It’s time to exorcise the demons of bad Christmas presents past. How many times has someone asked you “what would you like for Christmas?” and you politely reply with “oh anything you get me will be fine”. Then despair on Christmas Day when you end up with a load of junk. I mean, there are only so many bath bombs a gal can use before she changes colour! One year we did a secret Santa at work with a respectable £15 budget. There was on OPI collection I desperately wanted a piece of but didn’t dare drop the hints. Well, I ended up a giraffe themed Primarni onesie because I said I ONCE said I liked giraffes?!?!?! Lesson learnt for next time....
Here are some cute, stylish and indulgent gifts that you won’t be sending back in the New Year. And ladies, if you don't want to end up with a giraffe onesie, start dropping some hints, and fast!
Clinique Instant Shimmer Kit £35 House of Fraser
The perfect all-you-need set for creating effortless, smokey eyes this party season. A glamourous All About Shadow Quad, killer Cream Shaper Liner with a hint of shimmer, Lash Power Feather Mascara and Instant Lift for Brows. In fact, I’m not sure I can even wait until Christmas to try this one!
Nars Virtual Domination Cheek Palette £45 SpackeNK
Come to mama! With crowd pleasers D**p Throat and Laguna, two limited edition blushers and a highlighter, all encased in an oh-so-sexy palette, it’s hard to resist Virtual Dom$nation.
Zoeva Rose Gold Luxury Gift Set £56.95 Love Makeup
Good things come to those who wait... and I’ve been waiting a long time for this one. It’s been popping up on my blog feed for a solid year now and somehow I’ve managed to resist... until now. I need this incredible brush set in my life. Top quality brushes, beautiful luxe design and surprisingly good value at around £7 per brush.
Elemis Frangipani Body Indulgence Gift Set £36 House of Fraser
I doubt there’s a woman alive that wouldn’t be thrilled to see this indulgent gift set in her stocking. Containing three full size elemis products, including the iconic Frangipani oil, which is worth £34 alone.
Caudalie Hand Cream Trio £12 Lookfantastic
Treat your hands with the Caudalie Hand Cream Trio, three lusciously scented hand creams which promise to leave skin feeling soft and supple.
Benefit Cheeky Sweet Spot Powder £29.50 Debenhams
For the FIRST-TIME EVER, Benefit’s famous box o’ powders are all together in one cheeky sweet spot. The set features the o’ so popular shades of hoola, dandelion, CORAlista, bella bamba, rockateur, sugarbomb and watt's up. With an individual value of £65.94, it’s a blushin’ blockbuster!
Liz Earle Christmas Skincare Discovery Gift Set £18.25 John Lewis
Give the gift of good skin this Christmas with Liz Earle Discovery Set. Containing the iconic Hot Cloth Cleanser, mini Skin Tonic and two Muslin cloths, it’s all you need to kick start a new skincare regime.
Lush Shower Gels from £3.75 Lush
She’s baaaaaaackkk! Add some Christmas sparkle to your day with Snow Fairy, the candy-sweet shower gel from Lush, now with the addition of skin-softening seaweed. Also check out new lines this year including So white and Hot Toddy.
Benefit They’re Real Mascara and Gimme Brow Duo £26.96 QVC
Whatta winning duo... The UK’s number one selling mascara with the brow product of the year. I know I’m hoping to see this one in my stocking santa (hint,nudge,wink). Individually these two stars would cost you £37, plus for a limited time get free p&p at QVC.
OPI & Gwen Stefani Mini Christmas Holiday Stars Gift Set £14.50 John Lewis
Make a wish on these magical minis from the Gwen Stefani for OPI holiday collection. Each shade is Christmas-inspired and presented in a stylish box, making this the perfect festive gift for someone special.
MAC Holiday Collection 2014 from £29 MAC
Gimme it all! You can see the full collection here, but if I was to pick just one item, it would be the Smokey Eye Palette £32. If I'm honest, it's the packaging that's won me over... Fickle much?