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Thursday December 20, 2012

Yuletide youth booster

Christmas is less than a week away. If you’re short on ideas, check out Clarins Christmas sets which are tailor-made to suit your needs.

There are skincare, body care and men’s care sets available. The highlights include the Youth Booster Partner which comes with a double serum, extra firming day cream, extra firming night cream and shaping facial lift serum.

For those with brightening concerns, you could pick the Perfect Contour Whitening set which comprises a Shaping Facial Lift serum, White Plus HP intensive whitening smoothing serum, UV Plus HP SPF 40 neutral and White Plus HP velvet emulsion SPF 20.

There’s also Clarinsmen with skincare products just for the guys. It’s time for him to indulge, with the set consisting of a face wash, revitalising gel, shampoo for hair and body, and shower scrub.

For that extra personal touch, each gift set comes in a pouch or purse in different hues ranging from gold and silver, to red. Gift sets are priced between RM250 and RM540. Available at Clarins counters nationwide.

Get a lift

KEEPING to a budget will be a challenge this season as you don’t want to leave anyone out. Elizabeth Arden is making its gift sets even more affordable now.

Besides make-up and travel sets, there’s also a wide range of Christmas coffrets to choose from: the Red Door holiday value set offers a Red Door EDT spray, body cream, parfum replica and body powder while the Green Tea holiday gift set comprises a Green Tea spray, body lotion, shower gel and parfum replica.

There’s also the Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Plump Perfect Ultra Lift and Firm Moisture holiday set which consists of ceramide gold ultra restorative capsules for face and throat, moisture cream, night repair cream and eye cream. Available at Elizabeth Arden counters nationwide. Prices range from RM199 to RM699.

Japanese Euro chic

Shu Uemura has come up with an exceptional collaboration with legendary fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld for the holidays.

Inspired by Shu Uemura products, Japanese traditional culture and contemporary art, he created the “mon shu girl” (which means my darling shu uemura), an adorable new icon outfitted in the designer’s symbolic white shirt and black tie.

A celebration of Japanese pop and European chic, the special collection embodies contemporary cuteness with chic colours and velvety smooth textures. Smoky shades for eyes include glitter black and deep khaki; accents in elegant light silver and mint green, among others.

The rouge comes in iconic red to cute coquettish pale tones, while there’s even a sophisticated blackish satin purple shade for eye definition.

Of course, Shu Uemura’s cleansing oils are not forgotten, and these are given a mon shu girl makeover as well. Prices start from RM80. Available at all Shu Uemura counters.

The real deal

IF Sicily conjures up only images of Don Corleone from The Godfather, then a whiff of this fragrance will undoubtedly change your mind.

A strong, seductive man who allows himself the caprice of vanity and doesn’t conceal his own fragility – a Dolce&Gabbana man – is infinitely sexier.

Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana has chosen Sicily, off Italy as an inspiration for their latest fragrance for men. Modelled after the quintessential Southern Italian man, Dolce&Gabbana Pour Homme embraces both tradition and innovation in its olfactory notes.

The top notes of neroli open up with gutsy masculinity, giving way to citrus hints and bergamot. Lavender provides the fragrance’s freshness, studded with spicy hints of sage and pepper. A powerful base of tobacco provides structure for the last dry notes of cedar wood.

The Dolce&Gabbana Pour Homme X’Mas Gift Sets start from RM329. Available at major department stores.

Scented coffrets

Beauty houses always seem to have a scent for Christmas. Giorgio Armani gives you plenty to choose from, whether it’s a gift for the man or lady in your life.

There are three sets for men: the Acqua Di Gio set with an EDT, shower gel and aftershave balms; the newly launched Acqua Di Gio Essenza set comprising of an EDP, shower gel and aftershave balm; and the Armani Code set which has a fragrance, shower gel and travel pouch.

All three sets are elegantly packaged, with a sophisticated black and beige colour scheme throughout.

The women’s sets come in soft hues of pink juxtaposed against sleek black. The Acqua Di Gioia set comes with two tubes of body lotion. For a modern sensual fragrance, check out the Acqua Di Gioia Essenza set, which comes with the fragrance and two tubes of body lotion. The Armani Code Donna set comes with the fragrance, body lotion and pouch.

The men’s sets are priced from RM270 and the women’s sets are priced from RM290. Available at Giorgio Armani counters.

Christmas colours

A Christmas set from Ralph Lauren always promises to be festive and fun. This year, it comes with bright hues on the Big Pony sets, both for men and women.

The Big Pony #4 set is bright orange, and is great for adding some colour to Christmas stockings! It contains the fragrance, shower gel and deodorant stick.

The Big Pony Women #2 set is fuschia pink and comes with the fragrance and body lotion. In case you can’t decide which of the four fragrances in the series to give, there is a miniature set of the Big Pony for Men range, with 40ml fragrances of the different Big Pony Men fragrances. There is also a miniature Big Pony Women set, with 30ml fragrances of the different women’s fragrances.

For something a little more classic, there’s the elegant Polo Black set which comes with a fragrance, aftershave splash and deodorant stick. For women, the Romance set is always a winner, which comes with a bottle of fragrance, travel spray, body lotion and shower gel.

The sets start from RM260. Available at Ralph Lauren counters.

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