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  • Ava’s Beauty Wish List

    Over the last couple of years, we’ve become even more invested in our beauty routines and truly appreciate the soul-enhancing benefits of time devoted to pampering ourselves. And when it comes to gifts for those we love, what could be more thoughtful than adding to their own self-care kits? W.ICONS’ beauty columnist, Ava Welsing-Kitcher, rounds up the very best beauty presents worth adding to your Santa sack. 

    By Ava Welsing-Kitcher

    Spectrum

    Spectrum Collections KJH 25 Piece Set£160

    “This has been on my wish list for so long, and it’s often sold out – so grab it while you can. From one of the best make-up artists around, in collaboration with cult UK vegan brush brand Spectrum, it’s a must-have (and also comes in a smaller edit).”

    Liberty

    The Liberty Beauty Advent Calendar 2021£225

    “In my opinion, this is the best beauty advent calendar. Containing cult favourites from Olaplex, Le Labo, Dr Sebagh and REN, as well as a lot of self-care options from the likes of Olverum and Aromatherapy Associates, there’s something so decadent about both its contents and prettily illustrated packaging.”

    RéVive

    RéNewal Collection Gift Set£200

    “Two of RéVive’s most beloved products come in one festive edition: the Moisturizing Renewal Eye Cream and the matching Moisturizing Renewal Cream Nightly Retexturizer. Beautifully nourished and radiant skin in a box.”

    This Works

    Sleep On It Christmas Bauble Bodycare Gift Set£13

    “If you’re a sensitive sleeper, then no doubt you’ve heard of This Works. And if you haven’t, then prepare to become obsessed. This bauble houses an edit of three best-selling products in travel sizes: the pillow spray (great for settling into unfamiliar hotel beds), a calming room spray for the whole family, and a stress-beating roll-on.”

    BaByliss

    Big Hair Care Hot Air Styler£70

    “Once you try this, you’ll never go back to a standard hairdryer and round brush again. The built-in brush rotates to create big, bouncy volume in half the time.”

    Charlotte Tilbury

    Pillow Talk Magic Kisses Makeup Gift Set£28

    “This lip oil is phenomenal, but the price point makes it the perfect indulgent gift to give to any balm addict. It sits alongside the universal Pillow Talk lip liner, which creates shape and definition.”

    Aesop

    Resurrection Aromatique Hand Wash£27

    “The luxurious handwash that’s a staple in any stylish bathroom, and is a must for elevating kitchen sinks, too. Earthy citrus notes paired with natural pumice pieces create a satisfying scrubby sensation.”

    Ultra Violette

    UV Icons Only Hydrating Skinscreen Duo£15

    “One of the best SPF brands I’ve come across this year, Australian- based Ultraviolette is a true trailblazer. This little introductory set is perfect for teens getting into skincare, or for frequent travellers who don’t want to lug around full-sized products.”

    Dr. Barbara Sturm

    Darker Skin Tones Discovery Kit£90

    “With hero products like the Foam Cleanser and Hyaluronic Serum, this introduction to such a popular range is perfect for anyone with deep and brown skin tones, to boost radiance, control oil and calm sensitivity.”

    NuFace

    Trinity All-In-One Facial Toning Set£498.96

    “Often cited as one of the few beauty tech devices that produces the most dramatic results, this Nuface set has everything needed to lift, tone, and tighten with electric micro-currents.”

    Byredo

    Young Rose£178

    “This fragrance is so beautiful and intoxicating, even for those who aren’t into rose scents. With musk, ambroxan, Sichuan pepper and ambrette seed, it’s warming yet refreshing, and headily romantic.”

    Origins

    Believe in Youth Plantscription™ Anti-Ageing Daytime Essentials Skincare Gift Set£67

    “My mother loves this range, and I restock her supply whenever she runs out. This gift edition, with a wooden holder, is the perfect way to update a classic favourite, so it feels like a gift all over again.”

    KNC Beauty

    Supa Scrub Set£23

    ‘If the funkadelic packaging wasn’t enough to make you snap this up, the cute scrubby tool definitely is. Formulated with sunflower oil and shea butter, it’s the ultimate antidote to dry winter lips from an iconic LA brand.”

    Liha

    Goddesses & Queens Set£99

    “Inside this cork bag is everything you need to make someone feel like a true queen, with the decadent candle (I have a few of these stocked up and burn them so sparingly!) and perfume oils representing three Yoruba goddesses.”

    Sana Jardin

    Discovery Set£30

    “Sana Jardin does such beautifully crafted fragrances and candles, with my favourite being Berber Blonde (its citrusy musk is perfect for lifting winter blues or as a refreshing summer scent). This set opens up a whole new world of everything the brand has to offer.”

    Neal's Yard Remedies

    Mother’s Organic Collection£35

    “It feels like 2021 was the year of pregnancy announcements! I have a couple of mothers-to-be in mind when I think of this sumptuous body-care set; the ideal way for them to feel taken care of in the lead-up.”



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