NYLON’s Holiday Beauty Gift Guide 2022: Glow Up

As you’re all cosy by the glowing embers of your (metaphorical) fireplace reminiscing the year that has passed, spare a thought for your skin! Sun, stress, and sleep procrastination surely isn’t doing wonders for it, and if you know a friend who’s going through similar woes, you’re both in luck! Ahead, we’ve put together a nice-people-only list of skincare products that’ll have your face clear, radiant and glowin’ like a shining star that’s hung above the highest bough, along with dewy-looking makeup guaranteed to give anyone the good glow up they deserve.

L – R — Sunday Riley Morning Buzz Trio, $156 | SK-II HyperFestive Limited Edition Design PITERA™ Essence, $309 | Fenty Skin The Glow Around 4-Piece Travel Skincare Essentials Set, $100 | Laneige Holiday Radian-C Cream Set, $64

Know an actual morning person? They’ll appreciate Sunday Riley’s holiday-exclusive set that houses their popular C.E.O. 15% Vitamin C Brightening Serum, alongside a gel cream and face oil that give all-day radiance and diminished dark spots over time. Then, there’s SK-II’s HyperFestive Limited Edition Design PITERA™ Essence, a glowing sight in neon green and red this festive season, and an undeniably cool take on their signature bestseller that’s all for crystal-clear skin.

Those keen on trying Rihanna’s raved-about suite of skincare items ought to love this on-the-go set of essentials that cleanses, exfoliates, and tones for the goal of refined pores and plump, smooth skin; seal all that good hydration in with the Hydra Vizor, a moisturiser that also doubles up as a protective sunscreen. For fans of Vitamin C, Laneige presents their Radian-C cream and lotion in an affordable set, though this one still impresses with a potent yet stable Radian-C Super Blend that evens out both dark spots and non-visible micro-dark spots.

L – R — Drunk Elephant Drunk Break™ Wake-Up Haul Day Kit, $142 | Sulwhasoo First Care Activating Serum Limited Edition Holiday Set, $160.

We all deserve a break alright, so here’s to letting our skincare do the most for us, with as minimal effort as possible! Drunk Elephant’s dream morning routine is one powered by vitamin C and peptides, curated so that we can start each day fresh and with brighter, firmer skin to boot. We’ll have the C-Firma Fresh Day Serum (full-sized!), Protini serum and cream, and C-Tango eye cream to thank.

Always in the spotlight, Sulwhasoo’s bestselling First Care Activating Serum is now dressed in a limited-edition packaging inspired by the traditional Korean Baekja (white porcelain), and contains the powerful JAUM Activator and a blend of traditional medicinal herbs to rejuvenate tired skin. As a bonus, this set features three deluxe-sized skincare products, including the Concentrated Ginseng Renewing Cream EX Classic, for an all-round pampering treat.

L – R — RE:ERTH Brightening Set, $380 | Caudalie Detox And Glow Trio Set, $74 | Tatcha Japanese Ritual For Radiant Skincare Set, $158 | Skin Inc A Glowing Ritual, $128

RE:ERTH reminds a perennial favourite of ours when it comes to top-performing local brands, and that’s because their nature-derived, science-backed formulas make a difference. If you know someone who’s into luminous skin while still desiring gentle and non-sensitising treatments, this set of full-sized items, that includes the Multi-Targeted Elixir, helps visibly brighten the skin and give it an even skin tone. We’re also fans of Caudalie’s Beauty Elixir whenever our skin needs a quick reset, so a set that contains this makeup artist-favourite? We’re sold. In ombré packaging, it’s made with 100% natural ingredients including rose, rosemary, lemon balm, peppermint, and grape extract, all of which help to soothe the skin and tighten pores.

For more Japanese-inspired beauty rituals, having any Tatcha product in your routine is a must, so here’s a comprehensive series that contains everything from their Camellia Cleansing Oil and award-winning The Rice Polish gentle exfoliator, to the classic Essence and Silk Cream that tap into natural ingredients to reveal brighter skin. Skin Inc’s holiday essentials are not to be slept on as well, since they’re offering clear, healthy skin, in the form of a customised My Daily Dose® of Vitamins ABC+ serum of encapsulated Vitamins A, B3, and C, and the Cryo Sake Roller for your loved one to recreate their favourite facial practices at home.

Above — Dior Beauty Natural Glow Essentials Set, $125 | Laura Mercier Flawless Encounter Translucent Loose Setting Powder & Puff, $70.

Any Dior girlie would be obsessed with this gorgeous suite of beauty items, all with glowing reviews, complete with a luxurious midnight-blue pouch to house them in. The selection includes the fresh Miss Dior Blooming Bouquet, a mini-sized Dreamskin skincare product, as well as the Dior Addict Lip Glow and Dior Addict Lip Maximizer, in light pink shades that either hydrates the lips or gives them a fresh-looking plump shine.

If you know a makeup enthusiast, chances are, they’re already raving fans of Laura Mercier’s Translucent Loose Setting Powder, or have always wanted to try it. The dreamy setting powder offers sheer coverage with a soft matte finish that doesn’t overwhelm skin’s natural texture; instead, you’re looking at a diffused and natural glow without the shine. Here, it arrives with a limited-edition signature velour puff.

