If like me you have some how managed to leave your christmas shopping to the very last minute this guide is for you! Everything here can be ordered and delivered right to your door in time for the big day! I've split it into 3 categories, affordable stocking fillers, mid priced gifts for friends and family and then the big ones for that very special someone!
As a beauty editor I get to try pretty much every product under the sun so you're in good hands knowing these gifts have been tried and tested. Happy shopping!
Stocking Fillers < €20
For the sheet mask addict, below are my tops picks for clarifying, tanning, hydrating and plumping lips! ASOS also offers free delivery!
For the lady with luscious locks, these minis are so handy for travelling! On a side note, everyone needs Sacha Juan's hair repair serum in their life! Cult Beauty is one of my favourite sites to shop on trend beauty products, they also give you fabulous samples in with each order! Win!
Tools of the trade. For the price, you cannot beat Real Techniques, they were the first brushes I ever bought and I still have and use them to this day. Their equivalent of the Beauty Blender is honestly just as good and a quarter of the price! Look Fantastic is offering 15% off orders using the code LF15 and they also offer free worldwide delivery!
For the makeup junkies, I've included my favourite drug store purchases and also a couple of minis that I have in full size and use religiously!
For the fake tan addicts, I can't get over how amazing the price of this St Tropez starter kit is! James Read do my favourite instant wash off tan and to finish it off we all need a little glow!
Friends and Family (€20-€60)
Skincare is something I think we should all personally invest in but I know for many it's something that's over looked and not splurged on. Below are my favourites to suit this price bracket including the wonder eye cream everyone needs in their life! At this time of year brands release kits that are generally great value and a nice way to try a range. Murad is one of my favourites as it's been developed by a dermatologist, Dr Murad. Their retinol line is fabulous and the kit below offers a taste of it all. If you haven't heard of Farsali you've been living under a rock. Charlotte Tilbury's over night tan mask is a recent discovery and a new favourite for me, wake up to supple skin with a beautiful glow.
Before I got into the role I'm in now I would always hunt down the best makeup kits or products and put them onto my wish list. All I ever got for christmas were beauty products! Nothing pains me more than handing over cash for things like foundation or power so I'd always get it as a gift from someone. Mum, if you read this I'd love the eye shadow pallet please!! Check out my favourites, I got the CT travel brush set last year and love them!
Bath, body and hair...my new favourite 2 hour tan is a must for this time of year, buy it for yourself if no one else! Pureology has changed my hair completely and their value gift sets are not to be missed. My go to hair oil and blow dry brush are also listed below. Trilogy's scrub is a great one for removing old tan or slugging off dead skin as it's oil based. Finally have a look at my favourite gadgets!
Extra Special Gifts >€60
Hair and skincare tools can be expensive but were always my favourite thing to receive. If you follow me on social media you know I love both of the GHD tools below, the tongs are great if you like a curly look and the wand if you prefer a wave. I swear by my clarisonic, they are amazing for cleansing the skin without being too harsh. The Steam Pod is however my all time favourite discovery of 2017, game changer if you have frizzy hair or just like a sleek look in general. You can curl or straighten and it locks in shine like you won't believe.
When it comes to makeup sets and brushes, Charlotte Tilbury does some of the dreamiest kits at this time of year. The 4 piece Natural Look would be ideal for a mum or someone not overly into heavy makeup but who still loves to look put together. Zoeva brushes are my go to, their kits are super and last a lifetime.
Fragrance is such a personal choice, what you may like the person you gift may hate. Get a feel for what they wear usually, do they like fresh light scents or are they more into dark and sensual numbers. Below are 4 of my favourites that seem to appeal to the masses. Chanel Chance I wore on my wedding day, Elizabeth and James Nirvana White is my new day to day scent, Prada La Femme is my signature and Gucci Bloom is for when I want to step things up a notch. Gift anyone that Gucci set and they'll be smiling from ear to ear on Christmas day!
Some serious skincare splurges! As you all know I have been using Dr Levy religiously for the last year, you can pick up his range in Beacon Face and Dermatology Clinic, I know they have 2 or 3 gift sets left in sock too. His products are super expensive but are all based on stem cell technology so are unrivalled in results in my opinion. The sets offer phenomenal savings so if you are thinking of trying the brand now is the time. Sunday Riley's best selling Luna night oil will suit all skin types and is simply stunning. For people that have problematic skin or travel a lot and suffer from dehydration, Dr Barbra Strum offers a course of hyaluronic shots that work wonders. Finally my holy grail primer/moisturizer is from Sisley and is so widely talked about by every beauty guru you can imagine for a reason!
To finish off, never under estimate the power of a voucher, especially for those who can be fussy to buy for. A massage in Powerscourt or a Hydrafacial in Beacon Face and Dermatology would be top of my list! I hope you've come across a few products that may solve some shopping dilemmas or even offer inspiration for your own lists! I hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas and we all remember that at the end of that day it's not about the gifts is it....although they do help! xx