While the highlight of December used to be waking up to a sweet treat every morning, now we’re more interested in all the beauty treats on offer from our Advent Calendars. With lots of top beauty brands offering Advent Calendars this year with cute little skincare or makeup treats, you can get your beauty fix daily in the run up to Christmas! Now you just need to decide which one to go for…
1. Baylis & Harding Signature Assorted Advent Calendar £9.95
At a bargain £9.95 you can’t go wrong with this calendar on offer from the gorgeous bath and body brand Baylis & Harding. With a range of bath fizzers, soaps, shower cremes and lotions hidden behind each door it will definitely impress. This Advent Calendar is limited edition so make sure you snap it up before it’s gone!
2. Q-KI New Your Cosmetics Advent Calendar £9.99
This gorgeous Cosmetics Advent Calendar has 24 windows of makeup goodies. Containing a mixture of deluxe samples as well as full sized products you can expect to find a range of eyeshadows, blushers, mascaras and lip products.
3. Style & Grace Home Countdown Calendar with Candles £7.99
If you love candles as much as us, then this is the Advent Calendar for you! Each day you can reveal a new candle to fragrance your home through the Christmas period. At £7.99 for the whole calendar you can be sure to keep your home nice and cosy at a bargain!
4. Technic Spa Advent Calendar £11.99
Technic have a few different Advent Calendars on offer with a range of products including makeup, toiletries and this one – which is spa products! The Spa calendar is definitely our favourite, with it including a gorgeous luxury range of skincare and bath and body products to keep you feeling stress free throughout the festive period.
5. Decleor Advent Calendar £70.95
The Decleor Advent Calendar is the slightly pricier option on our list but it’s not difficult to see why… With a huge range of products including deluxe samples and full-sized products you’re definitely getting your money’s worth! Be quick though as this gorgeous calendar sold out super quickly last year!
6. Nuxe Beauty Countdown £48.95
Unveil all of Nuxe’s beauty treasures with this gorgeous Advent Calendar. Countdown with 24 days of Nuxe treats including bestselling products Huile prodigieuse, Reve de Miel range and the gorgeous Rose Petal toning lotion. The perfect way to test out all the gorgeous products from this French brand!
7. Technic Christmas Bauble Wreath Advent Calendar £12.00
You can guarantee you’ll always look your best throughout the festive season with this gorgeous Technic Bauble Wreath Calendar. At a bargain £12.00 you’ll reveal a range of makeup products every day through December including lipsticks, eyeshadows, nail varnishes and a range of beauty tools!
8. Style & Grace Bubble Boutique Advent Calendar £9.95
This gorgeous, colourful Advent Calendar from Style & Grace is perfect for people who love to relax and pamper themselves. Especially through the cold winter months you can find a selection of different treats to sit back and relax in a long bath with. The calendar contains a range of bath salts, soaps and fizzes.
Fragrance is one of the most popular gifts as Christmas time and it’s easy to see why, a special scent is super personal and a real treat. But I can be tricky, finding the scent you know they’ll love is no mean feat. Just like buying someone clothes you need to know the basics, what types of fragrances do they love? Something fresh and fruity? Or maybe they prefer a fragrance that’s spicy and oriental? Keep reading to find some of the great new fragrance launches from this year and exactly who they’ll be perfect for…
For your dad
Hugo Boss BOSS The Scent Private Accord
Private Accord is the newest addition to the BOSS The Scent family and is a strong, unique and masculine scent perfect for your dad. With top notes of ginger moving through to middle and base notes of Maninka fruit, mocha and cacao absolut, it is definitely a spicy fragrance with a deep oriental feel. It comes in two sizes, 50ml and 100ml so you can decide based on your budget.
Coach Platinum For Men
Coach Platinum is a bold yet enticing fragrance that is perfect for your dad. With complex and masculine notes you can be sure this will be his next signature scent. Opening with spicy notes of black pepper mixed with sweet pineapple which gives way to a warm burst of sage and geranium before drying down with an earthy base of sandalwood with hints of leather and vanilla.
For your mum
Ralph Lauren Woman
Ralph Lauren Woman is the newest fragrance from Ralph Lauren that is set to be a true classic. A magnetic contrast between bold florals and rich woods, it is feminine and powerful. The iconic tuberose flower conveys opulence with bright and luminous inflections. Rich sandalwood adds an alluring and enveloping creaminess and a depth with juicy blackcurrant notes. This is definitely a perfume your mum will be thanking you for way into the new year.
