Festive Beauty Must-Haves 2023

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The holiday season is almost upon us, which means there are beauty gifts galore on the shelves of every major retailer as well as online. Since there’s nothing like a well-chosen beauty gift under the tree to a bring a smile or two, we have been testing some of this year’s latest festive beauty must-haves.

Whether you are looking for makeup, skincare or haircare, we’ve got you covered.

This year’s favourites in make-up for  include the Fenty Beauty gloss bomb and Charlotte Tilbury’s Pillow Talk lipstick. Both of these products are perfect for adding some glam to your holiday looks.


cellcosmet Precious Mask £159

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Give her the gift of smooth skin this Christmas with this luxury pick. Cellcosmet’s Precious Mask is more than a simple beauty mask: it is a skin-harmonising, radiance-revealing gel-cream mask that gives your complexion a fine, even texture and healthy glow. With regular use, it helps redefine* facial lines and smooths skin texture, giving you instant radiance. More than three decages of swiss expertise goes into every formulation. This is beauty at its best.

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Fenty Beauty Glossy Posse Volume 6.0 Gloss Bomb Trio £34

The ultimate gotta-have-it gloss with intense shine that feels as good as it looks in a trio of cream, shimmer + heat Gloss Bomb formulas—featuring 2 fam-fave shades, Fenty Glow + Glass Slipper Heat + one set-exclusive shade, Pink Dragonfly.

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Lip ‘Filler’ freezeframe Lip Injection, £38

freezeframe’s Lip Injection is a powerful dual effect formula containing micronised Hyaluronic Acid spheres (the very same ingredient used in professional lip injections) which is clinically proven to instantly plump lips. But the results don’t just stop there – the product also performs a long-term volumising effect which can more than double the appearance of lip size in just 4 weeks.

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Ardell Seamless Extensions Wispies £24.99

Heard of Underlashing yet? Makeup artists and beauty TikTokers have adopted this application technique, as it changes the overall appearance ofthe lashes,and gives a natural lift to the eyes.​  Underlashing is a lash technique where false lashes are applied under your natural lashes instead of the traditional method of applying them on top. 

Building on the surge of the underlash movement, ARDELL has launched the high-quality seamless Wispies kit, providing medium volume with criss-cross layering​, and exceptional value. The kit includes 36 Underlash Extensions in 4 lengths – 10, 12, 14, 16 mm​, Black Bond, Clear Seal, Remover, and Applicator – everything you need for lashes that will make hearts flutter!

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Christmas Limited Edition Mega Volume Body Building Collection £38

Turn heads this party season with Philip Kingsley hair care gift sets which are sure to inject a touch of glamour and sparkle to your hair care routine. Forget vintage velcro rollers, for fine hair in need of a boost this party season, look no further than this collection of body-boosting must-haves.This special blend of cult hero Elasticizer, Body Building Weightless Shampoo & Conditioning duo, and Maximizer Strand Plumping Cream will treat your tresses to beautiful bounce this festive season.

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Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Daily Skin Therapy Body Lotion £5.99

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There’s no better Christmas gift than the generational beauty secrets we share with our loved ones! This year Palmer’s has a new campaign initiative called #ShowYourselfLove. The campaign is a celebration of self, through self-care and beauty with Palmer’s iconic Cocoa Butter Formula being at the forefront.

Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Body Lotion – a rich, every-day, affordable moisturising lotion, which smells divine and can be slathered from head-to-toe, even on sensitive skin.It can help soothe dry and eczema prone skin, with its natural ingredients and hydrating properties. The uniquely rich and creamy blend of Cocoa Butter, made from ethically and sustainably sourced cocoa beans, and Vitamin E, ensures moisture is locked in, deeply, leaving skin super smooth and silky. 

Available at retailers nationwide.

Emolyne Eyeshade Crème £24

The new weightless and creamy shadows from Emolyne glide on to create sparkling, high-impact eye looks.

