Christmas Gift Guide: 10 ideas for the beauty obsessive

When it comes to Christmas shopping for the beauty obsessed, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. With endless eyeshadows, never-ending nail polishes and limitless lippies, navigating the hoards of Christmas coffrets, cult products and limited edition collections is no mean feat. 

We’ve searched high and low across Fenwick’s infamous beauty halls to pick out the best of the best across makeup, hair, fragrance and skincare. Get your hands on one of these and the beauty obsessive in your life will be very happy come Christmas day…

The no-brainer brush set: MAC Enchanted Eve Brush Kit/Essentials

When it comes to brushes, quality always triumphs. Designed with electric blue, bold purple or rich green ferrules, the eye-catching MAC Enchanted Eve Brush Kit/Essentials includes the 168 Large Angled Contour Brush, 133 Small Cheek Brush, 221 Mini Tapered Blending Brush, 239 Eye Shading Brush and 219 Pencil Brush, providing a wide range of uses - your beauty obsessive will actually use everything in the set, and the soft bristles will allow them to apply makeup and blend to their heart’s content. What’s more, the set comes with a chic matching black-ribbed clutch to store brushes away safely. 

MAC Enchanted Eve Brush Kit/Essentials, £45, available from Fenwick Bond Street, Brent Cross, Canterbury, Colchester, Kingston, Newcastle, Tunbridge Wells and York

The on-trend choice: bareMinerals The Royal Court

2015 saw that contouring and strobing is here to stay, so let your beauty-lover stay up to date with the latest trends with this handy bareMinerals The Royal Court palette. Taking heed from their fanbase, bareMinerals took three of their most popular powders; the bareMinerals READY Luminizer in Clear Radiance, bareMinerals READY Blush in Golden Gate and bareMinerals READY All-Over Face Color in Warmth. Each powder is finely milled, meaning it can be applied all over the face without fear of skin appearing cakey. Additionally, Clear Radiance has a gorgeous glow that adds an ethereal but subtle shimmer rather than the dreaded glitter of a disco ball.

Whether your beauty-obsessed uses Warmth around the edges of the face for definition, Golden Gate for a flush of colour to the cheeks, Clear Radiance to highlight, or creates a look with all three, this palette can cater to all makeup looks and trends. 

bareMinerals The Royal Court, £25, available from Fenwick Bracknell, Brent Cross, Canterbury, Kingston, Newcastle, Tunbridge Wells and York

The party nail: Nails inc New Globe Walk Snow Globe Nail Polish

Whether your beauty-lover is big on nail polish or not, this limited edition Nails inc. Snow Globe Nail Polish is worth it for the pretty bottle alone. Reminiscent of festive Christmas snow globes, simply shake the bottle and watch as flecks of gold glitter transform the polish. For the ultimate stand-out party look, shake the bottle vigorously and apply it all over contrasting dark polish. For something more subtle, shake the bottle gently to activate a small amount of the glitter and apply it only to the tips. 

Nails inc New Globe Walk Snow Globe Nail Polish, £15, available from Fenwick Bond Street, Canterbury, Kingston, Newcastle, Tunbridge Wells, Windsor and York

The cult hair product: Philip Kingsley Elasticizer in Geranium & Neroli

Originally developed for Hollywood icon Audrey Hepburn, Philip Kingsley’s Elasticizer, an intensive hair treatment, has since amassed a large cult following. Now, the brand has released the product we know and love in a Geranium and Neroli scent, making it the ultimate shower treat. Packed with 100% natural neroli, geranium, lavender, rose and orange oils, the product gets to work to infuse elasticity into your hair shafts while improving its bounce, shine and manageability. Get this, and your beauty obsessive will be thanking you for days…

Philip Kingsley Elasticizer in Geranium & Neroli, £31.50, available at Fenwick Bond Street, Bracknell, Brent Cross, Canterbury, Kingston, Leicester, Newcastle, Windsor and York

The luxurious bath treat: Laura Mercier Sweet Temptations Almond Coconut Milk Luxe Body Collection 

If your beauty obsessive loves nothing more than taking a long, relaxing bath, you can’t go wrong with Laura Mercier’s Sweet Temptations Almond Coconut Milk Luxe Body Collection - the ultimate bath-time indulgence. Packaged in a fun and playful leopard print box, the set comes with a Crème Body Wash, Souffle Body Crème and Honey Bath as well as a cute wooden honey dipper and Eau de Toilette. Each product has been infused with notes of Coconut, Almond and Vanilla (they smell good enough to eat) and the items come in a very reasonable size, meaning the collection will last for a while. 

