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It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas! And today I have a few of my top gift picks on the more luxury / high-end side of things. There's going to be an under £30 and stocking filler edition coming this time next week, but for now, we'll take a look at the more indulgent gifts on the market...
The first thing I'm going to talk about is this year's festive collection from Molton Brown (because it isn't Christmas without their products!) Molton Brown's Bizarre Brandy Collection* | £14-109 | can be purchased individually or in a variety of gift sets and duos. I'm absolutely obsessed with this scent! It contains notes of cardamom, orange, ginger, aged brandy, coffee, maple, incense, cedarwood and tobacco. Even the colour of the shower gel reminds me of some luxurious cognac! The scent across both of the body products is beautiful and noticeable, so you can use the shower gel as a bath and body product for a scent that lingers nicely on the skin and the matching body lotion delivers lightweight hydration that lasts. The fragrance is perfect for something a little more heady and decadent. This scent is gorgeously rich and deep, and is definitely unisex. If you know someone who goes for these sorts of warm fragrances; this collection is perfect!
I absolutely love this next skincare brand and their discovery sets are how I got into their products. The Drunk Elephant sets* | £19-370 | are perfect for skincare junkies. I won't deep-dive into individual products in this post, because I've reviewed them all here, but it's safe to say I'm a huge fan of their skincare. You can pick up everything from mini duos for £20ish (that target concerns like morning glow or overnight treatments) to more mid-range introductory sets that give you a bit of everything from the brand (from £40) to the ultimate in luxury; a mini fridge stuffed full of their full-sized products for an eye-watering £370! Their products are cult for a reason, in my personal opinion, though they aren't cheap, making them perfect as a gift so the recipient can try a few different products from the brand and figure out what their must-haves are.
If there's one luxury skincare brand I can always trust to be fantastic, it's Omorovicza - they seriously haven't had one dud in all the products I've tried from them. They release some amazing value sets for Christmas and this year I have the incredible Omorovicza Replenish & Restore Collection* | £95 | to share with you. I will definitely do some in-depth reviews of the products, but Omorovicza has wowed me again! This is the perfect set for any luxury skincare lover or for someone who would really appreciate products that are a bit more special but they'd never dream of picking them up for themselves. It comes with two generous 'minis' (though they're honestly somewhere in-between mini and full-sized, being 50ml and 15ml respectively) and a full-sized product (at 30ml). There's a beautiful milky emollient essence that I love using in the morning to prep my skin so it's soft and hydrated before I do my makeup (though I've been using it in the evenings too as part of a nourishing ritual with the other products in this set). The night cream has the most beautiful texture; it's softening and moisturising without being greasy or overwhelming. It's packed full of peptides and gives me plumper, softer skin. Finally, you get their face oil (usually £82 on its own), formulated with bakuchiol (think a natural, gentle alternative to retinol) and rosehip for nourished, smooth and even skin. It doesn't have an overly greasy texture, so you can use this in the daytime if you have dry or more mature skin.
Caudalie always release fantastic gift sets for every budget at this time of year and on the more luxury end, I have the Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Ritual* | £46. This serum is an old favourite of mine and I've reviewed it before here. It's perfect for anyone suffering with uneven skin tone and it's also a gentle, hydrating option. It also contains the hand cream from this collection. I love the original version - it's so lightweight yet amazingly hydrating and this edition is aimed at fading dark spots, making it perfect for more mature skin. I'm still testing out the night cream but so far I really like the glow it gives my skin by morning! If you know someone who is worried about having uneven skin or hyper-pigmentation but doesn't know where to start with skincare; this could be a great idea.
I received the Kayali Vanilla 28 Perfume | £67 | for my birthday and I think it's such a beautiful scent. The brand was created by Huda Kattan (of Huda Beauty fame) and her sister. You can also get a mini discovery set with a range of fragrances from this brand. Vanilla has a deep, rich, luxurious scent with notes of Madagascan vanilla orchid, tonka, jasmine, musk, amber, patchouli and brown sugar.
For the young, trendy jewellery-lover in your life; Missoma | pieces from £19-240 | is a great place to start. Over the past year I've been treated to gold hoops, a gold horn necklace and a gold bracelet from this brand. They're beautiful and such good quality without being ridiculously expensive.
Finally, for anyone who loves candles, the Diptyque Candles | £47 for the full size, £27 for a mini | are the ultimate luxury indulgence. The design is beautiful and the candle itself is like melted-down pure perfume; you can honestly smell the scent through the box before you've even opened it and the fragrance is noticeable even when the candle isn't burning, My personal favourite is Noisetier - a hazelnut scent with this gorgeous sweet, slightly fruity undertone.
What's on your luxury wish list for Christmas?