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The Luxe Gift Guide To Impress Any Beauty Buff

What to buy the beauty fan who's tried everything? We've rounded up some of the best cult classics, hero new launches and festive favourites that are sure to win you brownie points this Christmas.

Lord knows after this year we all deserve a little bit of pampering, so we’ve help ease the burden of your Christmas shopping by rounding p some of THE most indulgent beauty buys we could find. Shower your loved ones with the gift of self-care this Christmas… and maybe pick yourself a little treat in the process…

We love discovering independent new beauty brands. Naya Glow was launched in 2018 after its founder visited 60 countries and was inspired by local rituals, herbs and remedies and is passionate about being luxurious yet affordable. It uses sustainably sourced bioactives, scientifically proven ingredients to deliver transforming results and provides total transparency across their supply chain. The Perfect Sleep Treatment Collection (£112) includes a Hydration Mask with five different types of hyaluronic acid and their Cacay Oil A + for nightly skin repair. Combined with the gentle Face Dry Brush it’s everything you need for a replenishing facial massage.

Beauty tech has come on leaps and bounds in the last few years and the latest gadget from Foreo  is a seriously high-tech addition to any beauty regime. The UFO 2 Power Mask & Light Therapy Device may set you back £249, but with T-Sonic™ facial massaging, full-spectrum LED light therapy, upgraded tech, faster heating and cooling and optimised app-led treatments, it’s been labelled ‘the Swiss Army Knife of the beauty world’. Its Farm to Face collection of activated masks to work with the device draws ingredients from across the globe to ensure the very best go into each one.

There’s a reason the Eve Lom Cleanser has become something of a cult skincare icon. Its rich formula melts away makeup and grime at the end of the day and pair with the Rescue Mask, as it is in this dreamy Rescue Ritual Gift Set (£75) the dynamic duo with leave skin soft and nourished.

It may look like an instrument of torture, but the K Facial Sonic Facial Sculptor (£39.99) replicates a professional facial massage to carry out lymphatic drainage on the face, lifting and contouring to leave it more cultured. It’s also available as part of a full at home fancial experience set from K-Facial which also includes a K Facial Steamer, Aqua Facial and Ice Roller.

Award-winning Danish skincare brand Ecooking is everyday luxury for the skin. Their epic gift sets are that good they’ve already sold out, but  the website has individual products in stock like the Peeling Mask, packed with the dynamic trio of lactic, glycolic and salicylic acids to leave skin glowing. £35 at www.ecooking.com

We know we’re all itching to travel again and when we do the Aesop Departure Travel Kit (£45) will be coming with us. I’ve long been an advocate of a serious skincare regime when flying long-haul (Google Lisa Eldridge’s for some top tips) and this handy catch-all kit ensures lips, hand and face stay hydrated in transit,  as well as including toothpaste and mouthwash to freshen up pre-landing.

Spa brand Ishga was born in the Scottish Hebridean Islands and draws on the natural antioxidants found in seaweed for its incredibly indulgent range of skincare and body products. This year they’ve introduced a range of festive crackers and the Body Cracker (£35) gets our vote for an unrivalled bath time treat. With bath salts, body oil, Hebridean Sea Salt scrub and a hand poured candle, it’s enough to help anyone switch off. When we’re allowed to spa again their products and treatments can be found at spas across the land, from Coworth Park to Glasgow’s Blythswood Square.

Crabtee & Evelyn has long been a favourite British name, but its recent rebranding has elevated it to become a new luxury bathroom essential. The Blissful Bathing Collection (£63) contains a Spiced Honey Bath Syrup and Jasmine + Ylang Ylang Self-Massage Oil will turn any bathroom into a spa, packed with indulgent ingredients and fragrances. They’re also set to have 30% off site wide on Black Friday so definitely worth checking out.

