| Christmas gift ideas for your beauty obsessed other halves, friends and family. From the skincare starter to the perfume finish, we have got them covered.
OK, so how did it get to mid November already? Christmas is coming up thick and fast, which tends to put people into either one of two camps. The first (and the most annoying to most) are the ones who meticulously plan their loved ones’ gifts way before Saint Nick climbs down the chimney (usually way before pumpkins are even in the picture!).
The second camp, well, they like to fly by the seat of their pants, live life on the edge, and by edge I mean Christmas shopping on Christmas Eve-Eve cos they think that "wont be as bad" but let me tell you all, it will. If you land in camp one, congratulations; you’re so very organised.
If you’re in camp two, however, relax. We’ve compiled the best products for every beauty junkie in your life. Whether it’s the friend who always smells incredible, the sister who forever moans about her dry skin each winter, or for the person who just loves something cute for their instagram, we’ve done the beauty legwork so you don’t have to!
For the one with the skincare fetish
The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5, £5.90
The Ordinary’s Hyaluronic Acid is a cult hit for a reason, and makes for a stellar stocking filler!
Aesop, Parsley Seed Anti-Oxidant Serum, £49
Give the gift of a hydration hit this Christmas. This concentrated hydrating serum uses a blend of aloe vera and anti-oxidant ingredients to hydrate, soften and fortify the skin. Ideal for normal to combination and sensitive skin, the serum comes in a lightweight liquid formula that absorbs into the skin super quickly.
Evolve, Daily Defense Moisture Mist, £20
Calm, firm and protect your skin all year round with this must have from Evolve. Protecting your skin cells from polution while keeping it hydrated AND smelling good? You should totally get one for yourself too.
For the one who loves something smelly
Reek, Damn Rebel Bitches, £75
Reek perfume is a rebellious fragrance with a feminist agenda, with blood orange, hazelnuts and sweet malt, it’s perfect for your favourite smelly bitch (or witch as the case may be!)
Jo Loves, Fragrance Paintbrush, £40
Forget Jo Malone! Go straight to the erm, the horses nose(?) and shop with the woman herself with her brand Jo Loves. Her latest innovation introduces a new way to wear and be creative with fragrance using a paintbrush, with a gel formula which holds the fragrance and dries in seconds. A new essential perfectly fit for a handbag!
Launching tomorrow, the KKW fragrance is creating so much hype on the internet because it’s legit supposed to be incredible. Yup, all three of them.
For the one who loves sleep
Pure, Super Grape Treatment Oil, £16
If you’re going to get a full eight hours, you might as well give your skin some overnight TLC; Pure’s Super Grape Treatment Oil is a divine blend of of echinacea, peptides and an exclusive source of resveratrol that works hard while you rest.
Iluminage, Silk Sleep Mask, £25
With a silky soft feel for sublime comfort, the innovative mask calms the mind and senses and has been clinically proven to visibly reduce signs of ageing, including the appearance of fine lines and crow’s feet in just four weeks.
This Works, Sleep Spray, £18
This Works pillow mist is heavenly to spritz on freshly washed sheets, with Lavender, Vetivert and Camomile it calms both the mind and body, soothing you straight to sleep.
For bitches who glow
Fenty Beauty, Match Stick Trio, £46
Fenty sent social media wild with their Match Stix Shimmer Sticks – Skinsticks to conceal and contour, and highlight. This gold number is beautiful on every single skin shade – yas kween!
Illamasqua, Beyond Powder OMG, £34
Luminescent skin isn’t going anywhere fast, with SS18’s beauty offering encouraging glowing cheek and brow bones. Illamasqua Ego is our go-to all year round, but with four other shades available matching your look with a highlight’s never been easier.
KKW Beauty, Highlight and contour kit, $48
K, so we know this is her second mention but we are very interested in the hype around Kim’s glow and contour kits, I mean, it was 10 years in the making!
For those who can’t candle without
Shearer Amber Candle, £9
Handmade in Scotland, Shearer’s popular Amber scent is serves tuberose, violets and amber. Sensual and mysterious, it will stimulate yours and everyone else who walks into your homes senses.
