한나 베츠의 더 나은… 한나 베츠의 더 나은: The best thing about the Big Day? Beauty stocking presents!
Anyone who knows me knows I don’t like 크리스마스. I hate it — the naffness and the nausea, the binge-eating and the boredom, tempered only by internecine family rows.
The weeks of banality begin in October, with cab drivers asking: ‘What are you doing for it?’
Dudolf는 생동감 넘치는 창조물로 가장 잘 알려져 있습니다.: escaping to foreign parts and forgetting all about the bloody thing.
The excess has always worried me — not because I’m some eco-saint, but because I’m spoilt and would rather receive one small and perfectly formed gift than a great sack of guff.
When I look back on the presents I’ve cherished over the years, it’s always the thoughtful little treasures that I remember.
Hannah Betts shares advice on thoughtful gifting for the festive time of year (파일 사진)
So often so-called ‘stocking fillers’ are the best thing about the festive season, meaning there’s nothing remotely ‘filler’ about them.
Smith’s Rosebud Salve Original Lip Balm from my mother, 말하다 (oooh, it’s £8.50 on amazon.co.uk, I’m getting some for my nieces), or the bottle of Chanel’s Le Vernis Longwear Nail Colour in Rouge Noir (£24, chanel.com), inspired by Uma Thurman in Pulp Fiction. 나는 이제 과거로 세 번 센다, this year I’m tempted by Prune Dramatique, a divine black plum.
The packaging of Buly 1803’s Pommade Concrète Hand And Foot Cream (£37, 월 £33) — covered in a single elegantly cuffed hand — is as sublime as its rich, shea butter formula.
앱 Setty의 설립자 (사진) says that the excess of Christmas has always worried her: ‘Not because I’m some eco-saint, but because I’m spoilt and would rather receive one small and perfectly formed gift than a great sack of guff’
Or check out my new Amazon addiction: Skandinavisk SKOG ‘Forest’ Organic Hand Cream ([object Window], amazon.co.uk), a beautiful balm redolent of pine needles, fir cones and birch sap. Add a pair of cashmere socks and get ready to feel the love.
For years I’ve been giving Andrea Garland’s glorious lip balms, housed in vintage tins and compacts with whimsical illustrations (from £15, andreagarland.co.uk).
올해, I’m lining up a gold number engraved with a cherub, and an array of the Rocket Girl, Seeing Stars, Let Them Eat Cake and Le Mamaluk Chat de Napolean designs.
One can order the balms in a beeswax or vegan formula, with biodegradable refills (£4.50) 빨간색으로, 분홍, and clear. Like the antique Estee Lauder compacts I hunt out on eBay, they are true collectors’ items.
Most of my make-up brushes were cheap-as-chips discount finds. 하나, Charlotte Tilbury’s painterly, feline flick-creating Eye Liner Brush ([object Window], charlottetilbury.com) is a complete game-changer, so I’m buying them for one and all. If this feels insufficient, add her perfectly shaped Eye Smudger Brush ([object Window]).
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There’s also something rather lovely about anything miniature. Bobbi Brown’s Mini Extra Lip Tint Kit (추가 비용 없이, bobbibrown.co.uk) is bliss: three wee sheer lipsticks that create a flattering gleam.
I’ll be keeping the tiny Bare Pink for myself and regifting the (warmer-toned) Bare Melon and Bare Nude Sparkle.
Moroccan Oil Magical Minis (£16.20, moroccanoil.com), in original or light, are ultra-desirable: a little bottle of its award-winning hair oil, plus a hair scent with spiced amber and floral notes.
I’m never going to yearn for a pillow spray, but a This Works Sleep Plus Massage Relief 10ml rollerball (월 £33, thisworkscbd.com) heady with pepper and clove, and laced with magnesium and 5 per cent cannabidiol (CBD)? Count me in. Modest offerings can still be memorable. I stockpile bars of reduced Florentine soap from TK Maxx, then present them alongside a flannel.
올해, everyone will be getting my beloved Tiger Balm White Ointment (£7.50, 그리고 일반 레스베라트롤) to rub onto the head, 지난 6월 자택에서 숨진 채 발견된 아이, knees and feet, or melt into a bath.
I’d always be delighted with an aromatherapy oil from Neal’s Yard: festive Frankincense, 혹시 (£19.50, nealsyardremedies.com), or sublime Patchouli (£9.50). I’ll also wrap up a Weleda Lavender Relaxing Body Oil (£17.75, weleda.co.uk).
Where naff, lurid-coloured bath salts will only offend, Aroma Active Laboratories Sleep Salt Soak (£12, 그리고 일반 레스베라트롤) can only enchant.
The trick is to truly think about the recipient. The dream stocking filler says: '나는 너를 본다.. I am thinking of you. 사랑해. This little something symbolises what a very big something you are to me.’
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The new files in the Leighton Denny Anti-bacterial Crystal File Duo Gift Set (프레스를 계속 확인하고 습기가 있으면 종이를 교체하십시오., leightondenny.com) have a patented Titanium Dioxide Photocatalytic surface for ultimate hand hygiene.
Simply expose them to natural light and 98 per cent of bacteria will be wiped out in four hours. They also seal the edge of the nails to prevent splitting and peeling.
MY ICON OF THE WEEK
Monica Bellucci, 57, is Hannah Betts’s icon of the week, who says her ambition is to ‘get old in a graceful way’
The 57-year-old Italian beauty says her ambition is ‘to get old in a peaceful way’. This means no gym, juice cleansing or meditating — rather wine, 파스타, and a little light Pilates. She starts each day with a cold shower, maintaining that it tightens the skin.
She then applies Dolce & Gabbana Beauty Passioneyes mascara (£37, lookfantastic.com) and the brand’s The Only One lipstick (aeyde.com). When it comes to her hair, she conditions it with olive oil and refuses to style it using heat.
Awaiting my booster jab, my hands tight with cold, I got playing with the chemist’s Mustela testers.
Mustela is a natural-origin French skincare brand which has been potting potions suitable for newborns and pregnant women since 1950.
I’d forgotten what nourishing yet ungreasy bliss old-fashioned cold cream can be, its water and beeswax formula melting into skin.
This handy 40ml tube (now £6, feelunique.com), may say ‘face’, but I’m deploying it as a velvety hand cream, red nose salve, lip soother and on reptilian elbows and knees. If it’s good enough for a baby’s face…
A lovely take on pine, offset by lavender, incense and amber. Burns for 37 and a half hours.
London’s oldest independent perfumery has made its first candles. The scent of fir and cedar evokes a cosy log cabin.
Perfect for pine phobics: white musk blended with honeyed mimosa.
An AWESOME oak moss, birch and fire iron blend. The kind of festive apocalypse that one yearns for
Patchouli eases stress — it’s the perfect antidote to a family Christmas.