A beauty gift doesn’t have to be a naff bottle of bubble bath or carry the unkind implications of anti-aging cream – whether your loved one is into make-up or skincare there are plenty of luxurious gifts guaranteed to put a smile on their face come Christmas Day.
1. By Terry Gold Elixir Glace: £185, SpaceNK
Want to make someone glow with happiness? Then what could be a more luxurious way to do so than this skin-primer infused with micro fine particles of real gold, in this luxurious offering from the cosmetics and skincare brand founded by Terry de Gunzburg – the creator of YSL’s Touché Eclat.
2. Classic High Performance Balancing Cleansing Oil: £31, Harrods
Using an oil cleanser in tandem with a hot cloth is actually a brilliant option for almost all skin types – especially oily skins, despite received wisdom it shouldn’t make skin greasier – and the selection from Shu Uemera includes some of the best on the market.
3. This Works Deep Sleep Bath Oil: £80, Boots
Christmas time can be a marathon slog of cooking feasts, hosting family and visiting friends – not to mention the partying – so the gift of a long, luxurious soak in the tub will be very welcome – especially if it’s accompanied by a promise of a peaceful hour or two.
4. Laura Mercier Sleek & Chic Eye Colour Palette: £45, SpaceNK
Renowned make-up artist Laura Mercier is known for her sophisticated take on sultry, smoky eyes, and this palette offers the complete range from neutral base shades to rich chocolate browns, in the finest textures and with just a hint of sparkle.
5. Dior Diorific High Fashion Lipstick: £26, John Lewis
Put a smile on someone’s face – and make it a deep red, vampy smile with this moisturising and surprisingly light formulation from Christian Dior. The golden tube is an objet d’art in its own right and will be the pride and joy of any make-up bag.
6. Black Rose Precious Face Oil: £116, John Lewis
This easily absorbed oil is a heavenly treat for those with dry or mature skin. It’s enriched with black rose extract to soften, magnolia essential oil to soothe and plum oil to strengthen skin’s natural barrier function, and is light enough to be used every evening.
7. Dolce & Gabbana Makeup: £20, Harrods
Dolce & Gabbana’s make-up offering is full of luxurious formulations, but I’m a big fan of the nail polishes specifically – they glide on, the colour is beautifully vibrant and they last a long time without chipping. A smart investment, this festive red is classic enough for use the whole year.
8. Body Glow: £44, SpaceNK
If you can’t send your loved one jetting off on a trip to sunnier climes this Christmas, this bronzer in a bottle is perhaps the next best thing. The silky oil will glide over their skin, adding just a subtle hint of a sun-kissed glow.
9. Van Cleef & Arpels Ambre Imperiale EDP: £126, Harvey Nichols
If you can’t afford to get your loved one a piece of fine jewellery, a beautiful fragrance from Van Cleef & Arpels exclusive Collection Extraordinaire range is a wonderful second choice. This rich blend of amber sweetened with vanilla and tonka bean will make a sublime gift for a scent lover.
10. Cosmetic Case - Rose Gold: £190, rag & bone
If you’re splashing the cash on cosmetics, then the case in which they’re carried should pass muster, too. The warm tones of rose gold have made it a huge trend in jewellery and accessories, and this metallic finish pouch is a shining example.
At Christmas we think the ultimate luxury is a peaceful hour away from cooking, cleaning or dealing with family feuding, so a nice hot bath laced with Deep Sleep bath oil would be top of my list. But Dolce & Gabbana’s cheery red nail lacquer would keep me smiling well into 2016.