Christmas Makeup: the best festive limited editions

Makeup often makes appearances on many girls Christmas lists. So whether you’re stuck for the perfect gift or if you’re unsure on what to ask for yourself, we have scoured the internet to find the best festive limited edition makeup items to help you out…

Mac

 

The ultimate present for any lipstick lover. This stunning snowball mini lipstick collection from MAC features 12 of the brands favourite lipsticks. Each comes in limited edition packaging to match its shade – making it the perfect collectable item. Shades include Velvet Teddy, Whirl, Ruby Woo and Please Me. This limited edition set retails for £85.

 

Benefit

Benefit is one of the best makeup brands when it comes to packaging and their collection for Christmas 2017 is no different. This set includes everything you would need for long lashes and sun kissed, glowing skin. It contains 4 of their best-selling products: high brow pencil, they’re real! mascara in black, hoola bronzer and high beam. The best part is that it comes in a limited edition, reusable tin! This product can be bought at Boots for £34.50.

 

Charlotte Tilbury

 

Charlotte Tilbury is one of the biggest names in the makeup industry, so we couldn’t quite do a ‘best of’ makeup post without mentioning her amazing products. This Christmas, Charlotte has released a Beauty Icons gift box containing her award-winning most loved products. In the box (which is beautifully packaged we might add), you get: a magic cream, full fat lashes, wonder glow, KISSING in Penelope Pink and a Lip Cheat in Pillow Talk. This gift set can be bought at John Lewis for £55.

NARS

 

This palette from NARS includes a bronzer, blush and highlight making it the ideal cheek trio and a must have for anyone’s makeup collection. At £35 and featuring the brands best-selling Laguna bronzer we predict that this palette will be highly requested – pick it up whilst you still can.

 

NYX

 

The NYX Lingerie Vault had to make out list, we think it would be hard to find someone who wouldn’t love this set! At £65 it contains 24 shades of Lip Lingerie liquid lipstick as well as 6 brand new shades. This vault is bound to make you the envy of all your friends.

Jouer Cosmetics

 

 

if you can’t glow at Christmas then, when can you? This Powder highlighter trio from Jouer cosmetics will ensure you do just that this festive season. At £35 these incredibly pigmented highlighters will help you achieve the intense, lit from within skin finish that is very on trend right now.

 

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Christmas Gift Ideas for Her

At MCR Fashion Industry we know how hard it can be to find the perfect Christmas present. To help you out we have put together our top picks of Christmas gift ideas for her, from makeup to perfume to candles and scarves there is something for everyone and for all budgets.

 Makeup

Every year Estee Lauder create some of the most beautiful makeup gift sets that come in such gorgeous packaging, making it even more special. The ‘Party Chic Shimmering Eyes’ set is one of our favourites. It retails for £33 and includes an eyeshadow duo, a lash plumping mascara and an eyeliner pencil.

http://www.debenhams.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/prod_10701_10001_123008149799_-1

 

For the lipstick lover: The Sleek MakeUP Matte Me Metallic Must Haves.This set includes 4 of the brands best-selling Matte Me Lip Creams in super wearable shades that suit every skin tone. At £6 for the set, you can’t go wrong!

http://www.boots.com/sleek-makeup-matt-me-metallic-must-haves-10232620

 

Jewellery

 

 

Pandora have released their Winter Jewellery Collection for 2017, and like every year they did not disappoint. They also offer a personalised gifting service which provides your loved one with a unique piece that she will undoubtedly treasure forever. Prices range from £15-£120.

http://www.pandora.net/en-gb/collections/christmas

 

Bag

This chic Topshop clutch would make the ideal gift for a lady who likes to party. It’s stunning design would automatically vamp up any night out outfit. The bag also comes in black and retails for £27.

http://www.topshop.com/en/tsuk/product/bags-accessories-1702216/bags-purses-462/pearl-clutch-bag-7196230?bi=20&ps=20

 

At £250 this DKNY leather tote bag may be on the pricier side; however, the design makes it worth it. The colour, size and shape of this bag make it a timeless staple that she will be able to use over and over again with any outfit, for any occasion.

https://www.harveynichols.com/brand/dkny/231957-chelsea-large-black-leather-tote/p3007530/

 

Skincare

Kiehls are synonymous for their amazing skincare products that are hard not to love. This holiday season they have released a selection of their favourite essential products including their bestselling Midnight Recovery Concentrate and Ultra Facial Cleanser. This limited edition set retails for £47.

https://www.johnlewis.com/kiehl’s-holiday-limited-edition-skincare-gift-set/p3324295

Another skincare favourite comes from Clinique and their More Than Moisture Skincare Gift Set which includes an Extended Thirst Relief, Overnight Mask, Hydrating Supercharged Concentrate and Moisturising Lip Balm – all for £40!

https://www.johnlewis.com/clinique-more-than-moisture-skincare-gift-set/p3312484

 

Perfume

Perfume is a must have on every girls Christmas list. For the high-end lovers, we recommend Miss Dior by DIOR. This is a classic fragrance that has proven to be popular amongst a wide demographic of women of all ages. Prices range from £52 for 30ml to £130 to 150ml.

http://www.debenhams.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/prod_10701_10001_130438000099_-1

 

For a smaller budget, ZARA do some of the best perfumes around. Their most popular, Femme, retails for £12.99 for a mammoth 200ml! At this size, the perfume is bound to last until next Christmas.

https://www.zara.com/uk/en/zara-femme-eau-de-toilette-200-ml-p20048439.html?v1=4661195&v2=975501

 

