Tis the season for gorgeous makeup palettes and gift sets. So many shades and products all in one palette or set. And not only that. They’re just so darn pretty!! But, there is a caveat to this! Whilst those eyeshadow palettes with 8 or 10 different shades look soooo tempting, you have to ask yourself. Are you really going to use those vibrant (but gorgeous) purple or green eyeshadows? Do you even know if that serum or oil that came with your gorgeous gift set is even suitable for you? And do you even know HOW to use these products? But don’t worry. You can still have gifts this Christmas that are not only beautiful but that you’ll actually USE and are perfect for you or the loved one you’re buying them for. So before you go shopping, make sure to first read this guide first. And don’t worry, as it still contains some really pretty palettes as I’m sharing some of my absolute favourite Christmas beauty gift sets.
Before we get started with the fabulous Christmas beauty gifts sets that I do recommend, here are a few things to first consider that will help you choose the perfect gift for yourself or someone else.
Choose Smaller Makeup Palettes
Whilst it may seem like you’re getting amazing value buying a makeup palette that contains a lot of different shades and products, that’s actually not the reality at all. And in fact, makeup palettes containing only a few products are actually so much better value and work out far cheaper.
As I’ve already mentioned you have to ask yourself, “am I really going to use these shades?” Even as a makeup artist creating several different looks, I still don’t use every shade from large palettes. That’s why I’m very selective about the ones I do buy. Or I create my own custom-made palettes.
Buy From Brands Who Don’t Test on Animals
Pretty much every beauty brand brings out limited or special edition Christmas beauty gift sets. But unfortunately, many of these cosmetics brands still conduct animal testing. And the only way to stop this outdated and barbaric practice is to stop buying from those brands. As consumers, we do have a voice and that voice is in the form of our wallets. Once profits decrease, these brands will start to take note and hopefully put an end to such horrific practices.
With all that being said, there are some really wonderful brands who don’t test their products on animals. And their gorgeous products are not only cruelty-free but much better quality too. If you want to check if the brands you’re thinking of buying from are cruelty-free, make sure to download my Cruelty-Free Beauty Guide so you’ll always have it with you when you go shopping. It contains a comprehensive list of brands whose products are cruelty-free as well as the brands who do test on their products on animals.
Look for Zero Waste Products
Whilst this is a lovely time of year for showing your love and gratitude for loved ones, it can also take a toll on our beautiful planet. There’s a lot of waste due to packaging, wrapping paper, cards. And even things like Christmas lights and decorations can have a negative impact on the environment. Here are 3 simple ways you can make a difference and have a positive impact:
1. Choose products that are made from eco-friendly materials
So many products come with so much packaging that’s totally unnecessary. Have you ever noticed how much packaging there is for one tiny eyeshadow for example? Firstly, there’s a large amount of packaging the eyeshadow is encased in. Then you’ve got the box it comes in. It’s just way too much. So you can only imagine how much extra packaging comes with Christmas beauty gift sets.
By choosing products that are made of and packaged in sustainable, recycled or biodegradable materials, you’ll be making a very positive impact on our environment.
2. Choose products with packaging that can be reused
For example, some makeup palettes can be refilled with new eyeshadows or other products like blushers or lipsticks. This will not only save you money but it will also reduce waste and packaging too. And I’ve got a perfect example for you below.
3. Only choose products that you or the receiver are actually going to use
It’s so lovely to get a nice gift and it’s just as nice to give a nice gift. It shows someone how much you care about them. And Christmas beauty gift sets are a great way to do that. No matter whether you’re the sender or the receiver, you want to get enjoyment and have fun with that gift. So that’s why it’s important to think carefully about the gifts you buy or ask for, as you want to actually use the gift. Otherwise, it’s just a waste of your or the sender’s hard earned money.
This is why I don’t recommend buying large makeup palettes or sets. And it’s why I mentioned above about choosing Christmas beauty gift sets that only contain products that you’re going to use. If you’re not using your gifts, this is just a waste of money and extra waste for the environment too.
THE BEST CHRISTMAS BEAUTY GIFT SETS OF 2017
So now that you know what to look for, let’s take a look at some of the gorgeous products that fit into all 3 categories above. I just know you’re going to love these as much as I do. And it will look like you put some serious thought into the gifts as the receiver will love their gift so much. They’ll get so much use and enjoyment from it. And Santa might even bring you one of these beauties as you’ve been so good this year! 😉
Disclaimer: Some of these products contain affiliate links which means I may receive a small commission if you decide to purchase them. But this will have no extra cost to you. As you know, I only ever recommend products and brands that I absolutely love and use myself in both my professional and personal makeup kits. So that’s how I know how amazing they are and why I’m so excited to share them with you so you’ll get the same amazing results from using them too.
I think this palette has to be one my favourite makeup palettes ever. And there are just SO many reasons to love it and why it’s the perfect gift. Firstly, just look at how beautiful it is. Those shades are simply stunning. But not only that, they’re practical shades that you’ll actually USE (see how I keep going back to this!). The products contain 100% natural ingredients with 63% being organic. The products are all cruelty-free and are 100% vegan.
