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Last Minute Stocking Fillers That Make A Beautiful Christmas Gift

Need something gorgeous to pop under the tree for that BFF, favourite aunt or work-wife? Then delight this Christmas with the MM beauty gift guide.

Wow, I can’t believe it’s Chrissie in a week – this year has gone too quickly!

What has been a highlight for you, my dolls?

For me, apart from bringing all my tips and tools to you via this blog and working with some ah-mazing clients, I have really enjoyed discovering some new and unique cult beauty brands that balance beautifully with more established products on my (heaving) beauty shelf.

For something to achieve cut-through in this world, it has to have a beautiful story and have great people and lush ingredients at its heart.

So, rather than dash out for some naff old stocking fillers to play Secret Santa at your upcoming girls’ lunch, why not wow with these MM-approved and treasured beauty finds instead?




Jo Malone London Lino nel Vento Lin| en Spray

This is the best Xmas present ever – it’s not something one would automatically pick out for themselves, yet you wonder how you ever lived without it. The aromatic spray feels indulgent, yet decidedly practical. Just spray on pillow and linens before bed for a luxe and fragrant sleep experience. Perfect when you want to impress with a gift, yet stuck for what to buy.|




Rococo Body Oil with Amethyst Crystal Infusion

Rococo Body Oil is a crystal-infused pure blend oil with a fast-absorbing antioxidant-rich formula that boasts high fatty acids and vitamins A, D and E. The best bit is are the magical bits of amethyst, rose quartz or clear quartz crystals that float on the bottom of the bottle to cleanse, nourish and protect your energy field. Get it for someone who’s had a massive year, and watch all their cares melt away – the crystals work on the soul while the oil’s benefits work together to restore elasticity, brighten and tone the skin.




Who doesn’t want a pre-party oil with a flattering gold shimmer to bring in the New Year? Certainly not that friend who’s ready for her most sizzling year everrrr! Help them bring in the good vibes with this abundant body oil which leaves skin golden, radiant and nourished with vitamins and minerals – like an all-year-round sensuous European summer holiday.


Omorovizca MOOR MUD SET

Skin is King in this delicious, exotic collection, designed to cleanse, purify and detox the skin with a selection of products from the iconic Moor mud collection. This gift is basically perfect for anyone, because let’s be honest – who doesn’t want a brighter, more youthful and radiant complexion? This pack delivers with a Thermal Cleansing Balm, Refining Facial Polisher, Ultramoor Mud Mask and a Mini Mitt for a genuine complexion rebirth.





For the friend who needs an added boost of sunshine (but prefers to steer clear of the sun), the Elle Effect Tan is the perfect way to get the bronze on with no fuss. With this tan, you get the ultimate Elle Effect kit which includes the Elle Effect Mitt, resealable travel bag and a set of Elle Effect stickers to customise your bottle or add the Effect to your phone or laptop. CUTE! Best of all, it has a natural, rose-like scent so its perfect for those who just want to apply and go.




All hair types take a hit this summer, with salt, chlorine and over styling. What I love about this hydration set is that it works beautifully on all hair types, so get it for that beach bum friend with the gorgeous tresses to help them stay that way. This limited-edition set comes in a keepsake tin, featuring year-round replenishing essentials to restore hair’s natural moisture balance and comes with a Hydrating Shampoo, Hydrating Conditioner and beloved Moroccanoil Treatment.





By TERRY Tea To Tan Face And Body

While I love a good tan, I don’t advise applying it directly to your face. Not so with this amazing Tea to Tan spray, formulated with black and red tea extracts and cold-pressed fruit active essence to hydrate whilst leaving a sheer bronzed finish on skin. Simply spay and forget, or blend with a large fluffy brush to create, build, enhance and maintain a natural looking tan with a quick drying and streak-free formula. Why not gift this to your self!? 



Penhaligon’s Portraits Perfumes

“Somewhere in the rolling hills of the English countryside, nestled under a majestic canopy of oaks, the sun is gently rising over a country mansion. Two or three domestic servants are arduously at work drawing baths, opening curtains, lighting fires and viciously beating carpets in preparation for the first family gathering of the day.” Such is the fantasy setting that conjures the Penhaligon’s Portraits Family fragrances, all old world charm and subversive animal packaging. It’s more expensive and oh-so-special… you know exactly whom to gift this to.



Words: Alina B | Review and Makeup: Max May | Model: Lydia Simonis

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