The Best Last-Minute Beauty Gifts

These exceptional, easy to find beauty gifts won't have you feeling guilty for shopping last minute.
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Jo Malone London Advent Calendar
Containing 24 fabulous and fragrant surprises in miniatures (body creams, colognes, scrubs, candles, and other body essentials), this set is perfect for the jetsetters in your life. P22,250, Greenbelt 5 and SM Aura.

Jo Malone London Bathtime Collection, Miniatures Candle Collection, and Cologne Collection
For a brand big on fragrance layering, it's only apt to have collections that make mixing scents a piece of cake. We guarantee every receiver will enjoy lighting two or three at a time from the Miniatures Candle Collection (P5,400) and learning how to mix and match scents for different occasions with the Cologne Collection (P6,480) or Bathtime Collection (P4,150).

Kerastase Nutritive Line
While the brand offers various gift sets for the season, the Nutritive collection is a safe pick for practically anyone. It works on conditioning, strengthening, and smoothening all hair types. It also smells terrific.  

Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair essentials
This special holiday box contains a complete evening skincare regimen every woman would love: Estee Lauder’s Advanced Night Repair serum, eye serum, and the Micro Essence Treatment Lotion. Estee Lauder’s Night Repair was the first serum ever created and also the first to use hyaluronic acid as a skincare ingredient. Its latest version, the Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II, patented till 2021, boasts of over 25 patents with its revolutionary formula that is found to work best during sleep as it ensures that the body’s “clock genes,” responsible for triggering skin cells to repair and regenerate, are working at their maximum and in sync with one’s sleep cycle. A combo of actives like hyaluronic acid for hydration, algae extracts for skin cell regeneration, and its Alkyl Guanine Transferase (AGT) that works on toxins and chemicals from the environment to brighten and repair skin damage are its star ingredients. AGT is naturally found in our skin, which continuously needs to be replenished for the skin to keep on repairing at night. After just over a week of using it, notice an improvement in skin texture and facial lines. Rustan's Beauty Source


Estee Lauder Fragrance Treasures 
If you're wary about giving anti-wrinkle creams as gifts, you can opt for these purse-sized bottles of the brand’s most popular scents, a delightful limited collection to last the holidays and beyond. It includes the classic Pleasures, Beautiful, and Modern Muse, and Modern Muse Le Rouge Gloss to match all occasions and moods. Rustan's Beauty Source

Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Matte Lipstick set
One swipe of Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Matte Lipstick gives a bold and opaque even coverage. Each shade (this box comes with four flattering hues) glides easily, hugs the shape of the lip on application, and is non-drying and long-lasting, making it a clear winner in the matte category. Rustan's Beauty Source

Hermes Gallop de Hermes
Rose and leather scents mix in this new perfume by Hermes. Surprisingly youthful, this long-lasting fragrance is enticing without being too intense. A great option for sophisticated young ladies in your life. Rustan's Beauty Source and Greenbelt 5  

Bobbi Brown Wine and Chocolate Collection
The everyday palette of every lady's dreams comes to life in Bobbi Brown's Wine and Chocolate collection. Pick from limited edition eyeshadow kits, which contain all the browns you'll ever need to go from day to night. The powders hold so well that looks you create before your morning meeting last through your evening date. Rustan's Beauty Source

Skincolor de La Mer
Every La Mer skincare enthusiast we know hoards jars and bottles of her favorites to last her through who-knows-when. You can buy another Creme de La Mer to add to her collection or better yet, surprise her with the perfect complement: the brand's new makeup line. Skincolor de La Mer is infused with the same Miracle Broth found in the skincare range, while providing ample and natural coverage in various shades. Rustan's Beauty Source


M.A.C Mariah Carey Collection
Of course it can't get any more glittery than this. Mariah Carey's limited edition collection for M.A.C features sparkly nudes that work for both day and evening looks. Older millennials will thank you for even just a piece from this signed set. Rustan's Beauty Source  

Valentina Poudre and Valentina Pink by Valentino Perfumes
Perhaps the best iterations of the Valentina in years, these younger, hipper perfumes will have both teens and adults obsessed with the unique bottle as much as the long-lasting scents. Valentina Poudre is supposedly an oriental floral scent, but leans toward powdery and sweet at least for us. The Valentina Pink is fruity, floral, sweet, and musky all at the same time, and instantly gives a dose of happiness and cheer when sprayed. At leading department stores

Diptyque Holiday Candles
For everyone who wants to capture the fragrance of Christmas all year round, these Diptyque special collection candles will help in recalling and earmarking splendid memories of the holidays. This set features the three candles (you can also get separately) made in collaboration with Pierre Marie: the Cooker Secret (gingerbread, honey, and star anise), a Sparkling Incense (wood, incense, elemi, and vanilla), and Festive Fir Tree (fir balsam, pine, and artemisia). Rustan's Beauty Source

Baylis & Harding Fuzzy Duck and Pomegranate Bath Sets
This complete shower kits feature unique scents such as Black Pepper and Sage (Fuzzy Duck) and Pomegranate and Elder Flower in a shower gel, candle, body and hand cream, among others. A no-brainer pick that's also easy to love. Rustan's Beauty Source

Chanel Mini Brushes 
Another set perfect for frequent travelers, this brush kit has all the application essentials any makeup junkie will ever need: foundation, blush, lip, eyeshadow, and detail brushes in a chic compact case.

