They do say the best things come in small packages and with a host of beauty brands downscaling their Christmas offering it’s easier than ever to pimp one’s tree to become its very own gifting grotto.
Those clever folk at Aromatherapy Associates
know a thing or two about relaxation and the Pearl of Wisdom bauble (£12.00) is the dream antidote to busy December days and nights. Containing one mini three dose bottle of Light Relax Bath & Shower Oil it’s full of ylang ylang and lavender essential oils for a therapeutic escape. www.aromatherapyassociates.com
Soap & Glory
may be infamous for their bumper Christmas gift sets of bath & body products, but for those not already in the know their make up range is seriously worth a look in. The Merry Kiss-Much gift set contains a mini Sexy Mother Pucker lip gloss and Crazy Sexy Kohl eyeliner - surely all you need to knock ‘em dead come New Year’s Eve. £6.00 at www.boots.com
Recently awarded an MBE for her services to the beauty and cosmetics industry, Charlotte Tilbury
ticks the box for old school Hollywood glamour every time. While the dreamy advent calendar may be a tad out of most gifting budgets at £150, the Hollywood Lips tree treat (£20.00), including her weightless matte liquid lipsticks in the dynamic duo of rosy pink Too Bad I’m Bad and deep berry Show Girl, will ensure the perfect pout for all those mistletoe-fuelled festive parties. www.charlottetilbury.com
[/b]Eve Lom[/b] is probably up there in a top five of my all time favourite beauty brands; if you’ve ever tried the Cleansing Balm but found it a tad messy sometimes, the gel version is fo you. This On The Go ornament (£27.00) features the effortless Gel Balm Cleanser with a miniature Rescue Balm to refine the skin. Dreamy. www.evelom.com
has nine of its hero bestsellers available as miniature Stocking Stuffers, in the perfect handy size for gals on the go or - like me - those who live in a constant battle to fit their cosmetics into that stupid little plastic bag that is your hand luggage limit when flying. With classics including Benetint, Hoola and Roller Lash be warned, you may be tempted by all nine. Precisely, My Brow Pencil stocking filler mini, £10.50 at www.benefitcosmetics.com
The joy of Ted Baker
’s Christmas gift ranges is they always look a million bucks when in reality they’re more likely £8.50, like this Lips & Tips set available at Boots; the packaging of the nail polish and lip balm duo is akin to classic beauty brands of yore. Sure to keep even the most discerning style maven satisfied.