Have you written your Christmas wishlist yet? After getting all my Christmas shopping out of the way, I've turned my attention to thinking about what I would like to receive myself. But if you're still not sure what to ask for, here are a few things that I've tried and tested recently, that I recommend go straight to the top of your wishlist.
Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics Palette*A sixth eyeshadow palette has been added to the Naked collection; Naked Ultimate Basics. It's bigger and better than the Naked Basics 1 & 2, with double the amount of matte, neutral shades to suit every skin tone and create a range of looks; from no-make-up-make-up to a sultry smokey eye.
Unlike the dinky Basics palettes before it, the Ultimate Basics includes an entire spectrum of neutrals ranging from a light cream (ideal for highlighting) through ALL the browns, to a gunmetal grey and matte black. Oh, and they're all totally new and exclusive. My go-to shade so far has been 'Extra Bitter', which is a very autumnal burnt orange. The shadows are of course of the same quality that we've come to expect and love from Urban Decay; buttery soft and blendable, intensely pigmented and budge-proof.
Also included is a fantastic little double ended brush. The larger end is dense and packs a dense colour onto the eyelid, while the smaller end is perfect for lining underneath the eye. I find I still need to use a fluffy brush for a final blend through, but as far as 'freebie' brushes go - this one's a winner.
£38.50 from Urban Decay
Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick*With Kat Von D cosmetics now available to buy in the UK, you can hope to find an Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in your stocking this Christmas morning! The cult status lipstick has a creamy formula that glides on easily, leaving behind a punchy pigment and matte finish that stays put all day. I have the shade Lolita (which is a dark brownish-nude) and it's totally smudge-proof - ideal for kisses under the mistletoe! Bow 'n' Arrow is the shade on my wishlist, but Santa Sangre would make the perfect festive red lip!
£16 from Debenhams
Paul Mitchell Holiday Gift Set*There are ten different Christmas gift sets from Paul Mitchell this year; Make it Hydrated, Make it Vibrant, Make it Sleek, etc - each one addressing a different hair type or concern. Plus to embrace the Christmas spirit, every Paul Mitchell gift set supports Baby 2 Baby, a charity that provides essential items for children from low-income families across America.
I was kindly gifted 'Make it Brilliant' for blonde hair, which includes the Forever Blonde Shampoo, Conditioner & Dramatic Repair spray. The products contain KerActive protein blend to help restore and rebuild damaged bleached hair, leaving it stronger and softer, and keeps blonde hair looking fresh and bright.
£35 from Look Fantastic
Korres Wild Rose Advanced Repair Sleeping Facial*This intense overnight skin treatment will help to make the most of your beauty sleep. It's a really thick cream that's infused with Wild Rose oil for a dreamy scent and super-speedy skin perfecting properties. After one use of this stuff, I woke up to find my complexion smoother, brighter and softer with reduced redness. Now I'm hooked and use it nightly, replenishing the moisture lost from winter weather and central heating, and my skin is thanking me for it.
£26 from Debenhams
Lush Rose Jam Body WashLiving without a bath, I have to get my Lush fix without bubble bars and bath bombs so I love to try out all the different scented shower gels. My absolute favourite is Rose Jam - but as a limited edition at Christmastime, it's always a welcome gift under my tree! It's available in 500g and 1kg bottles for superfans who want to stock up, or little 100g bottles for those wanting to try out something new - but I guarantee you'll love it. It's rose scented, obviously, but with a sweet, sugary, turkish delight vibe.
£9.95 - £27.79 from Lush
The Body Shop Amazonian Acai Energising Radiance MaskThe Body Shop recently released a new range of face masks inspired by different beauty rituals from across the world, and I've been enjoying using the Amazonian inspired mask, which contains acai berries and energises tired and dull skin. The mask is a jelly-like texture, with seeds for gently exfoliating the skin to leave it smooth. It has a juicy, invigorating scent and is cooling on the skin, which perks up the skin leaving it radiant and illuminated. I've been applying it with a Real Techniques foundation brush, which creates an at-home spa feel. The Body Shop have their own facial mask brush which, together with one of these masks, would make a lovely Christmas present!
£15 from The Body Shop
Oasis is my favourite shop, and lounging is my favourite thing to do - so obviously Oasis's new loungewear range was bound to be a hit with me! I picked up a couple of things (all so soft and snuggly) but my favourite is this whistles-esque slogan sweatshirt with DREAMER embellished in silver studs and rhinestones. It's quite a thin yet snuggly fabric, and I ordered a size up for a baggier fit.
Oasis Dreamer Sweater
£36 from Oasis
YSL Black Opium*If you're looking for a new perfume for Christmas, make sure it's YSL Black Opium, the perfect warm and sultry scent for Autumn & Winter. It's a deep, heavy feminine fragrance, blending pretty florals and musky vanilla with a kick of coffee, housed inside a black glittery bottle. This scent is perfectly paired with a vampy red lip and black velvet for a wintery night out, but just as lovely spritzed onto your favourite cosy jumper during the day.
£47 - £87 from Debenhams
Neal & Wolf embrace gift set*The Embrace gift set includes haircare essentials that provide a daily dose of luxury. Ritual shampoo & conditioner are gentle enough for daily cleansing, containing milk proteins & silk to leave hair smooth and soft, but the high-end packaging and unique Neal & Wolf scent, that was developed especially for the brand by a world-class perfumery, gives that touch of indulgence. Also included in the set is a heat protection spray, which locks in moisture and protects from 220° heat styling.
£24.99 from Born Haircare