Sabon | Enjoy the Present Limited Edition Christmas Beauty Range
You know when a gift just nails it before you’ve even managed to get past the packaging? Premium beauty brand, SABON has done just that. See the clever pun printed ever so boldly beneath the brand’s logo? Do you see it? It exploits our natural human desire to live in the present, appreciate the now, have a #unicornlife and all those other cliches that repeatedly bang on the door when it’s midday and we’re still in our pyjamas. I’m a freelance writer, what do you want from me? So SABON, rather cruelly or cleverly I haven’t figured that one out yet, have based an entire range of Christmas beauty products on the Far Eastern art of giving and celebrating every day as if it were a gift. I think I am totally behind this. What better gift is there than one that literally reminds you how precious and beautiful life is?
SABON opened it’s first store in Covent Garden (a WC postcode will certainly help with the whole life is beautiful thing) and has over 140 stores world-wide. I have hand-picked the following products for this guide because together they make a truly nourishing and pretty lovely Christmas gift set. First, the signature Body Scrub made with sea salt and enriched with natural oils. It’s a great exfoliator and even includes vitamin E for added luxury. Next, the Two of a Kind set, which includes a shower oil and SABON’s signature Patchouli, Lavender and Vanilla body lotion. These products are all limited edition, but will be available to buy here at the end of this week!
Ark Skincare | Hydration Injection Masque
I have only recently decided that I love face masks. I don’t know what I’ve been doing for the majority of my adult life, other than watching Pretty Little Liars and making spider diagrams to figure out who A is, but that is definitely time I could have spent in a bubble bath with a face-mask on. You know when beauty experts ask you what skin-type you are? Do you actually answer with confidence? Because most of the time I don’t have a clue what my skin-type is and come out in an itchy rash whenever anyone asks me to identify it. My skin is mostly non-changeable – it’s not really dry or really oily or really anything. So when faced with the question that determines what products I’ll end up leaving that store with, I go for “dry” purely due to panic.
ARK caught my attention because they have scrapped skin-types and gone for age-appropriate solutions instead. Hurrah! Apparently, we start aging in our mid-twenties. Excuse me whilst I weep into my tea. If we can take away anything from this monstrous new statistic, let it be this: it is never too early to get a skincare regime in place! So let’s take a look at the Hydration Injection Masque (£35). This magic works by “drenching skin with moisture, optimising the circulation of water through all skin layers and providing 24-hour protection against water loss.” Teens and twenties should use it once or twice a week for 5 minutes. Thirties and forties twice a week for 10 minutes and fifties and above twice a week for 20 minutes.
This hydration injection contains vitamin A to regulate collagen synthesis, vitamin B5 for smoothness, vitamin C to fade pigmentation and vitamin E to prevent UV damage. It sounds like flawless skin in a bottle! Sign me up for a monthly subscription.
Jules B | Barbour Scarf
I tried to be a city girl once but big crowds make me anxious and like, why is everyone in such a hurry? London makes me feel like a moth trapped in a bath at the best of times. Nope, I’m a country-girl at heart and Barbour conjures up images of long woodland walks with the dogs, over-sized muddy puddles and my dad pretending he’d meet us all back at home when in actual fact he’d set up shop in the local pub. I have never shopped with Jules B before, and I was pleasantly surprised by the range of designers they stock for both men and women: M Missoni, Alexander Wang and McQ Alexander McQueen to name only a few. They have a rather exciting sale section too, which is definitely worth keeping an eye on.
This classic tartan lambswool scarf reminds me of wax coats slippery from the rain and cosy open fires in my parents’ house. It comes in a variety of different colour ways and is priced at £27.99. My reasons for including Barbour were nostalgic but my recommendation to check out Jules B for your prezzies this year is based on the practicalities of having a host of designers under one virtual roof.
Bath Time Bliss | Olverum Oil
I know, right? Old news. I must have recommended this product a thousand times in the past month, but that doesn’t change the fact that it would make a gorgeous Christmas gift for literally anyone – as long as they actually have a bath and not a weird walk-in-shower contraption. I don’t understand people without baths. I just don’t. It’s nothing personal. I talk in a bit more detail about it in my October Favourites. (The bath oil not people without baths). It can be bought here and starts at £23,50.*Whispers* that’s enough for 25 baths.
Charlotte Tilbury | Glastonberry
Arguably the most autumn/winter hue under the sun, Charlotte Tilbury’s Glastonberry lipstick is a firm favourite among beauty bloggers and one that I’ve recently fallen victim to. It really is a gorgeous colour and can we just take a second to appreciate the rose gold packaging? Swoon. If you can’t quite stretch to the
quite frankly insane £150 for the Book of Makeup Magic but know that your bestie/sister/mum would love a slice of the action then why not go for a single lippie? It was packaged so beautifully that I had to open it in slow motion. Get this one here for £23.
I hope you enjoyed this Christmas Gift Guide! In case you missed it, here’s Part One. I’m working on a gift guide For Him, which will be coming soon. Happy shopping everyone!