If you’re on Instagram and don’t follow Sandra Sallin on, you need to. The 80-year-old blogger and artist shares her feel-good beauty tricks and wisdom regularly with her 23k followers. In the meantime, here are Sandra’s thoughtful beauty gifts…
For Me: I can’t wait to try . My hair needs some love. From everyone’s raves, I know this will be the answer. I’m also going to treat myself to . The divine smelling combination will bring me joy every time I shower and moisturise my body. I’ve been buying Hourglass palettes for years and enjoying them all. The powder barely touches your skin but leaves the perfect finish and glow. I can’t wait to try the bronzer and blush that are included in the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Sculpture, N/A.
For my Daughter: By Terry Twinkle Glow Best of Set is the perfect gift for my daughter as she never takes time to buy makeup. The hyaluronic powder is just what she needs, and the liquid lip balm is perfect for the cold weather up north. She has run out of mascara and eyeshadow, so this gift fits the bill perfectly. She’ll love it and be grateful for this gift.
My Granddaughter: The colours and textures in Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Instant Eye Palette, £ 36,00 are simply stunning. But grandma that I am, I plan on giving this to my granddaughter. She’s eighteen and I know she will be so surprised and adore this palette.
For Friends: I love liquid and cream blushes these days. Chantecaille Cheek Gelée, £ 43,00 creates a ‘lit from within’ stain that lights up my face. It also has a luminous finish that just tops it off. It’s a great gift for close friends.
From the skincare essentials she’s hoping to receive to the crowd-pleasing presents she’ll be giving friends, there is plenty of inspiration to be taken from model and influencer Sabrina’s list…
For Me: I rarely trust anyone with my skin more than Dr. Barbara Strum. Her serum leaves your skin feet and radiant and she’s created a darker skin tones line which addresses all my hyperpigmentation concerns. I’m planning to treat myself to a top-up of the Dr. Barbara Sturm Darker Skin Tones Hyaluronic Serum, £ 235,00. Another essential is La Mer The Eye Concentrate, £ 215,00. I love how moisturising it is without clogging up the delicate skin under my eyes. And the instant brightening doesn’t hurt either. NuFace devices are one of the best non-invasive ways to contour, tone, and improve fine lines. I’m hoping someone will treat me to the Nuface Trinity Break The Ice, N/A device.
For My Husband: The smell of sandalwood in Byredo Gypsy Water Eau de Parfum, £ 140,00 reminds me so much of home and one of the things I love most about this fragrance is that I can share it with the hubby and it works.
For Everyone Else: Candles around the holidays are a no brainer for pretty much anyone on your list. With a matching soap and shower gel as well, is the perfect gift. If you’re keen to gift skincare, is great. The formulas help to strengthen and resurface congested complexions.
Brand founder and model, Miranda Kerr reveals the three makeup essentials that she’s treating herself to and what she’s planning on gifting friends…
For Me: has become one of my makeup must haves for my eyeshadow, the shimmer is super flattering and makes my eyes pop. I’m also a huge fan of the new mascara, so I’m going to treat myself to . One last treat to myself will be RMS Beauty UnCoverup Concealer, £ 36,00 – I’ve been using it for years now. I mix in a few drops of my Noni Glow Face Oil and use all over my face.
For My Friends: I always try to use silk hair ties when I put my hair back to prevent breakage and is such a cute gift and accessory for your friends Christmas trees. Kora Organics Noni Glow Sleeping Mask, £ 45,00 is another favourite for gifting. It is the last step in my evening skincare routine. I keep it right next to my bedside and I wake up the next day with plump, glowing skin. For friends who love to travel, I’ll be gifting them . It comes with three different barrel sizes and is so convenient for on-the-go.
The UK based content creator is renowned for her practical style edits and trustworthy beauty selections. We’re in agreement on the Diptyque…
For Me: I’m putting Diptyque Black Baies Large Scented Candle, £ 285,00 on my ’treat yourself’ Christmas list. I love the blackcurrant and rose scent, it’s a year-round favourite for me. And the packaging is interior goals too. I also intend to replace my Space NK Medium Travel Bag, £ 10,40 - I cannot begin to tell you how helpful these are. Whether it’s to put your holiday bits in or throw in your handbag, it’s a brilliant way to organise your beauty bits (plus it’s quick and easy to clean!). I’m hoping someone’s going to treat me to . The minis are great for keeping in pockets or dotting around the house – my mitts will be forever moisturised.
For My Grandma: Every year I buy Aromatherapy Associates 10 x 3ml Discovery Bath & Shower Oil Collection, £ 48,00 for my Grandma. She adores these mini bath oils and somehow finds a way to make the luxurious formulas last a full 12 months. Such a pampering pick-me-up.
For My Husband: The only time I’ve ever heard my husband talking about grooming essentials with his friends, he was taking about the Facial Fuel range. I suspect he’ll be very happy with Kiehl's Mens Grab & Go Essentials, N/A.
For Everyone Else: This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray, £ 21,00 is an all-round favourite with my friends and family. Everyone I know loves this lavender and chamomile scented bedtime spray; my mum, my sister, my best pals.