The best beauty gifts to shop from $9 to $650

Christmas is a time for peace, love and family, but yes, gifts also feature highly! If you have a beauty lover on your list, you’ve come to the right place. In fact, even if they aren’t a regular shopper of the latest and greatest in the beauty world, there’s a chance they would appreciate a special beauty treat they wouldn’t normally buy themselves.

So without further ado, some of the best buys around this season for your loved ones, or even to pop on your wish list for Santa yourself!

The Ordinary & NIOD gift set, $258 (approx)

The Ordinary has significantly shaken up the skincare industry in recent years, its ingredient focused formulations at an affordable price point, making its products extremely popular with skincare lovers. For the first time its parent brand Deciem has created a gift set with another of its advanced skincare brands, NIOD, with a selection of products aimed at protecting the future of your skin, now. There’s also a bright set, for creating a brighter and more even complexion. Order from Deciem’s website. 

Aesop The Advocate hand and body set, $140

Aesop’s simple botanical skincare is sought-after not only for nourishing skin but for adding a modern stylish touch to the bathroom counter, which is why this ‘The Advocate hand and body set will go down a treat. 

Beauty Blender sponge, $35

In terms of sponges to apply your makeup, Beauty Blender is known as the best out there. Gift this to someone that’s only ever stuck to applying foundation with their fingers or a brush. The cute set includes a little ice cream base holder, so it wont roll around getting dirty in your makeup up drawer.

Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer Gift Set, $649 

For the best-tressed in the family, Dyson has released its famous Supersonic hair dryer in a stunning Prussian blue and copper colourway that comes complete with the new hair-smoothing Flyaway attachment. 

Dermalogica Our Best Cleanse + Glow set, $160

Dermalogica’s holiday sets are adorned by Marleigh Culver, a Los Angeles artist and designer and come in a variety of options including Our Best Cleanse + Glow set with Precleanse Oil, Special Cleansing Gel and the brand’s iconic Daily Microfoliant exfoliating powder. 

Sephora Holiday Vibes Coconut Foot Masks, $9 for a pair

A bit of fun for any member of the family, this foot mask includes a pair of sock foot masks infused with a creamy formula including coconut extract. Put your feet up and pop them on for 20 minutes to nourish and soothe feet in need of hydration and comfort. We think it’s a great Christmas evening activity for the whole family while watching the Queen’s message or an iconic Christmas movie.

Block Dock Bottle to Bar Starter Kit, $75

Many people have never tried one of the new generation of concentrated solid body washes, shampoos and conditioners that save on plastic waste. If they’ve expressed a passing interest, now might be the time. This haircare set and holders keep them handy in the shower without going mushy.

Tiffany & Co Rose Gold 75ml EDP, $210

A new fragrance is a luxury to receive, but how to choose? Brand new release Tiffany & Co. Rose Gold Eau de Parfum, 75 ml is inspired by the luminous pink-hued precious metal, and combines notes of fruity blackcurrant, delicate blue rose and a warm finish of ambrette seed.

The Mecca edit The Beauty Insider Set, $275

While there are a huge number of bright, sparkly and beautiful gift sets on offer from Mecca as usual, sometimes the choice can render you frozen with indecision. Making it much easier? This collection will go down well with any beauty lover, the edit of desirable products and trending brands perfectly now and useful all the same. While it’s pricey, Mecca says the products included are worth $732 which is considerably more than you’ll pay. 

Joico’s K-PAK Color Therapy collection, RRP $91

This summer, protect and revive coloured hair with Joico’s K-PAK Color Therapy collection. These products deliver beautiful color vibrancy and knock out hair damage in one powerful punch, and come in an equally vibrant limited edition gift bag. Available from selected hair salons and retailers. 

Aspect Dr Skin Excellence Kit, $215

Cutting-edge cosmeceuticals brand Aspect Dr is known for delivering fantastic results with its clinical grade formulas, so the skincare aficionado will delight in the Skin Excellence Kit that contains all the necessities for a well-rounded routine that also tackles pigmentation. It’s available at Lovely by Skin Institute. 

Gisou Honey Infused Hair Perfume, $133

If there was ever a product you probably wouldn’t buy yourself, its hair perfume. Which is exactly why we think it makes an indulgent gift! This spray is designed to refresh, repair and nourish dry or damaged lengths while leaving a delicious trail of honey scent behind.

Elizabeth Arden 8 Hours, 4 Ways set, $83

Soothing and nourishing for all skin types, Elizabeth Arden’s multi-tasking Eight Hour Cream is an icon of the beauty world and a handy item to keep in a handbag to soothe dry skin, cuticles, lips and more. Here it comes in a set with an Eight Hour Cream All-Over Miracle Oil, Eight Hour Cream Lip Protectant Stick SPF15 and an Eight Hour Cream Intensive Moisturizing Hand Treatment.

Leif’s Desert Lime Body Cleanser and Lotion, $188 approx.

Zesty and bright, Leif’s Desert Lime Body Cleanser and Lotion set is the perfect way to give the bathroom a boost! Australian native Desert Lime brings a boost of Vitamin C while Sweet almond oil offers nourishing and protecting properties.

