Give the Gift of Beauty This Christmas

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Give the Gift of Beauty This Christmas

From heady floral fragrances to aesthetically pleasing and practical tools, we present ten beauty products perfect for nestling under the tree

Bloom by Gucci. By Camille Summers-Valli at Parent and Samuel Pidgen

1. Bloom by Gucci 

The first fragrance made under the watchful eye – and discerning nose – of Alessandro Michele, Gucci Bloom is an eau de parfum designed to capture the essence of the rangoon creeper, a rare flower that grows in India. With notes of tuberose and jasmine, the perfume is a heady botanical scent, transporting its wearer to somewhere decidedly summery in the dark depths of December. 

2. Molecule 04 by Escentric Molecules 

Escentric Molecules has revolutionised perfumery with its range of single-note fragrances, and their more developed counterparts, which are as grounded in science as they are in olfaction. Merging with the natural pheromones of the wearer to create a fragrance unique to that individual, there is something incredibly sexy about spritzing on one of its Molecule fragrances – the latest release is 04, a citrussy scent comprising aroma-molecule Javanol.

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001 by Loewe, La Femme Prada Intense by Prada. Photography by Camille Summers-Valli, Set Design by Samuel Pidgen

3. 001 by Loewe

Loewe’s 001 comprises notes of linen and pink peony, but its base is truly as musky as they come. What’s more, the box this bottle arrives in is an object of beauty in itself, and certainly warrants a place inside stockings and under Christmas trees. 

4. La Femme Prada Intense by Prada

Tuberose, ylang-ylang, patchouli and vetiver amalgamate to form a complex scent representative of the Prada woman in La Femme Prada. Above all, this eau de parfum is faintly reminiscent of sticky sweet marzipan on the dry-down, rendering it the perfect festive fragrance.

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Diorific limited edition golden glow loose powder and matte fluid by Dior. Photography by Camille Summers-Valli, Set Design by Samuel Pidgen

5. Diorific by Dior

Dior’s limited edition Christmas range of products is luxurious as make-up comes: the gold packaging wouldn’t look out of place on the dressing table of Elizabeth Taylor circa 1954, and the textures of the golden glow powder and matte fluid – which can be used on both lips and cheeks to create a rosy flush – are truly divine. 

6. Cheek Colour by Kjaer Weis

Organic make-up brand Kjaer Weis has created the holy grail of cream blusher, with the silkiest all-natural formulation that leaves the apples of your cheeks radiant for hours on end. Another triumph for packaging, this one, designed by Marc Atlan, is re-usable,so it doesn’t compromise ethics either. The perfect stocking-filler. 

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Rouge Coco lipstick and Joues Contraste powder blush by Chanel. Photography by Camille Summers-Valli, Set Design by Samuel Pidgen

7. Rouge Coco Lipstick by Chanel

Chanel Rouge Coco sees the French fashion house’s iconic lipstick reinvented to provide all-day hydration and nourishment. Arthur is a coral red shade, designed to match with the Joues Contraste powder in So Close. Don’t be deterred by the highlighter-orange colour – your complexion will be truly enlivened, but you won’t end up looking like Rudolph.

8. Kabuki Brush by NARS

We suggest you use the NARS Kabuki Brush, with its hand-spun black wisteria handle, to apply your Chanel blush, swirling it onto your cheeks with the feathery soft bristles to evenly deposit a festive rosiness.

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La Crème Main by Chanel. Photography by Camille Summers-Valli, Set Design by Samuel Pidgen

9. Handcream by Chanel

Using the ergonomically shaped bottle of La Crème Main from Chanel is an extremely pleasing experience. Upon squeezing, its egg-like shape produces a formula containing may rose wax and iris pallida extract, grown exclusively by Chanel in France, to provide hydration and protection with each application. 

10. Eye Massager by 001 Skincare 

If you didn’t already know, the benefits of facial massage are numerous: it improves circulation, flushes out toxins and improves the appearance of lines and wrinkles. Plus, it’s relaxing and rejuvenating, and can be practised almost anywhere. Devoted fans might like to receive the EyeCicle® facial massager by 001 Skincare this Christmas – two glass tubes filled with turquoise liquid that can be cooled in the fridge to de-puff and de-stress. Come January, you’ll be thankful you own them.