If you’re stuck trying to think of the perfect beauty buy for a loved one, friend or family member this Christmas then do not despair as I’ve found the perfect range of gift sets that will suit all ages and skin types.
First up is an assortment of beautiful scents from one of my favourite perfumeries; Penhaligon’s. This iconic brand has managed to cram together five luxury fragrances in an adorable box culminating in the Ladies Miniature Collection, below, for a mere £35 and includes a mixture of signature scents; Lily of the Valley, Malabah, Ellenisia, Artemisia and Gardenia.
If perfume is your penchant then you should also consider Clinique’s ‘A Little Happiness’ box set (£30). The bright box set contains five miniature notes: Happy Perfume Spray, Happy Heart Perfume Spray, Happy in Bloom Perfume Spray, Wealth of Flowers Perfume Spray and Hint of Citrus Perfume Spray (all 7ml). Clinique also host an assortment of amazing make up and skin care sets online too and as an added extra when you spend over £60 online you will also receive a free cracker gift set stuffed with goodies… what’s not to love?!
When we can find some time for well deserved rest and relaxation during this busy period I always tend to return to my all-time favourite bath/skin/shower sets from Elemis. I’m a huge fan and it seems that millions of you also agree. So for Xmas I am thrilled to see that they have created a combination of classic products in a variety of sets which cover every price point from stocking filler duos (£9) to anti-aging sets (£199). My particular fave has to be the Frangipani Secrets Collection, £37.50 (below left), which allows you to recreate the comfort of a spa at home. You could also veg out with Cowshed’s ‘Knackered Cow Bathing Set’ (comes complete with a bath and body oil and relaxing room candle, £28.50).
If purchasing for those who are obsessed with beautiful hair and recreating the latest catwalk styles, then you should head direct to ghd for their new ghd V Wonderland limited edition styler. Priced at the usual £135 the multi-talented styler showcases a spectrum of cool blue, lilac and teal shades creating a beautiful and festive iridescent finish. The hair straighteners also provide flexible styling for all hair types and carry an automatic sleep mode after 30 minutes. The pack comes complete with sectioning clips and a heat-resistant bag; perfect for those on the move.
If you are looking to impress the ultimate make up junkie then take note, as Bobbi Brown’s Old Hollywood collection will dazzle come Christmas morning. The limited edition eye palette (£59, below left) works as both a day and night capsule featuring nine sparkling and matte shades which can work as well on their own as they can built up into a smokey eye effect; ideal for New Year’s Eve.
However, if you want to achieve the look for less or purchase make-up for experimental teenagers then why not opt for Studio London’s Smokey Eye gift set, £6 (available at Superdrug stores nationwide) which provides a step by step guide for beauty novices.
When it comes to nails we all want the latest on-trend talons so picking out a suitable gift can sometimes be hard. Having said that below are a selection of some of the nicest sets I’ve seen around in a while (from Revlon, Clinique and Bobbi Brown). Any of these will put a smile on a beauty obsessives’ face but it seems that Nails Inc. have nailed it (excuse the pun) with their fun range of avant-garde sets. Choose from ‘Monochrome Manicures’ to ‘Bling It On…‘ packs, all from as little as £18.
For stocking fillers, secret Santa or general smaller gifts for a work colleague etc then these adorable – yet affordable – pieces will do just the trick. I particularly love Jo Malone’s limited edition Christmas Cracker which is full of scented surprises (Tart-juicy Blackberry & Bay Cologne, Reviving Lime Basil & Mandarin Body & Hand Wash and Enlivening Grapefruit Body Crème), £30. This fab Ginger Sparkle, Shower, Scrub and Moisture Collection from The Body Shop (below middle) is also a must-buy for just £17. The special edition spicy gift set offers a Ginger Sparkle Shower Gel, Ginger Sparkle Body Butter, Ginger Sparkle Body Polish and Ginger Sparkle Mini Heart Soap all cased in a fun gingerbread man tin. Topshop have also come up with an adorable miniature gift (Mini Nail in Dark Knight) for just £5! A range of mini nail varnishes that come already pre-packed in a hanging acetate carton: stick them on the tree and watch them go!
Lastly try QVC… Yes really. It may sound old-fashioned but they now sell all their amazing beauty deals online from a wide variety of reputable brands with huge discounts, PLUS they offer an easy pay system on most items which allows you to spread the cost over a few months should you still want to purchase something special when funds are seriously low.
Happy Christmas Shopping!