The Ultimate Beauty Stocking Fillers

Beauty products are the perfect little luxuries to fill stockings with at Christmas time. This year I have picked out some of the best products for winter-worn skin and hair, to get you through the colder months feeling moisturised and healthy. On this list of seasonal essentials there is something for everyone, from cosy scented candles to revitalising haircare, nourishing lip balms and refreshing toners.

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DiptyquePine Tree of Light Candle (£53)

Diptyque is my favourite scented candle brand so I always get excited to see their annual festive range. This Pine Tree of Light candle comes in lovely sparkling green packaging, and inside the candle has a warming fragrance of pine and fir trees. I can’t think of a gift I’d like to find more in my stocking this year!

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OuaiVolume Shampoo (£22) & Conditioner (£20)

Jen Atkin’s successful haircare brand Ouai looks super chic in the bathroom and works wonders on all hair types. The Volume range is great at this time of year, replenishing moisture whilst also adding natural volume to fine and limp hair. I find it’s great for controlling my static strands! This duo would be a stylish and useful addition to any Christmas stocking.

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GlossierLip Balms (£10 each or 3 for £25)

The iconic American beauty brand Glossier now ships to the UK… making it the ideal time to buy for Christmas. Just £10 each, these little tubes are perfect for filling up stockings. The hydrating and long-lasting balm is multi-purpose and can be used to repair cracked and chafed skin. Available in a variety of flavours, my favourite is the ‘Birthday’ balm, inspired by Milk Bar (in NYC)’s birthday cake, it has a lovely subtle shimmer.

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RENReady Steady Glow Daily Aha Tonic (£25) & Perfect Canvas Skin Finishing Serum (£50)

This easy to use tonic is a quick daily miracle worker. With natural bio-active ingredients it is good for all skin types and brightens and refreshes skin instantly. Use with the Perfect Canvas serum to leave skin looking smooth and feeling strong even in the harshest weather.

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Living ProofRestore Mask Treatment (£37)

At this time of year my hair needs extra love and attention. The Living Proof Restore Mask can be used once a week with the Restore Shampoo and Conditioner, to restore hair cuticles and protect the hair from future breakages. The whole range is lovely as a Christmas present, but I always think it’s nice to fill stockings with those special products you wouldn’t indulge in yourself, and the mask treatment fits this brief perfectly.

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MuradHydro-Dynamic Quenching Essence (£65)

This luxurious product is a special treat for a beauty-lover’s stocking. This product has won numerous awards for its visible results, with 100% of users commenting that they “instantly saw smoother, silkier and more supple skin texture”. The weightless serum should be used morning and night and will leave your skin feeling soft and plumper throughout the winter months. For extra effect use with the Hydro-Dynamic Ultimate Moisturiser.

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Perricone Intensive Overnight Moisturizer (£129)

A pot of this magic moisturiser will make anyone feel special this Christmas. I have been using Perricone skincare my whole adult life and swear by the range. This intense overnight cream is velvety rich and will ensure you wake up with firmer skin that has more elasticity and glow. Use with the Deep Crease Serum (with a vitamin F blend) to see even better results.

Another fun Perricone product for Christmas is the ‘No Makeup Mascara’ cracker gift (see above).

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Davines – The Let it Go Circle (£8)

This stocking-filler sized sachet is exactly what your hair craves in the colder months. After washing and towel-drying apply the mask to your hair and leave it to work its magic for a minimum of 10 minutes, before washing out. As well as leaving the hair softer and smoother it will also moisturise and hydrate the scalp, thanks to the genius mix of grey clay and brahmi oil.

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Anne SemoninExpress Radiance Ice Cubes (£50)

Ideal for party season these convenient sachet ice-cubes will refresh and brighten faded winter skin. The cubes should be stored in the freezer (for a minimum of 3 hours) before being applied onto the face. Your face will instantly look radiant before make-up application, the perfect pre-party treatment or jetlag remedy.

