Christmas is officially just FIVE days away and considering today has been touted 'Panic Saturday', what better time to provide you with a last-minute gift guide than now?
I'll admit, despite trying to be Little Miss Organised when it comes to present buying, I can leave things a tad on the late side - always telling myself I'll get it next weekend, and instead spending next weekend buying things for myself... oops (don't tell me none of you have ever done this!) I find it increasingly hard to buy things for certain people, and that just leaves me putting it off further - so, if any of you are currently struggling on getting some presents together for your loved ones, I think I might have it covered with this ol' gift guide right here.
I put together a collection of fab beauty products, because I honestly don't think there is anything better to give and receive at Christmas time than the gift of beauty pampering products. As much as I love the usual socks and chocolate combo, I don't think you can beat the luxury of a beauty gift (and that goes for women AND men) at this time of year.
So, without further ado, here are my top beauty gifts to give on Christmas day, all neatly categorised for who these gifts are best suited to...
The Glam Girl
We all know someone who is simply always the epitome of glamorous - big hair, big lashes, rouge lips and never a chipped nail in sight - despite them perhaps being the seemingly easiest to buy for, it can sometimes be a case of 'Well, what do you get the girl that has everything!?' Well, I think I have the answer with these cute little gift sets. A brand which only recently fell under my radar is Glo & Ray, a gorgeous make up brand which has some stunning beauty bits - not least this gorgeous little Shimmer Shimmer Lip Colour Gift Set* featuring three beautiful lipstick shades that every glam girl will love - a nude, a beautiful festive red and a deep, dark (very on-trend) plum. I promise you she'll like it. It costs £36 so is quite pricey but totally worth it for these beautiful products. Or, if hair care is more the thing you're wanting to give (and you're on a budget), then John Frieda's 'For the Love of Big Hair' set* is perfect for big-haired bombshells. It features four miniature Luxurious Volume products, including shampoo, conditioner, hair spray and blow dry lotion. The best thing? It's only £8 (now just £6 at Superdrug) - an ideal gift that won't break the bank.
Ugh... men. Aren't they just the worst to buy for? Us ladies are pretty darn easy when it comes to present buying for (makeup, shoes, makeup, candles, more makeup) but men are just so damn difficult. Whilst I always think a pair of socks and a Lynx gift set will probably more than suffice for our men-folk, it's nice to buy actual nice gifts for our dads, boyfriends, husbands and guy-friends. I picked out a couple of gorgeous gifts from Poised, which sells a multitude of gifts for men; grooming kits, hair care, fragrance (and not a Lynx set in sight - phew). The gifts in question were both skincare sets - one from Alpha H; a Clear Skin Kit* which is perfect if your fella is looking for some acne-busting products, but doesn't really want to have to go down the Clearasil route (no offence to Clearasil, of course...) Alpha H is one of my favourite skincare brands - suffering with bad skin myself I think this Clear Skin Set is ideal. It comes in fuss-free packaging and includes a Blemish Control Gel, Daily Hydrator Gel and Daily Face Wash. Being Alpha H, it's not the cheapest at £29.95, but when you think about the individual price of the products it's definitely worth it. The other gift set is a Luxury Gift Set* from a brand I hadn't previously heard of, called Kyoku, It contains five FULL SIZE Kyoku products, including Razor Repair Balm, Exfoliating Facial Scrub, Daily Facial Cleanser, Lip Fuel and Oil Control Lotion. It's a must-have for men who want a bit of luxury skincare in their lives, and whilst it usually costs £95, it's actually reduced to £29.95 at the minute.
The Luxe Lady
For those gal-pals who have a taste for the luxurious things in life, these gift sets would be ideal. To be honest, anything from either of these brands would suit a luxe lady down to a tee - as both of them are super luxurious and a total dream to use. The Aromatherapy Associates Radiant Rose Gift Box* is one of my personal favourites (I adore the scent of rose) and comes complete with Renewing Rose Body Cream, Renewing Rose Body Wash and Support Equilibrium Bath and Shower Oil, which promotes inner calm - something we all need around the festive season. It costs £35. The Nourish Argan Beauty Collection* is another luxe product - this one is less about pampering and more about caring for the skin. Infused with gold, frankincense and myrrh (very festive!), it gives the ultimate indulgent skin routine with three fab products - Argan Skin Renew, Argan Skin Rescue, and Golden Glow Illuminating Face Shimmer. It's cheaper than the Aromatherapy Associates set too, coming in at £25.
The Practical Person
You know those people who always say 'Just get me something I need' when it comes to Christmas? They're what I like to call 'Practical People'. I am most certainly not one of them, but I do understand where they're coming from - there's no point in getting something that will just sit on the shelf gathering dust, when you could buy them something useful. However, practical presents don't have to be boring, and my choices of 'practical' gifts most certainly aren't. First up, whilst it doesn't really look like a 'practical' gift at first glance, this Hair Heroes Beauty Box* from Feel Unique is actually ideal for those practical people who need something for keeping their hair looking nourished and shiny. The gift contains a gorgeous gold compact Tangle Teezer (very practical), as well as a tube of Philip Kingsley Elasticizer and some Redken Diamond Oil (practical AND luxurious). The gift set costs £39.50 (currently reduced to £34.50!) and I think it's gorgeous - a must for hair care lovers. Another, perhaps more obvious, practical gift is this Sonic Whitening Toothbrush from Whitewash Laboratories*. Instead of being the usual boring old Colgate brush, this is sleek and cool in design, as well as helping to whiten teeth. It has three different brushing modes - clean, whiten and massage, as well as a timer and a long-life rechargeable battery. If that isn't practical, then I don't know what is! It costs £59.99 (usually £64.99).
The Pampered Princess
For ladies who love nothing more than a pamper session, complete with candles, nail polish-applying and face masks aplenty, I thought these two gifts would be ideal. First up, these beautiful 1 Second nail polishes from Bourjois* are totally stunning and perfect for the festive season - and they give a gorgeous gel effect (without having to head to the salon!) They're also a great price at just £5.99 each. I think a little selection of these would make a lovely gift. If the person you're buying for is a fan of relaxing candles, however, then Aromatherapy Associates Inner Strength Candle* is ideal for pamper sessions. It is designed to de-stress with frankincense and cardamom, and smells incredible. It costs £35 and comes packaged in a gorgeous box, with 10% of the proceeds going to the charity Defence Against Cancer - so you can give a great gift and a donation as well.
And there you have it! My Last-minute Christmas Gift Guide for Beauty Lovers. I shall be popping up a Last-minute Guide to Stocking Fillers tomorrow, so keep your eyes peeled! Let me know what you think to the gifts in my guide, and if you've got all your shopping done yet I'd love to know!