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Secret Santa Saviours

Deck the halls, ring the bells, Christmas is coming! 

It really is the “most wonderful time of the year” until, that is, you open your email to find out that the office is doing a Secret Santa

Now don’t get me wrong, I’m no grinch, but those two words fill me with dread and I know I’m not the only one…

#1 First of all, there’s nothing secret about it, by the time the torn wrapping paper has been bundled into the bin, everyone knows who got whom what. 

#2 Second, you never get the person you actually know well and want to buy a gift for. You’re inevitably paired with Simon from Accounts or Angry Helen from HR; or worse still, someone in management.

#3 Finally, the pressure to get a thoughtful, inexpensive gift without inversely overthinking it or spending too little, is an extra burden that no one needs this close to Christmas. 

Yet, this year, thousands of people around the country will be faced with this exact predicament. Well allbeauty readers, we’re here for you. To take the stress out of Secret Santa shopping we’ve got an easy-to-use solution that’s right at your fingertips.


The allbeauty “Secret Santa Saviour Selector”

Too much? The name may be a work in progress, but this is a tool that will change your life for the better when it comes to shopping for those hard-to-buy-for colleagues, friends or family. 

Our search function not only allows you to filter products by category but by gender and budget too. So, whether it’s a £10 bath oil for Aunt Pam or a £15 organic skin cream for your vegan boss, we’ve got you covered. 

The 5 Types of Secret Santa Recipient (and What to Get Them)

We know that finding the perfect gift involves knowing where to start. So, to make your Christmas shopping as stress-free as possible, the allbeauty team have got together to highlight the best categories for some of the most common Secret Santa recipients.

1. THE HARD TO PLEASE

Let’s face it, statistics aside, this is the person you’re most likely to draw out of the hat. That one person in the office who can’t be pleased, who complains about the AC temperature year-round and who won’t hide their feelings when they pull back the wrapping.

For the Office Snob, we suggest going for a few small items instead of one big one. This will spread the chances of getting something they’re happy with without you being out of pocket. Miniature perfume or makeup selection boxes are a great option. Browse now.

2. THE JOKER 

A great person to be paired with, the office Joker loves to have a laugh and appreciated a good prop. Think of the least likely thing that The Joker needs, and get that. 

Why not go for hair spray for the Bald Joker, lip plumping gloss for the Casual Joker, or a calming candle for the Bouncing Off The Walls Joker. Get creative! Browse now.

3. THE QUIET ONE

If you’ve been paired with someone you know nothing about, go for a safe gift that can’t possibly be misinterpreted. That isn’t to say you need to be boring though. Hand creams and scented soaps may be tried and true gifts, but why not opt for something a little more thoughtful? 

Home fragrances are a wonderful gift to receive and as well as being practical and long-lasting. Browse now.

4. THE MAT LEAVE RETURNER

It can be awkward being paired with someone who has recently returned from maternity leave – they’ve served their time in the office, but you might never have worked alongside them before or know their interests.

The perfect gift for a new mum? Sleep. If you can’t offer your services as a night nurse, get the next best thing: our range of Wellbeing Products for Sleep make an ideal gift for new mothers. Browse now.

5. THE ANNUAL LEAVE AFICIONADO

We’ve all got that one colleague who seems to be on holiday as regularly as they’re in the office. How they manage to make their annual leave go so far is anyone’s guess, but one thing we do know is what to get them for Christmas.

There are an amazing variety of travel-size products available at allbeauty, all of which will be a welcome addition on your colleague’s next adventure. Browse now.


Congratulations! You’ve got everything you need to wow the office with your Secret Santa contribution. So, what are you waiting for? Get shopping!

Create the perfect wishlist

All I want for Christmas is…

The perfect gift

We need your help…this Christmas, our favourites will be voted by you! For anyone has that the Christmas shopping fear, the worry ends here. Here we are voting for our top gift in each category and we will share the winners in a desired wishlist. You can then share this with friends, partners, colleagues and drop that subtle hint that will make your Christmas that little bit better.


Fragrance

Make Up

Body & Pamper

Haircare

Skincare


If you can’t wait until Christmas, find all the Christmas Gifts on this page here.

