Christmas 2018: Beauty & Skincare Gift Guide

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What would Christmas be without beauty addicts getting their fix? Every year, we’re spoiled for choice and this year is no different. From beauty advent calendars and luxury gift sets to small stocking fillers from favourite brands, there’s something for everyone regardless of budget. Here are some of my favourites that’ll score huge points with beauty addicts…

Charlotte Tilbury

Charlotte Tilbury has a cult following and rave reviews from anyone who’s ever tried a product for a good reason. It’s quality products and beautiful packaging combined. This Christmas, the brand has a lot to offer …

Charlotte Tilbury mini Hollywood Lips Set – £20 - 20 beauty & Skincare gifts that will blow away beauty loversMy first ever Charlotte Tilbury product was a lipstick so I’m very fond of her rich and creamy lipsticks, and this minis set is on my wish list. It’s portable and adorable, and exudes Hollywood glamour.
The set contains:

  • Hollywood Lips Too Bad I’m Bad -A nourishing rosy pink matte liquid formula.
  • Hollywood Lips Show Girl -A warm deep berry shade for fuller, wider-looking, out-of-this-world lips.

 Sleek Makeup

I’m a huge fan of Sleek Makeup, they have vibrant makeup shades and the products are affordable so what’s not to like? This Christmas, the brand has packaged some of my favourite products into affordable gift sets but they have some new surprises too.

Sleek Makeup Ultimatte Lips – £8.50 - 20 beauty & Skincare gifts that will blow away beauty loversThis set contains all my favourite Matte Me shades in minis, think four fierce shades for the ULTIMATTE statement look. Matte Me has a super long wear formula and a comfortable finish that doesn’t smudge or budge. The light weight texture glides on smoothly for an even matte finish that lasts. Shades in the set include: STFU, Shabby Chic, Matte Me Metallic Platinised Plum and Electroplated Nude.

Sleek Makeup Velvet Slipper Pout & Polish – £6.00 - 20 beauty & Skincare gifts that will blow away beauty loversGet ready to slay with this ultimate partners in crime. Match your tips to lips with bestselling Matte Me shades in Velvet Slipper and same shade matte nail polish.

Sleek Makeup Brush Up – £20.00 - 20 beauty & Skincare gifts that will blow away beauty loversMake blending your cardio! Whether you’re contouring, strobing or rocking a cat eye, these six awesome base and eye brushes help to work your look when using your favourite Sleek MakeUP products.

Sleek Makeup Lip Line Up – £7.50 - 20 beauty & Skincare gifts that will blow away beauty loversAWESOME LIP ALERT! This lip and liner kit is the ultimate double act with a Lip Shot Gloss
Impact lip gloss, and complementary Twist Up Lip Pencil. Get your pout on!

Crabtree & Evelyn

Crabtree & Evelyn is an old favourite of mine; you know how people say they’ve got hot sauce in their bag? Well I’ve always got a Crabtree & Evelyn hand therapy in bag.
Their products are always awesome, the packaging beautiful and they have something for everyone regardless of age and budget. I think their 2018 Christmas packaging is one of my favourites; it’s channelling the infamous 70s Carnaby Street vibe with vibrant retro patterns, colour clashes and black and white monochrome graphics – simply gorgeous.

Crabtree & Evelyn Petal Power Evelyn Rose Rituals – £55 - 20 beauty & Skincare gifts that will blow away beauty loversStop and smell the roses with this indulgent gift set of Evelyn Rose favourites.
The Evelyn Rose Rituals gift set is a Holiday indulgence containing three hand and body care products that leave skin feeling soft and smelling sweet. It also includes a limited edition beauty pouch which completes the perfect pampering present for rose lovers who like to feel pretty in pink. - 20 beauty & Skincare gifts that will blow away beauty loversThe set contains:

Evelyn Rose Shower Gel 250ml

The gentle formula of this shower gel draws on a petal-soft mix of rosa hybrid and rosa gallica to deeply clean and condition the skin. Containing super-emollient glycerine, it hydrates as you cleanse, while the sweet scent of roses is the mood pick-me-up you need.

Evelyn Rose Body Lotion 250ml

Get a daily dose of moisture with this sweet-smelling body lotion. A blend of rose extracts, evening primrose, coconut and sweet almond oils with shea butter creates a hydrating daily fix. Easily absorbed, it glides onto skin smoothly leaving nothing but softness.

Evelyn Rose Hand Therapy 100g

This richly moisturising hand cream is a rose-scented treat for the senses – and the skin. It has two distinct rose extracts to the super-hydrating formula of shea butter and macadamia seed oil to really layer the fragrance.

Small Beauty Pouch

With a striking black and white design pattern, this limited edition canvas beauty pouch has a hot pink lining for a bright pop. Measuring 20cm by 14cm, with a height of 7cm, it’s the perfect size for make up or overnight essentials.

