It’s that time of the year when we’re supposed to be thinking about what we’re going to gift others. Over the next few weeks, we’ll spend hours perusing shelves and browsing the New In section searching for the perfect present for someone else. It almost feels uncouth to consider treating ourselves when we should be focused on the task at hand.
Yet, now that the weather has well and truly turned, the days are getting shorter and our to-do lists appear to have doubled in length, surely, we all deserve a treat? And, that’s before you throw Covid-19 and the various lockdown restrictions into the mix.
Fortunately, this year’s gift sets have landed and they offer the perfect guilt-free self-gifting opportunity. Whether you want to try a new brand or restock your beauty stash, now is the time. If you’re not au fait with the money saving joy that gift sets can bring, keep reading...
If You Want To Replenish Your Cabinet…
Whether you’re running low on your favourite moisturiser or scraping out the last smidgen of lipstick, gift sets are a great way to stock up. For example, if you’re a fan of Charlotte Tilbury skincare you’d be silly not to invest in the Charlotte Tilbury Magic Skin Secrets, $54.00. While it will set you back £240, you get £301 worth of products, including the iconic Charlotte Tilbury Charlotte's Magic Cream Moisturiser, $27.00, Charlotte Tilbury Magic Serum Crystal Elixir, $27.00 and .
It’s not just skincare either. Olaplex Holiday Hair Fix, $60.00 contains 100ml worth of the Olaplex No. 3 Hair Perfector, $28.00, Olaplex No. 4 Bond Maintenance Shampoo, $28.00, Olaplex No. 5 Bond Maintenance Conditioner, $28.00 and the Olaplex No. 6 Bond Smoother, $28.00 for £60, offering savings of £18. Aveda Botanical Repair Hair Trio, $38.00 not only rehydrates and revives lacklustre hair, but purchasing this set saves you £9.
If you live for Fresh Hesperides Grapefruit Bath & Shower Gel, $23.00 and Fresh Hesperides Grapefruit Body Lotion, $26.00, you can pick up both for £34, rather than £45 if you bought them separately. Likewise, Ren Clean Skincare Body Bliss Rose Duo, $52.00 saves you £10. Essentially, this is the time to stock up on the skin, body and hair favourites that you use all year round. So much so, we’ve been known to treat ourselves to two of the same gift set.
If You Want To Try Something New…
Gift sets are also a very handy way of testing the water with new skincare products as brands often include their much-loved bestsellers. Our top tip is to look for sets with travel-size versions. Every year Caudalie Vinosource Hydration Minis Cracker, $11.00 sells out. While it is a great stocking filler, it’s equally as good for trying out the brand’s renowned Vinosource formulas for just £10.
If you’re intrigued by the mega savings on Charlotte Tilbury’s gift sets above but haven’t tried any of the makeup artist’s skincare yet, look to the Charlotte Tilbury Magic Skin Secrets, $54.00. The travel-size clay mask, moisturiser, serum and glow-getting primer are the perfect intro into the brand.
Drunk Elephant is one of the most talked about brands and its sets are worth exploring if you haven’t sampled its offering. Our favourite is Drunk Elephant Firmy The Day Kit, $88.00, which goes against our advice and contains a full-size in the mix of travel sizes, but we’re yet to meet anyone who doesn’t love the bestselling vitamin C serum.
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If you’re looking for a mixture of new and bestselling products across various brands, The Best Of Space NK gift set is a no brainer. While it contains £232 worth of beauty, it costs just £99. Our top tip is to treat yourself (before it sells out!) and if there is anything that doesn’t take your fancy, why not create a mini beauty hamper for a friend? There’s also The Wind Down gift set if you’re keen to transform your bathroom into a spa.
Beauty journalist and diversity advocate Ateh Jewel has also created a limited-edition Space NK Space NK x Ateh Jewel - The Glow Box, $135.50 featuring some of her favourite buys. From to by terry Terribly Paris Lash Expert, it’s a gorgeous selection of products that truly champion beauty inclusivity. And, it contains £250, but costs you just £125.