Every few years, I make the very unwise decision to hold off Christmas shopping until the absolute last minute (like 1-hour-to-the-gift-exchange last minute). And then go on a rabid Christmas gift shopping marathon, typically ending with a serious Christmas jingle earworm. Well, we’re now 2 days to Christmas and if you’re headed for a panicked gift hunt yourself… We’ve got some ideas! One of my favourite spots for last minute gift shopping is the stocking stuffer aisle. The petite festive bundles often have something for everyone, are easy to pick up (especially if you’re mass shopping) and never short of Christmassy-vibes. So if you need an S.O.S Christmas gift guide, here are our top picks for last minute stocking stuffers!
1. Charlotte Tilbury Iconic Mini Lipstick Wardrobe Set, S$62
Why we love it: You can’t go wrong with this one! The Mini Lipstick Wardrobe Set is a trio of Charlotte Tilbury’s best-selling Matte Revolution Lipsticks including Pillow Talk, Charlotte’s award-winning nude-pink hue. We like how the set has a shade for every occasion. Pillow Talk’s wearability is complemented by Walk Of No Shame, a sultry berry rose perfect for holiday parties. Very Victoria completes the wardrobe with a velvety taupe inspired by Victoria Beckham — its ochre undertones exude subtle baddie vibes, great for in-the-buff looks!
2. Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Mini Brush Set, S$95
Why we love it: I can imagine this super sleek and neat set enchanting many. From the makeup brush buff to brush newbie, this is both an ostentatious collectible and highly functional kit. The Hollywood Mini Brush Set features a quartet of Charlotte Tilbury’s best-selling brushes in handy travel-size (includes a mini Face Powder Brush, Eye Blender Brush, Eye Smudger Brush and Precision Brush). You’ll probably want to take this kit out and about too, with its plush emerald-green velvet casing that doubles up as a ritzy clutch. What a fine looker!
3. Fenty Beauty Glossy Posse: Holo’Daze Lip Gloss Set Mini, S$55
Why we love it: I can’t be the only one weak for Fenty’s packaging. This limited edition set of mini Gloss Bombs look so good together, so good on your dresser and even better on you. Holo’Daze features Fenty’s cult-favourite Gloss Bombs in four ultra-wearable, universally-flattering shades. Again, we like how this set is a one-stop for serial gloss lovers, there’s a shimmer for every occasion. From Cake Shake (sparkly bronze) to Baby Brut (honeyed gold), Taffy Tea$e (slick coral) and our holiday pick, the plummy Ruby Milk! Big bonus: The Gloss Bomb Minis still come with Fenty’s original XXL wand for maximum shine in one swipe.
4. Milani Most Wanted Eyeshadow Palettes, S$20.40
Why we love it: Steal alert! Milani’s newest go-to palettes each feature 6 buttery smooth, superbly pigmented shades. Blendable, buildable and incredibly versatile, the curated mix of mattes and metallics give Most Wanted great possibilities. We like how affordable these chic palettes are too and take it from us, they will give you a big bang for your buck. If you’re looking to pick something up for all your makeup-loving friends, these compact babies are so easy to slip into any gift bag.
Why we love it: I personally think Kiehl’s serves up some of the prettiest holiday packagings every Christmas. A sure treat for Christmas AND skincare buffs, Kiehl’s Holiday Collection this year is decked out in artwork by Maïté Franchi. The signature top-selling Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream will be a safe, universally crowd-pleasing choice; formulated with Glacial Glycoprotein and olive-derived Squalane, this weightless moisturiser promises 24-hours of soft, smooth, well-hydrated skin. For something more petite, pick up the Kiehl’s Holiday Edition Butterstick Lip Treatment (with SPF 30). This charming festive-themed bullet will soothe and repair the lips with a nourishing combination of Coconut Oil and Lemon Butter!
6. IRÉN Skin Dew Up Hydrating Discovery Kit, S$39
Why we love it: This mini serum trio is a mix of IRÉN Skin’s most revitalising Superfruit Booster Serums. We can imagine this experimental kit being a delight for skincare enthusiasts across all spectrums; from serum newbies to anyone discovering customised serums, or the experienced serum-mixer. Featuring IRÉN Skin’s Quench Up Hydrating Serum (for dehydrated skin), Keep Calm Soothing Serum (for redness, sensitive skin) and Skin Reboot Antioxidant Serum (restores and protects), the trio will work in synergy to combat a whole suite of skincare woes.
Psst: Enjoy an extra 10% off all IRÉN Skin’s Discovery Kits until 31 December 2020.
7. Sigi Skin The Minis, S$55
Why we love it: The Minis is Sigi Skin’s core essentials in a dainty, travel-friendly size that includes the Kaleanser Face Wash, Morning Glow Sunscreen and Dream Capsule Overnight Sleeping Mask. This handy kit harnesses the best of Sigi Skin in one seamless everyday routine. Amplify your cleansing game with Kaleanser’s soothing and detoxifying formula, packed with Kale (antioxidant) and Soy Extracts (antioxidant, anti-inflammatory). Then protect against broad spectrum UV rays and environmental aggressors with superfood-charged Morning Glow (doubles up as a lightweight moisturiser). Dream Capsule rounds off the Sigi Skin experience. The silky, melty mask is packed with antioxidants and Bakuchiol for renewed skin overnight!
8. Glow Recipe Glowing Trio Skincare Kit, S$64
Why we love it: A line-up of Glow Recipe’s IG-made-me-try-it best sellers. The 3-step regime features Glow Recipe’s Blueberry Bounce Gentle Cleanser (clarifying), Banana Souffle Moisture Cream (calming, hydrating) and Avocado Melt Retinol Eye Sleeping Mask (brightening). We’re excited how this kit brings together some of the most efficacious, transformative skincare actives; the Glowing Trio is a potent combination of Encapsulated Retinol, Cica and AHA for beaming, bouncy and poreless skin!
9. Oribe Beautiful Colour Travel Set, S$40
Why we love it: (If you haven’t heard of Oribe’s debut in Singapore, it’s time to get in!) No doubt the Rolls Royce of hair care, Oribe is a luxury hair cosmetics label that is as luxe as it is high-performing. The limited edition Beautiful Colour Travel Set features Oribe’s Beautiful Colour Shampoo and Conditioner, specially crafted to maintain, protect and nourish colour-treated hair. We can’t think of a better gift for the one who’s always onto a new hair colour (especially if bleach is in the picture). Oribe’s Holiday 2020 Collection artwork in collaboration with Native American Artist Rowan Harrison also sees every set adorned with Rowan’s exquisite hand-drawn designs, that pay homage to the beauty and spirit of the American Southwest. A treat through and through!
Oribe is currently a salon-exclusive brand in Singapore. Oribe products are available at Shunji Matsuo, Kim Robinson, Chez Vous: HideAway, and Evolve Salon.