Gift sets: Here's how you can let your inner beauty shine through this Christmas
Beauty gift sets are among the best Christmas presents to give (and receive). A chance to try new products and/or stock up on old favourites, they often offer astonishing value for money. Velvet goes shopping
Too Faced Let it Snow, Girl!, £46, selected Boots stores and boots.com
Containing three breakaway palettes - 19 high-pigment shadows, four universally flattering blushes, and a gorgeously glowy bronzer/highlighter duo - this gift set is completed by a tube of America’s #1 selling mascara, Better Than Sex. Housed in Instagram-cute packaging (even the mascara comes in a limited edition candy cane stripe), it’s a make-up lover’s dream.
Kat Von D Crazy for Kittens!, £32, Debenhams Beauty Hall, The Grafton, Cambridge and debenhams.com
This travel-friendly set contains mini versions of four Kat Von D classics: Everlasting Liquid Lipstick, Tattoo Liner, Go Big Or Go Home Mascara and the Alchemist Holographic Palette. All are best in class - the brand is rightly famous for its high-performance, high-precision products - and they’re vegan and cruelty-free, too.
Voya Bathe, £57, voya.ie
A duo of delicious bath and shower oils, this set invites the recipient to “soak sumptuously in a hot bath to soothe the senses and infuse skin with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals”. Yes please. Formulated with wild Atlantic Fucus Serratus seaweed extract, the oils come in revitalising Original and relaxing Moonlight Moments.
Marc Jacobs The Glow Show, £60, harveynichols.com
Described as “the gift of youthfulness”, this is one hell of a set. Offering a saving of £35 - hero products inside tot up to £95 at normal ticket prices - it includes petite portions of gel highlighter Dew Drops and blurring skin primer Under(Cover), along with a full-size Youthquake gel creme, loved for its super-hydrating, retexturising formula, and a full-size Enamored lip lacquer in the eminently wearable Sugar Sugar. Who wouldn’t want that little lot?
Stila Blue Realm Velvet Eye Shadow Palette, £30, stila.co.uk
Showcasing Stila’s new plush powder formula, which glides onto lids like a cream, delivering the same intense colour payoff, too, this eye palette is a rare gem. Instead of favouring just one or two pans, so they end up empty before the others are so much as dented, you’ll use all six shades inside, no exceptions. From muted mattes ideal for daytime to shimmering metallics that scream ‘Christmas party!’, they’re all luscious.
Sanctuary Spa Beauty Sleep Selection, £18, sanctuary.com
Open this gift box and you want to go right to bed - after bathing in Drift-off Bath Soak and applying both Relaxing Night Body Butter and Beauty Sleep Recovery Mask, that is. Like all Sanctuary Spa products, they not only feel fabulous on skin but also smell fabulous, thanks to a dreamy infusion of midnight flowers. There’s even a silky eye mask included - bliss.
SensatioNail Rose Gold All Stars Gel Polish Starter Kit, £79.99, selected Boots stores and boot.com
Starring a gorgeous limited-edition rose gold LED lamp, this kit, newly released for Christmas, contains everything a nailista could want to get a salon-perfect mani or pedi at home: base and top coats, nude and glitter polishes, gel primer and cleanser, rose gold finger and toe nail clippers, laser file, nail buffer and manicure stick. All of which makes the price-point pretty impressive. Thanks to the easy-to-follow step-by-step instructions, you’ll master the art of at-home gels in no time.
Clarins Eau des Jardins Collection, £36, Clarins Spa, Downing Street and John Lewis & Partners, Grand Arcade, Cambridge
A sparkling, slightly fruity floral, bringing together rose, blackcurrant and grapefruit, Clarins Eau des Jardins fragrance is refreshing, uplifting, ideal for blowing away winter’s cobwebs. An added bonus? Comprising a 100ml spray, 100ml body lotion and 30ml body scrub, this set, packaged in a snowflake-dusted pouch, offers a saving of £19.25 on the usual RRP.
Leighton Denny Expert Nails Frosted Berries, £12, leightondennyexpertnails.com
This brand has won numerous awards and, if you’ve used its nail polishes before, you’ll know why: easy and even to apply, delivering intense, long-lasting colour, they’re just brilliant. This trio is ideal for the festive season: flit between understated lilac Whatever, rich berry pink Winter Gardens, and Twinkle Twinkle, a holographic silver glitter that looks glam either alone or as a top coat.
Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Makeup Secrets, £105, John Lewis & Partners, Grand Arcade, Cambridge
Ohh, this is a beauty. Whether a Tilbury devotee or new to the brand, nobody could fail to fall for this ultimate Pillow Talk set. There’s the Luxury Palette, with its four warm, wearable matte and shimmer eye shades; Cheek to Chic blush, which kisses cheeks with both colour and glow; and nude-pink pout power couple Lip Cheat liner and Matte Revolution lipstick. The most magical thing? Pillow Talk manages to bring the best out of every skin tone.
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