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Saturday, 3 December 2011

Christmas Beauty Gifts

Last week one of my work colleagues was smugly telling me she had done all her Christmas shopping AND had wrapped everything. This has panicked me into action, so this week I have done some serious online purchasing so my nearest and dearest feel special on the big day.

It may not come as a complete surprise to you, that finding a little beauty item under the tree is always a winner, so here is some inspiration for your Christmas Shopping List.

If you decide to go for skincare for the most important lady in your life (Mum - obviously!) go as high-end and luxurious as you can afford. As fantastic as you might think one of the supermarket brands are, it’s not going to make her feel spoilt and appreciated. I recommend one of the gorgeous masks by Darphin; you can choose from a Hydrating Kiwi Mask which after leaving on for 5 minutes left my skin feeling dewy and silky smooth (£27/75ml). If you feel like pushing the boat out their Youthful Radiance Camellia Mask which firms and smoothes away wrinkles sounds heavenly for a more mature skin.

Going up a generation, why not treat Grandma to relaxing bath time treat. Pai has produced a bath oil and body oil gift set and as you'd expect from this brand, it is perfect for those with sensitive skin. I tried out the tranquillity bath oil at the end of a stressful week, and was so relaxed by the Jasmine and May Chang that I nearly slipped off into slumber... (£13.99 available from

Teenage girls must be one of the easiest groups to buy for; they haven’t become stuck in a make-up routine and love to experiment with new brands and products. So why not make them up a little stocking full of some cheap and cheerful beauty treats. I'd include some nail wraps that you love, but feel a decade too old for. Myleene Klass has recently launched 16 different nail wrap designs, I love the Zebra print! Each pack comes with a nail file to shape the wrap to fit your nail. (£5.99 available from, Boots, Asda, Wilkinsons and Debenhams)

These super-cute lip balms by Lip Smacker would also go down a treat - they smell exactly the same as your favourite fizzy drink (£2.50 each available from Primark)

Got a pregnant friend or relation to buy for this year? I bet what they'd love is to say goodbye to morning sickness. Maison d'Anu the no-nasties beauty brand has perfect pulse point roll ons in mint or ginger scents to help counter-act any feelings of nausea. (£10/10ml

Hope this has given you some ideas, happy shopping! x

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