Christmas: This year’s best beauty gift sets




A chance to replenish ride-or-die products and try some new ones too, all without breaking the bank? Christmas gift sets are a beauty-lover’s best friend

Stila Cherished Kitten Eye, Lip & Cheek Trio (53608857)
Stila Cherished Kitten Eye, Lip & Cheek Trio (53608857)

Stila Cherished Kitten Eye, Lip & Cheek Trio, £42, beautybay.com and feelunique.com

If you’ve not met Kitten, let me introduce you: a shimmering nude which flatters *everyone*, no matter your age or skin tone, it’s among Stila’s top-selling shades for a reason. An opportunity to bag a trio of full-size Kitten staples - Plumping Lip Glaze, Trifecta Metallica Lip, Eye & Cheek Stick and Eye Shadow - and make a nice little saving too (individually, the products tot up to £56.50), this set is a winner for any/all makeup lovers on your gift list. In fact, if budget allows, buy two: one for them, one for you.

Evolve Pure Mask Magic (53608832)
Evolve Pure Mask Magic (53608832)

Evolve Pure Mask Magic, £43, evolvebeauty.co.uk

Natural, organic, vegan, cruelty-free, eco-friendly and handmade in small batches to ensure both quality and freshness: Evolve products are aaaall the good things. If you’re buying for someone new to the Hertfordshire-based brand, this trio of masks is the ideal introduction. Winning numerous awards between them, the fruity Miracle Mask exfoliates, the chocolatey Radiant Glow Mask nourishes, and the Bio-retinol Gold Face Mask rejuvenates. The (recyclable) packaging is lovely, too.

IMAGE Skincare Age-Defying Essentials (53608833)
IMAGE Skincare Age-Defying Essentials (53608833)

IMAGE Skincare Age-Defying Essentials, £99, imageskincare.co.uk

Containing three IMAGE Skincare superheroes - The Max stem cell facial cleanser, Ageless total anti-ageing serum and Prevention+ daily ultimate protection moisturiser SPF 50 - this set is astonishing value: buy the products separately, and you’re looking at £250. Famous for its clean and clinical formulas, all IMAGE products promise great things, but it’s the Prevention+ SPF 50 I can hand-on-heart vouch for: mineral-based, it forms a protective barrier; rich without being sticky, it makes skin feel cared-for; brilliantly absorbing, it’s great under makeup.

Love & Plums Ultimate Gift Set (53608853)
Love & Plums Ultimate Gift Set (53608853)

Love & Plums Ultimate Gift Set, £50, The Body Shop, Petty Cury, Cambridge; Butter Market, Bury St Edmunds; thebodyshop.com

The Body Shop’s limited edition festive fragrances are always an end-of-year treat and Love & Plums, new for 2022, is no exception: layering juicy plum, floral peony and warming musk, it’s fresh yet cosy - just the job for winter’s drab days. This Ultimate Gift Set is exactly that, containing shower gel, body scrub, body butter, body yoghurt, hand cream and shimmer mist, the latter of which spritzes you with sparkle as well as scent. Every formula in the set is vegan, plus a proportion of proceeds goes to good causes: this Christmas, The Body Shop has pledged to donate a minimum of £500,000 to organisations which support unpaid carers and volunteers around the globe.

Sanctuary Spa Slumber Box (53608974)
Sanctuary Spa Slumber Box (53608974)

Sanctuary Spa Slumber Box, £20, Superdrug stores and uk.sanctuary.com

This set contains two of my year-round go-to products: De-stress Bath Salts (which work wonders on wound-up muscles and minds thanks to a hefty dose of magnesium) and Sleep Mist (spritz face, body and pillow just as you’re getting into bed, inhale the mood-soothing blend of jasmine, patchouli and frankincense, and relaaax). The addition of the Warming Body Balm makes this the perfect present for anyone who needs to boost sleep and/or top up on self-care. Plus you’re saving a third: bought individually, the three cost £30.