Crabtree & Evelyn Three Times a Lady Hand Therapy Trio – £16 - 20 beauty & Skincare gifts that will blow away beauty loversThis gift guide wouldn’t be complete without a hand therapy gift set and they don’t come better than this trio. It’s three of the brand’s most-loved hand creams in one brightly coloured gift set. From fruity pomegranate to calming lavender and zesty citron, these three will ensure that dry hands will be banished and left smelling sweet throughout the New Year. - 20 beauty & Skincare gifts that will blow away beauty loversThe set contains:

  • Pomegranate & Argan Oil Nourishing Hand Therapy 25ml

Argan oil has been Morocco’s beauty staple for centuries. And with good reason – it effortlessly hydrates and nourishes parched skin. Here, it’s paired with macadamia seed and grapeseed oils. Skin is loaded with goodness and left sunshine scented.

  • Lavender & Espresso Calming Hand Therapy 25ml

This intensely hydrating cream is like a power-nap for hard-working hands. The silky formula of macadamia seed oil and shea butter is easily absorbed and leaves skin soft after every use, while floral notes of lavender mingle with stimulating espresso.

  • Citron & Coriander Energising Hand Therapy 25ml

Combining zingy citrus, smooth honey and punchy coriander in one easily-absorbed formula, this hand cream is designed to deeply condition and recharge worn-out skin. Hands are left radiant and tingling with energy. - 20 beauty & Skincare gifts that will blow away beauty lovers

Molton Brown

I’m a year round Molton Brown bath and shower gel lover, it’s so moisturising and a treat to the senses. But Christmas is really when they go festive mad. There’s always a limited edition festive scent and oh so many luxurious products, it gets my head spinning and this year is no different.

Molton Brown Festive Bauble Gift Set – £25 - 20 beauty & Skincare gifts that will blow away beauty loversAn irresistible trio of baubles, aglow with lingering, spiced bathing fragrances. Treasure or treat with this curated selection of ornamental alluring aromas.

Molton Brown Adventurous Experiences Bath & Shower Gift Set – £55 - 20 beauty & Skincare gifts that will blow away beauty loversA charismatic trio of bath and shower gel fragrances to deeply enhance your cleansing ritual. Awash your senses with a collection of unforgettable, exploratory aromas.

Ormonde Jayne - 20 beauty & Skincare gifts that will blow away beauty loversHaving spent time at the Ormonde Jayne Perfumery and picked the brain of founder Linda Pilkington, I’ve become a big fan of this fragrance house. I love how passionate Pilkington is about the elegance of scents and flavours and her need to match both in the production of something that is unique. Her canapes aren’t bad either – you should check out Gourmande Jayne for amazing recipes. And if you’re looking for a one of a kind elegant fragrance you won’t find at every high street store, this is the place to go.

Ormonde Jayne Bespoke Fragrance - 20 beauty & Skincare gifts that will blow away beauty loversOrmonde Jayne creates bespoke fragrance for some of the world’s top department stores. You can find fragrances imagined exclusively for Harrods, Selfridges and Fortnum & Mason.

Festive Candles – £75 - 20 beauty & Skincare gifts that will blow away beauty loversThere are three hand poured festive candles to choose from:

Mystere Scented Candle
This is a great performing candle. The perfume lifts out and sings in perfect harmony. It sparkles and twitters quite charmingly, enveloping the room lavishly with sybaritic pleasure.
NOTES – Bergmot, Mandarin, Lime, Lapsang Souchong Tea Notes, Cedar Wood and Pine Needles

Etoile Scented Candle

Fragranced with warm, festive notes of mandarin, cardamom, cinnamon, bay, amber and tonka,
this candle creates the perfect Christmas scent.
NOTES – Mandarin, Cardamom, Cinnamon, Bay, Amber and Tonka

Nocturne Scented Candle

Light it and realise this is the most beautiful scented candle for the festive season. Inspired by fireplaces, open log fires, pine cones, cedar wood and embers.
The scent of cedar oil is insistent and mellow, enveloping you like a soft cashmere wrap. Smooth and warm, the cardamom and sandalwood add depth and richness like a fine cognac. 
NOTES – Cedar Wood, Cardamom, Sandalwood, Amber, Tonka, Mandarin and Pink Pepper.

The Body Shop

Body Shop At-Home Facial Mask Experience – £60 - 20 beauty & Skincare gifts that will blow away beauty loversI always say giving the gift of beautiful skin is a gift that’ll keep on giving long after Christmas is over. This gift set from the Body Shop does that. It’ll help you treat someone special to the ultimate facial-at-home experience. It includes five naturally inspired Expert Facial Masks. Perfect for getting stuck into the multi-masking trend and caring for different skin concerns.

