Sleigh bells ring, are ya listenin’? Today marks the first of my holly jolly holiday gift guide series, a new(ish) blog project for me. Last year, I really just shared one bumper edition to cover all manner of gifts and recipients and the year before that was a post dedicated to gifting on a budget. But this year? Oh, it’s ON! Brace yours-elves (sorry).
Every Monday for the next 4 weeks I’ll be talking about the treats we (or someone we know!) would love to see waiting under the tree. To kick things off, I am starting with the 2016 makeup gifts to thrill the beauty junkies in our lives!
With so many sensational sets available this year it sure can be overwhelming to narrow things down so, to give you a little helping hand, I’ve hand-picked three releases that I think are rather special. All you need to do is try not to keep them for yourself…
The suit-everyone palette: The Wish List by bareMinerals
bareMinerals are a brand that have really knocked it out of the park with their Christmas collection this year. Urging us all to be present (geddit?) with a range of gifts including everything from Happy Glow Lucky skincare to mistletoe-ready Moxie lip colours. The Wish List palette is a sleek eyeshadow kit with 12 shades to compliment all skin tones and encourage us to get experimenting!
The pretty black and gold packaging makes this gift feel gloriously Christmassy and the shades within the palette range from soft matte neutrals to shimmering rich shades; making them easy to wear alone or blended together for a statement look. It also has a big ol’ mirror, which doesn’t seem like much but trust me – when you come across a palette that DOESN’T have a mirror, you’ll notice! This gift is £39 (though is valued at over £87) and you can pick it up here!
The perfect stocking stuffer: They’re Real! Big Sexy Eye Kit by Benefit
You know what they say…good things come in small packages! Benefit are well-known for their seasonal special editions, and this year is no exception, but this little beauty is a new release and from the brand’s mainline collection. The Big Sexy Eye Kit (from Benefit’s They’re Real! range) has everything you need to create a defined eye makeup look with just one sweep!
This pocket-sized tin contains 3 different colour combos (in Beyond Nude, Bombshell Brown and – my favourite – Naughty Neutral) and a custom shadowblender sponge, designed for applying two shades at once (i.e. to your lid and crease). Ideal for the gal on the go! They’re Real! Big Sexy Eye Kit is cute as a button, and is available in-store and online at £27.50.
The Big Guns: Dreamy Look in a Clutch by Charlotte Tilbury
Dreamy? Dreamy doesn’t even COVER this one, my friend! Charlotte Tilbury’s Christmas gift shop has luxury written all over it, from small trinkets starting at £16.50 to a pretty legendary advent calendar which comes in at a cool £150. The Dreamy Look in a Clutch is packaged in Charlotte Tilbury’s signature rose gold and contains… well, a full red-carpet-worthy makeup look!
The Dreamy Look was created to be super flattering and radiance-boosting with a touch of golden shimmer. It includes an eye palette, eyeliner, lipliner, mascara, lipstick and even a USB stick with a tutorial video from the lady herself! At £90 it’s definetly at the top end of a lot of budgets, but it is a beautiful box of goodies and if you’ve been especially nice this year then it’s worth adding to your letter to Santa. Point the big guy towards House of Fraser, or click here to shop.
Choosing the right gift for someone that deserves a treat is never easy, but hopefully my top picks from the many 2016 makeup gifts available will give you the head start you need.
Do you have any makeup lovers to buy for this year? And which of these would you love to unwrap on Christmas Day?