Top 20: Christmas Gifts for the Beauty QueenBy Angelica Malin
Looking for some incredible beauty gift ideas for women this year? From amazing essential oils to spa packages, here’s 20 of our favourite beauty-inspired Christmas gifts this year:
What: Clarins’ Christmas Crackers, exclusive to Selfridges, are the perfect gift for a Clarins fan or a girly table treat. Who doesn’t want a bit of pampering alongside their festive hat? We love.
The Lowdown: The beautiful crackers contain a selection of all-time favourite Clarins products, including a Hand and Nail Treatment Cream, Miniature Rouge Eclat Lipstick, Miniature Wonder Perfect Mascara, Gentle Refiner Exfoliating Cream, Beauty Flash Balm and Eau des Jardins Treatment Fragrance. Stop it.
Stockists: Selfridges online here
What: The Balloon Pop Eyeliner set (£28) by Glo & Ray is the ideal gift, as it includes a range of shades, perfect for the festive season. The Skybreaker eyeliners have been a very popular product of the range, due to their long lasting, pigmented and easily applied capabilities.
The Lowdown: The six strong collection includes two of their most popular shades from the Skybreaker collection, alongside three new shades and an exclusive called Rose Candy – all in a variety of matte, metallic shimmer and sparkling pearl finishes. These sit alongside a sharpener to keep the liners precision perfect! Brilliant pigmented colours and a waterproof formula. The result? A long-lasting, smudge-free finish, ideal for recreating dramatic catwalk results.
Stockists: The Balloon Pop Eyeliner set is now available on www.glo-ray.co.uk, BeautyMART and their concession within Topshop Oxford Circus.
What: Sparked by an charming allure, MAC‘s mini kits of Pigment and Glitter feature eye-catching hues that strut across the face in glitter-flecked purples. All packaged in a chic clutch that features the bold metallic hues of MAC’s holiday collection with ribbed black accents.
The Lowdown: MAC pigments and glitter are the perfect addition to your Christmassy look. Every girl loves MAC – from their bright blushes to bold liquid liners, the fun, playful make-up is great for getting into the festive season, and, what’s more, they really last.
Stockists: Online here
What: A book of make-up magic to cast a spell. Charlotte shares her beauty secrets in 12 magical make-up cabinets. It’s the perfect way to discover the make-up world of Charlotte Tilbury – each day, reveal a miracle-working product from her award-winning collection, including a surprise new product launching in January.
The Lowdown: The book contains Magic Cream, Supermodel Body, Clay Mask and lots of other treats in mini form. A favourite of Hollywood, the fashion world, make-up artists, facialists and industry insiders, Charlotte’s make-up range is just spot on.
Stockists: Exclusive to Selfridges here
What: Revitalise skin and significantly diminish the look of lines, wrinkles and dullness so skin looks its radiant best – younger, firmer, more beautiful than ever. Estée Lauder‘s Ultimate Starter Kit aims to reduce the look of multiple signs of ageing all at once.
The Lowdown: Worth over £75, yours for just £40. Estée Lauder is a leading name in beauty, for good reason. Estée Lauder founded her company in 1946 armed with four products and an unshakeable belief: that every woman can be beautiful. Today, more than 60 years later, that simple notion has literally changed the face of the beauty business.
Stockists: Selfridges online here
What: An exclusive skincare set by Nu Skin – ageLOC Transformation. Prepare yourself for a truly transformational experience. Featuring a powerful lineup of four products, ageLOC™ Transformation is the brand’s most advanced anti-aging system ever, delivering unsurpassed anti-aging benefits. This complete and comprehensive skin care system cleanses, purifies, renews, moisturizes, and reveals younger looking skin in eight ways – for a more youthful, healthier looking you now and in the future.
The Lowdown: Nu Skin is a premier anti-aging company committed to providing quality skin care and nutrition products. For more than 25 years, Nu Skin has offered entrepreneurs the opportunity to start their own business selling exclusive and innovative anti-ageing products and that opportunity will be better than ever with their unique ageLOC® approach.
