Sunday, 23 November 2014

Top 10 Beauty Gifts this Christmas- The Luxury Edit

My pick of the top 10 beauty gift sets available this Christmas in the expensive luxury bracket!

I have often wondered why I wasn't born a Christmas elf as I honestly don't know anyone who enjoys shopping for and giving gifts as much as myself. I love gifting all year round but there's something extra special about browsing shops with Christmas songs playing and that bustling festive atmosphere- I love nothing more than being festive and playing Santa Clause this time of year! So, here's my round-up of the 10 beauty gifts that I've found on the market this year... 

Glam Glow Giftsexy - £50 - Space NK

This Glamglow Giftset is the cheapest gift in this edit, but no less luxurious than the rest. The Space NK website says that this set contains: 

  • Glamglow Supermud 15g
  • Glamglow Thirstymud HydratingTreatment 50g
  • Glamglow Youthmud Tinglexfoliate Treatment 15g

  • I've heard so much about Glamglow, their face masks in particular, and have been dying to try out some of their skincare products for over a year now so what better way than to get three products at once! The set retails for £50 on Space NK and the site says that the combined retail value of these three products is £97.50 so you'd be saving 49%. With that in mind, who could say no!? 


    Lush 'Think Pink' Gift Set - £53.95 - Lush
    This is definitely one of the cutest and most girly gift sets in this edit and is also reasonably priced at £53.95. I love the pink theme of this gift set and think it would be the perfect gift for any girly-girl who loves indulgent baths like I do! It contains 13 products- described in the picture above- which I think is a fair amount for the price and the lovely packaging really compliments the products. I adore this one! 

    YSL 'La laque nail varnish trio' - £55 - Selfridges

    For me, anything in black and gold with the YSL branding just screams luxury and makes me go weak at the knees. It contains three colours: Blanc Symbolist, Bronze Aztec and Feuille D'Or. This is a beautiful set and the polishes really compliment one another nicely and are perfect for the festive season- especially the gold glitter on the left! I think this would be the perfect gift for girls who love nails and indulgent gifts as it's a very sleek and sophisticated set. 


    Laura Mercier Body & Bath Luxe Quartet Ambre Vanille - £55 - House of Fraser

    This is another really indulgent bath and bodycare set- for someone who loves baths but perhaps prefers something more sophisticated than the fun/girly Lush set. Laura Mercier are known for bringing out beautiful Christmas sets every year and this one is no exception! It contains: 
    Honey Bath
    Honey Dipper
    Soufflé Body Crème
    Shimmer Body Mist

    All in the indulgent 'Ambre Vanille' scent which is one of my favourite Laura Mercier scents and is perfect as a warming sweet wintery scent. If this isn't your favourite scent, no worries, there's also Almond Coconut and Tarte au Citron to choose from! 

    Hourglass Ambient Blush Palette - £56 - Space NK

    Now for the first beauty item of this edit- and what an item to start with! The Hourglass Ambient blush palette is probably one of most coveted new releases of this year. It just screams indulgence, sophistication and luxury quality. Space NK describes the shades in really helpful detail saying: 

    Luminous Flash is a champagne rose blush fused with Luminous Light powder for a subtle glimmer, Incandescent Electra features a cool peach hue blended with Incandescent Light powder for a radiant glow and Mood Exposure mixes a soft plum tone with Mood Light powder to brighten the complexion.

    I adore each of the three shades and I've read numerous reviews describing the pigmentation, quality and wear-time as exceptional. I would love to find this one under my tree on Christmas morning as I'm sure the majority of beauty lovers would do! 


    Victor & Rolf Flowerbomb Eau De Parfum 50ml Gift Set - £78 - Selfridges
    I had to include a perfume gift set as I think they can make some of the most beautiful and thoughtful gifts if you know the persons favourite scent! My favourite perfume has to be Viktor & Rolf's Flowerbomb so this would be the ideal gift set for me. The sleek pastel pink packaging is perfection in itself so when you open it to find FOUR Viktor & Rolf treats inside your Christmas morning will be made. Selfridges describe the scent as such: 

    Viktor & Rolf's Flowerbomb explodes into a bouquet of sensations with its addictive floral notes which leave their trail, like a whirlwind that is distinctly couture. With harmonious sparkling top notes of mandarin and orange, middle notes of Sambac jasmine with a hint of orange tree, Catleya orchid, freesia and Centifolia rose and a woody base note of Patchouli.

