Christmas is the same day everyyear, but it somehow always manages to sneak up on us. Between all the decorating, wrapping and baking, there’s always a gift you’re bound to forget. So, if you’ve left your shopping until the last-minute, don’t panic there’s still time to find a magical present for them!
Featuring three incredible Matrix hair products, this Brass Off Christmas Pack is a must-have this season. Preserve that fresh from the salon look with this toning hair care set that includes a reusable holographic bag, neutralising shampoo and conditioner and a protective styling spray too. Go on, give the gift of great hair this Christmas!
Suitable for all skin types, this gorgeous Genifique Gift Set is perfect for the luxury lover in your life. The set contains four dazzling Lancôme products that target key signs of youthful-looking skin including texture, fine lines, wrinkles, radiance and clarity. Enriched with hyaluronic acid and a combination of unique ingredients, this one’s perfect for the skintellectual!
Give the gift of smooth and beautifully bright skin this Christmas with the Dermalogica Your Brightest Glow Yet Gift Set. Festive cheer aside, winter brings dry, chapped skin, this two-piece set is packed with everything she needs for a deep hydration boost this season. Why not treat someone special with this luxury last-minute gift?
Step into a winter wonderland bursting with beauty with our FD Beauty Winter Wonders Beauty Box. Featuring five gorgeous products that are sure to make anyone smile this Christmas, this set has everything and more she could ever need. From a nourishing BeautyPro face mask, to a classic red lip. This Beauty Box has you covered!
Hugo Boss BOSS Bottled Infinite is a refreshing, sparkling fragrance that is perfect for everyday wear. Spoil him this Christmas with an energising and sensual scent that combines the freshness of citrus notes and the intensity of aromatic, woody notes. This fragrant duo includes a shower gel too so be quick before it sells out!
French macaroon, patchouli and light woody notes, Lacoste Pour Elle Sparkling Set is the ultimate spritz and sparkle set to give this festive season. Fresh and femine, this set contains a beautifully scented 50ml shower gel and fragrance bursting with red apple, cotton candy and cashmere wood!
Deliciously fresh and oh so irresistible, this DKNY gift set is the ultimate present to give to the wonderful woman in your life. Make her Christmas with this ultra-feminine fruity floral fragrance that includes a cosmetic case, and a 30ml fresh blossom fragrance. Inspired by the festive streets of NYC there’s nothing more special than this bargain beauty of a gift.
Treat yourself or a loved one with the iconic Only the Brave Eau de Toilette gift set, by Diesel. This Christmas, let Diesel transport you or a loved one to another galaxy with this fragrance gift set, which contains a 50ml Eau de Toilette and matching 100ml Shower Gel, presented in a space-inspired, gift box!
Lancôme won our Brand Of The Month award in December 2020 and there’s no question why. Their sparkling fragrances and twinkling skincare jam-packed full of the most innovative, effective ingredients, are each made with a true love and passion for beauty. If you’re still on the lookout for Christmas gifts or you’re thinking about treating yourself, let us take you on a luscious Lancôme journey…
One of our favourite gift sets yet is the Lancôme La Vie Est Belle Eau de Parfum edition. Lancôme’s bestselling feminine fragrance is a sweet and elegant perfume capturing the essence of Magnolia Extract. It’s inspired by the idea of natural and simple beauty and taking pleasure in the small things in life. Opening with top notes of iris – a key ingredient of this beautiful floral fragrance – then flowing into a heart of patchouli accords is finally rounded off with a smooth base of gourmand. The elegant signature bottle is entitled “le sourire de cristal” meaning “the crystal smile” evoking the rounded imprint of a smile at the heart of the crystal square. The finishing touch is a pearlescent grey ribbon that is tied round the neck, forming twin wings of freedom beautifully presented in this stunning gift set.
Another favourite gift set of FD’s is this gorgeous Lancôme Idôle set. Featuring a beautiful perfume for women who dare to be their icon, this exciting Lancôme fragrance boasts notes of rose and jasmine, combined to inspire confidence with every spritz. We love the empowering messaging behind this fragrance and everything it stands for.
