Before I worked in the industry I always asked for beauty products at Christmas, in my stocking and under the tree. It was a good opportunity to stock up for the coming year and to maybe upgrade my drugstore buys to something a little more luxe. One of the things I think are nice to receive are beauty kits, either off the shelf, or put together.
Of course a nail kit doesn’t have to be Chanel, but goodness how lovely it would be to receive all these items together. I love their nail polish remover: it’s super effective and rapid, the hand cream sinks in quickly with no greasiness, and Pirate is a classic Chanel red. With a slick of Laque Brilliance Extrême, nails look super glossy and grown up.
Chanel Dissolvant Doux Nail Colour Remover £12
Body Excellence Nourishing and Rejuvenating Hand Cream £41
Base Lissant/Nail Polish Base Coat £18
Le Vernis in 08 Pirate £18
Laque Brilliance Extrême £18
Benefit have gone all out this year with a revamp of their brow products. I love that they produce different shades, and that there is a solution for every situation – from a highlighter pencil to use under the brow, to a volumizing gel to help out sparse hairs – like mine. Either go for the perfectly-purse size Shaping Kit for on the go touch ups, or put together your own using all the other products.
Benefit Brows a-go-go Brows a-go-go Brow & Eye Shaping Kit £39.99
Benefit Gimme Brow Volumizing Fibre Gel,£17.50
Benefit Instant Brow Pencil £15.50
Benefit High Brow Lifting Pencil £15.50
Benefit Speed Brow Quick-Set Brow Gel £13
Not a kit, per se, but the wherewithal to look fantastic with zero effort – a Blow Ltd Gift Voucher. All year Blow in Covent Garden been giving me brilliant hair and make up, as well as nail paint jobs and lash strips, in under an hour for conferences, book readings, shoots, TV appearances, Royal Ascot and more. Thanks to Blow (& their very generous VIP card) I’ve never looked so good on the job. (I wrote about them here.)
A Full Works Coaster voucher costs £55 for nails, makeup, and a blowdry.
(And, if someone is feeling exceptionally generous, there is a Gold Package, which includes 12 for 10 blows plus make-up or nails, 4 x 20% VIP shopping days, 10% off beauty products and a free birthday blow for £400.)
NB Blow Ltd have just opened their second branch in Canary Wharf.
Andrea Garland makes wonderful vintage-inspired natural beauty products, which are all handmade in Hackney, East London. All ingredients are natural, sourced from ethical suppliers and as many as possible are organic.
I love this Sleeping Beauty kit. Whether you are a frequent traveller like me, or someone who has trouble sleeping, this kit makes a lovely present. £39.
Contains: chamomile and Oak Sleeping Beauty Cream, Calendula Lip Balm in a mirrored pill box, Chamomile and Bergamot Pillow Mist, Winking Eye Shades and Ear plugs.