Timeless, Festive Berries Candle, £36
Festive Berries is a vibrant fruity blend with berries galore. Notes of lingonberries, raspberries, blueberries and cassis interwoven with sweet orange and bergamot. Plus it looks great as a makeup brush holder once you’ve burned it to the bottom.
Diptyque, ForÃªt givrÃ©e scented candle, £48
Diptyque’s holiday candle will get you in the festive spirit, with soul-warming blood orange, smoky wood and cloves.
For the one who loves a gadget
Foreo Luna Play, £29
Got a gadget-obsessed AND beauty-obsessed pal? Foreo’s cult cleansing and detoxifying LUNA offering is huge but we love the Play edition as it’s perfect for travelling and sleepovers, meaning there’s no excuse for not taking off your makeup.
ghd Nocturne Collection Platinum Styler Gift Set, £179
Won’t leave the house without your 30-minute GHD ritual? Maybe it’s time you upgraded those 10 year old bad boys.
Mark Hill, Pick n’ Mix Wand, from £14
For those at the opposite end of the tresses spectrum, Mark Hill’s Interchangeable Styling Wand gives you everything from ’70s curls to beachy waves.
For those who love a bath
Lush bath mealts, from £2.50
Whether your friend is stressed or just loves some alone time with a good soak, these bath treats are perfect to get her skin supple and her senses tingled!
BOD 20min Body Boost Bath Prep, £7.99
Got that bloated feeling? The 20min Body Boost Bath Prep from BOD (Body on Demand) is your go-to transformative solution, perfect just before a big night out or special occasion to leave your body drained of toxins.
Elements Bamboo Extendable Bath Rack, £25
I’ve been wanting one of these for a long time, and no doubt probably so has your friend who loves a bath. Perfect for a Netflix and soak.
For the one who loves a giftset
Charlotte Tilbury, £55
Charlotte Tilbury’s given us an edit of her bestselling pieces, from Charlotte’s Magic Cream Moisturiser to Lip Cheat Lip Liner. Trust me, each of these will make a huge difference to any makeup bag.
COWSHED, Signature hand care duo, £25
Make their home feel like a hotel with Cowshed€™s signature hand care duo. Cleanse skin with grapefruit, petitgrain and lavender and lock in moisture, with nourishing Shea and Cocoa Butter.
HUDA BEAUTY, Liquid Matte Mini £33
Snap up four of cult HUDA Beauty’s dreamy nude liquid lipsticks in this little set.
For the one who’s hair is there thing
Paul Mitchell, Essence of Repair Gift Set, £40
With all this straightening, curling, glittering, our hair has really went through the mills during the holidays. Give tresses that TLC it needs with some help from Paul Mitchell, repairing from the top to the bottom.
Kevin Murphy, Air Dry Kit, £41
Kevin Murphy’s haircare is a treat at any time of year, but this gift set is ideal for locks in need of some care – plus, the bottles look cute on our bathroom shelves.
Davines Nou Nou Kit, £54
Perfect for dry, stressed or colour-treated hair, this delectable kit unites the stars of Davines€™ most nourishing range – NOUNO – with two Shampoos, Conditioner and roucou oil-rich OI Oil. Plus it’s cute to say, NOU NOU!
And if all else fails apart from instagram points…
If your friend was waiting to treat themselves for the instagrammable goodness that is Glossier well, Christmas has came early! And by that I mean the gift of easy Christmas shopping because each product on here will sit just as pretty on their face as it will in their bathroom.
Glossier, Phase 1 Set, £35
Save £8 with the complete phase 1 glossier set, with cult products including jelly primer and your choice balm dotcom flavour!
Glossier Super Pack, £60
They€™re supplements for your face: potent, fast-absorbing treatment serums packed with vital nutrients to bring your skin the boost it needs today. Because you€™re not just a €œskin type€ €” your needs change throughout the month, and your product lineup should help you adapt.
Glossier Boy Brow + Haloscope Duo, £28
Together for a limited time, in your choice of shades. Bestselling Boy Brow thickens, fills in, and grooms brows into place. Glide Haloscope onto brow bones and cheekbones for a dewy highlight; no glitter, no dryness€”just a hydrated, healthy sheen.
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