If your Christmas shopping has started in earnest, it’s easy to get caught up and shopped-out. Whenever I’m buying gifts for people, I want them to be something special, as well as something that will be reached-for year round, and when it comes to beauty gifts, I don’t think you can go far wrong with Slip’s Pure Silk Skinny Scrunchies Bauble.
Packaged in a dinky pink plastic bauble, it features four of the brand’s iconic silk skinny scrunchies in a choice of four gorgeous neutrals. If you (or your intended recipient) hasn’t jumped back on the scrunchie bus this year – you’re missing out. Gentler on hair than normal elastics, the use of silk eases breakage, and ups moisture levels, meaning your hair stays healthier and shinier for longer. This year I’ve entirely abandoned going to bed in an elastic, instead I’ve bought a handful of these silk options, and I’ve already noticed a difference.
The Slip Bauble’s scrunchies are a selection of four gorgeous colours – I wear the black one pretty much daily, as it looks smart with my regular winter wardrobe of black sweaters. I’m also a real fan of the dusky pink, which feels beautifully feminine, and injects a subtle pop of colour into my otherwise monochrome winter wardrobe.
Slip Pure Silk Skinny Scrunchies Bauble is priced at £25 and is available here (UK) and here (US)
When it comes to winter skincare, keeping skin soft and hydrated is always my number one priority. When the temperatures drop, the temptation to cover up and not think about your arms and legs until Spring feels overwhelming, but L’Occitane has made keeping skin healthy an absolute treat thanks to their Ultra Rich Body Cream. Formulated with 25% pure Shea Butter, this is heavy-duty option for days when your skin needs a little extra TLC.
A tub of the Ultra Rich Body Cream has been on my list for a while – if you’ve read this blog before, you’ll know my skin errs towards the drier end of the spectrum, and in winter, it gets worse than normal. So, when L’Occitane en Provence sent over a few bits from their stunning Christmas collection, it took quite a lot of self-control not to get fully stuck into the very festively decorated tub!
Coming in a generously-sized 200ml tub, the cream has a super-thick, almost solid consistency thanks to the high levels of Shea Butter in the formula. I’ve been loving the cream in the evenings before heading to bed. After having my evening bath or shower, Dry off, then work the moisturiser into my hands, arms and legs before hopping into bed. It’s probably the richest, most nourishing cream I’ve tried, and it’s perfect for combatting winter skin. I really adore the soft, almost baby powder scent, and I can really see the difference in my skin since I’ve started using it. Dry patches are a thing of the past, and my skin feels so much healthier too!
L’Occitane en Provence Shea Ultra Rich Body Cream is priced at £34 and is available #
When a product has magic in the title, I’m the first one to give it a bit of side-eye. I mean, how good a product need to be to get the title in there? Well, in Egyptian Magic’s case it’s well deserved. A multi-use product packaged in a bit of a retro tub, one of the product’s tricks is finding something it can’t be used for.
I first tried the stuff back when I was working in Dubai – it was sitting at the back of the beauty closet gathering dust and I couldn’t resist giving it a go. A rich, almost waxy balm, the formula melts on contact with the skin, and it smells faintly of honey and olive oil. Designed to moisturise, nourish and protect skin, Egyptian Magic is made up exclusively of six of nature’s most powerful healing ingredients (Olive Oil, Bees Wax, Honey, Bee Pollen, Royal Jelly, Bee Propolis & Divine Love) and it’s perfect for skin that’s sensitive or reactive.
On a daily basis, I use Egyptian Magic for everything from hand cream (my hands get super dry at this time of year) to lip balm, if my skin is freaking out, or I feel like a moisture hit, a layer of the balm also leaves everything feeling calmed and nourished. Thanks to those powerful healing ingredients, you can apply a little of the Egyptian Magic to scars to help them fade, and patted into the skin, it even works as an amazing highlighter, which makes it look like you’re glowing from the inside out! I’m not surprised it’s got such a cult following – Kate Hudson swears by the stuff, and it’s one of those secret makeup artist tricks used backstage at catwalk shows.
Egyptian Magic is priced at £29 and is available here (UK) and here (US)
When it comes to lipstick, at this time of year, I feel like it’s literally time to shine. Obviously the team over at Bobbi Brown feels the same way, and for the Christmas season they’ve released a limited edition trio of Luxe Jewel Lipsticks available in a rich red ‘Ruby Slipper’, a warm neutral ‘Tahitian Pearl’ or ‘Rose Quartz’ a rich, warm-toned pink.
Since I’m something of a neutrals fan, I was absolutely thrilled when Bobbi Brown sent over their stunning Rose Quartz Lipstick. Packaged in a seriously luxe golden tube, this lipstick feels absolutely tailor-made for the festive season!
Once you uncap the lipstick the magic really begins – it’s like no other lipstick I’ve ever seen before! Glittering and sparkling, even in the lowest of light, this is a product you’re going to want to show off!
A pearl-infused formula feels rich and silky-soft to apply, leaving lips with the most fabulous pink sheen. It’s a beautifully glitzy formula which feels perfect for evening, and for special occasions.
Applied straight from the tube, you get an opaque swipe of metallic colour, which lasts for a good few hours between top-ups. The lipstick feels rich and nourishing on the lips, and I can’t tell you how many people have said it’s the prettiest lipstick they’ve seen!
Bobbi Brown Luxe Jewel Lipstick is priced at £28 and is available here
Is it just me, or do the beauty brands find new ways to make Christmas more exciting in terms of new products? I love this style of fun cracker – they’re amazing as Secret Santa gifts, or as stocking stuffers. They’re also perfect for trying out new brands or products, as the prices for the products tend to be lower than normal.
I’ve never managed to give the Kat Von D brand a go before, so the Love Big or Go Home is a perfect entry to the brand. Containing a full-sized Go Big or Go Home Mascara, and a mini Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in the fan-favourite suit-all neutral ‘Lovecraft’, I can’t imagine anyone not being over the moon to unwrap this on Christmas morning!
Now that we’re in the heart of Christmas Party Season, a mini lipstick is always going to go down a treat – and one in a shade as pretty as Lovecraft is a handbag must-have. A cool-toned purple-pink, the liquid lipstick applies smoothly and evenly, and dries down to a matte, opaque finish. Unlike a lot of liquid lipsticks I’ve tried, Kat Von D’s doesn’t feel super-drying on the lips, and it lasts for hours.
The Go Big or Go Home is one of the brand’s hero products, and it’s a mascara that’s been on my list for a while now. Packaged in a chunky black tube, it’s not going to be a product that gets lost in your makeup bag. Much like the packaging, the formula is pretty big and chunky itself – this is not your everyday coat and go. Instead it’s a rich, velvety mascara, which coats lashes, leaving them plumped and seriously black.
The chunky brush grabs each individual lash, coating them and leaving you with a false-lash effect. Even worn throughout the day, there’s no flaking or smudging. Instead, lashes stay photo-ready, even through Scotland’s (numerous) rain showers and cold winds.
Kat Von D Love Big or Go Home Cracker is priced at £20 and is available here