Available in five shades, Emolyne’s Eyeshade Crème delivers pigment-rich, shimmer eyeshadows that surpass the staying power of classic powders. A ‘primer-cream shadow’ hybrid formula, adheres to the lids without budging or smudging. Their multidimensional finish provides a megawatt shot of pearlescent sparkle that captures and radiates light.

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Beautifect Professional Brush Collection & Pouch (sold separately)

Crafted with a luxe matte gold finish; Beautifect’s premium, ergonomically designed brushes are densely filled with soft premium quality vegan bristles to seamlessly apply and blend all formulas.  They include weighted ends to aid the correct pressure for airbrushed application.

Add their Pouch, made from luxuriously soft grained vegan leather, the perfectly compact everyday must-have with the ideal space for storing your favourite essentials including brushes, makeup and more.

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Nanoblur Skin-Blurring Cream £24.99

It’s never been easier to blur out imperfections, reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and create an even-looking complexion. nanoblur™ instantly filters skin reducing the look of pores, blemishes, and crow’s feet, leaving skin with a silky-smooth finish. Developed to provide high definition ready skin, something we all need this festive party season! this unique cream uses light-diffusing and optical blurring technology to create an instant matte and flawless finish for picture-perfect skin in as little as 40 seconds.

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GF Fabulosity Hair & Scalp Recovery Elixir £53

Want fabulous hair this season? This nourishing leave-in hair and scalp treatment is conditioning and works to stimulate and increase hair growth and scalp health with a silky light texture.

High in tannin compounds, the traditional Ayurvedic ingredient Amla is one of the most potent antioxidants which infuses hair with nutrition to protect against
environmental stressors while strengthening follicles, preventing hair loss and promoting growth and scalp health.

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colorsport 30 day power serum £12.91

 You still have time to enhance your brows and lashes in time for the party season!

COLORSPORT® Power Serum for Lash & Brow growth.

Formulated with OptiPlex Growth Technology ™ which strengths, nourishes and renews lashes and brows to promote natural growth. Improves the appearance of brittle, short, thin lashes and sparse brows.

The results are lashes and brows appear longer, fuller and stronger in just 30 days.

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LH cosmetics Creator palette £35.70

Get your festive glam on with this gorgeous palette. Creator palette is the final result of LH Cosmetics community’s wishes and named after some of the co creators. 9 hand picked shades in multiple finishes, three of which can be used as cake liners. The textures are creamy and soft, easy to apply and to blend, for a flawless finish. In true LH cosmetics’ spirit, the shades are multi use and 100% vegan.

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Brushworks Sweet Floral Refresh & Revitalise Dry Shampoo £4.95

Hair in need of a refresh? Make every day a good hair day with the Brushworks Refresh & Revitalise Floral Dry Shampoo. Formulated with naturally derived rice starch which absorbs excess oil and lifts buildup from the roots, this sweet and floral dry shampoo is the key to creating thicker, fuller-looking hair. Thanks to its cleansing, grease-proof powers, this hair saviour can prolong the time between washes, so you can enjoy fresh and voluminous hair for longer.

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NUDESTIX Hydra-Peptide Lip Butter – Avocado + Shea £15.90

Lips feel soft and juicy, look plump and contoured, while tasting fresh and yummy with every daily dose of Hydra-Peptide Lip Butter. Vegan and cruelty-free.
Ripe avocado and shea butters melt to instantly soften the lip texture and lock in moisture for all day hydration.
Tripeptides Pal-KMO2K and Pal-GHK mimic and stimulate natural hyaluronic acid and collagen to maximize lip volume and plumpness with every dose.

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Percy & Reed We Wish You a Wonderful Hair Day £28.00 (Worth £50.50)

Give the gift of great hair. ‘Tis the season for wonderful hair. Percy & Reed have wrapped up their stylist’s must-have products for healthy hair and salon-fresh style all season long. This luxurious 5-piece haircare and styling gift set features a complete regime to benefit all hair types.

Eye Candy Precision EyeLiner Pen £5.59

 Instantly enhance any eye look and get your cat eye on point with with Eye Candy’s highly pigmented, smudge-proof, and waterproof liquid eyeliner pen. A smooth black long-lasting formula with a precision tip, perfect for creating a variety of looks.

