Shopping is one of THE best parts of the Holiday season! Be it for yourself or your loved ones, it’s always fun to check out new Holiday themed collections and spread a little joy!

What puts a damper on things are the festive gifts that are so not worth the splurge. To help you get only and only the best of beauty gifts, we skimmed through a tonne of reviews to bring you Your Ultimate Guide to the Best Holiday 2016 Collections that are sure to dazzle you and wow everyone you love this Holiday season:

Glamglow Gift Sexy Youthmud Set & Gift Sexy Treatment Set 

Glamglow quickly established itself as Hollywood’s secret to eternally glowing skin when it first launched. Within months of its introduction, it took the beauty world by storm and claimed its place as celebrities’ ultimate “facial in a jar”.

Since then, the brand has introduced a number of skincare products ranging from cleansers to masks to intensive treatments, all as equally as good as the other, maybe different in the level of effectiveness for different types of skin but still delivering worthy results.

The only drawback is the hefty price that it comes with. However, the brand does launch value gift sets every year to allow everyone to try the range of treatments before making the splurge for the one that suits them best.

This year the brand has on offer Gift Sexy Youthmud Set featuring 50g Jar of Youthmud® Tinglexfoliate Treatment and 30g Tube of each Supermud® Clearing Treatment and Thirstymud™ Hydrating Treatment And Gift Sexy Treatment Set featuring 30g Tube of each Youthmud® Tinglexfoliate Treatment, Supermud® Clearing Treatment, Thirstymud™ Hydrating Treatment and Gravitymud™ Firming Treatment.

This means that you can try all of the Glamglow’s best-selling masks for only $69.5 and choose the one you like best. If you are still unsure about the splurge, check out YouTube guru Tati’s rave review of all of Glamglow’s award-winning face masks:

Smashbox – Light It Up Lipstick and Lip Mattifer Set Light It Up Eyes Contour Lips

Smashbox has gone all out this season to celebrate the Holidays L.A. style!

The brand collaborated with Californian neon artist Meryl Pataky to design the gorgeous neon packaging’s for this season’s limited edition sets while the smashbox L.A. photo studio pros picked their best-selling contour, eye shadow and lipstick shades to fill the palettes. The result? Perfect gift sets, to treat yourself or your makeup obsessed friends, to bold pops of color and chic neutrals!

smashbox – Light It Up Lipstick and Lip Mattifer Set, worth $117 for only $29, features 6 of the most coveted Be Legendary Lipstick shades and a matte transformer that instantly transforms the cream formula of the lipstick to a beautiful velvet finish. Check out the arm and lip swatches for the set:

On the other hand, the smashbox – Light It Up Eyes Contour Lips set , worth $82 for only only $45, features 6 Photo Op Eye Shadows, 6 Be Legendary Lipstick shades and a Step-By-Step Contour Palette to help you Contour, Bronze and Highlight.

bareMinerals Countdown to Gorgeous 24 Days of Merry Makeup Surprises

bareMinerals launched their first ever advent calendar this year and what a marvelous job they did!

Known as Countdown to Gorgeous 24 Days of Merry Makeup Surprises, the $205 value set retails for only $79 and features Deluxe Marvelous Moxie Lip-gloss in 5 different shades, Deluxe Pop of Passion Lip Oil Balm in 4 shades, Eyecolor in 5 shades, Blush in 2 shades, Radiance in 1 shade, Original Mineral Veil, Tinted Mineral Veil, Mini Lash Domination Volumizing Mascara, Mini Lash Domination Petite Precision Mascara and Deluxe SkinLongevity.

Read More: bareMinerals Holiday 2016 Launches

It’s THE perfect splurge for either yourself or as a gift. If you love surprises, skip ahead to the next gift suggestion we have, otherwise, here is an unboxing video of bareMinerals Advent Calendar 2016 with swatches!

PETER THOMAS ROTH – Mask-A-Holic Gift Set

One of the cult favorite skincare brands, Peter Thomas Roth is known for it’s active products. The range is loaded full of chemicals and it’s effective. While some products can be a bit harsh for people with sensitive skin, there is absolutely no product that fails to deliver results.

From gentle anti-aging rose gels to hard core Irish moor mud products, the brand has something for everyone and it does not disappoint. So if you are planning to try a new skincare brand or are looking for a gift for a skincare aficionado, Peter Thomas Roth is THE brand to choose. While there are a tonne of gift sets to choose from, the ultimate is of course PETER THOMAS ROTH – Mask-A-Holic Gift Set.

Available for $75, the Mask-A-Holic Gift Set features products worth a whooping $206! You get their signature mask applicator with five 50 ml-masks:

  • Cucumber Gel Mask – for dry, irritated skin in need of a little calming action and intense hydration.
  • 24K Gold Mask – for aging skin in need of a little indulgence.
  • Irish Moor Mud Mask – for oily, decongested skin and clogged pores in need of a little purifying action.
  • Rose Stem Cell Mask – for mature, sensitive and lacklustre skin in need of some toning and repair.
  • Pumpkin Enzyme Mask – for dull, ageing and congested in need of a major exfoliation overhaul.

Need more details? Watch recommendations by the brand itself:

theBalm – Appetit Eyeshadow Palette

Leave it to theBalm to bring out the most adorably packaged palettes with even cuter names to go with!

This particular palette, theBalm – Appetit Eyeshadow Palette, was released a couple of months ago, featuring nine eyeshadows, a mix of mattes, shimmers and foils, named after appetizing foods – Alfred O’Pasta anyone?

The shades are all muted neutrals, more suited for cooler skin tones, with a burnt orange in the mix – Chris P. Bacon (we know, right?!).

The shades are all brilliantly pigmented with minimal fall out and blend supremely well! Take a look at just how gorgeous the shades are and how you can create two different looks – a sweet, saucy one and a sizzling hot smokey look – with this one palette and Mr. Write (Now) Eyeliner Pencil – Dean B. Onyx.


Read More: Cult-Favorite theBalm Products Worth Trying

theBalm – Meet Matte Hughes Mini Kit

Yet another must-buy gift set by theBalm is their Limited Edition theBalm – Meet Matte Hughes Mini KitThe kit includes 6 of their best selling Meet Matte Hughes lipsticks in a giftable mini kit.

The lipsticks deliver a comfortable matte finish without the usual tugging, clingy matte feel that comes with the traditional liquid lipstick formula. They have a minty vanilla feel to them and colors that are universally flattering on all skin tones. All in all, whether you are a liquid lipstick newbie or someone simply looking to add a little color to your lipstick stash, give this mini kit a try.

Still not convinced? Check out the swatches and let us know if you aren’t wooed by what Mr. Matte Hughes has to offer:

Philosophy Bath and Body Holiday Sets

Philosophy Holiday 2016 collections were one of the first brands to hit Beauty Bridge this season and we raved and raved about the number of options that were on offer here.

From gorgeous Christmas-y ornaments to indulgent gift sets, all of Philosophy‘s products boast of heavenly scents and luxurious textures. So the dilemma is not whether to buy them or not, but what to buy and for whom to buy them for.

While it’s perfectly up to you to choose from award-winning formulas, here is a quick guide on what the brand thinks would be perfect for the special people in your life:

Happy Holidays!