Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Christmas Gift Guide 2017 - Beauty Gifts

It's my favourite time of the year again - Christmas! I've pulled together a few gift guides for beauty nuts - these are just few of the things on my Christmas wishlist. This here post is my luxury beauty gifts picks,  but I'm also pulling together a stocking filler gift guide and a round up of my favourite beauty advent calendars this year also. I love Christmas beauty gifting - new limited edition packaging, a chance to try products you might not have ordinarily picked out for yourself and the potential to find new favourites. I know these lists are subjective - because I would not mind waking up to any of these lovely presents on Christmas day - but these are just some of this year's offerings that have called out to me.

Charlotte Tilbury Instant Eye Palette

Long time readers of this here blog will know that I am not Charlotte's no 1 fan, and I certainly don't think her eyeshadow palettes are anything to rave home about, but I can't deny that the Instant Eye palette, with it's four trios of colour combinations, looks rather lovely. Like all Charlotte Tilbury products, it's steep and, dare I say it, overpriced at €75, but it would make a lovely Christmas gift. Available directly from the Charlotte Tilbury website or Brown Thomas.

MAC Snowball Mini Lipstick Kit

This is potentially at the top of my Christmas wishlist this year and it's probably the only thing from the MAC Snowball Christmas collection that jumped out at me this year. 12 mini lipsticks - all with colour co-ordinated packaging - in 12 shades including some of their most iconic shades like Velvet Teddy, Whirl, Stone, Rebel, Flat Out Fabulous, Diva and Ruby Woo. This is the perfect kit for MAC lovers or lipstick lovers and at €95, I don't think it's bad value at all. It's currently sold out on the Brown Thomas website but is available from LookFantastic.

Laura Mercier Ambre Vanille Kit

Laura Mercier's Ambre Vanille scent is the stuff that dreams are made of in my mind - I'm obsessed with the stuff and I don't know how many pots of the body cream that I have gone through and how many times I've been asked what perfume I'm wearing and I'm not actually wearing any perfume at all but body cream. This set is incredibly luxe and contains the whole Ambre Vanille family. £55 from Space NK or €72 from Brown Thomas.

Viktor&Rolf Flowerbomb Candle

Flowerbomb is one of my favourite perfumes - I'm not mad into floral scents but there is something about Flowerbomb that is just iconic. I'm also a candle nut so the opportunity to get one of my favourite perfumes in candle format would be very welcome indeed. There is also a version available in the other infamous Viktor & Rolf scent, Bonbon. €45 from Debenhams.

Dyson Hairdryer

Let's call a spade a spade, I would never ever voluntarily part with €400 of my hard earned money for a mere hairdryer, even if it does boast Dyson technology. I've heard so many good things about this hairdryer but I just can't but feel that after spending €400 on a hairdryer that you would be absolutely convinced no matter what that your hair looks better. That said, I've recently bought a cordless Dyson hoover and you wouldn't believe how much I have been enjoying it. Whilst I wouldn't buy one, I wouldn't be put out to see one under the Christmas tree. €399 from Boots.

Becca Cosmetics Eye Lights Palette Apres Ski Glow Collection

I'm a huge fan of Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector highlighters and I've amassed quite a few over the years, and one of the Becca Christmas offerings this year is a neat little palette containing seven shades of Shimmering Skin Perfector, including the already famous Pearl, Moonstone, Opal and Rose Quartz. As an eyeshadow palette on it's own, it's lacking a few matte shades for me as I like the mixture, but I do think this would be a deadly palette to give as a gift because it would be so useful for travelling as the shadows could double as highlighters. £40 from Cult Beauty.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Volume 3

I love Hourglass, and much and all as I love Hourglass, the last few limited edition palettes haven't really appealed to me. I'm not sure whether it is the rose gold packaging on this one or the fact that all of the colours look dreamy, but this has piqued my interest in Hourglass again and I love the rose gold compact. £69 from Space NK.

Nima Brush - the Naughty or Nice Gift Set

This brush set is one of the best starter level brush sets on the market this year and would make a perfect gift for someone looking to either start or build their brush collection. It has all you need to apply your full face of makeup from perfecting your foundation to doing some detailed eye work, along with a Nima Mitt, Nima Egg and Nima nets all for €105 - check out the Nima Brush website.

Inglot Holographic Rose Gold Mini Case

I'm not a pro MUA but I love makeup storage and the minute I first clapped my eyes on this holograph, rose gold loveliness, it gave me so much joy. €65 from the Inglot Ireland website.

Nars Les Amoureux Mini Audacious Lipstick Coffret

I've said it before and I will say it again - the Nars Audacious lipsticks are my all time favourite lipsticks ever - other lipsticks come close but nothing has captured my heart like these bad boys. This lovely little set is available from Brown Thomas and contains two limited edition shades and two shades from the permanent line, all in miniature sizes, for €49.

Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick Set

The Stila Stay All Day liquid lipsticks are amongst my all time favourite liquid lipsticks for longevity without drying the bejaysus out of your lips, so I would be only delighted to receive this set for Christmas. This set contains three of my favourite shades - Patina, Perla and Aria - as well as some exclusive shades. They are not full sizes but the whole set is just €49.95 from Cloud 10 Beauty.

I could spend days talking about all the lovely beauty gifts on the market this year but I don't have the time and I'm sure you don't have the time to read it - this summary of my fave picks will have to do instead. Do any of these picks appeal to you? What are you hoping Santa will drop under the Christmas tree for you this year?



  1. Love your picks Aisling!the Charlotte Tilbury palette is certainly tempting especially as I don't own any of her quads,but I do agree that it is overpriced and that's put me off. I am also a huge Laura mercier body product fan (the coconut version is my all time fave,have scored the gift set Christmas version half price in the BT sale previously,well worth keeping an eye out if you want to stock up)!

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