Gorgeous beauty gifts under £30

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Here’s a couple of ideas if you want to give someone a lovely beauty gift for Christmas without breaking the bank.

Real Techniques “Nic’s Picks” – £29.99 Boots

Even if the intended recipient has brushes already, even if she only wears makeup once or twice a year – these “makeup artist” brushes are essential to create a chic and elegant look.  Without the right tools, eyeshadow or eyeliner is a big pan of colour waiting to be applied.  Brushes like these allow the user to take the raw material of the shadow/blush/bronzer/eyeliner and create a masterpiece on the blank canvas that is the face.  Each brush has its own use;

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  • Duo powder fibre brush: for lightweight buildable application of the face or pigment
  • Cheek brush: impeccably tapered, dense bristles that are perfect for applying cheek colour and bronze (set exclusive)
  • Base shadow brush: For all over eye colour
  • Angled shadow brush: To create depth (set exclusive)
  • Eyeliner brush: Adds definition at the lash line (set exclusive)

Also, on the back of the pack is a QT code where the person can call up the online tutorial and learn how to use the brushes.

This would make a great gift for your makeup mad friend, your stylish sister or your glamorous granny.  Everyone needs great brushes!


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Joan Collins 3 Piece Paparazzi Perfect Collection – £28.68 QVC Exclusively


Well if anyone is an expert on looking glam it is certainly Joan Collins.  Even at 80 she’s looking polished and paparazzi perfect and she has created two really simple colours in this “Paparazzi Perfect” set – Helen E which is a true red and the colour you see here – Marilyn – a subtle, rich and flattering pink.

You get an amazing collection  – a beautiful lipstick and matching nail varnish as well as the compact that holds the lipstick containing a neutral pressed powder and sponge.  The nail varnish bottle reminds me of the crazy Louboutin one and the colour is that sort of dusky-ish pink that looks great on most skin tones.

A great gift for makeup lovers – if your friend has been seen in red lippie and varnish – this is the thing for her!

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