L – R — Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Unlocked, $145 | Charlotte Tilbury Dreamy Superstar Glow Kit, $50 | Clinique Brightening Essentials Skincare Set, $128 | Stila Gift Of Light, $42

A glow up might involve putting your best face forward too, and we can imagine Hourglass’ Ambient Lighting series of blushes, bronzers, and highlighters to be part of this process. This limited-edition palette puts all of those in one place, meant to diffuse and manipulate light itself so one achieves a natural-looking glow. If it’s just a little touch-up you need, then we’d recommend this highly-effective duo of Charlotte Tilbury’s Mini Beauty Light Wand Duo. In bestselling shades of Spotlight and Pinkgasm, these add either rose-gold or rosy-pink highlights to the top of your cheekbones for soft-focus luminosity.

Combat dark spots and dehydration with this set of Clinique’s brightening favourites, which take us from a quick-rinse cleanser that removes impurities without stripping skin, to a Clarifying Lotion and powerful serum to help fade discolouration and acne scars; think of it as an investment for a good makeup base. And speaking of glow, we have to include Stila’s Gift Of Light. A stunning series of three Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadows,  these introduce the right amount of sparkle to your eyes, as a mix of pearl and glitter glides on for minimal fallout and a look that’s certainly festive season-appropriate.

L – R — Ultra Violette Glow & Go Trio Set, $58 | Eve Lom Radiant Reneweal Ritual Set, $185 | Alpha-H Glow And Go Kit, $57 | vVARDIS Aletsch: New White Enamel Anti-Aging Serum, $240

Any seasoned traveller will appreciate Ultra Violette‘s Christmas sets that include miniatures of the Aussie brand’s cult-favourite sunscreens that are all about broad-spectrum protection; this one contains the stunning luminous Queen Screen SPF50+, the Extreme Screen for avid adventurers, and a Sheen Screen berry lip gloss that coats lips with moisturising protection. For those already looking forward to a year of renewed skin, EVE LOM’s three-step ritual that includes their bestselling 5-in-1 Cleanser Balm is a guarantee, especially since the latter is a godsend at gently melting away all traces of makeup, while toning, hydrating and exfoliating the skin at the same time so it’s ready to absorb even more skincare goodness.

Alpha-H’s glowing set of their three bestselling products aim to cleanse, resurface and nourish your skin with glee, and it’s certainly important to resurface skin with their Generation Glow Daily Resurfacing Essence. This one’s powered by a blend of five AHAs to increase luminosity and give us an even skin tone and texture, while an Australian botanical blend supports the skin’s microbiome. A full head-to-toe glow would be nothing without a set of glowing teeth, and we’re trusting dental care brand vVardis’ patented technology for this one; the New White Enamel Anti-Aging Serum is an intense one-week treatment that rebuilds and restores new white tooth enamel, by literally reminineralising it, so whoever you’re gifting this to can see beautiful results.

Above — Nudestix Trendy Blush Mini Kit, $41 | Supergoop SPF Yeah Kit, $59

Here’s more makeup for glowy looks: Nudestix’s iconic Nudies blush in trendy shades so no one has to seriously commit while still trying out cheeky makeup looks. These three subtle and soft shades include the perky Picante, all-flattering Rosy Posy, and TikTok-trending purple-hued Moodie Blu for a brightening effect that’s especially alluring for medium to dark skin tones.

Say yes to a whole wardrobe of sun-friendly SPF too, with Supergoop’s all-encompassing kit that takes us through an entire face and body routine, from a glowy primer and universal SPF for the face, to a refreshing mist and everyday lotion you can slather all over.

L – R — Sigi Skin Tea-Tox Sheet Mask, $62 | Paula’s Choice Glow Ho Ho Set, $59 | Pixi Best Of Hello Skintreats Duo, $41 | IGK On My Way Duo Kit, $57

Ever the fans of clean and green skincare, we’d like to spotlight homegrown brand Sigi Skin’s Tea-Tox Sheet Mask, infused with 20% probiotics, cold pressed yuzu extracts, kombucha and sake extracts to give your skin a much-needed boost and visibly brighter complexion. This season, they’re offering complimentary personalised calligraphy and gift-wrapping services for the Youth Beam, Dream Capsule, and more too. Then, there’s Paula’s Choice value-for-money set of camera-ready, holiday skin essentials, guaranteed to restore your skin’s natural glow with the Super Hydrate Overnight Mask and a full-sized 25% AHA + 2% BHA Exfoliant Peel, packed in a travel-ready bag.

We’ve got to bring up Pixi’s famous Glow Tonic as well. Meant to gently exfoliate and renew skin, this well-loved formula has all its hydrating and smoothening benefits housed in cute Hello Kitty packaging, accompanied by the Pixi + Hello Kitty A For Apples Biodegradable sheet masks for the ultimate nighttime treat. Lastly, for those who desire smooth and voluminous party-ready hair, this IGK duo of the First Class Charcoal Detox Dry Shampoo and Good Behavior Smoothing Spray helps cleanse hair and protect it against heat damage, giving high-shine results that’ll make anyone the belle of the ball.