Here’s the ultimate Diwali beauty gifting guide
To gift or to keep?
With Diwali just around the corner, we’re tasked with finding the perfect gift for our loved ones. So when it comes to buying an ‘OMG-you-shouldn’t-have’-reaction inciting gift for the beauty junkies in your life, you want to keep in mind what they actually love. Are they chasing glowing skin? Or are they joined at the hip to their trusty hot hair tool? Once you’ve figured that out, check out our edit of the best gifts for every kind of beauty lover in your life…
For the one who restocks her perfume wardrobe religiously: Bulgari Omnia Golden Citrine, INR 5,300
This fragrance checks all the boxes: it smells like a fruity-citrus dream and looks like one too. What’s not to love?
For the cult-classic make-up lover: M.A.C. Cosmetics X Shreya Jain Limited-Edition Festive Kits in Tere Naina, INR 1,900
M.A.C. Cosmetics has a cult-following and for good reason. And, for the first time ever, the brand has collaborated with Indian beauty blogger, Shreya Jain, to launch three festive make-up kits. This one has all the fan favourites you need to put together a complete look–Soar Matte Lipstick, Technakohl Liner and a sample of the Strobe Cream.
For the hot hair tool addict: Dyson Corrale, INR 36,900
Dyson’s hair tools rank seriously high on every beauty lover’s list and that’s precisely why you won’t need to say a thing when you present your friend with the brand’s latest drop: a cordless hair straightener. Not only is this tool super convenient to use, it is also 50 per cent less damaging to hair and works well to smoothen all types of textured hair.
For the hand cream obsessive: The Body Shop Handfuls of Happiness Hand Cream Trio, INR 1,365
The Body Shop comes to rescue dry hands with this trio of soothing hand creams that sink into cracked skin and heal it without leaving behind greasy residue.
For the Benetint addict: Benefit Cosmetics Diwali Kit, INR 4,870
Any make-up enthusiast worth their Benetint definitely swears by the brand’s bestselling brow products and primer. Get all the tools of the trade in this set, where you can pick between two full-size brow pencils, mini mascaras and two primers. The best part? You get all these goodies inside a hand-braided Eco-Clutch that’s perfect for the party season.
For the make-up novice: Bobbi Brown Festive Shades Essentials Kit. INR 4,500
If your friend is just beginning to dabble in make-up, this kit is the perfect starter. It comes with a highlighter, mascara, eye pencil and a balmy lipstick.
For the rose scent connoisseur: Guerlain Mon Guerlain Eau De Parfum, INR 5,850
Inspired by Hollywood royalty Angelina Jolie, this rose fragrance will remind you of the feeling of sinking into a warm, soft blanket. It’s fresh, not cloying and perfect for gifting (or keeping).
For the ayurvedic skincare buff: Kama Ayurveda Get The Glow Box, INR 6,345
Get the natural skincare lover in your life this little box of goodies. Everything in this 4-part set is a winner, from the rose and jasmine-infused hydrating face wash to the cream.
For the one who treats body moisturising as a chore: Forest Essentials Group Of Dancers Body Care Box, INR 6,500
This 6-piece kit has everything from a rose-scented body scrub to a mist to transform your exfoliation sesh into a full-blown spa-like experience.
For the nail polish devotee: O.P.I Hidden Prism Mini Nail polish Gift Set Collection, INR 1,399
This pearlescent-finish nail colour remains flake-proof for seven days and is perfect for that friend who wouldn’t be caught dead with her nails undone or chipped.
For the aromatherapy aficionado: Shiseido WASO Reset Cleanser Squad, INR 2,800
Think of these cleansers as a juice fast for your face. Not only are they incredibly gentle on the skin, but also each one has a non-irritating fragrance to match your mood. Wild Garden smells earthy, Good Vibes has a fruity, uplifting scent and and Romantic Dream has a relaxing, sweet fragrance.
For the gourmand perfume fan: Paco Rabanne Pure XS For Her Gift Set, INR 6,550
Layering your perfume on a lotion makes it last a whole while longer and this set includes an accompanying body lotion that smells just the delicious vanilla-popcorn Paco Rabbane scent.
For the low-maintenance make-up fiend: Clinique Shine & Glow Diwali Set INR 2,800
This set of Clinique’s must-haves is a safe bet. Inside you get the lightweight Moisture Surge formula, Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm and a black pigmented pencil eyeliner that won’t budge.
For the face tool geek: MYSKINBUDDY 6X Device, INR 24,500
This fact tool does 6x duty. It has advanced vibration tech that exfoliates skin and ion and thermal heat therapy to open up pores and cleanse the gunk from them. It also boosts the absorption of skincare products, plus, it has LED lights that zap acne-causing bacteria, erase pigmentation, tightens skin all while boosting collagen production (read: glowing skin).