One of Lancôme’s most underrated fragrances has to be Lancôme Hypnose Eau de Parfum. This ultimately hypnotic and beautiful perfume is a light and floral fragrance, perfect for wearing all year long especially later on in the summer months. Lancôme Hypnose features top notes of Passion Flower, middle notes of Gardenia and Jasmine and base notes of Vetiver and Vanilla, a creamy and sensual fragrance which would make a fantastic signature scent. This one’s perfect for gifting OR for keeping to treat yourself.
Lancôme skincare recently dropped here at FD and one of the products we’re all lusting after is this Absolue Rich Cream that helps promote skin surface cell renewal leaving skin feeling softer, more supple and comfortable. This luscious formula can be used day and night on a perfectly cleansed face to give your skin that daily dose of TLC it’s been craving. Cell renewal and a top up of nurturing, nourishing, ingredients? That’s just what the dermatologist ordered!
A delectable cream perfect for using all over the face, this creation saw Lancôme introduce a firming cream that helps target a spectrum of signs of aging. Enriched with linseed extract, this ultra-cream helps to leave the skin feeling firmer and visibly reduces the appearance of wrinkles. With a formula that delicately melts into the skin, more firmness, suppleness and radiance than ever will be coming your way. Perfect for those no-makeup days, this product is definitely worth investing your dollar into.
Developed after 20 years of research – yes you read that right – this innovative, mind-blowing serum has been designed for every woman of all ethnicities, ages and skin types. Inspired by microbiome science, not only does this serum contain Hyaluronic Acid for instant radiance, this new formula is enriched with a new complex of 7 prebiotic and probiotic-derived extracts that all work in optimal affinity with the skin. If a bit of fine line, face firming and evening tone action sounds like something you want to get on board with, what are you waiting for?
On the hunt for last-minute stocking filler ideas? There’s nothing like a good perfume to put a smile on their face this Christmas. Whether they prefer citrusy aromas or heavier, spicy scents, there’s something on the market to suit every recipient. If they’ve been hinting for a new fragrance recently, you can discover all the latest releases from their favourite brands on our new fragrances page here.
Our top picks for stocking-filler fragrance ideas are:
Jimmy Choo Blossom Special Edition
Paco Rabanne 1 Million For Men
Ralph Lauren Beyond Romance
Jean Paul Gaultier Le Male
YSL Black Opium Neon
Giorgio Armani My Way
Hugo Boss Boss Bottled
Read on as we give you a little more insight into each of these wonderful fragrances.
If they’re a fan of all things Jimmy Choo, they’ll love the Blossom Special Edition perfume. What makes this fragrance so appealing? With a strong top note of exotic fruits, it packs a sweet punch, and will last from morning through to evening. At its heart, frangipani flower complements the scent beautifully, while a base note of sandalwood creates a distinctive edge.
Bursting with energy and life, it’s the perfect perfume to take them from winter to springtime with ease. It also comes packaged in a luxurious bottle which would make a lovely addition to any dressing table. Be sure to check out our Best Fragrance Launches of 2020 So Far blog for even more inspiration.
You can’t go wrong with a Paco Rabanne fragrance. With a standout scent, this cologne is ideal for those who like to be bold and extravagant with their style. A powerful blend of peppermint, blood mandarin and sparkling fresh fruits trickle down into a warming array of amber and leather accord for an outstanding finish. It’s the perfect choice for a go-to evening fragrance.
Givenchy perfumes never disappoint. Irresistible by Givenchy is a floral-woody, fruity fragrance which envelopes the wearer in a fusion of musky blond wood and luscious rose. Sparkling pear and ambrette notes add a touch of vibrancy to this wonderful scent. It’s ideal for those who are after a day-to-night fragrance from a well-loved brand. Go on, treat them to a little luxury this Christmas.
The Ralph Lauren brand is renowned for its unique, sweet-smelling perfumes, and Beyond Romance is no exception. A new take on the timeless Romance fragrance, it’s perfect for those who like to wear something floral with a subtle intermingling of heavier woody notes. With top tones of raspberry coulis, mandarin and bergamot, this fragrance is enhanced by middle notes of rose centifolia and jasmine. Base notes of black vanilla, cashmeran and white musk give it a woody flavour.
