Everyone knows there’s no better time of year than Christmas to splurge on luxurious treats. And it’s just as well, as everything becomes all the more sumptuous during the festive season! From prettily boxed, brilliant value fragrance gift sets to limited edition versions of your favourite beauty treats, there’s something for everyone.
So whether you’re looking to reward yourself for being good all year, or lavish a loved one with a special treat, here’re some spectacular gifts that’ll add sparkle long after Christmas is finished.
Enduring favourites that have lasted the test of time
All hail Guerlain Shalimar, the Queen of all perfumery! Crafted by Jacques Guerlain as the first oriental fragrance, this iconic scent has been gracing the skin of glamorous women since 1925. Its distinctive powdery trail speaks of desire and mystery, with spellbinding notes of iris, rose and an overdose of addictive vanilla. In this gift set you’ll find the gorgeous 85th anniversary bottle as designed by Jade Jagger, and a chic 15ml travel spray.
Another fragrance classic, this time from the land of casual luxury, Italy. Acqua di Parma Colonia was created in 1916 as an intensely refreshing cologne with an emphasis upon dazzling citrus notes, created for use by both men and women. Still exclusively produced in its mother country, Colonia is a truly sumptuous yet accessible fragrance, beautifully presented in a gift set complete with scented body products.
Jean Patou Joy is a landmark fragrance. Created in 1930 at the height of the Great Depression, Jean Patou sought to bring joy back into the lives of the customers who could no longer afford his couture designs. The result was, quite literally, Joy; a sparkling, rich floral bouquet. As beloved today as it was back then, this Christmas we have a sumptuous gift set containing both the full-sized body cream and the large 75ml Eau de Parfum.
The Beauty Icons
Timeless, stylish and well-loved beauty favourites
A firm fixture everywhere from backstage shows to the silver screen, Mason Pearson produce the creme de la creme of hairbrushes. Founder Mason Pearson was a true pioneer; an engineer and an inventor, it was he who created the pneumatic rubber cushion that’s now prevalent in hairbrush design. Hardwearing, innovative and so effective in making hair glossy and smooth, Mason Pearson hairbrushes are a timeless classic.
Whether they’re a long-time fan of Clarins or you’re looking to introduce a loved one to the sumptuous brand, the Clarins Gorgeous Getaways Face and Body Essentials contains an ideal mix of full-sized and travel-sized bestsellers. From the iconic Beauty Flash Balm to zap all signs of fatigue, to the ultra-softening Hand and Nail Treatment Cream, it’s a top-to-toe Clarins makeover presented in the most elegant faux leather pouch. Who wouldn’t love it?
Dior Backstage Brush Set, £98.10
For the make-up lover, there can’t be a better gift than this set of professional brushes from couture beauty house, Dior. The luxurious brush wrap contains five essential, full-sized tools for the eyes, face and lips, optimised for simple make-up application with a flawless finish. Apply and blend with the Fluid Foundation Brush, the Powder Brush, Eyeshadow Brush, Eyeliner Brush and the Lip Brush, each stamped with the inimitable seal of Dior.
The Gentlemen’s Essentials
Everything he needs for a well-groomed Christmas
One of 2014’s biggest scents, Valentino Uomo draws its inspiration from an intriguing source: the laidback charm of modern aristocracy. This inspiration is present in every aspect of the scent’s composition and design, from its noble notes of myrtle liquor, crema di gianduia, white leather and coffee, to its heavyweight rockstud bottle reminiscent of a whiskey decanter. This extra large 150ml size is one for all of those who like their fragrance to make a statement in every way.
If he’s been really good this year, give him the gift that keeps on giving. The Deluxe Shaving Stand from Acqua di Parma’s Colleziona Barbiere shaving collection combines the best of Italian craftsmanship with high tech, ergonomic design. Both the stand, the brush and the razor are created from the finest materials; pure badger hair bristles, wenge wood and burnished brass. A precious and functional objet d’art.
The Contemporary Luxuries
The shining stars of modern beauty
The star of Guerlain’s sumptuous Christmas make-up look for 2014 is this showstopping, limited edition fragranced shimmer spray, Coque d’Or. Modelled on the original Coque d’Or (1937) fragrance created by Jacques Guerlain for his friend Diaghliev, founder of the Russian Ballet, it is as dramatic as red velvet with notes of rose and patchouli. The beautiful bow shape of the bottle harks back to the original Baccarat design, itself a tribute to the bow on a ballerina’s shoe. Collectors won’t want to miss this! See the rest of the Guerlain Christmas look here.
A golden fragrance in every sense of the word, Elie Saab’s debut scent, Le Parfum, is crafted with the same attention to detail as his couture designs. The sun-kissed fragrance is created with an array of radiant notes, showcasing orange blossom, jasmine and honey rose while a silky thread of patchouli runs throughout. This gorgeous gift set contains the 50ml Eau de Parfum, the matching Body Lotion and Shower Cream.
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