The best beauty Christmas gifts for 2021

Ten of this year’s top beauty buys – from make-up and spa sets to hair dryers

The 2021 launches that would make the best, and most up-to-date, gifts this Christmas.

Sculpted by Aimee Connolly: A Story of My Full Face, €50

When it comes to Irish beauty success stories, none is so inspiring as Aimee Connolly’s and her Sculpted journey. This Christmas, her My Full Face edit gift set makes the perfect round-up of the brand’s very own “best of”, making it an ideal introduction to the brand for those new to it, or a way to expand a collection for long-time fans. It contains everything you need to create your favourite beauty looks, including its amazing ultra fine Velvet Veil Powder. And it comes packaged in a reusable keepsake box.

Ground The Face Ritual set, €65

Peigin Crowley’s home-grown, sustainable brand Ground has gone from strength to strength in 2021 and is now stocked in luxury spas such as The Rosewood in Hong Kong. Ground’s Face Ritual set includes everything you need to carry out a soothing Gua Sha face massage, leaving you feeling restored in advance of, or in the midst of, the festive season.

LanaiBLO Hairdryer in Electric Navy, €99.99

Another Irish brand storming ahead in 2021 with new launches is LanaiBLO. The brainchild of Katie Jane Goldin, LanaiBLO’s dryers have become well-known for their power, kindness to hair and the added element of personalisation. Its new navy iteration is the elegant big sister to the previous colours. The standard dryer is priced at €99.99, while the added personalisation brings it to €114.99.

Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Dreams Come True set, €370

Only the most serious beauty obsessives need apply here. The ultimate glamour gift for any Tilbury fan, this legitimately would be a dream come true for any recipient. Containing a whopping 14 full-size items from the now iconic Pillow Talk range, all encased in a rose gold gift box, this is a truly special collector’s edition item. Santa would be doing well to pick up a few of these from Brown Thomas, we reckon.

Sarah Keary 5 Piece Brush set, €49.99

Irish make-up artist and entrepreneur Sarah Keary’s brush sets are quickly becoming one of 2021’s must-haves. The five-piece set contains the essentials and an upgrade to the nine-piece set is also an option. Keary’s industry experience means her brush kits are utterly reliable – you can wash them repeatedly without a drop in quality, and you won’t find any pesky stray hairs on your face after use.

Avoca Pamper Hamper, €120

If you don’t know quite what to get for the beauty lover in your life, Avoca’s Christmas gift offering of a “Pamper Hamper” might just tick the box. Containing a selection of Patchology goodies, including its amazing foot mask as well as Avoca candles, hand cream and more, this gives any recipient the excuse they needed to put their feet up, relax and unwind.

Eden One Pure Indulgence At Eden Elements package, €365

If beauty Christmas shopping has got the better of you, you can’t go wrong with a gift voucher for a luxury beauty experience. And in 2021, the “best of” award goes to the stunning Eden One destination day spa. Sending someone away for the day to Eden One will put you top of their Christmas card list for eternity, guaranteed. It’s a total haven and from the moment you enter you feel like a VIP.

Dyson Supersonic hair dryer in prussian blue and rich copper gift set, from €399.99

Anyone who’s looking to graduate to the higher end of the luxury hair tool genre can’t do better than the Dyson Supersonic. Anyone who knows Dyson knows of its state-of-the-art only rule and can expect the best. This tool uses focused airflow, is engineered for balance in the hand, is genuinely very quiet and intelligently controls the temperature to protect hair from heat damage. A joy to unwrap for any beauty lover.

Chanel Holiday 2021 Make-up Collection No 5, from €27- €57

Will there ever be a beauty “best of” list where Chanel doesn’t feature? Not likely. As is tradition, the annual Les 4 Ombres palette of eyeshadows is upsettingly gorgeous, inspired by and named after the brand’s pillar No 5 scent. A five-strong line-up of Rouge Allure shades (the pick of them being the pop of red in Pirate) now features the No 5 imprint on the packaging, while the Rouge Intemporel power red nail polish rounds out the impeccably curated mix.

Nunaia Ground and Glow Mini Ritual set, €28

With natural, ethical practices and sustainable ingredients at its heart, Nunaia is an Irish brand for the conscious beauty gift buyer. If you can't get to a spa, it's the perfect way to bring the spa experience home. The Nunaia Ground and Glow Mini Ritual Set, €28, is available from November 30th, while the full-size set (€125) is available now at www.nunaia.com,as well as selected stockists.

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