Luxury Cosmetics

Luxury Cosmetics

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Christmas and luxury cosmetics are synonymous when it comes to gifts and stocking fillers. It is just not the same if you don't give and receive your favourite luxury perfumes and makeup! We have chosen the best brands for your favourite people, including yourself of course.

VALENTINO

Valentino Beauty presents Voce Viva Eau de Parfum, a beautiful feminine scent that draws a parallel between the sound of your voice and the scent of your fragrance. Like a voice, a fragrance is personal, intimate and leaves a trace. The harmony of a radiant floral bouquet, made addictive and powerful through an unexpected crystal moss accord. It is a celebration of every woman’s voice and multi-faceted femininity. 

Valentino Beauty has grabbed the beauty industry’s attention in 2021 with its spectacular palette of 50 lipstick shares, each adoringly encased in the Valentino red, or Rosso refillable case, a true nod to being classy and sustainable at the same time. Meaning you can enjoy you favourite shade, or have multiple refills to enjoy just by switching around using the same case!

Rosso Valentino colours exude true character, from a sublime gallery of 16 reds, to intimate nudes, punk pinks and elevated plums. These shades are for the  elegant, the vibrant, the spontaneous of women, and would make a wonderful gift or stocking filler for yourself or your loved ones. They are available in an array of satin and matte finish.

What we are wearing at the moment: Satin shade 22R in Rosso Valentino for a vibrant and nod to the couture’s house red, and Satin shade 100R Roman Grace for that perfect easy nude with a pinky-peach terracotta undertone, a great staple to compliment any daytime look (both pictured). Refill lipstick only is available to purchase online for £26.00, and refillable with case is priced at £40.00.

Valentino does not cease to impress with yet another makeup quasi-accessory, the Eye2Cheek collection. This beautiful selection of 12 shades provide a versatile creamy powder that comes with an applicator to drape colour from eyes to cheeks, or simply use it as a blush or as an eye shadow. Inspired by make-up looks directly from the Valentino runways, the signature “Eye2cheek” look brings you 90s glamour in one palette. The trick is to using the integrated applicator and apply using a half-moon gesture by starting from the eye crease, and pull out to the temple then blend round and down to the top of the cheek bone. This powder can also be worn as a blush for a healthy flush of colour on the cheekbone or as a mono eyeshadow to softly colorise your eyelids. The Eye2Cheek is highly pigmented yet buildable, and can be layered for a more intense colour impact, adapting to your mood. 
You can choose from pinks, to corals, oranges and plums. Our current favourite is shade Very Rose (pictured)

LANCÔME

Lancôme has released their 2021 Holiday Collection and it is perfect for this year’s much needed festive celebration. There are limited editions for two of their best-seller perfumes, La vie est belle, and Idôle, as well as some beautiful makeup. 

The Holiday Collection would make perfect gifts, making memories with the limited edition shooting star motif, designed by Maison Eli Grita.

Incarnated by Julia Roberts, La vie est belle perfume is a universal declaration to the beauty of life. A unique olfactory signature perfume scent created by three of France’s leading perfumers. The sweet scent opens with fresh tones of iris, jasmine and orange blossom, and it is perfectly undermined with the rich intensity of patchouli essence, making it a truly unique feminine scent for a woman who seeks luxury and is always living for the present. 

Idôle represents a scent made by women for women. At the core of this fragrance stands the most noble and iconic perfume ingredient, the rose. Jasmine absolutes accompany this unique rose scent to create a clean, intense softness which blooms gracefully. Enveloping the fragrance like a cocoon, notes of bergamot explode with juicy pear. What is more, this Limited Edition bottle is refillable, meaning the uniqueness and memory created through this gift can live on.

Both Limited Edition perfumes are available at Lancôme and all major independent stockists in 50ml (RRP £78.00).  Gift sets, including the 50ml eau du parfum, body lotion, miniature perfume, and small mascara, RRP £99.50.

The Holiday Collection also features two limited edition makeup palettes. The Glimmering Gold Highlighter, RRP £34.00, is an illuminating face powder dressed up with a flashing shinning star as its emblem, signed by French designer Eli Grita. Its powder formula sits evenly on the skin for a smooth and radiant finish with a nude golden glow. It’s the last sparkling touch to enhance your holiday complexion. The new Glimmering Star Eyeshadow Palette,RRP £45.00, dressed up with a flashing shinning star as its emblem and designed in a shiny gold finish and vibrant colors, starring 8 ultra-pigmented and splendid eyeshadow shades that will make your holiday look pop with colour and glitter. The 8 shades are called: Comet Pink, Cosmic Brown, Black Star, Celestial Caramel, Glimmering Gold, Cosmic Pink, Galatic Taupe.
Both Limited Edition sets are available to purchase online from Lancôme and all major independent stockists.