PETA Approved – Cruelty-Free & Vegan Friendly.

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WISHFUL Glow Trio £32

Get the ultimate glow with a trio of mini products that create a simple & effective routine! These cult-fave products brighten, hydrate, and nourish for healthy, happy skin. Start with the Get Clean Foaming Cleanser to melt away impurities and unclog pores, then pat skin dry and follow with the Yo Glow AHA & BHA Enzyme Scrub to gently buff away dead skin cells to reveal a brighter complexion. Finish with the Honey Whip Peptide Moisturizer to hydrate, plump and soothe skin.

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Complexion Sponge Set £9.79

Achieve a natural, skin-like finish and press your favourite foundation and concealer into your skin with ease. So Eco Complexion Sponges bounce off the skin to gradually build coverage with complete control, featuring precision tips to get to all the hard-to-reach areas for a flawless base. For best results, wet the sponge and squeeze out excess water. A damp sponge will allow for an easy blending experience. Say goodbye to streaks and uneven patches as these sponges evenly distribute product for a flawless and airbrushed finish.

PETA accredited, Cruelty-Free and Vegan.

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Christmas Glam Beauty Kit £65.00 (worth £233)

Get ready for festive soirees with Liberty’s Christmas Glam Kit, the perfect gift set for any beauty buffs this season – it is sure to delight.

This hand-picked kit features everything needed to perfect your glam makeup looks this Christmas and beyond, with products by some of the most-loved brands from across the beauty hall – including Augustinus Bader, Surratt, Rose Inc and Hourglass – packed into an elegant Liberty print wash bag.

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Lush Dreamland £56

Drift away on a journey to a magical dreamland with the help of these Sleepy-scented products and soothing Lush spa music, which plays from this wind up musical tin. The fusion of calming lavender and sweet tonka aromas in these six bath. body, and shower products will leave you feeling blissfully tranquil.

Wind up the lid and whimsical harmonies inspired by the Lush Spa soundtrack ‘Woodlark’ will play as the snow globe turns, transporting you along a journey into calm. Reuse again and again as a beautiful bedtime essential that will help you find little moments of calm all year round.

Available at Lush Stores Nationwide.

Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Lip Kit £39

Do you know a makeup lover that is obsessed with Charlotte Tilbury? Then this  4-piece beauty gift set comes with some of the best the brand has to offer, including a glossy lip balm, a matte lipstick, a lip gloss and a gorgeous lip liner.

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Eve Lom Glow Essentials Discovery Set £50

Enhance your radiancy ritual with Eve Lom’s Glow Essentials Discovery Set, a four-piece skincare bundle developed to cleanse, hydrate and visibly brighten. Including the cult-favourite cleansing balm, this kit sets out the foundations of an easy-to-follow skincare regime, perfect for morning and evening use.

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Hermès Rouge Hermès Matte Lipstick £62

Say hello to the latest addition to Hermès’ beauty line! Earlier this year, the brand launched a collection of 24 luxurious lipsticks that are making waves in the beauty industry. These matte lipsticks are not only hydrating and comfortable to wear, but also boast a highly-concentrated pigment for a flawless and easy application. What’s more, their precise bullet shape eliminates the need for a separate lip liner.

The highly-concentrated pigments leave their mark with a single stroke. The combination of a moisturising complex and White Mulberry extract in the heart of the formula takes care of the lips.

Designed by Pierre Hardy, the polished and brushed, lacquered metal object is protected by a canvas bag and slipped inside its signature orange box.

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HUDA BEAUTY Pretty Grunge Lip Quad £30

This quad set has two of their best-selling shades, Bombshell and Sweet Talker, along with two new shades, Maverick and Rebel. These lipsticks have major staying power, boast 8-hour wear, and have intense colour for an effortless, lived-in, rockstar look.

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GRANDE COSMETICS Lash & Brow Fantasy Set £69

Go for the gold! Achieve your lash & brow goals with this award-winning enhancing duo. This gift set also contains GrandeBROW Enhancing Serum in travel size.


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