But what I also absolutely love is that the palette itself is made from eco-friendly bamboo. And not only that, it’s also refillable too. So let’s say you use up one of the eyeshadows more quickly than the other. You can simply replace that with another eyeshadow, blusher or even their cream eyeshadow primer.
This palette ticks all the boxes for me and I’m sure it will for you too. It’s organic, cruelty-free, vegan, eco-friendly, practical and just so beautiful.
What’s in it:
It contains 5 gorgeous products for eyes, lips and cheeks. And the cheek product actually doubles up as a lip product too. So really you have 6 products. It also comes with a double-ended makeup brush that you can use to apply lipstick and eyeliner with. Here’s exactly what’s in the palette:
2 Eyeshadows – 1 gold shade and 1 silver shade. Both are perfect for daytime or evening looks.
Cream blusher – this gorgeous blusher also doubles up as a lip colour. Make sure to check out my post showing you how to apply cream blusher so you’ll know how to apply it correctly. It’s so simple and gives your complexion a beautiful, healthy, youthful glow.
Cake eyeliner – a great product if you’re only getting started with or are not too confident in applying eyeliner. It can also be used wet or dry. So you can do dramatic looks, a simple yet gorgeous daytime look or even a smokey eye.
Lipstick – a beautiful berry shade that’s perfect for this time of year in particular.
I’m very excited about the Christmas beauty gift sets by another one of my favourite makeup brands. If you’re new to them, Hynt beauty is an organic makeup brand and their products are amazing quality. Not only that, they’re perfect whether you’re looking for a natural daytime look or a gorgeous more glamorous evening look too.
This set is my favourite from their 2017 collection. It’s amazing value for money and a great way to introduce yourself to the brand as it contains 6 products for face, eyes and lips. Such a gorgeous gift to give or receive. Once again, it contains practical shades and products that you’ll actually use as well as being organic and cruelty-free.
What’s in it:
For eyes, there’s an eyeshadow, eyeliner Pencil and their amazing mascara (one of my favourites). For the face, there’s a beautiful nude shade powder blush. In addition, it contains a deluxe sample size of their fabulous Skin Prep Serum. This is a bit of a hero product by Hynt beauty. And it even doubles up as a face primer to create the perfect base before applying foundation and other face products. And last but not least is a gorgeous lipgloss.
These aren’t technically Christmas beauty gift sets as they’re available to buy all year round. But they’re so amazing I just had to include them on my list. There are 4 palettes to choose from and each contains 4 different shades.
So what’s so great about them, I hear you ask? They’re multi-use cream products contained all in one palette. They can be used on the eyes, cheeks and lips. And they can be used as eyeshadows, blushers, lip colours as well for highlighting and contouring. The possibilities are endless with these gorgeous palettes.
Not only are they cruelty-free and 100% vegan, the products contain no harmful ingredients and are instead made from non-toxic ingredients that are good for your skin and health. The palettes themselves are recyclable and BPA-free. So good for the environment too.
Another one of my favourite green beauty brands. Their products are just gorgeous and contain 100% natural and organic ingredients and are 100% vegan too. What I also love is that their products are multi-use and the shades are so beautiful. Meaning I can create natural or glamorous looks with them in a short time and using only a few products.
What’s in it:
This is, without doubt, my favourite skincare brand. And if I’m going to include skincare in my best Christmas beauty gift sets, then it wouldn’t be complete without something from the amazing Pai Skincare.
It’s all good and well having a good makeup routine. But a good makeup routine is only as good as a great skincare routine. And no matter whether you’re buying for yourself or for someone else, the fabulous products from Pai Skincare are a brilliant way to get into a great skincare routine.
What’s in it:
The Landmark Collection contains 3 of Pai’s best products that are suitable for all skin types. First up is the amazing Camellia & Rose Gentle Hydrating Cleanser. This is actually my favourite cleanser of all time. Literally! It also contains their gorgeous Rosehip BioRegenerate Oil, another favourite of mine. I spoke last week all about why you need a facial oil in your skincare routine. Especially in the winter months when your skin needs an extra boost of hydration.
The last product in the set is their Chamomile & Rosehip Calming Day Cream. This moisturiser is particularly good if you have rosacea as it will help to calm the redness. It also comes with a dual effect sensitive skin cloth which you can use after applying the cleanser to remove any makeup and dirt effectively. It’s also great for gently exfoliating your skin too.
Now that you’ve got your gorgeous new Christmas beauty gift sets, the next step is learning how to use them. I’ll show you how to use your new (or even old) products so they’ll enhance your natural beauty in the most beautiful way. And I’ll also show you how to do a variety of looks with them that you can do in just a few minutes so that that you can look and feel refreshed, rejuvenated and fabulous every single day. It doesn’t matter where in the world you live, as you’re private 1 to 1 makeup lesson will take place online. So you can stay nice and warm and cosy as don’t even have to leave the house. Or perhaps you need some help choosing the perfects shades for you. I can help with that too. Feel free to send me a message at email@example.com or here on this contact form. I’m so excited to hear from you.
So now you’re all set to go shopping. And I really hope you enjoyed this guide and that it was helpful for you. Which of these gifts is on your wishlist? Let me know in the comments below. xo