Legend says that a man by the name of Augustinus Bader sold skin-care lovers on his $280 face cream. Wait, that’s actually true. While that price tag might make you scream internally, you can save a few bucks — $89, to be exact — by buying The Daily Essential Duo, so it’s like you’re getting the mini bottle (15 milliliters) totally for free. Try out this iconic concoction of amino acids, hyaluronic acid, squalane, vitamin E, and much more, and see what all the hype is for yourself — or gift it to a deserving friend who always laments about the toll the dry winter weather takes on their skin.
Shani Darden is a Hollywood-based aesthetician to the stars, so it’s no surprise that two out of the three products in The Ultimate Glow Kit have won Best of Beauty Awards. The products in question are the Lactic Acid Exfoliating Serum and Retinol Reform, which are spiked with their namesake ingredients to exfoliate dead skin cells and promote visibly smoother, softer skin and boost cell turnover while improving the look of fine lines and wrinkles (respectively). The peptide-infused Intensive Eye Renewal Cream is ideal for firming any sagging you might encounter around the eye area.
Glow Recipe has some of the cutest (and most affirmation-centric) skin-care sets come the holiday season. This Sephora-exclusive trio is called the Hey You, You’re a Bright Light Brightening Set, which contains a full-size vitamin C-packed Guava Vitamin C Dark Spot Serum that employs five different types of vitamin C, as well as tranexamic and ferulic acids, to target hyperpigmentation and uneven skin tone. Then, there’s the complementary Guava Vitamin C Bright-Eye Gel Cream to depuff, hydrate, and brighten the delicate eye area. To seal moisture in, the Plum Plump Hyaluronic Cream contains multi-weight hyaluronic acid for plumpness, polyglutamic acid (a type of peptide) to boost the efficacy of the hyaluronic acid, and plum to add brightness.
Best Sephora Hair-Care Gifts
OK, so a gorgeously-designed gift box shouldn’t be the number one reason you buy a gift set, but in the case of Oribe’s Everyday Essentials Hair Set, we wouldn’t blame you if it was. Indulge the hair-care lover in your life with a travel-friendly trio of the Signature Shampoo, Signature Conditioner, and Supershine Moisturizing Cream. Infused with the brand’s signature Cote d’Azur scent profile, this comprehensive set is chock-full of watermelon, lychee, and edelweiss flower to prevent oxidative stress and photoaging, strengthening ginger root extract, and a vegetable-derived protein dubbed Supershine to guard hair against moisture loss and environmental damage.