Christmas Gifts 2020

November 12th, 2020

November 12th, 2020

Now that Hallowe’en and Armistice Day have gone we can officially turn to Christmas.  However, looking at our social media and the flood of images of Christmas trees, wrapping paper and mince pies it appears a lot of you have been in the festive zone for quite some time!

Here is our annual round up of the great makeup and beauty gifts available to purchase for your loved ones – and don’t forget yourself too!  Of course you’re on the nice list.

Crack open the Baileys and a selection box and get browsing.



If you missed MAC’s sellout Advent Calendar, don’t worry, they have a fabulous selection of Christmas gifts as well from stocking fillers to extravagant treats.  Our favourite is the Frosted Firework Colour Out Loud Holiday Vault (£95) a limited-edition line-up inspired by the sparkling glow of fireworks.  The holiday vault is bursting with a spectacular display of three shades in Lipstick, Lipglass and Extra Dimension Foil eyeshadow, along with an Extra Dimension Skinfinish highlighter.  Each one comes in an exclusive colour and special frosted packaging for extra flare.  Available at selfridges, Brown Thomas and Arnotts.


Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty have some great kits available for the festive period.  We particularly like the limited edition Glow Trio Face, Lip & Body Set (£35) which includes the bestselling Gloss Bomb Universal Lip LuminzerCheeks Out Freestyle Cream Blush and Diamond Bomb All-Over Diamond Veil in Fenty Glow.

Full Snap Shadow + Mini Mascara Holo’Daze Set (£28) is another Fenty Beauty limited edition.  The palette features six brand-new matte and shimmer shades, paired with the fab Full Frontal Mascara to instantly volumise, lift, lengthen and curl lashes, in a travel-friendly mini size. Both available now from boots and harveynichols.


Iconic London have a wide range of kits this year, packed full of their celeb-favourite products.  We like the Truly Iconic set (£35) which includes Illuminator in original, Sheer Blush in cheeky coral and Triple Threat Mascara.

If you’re feeling a little more flush you could go for the Ultimately Iconic set (£60), which comes packed in a chic cosmetics carry case.  The set contains Triple Threat Mascara, Sheer Blush in power pink, a Brow Silk Kit, as well as the best-selling Prep-Set-Glow 120ml and Illuminator both in original.  Whether you’re looking to treat yourself or a loved one to out-of-this-world radiance, full, fluffy brows and lashes for days, this carefully curated gift collection makes for the perfect loving gesture.  Available from iconiclondon.


Known for the multi-tasking makeup products that enhance your own shade of nude, Nudestix co-founder Taylor Frankel introduces her gorgeous curated makeup kit.  From smokey, to nude, to glowy, Taylor’s Smokey Nude Glow Kit (£59) has you covered this Christmas.  This 7-piece edit is held in an ultra-chic, portable metallic smoky clutch and includes a handful of quick and easy multi-tasking essentials for your face, eyes and lips.  You get Magnetic Lip Plush Paints in St. Tropez (rose nude); Magnetic Luminous Eye Colour in Rustique (rusted gold shimmer) and Immortal (bronze shimmer); Magnetic Nude Glimmers in 24K Goddess (gilded gold highlighter); Gel Colour Lip + Cheek Balm in Tay Tay (petal pink nude) and the Intense Matte Lip + Cheek Colour in Fringe (warm nude).  Available from beautybay, cultbeauty, lookfantastic, selfridges and nudestix.


Dear Dahlia Lip Paradise Crystal Shine Holiday Edition Refillable Lipstick Set (£116).  The luxury vegan brand have created a gorgeous holiday gift set featuring a crystal lipstick case and three refillable lipsticks coated with prismatic glitter dust.  Available from feelunique and lookfantastic.


DIOR Diorshow Pump ‘N’ Volume HD Mascara Gift Set (£25.20) is the perfect make-up set for those who are new to Dior and includes Dior’s iconic 999 red lip shade with a satiny finish. This long-wear lipstick, housed in a practical couture case, slips easily into your bag for effortless makeup touch-ups throughout the day.  The set contains:  Diorshow Pump ‘N’ Volume HD black mascara, shade 090 Black Pump (full size) and Rouge Dior red lipstick, shade 999 (travel size).  Available from escentual.


Sculpted by Aimee have curated four special Holiday Gift Sets – whether you want a luminous complexion, defined contours or luscious lips and luxurious lashes there’s a set for you.  We particularly like the Selection Box Gift Set (£50).  The luxe edit of Aimee’s star products is perfect for quick yet polished makeup look, suitable for everyday wear or dialled up for the party season.  Includes Beauty Base Original (50ml), Pink Pair Lip Duo, Double-Ended Sculpted Brush, Full Face Edit Palette and a luxury black velvet makeup bag.  Available exclusively at boots.


Benefit BYOB: Bring Your Own Beauty Gift Set (£31.85) A lovely set of Benefit’s must-have make-up bestsellers for make-up lovers comprising: They’re Real! Lengthening Mascara Jet Black (full size); Gimme Brow+ Volumising Eyebrow Gel 3 Medium (full size); Hoola Bronzing Powder (full size) and The POREfessional Pearl Primer (mini).  Available from escentual.