It contains:

  • Amazonian Acai Energising Radiance Mask 75ml
  • British Rose Fresh Plumping Mask 75ml
  • Chinese Ginseng & Rice Clarifying Polishing Mask 75ml
  • Japanese Matcha Tea Pollution Clearing Mask 75ml
  • Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask 75ml
  • 100% vegetarian

Liz Earle

Liz Earle A Winter Rose Skincare Gift Set – £23.50 - 20 beauty & Skincare gifts that will blow away beauty loversThis beauty is a nice twist on an old favourite of mine. It’s brimming with floral notes of velvety rose, softly cocooned in the warm, comforting embrace of cedarwood. Transform your winter cleansing routine into a calming ritual to savour and instantly reveal a healthy-looking glow.
Set Contains:

  • Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser Rose & Cedarwood Limited Edition, 150ml
  • 2 Pure Cotton Cloths

Shay & Blue Fragrance

I’m going through a niche fragrance phase right now and Shay and Blue is on top of my list. It’s a boutique perfumery that creates fragrances using flowers, fruits and spices. The Black Tulip and Blood Orange natural spray fragrances were my favourites, that is until I tried their latest addition – White Peaches fragrance last week. It officially launches in March 2019 but it’s available now – yay.
So whether you want to go with old classics or jump the gun with the fruity notes of the new White Peaches natural spray fragrance, the brand has a lot to choose from.
Shay and Blue’s fragrance comes in 100ml, 30ml and 10ml so there’s something for every budget and I so love the packaging. Other than giving away what it contains, it really doesn’t need gift wrapping. The fragrance itself is housed in a smoky blue glass and the 100ml comes in a gorgeous box wrapped in the brands’ famous white and blue grosgrain ribbon. Here’s a selection of my favourites any fragrance lover will adore.

White Peaches 100ml – £55 - 20 beauty & Skincare gifts that will blow away beauty loversEnjoy the essence of summer with the delicate, cooling fragrance of White Peaches. Fruity notes of soft ripe fruit are balanced with refreshing elderflower granita.
Top Note – Juicy soft peach exudes the essence of summer.
Heart Note – Cooling elderflower granita lifts the sweetness.
Base Note – Earthy silver birch wood lingers for a warm finish.

Precious Miniatures 5 x 10ml Spray Fragrances – £75 - 20 beauty & Skincare gifts that will blow away beauty loversEach pocket-sized natural spray fragrance creates its own mood, from the reassuring calm of Atropa Belladonna to the refreshing pick-me-up of Blood Oranges. All five fragrances are made in a rich, long-lasting Eau De Parfum concentration from real flowers fruit and spices.

E.L.F Cosmetics

E.L.F has some amazing gift sets worth raving about. From makeup to skincare, these beauties are all under £30.

E.L.F Rose Gold Look Set – £24.50 - 20 beauty & Skincare gifts that will blow away beauty loversGet the Rose Gold look with ELF’s best-selling rose gold products. This gift set has everything you need to get that rich rose gold glow.
It contains:

  • 1 Rose Gold Eyeshadow Palette Nude
  • 1 Baked Highlighter and Blush Rose Gold
  • 1 Beautifully Bare Smooth Matte Eyeshadow Blushing Rose
  • 1 Matte Lip Colour Tea Rose - 20 beauty & Skincare gifts that will blow away beauty lovers

E.L.F Jet Set Hydration Kit – £18.50 - 20 beauty & Skincare gifts that will blow away beauty loversWhat can I say? I love skincare and think this skincare kit is a thoughtful gift for the avid traveller. Take your skincare favourites with you everywhere you go with this hydrating, plane-ready travel-sized kit! - 20 beauty & Skincare gifts that will blow away beauty loversThis kit includes:

  • Daily Face Cleanser 30ml
  • Prep and Hydrate Balm 6g
  • Daily Hydration Moisturizer 25ml
  • Nourishing Night Cream 15g
  • Illuminating Eye Cream 7g

Glam Fantasy and imPRESS Nails by KISS – £7.99 - 20 beauty & Skincare gifts that will blow away beauty loversUpgrade any festive outfit in just a few minutes with shiny and bright colours that stay put and perfect throughout the Christmas holidays. The KISS Glam Fantasy gel nails offer two ways to wear, you can choose to glue them on or use the mega-adhesive tabs and sport a pearl glitter manicure without the hassle of glitter removal! For an extra quick manicure the imPRESS one-step gel nails require no glue and no dry time. Both are safe on natural nails, so an ideal stocking fillers for anybody.

Sesky Fragrance (£25 – £45) - 20 beauty & Skincare gifts that will blow away beauty loversSesky are known for their watches but they’ve recently added fragrance to their product list and it makes the perfect stocking filler. The initial SEKSY® Beauty fragrance collection comprises of three Eau de Parfums: SEKSY® Entice, SEKSY® Embrace & SEKSY® Elegance, all embellished with Swarovski® crystals and available in three sizes – 30ml, 50ml and 100ml. The fragrances are presented in a stunning 12-sided bottle, each of which has its own dazzling Swarovski® crystal. As an added attraction, the 50ml and 100ml sizes have a beautiful Swarovski® charm around the neck of the bottle, which can be removed and used as a charm on a bracelet or necklace. - 20 beauty & Skincare gifts that will blow away beauty loversPRICES: 30ml – £25, 50ml – £35, 100ml – £45 - 20 beauty & Skincare gifts that will blow away beauty lovers

So there you have it, the beauty gift I’m loving at the moment. I have already got my hands on some gifts but there are others still on my wish list. I can’t wait to get my shopping on.  

Happy Shopping x

About Elsie Boat

Hi, I’m Elsie, editor of Life and Soul Lifestyle. I’m a lifestyle journalist and copywriter and have been writing about beauty and lifestyle for 10+ years.

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