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Christmas Hauls 2021! The best of beauty to bring home this season.

December 23rd, 2021 | by

Christmas is around the corner. It’s that time of the year when streets are abuzz with lights and laughter and kids are expecting Santa Claus to bring them gifts. Merriment is in the air! But why keep this joy only for the little ones to have? This Christmas, BoldLyfe turns Santa for all you grownups, bringing you a detailed list of the best beauty, skincare and haircare products of 2021! 

Holiday season is the time to pamper yourself. Taking those vacations you’ve been dreaming of. Indulging in the best cuisines around town. Or just feeling bougie, splurging on everything you waited to buy for yourself. The year is done and dusted and so are its commitments. We are now here to spoil you. BoldLyfe has curated a list of the most popular beauty products of this year that you MUST add to your collection pronto. 

BODY CARE

1. Best Body Washes 

Drugstore: Pears Pure & Gentle Shower Gel

This shower gel contains 98% pure Glycerine which is a supremely hydrating and moisturizing ingredient. In addition to this, the shower gel is soap free and has no parabens, making it ideal for people with sensitive skin. 

Highend : The Body Shop Olive Shower Gel

This one smells of luxury and how! Made with organic olive oil from Italy, this wash will leave your skin hydrated and refreshed.  It’s suitable for all skin types and is extremely gentle on the skin. 

2. Best Body Moisturizers 

Drugstore: Nivea Aloe Hydration 

This moisturizer is packed with the goodness of aloe vera extracts to make your skin soft and smooth. It has a deep moisturizing serum which leaves your skin hydrated upto 48 hours. It’s ideal for dry and irritated skin. It is ultra lightweight in its formula and can absorb into the skin easily. 

Highend: Bath & Body Works Twilight Woods

This is a rich moisturizer containing a mix of apricot nectar, mimosa petals and Tuscan cypress. It moisturizes the skin instantly and has a long-lasting fragrance that will make you feel fresh all day. Packed with shea butter, coconut oil and vitamin E, Bath & Body Works Twilight Woods Super Smooth Body Lotion provides continuous moisture for 24 hours.

HAIRCARE 

1. Best Shampoos 

Drugstore: Dove Intense Repair Shampoo

Highend: Moroccanoil Moisture Repair Shampoo

A supremely luxurious product that is truly worth its price, this shampoo is infused with protein to restructure and repair the hair’s cuticle. The Keratin protein present in the formula helps the hair remain strong and enables it to fight breakage.  

2. Best Conditioners

Drugstore: TREsemme Smooth and Shine

The formula of this conditioner is enriched with Vitamin H and silk protein. It intensely moisturizes the hair, providing salon silky smooth hair. The Moroccan Argan oil present in the product tames unruly hair and instantly smoothes them. 

Highend: The Body Shop Shea Butter Richly Replenishing Conditioner

 

SKINCARE

1. Best cleansing balms/oils

Drugstore: Garnier Micellar Cleaning Water 

This micellar water contains cleansing molecules called Micelles that attract make-up and other impurities, extracting them away from pores like a magnet. The product contains no added alcohol and parabens, therefore making it ideal for sensitive skin. 

Highend: Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm 

This cleaning balm is non-greasy and takes the make up off effortlessly while keeping the moisture in the skin intact. It is fragrance-free and has been tested for allergies. This product will not disappoint you and might just become your next favourite too! 

2. Best Face Washes

Drugstore: Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser

Highend: Laneige Moist Cream Cleanser 

Just like its name suggests, this Laneige cleanser is delightfully creamy and deeply moisturizes the skin while cleansing it. It contains a 14.9% plant-derived oil that nourishes the skin and keeps its moisture barrier intact. 

3. Best Face Serums

Drugstore: Loreal Paris Revitalift Hyaluronic Acid Face Serum

This serum contains 1.5% Hyaluronic Acid Serum to make the skin radiant, plumped, youthful and smooth. The texture of the serum is lightweight and non sticky, making it easily absorbable. It is ideal for sensitive and mature skin as it’s paraben and preservative-free.

Highend: Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Serum 

This one remains the most popular serum in the market. Years go by and it continues to remain in the limelight for its luxurious and rich formula. It helps manage fine lines and provides intense hydration, making the skin smooth and supple. It repairs the skin by getting rid of dead skin cells and facilitates the barriers regeneration process. Perfection in a bottle, isn’t it? 

4. Best Face Moisturizers 

Drugstore: Pond’s Moisturizing Cold Cream

Highend: Clinique Moisture Surge

This face cream is great for both dry and oily skin. It has a lightweight formula and just the right ingredients that deeply hydrate and moisturize the skin without being greasy and heavy. A must for your daily handbag!

