Luxury Beauty Stocking Filler
I have fallen for the luxury stocking fillers. And by “luxury”, I just mean anything that cost more than a tenner… because, y’know, I’m frugal ‘n’ all.
So, to forewarn you, there won’t be any Tom Ford and Mulberry (sorry!) in this blogpost but you should hopefully discover brands that are equally as lovely!
This skincare brand is an absolute dream. After having a gorgeous lunch at Rosewood Hotel with the founder of Antipodes, I have fallen in love with what the brand stands for.
Originated from New Zealand and inspired by nature and clean air, Antipodes is all about using the finest ingredients Mother Nature has to offer.
I’m slowly working my way through all their products (I’m getting there!) but their miniatures and travel sized products make a great stocking filler for any skincare junkie.
Caudalie and Morocconoil
How can you resist products packaged as tree decorations? Damn those marketing people 😉
I’m sure you’ve all heard about both of these cult products. Caudalie is renowned for their Beauty Elixr (£10); raved about by beauty bloggers, used by top make-up artists, this facial spray tones, hydrates, primes the skin and sets make-up.
Morocconoil hair treatment (£13.45)was one of those hyped up products about six years ago. One whiff of it and it take my back to the blogger era of 2012. It is, of course, worth the hype. Made for all hair types, but particularly dry, this nourishing oil which contains Argan oil, is formulated to revive, protect and put the shine back in to lack-lustre hair.
Anyone else out there who still does their nails like I do? If so, here’s a duo set for them! Leighton Denny The Glitz and The Glam (£18) features an opaque colour and a very festive snowglobe effect glitter topcoat. Both can, of course, can be worn on it’s own or with the top coat on top.
Starting from £6-£15, Mor’s little luxuries include body butters, their best-selling lip balms, perfumes, candles, and much more. Mor Boutique is a romantic brand that’s inspired by travel and art, ancient civilisation and bygone eras.
Each of the Buckley London’s Christmas baubles contain a different piece of jewellery. Ranging from £15, I think this makes a lovely secret santa gifts. The one I’ve got contains a silver and cubic zirconia (clear crystal) necklace – it’s almost like the safe option for when you’re not sure what to buy someone. Everyone loves crystals, right?!
The award-winning Emma Hardie’s Merrily Morgina is only £10.00. The travel sized version of the hero product, this balm cleanser removed make-up and dirt effectively and effortlessly.
I’m so excited about this Winky Lux Surprise Holiday Cracker (£13). Inside is 3 of Winky Lux products; Flower balm (one of those clear balms with a flower inside – it’s amazing to look at), a glitter balm in shade unicorn, and a disco lipgloss in shade groovy.
It’s make-up but it isn’t? Perricone MD’s No Make Up Make Up range is for those who prefer a more natural look. The No Make Up Lipstick (£25) is an anti-ageing lip treatment with a hint of colour. It’s solid-to-serum formula ensure that lips are nourished and hydrated throughout the day.
A few months ago, I wondered if there was anything that I could use to make my lashes grow. Lo and behold, there is and it comes in the shape of RapidLash. This is the most costly products out of everything featured on this gift guide but if it works, it is worth every penny. Prices start from £28 for the Eyelash daily conditioner – up to £39.99 for the serums.
MUA Make Up Academy
These aren’t luxury by any means, but you know when sometimes you put a stocking or a goody bag together and you’re like… I need something else to bulk it out. Well, because MUA are so affordable, you could buy several things for a budget of £20!
iMantara is inspired by a Thai spa experience. I started the year off with a trip to Thailand (which I’ve yet to blog about – my iPhone broke and I had to back it up, so I dumped all my photos on my laptop and I can’t bring myself to sort 3000+ photos! Something to do during the festive break, perhaps) – anyway, fond memories were made in Thailand so I welcome anything that helps recreate the holiday.
iMantara’s bath and body products are luxurious and expertly blended with botanicals, essential oils, herbs and spices.
When I lived alone in London, I’d pop in to John Lewis and treat myself to something from Heyland & Whittle on pay day. I lived in a horrible flat (I had to pick somewhere to live within 2 days), so I was determined to make it as nice as possible. This meant luxury reed diffuser, fresh bouquets, posh candles, and beautiful bedding.
Heyland & Whittle was one of my go-to brands at the time so whenever I come across their products at department stores, I still stop by and remember specific scents that take me back to the dodgy, grungy, overpriced flat I lived in! I make it sound awful (and it was) but it was one of the best times of my life and I wouldn’t change it for the world.
This Christmas, Heyland & Whittle have created several festive scents which includes Winter Spice (orange, cinnamon, nutmeg and clove), Frankincense (rose, frankincense, citrus, oud and vanilla) and Myrrh (bergamot, geranium, patchouli and of course, myrrh).
Read my other Christmas gift guides here.