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The Beauty Team’s Festive Wish List

If you’ve yet to get a grip on your Christmas shopping and are looking for inspiration, then take a moment to peruse what the Inside Space team have on their wish list. A word of warning though, they’re so covetable that we can’t promise you’ll manage to hand them over to their intended recipients… And finally, if you’d like to see how one of our favourite bloggers @wishwishwish will be shopping for the festive season at Space NK, simply scroll down to take a look.

festive wish list

Georgia Day, Head of Editorial & Content

When it comes to Christmas gifting, whether for myself or loved ones, scent (candles are the fastest way to transform a space into a winter wonderland), sparkle and the promise of sleep are always high up on my list.

Byredo Altar Candle

I’m constantly on a quest to make my house smell like the inside of a Catholic Church and this evocative blend of clove bud, ylang and papyrus takes me one step closer. Smoky but with a hint of sweetness this infuses the air effortlessly and makes a stylish festive centrepiece.

This Works Sleep Tight Bauble

No matter how much I try and keep calm in the festive pre-amble, I find my stress levels rising with every addition to my to-do list. To enable me to sleep soundly (even in the midst of panicked present buying) I’ll be snatching this delightful bauble off the tree and spritzing liberally.

Nars Man Ray The Kiss Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Kit

Not only are these silky, subtly shimmering lip crayons in festive shades of claret, pink and bronze perfect for mistletoe kisses, this limited-edition gold purse will live on as a perennial party clutch. It’s your call if it makes it beyond the self-gifting pile…

Space NK Shimmering Spice Candle

You might have guessed that I’m a sucker for a candle come Christmas time, and this covetable seasonal favourite is no exception to my growing lust list. Containing uplifting orange and mandarin to balance the earthiness of cedar, it makes the perfect stocking filler or gift for the party host.

Ren Merry Little Luxuries Mini Body Kit

Featuring minis of the brand’s bestselling body washes and lotions (including the fatigue-fighting Atlantic Kelp & Magnesium range) this set is the ideal gift for a frequent flier or someone bussing between family and friends this Christmas. The beautiful box with limited-edition print is an added bonus.

festive wish list

Felicity Padbury, Copy & Editorial Manager

My Christmas gifting criteria boils down to two things; for others – beautiful little luxuries that are suitable for all skin types, and for myself – picks that will enhance and illuminate my complexion over the party season.

Caudalie Beauty Elixir Limited Edition Christmas Bauble

This handbag-sized facial spritz is the perfect pick-me-up for lacklustre skin. Inspired by Queen Isabelle of Hungary’s elixir of youth it works wonderfully to smooth fine lines, tighten pores and brighten the complexion.

Laura Mercier L’Amour Exotique Face Illuminator Collection

We all know palettes are great for gifting (being something you might lust after but rarely buy for yourself) but this one is particularly pretty and truly designed to complement all skin tones. I can’t wait to gift it to someone special.

Emma Hardie Lift & Glow Skin Essentials

Top of my recommendations list of “lovely things you simply have to try” (I get asked this a lot), this little gift set includes the bestselling cleanser and facial oil, and is a great introduction to a beautiful skincare brand.

111SKIN Rose Gold Brightening Facial Treatment Mask

It may not look like much but the rose gold sheet mask combines cutting-edge hydrogel technology with the age-old benefits of 24 karat gold and rose Damascus extract to leave all skin types positively glowing. Perfect for the morning after the Christmas party.

Living Proof Healthy Hair Trio

Because who doesn’t need a great shampoo and conditioner? Plus the Healthy Hair Dry Shampoo is a real game-changing product. Think of this perfectly formed mini set as the perfect introduction into a lifelong brand obsession.


Hayley Grove, Senior Copy & Editorial Writer

Every year I get thoroughly over-excited at Christmas, and fall head over heels for decorations, mince pies and of course limited-edition beauty gifts. All the better if they’re minis of my favourites or decorated with shiny stars and glitter!

By Terry Preciosity Tree Decoration Baume de Rose Lip Care

This crowd-pleasing gift can be hung on the tree and contains a tiny (oh so cute!) potent pot of the cult rose scented, super hydrating lip balm.

Hourglass Confession Refillable Lipstick Set

This ultra-glamorous lipstick with its retro Hollywood design makes me feel like I’m Marlene Dietrich, and includes three wearable colours. Any makeup fan will love it.

Susanne Kaufmann Bath Oil Collection

The cinnamon, clove and orange Winter blend simply smells like Christmas, while the Scandi-inspired packaging and skin-nurturing ingredients makes the formulas feel extra special.

Sarah Chapman Overnight Facial

I’ll use this silky oil on Christmas Eve as the luxurious formula always gives my skin an unparalleled glow come morning. Plus I love the star covered festive bottle.

Eve Lom Restorative Moisture Ritual

My dry skin craves Eve Lom’s cocooning moisturising products throughout the winter, so this set is a must, plus buying all three this way makes a great saving.


Rebecca Fearn, Copy & Editorial Writer

I enjoy picking out bits for others and matching my loved ones up to their perfect present be it a cute gift set or covetable fragrance. Of course as a skincare addict, there are a few bits in here I’d love to find under the tree!

Ren Rose to the World – Moroccan Rose Duo

Moroccan Rose has a special place in my heart. This gorgeously-packaged duo is ideal for any rose-lovers and straddles the realms between luxury and practicality, making it a perfect present.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette

Every beauty lover needs an Hourglass palette in their lives, and this gorgeous cult trio is my favourite. If I found this under the tree come Christmas Day, I’d be thrilled!

Byredo Sunday Cologne

It’s always hard to buy fragrance for someone else but this beauty – one of the ultra-cool perfume brand’s most iconic offerings – is universally loved by all, making it a great option to give as well as receive. This is up there on my wish list.

Aromatherapy Associates Ultimate Wellbeing Time Set

The perfect introduction to the brand, this set features a mini bottle of each of the bath and shower oils, from the cult Deep Relax to uplifting Inner Strength and Revive. Buy this for your stressed-out friend or family member who needs to relax over the festive period.

La Mer The Perfecting Treatment

Everyone deserves a little La Mer under the tree, and I’ve got my eye on the seriously covetable Perfecting Treatment. Used before or after moisturiser, it promises to leave a radiant glow just in time for New Year’s Eve celebrations.

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