“THIS PAST YEAR I’VE FOUND MYSELF INCREASINGLY LOOKING TOWARDS GIFT GUIDES, NOT ONLY FOR OTHERS BUT ALSO MYSELF!”
My favourite time of year is probably the festive season; the glorious food offerings, the cheese, the mulled wine, family, the atmosphere in the air and undoubtedly, the offerings from the beauty world! Our favourite brands pull together their cult products, packaged in ribbon tied boxes, ready for your favourite people (or yourself 😉 ) to unwrap on Christmas!
I’ve never massively been into gift guides until last year (which is why they’ve never much appeared on my blog) but as I found myself finding them more useful, I decided to compile a few this year – starting with my favourite pieces for skincare and beauty lovers! Whether you’re stuck on what to buy your mum, sister, best friend or work colleague, here’s hoping you find something! (and eyes peeled for my stocking filler essentials and favourite gifts for her!)
L’OCCITANE CLASSIC ADVENT CALENDAR
In close second, after a chocolate calendar (of course!) is L’Occitane’s offering – their classic advent calendar! Full to the brim, full of products worth £85 for just £49, it’s a little bit of Christmas during December (I’ve also found the products perfect for travelling or weekends away!) They do also have a luxe version for £89, with facial oils and eau de toilettes!
From rich, exfoliating soaps, luxury shower oils and pocket size hand creams, I’ve personally been putting all my goodies to use straight away and there’s no better way, in my opinion, to start a day than with new, in beauty products!
ISLE OF PARADISE
The hot tanning brand on everyones lips and for good reason. It’s not lightly that I recommend tanning products, as there’s nothing I hate more than sitting around, smelling of damp lotions and ending up with a patchy tan! I can’t think of a better gift for a beauty addict, than some killer tan products to keep a glow, all winter long! These are my two hero products from Isle of Paradise; the self tanning drops, perfect for those of you who, like myself, really struggle to tan your face. Simply drop into your moisturiser and you have a perfectly, even, face to match your bod! The Self tanning water is possibly the quickest, least time consuming way to get a beautiful, natural glow! I also generally love their approach to tanning; They have a colour corrective formula, with a complex to reduce redness (so also great if you’re struggling with acne or scarring. Packed with organic tanning actives; avocado, chia seed and coconut oils, for a happy, hydrated glow.
GATINEAU GIFT SETS
Gatineau has been a skincare brand I’ve adored for a while now, not least for their stunning packaging and luxury feel that’s also attainable, but I’m also consistently overwhelmed why the performance of the products! From luxuriously, rich, creams and cleansers, to jars of moisturiser and products to help promote radiance; a gift from Gatineau is sure to make anyone feel pretty special!
The Gatineau Melatogenine Cleansing Collection is fab for those wanting to bring a bit of glow back into their life (I’m also loving the cleansing brush! At £36, it won’t break the bank either! The Perfection Ultime Radiance Energising Concentrate is a trio of products and the perfect 3-step treatment for a naturally radiant and glowing complexion – a truly thoughtful gift for a skincare lover!
PEEL OF MASKS & GADGETS
If there’s one thing guaranteed to make me happy; it’s an evening pamper sesh with all the trimmings! Complete with an array of face masks, depending on your mood (I LOVE these peel off ones from Skin Republic, plus they actually peel off well instead of in bits everywhere! The Gold one definitely makes me feel extremely extra!) There’s also everyones favourite; the charcoal mask and a platinum and diamond powder, for deep cleansing and anti ageing.
There’s also nothing like really intensifying your skincare after a long week or as a treat and skincare gadgets are revolutionising our regimes! A new favourite of mine is the Sensse Facial Contour definer (also, hello rose gold!) It’s literally like having a facial and I’m not exaggerated when I say I noticed a significantly more defined jaw within a few days of nightly use! I also highly recommend vibrating face tools to really work in your cleanser! A must have for hardcore skincare lovers!
Quite honestly, Olay has been my oldest memory of beauty and skincare. My mum has always used their moisturiser and years on, rarely strays from the brand. I grew up cheekily stealing a bit of her creams and lotions, so it’s always something I know she’ll love year after year. They have something for every skin need and I’m particularly loving the multitasking wonder that is the Olay Regenerist Overnight Mask – wake up with plumper, firmer skin that’s intensively moisturised. A luxe experience and one me and my mum both use regularly, whether you’re 20 or 50, you can really feel the benefits!
Quite like the Sensse gadgets, Magnitone London is a well loved beauty tech brand (hands up if you adore their Wipe out makeup cleansing cloth – it’s insane!) and the BareFaced 2 is an award-winning Vibra-Sonic™ daily deep-cleansing brush has been pimped up to give your skin a cleansing and toning experience like no other! Use for softer, smoother skin that will make your skincare regime afterwards so much more effective! Another firm favourite and popular with skincare lovers!
ORIGINS SKIN RELIEF
Cult beauty brand Origins have a tonne of beautiful gifts, but this set caught my eye, particularly because it includes their worldwide #1 best selling treatment lotion! I particularly love it as it’s super gentle, even when my skin is feeling irritated and helps it feel soothed, calm and comfortable! The set contains a full daily skincare routine and is perfect, whatever your skin type! I’ve also always got these on hand for travel too, as they have a generous amount without the weight of full size bottles! Perfect for jet setting friends or sisters that love a stay-cation!
SHOP THE GIFT IDEAS
Really hope you loved this little gift guide, whether you managed to get ideas for yourself, or a loved one! I’ve loved these brands for years and are loving their latest offerings – would love to know if you’ve tried or have your eye on any!
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