Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Christmas Gift Guide 2017 - Stocking Fillers

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 stocking filler beauty gifts picks, but I'm also pulling together a luxury beauty gift guide and a round up of my favourite advent calendars of the season also. I love Christmas beauty gifting - new limited edition packaging 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. Also - when I refer to these as stocking fillers, I am quite aware that your usual stocking filler would not set you back more than €30, so I mean smaller, less expensive beauty gifts than what is included in my luxury beauty gift guide.

This Works Sleep Tight Set


Is there a greater gift you can give to someone who has trouble sleeping than the gift of sleep? I think not. I'm a long time fan of the This Works Deep Pillow Spray and this set contains a miniature of that, a miniature of the Stress Check rollerball and a miniature of the Sleep Plus + pillow spray. I am going to buy a couple of these for some folks I know who struggle to fall asleep at nighttime. €17 from Boots.

MAC Mini Lipstick Kit 


Three mini MAC lipsticks in a little sequin bag - what's not to love. There is a warm, cool and pink variety of these so you're sure to find something to suit your designated gift recipient. €30 from Brown Thomas.

Huda Beauty Obsessions Palettes


These palettes are something special (I should know, I ordered two!) and they are perfect for makeup lovers looking to dip their toes into the world of Huda Beauty, which has only just been made easily available to us here in Ireland. From my experience of using these so far - yes they are small (think palm of your hand) but the actual shadows themselves are about the same size as the shadows in the Rose Gold or Desert Dusk palettes. £25 from Cult Beauty / €28 from Brown Thomas.

Meet Matt(e) Hughes Mini Lip Kit


I've long time loved the Meet Matt(e) Hughes liquid lipsticks - they are so longwearing and comfortable on the lips that I find them perfect for long days in the office or nights out. This is the newest incarnation of these lipstick sets - volume 3 - and you get 6 mini liquid lipsticks in an assortment of colours to try out. What I love about this kit in particular is that is has a little bit of everything - nude, pink, red and berry tones - a perfect little travel set or introduction to the brand. €29 from Cloud 10 Beauty.

Liz Earle The Winter Revival

Every Christmas, Liz Earle bring out a limited edition version of their Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser and this year they have re-released the Sweet Orange and Mint version. I picked this up two years ago and was obsessed with it - not only was it as gentle and effective as the regular Cleanse and Polish, it smells incredible. €27.30 from Feelunique.

The Body Shop Mask Sampler Set 


This set contains nine sachets of different masks from the Body Shop line up (Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask, British Rose Fresh Plumping Mask and Japanese Matcha Tea Pollution Clearing Mask) as well as an adorable bunny headband and will set you back €15 in The Body Shop. Everybody I know loves a bit of masking so I'm sure this would make a very welcome gift in anybody's Christmas stocking.

Sleek Matte Me Must Haves

Sleek is one of my favourite budget beauty brands and this set which contains four mini Matte Me liquid lipsticks is just €8 from Boots and contains four of my favourite shades of the Matte Me Liquid Lipsticks - Birthday Suit, Rioja Red, Velvet Slipper and Old Hollywood. This is a lovely kit for a makeup lover - I've already picked one up for my sister! 

Stila Written in the Stars Liquid Eyeshadow Set

The Stila Glitter & Glow Liquid Eyeshadows took the world by storm earlier this year when they were released so it was a no brainer that Stila would release some sort of Christmas set this year. This contains the shades Kitten Karma (my personal fave), Smoky Storm and Diamond Dust. Perfect for the festive season I'm sure you will agree and only €27.95 for the set from Cloud 10 Beauty.

Pixi Best of Bright Kit


Pixi Skincare is one of the hottest brands on the skincare market now and people have been losing their lives over the Pixi Glow Tonic in particular. This set contains a mask, cleanser and miniature bottle of the toner so it's a perfect introduction to the brand. £20 from Cult Beauty.

Frankie Chatome Brush 


This brush comes in two varieties - hard bristles and soft bristles - I picked up one of each from Pelo Hair Design in Newbridge the last time I got my hair done. Between the two, I much prefer the soft bristle brush as it just glides through my hair after a shower - I don't have extensions in but I do have long, tangly hair and this hairbrush is a pleasure to use and would make a great gift. The soft brush is ideally suited to hair extensions and the hard brush is suited to blowdrying. At €18 a piece from Pelo Hairdressing, they won't break the bank.

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 leave in your stocking for you this year?

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