Buying beauty Christmas gifts can often feel overwhelming. So this season, we’ve searched high and low for truly original beauty gifts to suit all tastes and budgets.
Yep, just like that, it’s time to start shopping for Christmas 2020.
While the festive season may look a little different this year, it’s even more reason to put some extra thought into the presents we’ll be gifting our loved ones.
While make-up, skin and haircare choices can be quite personal, everyone loves a beauty treat. So, we set out to find seriously indulgent, genuinely useful beauty heroes, from soap that smells like a flower market to honey-infused hair oil.
We’ve also endeavoured to include products that will suit multiple, if not all, skin and hair types – so you can feel confident you’re buying something they’ll really love and use. Happy shopping…
Soapsmith Christmas Edition Handmade Soap in Columbia Road
Soapsmith creates gorgeous body products that are infused with scents inspired by London. For Christmas, it’s developed a Columbia Road smell and yes, it’s as dreamy as it sounds. It’s scented with notes of sandalwood and petitgrain which evoke founder Sam’s favourite festive memories of strolling through the famous market while holding a hot drink.
Summer Fridays Jumbo Jet Lag Mask
In the spirit of giving, Summer Friday has taken its cult Jet Lag Mask and given us an even larger version. The formula contains brightening vitamin C, gentle exfoliant chestnut extract, skin-evening niacinamide and green tea extract to protect skin against free radicals. Apply it to dull, stressed skin for anywhere between 10 minutes to overnight and wipe it off to reveal a fresher, hydrated and dewy complexion. Just what we need at this time of the year.
Code8 Alexa Chung’s All-Day Soiree
Even if you’re spending this festive period on your sofa, lipstick is the perfect way to add some colour to your make-up without much effort. This lipstick trio has been carefully curated by Alexa Chung and contains two universally-flattering nudes and a pillar box red. It also comes in a gorgeous case, which you can later use as a jewellery box. But that’s not all – 10% of each purchase will go to The Womanity Foundation, an organisation dedicated to making sure all women and girls have equals and full social, economic and political rights as men and boys.
Gisou Hair Oil
Hair oil can work wonders for the condition of your hair, but this has has a secret ingredient. Much like the rest of Gisou’s hair care products, it contains honey from brand founder Negin Mirsalehi’s family bee garden. The reason? Honey acts as an antioxidant and helps to rebuild and repair the hair. Apply a couple of drops prior to styling or use it as an overnight treatment.
Gisou Hair Oil, £83
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Mini Sculpture Unlocked
If you’ve always lusted over Hourglass’ iconic Ambient Lighting palettes but never took the plunge, this mini edit could be for you (or a loved one, of course). It contains a powder, bronzer, blush and highlighter – all of which are vegan. Hourglass will donate 5% of all sales to the Nonhuman Rights Project, an initiative dedicated to securing civil rights for animals.
Liha Luxury Layers
A Stylist favourite, Liha aims to bring the Yoruba tradition of making oils, soaps and lotions from nuts, tree barks and plants to the masses. If you’re new to the brand, it has put two of its bestsellers together in this gift set, and it’s the perfect place to start. You’ll find its popular Idan Oil, made from cold-pressed coconut oil and finished with a tuberous flower (yes, actually inside the bottle) and an Ivory Shea Butter, enriched with vitamins A and E.
Liha Luxury Layers, £52
Botanics Roll & Nourish Kit
Perfect for anybody who is in need of a good pamper, this reusable drawstring bag contains a Botanics Daily Facial Oil and mini facial roller. Simply pat the oil onto your skin and use the roller to pummel away the day’s tension. You’ll feel incredibly relaxed after.
Botanics Roll & Nourish Kit, £12.50
Bed of Nails Acupressure Mat
We know, it sounds and looks a bit terrifying to be considered a nice Christmas gift but trust us. This mat is covered in thousands of non-toxic plastic spikes that work in a similar way to acupuncture needles. You can either lie down on it (wear a light T-shirt first if you’re new to this) or lightly lean against it. Over time, you’ll notice that it’s a wonder at relieving tension and helping your body and mind to feel relaxed.
BaByliss Curl Styler Luxe
Fan of cool, effortlessly beachy waves but struggle to do it yourself? This BaByliss tool makes it so easy. Simply place your hair between the inner plates and then begin wrapping the rest of your hair strand around the barrel. The ceramic-coated barrel will help deliver a smooth and defined curl, while cool air helps to set your hair. Plus, if the curl is too tight for your liking, the barrel splits in half and can be used as a straightener to make it a bit looser.
BaByliss Curl Styler Luxe, £59.99
Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Push-Up Eye Secrets Duo
Charlotte Tilbury has taken its standout mascara launch of 2020 and put a full-sized tube into this handy gift set. It comes with a travel size of the brand’s cult Rock ‘N’ Kohl eyeliner pencil in Barbarella Brown, meaning you have all you need for dramatic, defined eyes.
Olverum Restful Sleep Pillow Mist
What could be better than the gift of a good night’s sleep? This pillow mist contains essential oils bergamot, amyris wood and lavender to create a truly soothing scent. Spritz it all over your pillow (and bedding, if you like), take a few deep breaths and let yourself drift off.
Silke London Hair Wrap - The Skye
Pillowcases can be a major cause of hair breakage. To get around that, Silke London has created these hair wraps that protect your hair against any friction. Not only does it minimise breakage, the silk also helps to distribute natural oils evenly along the hair shaft, meaning you’ll notice your hair feels smoother and stronger, too.
& Other Stories Smudge Kit Hand Cream
If there’s one beauty product we’ve relied on a lot this year, it’s hydrating hand lotions that help to combat the drying effects of hand sanitiser. This handy & Other Stories trio is infused with gorgeous scents that linger on your skin, while the formula will leave your hands and fingers feeling silky smooth.
Peacci S.K.I.N Full Set
As the weather gets colder and slippers continue to be our footwear of choice, it’s normal that our feet can become a bit neglected. This handy kit has all you need for an at-home mani/pedi, including micro-grain nail and foot files, a scrub, mask and cream.
Panasonic EH-XS01 Facial Steamer
Face steamers can help to remove dirt and excess oils from the face. This Panasonic invention was inspired by and created in Japan and emits fine steam particles to help increase the skin’s moisture levels.
Zoeva Share Your Radiance Cocotte Brush Vault
Zoeva’s brushes are some of the Stylist beauty team’s favourite, thanks to their soft bristles and ability to deliver a smooth finish to your make-up. For Christmas, the brand has created this collection of 12 face and eye brushes, all of which are decorated in a gorgeous, festive shade of red. Dreamy.
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