From new brands to enduring classics, 8 great gifts for any beauty junkie
Looking for a present for the cosmetics queen in your life? Katie Wright selects some festive fail-safes
With more than 1.8 million #beautyjunkie tags on Instagram, under which users post their latest skincare routines, nail-art designs and eye make-up endeavours, it's fair to say this sub-culture is pretty obsessed with finding (and sharing) the best things in beauty.
These girls and guys know every new product, tool, treatment and shade on the market, so if you've got a cosmetics queen to buy for this Christmas, you want to make sure you're getting something that lives up to their exacting standards.
Any old gift set won't do in this case, which is why we've compiled a range of ideas that will delight, from new brand offerings to classics with a bit of a twist.
These are the presents guaranteed to please the beauty junkie in your life...
Glossier The Makeup Set, £35
The millennial must-have brand has brought together three of its bestselling products - Boy Brow, Cloud Paint blusher and Lash Slick black mascara - but this isn't a one-size-fits-all set: you can select the brow and cheek shades to suit your giftee.
GHD Platinum Plus Glacial Blue Styler, £175
GHD's most advanced hair styler has had an ice-blue festive makeover. The high-tech tool uses sensors to constantly adapt and ensure the perfect temperature for curls, waves or super-straight tresses.
Le Labo Discovery Set Classic Collection 16, £58
This extensive collection comprises mini versions of 16 of the cult brand's fragrances, including the legendary Santal 33 (wearers say they're hounded by passers-by who want to know what their beguiling scent is). Le Labo discovery sets are also available in four and five-piece sets, starting from £20.
Lixirskin X Lykke Wulf Collab, £140
New on the skincare scene last year, Lixir has quickly garnered a lot of fans. This three-piece kit features three bestsellers - Electrogel Cleanser, Vitamin C Paste and Universal Emulsion - and comes with a beautiful Margot bag made from vegan patent leather by LA-based label Lykke Wulf.
Sniph Six Month Subscription Gift Card, £78
Subscriptions really are the gifts that keep on giving... with the fragrance discovery service Sniph, recipients choose from a range of themes each month and an 8ml perfume that fits the theme, so they can decide whether to invest in a full bottle (or add it to their Christmas list next year).
Peter Thomas Roth Meet Your Mask, £20.50, Cult Beauty
Face masks are a weekly ritual for skincare obsessives, and this mini set gives them six new treatments to try, including the beloved Pumpkin Enzyme Mask and the luxurious 24K Gold Mask.
Chanel No5 Eau de Parfum Limited Edition, £130 for 100ml
When it comes to perfume, it doesn't get more classic than Chanel No5, and this year the fabled fragrance has been spruced up for the festive season in a gorgeous lipstick red (Gabrielle Chanel's favourite colour, FYI). This limited edition is a must-have for any Chanel super-fan.
Sensse Facial Contour Definer, £39.99, Amazon
It looks a bit... suggestive, doesn't it? But facial massage tools like this are all the rage in Asia, where women use them religiously to increase blood circulation, improve skin elasticity and sculpt facial contours. Five minutes a day is all it takes.