This elegant perfume would make the ideal stocking filler for someone special this year. The pretty pink frosted glass bottle also complements the feminine nature of the fragrance perfectly.
Whenever the Jean Paul Gaultier brand brings out a fragrance, we know it’s going to be a winner. Why do we love this brand? Their scents are always rich, enticing, and great value for money.
Le Male has been a firm-favourite choice for men since it was released. A strong heart note of lavender creates the familiar smell of shaving soap, while cinnamon and orange blossom exude freshness and softness. The cologne bottle is also very aesthetically pleasing. Distinguished by a sailor-inspired design, it will look great displayed anywhere. This Jean Paul Gaultier fragrance would make an excellent Christmas present this year, whether they’re familiar with the brand or not.
Distinguished by their unique blend of fabulous ingredients, Yves Saint Laurent perfumes are designed for the bold woman. Black Opium Neon offers a vibrant spin on the signature Black Opium eau de parfum, and exudes a touch of radiance to add to the iconic coffee blend that the original is renowned for. With this perfume, top notes of dragon fruit accord, mandarin essence and cedrat essence give way to a heart of orange flower accord and jasmine sambac absolute.
Inspired by authenticity and a search for meaning, My Way by Giorgio Armani is the ideal gift for any fragrance fanatic. This perfume features a contemporary floral scent, and perfectly encapsulates the notions of curiosity and adventure. Top notes of orange blossom and bergamot give way to tuberose and Indian jasmine. Notes of white musk, Madagascar vanilla and Virginian cedar lie underneath.
Boss Bottled by Hugo Boss features a strong, sharp scent with a wonderful woody base. A combination of apple and bergamot top notes are enhanced by cinnamon and cloves to awaken the senses with warmth and vibrancy. This aftershave utilises exclusively sourced natural ingredients to create a pleasant experience for the wearer.
‘Tis the season to level up your makeup game. While our Christmas plans might look a little different this year, that doesn’t mean we can’t still go all out with our outfits and makeup. From the classic bold lip to sultry smokey eyes, there are so many looks to try out and love over the festive period.
In this blog, we’ll take you through some stunning festive makeup ideas to take inspiration from, as well as some great products to add to your collection. Read on to get into the Christmas spirit!
You can’t go wrong with the classic smokey eye. Whether you’re heading out for a few cocktails or jumping on a Zoom call with friends, this look is sure to be a winner.
With a smokey eye, the trick is to keep the rest of your makeup fairly neutral (think minimal blush and a nude lip) and let the eyeshadow do the talking. If you really want to make your eyes pop, add a silver or gold glitter shade into the mix for ultimate festive vibes.
The W7 Smokin Eye Colour palette is just the thing for all your Christmassy eye looks. With a selection of matte and shimmer powdered shades to choose from in smokey greys, browns and nudes, it will have you covered throughout the festive season.
How to create the perfect smokey eye
Perfecting the smokey eye look can be a bit tricky, but with a little practice, you’ll have it down in no time. You can follow these four easy steps to help you out:
Before you start, be sure to apply your favourite eye primer for a smooth base. This will help your eyeshadow glide over your lids smoothly for a long-lasting finish.
Use a shadow brush to gently apply a light, neutral shade all over the lids to create an even surface.
Blend several darker shades into the outer corners of your eyelids, following a subtle v-shape. Keep building up the colour until you achieve your desired smokey look.
Diffuse any harsh lines with a blending brush. Finish off with a touch of trusty eyeliner.
From twinkling lights to glistening blankets of snow on the ground, Christmastime is about all things merry and bright. Add a touch of festive sparkle to your makeup look with some sleek highlighter. Depending on your preference, you can choose from liquid or powder products to illuminate your face this season. Simply blend and sweep over the skin for a lovely finish.
