December is upon us and so begins the Christmas shopping in earnest. This year, our vast collection of beauty gifts offers everything from sweet stocking fillers to showstopping skincare, but with so many options it can be difficult to choose. For inspiration, discover what the Inside Space team dub the best gifts of the season with our festive wish lists below.
Georgia Day, Head of Editorial & Content
If there’s one thing I look forward to above all else come Christmas it’s the scent of Diptyque’s pine tree scented candle. This year though, things have been dialled up a notch with the launch of the brand’s iconic festive scent in a room spray. Cue unbridled joy from me as I flit from room to room spritzing the scent of Christmas into every nook and cranny. Heaven.
If you’re looking for a gift that delivers on all fronts, look no further. Aside from the beautiful packaging and generous sizing of the pencils inside, each one of these creamy shadow sticks is eminently wearable meaning it’s the gift that keeps on giving all year long.
Festive goodies don’t come much better than a beautiful tree ornament. Housed in a beautiful bauble, the three miniatures that feature inside are all sleep time saviours, helping to ensure you can get a good night’s sleep amongst the chaos of the festivities.
Felicity Padbury, Editorial & Copy Manager
I love Christmas because it means you don’t have to wait until Saturday night to adorn your face with a touch of sparkle, and quite frankly, this set of glitter and glow liquid eye shadows looks a lot of fun. Go all out and create a full-on glitter lid or if you’re feeling less party and more arty, a fine line of glitz swiped across the top lid will do quite nicely.
A lovely gift that you might not think to buy for yourself but would be over the moon to receive. I’m forever in debt to Tan-Luxe’s bespoke approach to tanning, their innovative concentrated formulas mean that, with just a few drops, you can upgrade your existing skincare regime and fake a gorgeous healthy glow that makes you feel like a million dollars.
I love decorating my mantelpiece with candles and single stem flowers, and Christmas is the perfect excuse to add a splash of colour. I can’t wait to light this vibrant hand-painted ceramic candle from British fashion designer Matthew Williamson; its intoxicating mix of patchouli, fig, jasmine and gardenia will blend beautifully alongside Diptyque Feu de Bois.
Hayley Grove, Senior Copy & Editorial Writer
Like most beauty fans I was intrigued when we launched Drunk Elephant earlier this year and bought the Littles Kit, thinking it would be great for travel. The inevitable happened, I fell head over heels for the whole lot and used everything up before I could go on any trips! I’ve since bought full sizes and Drunk Elephant is now firmly a part of my daily regime, but I’d love the kit again, just this time with a mini break to go alongside it please.
A metallic pink studded compact was always going to be hard to resist, but this one also contains Nars’ bestselling blusher Orgasm and bronzer Laguna. These suit-everyone-shades are joined by a covetable highlighter blush. Often the most gorgeous palettes have a dud shade, not in this showstopper; I hope I get one on Christmas morning, and just in case you’re reading Santa, it’s exclusive to Space NK.
If you haven’t smelt Diptyque’s Christmas candles this year, I can only demand that you hot-foot it straight to your nearest Space NK and then try to leave without one. In heavenly jewel colours, they’re all the decoration a festive mantlepiece needs. Plus, the green filled my home with the scent of 1000 Christmas trees, the red has a delicious almond fragrance and the blue throws out a rich, warm amber scent.
Charlotte Clark, Copy & Editorial Writer
When my skin is feeling dry and sensitive during the winter I swear by this rich cleansing oil to gently ease away dirt and makeup. The fluffy cloth makes cleansing a pleasure and helps grime slip away without irritation. To finish I massage in a few drops of the beautifully scented rose facial oil which melts into skin, delivering an instant hit of hydration and soothes dryness.
You only need a soft wash of these multi-dimensional powders on your skin to add a subtle highlight and touch of radiance to your complexion. The palette contains two bestselling shades and two limited-edition hues of warming peach, shimmering champagne, flattering bronze and a pearlescent illuminator that complement each other for a natural-looking glow.
Lighting this hand-poured fresh pine, amber and incense scented candle is guaranteed to get you in the Christmas spirit and add a festive feel to any room. This blissful, woody scent warms and comforts and fills my home with a magical, feel-good fragrance.