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Best of Christmas 2018: allbeauty Gift Guide

Best of Christmas 2018: allbeauty Gift Guide

Whether you’re looking for a stocking filler or something that shows how much you care, these are our favourite gifts on offer at allbeauty this Christmas!  Shop all gifts and sets online now at allbeauty.com 

NEW From The Curl Company: Curlplex Travel Set + Your Chance To Win

NEW From The Curl Company: Curlplex Travel Set + Your Chance To Win

Keep your curls looking glam on-the-go with the NEW Curlplex travel set from The Curl Company

The Curl Company is a dedicated curl brand encouraging women to embrace their natural curls. Specifically developed with a blend of ingredients to enhance and define curls, waves and coils, their unique Professional Curlplex formula is a combination of moringa and meadowfoam seed oil to help prevent flyaways and keep your curls defined.

Known as ‘the tree of life’, moringa oil is considered one of the most nutrient-dense oils on the planet. Together with meadowfoam seed oil, these ingredients help to nourish the hair and scalp, as well as smooth hair and improve manageability. A cutting-edge blend to  smooth out frizz and define curls, Professional Curlplex also helps protect against environmental damage and is colour safe.

NEW Curl Set contains the Enhance & Perfect Curl Cream (50ml), Shape & Define Styling Crème-Gel (50ml) and the Curl Defining Leave-In Conditioner (50ml) – all formulated Professional Curlplex to enhance and define your curls. Perfect for keeping in your handbag for when you’re on-the-go, taking away on mini breaks (did someone say Christmas staycation?!), or simply trying out the Curl Company’s product range, you can shop the Curlplex travel set at allbeauty.com 

Benefit Magical Brow Stars Christmas 2018 + Your Chance To Win!

Benefit Magical Brow Stars Christmas 2018 + Your Chance To Win!

This Christmas, treat the brow lover in your life (or yourself!) to the ultimate kit from benefit cosmetics! PLUS your chance to win a set worth £118! 

NEW from benefit cosmetics this Christmas, the limited edition Magical Brow Stars kit contains five FULL-SIZE brow faves, plus a pro-brow tool and tips and tricks for the perfect brow. From brow  pencils, to powders, gels and more, this set has everything you need to transform your brows… all in an adorable magic brow trunk!

Available in two shades: 03 and 05, each set contains:

  • Foolproof Brow Powder – brow powder for natural-looking fullness full-size
  • Goof Proof Brow Pencil –  super easy brow-filling & shaping pencil full-size
  • Ka-BROW! – cream-gel brow colour with brush full-size
  • Gimme Brow+ – brow-volumizing fiber gel full-size
  • Precisely, My Brow Pencil – ultra-fine brow defining pencil full-size
  • Angled Brow Brush & Spoolie

Worth a staggering £118, this limited edition set is now available at allbeauty.com for just £44.55! RRP £49.50

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2017 Beauty Advent Calendars Unboxed

Our 2017 Beauty Advent Calendars have landed! Watch us unbox 4 of our favourites, here at allbeautyHQ.

You can shop all 2017 beauty advent calendars in the allbeauty Christmas shop. But hurry, stocks are limited and these won’t be around for long!

Here are the calendars featured in our video:

  • Decléor Hello December, Surprise Me! – Our Price £65 SHOP
  • L’Occitane Christmas 2017 Advent Calendar – Our Price £49 SHOP
  • Bomb Cosmetics Countdown To Christmas Advent Calendar – Our Price £17.25 SHOP
  • Bomb Cosmetics The Bomb Advent Calendar – Our Price £17.25 SHOP

Christmas Gifts For Him – What To Buy

From Teens to Grandpa: our Christmas gifts for him have everyone covered.

Most of us find this a difficult task; buying Christmas gifts for him that aren’t socks, quirky gadgets or vouchers. That’s where we come in! We’ve made it easy with our affordable gift ideas for the men in your life. And remember, you can even have your order gift wrapped by the allbeauty Elves, just choose the option at checkout.

Christmas Gifts For Him

Take Good Care of Yourself

For the gym-goer, the man who travels or guys who groom, a skincare set makes a great gift.  Elemis The Super Man contains facial wash, moisturiser and body wash, and is great for keeping skin happy (especially for men 30+ ). Or you could plump for a set that comes with a washbag for an added bonus. Gift it alone or team it with the latest book from an Insta fitness guru. You can take a look at our men’s skincare sets here.

