What She Wants: A Guide to the Best Beauty Gifts to Make Her Feel Pretty

Her eyes will sparkle. (It's all in the makeup.)

Home for the holidays is likely the worldwide theme of this year’s Christmas. In our case, we’ve been home for all of nine months and counting. And while many of the usual purchases have been on hold, luxury beauty products certainly are not. Because what else can we indulge in at home but prettifying treats and delightful fragrances? So, Santa baby, if you need a list of the best beauty gifts, these are what many women have penciled in on their Christmas wish lists.

Dyson Corrale

With regular visits to the salon out of the question, the Dyson Corrale has been our very best friend. Just a few swipes of its flexing plates across our unruly locks, and we’re instantly ready for Zoom meetings and holiday parties. It’s cordless so it’s extremely easy to use, with regulated heat so it doesn’t burn our hair. Trust us on this, it’s worth every single peso.

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Also available this holiday season, the ultra-popular Dyson Supersonic hairdryer in fuchsia and nickel, with a barrel brush to create volume and shape, and a detangling comb that does exactly that.

Available at Dyson stores nationwide. wpi.ph

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Jo Malone London Midnight Musk & Amber Cologne

Jo Malone London always has the most entrancing scents. We spent a few days in the English countryside with the house’s perfumers a few years back and it was a most memorable trip. This Christmas, revel in its Midnight Musk & Amber cologne with notes of juniper and mandarin. While we can’t dance with friends this season, we can definitely spritz on some fabulous scents to keep us in a celebratory mood.

Available at Jo Malone London boutiques nationwide. jomalone.com.ph


La Mer

Ah, La Mer. Always at the top of everyone’s list of best beauty gifts. With most of us now bare-faced all day long, we need these pampering treats with the brand’s restorative miracle broth to keep us looking well-rested and radiant for all our Zoom holiday calls.

Available at Rustan's department stores. rustans.com

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Hermès L’Ombre des Merveilles

Because Hermès always comes up with fascinating surprises, our bottle of L’Ombre des Merveilles arrived festooned with sparkling lights. Its woody scent is a contrast of dark mystique and light, with incense, tonka bean, and a whiff of black tea. It comes in a star-spangled bottle that tips to one side, mysterious and marvelous.

Available at the Hermès boutique. rustans.com 

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Dolce and Gabbana Light Blue

Dolce and Gabbana’s classic Light Blue still conjures memories of ocean spray and summer breeze. It’s fresh scent of cedar, apple, jasmine, and white rose will take you back to endless sunshine by the sea.

Available at leading department stores.

Kiehl's Holiday Set

Kiehl's is a beloved New York brand that traces its roots to an East Village apothecary established in 1851. Its limited edition holiday pouch by French illustrator Maite Franchi includes two of our favorites classics, the Calendula Herbal-Extract Toner, an alcohol-free potion infused with white flower petals, and the Ultra Facial Cream that kept us moisturized at the end of the earth. 

Available at Kiehl's boutiques nationwide. kiehls.com.ph

Murad Look on the Bright Side Holiday Kit

The founder of Murad is one of the most positive people we've ever met. More than a brand, Murad is a lifestyle. We love reading Dr. Howard Murad's refreshing insights on beauty, happiness, and life in general. More than skin care, Dr. Murad's inclusive philosophy includes internal health and emotional health as well. "When you're health, you're beautiful," he says. We agree. 

Available at Rustan's department stores. rustans.com

Neal's Yard Frankincense Intense Lift Cream

Frankincense has been around since way before that very very first Christmas, and we understand why those Wise Men held it precious. It moisturizes and rejuvenates the skin. An added plus is its relaxing aromatherapeutic properties. 

Available at Rustan's department stores and at rustans.com.

L’Occitane Classic Advent Calendar

L’Occitane had us at hello. The images of founder Olivier Baussan and his beautiful Provence in the French countryside. Lavender, cypress, almonds, and verbena. We were so fortunate to experience everything up close with Olivier in happier times. Everyone has their own favorite L’Occitane classics, with ours being Verbena anything, shea butter hand cream, Immortelle precious cream, and almond shower oil. They’re all available in this year’s Classic Advent calendar. Twenty-four treats in cardboard boxes representing a Provencal Christmas market French illustrator Édith Carron.

