The Best Beauty Subscription Boxes For Living The Lockdown Dream

We may be stuck at home in lockdown, but why not make it as enjoyable as possible? Waiting for the postie to deliver a fabulous beauty subscription box is far nicer than the usual bills and life insurance quotes. Discover the absolute best beauty subscription boxes to live the lockdown dream.

1.Look Fantastic Beauty Box Subscription, February Edition, £15 (1 Month), £13 (12 months)), www.lookfantastic.com

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Pamper yourself something silly with this unbelievable offer from Look Fantastic. For just £15 you can indulge yourself in some serious beauty therapy worth £50. It is literally a beauty fanatic’s dream come true. This beauty box includes cult heroes such as Illamasqua’s Beyond Veil Primer, Balance Me AHA Glow Mask, Eyeko’s Galactic Lid Gloss 9stardust) and the Elemis Papaya Enzyme Peel.

Look Fantastic’s Beauty Box are certain to place Cheshire cat smiles all over the map. So good, you may find yourself searching for the postie at the break of day.. Better yet, they are completely recyclable and sustainable and you even get insider makeup tips with your box.   Choose between a 1-, 3-, 6- or 12-month subscription.

2.Birchbox Beauty Box Subscription, £12.50 (1 month), www.birchbox.com

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Get ready to fall in love. Birchbox has been around from the outset of the beauty box subscription dream, and they’ve clearly got it down. Taking a Personalised approach, they specifically cater to your individual skin and haircare needs. The Sensory Retreats Divine Self-Heating Eye Mask is just one of the treats you may discover. Keep the dream alive.

3.GlOSSYBOX, £13.50 per month, www.glossybox.com

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Think of GLOSSYBOX as the boss of beauty subscriptions. All serious and dedicated beauty fans will be on-board with the iconic brand. Providing customers with the joy of discovering fantastic new brands and the bliss of receiving 5 globally loved products each month, getting the mail will become your monthly high. Glossybox covers haircare, makeup and skincare – and the packaging is oh-so-pretty, you will feel like a princess. GLOSSYBOX, oh great one, we bow to you.

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Treat Yourself To Something Special This Singles Awareness Day

Valentine’s Day may be upon us – but so is Singles Awareness Day, (February 15th). If you are single, you can now officially celebrate the fact. So, go on, treat yourself to something special. Check out these awesome gifts that will guarantee you see the day out on top form.

1.Iconic London Illuminator, £30, www.iconiclondoninc.com

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There’s nothing quite like an irrefutably gorgeous glow to make your inner goddess shine. Illuminate your life this Singles Awareness Day. Simply add a few drops of the hero formula to your complexion and watch your mood become transformed into one of confident luminosity. The Illuminator is vegan-friendly and available in 4 beautiful shades.

2. Ignite Lavender CBD Bath Bomb – Relax, £8, www.uk.ignite.com

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This Singles Awareness Day, immerse yourself in unrivalled relaxation, peace and quiet. With a full-on topical CBD experience, that works in unison with essential oils, and aromatic salts – and no one to annoy you, the day will be a total winner.

3.Buster & Punch Machined Brass Vase, £109, www.busterandpunch.com

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If your inner interior decorator has blossomed during the lockdown, gift yourself something to complement any chic and stylish home. This creative design encapsulates a solid brass machined plate with a hand-blown glass vase. This innovative and unique vase by much-sought-after brand, Buster & Punch should be seen as high-class art. The constantly evolving brand collaborates with fashion designers and street artists. The outcome is the creation of true statement pieces that stand out from the crowds. Who needs a bouquet from the nearest garage when you have a vase like this one? The vase is also available in solid brushed steel and stunning black metal.

4.Patch Plants – 10cm-20cm (Spike) Cactus, £6, www.patchplants.com

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If you happen to be one of those people who struggle to keep a plant alive for longer than a month – you need this in your life. Focusing on looking after a plant can be hugely therapeutic (particularly when they don’t die). Behold, the Patch Plant. The cute but spiky cactus is incredibly easy to care for. The plant won’t mind, should you forget to water it for a week. If you feel like you want to share the love this week, give one of these cacti space on your shelf. Far less hassle!

