Who said December has to be all about gifts? When you're spending all that time finding the perfect presents for your loved ones, there's nothing wrong with treating yourself, too. From party dresses to Winter warmers, my December fashion must haves will keep you looking fabulously festive all month long!
Looking for a few affordable beauty treats to stuff a stocking this Christmas? We've found 50 fab finds for under a fiver that any beauty fan will love. From a fishtail plait headband that'll save aching arms, to nail art treats, lipsticks, hand creams, and luxury hair masks, there's something for everyone in this selection. Click on through for some of the season's best beauty bargains.
One look at their busy schedules, and you'll see that the style set (and their wardrobes) can definitely multitask! To ensure they're jetting from the office to dinners and parties in the most fabulous of fashion, tastemakers like Rebecca Minkoff, Rachel Zoe, and Rachel Roy have a few easy tricks up their sleeves (and we're not just talking about a change of shoes!). Find out how to make your look work for you around the clock . . . all season long.
When the weather gets chilly, there's no better way to dress up your nails than with a Winter-friendly penguin. This design wins big points in the cuteness category, but it's also a pretty easy design to freehand yourself.
I started off with the perfect winterscape hue, a pale blue-green. Try Mavala Blue Mint (£4) to recreate. You don't even have to wait for the base colour to dry before moving onto the next step: the penguin. Use an opaque black polish like Essie's Licorice (£11) to create the body of the penguin with a U-shape. Make sure to leave a little bit of the background showing. Next, you'll want to layer on the white parts of the penguin: the eyes and belly. Use an opaque white polish like Leighton Denny Pure White (£11) to paint on a smaller U-shape to create the stomach. Then, using a dotting tool (or the end of a pin) I created the two white eyes, and then the black dots for the pupils. Lastly, I used Essie Meet Me at Sunset (£11) to create the orange beak and feet using a striper brush.
Lastly, to bring the chilly nail art together, I used a dotting tool to create varying sized spots on the rest of my nails to give it a snowy look. The best part about each step is that you don't have to wait for the polish to dry. However, you should try to give each layer a minute or two to set, so the colours don't run. Once you're finished, seal everything in with a top coat, but wait for five to 10 minutes, so the colours don't bleed.
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Everyone has that one friend or family member whose bathroom shelf or dressing table is always perfect. She's the one with the artfully arranged perfume bottles, the gorgeous glass jars, and the oodles of lotions and potions arranged like a spread from Elle Decoration. Her beauty products have that beautiful boudoir feel, and she just has a knack for choosing products that look as beautiful when they're not being used as they do when she's wearing them. From perfect perfumes to luxurious lotions, we've picked out the beauty treats that will satisfy even the pickiest packaging fan. Just click on through for pretty, feminine finds with plenty of luxury appeal.
Celebrities have a million excuses to dress up — another premiere, another red carpet, another dinner, or award show — so who better to get a little party-dressing inspiration from? We've had our eye on this pack of glamazons, like Olivia Palermo, Jessica Alba, and Hilary Rhoda making the rounds in sparkly cocktail dresses, party-perfect LBDs, and even a jumpsuit or two (more on that inside!) as they've hit their respective events. Now, we're giving you a monthlong recap on their gorgeous ensembles to repurpose for your most eventful time of the year. Hoping to nail down your look for the big office party? Or seeking out the perfect little party dress for your best friend's bash? Click on for 31 days of Christmas party material, all courtesy of some very fabulously, festively attired celebs.
If you're looking for fun little finds to put in a Christmas stocking this year (or to use for Secret Santa) look no further than our selection of fashion gifts, which run the gamut from chic and stylish to just the right side of silly. Christmas is a time when it's ok to have a bit of fun with your clothing, so while you'll find your fair share of luxury treats like Mulberry keyrings and designer phone cases, we've also taken time to pick the best novelty socks, cute mittens, and seasonal scarves. Most items come in under £20, with a few carefully placed indulgences for those with a little more to spend. Click on through to stuff that stocking now.
Perfume is usually a safe bet for the woman in your life at Christmas, but it takes more thought than just reaching for the prettiest-looking bottle. Your quest should start on her dressing table or bathroom shelf, where you might luck out and find her favourite. Memorise that bottle, then pick the gift set to match. If you're not lucky enough to locate the right scent, you could try a tried-and-tested favourite; look out for big names like Dior, Chanel, and Estée Lauder. Christmas brings plenty of good-value sets with matching body lotions and cosmetics bags, but also keep your eye out for solid perfumes, scented candles, and limited-edition bottles (like the lovely silver version of the much-loved Flowerbomb by Viktor & Rolf). Click through for our favourite finds for 2013's festive season.
If you have a friend who loves the vintage look, shopping for the perfect gift can be a struggle. You might not be comfortable scouring charity shops and vintage stores for presents, but the good news is you can still treat your friend to things that fit her style. There are plenty of vintage-inspired items on the high street if you know where to look, and if you have a little more to spend, designers like Dolce & Gabbana, L'Wren Scott, and Jenny Packham consistently look to the past for inspiration. Lingerie, hosiery, and jewellery are always safe bets for fans of the '30s, '40s, and '50s, but we've also found books, shoes, and even a pair of killer sunglasses. Click through for a little retro inspiration, and treat the Dita in your life to something luxurious this Christmas!
Forget chocolates, advent calendars have got more glamorous over recent years, and beauty fans aren't short of luxury calendars stuffed with luxury samples and miniatures. Here are our favourites for 2013, all of which can still be bought in time for 1 December!
Benefit's Countdown to Love (£50) is one of the most expensive advent calendar in our list, but it contains a whole host of the brand's bestsellers, plus a fair few added extras. We don't want to ruin the surprise with the full list, but expect to treat yourself each December morning with skin tints, highlighters, primers, powders, and much, much more!
If you want a good mix of luxury products and beauty classics, the YOU Beauty Advent Calendar (£50) is great value, containing products that have an equivalent retail value of almost £250. It contains sample sizes from some of our favourite brands, including Stila, Leighton Denny, and Dermalogica, plus a full size Steamcream (a must in cold weather) and loads more.