We all have that one makeup obsessed friend or family member in our life. Their vanity table is overflowing with brushes, creams, fragrances and palettes, but don’t tell them they have enough: that new red lipstick has an entirely different undertone than the 20 others they own. The Beauty Advisors at London Drugs get it: as self-professed beauty junkies themselves, they know what it’s like to lust for the perfect fragrance or fancy new eyeshadow palette. To help make Christmas shopping easy, they have rounded up the top gift ideas to make any beauty lover’s Christmas merry and bright.
For the Fragrance Fanatic
Juicy Couture’s I Love Juicy Couture Eau de Parfum is the perfect fragrance for the glamorous rebel on your list, according to London Drugs’ expert Beauty Advisors. The scent has jasmine and pink honeysuckle at the heart, with notes of taffy apple, lively red currant and sparkling mandarin: it’s hard not to feel boldly glamorous while wearing this scent!
For the sophisticated and confident woman, Giorgio Armani’s Si Eau de Parfum Limited Edition makes an excellent gift. This scent, which is new and exclusive to London Drugs, has a chic yet intense scent with notes of black current nectar, modern chypre and blond wood musk. Perfect for the free, passionate, vibrant woman.
For the Makeup Maven
For young beauty buffs, it’s all about experimentation when it comes to makeup. For tweens or teens, the Beauty Advisors recommend a compact makeup kit like Beauty 101’s 25-Piece Kit, which comes packed with a huge variety of shades and products for them to play with.
To really wow the budding makeup lover, Beauty Scene’s whopping 181-piece makeup kit is a fantastic find. The kit includes everything from cream and powder eyeshadows to blushes and face powders, not to mention two handy cards with tips for creating some classic makeup looks.
For the Skincare Savvy
If their vanity is covered in serums, face masks, skin creams, eye creams, and a whole bunch of other creams you didn’t even know existed, then it’s safe to say your giftee is probably a skincare junkie. Surprise them with a collection of the most pampering skincare gifts from Bliss Spa, like their Multi-‘Face’-eted All-In-One Anti-Aging Clay Mask, and Blood Orange + White Pepper Body Butter Maximum Moisture Cream.
Every beauty lover knows the importance of good skincare, to create a flawless base for makeup application. The Lise Watier Mini Glam Set comes complete with a Lift & Firm 3D Flash Lift Radiance Vial and a pair of 3D Lift Eye Patches: perfect for some at-home pampering. The Radiance Vials are like a beauty makeover in a jar, instantly restoring skin radiance, while the Eye Patches will give an instant mini-eye lift. The set also comes with mascara, lipstick and eyeliner to complete a flawless look.
For the Stocking Stuffer
Ask any self-professed beauty lover, and they’ll tell you beauty blenders really are a girl’s best friend. Stash a set of e.l.f’s Blended Beauty Sponges in their stocking and you’ll win some serious brownie points.
Liquid Suede Cream Lipsticks are one of the hottest items recently launched by the mega-hot beauty brand NYX Cosmetics. Add a limited edition set of 3 to a beauty lover’s stocking, and they’ll be swooning over these of coveted lipsticks that are both super-pigmented and waterproof.
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The season of music festivals is upon us! If you’ve managed to snag tickets and are now in the process of planning your outfits, hair and makeup, our Beauty Advisors have some tips for what to bring – aside from floral crowns, combat boots and crochet crop tops.
Access to electricity may not be widely available during the festival, so having wireless hair tools is key. The wireless battery-operated Conair Infiniti Pro Ultimate Brush tames static and frizzy hair using ion technology, so you can keep fly-aways at bay.
Let’s be honest, access to showers at festivals is a luxury. Use Fekkai’s Blowout Hair Refresher Dry Shampoo to skip a wash and give your hair an instant refresh. The dry shampoo will absorb dirt and oil so your hair will look and smell freshly done!
With back-to-back concerts and parties, your makeup will be put to the test. To avoid the dreaded melting mascara, swipe Marcelle’s Waterproofing Mascara Topcoat over your favourite regular mascara once dry.
A lightweight coverage BB cream is the best way to give your face natural looking coverage that won’t get cakey and melt in the sun. La Roche-Posay’s Effaclar BB Blur not only gives light coverage, but it also minimizes excess shine and offers SPF 24 to protect your face from the sun throughout the day.