5.Little Butterfly House, £15, www.kikkerlandeu.com

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Don’t dwell on the past. Instead, start looking forward to springtime and treat yourself to the cutest little butterfly house of them all. The beautifully designed house will be irresistible to all butterflies. By springtime, you will be welcoming an array of butterflies to your back garden. Add some of your favourite plants and some solar lights; thus, your backyard will be transformed into a secret garden of magical wonder. Perfect.

For more reading inspo try, “Ignite Ultimate Calm.”

TikTok’s Stats Show The Predicted Beauty Trends Already In High Demand

Bold eye colours, laminated eyebrows, fake freckles and flowery hair accessories are some of the key beauty trends predicted for 2021. Some predictions are already in high demand. It may not yet be the end of January, but beauty fans don’t let the grass grow under their feet. This is something that much-loved vegan self-tanner company, Tanologist’s has proved. After conducting a study to discover the most searched for beauty treatments on TikTok, they found out which beauty treatments are already firm favourites.

It just goes to reconfirm the fact that no matter what the situation or how dark things may be, the need for some feel-good makeup will remain strong.

Tanologist discovered that TikTok’s Top Beauty Searches Were:

Laminated Eyebrows

Fake Freckles

Fox Eye Makeup

In a world where mask-wearing and Zoom meetings are a given, people are focusing on making their eyes look incredible. Unsurprisingly, mask usage has meant a lower need for blemish stickers (because let’s face it no one will see them), and colour correctors.

Highest Demand: Laminated Eyebrows

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Move over microblading, its time for laminated brows to have their moment. Laminated brows are much sought-after. The treatment achieves a feathery, full and perfectly in place look. This procedure is ideal for those with a lot of hair, as it achieves immaculately defined and flawless eyebrows that stay put for up to eight weeks. Moreover, should you have back-to-back meetings, this cosmetic treatment means you will have one less thing to worry about. No more horror realisations that you really should’ve checked your eyebrows before joining the group!  Your brows will look like perfection!

High Demand: Fox Eye Makeup

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Another trend in high demand is to create the look of enhanced elongated eyes (like a fox). The creation involves the use of lots of eyeliner, fake lashes and a smoky shadow finish. Some shave off the end of their brows in order to draw on a straighter brow; thus, further emulating the fox-eye appearance. We love this look – it is simply beautiful. At a time when there’s so much gloom, playing around with makeup and having fun is a great way to de-stress for a while.

Fake Freckles Stay Popular

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The fake freckles trend has been in the beauty limelight for some time. They are another way to have a little fun and mix things up a bit. To tap into this viral beauty trend, check out Missguided’s Frecks Appeal Freckle Pen, £8, www.missguided.co.uk.

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A huge thanks to this eye-opening research conducted by Tanologist. One thing that never goes out of style is a glowing tan. A great self-tan will work miracles in boosting confidence and mood; thus, it will always be in high demand. We’re smitten with Tanologist’s Self-Tan Drops Light (For Face and Body), £14.99, www.tanologist.com.

The tan drops are incredibly easy to use, totally customisable and achieve a flawless finish. The more drops added, the deeper the tan. It’s that simple. This little beauty of a product is available in 3 shades: Light Glow, Medium Tan and Dark Bronze. Ideal for tanning newcomers or experienced tanners – the results are impeccable every time!

For more reading inspo, “Top Tricks To Make Your Eyes Pop.”

Is Eyelash Tinting Worth The Hype?

Lockdown number three is in full swing and we’re guessing that by now, bread baking is off the table. Should you be peering at your eyelashes in the mirror and wondering whether or not to try an eyelash tint, read on. Here’s all the important info on eyelash tints. We have included two of the best ones in case you decide they’re worth the hype.

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Eyelash tinting does have its advantages. It means one less thing to worry about fixing (particularly for those with light lashes). Professional, in-salon tinting only achieves results for the time of the growth cycle. This means that approximately every 5 weeks, you will need to redo them. A DIY job obviously provides more gentle ingredients (in case of error); thus, the results will be short-lived.

How Long Does Eyelash Tinting Take?

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Including the reading of instructions, it will only take 15 minutes at most.

How Long Does It Last?

This is dependent on the product, but generally speaking, a DIY kit will last a month.

Is it Dangerous?

Not at all – unless you decide to dye your eyeball. No, seriously eyelash tints will not harm your lashes and are safe to use.

Pricey?

