Cue the excitement: the first drop of holiday has landed (and here’s what to buy)

Cue the excitement, colour and glitter; the first drop of this year’s limited-edition holiday collection has landed – and you won’t be disappointed. Think dialled-up skincare classics, and makeup that brings the glamour for the Gatsby-style summer we all deserve. Treat yourself accordingly.

Drunk Elephant Trunk 5.0

It’s the gift of all skincare gifts: Drunk Elephant’s famous Trunk is back in its fifth iteration. From Drunk classics C-Firma™ Fresh Day Serum and Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil to newer icons Sweet Biome™ Fermented Sake Spray and O-Bloos™ Rosi Drops, the hot pink carry-on (perfect for your first post-lockdown trip) opens to reveal 15 of the brand’s conscious skincare formulas in a mix of full and deluxe sample sizes. Our tip – don’t wait for December. Self-gift this one sooner rather than later, because historically, it sells out quick.

Glow Recipe Glossy Skin Spell

For the friend/sibling/co-worker that sends TikToks until the wee hours of the morning [editor’s note: that’s me!], this is the sweetest gift of the season. Why? It’s likely they will have already been eyeing off Glow Recipe’s Watermelon Dew Drops since beloved beauty TikTokkers @glamzilla and @mikaylanogueira sparked virality earlier this year, and, well, the drops paired with the brand’s Watermelon Glow Pink Juice Moisturizer make your skin as luminous and mesmerizing as a For You page. Lightweight, totally non-greasy and scented with watermelon, this set is juicy summer skin in a box.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit – Universe

Year after year Hourglass delight us with a limited-edition face palette that tickles our senses, and this year makes no exception. Meet the Ambient Lighting Universe Edit – a five-pan palette of four limited-edition shades of Hourglass’ famous Ambient Lighting Powders (including blush and bronzer hues of course), and one mega pan of Infinity Powder, a blend of Ambient Lighting and Strobe Powders that, when dusted over the face, create a blurred, lit-from-within, soft-focus effect. Complete with beautifully swirled, marble-esque packaging, this is a fool-proof gift for the makeup lover in your life (and the one that MECCA HQ will rush to gift to themselves).

MECCA MAX The Big Blend Eye & Complexion Brush Set

As we approach life out of lockdown with a fresh-start mentality, a new set of brushes might be just the thing to reinvigorate your love for beauty. It’s why we’re putting MECCA MAX’s The Big Blend Eye & Complexion Brush Set at the top of your gifting radar: with 10 vegan face and eye brushes (homed in the cutest pink case-turned-brush-holder) it lets you retire your over-used brushes from 2013 while filling any gaps in your collection. It’s also the perfect gift for someone with particular taste or a large collection of products.

NARS Bijoux Eyeshadow Palette

Big plans? NARS too. The legendary beauty brand is celebrating the holidays with their largest eyeshadow palette ever. It’s undeniably luxe, too: limited-edition matte, satin, shimmer and glitter shadows fill 16 ultra-pigmented pans in rich jewel tones and wearable neutrals. At first glance, we’re eyeing off the velvety greens and purples, but know that the palette’s glimmering champagne shade will become a fast friend for simple, shimmery eyes. Take it from us: this palette is a hot-ticket item, so if you want it, don’t let it cool off in your wishlist.


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