Keep Your Summer Skin Glowing

Ah, the great British summer, heatwave one moment, downpours the next. As the sun once again becomes a stranger, many of us at allbeauty are ruing not making the most of that warm weather while it lasted. Whether you were lucky enough to get sun-kissed, or missed the narrow window, it isn’t too late to create, or maintain, a bronzed body throughout Autumn. 

While there’s no argument that pale skin can look absolutely gorgeous (we’re looking at you Audrey Hepburn), it’s no secret that many of us feel more radiant with that summertime glow. So, whether you’re a tanning aficionado or just dipping your toe in the water, here are our top-rated essentials for getting that holiday look, year-round.


Best Body Exfoliators

The key to an even tan is skin which has been properly exfoliated. By scrubbing those dry areas around your knees and elbows, you’ll avoid that patchy tan we all live in fear of. Here are our best body exfoliators, as rated by you.

#1 Tonic Body Polisher – Clarins

The exfoliator most highly rated by our valued customers, the Tonic Body Polisher with Essential Oils by the UK’s top luxury skincare brand, Clarins, not only feels wonderful, it smells heavenly too.  

Our Price £26.95 – save 18% off RRP

#2 1000 Grain Body Exfoliator – Decleor 

Our Price £19.95- save 50% off RRP

#3 Moroccan Rose Otto Sugar Body Polish – REN Clean Skincare

Our Price £22.95 –  save 34% off RRP


Best Body Moisturisers

It doesn’t matter how great a tanning product is, if you don’t keep that gloriously glowing skin moisturised, you can say goodbye to an even, all over tan. All body moisturisers aren’t created equal, but you can forego the trial and error with these top rated options.

#1 Moisture-Rich Body Lotion with Shea Butter For Dry Skin– Clarins

For skin hydration that goes on and on, Clarins Moisture-Rich Body Lotion is the ultimate in skincare. Apply in the morning for day-long relief from dryness.  

Our Price £39.10 – save 15% off RRP

#2 Elizabeth Arden Green Tea Honey Drops Body Cream

Our customers say “Amazing product.it smells and feels very nice on the skin.”

Our Price £12.30save 35% off RRP

#3 Decleor Aroma Confort Systeme Corps Moisturising Body Milk

Our Price £23.50 –  save 48% off RRP


Best Natural Tan Boosters

Last-minute opportunity to catch the sun? Want to make the most of the last of summer’s rays? A natural tan booster encourages your skin to turn the right shade of sought-after-sienna in a shorter amount of time, while encouraging the skin’s natural self-protection function.

#1 Self Tanning Radiance Plus Golden Glow Booster for Face – Clarins

Explore the depth of your tan with just a couple of drops of Clarins, Self Tanning Radiance Plus Golden Glow Booster for Face.  Our customers say “This is an excellent product – you just need a drop mixed with your moisturiser so really easy to apply and colour is very natural” 

Our Price £17.60 save 12% off RRP

#2 Body Basics Tan Accelerating Lotion – Gatineau

Our Price £32.80-  save 33% off RRP

#3 Aftersun Tan Booster – Ultrasun

Our Price £19.95 save 17% off RRP


Best Gradual Tan

If you like the idea of fake tan but don’t want to make a drastic change, gradual tan is the ideal choice. Build up to your preferred shade over time, ensuring that you get a perfect glow, tailored to you.

#1 Total Effects 7-in-1 Touch of Sunshine Gradual Sunless Tanner – Olay 

From one of the most well-known brands comes this all-singing, all-dancing moisturiser – Total Effects 7-in-1 Touch of Sunshine Gradual Sunless Tanner. Olay pride themselves on their deep hydration and anti-aging skincare, so you know you’re getting the full package with this cream. 

Our Price £11.95 save 20% off RRP

#2 Elemis Sunwise Total Glow Bronzing Body Lotion

Our customers say “The best gradual tanning product on the market!”

Our Price £25.95- save 31% off RRP

#3 St Tropez Gradual Everyday Body Lotion Medium/Dark 

Our Price £11.60 save 20% off RRP


Best Instant Tan

Whether for a special occasion or just to keep the winter blues away, instant tan gives you the colour you need, when you need it. There are literally hundreds of products available, but real customer reviews separate the awesome from the average.

#1 Self Tan Express Bronzing Mousse – St Tropez

St Tropez is one of the most respected self-tanning brands, and the reviews for their Self Tan Express Bronzing Mousse speak volumes.

