The Beauty Insider:

what the experts want for Christmas

Want to know how to knock the (festive) socks off any beauty fanatic this Christmas? We ask 10 experts – from our very own Beauty Director to the industry’s top editors – to name the one gift they’d love to find under their tree.

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David Legrand – Selfridges Beauty Director

“Thameen’s Kiani fragrance embodies sophistication. Like each of the brand’s scents, it’s inspired by word-famous jewellery – in this case the impressive Kiani Crown of Persia. Its unique combination of ginger, cumin and lavender will make you truly stand out at all the wintry festivities. Spicy, radiant and uplifting – it’s the perfect Christmas perfume.”

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Jessica Diner – Beauty & Lifestyle Director, British Vogue

“Tom Ford’s Soleil Blanc was my summer fragrance this year and, as its name suggests, it smells of warm, sunnier climes. But I have also found myself reaching for it throughout autumn and well into winter as its creamy amber scent not only reminds me of holidays, but it also has an uplifting optimism that heavier, more traditional ‘wintry’ scents often lack. Now it’s an all-year-round favourite, so I’d absolutely love this set, which includes the fragrance, plus a body oil and all-over body spray.”

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Joanna McGarry – former Beauty Director at Stylist

“Could there be a more festive brand than Jo Malone? It was built for Christmas, and nothing brings me more pleasure than a weighty candle lying neatly wrapped for me under the tree – particularly one larger than my own head and infused with this iconic non-cloying aroma. But more than that, it’s the promise of perfectly lazy afternoons, beautiful dinners with friends and all the pomp and folly of the year to come. For me, there’s no better gift.”

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Melissa McGinnis – Selfridges Beauty Buying Manager

“Three of my favourite Sisley skincare products, all housed in a luxury L/UNIFORM travel bag? I’d cry for joy if I found this under the tree on Christmas morning. The Supremÿa Baume is the perfect anti-ageing night treatment for dry skin, while the Supremÿa Eye works a treat at combatting dark circles and puffiness. And I can always count on the beautiful rose-scented Black Rose Precious Face Oil to keep my skin moisturised for a lovely luminous complexion.”

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Adella Family  – Selfridges Beauty Buyer

“From the moment I spritzed Le Labo’s Santal 33, I was in love and couldn’t stop sniffing my wrist. It was masculine. It was feminine. It was woody. It was floral. Plus, it’s the kind of scent your boyfriend could swipe from the dresser and still feel completely at home wearing it. Hint, hint.”

Diptyque – Christmas candles set (available in store)

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Fleur de Force – Fashion & Beauty Vlogger

“Diptyque candles are my absolute favourites, and every year I look forward to the Christmas collection. This year they’ve really outdone themselves on both the design and scents, which all smell incredible. So it goes without saying that this set of all three limited-edition scents is right at the top of my Christmas wish list this year. Such a treat!”

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Rachel Hill  – Selfridges Beauty Buyer

“I love NARS Powermatte Lip Pigments – not only do they have the most intense colour payoff for the perfect statement lip, but they also dry down to a matte finish that’s long-wearing and won’t smudge. Because sometimes one lipstick isn’t enough, this vault is a ready-made lip wardrobe with a shade for every mood – from reds and pinks to the perfect nude.”

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Francesca White – Health & Beauty Director at Tatler

“Everything Byredo founder Ben Gorham creates is incredible – from scents to candles to hair perfume. But it’s this ‘jasmine-y’ Flowerhead eau de parfum that I just can’t get enough of; I literally have people chasing me down the street to ask what I’m wearing. I’m not fussy, though; I’d settle for the body cream, too...”

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Emily Saunders – Selfridges Beauty Buyer

“What’s not to love about this 18-piece exclusive-to-Selfridges Zoeva brush set? Boasting brushes for the face (including an angled contouring kabuki and a tapered powder brush), plus multiple brushes for the eyes, ranging from a precise pencil tip to a soft, buffing brush – it has all bases covered, even for serious beauty lovers like me.” 

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Rose Gallagher – Selfridges Beauty Personal Shopper

“I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t completely sold on this Tom Ford Soleil Eye and Cheek Palette solely based on its beautiful glossy white and gold case and lovely large mirror. I’d be more than happy whipping this out of my bag for on-the-go touch-ups. But what I also love about it is that the colours are a new take on classic smoky tones, so you get the versatility of totally wearable shades with an added hint of colour.”

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