The Best Christmas Beauty Gifts for Every Budget

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It’s officially December, which means that the Christmas shopping period is well and truly upon us! Whether you’re almost done and just need a couple of bits for a distant relative or you’ve still got almost everything to buy, we’ve got a selection of products from across our ranges to suit every budget. Here are our suggestions to help make your festive purchasing pain-free:

£10 or Under – Voesh 4 Step Deluxe Pedi in a Box Peppermint Swirl

Giving someone everything they need for a home pedicure is a great gift, but one that’s peppermint candy cane themed? Perfect! This is a complete hygienic spa pedicure solution, enriched with key ingredients to give your feet the nutrition they need. Each product is individually packed with the right amount for a single pedicure and your loved one will have feet which are ready for the parties between Christmas and New Year!

£30 or Under – Hayo’u Mineral Shower Wash

While you may not usually spend £30 on a shower gel, treating someone you love to this stress-busting product will show them exactly how much you care. It contains iconic Chinese ingredients such as lotus flower, frankincense and ylang ylang, all of which have been used for thousands of years to improve circulation and reduce stress, and the formulation is naturally paraben, SLS and SLES free, and does not contain mineral oil or petrolatum. 

£50 or Under – Aromatherapy Associates Support Lavender and Peppermint Bath and Shower Oil

If you want to treat someone you love to the ultimate in luxury bathing, then this bath and shower oil should be at the top of your list. The therapeutic oil blend, with soothing peppermint and high-altitude grown lavender ease sunburn, dissolve tension headaches and counter moments of over-indulgence as you soak or shower. It can also help to aid digestion and support the immune system, making it the perfect thing to help with the excesses of the festive season. 

£100 or Under – Hayo’u Signature Body Gua Sha Collection

If there’s someone in your life who loves wellness and deserves a treat, then this Gua Sha collection from Hayo’u could be a great choice. It contains everything you need to get your body looking and feeling good, including a Jade Body Comb, a Body Restorer and Body Oil which has been formulated specifically to be used with body gua sha. Regular usage can help to alleviate tight, tired muscles, support circulation and lymphatic drainage and provide instant muscle relief for peak performance.    

£100+ – GHD Platinum+ Hair Straightener-Champagne Gold

If you’re looking for a gift which will really spoil your loved-one rotten then you can’t go wrong with a GHD Platinum+ Hair Straightener in Champagne Gold! This  limited edition gift set is adorned in a dazzling champagne gold coat and accompanied by a dramatic red velvet vanity case. The straighteners are GHD’s ultimate SMART styler, equipped with ultra-zone predictive technology for superior styling in just one stroke. Infinity sensors fitted within the high gloss plates monitor heat distribution 250 times per second to maintain even heat distribution, for a personalised styling experience that adapts to your hair.

Get a Black Friday Glow Up! 

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Get a Black Friday Glow Up!

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It’s Black Friday and here at Pure Beauty we’ve got some brilliant discounts on offer all weekend, so that you don’t miss out on the chance to treat yourself for less. With this in mind, we’ve put together a list of some of the best bargains from our Black Friday and Cyber Weekend deals to give yourself a top-to-toe glow up ahead of the festive season:

Evolve Organic Beauty Daily Detox Facial Wash – reduced from £16.00 to £11.99

The basis of any good glow-up should be a clean canvas, which is why we’d recommend this facial wash from Evolve Organic Beauty. The delicate foam helps to detoxify and rebalance normal and combination skin, ridding your complexion of excess sebum and clearing your pores. It contains natural sugars which cleanse away impurities and organic aloe vera which softens, leaving skin clean, smooth and supple.

UpCircle Eye Cream with Maple and Coffee – reduced from £17.99 to £10.99

No-one wants to look tired and worn out, and the eyes are often a place which are a real giveaway if you’re dealing with fatigue. This eye cream from UpCircle contains caffeine to help minimise the appearance of dark circles and hyaluronic acid to plump fine lines. It’s made with coffee oil extracted from repurposed grounds and anti-inflammatory maple bark extract, a by-product of the wood industry. 

Elemis Pro-Collagen Renewal Serum – reduced from £70.00 to £45.99

This serum from Elemis is a highly potent anti-ageing formula which helps achieve retinol-like results and improves the look of lines, clarity, firmness, sun damage and visible pores. Unlike many retinol products, this serum is made from a cutting-edge blend of Padina Pavonica and Red Microalgae, along with Alfalfa and Stevia extracts that deliver retinol-like benefits without the irritation, and with this discount, there’s never been a better time to buy! 

