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Beauty gifts all wrapped up

Lisa Haynes

Published 29/11/2012 | 14:00

Beauty gifts at Christmas used to have a bad rep but not any more
Estee Lauder Swarovski evening bag collection
MAC Divine Desire Paramour Pink palette
The Body Shop Ginger Sparkle Shower, Scrub & Moisture Collection
Yves Saint Laurent Pure Chromatics Collector palette with sequin pouch

Beauty used to get a bad wrap at Christmas: soap on a rope, redundant bath salts and selection boxes of revolting mini fragrances.







These days, Christmas lists are packed with pampering requests.



From dazzling beauty sets and designer fragrances to spa-style toiletries, it's like the 2012 equivalent of gold, frankincense and myrrh.



Here's what Santa Beauty has to offer your Christmas shopping list.



The Glamazon



Make her Christmas complete with lashings of glitz, gold and labels.



  • No party girl's outfit is ready without a dazzling accessory, and Estee Lauder delivers with its Swarovski Evening Bag Collection. The set contains a lipstick and crystal mirror for touch-ups in an eye-catching clutch, €46.91


  • Forget Christmas trees, even nail polishes have been sprinkled with bling. Presented in a gift box, Nails Inc's limited edition polishes with crystal caps are the ultimate in decadence for manicured fingers, €18.52 each (www.nailsinc.com).


  • Combine jewellery with fine fragrance by wrapping up Chloe's Signature Solid Perfume Necklace. The precious locket houses a blend of rose notes that can be applied to pulse points on the go, €55.55.


  • Make-up mavens with a penchant for labels will love Yves Saint Laurent's limited edition Pure Chromatics Collector. The palette is slipped into a sparkly sequinned pouch resembling a designer vintage dress, €48.77


The Pamper Queen



Switch her regular bubble bath for a more exotic pamper with these indulgent me-time treats.



  • If she's more concerned with keeping fine lines at bay than kicking back, look to Elemis's regal Pro-Collagen Queen kit. Presented in royal purple vanity case, this gift of glowing skin is packed with Pro-Collagen anti-ageing gems, €240.70
  • Bring the spa to the bathroom with Sanctuary Spa's Deluxe Retreat box. There are five pampering essentials with puff to lather up with, €30.86 from Boots


The Fragrance Fiend



Follow your nose to a sensational scent that will make her think of you every time she spritzes.



  • If all that festive chocolate is bringing on the guilt, indulge in a beautifying apple. DKNY Golden Delights Holiday Set includes DKNY Golden Delicious eau de parfum and Shimmering Body Lotion, €59.24.


  • Those who can't be without their fragrance will adore the handbag-friendly Angel Luxury Purse Spray eau de parfum. The gem embossed bottle is a star gift for on-the-go spritzes, €100.58
  • Forget winter layers and indulge in fragrance layering - designer style. Go for gold with Balenciaga Paris's luxurious gift set containing eau de parfum and matching body lotion to intensify the scent, €77.75


The Girly Girl



Pink, fluffy and cute, these adorable sets are the next best thing to a puppy/kitten/bunny rabbit.



  • Festive cuties won't be able to resist The Body Shop's Ginger Sparkle Shower, Scrub & Moisture Collection. The reusable tin houses four spicy ginger-scented limited editions, €18.51
  • Boudoir style and bursting with pretty products, MAC's Divine Desire Paramour Pink is ideal for fans of retro glamour. Containing Powder Blush, Cremesheen Lipstick, Lipglass, Technakohl Liner and Powder/Blush Brush, this powder pink bow pouch is sure to please, €55.54




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