    I'd say this description is pretty spot on and it's the floral mixture that really makes it for me. The bottle is beautiful too! The set contains a 50ml Flowerbomb Eau de parfum, a 40ml bodt cream, a 50ml shower gel and a minature 1.5ml eau de toilette. I think this is the ultimate perfume gift set of this holiday season, I'm obsessed!

    Bobbi Brown Travel Brush Set - £89 - John Lewis

    This gift set is again, a great way of trying out a fair few products from a range I've been wanting to try for some time. Bobbi Brown brushes are renowned for being some of the best on the luxury beauty market and I've never even tried one! I'd love to get this set as you get to try 7 brushes which I think is really great value for money- plus the travel case they come in is stunning too! The set contains: 

    Face Blender Brush
    Sheer Powder Brush
    Dual Ended Concealer Blending/ Eye Blending Brush
    Eye Shadow Brush
    Eye Liner Brush
    Ultra Fine Eye Liner Brush
    Eye Brow Brush

    So it'd make the perfect luxury gift for any make-up enthusiast looking to try some new products! 


    GHD Limited Edition Styler Rose Gold - £130 - Feel Unique

    Not everyone may consider hair/electrical products as strictly 'beauty' but I just had to include these straighteners as I think any girl who loves beauty will probably also love hair and these GHD's are the ultimate luxury hair product. I've always used and had GHD's and am unsure how I would live without them - from curling to straightening- they rescue my frizzy hair on a daily basis and for that I'll be forever grateful! I love my yellow GHD's and don't need a new pair for a long time as they're incredible quality and last years, however, for anyone who does need a new pair or has never had a pair before- these ROSE GOLD ones are the prettiest pair I've ever seen! 

    'The Golden Goddess'

    'The Dolce Vita'

    'The Vintage Vamp'
    Charlotte Tilbury 'Look' Gift Boxes - £165 - Selfridges

    These luxury Charlotte Tilbury beauty boxes may just be my favourite product from the whole of this edit. Charlotte Tilbury is a fairly new brand in the beauty world still, yet her products are already hailed as being some of the most exquisite luxury beauty items on the market. I think any beauty-loving girl would be more than happy to see one of these gorgeous gifts under her tree on Christmas day! There's a series of different 'looks' so it's worth checking out all the boxes on the link provided and seeing which suits you best. These are my three favourites and I really couldn't decide between these three- they're all so stunning and perfect and I would be the happiest girl ever if I received one of these!


    NARS 'The Vault' - £330 - Selfridges

    This last gift is by far the most expensive at an almost ridiculous £330!! But for anyone who is in the market to spend this much and can afford to then I know that any beauty-obsessed girl who loves Nars would be thrilled with such a gift! The variety across the gift set is brilliant ranging from nude shades to dark vampy ones- although you would expect that at this price! The set contains: 

    10 Selfridges exclusive Audacious lip colours
    10 Selfridges exclusive nail polish shades

    Although that sounds very intriguing, I'm dissapointed that they haven't included a description of the shades, or even shade names, as when you're spending so much money on a gift I assume you'd like to know EXACTLY what you're getting. I still think this is a beautiful gift if you can afford it and could make someone have the best Christmas ever. 


    So there you have it, my top 10 luxury beauty gifts this Christmas! I hope this has helped some of you and I would love to hear any recommendations that you have as I'm always on the hunt for gifts! Check back over the next few weeks for more affordable beauty gift ideas and for fashion gift ideas too!

    Shakira Jasmin x


    1. Really wouldn't mind the Bobbi Brown brushes or the Nars set under the tree! x
      eleanor's adventures // UK Fashion & Beauty Blog

      1. I agree, they'd both make amazing gifts!x

    2. I can really use this, great gift ideas!

    3. I loooove the viktor & rolf perfume :-) smells so perfect

      1. Me too, it's one of my all time favourite scents!x