St.Tropez Self Tan Classic Bronzing Lotion – reduced from £31.00 to £25.00

If you’re going for a glow-up, then you need to think about literally adding glow to your skin, and the well-loved St.Tropez Self Tan Classic Bronzing Lotion is a great place to start! This hydrating and long-lasting format will give you a golden tan that lasts for up to 10 days with even fade, meaning no streaks or patches, just an even glow. 

CND Vinylux – Splash of Teal – reduced from £11.95 to £7.95

There’s no point giving yourself a glow-up if you’re going to ignore your hardworking hands, and this shade of teal is going to be huge this Christmas. The best part is, CND Vinylux is a two step system that delivers a week long wear. It is easy to apply without the need for a base coat and dries super fast for a professional finish on your nails. This means that you won’t have to worry about chips to your colour at this busy time of year.

Are You in the Know About ‘Blue Beauty’?

Are You in the Know About ‘Blue Beauty’?
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We know it often seems like there’s a new “must try!” trend that comes along on an almost weekly basis, but “blue beauty” is much more than a trend. It’s a movement which focuses on the ocean when thinking about our beauty routines. But rather than being about the ingredients coming from the sea, it’s about ensuring we don’t add to the already gargantuan amounts of plastics, both micro and macro, which already pollute our oceans. That’s why we’re sharing with you today a list of five of our products which focus on plastic reduction and sustainability:

Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant Refill

Daily Microfoliant is a hugely popular product from Dermalogica, helping users to achieve smoother, brighter-looking skin through daily use. However, when you use daily-use products, you often finish them quite quickly and need to replace them with another. That’s why Dermalogica has created the iconic brightening powder exfoliant in a handy refill packet with a 92% reduction in plastic. You can continue to use your favourite exfoliator every single day, safe in the knowledge that you’re also cutting down your plastic waste by a massive amount. 

Purdy and Figg Wild Woody Hand Sanitiser Spray

We dread to think just how many plastic hand sanitiser bottles have ended up in our oceans in the last couple of years, thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, but we bet it’s a LOT. This hand sanitiser from Purdy and Figg delivers over 300 uses and comes in an eco-friendly glass bottle to reduce single use plastic. It’s clinically proven to kill 99.99% of bacteria and keeps your hands soft as well as clean. 

Hayo’u Scented Candle

You might be surprised to learn that many scented candles are bad for the environment as they’re made from waxes which are originally derived from petroleum. This one from Hayo’u, however, contains no petroleum or mineral oils and the product packaging is made from doubled walled cardboard. The company also states that, where possible, for environmental reasons, they do not use single wrap plastics or cellophane to wrap their products, giving you even greater peace of mind that your home can smell amazing without damaging the environment. 

REN Clean Skincare Bio Retinoid Youth Serum

Packaged in a recyclable glass bottle with a twist-lock pump made from 50% recycled plastic and without an outer cap, this youth serum from REN Clean Skincare is aiming to keep you looking young AND reduce your worries about the planet! The formula is also vegan and cruelty free, so you know that as well as protecting the oceans, you’re not contributing to the suffering of animals. Oh, and the serum itself is a winner, too! 

UpCircle Bamboo Cotton Buds

Cotton buds are one of the largest contributors to plastics in the ocean, often ranking in the top 5 of marine debris, and in 2018, 22 cotton buds were found for every 100 metres of UK beach surveyed. Making the switch to these bamboo cotton buds will help you to make a huge impact on the amount of them that end up polluting our waters each year as the sticks are made from a sustainable source of bamboo and the tips are made with organic cotton, right here in the UK, which also reduces the carbon footprint of how far they have to travel to reach you. 

Our Favourite Stocking Fillers for Under £10

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Our Favourite Stocking Fillers for Under £10

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It’s the middle of November; Halloween and Bonfire night are well behind us, which means that we are now officially allowed to talk about Christmas! With rising energy prices, many people are looking at ways to save, or just simply starting their Christmas shopping earlier so they can spread the cost a little. With this in mind, we thought we’d share with you some of our favourite products for under £10 which would make fantastic stocking fillers for the ones you love:

Voesh 3 Step Basic Mani in a Box Vitamin Recharge 

If you have someone in your life who has super hard-working hands then this mani in a box is the perfect little treat for them. It contains three separate products which gives you enough for a perfectly pampering manicure and it’s enriched with key ingredients to give your hands the nutrition they need. If you really like the person, you could even offer to give them a manicure yourself, using this kit! 

