Thursday, 26 November 2015

Gift Guide: Beauty For £30 & Under

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Throughout the festive period we are utterly showered with Christmassy, beauty goodness and there's nothing better than receiving a good beauty set as a gift from a loved one. If you have a few girls to buy for you might find yourself on a bit of a tight budget - but that doesn't mean your gifts have to be any less luxurious. Read on to find out my favourite budget-friendly beauty gift ideas for £30 and under.


BATH & BODY


You simply can't go wrong with a good old bath and body gift set. Every single year without fail my sister will ask for a Soap & Glory gift set for Christmas and I can't blame her. Their gift sets are full to the brim of wonderful products and they are such amazing value for money. They have a whole selection of sets available, but this year the Soap & Glory 'Poptastic' gift set  in particular caught my eye. It has some of my favourite S&G products, including the deliciously scented body spray which I am currently obsessed with.

Moving on to bathtime, I am seriously lusting after the Laura Mercier Crème Brûlée Duet. Nothing makes a better gift than a gorgeous bath product, and this one inspired by the aroma of French patisseries, sounds like heaven in a jar. This would make such a perfectly luxurious gift for your loved one. On the note of divine scents, L'Occitane have the ideal festive gift to hang right on your Christmas tree - a bauble filled with L'Occitane's beautiful almond collection!

Bumble & Bumble are a brand that I am beginning to fall head over heels in love with, and their Christmas gift sets this year are must-haves. Their thickening range of haircare products in particular are highly praised and rightly so. This 'Full Of Cheer' gift set is just the perfect way to introduce someone to such a luxuriously wonderful haircare brand.


MAKE-UP 

Ah, make-up. It is the undeniable way to a girl's heart, especially at Christmas. Benefit are always at the top of their game during the festive period with the anticipated release of their Christmassy gift sets. The 'Life Of The Party' gift set offers a range of Benefit's best-selling products, including a mini PORE-fessional and They're Real! mascara. In my opinion, a perfect gift for a Benefit fanatic or a wonderful little introduction to the brand.

One of my favourite sets available this year has to be the Clinique Whole Lotta Chubby set - honestly, how adorable is that name? With this you receive three Chubby sticks for lips in a variation of formulas and shades, as well as a cheek tint stick and an eyeshadow tint stick. An absolutely perfect addition to a make-up lover's stocking.

For something a little more luxurious, there is the Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat Mini Mascara Duo set. This includes the coveted Touche Eclat 01 for the correction of unwanted dark under-eye circles, as well as a mini mascara. This is such a staple handbag product and perfect for anyone who loves high-end brands.

One brand that always seems to sneak its way onto my Christmas wishlist in one form or another is Urban Decay. It doesn't really come as much of a surprise, with the beautiful range of products UD has to offer. One of my all-time favourite products from Urban Decay has to be the original Naked Basics palette. As much as I love the original larger Naked releases, I can't fault this little gem. As a fan of neutral shades, I reach for this on a regular basis. I feel like it would be perfect for someone as a little starter kit, or even for someone wanting to expand on their eyeshadow collection. Another great offering from Urban Decay would be the limited edition travel sized 24/7 glide-on eye pencil set - featuring four gorgeous metallic shades.

Just to top it all off, a beautiful new make-up bag certainly wouldn't go amiss for any beauty fanatic. The gorgeously festive rose gold Charlotte Tilbury bag is simply dreamy!


SKINCARE

When it comes to beauty products, skincare is definitely up there as my one true love. There are so many wonderful offerings for skincare sets during the festive period, it makes me giddy with excitement. Origins have a fantastic array of products available that are all incredible value for money. The GinZing range has to be among my favourites from the brand, and so this 'Let Us Glow' set has to be my favourite pick. In the set you'll receive the GinZing moisturiser, scrub cleanser, renewal serum and eye cream. This is honestly a skincare lovers dream. A wonderful accompaniment to this is the Origins 'Mask Marvels' set, which includes four of the brand's best-selling face masks, including my beloved Drink Up Intensive Mask.

An undeniable skincare saviour for me has to be the Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish - it gives such a clean, refreshing feeling and since using it my skin has honestly never felt better. This limited edition sweet orange & mint scent sounds absolutely divine, and would make a perfect stocking filler. Another Liz Earle gem is the orange flower hand gift set for delicate hand repair - an essential at this time of year!


There are so many wonderful products available to purchase on a budget this festive season. As well as my favourite picks above, I've included a few more beauty products for £30 and under below! Happy shopping!


What budget beauty gems are on your wishlist this festive season?

Katy Belle
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