Our Price £18.20save 45% off RRP

#2 Tan Organic Self Tanning Certified Organic Oil

Our customers say “Brilliant! No mess no after smell lovely even false tan. Does not stain hands after application.”

Our Price £22.40save 10% off RRP

#3 Clarins Self Tanning Milky Lotion

Our Price £17.85 save 15% off RRP


Best Applicators

The right applicator can be the difference between a good tan and a great tan. Even coverage is much more achievable when using one of our top reviewed tanning applicators.

#1 Self Tanning Application Mitt – Tan Organic

The best tanning applicator as voted by you, this mitt by Tan Organic will help to ensure you get a flawless tan. Even better? It’s one of the most competitively priced too!

Our Price £6.00

#2 Self Tan Back Applicator – ModelCo Tanning

Our Price £8.00

#3 Instant Flawless Self Tan Liquid – Fake Bake

Our Price £15.50save 38% off RRP


There we have it, everything you need to keep that summer glow going all year long. Ready to get your tan on? Head over to take a look at the range of tanning products on allbeauty.com

Summer Sunshine Safety

Summer’s not over just yet- there’s still time to have fun in the sun and soak up the rays.  We want to make the most of every moment in the sunshine (as it doesn’t come around very often!) and we don’t want to be hiding away; let’s be safe and not sorry. You may associate SPF (Sun Protection Factor) with sun prevention products to use whilst you’re chilling by the pool or beach, however it is an acronym that is appearing increasingly on skincare bottles and vials for everyday use.  So whether you’re planning on a summer mini break to the city, packing your bags for a long haul vacation, or simply planning to spend more time outdoors in your garden soaking up the summer sun, read on to find out more about why you should consider using SPF products in your skincare routine.


Here comes the sun…    

SPF comes in different factors, ranging from 2 – 50+. According to the NHS, Sun creams and lotions should be at least SPF15, however, factors 30-50 are most effective when it comes to preventing your skin from over exposure to UVA & B rays. It is possible to experience skin damage on a cloudy or overcast day, so it is important to make sure your skin is protected when you are spending long periods of time outdoors.        

Shop our best seller Estée Lauder  DayWearMulti Protection Anti Oxidant Sheer Tint Release Moisturiser SPF15 50ml for just £40.50 – saving 10% off RRP.


What is the difference between UVA and B rays?   

UV B rays are responsible for causing sunburn. Whilst sunburn can be soothed with after sun products, it’s crucial to note that UVA rays can also cause irreversible skin damage in the long term as they can penetrate through several layers of the skin, causing sun spots, signs of aging and elevating the risk of skin cancer. SPF specifically relates to prevention against UV B rays

Shop our Lancaster Sun Beauty Velvet Tanning Milk for Body SPF30 400ml for just £19.95 –  saving 38% off RRP.


How can I incorporate SPF products into my skincare routine?

If you’re a city dweller, Elizabeth Arden Prevage City Smart Hydrating Shield SPF50 is a moisturising lotion which can be used as the last step in your skincare regimen to strengthen and protect skin. It offers tinted protection against UV rays, meaning that it can also be used in place of foundation. The Prevage range is especially designed to prevent ageing and also fights against environmental stresses, such as pollution, making it ideal for those with a commute.  

Fans of French Brand Caudalie will be familiar with the brand’s exciting origins from the vineyards of Bordeaux. But did you know that their famous grape vines can be combined with SPF? Caudalie’s Anti-Wrinkle Face Suncare has SPF50 incorporated within its formula containing organic grape water and antioxidants. Formulated without traces of oxybenzone or octinoxate, this product is a great addition to skincare routines for fans of natural beauty & ocean swimming as it is free of chemicals suspected to cause damage to the marine ecosystem (coral reefs included).  Bonus – as well as being lightweight, the product is delightfully fragranced with notes of Frangipani flowers in addition to providing SPF protection. Apply generously to the face before exposure to the sun – avoiding the eye contour. Shop Caudalie’s Whole Suncare Range here.

Shiseido Urban Environment UV Protection Cream Plus SPF50 for Face & Body 50ml can be used as a base for your foundation and should be applied daily after your usual skincare routine. We love that this cream is for Face and Body – it can be applied to the neck and décolletage to protect against ageing and damage in these oft-neglected areas!  Shop now for £23.50- saving 31% off RRP.

