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Beauty gift essentials - a guide to shopping for every kind of beauty queen in your life


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The lights are up, the halls are decked and the wine is mulled. The most wonderful time of the year is in full swing and with only a few weeks until the big day, there really isn’t much left time to procrastinate on that all-important Christmas shopping.

Beauty products are always a big hit this time of year, and whether your pals are skincare obsessed, hair crazy or makeup mad we’ve got you covered. Here’s a handy guide on the top beauty essentials guaranteed to light up your loved ones faces this Christmas.



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For the skincare addict in your life...

1 - The 'Fast Flash Facial' Kit by Pixi

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Pixi has long been a favourite of the skincare world and this adorable set of minis features its Peel & Polish, Rose Flash Balm and best-selling cult fave Glow Tonic. Retailing at £20, this is a really great way to treat someone special to three new additions to their skincare collection without breaking the bank.


2 - The 'All Is Bright' Christmas Cracker by Emma Hardie

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The packaging alone makes this one of the cutest gift sets of the year. These mini crackers include their Amazing Face Moringa Cleansing Balm, Moisture Boost Vit C Cream and a dual action cleansing cloth - perfect for the pamper night your bestie truly deserves after a long, hard year. The full sized products would cost you a whopping £96, so for £15 each these mini crackers are the perfect luxury buy.


3 - The 'B.right! Delights' Skincare Set by Benefit

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At the higher price of £39.50 (but currently on sale for £33.57 in Debenhams), this is one is for those you tend to splash out a bit extra on. Another product in stunning packaging - this set includes the Total Moisture Facial Cream, Browvo! Conditioning Primer, It’s Potent! Eye Cream and Instant Comeback Facial Serum. Although this is a pricier option, it’s worth noting that all these products are full size, so this set is a real treat.


For the hair queen of your squad...

4 - The Little Beauty Parcel Hair Edit by Feel Unique

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Over at Feel Unique they've answered all our Christmas shopping prayers with these parcel gift sets. The hair edition includes the Hello Jo Pack of Power Hair Mask, Aquis Hair Lisse Luxe Hair Turban, Beauty Pro Hair Therapy Deep Conditioning Mask, Popband London Santa Baby Hair Ties, KMS Thermashape Quick Blow Dry and TIGI’s Bed Head After Party Smoothing Cream. That’s £66 worth of haircare treats all boxed up and ready to wow for only £33, with an extra 20% off in Feel Unique’s sale if you snap one up quick enough!

The rest of these sets are also definitely worth checking out, including a Men’s Edit (£20), a Luxe Edit (£40.60), and a Vegan Edit (£40).


5 - The 'Let It Shine' Giftset by Philip Kingsley

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Another brand going for the cracker-themed set, this edition features holy grail product Elasticizer and the Daily Damage Defence spray. These minis are a great luxury treat and only retail at £10 (currently on sale at Debenhams for £8.50), making them the perfect stocking filler for any haircare fan.

6 - The Perfect 10 Scrunchie Set by Urban Outfitters

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 The ‘90s effect clearly isn’t going away anytime soon and scrunchies are a really cute and comfortable way to spruce up an up-do. This set of ten in an assortment of neutral colours has something to match every outfit, meaning your bestie will never have to go scrunchie-less again. The whole set retails for £15 and at £1.50 per scrunchie, this gift is affordable as well as super cute.


And finally, for the one that just can’t get enough makeup…


7 - The 'Nude Attitude' Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick Set by Stila Cosmetics

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Let’s face it, anyone who claims to have enough nude lipsticks in their life is lying. They’re such an easy go-to for any makeup look and are so easy to maintain throughout the day. This set includes ‘Patina’, a dusty rose matte, ‘Illuminaire Shimmer’ a warm caramel shade and ‘Miele Shimmer’, another dusty rose shade but with a shimmery finish. These minis are perfect for on-the-go topping up and are available for £22. What makeup junkie wouldn’t be delighted to find these under the tree?

8 - The 'Glitter Goals' Set by NYX

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This one’s for the glitter gals in your life. The set includes three face and body glitters in Gold, Copper and Ruby, as well as a tube of glitter primer to keep everything in place all night long. With the glitziest night out of the year just a week away, finding one of these sets under the tree on Christmas day is just what your makeup mad bestie needs.

9 - The Instapop Bundle by Real Techniques

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Brushes are such an important tool for makeup application, but they can often work out quite expensive. To help you out, Boots has created this bundle of face, cheek and eye brushes and sponge, all for just £20. Real Techniques is a high street favourite among beauty lovers, so this is guaranteed to bring a smile to someone’s face this Christmas.


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