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'tis the season to be pampered

Published 16/12/2013




Indulge the beauty addict in your life with a pampering surprise. Lisa Haynes plays Mrs Claus with a sack-load of seasonal beauties

W hat's a Christmas tree without the faint aroma of wrapped beauty goodies teasing under the twinkling lights?

Declare the festive holidays a time for manicured fingers, signature fragrances and bubble baths, with a pampering present for a loved one. From miniature treats to gargantuan sets, we've got your beauty shopping all wrapped up.

STOCKING-THRILLERS

small but perfectly formed, these beauty miniatures make perfect little extras for stuffing in stockings.

* Breathe in the smell of Christmas with aromatherapy associates' Little Bell. the cute blue box includes a mini Revive Morning Bath and shower Oil, £10 (www.aromatherapyassociates.com).

* Fingernails get the festive touch with Mavala's Cracking Duo set. The talon double acts are available in six complementary colour ways, £9 each (www.lookfantastic.com).

* Get box clever with a fragrant surprise. Jo Malone's Christmas Ornament opens up to reveal a mini Pomegranate Noir Cologne and English Pear & Freesia Body Creme, £20 (08700 342 411).

* Deck the tree with a beauty bauble.

Origins' decorative ball is packed with five skincare best-sellers in miniature size, £12, from December 1 (www.selfridges.co.uk).

MULTI MIRACLES

Ideal for the indecisive, festive beauty packages come in glorious multiples for every day of the week.

* When one luxury lipstick just isn't enough... Elizabeth Arden's Ceramide Lipstick Collection set includes four shades, housed in a sparkling evening purse, £35 (John Lewis).

* Leave a scent aficionado spoilt for choice on Christmas morning. Estee Lauder's Fragrance treasures includes four purse-friendly eau de parfum fragrances in a pretty gift box, £32 (nationwide).

* Designate a nail polish for every month of 2014. Worth £138, Nails Inc's Nail Polish Diary includes 12 full-size new and bestseller nail polishes, £42 (www.nailsinc.com).

* treat the Christmas Day chef to some post-dinner hand pampering. L'Occitane's best-selling shea Butter hand Cream comes with two exclusive editions for fragranced fingers in the hand Cream Collection box, £24 (uk.loccitane.com).

SCENT SAVIOURS

Make this Christmas a fragrant one by sniffing out a luxurious new signature scent for 2014.

* add some decadence to a dressing table. Michael Kors' Glam Jasmine set includes 50ml eau de parfum and 100ml Body Creme; perfect for revelling in some intensified fragrance layering, £55 (Debenhams).

* No wrapping required for Viktor & Rolf's Flowerbomb. the Christmas limited edition fragrance has been wrapped up in sparkling white crystals and topped off with a couture bow, £75 for 50ml EDP (www.harrods.com).

* summer nautical has been given a surprise seasonal twist. Jean Paul Gaultier's Classique starry sailor-themed coffret includes 50ml eau de toilette and matching Body Lotion and shower Gel, £49 (nationwide).

* Pile on the perfume glitz.

Fashion designer Roberto Cavalli has decked out his Just Cavalli Eau de toilette Gift set with a gold sequin box that looks like a catwalk frock, £47.50 (nationwide).

BUBBLY BOXES

Give bathing beauties a licence to put up the 'Do Not Disturb' sign with these pampering sets.

* Guarantee a seasonal glow for skin. soap & Glory's bumper Bubble Barrelled bag is a 7-in-1 gift set featuring the best of the brand's pink bodycare, £18 (Boots). n after too many champagne bubbles, lather up in soapy bubbles. Baylis & harding's sweet Mandarin & Grapefruit 750ml Body Wash comes in gold sequin bottle bag, £3 (asda/sainsbury's).

* sweeten someone up with a delicious gift set. Philosophy's the Cookie Exchange tin includes mouth-watering Christmas Cookie shampoo, shower Gel & Bubble Bath, sweet Creamy Frosting Body Lotion and sugar sprinkles lip gloss, £22 (www.philosophyskincare.co.uk).

* Gift your Christmas star with a magical selection of bath treats. Lush's stardust box set is packed with girly sparkly and sweet scented products, £25.95 (www.lush.co.uk).