We Asked Teens To Tell Us What Beauty Gifts They Really Want


Don’t risk buying the wrong thing – here’s what discerning teenagers really want …

What do the teens in your life really want for Christmas, beauty-wise? Choose the wrong products and you risk eternal teenage scorn. So we asked two 17 year-olds to reveal their dream beauty wishlist, starting from €12.50 …

Olivia Dunstan chooses her top five beauty gifts:

1 Tan-Luxe Face Illuminating Tan Drops. Many regular tanning products can leave an uneven residue, but I find that these leave me with a flawless, natural glow. I love that I can create a tan as dark or as light as I want, simply by adjusting the amount of drops that I use and mixing them in with my regular moisturiser. €20 at www.Boots.ie.

2 I’ve had my eye on the fragrance Santal 33 by Le Labo (from €158 at Brown Thomas) for a while, after smelling it in their store in Amsterdam. There’s a more affordable liquid balm (€80) and perfume oil (€130) available this Christmas. During the winter, I tend to gravitate more towards woody, musky tones, and so I love the fact that Santal 33 is not a typically ‘girly’ perfume; the masculine notes of sandalwood and leather remind me of No.02 by Maison Louis Marie (a sustainable US scent brand available via www.earlofeast.com; their perfume oils, £48stg, offer a cheaper alternative). My staple fragrance is usually light floral Marc Jacobs Daisy, but it would be interesting to switch things up and go for a richer, more intense scent for December.

3 A drop in temperature can result in drier skin, so I’d love Glossier’s new Body Hero Exfoliating Bar – I put it on my Christmas list as soon as I saw that it had been released. I tend to struggle a lot with dry skin during the colder months, but this (vegan) bar features bamboo powder as a key ingredient to help remove any dead skin and leave skin smoother and softer. I also love that Glossier have incorporated sunflower seed oil to help boost moisture in my skin. €14, www.glossier.com.

4 One of my major struggles is chapped lips, but Glossier’s Balm Dotcom never fails to leave them feeling hydrated whilst delivering a subtle shine. Their newest universal skin salve in Wild Fig is perfect for the winter – it gives lips a deep, coral tint and I also love its subtle, fruity scent. €12. Another great tinted balm is Fresh Beauty’s Sugar Blood Orange Hydrating Lip Balm, €18, at SpaceNK.

5 When it comes to make-up, I always prefer warm tones during the holiday season. Charlotte Tilbury’s Fire Rose Luxury Palette is something I’ve had my eye on ever since its release, mainly due to the three shimmering shades. The colour range is intense, so I would definitely pair this eyeshadow look with a more subtle lip – perhaps the Tilbury Lip Lustre lipgloss in a natural colour. My favourite shade would have to be the coppery-brown colour, as I can see myself creating some sultry copper looks to complement my green eyes. €50 at www.Arnotts.ie.

Shop Olivia’s picks below …


Santal 33, Le Labo, from €158, at Brown Thomas



Body Hero exfoliating bar, €14, Glossier 



Sugar Blood Orange Hydrating Lip Balm, Fresh Beauty, €18, at SpaceNK



Fire Rose Luxury Palette, Charlotte Tilbury, €50, at Arnotts


Photograph by @meade_photos

Finn Colville recommends scent, shower and shave gifts …

Living in a house with The Gloss beauty editor, I’ve had a fair few incidents trying out random products. For example, Lush’s Prince Charming pomegranate shower gel turned me pink and made the bathroom look like a crime scene. And I can never find shampoo but there always seems to be some sort of fancy shower milk around. In between these mistakes, however, I’ve found some products I genuinely love and use daily, and if I was to be bought some for Christmas, this is what I’d love:

1 First of all, you can never go wrong with a good fragrance. One of the best compliments is being told you smell good, and since most guys wear Lynx Africa it’s an easily attainable one. Anything by Tom Ford, especially Noir de Noir, would be my ideal, money no object choice – people always notice when you wear it (from €198 at Brown Thomas). More realistically, I also love Laboratory Perfumes Tonka eau de toilette (€90, available online at www.laboratoryperfumes.fr), and Acqua di Parma Colonia Eau de Cologne (from €82, at Arnotts).

2 While I’m still mostly incapable of growing any kind of meaningful facial hair, it never hurts to deal with that bit I do get. For my weekly shave, I use The Ritual of Samurai Shaving Cream (available as part of a four-part gift set, €29.90, at Rituals Grafton Street and at Arnotts) and also their After Shave Soothing Balm (€22.90). I find them very easy and pleasant to use, and having nice shaving products like these make it a part of your routine worth looking forward to.

3 Other products worth mentioning would be my favourite ever moisturiser, MyClarins ReBoost Matifying Hydrating Cream (€25, at www.Boots.ie) and the best shower gel I’ve come across, Jo Loves Pomelo Bath & Shower Gel, which smells incredibly good and also very strong – it makes the whole house smell good. My mum nearly killed me when I used the entire bottle as it’s €35 (available at SpaceNK Grafton Street and www.spacenk.com).

4 Also, while it’s not very Christmassy, I find Kiehl’s Breakout Control Targeted Blemish Spot Treatment very effective; it stands out from the raft of spot creams and ointments I’ve tried out. While I’ve been lucky enough to never get that bad acne, whenever I do get spots I’ve found this to get rid of them pretty fast. €28.53 at Arnotts.

Shop Finn’s picks below …


Tonka eau de toilette, €90, Laboratory Perfumes



The Ritual of Samurai gift set, Rituals, €29.90, at Arnotts



Pomelo bath & shower gel, Jo Loves, €35, at SpaceNK



Breakout Control Targeted Blemish Spot Treatment, Kiehl’s, €28.53, at Arnotts



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