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The cost for a professional tint can be anywhere between £15 – £40. A DIY tint may cost between £10 – £20. Yes, they don’t last as long, but you can usually get a few applications worths – so definitely more cost-effective.

Is Eyelash Tinting Worth the Hype?

Should you regularly have your eyelashes tinted, then a DIY kit is well worth the hype. There’s no doubt that tinting your eyelashes offer a fabulous definition. At a time when we’re only displaying our eyes, a tint will ensure your lashes look their best without having to reach for your mascara. This is especially handy if you have to be up and on a Zoom meeting the moment you wake up. However, not so worthwhile if you have a luxury mascara in your makeup bag and no scheduled meetings.

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Should you decide to give a DIY eyelash tint a whirl, we recommend Eyelure’s Pro-Lash Dylash in Black, £8.98, www.amazon.co.uk

This kit takes only 5 minutes to apply and has enough formula for several applications. Certainly, a worthwhile buy!

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Another great one is Julienne’s Eyebrow Eyelash Tinting Kit in Midnight, £10.17, www.amazon.co.uk.

This contains everything you need for brows and lashes and will provide a few applications too!

For more reading inspo, try “4 Ways to Achieve Full, Long and Luscious Lashes.”

The Best Black Friday Beauty Gift Sets You Can Buy Now

Black Friday is almost here, and some big brands are treating us to some early deal drops. This means (woohoo) it’s time to grab those beauty gift sets. A word of warning – some ‘deals’ aren’t actually much of a deal. There are brands who put up the prices before Black Friday and then reduce them on the day, so people believe they have a bargain. Having sifted through the deals on offer, the following are the best Black Friday beauty gift sets around that you can bag now!

1.Look Fantastic: Estee Lauder Beauty of the Night Skincare Set, £45 (Was £90), www.lookfantastic.com

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This fabulous brand is one of my main one-stop shops for all things beauty related.  they are treating all beauty fanatics with early access with up to 30% off, using code: EARLYLF. Prepare to be dazzled with 25% off beauty gift sets and 25% of NuFace (yay!!). So, the struggle this year will be having the strength to part with them. Not sure I have the power…

Check out Estee Lauder’s Beauty of the Night Skincare Set worth £123. This is half price at a mere £45 (instead of £90).

Another fabulous find is Illamasqua’s Techno Lip Duo worth £30. This is priced at £12.50 (was £25). Yes!

2. Feel Unique: Givenchy Le Rouge Perfecto Trio Set, £46 (Was £84), www.feelunique.com

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Feel Unique is another amazing online shopping site that offers awesome deals throughout the year. Their Black Friday sales have already begun.

Incredible deals include Givenchy’s Le Rouge Perfecto Trio Set, £46 (was £84) and Liz Earle’s Essentials skin Repair Gel Kit, £39.60 (was £49.50).

3. Debenhams: YSL Mascara Volume Effect Cils Eye Must-Haves Gift Set, £22.40 (was £28), www.debenhams.com

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Debenhams began their deals on Monday 16 November – and boy, they’ve got some bargains to excite. Where to start? Okay, I should mention you can grab the YSL Mascara Volume Effect Cils Eye Must-Haves Gift Set, £22.40 (was £28). For the men, check out the Clinique for Men Skincare Set for Regular Skin, £39.10 (was £85).

Have you found any awesome beauty gift set deals? Share your thoughts by leaving a comment below. For more reading inspo try, “Discover the Best Camouflage Make-up Around: Estee Lauder.”

Make Your Christmas Tree Extra-Special With These Awesome Beauty Baubles

Looking for that extra-special bauble to make your Christmas tree (and you) dazzle this year? Beauty brands have truly spoilt us this yuletide with these awesome beauty baubles. Is it too much if they all go on one tree? Not this year! Being in a yearlong pandemic means we get carte blanche to totally indulge ourselves in gifts, chocolates and wine.

1.Caudalie Christmas 2020 Beauty Elixir Mini Mist Bauble, £12, www.allbeauty.com

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This bauble is a winner – total luxury that comes in 100% recyclable packaging. The superior face mist reduces the appearance of fine lines and pores, replacing them with a complexion of happy luminosity. The multi-tasking elixir gives your skin a super-boost and set your makeup in place for the day. Oh, Caudalie, how did you know?