Give your cheekbones, browbones or collarbones the ultimate glow-up with the sensational Marco By Design highlighter palette. With six wonderful shades to choose from, you can mix and match your look to create a fabulous festive glow.
Touch of glitter
Channel your inner snow fairy this Christmas with some gorgeous glittery makeup. Whether you choose to top off your look with a subtle smidge of glitzy eyeshadow or go all out with a shimmery lip, glitter is a must in your makeup bag throughout December.
Is there anything more Christmassy than a rep lipstick look? We don’t think so. Incorporating a little red into your makeup is a surefire way to get into the Christmas mood in no time. From dark crimson to daring ruby, there are lots of shades to pick from, so choose one that reflects your style and helps you feel your very best.
You can find a variety of wonderful red lipsticks on our website. We recommend the L’Oreal Paris Color Riche matte lipstick for the perfect all-rounder. Packed with pure pigments for standout colour, it’s an essential in your festive makeup collection this year.
Stand out this Christmas with a dash of bold eyeliner. This wonderful bit of makeup has the power to take any look from zero to a hundred and make your eyes really pop. Whether you opt for a classic black liner or shake up the ordinary with a glittery formula, don’t neglect this makeup staple this season. For maximum effect, line both your eyelid and waterline with eyeliner. Be sure to add an ample amount of mascara as well.
Want to learn how to apply the perfect eyeliner? You can check out our handy tutorial blog here.
There are lots of different types of eyeliner on the market. If you’re partial to a liquid product, we recommend the SOSU by SJ Eye Voltage liquid pen eyeliner. With a smudge-proof, easy-to-use formula, it will help you create fabulous Christmas looks.
Our usual Christmas shopping spree habits of hitting the high streets in a rush may be on hold for now, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be getting organised and order that little bit earlier. So why not pour yourself a mulled wine, pop on your favourite Christmas song and read our top luxurious picks for him!
Make him smile this Christmas with this highly addictive gift set from Viktor & Rolf. Infused with bergamot, grapefruit and pink pepper, this zesty scent is a must-have for him this festive season. This gorgeous gift contains Spice Bomb Eau de Toilette 90ml & Spice Bomb Eau de Toilette 20ml.
Luna Rossa Carbon brings together the metallic notes of lavender, green citrus of vert de bergamot from Italy, wood of patchouli and amber of ambroxan. Sounds impressive right? The notes are nearly as luxurious as the scent itself. Gift the special man in your life and find him his new forever favourite fragrance this year!
If you’re on the hunt for an aftershave made for the man who loves to explore, then this one’s for you! Delve into this incredible fragrance journey and discover notes of rich vetiver from Haiti and patchouli from Indonesia. This iconic scent makes the ultimate present for him so why not grab it today at an incredible price!
Be bold and make this Christmas an unforgettable one with Paco Rabanne’s 1 Million. Among millions, this scent stands out. Notes of tuberose and leather create an intense explosion, perfect for every man’s fragrance collection. Grab a little luxury for less this Christmas.
Turn back the clock on tired skin with this unmissable NUXE Men Anti-Ageing Gift Set. Containing 3 iconic NUXE products, this set is sure to leave him feeling radiant and refreshed all year long. Whether you’re after a gift for the skintellectual in your life or even a skincare-newbie, then grab this set today, but hurry only while stock lasts!
Génific HD is specifically designed for men, and visibly rejuvenates the skin. Day after day, skin is infused with life and radiates with energy. If you know someone who would adore this product then treat them this season and watch them transform their skin and feel good within!
Shaving for men truly is a complicated process, make sure they no longer have to worry with this Electric Shave Solution by Lab Series. This concentrated, oil free shave solution helps lift the beard and builds a protective glide between the electric razor and the skin. This no rinse-off formula makes the whole process hassle free!
Is he a luxury lover? Then he’s going to adore this Elemis Pro-Collagen Cream. This clinically proven cream creates an instantly hydrating effect, ensuring that the skin firms and smoothes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. An FD fave, this luxurious cream is power charged with anti-oxidant ingredients including soothing abyssine and rich Ginkgo Biloba, so why not get his gift, ticked off your list!