Candle

Candles make lovely presents for women of all ages. Yankee Candle release a range of Christmassy scents every year, our favourite is the classic ‘Christmas Eve’ candle. You can pick up the large jar in Debenhams for £24.

http://www.debenhams.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/prod_10701_10001_304069978994_-1

 

Jo Malone also produce some of the best candles on the market. Their most popular being the Pomegranate Noir Home Candle for £45.

https://www.johnlewis.com/jo-malone-london-pomegranate-noir-home-candle-200g/p231745655

 

Shoes

For the Winter season, one of our favourite boots comes from Topshop in the HERO Ankle Boot. They come in black and red and retail for £85. Choose black for the timeless, elegant option whilst red will ensure she is bang on trend with a statement boot.

http://www.topshop.com/en/tsuk/product/shoes-430/heels-458/hero-ankle-boots-7213577?bi=0&ps=20

 

Scarf

The famous Burberry check cashmere scarves had to make an appearance on our gift guide. The scarf is one of the brands top selling items and is bound to make any fashion lover very happy. The scarf sells for £350 and comes in a range of colours to suit everyone.

http://www.selfridges.com/GB/en/cat/burberry-giant-check-cashmere-scarf_278-72019980-3994481/?previewAttribute=Dusty+blue

 

For a cheaper alternative to Burberry scarf, ASOS offers the Super Soft Long Woven Scarf for £12 – an ideal gift for the cold Winter season.

http://www.asos.com/asos/asos-supersoft-long-woven-scarf/prd/7928094?clr=grey&cid=6452&pgesize=36&pge=0&totalstyles=259&gridsize=3&gridrow=3&gridcolumn=1

 

Bath

Would it even be a Christmas Gift Guide without featuring the product from Lush? Of course, we had to choose the famous Snow Fairy gift set that includes 4 best-selling products; the snow fairy shower gel, magic wand, snow fairy body conditioner and jelly bomb – all for £24.95!

https://uk.lush.com/products/gifts/snow-fairy

 

A more luxurious bath product comes from the Laura Mercier Almond Coconut Milk Scrub for £37. This scrub is perfect for those who love a pamper. It naturally conditions and protects the skin whilst gently exfoliating with milk, coconut, almond and vanilla.

https://www.houseoffraser.co.uk/laura-mercier/laura-mercier-almond-coconut-milk-scrub/876173934.pd#q=almond-milk-scrub

 

Watch

One of our favourite watch picks of this year is the Michael Kors Mk2659 Ladies Strap Watch. A great choice for those seeking a sleek and modern present. The watch can be bought from House of Fraser for £199.

https://www.houseoffraser.co.uk/accessories/michael-kors-mk2659-ladies-strap-watch/261337488.pd

 

Similar to the Michael Kors, but at a fraction of the price, is the Olivia Burton Grey Lilac Large White Dial Leather Watch at £82 on ASOS.com. The watch has a real leather strap and stainless-steel case with a chic design.

http://www.asos.com/olivia-burton/olivia-burton-grey-lilac-large-white-dial-leather-watch/prd/7617369?clr=greylilac&SearchQuery=watches&pgesize=36&pge=1&totalstyles=538&gridsize=3&gridrow=2&gridcolumn=2

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Remembering Azzedine Alaia

The Tunisian-born couturier Azzedine Alaia has died in Paris On Saturday at the age of 77. The designer, once dubbed “the King of Cling”, was highly revered for his garments that moulded the body into extraordinary proportions, the product of an obsessive craftsman who bears more resemblance to a sculptor than a fashion designer.

“Azzedine Alaïa was a true visionary, and a remarkable man. He will be deeply missed by all of those who knew and loved him, as well as by the women around the world who wore his clothes,” said Vogue editor-in-chief Edward Enninful. “The generosity of his spirit and genius of his designs will never be forgotten.”

The designer has dressed everyone from Grace Jones to Michelle Obama, to remember his legacy we are looking back at some of his finest work and collaborations…

1981

Alaïa began working in Paris in the 70s, designing for private clients. He launched his label for autumn/winter 1981, with the tight silhouette that he continued to use throughout his career.

1985

Alaïa was crucial to the career of many stars – including Grace Jones. Her hooded pink dress, worn for A View to a Kill in 1985, has become a classic, most notably replicated for Kylie Minogue in the video for Can’t Get You Out of My Head in 2001.

 

1986

Models dressed in Alaia’s dresses outside one of the designers Paris Fashion Week shows, (see Cindy Crawford on the far left)

1989

Photographed with Madonna, shot by Steven Meisel

1991

Christy Turlignton in Alaia – photographed by Patrick Demarchelier, Vogue, May 1991

1995

Every Clueless fan will remember Cher’s iconic quote from the film, in which she was more upset about the possibility of ruining her Alaia dress as it came from “ a totally important designer”  than getting mugged.

2011

On the 11th of December 2011, the Groninger Museum, in Netherlands, opened an exhibition entitled Azzedine Alaia in the 21st century. This exhibition displays the most fantastic Alaïa fashion creations of the last ten years.

The exhibition was a follow-on to the overview of his work shown in the Groninger Museum in 1998, which was subsequently displayed at the Brant Foundation in New York in 2002.

2013

One of Rihanna’s most memorable red carpet gowns was a stunning red Alaia piece that she wore to the Grammys in 2013.

2014

Alaïa’s dresses were a consistent part of Michelle Obama’s FLOTUS wardrobe. She wore his signature skater-style dresses to events including the State of the Union address in 2014.

2017

The designer backstage at his surprise 2017 couture show

Naomi Campbell opened the catwalk for Alaia’s final fashion show in July 2017

Sources: Vogue UK, The Guardian

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