I've decided this year to split my gift guides into two parts. This post; which is more based on the bigger beauty gifts available this year, that would make great Christmas gifts for any beauty lover. As well as a slightly smaller second part, filled again with a fair bit of beauty, but more stocking filler bits and pieces.
There are so many brilliant Christmas gift's available this year, to the point where I found it quite difficult to whittle it down to just eight. I've noticed that a lot of the gifts, especially with premium brands, are incredibly priced, with so many of them being the same value as the main products themselves just with added extras.
Possibly my favourite gift of all is Face By Pixiwoo, from the lovely Pixiwoo sisters, Sam and Nic. These ladies are incredible, they've been an inspiration of mine for years and a massive influence in my career. Not only are they Youtube royalty, they're such phenomenal makeup artists who have so much to share, especially now with Face. It's a fantastically educational read, it's a must have for any makeup enthusiast, I could just stare at the gorgeous photographs all day.
Though the ladies also have one of the best brush brands around and this year there are plenty of gift sets to go around. Including the Real Techniques Artistry Set, packed full of a bit of everything. It's a great kit to either top up your brush stash or as a starter kit. It includes a range of brushes for the face and eyes, as well as the award winning miracle sponge. Plus a brush cleaner, to keep everything well cared for and a brilliant case, to keep your brushes in while travelling as well as storing plenty of makeup.
For me Christmas means sparkle and two brands that do sparkly makeup ever so well are Illamasqua and Urban Decay. This year is no exception especially with the Urban Decay Naked Illuminated Trio, the Naked Illuminated Powders are so popular for Urban Decay. So it's very exciting to get these three miniature limited edition shades in a palette. It includes Pyrite; a golden champagne, Oasis; a marbled taupe and Twilight; a coppery pink, as well as having quite a good quality double ended brush too.
Illamasqua have carried on the theme of their Extinct Collection for Christmas this year. I could of squealed with delight when I saw the Illamasqua Eyes That Hypnotise Gift Set. Illamasqua Pure Pigments are gorgeous, they're one of my favourite products and I would recommend them to everyone! These finely milled shimmery loose pigments can transform any look and are so multifunctional. Wether you want to use them in a body lotion, on the eyes, as a highlighter or even mixed with Sealing Gel as a lipstick. The three shades included are Beguile; a pearl, Fortune; a true gold and Alluvium; a midnight blue.
A brand which I think is a little unknown but screams luxury is Aerin and the Aerin Evening Rose Eau De Parfum 50ml is no exception. It's such a gorgeous bottle to have sat on the dressing table, with the gemstone top. It's a warm scent, with a softness about it, with its main note being Bulgarian Rose, as well as Cognac and Blackberry too.
For the candle lovers, Jo Malone is a go to when it comes to luxury. I personally love the Jo Malone Green Tomato Leaf Home Candle, as it's such a clean fresh scent. It's really not what you expect when you read tomato, but its homely and lovely for the new year.
Though if you're after something that smells a little bit more like Christmas. Then the Zoella Spa in a Jar is the one, the Zoella Christmas range this year is Gingerbread scented. It's warm and cosy and good enough to eat and I even say that, as someone who isn't usually one for the spicy scents. Included in the jar are a Shower Gel and Body Cream, as well as a very soft flannel too.
Finally there is also the Tanya Burr Tanya Presents Beauty Box in the run up this year too. Especially as it's currently such a bargain at nearly half price at Superdrug just now. The box is lovely as it can be reused and great just to store all those beauty bits and pieces in. But inside its packed full of goodies, such as a little hand mirror, mini lipgloss in , two nail files, an exclusive smokey eye trio set made up of champagnes and taupes, Bambi lashes and a face Illuminator too.
Keep an eye out for the stocking fillers coming soon!