They weren’t lying when they said that Christmas is the most wonderful time of year…wonderfully stressful, that is. Gifting season might sound like pure fluffy goodness, but we all know the truth – it’s an absolute nightmare. In no other season do we go to extensive lengths to read the minds of our partners, BFFs, mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, and – worst of all – our Secret Santa targets. *shivers*
Well, the great thing about being a beauty site is that we’ve already tried and tested everything out there so you don’t have to – and compiled it in this list of failproof Christmas beauty gifts. From facial oils to bath salts to your BFF’s next HG lipstick, we’ve got you covered.
You already know why you’re here, so let’s cut to the chase.
Pai Skincare The Landmark Collection
Whoever so receives such a gift set is definitely much loved. Pai Skincare have created a winning line-up to cover you from the first to the last step of your routine, with editor favourites like their Camelia + Rose Hydrating Cleanser and Rosehip BioRegenerate Oil. A fine gift not only for those with sensitive skin, but also for anyone else in need of real spoiling this Christmas.
Laidbare From Dusk Till Dawn Vitamin C Serum
Been hearing complaints of dullness and dry skin? Your answer is right here. This serum is packed full of brightening plant extracts and oils, antioxidants and of course, glorious Vitamin C. Laidbare’s products are already incredibly affordable, but our exclusive discount code will move this well into smaller budgets too. Prepare your sash and crown for Best Secret Santa Ever.
BYBI Beauty Good Tidings We Bring To You And Your Skin
Of course, in an edit like this, how could we miss out our own sister brand, BYBI Beauty – especially when they’ve worked so hard to put together a gift set as adorable as this? Whether addressed to your mum or your overseas BFF, you can be guaranteed they’ll be spoilt for choice between these three signature heroes proven to detox, hydrate and nourish your skin to high heaven.
Twelve Purifying Cleansing Beauty Cream
Thank God for the inventor of cream cleansers – without them, how else would our skin make it through the harsh British winters (a.k.a. ridiculous winds, spit-like rain and all-round temperamental weather). This beauty-editor-approved cream cleanser leaves you with not only a clean face, but a soft one, and all with just 12 ingredients on the label. Need we say more?
Oilixia Amazonian Cacay Facial Oil
We’ve already talked about Oilixia’s exotic facial oils before, so there’s definitely no surprise that it’s sashayed its way into our Christmas Gift Guide. Founder Alex Jansons knew exactly what she was doing when she crafted this nifty little concoction of potent oils. Quick absorption with all-day hydration and an inside-out glow? Yes please!
Kjaer Weis Mascara + Lipstick in KW Red
Sum these two products up in a single word? Winner. Dressed to the nines in deliciously trendy red boxes and mirror-like packaging, these two stars will stop anyone right in their tracks. Don’t let their gorgeous looks fool you, however, for it’s what’s inside that really matters. With high-performance formulas praised by beauty editors the world over (including our very own Elsie Rutterford, this is a power duo you can’t afford to miss.
Juice Beauty Best of Phyto-Pigments Bundle
Juice Beauty has only gone and put all our makeup dreams in a single box, ready to grab and go for all our exotic 2018 adventures… Okay, so maybe we lied about those escapades, but thank God this box is real. From the illuminating primer to the delicious cream blush, the giftee will be scrambling to get these goodies on their face on Christmas Day.
UK and Europe readers: we’re sorry to break your heart, but sadly this gift set is only available in the US. Thankfully, Content Beauty stock these hero products individually (and they’re in the middle of their own Black Friday sale…*hint hint*).
Jane Iredale Festive Cracker Collection
Ah, classic Jane Iredale. Elsie and Dominika are long-time fans of this clean makeup brand, and so naturally we couldn’t miss out on adding these gorgeous Christmas crackers to our list! Packed with a lip gloss, lip balm and lip pencil, it’s the ultimate winter arsenal for any (or all) of your makeup-loving targets. We especially recommend the Berry edition: the rich red lip balm is right on trend for this season.
Dr. Bronner Lavender Coconut Organic Hand & Body Lotion
How could you ever go wrong with a nourishing all-rounder lotion? Dr. Bronner’s amazing products never cease to disappoint us: this hand and body lotion is equal parts soothing as it is hydrating and infused with the gentle scent of lavender, making this the ideal winter companion. Plus, it’s organic!
Konjac Sponge Company Mini Pore Refiners + Body Sponge
We’re no stranger to the amazing products of Konjac Sponge Company – and neither are you readers, if the popularity of our summer giveaway gave any indication. Sustainable, eco-friendly and a great alternative to those unsure about using exfoliating cloths, these adorable body sponges and pore refiners make failproof gifts for anyone and everyone.
Isla Apothecary Discovery Kit
Now this is the perfect gift for all the bath lovers in your life. The bath salts will make any boring weekend evening in a positively sumptuous experience, especially when coupled with the neroli body oil and tumeric face mask. Tell them to buff their body down with the blood orange sugar scrub and they’ll be thanking you when they turn up on New Year’s with radiant, smooth skin.
Bouclème Hydrating Hair Cleanser + Curl Conditioner
It’s surprisingly difficult to find clean hair products that are actually effective at, well, cleaning. What others have struggled to do, Bouclème does with grace and flair. Although their products are originally designed for curly hair, their hydrating hair cleanser and curl conditioner works just as well for other hair types, and is a welcome burst of freshness in the morning.
Alchemy Grapefruit Hair Remedy + Peppermint Brow Oil
First of all, this is beauty-editor-approved. Second, it’s Elsie-approved: “It left my hair feeling thick, smooth and much more manageable. The grapefruit oil is also a lovely touch as it not only helps to stimulate hair growth but also smells divine.” You don’t need much more of an introduction than this.
Pukka Herbs Womankind Tea
There’s just something so mesmerising about Pukka’s new Womankind tea. Maybe it’s the promises to “soothe every sense” and “restore body and soul”, maybe it’s the ultra-empowering name, maybe it’s just because it’s pink. Whatever it is, your tea-loving BFF is going to love the delicate flavour and experience that comes with this.
What’s more: all proceeds from their Black Friday sales will be going to charity, so you’re helping others as you gift your loved ones. Win!
– Jennie Lim