Christmas Gift Ideas 2010

29 November 2010

Christmas Gift Ideas 2010

Hi everyone! I thought I would do something a little different today and post one of my own articles. I write for my university's student newspaper every fortnight, and have my very own little beauty section in the fashion pages. This week I was given the task to come up with some beauty gift ideas for Christmas. Hope you like my post and a little insight into what I write about outside of blogging!

£25 and Under:

Urban Decay Shadow Box, £22.50 Debenhams

To celebrate Urban Decay’s tenth birthday, they have packed their 10 best selling eyeshadows into one magical palette. It is a very neutral, wearable palette that is sure to suit all you make-up needs. The slim, matte black case comes with a perfectly sized mirror and sponge-tip applicators. It also has a magnetic closure, ensuring it will stay closed in your handbag.

£20 and Under:

Soap and Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Lip Gloss Gift Set, £19.50 Boots

Yes, it’s official, big pouting lips are possible without any injections. This is an ideal gift set for that friend we all have – the one which is constantly applying lip-gloss, day and night!

This Soap and Glory set contains three extreme lip plumping glosses, which contain scientifically proven plumping superfill microspheres that explode in volume of up to ten times when they come in contact with moisture. They're like tiny, dehydrated little sponges that expand when you put them onto your lips. As you apply the gloss, you can feel the magic happening as your lips tingle.

The glosses included are: Plum Juice gloss, Baby Doll gloss and Half Naked gloss. They are three very different, yet very universal, shades to suit all.

£15 and Under:

Bare Minerals Try.Believe.Love. Kit, £15 Debenhams

Bare Minerals is fast becoming the go-to make-up choice for millions of women of all ages, skin types and skin concerns. All of Bare Minerals make-up is 100% pure minerals, designed to give you complexion perfection without the harsh chemicals, such as preservatives. Some people claim this make-up is so good that you can sleep in it and still maintain perfect skin– but we wouldn’t recommend trying this!

This kit is an amazing starter kit for a friend or family member who has never dabbled with mineral make-up. Even better, you can choose from Light, Medium or Dark – perfect for everyone.

In this kit you get:

· 2 shades of Bare Minerals SPF15 Foundation – designed to easily allow you to find your perfect match.

· Bare Minerals Mineral Veil – the ultimate finishing powder to help you stay shine-free all day long.

· Bare Minerals Warmth All Over Face Colour – to give you a sunkissed glow.

· Bare Minerals Flawless Application Face Brush – designed specifically for buffing Bare Minerals products onto your skin.

£10 and Under:

OPI Ire Swiss Ables Collection Mini Set, £9.99

OPI nail polishes are popular with nail salons, celebrities and beauty lovers alike. However, at nearly £10 a pop they are quite pricey. This fantastic mini set of for just £9.99 is an absolute bargain and perfect for a friend with expensive taste. The Swiss collection has a very Christmassy vibe, and this is reflected in the gift set. The set contains Colour So Hot It Berns (a vibrant red), Yodel Me On My Cell (shimmering blue) and Lucertainly Look Marvelous (shimmery pewter). On top of this, you will get RapiDry – their fast dry top coat.

£5 and Under:

The Body Shop Gift Cube, £5 The Body Shop

These little gift boxes are perfect for Secret Santa’s, work friends or extra stocking fillers. At £5, with £8 worth of product inside, they are a steal!

Inside you get a shower gel, body lotion and shower puff. My top pick is the very delicate and girly Japanese Cherry Blossom.

Other choices include: Strawberry, White Musk, Coconut, Mango or Moroccan Rose.

Hope you guys liked this,

Lydia xox


  1. Thanks for those gift ideas! The Body Shop Gift Cube is such a bargain!

  2. It is! All of the The Body Shop's Christmas gift range are bargains :)

  3. Ic , good ideas . I never think to buy makeup as a christmas gift . But now i found this really interesting .Especially the Urban decay shadow box . Nice blog

  4. I got the Lavender gift set last year from my boyfriend and I loved it. He found it here:

    I might want to ask for the vanille one this year :D
    Oh, and the lipbutter's so yummy. I've tried almost all of them. Looooove the Mango and Vanilla Almond.