Whether you are looking for stocking fillers to go alongside a main present, a cute secret Santa gift, or maybe you are simply looking for purse friendly gifts this year, there are so many great gift ideas available this season. If you are buying for a perfume lover, the Ghost Eclipse Christmas Bauble Gift Set is a really nice choice as it is a beautiful fragrance and is festively packaged. You get 10ml of fragrance which is one third of the smallest main size, which for £5 is excellent value for money. Other decoratively packaged gifts which make opening them all the more exciting come from Topshop, who bring out great festive collections year after year. My personal favourites are the mini lip bullet and nail pyramids which are £5 each, available in different shades so there is something for everyone. My favourite nail shade is in ‘magpie’ which is a gold glitter shade which is perfect for this time of year. For an extra fiver, you can get two lip bullets packaged in a glitter gift box. This is Topshop’s bestselling formula due to its rich pigment and long lasting wear, which makes this an ideal choice for any makeup lover this Christmas.
In keeping with the festively packaged theme, Champneys Cracker Collection is the perfect choice. Available from Boots, this set is excellent value for money as it comes with four body products, each of 50ml, and is only £10. This includes their citrus blush enlivening shower gel and body lotion, their summer dream rewarding shower gel, and their heavenly day relaxing shower gel, which makes this a great option for those who love to set aside time to pamper themselves.
Another popular choice is from Soap and Glory, which always nails it when it comes to gifts. Their bright and bubbly box is perfect for anyone who is already a fan of this iconic range featuring the original pink scent, yet you can’t go wrong with this set for anyone who loves to relax and treat themselves. It comes with four of their bestselling products in mini size, which is also great for travelling. These include the righteous butter body butter, hand food hand cream, clean on me shower gel, the scrub of your life body buffer, and a bonus body polisher, so you really get an array of products to try for just £10. Alternatively, there is a similar set for the same price featuring their sugar crush scent, which is a lot more fruity and sweet.
My final pick is available on Feelunique, and is Liz Earle’s Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser in sweet orange and mint. This is £9 for 50ml of product and the muslin cloth which is great value for money. This is brilliant for someone who is really into skincare, and hot cloth cleansers are really coming into their own at the minute hence this would surely please anyone who enjoys taking care of their skin. This makes the best energizing morning cleanse, as well as a special cleansing treat at the end of the day to remove makeup and leave skin exceptionally clean. For anyone who is already a fan of Liz Earle’s original cleanser, this limited edition Christmas scent is a refreshing alternative as it combines zesty notes of sweet orange oil with the refreshing aroma of crushed peppermint, thus making it the perfect Christmas scent.
If you’re trying not to spend too much this Christmas, sticking to a budget of £10-£20 per gift is enough to get your hands on some brilliant beauty goodies without giving your overdraft too much of a bashing. Soap and Glory have always been one of my favourite brands for gift sets; their large variety teamed with adorable packaging makes this brand incredibly popular year after year.
This year, they’ve delved head first into the festive season with a bauble shaped gift set; ‘Belle of the Ball’ is an absolute bargain, containing the ‘SMOOTHIE STAR’ range including body wash, ‘breakfast scrub’ body smoother, hand food hand cream, body buttercream and a pink shower body polisher to scrub it all on with. Each mini product takes you one step closer to revived, glowing skin, especially required during these cold winter months. The award winning ‘breakfast scrub’ is my personal favourite product; just a small amount applied in circular motions removes dead skin cells, leaving your skin feeling soft and smooth. This product can be used all over the body, but works best on areas of especially dry or rough skin. Follow this by washing away all of the product using a dab of body wash on your body polisher, after you’re done and have dried yourself off, lather yourself in the body buttercream to give your skin that beautiful hydrated glow. Scented with pistachio, almond and vanilla, these products will without a doubt leave you looking and smelling beautiful this Christmas.
If we’re talking value for money, you really can’t get much better than this next gift set. French Connection have really come through this year with some sleek and stylish sets, containing some really gorgeous products. Their ‘Dark and Shady’ set is no exception to this, containing no less than 10 great products for a mere £18.
French Connection aren’t lying when they say this set is all you need to create the perfect smoky eye, from tweezers and primers, to eye shadow sticks and lash curlers, this set really does take you from start to finish when it comes to perfecting this classic eye look.
The metallic eye shadow sticks are not only sexy and sultry but give that extra bit of shimmer to play around with over the Christmas period. The quad shadow palette is a bit more laid back, containing some really staple shades, not just for a smoky eye but for an everyday look too, making this a great addition to your make up bag and definitely one to pack in you ever need to travel light.
The only downside being that it only contains one of those useless, tiny sponge applicators that are essentially a waste of space, brushes will have to be provided yourself sadly. Over all, it’s an absolute steal for the amount you’re getting for your money, it really is one of the best gift sets on the market this Christmas.
Got a draw overflowing with cosmetics? Yes, we all know about what type of girl you are. You never have a bad hair day, a pimple, or a stray eyebrow hair in sight. You always smell amazing and look ridiculously good in every club photo and Facebook profile pic. An obsession over beauty isn’t all that bad. After all, a girl can never have enough eye shadow (or lipstick, or moisturiser, or perfume…you can see where I’m going with this).
It’s that time of year again when Christmas wish lists are being written. High-end beauty products are out of most student’s budgets so Christmas is the perfect time to get your yearly dose of new make-up goodies. Whether you’re looking for a gift to you, from you, or something for someone else; tis the season to get shopping! Making it onto my Christmas list this year:
1. MAC always do amazing Christmas collections, and this year is no exception. Coming in at £45.00, The Enchanted Eve Brush Kit/Essentials is my ultimate Christmas pick. It includes 5 mac brushes: 168 Large Angled Contour Brush, 133 Small Cheek Brush, 221 Mini Tapered Blending Brush, 239 Eye Shading Brush, 219 Pencil Brush and a matching clutch to keep them in. If this is something you’re interested in then get your perfectly manicured nails at the ready as you may need to fight for this beautiful collection; get in there quick before they sell out.
2.No matter how much you ask Santa to turn Newcastle’s grey skies into sunshine it just isn’t happen.
So, with no heatwave over the horizon the struggle of pale legs is set to continue. One thing to add to your wish list is St. Tropez Perfect Glow (£30.00 from Boots). You’ll keep people guessing about where you holidayed over Christmas when really that golden tan is from a bottle.
3. If you’ve had a stressful year, treat yourself to a Christmas facial. Sanctuary Spa Winter Facial in a Box will set you back £30.00, probably less than you’d pay in any spa and you have the added bonus of being able to do it in your pyjamas while watching some Christmas re-run of Home Alone 2.
Whether you’ve been naughty or nice this year, everyone deserves a little beauty in there stockings this Christmas.