5. Best Face Oils

Drugstore: Minimalist Squalane 100% (Plant Derived)

As the name suggests, this face oil is 100% lightweight Squalane sourced from olive oil. It prevents transepidermal water loss, restores suppleness, promotes faster restoration of the skin barrier and improves skin elasticity. What more can one ask for!

Highend: Plum Grape Seed & Sea Buckthorn

While the brand is affordable enough to become your go-to, this particular oil is on the pricier side for it is 100% natural and is popular for its reputation as a “dry skin expert.” Comprising plant-derived oils, this oil combats skin dryness and adds a healthy glow. 

6. Best Sunscreens

Drugstore: L’Oreal Paris UV Perfect Super Aqua Essence

This sunscreen contains a watery essence, protecting your skin from the sun without making it sticky and greasy! It contains SPF 50 UVB and UVA filters to provide long-lasting sun protection for 12 hours.

Highend: Klairs Blue Uv Shield Sunscreen SPF 50

This sunscreen is a hypoallergenic, lightweight and hydrating physical sunscreen with SPF 50/PA++++. It contains Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide, two active mineral ingredients that create a barrier and protect the skin against UVA/UVB rays, while making the skin calm. 

MAKEUP

1. Best Primers

Drugstore: Maybelline Fit Me Primer

This product is ideal for those with oily skin as it controls excessive oil, while also diminishing pores. The primer adds moisture to the skin without making it sticky or greasy. It helps your makeup last all day long, taking you right from desk to date! 

Highend: Smashbox Photo Finish

The clear face texture of the primer gel smoothens the skin and blurs flaws. It fills in fine lines and pores instantly, and the vitamin A + E present in the formula protects skin from environmental pollutants, damage and stress. It is lightweight and oil-free and ideal for all skin types.

2. Best Foundations

This foundation is a dream come true for all you oily skin beauties! With a wide shade range and SPF 22, Maybelline Matte Poreless does a perfect job of absorbing excess oil from the skin with its clay formula without disrupting the natural moisture barrier. It is extremely lightweight and comfortable on the skin. 

Highend: Smashbox Smashbox Studio Skin

Yes, you can tell we love us some Smashbox. This foundation has a natural matte finish and offers buildable coverage. It can last upto 24 hours and is mask-friendly (transfer resistant), which is such a huge plus in these covid times! Are you still thinking?

3. Best Concealers: 

Drugstore: L’oreal Paris Infallible Full Wear Concealer

True to its name, this concealer provides full coverage and can last up to 24 hours! It can also double up as a contour/highlighter if you opt for darker or lighter shades. How perfect is that! The extra large applicator helps in providing maximum product with just one stroke and covers acne scars, under eye dark circles and discoloration like magic. 

Highend: Too Faced Born This Way Super Coverage

This concealer has a lightweight formula and yet provides maximum coverage. What makes this concealer unique is its 4-in-1 hybrid properties that help conceal and sculpt the skin. The product is infused with ingredients such as coconut water, alpine rose and hyaluronic acid that makes it a crease-free and weightless wear. 

4. Best Face powders

Drugstore: Maybelline New York Fit Me Loose Finishing Powder 


Maybelline is on the rise as a drugstore brand. This powder is ideal for people with oily skin as its Perlite Mineral Technology absorbs oil to mattify the skin. The blurring micro powders present in the formula visibly make the pores disappear and keep the skin matte for 16 hours. 

Highend: Huda Beauty Easy Bake Loose Powder

This powder creates a flawless finish by blurring out any scars, discolouration and dark spots. The product also subtly colour corrects the dark areas on the skin and instantly brightens the skin. It helps makeup last for nearly 10 hours and the Vitamin E hydrates and protects the skin. 

5. Best Face Compact Powders

Drugstore: Maybelline New York Fit Me 12hr Oil Control Compact 

If you don’t like loose powders and are more of a compact powder girl, this one will win your heart. The powder provides 12-hour oil control and has SPF 28+++. Perfect much? 

Highend: M.A.C Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation 

This compact has been a major hit in the beauty market through the years. It comes in 50+ shades, reduces the appearance of pores and is suitable for all skin types. It also lasts for upto 12 hours and controls oil and shine. Don’t think twice before purchasing this one! 

6. Best Bronzers

Drugstore: SUGAR Contour De Force Face Palette

This bronzer palette comes with a highlighter and blush and is a perfect 3-in-1 beauty product to add to your collection. This powder is creamy, lightweight and has a soft cool shade that adds a natural finish to the skin. Quite a versatile product, this one.