Stockists: Available at www.nuskin.com
What: French & Corry is a new luxury wellness and beauty destination in Hampstead owned by beauty expert Danielle French. French & Corry provide incredible skin and body treatments in a relaxing, atmosphere that leave you feeling recharged to continue the busy festive Christmas season. French & Corry who aim to surpass expectation every time you visit; guests are pampered in supreme comfort throughout treatments including warm heated blankets, duck feather pillows and duvets.
The Lowdown: You can buy loved ones treatments such as the Environ Active Vitamin Treatment which will leave your skin looking radiant and dewy and the Environ Collagen Power Facial which will improve the skin, soft lines, tighten slack skin and refining the appearance of scarring and uneven skin texture. You can buy gift vouchers for treatments here.
Pricing: Full pricing for all treatments and services is available on the French & Corry website
What: Stop the press: you can now book spa treats for loved ones through Secret Escapes, the flash deals site for affordable luxury travel. Their new Experiences section offers deals on pampering days, afternoon teas and fine dining at exclusive prices.
The Lowdown: What’s even better is that they are bookable through the website in e-voucher form so you can avoid the Christmas Eve shopping crowds. Try out a spa experience at the 5* COMO Shambhala Urban Escape at the Metropolitan. The hotel is a fashion pack fave – both a holistic retreat and a luxury oasis. The gift is for a massage and Shambhala juice on arrival, as well as a month’s gym membership to the exclusive gym. Book here.
Price: 42% off website price
What: Relax from the moment you discover Coworth Park’s picturesque parkland; this luxurious country house hotel on the borders of Windsor Great Park is high-end style without the stuffiness. It’s an idyllic place for a romantic retreat and a favourite with families seeking a relaxing break with a dash of adventure only 45 minutes drive from London.
The Lowdown: Treat a loved one to one of their amazing spa packages. We love the Champagne Spa Day – it starts with the Eucalyptus Body Exfoliation, followed by a Classic Swedish Massage and Kerstin Florian’s Sublime Prescription Facial. The Hands-On Manicure and Hot to Trot Pedicure complete the day, and a glass of champagne is served with the spa day lunch. Bliss.
Price: £350 – the spa day lasts 4 hours 15 minutes
What: A lovely present this Christmas, the Crabtree & Evelyn Pomegranate body care duo is a real treat for wintery souls. With a conditioning blend of anti-oxidant-rich pomegranate, grapeseed extracts and nourishing argan oil, this bath and body duo will replenish skin for a smooth and supple finish and leave you with a rich and fruity fragrance of pomegranate.
The Lowdown: Creating indulgent moments every day with their award-winning hand cream, beautiful gifts, fine food and luxurious toiletries, Crabtree & Evelyn is the perfect Christmas gift. Get in the holiday spirit with their new limited edition Anthurium Nail Lacquer, too – a bold orange-red shade with a gold and orange shimmer – available here.
Stockists: Online here
What: This award-winning signature product ZEEN Face & Body Oil is 100% top grade Argan oil. It’s loved for its pure quality, natural and organic properties, the beauty benefits are unmated with double the amount of vitamin E found in olive oil, rich in Omega 3, 6 &9 and high in antioxidants.
The Lowdown: A great anti-wrinkle moisturiser, this food for the skin directly nourishes even the most damaged skin and with regular use will leave it feeling noticeably smooth, hydrated and silky soft. Founder Nora Belola said “I wanted to create a brand with products that were not only wonderfully effective to use but had a social conscience and message, through beauty we can do good.” Fair enough.
Stockists: Online here
What: Get party ready with Gorgeous Bronze innovative self tanning product – an affordable, salon quality spray tan from the comfort of your own home. Gorgeous Bronze uses a unique, multi-patented pump spray and, with just a couple of pumps, it evenly and continuously sprays the tanning liquid across the body. The result is a quick drying, even, natural looking tan, for the perfect festive glow.
The Lowdown: Available in light to medium and medium to dark formulas, Gorgeous Bronze develops in just two hours. The tan is then washed off leaving a beautiful sun kissed look, even in the depths of winter! Each bottle of Gorgeous Bronze guarantees at least 10 full body applications and will save tan lovers approximately £180, compared to the same number of salon self tan treatments.
