During the holiday season, our personal beauty product purchases tend to dwindle, our dollars siphoned off to gifting responsibilities. Now that the new year is here, it's time to get a little selfish again. We've declared 2020 the year of self-care, and showing some love to the bathroom shelf is a good place to start.
Choosing a skincare product without even looking at the ingredient list can be disastrous for your face. You really need to know what you’re buying (or better yet, you need us to advise you on that). Because when you get it right, it can have a priceless impact on appearance. A new addition to one’s self-care kit is the perfect way to start as you mean to go on in 2020.
So, without further ado, from luxury scents to vegan skincare, here are the beauty products for giving back (to you).
Le Labo Body Lotion
This plant-based body lotion from genderless, plant-based cosmetics brand Le Labo is formulated with avocado oil, sweet almond oil, and coconut oil. The Hinoki scent is inspired by the Buddhist temples of Mount Koya in Japan which all carry the mesmerizing scent of the hinoki trees from the surrounding forest.
Avocado Nourishing Hydration Mask from Kiehl’s
If gold eyeliner isn’t really your vibe, then perhaps the Avocado Nourishing Hydration Mask from Kiehl’s is the one. Formulated with avocado fruit extract, avocado oil, and evening primrose oil, this fragrance-free mask leaves the skin feeling nourished and helps prevent water loss by sealing in moisture.
Female Christ Eau de Parfum from 19-69
Female Christ Eau de Parfum
This unisex fragrance – which features notes of patchouli, rhubarb, and cashmere – pays homage to a piece of performance art that took place in 1969, titled “Female Christ" in which a naked woman carrying a cross waked through the Copenhagen Stock Exchange. If you’re feeling especially worthy of a treat, you could also pair this with the Female Christ scented candle.
Trophy Wife Life from Fenty Beauty
Fenty Beauty’s Trophy Wife Life – inspired by the brand’s iconic gold shade – includes a full-size Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter and three exclusives: a Hyper-metallic Liquid Eyeliner, a Hyper-glitz Lipstick, and a Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer. Oh, and a leather pouch.
Tom Ford Fabulous Eau de Parfum
Fabulous Eau de Parfum
I mean, really, what better way to tell yourself you're “fucking fabulous” than by gifting yours truly an Eau de Parfum which has those very words stamped across the front of it? This scent from Tom Ford has notes of clary sage, lavender, bitter almond, vanilla, leather, orris root, tonka bean, amber, and blonde woods.
Travel Size Eau de Parfum Discovery Set from Diptyque
If you're a bit apprehensive about sticking with one scent and vow to switch things up this year, then the Discovery Set is ideal. It includes five different 15ml travel size fragrances, each one an iconic Eau de Parfum from Parisian parfumerie Maison Diptyque.
The Orator from Aesop
This three-step 100 percent vegan routine includes Aesop’s Parsley Seed Facial Cleanser, Parsley Seed Anti-Oxidant Facial Toner and Parsley Seed Anti-Oxidant Serum. The cleanser is a gel which decongests the skin before you apply the alcohol-free toner to balance its PH. The serum – which boasts grape seed, pantheon and, of course, parsley seed – hydrates, softens and fortifies the skin.
Notorious Oud from D.S. & Durga
Oud perfume, inspired by the complex oils which are heavily guarded in South East Asia, is all at once "woody, spicy, floral, smoky, rooty, musky, fine, fecal, and animalic". In Notorious Oud – a unisex scent from Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn-based brand D.S. & Durga – oud is mixed with Bulgarian rose, French lavender, Egyptian papyrus, and Afghani saffron. Word has it that the name was inspired by Brooklyn-born rapper Notorious B.I.G.
The Best Sellers Gift Set from SkinCeuticals
First and foremost, this set includes the holy grail of vitamin C serums – SkinCeuticals’ C E Ferulic. Already an amazing product by itself, it features a synergistic antioxidant combination of 15 percent pure vitamin C (L-ascorbic acid), 1 percent vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol), and 0.5 percent ferulic acid. Throw in two more of their bestselling formulas – the H.A. Intensifier and the Triple Lipid Restore 2:4:2 – and you've got yourself a winner.
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