Make your mum feel like the true diamond she is with the newest fragrance from Cartier. Carat brings together the seven colours of the rainbow in a single, clear and pure white scent. Carat is described as a flower full of life, an explosion of pleasure and freshness with molecules of joy loaded with crystalline energy. The notes reflect the colours of the rainbow with violet, lily, hyacinth, ylang-ylang, narcissus, honeysuckle and tulips.
For your boyfriend
YSL Y Eau de Parfum
YSL Y embodies the creative, the doer, the accomplished. It’s the fragrance for those who dare to dream, dare to live and dare to be accomplished. With a white and dark masculine fougere, the scent is strong and signature. The perfect Christmas present for your boyfriend, it has an addictive freshness of white aldehydes and geranium contrasting with the intensity of incense.
Paco Rabanne Pure XS
If you’re looking for a fragrance that is truly magnetic then Pure XS is the perfect gift for your boyfriend. With explosive freshness and burning sensuality, it’s a robust, manly and irresistible aftershave. Pure XS is a vibrant, magnetic and fresh oriental scent with a permanent in and out between hot and cold, gentle and intense.
For your girlfriend
If you’re looking to treat your girlfriend this Christmas then Givenchy L’Interdit is the perfect choice! The newest addition to the Givenchy family, L’Interdit is a tribute to bold femininity, an invitation to defy convention. A white floral cut through with dark notes unleashing a bold luminosity that flirts with obscurity. With beautiful notes of orange blossom, jasmine, tuberose, vetiver and patchouli you can sure she’ll love it.
For you brother
Diesel Only The Brave Street
Creative, urban and vibrant. Diesel Only The Brave Street takes its inspiration from the raw and playful energy of the street. The new Eau de Toilette has a fresh crunch with basil, apple and bergamot notes and a new masculine addiction with vetiver, cedar and liquorice notes.
For your sister
Marc Jacobs Daisy Love
Marc Jacobs fragrances are a guaranteed winner with all girls. Daisy Love is addictive, irresistible and the newest scent for the Marc Jacobs collection. A gourmand radiant perfume with vibrant top notes of sweet cloudberries, mingling with sparkling cashmere musks and driftwood to create a lasting and memorable twist. Plus she will love the bottle, a giant daisy!
Dads can be notoriously hard to buy for at Christmas. Even if you know what they might like, you could be limited by budget or time. So, to make it easy for you, we’ve pulled together a few ideas to guide your search based on our personal favourites and best-sellers. Read on, and get a quick-fix on gifts for dad this Christmas.
Who doesn’t love a gift set? You can’t go wrong when combining a favourite fragrance with other treats from the same designer brand when buying presents for men. If money’s tight, you can make a saving and still give your dad a thoughtful gift, or if you’d simply like to add a little extra stocking filler to the pile, they’re the perfect choice. You can shop for products like the Paco Rabanne Invictus aftershave and shower gel set, the Hugo Boss Bottled fragrance and deodorant combo. Or, there’s Davidoff’s best-selling Horizon gift set.
Shaving and grooming treats
If you’d prefer to steer clear of fragrances, shaving and grooming products are a nice alternative. There’s everything from trendy brands for young-at-heart dads, to luxurious grooming products. Some of our gifts for him include the indulgent Men’s Society Beard Oil And Face Rag, The Bluebeards Revenge Scimitar Double Edge Razor, and for higher budgets, GENTLEMEN’S TONIC Facial Gift Set with gorgeous face scrub, cleanser and moisturiser.
There’s more gift ideas for men to make your dad happy this Christmas. You can also have a look at some of the latest and all-time popular electrical items. These items can range from the super-cool to the essential day-to-day products. Some examples to get you started include the Remington Dura Blade, and Braun’s 8 In 1 Multi Groom Face And Head Kit.
Shopping on a budget can feel a bit limiting, especially when you want to buy something special. To help ease your woes, we have a whole list of gorgeous Christmas presents for under £20, so you can make your loved ones feel special without breaking the bank. From fragrances, to makeup, skincare, and bath and body, there’s something for everyone.
Designer scents and celebrity fragrances still make ideal Christmas presents, even on tighter budgets. Even choosy ladies will be won over by perfumes like Roberto Cavalli Just Cavalli Eau de Toilette Spray, and Vera Wang Rock Princess Eau de Toilette Spray. Or, for men, you can get hold of best-sellers like Calvin Klein Obsession Night for Men EDT Spray, and Roberto Cavalli Just Cavalli Men EDT Spray, all for under £20.
From handbag must-haves to winter complexion pick-me-ups, there’s more than a few affordable makeup gift ideas to keep any girl happy. From face, to eyes, lips and nails, you can grab a bargain on top brands. Technic Colour Fix Contour Palette Cream Foundation is the ultimate kit for sculpting and highlighting features. W7 Butter Kiss Lipstick have shades to suit any look while keeping lips moisturised in colder weather, and items like NYX’s Glam Eyeshadow are party favourites.
