Beauty Goodies for Christmas

The best thing about beauty gifts is that they come in all shapes and sizes and you really can spend as little or as much as you'd like, from little stocking fillers to splash out gifts. Most product houses offer gift sets this time of year as well with some huge savings on luxury products. 

Secret Santa

Secret Santa can be tricky because you may not know the person that you're buying for very well. The budget is more often than not quite low for secret Santas but this needn't be a problem. Mini products are great because even if it's something the person doesn't normally use it's a great way for them to try things. New make up and nail colours are always really fun for this time of year with people are going out and glamming up more for Christmas and New Year’s parties.

What to get

OPI mini polishes: The fabulous classic OPI colours in cute mini bottles anyone who likes nails will fall in love with these! £3

OPI mini nail envy: A treatment and strengthener for any nail type. This will suit anybody whether the nails are healthy, dry, splitting, flaky, brittle and more! Even people who don’t wear colour on their nails will like its clear finish. This is a product that many people swear by and comes in at £4.50

Sothy discovery kit: A complete skin routine in a cute and stylish box. The vitality cleansing milk and toning lotion with grapefruit extract will suit most skin types and the energising night cream with Siberian extract will make sure you wake up with glowing skin. Great for avid skincare fans or for people who don’t normally cleanse tone and moisturise to start a new regime - £12.

What to ask for

Benebalm: Benefit’s iconic benetint now comes in a nourishing lip balm, perfect to condition dry, cracked lips this winter. The balm contains mango butter to hydrate and the rose tint for gorgeous red lips. £14.50

It also comes in a gift set with the pink version lollibalm plus a mini original benetint and lollitint. £19.50

What I'm wishing for

Mascara is a staple for most women; this year I'm lusting after Lily Lolo’s natural black mascara. This award winning mascara adds volume and length perfectly to define lashes without clumps or smudges. £10.99 

I always curl my lashes before applying mascara to open up the eyes; my fave are the body shop eyelash curlers. If you haven't tried lash curlers before you must put these on your list and see the difference it makes! And don’t be scared of using them, they just need a little practise to get used to. £5

For Men

Most men now have some kind of grooming routine, whether it's quite basic or on the verge of rivaling their wife’s or girlfriend’s!

The beard is back in a big way and beard grooming is so popular that you'll be spolit for choice when it comes to choosing a product.

Beard balms condition and nourish leaving the beard soft and easy to tame. Creampot Tom's beard balm by the Brighton beard company is a handmade balm with mandarin, cedar wood and juniper. £11.95

For guys who are more concerned with the hair on top of their heads, hair products are a great choice. Muk clays and pastes come in a variety of options for different holds but each have a gorgeous scent to keep hair smelling just as good as it looks. The Muk mini triple gift pack is £15.

And for those who prefer a cleaner cut look Ted Baker’s grooming room shave gel, £8, is infused with menthol and aloe vera for smooth, non-irritated skin, plus the vintage style bottle will look great on the bathroom shelf.

Stocking fillers

Check out these exciting gifts to open on Christmas morning and immediately start trying out for that ‘new product’ feeling.

What to get

Beauty balms known as BB creams are perfect to give as a gift as they provide moisture and light coverage whilst healing and protecting the skin. The light coverage is great for those who aren’t keen on makeup as it can be used alone or under make up. Lily Lolo BB cream has nourishing and anti-ageing ingredients plus mineral pigments to minimise imperfections and leave the complexion looking even and radiant. £11.99 

What to ask for

A Makeup bag: You'll be needing somewhere to store all your new beauty products! Ted Baker have a gorgeous range of good quality waterproof bags with beautiful prints or for something a little more quirky check out ASOS.

What I'm wishing for:

St Tropez luxe body oil £25. You only have to look at this bottle to want it - frosted glass with a gold top filled with shimmering golden liquid. The silky oil is easy to apply, leaves a beautiful shimmer on the skin and has a fresh scent of lemon grass and grapefruit essential oils rather than the dreaded self tan smell! Leave on the skin for 4-8 hours for an even golden glow that will last up to 7 days.

Men

Gift vouchers

Men love pampering just as much as women; some of them just dont know it yet! A little push of encouragement may be needed to get them there but once they get over the fear of going into this unknown world they will absolutely love it. A gift voucher for a facial, massage or pedicure at your local salon is a fantastic present. You could even have a treatment too so they don't have to go on their own! A little warning though, once they have experienced their first treatment they will be hooked.

Luxe products

There is something really special about the feeling you get from using a luxury beauty product. Whether you’re a beauty addict or only splash out once in a while, an indulgent new product can make you feel like a million dollars. This is exactly what you need this time of year either for some pampering at home or to get ready for that all important party.

What to get

A high end brand hair product is a true luxury and something that you may not spend on for yourself but is always greatly received as a gift (who doesn't want nourished, glossy locks?) The Morrocan Oil Repair Christmas Gift Collection includes moisture rich shampoo and conditioner, intensive hydrating mask and the famous oil treatment. These argon oil infused products add nutrients to the hair, repair damage and leave the hair smooth, manageable and super shiny. £60.40.

What to ask for

Sothys energizing day and night cream is a moisturizing duo that leaves the skin radiant and youthful at any age. It contains exciting and innovative ingredients such as Siberian ginseng extract to recharge, regenerate and illuminate, bringing dull and tired winter skin to life. Gift set £64.

What I'm wishing for 

Jo Malone Rose water and vanilla cologne intense £100. Jo Malone is the queen of fragrance. This cologne is pure luxury and truly intense. Delicious rose and comforting vanilla is my fragrance of choice and there are plenty more in the cologne intense range to choose from.

Men

The Sothys Homme Intense Eau de Toilette and soothing after shave gift set, £69.25. This refined fragrance with fresh and woody scents will soon become his signature scent. The gift set also comes with the soothing after shave balm which contains volcanic rock ingredients to detoxify, whilst moisturizing and calming the skin.

Whether it's giving or receiving, the gift of beauty is the choice for this Christmas!

So pick your favorites for your wish list and get shopping for others so everybody gets a little bit of pampering this festive season.

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