Give the Gift of Beauty This Christmas
It's finally payday - hurrah(!) and at this time of year thoughts turn to Christmas gifting.
So whether you're after a gift for your girl friends, own mother or just inspiration for your own wish list, I've picked out 12 fab items to see you through the 12 days of Christmas. From stunning make up sets, flourishing fragrances, precious sleep sets and indulgent bath time rituals, there's some pretty great ideas here ranging from budget-busting stocking fillers right up to ultra glam gift sets.
Orla Kiely Shadow Flower Mini Fragrances£12 from www.johnlewis.com
If you thought Orla Kiely was all about home décor then you were wrong – this small but perfectly formed gift set features three mini 5ml enchanting fragrances of Earl Grey, Geranium, and the brand's heavenly signature fragrance – Fig Tree.
Wild Rose Beauty Balm£12 www.nealsyardremedies.com
This cult favourite is a great stocking filler that comes in a gorgeous star box. The treat-sized pot of beauty balm is good for all skin types to give it that extra boost as it's filled with vitamins and antioxidant-rich wild rosehip seed oil.
Korres Mini Shower Gel Set£12 www.debenhams.com
Korres are one of my ultimate favourites when it comes to shower gels – the fragrances are undeniably invigorating with unique blends of natural ingredients that lather up fantastically. This set gives you the opportunity to experience six of these amazing scents including Japanese Rose, Guava and Basil Lemon. Try it to revitalise your shower experience!
Caudalie Vine Body Butter Luxury Gift Set£22 www.caudalie.com
A nourishing set that can benefit the whole body with a formulation of the rich butter for the body, hands and nails and lips that repairs dry skin and keeps it protected from the harsh winter elements.
Phillip Kingsley Hair Heroes Pouch£29.50 www.philipkingsley.co.uk
Give hair a boost with five mini products of shampoo, conditioners, elasticizer, spray and maximiser. Great value too, as you can take advantage of nearly £20 worth of savings as part of a set – bonus!
The Rose Tree Soothing Indulgent Set£34 www.therosetree.co.uk
Escape away and enjoy a few minutes 'me' time in the bathroom on an evening with this gift set that contains a luxury scented candle and organic scented bath oil to leave your skin feeling silky smooth and soft.
Elemis Smooth Solutions£52 www.elemis.com
Promising to unveil fresher and brighter skin, this is perfect for parents that don't have the time to slap on a full face of make up but want to retain bright, healthy skin. The Facial Wash and Gel Mask help restore even skin tone, a common issue that occurs during pregnancy and helps to boost your natural exfoliation cycle.
Lilou et Loic Luxury Bath Salts£60 www.lilouetloic.com
When it comes to scents, Lilou et Loic are all about decadence and indulgence, so be prepared for some lovely packaging and then it just gets better from there. The huge jar of bath salts are available in six new fragrances including the delightful Fig & Rhubarb that guarantees to soothe muscles and relax the mind revolutionising your bath time experience.
Scholl Velvet Smooth Collection£70 www.boots.com
Whether they're taking the toll of a pregnant body or just chasing after cheeky toddlers, as a parent your feet have it rough! This limited edition set has everything you need in a box to give some much-needed tlc to tired feet. Containing the Express Pedi, roller heads and oil to care for your feet, the set is topped off with a Nailberry Rouge varnish so you can confidently show them in style.
Michael Kors Glam Jasmine Gift Set£88 www.boots.com
You can't go far wrong when it comes to MK so inject a little glam into your life with this gift set that contains a stunning make up purse, mini fragrance, body lotion and fragrance roller. It's all the things you need for a special occasion to remind yourself there's more to life than nappies, sick and play groups.
Cowshed Beauty Sleep£100 www.cowshedonline.com
For any sleep-deprived mother (like myself!) this beauty sleep in a box is a warm welcome! Containing a variety of cleaners, toners, moisturisers, face masks, pillow mists and eye masks to help you create the perfect environment, it's just missing that nanny to take care of your waking child!
Jo Malone Advent Christmas Calendar£280 www.jomalone.co.uk
Blow the mind (and budget!) with this ultimate treat from uber-luxurious brand, Jo Malone. For the gift that keeps giving, well for 24 days anyway, open the doors?of your very own Jo Malone London Townhouse to reveal a small daily treat.
Mum to two energetic toddlers and a new baby. Laura is a journalist and Mum and enjoys reviewing products with her children, exploring new trends, and more importantly, life as a mummy. Continuously trying to get a grip of motherhood and maintaining a realistic life balance!