 

The Fragrance

It’s a traditional present but such a great one. Here’s your chance to give a statement gift or a mini treat, and one that will last well into New Year. Finding one fragrance to suit most people should be impossible, but not when you have Issey Miyake L’Eau D’Issey Homme! We’ve never met anyone who didn’t love it; warm and woody with fresh lavender notes and a base of sandalwood and cedar, L’Eau D’Issey oozes class, sophistication and quality. If you’ve no clue but you do want a quality scent, this is it. Check the full range too because it’s also available in gift sets. Fragrance doesn’t have to be expensive though, and for a budget option or mini gift you could look for a 30ml  travel size or choose from 1000+ lines at allbeauty – check the full range of men’s aftershave here.

The Hairbear Bunch

For guys who love their haircare, there’s a world of products to explore, from styling to gifts and sets. For a gift under £10,  label.m Matt Paste is your go-to: this ultra-popular styling paste is great for short styles and creates edgy, textured hair. For everyday haircare this salon size duo from experts TIGI cleanses and helps repair damage. Plus the large salon size means they’re unlikely to run out anytime soon, ideal for those living away such as Uni students. Team it with sci-fi socks and a great book.

Keep It Clean

Bath and body gifts are always a safe bet, since we really hope everyone showers! Christmas is a chance to splash out with a luxury product he wouldn’t normally choose. It’s also a chance to gift something relaxing and ‘me time’. Molton Brown is an excellent starting point and this body wash was created just for men, based around a Thai citrus fruit. Uplifting and relaxing, it’s a super-indulgent change to his usual supermarket brand. Bath and body gift sets can be as fun or as serious as you like. They’re also ideal for the houseproud man (like this handwash duo) or stressed out Dads! Great to gift with with bathrobes, new bedding and home furnishings.

Generation Z (that’s anyone born this century)

Like all of us, younger giftees appreciate luxury. This fragrance set by supercool brand Abercrombie and Fitch is a great choice, with top notes of gin and melon, and base notes of suede, musk and amber. Haircare by TIGI, and grooming by WAHL (we love this trimmer for face, beard and hair) will also go down well. And if they’re struggling with problem skin, a gentle hand in the form of Salcura Antiac, Peter Thomas Roth or Clinique for Men will be appreciated.

The Sports Star / Winter Sun Enthusiast

For the winter sports fan or year-round surfer, there are plenty of gifting options. In addition to that new rash vest or those snazzy goggles, add in some skincare products he can use and enjoy. This SPF50 clear spray from Ultrasun is waterproof and resistant to towel-drying. Or, for the winter sun seeker, an SPF50+ formula will see him through the heat of Asia, Australia and beyond, alongside a coffee table travel guide. For those who like to travel, there are plenty of options at allbeauty, from travel skincare sets to travel scents and even travel haircare. Here are some ideas to start you off.

The Nature Lover

Organic and natural products are hotly in demand but the guys don’t get left out. For the man who appreciates his natural habitat and prefers his products kind to the Earth, Good Day Organics are a great place to start – we love this Sharp Dressed Man travel tin.  For those who work long hours or may struggle to sleep, this Neom Organics Scent To Sleep spray is a must. L’Occitane skincare, bath & body, and Paul Mitchell haircare are also brands to check out.

Have we inspired you with any ideas? We hope so! And don’t miss the allbeauty Christmas shop with plenty more ideas.

Top Men’s Fragrance & Aftershave of The Year 2016

Announcing the top men’s fragrance of the year 2016. The scents he loved to wear, from prestige to designer and celebrity. Plus we reveal the best selling men’s Christmas aftershave.

The top men’s fragrance of the year 2016 is compiled by allbeauty, based on sales throughout the year. 

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Which top men’s fragrance is your favourite? Any you dislike? Comment below and tell us. Visit allbeauty to shop any of the products shown and don’t forget to tag us in your pics if you’ve recent bought any of these.

Last Minute Get The Look: Glitter Makeup!

Glitter makeup is always a big trend for New Year’s Eve, but don’t worry if you haven’t stocked up – allbeauty shows you last minute glitter makeup looks for hair, nails, eyes and lips, that you can get right now.

Glitter makeup is super easy and uses things you’ll have to hand. Please take care if following any of the tutorials and also use common sense!

HAIR

HAIR #1
You need: clear hair gel, pot of glitter
Method: mix a tablespoon of gel with a tablespoon of glitter (add more glitter if you want an intense look). Then apply sparingly throughout hair at the end of your styling routine.
Our top tip: wash hands immediately after application and try not to touch your hair throughout the night, or you’ll end up with glitter on your face in unexpected areas! We’ve been there… For a subtle look apply to one length of hair and plait in it like this fab example.
Here’s a quick video showing this method:

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HAIR #2
You need: hairspray, pot of glitter or larger glitter shapes if you feel brave!
Method: blast hair with hairspray at the end of your styling routine, then using your hand or a sieve (we’re serious!) sprinkle the glitter lightly over your hair. Blast again with strong hold spray to fix it all in place.
Use fine ground glitter for a subtle effect.

