Beauty Gift Guide 2012: Part 3

I’ve done a gift guide for the girl in her late teens/early 20s, one for the more mature lady in her 50s (hi Mum) and my penultimate one is for the giant age range in between. As this is my age range I’ve had a lot of fun putting this one together and I really hope you find my suggestions useful:

Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette - £36

If she likes make up she will love this palette from Urban Decay. Containing the most flattering shades we’ve ever seen, if you only buy her one cosmetic gift, make it this one. The colours can be used for day to day neutral wear or jazzed up to create a sexy smoky eye.

Return to Glory Mobile Beauty Therapists – £89 

There’s something rather indulgent about having your beauty therapist come to you; I had a deluxe mani and pedi in my living room one rainy Sunday morning so no wearing flip flops in the cold journey home to avoid smudging the pedicure and no using the pads of my fingers to get my oyster card out to prevent damaging the manicure. Instead, I was able to relax in the comfort of my own home while my hands and feet were treated to an hour and a half of luxury. Book online for extra discount.

Bare Minerals Pure Transformation Night Treatment – £45

I love this; it like a license to wear make up to bed! This mineral treatments looks like a foundation (comes in 4 shades and doesn’t transfer onto the pillow) and helps reduce the appearance of pores and deliver faster cell turnover for younger-looking, radiant skin all while you sleep.

Label. M Shampoo and Conditioner – from £10.50

If she’s just coloured her hair (like I have) then she can’t get enough of colour protecting shampoo and conditioner. This brand often works backstage at London Fashion Week. Buy any three label m products and receive this free limited edition large Giles cosmetics bag.

Bianca Jones Sabre Ring – £190

If she likes jewellery she will love up and coming designer Bianca Jones. Her pieces are one offs, poles apart from the kind of stuff you find on the high street. This ‘Sabre’ ring (in sterling silver) is everything I wanted in a bar that floats across the hand and it comes in the most adorable packaging (which to me is part of the pleasure).

Pretty Idle ‘Blissed Off’ Candle – £36

A heady mix of geranium, frankincense and vetiver, this candle has been hand-poured using essential oils and natural soy wax. It has been designed to smell like happiness which I think is great. They call it Mother Nature’s version of Valium!

Smythson iPhone 5 cover – from £95

It has been reported that every day, more iPhones are sold than people are born so chances are she has, or wants, the new iPhone 5. Set her phone apart from the rest with this lux calf leather cover from Smythson.

Cupcakes and Cashmere by Emily Schuman – £12.99

I had my doubts about this book from uber-popular blogger Emily Schuman but it really is sweet and endearing. It is ‘a guide for defining your style, reinventing your space and entertaining with ease’ and it contains useful tips like how to take the perfect photograph, how to get the smoky eye look right, how to transition your wardrobe from spring to summer and even advice on how to make the perfect pastry. With beautiful illustrations throughout and written in a friendly, non preachy tone, it’s easy to see why Emily has collaborated with brands like Estee Lauder and Coach and had her work featured in publications like Teen Vogue and Glamour.

Go forth and shop!


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