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Pre-Christmas panic? Throw ££s at the problem

Whether you’re a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants Christmas shopper, or have been umming and ahhing on a (fruitless) quest to find the perfect gift, the time to hesitate is through (sorry ’bout that). We’ve compiled an edit of sure-fire glee-givers – the last word(s) in luxury, that will send you straight to the top of the best friend/girlfriend/boyfriend pops.

For your favourite aesthete/die-hard cosmetic obsessive, Charlotte Tilbury’s {Beauty Universe} (pictured) looks chic, and stars no less than 12 skin and make up essentials. From lipstick to face mask, this glittering line-up is advent (and then some)… Or, opt for a full make up ‘menu’ with one of her stunning collections. Whether the lucky recipient favours a natural glow (à la {The Ingénue}) or has idolised Blondie since birth (choose {The Rebel}), these ‘looks’ will make beauty dreams a reality.

Dr. Apa’s {Apa Clean White Sonic Toothbrush} is the future of tooth brushing. Whizzing from Cult Beauty’s shelves quicker than you can say ‘sonic’, this miracle leaves your teeth squeakily clean without ruffling gums, exacerbating sensitivity or compromising tooth enamel. And it looks pretty fancy. Perfect for a gizmo-phile (and so much cooler than those other brushes).

On the subject of brushes, Kevyn Aucoin’s {Expert Brush Collection} has a hefty price tag, but the cost includes a lifetime of gratitude (and ‘but I bought you the brush set’ come backs – you can’t argue with Aucoin). With perfectly balanced lucite handles, black gloss ferrules and the highest quality natural and synthetic fibres, these beauties are built to last – and can we just give special mention to {The Foundation Brush}? The make up brush of dreams *swoons*.

Like liquid Elysium, Votary’s heavenly {Intense Night Oil} is just the thing for your best-loved sk-intellectual. Not only is this the most stylish elixir we’ve seen (at home on impeccably styled dressing tables), but this blend of precious plant oils works to stimulate turnover, leaving skin looking much clearer and feeling far firmer.

Got a globe-trotting pal to inspire this Christmas? Slip’s {Sleep to Go Travel Set} starts a silk travel pillow wrapped-up in the finest, youth-boosting (and crease-minimising!) silk pillow case, alongside a coordinating eye mask to create an in-flight sanctuary and help your favourite flyer drift off (relatively) effortlessly…

Every Narcissus deserves to admire themselves in HD, which is why they’ll be thrilled with this fabulous gift. simplehuman’s {Rose Gold Sensor Mirror} features 5x magnification and surgical-grade LED bulbs that emulate natural light to eliminate tell-tale foundation lines (and missed moustaches!). A chic addition to a desk or bedside table, just don’t be surprised if you have a hard time hatching plans going forward… “My reflection and I are incredibly busy!”

The definition of ‘cult cream’, Augustinus Bader’s famous, game-changing concoction doesn’t need a lofty moniker… {The Cream} works to ‘unlock’ the body’s innate code for cellular rejuvenation – supporting cell renewal to delay (and help diminish!) signs of ageing while protecting from the everyday environmental onslaught. The result? Skin looks restored, plumped and beautifully luminous… we’ll drink to that!


Verity Douglas

Verity Douglas

Content Editor

Verity is our Content Editor and a Cult Beauty veteran. Currently on maternity leave, raising Cult Beauty’s honorary ‘word nerd’, Tabitha, she speaks fluent ‘beauty’ and loves nothing more than the marriage of language and lip balm (and cleanser and candles… ad infinitum). Nothing can stop her from quoting Nancy Mitford, treating herself to yet another Bella Freud candle for her desk or buying that pilgrim-esque collared or heavily fringed outfit she’s been eyeing. You can trust her to debunk widespread beauty myths and dispense invaluable advice with ease…