Tuesday 10 December 2013

Christmas Gift Ideas - Makeup/Nail Sets

After bringing you some gift ideas for skincare sets here, I'm now bringing you my top gift ideas in the form of makeup/nail sets. I think it's a real shame more makeup brands don't take a leaf out of Benefit's book and create gift sets containing a range of different travel sized products, especially at this time of year. Here's my favourites:

Clockwise from top left ending in the middle: 

Bourjois Rose Exclusif Set - £15.99 - Link
This one of the few gifts I could find from a more "budget" high street brand. It contains a Rose Exclusif Lipgloss and Cream Blusher, which both self-adjust into a personalised colour depending on the pH of your skin. I love the vintage pink packaging of the products. I would personally love this as a present because I'm already a fan of the cream blushers from their normal range. 

Laura Mercier Colour-To-Go Portable Palette for Eyes, Lips and Cheeks in Natural Nude - £31.00 - Link 
I really love the look of this palette because it contains a range of products; three eyeshadows, an eyeliner, pressed bronzing powder, pressed powder blusher and mini lip glace, plus a mirror in the lid. This would be great for a higher end makeup lover who is always on the go! This palette is also available in Smokey Violet.  

Benefit Cosmetics Little Love Potions - £29.50 - Link
I personally find Benefit a bit and miss, but I know someone who really wants to try Benefit but can't afford it and so a set like this, containing mini versions of their bestsellers, is just perfect. It contains POREfessional primer, It's Potent! eye cream, High Beam, Posietint, Stay Don't Stray eye primer, Watt's Up! highlighter, BADgal mascara, That Gal primer, Hoola blusher and Hoola lipgloss. 

Real Techniques Sam's Picks - £25.40 - Link
This retails at £29.99 but I found it on Escentual for £25.40, bargain! I love Real Techniques brushes and this set is fab because it contains a mixture of face and eye brushes; a Multi-task Brush, Setting Brush, Buffing Brush, Pointed Foundation Brush, Essential Crease Brush and Fine Liner Brush. Great to see the Buffing Brush in there as at the moment you can only get this if you buy the Core Collection Set. 

China Glaze Touch of Twinkle 3 Piece Collection - £12.38 - Link
Festive nails are a must have at Christmas and this set is an easy way to do it, containing three berry shades and a mixture of metallics and glitter. My favourite is probably the glitter one (I'm obsessed with glitter nail varnish) called Be Merry, Be Bright, which is a stunning combo of pink, blue and red. The other shades are Just Be Claws (metallic red) and Santa Red My List (metallic crimson). 

Clinique Black Honey Beauty Set - £25.00 - Link
I've always been intrigued by the Black Honey range and so this set immediately jumped out at me. The Almost Lipstick is meant to be a shade that any woman can wear, yet looks different on everyone! There is a matching Superbalm Moisturising Gloss and A Different Nail Enamel for Sensitive Skins - the perfect winter shade! The set is completed with a High Impact Mascara in Black. 

Models Own Wonderland Box Set - £20.00 - Link
Everything about this set screams winter, Christmas and snow! It's a glitterholic's dream! They contain different concentrations of glitter for top coat and full colour applications. Plus they have wintry names; Jack Frost, Southern Lights, Snow Flake, Northern Lights and Blizzard.

What makeup or nail varnish sets do you have your eye on for Christmas - either for yourself or someone else? I hope this posts helps you with some ideas!

Beauty Bird xx



  1. That china glaze set is gorgeous!!

    1. I know, at that price it's seriously tempting to order myself a Christmas present! xx

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    1. This post could have almost been a Christmas wishlist! xx

  3. I love all the gift sets - so much choice! x
    Sweet Dreams

  4. I'll be dreaming about the Laura Mercier palette and Clinique Black Honey now Sasha - thanks for that! ;) x

  5. I think my favourite would definitely have to be the Laura Mercier palette. I do like the Bourjois set as well but it's a shame it's exclusive to Selfridges', their postage is so expensive. The Clinique set also looks lovely although I believe I have a mini version of the Black Honey Almost Lipstick from a gift set last year and I was disappointed by just how sheer it is x

    Becky @ The Little Blog of Beauty

    1. That's a shame about the lipstick! Maybe any woman can wear it because it's sheer? The Laura Mercier palette is a beaut isn't it! I've never tried any of her makeup range before, but it's meant to be fab. xx

  6. Lovely picks! The Laura Mercier palette looks stunning! I really, REALLY like the look of those China Glaze polishes too (are you listening Santa?!) xx

    Evelyn @ We Were Raised By Wolves

    1. Hehe I hope he is listening and brings me one too :-) xx


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