ARMANI BEAUTY

Giorgio Armani Sì Eau De Parfum is a timeless perfume that is for a woman who is grounded yet adventurous.  is Italian for ‘yes’ and reveals the contemporary femininity of Giorgio Armani, showcased by Cate Blanchett for many years.  The perfect scent for a sophisticated woman who is both strong and elegant.

Sì Eau De Parfum opens with a floral fresh scent, fresh, green and addictive in its initial impression, followed by the elegance of Freesia and the exquisite honey hues of Rose De Mai absolute that make this perfume truly distinctive. The long lasting and sensual notes of Blackcurrant Liqueur, Oakmoss and Patchouli softly define this fragrance as a captivating modern chypre. 

You can also consider variations of Sì (pictured), such as Passione for something more fruity and passionate, or Fiori for a more in-depth floral nose.

Sì Eau De Parfum is available for Christmas in gift sets, or bottles of 50 ml, RRP £58.00 and 100 ml, RRP £105.00. Available to purchase from Armani Beauty, Harrods,  SelfridgesJohn Lewis,  Boots, and all major online stockists.

Armani Beauty has become a key part of every woman’s make-up bag, from the flawless foundations to the vibrant and long-lasting lipsticks. New to the lipstick collections is Lip Power, RRP £32.50. Available in 25 shades, with variations of nude, pinks, and reds. We also love the bendable Neo Nude Melting Colour Balm, which is a versatile balm for cheeks and eyes. Its airy, lightweight texture and moist formula composed of 35% oily components allows it to effortlessly blend into the skin, or over your Neo Nude Glow Foundation, RRP £32.00.

Armani Beauty make-up is available to purchase from Armani Beauty, Harrods,  Selfridges , John Lewis,  and all major online stockists.

 

HUDA BEAUTY

Huda Beauty has so much to offer, any make-up product you need, she’s got it! The collection now includes everything from cult eyeshadow palettes, iconic lipsticks, a fan-favourite foundation, bronzers, eyeliner. We are spoilt for choice. Especially visiting the Selfridge counter for Huda Beauty, you can just spend hours trying all the eyeshadow palettes shades and all the lipsticks! We consider it rest & recreation or “R&R”, and what you get is research and recommendations!

For the undecided, we recommend the Huda Beauty 12-doors Advent Calendar (pictured above) because you get a trio of full eyeshadow palette sets, lipstick, mascara, as well as essentials form Wishful, the skincare range by Huda. For a knockout look this party season, we love the loud and subtle shades from the latest Wild Obsession Palettes (pictured above). And lets not forget our all time favourite Mercury Retrograde, if you don’t have one – go get it! Such a staple for everyday and evening wear.

We are big fans of Huda and Mona Kattan, and no beauty gift guide is complete without our favourite duo’s perfume range, Kayali.

KAYALI Invite Only, Amber 23 

An ode to true opulence, Invite Only, Amber 23 offers an enhanced and deeply unforgettable experience. It is a rich and unique fragrance, and not for the timid or shy. The wearer will experience intensely deep undertones that are long-lasting and will for sure turn heads. The top note is big juicy black cherries, mixed with roasted hazelnuts and tobacco. There is a sweet glazed aroma which come from Honey de Provence. Together they work beautifully with the  mid notes of citrus leaf, rose centifolia and rose damascena for alluring depth and dimension. This contrasts with the woody, sensual base of Madagascan vanilla, sandalwood, amber resin, cypriol, musks, patchouli and benzoin to create the ultimate atmosphere of seduction and just screams #bosswoman. You can also layer all your Kayali scents to create your own unique blend. We love the combination of Invite Only and Deja Vu – White Flower, which is available in a handbag friendly size

