Finding the perfect gift for the beauty lover in your life can be quite the challenge. Sure, there's no shortage of mascaras, moisturisers and blushes out there, but when you're dealing with a picky makeup queen, why not gift them £330 worth of must-have beauty buys that they are bound to love, all for just £80. How could you go wrong?
Intrigued? If you haven't guessed already, we're talking about one of our all-time favourite festive gift sets: the annual Boots Showstopper Beauty Box. Just like the best beauty advent calendars, the once-a-year Boots beauty box is a great opportunity to try a whole host of cult brands without committing to full-size prices. You'll be discovering some of our long-time favourites – including heroes from Bobbi Brown and Liz Earle – as well as some newbies that have crept into many makeup bags this year (including ours). Last year the box sold out in less than 24 hours, so if you don't want to risk missing out on the retailer's best Christmas offering, we'd suggest 'adding to cart' now.
There are too many strong contenders to possibly pick favourites, but our wandering eyes have spotted some industry classics that we just have to talk about.
The full size Sanctuary Spa Ruby Oud Body Butter is packed with shea butter and argan oil – just the kind of nourishment that your skin wants in winter – and the Clarins Beauty Flash Balm is a favourite amongst the Prima team for enhancing a lit-from-within glow. Dab it beneath your foundation, or over the top to spotlight your cheekbones.
Another stand-out product that we can't wait to get our hands on is the This Works Sleep Pillow Spray: its soothing lavender aroma helps to reduce anxiety, stress and general overthinking, meaning you fall asleep quicker and wake up feeling delightfully refreshed. With the hectic festive season upon us, this mind-calming spray may well come to good use.
While there certainly are some standout heroes we can't wait to unwrap, all in all, this year's beauty box is packed with big-name brands that everyone is bound to enjoy – so we should point out that it makes a welcome Christmas present for someone you love (or equally, a treat for yourself). However, you must be speedy as it's highly unlikely this one will be lingering on the shelves for long.
If you want to keep the mystery alive until you pull back its doors, then look away now, but if you just can't hold off, here's everything you’ll find inside:
Looking for more beauty bargains? Boots' Black Friday sale is one to keep your eye on before all the shelves our swiped clean: there are half-price perfumes from the likes of Paco Rabanne and Marc Jacobs in store, and you can even bag £75 worth of Advantage Card points when investing in the Dyson Supersonic hairdryer.
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