Further details on our favourite SPF moisturisers can be found within our Summer Beauty Inspiration pages.


allbeauty’s Sun Protection FABULOUS tips     

Pay attention to expiry dates, replenishing products that have expired to ensure that you are maximising their effectiveness and making the most of your skincare routine.    

Re-apply SPF products frequently throughout the day (before heading out on your lunch break, after swimming, half an hour before gardening) to ensure that you are always protected from over exposure! The NHS recommend that you apply SPF products half an hour before being outside for extended periods, as well as immediately before you go out.  Our Lancaster Sun Beauty Velvet Touch Face Cream SPF30 50ml + Free Gift is perfect protection at just £14. 

Fan of acids and toners? When these are used in your skincare routine, your skin can be more sensitive to sunlight, which is why you should always consider using SPF skincare products to help protect against sensitivity.   

Have you tried UltraSun Face Brightening, Anti-Spot & Anti-Pollution Fluid?Shop  for just £23.80 – saving 15% off RRP


Fake It, Don’t Bake it

Sun tanning is not a safe activity – if you’re interested in products that can help you develop a sunless tan, then check out our range of fake tan products here . Avoid the risk of sun burn with our loved St. Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Mousse .

Shop now for £18.20 – saving 45% off RRP .


The one word we don’t like: Sunburn

We don’t welcome sunburn but sometimes it arrives unexpectedly. What to do when it all goes wrong? We believe that the best way to combat sunburn is through prevention but you need to know what to do if you find your skin irritated and an unfortunate shade of lobster. If you experience burnt skin as a result of overexposure, it is important to treat this as quickly as possible – make sure you also drink water to prevent dehydration and always consult a doctor if you experience severe signs of sunburn.  Our two favourite picks:

Moisturisers and balms containing aloe vera, such as Clinique After Sun Rescue Balm with Aloe, can help to soothe and cool irritated areas of skin, 150ml for just £19. Lierac Sunissme SOS Repairing Serum,  contains witch hazel and omega 3 and 9s can help repair skin from intense exposure from the sun helping to refresh, soothe and prolong tanning results, 30ml for £21.95 saving 51% off RRP

allbeauty has a range of products which can be used to soothe sunburn or to maximise your tan. We recommend that you always apply moisturiser after exposure to the sun – but remember, when it comes to sunburn, prevention is better than a cure!

Shop After Sun here.


All of our summer beauty can be found here. Don’t hide from the sun but ensure that you are protected and enjoy! 

*information correct at the time of publishing

Father’s Day 2019 Gifting Inspiration

Father’s Day

With Father’s Day just around the corner , we’ve taken a look at gifting ideas for the most important men in your life. Whether you are buying for a partner from your children, gifting for a father figure or older gentleman, we have considered your needs from all angles!

Looking for even more great gift ideas? Take a look at our Father’s Day Shop
*Information correct at the time of publishing

Mother’s Day Gift Guide 2019

Mother’s Day Gift Guide 2019

From gorgeous giftsets to luxury fragrances, there’s no reason not to spoil mum this Mother’s day…

Don’t forget! Mother’s Day on Sunday March 31st. Shop all Mother’s Day gifts at www.allbeauty.com
Prices and products available correct at time of publish.

Valentine’s Day 2019: Gift Guide For Him and For Her

This Valentine’s Day we’re playing cupid! So whether you’re shopping for your boyfriend, girlfriend, husband, wife or even your girl-friends, aim for the perfect gift with allbeauty…

 

Looking for more gift ideas? Shop Valentine’s Day 2019 at allbeauty.com – for her, for him, for love.

Prices correct at time of publish

Christmas 2018: Gifts For Her

Christmas 2018: Gifts For Her

Whether you’re looking for glamorous gifts for mum, stocking fillers for your sister or a secret Santa present for one of the girls — she’s guaranteed to LOVE these!

 

Christmas 2018: Gifts For Kids

Christmas 2018: Gifts For Kids

From stocking stuffers to the prefect tween fragrances, we’ve got you covered when it comes to kids this Christmas! Here’s our top picks:

Christmas 2018: Gifts For Him

Christmas 2018: Gifts For Him

Finding gifts for the men in your life this Christmas may seem a tough task, but we’re here to help you out with our ultimate gift guide…