Earlier this week, I brought you my Beauty Lovers Christmas Gift Guide which was aimed more towards the luxury beauty market. This time, I wanted to show you my top 15 christmas beauty gifts for £10 and under. You may be surprised at the big name brands that are included…Happy Christmas shopping!
1. Lush Honey Trap lip balm, Lush, £6.75
I used to use this gorgeously minty-honey scened lip balm back in my uni days and used to get questioned on what the lovely smell was quite often. Soothing, moisturising and rich – perfect for the cold winter months when lips can be dried out with the cold weather and central heating – keep your lips kissable for those smooches under the mistletoe…
2. Caudalie Divine Oil, Selfridges £8
Caudalie’s Divine Oil is a unique blend of beautiful oils – grape, argan, hibiscus and sesame which are all combined with the patented anti-oxident polyphenols to provide a ‘miracle’ oil to nourish your skin, hair and nails. It’s also amazing for luxurious baths and massages. This cute 15ml bottle is the perfect introduction to Caudalie for the beauty lover in your life.
3. Molton Brown Festive Frankincense and Allspice Bauble, Molton Brown, £10
My mum introduced me to Molton Brown a long time ago and I’ve loved their hand washes and hand creams ever since. As a special Christmas treat, you can now buy a gorgeous limited edition festive bauble filled with Molton Brown’s signature fragrant wash. With a top note of all allspice, heart note of frankincense and base note of vetiver, this gorgeous scent will have you feeling festive in no time. I love that you can actually hang these on your tree as a bauble too – luxury baubles at their best!
4. Nails Inc Exclusive Nail Polish Gift set, John Lewis, £10
A gorgeous gift set exclusive to John Lewis, the Nails Inc set includes two of Nails Inc’s most favourite classic shades of Kensington High Street (deep wine red) and Basil Street (beige nude) and a mini professional nail file. Perfect for the introvert or extrovert this Christmas and New Year!
5. Soap and Glory Kissmas Cracker, Boots, £6
Part of the Sexy Mother Pucker plumping range, this gorgeous mini Rose and Shine lipgloss is a perfect stocking filler and a great handbag size for christmas party nights out!
6. Ted Baker Sparkle and Shine Golden, Boots, £8
This gorgeous duo is beautifully packaged and looks just that little bit special. Featuring a nail polish and a lip and cheek tint in golden tones for a pretty shimmer.
7. Sleek I Divine Eye Shadow Palettes, Sleek, £7.99
If you’re looking for budget eye shadows that really deliver on pigmentation, are easy to blend and come in an amazing range of colours, then I don’t think you can go wrong with Sleek I Divine palettes. Each palette contains 12 eye shadows and can range from matte to shimmer and natural to glam. There are fifteen different palettes currently stocked on the Sleek website that has something for everyone. I highly recommend them for people who are just getting into makeup or those that want to try out a few more daring colours into their current routine.
8. Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet, Boots, £8.99
Liquid lipsticks are big news this year and the Bourjois offering has been highly rated by beauty lovers. Long-lasting, matte colour with 24 hour hold and a gorgeously lightweight velvety texture means that the lipstick stays comfortable, won’t smudge and won’t dry out lips. There are an abundance of colours available, but for Christmas, I’d definitely go for a gorgeous red!
9. Crabtree and Evelyn Caribbean Island Wild Flowers Hand Therapy, Crabtree and Evelyn, £5
I never used to be bothered about hand creams at all. I always associated them with ‘older’ people and really had no interest in them what so ever until my mum kept passing me her hand cream every time she used it and I reluctantly applied a little. After a while, I started to notice how much better my hands felt and looked and since then, I’ve also been hooked! My usual is one from Neutrogena but for special occasions, I love to use L’occitane or Crabtree and Evelyn creams. This gorgeous mini cream from Crabtree and Evelyn is rich in antioxidants and has a shea butter formula to soothe and moisturise along with myrrh extract to help condition the cuticles and nails. One of the massive benefits to this cream is that it’s formulated without parabens, lauryl sulfates, mineral oil and propylene glycol.
10. Eylure Brow Control and Shape Gel, Marks and Spencer, £4.37
Tame flyaway brows with Eylure’s Brow Control and Shape gel. The gel is clear and is infused with a number of essential oils and vitamins to promote healthy hair growth. It can be used on it’s own or to finish off your current brow routine. Neat brows in one swipe!
11. Maskeraide Pre Party Prep Facial Sheet Mask, Harvey Nichols, £5
Christmas is well known as the party season, so make sure your skin is looking absolutely amazing this festive season with the Maskeraide Pre Party Prep Facial Sheet Mask. With a silky, lightweight blend of natural argan oil, orange peel oil, super fruit extracts, rice extract and honey, your skin will be party ready in no time! Maskeraide also offer many different facial sheets so check out their range to find your best suited mask!
12. The Konjac Sponge Company Bamboo Charcoal Facial Puff Sponge, Harvey Nichols, £9
This is a gorgeous cleansing sponge that fits perfectly into the palm of your hand. Use it with water and cleanse your face for the ultimate natural facial cleanse, or team it together with your usual skincare routine.
What Harvey Nichols says: “The Konjac Sponge Company grows its moisture-rich Konjac on the fertile volcanic hills of Jeju Island in South Korea. A UNESCO world heritage protected site, it is renowned as an area of pristine outstanding beauty, reputed to have some of the purest water in the world. Carrying both the Leaping Bunny and Vegan Society symbols as signs of The Konjac Sponge Company’s unfailing commitment to natural and cruelty-free skincare, their pure products are free from microbes and pollutants, and are 100% biodegradable and safe for the environment.
Packed with mineral rich activated carbon, the Bamboo Charcoal sponge deep cleans skin pores to eliminate blackheads and dirt, while absorbing excess oils and toxins – making this a perfect match for oily skin types. Bamboo is a natural antioxidant, antibacterial and antifungal, meaning it kills stubborn acne-causing bacteria and is an effecive natural treatment for acne sufferers.”
13. Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion (travel size), Harvey Nichols, £8
Known as a cult makeup product, the Urban Decay Primer Potion is recommended globally for it’s effectiveness at keeping eyeshadow in place all day. Use as an eye base before you apply your eyeshadow for smooth, long-lasting application that will really help each colour to pop and cling to your lids.
14. EOS Lip Balm in Strawberry Sorbet, Harvey Nichols, £7.50
From the Rosebud Perfume Company, the EOS organic lip balm is 95% organic, 100% natural and paraben and patrolatum free. Another cult beauty product and so easy to apply thanks to it’s cute domed design. A gorgeous stocking filler that comes in many different scents!
15. This Works Dream Team, Harvey Nichols, £10
The last gift idea on my list is the gorgeous This Works Dream Team. The two aromatheraputic solutions for a deeper nights sleep will help any christmas party animal drift off into peaceful slumber. Deep Sleep Pillow Spray and Deep Sleep Stress Less have been formulated with soothing lavender and camomile that can be applied to wrists, tissues or pillows for that calming aura.
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