Christmas shopping is a bit of a holiday ritual we love to hate and hate to love. While giving our loved ones gifts that bring on the undeniable look of pure excitement, the pressure we feel in the pursuit of finding that perfect pressie is all too real. This year, we’ve made the search simple: Buy what they actually want, and need. Here, we’ve selected the best in beauty buys guaranteed to work for every person on your list. Yes, even those impossible to buy for.
For the Beauty Novice:
A cult favourite since its inception in the ‘70s, this natural looking stain can be applied to lips and cheeks for an easy, barely there flush, which is flattering on everyone and won't be too much for a makeup newby.
Highlighters can be a bit overwhelming for those newly enrolling in Beauty Lovers 101, but this glow stick is fool-proof, and is a build-up application (so no accidental glitter stripe across the cheekbone). It's also a multi-duty product - can be used as a subtle shimmer eyeshadow and even a lip tint.
This nifty little pack contains the brand's Body Exfoliator, Luxurious Rosehip Body Oil, Daily Hand Cream and a KORA Organics Bag. The quality, organic body products serve as an amazing introductory experience to the silky smooth skin beauty prods give us. They'll be stocking up their beauty bounty in no time...
For the Beauty Adventurer
Brand new this Christmas from the brand that gave us the natural look, this lip colour is super hydrating and protecting thanks to the added dose of Vitamins C and E, leaving lips ever so soft. Plus, there’s a great pigment pay-off - the colour holds to a natural stain until you’re ready to reapply. Choose ‘Baby’ for a subtly enhanced look, or go all out with vibrant ‘Watermelon’ for someone who loves to make a statement.
Packed with hydrating superstar hyaluronic acid and exfoliating salicylic acid, the science behind this mask is good. But honestly, it’s the pretty pale pink jelly texture and Instagram-worthy glass jar that seals the deal. Not sold? Well, earlier this year it boasted a 5000 person waitlist, so the proof is in the popularity.
This cheeky blush and highlighter duo is the epitome of accessible designer wear, for your face. The brand synonymous with sleek and sexy delivers again with the on-trend peach and rosy tones. Your loved one will definitely be mentally listing this as their favourite gift...
For the Efficient Beauty
Easier (and quicker!) than powder, this tiny on-trend nude case can be popped in a pocket for on-the-go touch-ups to take down shine.
A bargain buy, this lip crayon has serious staying power and, unlike many long wear colours, doesn’t leave your lips feeling like the Sahara. Our pick of the shades is ‘Petal’, a creamy pink that works on all complexions.
Lancome are famous for making some of the very best mascaras in the industry, and this set features a full size Hypnose, widely considered their crown jewel. No need to worry about flaking or falling, just pop it on and go. And there’s also three mini versions of some of their other top-selling mascaras included, perfect for travel. Glamorous and practical.
For the beauty aficionado
Housed in a gorgeous rose gold case, this palette showcases six of Hourglass’ immensely flattering, glow-giving powders, including two new blush shades. Just perfect for your loved one's upcoming New Year celebrations.
Don’t take the phrase ‘power peel’ lightly! With 0.5% retinol and 15% of Alpha H’s star ingredient, glycolic acid, this will encourage some serious cell turn over. The beauty junkie in your life can probably handle it, as even though it packs a punch (Read: baby skin after use).
This was the beauty product of 2017, for good reason. Rather than adding garish glitter (or worse, a white sheen) this gives skin a dewy, radiant look and, best of all, is perfect for throwing in the purse for all purpose, fool proof use.
For The Beauty Buyer (Who Has It All)
A pioneer of the ‘3 free’ non-toxic polish trend, Butter London’s polishes have great staying power while being both nail and environmentally friendly. Choose ‘Trout Pout’, a bright salmon, for the perfect summer pedi.
This powder comes in one truly universal shade – there’s no white cast, no chalkiness, just a subtly mattifying effect and blurring of imperfections. The show-stopping compact – based on a vintage cigarette case Ms Beckham found in a London antique store – demands you take out and reapply far more often than you need!
It’s Chanel. It’s hand cream. The packaging is the most squeal-inducing little ergonomic egg. It’s utterly fabulous. Need we say more? Ideal for the person who has everything.
The Beauty Indulgence Lover
There's nothing more relaxing than massaging the day off your face with a balm-to-oil cleanser. This one will remove every scrap of makeup, SPF and pollution while treating your skin to a cocktail of beneficial ingredients. Oh, and the scent... thanks to a blend of essential oils including orange and neroli, it's eaven in a (huge) tub.
Perfect for any skin type, this moisturiser is like giving your face a cup of tea and a hug. Light yet nourishing, it contains hyaluronic acid to hydrate and leaves your skin soothed and calm.
One of the ultimate beauty classics, ANR was reformulated in 2013 and is better than ever. This soothes, brightens, hydrates, repairs – just having this brown and gold bottle on the bathroom shelf is knowing that serious skin help is only a moment away.
To Slip Into Your Santa Stocking...
Containing what one might call ‘spa water’ (a mix of Bungarian thermal water with orange blossom, rose and sage waters), this mist refreshes and hydrates with a scent that is light and uplifting. Perfect to use morning and night, as well as any time during the day when your mood – or your makeup – needs a refresh
This luxury essence is best used before the serum stage of your routine and is a gel-to-lotion formula for plumping and giving a glow finish. Oh, and did we mention there’s actual rose petals suspended in it? Now you know you need it…
From the oh-so-chic signature black and gold packaging to the creamy, highly pigmented formula, this is the ultimate ‘I have ten seconds and need to feel festive’ trick for the season. And there’s no better shade you could choose at Christmas than the rich, vibrant true red of ‘Cherry Lush’.
Story by Zoe Briggs