Spending all day under the hot sun with little to no shade means you’ll need to re-apply sunscreen every couple hours to stay protected. Vichy’s Idéal Soleil XL Sunscreen Cream has a fast-drying non-sticky texture that can be applied on face and body, offering both UVA and UVB protection.
Don’t forget to protect your lips with SPF too. A tinted lip balm with SPF, like e.l.f.’s Studio Lip Balm will give your lips a flush of natural-looking colour, while also soothing and protecting them from harmful sun rays.
You’ll look like a bronzed festival goddess all day long with Cargo’s Swimmables Water Resistant Bronzer. The longwearing formula withstands perspiration, so you can rock a healthy summer glow without having to fuss with re-application throughout the day.
Long days with little sleep and lots of sun mean your skin will likely be begging for a pick-me-up. Give your face a quick spritz of Youngblood’s Minerals in the Mist Refresh to soothe tired skin and give a refreshing boost of moisture to your face.
These makeup wipes from Bioderma are non-rinse: perfect for quickly wiping off makeup & cleansing skin after a long festival day, especially when you don’t have easy access to running water.
The summer heat can take a toll, causing your make-up to melt away and your hair to frizz in the humidity. These beauty products, hand-picked by London Drugs Beauty Advisors, will help keep your summer look fresh, even as the temperature climbs:
This natural mineral water facial spray is the easiest way to moisturize and refresh your skin on-the-go. Throw it in your purse and give your face a quick spritz to keep your skin looking fresh: even in the hottest heat wave. ($14.00 at LondonDrugs.com)
The heat can melt your mascara, leaving dark shadows underneath your eyes. Instead of foregoing your favourite regular mascara for a waterproof mascara, apply two swipes of the NYX Waterproof Mascara Top Coat. The top coat will make any mascara waterproof. ($10.99 at LondonDrugs.com)
Once you’re finished applying makeup, use this lightweight setting spray from NYX to make your makeup stay put. While it comes in both dewy finish and matte finish formulations, the matte finish setting spray is your best bet for fighting off shine during a heat wave. ($9.99 at LondonDrugs.com)
Heat and humidity can really do a number on your hair in the summertime, causing it to look frizzy. The Conair Ultimate Brush is powered with an anti-frizz ionic generator that releases ions directly into the hair to remove static and smooth the cuticle. The result is frizz free hair that’s beautifully shiny! The brush is wireless, which makes it perfect for tossing in your bag for frizz control on-the-go. ($39.99 at LondonDrugs.com)
In the summer heat, eyeshadows crease more easily and eyeliners tend to smudge. Start off with the right eye make-up base by applying e.l.f. Studio Eye Primer to the eyelids; this will set your eyeshadow so it won’t bleed or crease. You can even turn your favourite eyeshadow into a waterproof, smudge-proof liquid liner with the built-in felt tip precision eyeliner brush! ($3.99 at LondonDrugs.com)
To prevent the cakiness that can occur with powdered make-up, switch out your powder blush for a cream blush during summer. This cream-textured blush from Youngblood combines a shimmering glow with sheer, long-wearing colour that is perfect for outlasting the summer heat. The oil free formula even contains Vitamins C and E, Allantoin and Jojoba Esters that blend together to moisturize and protect the skin. ($32.00 at LondonDrugs.com)
Opt for a lip tint in summer to give your lips a nice flushed colour that is more comfortable than sticky glosses or heavy lipsticks. As an added bonus, the L’Oréal Colour Rich Balm also has SPF 15 to help protect your lips while you’re out in the sun. ($9.99 at LondonDrugs.com)
When temperatures rise, it’s time to put aside the heavy foundations and try a lightweight BB cream instead. You’ll find it far more comfortable throughout the day, and this La Roche-Posay BB Cream will also help moisturize, soothe and protect your skin. Your complexion will look unified, even and fresh! ($29.00 at LondonDrugs.com)
A cult-favourite brand with beauty lovers, Beauty Blogger Britta picked up a whole bunch of e.l.f. Cosmetics products at London Drugs to try out for herself! As if the price-point wasn’t reason enough to stock up (most products are around $3.99), the range of cool products has her hooked! Her personal favourite from the haul? The e.l.f. Studio Lip Exfoliator is her new must-have for a flawless lipstick application!
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