Last Minute: Gift Guide

As a makeup artist, I always feel that if I’m giving a beauty gift to a friend or loved one, the pressure is on to find something really special. At this time of year, the shops are full of limited editions, festive favourites and cute gift sets; and to make your life a little easier I’ve rounded up a few of the best beauty gifts for Christmas 2017…

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On the hunt for the best beauty gifts for family, friends and loved ones? When it comes to gifts, I think it’s always nice to look out for things that you might not normally buy for yourself; luxuries, extra special everyday items and fragrances as they offer up a nice little a reminder of the person who gifted them each time.

With all the offers, gift sets and discounts at this time, it’s a great time to be shopping for skincare and makeup. From fun beauty crackers to beautifully-packaged limited editions, there are some really special finds out there; and luckily for you I’ve done the hard work seeking them out! I’ve even added a couple of bonus fashion and lifestyle gifts, too.

The Best Beauty Gifts for 2017

MAC Snow Ball Mini Lipstick Kit, £85

What’s better than a cute mini lipstick that you can fit in your pocket for on-the-go touch-ups? Twelve mini MAC lipsticks, of course. These make a really cute present for makeup lovers.

Burberry Runway Nails Iconic Colour Nail Polish, £45

I love this little nail trio from the September 2017 catwalk collection. What could be more British than a red, white and blue (well, red, trench and ink blue) trio all packaged in a beautiful Burberry plaid box?

Jo Malone London Green Almond and Redcurrant Christmas Candle, £120

It’s always worth getting your hands on the limited edition Jo Malone London Christmas candles while you can. They always make your home feel instantly festive and if you don’t burn them right down you can look forward to pulling them out of the cupboard next Christmas.

Aromatherapy Associates Ultimate Wellbeing Time, £60

These little essential oils by Aromatherapy Associates are great to travel with, and this gift set gives a saving of 45% on the full price.

Omorovicza The Moor Mud Set, £48

One of my favourite detoxifying ranges, while this set makes an excellent gift you might want to consider stocking up on this for yourself before that January detox.

111Skin Rose Gold Brightening Facial Treatment Mask, £20

Give this sheet mask to someone who deserves to treat themselves to a little me-time in the New Year. For more of my favourite sheet masks check out this guide.

04 Beauty Gifts Wendy Rowe La Bouche Rouge

Wendy Rowe for La Bouche Rouge, from €45

Fans of a classic red lip will love my new collection for French beauty house La Bouche Rouge. Choose from six classic reds, each cased in a keep-forever leather case that can be personalised with your initials.

Davines Minu Illuminating Thoughts Set, £54

For the ultimate luxury haircare gift this Christmas, I love this Davines set, with a Minu Shampoo, Conditioner and Serum all with a gorgeous orange blossom scent.

Liberty London Trio Set of Cedarwood, Charcoal and Grapefruit Soap, £20

If, like me, you love a Liberty print, there aren’t many better gift sets that these prettily packaged and beautifully scented Liberty London soaps. They’ll look pretty by any sink, although you might not want to unwrap them!

Diptyque Baies, Roses and Figuier set of three candles, 3 x 70g, £65

What’s better than one Diptyque candle? Yes, three. Baies is a blend of fresh Roses and sweet Blackcurrant Leaves, Roses is a beautiful feminine floral and Figuier is rich, warming fig wood.

Estee Lauder All Out Glamour, £45

Worth over £99, if you want a quick fix party look (or to make a gift of one this festive season) this Estee Lauder set is really good value. There are even two full size lip colours to take your look from day to night.

REN Merry Little Luxuries – Mini Body Kit, £16

Since I travel so much, I always appreciate luxury beauty minis as a gift, and this set of body beauties by REN comes beautifully packaged.

Susanne Kaufmann Bath Trio, € 25

I love Susanne Kaufmann’s organic bath and body oils, and this gorgeous trio makes the perfect gift for Christmas.

01 Beauty Gifts Anastasia

Anastasia Beverley Hills Modern Renaissance Eye Shadow Palette, £41

This limited-edition palette won’t hang around for long, so if you know a friend of yours would love this collection of matte and metallic eye shades, get yours before they sell out. I particularly like the wearable nudes included alongside hot pinks and golden shimmers.

02 Beauty Gifts SLIP Pure Silk Pillow

SLIP Pure Silk Pillowcase, £79

Silk pillowcases have long been a trusted beauty secret, and I’m a big fan of these classic designs by Slip. Made from 100% pure mulberry silk and available in a range of colours, these are a great option for the house-proud as well as skincare buffs.

Nuface trinity2

NuFace Trinity Facial Toning Device, $325

I’m passionate about amazing skin and swear by the benefits of facial massage, so this Trinity device from Nuface looks really exciting. Credited with lifting and firming the skin to improve facial contour & reduce wrinkles in just 5-minutes a day, it’s a great gift idea for any skin fanatic.

05 Beauty Gifts Charlotte Tilbury

Charlotte Tilbury Magical Mini Brush Set, £45

This 4-piece brush set and case is perfect for party season; gift to any of your makeup-loving friends and they’ll think of you every time they touch-up on the go.


FitBit, £119.99

I love keeping fit but when schedules are busy and time is limited, it’s great to have something to help keep you motivated on your way to achieving your health and fitness goals. With 2018 on the horizon, a FitBit is just the thing to kick start new resolutions.

07 Beauty Gifts Bella Freud

Bella Freud Night Music Candle, £45

A scented candle is always a safe bet when you don’t know what to get someone, and Bella’s collection is really stylish, too. This Night Music candle is a lovely seasonal mix of powder, iris and amber.

09 Beauty Gifts Liberty Gown

Liberty London Indiana Short Silk Robe, £275

Not only does this gorgeous Liberty print silk robe make for perfect lounging, it can be worn over jeans and a t-shirt for a 70s off-duty look too. This is a great gift for fashion fans.