Christmas 2022: beauty and fragrance gifts to wow
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The best gifts to open on Christmas morning are the ones you wouldn’t normally be able to give yourself.
When you’ve had your eye on something but couldn’t justify the price, it makes removing the wrapping paper to reveal that item all the more exciting.
Beauty products fall perfectly into this category, as shadows and serums tend to be what people cut back on when money is tight – and that means you can make someone happy with a handpicked gift. pane that enhances its collection of bathroom cabinets.
Luxe makeup tends to be a winner (although you don’t need to spend a lot – a fancy lipstick is more than enough to impress) along with skincare and hair tools.
There’s also the fragrance, with the gift of a signature scent guaranteed to place you firmly on anyone’s to-do list. You may even get a kiss under the mistletoe if you’re lucky.
Struggling to decide what to get the beauty fan in your life? These are our favorite buys, with options for a range of budgets.
Augustinus Bader The Essential Kit
From the favorite skincare brand of Margot Robbie, Victoria Beckham and Kim Kardashian, here’s the essential kit, featuring Augustinus Bader’s best-selling and award-winning products in one streamlined set.
It comes with a 15ml rich cream – proven to make your skin 92% firmer in just four weeks – as well as a 15ml cream and a 100ml body cream, the all packed in a signature bag.
Buy for £180 from Augustinus Bader.
Olaplex Ultimate Essentials Kit
The only problem with this set of travel products is that once they try Olaplex, they’ll be hooked.
Bond-strengthening hair treatments, shampoos, and conditioners are best for damaged or bleached hair, but just about all hair textures will find their strands feel smoother and stronger after use.
Shop for £21 (was £28) at Look Fantastic.
Nip+Fab Exfoliating and Moisturizing Set
Cult cosmetics brand Nip+Fab has launched a range of complete skincare routine sets, so you can give your gift everything it will need for a coveted complexion.
Each kit sells for £50 for five full-size products – which are usually worth much more when bought separately – and there are five varieties to choose from.
We love the exfoliate and hydrate option, which contains glycolic and hyaluronic acids to reveal luminous, hydrated skin.
Shop for £50 at Nip+Fab.
Lancome La Vie Est Belle Eau De Parfum Set
You can’t go wrong with a designer scent, and this Lancôme option is up there with one of the most popular scents of the past decade.
With a powerful sillage, it strikes a perfect balance between gourmand notes of vanilla and deep notes of patchouli to add depth and warmth.
This set includes La Vie Est Belle 30ml perfume, body lotion and shower gel.
Buy for £61 at Lancome.
Fenty Beauty Glow Mini Duo Gloss Bomb
The matte lips are out and the gloss is in, which isn’t such a bad thing with these comfortable, non-sticky options from Rihanna’s Fenty brand.
The set includes purse-sized versions of the original Gloss Bomb and the Heat Edition, which has no shimmer but contains something called “Plump Job Complex” to give the appearance of a smudge. a fuller pout.
Shop for £22 at Boots.
Dyson Airwrap Complete Multi Hair Styler
Granted, a splurge, but we bet the Dyson Airwrap is on quite a few people’s lists this Christmas.
The tool dries and styles at the same time, using Enhanced Coanda technology to curl, shape and straighten hair – without extreme heat and the resulting split ends.
Shop for £479.99 from John Lewis.
Evolve Beauty The well-being facial treatment
This five-piece vegan, organic, and natural skincare set includes everything they’ll need to perform a complete facial ritual, from deep skin cleansing to a relaxing facial massage.
Inside the box are Evolve Organic Beauty Gentle Cleansing Melt, Radiant Glow 2-in-1 Peeling Mask, Hyaluronic Serum, Hyaluronic Eye Complex, and Daily Renew Face Cream.
The products are worth £70, so you can score a bargain and save time on packaging with this gift set.
Shop for £55 at Evolve Beauty.
Sol de Janeiro Hair Harmony
The Cheirosa 62 scent of this product alone makes it a gift they’ll love; a blend of pistachio, salted caramel, jasmine and sandalwood that lingers in hair and releases bursts of fragrance with every swish.
These sulfate-free and paraben-free minis contain Brazilian Patauá, Buriti and Pequi oils that add shine and nourishment deep into the follicle.
Shop for £30 at Feel Unique.
StylPro Original Makeup Brush Cleaner and Dryer
While perfecting a signature makeup look might seem like time well spent, washing brushes seems to take a lifetime. But it’s a necessary chore, and these days there are handy gadgets to make your life easier.
For the beauty guru in your life, get this StylPro device that washes and dries makeup brushes in just 30 seconds. It’s actually quite fun to use, and the dishwasher-safe bowl means they won’t even need to worry about extra cleanup afterwards.
It comes with eight silicone collars designed to fit all standard style natural/synthetic makeup brushes and StylPro Makeup Brush Cleaner 10ml sachets.
Shop for £29.99 at Look Fantastic.
Sephora Favorites The luxury beauty bag
Beloved American cosmetics retailer Sephora recently opened its doors to UK shoppers, and this beauty bag curated among favorites exemplifies the brand’s global reputation.
Here they’ll find top products from NARS, Hourglass, NEOM, Elemis and more – like an advent calendar you don’t have to wait all month to open.
Buy for £85 at Sephora.
Yves Saint Laurent Volupté Color Plumping Lipstick
We mentioned fancy lipsticks, and they don’t get much more fancy than this YSL option which features a black heart design and offers a silky glossy finish with the same color payoff as the Rouge Volupte Shine formula.
Perfect for the winter months, this formula also contains 65% natural oils, to soothe and hydrate lips. This orange shade is also a modern take on the classic party lipstick.
Shop for £19.50 (was £30) at Escentual.
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