Christmas is fast approaching so its time to get shopping. There is at least one person on everybody’s Christmas list who they know vaguely well that will nevertheless require a gift. This is where gift sets come in.
Also perfect for the indecisive person who wants it all, gift sets give you a little bit of everything and have come a long way since the days of evening primrose sets or the sparkly mini bubble baths that I had about a hundred of when I was at school.
These days gift sets are a great way to introduce someone to a brand you love, or a great way to spoil a beauty obsessive who has everything; they’re 2013’s thoughtful, more luxurious gift-card.
Benefit- All wrapped up
Benefit literally have Christmas All Wrapped Up with their collection of gift sets, featuring medleys of their bestsellers. Gift Sets come in a range of Best of packages with High Beam, They’re Real & Bad Gal Lashes all making an appearance. The Benefit Love at First Shine is a great little packet of sheer glosses, in varying shades of berry, orange and pink. The glosses themselves are truly non-sticky and perfect for the smallest of clutch bags. As they’re all sheer, and there’s a clear lipgloss as well, they’re perfect for adding to a lipstick or wearing on their own.
Plus the individual packaging is very Gatsby. Perfect for the festive season.
Benefit, Love At First Shine, £17.55 from John Lewis.
Nars x Guy Bourdin -Holiday collection – Crime of Passion
The Nars x Guy Bourdin Holiday Collection, is undoubtedly my favourite launch of the year. Partly because I love Nars and I love Guy Bourdin, but mainly because it’s great value for great Nars pieces. The palettes – my two favourites: the One Night Stand cheek palette and the Crime Of Passion eye,lip and cheek palette- are not only beautifully packaged, making it a treat every time you do your face, but the colours all work together so perfectly. The lipgloss in the C.o.P palette is perfection for every skin tone. I’ve most definitely been seduced.
Nars, Crime Of Passion palette, £35. Available at NarsCosmetics.co.uk.
Soap & Glory – Once Upon a Lime
Soap & Glory’s Gift Sets are a great treat. Like Benefit their packaging is fun and a little bit retro, but the contents are still great quality. Once Upon a Lime, comes in a hefty tin- which I’ve already started using for my random bathroom bits-filled with a shower poof, the Lime-scented Sugar Crush Body Wash (the perfect morning pick-me-up) and the Sugar Crush Body Butter.
The Body Butter keeps skin supple and hydrated all day and smells heavenly. The best thing about this set is it’s huge so when it’s wrapped up you feel pretty generous.
Soap & Glory, Once Upon A Lime, £18 at Boots.com
Crabtree & Evelyn are most-loved for their hand creams. The moisturising formulas are bursting with the natural oils and scents from which they get their names. Just one use of C&E’s hand creams is enough to get you hooked and there’s a scent for everyone. For the festive season C&E’s Hand Therapy Collection, features 3 handbag friendly sized lotions rich in Shea Butter. Snow Blossom is made of jasmine, freesias, orange flowers and snow frost. Spiced Vanilla is a fruity blend of pomegranate, persimmon, and blackcurrant mixed with honeysuckle, white rose and Madagascan vanilla. Whilst Frosted Berries boasts strawberries, pomegranate, raspberry, pear and violet with base nots of amber and musk.
Crabtree & Evelyn, Limited Edition Christmas Hand Therapy, £12. Available at Crabtree-Evelyn.co.uk
Clarins – Festive Beauty Treats
Clarins are already one of my skincare heroes, you can always rely on them to bring your skin back from the scaly brink. I love stocking up on gift sets over the christmas season because you always get a bargain. This year Clarins have a Boots exclusive- Festive Beauty Treats, a small selection of the Clarins must-haves. As well as getting a very handy toiletry bag, you get a mini Instant Light Lip Perfector (which Blush recommended earlier this year,) Clarins Bath and Shower Tonic, and their Hand & Nail Treatment. As if that wasn’t enough you get the Beauty Flash Balm– a mask, primer, illuminator and general reviver all in one, and a product as iconic as any.
Clarins, Festive Beauty Treats, £30 at Boots.com
Urban Decay – Naked 3 – Eye Palette
To say Urban Decay’s Naked Palette is a bit of a cult product, would be a massive understatement.
The Naked Palettes are two of the biggest selling palettes in the world and everyone knows which one they prefer. With each launch the palette gets better, the brush goes up a level and the colour combinations get greater.
Naked 3 was inspired by the sunset. Urban Decay’s co-founder Sandy Lerner was on the beach taking pics and loved the way the sunset highlighted her face, and with that pic, she knew it was time for a Naked 3.
The Naked 3 Palette doesn’t drop in the UK until December 18th and has already sold out in the US.
I don’t want to boast, but I tried and bagged one at the launch party and it really is worth the wait. Featuring twelve all-new shades, there’s something for day, night or day to night, and the new double ended shadow/blending brush make it even easier. The shades are a great mix of shimmery hues in golds, coppers, pale pinks and deep bronze. There really is something for everyone, and at Christmas who doesn’t want to look like they’ve been lounging around in the evening sun. I sense December 18th is going to be pretty cray. Get ready.
Urban decay, Naked 3 Palette, £37. Available at House of Fraser.