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Let us help you to curate the best beauty-filled stocking filler with our favourite picks and top recommendations.
The festive season is officially upon us and with it comes the fun task of shopping for your loved ones. Thankfully, there’s a wide range of great gift ideas available on the high street, many of which fit perfectly into a traditional Christmas stocking.
To save you from the overwhelming stress that comes with scanning through endless websites and shop shelves, we’ve rounded up the best beauty stocking fillers on offer this year. Plus, some of them may even work perfectly for Secret Santa, too. Happy scouting!
Plus No Waste Body Wash
A sustainable way to get sudsy, the Plus body wash works by simply adding water. Packaging-free, all you need to do is wet the sheet inside until it foams. The outer paper can be dropped on the shower/bath floor, it’ll dissolve on its own.
Vegan, printed with bio-renewable ink and cruelty-free, it’s a guaranteed stocking hit.
There’s no denying a Flamingo Razor is one of the smoothest, easiest ways to shave. Ergonomic, the five-blade razor also has a 360º “comfort area” around the head, enriched with aloe and shea butter to nourish the skin. Try it and report back. I’m 99% sure you’ll agree.
Plant Apothecary Calm Down Ginger and Lavender Body Wash
Enriched with organic ginger and lavender essential oils, this body wash is designed to help calm you down when stress riles you up.
Glossier Body Hero Exfoliating Bar
One of Glossier’s most celebrated items, this exfoliating bar can be used all over the body to slough and polish away dead skin cells, revealing softer, brighter skin underneath.
The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5
Give your skin a little helping hand this year with a hard working hyaluronic acid and vitamin b5 combination; both excellent tools to aid skin surface hydration.
Illamasqua Beyond Lip Polish - Fizz
If there’s ever time to do a little more with your make-up, it’s party season. This lip polish is shimmery, multi-dimensional and enriched with sweet almond oil to moisturise as it dazzles.
Dizziak Deep Conditioner
Rich, nourishing and suitable for all hair types, the Dizziak deep conditioner would be welcome in any stocking. Soft, supple, tangle-free hair is only one wash away.
Danessa Myricks Beauty Balm Contour
Use a sponge, brush or your fingers to apply this creamy, blendable contour. Infused with ingredients such as vitamin E, hyaluronic acid and meadow-foam seed oil, it’s as good for your skin as it is for your final look.
Too Faced Limited Edition Melted Matte Cinnamon Bun Longwear Liquid Lipstick
Who wouldn’t want their lips to taste like cinnamon buns? Swipe this matte liquid lipstick across bare lips for a sleek and highly pigmented finish.
Wella Professionals Oil Reflections Luminous Smoothing Oil
Give your hair the gift of hydration, softness and light-reflecting shine this year with Wella’s luminous smoothing oil. Use as a styling product, leave-in conditioner or pre-shampoo oil for best results.
Honest Beauty Tinted Lip Balm in Lychee Fruit
Jessica Alba founded Honest Beauty to combine her two loves: beauty and skincare. Swipe this tinted lip balm straight from the bullet for a sheer wash of colour.
Frank Body Coconut Coffee Scrub
Celebrated for packing a helluva lot into one scrub (it exfoliates, firms, tones and evens out skin tone) Frank Body’s Coconut Coffee Scrub polishes away dead skin to leave you bright and radiant.
Wishful Thirst Trap Cocoon Mask
Founder Huda Kattan designed Wishful to tackle the skin concerns she comes up against every day. Her moisturising Thirst Trap Mask is infused with althaea rosea flower extract to soften, soothe and condition skin.
Drunk Elephant Kamili Cream Body Cleanser
A nourishing body cleanser, Drunk Elephant infused their winter skin saviour with fatty acids, sweet almond oil and amino acids to moisturise as it gently cleans.
Lanolips 101 Ointment Multi-Balm Coconutter
Mimicking skin’s natural processes, Lanolips’ not-so-secret ingredient lanolin works to restore adequate moisture levels. Non-sticky and super hydrating, we’d suggest popping them in multiple stockings to win the best present giver award this year.
Dr Jart+ Cicapair Tiger Grass Sleepair Intensive Mask
Hydrate, soothe and repair skin overnight with an intensely nourishing sleeping mask. Designed to tackle redness, irritation and dryness, your skin will be back to baseline sharpish.
Kylie Cosmetics Matte Lip Kit in Kylie
A guaranteed well-received stocking filler, Kylie Jenner’s eponymous lip kit is celebrated for its wide shade range and high pigmentation.
