Ahhh, it’s time for the pretties. As much as haircare, skincare, mancare, and all that other “care” is great… it’s these lovelies that rock my Christmas stocking. There’s nothing *quite* like un petit cadeau of cosmetics to put a smile on your face is there?
Even more enticingly, you can go a tiny bit wild with your choice without rocking the boat too much – introduce a friend to a red lipstick this year, go on – she’ll love you for it. And if not? Screw her… keep it for yourself.
Smoke out any look with the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil Set and give your gift receiver a full choice of shades for every look. There’s nothing too eccentric here, and all pencils will work brilliantly for neutral or smokey eye looks. It’s a workhorse gift that she’ll never get tired of using.
The most beautiful, plummy winter palette I’ve laid eyes on this year – isn’t she stunning? Featuring four BareMinerals READY eyeshadows, one blush, a mini eye primer, mini eyeliner, and a mini lipgloss. It’s a full-face palette that doesn’t mix up the creams and the powders (pet hate). I only have one more thing to say: cute bag much?
I have literally, been on tenterhooks waiting for the UK release of these since I heard about them last June. Who doesn’t love the convenience of a great liquid lipstick? And when it comes to gifting, you don’t get much more luxe than an Armani liquid lipstick. I’ll admit that I haven’t swatched these myself yet, but if you’re looking for a tip – I’d bet on #504 being the one that will take you into Spring with a smile on the receiver’s face.
Sold out from most retailers, the Aerin Holiday Style Palette contains some beautiful, soft, shimmering neutrals that seem to straddle the Winter/Spring divide with elegance. This seven-colour palette from Estee Lauder’s granddaughter contains six eyeshadows and a highlighter to inject some luminosity in these days were there is none. A real “girl” palette from a grown-up brand.
If you know someone who suffers from the age-old dilemma of always wearing the same look, day in, day out – treat them to the gift of variety with the Smashbox Studio Pop Palette. Featuring 16 Photo Op Eyeshadows in a wide range of shades and four of the brand’s famous cream eyeliners, they’ll be spoilt for choice!
Oh NARS, every year… at some point, you undo me. My pennies sadly didn’t stretch to this wonderful Andy Warhol Edie Gift Set inspired by the inimitable Edie Sedgwick but for £54, you actually get quite a lot of bang for your buck here. The set includes: Film Star Pure Matte Lipstick—60s nude pink, Edie Eyeshadow—cream with a little bit of shimmer, Carpates Eyeliner Stylo—black, and a mini Blush Duo in Deep Throat and Amour—flirty, sheer peach and peachy pink. Everything you need to create the “Edie” look.
Featuring four of Illamasqua’s best-selling lip shades in: Fable, Plunge, Over and Corrupt – this lip palette would be all you need to take on your summer holidays next year wouldn’t it? That, and some fake tan of course! A great gift for anyone even mildly obsessed with lip products. Use the palette to mix and match your own new shade or stick to the tried and tested formulas for a perfect pout.
Following on from the release of their larger stippling brush, ELF have unveiled a mini-counterpart! This smaller brush is perfect for applying cream blusher to the apples of the cheeks, blending foundation around the nose area or smoothing out concealer to ensure a flawless finish. For the price? It makes an unbeatable stocking-filler.
Are you all prepared for Christmas? One last gift guide coming up tomorrow – hope that you’ve been inspired my lovelies!
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