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Chances are you have plenty of ladies to buy for this Christmas. Your mum, your sister, your brother’s girlfriend, your boyfriend’s mum, your work BFF, your gym buddy… there are a lot of lovely women to be thankful for at this time of year! If you’re looking to treat them to a top beauty buy, we’ve got just the guide for you.

We’ve curated the top 10 best beauty gifts for Christmas 2014, an illustrious band of new launches, hyped products and crowd-pleasers that’re sure to delight her on the big day. Read on and immerse yourself in beauty goodness…

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Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream



Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream Eau de Toilette, from £33.15

Dream by name, dreamy by nature! This uplifting floral scent from purveyor of ethereal luxe, Marc Jacobs captures the laidback feel of a hazy summer afternoon. Its bright and breezy notes of grapefruit, lychee and blue wisteria are supported by creamy white woods and musk with the unusual addition of coconut water, which gives the fragrance a twist of signature Marc Jacobs quirkiness. Read the full review here.

Perfect for: She’s young or young at heart.



Michael Kors Holiday Nail Lacquer Gift Set, £17.50

This gorgeous gift set from the master of luxe, Michael Kors, contains three brand new, limited edition shades of nail lacquer. Included in the set is Java, a coffee shade with a silver shift; BossaNova, a gorgeous champagne and violet fusion; and Ocean, blue-tinged pewter with a little touch of golden glimmer. And best of all it’s currently half price, down from £35. Hurry – when they’re gone, they’re gone! Is there anything better than a beauty steal?

Perfect for: Lovers of luxe.



Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium, £37.40

Recently launched is Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium, a new, more youthful chapter in the Opium fragrance saga. Despite the shared name, the comparison between the two fragrances is very little – whereas Opium is spicy, Black Opium is a fragrance firmly rooted in the gourmand category with its blend of coffee, orange blossom and vanilla. The effect is so impactful; it’s one for those who enjoy being asked the name of the fragrance they’re wearing! 

Perfect for: Trendsetters and those who like to leave an impression.

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Elizabeth Arden All Day Chic Colour Collection, from £50.00 Sold out!

This comprehensive collection is a serious showstopper. Split into shades for day and for night, the beautiful red traincase contains – *deep breath* – 2 eye and cheek compacts, 4 lipsticks, 2 lip glosses, 2 lip pencils, 2 eye pencils, mascara, make-up remover and a 3-piece brush set. Create looks for work, your Christmas night out, family dinners, the school run, the theatre… your imagination is the limit, and at a very special price. It’s worth £250!

Perfect for: Those with a serious appetite for make-up! This is an ideal starter kit for those taking their first steps into luxury beauty.

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Prada Candy Florale Eau de Toilette, from £30.80

Prada Candy Florale is the epitome of coquettish charm. It’s just so wonderfully playful, playing on Candy’s gourmand theme and reimagining it as a blossoming, joyful bouquet of pastel coloured flowers. The key accords in Candy Florale are quenching Italian limoncello and plush peony blooms, supported by Candy’s signature notes of benzoin, musk and sticky-sweet caramel.

Perfect for: Fun-filled women who like their fragrance to have a touch of sweetness.



Givenchy Dahlia Divin



Givenchy Dahlia Divin Eau de Parfum, from £40.50

It’s likely that you already know all about this radiant golden fragrance – the Alicia Keys-fronted campaign was this summer’s most talked-about beauty news! Gloriously sumptuous advert aside, this radiant floral fragrance is a hit. Crafted as finely as the golden thread around the neck of the bottle, the combination of Mirabelle plum, jasmin sambac and sandalwood is absolutely incandescent. Read the full review here.

Perfect for: Modern-day goddesses and fans of florals.



Calvin Klein Reveal Eau de Parfum, from £32.30

Don’t let the geometric bottle of Calvin Klein Reveal fool you; what is contained within the square glass bottle is a curvaceous nude fragrance through and though. It’s a true skin scent, unfolding in waves of sun-kissed salty notes, pepper, ambergris and orris. It’s a tantalising fragrance, composed in a wonderfully understated way. Don’t miss it.

Perfect for: Understated, sensuous women.



GIVENCHY The Art Of Mascara Noir Couture Prestige Gift Set, £47.50

A glamorous beauty wardrobe for eyes, face and lips, this edited collection of bestsellers is such a treat for those who appreciate luxury beauty. At the heart of the collection is the full-sized Noir Couture Mascara, a 4 in 1 formula that create volume, length and curl while caring for lashes with Lash Booster Complex. Also included is a full-sized Mister Light highlighter/concealer hybrid to erase dark circles and imperfections, plus a miniature Le Rouge Givenchy Lipstick in Brun Createur.

Perfect for: Super sophisticated beauty lovers who appreciate a couture touch.



Dolce & Gabbana Dolce Eau de Parfum, from £38.25

Crafted as an homage to Dolce & Gabbana’s Italian roots, Dolce is the absolute embodiment of timeless Italian charm. From its marzipan-inspired floral topper to the ‘Dolce’ scrawl on the bottle (FACT: the handwriting belongs to the father of Domenico Dolce!), Dolce is a joy. The light and airy fragrance mellows into an unforgettable creamy floral, with notes of neroli, papaya flower, amaryllis and warm cashmeran.

Perfect for: Those who are light, bright and breezy, and want a fragrance to suit.
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Stella McCartney Stella Eau de Parfum, from £35.70

Stella McCartney’s ultra-sophisticated signature scent Stella saw a revamp this year. Finished with a golden cuff and prim golden polka dots on the outer carton, it’s looking more stylish than ever! If she’s already a fan of the fragrance, never fear, the juice inside is just the same; an intoxicating blend of  juicy mandarin, timeless rose, sensuous amber and just a touch of romantic peony.

Perfect for: This classic yet seductive rose scent is a rare gem – it’s perfectly suitable for all ages.



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