I’ll say one thing for the pre-Christmas holiday: I don’t think I’ve ever been so organised.
No, I’ll never be one of those people who has the tree up and everything wrapped under it on the 1st, but I’ve purchased the majority of my gifts (a satisfying proportion of which are from indie sellers!) and have a turkey ordered, ready to be picked up on Christmas Eve (we’re hosting again, which I’m very excited about). The branches of the tiny potted tree I picked up in Morrisons’ remain bare as of the time of writing, but it’s been so cold out that we had to wait for daylight to return our faulty set of Christmas lights.
(Lights go on first, right? That seems to be the consensus from Google, anyway.)
So, I’m sharing my new-found organisational skills with you, dear reader, in the form of a gift guide for any lovers of beauty products in your life. Each of these suggestions is something I’ve been getting a lot of use out of this past couple of weeks, and most of them already come beautifully packaged – taking another little bit of the stress out of Christmas.
I’ve fallen hard for Paul Mitchell haircare this year, after it struck me that there was no point spending over the odds on crazy colours every couple of months if I was then going to subject it to a daily Head and Shoulders wash. My hair is healthier than it has ever been right now, and although breaking the daily wash cycle has played a big part in that I’ve also upped the quality of my haircare – something that’s far easier to justify when a bottle lasts you ages.
Paul Mitchell have a great range of gift sets this year, based around their 2017 Love Is… branding. The Love is Colourful gift set (£20, HQ Hair) would make a really thoughtful gift for any coloured-haired babes in your life, featuring full-size, salon quality bottles of shampoo and conditioner.
A hairbrush might seem like a bit of a naff gift idea, but the gorgeous gold box this Marula Oil Detangling Brush* (£30, Bohairmia) comes in definitely looks the part for Christmas. There’s also the fact that, with that price tag, it would be difficult to justify as anything other than a gift – but let’s not go there because, as you would hope, this is the best hairbrush I’ve ever used. With its lightweight premium beech wood handle and ultra-thin bristles, it glides through wet or dry hair to style and detangle without breaking.
As one of the world’s oldest beauty brands, you’d be forgiven for suspecting Guerlain of being a little bit stuffy – but this year’s perfume launch, inspired by the “strong, free and sensual femininity” of Angelina Jolie, is anything but. Combining fresh notes of Carla lavender from Provence, France with vanilla tahitensis, Arabian jasmine and a rich Album sandalwood, Mon Guerlain has become my fragrance for when I want to feel like a capable, functioning adult – while the iconic bottle brings a touch of timeless elegance to my dressing table.
Mon Guerlain gifting options this Christmas include a 50ml perfume plus Mon Guerlain scented candle gift set (£70, exclusive to Debenhams) and a dual-bottle gift set* (£105, Debenhams). The second of these contains a 100ml bottle and a 30ml bottle which together would usually retail for £145, making it excellent value – and while the box is beautiful for gifting, nobody would judge you for keeping the smaller bottle for yourself…
In Glasgow? Both of these sets were still available at Debenhams in the St Enoch Centre at the weekend, but with the candle set in particular being limited edition, it’s best to hurry if you’ve got your heart set on one for Christmas!
I’ve loved Leighton Denny Expert Nails polishes since the birthday, a couple of years ago, when my sister gifted me a whole range of beautiful pastels
so I can’t hold it against her that she’s bagged this set. Their Christmas gifting range includes perfectly paired stocking filler duos (£10, Feelunique), plus two fabulous four-piece Colour Soirée sets.
The Glitters* (£16, Feelunique) contains everything you need to keep your nails party ready this Christmas. There’s the festive red Story Telling and glimmering gold Avalanche of Love shades, each infused with holographic flakes, plus a plumping In The Gloss top coat and brand-new Easy Peel base coat, designed for fuss-free removal of glitters and dark polishes.
I’ve already raved about the Christmas products from Fenty Beauty so I won’t bore you with them again… except I totally will, because that holographic packaging just DEMANDS to be swooned over at every one of your special someone’s holiday parties. I get more and more impressed by the creamy, shimmering Starlit Hyper-Glitz Lipstick* (£16, Harvey Nichols) every time I wear it, and with a slick of the Cosmic Gloss Lip Glitter* (£16, Harvey Nichols) over the top you’ll be ready to go to the ball.
But the festive beauty product I’ve been most excited about is the one I haven’t managed to get my hands on yet. I fell hard for the seasonal sparkle shades of Bobbi Brown’s Luxe eye shadow at the recent St Enoch Centre Christmas event – but so did the rest of the world, it seems, because not only have they been sold out in store ever since they haven’t been available online either.
But no matter, because the consolation prize is almost as good: Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Liquid Liners with a hint of sparkle, with this Baltic Blue shade a particular favourite of my new BFF Sarah at the new Bobbi Brown counter in Debenhams St Enoch. I’d always assumed that Bobbi Brown was makeup for adults, all long-wearing products for a flawless, neutral face – but no, there’s plenty in there for those of us who like to get a little more playful with our makeup. One of my favourite discoveries of 2017, for sure.
Will you be picking up any of these products?
This post contains PR samples, but all views are my own and unbiased.