 

NAILS

 

Glitter Makeup
NAILS #1
You need: clear top coat, pot of fine glitter or larger ‘shattered glass’ pieces
Method: paint your nails with your usual colour and leave to dry. Use an old egg carton or paper plate to mix the top coat with glitter then apply quickly to your nails.
Our top tip: we admit this is horrible to get off but it’s a great way to get a glittery look on a small scale. For the ‘shattered glass’ look that sent Instagram crazy last year, click HERE.

 

NAILS #2
You need: any shimmery eyeshadow, clear varnish or top coat
Method: mix a little of the eyeshadow with the top coat and paint your nails in the usual way. This is a good way to get a matching, shimmery effect. For a full tutorial CLICK HERE

 

 

EYES


DIY Glitter Makeup
EYES #1
You need: false lashes, medium-sized glitter or glitter shapes
Method: using lash glue dab the lashes then sprinkle over glitter (note: contact lens wearers might want to skip this). For a great tutorial click HERE.

EYES #2
You need: false lash glue, medium-sized glitter or glitter shapes
Method: apply lash glue to the whole eye area, then pat on glitter shapes. Again take care if you wear contact lenses.

EYES #3
You need: false lash glue, fine glitter
Method: for glitter liner, apply lash glue carefully along the lash line then use a makeup brush to pick up the glitter and apply it to the glue. Again take care if you wear contact lenses. We love THIS LOOK.

 

LIPS


DIY Glitter Makeup

 

LIPS
You need: clear gloss or lip sealer, medium-sized glitter or glitter shapes
Method: mix the gloss – or lip sealer for a longer-lasting effect – with the glitter and apply. This works well with a bold colour such as gold or silver, but subtle shimmery eyeshadow works just as well. Need inspiration? START HERE!

 

BROWS

 

DIY Glitter Makeup
BROWS #1
You need: clear hair gel / brow fix, fine glitter
Method: mix gel or brow fix with the glitter and apply to brows, preferably with an old (clean) mascara brush or fine comb. Take care if you wear contacts!

BROWS #2
You need: cotton-bud, hairspray, fine glitter
Method: spray the cotton-bud with hairspray then quickly dip it into the glitter and apply to brows. To really fix, spray hairspray onto a finger and dab over the glitter. Take care if you wear contacts and don’t ever spray directly onto your brows. Go out with a bang with inspiration from our Pinterest board!

So there you have it, allbeauty’s DIY glitter makeup tutorials, showing you easy ways to get the glitter look on New Year’s Eve (or at any party!). If you’re going for the glitter trend, don’t forget to tag us on Instagram @allbeautyhq

Last Minute Gifts: Christmas Skincare For Mature Skin

Need a last minute Christmas gift for an older female? Our gorgeous, luxury skincare for mature skin, ticks every box.

last minute christmas giftsOur last minute Christmas skincare for mature skin is chosen by Claire, Head of Social Media at allbeauty.  Our picks are suitable for women aged 40+

Christmas Delivery: for full details, see our delivery page.

TOP TIPS
Gifting skincare is a great idea for an older female – here are my top tips on how to choose:

  • If you can, go for luxury. Opening something extra special is a real joy! A giftset takes out the guesswork.
  • Serums are a great choice. Women tend to use these as standalone products, so it doesn’t matter which range you go for. If in doubt, Clarins, Decléor, Gatineau or Guinot are all brands she’ll know and love.
  • A luxury night cream makes a great choice for a standalone gift – Decléor is a perfect brand for mature skin.
  • For stocking fillers, choose micellar water or a face mask.
  • Gifting a single piece of skincare? Wrap it in tissue paper and pop into a gift bag, tied closed with a bow – easy!
  • A word of warning: stay away from anything too ‘obvious’ – giving gifts labelled ‘skin resurfacing’ or ‘anti-wrinkle’ may send the wrong message!

skincare-mature-skinTOP PICK #1
EVE LOM Cleanser – All Skin Types, From £38.15

Described by Vogue as ‘probably the best cleanser in the world’. For me too, this is the holy grail of cleansers! The product has a beautiful honey scent and easily breaks down makeup and impurities. It’s honestly like putting nectar on your skin and leaves it feeling incredible. I’d give it 5 stars.

 

skincare-mature-skin2TOP PICK #2
Clarins – Face Treatment Oil Blue Orchid Dehydrated Skin 30ml  – Our Price £29.00

Treatment oils are big news and this one from Clarins contains only pure, natural, plant extracts. Used at night, it’s a luxury step that will leave her waking with soft, moisturised skin. allbeauty customer Charlotte said “I love the aromatherapy smell of this oil and it keeps my dry skin hydrated and supple”. Personally, I’ve never used a Clarins product I didn’t really like. The bottle + pipette style of this product makes me feel like it’s a salon experience.

