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Head-to-toe pampering beauty sets

Christmas Beauty. Because when you look good, you feel good. Champneys Heavenly Days Relaxing Collection An aptly named gift set, this trio has the essentials to help you wind down in style. Have a quick lather if you’re short on time or sink into a warm, fragrant bath during the colder nights. Either way, slather on the floral-laced body butter to soothe tired and parched skin. £18, champneys.com Morris & Co Fruits Hand Wash and Lotion Everybody needs a helping hand at Christmas. With a host of nourishing oils, this duo leaves hard-working hands thoroughly clean yet wonderfully soft. A decorative addition to the bathroom and guaranteed to an invigorating fruity finish. £22, heathcote-ivory.com Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Wild Ginger Completely Exquisite This cleverly curated four-piece haircare set should see you into the New Year with head-turning results. The shampoo and intensive conditioning treatment ensures hair is hydrated and strong from the inside, whilst the styling mousse and shine spray adds weatherproof volume and a glossy, healthy finish. £66, paul-mitchell.co.uk Korres Guava Collection Dark winter mornings …

Doubling up – taming frizz

Combine clever technology with targeted haircare for super-charged protection against frizz and flyaways THE PERFECT BLOW DRY Give your blow dry extra smoothing power with a light touch of some Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Serum. Not only does it reduce drying time, the silicones form a shield around the cuticle, protecting the hair from temperamental winter conditions that can otherwise make the hair unruly very quickly. (£18.95, paulmitchell.com) Is there no end to the joy that diamonds can bring? It seems not, for they are destined to help us banish bad hair days forever too. The Nicky Clarke Diamond Shine Pro Salon Blow Dryer has a diamond-infused grille that releases frizz-controlling ions so hair dries with a smooth, glossy finish. It’s as close to a salon blow dry as you can get at home. (£63.99, boots.com) STRAIGHT TO THE TOP When hair is weak or damaged, even subtle temperature changes can trigger a hair disaster. The answer is to repair it, from the inside out. With antioxidant-rich prickly pear seed oil, the Christophe Robin Regenerating …

No stripping please

Potent cleansers that’ll help take the day off your skin whilst putting the moisture back in Murad AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser (£34, murad.co.uk) Give your skin a thorough clean with this time-saving two-in-one cleanser and exfoliator. It’ll free your pores from trapped dirt and debris and the jojoba beads will lift them away, polishing the skin in the process without being abrasive. Skin is left wonderfully smooth and soft for the day ahead. Green People Purify & Hydrate Cream Cleanser (£24.95, greenpeople.co.uk) This works wonders for skin that is prone to dryness. It contains a host of antioxidant-rich oils that nourish the skin and keep it protected from the elements but it also does a great job of lifting away make-up and dry flakes so the skin can breathe and radiate happily. Aromatherapy Associates Hydrating Renewing Rose Cleanser (£26, aromatherapyassociates.com) You’ll enjoy massaging this fragrant rose and geranium cleanser into the skin – focus on any dry patches to sooth the irritation, safe in the knowledge that it will provide a gentle but effective cleanse no …

Scrub in: Sabon Timeless Spark Body Scrub

Just because your limbs are in hibernation, it doesn’t mean they should be forgotten about. Give your body a bit more care with a helping of this fragrant and moisturising sea salt scrub. Its limited edition scent of citrus, patchouli and musk makes it an ideal skin soother and smoother. (Sabon Timeless Spark Body Scrub. £22, sabonuk.co.uk)

Moroccan oil: Kahina Giving Beauty Fez Perfume Oil

If you’ve had enough of winter but are unable to get away, why not try a sensory escape? Dab this intensely warm, sensual blend of essential oils onto the pulse points and allow your senses to take you to Fez, Morocco. Spicy and floral notes of cumin, vetiver and orange blossom make this exotic fragrance a joy to bask in. (Kahina Giving Beauty Fez Perfume Oil. £67, beingcontent.com)

Shine on: Revlon Shine Addict Nail Buffer

This gadget will change the way you buff your nails forever. The micro-grain roller smooths out the bumps and ridges of each nail in a just a couple of seconds, leaving you with the perfect canvas for a perfect polish application. Alternatively, use the additional polishing head to let the nails show off their newfound shine naturally. (Revlon Shine Addict Nail Buffer. £19.99, superdrug.com)

The quick fix: Charles Worthington Dry Styling Bar

You deserve every praise for having a go yourself but if you’re short on time, or desperately need to have it handled by an expert, drop by the dedicated Dry Styling Bar at a Charles Worthington salon. There, you can have your hair done in just 15 minutes so you needn’t be late for your next engagement. (£15 per appointment. Charles Worthington salons in Fitzrovia, Covent Garden and the City. charlesworthingtonsalons.com)

A snip with your shop: Taylor Taylor at Liberty

No more flitting over town to get everything done. At Liberty, you’ve now got it all under one roof – pick up your gifts and walk out with a brand new hairdo, thanks to the stylists at Taylor Taylor. The fully functioning hair salon can cut, colour, style and provide treatments so you can be party-ready whenever the occasion calls. (Taylor Taylor at Liberty, Regent Street, London W1B 5AH. taylortaylorlondon.com)

Make a splash: Olverum Bath Oil

Please ensure you do one thing before the year is out: sink into a quiet, warm bath with a capful of this heavenly bath oil. With 10 essential oils including eucalyptus and geranium, it’s an antidote to help sooth a tired body and mind. You’ll walk away with a veil of softness to remember the moment by too. (Olverum Bath Oil. £23.50, olverum.com)

Beat the grind: Rodin Facial Cleansing Powder

This cleanser achieves the feat of being clever and beautiful. Its powder formulation lets you achieve a perfectly tailored cleanse with every wash – simply add water to soften the rice bran and sea algae granules for gentle exfoliation, or add a bit more for a completely smooth lather. Either way, expect a bright and gloriously soft result. (Rodin Facial Cleansing Powder. £32, liberty.co.uk)