Earlier this week I asked you which fashion items were on your Christmas wish list, but now that the holidays have passed, did you get what you wished for?
Out of all of the beauty gifts that you've read about this season, what's the one item that you're secretly hoping to get? I've just heard about an all-in-one serum and day/night cream that has my ears perking up. Could this really be too good to be true? I've also got my eyes on a few goodies from Rock & Republic and an Andy Warhol-inspired scent from Bond No. 9 that's too pricey for my pocketbook. So go on, pretend I'm Santa and tell me about the beauty products you'd like this year for Christmas.
Now here's a gal I can relate to! Whether she's your friend, sister, aunt, cousin, co-worker, mum or granny, the beauty junkie is someone whose eyes are going to pop at the mere presence of a blockbuster beauty present.
This is your chance to really get into the holiday season and indulge her with a bath and body gift set, a collection of mini perfumes or, something over-the-top like this Soap & Glory Pink Pamper Set which includes seven products for just £28. Take a look below for even more ultimate gift ideas for the beauty junkie!
This week's Christmas gift guides are all about your girlfriends. FabSugar UK and I have come up with some great ways to spoil the special ladies in your life rotten. Whether your bestie is a cousin, a sister, a co-worker, an old or new friend below are a few of my favorite beauty-inspired gift ideas for any gal pal that likes to party!
Americans celebrate Thanksgiving this Thursday and this usually acts as a marker for the beginning of the festive season. Now obviously we don't celebrate Thanksgiving here in the UK but that doesn't mean we can't start to indulge in our festive wardrobe with a sequin or two?
Sequins are always perfect for a Christmas party but this season why not up your game slightly by including sequins in your daytime ensemble? There's nothing like a glittery scarf to brighten up a grey day or even a sequined waistcoat. Most of you loved these sequined leggings but this pair are a bargain at just £20.
Check out Holiday Sugar for some great gift ideas.
For the next part of mine and Fab UK's Christmas gift guides, we're shopping for tween or young teenage girls. This could be a little sister, niece, cousin or even a friend's daughter but if you give them these cute beauty goodies you're certain to become their absolute favourite person.
If your recipient is already starting to wear a touch of makeup, indulge her diva side with Benefit Gabbi Gift Set. (£38.50) It contains a mini blue mascara, lip gloss and concealer for putting on the glitz. Alternatively treat her to Ted Baker Divine Pink Lip Colour (£5.95) for a shimmery party look.
I also love these Sweet Bath Fizzes (£6) from La Senza. Shaped like multicoloured cup cakes they're a fun bath treat for a younger sibling or niece. Meanwhile Kylie Sweet Darling Body Lotion (£12.50) is grown-up enough to appeal to her starlet yearnings, yet still smells sweet for little girls.
Personally I can never resist a little bit of shimmer and sparkle, especially in the run up to Christmas. No wonder then that I'm head over heels about Sarah Jessica Parker's Winter Sparkle collection. If you've got your LBD sorted and picked out some suitably glittery footwear then this beautiful set will add the finishing touch to your look.
The Winter Sparkle collection comprises of SJP's Lovely fragrance (£39) as well as two brand new products. The Shimmer Fragrance Stick (£13) is ideal for popping in your tote to ensure you smell sweet all night long. Meanwhile I love the Eau de Parfum Shimmer Spray (£33). Not only does it leave you smelling good enough to eat, it also coats your skin with a subtle sheen. Personally I don't want to go all out on the glitter but this adds just a touch of shimmer that leaves you looking iridescent and glowing.
Think of the party season as a great excuse to channel your very own red-carpet beauty look. So why have just perfume when you can have a scent with shimmer? These also make fantastic stocking fillers for glamorous friends who like their products to be fun and youthful.
Just because she's pregnant doesn't mean she can't be stylish! Today we continue our Fab Gift Guide with Mums-to-be so keep reading to find out what to buy a pregnant lady for this festive period.
Many High Street stores now offer maternity ranges but perhaps the most famous (and the best) is Topshops as they offer maternity equivalents of their main line pieces. My favourite is this hearts and bow tee (£28) which is sure to bring a smile on Christmas day.
As she is slightly larger than normal why not treat her to some jewellery which she can wear now and after the birth. I love this star bangle (£290) by Roberto Cavalli. See below for more gift ideas including maternity sleepwear.
For the next installment of mine and Fab UK's Christmas gift guides, we're thinking about mothers to be. If your best friend is just about to have a baby or you want to treat a pregnant colleague, then these pampering goodies are sure to be greatly appreciated. I especially love This Works Stretch Mark Oil (£32) which is perfect for warding off stretch marks and circulation issues.
If your mum-to-be mate is heading to the sunshine over the holidays, then treat her to Belli Anti-Chloasma Facial Sunscreen SPF 25 (£24). It protects against chloasma — those dark brown splotchy areas on the face that occur in 70 percent of pregnant women. Featuring zinc oxide and titanium dioxide it is undeniably one of the safest sun screens to use when pregnant.
Finally remind her how glamorous she is with a luxe lipstick from YSL (£18). This is a show-stopping red that will suit most skin tones. If you have any ideas for gifts for would-be mums then it'd be great if you share them with us in the comments section.
Today's Holiday 2008 Gift Guide is all about your grandmother. If you're lucky enough to have a grandma around then indulge her with classic beauty gifts. Bare in mind that a timeless beauty brand, such as Yves Saint Laurent or Yardley will always go down well as a present.
Alternatively go for something thoughtful and pretty, such as a bejewelled compact or this pretty tissue purse (£8). A glam grandma would also adore Chantecaille Lipstick (£21) in Rosehip. It's super creamy which is ideal for mature lips. Here's a selection of ideas that I think any grandmother would be pleased to receive, plus if you have any other ideas to share with everyone then please do let us know in the comments section.