Beauty file: L’Occitane | Arran Aromatics | Light Time Skin Plumper

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GABY Soutar rounds up the week’s most stylish beauty products


The Best of L’Occitane gift set features some of the French brand’s signature products, including shea butter hand cream (75ml), cherry blossom shower gel (250ml) and a handbag-size verbena EDT (20ml). It’s also donating £10 for each gift set sold to Blind Children UK.

Best of L’Occitane Gift Set, £68, L’Occitane (


Arran Aromatics have gone to town with gorgeous gift ideas this year, but our favourite from their collection is this candle, scented in nutmeg in celebration of the season. We love the red packaging and the warming fragrance. Buy one for yourself while you’re at it – just the thing to set the mood while you’re wrapping presents and trimming the tree.

Luxury Candle in Nutmeg Embers, £25, Arran Aromatics (


This Works Light Time Skin Plumper is designed to prevent “pillow face”, that puffy look that can greet those of a certain age who have made the mistake of looking in the mirror first thing in the morning. With soothing ingredients including vitamin C and Persian Silk Tree extract, this potion is said to promote a more rested and refreshed complexion. To be honest we’re just slapping it on and hoping for the best.

Light Time Skin Plumper, £29 (


Looking to add a bit of sparkle to your festive look? Purveyors of small but perfectly formed bottles of nail varnish, Mavala, have a party offering with shiny options – we like Glam Chic featuring gold and bronze sparkles, silvery Glam Ice and funky Glam Rock, mixing black and silver glitter. The Mavala Glamour Collection, £4.75 each (