5 cool beauty treats that will impress even the most hard-to-please recipients

5 cool beauty treats that will impress even the most hard-to-please recipients

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Text: Renée Batchelor

From an artist collaboration palette that's a work of art, to a set of miniature cult hair products, here's the guaranteed best buys this Christmas that will ensure no returned gifts

There's always that one person on your present list — from a fussy colleague to an atas relative that it can be a bitch to buy for. And because they're so particular, it can make picking something out all the more intimidating. If you're truly stumped as to the beauty and fragrance treats that will make the cut for even the most fussy discerning recipient — but won't break the bank, look no further at Buro's curated beauty list.

This is a tough person to buy for, since the makeup junkie is likely to already own everything he or she needs from a full set of brushes to the best highlighters. This Smashbox Lipstick Palette has all the brand's best-selling cream and matte lipstick shades in one kit — there's 14 colours in all including a daring grey — along with a lip brush. Plus the palette format, gives it a pro makeup artist feel, and is perfect for blending colours together to create a bespoke lip.

Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick Palette, $69

Can't afford to get her a Man Ray original? Thought not, unless you're printing cash on the side. This cheek palette, a collaboration between Nars and and the estate of Man Ray is a godsend for that arty friend who also loves paint of another kind altogether. Featuring an original Man Ray photo on the casing, the three soft, wearable face colours will also look good on virtually any skin tone. 

Nars x Man Ray The Veil Cheek Palette

The only time the girl who has it all may not have everything she needs? When she's travelling. Make sure your giftee remaines best-tressed even if she's on vacation with this handy Ouai travel kit that contains a mini dry shampoo foam, wave spray and hair oil, along with hair ties. Bonus: Each product is TSA approved so they can be carried onboard.

Ouai Ouai to Go Kit, $39

You know that one person on your gift list that doesn't use commercial fragrances is not going to put any old car freshener in their vehicle. Finally Diptyque has answered our prayers — were we the only one praying for this? — with this sleek and ingenious diffuser for the car. In a chic design that is reminiscent of the grills on a vintage car, Un Air De Diptyque comes in seven scents including the popular Baies and exquisite Figue, and the openings of the diffuser's vent can be adjusted to customise the strength of the fragrance released, so there's no overkill.
Un Air De Diptyque 
You can't go wrong with soap. Or more specifically, you can't go wrong with Claus Porto soap that's been made in the same Portuguese factory since 1887. This set has eight mini soaps — we like the smaller size as its easier to finish — and can be used to scent lingerie drawers, as decorations in guest bathrooms or actually, you know, be lathered up in the shower. Bonus points for the pretty presentation and beautiful wrapping.

Claus Porto Mini Soaps, US$58.30