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5 things Kimberley Walsh wants in her Christmas stocking

The Former Girls Aloud singer tells Katie Wright which presents she's hoping to get this year, why she loves experimenting with beauty treatments and how she's always picking up tips from make-up pros

While most celebrities are partial to the odd facial and having make-up artists work their magic before a red carpet event or TV appearance, Kimberley Walsh is more adventurous than most when it comes to beauty treatments.

The former Girls Aloud singer shares her aesthetic adventures (all non-surgical, she points out) on her Instagram page, the latest being the so-called 'face shaving' trend that make-up mavens like Huda Kattan have raved about.

Officially called 'dermaplaning', the rather alarming-looking exfoliation technique involves using a surgical scalpel to scrape off dead skin cells and the fine hairs on the face, leaving incredibly smooth skin.

"Dermaplaning is something I've tried recently and I absolutely love the results," Walsh says.

"It really helps to keep your skin clear and my make-up goes on so much better after I've had the treatment."

It's fair to say that Bradford-born Walsh is a bonafide beauty buff, but even after more than 15 years in showbusiness - including a glamorous stint on Strictly Come Dancing in 2012 - the 37-year-old says she's still learning from the pros.

"I pick up tips all the time," she admits. "I've learned that shading and contouring can make a big difference, so I'm trying to perfect that.

"I also love trying out new lipstick colours, because they can completely transform your whole look."

It's apt, then, that the mum-of-two has partnered with high-street beauty giant Boots in the run-up to Christmas.

Research from the retailer reveals that 73% of people turn to social media for help when deciding what to buy, and that includes Walsh.

"I spend time stalking people on social media to get ideas of what they like," she admits.

So that's everyone else sorted, but what's the singer hoping Father Christmas will bring her this year?

"I'm very happy with anything thoughtful," she says.

"A new perfume or some nice make-up products are always a winner for me.

With Walsh being a beauty junkie, it's no surprise to find some classics on her wish-list.

So, Santa, if you're listening, these are the skincare, hair and make-up favourites she's hoping to find in her stocking come Christmas Day...

1. Contouring powder

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Benefit Hoola bronzing powder, £25.50
 

"I've used Benefit Hoola for years, because it's great for contouring and also doubles up at a bronzer."

- Benefit Hoola bronzing powder, £25.50

2. Hair spray

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Tigi Bed Head Hard Head hairspray, £7.80, Look Fantastic
 

"I absolutely love Tigi Bed Head Hard Head Hairspray. I have really fine hair, so it's the only one that holds for me."

- Tigi Bed Head Hard Head hairspray, £7.80, Look Fantastic

3. Mascara

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L'Oreal Paris Lash Architect 4D mascara, £10.99, Boots
 

"I've been using L'Oreal Lash Architect Mascara since Girls Aloud, and it's just fab. It makes them look so long without clogging!"

- L'Oreal Paris Lash Architect 4D mascara, £10.99, Boots

4. Body lotion

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Aveeno daily moisturising lotion, £5.77 (was £7.69), Boots
 

"Aveeno is a fab body moisturiser and great for the whole family, which I love. I have two toddlers, so I don't really have time for lengthy skin regimes, but I always take my make-up off properly and put loads of moisturiser on before bed, so it can work its magic overnight."

- Aveeno daily moisturising lotion, £5.77 (was £7.69), Boots

5. Dry shampoo

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Batiste dry shampoo, £1.48 (was £2.99), Superdrug
 

"As a mum of two young boys, dry shampoo can be a lifesaver. Batiste is also great for adding volume at the roots."

- Batiste dry shampoo, £1.48 (was £2.99), Superdrug

Kimberley Walsh is working with Boots to share tips on how to get your loved ones a perfect gift this Christmas. Boots has thousands of beauty gifts available for everyone. For more information, visit Boots.com

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