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Malin & GoetzRecovery Treatment Oil (£66)

The Malin & Goetz range of haircare and skincare are both fun and effective. I love the delicious-smelling haircare which is sulfate-free and great for colour-treated hair. But at this time of year the Recovery Treatment Oil is the must-have product. Ingredients include evening primrose, argan and jojoba oil, which all contribute to improving tone and moisture of the skin. I loved how quickly this oil is absorbed into the skin, leaving your face feeling softer and brighter. The Malin & Goetz products are good for all ages, a fun present for any stocking.

Richard Ward Salon, Chelsea

Tucked away amongst Sloane Square’s most desirable shops is one of London’s best known hair salons, Richard Ward.

The slick salon is full of confident expert hairdressers who have studied under Richard Ward in the company’s rigorous four year training course, so it is no surprise that so many celebrities (including Kate Middleton) choose this venue as their salon of choice.

Richard Ward

I stopped by last Thursday afternoon for a summer refresh. First for a colour with Leon and then a trim with Ryan. Though the entrance is discreet, the first floor salon is huge with separate areas for colour, cut and other beauty treatments. I was particularly impressed with the colour department, which has bright natural-style lighting to ensure exacting standards are met. Things were a little slow to get going, but once Leon had found me he was attentive and enthusiastic, with the perfect recommendations for my hair type and colour. We decided to redo my roots, to cover any grey hairs, with subtle balayage through the lengths and round the face. He promised me this would look natural and summery, and he was completely right. Leon worked quickly and methodically through my hair ensuring the highlights were evenly spread.

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Next came my favourite part, the hair wash. At Richard Ward the sink area is fully kitted out with reclining massage chairs. I almost fell asleep as a student washed and massaged my hair and scalp (with Shu Uemura volume shampoo) and toned the colour.

The cut was much more speedy. Ryan, though young, seemed to have extensive knowledge about hair and styling. He answered every question I fired at him with ease and clarity, offering sensible solutions to my hair dilemmas. Keen to keep the length but remove the flyaway layering, Ryan gave me a striking blunt shoulder length cut, which suited my face shape and gave my hair more volume. After a natural wavy blow dry I was ready to go.

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Before visiting Richard Ward I was in a real hair rut… I always wore my hair up as I didn’t like how it looked down. The last few days however I’ve enjoyed wearing my hair down and showing off my new summery style!

More information and book an appointment at Richard Ward Salon here.

The Painted Lady, Redchurch Street

When I need a special hair-do or makeover there is only one place in London I head to. The Painted Lady, on Redchurch Street in Shoreditch, is a vintage emporium run by the retro queen Belinda Hay. In this small but characterful salon they will transform your hair, face and nails so you walk out feeling and looking fabulous.

Painted Lady

A few weeks ago, on a grey and rainy Saturday I paid Belinda and her team of experts a visit for a new hair colour and style and a gel manicure. The Painted Lady is a welcoming salon, fun music murmurs in the background and everyone seems to be having a good time.

The Painted Lady

I was whisked off downstairs, offered a warming cup of tea and a lovely beautician got to work straight away on my winter worn nails. Working efficiently and neatly she transformed my nails, a clean white colour with a quirky little black dot for decoration.

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Next it was time for my hair transformation. I flicked through Belinda’s Style me Vintage book for inspiration on eras and styles. I soon settled on stylish 1950s pin curls. Belinda used ethical products to give depth and warmth to the brown colour of my hair, before adding in a few natural lighter highlights. She then washed my hair with enriching Davines products, treated me to an extra long head massage and loosely dried my hair.

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Using plenty of pins and clever techniques Belinda bended my hair into ripples across my head. It was amazing to watch her work her magic so skillfully. After a generous few sprays of hairspray I was off into the modern streets of Shoreditch, feeling like a million-dollar vintage star.

Modern beauty trends change so quickly but there is something enduring about the glamorous style of bygone eras. For special occasions The Painted Lady is a rare and wonderful place to go and get dolled up like you never have done before.

More information and book an appointment at The Painted Lady here.