Cover We've complied a list of the best beauty releases of 2020 (Photo: Courtesy of Augustinus Bader)

Whether you’re treating yourself or someone else, hitting the beauty counter this holiday season doesn’t have to be boring. Here are our picks of 2020’s most coveted releases, cult favourites and revamped classics

1. Ready, Set...

La Prairie Platinum Rare Haute Rejuvenation Ritual 

The five-piece Platinum Rare Haute Rejuvenation Ritual is designed to smooth, lift, firm and brighten skin. Each product is infused with platinum for collagen production, and La Prairie’s Exclusive Cellular Complex.

See also: Harness The Restorative Powers Of Platinum With La Prairie's Re-Innovation

Drunk Elephant x Monos Trunk

Cult beauty label Drunk Elephant teamed up with luggage brand Monos to fill a carry-on trunk with ten bestsellers, including the TLC Sukari Babyfacial and B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum.

Crown Affair The Set

The Set by New York haircare brand Crown Affair includes a comb—hand-carved in Switzerland, obviously—and a brush handmade in Italy. It also features a hair oil, towel, scrunchie and three-minute version of an hourglass, as a reminder to take your sweet time while staring at your hair.

See also: 7 Nourishing Hair Oils For A Healthy, Hydrated Mane

Tatcha Classic Ritual Set

Based on the beauty rituals of Japanese geisha, Tatcha’s skincare is designed to deliver baby-smooth skin. The Classic Ritual Set includes four of the brand’s bestselling essentials, including The Rice Polish and The Essence.

Dr Barbara Sturm Serum Discovery Set 

From the German skin expert who took the skincare world by Sturm—excuse us, storm—Dr Barbara Sturm’s Serum Discovery Set includes a four-step regime to protect, repair and reduce fine lines. 

See also: Skincare Scientist Dr. Barbara Sturm Is Taking The Beauty World By Storm

2. For Her

Sisley Paris Velvet Nourishing Body Cream with Saffron Flowers

Like a light, luxurious cashmere blanket for the skin, Sisley Paris’ Velvet Nourishing Body Cream with Saffron Flowers is packed with soothing ingredients like Japanese lilyturf extract, macadamia oil and babassu oil.

Chanel Sublimage L’Extrait de Nuit

The latest from Chanel Beauty is Sublimage L’Extrait de Nuit, a concentrate designed to put your skin in “night mode” to repair and regenerate while you sleep.

See also: Actress Marion Cotillard Talks Chanel N°5 And The New Campaign Film

Augustinus Bader Face Oil

The highly anticipated Face Oil by Augustinus Bader launched in October and has already made its mark as a skincare must-have for those in the know, thanks to its science-backed formula for instantly glowing, healthy skin.

See also: 5 Questions With Professor Augustinus Bader, Founder Of Augustinus Bader Skincare

Mimi Luzon 24K Pure Gold Treatment

If you aren’t slathering your face in gold, are you even doing skincare right? The 24K Pure Gold Treatment by Mimi Luzon is a corrective anti-wrinkle mask with gold leaf to soothe and even skin tone.

3. High-Brow Hippie

Natureofthings Superlative Body Balm

Believing wellness is found in the synchronicity of body, mind and nature, the cooling Superlative Body Balm by Natureofthings combines broad-spectrum CBD and anti-inflammatory ingredients like arnica and ginger.

See also: A Beginner's Guide To CBD: What It Is And Where To Find CBD Products In Hong Kong

Pureearth Mitti Raw Honey Masque

Hong Kong brand Purearth’s Mitti Raw Honey Masque is its star product. It’s made from raw organic honey mixed with Ayurvedic botanical actives and clays.

See also: 5 Hong Kong-based Beauty Brands To Upgrade Your Beauty Routine

OTO Pillow Mist

Give the gift of a good night’s sleep with the Pillow Mist by OTO. It contains 30 per cent CBD and 11 Ayurvedic botanicals including lavender, chamomile and vetiver.

See also:The Best CBD Beauty Products For Every Skin Concern

Aesop Aromatique Candles

Aesop’s recently launched trio of candles are named after ancient astronomers— Aganice, Callippus and Ptolemy, respectively—a nod to candlelight’s ability to evoke a sense of calm and wonder, much like a starry night sky.

See also: 7 Luxury Scented Candles For Your Every Mood

Esse Resurrect Serum

Few things will please your Earth-loving friend like skincare that’s sensitive to both the skin and the planet—such as the Resurrect Serum by South African brand Esse, which is carbon-neutral, vegan and cruelty-free.

4. For Him

Boy De Chanel Fortifying Gel Moisturiser 

The Fortifying Gel Moisturiser keeps skin hydrated—but never oily—with ingredients like hyaluronic acid, and protects skin for long-lasting comfort. Plus, how sleek is this bottle?

See also: Christmas Gift Guide 2020: The Best Luxury Gifts For Him

Bullfrog Agnostico All-in-One Balm

Made by barbers for barbers, Milan-based company Bullfrog’s Agnostico All-in-One Balm can be used to tame even the bushiest of beards, or to soothe skin after shaving.

See also: 11 Best Barber Shops In Hong Kong

Tom Ford Serum Concentrate

Formulated for Ford himself, the Serum Concentrate contains a potent caffeine complex to give tired skin a boost, while also brightening skin and tightening pores.

5. Fine Fragrance

Byredo Tobacco Mandarin

The latest and final instalment of Byredo’s Night Veils series—blended to celebrate the mystery and potential of those hours between dusk and dawn— Tobacco Mandarin is an intoxicating blend of citrus and spice.

See also: Byredo Founder Ben Gorham On His New Genderless Make-Up Collection

Chloé Rose Tangerine

Chloé’s signature fragrance gets a glow-up with Chloé Rose Tangerine, which adds a layer of sweet floral notes to the iconic original.

See also: 9 Fragrances Inspired By Destinations Around The World

Gucci Hortus Sanitanus

Hortus Sanitanus, blended by master perfumer Alberto Morillas, is the latest addition to Gucci’s The Alchemist’s Garden collection. It’s a blend of papyrus and cedarwood with a whisper of ginger.

Le Labo Santal 33

Dreamy cardamom, iris and violet lift spicy, musky notes in Le Labo's bestselling scent, Santal 33. To make this extra gift-y, customise the bottle with a name or message.

See also: The Most Instagrammable Niche Perfume Boutiques In Hong Kong

Anine Bing Pure Noir

According to Bing, Pure Noir “embodies the sensual side of the modern woman”. It brings together black baccara rose and spicy saffron with dark notes of guaiac wood and mahogany.

See also: The Biggest Beauty Trends of 2020: CBD Skincare, Maskne Treatments & More

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