Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Skincare Gifts They’ll Love


When choosing a skincare gift it’s always best to steer clear of anything that draws attention to ‘issues’ - so avoid the ‘Acne Buster’ or ‘World’s Worst Wrinkles Fixer’ and veer towards skin boosters. Think brightening, hydrating, skin-enhancing products that most people will appreciate, both to prep skin for party season and help it look better the morning after! I have four fabulous options to share…


I think this Dermalogica Our Favourites, £33.50 set is genius, with 5 generously sized miniatures for the price of one full sized product. These top-sellers are suitable for all skin conditions, with a total value of £48.50. The only one that’s new to me is Skin Hydrating Booster (always open to some of that!); the rest are all winners already and the primer is ace:

  • PreCleanse
  • MultiActive Toner
  • Gentle Cream Exfoliant
  • Skin Hydrating Booster
  • Skin Perfect Primer SPF30

Best for: The Skincare Beginner / Any Skin Type / Skincare Experimenter


Selfridges Fairest of Them All, £40 is one of the prettiest gift sets I’ve seen and contains some amazing brands, encased in cute Alphabet Bag. I’ve bought quite a few of these bags (empty!) and adore them. Add this lot and I’m sold! I’m not sure of the exact value of this set but the majority are high end brands and I’d expected it to cost a lost more.

  • Alphabet Bags Fairest Of Them All canvas wash bag
  • Inner Me Beautify Me capsules
  • Michael Van Clarke 3 More Inches Magic Oil
  • Caudalie Mini eau du Beauty 30ml
  • Fountain Beauty Molecule
  • Lord & Berry Twist Stick in Arizona
  • Deborah Lippmann nail varnish in My Old Flame
  • Bioeffect EGF serum deluxe size
  • Timebomb Complexion Cocktail B1

Best for: The Beauty Lover / Luxury Beauty Fans

Clarins Radiance & Beauty collection 'Beauty Boosters' Boots Exclusive 2014

Clarins Radiance & Beauty Collection ‘Beauty Boosters’, £30 is a Boots exclusive and offer of the week 21-28 November. It works out less than half price with a value of £65 and includes a mix of essentials and treats perfect for a pre (or post!) party glow:

  • Relax Bath & Shower Concentrate 100ml
  • Hand and Nail Treatment Cream 50ml
  • Instant Light Lip Perfector 05 Candy Shimmer 5ml
  • Beauty Flash Balm 50ml
  • Be Long Mascara 3ml

Best for: Pampering Fans / Party Gals



A Beauty Box like Birchbox is a cleverly convenient way to present a ready packaged gift with a mixture of gorgeous beauty products. Available as as a one off purchase or subscription, these cost around £10 each; for a limited time, 6 or 12 month subscriptions include a free gift worth £45 here (for you, obvs!). I loved my November Birchbox (above, still available) or you can choose from zillions of beauty gift sets from Benefit to Caudalie here - I actually had no idea Birchbox stocked all these brands until I stumbled across them just now.

~ Best for: Beauty Experimenters / Young or New to Beauty / Beauty Fanatics / Anyone unlikely to treat themselves ~


Hopefully I’ve inspired some of you with these ideas?  My personal choice would be the Dermalogica or Fairest of Them All. Please tell me I’m not the only one who has barely started thinking about Christmas until now?!

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