Beauty Gift Guide 2012: Part 1

December is upon us and the beauty world comes alive at this time of year more than any other. With a myriad of gift sets and limited edition products it can feel like you’re drowning in eye shadow and lipstick.

Here’s a rundown of my current beauty favourites that the younger female in your life might like:

Benefit Let There Be Bright – £39
I’m a huge fan of beauty sets and this one from Benefit contains their best selling eye cream, facial emulsion and primer. It also has their hero product the POREfessional. Rihanna’s make up artist used it on the star at this years BRITS and says it minimises the appearance of pores, is oil-free so won’t irritate the skin and suits all skin tones.


A tweet from Rihanna’s make up artist

As ever, Benefit’s packaging has that kitsch retro feel I just love. All the products come in a cute case which I’ve used as the home for all the other gifts:


Bourjois Faux & Fabulous Lashes – from £5.99
These lashes border on theatrical but if you can’t wear them during the festive season, when can you?! Certainly not for a day in the office, they’d make great stocking fillers for the young lady who likes to stand out.

Pop Beaming Baked Eye in Bliss Beam – £14
A sweet palette with colours that suit everyone.

Shimmer Balm from this works – £10
100% natural pot of gold shimmer that can be used on the face, décolletage or body.

Griffin iPhone 5 cases – from £16
She probably wants the animal print t-shirt from Burberry but she’ll get a cute animal iPhone cover instead.

Rimmel London make up – from £5.99
The Lasting Finish Matte by Kate Moss lipsticks are rich and creamy and suit a wide array of skin tones and the Rimmel gel pot eyeliners are great for creating the cat eye look with ease.

LCN nail polish – £5.50
Jewel tones were all over the A/W catwalks and this purple had a rather Gucci vibe to it.

And there we have it. Close the case, wrap it up in some fancy paper from Selfridges and watch her face light up as she opens it.


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