2.Tan-Luxe The Glow Bauble, £15, www.cultbeauty.com

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Tan-Luxe gives such an incredible streak-free glow, people will be scratching their heads, wondering how you managed to bypass the lockdown and spend 2 weeks in Mauritius. Their secret is the patented ‘Transparent Tanning’ technology. This sweeps away the stress of streaky tans and ensures you look your glowing best. #Gorgeousness

3. Essie Nail Polish Merry Mani Bauble, £25.72, www.amazon.co.uk

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Why not treat your loved one to nails that dazzle this year? Inside this Essie bauble are two gorgeous nail polishes. Simply apply the Cocktail Bling and cover it with a Christmas magic-like sparkly topcoat. Perfect.

4.Dermalogica Christmas Small Bauble, £11.69, www.essentialslondon.com

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If you are looking for the look and feel of luxury, this year’s Dermalogica bauble will not disappoint. The exquisitely designed limited-edition bauble (get it while you can) offers added surprise as they are comprised with a lucky dip of awesome mini products. This brand is so good – you are guaranteed to be impressed with whichever products you find.

5.Real Techniques Mini Makeup Sponge Bauble, £5.99, www.amazon.co.uk

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This Christmas bauble should be given out to all your beauty-obsessed loved ones. The makeup sponge comes in a handy travel size meaning if you do go anywhere you will be prepared. Seriously, most of us forget to pack it. Either that or lose/ruin the makeup sponge, making this little treat a real-life saviour. Simply pop it in your purse and go (in a socially distanced manner to a socially appropriate setting).

Have you got your eye on any of these baubles? Tell me which one is your favourite in the comments below. For more reading inspo try, “The best Christmas party games that cost nothing.”

Award-Winning Beauty For Every Adult’s Christmas List

This Christmas, most people will have a skincare or makeup product or two on their radar. There is nothing like an award-winning beauty product to make your loved one’s Christmas list complete. A great product that actually delivers on its promises literally can turnaround a blah mood into a day of feeling amazing! With this in mind, check out these award-winning beauty products, guaranteed to this Christmas list the best yet.

1.Weleda Skin Food Light, £7.95 (30ml), www.weleda.co.uk

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Weleda’s moisturiser goes to show you don’t need to spend a fortune for quality products. Particularly effective on dry skin, the multi-award-winning light-as-air moisturiser is immediately absorbed where it sets about replacing the parched look for one of utter radiance. Included in the formula Chamomile, calendula and wild pansy team up to provide super nourishing and soothing qualities, whilst simultaneously strengthening the skin’s barrier. This is an all-round outstanding moisturiser that achieves amazing results!

2.Liz Earle Circa Skin Restore Paste, £24.65 (50ml), www.uk.lizearle.com

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Liz Earle is well-known for bringing us award-winning and natural skincare, but she really surpassed expectations when this one was created. The mask treatment hybrid works incredibly well, diminishing imperfections and providing a massive burst of hydration. The creamy (and other-worldly) formula contains the herb Centella Asiatica (CCICA)This is due to its long-standing ability to greatly rejuvenate and restore the skin to one of utmost health. Paired with this is bilberry and wild plum that greatly nourishes and soothe skin. Simply apply and leave on overnight, then awaken to be truly baffled at its beautifying powers!

3.Clinique ID Dramatically Different Moisturising BB-Gel, £36, (125ml), www.asos.com

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The award-winning BB-gel comes with an Active Cartridge Concentrate for lines and wrinkles. Simply insert the cartridge into the hydration base and use just as if it were a moisturiser.  The reason it’s award-winning is it instantly (and dramatically) improves the look of your skin whilst also packing a hydration punch that diminishes the appearance of lines and wrinkles. The formula complements fair to medium skin tones. It achieves a veil of camouflage to match your natural skin tone. Expect an even and flawless complexion you will love!

4.Chanel Chance Perfume Crayons, £49.99 (4 x 1.2g), www.amazon.co.uk

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Now, these are crayons I can get on board with. The crayon sweeps over your skin with ease, providing you with an exquisitely irresistible scent to last all day long. Chic, classy and highly sought-after? The hard part is gifting them for someone else’s Christmas list goals (I’m thinking, nah).

For more reading inspo try: “The best beauty Christmas crackers for that added festive sparkle.”

