Last-minute Christmas beauty gift guide 2018
With all the festivities well underway, the countdown to Christmas has officially begun. With so much to do in the run-up to the big day, it’s easy to leave things to the last minute. But don’t worry if you’re running a little behind with your Christmas presents - we’ve got you covered.
We’ve put together a list of last-minute beauty gift ideas that will make Christmas shopping for the beauty and makeup lover in your life a breeze.
Odylique Ultra Rich Balm, £19
Blogger Ana from The Ana Mum Diary says you can’t go wrong with a balm to soothe sensitive skin. “Odylique is an all-organic skin care line made right here in the UK (Suffolk) perfect for those of us with sensitive skin. They’ve got an amazing range of beauty products, including a few that are completely vegan!
“Providing intense hydration for very dry skin and skin prone to eczema, Ultra Rich Balm supports the skin’s natural barrier function and helps protect it from the drying effects of heat, cold and wind, without blocking pores. I actually used a tiny amount of this on my face using an electric facial cleansing brush. Moving it around the whole of my face, concentrating on the areas which were very dry, before taking it off with warm water. I also tried it on some dry areas I always get on my hands once it gets cold. Honestly, this stuff is amazing, and a little goes a LONG way.”
Saturday Skin Quench Intense Hydration Mask, £4.50
If you’re looking for a cheap and cheerful stocking filler, Saturday Skin’s Quench Intense Hydration Mask is sure to be well-received for anyone who loves a good pamper session, particularly if they are prone to dryness during the winter months.
“This one comes personally recommended as I absolutely LOVE these!” Says Blush Beauty & Hair blogger, Penny. “Infused with Hyaluronic Acid and Aloe Vera Extract, Quench Intense Hydration Mask works to replenish moisture and refresh the skin to promote a healthier, clearer complexion. And they come with so much ‘juice’ in the sachet, I always use mine twice!”
Charlotte Tilbury Color-Coded Eye Shadow palette, £38
Christmas is the best time of year for makeup fanatics because it means you have an excuse to get extra glammed up and use all your favourite make up products that you keep saving for that ‘special occasion’.
With that said, Kate La Vie says a great gift idea for any beauty lover is an eyeshadow palette, and in particular a Charlotte Tilbury Color-coded Palette. “I always think palettes are the perfect pressie. They’re likely to last you some time and it’s nice to get something a bit special, isn’t it? Something you wouldn’t usually buy yourself.”
Magnitone London BareFaced Cleansing and toning Brush, £90
If you’re happy to spend a little more on someone special, give them the gift of skin perfection with this Magnitone London sonic cleansing and toning brush. It’s is just what the doctor ordered to transform tired skin into a bright and glowy complexion. Any lover of good skincare is sure to have one of these on their wishlist (if they don’t own one already!)
“A bit more of a pricier gift, but the sort of thing that someone would literally be over the moon getting,” says blogger Brighton Girl Problems. “The Magnitone brushes are really amazing to have in your skincare routine, they cleanse, tone and condition your skin, and I need to start using my one more often!
“I think that this would be a really lovely gift to get your mum if she likes skincare, or anyone really – they have amazing reviews so I don’t think anyone would be disappointed.”
Titanic Spa Gift Vouchers, From £25
Could your friend or family member do with a little TLC once all the festivities are over? Spa vouchers are a great Christmas gift for busy mums, professionals anyone just needing some downtime. And the beauty of gift vouchers is that they can book their treatment whenever suits them. Bliss.
From scrubs and wraps using luxury Elemis and Decleor products to an overnight spa break in Yorkshire staying at our eco-friendly spa hotel, there are lots of different treatments to choose from that are sure to have your loved one feeling refreshed, revitalised and ready to take on 2019.
Clinique Chubby Colour Gift Set, £25
If you’re looking to buy a range of lip colours for that special friend or family member but don’t want to spend a fortune, Clinique’s Chubby Colour Gift Set is the perfect gift. Ultra-hydrating, the person you’re buying for will be grateful to be able to have a colour for every occasion as well as a set of lip crayons that will keep their lips soft this winter.
My Baba writer, Carly, loves how convenient these little balms are. “Clinique’s chubby sticks are absolute must-haves for any make-up bag. Coming in both sheer balm and intense colour options, they are easy to apply and super hydrating. Give this exclusive tin as a gift, or split these little lifesavers out as stocking fillers.”
The 10th Anniversary Beyond Powder, £23.79
Christmas is the perfect excuse for adding a little (or a lot) of glitz to your makeup look, and this baked highlighter powder in purple is perfect for adding just that.
Blogger Clare With The Hair says it is sure to be well-received by any die-hard highlighter enthusiast. “By far the best highlighter to be released this Christmas is The 10th Anniversary Beyond Powder by Illamasqua. Part of The Reign of Rock Collection, The 10th Anniversary Beyond Powder Electric offers a limited-edition, rock-inspired illuminating shade. Adding subtle radiance to the complexion, the iridescent purple powder enhances facial features for a glowing finish.”
Eau My Goodness Shine & Fragrance Spray, £12
If you’re looking for a cute stocking filler, why not get a 2-in-1 fragrance and gloss spray that’s perfect for refreshing and primping your locks for impromptu post-work dinner and drinks.
“I’ve been absolutely obsessed with Percy & Reed’s Eau My Goodness Shine & Fragrance Spray ever since they sent a bottle over to me to sample,” says Daisybutter blogger Michelle. “It smells so fresh and delicious, yet just luxe enough to be worthy of gifting. I actually keep this in my handbag for London trips (I hate smelling like pollution) and transfer it to my gym bag on days when I still need to be presentable after working out.”