Highend: Benefit Cosmetics Hoola Matte Bronzer Mini

This bronzer continues to be a beauty enthusiast favourite. If you’re going for a soft, tanned look, the Benefit Hoola Bronzer should be your go-to.  The product comes with a soft, natural-bristle cheek brush and provides a matte finish.

7. Best Contour

Drugstore: SUGAR Face Fwd Contour Stick 

This is a vegan product that perfectly sculpts the face and provides a natural finish. It is an easy-to-use contour stick that sets matte and provides a lot of product with minimal application.

Highend: TARTE Double Duty Beauty Shape Tape Contour Concealer


This product has a thick formula that dries matte, making it suitable for oily skin girls. The darker shades of the product can be used as contour and the lighter ones for concealing and brightening. See how hardworking?

8. Best Blushes

Drugstore: Colorbar Mattillusion Blush

This product is velvety, and has a feather-light formula that glides smoothly on to the cheeks, providing a boost of fresh and youthful radiance. One touch of the product, and voila, you’ve got naturally flushed cheeks! 

Highend: Kay Beauty Matte Blush

9. Best Highlighters

Drugstore: Maybelline New York Face Studio

This highlighter comes in two shades- rose gold and molten gold. The product contains a wet technology that results in richly hued and heated tones. Don’t just take our word for it, just try it for yourself. 

Highend: Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter 

If there’s one high end product that you should definitely invest in, it’s this one. This product is a customisable complexion booster that can be used as a primer before your base, and a highlighter after your base. It provides a soft-focus, illuminates skin and makes lines and pores appear smoother. Magic in a little tube, this one. 

10. Best Brow gels/pencil 

Drugstore: Nyx Professional Makeup Tinted Brow Mascara

Highend: Benefit Cosmetics Goof Proof Eyebrow Pencil

This is another supremely popular product by Benefit after their bronzer. The product has a waterproof formula and applies smoothly on to the brows. It adds instant volume to the brows and gives a precise shape to them. 

11. Best Mascaras

Drugstore: Maybelline New York Volume Express Colossal Mascara

The collagen-enriched formula in the Maybelline New York Volume Express Colossal Mascara has a volume-pumping effect that ensures no clumping. The mega applicator in this product provides 9x volume to regular eyelashes. It’s not heavy on the eyes and goes smoothly on the eyelashes. 

Highend: Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara

If you’re feeling bougie and wish to invest in a fabulous high-end mascara, go for the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara! This product comes with an hourglass-shaped brush that provides intense black and voluminous effect to the lashes and curls each strand. Besides, if that name doesn’t want to make you try it, we don’t know what will!

12. Best Eyeshadow Palettes 

Drugstore: NYX Professional Makeup Ultimate Shadow Palette

If you’re a sucker for nude shades, look no further! The Nyx eyeshadow palette comes in various shades of nude and offers a creamy formula with minimal fallout. The palette also comes in colourful shades in case you’re looking to opt for bolder looks. 

Highend: Huda Beauty Naughty Nude Eyeshadow Palette

This eyeshadow palette comes with 18 rich shadows in 5 luxurious and innovative textures. The shadows are highly pigmented, providing a great payoff with just a few swipes. You can utilize this palette to create a full glam eye for a party or a subtle nude eye for work- whatever you like! 

13. Best Eyeliners/Kajal

Drugstore: L’Oreal Paris Super Liner Super Star Duo Designer

This product is a multi-tasker; it has a dual ended eyeliner with a pencil liner on one end and a liquid liner on the other. It provides a 24-hour smudge-proof and waterproof intense black formula.

Highend:Kay Beauty Waterproof 24 Hour Kajal

True to its name, the Kay Beauty kajal lasts for 24 hours and is 100% water and smudge proof. Enriched with Chamomile & Ceramideit keeps the eyes refreshed and nourishedThis product is highly pigmented and goes on smoothly on the eyes with just one swipe!

14. Best Makeup Setting Sprays 

Drugstore: NYX Professional Makeup Long Lasting Makeup

The setting spray comes in two forms- dewy and matte. This pocket-friendly setting spray is lightweight, breathable and long-lasting. It helps the makeup stay on for hours and makes the skin look fresh and healthy. 

Highend: M.A.C Prep + Prime Fix 

This is a M.A.C product that the world swears by. It keeps the makeup intact for hours, provides instant hydration and soothes and refreshes the skin. This primer comes in a dewy finish, matte finish and luminous finish.

Takeaway

We have truly spoilt you for choice haven’t we? Guilty as charged! Hope you’ve been adding to cart alongside reading this never ending list we indulged you in. Have a bold, beautiful and merry Christmas! 


Rashi Girdher