UpCircle The Pamper Kit 

This adorable (and sustainable) little pamper kit from UpCirlce contains SEVEN of their best-selling products, giving your gift recipient the chance to try the very best that they have to offer. All of the products are vegan friendly, cruelty free and made using naturally derived and recycled ingredients, and the kit contains a cleansing face balm, a clarifying face mask, a face toner, an eye cream, a face moisturiser, an organic face serum and a body cream.

Maskology Foot Peel Professional Foot Treatment

If your friend or loved one has a job which sees them standing on their feet for large portions of the day, there’s a good chance that their feet could do with some love. Maskology Foot Peel Professional Foot Treatment uses a formula of over 16 powerful botanical and fruit extracts to gradually remove rough and dead skin from the feet in just 7 days. Salicylic and Glycolic Acid dissolve and exfoliate dead skin cells, while other ingredients encourage the regeneration of new cells helping to replenish and renew the skin beneath.

Elemis Luxury Cleansing Cloth Duo

Moving towards a more sustainable skincare routine should be high up on most of our Christmas lists and these cleansing cloths will do exactly that. Elemis Luxury Cleansing Cloth Duo are super-soft pure cotton facial cloths that are ideal for removing cleansers, exfoliators and masks. They can be washed and reused for many years and the loose-fibred cotton is also perfect to enable use as an intensively nourishing treatment, allowing the sensorial aromas to be deeply inhaled through abdominal breathing. 

This Works Stress Check CBD Lip Mask

Many of us suffer from chapped lips in the Winter, so treating your loved one to a nourishing lip-treatment in their stocking is likely to be much appreciated. This lip mask from This Works is a natural lip comforter with 1% CBD, sweet almond oil and mood-boosting chocolate, peppermint and cardamom oils to self-comfort and help protect from the drying effects of stress and mask wearing.

Think All Teen Skin is Oily? Think Again!

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Think All Teen Skin is Oily? Think Again!

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If you mention teen skin issues to almost anyone, they’re usually going to assume that you’re referring to oily skin and pimples. However, there are plenty of teenagers out there who struggle with dry skin, especially when the weather turns cold and they’re out in the elements between school and their social lives. Today, we’re sharing with you five products which could help to nourish and rebalance your teen’s dry skin:

Dermalogica Skin Hydrating Masque

Masques are a great way to treat teen skin and this one from Dermalogica contains calming botanical extracts of bitter orange, hops, cucumber and arnica reduce inflammation, while antioxidant vitamins A, C and E and pro-vitamin B5 help to nourish and replenish the skin. It’s suitable for use on all skin conditions, which means you won’t have to worry about it exacerbating eczema or acne, to which many teens are prone. 

REN Clean Skincare Evercalm Gentle Cleansing Milk

Keeping the skin clean is vital when you’re a teen, but if you have dry skin you may find that many of the teen-specific cleansers are simply too harsh on your already-irritated skin. REN Clean Skincare Evercalm Gentle Cleansing Milk is a gentle cleansing milk with a multi-action formula that fights environmental aggressors, increases skin resilience and minimises the signs of irritation and sensitivity. It’s perfect for teens who want to stay clean without causing more dryness. 

Dermalogica Hydrating Lotion

It goes without saying that dry skin needs moisture, but many heavy moisturisers are aimed at older people who are hoping to combat the signs of ageing – not something that’s usually at the forefront of teenage minds! Dermalogica Hydrating Lotion is a lightweight lotion that helps soothe discomfort and hydrate areas that feel dry and can also help to relieve the dryness often associated with some acne treatments.

Elemis Gentle Foaming Facial Wash

As we touched upon above, keeping teen skin clean without stripping away the natural oils can be tricky. Elemis Gentle Foaming Facial Wash is a gentle wash that combines extracts such as fig, and apple amino acid, which helps produce the foamy texture and protects the skin’s moisture barrier. It also contains the ultra-exotic Pracaxi oil, found in the depths of the Amazon rainforest, which works to soften skin, but also helps maintain its delicate balance, respecting the skin’s natural oil levels.

REN Clean Skincare Clearcalm 3 Replenishing Gel Cream

While it’s true that not all teen skin is oily, it can still be prone to breakouts, thanks to the riptide of surging hormones coursing through them on a daily basis. REN Clean Skincare Clearcalm 3 Replenishing Gel Cream is a soothing gel-cream formulated to leave blemish and breakout-prone skin comfortable and calm while helping to combat the appearance of blemishes. It nourishes the skin, reduces breakouts and will even help to fade scars from old spots.