A beauty gift guide for the last minute buyer (on every kind of budget!)
A specific kind of panic sets in the week before Christmas Eve––for folks with families that require presents to be stacked under a tinsel-festooned tree, especially. Let’s face it: not all of us are naturally gifters, and for the ones who aren’t tend to be the same people who push gift shopping to the very last minute (trust me, I speak from experience). Now that we’re just one day away from Christmas Eve… it’s safe to say that panic has multiplied at least a hundredfold.
If you happen to have a beauty aficionado still left on your gifting list, consider your Christmas saved. Ahead, we’ve culled a last-minute beauty gift guide for every budget:
Glaze Hand Sanitizer from By KD
Meet the perfect present for friends, office mates or those exchange gift ordeals that we know all too well. Local brand By KD’s scented hand sanitizers cost only P100 a pop, disinfect surfaces and keep bacteria at bay. Oh, did we mention they’re cruelty-free, too?
The scented sanitizers come in three scents: Hush, Wake and Glaze. Score yours online via Beauty MNL!
Keratin Reborn Spray from Siren Hair PH
Gifting hair products can be a struggle, what with different hair types, textures and treatment histories. Thankfully, we’ve come across an elixir that works all across the board. While keratin salon treatments are relatively hit-or-miss in the beauty realm due to the high levels of formaldehyde involved, Siren Hair PH’s Keratin Reborn Spray (P380) delivers smooth, frizz-free texture without the threat of fumes. A few quick spritzes post-shower and a quick comb through, and you’re good to go.
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Shop Siren Hair PH’s products via Shopee.
Beauty Bar Gift Set
Not done shopping? Us either. But who says last-minute Christmas shopping can’t be easy, thoughtful and still be beautiful? Whether your shopping for family, friends or maybe even yourself (no judgment!), head on over to Beauty Bar for their first and exclusive range of holiday sets, which is also celebrates their 20th year in the business. The collection features all your favorite picks in personal care, as well as bath and shower essentials for him and her. You’re welcome!
Beauty Bar located at Alabang Town Center, Power Plant Mall, SM Mall of Asia, Shangri-La Plaza Mall, The Podium, Robinsons Galleria, Eastwood Mall, Trinoma Mall, Robinsons Place Midtown, Greenbelt 5, Lucky Chinatown Mall, Bonifacio High Street Central Square, Ayala Center Cebu, Marquee Mall, Robinsons Place Magnolia, Glorietta, U.P. Town Center, and Estancia Mall. For more information, visit www.beautybar.com.ph and www.ssilife.com.ph, or follow @beautybarph and @ssilifeph on Instagram.
Exclusive Shampoo, Conditioner and Body Wash Set from Love, Beauty & Planet
Love Beauty and Planet is a brand committed to beauty and the planet we live in. From their beloved shampoo variants to our new fave body wash, all Love Beauty and Planet products are made with plant-based moisturizers and are free from all the bad stuff (you know, parabens, silicones and dyes). That includes the bottles they are housed in, which are made from 100% recycled materials. The results? A ~guilt-free~ glow on hair and skin, and a happy earth.
For that last-minute Christmas present, get a hold of these exclusive Love Beauty and Planet sets. Priced at P999 (except the Argan Oil and Lavender set, which retails at P1170!), these boxes contain a bottle each of your preferred scent’s shampoo, conditioner and body wash.
Love Beauty Planet is available in Watsons and other select drugstores and department stores nationwide. Online, you can shop it at Watsons Online, Lazada, Beauty MNL, Zalora, Beauty Bubble and Shopee.
Revitalizing Body Oil with SPF 15 by Bloom & Topiary
If you’re the kind of gifter who likes getting presents that stick the landing at the intersection of form and function, then you may have just met your next purchase. Bloom & Topiary is a proudly local beauty brand that quickly gained traction for its Instagram-worthy products––one of the most popular being the flower-infused Revitalizing Body Oil with SPF 15 (P1680). With rose, jasmine and neroli essential oils, this soothing body oil gives the skin a dose of moisture while doing away with marks and blemishes.
Shop Bloom & Topiary’s Revitalizing Body Oil with SPF 15 online via the brand’s official website.
Beauty Blends 5D by One Earth Organics
Solidifying a skincare routine is tricky business––just ask anyone who’s been through hell playing product trial and error. Take serums, for example: with so many formulations, functions and brands on the market, how exactly do you find the one serum that nails all your skin concerns?
Perhaps the answer isn’t about finding just one. If you’re set on helping your giftee fix a target on their skin issues, consider local brand One Earth Organics’ new Beauty Blends 5D. An assemblage of five serums––Radiance for brightening, Eternal for anti-aging, Clarity for acne-busting, Renascence for plumping and peeling and Purity for hydration––Beauty Blends 5D serums can be used alone or in various combinations to address specific skin needs. The solo serums retail for P429, while the full set goes for P1895.
Rouge Dior Ultra Care by Christian Dior
Rouge Dior Ultra Care is the first line under the brand that’s made with and inspired by florals. Its infused with camelina oil and natural-origin jojoba that hydrates and moisturizes lips for a soft, natural-looking kiss. Available in 10 shades, from nudes to pinks and oranges to red, Rouge Dior Ultra Care glides on like a dream with a luminous, pearly-matte finish. And that’s not even the best part; we love ourselves a beauty product that’s lipcaring, lightweight and longwearing. Sounds like the perfect companion for all the merrymaking we’ll be doing this szn!
Dior Makeup is available at SM Beauty.
Holiday Kit by Bench Beauty
Consider this: all your friend, sister or S.O’s Bench Beauty favorites, all wrapped up in a pretty pink box with a bow. Bench Beauty makes the grand gifting process a breeze with the release of their exclusive Holiday Beauty Kit––a customizable collection of two Cheek & Lip Tints, two shades of the long-lasting Lip Tattoo, two Matte Lipsticks, an Eyebrow Pencil, an Eyebrow Tint, one of two Finishing Powder shades, one shade of Powder Foundation, a Concealer Stick, a Contour Stick, a Bronzer, a Highlighter and one shade of Nail Polish. Now imagine all that at 10% off.
Score Bench Beauty’s Holiday Beauty Kit at Bench Beauty Trinoma and Bench Bonifacio High Street. Shop before January 1st and get the kit at 10% off!
All set to shop for those last-minute presents? Ready, get set, get gifting!
Words Cessi Treñas and Sarah Santiago
Art Alexandra Lara