We get sent beauty products to try all year long, but even for people who own more eyeshadows than there are weeks in the year, and who store their excess skincare products in their kitchen cupboards (guilty!), there are still beauty products out there so special, practical, and tempting that they’ve earned places on our Christmas lust lists. Giving is great and all, but nothing beats the feeling when you score something from the top of your wishlist. Here are the beauty products that Beauty Bay editors are lusting after this festive season.
I cannot stress enough how much I love a new makeup brush set. There’s just something about the feel of a fresh, clean brush against skin and the way it applies your makeup. That being said, right at the top of my wish list is any of Zoeva’s Rose Gold collections. Gorgeously feminine and housed in a coordinating makeup pouch, they’re just perfection in makeup brush form.
I love makeup and I’m a big fan of Shaaanxo, the famous vlogger. So, obviously, her collaboration with BH Cosmetics is high on my wish list. With 9 creamy lip colours in berry, coral and rose hues and 9 buttery soft, pigmented shadows in flattering neutrals, it’s the perfect kit for travels. The shades suit all skin tones and occasions, allowing you to create dramatically smoky eyes or a barely-there daytime look.
My straighteners are so old, they could probably apply for a bus pass. They still work, but I feel I’m in definite need of an upgrade. So next on my list is a shiny new pair of styling irons. The Megastar’s from NuMe are what I have my sights set on. With Infrared technology to heat each strand of hair from within and Ion accelerators to boost shine, they’ll leave my hair super sleek, glossy and healthy.
Anyone who knows me knows that I’m all about eyeshadow – my palette collection stands testament to this! This eye-catching edit from the queen of eyeshadow – Natasha Denona (her formulas are oh so buttery and blendable) – has been calling my name all year. The vibrant metallics will be perfect for my New Year’s Eve look.
This brand has been the talk of the Beauty Bay office since it launched – everyone loves the luxurious scent and instant results, plus it’s the next best thing to having your hair done by brand founder and Kardashian hairstylist Jen Atkin! I’ll be asking for the Curl Kit for Christmas. I’m hoping it will put me on the right track for the soft bouncy curls I’m lusting after.
I rarely ask for skincare as a Christmas present, but winter always wreaks havoc on my complexion and I can’t think of anything my skin needs more than this serum, which is packed with antioxidants and vitamins to boost skin health. I want nothing more than radiant, glowing skin in 2017 and I know this will be just the ticket.
I have a ridiculous weakness for expensive skincare products, but I tried a sample of this earlier in the year and it completely transformed my skin so it’s well worth investing in. For the past year, the bulk of my beauty routine has revolved around clearing up the scars left behind from my teen acne days. This is the gold standard of chemical exfoliants – it uses vitamin A, retinol, and glycolic acid to restore and resurface skin – literally the most appropriate treatment you can give skin like mine.
I’m not often one for an eyeshadow palette, but I’m a sucker for anything in matte, neutral tones and this edit speaks to my love of warm, autumnal colours. What’s more, Viseart are well known for their colour-rich, high-quality eyeshadow formulas and I know I’d use every single shade in this palette. I’d love to find this my stocking this Christmas, Santa.
I am obsessed with keeping my makeup brushes as clean as possible – not an easy task when I use at least 10 on a daily basis. Brush cleaning may be a chore, but this foolproof cleaning mat provides an exfoliating action that rids brushes of buildup in an instant. And when you’re as pressed for time as I am, saying it’s ‘heaven sent’ is a major understatement. This is a need, not a want. If someone doesn’t buy it for me, I’ll probably gift it to myself.