Fans of hair brand Ouai’s quite frankly DREAMY fragrance will be thrilled to hear they can now layer their scent thanks to their holiday fragrance kits. The North Bondi scent features top notes of Bergamot, Apple Blossom, Raspberry and Italian Lemon, a heart of Rose, Jasmine and Violet and a base Sandalwood, Patchouli and White Mask and encapsulates holidays in its Eau de Parfum and Whipped Body Créme, packed with nourishing cupaçu butter, coconut oil and skin conditioning squalane. £38 at LookFantastic.com.

It’s no secret that NARS sells one Orgasm blusher every minute. Paired with the bestselling Laguna Bronzer and you have a double cult classic that’s just yearning to be in everyone’s Christmas stocking. I know I’ll certainly be picking one up for myself on my Christmas shopping jaunt… £31 from www.narscosmetics.co.uk

I love discovering what Benefit pull out the bag for their Christmas gift sets each year and 2020 has been no exception. Problem is, you might find it hard to resist getting one for yourself at the same time. The Magnificent Brow Show contains FIVE full size hero brow products, worth £112, for just £52.50. I know.  With the Precisely, My Brow Pencil, Goof Proof Brow Pencil, Ka-BROW, 24-Hour Brow Setter and Gimme Brow+, and available in four shades, it’s definitely worth investing in.

Who wouldn’t want to wake up to find a deliciously luxuriously eye palette in their stocking on Christmas morning? We can’t choose between these big hitters from Charlotte Tilbury and Kevyn Aucoin, so are hoping Santa remembers them both… Charlotte Tilbury’s Luxury Palette. Is available in 15 sultry shade combinations (£40 each). We love the Green Goddess for making hazel eyes pop and the boldly beautiful Glamour Muse for its popping purple shade, but its the classic Pillow Talk, with its sultry pink shades, that gets our vote for a brilliant all rounder of everyday nude pink shades. 

Kevyn Aucoin’s Something Nude Eyeshadow Palette (£47 and exclusive to Harrods) features 12 cool and warm shades in bendable matte and shimmery formulas, designed to suit every skintone. Deeply pigmented, it will be a dream to play with when we’re allowed out again… 

Funny that it’s 2020 and we’re still fighting frizzy hair, but This Is Silk aims to change that with its range of silk accessories to help keep bad hair at bay. Live your best Princess Margaret life with the leopard print Silk Hair Wrap (£39.99) and lay your head down in style one of their Silk Pillowcases (£49.99) and you’re sure to wake up with princess-worthy locks.

For luscious locks, the Cult Beauty Hair Heroes Gift Set (£25) includes 10 favourites from brands including The Inkey List, Philip Kingsley, Olaplex, Davines and Living Proof in a cute 20s-inspired gift box. Worth over £89 it’s probably worth picking one up for yourself while you’re at it…

Fifteen years after I first got my hands on a pair of ghd straighteners they’re still the best and the latest incarnation, the ghd Platinum+ Styler (£199) is surely the ultimate all rounder. Featuring ultra-zone with predictive technology that senses your personal hair needs and adapts the delivery of power accordingly, (clever, huh?) the festive Limited Edition Wishing on a Star design comes in a luxurious iridescent white with a satin finish gold wishbone stored in a luxury vanity case. 

For those who might be a little harder to buy for (read: fussy…) elevate the gift voucher with a token towards a spa weekend. South Bank design hotel Sea Containers London offers a voucher for its Spa Experience at agua London, including a treatment up to the value of £100. Renowned for its personalised treatments, it features six spacious treatment rooms, a Glamour Lounge for nails and brows, rain showers, steam baths and an impressive Spa Lounge with striking copper teardrop sculpture. If a weekend away is more their vibe, Leicestershire’s Ragdale Hall offer vouchers from £25, valid for a year and come beautifully packaged in a presentation pack with a voucher wallet and brochure, ready to place under the Christmas tree. Or if you really don’t trust yourself to choose on behalf of someone else, those clever folk at SpaBreaks.com also offer gift vouchers that can be used across the country, valid for a year.

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