 

skincare-mature-skin3TOP PICK #3
Olay Regenerist – 3 Point Super Age-Defying Night Cream 50ml – Our Price £19.95 (RRP £30)

Olay Regenerist is SO well loved, there’s no way I could leave it off my list! Claiming to give dramatically newer skin in just 5 days, all while you sleep at night – who could say no to that? Our customers rate it 5 stars on allbeauty and women just love it. The perfect gift.

 

skincare-mature-skin4TOP PICK #4
Elizabeth Arden – Ceramide Advanced Daily Youth Restoring Eye Serum Capsules (x60) – Our Price £39.00 (RRP £52)

An eye cream is a luxury we all need after the age of 30, but so many of us forget. These capsules from Elizabeth Arden are bestselling favourites and genuinely effective. Safe for sensitive eyes (they’re ophthalmologist tested), the capsules mean you use exactly the right amount. AND they’re in a stunning gold tin – perfect for Christmas!

 

skincare-mature-skinTOP PICK #5
Elizabeth Arden – Visible Difference Refining Moisture Cream Complex 75ml – Our Price £14.95 (RRP £30)

For a moisturiser, I’ve chosen Elizabeth Arden again because I absolutely ADORE this product!! I’ve used it since I was 14 and it’s my go-to time and again. Like putting on air-whipped cream, your skin feels soft and moisturised every time, with no greasy feel. We’ve linked to the 75ml here for budget reasons, but there is a 100ml available if you want to push the boat out.

 

Have we inspired you? You can find more skincare for mature skin and giftsets over at allbeauty.

 

10 Top Christmas Gifts For Her 2016

Don’t know what to buy? From fragrance to skincare, our top 10 Christmas gifts for her will solve all your headaches!

Our top 10 Christmas gifts for her are popular lines, curated by the allbeauty team.
Need help choosing a perfume? See our separate post here.
Shopping home fragrance eg candles and diffusers? See our separate post here.
Shopping gifts for men? We’ve got you covered here.

1. Marc Jacobs Decadence 2 x 4ml & Daisy 2 x 4mlSHOP HERE

Containing 4 minis in a beautiful gift box. Perfect for gym bunnies, women on the go or anyone who travels.
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2. Anna Sui – Sui Dreams Eau de Toilette 30ml & Clutch BagSHOP HERE

Containing the glamorous fruity scent, with a branded Anna Sui clutch bag – we love love this set! Great for Tweens to 30-somethings.

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3.  Estee Lauder Youth Dew – Eau de Parfum Spray 67mlSHOP HERE

An oriental, spicy fragrance, created in 1953. This classic is loved the world over – great for older Mums and Grandmothers.

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4. Clarins Glamour Bag SetSHOP HERE

A lovely cosmetics bag, containing the following travel sized essentials:
Rich Body Lotion 100ml, Beauty Flash Balm 15ml, Hydra Quench Cream 30ml, Instant Eye Make-up, Remover 50ml, Eye Contour Gel 10ml, Mini Mascara, Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil, Cosmetic Bag. Perfect for any age, from new mums to 20, 30, 40+

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5. Alien – Eau de Parfum Spray 15mlSHOP HERE

A big seller, year on year, this woody fragrance is utterly bewitching. Suitable for anyone, such is the appeal of Mugler.

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6. Molton Brown 3 Wick Candle Pink Pepperpod 480gSHOP HERE

A statement 3-wick candle, with notes of patchouli, pink pepper and ginger. Any woman would love this, but we think it’s the perfect gift for tricky Mothers-In-Law!top-10-christmas-gifts

7. Decleor Christmas 2016 – City RetreatSHOP HERE

A super-luxurious set containing 3 products designed to protect skin from stress and the elements. Great for anyone 30+ who works in the city or outdoors.

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8. Calvin Klein Euphoria Eau de Parfum Spray 100mlSHOP HERE

An oriental fragrance, combining florals, fruit and musks. Incredibly popular, this scent is suitable for all. Not sure if she’ll like it? Check our perfume guide here, with tips on how to choose a scent.

 

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9. L’Occitane Delicate Cherry Blossom Perfumed SetSHOP HERE

Especially released for Christmas 2016, this L’Occitane set contains bath and shower gel, body lotion, hand cream, eau de toilette and soap. The cherry blossom scent makes it ideal for any woman who enjoys pampering or is in need of some TLC!

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10. TIGI S-Factor Christmas Gift Sets – Vivacious LustreSHOP HERE

Fabulous volume, smooth hair and glorious shine – no women could ask for more! Great for 20-somethings+, this set is salon-quality luxury (at a very affordable price).

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