The seasoned shoppers amongst us are tuned in to what is currently trending, what we like, what our friends like — and most importantly what we would want for Christmas. For those who need a little nudge in the right direction, listen up. A beauty product will be the one to score you some points this gift-giving season and as shop doors fling back open there is no time to delay in your Christmas shopping.
After all, who wouldn’t be chuffed to receive an on-trend skin toner or luxurious hair treatment for salon-style locks? A gratifyingly good overnight retinol serum or deluxe face cream packed with much-needed vitamin C? Yes, please! Be assured, whether you are looking for a luxury gift or a nifty stocking filler, it needn’t break the bank to delight your beauty connoisseur this Christmas. Not only that, we’ve done all the hard work for you — scouted every corner of every beauty counter — to assemble our ultimate beauty gift list. Skincare, pampering and cult products (that we are all coveting), it’s all here.
1) PIXI Glow Tonic 250ml, M&S, £18
Part of the best selling range, this beauty brand favourite is an exfoliating toner which perfects skin tone and texture, resulting in a healthy glow. The perfect gift as its gentle on all skin types so will suit any lucky recipient on your list. Just add to your day (and night time) routine by using on cleansed skin to see best results. Packed full of Aloe Vera, Ginseng and botanical extracts which help tone, firm and tighten the skin while Glycolic Acid accelerates cell renewal. Expect a smooth, energised and glowing finish. Every girl will want this!
2) The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5, Boots, £5.90
The Ordinary is an award-winning premium skincare range but without the eye-watering price tag and we are delighted it is now stocked at Boots. Why is this oil-free serum such a hit? When used every day its winning combo of Hyaluronic Acid and Vitamin B5 delivers long-lasting hydration to help retain moisture in your skin. It’s a well-known fact that Hyaluronic Acid helps reduce the appearance of wrinkles and makes skin appear smoother. This product gives you a serious glow — also a plump, smooth complexion with a fresh, dewy feel. Who wouldn’t be delighted unwrapping this game-changing product from under the tree? Ho, ho, ho you will be hailed a hero delivering this gift!
3) MAC Prep + Prime Fix+ Spray, Goldlite 100ml, Mac Cosmetics, £21
Girls who know their make up will use a fixing spray as part of their everyday. After all, you don’t want to spend time creating the perfect look for it to disappear before the end of your day or night. Our new favourite — and perfect for the party season — is Mac Cosmetics Prep + Prime Fix+ Spray which gives you a radiant glow while boosting hydration. How does it work? Simply spritz onto bare skin as a primer for a smooth base or, like us, mist over your face after make-up application to set your masterpiece in place. It’s suitable for all skin types and the result is a healthy-looking sheen that lasts all event long. A makeup bag must!
4) Elizabeth Arden Retinol Ceramide Night Serum Capsules, Superdrug, £41.99
It’s no secret in the beauty world that the combination of skincare’s dream duo — Retinol (a clinically proven wrinkle-smoother) and Ceramides (a moisturising agent) — are the basis of a wonder product. Capsulated in this dainty pearl-like buds is a night time serum that applied as part of your evening routine helps improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, tone and texture. It is important to remember our skin will do its repair overnight and this powerful, yet gentle, luxurious treatment will minimise the look of pores and inspire a radiant, clarified complexion come morning. How amazing!
5) Yog Nog Body Milk, 100ml, LUSH, £8
This vegan-friendly, limited edition LUSH body lotion makes the perfect gift for loved ones who like a bit of pampering. The new Yog Nog Body Milk is sweet and lightweight, best applied to dry skin straight from the shower. Packed full of almond and clove oil it will leave skin simply radiant, plus its long-lasting scent can be enjoyed all day. We love that a little bit will go a long way — it’s the gift that just keeps on giving! What’s not to love?
6) REN Glow Daily Vitamin C Gel Cream, Holland & Barrett, £38
Let’s face it we all could do with a bit of extra vitamin C right now. So we are super excited that those clever skincare people at REN have produced a light daily gel-cream moisturiser packed full of this essential vitamin to help smooth and re-energise your skin. Once you add this product to your skincare regime you will never look back. Skin will be hydrated and more plumped, with improved texture, luminosity and instant glow for a radiant and healthy look. Just what we need on these wintery days.
7) Drops of Youth Concentrate 50ml, The Body Shop, £34
For those who like to treat their skin to the very best — and the only natural will do — The Body Shop’s most recent skincare release is the perfect gift this Christmas. Just a few drops a day of this lightweight serum before you moisturise will help keep skin feeling healthy and looking nice and glowy. It’s fast-drying so perfect for those with busy lives plus a nifty protective layer shields from indoor and outdoor pollution to help it feel strengthened and suppler — perfect for a city girl!
8) Kérastase Nutritive 8H Magic Night Serum 90ml, Rush, £37.20
Every girl loves to look like she just stepped out of the salon and this luxurious treatment will help achieve just that. Kérastase Nutritive 8H Magic Night Serum will intensely nourish your hair while you sleep — yes while you sleep! — you don’t even have to rinse it out in the morning. Its non-greasy formula contains Iris Root extract and 5 essential vitamins which will leave your hair feeling beautifully nourished, fragranced and light-weight. Simply apply to towel-dried hair and the serum will do its magic while you catch some zzz’s.
9) Clarins Extra-Firming Neck and Décolleté Cream 75ml, House of Fraser, £50
It’s easy to overlook the delicate neck and décolleté areas in the speed of our daily beauty routine. However, do note that day to day our neck is constantly in motion resulting in the skin forming wrinkles and creases. Clarins Extra-Firming Neck & Décolleté is a daily treatment that creates a lift-sculpt effect to visibly smooth and preserves skin elasticity and firmness. Enriched with Shea Oil, it smells divine and is not greasy, the perfect (and essential) addition to any ladies beauty bag. Beauty tip: Gently rub your neck in an upward motion — this is key as it helps encourage tightening and lifting.
10) Estèe Lauder Re-Nutriv Ultimate Lift Regenerating Youth Eye Crème, House of Fraser, £125
The area around and specifically underneath our eyes is remarkably delicate. For most of us covering up puffiness and dark circles is part of our everyday base layer routine but the use of this luxurious eye creme could change all that. This impressive product helps your skin look more lifted and strengthens thin layers to resist future signs of ageing. Crow’s feet and puffiness look minimised and dark circles are visibly brightened, so less cover-up needed. Take note, I would like two tubs, please!
For even more treats this December, head to our Christmas page dedicated to all the festive fun happening at Eden such as our Elf School Graduation Trail, North Pole Post Office, Festive Foodie Market and Late Night Shopping. Plus find out about our exclusive Christmas Concierge service which offers the most clinically vulnerable and elderly in our society the chance to have their Christmas shopping done for them and delivered to their door. ‘Tis the season of goodwill, and if you feel like giving something back to charities this year, find out how with our Giving Tree.
We would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
For more festive gift guides, see: For Her: Lust-have Gifts for Stylish Ladies, The Ultimate Wish List — What all the Cool Girls want this Christmas, The Unique Gift Guide — Unusual Gifts you will want to Keep, For Him: Fashionable Gifts for your Dapper Man, For Kids: Magical Gifts for your Little Ones and For Teens: Gifts to Delight your Mini Me’s.