Shop Kylie Cosmetics Matte Lip Kit in Kylie at Boots, £20.80
This Works Dream Team
Featuring the cult-favourite Deep Sleep Pillow Spray and helpful add-on, the Stress Check Roll-On, you’ll be gifting someone sweet dreams this Christmas. Probs the best present under the tree, eh?
Nursem Caring Minis Gift Set
The perfect antidote to dry winter skin, Nursem is renowned for its intensive moisture-rich formulas that hydrate and protect suffering hands.
Too Faced Better Than Sex Doll-Size Mascara
A smaller version of the brand’s smash hit mascara, Better Than Sex curls, stretches and lengthens eyelashes for your best lash yet.
Soapsmith Dirty Sugar Soap
A collaboration between Soapsmith and Crosstown, the dirty sugar soap bar is inspired by the bakery’s Tongan Vanilla Bean Doughnut and enriched with cocoa butter and shea butter. It smells good enough to eat, definitely, but don’t. Because it’s soap.
Shop Soapsmith Dirty Sugar Soap, £12
Liha Idan Oil
The Yoruba word for magic, this idan oil is made from tuberose-infused cold-pressed coconut oil. Deeply nourishing, use the special liquid as a body oil, leave-in hair conditioner and overnight moisturiser.
Shop Liha Idan Oil, £16
Narloa Avocado Face Oil
Packed full of hydrating fatty-acid omega 3 and repairing vitamins E and D, Narloa’s clever face oil softens, smooths and heals skin.
Shop Narloa Avocado Face Oil, £16.99
Briogeo Farewell Frizz Rosarco Milk Leave-In Conditioner
Moisturising and lightweight, Briogeo’s leave-in conditioner is a blend of rosehip, argan and coconut oils to leave dry, damaged hair softer, more supple and highly nourished.
Tower 28 Beauty ShineOn Milky Lip Jelly
Love a gloss but hate the stick? Enter Tower 28’s conditioning lip jelly. The same shine (made with apricot oil, avocado oil and raspberry seed oil for extra hydration) in four shades – coconut, cashew, oat and almond.
Benefit Hoola Matte Bronzer Mini
An old favourite in a miniature size, Benefit’s award-winning matte bronzer, Hoola, is an undeniable crowd-pleaser. Complete with a built-in mirror and powder brush, it’s good for on-the-go or on the bathroom shelf.
Shop Benefit Hoola Matte Bronzer Mini at Boots, £15
Olaplex Intense Repair Kit
Renowned for repairing dry, brittle hair, Olaplex products have fast become a staple for heat-damaged, coloured and chemically treated hair. This set of minis is designed for intense repair work: No.0 is a pre-wash treatment that primes hair for the conditioning No.3 Hair Perfector.
Nars Cosmetics Orgasm X Mini Blush
Nars Orgasm X is the older sister to Nars’ cult-classic blusher Orgasm. A vivid coral pink dotted with golden shimmer, up the ante this Christmas with a new iteration of a true classic. There’s never a bad moment for a Nars flush. Genuinely, never.
Jones Road The Face Pencil
If you think concealer only comes in a pot or tube, think again. The Jones Road Face Pencil is a time-saving gem, covering redness, dark spots and correcting discolouration in a few simple swipes. The brainchild of internationally acclaimed make-up artist Bobbi Brown, it’s a creamy, buildable product that disappears seamlessly into skin.
Shop Jones Road The Face Pencil, £23
Refy Cream Bronzer
A standout beauty product, Refy’s bronzer is creamy, buildable and buffs out into a beautifully diffused natural glow. It’s as good as the hype suggests (if not better). Trust me on this.
Refy Duo Brush
And if you’re at a loss for how to apply Refy’s cream bronzer, pop the double-ended fluffy and condensed brush into your bag too. It’s multi-use (foundation, blusher, and highlighter) and exceptionally effective.
Shop Refy Duo Brush, £16
Skin Proud Jelly Bright Essence
From the makers of the viral Frozen Over Ice-to-Gel Hydrator comes a moisturising and brightening essence. Enter Skin Proud’s Jelly Bright Essence, rich in anti-oxidants and hydration-boosting amino acids. Apply after cleansing and before moisturising.
Shop Skin Proud Jelly Bright Essence at Boots, £9.30
Real Techniques Mini Expert Face Brush
A cute, hardworking mini version of the full-sized brush. Use for everything that requires buffing: foundation, cream and liquid contour, bronzer or blush.
Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser
This Christmas, Liz Earle’s award-winning cleanser is available in a smaller travel-friendly size that’s unsurprisingly stocking-friendly size.
Enriched with moisturising cocoa butter, purifying rosemary and soothing chamomile and eucalyptus, it comes with a soft cloth to help remove dirt, grime and make-up, too.
Shop Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser, £7.50
Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm
There’s something sweet about mini versions of products we know and love, right? Give the gift of clean skin this year with a gentle (yet effective) make-up melting cleansing balm.
Bouclème Curl Defining Gel
Bouclème Curl Defining Gel helps control frizz while adding body, bounce and shine. The best bit? There’s no greasy, sticky residue. Sign us up!
Shop Bouclème Curl Defining Gel at Lookfantastic, £12.75
Fenty Beauty Mini Pro Filt'r Hydrating Primer
One of Fenty’s most beloved products, this lightweight moisturising primer prepares normal to dry skin for make-up. It softens, smooths and lightly blurs skin leaving a silky smooth canvas.
Ruby Hammer Lip Serum Balm
A “combination of colour and care”, Ruby Hammer’s lip serum balm is blended with seed oils and cocoa butter to hydrate and moisturise thirsty lips. Add the sheer, dewy colour and you’ve got the perfect low-maintenance lip.
Nails Inc. Be Merry & Bright Light Up Polish
There are ways to wear glitter as an adult person. One of them is by adding twinkling flecks of shimmer to your nail polish. This one is illuminating and eye-catching – everything you want for party season.
Neom Perfect Night's Sleep Pillow Mist Tranquillity
Self-care shouldn’t stop when your skincare routine ends. Guarantee a good night’s kip with a beautifully relaxing sleep mist.
O.P.I Shine Bright Collection Nail Polish in Tinsel-Tinsel 'Lil Star
If you’re going to gift a sparkly nail polish this Christmas, make it one that’s been designed in collaboration with Swarovski Elements, OK? Shimmering and crystal-rich, it’s a brilliant choice for a festive-ready manicure.
Jo Malone London Wood Sage and Sea Salt Body and Hand Wash
Give the gift of olfactory bliss this Christmas with a spirited and deeply refreshing scented body and hand wash from fragrance house Jo Malone.
Philosophy Cinnamon Buns Shower Gel
Sweetly indulgent, Philosophy’s cinnamon bun-inspired shower gel is a cleansing multi-tasking wonder that works as a bubble bath, shampoo or body wash.
Ultra Violette UV Icons Only
No matter the month, SPF should be a regular part of your skincare routine. Ultra Violette’s formulas are lightweight, packed with antioxidants and never pill or ball. Heavenly.
Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat in Pillow Talk Intense
Up the vampy-ante this year with a smooth, soft, dramatic lip liner. We love to complete a dark lipstick look with this one by Charlotte Tilbury.
Face Halo The Modern Make-Up Remover Original
A brilliant and sustainable gift, these reusable and recyclable make-up remover pads replace non-biodegradable wipes and cotton pads. Each one is the equivalent of 500 single-use make-up wipes. Wow.
Kitsch Pillow Eye Mask
This nifty eye mask blocks out the light and helps to stop the sensitive skin around your eyes from becoming dehydrated while you sleep. It’s chic, sleek and comes in black or blush colourways.
Shop Kitsch Pillow Eye Mask at Cult Beauty, £13
Mac Mini Matte Lipstick in Velvet Teddy
In the original Mac matte finish, this mini-version of the classic lipstick will always be a welcome present. Always.
Shop Mac Mini Matte Lipstick in Velvet Teddy at Boots, £12.50
Lottie London Freckle Tint
Ever wondered what temporary freckles might look like? Well, look no further. The Lottie London Freckle Tint creates realistic and super-natural freckle sprinkles. Cute!
Shop Lottie London Freckle Tint at Lookfantastic, £6.95
Lottie London Ombre Blush
The Lottie London Ombre Blush is a lightweight and natural-looking flush, designed to give cheeks a delicate tint and provide a pop of colour to the face. It comes in three different colours: peach, tan and pink.
Shop Lottie London Ombre Blush at Lookfantastic, £5.95
Paula's Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant
Paula’s Choice’s widely loved liquid exfoliant helps deal with congested, oily and combination skin by clearing pores and reducing breakouts.
Weleda Skin Food
Another cult-favourite, Weleda’s skin food helps to deeply nourish and repair dry, dehydrated, scaly skin. Perfect for the colder months.
Shop Weleda Skin Food at Cult Beauty, £8.25
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