A twist of sensual enchantment: Beauty Gift Guide #1 2016

Sensual Oud, Art de Parfum, £108


A new and rather fabulous French brand, with an intriguing and exclusive selection of four very different scents: Excentrique Moi, Sensual Oud, Sea Foam and Gin and Tonic. WLL loves them all; Sea Foam a modern take on Nineties ozone classic L’Eau D’Issey, Excentrique Moi dusky and sophisticated, Gin and Tonic smelling uncannily like a really good G&T (though we’re not convinced WLL needs help in the smelling-like-gin department).

Much as we wanted to like Excentrique Moi the most, the sheer, sexy filth of Sensual Oud won us over. One destined for a naughty stocking.

Phyto Eye Twist, Sisley, £29


Who can resist Sisley? Its products are consistently bloody brilliant, and these eye twists are no exception. Long-lasting, super-easy to apply and with a dreamy, glide-on texture, they come in 12 glorious colours—WLL is particularly partial to Lagoon, a deep turquoise that would be perfect with an Ibiza tan, and great for capturing that Liz-Taylor-as-Cleopatra vibe.

The Twinkle Collection, Aurelia probiotic skincare, £80


The people behind Aurelia probiotic skincare deserve their numerous beauty awards, having expanded hugely in the last year without skimping on quality. Their new moisturisers, facial oils and spritzes are just as heavenly and dewy-skin-giving as their initial cleansers and muslin cloths. The 2016 Christmas Twinkle Collection gives you everything you need to make abluting before bed more pleasure than chore—however untwinkly your sparkly night may have left you.

Enchanting Hair Collection, Philip Kingsley, £65


Bumper pack of best-selling hair goodies that really work, from the king of high-end haircare, Philip Kingsley. Any west London girl worth her bouncy, glossy, swingy locks (that’s most of us then) would be delighted to open this on Christmas morning. Brownie points guaranteed.

Slip silk pillowcase, £62, and matching eye mask, £34, Net a Porter

pillow-beautyWave goodbye to sleep crease, bed head and other things you could really do without first thing in the morning. An over-the-top indulgence for spoilt princesses? Possibly. But then all the best presents are. And what price a good night’s sleep?

Amara tortoiseshell sunglasses, PALA, £45


Because nothing screams glamour in the depths of winter like an oversized pair of sunnies. These flattering cat’s eye babies fit the bill perfectly, won’t break the bank, and have impeccable ethical credentials, with proceeds going towards eye care projects in Africa (something to boast about in the vegan café after yoga).

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