Available at L'Occitane boutiques nationwide.  rustans.com.


Photo by L'Occitane.

Chanel No 5

Chanel No 5 is likely the world’s most iconic fragrance. It was the first perfume launched by society belle Coco Chanel in 1921 and maintains its allure almost a century later. For the holidays, Chanel No 5 lists its five toiletries guaranteed to leave a mark, beginning from shower gel to body lotion, body cream, deodorant, and hair mist. Of course, the finishing touch is a spritz of the timeless Chanel No 5 Eau de Parfum.

Available at Rustan's department stores and at rustans.com.

Tom Ford Neroli Portofino

We love crisp citrus fragrances, and Tom Ford Neroli Portofino is a standout. This perfume is much more complex than the light lemon spritzes of our childhood, with notes of bergamot, mandarin orange, bitter orange, lemon, lavender, and myrtle. Floral notes include African orange flower, jasmine, and neroli. Throw in some rosemary, myrtle, and some amber and you have a perfume that makes you feel all grown up and ready to celebrate.

Available at leading department stores. 

Dior Golden Nights

Just because we’re home doesn’t mean we can’t get all dolled up and sparkly for the holidays. The Golden Nights collection by Peter Philips, creative and image director for Dior Makeup, is a new version of the Rouge Dior Couture collection. A shimmery line inspired by snowflakes and winter wonderlands.

Available at Dior boutiques nationwide. 

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Diptyque Marvelous Beasts Lantern

Diptyque is a luxury fragrance house born in Paris in 1961, nearly 60 years ago. It’s all about beauty and the art of living through fragrance. Part of this year’s Marvelous Beasts limited collection is a finely cut silver lantern, a festive accessory to adorn the classic Diptyque candle of your favorite scent. Place it over an open flame and be mesmerized by a lion, swan, and deer, gracefully leaping about. 

Available at Rustan's department stores. rustans.com.


Clarins Total Eye Lift

Brighten her eyes for the holidays and long afterward with Clarins Total Eye Lift, an eye serum that targets puffiness, dark circles, and crow's feet. Since we're all wearing masks, our eyes need all the help they can get to make them radiant and bright.

Available at Rustan's department stores. rustans.com

Sisley Ecological Compound

Sisley has always been quietly discreet, but it has a huge fanbase. One of our favorite products is its straightforwardly named Ecological Compound, which revitalizes and moisturizes the skin. Made with a compound of plants including ginseng, rosemary, centella Asiatica, and hops, it helps the skin fight stress as it restores radiance and suppleness.

Available at Rustan's department store. rustans.com

Mario Badescu Skincare

We’ve been dropping by Mario Badescu’s nondescript boutique in midtown Manhattan for facials for close to three decades now. His A-list clients—including Kylie Jenner, Bella Hadid, Gwyneth Paltrow, Adriana Lima,  Martha Stewart, Naomi Campbell—all swear by his products. While we haven’t had a facial in a while, some of our favorite skincare products are available at Rustan’s.

Available at Rustan's department stores and at rustans.com.


Tiffany & Co.

A Tiffany robin-egg blue box is sure to make anyone’s heart flutter. Sparkling floral musk, noble iris, and vert de mandarine are captured in a gorgeous bottle that evokes those gorgeous rocks that are a girl's best friends. (And hey, if you can pair with actual diamonds, even better.)

Available at Rustan's department stores and at rustans.com.



Because every woman is waiting for that Christmas Eve orgasm, stuff her stockings and her other lacy things with NARS treats: glamorous VIP audacious lipstick gilded in glitz and gold, Climax mascara, and the signature Orgasm blush.  

Available at NARS boutiques and leading department stores. 

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La Prairie Platinum Rare Cellular

After all the Zoom holiday parties, it's time to treat her to the ultimate in rejuvenation. La Prairie's Platinum Rare Cellular line is one of the best beauty gifts to give. Enriched with the noble element that originated from the far reaches of the universe, it's the brand's most luxurious, with a complete skincare routine made up of a lotion, serum, cellular cream, eye cream, and night elixir. Since we're all home for the long haul, might as well indulge.

Available at Rustan's department stores. rustans.com

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Yvette Fernandez
Yvette Fernandez has written over a dozen books. Previously, she was editor in chief of Esquire Philippines and Town&Country Philippines.
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