10 Seriously Good Holiday Sets
One of the most frustrating things about editing a digital beauty magazine is you don’t always see the holiday gift sets. These usually ship directly to store and aren’t promoted by the PR departments since they aren’t new product launches. Making it even more difficult to find, retailers rarely promote all of them so the only way to find them is to spend time in store or scouring the ecomm sites. The good news is I’ve done the work for you. I’ve gone through all the holiday launch programs and searched for the most interesting and fun editions & sets. Each offers good value for price and I think is pretty exciting for beauty and fragrance enthusiasts.
Clinique “The Chubettes” 20-piece set, $65 (value of $116.50)
Here is a new way to enjoy Clinique’s wildly popular Chubby Stick tinted lip balms. You get a mini version of 10 Chubby Sticks in a variety of the most popular shades and 10 Chubby Stick Intense Moisturizing Lip Colour Balms. They are adorable and come in a collectible Clinique tin case.
Lancome Advent Calendar 24-piece set, $199
Celebrate the entire holiday season with this impressive beauty advent calendar from French beauty house, Lancome. Each travel-sized product is boxed in colourful packaging and housed inside a chic fuchsia pink box that can be used afterwards to store beauty products or accessories.
MAC Snow Ball Lip Kit in “Warm”, $39
This holiday lipstick kit is seriously exciting for a couple of reasons. Not only does it offer good value, but there is a brand new MAC nude shade that is only available in this kit. It’s called ‘Nude du Jour” and it is a seriously flattering shade with just a hint of pink and brown pigment. Each lipstick offers a hydrating matte finish.
Marc Jacobs Daisy Eau So Fresh Holiday Set, $135
New York fashion designer Marc Jacobs is celebrating the 10th anniversary of Daisy this year. And while that is his signature scent, Daisy Eau So Fresh is equally impressive. It contains notes of grapefruit, raspberry, pear, jasmine, rose, violet, litchi, apply blossom, musk, Virginia cedar & plum. It’s a fresh fruity-floral for her.
Bobbi Brown luxe beauty trunk, $350
This collector beauty trunk is so impressive I showed it on Cityline. It is one of those items that you buy and enjoy for the rest of your life – like investing in a designer bag or shoes. It’s for the true beauty enthusiast. I only see Bobbi offer a few of these during the holidays.
Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy After Hours Nude Lip Kit, $38
This is the perfect set for anyone who likes to rock a nude lip. These shades were selected to work together seamlessly to give your nude lip the perfect finish with a hint of dimension.
Versace Women 4-Piece Deluxe Mini Fragrance Set, $49
Here is the perfect stocking stuffer for anyone who likes sexy scents. With the big Versace mini-series debuting in January on FX, this set of travel-friendly scents will get you in the proper Versace mood.
Dior Deluxe Palette, $98
You won’t find this incredibly beautiful Dior eye and lip palette advertised anywhere. The French fashion house makes a limited number of them to reward good customers. They are so expensive for Dior to product, only a handful arrive on counter. If you do see one, snap it up. The packaging is exquisite. And you could use the case as a clutch when you are finished with the makeup.
shu uemura x super mario bros makeup brush set
shu uemura may be known for its false lashes and cleansing oil, but the Japanese artistry brand is equally talented at fashioning high quality makeup brushes. This set contains icons from the super mario bros video game.
Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Colour Lip Gloss “Gloss on the Go” Set, $30
Here is a great gift idea for a co-worker or teacher. The sleek black case hides four mini lip gloss tubes in Red Door Red, Precious Petal, Passionfruit and Dulce.
Each of these items is available at select Hudson’s Bay stores and thebay.com