Paul & Joe Limited-edition Ruban de Noel Lipstick, £22, and Beauty Mirror, £14, beautybay.com

If you’re a sucker for cute packaging - *raises hand* - this duo will make your design-loving heart sing. Just look at that lipstick shaped like a cat in a Santa hat: come ON. As ever with Paul & Joe products, though, this lippy is far more than a pretty face: it gives lips a gorgeously mellow glow, equal parts wearable and festive, plus it’s brilliantly moisturising, making it lovely to apply and wear. The handbag mirror is the perfect companion present: the mirror is a good size, the compact is light and slim, and that pouch! CUTE.

Sisley Izia la Nuit 'Together' Gift Set (53608856)
Sisley Izia la Nuit 'Together' Gift Set (53608856)

Sisley Izia La Nuit Limited Edition ‘Together’ Gift Set, £96, sisley-paris.co.uk

A take on Sisley’s iconic Izia fragrance, a light and airy floral inspired by a rose which blooms beautifully but briefly in perfumer Isabelle d'Ornano's garden, la Nuit adds an after-dark sensuality to the scent, courtesy of warm and earthy base notes of ambrox, patchouli and vanilla. Delicious from first spritz, like all Sisley’s scents it wears well, mellowing as it matures on the skin. Housed in star-dusted packaging and containing both a 30ml eau de parfum and a travel spray, this set makes for an exquisite gift.

Ethosa Shower Powder-to-Gel Body Wash Blend Your Own Home Kit (53608831)
Ethosa Shower Powder-to-Gel Body Wash Blend Your Own Home Kit (53608831)

Ethosa Shower Powder-to-Gel Body Wash Blend Your Own Home Kit, £25, ethosa.co.uk

Aiming to change the beauty game with its new, waterless formulas, French brand Ethosa’s products arrive in powder form to save energy: traditional shower gels and shampoos are 80-90% water, making them heavy and therefore carbon-costly to transport. This cute blend-your-own kit comprises a skin specific shower powder (choose between well-balanced, sensitive and dry), a choice of natural essential oil-based fragrances (eucalyptus, rosemary and bergamot) and a sachet of preservative: simply mix them in a jug, then add water and decant into the reusable aluminium bottle supplied. The result is a 400ml gel, enough for 30 showers. A great gift for anyone wanting to live a lower-carbon life.

Isle Soap Co Salts & Soap Set (53608834)
Isle Soap Co Salts & Soap Set (53608834)

Isle Soap Co. Soap & Salts Gift Box, £15.50, islesoapco.com

What could be more soothing than a long soak in a sweetly scented, mineral-rich bath? This gift set contains a 120g jar of Isle Soap Co.’s signature bath salts - both taking a muscle-soothing mix of Epsom, Dead Sea and pink Himalayan salts as their base, you can choose between Lift (infused with may chang and eucalyptus essential oils to energise) and Laze (neroli and lavender to calm) - plus a full-size 100g soap. You can also rest easy in the knowledge that every item is handmade in Sutton-in-the-Isle, in founder Eloise Nurse’s soap kitchen, using solely natural, vegan, cruelty- and nasty-free ingredients.

Kindness & Pears Essentials Gift Set (53608843)
Kindness & Pears Essentials Gift Set (53608843)

Kindness & Pears Essentials Gift Set, £22, The Body Shop, Petty Cury, Cambridge; Butter Market, Bury St Edmunds; thebodyshop.com

Showcasing another of The Body Shop’s festive fragrances - Kindness & Pears, a fruity little number featuring pear, strawberry and tonka bean - this gift set comprises a quad of the brand’s hero products: shower gel, hand cream, body butter and body yoghurt. Both the butter and yoghurt are home-run formulas: the former is rich with handcrafted Community Fair Trade shea butter from Ghana, delivering a big 96-hour moisture hit, while the latter, made with Community Fair Trade organic almond milk from Spain, is lighter but no less lovely, sinking straight into skin for a 48-hour hydration boost. There’s a saving to be had here, too - the set’s contents are worth £29.


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