It’s less than six weeks until Christmas, which begs the question: where has this year even gone? And since we all thought we had more time, let’s talk gift ideas. Looking for the perfect Secret Santa surprise, the ideal gift for a mate or just fancy a festive treat all for yourself? Look no further…
OUR TOP BEAUTY GIFT SETS TRIED AND TESTED
By Rachel Ho, 18 November 2018
To help you with your search, we’ve asked our Copywriter Rachel to test out some of our best Face + Body gift sets on ASOS right now. From indulgent face masks to festive crackers filled with things you actually want inside, she’s giving us the under-the-tree debrief.
As a person whose makeup routine rarely strays from a dash of mascara and the occasional cat flick, I loved these eyeshadows way more than I was expecting. The glitter finish is full-on but the formula still manages to be quick-drying, comfortable and long-lasting. Apply all over the lid for festive party vibes or just along the lash line for a dash of day-to-day sparkle.
I’m a huge NARS fan so this gift set’s already got a head start. The mini lipstick is not only adorable, but also gives your lips a natural, rose-gold sheen – kinda like wearing a gloss but without the hair-stuck-to-your-mouth sitch. The blusher is super pigmented and a little goes a long way, which is exactly what you want from a mini size. Also, who doesn’t love a trinket box?
I’ve been really feeling the cold lately, so this came in handy (no pun intended). The cuticle oil and hand cream are both so nourishing and moisturising, I’ve already added them into my daily routine. The hand cream smells like grapefruit and coriander and absorbs instantly into the skin, leaving none of that greasy residue behind. Secret Santas out there, take note.
I tested this kit out in the traditional fashion – watching a rom-com, surrounded by snacks. The film was sub-par but the face mask was a dream. It comes with a little brush for applying (saving your manicure), it dries in seconds and only needs to be left on for 10 minutes. After rinsing off with the soft pad, my pores were visibly refined. The best part? The next morning, my skin was the softest it’s ever been – believe the hype, people.
Forget what you thought about festive crackers (bad jokes, flimsy hats, mini nail clippers) – this one has none of those things. Instead, it’s packed with two award-winning haircare products. The coveted pre-shampoo treatment means you might have to get up a bit earlier in the morning, but it’s worth it for the super-glossy locks. The damage defence spray is also a great detangler, FYI.
Full disclosure: I'm not a bath person but I’m definitely a mulled wine person. So, NGL, this was probably my favourite out of the bunch. Packed with dried orange slices, cloves and the odd cinnamon stick, it turns water into wine (colour-wise, obvs). Soak for just 20 minutes and say hello to baby-soft, smooth skin.
BOD 20 Min Mulled Wine Bath Salts – coming soon