Lovely skincare gifts are a great way to make someone feel special. Ideal Christmas present for mum, daughter and best friends, you can find treat-worthy products for all ages. There’s also a great selection for men, just like luxury brand NUXE Men’s Multi-Purpose Eye Cream. For women, take a look at products like Yes To Tomatoes Detoxifying Gift Set, and NUXE Dry Oil Huile Prodigieuse New Formula made for beautifying face, body and hair.
Beautiful bath and body treats
Relaxing in the tub is a good way of banishing the winter blues. Pamper them with gifts with a twist, like Bubble T’s Bath & Body Shower & Relax To The Max, or their funky Bath & Body Jars Of fizz Hibiscus & Acai Berry Tea.
Scrubbing up and getting photo-ready for your Christmas party is easy with the right make-up. The winter months can play havoc with your skin, and as the year winds down, the energy levels can dwindle with it. Thankfully, there’s a beauty fix for any dilemma, so you can look your very best when your big end of year party comes around. Plus, some new makeup is the perfect gift for her, and can even be added to your own Christmas list if you need to drop a hint.
Lips, nails and eyes are the key things to highlight when dressing up to the nines. A pop of lip colour, dramatic eye makeup, or party-ready nails are will all help you look and feel on top of your game. Darker, bolder colours are easy to wear at a Christmas party too, giving you the perfect excuse to be extra glam, and a pinch of colour will give you a healthy glow. NYX’s Cosmetic Powder Blush will add that flush to your cheeks, while nude lips are a perfect off-set to bolder eyes. And for a finishing touch, you can try glosses like High Definition’s Beauty Lip Gloss.
Best beauty tools
Perfecting your look with the right tools will mean you’ll breeze through getting ready. Any good makeup bag will have quality applicators for your makeup, and replacing worn out brushes is a must. You can find great gift ideas for women like Billion Dollar Brows Take Back Your Brows Kit with a brow buddy, brow pencil, tweezers and scissors. For all your makeup bits and bobs, there are cosmetic purses like High Definition’s Beauty Makeup Bag, and handy additions like Daniel Sandler’s Liner/Blemish Brush will help you smooth away any imperfections.
There’s never a better excuse to treat yourself to some luxury makeup treats than Christmas party season. Items like this make great Christmas presents too. Gorgeous products include MAC’s Eye Kohl, which lasts all night and can be used subtly or with dramatic effect. Liners like Bobbi Brown’s Lip Liner are an absolute must if you’re applying a darker shade of lipstick. Then there are clever multi-tasking products like NARS The Multiple, a creamy stick that can be used to apply a dash of colour to lips, eyes, cheeks, or your body.
Everyone loves Secret Santa, but finding a gift for the person you’ve drawn can be a tricky business. If you don’t know them well, or you’ve got someone who’s hard to buy for, a little gift inspiration can help pull you out your funk. So, read on and see what we have in store for under £20, so you can surprise people with top gift ideas in your Secret Santa.
Whether you’re close to the person you’re buying for well or not, you can easily find a gorgeous perfume to impress. If you’re a little unsure of their taste, go for an all-time favourite, like Laurelle Parfums Femme Eau de Parfum , or Nino Cerruti 1881 Eau de Toilette Spray. You can find top fragrances like this for anywhere between £5 and £20, so there’s something for every budget.
Gifts for men can be particularly difficult to pin down, but a popular fragrance can be a great option. You can pick out top-selling aftershaves and colognes for your budget too. If they’re younger, something like Calvin Klein In2U Him Eau de Toilette Spray, or Joop Go Eau de Toilette Spray can work a treat. Or if they’re mature, modern types there’s best-sellers like Laurelle Parfums Executive Man Aqua EDT Spray, and Nino Cerruti 1881 Homme Eau de Toilette Spray.
The winter season is the time to take extra care of your skin, and beauty Christmas gifts will always be well received. Balance Vitamin C Power Serum will boost a tired complexion, and Anatomicals It’s Alcatraz For Spots Purifying Face Mask is the perfect post-party antidote. For men, pick out items like the clever L’OrÃ‡Â¸al Men Expert Cool Power Anti-Perspirant.
Makeup and more
Looking lovely is top priority over the Christmas period, and you can help a friend out by buying some makeup treats for their Secret Santa present. Calvin Klein’s CK One Volumising Mascara will give eyelashes a pick-me-up, and Bourjois Aqua Blush is a perfect handbag essential. Or, other Christmas gifts for her a gift set like NYX Intense Butter Lip Gloss Set is a great all-in-one present.