When I first started thinking about Christmas gift guides I thought I was crazy for doing one every single week but here we are on the sixth addition and every single week I’m getting more and more Christmassy. As a self confessed beauty addict myself there is nothing I love more than getting beauty bits as presents but my family are usually under strict instructions or tend to not opt for makeup itself incase I have it/ don’t like it/ have too many similar etc etc. Here are some great beauty gifts out there.
Ombre Look Make Up Brushes – £5.99
You can not go wrong with makeup brushes as presents and I recently bought these brushes myself as they look like a unicorn has created them and the style is so similar to those of Real Techniques I couldn’t resist. From using them they’re such good quality for how cheap they are with soft bristles and solid handles, and the ombre effect is so in at the moment. These would make the perfect gift for a Secret Santa or as an extra add on to go with another beauty related gift.
Rainbow Highlighter – £2.18
Rainbow highlighters have been going crazy all over Instagram recently and as soon as I saw this one for a mere few pounds on Ebay I had to grab it. Not only does it look absolutely stunning – so much so I had to take a lot of photos before even using it – but it’s strangely wearable. If you focus on one colour yes it comes out colourful but if you make an all over swipe it comes out such a pretty glittery shade. If you’re buying for someone who is fascinated by unusual makeup or just someone who seems to have everything already this is a great gift.
Semilac Gel Nailpolish*- £7.99
I few months ago I stopped going to the salons’ to get my nails done and me and my mum invested in a gel starter kit so we could do them on our own. Gel nail polishs’ which are useable with a UV lamp can be quite expensive but Semilac are only £8 which isn’t much different to a bog standard nail varnish you can grab in boots. The range comes in a huge 140 colours so I was completely stuck for choice when I got some but I opted for a glittery rose gold which is stunning, a neutral brown tone and a glittery teal colour, because who doesn’t love glitter. There’s only a singlr layer of colour on the nails in this photo and you can already see how pigmented and stunning the colours are. If you don’t own a UV lamp and the kit the starter kit is just £60 and they last for ages. In a salon I’d pay just over that for just 3 trips.
Hex Bomb –£3+
I have been obsessed with these ever since seeing the images on social media of people bathing in bath baths. Hex Bombs come in awesome dark more gothicy colours like dark purples, greens and oranges but it’s the black one which has been sold out constantly for so many months this year. They’re back in stock and I think they’d make the perfect Christmas present for someone whose not quite as girlie girl as everyone else. I know I’d be happy to recieve a constant supply of these.
Tony Moly Panda Sleeping Mask – $12.26
I think sleeping masks are a godsend and they’re something I use on a very regular basis and with Tony Moly being the kings’ of Korean skincare I had to include this panda sleeping mask. Not only is it in the cutest container ever which is part of the reason I bought it earlier this year but the cream inside is hydrating, isn’t heavily scented which is great when you’re trying to sleep and makes my skin feel amazing the next morning.
Advanced Caviar Skincare* – £84 +
Every year I absolutely love buying my mum skincare and skincare is something you can be really extravagant about. Extravagance and elegance doesn’t come much better than the Advanced Caviar Range which infuses nutritious Caviar extracts within moisturizers and serums to help protect your skin against environmental stresses while keeping it hydrated and smooth. I have both the day and night moisturizers and the facial serum and they were a pleasure to use. The day moisturizer had a matte finish which is so unusual for a moisturizer as I tend to find they make my face shiny, complete with nutrition and hydration it helped keep my skin radiant all day. The night moisturizer is a similar story but slightly thicker which sunk in relatively quickly, designed to revive the skin as you sleep.
If you want to give someone a luxurious treat for Christmas (or treat yourself) the guys at Skin Chemists are offering a huge 70% off the advanced range when you use CAVBLOG1 between now and the end of the year.
Make Up Obsession Customizable Palette – From £2
Customizable palettes are all the rage at the moment but not everyone can afford a huge Mac palette or Makeup Geek which is where Makeup Obsession fit in. You can buy them in Boots and they’re such a reasonable price that you can afford to create a whole palette if you want. The inserts start at just £4 for a six slot case and the eyeshadows are just £2 each with the blushers’ and highlighters’ being just £3. For the price they’re such good quality and the choice of nude eyeshadows is insane and you know how much I love a neutral eye?!
Sleek Hidden Gems Palette – £7.49
I have to admit I am so bad with drugstore brands now. I think going to Sephora and shopping in Selfridges has made me a bit of a snob but drugstore brands are just upping their game so much. These Sleek palettes are part of a brand new collection and are currently on a 3 for 2 offer alongside all other makeup in Superdrug (when does this offer not run?!) I have so many eyeshadows and palettes it’s unreal but what drew me to this is the glitter element which I don’t have much of, and from swatching it I know the colours would look great swiped on top of another colour for added sparkle or alone. A great gift for pretty much anyone.
Kiss False Nails* – £7.95
I don’t know about you but when I have rubbish looking nails I never feel complete with my look so false nails are always handy to have and they make a great stocking filler or addition to a Secret Santa present. Personally, while I love bright colours and pretty prints you can’t go wrong with a french polish manicure. Kiss Nails are actually one of the world’s largest manufacturers of beauty products’ and you can buy them in 90 countries’ so you know a set of these would be well received. These nails fit so well and they look completely natural, and their lasting power is pretty good for false nails, lasting around 7-10 days which is more than enough for false nails. Currently you can pick up some of the nail sets in Boots.
Lush Northern Lights Bath Bomb – £3.95
Lush are a staple Christmas present in my household and I tend to get a massive supply of things at Christmas, especially as their seasonal range is stunning. This year they’ve brought out the Northern Lights bath bombs which is a stunning mixture of colours including blues and purples. Sometimes I find I have high expectations of Lush products and sometimes they just don’t perform as well but the colours and the relaxing scent on this one is one I’ll be stocking up on.
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