Christmas Gift Guide – The Beauty Edition

If you’re anything like me, you’ve been so focused on your upcoming city break that you still haven’t started your Christmas shopping, and you still have no idea what to buy anybody other than novelty socks and a Ferrero Rocher star.  As Travel Tea TV’s resident beauty lover, I thought I’d write a little gift guide to help anyone who is struggling to buy for that beauty lover in their lives…

1One of the nicest ways to relax in Winter is a nice, hot bath with a glass of wine and a good read, so first on my gift list is bubble bath! If you have a big budget, go for one of the Laura Mercier Honey Bath’s (the Almond and Coconut Milk one is my personal favourite!).  Complete with honey dipper to swirl the bubbles, this would make a lovely gift for anyone who loves to unwind at the end of a long day.  If you are after more of a stocking filler, try Lush for the best bath products.  Perfect for Christmas is their Magic of Christmas Bubble Bar.  This has a lovely Christmassy scent and can be used more than once!

2A fairly young brand, Makeup Revolution have really proved themselves in the past year in the beauty world, and I could quite easily buy one of their eye palettes for everyone.  Their palettes are such good value and would make for great gifts.  I love this one, Iconic 2, which is nearly an exact dupe for Urban Decay’s Naked 2 palette and a fraction of the price.  The 12 shades are a combo of browns, golds and pewters; perfect for creating a gorgeous Christmas look.  I’d be happy with either of these under the tree this year!

3Another Makeup Revolution gift suggestion is one of their brush sets.  I have used a few of their brushes, and they are also amazing value and apply your make-up so well.  If you can splurge on a brush set for your loved one, Zoeva do some really gorgeous sets and I’d be lying if I said I didn’t have a few on my own wishlist.  They also come in a handy pouch too – perfect for if the recipient travels a lot!

4Anyone who loves travel and beauty has to have a super chic make-up bag to pack in their case and, for the past few years, Ted Baker have excelled at make-up and wash bags.  They always have beautiful patterns; I especially think this misty mountains print is perfect for Christmas with the white trim and gold branding detail.  If Ted Baker is a little out of your price range, there are a lot of cheaper alternatives on the high street, such as this little metallic gold one from Topshop; you could even pop one of their lipsticks or nail polishes in as an extra surprise!

5I was always a red lipstick person, especially during the festive season, but I know that red isn’t for everyone, and lately I have been loving more neutral shades.  My favourite “nude” shade is MAC’s Velvet Teddy (if you are feeling super generous, add their Whirl or Subculture lip liner too!) but a great stocking filler alternative is Rimmel’s Lasting Finish by Kate lipstick in the shade 042.

6Every year someone buys me nail polish, and even though I have more than I could ever need (or use!), I love receiving nail gift sets! OPI always release a “Holiday” collection; 2015’s collection is called “Starlight” and features some wishlist-worthy colours.  They have also released this gift set featuring 4 miniatures from the collection that would be perfect for the manicure lover in your life! Topshop also do some great nail gifts too, from their bauble polishes to their trio of miniatures.  I love these berry tones for Winter, and they are also so flattering on so many skin tones! And who doesn’t love glitter at this time of year!?

I hope this little gift guide has helped you in some way and if anyone has any ideas on what to buy for my 70 year old uncle who has everything, please do let me know.

Happy Shopping,

Nai xo

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