As alternative gift suggestions, we also present an all time favourite Vanilla 28, perfect for those who love a floral musk juxtaposed with the sweetness of Madagascar Vanilla Orchid and Brazilian Tonka. We also love the alluring scent of Sweet Diamond & Pink Pepper 25, ideal for those who love a floral bouquet of Roses and Lilies, but with top notes of spicy Bergamot, Saffron, Sandalwood that allows the perfume to linger for hours unchanged. There is also the longterm favourite Citrus 08, perfectly citrus scents of Pink Grapefruit, maried with Rhubarb, Blackcurrent, and Pink Pepper, all harmoniously together. There is then the high chords of Roses from Bulgaria, that bring

DEAR DAHLIA

Dear Dahlia is a Korean beauty brand that has been extremely popular over to these shores for the last couple of years. The luxury vegan beauty brand is inspired by the Dahlia flower, a symbol of grace and beauty. The products are 100% cruelty free and 100% vegan. The Mesmerizing Moment Collection Palette showcases an exquisite assortment of complexion complementary eyeshadows, available in 4 choices. Pictured here is the Angelic Nude palatte. All the palette features 8 quintessential shades including velvety mattes, silky shimmers, and high sparkle glitters. They have a buttery smooth texture, which allows for building and blending seamlessly to offer a rich range of wearable combinations. Infused with Dahlia Variabilis Flower Extract with proven skin conditioning properties to help protect the skin and provide long lasting benefits for healthy looking skin. Dear Dahlia’s Lip collection are exactly what you want when looking for the perfect wearable shade – moisturising, pigmented, and long-lasting. The brand has lip glosses in satin and glass, as well as lipsticks in stain and matt finishes. The formula is vegan, and We love the deep and neutral shades of the Lipstick Paradise ranges (pictured). You can try the Intense Satin pinkish-red classic “Marilyn” or go for an orange hue red “Scarlet” for this festive season. If you prefer the nudes, then we high recommend shades: Intense Satin “Kate” or the sell-out in Effortless Matte  “Sophie”  (see pictured). Dear Dahlia is available to purchase in the UK through Look Fantastic or in the EU via the Dear Dahlia website.

LES COUVENT DES MINIMES

It all started at the Couvent des Minimes, a majestic place founded in 1614 in the South of France where Louis Feuillée, an illustrious botanist to King Louis XIV, lived. Le Couvent pays homage to him and his travels through their French brand of 100% Vegan Botanical Haute Parfumerie. Les Couvent offers original, qualitative and natural fragrances, at the fairest possible price. 

We love the sensual enrichment of Le Couvent des Minimes Remarkable Perfumes in Santa Cruz. It is an intoxicating fragrance infused with a delicious blend of fresh, citrusy and minty note.

The most important feature of any intense perfume is that is presents a high concentration and remains long-lasting. Santa Cruz presents an alluring scent that leaves you wanting more. Inspired by Louis Feuillée’s travels, a gentle marriage of sun-kissed Bergamot and cooling Eucalyptus create a memorable olfactory experience.

Available in 50ml (RRP £65.00) or 100ml (RRRP £95.00) at Look Fantastic and Fenwick.

KJAER WEIS

Kjaer Weis is the cosmetic gift that will last a lifetime, and not just for Christmas and the new year. Each of their delicious, Certified Organic formulas are housed in a refillable, silver compact which is designed to be kept forever. So Kjaer Weis the perfect makeup gift for those who love both luxury and sustainable beauty all the same.

Founded by make-up artist, Kirsten Kjaer Weis, her ethos is that “women deserve the feeling of putting the best ingredients on their skin, ingredients the body celebrates and resonates with, not something it’s trying to fight”. So it is no surprise that our favourite pick for those who have sensitive eyes or wear contact lenses would be her fabulous Im-Possible Mascara because you can expect high-impact, attention grabbing volume lashes that are made possible thanks to a Certified Organic Formula.

Lipsticks, such as our favourite shade “Thoughtful”, are blended with Shea Butter, Jojoba Seed Oil and Sweet Almond Oil, and this moisturizing formula is activated when the velvety texture comes into contact with the warmth of the skin. The sleek silver case is refillable, and a sign of the brand’s environmental consciousness. We love “Thoughtful” as a cool pink based nude. The Foundations are part makeup, part skincare, and are designed to work like a hydrating serum while promoting an even, luminous complexion. The lightweight, buildable formula is blended with Organic Chamomile Water to soothe irritation, as well as plumping Hyaluronic Acid, Mimosa Flower Wax and the label’s exclusive Chinese Yam Extract to enhance radiance.

The entire designer collection is available to purchase at Net-A-Porter.com

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