Clarins Sweet Treasure Set
For the skincare oil-obsessed friend, this set has everything: the brand's popular Tonic Body Treatment Oil, Face Treatment Oil, and Lip Comfort Oil for all-around moisturization without causing breakouts. Rustan's Beauty Source


L’Occitane Advent Calendar
We know the receiver is supposed to open just one little present from this box every day as she counts down to Christmas, but that doesn't mean you can't give it on the day itself and surprise someone with 24 beauty gifts all at once. This pretty illustrated set includes L'Occitane's bestselling bath and body lines in miniatures. A steal at P2,900. Rustan's Beauty Source

Laura Mercier 20th Anniversary Box
This makeup box is for special friends because it's the most special of them all, filled with the brand's iconic products in deluxe and full sizes to celebrate 20 years in beauty: Caviar Stick Eye Colour in Rosegold, Longwear Crème Eye Pencil in Noir, Full Blown Volume Supreme Lash Building Mascara, Lip Pencil in Baby Lips, Velour Lovers Lip Colour in Mon Cheri, Face Polish, Foundation Primer Radiance, Translucent Loose Setting Powder, Bonne Mine Stick Face Colour in Peach Glow, Matte Radiance Baked Powder in Highlight, Eye Basics in Wheat, and Lip Glace in Bellini. Rustan's Beauty Source

Laura Mercier Double Impact Eye Color Collection and Holiday Caviar Stick Eye Color Collection
If we were to use just one palette for an entire year, we'd pick this one from Laura Mercier. The 12-color compact has enough to mix and match shades for various events and all skin tones with nine matte and three shimmer eye shadow shades. For those friends who can't seem to learn how to apply powder eyeshadow, opt for the Laura Mercier Caviar Sticks. For the holidays, they're offered in a pack of four universal shades that are buildable, blendable (even using fingertips!), and supereasy to apply, there would really be no excuse. Rustan's Beauty Source

Murad Party Perfect Holiday Box
You and your friends can enjoy all the holiday parties and late nights without your skin revealing it. This is the perfect holiday box indeed for combatting dehydrated and wrinkled skin and puffy eyes. We can't say enough great things about the star product of this kit, the Murad Invisiblur Perfecting Shield, a gel-type of sunscreen that works as a serum and primer in one. Let's just say once you try this transparent sunscreen, you'll never go back to your old sticky creams. Your girl friends will thank you for this. Remember, friends don't allow friends to look tired. Rustan's Beauty Source


Neal’s Yard Remedies Beauty Sleep Set
The patchouli, cypress, and ylang ylang scent combination of this organic skincare set alone lulls anyone to a good night's rest, making it our pick for friends and family who are usually stressed out. This pack includes the Beauty Sleep Concentrate, Body Butter, and Bath Milk, which all work hard in recharging and replenishing the skin while in one sleeps. 

OPI Breakfast At Tiffany’s Collection
There will always be an Audrey Hepburn fan among your friends, and we found the best beauty gift for her this year: OPI's Breakfast at Tiffany's nail lacquer collection, which features classic colors and comes with a free Audrey Hepburn mini notebook. Rustan's Beauty Source

Origins Prep and Mask
This is the best holiday set for mask lovers or those you want to convert to take skin renewal seriously. After all, it's from a brand best known for hardworking masks. This pack contains prep essentials and the bestselling masks of Origins. SM Beauty Store, Makati

Guerlain Meteorites Pearls Powder Christmas Collection
This classic gets a holiday makeover with a special Christmas can. Just the same though, the light diffusing powder pearls of Guerlain Me?te?orites brighten the face while sculpting naturally. P3,500, Rustan's Beauty Source

Elizabeth Arden Green Tea Collection
This bath and body kit features of one of the brand's most popular scent,  the refreshing and long-lasting green tea fragrance in a shower gel, moisturizer, and spray. We gave the perfume as a gift to our mom four Christmases ago, and she's been repleneshing her stock ever since. Moms will love this. Rustan's Beauty Source

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Nicole’s career in publishing began in 2006. Before becoming Town & Country online’s managing editor, she moved from features editor to beauty editor of the title’s print edition. “The lessons in publishing are countless,” she says. “The most crucial ones for me? That to write best about life, you need to live your life. And another I still struggle to live by: ‘Brevity is a virtue; verbosity is a vice.’”
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