)Read more
With 10 ultra-pigmented and extra-bold shades, even the most jaded of lipstick lovers will squeal with excitement at the sight of this collection. Perfect for wearing on their own or layering to create customised looks, each lipstick feels lightweight and comfortable on the lips while lasting throughout the day.
Photo: Fenty Beauty
6 / 13 Chanel N5 EDP RED Lacquered Spray ($288 for 100ml)Read more
Any beauty junkie worth her salt will appreciate the wonderful story behind Chanel’s No. 5 fragrance. Now, this timeless icon is available in a limited edition red lacquer bottle while holding the same sophisticated eau of jasmine, rose, ylang-ylang and aldehydes—as if it even needs to be more Instagram-worthy. Just don’t forget to pick one up for yourself as well!
7 / 13 Pixi Glow Skintreats Besties ($65)Read more
What could be cuter than getting your bestie a Skintreats Besties set? Bad puns aside, this skincare duo means business when it comes to maintaining glowing skin. The Glow Mud Cleanser packs exfoliating acids, soothing aloe vera and a gritty texture to get rid of dead skin cells for a smoother, more refined complexion. Similarly, Glow Tonic uses glycolic acid for a gentle resurfacing action to improve skin texture gradually over time.
8 / 13 IGK Friends With Benefits Texture & Shine Kit ($43)Read more
Give your BFF the gift of perfect hair days with this 3-in-1 hair kit. Consisting of IGK’s best-selling products, it is every woman’s must-have to keep hair manageable. Beach Club is a salt-free spray that uses hydrolyzed wheat protein to inject volume and texture to limp locks; Smoke & Mirrors infuses hair with sweet almond oil extract so dull and damaged hair becomes shinier and stronger, while Mistress contains coconut oil to hydrate tresses and keep humidity out without weighing down even super fine hair.
9 / 13 Too Faced A Year of Great Sex – Better Than Sex Mascara Vault ($98)Read more
If your bestie is a big fan of mascara, you’ll win her heart with this mascara vault. Packed with five full-sized Better Than Sex Mascara from Too Faced, it lengthens and thickens sparse lashes, transforming them into va va voom eye fringe that stays put all day. Plus, it comes with timely reminders so your bestie knows when to toss out her old mascaras before it turns bad!
Photo: Too Faced
10 / 13 THEFACESHOP White Seed Set ($49)Read more
Treat your best friend to this travel-friendly set from THEFACESHOP so she can maintain a radiant complexion even when on-the-go. Comprising a 50ml White Seed Brightening Serum, a 50ml White Seed Exfoliating Cleansing Foam and three pieces of The Solution Brightening Face Mask, the cleanser and serum contains botanical extracts to regulate the production of melanin and infuse skin with moisture while the face mask contains pearl powder to brighten the skin for a dewy and plump complexion.
Photo: The Face Shop
11 / 13 Byredo Eleventh Hour Hair Perfume, $85, and Hand Cream, $55Read more
There’s nothing quite like misting your hair with a fine fragrance or massaging a rich hand balm that’s delicately scented. Featuring notes of Ban Timmur, wild fig, tonka beans and cashmere woods, this scent is warm and comforting with a tinge of spice — ideal for everyday use.
12 / 13 Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit — Unlocked ($140)Read more
Anyone who’s familiar with Hourglass will know the amazing finish that its Ambient products give your skin. This limited edition palette not only features that same Photoluminescent Technology to cast a diffused, airbrushed effect on the skin in every light condition, it also contains six brand-new shades of powder, bronzer, blush and metallic strobe powder guaranteed to put your BFF’s best face forward.
13 / 13 Maison Francis Kurkdjian Baccarat Rouge 540 Extrait Travel Set ($540)Read more
If your bestie is a jet-setter who appreciates the finer things in life, then this is your best bet. This set of five travel-sized purse sprays houses one of Maison Francis Kurkdjian’s masterpieces, the Baccarat Rouge 540 Extrait de Parfum. Using only the noblest raw ingredients in the world of perfumery, this opulent scent features accents of saffron, bitter almond, cedar wood and ambergris which takes the wearer on a rich olfactory journey. Notes of grandiflorum jasmine from Egypt and musky wood accord are exalted to create an amber-woody-floral eau that leaves a subtle but bold trail.
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