Stockists: Matalan, Home Bargains, Bodycare, Quality Save, selected Asda stores, Semi Chem (Scotland) and Trago Mills
What: Aveda Festive Hair Fix is a really cool new concept that has just launched on Aveda counters just in time for party season. Take the stress out of desk-side styling and turn heads at the many festive celebrations with an Aveda Party Hair Fix. A complimentary 15 minute service available on all Aveda retail counters, choose from the Va Va Volume, Super Sleek Chic or Glossed-up-Glamour.
The Lowdown: They’ve also got some fantastic Christmas gifts – which you can see here – we love the Stress Fix gift box. You can soak away stress with mineral salts from the Dead Sea and nourishing composition oil for body, bath and scalpâboth with an aroma proven to reduce feelings of stress.
Price: Festive Hair Fix is free, gift sets from £24.95
What: Put your lethargic follicles through some serious schooling with this ultra-concentrated formula with a proprietary 21.5% active complex blend of 7 technologies that work hard together to make hair visibly longer, thicker and fuller. Apply 20 drops once daily to the scalp either in the morning or in the evening – massage evenly and thoroughly into the scalp until you feel the serum has been absorbed. Each bottle should last approximately 2 months. Glorious.
The Lowdown: Grow gorgeous is designed for all girls who dream of gorgeous hair. The hero Hair Growth Serum combines seven break- through actives, proven to make hair visibly longer, fuller and thicker, whilst their lightweight nine-in-one Cleansing Conditioners are the ultimate in multi-tasking for decadently gorgeous hair.
Price: Serum from £26
Stockists: Online here and available in Boots
What: Ensure your hair is always the best it can be with the amazing Showstoppers Collection by Philip Kingsley. Coming in a chic limited edition wash bag with an incredible £122 worth of products, it contains six full size hair care heroes. The set contains some of Philip Kingsley’s best items, including Elasticizer 150ml, Body Building Shampoo 250ml, Moisture Balancing Conditioner 250ml, Daily Damage Defence 250ml, Maximizer 250ml and a cute little handbag brush to cater for all your hair needs. Philip Kingsley.
The Lowdown: Philip Kingsley is the leading authority in hair and scalp health. Philip Kingsley knows the science of hair, and understand that when your hair looks good, you feel good. The products are formulated by the world’s leading trichologists and tailored for every hair texture to provide long term healthy hair.
Stockists: All sets available from philipkingsley.co.uk. The Philip Kingsley 5 Little Wonders is available exclusively at Marks & Spencer.
What: Illuminated Mirrors is the UK’s largest online provider of Hollywood style makeup mirrors -they’re an absolute favourite of makeup artists, beauty bloggers and hair stylists. The Hollywood mirrors come in a choice of natural-coloured bulbs or LED lighting (best for makeup), and in a huge selection of shapes and sizes for that classic dressing room feel – the difference they can make to makeup is incredible with no more foundation lines and eyeshadow far easier to apply.
The Lowdown: Buyers can choose between wall-hanging or table top (usually the most popular) options, and there are models available for the bathroom too. While there are cheaper imitations out there, the company are committed to only providing the very best quality – meaning each and every single mirror comes with a 10-year warranty and manufacturer’s guarantee.
Price: From £139.99
Stockists: Online here
What: The MiPOW Power Mirror is a compact portable charger that is also a back-lit mirror. It fits perfectly in a handbag and will charge anything from a smartphone to GPS. A LED backlight is installed below the front mirror for using the mirror in the dark.
The Lowdown: The Mirror Power is nicely shaped and fits perfectly within your hand. Similarly, the anti-slip and anti-fingerprint special coating comes in a variety of colours and patterns, making the charging accessory very fashionable.
Stockists: Purchase on Amazon
What: HoMedics has recently launched a new at home microdermabrasion tool. The device renders your existing skincare regime more effective due to the powerful exfoliation. HoMedics Microdermabrasion is the most advanced technology on the market; extensive clinical trials have proven the device to create smoother, firmer looking skin, with increased hydration levels in just three weeks.
The Lowdown: The product is super easy to use, 2 minutes for a couple of times a week at night, and you get salon strength results to look fresher and brighter. The benefits of using Radiance Microdermabrasion over the recommended time period include diminishing fine lines, Treats oily and enlarged pores and improves acne scarring.
Stockists: Boots and HoMedics.co.uk