It’s that time of year and Christmas is upon us. Many of he big brands have relinquished gift-sets for advent calendars this year. And whilst I love the idea of getting a new Jo Malone fragrance every day, it’s pretty risky business; much like buying a box of chocolates, I never want the nut and at some point in the middle of the night, I know I will end up giving it a nibble and instantly regretting it.
So at Blush we’ve decided to keep things old-school, because why spend £45 on minis when you can get a life-size kit. Here are some of our must-have gift sets and other things we fancy this Christmas.
Topshop’s Matte Metallic Nails
Ok so these will probably be a stocking filler or gift to yourself as they’re not the biggest or most extravagant pressie, but they will be handy for the party season.
I’ve been raving about Topshop‘s metallic nail varnishes since I got them- and their matte polishes were my summer staple- so you can imagine my elation at the news that they’d gone one step further to create matte metallic polishes.
The current collection of six shades ranging from electric blue to black are the key to perfect party nails; sparkly but subtle. The only difficulty is committing to a colour: the bottle-green Shameless, within minutes made way for the magenta Behave. Fortunately at £6 a bottle, you can afford to buy a few to accommodate any flightiness.
Topshop, Matte Metallic Nails, £6, Topshop
Crabtree & Evelyn’s Music Tin
There’s little more magical (perhaps apart from the Bavarian bar at Winter Wonderland) than a music tin. Instantly transporting you back to days spent twisting your ballerina and watching her twirl to Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker; musical tins couldn’t be more Christmassy.
This Christmas, a brand that couldn’t really be more British, is taking us back to the good old days with their festive musical tins filled with goodies. Seeing as Christmas is the time to overindulge I opted for the extra large tin filled with 12 of the brand’s best-selling fragrant hand creams.
If you’re feeling a bit frugal this there’s a mini music tin available, also emblazoned with a Parisian-style carousel and loaded with 6 hand lotions. Considering the hand therapies are usually £5 each, either way you’re getting a barg.
Not only do they smell divine, you can twist the tin all Christmas long, who needs #TBT?
Crabtree & Evelyn, Big Top Twelve Hand Therapy Music Tin, £40, Crabtree & Evelyn
Neal’s Yard Frankincense Organic Facial Collection
What could be a better gift to give at Christmas than Frankincense? Despite finding fame as a gift for the wisest of men (always smart to come bearing gifts), frankincense has been a staple beauty ingredient for years, thanks to it’s oil-balancing and re-hydrating properties. Neal’s Yard, famous for offering up the best in organic beauty, have packaged up their best-selling frankincense face products to transform your party-worn skin back to its dewy heyday. The set which features a toner, cleanser, moisturiser and organic muslin cloth (yes even that’s organic) will make elevate any bathroom cabinet. If it’s good enough for JC…
Neal’s Yard Remedies, Frankincense Organic Facial Collection, £39, Neal’s Yard
Kiehl’s Craig & Karl
Pop illustrators Craig and Karl have lent their stand-out art to the likes of Nike, Prince and British Vogue and now the much loved duo have turned their hand to beauty. The pair have teamed up with French powerhouse Kiehl’s for their Holiday season collection; plastering the packages of Kiehl’s classics with their pop art prints. They’re all winners, but my fave is the ultra facial cream a lightweight, but intensely moisturising face cream, perfect for the beauty and art lover who knows their stuff.
Kiehl’s, Craig and Karl, Ultra Facial Cream, £24, Harrods