Laura Mercier Sweet Temptations Almond Coconut Milk Luxe Body Collection, £49, available at Fenwick Bond Street, Brent Cross, Colchester, Kingston, Newcastle, Tunbridge Wells, Windsor and York

The festive eye opener: Lancome Hypnose Star Mascara

Who ever said shimmer only belongs on your eyelids? Lancome’s Christmas Collection has brought the arrival of the beautiful Hypnose Star Mascara - already known for their infamous and high-perfoming mascaras, Lancome have taken their trusty Hypnose formula and enriched it with thousands of gold sparkles. Swish this through the lashes to open up the eyes with a touch of precious gold while the classic black mascara within the formula works to volumize your lashes. Your beauty obsessive can zig-zag the wand from root to tip if they’re feeling daring, or dab the wand on the ends of the lashes for a subtle sparkle. 

Lancome Hypnose Star Mascara, £22.50, available at Fenwick stores nationwide


The pout perfector: Lipstick Queen Lip Parade

If there’s one thing all beauty-lovers can never have enough of, it’s lipstick. From office parties and after work soirees to being at home for the holidays, there’s a lippie choice to see you through the festive season in this Lipstick Queen Lip Parade set. 

This chic wardrobe of lipsticks packs three of Poppy King’s most versatile shades: Red Sinner, a classic go-to red; Nude Metal, a metallic rose-gold nude; and Saint Wine, a deep wine that has a wearable sheer finish. All three of these lipsticks are packed with intense moisturising qualities, meaning you don’t need to worry about dry lips showing through. Their staying power is one of the best we’ve ever seen - the perfect choice for when you’re having a drink or two, or three… 

Lipstick Queen Lip Parade, £45, available at Fenwick Bond Street

The must-have scent: YSL Black Opium 

This year saw hoards of new fragrances flooding the market, but only one has stayed at the top of our must-have list: YSL Black Opium. Perfumiers have taken the original black coffee notes of the brand’s original Black Opium and transformed its scent by replacing it with a green coffee aroma. It has top notes of blackcurrant accord, pear accord and green mandarin essence; heart notes of jasmine tea, orange blossom and floral solar accord; and finishes on base notes of coffee accord, white musk and blond woods. The result is a versatile scent that works just as well for everyday wear as it does for a festive party. It’s also packaged in a gorgeous glittery black bottle, complete with pink diamond dust: the embodiment of edgy glamour. 

YSL Black Opium, from £39, available at Fenwick Bond Street, Bracknell, Brent Cross, Canterbury, Kingston, Leicester, Newcastle, Tunbridge Wells, Windsor and York

The indulgent skincare treat: Kiehl’s Crème de Corps Whipped Body Butter 

With cold weather comes dry skin and the need for intense body moisturiser. Enter Kiehl’s Crème de Corps Whipped Body Butter - a lightweight yet intensely moisturising formula, this product will deliver a punch of hydration to the skin and is the perfect everyday essential during winter months. A small scoop of this whipped cream can be massaged into the entire body, making it the perfect after-bath treat. 

Kiehl’s Crème de Corps Whipped Body Butter, £36, available at Fenwick Kingston, Newcastle and Tunbridge Wells

The ultimate deal: Estee Lauder Modern Muse Le Rouge and The Makeup Artist Collection 

The latest offering from Estee Lauder’s iconic Modern Muse range, Modern Muse Le Rouge, was one of the brand’s most anticipated releases this year. A gorgeous yet spicier version of its predecessor, this fragrance is slightly warmer.

All fragrances within the Modern Muse line are made from two distinctly different accords to reflect different sides of a person’s personality. Modern Muse Le Rouge incorporates rich roses, such as Bulgarian rose, may rose and magnolia petals, with red, ripe fruits, like red currant, raspberry and pink pepper. The scent is then topped off with a velvet crème accord, which includes patchouli, vetiver and Madagascar vanilla. This combination of scents means that the fragrance smells differently on everyone, which is part of the fun of it. It’s staying power is also strong, meaning it will always be a classic scent. 

What’s more, you can have this incredible Makeup Artist Collection for only £54, despite being worth over a staggering £ 290, when you purchase an Estee Lauder fragrance. We wouldn’t even blame you if you kept it for yourself… 

estee lauder mua collection set

The Makeup Artist Collection includes:

Deluxe Eye Palette with 12 Eyeshadows, 2 Pure Color Blushes, Limited Edition All Over Shimmer Compact, 3 Full-Size Pure Color Lipsticks, 2 Pure Color Glosses, Sumptuous Extreme Mascara in Extreme Black, Gentle Eye Makeup Remover, Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II, Revitalizing Supreme Creme, Modern Muse Eau De Parfum, Red Patent Travel Case, Red Cosmetic Bag

Estee Lauder Modern Muse Le Rouge, £45, and The Makeup Artist Collection, £54 (worth £290), with purchase of an Estee Lauder fragrance, available at Fenwick stores nationwide

By Hanna Ibraheem