Skin care

Murad have a number of skincare gifts available, from stocking fillers to more substantial offerings.  We’d love to find the Glow Forward Luxury Set (£110) under our tree.  Made up of four full-size products giving a saving of over £100 on RRP.  This provides the ultimate regime for glowing skin – prebiotics and cleansing peptides leave the skin looking healthy and balanced, while gold-stabilised vitamin C instantly brightens the complexion.  The set contains Prebiotic 4-in-1 MultiCleanser, Vita-C Glycolic Brightening Serum, Hydro-Dynamic Ultimate Moisture and City Skin Age Defence SPF50.  Available from murad, feelunique, lookfantastic and johnlewis.


Nourish London has partnered with Freeset, a fair-trade business that focuses on creating positive employment opportunities for women affected by sex trafficking in West Bengal, India, to create handmade toiletry bags made from locally sourced organic fabrics that form part of their gifting range.  Sets available include: Nourish London Antioxidant Duo (£15) a multi-tasking set packed full of antioxidants, probiotic minerals, omega-rich oils and anti-ageing peptides to nourish and protect the skin. Includes Antioxidant Multi-Tasking Super Balm (15ml) and Antioxidant Peptide Mist (15ml), encased in an organic and handmade toiletry bag from Freeset.  The ultimate vegan and organic stocking filler to hydrate and replenish the skin.

Nourish London Perfect Glow Gift Set (£59) a supercharged gift set packed full of omega-rich oils, antioxidants and essential vitamins, combined with the rejuvenating powers of Frankincense and Myrrh.   Contains Antioxidant Multi-Tasking Super Balm (50ml), Radiance Firming Facial Oil (15ml) Argan Skin Renew Moisturiser (50ml) and Rose Quartz Gua Sha to give your skin a beautiful radiant glow this festive season, packed in an organic and handmade toiletry bag from Freeset.  Both available from nourishskinrange.


Clarins Men Hydration Essentials Gift Set (£36.95) is an ideal pampering 4-piece gift set for the man in your life that includes a selection of body and skincare must-haves comprising of Clarins bestsellers.  Presented in a useful wash bag, the set is great for those who don’t spend a lot of time on grooming, but would like an introduction to a great range of products tailored specifically to men – at least it might stop him pinching your products!  The set contains: Super Moisture Balm 50ml, 2 in 1 Exfoliating Cleanser 125ml, Shampoo & Shower 30ml (trial size) and Shave Ease Two-in-One Oil 3ml (sample). Available from escentual.


Hora Holiday Beauty Bauble Set (£32.50) includes two travel sizes of the CBD skin range –  a perfect introduction to the range, and great for the gift of glowing skin and relaxation.  Plus it will hang on your tree!  Includes Hora Super Serum to hydrate, protect and regenerate skin with rosehip oil, hyaluronic acid, vitamin C, collagen and 250mg of CBD and Hora Overnight Exfoliating Mask dissolves and exfoliates dead skin while pumping the face with nourishing oils.  Contains vitamin A, borage oil, evening primrose and 422mg of CBD.  Available exclusively from thechillery.


Hair care


Living Proof have three gift sets available, that would be perfect for anyone’s stocking.  Choose from Clean, in an instant (£22) containing a full size and travel size of their fabulous Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo, Volume, in an instant (£30) with a full size and travel size of the Full Dry Volume Blast or Best Seller Travel Duo (£17) with travel sizes of both the dry stylers: Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo and Full Dry Volume Blast.  All available from livingproof, spacenk, selfridges, cultbeauty and lookfantastic.


Philip Kingsley – The Story of Body & Volume (£45)  The story of beautiful bounce, volume and shine begins and ends with the Philip Kingsley Body Building haircare range. This 4-piece collection features award-winning hair heroes to keep tresses in beautiful, fairy-tale condition with knockout volume this festive season.  Includes: Elasticizer Deep-Conditioning Treatment 75ml, Body Building Weightless Shampoo 250ml (full size), Body Building Weightless Conditioner 200ml (full size) and Maximizer Strand Plumping Cream 75ml (full size).  Available from philipkingsley.


OSMO have a range of gift packs available including Super Silver Gift Pack (£22.99).  The set has purple power to keep blondes looking fresher and brighter for longer, whilst saying goodbye to brassy yellow tones.  Contents: Super Silver No Yellow Shampoo (300ml), Super Silver No Yellow Mask (250ml) and Super Silver Violet Miracle Treatment (250ml).

The men’s Grooming Gift Pack (£22.99) is the ultimate grooming experience for guys in search of an effortlessly cool and polished finish.  With a Grooming Tonic to stimulate the scalp and refresh styles, Shave Spray gel allows for precision and control when shaving, whilst the Limited Edition Clay Wax to achieve the ultimate ‘just out of bed’ look.  Both available from stockists nationwide.



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