The Best Beauty Christmas Crackers For That Added Festive Sparkle

Let’s turnaround a crappy year wherever we can, starting with a truly awesome Christmas. For fellow-minded beauty fanatics, here are the best beauty Christmas advent calendars for those festive feelings of added sparkle!

1.Bomb Cosmetics Christmas 2020 Trio, £23.45 (Was £29.97), www.allbeauty.com

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There’s no way you and your family will be able to miss the festive spirit of a super-fun Christmas with these crackers nestled on the tree. Let’s face it – who doesn’t love a bath bomb? Combining 3 cheery crackers, each of which includes 3 tantalising bath bombe, get prepared for some seriously pampered and sweet-smelling luxury. All you have to worry about is the queue for the bath!

2.Benefit Makeup Shakeup Brow, Mascara & Tint Gift Set, £13.50, www.cultbeauty.co.uk

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Get some serious feel-good factor into your festive season with Benefit’s awesome cracker. Including 3 hero products – BADgal BANG Mascara, Benetint and Gimme Brow – this treat is all you need to finish your flawless party makeup. Now all you need is somewhere that’s open! Oh yes, and did I mention you are saving 30% too?

3. NUXE Christmas Cracker Gift Set, £10, www.feelunique.com

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Spoil yourself or your loved ones this Christmas with this super-dreamy, uber gorgeous cracker. Included are some of NUXE’s favourites. Featuring:

Very Rose 3-in-1 Soothing Micellar Water (40ml)

Reve de Miel Face & Body Cleansing Gel (30ml)

NUXE Organic Skin Correcting Moisturising Fluid (15ml)

Huile Prodigieuse Dry Oil (10ml)

I would buy it just for the dry oil (literally THE best oil out there!).

4.Tiffany & Co. Exclusive Tiffany & Love for Her and For Him Fragrant Cracker Gift Set, £49, www.johnlewis.com

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I couldn’t do a piece on the best in beauty without a shout out to one of my fave brands of all time. Yes, Tiffany’s has gone and given us the gift of true bliss, with their 6-cracker gift set. The set features 3 x, 5ml Tiffany, for Love Eau de Parfum For Her, and 3 x 5ml of Tiffany Love Eau de Toilette for Him.

Should you and your loved ones be fans of Tiffany’s (honestly, I can’t imagine such a strange world in which people disliked Tiffany’s), this cracker gift set will be a hit at your festive gathering (of only 6 of course, so this is perfect).

The delicate floral woman’s scent evokes visuals of the prettiest summer fields in bloom. The man’s eau de toilette, bursting with vitality and lemony zest for life is certain to become his signature scent.

5.Caudalie Vinosource Hydration Minis Crackers, £10, www.spacenk.com

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Bag yourself a real bargain this festive season with one of the most loved beauty brands ever. This gorgeous cracker contains 3 fabulous mini skincare treats. Think pure luxury! Featuring:

Vinosource S.O.S Thirst Quenching Serum (10ml)

Vinosource Moisturising Sorbet (15ml)

Lip Balm

If you are new to the wonders of Caudalie, this cracker is the perfect introduction. Combining treats that combat winter-infused skin, your complexion will be hydrated and plump again in no time!

Have you bought any of these and what do you think? I had great intentions of gifting them….those great intentions are just a distant memory. Pathetic, but happy and pathetic!

For more Christmas inspo read, “Celebrate in Style with These Awesome Boozy Advents.”

Luxury Beauty Gift Sets To Blow Your Mind

Christmas is now firmly in our sights and boy; do we need a treat. Luxury is the name of the game (well, luxury beauty gift sets to be precise). Celebrate getting to the end of a hideous year by indulging your loved one (and yourself) in sheer pampered bliss. Read on to discover amazing beauty gift sets that are so luxurious they will blow your mind. Turn your attention to any of these and you will soon forget all about the word pandemic.

1.Luxury Beauty Gift Set for Mum: La Mer Restorative Hydration Gift Set, £445, www.harrods.com

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This gift set is ideal for those with damaged, dry or mature skin types. Unzip the bag to reveal La Mer’s globally loved signature cream (la Crème de la Mer). Also included is their best-selling Concentrate Together, these two formulas offer skin transformative benefits. Dry patches are forever banished (at least until the cream runs out anyway), and your complexion will be one of healthy, hydrated luminosity.

