Did you know 3 in 5 people leave their Christmas shopping until the week or so before the big day? Sassy! With Christmas just around the corner, it’s probably about time to finish it off. Like me you may be almost done but there’s that sister or friend that you just can’t decide what to buy for. So in true beauty junkie style I’ve gone ahead and curated my absolute favourite gifts that I certainly wouldn’t mind under my tree! From insane eye palettes to expensive diamond skincare, I got you covered.
For so long, Clinique has been the hero brand whenever a skin problem happens. But not only that, it’s also famed for its preventative measures. My skincare began as a teen with the 3 step series and ever since, I’ve dipped in and out of their products. Christmas is always a great time to stock up on their skincare because they have some really fantastic gift boxes with our favourite saviours – at a discounted price.
Check out their makeup bundles, shop by skin concern or just treat yourself to some new luxurious skincare for the new year. My favourites this year have to be the Skincare For Him (just £40!) and the Clinique Smart set – it really works!
As one of the biggest online retailers for all things beauty and grooming, FeelUnique is a haven for beauty. It’s got everything from makeup to skincare, to hair care to something for him indoors. They believe that everyone should have access to beauty, regardless of where you are, who you are, and how much you can spend. So say hello to over 400 brands at your finger tips.
Expect some great cult products like this Zoeva Plaisir (Vol.2) eyeshadow palette. Not only does it boast 3 palettes in a neat and chic box, they multiply as deeper shades when mixed with a dot of water. That means almost 60 shades! This is the perfect gift for anyone who is seriously obsessed with the latest ‘buzz’ product.
FeelUnique also have trending beauty bits like the Skinese range from the Godmother of skincare, Sarah Chapman. With a mask, overnight facial and unique facial massager it truly is the gift that keeps on giving for any of your serious skincare fans. If you’re not fortunate enough to visit the incredible salon in Chelsea, this is as good as. Sarah has advanced training in cosmetic science so you know you’re in great hands!
For the friends who are EXTRA (we all have them ladies), the Lime Crime Birthday edition makeup brushes is going to be right up their street. They have iridescent pink star sparkles dancing up and down the crystal-like handles and what’s great is that they’re vegan too. The brush set includes:
– Fluffy Highlighter Brush
– Round Angled Shadow Brush
– Angled Paddle Shadow Brush
– Flat Liner/brow Brush
When Celebrity hairstylist Jen Atkin launched Ouai hair products, social media was in a frenzy. Anyone who loves beauty will have one or other of the products and 9 times out of 10 they’re a hit! FeelUnique have a big selection including this cute pair set for just £40.
I remember my Nanna Coral using this for most of her life and even in her 60’s she had the most incredible, youthful looking skin. While she put it down to a great social life and plenty of laughs, I’m certain this cleanser helped somewhat!
It’s enriched with cocoa butter to soften, smooth and moisturise, and rosemary, chamomile and eucalyptus to tone, soothe and purify the skin.
The Instant Boost Skin Tonic is wonderfully soothing and brightens the appearance of skin with a heavenly floral-scent. It’s alcohol free so there’s none of that dry tightness that you get with some other products.
After using the Superskin™ Moisturiser (with natural neroli) you’ll get noticeably reduced lines and delicately smooth skin.
I first came across Omorovicza in a beauty sale when I worked at ELLE and I was blown away! The Refining Facial Polisher was my first dip in to what quickly became a luxury skincare obsession. Numerous products later I cannot say enough about how much I love this brand. For pure decadence and really good quality skin products that work, that make a difference and actually last – Omorovicza is the one.
Ok now they’re a little on the higher end of the budget so the gift sets are what I’d consider a ‘main present‘, gifted to any loved one who is serious about their skin. They have a wide variety of gift sets available each containing some of their best sellers in each range. I was so fortunate to try out the incredible Blue Diamond Set which is designed to truly ‘reboot’ the skin. Diamond peptides in the formula, released over time, prolong the healthy life of skin cells and boy does it make a difference. It’s everything you expect from an expensive super cream. Within moments my skin had that beautiful healthy looking skin glow. It looked younger, hydrated and like I’d detoxed for a week.
