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Holiday 2020 is here, and these are our top picks from the first official drop

Coming into the bright side of a year like no other, there’s no denying that we all deserve a gift (or ten). With no better time than the present to let your love be heard to those that matter most, we’re brimming with joy (and the energy of holding a secret for way too long) to reveal the glimmering gifts we—and our favourite global brands—have to offer this festive season. Amidst a kaleidoscopic curation of beauty’s very best, these are our top picks to gift (and to keep).

For the luxury lovers: AMOREPACIFIC UNLEASH YOUR INNER VITALITY

Luxury K-beauty pioneers AMOREPACIFIC are giving the gift of vitality this year with a ready-to-gift duo of their signature hero product, the Vintage Single Extract Essence, and their Moisture Plumping Nectar Cream, which glides over the essence to lock in any actives you’ve placed in-between. The perfect gift for the mum that spends all year (and let’s face it, all her life) caring for you, this indulgent skincare duo will set her skin up with resilience for the year ahead.

For makeup maestros: TOO FACED CINNAMON BEAR SET

Pair a warm and spicy eye and cheek palette with a deep red liquid lipstick and a cute carry pouch, and you’ve got the ultimate holiday makeup look ready to go, wherever you are or whatever you’re doing. You’ve also got Too Faced’s limited-edition Cinnamon Bear Set, one of our most highly anticipated drops this holiday season. With famous textures and universally flattering shades, it’s an easy gift for all beauty lovers. And in case you weren’t already sold… it smells like cinnamon sugar.

For under $20: FRANK BODY SHOWER PARTY KIT

Bringing the fizz to the festive season, Frank Body has paired up their Original Coffee Scrub with a brand new Fizzy Body Scrub in a dynamic duo that will leave you singing Mariah in the shower. Sherbet scented with exfoliating sugar granules and nourishing sweet almond and grape seed oils, the tingly scrub will make your entire body soft and glowy—you could even mix it with the coffee scrub for an espresso-fizz cocktail of exfoliating goodness. At under $20, it’s a fail-proof gift for anyone and everyone.

For your shelfie classics: MECCA COSMETICA HYDRATION STAYCATION

The party season calls for extra hydration, so in addition to being the friend that supplies everyone with water between drinks (the unsung hero of the holidays), you can be the friend that ensures replenishment before bed, and first thing in the morning. Enter: Mecca Cosmetica’s Hydration Staycation set, a perfect curation of the brand’s Hydrating Eye Cream, Hydrating Moisturiser and Fresh Faced Hydrogel Mask. With a mega dose of hyaluronic acid, this ready-wrapped set is sure to be the survival kit of the summer.

For makeup mainstays: NARS MINI LAGUNA LIP AND BRONZER DUO

Give the gift of glow on the go with this handy limited-edition NARS duo, pairing the brand’s iconic Laguna Bronzing Powder in pocket-sized form with the Afterglow Lip Balm of the same cult shade. In a flash, this pair will warm up the skin for a sun-kissed effect (even though your multiple layers of SPF will know otherwise), perfect for top ups between parties and picnics. And if you haven’t tried it yet, the sheer, super hydrating balm will have you wondering what you did without it.

For palette collectors: URBAN DECAY STONED VIBES EYESHADOW PALETTE

If you had one palette to pick this season, this new addition from makeup legends Urban Decay is a gasp-worthy gift sure to add sparkle to their year ahead. Infused with tourmaline, a semi-precious stone rumoured to block out bad energy, the Stoned Vibes Eyeshadow Palette might just be a must going into 2021, complete with 12 prismatic, almost cream-textured shadows in light-reflecting jewel tones. If you’re hoping to find this in your haul come late December, we suggest you start manifesting.

For the please-all gift: DIPTYQUE HOLIDAY POCKET

A petit edit of Diptyque’s most beloved scents, this pre-wrapped trio delights the self and the soul, starring L'Ombre Dans L'Eau Soap and Shower Oil, and the cult Baies Candle, all three of which lift the spirits with fresh blackcurrant leaves and a hint of rose. The perfect gift for your neighbour, colleague, teacher or a dinner party host, this easy-to-gift set comes adorned in the works of artist Ugo Gattoni, depicting the journey of strikingly beautiful animals on an enchanted night in Paris.

*Available to purchase from Thursday October 29

We’re here to help you find the perfect gift for everyone in your life (and even yourself). For more inspiration and personalised gifting assistance, head to The MECCA Gift Guide.

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