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Beat the wintery blues or give an uplifting Christmas treat with these in-the-know beauty brands. Whether you’re looking for a chic secret santa present or an affordable yet luxurious gift, Culture Trip has you covered.
Leading with the mantra ‘Beauty without expression is boring’, make-up brand 3ina promotes the idea that beauty should be about play and experimentation rather than alteration. Price points are über accessible – lipsticks start at £4.95 – meaning you can pick up a whole host of chic, fun beauty staples for yourself or friends.
Specialising exclusively in beauty products for your eyes, the Eyeko make-up brand is a necessity for any multi-tasking modern woman. Why? Well, for starters its waterproof formula is second to none, meaning your morning routine can last through the day. Give the curated product boxes to friends prone to a busy festive season.
Best-selling Korean brand Laneige puts the restorative power of water at the heart of its products. The brand offers skin care and make-up, all created to ensure 24-hour hydration and protection against sun, pollution and stress. Check out the multiberry repairing mask, perfect for keeping skin glowing through winter.
If you’re looking for an all-natural beauty brand to invest in, or gift this Christmas, Herbivore Botanicals is for you. Founded by husband-and-wife duo Julia and Alex, the brand promotes safe, non-toxic ingredients without compromising on effectiveness. Aside from beautiful packaging and results, its products also smell a-m-a-z-i-n-g.
A slightly higher price-point shouldn’t deter beauty buffs from investigating Japanese make-up brand SUQQU. Positing itself as a brand for life, SUQQU draws on the Japanese cultural tradition of serenity to offer a range of exemplarily products. The brand created the GANKIN massage – designed to prevent skin from ageing – so first-timers should start by investing in these products, but its make-up offers flawless finishes, too.
Grown Alchemist is another natural beauty brand to know. Working with collagen and anti-oxidants, the brand offers pure and effective products across make-up and skincare. The detox serum is perfect for a post-NYE refresh, while its polishing facial exfoliants will leave skin glowing.
In the 1990s, women in the Amazon shared the restorative powers of Rahua oil with New York stylist Fabian Lliguin. This proved to be the beginning of this cult beauty brand, which cites the molecular structure of Rahua as the reason for the product’s potency. The products are all 100% vegan, and the brand is run in conjunction with women from Waorani, Achuar, Quichua, Quechua and Shuar. Your hair will have never felt so good.