When it comes to Christmas gifting, beauty products are always a good idea. But if you’re purchasing for someone who really knows their stuff when it comes to the hottest launches and names to know (or just need some inspiration for your own wishlist), it can be overwhelming to sift of the literally thousands of festive sets that are launched each year.
Fear not: everyone’s favourite luxury beauty retailer Space NK is here to help us navigate the shopping season by releasing their predictions for the most popular beauty buys in their stores this year, as chosen by their Head of Buying, Sarah Meadows.
It may sound clichéd to say there’s something for everyone, but when you consider that the edit spans everything from skincare to haircare to make-up, and even the ultimate Christmas candle, we really do think it might be true.
Here are Sarah’s top five picks for December 2020 – if there’s someone who wouldn’t be delighted to find one of these under the tree, we haven’t met them yet.
Space NK’s top beauty buys for Christmas 2020
Hair in need of some TLC? Olaplex will come to the rescue and then some. Since launching at Space NK in July 2019, Olaplex has become our number one bestselling haircare brand; this gift box gives the recipient the chance to try the No. 4 and No. 5 Bond Maintenance Shampoo and Conditioner, the No. 6 Bond Smoother, as well as the bestselling No. 3 Hair Perfector.
This affordable Charlotte Tilbury kit includes the newly launched Pillow Talk Push-Up Mascara, alongside a travel size Rock ‘n’ Kohl in Barbarella Brown. ‘Charlotte Tilbury’s Christmas collection was one of last year’s top performers, and given the mascara was one of Space NK’s top selling makeup products at the time of launch last month, this set is bound to be a sell-out,’ Sarah explains.
With notes of fir trees, eucalyptus, rosemary and peppermint, this is the most beautiful seasonal scent. Sarah notes that this candle was Space NK’s third best-selling product last Christmas, so it’s likely to earn a similar spot this year.
From the sleek gold compact to the four exclusive shades inside, this Hourglass palette positively screams decadence. The quad consists of a finishing powder, bronzer, blusher and strobe powder to ‘capture, diffuse and soften the light for an irresistible airbrushed finish’ – glowy Christmas Day skin just got effortless.
Whether they’re already part of Drunk Elephant’s cult following or have been dying to give it a try, this edit won’t disappoint. It’s also amazing value – the full size Protini Polypeptide Cream is worth £57 alone, and you also get generous trial sizes of four other must-haves from the range: B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum, Slaai Makeup Melting Butter Cleanser, Bamboo Exfoliating Booster and A-Passioni Retinol Cream.