BLUE DIAMOND CONCENTRATE (30ml);
The Blue Diamond Concentrate uses a trio of innovative ingredients. Diamond peptides, arabinogalactans and a compound of essential amino-acids and copper that work to prolong the healthy life and protect the DNA of skin cells for greater elasticity and firmness. Soft and silky, it smooths the complexion and diminishes the appearance of fine lines.
BLUE DIAMOND SUPER CREAM (50ml);
The Blue Diamond Supercream uses a trio of innovative ingredients. Diamond peptides, arabinogalactans and a compound of essential amino-acids and copper that work to prolong the healthy life and protect the DNA of skin cells for greater elasticity and firmness. Deeply hydrating, skin feels dramatically firmer and more youthful in appearance.
A couple of years ago I bought the Gold Flash Firming Serum and was so impressed. At the time I had slight redness and inflammation, both of which are targeted with the Gold range. The anti-inflammatory properties of colloidal gold to help repair and strengthen the skin. It’s great for even sensitive skin like mine. In the set:
GOLD FLASH FIRMING SERUM (30ml);
The oil-free Gold Flash Firming Serum harnesses the curative power of colloidal gold to lend the face a dramatically lifted and firmer appearance. A complex of watercress extract, zinc and vitamin C promotes a radiant and youthful appearance.
GOLD RESCUE CREAM (50ml);
The Gold Rescue Cream harnesses the curative power of colloidal gold to dramatically reduce the appearance of micro-damage and loss of elasticity. This intensely nourishing barrier cream promotes a youthful appearance so that even the most dehydrated of complexions feel revitalised and rejuvenated.
Elemis is a long time resident inside many spa’s. I’ve enjoyed Elemis since I was about 21 years old. I’m often on their website looking at new things to try. It’s a nice escape just putting my feet up and checking out the new oils, balms and creams.
Your loved one may have a particular favourite; mine’s the Pro-Collagen range. What’s great about them is that they champion the chemistry of nature, carefully crafted by a dedicated team of explorers, scientists and skincare experts. So the skincare is very specific and each does something different. It means you can really tailor your skincare to its exact needs.
One way of trying out a few hero products without investing heavily is with the Glowtrotter Travel set. Containing a combination of full and luxe sized products, it’s a great present for those who love to travel. Neatly packed into a clear case, it’s great value for money.
Cleansing Micellar Water 50ml
Superfood Facial Oil FULL SIZE
Pro-Collagen Hydra-Gel Eye Masks (2)
Peptide4 Eye Recovery Cream 15ml FULL SIZE
Peptide4 Night Recovery Cream-Oil 10ml
NEW Ultra-Conditioning Lip Balm 10ml
REN have really excelled in a space in the beauty market that was relatively untapped. Not only do they make understanding skincare – and their products – easy to understand but they’re environmentally aware. For instance, no toxins, no chemicals and plenty of bio-actives that benefit skin health. Everything smells great, especially the body wash (which I also use in my bath to wind down from the day).
Sensitivity, dryness and inflammation can be tackled with with the Evercalm overnight balm. At just £40 it makes a great stocking filler! Imagine waking up to the Vegan Skincare Regime though. Four carefully curated products including:
Evercalm™ Global Protection Day Cream (50ml)
A day cream designed to repair skin’s natural barriers, calm, hydrate and soothe sensitised skin.
V-Cense™ Revitalising Night Cream (50ml)
An anti-ageing moisturiser for skin displaying signs of ageing, formulated to recharge, revitalise and intensively hydrate overnight.
Rosa Centifolia™ Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser (100ml)
A gentle exfoliator developed for all skin types, that purify and detoxify your skin.
Vita Mineral™ Active 7 Eye Gel (15ml)
A cooling eye gel for all skin types, designed to target dark circles and puffiness.
If I haven’t already filled you with enough beauty inspo to last all year, I want to finish off by mentioning some of my favourite products that I’d be delighted to find in my stocking.
(Starskin Facial | Origins Planscription Mask | Darphin Predermine Overnight | Darphin Eye Cream | BYBI Detox Dust | Sienna Tanning)