Thursday, 29 October 2009

Unusual Christmas Gifts For Beauty Addicts

It's not even quite November yet and already Christmas gift sets and holiday collections are invading. To me, a lot of them are the same stuff you see year after year; for those of us who love beauty, this time of year can bring a whole load of presents that are, well, pretty much the same. Not that that makes them any less lovely to receive, but hey, I've tried most of the Sanctuary stuff from Boots, I don't really want another gift set.

So, here are a few gift ideas that focus on products that are (fairly) unique, or on things that aren't necessarily the first thing you think of when you think Christmas gift.

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics have produced a new lip product which has won some high praise from US beauty bloggers. It's not a gloss, despite the gloss-like packaging; it contains high levels of pigment, applies smoothly from a tiny dab on a lipbrush, and dries down to a long lasting satin finish.

Best of all, it comes in 20 different shades, including black, white, blue, green and yellow, and is designed to be mixed together to create new shades. Cosmetic alchemy! Love it.

The company is US based but do ship internationally. One 8ml Lip Tar costs $12.50 and is available at OCC's website.

Heated rollers are sort of overlooked in today's hair straightener obsessed times. While they do take a little more effort to use than sliding your GHDs through your tresses, they are a fantastic way of getting long lasting, glam results - think volume; shiny defined curls; vintage styles. Babyliss make a set of ceramic heated rollers which my hairdresser used in my hair for my wedding, and I've been lusting after them ever since. 30 rollers for £41.99 at, or the non-ceramic version; 20 rollers for £32.90, also at

Guerlain's Terracotta loose kohl is an alternative way to get eternally desirable smoky eye look. Instead of a whole palette of eyeshadows and a smudging brush, you get an ultra-luxe package of loose kohl and a simple wand to apply it with. Use in the inner rim of your eye (but be careful!) or smudged around the eye with your fingertips, or both for ultimate smokiness. Comes in a variety of colours for £20 at Debenhams; or for a less luxe option, try B Never's version for £11.75 from their website (before it goes away for good!).

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