Hermès Rose Hermès, Rosy Lip Enhancer, $105

Know someone who’s always dreamt of receiving a very specific orange box? Now you can gift them something in Hermès’ iconic packaging, albeit a very small box! Regardless, this nourishing lip balm will suit anyone and make them feel the height of luxury when they apply.

MAC Cosmetics Ace Your Face Look In a Box, $120

MAC Cosmetics has a huge number of covetable gift sets available, but we love the way this set does the hard work for you, with coordinating products for your eyes and lips.

This Works Dream Team set, $22

A Secret Santa or Kris Kringle winner for any recipient, this little set contains sample sizes of This Works’ beloved soothing pillow spray that assists in achieving a peaceful slumber, as well as a roll on Stress Check Superblend to help relieve tension and clear your mind before sleep.

Lancôme’ Genifique 30ml 3-Piece Gift Set, $141

Lancôme’s Advanced Génifique Youth Activating Concentrate Serum suits any skin type, transforming it to radiant health with hydration and advanced microbiome science as well as helping minimise the signs of aging. This set comes with a mini Renergie Multi-lift Night Cream and Advanced Genifique Yeux Eye Cream. 

Charlotte Tilbury Instant Eye Palette Smokey Eyes, $127

New to our part of the world, Charlotte Tilbury’s makeup and skin collection are a beauty lover’s dream and this limited-edition eyeshadow palette is no exception. With shades that will carry through this season and well beyond, it’s a a well-rounded pick that offers subtle shadow or a full-on smoky eye look. The matte shadows contain coated pigments for easy to blend, high colour, while the metallic shades contain luminous pearls for a polished, metallic effect.

The affordable skincare brand launching in NZ that’s famous on TikTok

The skincare industry has been in huge growth mode for the past couple of years, driven by better understanding from consumers around what products do, and how specific ingredients benefit skin. 

That understanding has been fueled by the likes of print and digital media (hello, that’s us!) as well as social media, where discussion around how to use products, build routines and solve issues is everywhere.

Although peer discussion can feed inaccuracy, many also seek out informed voices and in the case of one brand, it’s done wonders. 

Skincare brand CeraVe, about to launch in New Zealand through Chemist Warehouse, has enjoyed skyrocketing popularity over the past 18 months.

On the face of it, the US-based skincare line looks like a fairly straightforward, fragrance-free, affordable and somewhat plain skincare offering, albeit one with a dermatologist-recommended pedigree thanks to its efficacious, gentle ingredients. But it’s those ingredients, along with a little education from some trending personalities, that has established it as a go-to. 

Founded in the United States in 2005 and developed with American dermatologists, CeraVe offers a number of daily skincare products for the face and body that suit a wide range of skin types. 

It was created after those dermatologists noticed that many skin conditions such as dry skin, eczema and acne-prone skin all had one thing in common – a deficiency in skin ceramides and in turn, a compromised skin barrier.  (Ceramides are a unique form of lipid, or fats, that are found naturally in between the skin cells of the stratum corneum, or barrier.)

Its line up is based on the inclusion of three essential, skin-identical ceramides delivered with a specific slow-release technology called Multi Vesicular Emulsion (MVE) along with other key ingredients to help nourish and restore the natural skin barrier as well as address other conditions like acne. This formula of CERAmides with MVE technology led to the birth of CeraVe, and its name. 

The brand was acquired by L’Oreal’s Active Cosmetics Division of L’Oreal in 2017 and from there it has expanded its market internationally.  However it’s been the past year or so that the brand has soared into skincare stardom, largely thanks to a very visible presence on social platforms and the support of key skin experts and influencers.

One in particular, TikTok skin-fluencer Hyram Yarbro aka @SkincarebyHyram (6.6m followers) has had a marked effect on the popularity of the brand. Although Yarbro has since teamed up with the brand on paid posts it was his initial enthusiasm for select CeraVe products that gained attention The brand has also benefited from increased consumer education thanks to further “Doctor influencers” with an impressive social media following including Dr. Dray on YouTube (1.4m followers), Dr. Michelle Henry on Instagram (90k followers), and Dr. Dustin Portela aka 208skindoc (2m followers) and Dr. Shah aka @dermdoctor (11.7m followers), both on TikTok. (Some of their posts may have been sponsored)

“They’re making serious subjects very accessible, easy-to-understand with a lot of humor,” Penelope Giraud,  global general manager of CeraVe explained to WWD. “This allows the young generation, especially the Gen Z [for the first time], to connect more easily on those types of topics, which are important for them.”

“It’s very interesting, they comb through ingredient lists,” Giraud said. “They decode the products for everybody.”

Of course it helps that the products deliver proven active ingredients at an affordable price point. 

So what should we expect when CeraVe lands on the shelves of Chemist Warehouse stores from December 14th and online a few days earlier on December 10?

A number of different cleansing options from cream to foaming or oil formulations, including hero product, the Hydrating Cleanser, $15.99, mean there are texture choices depending on your preference as well as slight ingredient variations. The classic Moisturising Lotion, $17.99 is also joined by further day $26.99 and night $25.99 moisturisers as well as an eye cream, $20.99,  hand cream, $10.99 and foot cream, $15.99.