I’m so very ready for it to be Christmas already. I can’t wait to wrap up in a blanket, crack open a box of Quality Street and watch all the rubbish festive telly the BBC has to offer – but before then, we’ve still got a few last minute gifts to pick up for loved ones. If you’ve not finished your shopping (or even started it!) and you need some inspiration, then I’ve pulled together an edit of fifteen fabulous gifts for all the glam girls in your life. Every single one of these are suited for women of any age and any level of beauty interest; some are more affordable than others, but most importantly they all offer a little bit of festive sparkle in their own special way.
1. Eylure ‘Lights Camera Action’ Lash Set (£50.00)
Although technically an advent calendar, there’s not actually anything on this to give the game away – it just contains twelve doors that each reveal a set of fabulously fluttering lashes. Inspired by classic movies, each movie reel behind the movie board exterior is hiding a lash treat that’s certain to add some Hollywood glamour to this holiday season. Perfect for any lash addicts, this also offers a significant saving off the usual individual price. Get it now, exclusively online, before it’s gone.
2. Avon Professional Collection Makeup Palette (£12.00)
Containing fifteen eyeshadows, four lip glosses, two blushers and three brush applicators, this compact treat provides everything you need to get festive party ready – for an incredible price. It folds down into a compact palette, meaning it’s perfect for popping in your bag or packing for a romantic getaway.
3. Rituals Private Collection Candles (£29.50)
I adore Rituals as a brand anyway, but their new ‘Private Collection’ just has that extra edge. Held in a delightful glass jar and finished with a classic ‘seal’, these candles are utterly gorgeous. The ‘Tiger Grass’ scent is perfect for this time of year, complementing the fragrance of a freshly trimmed tree, but will be as equally uplifting come the spring. One for me, one for them?
4. Atkinsons Jasmine & Tangerine Fragrance (£120.00)
Definitely one for those of you feeling flush, this delightfully vintage looking bottle hides a surprisingly modern and refreshing scent. Described as “a radical take on Jasmine that marries the exotic solar beauty of the Indian flower and the sparkling suavity of a tangerine squeeze, a fruit delicacy exclusively enjoyed by the Royal Society in the 1800s,” Atkinsons have perfected the combination of two often contradictory scents.
5. Tarte ‘Mistletoe Madness’ Lipgloss Set (£31.50)
What I love about this set is that you can either gift it as one thing to a singular lipgloss addict, or split it up into three. The giant box contains three mini packs, all wrapped individually, which each contain five mini lipglosses. Tarte are one of those brands I’m always hearing about but have only recently got my hands on – and they don’t disappoint. This is the perfect introduction for anyone looking to expand their beauty repertoire.
6. Sleek Midas Touch Highlighting Palette (£10.00)
Highlighting and ‘strobing’ have been big news in 2015, and this provides an accessible way to capitalise on that trend. This palette contains three baked powders and one luxurious cream formula, all which have been created for use on the face and body; add a touch to cheekbones, buff into lids, apply to the decollatage or use in conjuction with your foundation – the possibilities are endless.
7. Real Techniques Enhanced Eyelining Set (£16.95)
This set includes four of the best brushes for creating a subtle smokey look. Created with a special design that ensures perfect control even for the trickiest of eyeliner looks, each brush helps you to draw, colour and line to perfection. In my opinion you can’t really get better than Real Techniques for eye brushes, and this set offers up a great way to introduce a loved one to the wonder of this brand.
8. Pixi Makeup Limited Edition Festive Gifts (From £16.50)
Oh Pixi, you do know how to create beautiful and lustworthy treats. From their contouring kits, eye palettes and silky eyeliner quads, there’s a gift for everyone this festive season. I really love the packaging this year that nods to Christmas without being too OTT; it’s elegant, sophisticated and fun.
9. Clinique ‘Days Of The Week’ Lipstick (£35.00)
What a fabulous idea and a real treat for any lipstick lovers! A concept usually resigned to the underwear department, this year Clinique have embraced our need for something different every day and created this clever twist on a gift set. Their ‘Days Of The Week’ set features their longest-wearing lipstick formula in seven limited-edition shades. From Take-On Tuesday (a bright pretty coral) to Sassy Saturday (a rich red), there s a custom-colour for every mood and occasion. Fabulous.
10. Foreo Luna Mini Cleansing Gadget (£99.00)
Foreo’s exclusive ‘T-Sonic technology’ provides thorough, yet gentle, cleansing by channeling trans-dermal sonic pulsations across the skin’s surface; this handheld device will apparently give your skin a smoother and more refined appearance in just three days – just what you need to start of a new year. I love my Foreo because it works so gently, as well as providing a more hygienic experience that doesn’t require constant brush head replacement. Expensive, but worth every penny.
11. Cloud Nine Christmas Gift Set (£105.00)
This season hair straightening maestros Cloud Nine have teamed up with designer Emilio de la Morena to create this limited edition golden bag – which also doubles up as a heat mat. The subtle design is reminiscent of the 1920’s, but that doesn’t overpower the fact that this is a darn good set of straighteners. If you’re after tools that have the power to style your hair without overdoing the heat, then this is what you need to ask Santa for this year.
12. Soap & Glory ‘Match Box’ (£12.00)
Bargain alert – this limited edition ‘Match Box’ design by Philip Colbert hides six favourite mini pieces from the quintessentially British brand. Including Clean On Me Shower Gel, Hand Food Hand Cream, The Scrub Of Your Life Body Scrub, Heel Genius Foot Cream, The Righteous Butter and Original Pink Body Spray, this is one gift not to be missed (especially if you’re already a Soap & Glory addict.)
13. Sanctuary Autumn Fragrance Mini Candle Set (£20.00)
Only recently have Sanctuary started to diversify into home fragrance, and boy am I glad they have. Affordable, simple and deliciously scented, this mini pack of six candles includes Winter Bark & Sage, Orange Spice and Black Rose & Cassis amongst others. It’s like a touch of Jo Malone without the eye wateringly expensive price tag! These mini candles provide a sneak peek of what their full size numbers have to offer.
14. I Love… ‘Lots Of Bubbles’ Festive Edition Set (£6.00)
You can’t go wrong with this cute set of mini bubble baths: Sugared Cranberries, indulgent Chocolates & Oranges, delightful Mixed Berries, warming Spiced Cinnamon, sweet Iced Cookie and Cherry Almond Sparkle scents make this a set the recipient will be sad to see the end of. Although they are very sweet, it’s the perfect gift for someone who loves their bathtime.
15. Laura Mercier ‘Glam To Go’ Travel Case (£35.00)
If there is one brand to have absolutely nailed their festive collections this year, then it would be Laura Mercier. They’ve created wearable tones, packed them in delightfully practical palettes and slipped it all into a lustworthy animal print box. This double decker palette features the ultimate classic colour essentials for on the go glamour – including four eyeshadows, two blushers and a lipgloss.
Will you be rushing out to buy any of my picks for a loved one? Or have you just spotted something else to add to your Christmas list?
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