With ingredients like their ‘Miracle Broth’, you know it is going to be a special experience for your face. You will need a few minutes to apply this duo set. One minute to apply the Concentrate followed by the Crème. Then, two more minutes to do a carefree dance of utter delight!

2.Dyson Airwrap Styler Exclusive Copper Gift Edition, £449.99, www.dyson.co.uk

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I am still waiting to be sent the Dyson Airwrap Styler for review; however, I have only heard amazing things about this next generation haircare tool. It has literally become a global sensation that all hair craves! Featuring 30mm and 40mm Airwrap barrels, a firm smoothing and soft smoothing brush, a round volumizing brush, a pre-styling dryer and storage case and bag.

The clever technology that has gone into creating this super-duper dryer achieves negative ions for less static, an extra-long cable and a 4 heat/3-speed setting.

Dear Santa…

3.Charlotte Tilbury Dream Come True Pillow Talk Gift Set, £300, www.selfridges.com

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Should you know a true Charlotte Tilbury fanatic, this gift set will seriously make their dreams come true! Combining pretty much every Charlotte Tilbury product you could wish for, the beautifully designed pull out drawer gift box is a must-have.  Luxury – check, pampered – check, huge smiles – check. Job done.

4.Gatineau Limited Edition Best-Sellers Collection Gift Set, £179 (Worth £379), www.feelunique.com

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Gatineau has received much acclaim for its outstanding skincare results. This is a brand I love. The gift set is perfect for any beauty obsessive and is a total steal, boasting an extra £200 worth of product for FREE! The set includes just about everything your skin may need. Exfoliator, moisturiser, serum, night elixir – Gatineau has ticked all the boxes. Just the fact that I have all their most sought-after products at once makes my head spin. The Age Benefit Night Elixir has to be my most favourite of them all!

For more inspo check out my article on Luxury Gift Ideas For A Truly Pampered Christmas

Have you put any luxury gift sets on your Christmas list this year? Let me know in the comments below.

The Best Lip Stains That Actually Last!

Having tried countless lip stains (each one with as much enthusiasm as the last), I have concluded that sadly, not all lip tints are created equal. Sure, they look the part, but alas, some are just downright disappointing. Some are weak and uneven the moment they dry, and others dry a very different colour to what was expected – and then do NOT budge. Not forgetting the ones that have less staying power than the toy lipstick that came with my child’s doll set.  That said, all is not lost. There are a few lip stains that actually look gorgeous and will go the distance. Colours that won’t leave you resembling someone who has been clobbered in the mouth. Read on:

1.Victoria Beckham Bitten Lip Tint, £32, www.victoriabeckhambeauty.com

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This is no ordinary lip tint, oh no. The multi-tasking formula contains hyaluronic acid and squalene to effectively smooth and plump up your pout, so you can pucker up with confidence. I love a matte finish and this lip tint creates a perfect natural-looking matte. Furthermore, unlike some of its competitors, it is not sticky and passes the test of time. Simply apply, look gorgeous, check mirror 3 hours later and smile! The gorgeous lip tint is available in 2 shades: Cherie (sheer pink rose) and Bisou (a rich nude berry). Bisou is my fave!

2.Benefit Bene tint Rose Tinted Lip And Cheek Tint, £21.65, www.feelunique.com

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Another fabulous lip tint is this one from Benefit. No matter what you do, it maintains its gorgeous sheer rose finish. However, I do have to say there is a way of applying the product. If you don’t do it correctly you may just be stuck with it for several hours. This stuff does NOT budge. Firstly, make sure the shade suits you. Apply lightly, wait for it to dry and then build it up if needed.

When I first tried this, I was in my car and in a rush. I slathered it on – discovered it was too bright for interview purposes – then to my horror could not remove it. Rubbing and smudging in the sheer panic caused me to look like I had applied my makeup wearing a blindfold. Now I’ve given you the visuals, take heed. This lip stain means business.

3.MAC Versicolour Varnish Cream Lip Stain, £19, www.maccosmetics.co.uk

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MAC is the brand that just keeps on giving. If you love the glossy and high-pigment finish, this is the lip stain for you. It is super-lightweight, feels comfortable, glides on evenly and creates a signature glossy look for up to twelve hours. That’s twelve hours of a super-kissable irresistible pout. Game on. You can get this lip stain in 14 equally beautiful shades!

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