Know any product junkies that live and breathe beauty? If you’re looking to get them something out-of-the-ordinary, we’ve got some cutting-edge gifts that will even meet their exacting standards. Being a little bit partial to beauty ourselves, we know what their bathroom cabinet is missing and what will win you (the gift-giver) instant brownie points. Read on for our run down of our favourite can’t-live-without products that even the fussiest, hard-to-buy-for beauty fan will appreciate.

The dermatologist-in-your-pocket...

If you’re wondering what your beauty #BFF’s main skin care concern is, it’s probably hydration. Lack of water levels affect most of us – whether skin is dry, oily or mature, and especially if you live in a city – which is where the very-clever {Wayskin’s Skin Analyzer} comes in. Working in conjunction with an app, you place this doughnut-shaped device next to the skin and it assesses hydration levels and creates a personalised skin profile taking into account your hormonal cycle, levels of humidity and UV in the air so you can adjust your regime accordingly. Who doesn’t love a bit of sci-fi skin care (via So-Ko)?

The huda-tastic tweezers...

Tweezers are something you can never have too many of (especially when they go AWOL, thanks to light-fingered flatmates). And when they have the approval of beauty guru Huda Kattan all the better, like these {Tweezerman Huda Beauty Mini Slant Tweezer}. With pretty lip print pattern they won’t get 'mistaken' for someone else’s, and boasting filed tips at a 25-degree slant, no errant brow hair or chin straggler is safe from their clutches. A gorgeous stocking filler you can’t go wrong with.

The schlep-it-anywhere hair dryer...

To quote Carrie Bradshaw: 'home is where my hairdryer is' and we imagine your high-maintenance friend is of the same opinion. If they don’t want to lug their main appliance to their boyfriend’s flat or on holiday* this {Micro Featherweight Compact Folding Dryer from T3} is the perfect solution. What it lacks in size, it makes up for in its ability to tame tresses, emitting negative ions, which repel water particles and speed up drying time.

(*FYI: a delightful fact – hotel hair dryers are apparently dirtier than toilet seats so you’re better off bringing your own.)

Brazil’s answer to boring bath stuff...

When it comes to gifting, your beauty maven buddy probably receives more bland bath and body products than they know what do to with. So why not up the ante with this naughtily named {Brazilian 4 Play Moisturizing Shower Cream-Gel} from über-cult brand {Sol De Janeiro}. Its caramel-pistachio scent will take them to Rio and back (no grannyish florals here) while nourishing cupuaçu butter leaves skin happy and hydrated.

The pinterest-worthy mask set

Of all the 'ahh!'-inducing products to have come out of our extensive trialling and testing here at CB Towers, the {Peter Thomas Roth masks} are definitely in the top tier (basically, you see results from the get-go). Hence his {Mask-A-Holic} set will surely make the most seasoned skin care maven sit up and pay attention. Containing a travel size of his iconic {Pumpkin Enzyme Mask} to exfoliate and renew the skin like nothing else, there are also four more mini masks to try – each dealing with a different skin care concern. Plus, the packaging is all the #maingrid goals.

The high-brow home fragrance...

If your friend thinks floral scents are just 'oh-so-basic', this quirky {Art Candle} from maverick fashion designer {Bella Freud} will be just her olfactory cup of tea. Yes there’s a floral note of lilac in there, but with this you can imagine a pot of lilacs in an artist’s studio, amid smells of acrylic paint, resin and wooden floors. A beguiling concoction that’s perfect for when you’re friend is relaxing with a face mask, waiting for her nails to dry on a quiet Monday evening.

The frizz-fighting turban...

This ingenious {SILKE London Hair Wrap} (which also doubles up as a nifty fashion accessory) keeps curls in place and seals in moisture while you sleep. Made from 100% silk, it prevents you messing up your locks as you move around in the night, making 'bed head hair' a thing of the past. Plus anything that gives us a passing resemblance to Ava Gardner gets our vote.

The top banana beauty roller...

{Nurse Jamie’s Uplifting Facial Massage Beauty Roller} caused much commotion when it launched earlier this year and for good reason. Beloved by the Kardashian clan, it’s the ultimate morning-after skin saviour – encrusted with 24 tourmaline quartz stones to put sluggish skin cells through their paces and tone the facial muscles underneath. It lifts the complexion, giving it its glow back – plus it works wonders on dark circles. It’s also got a glowing 5* rating from CB customers - natch.

The glamazon beauty bag...

One thing your mate with too much make up can never have enough of is make up bags. And this kiss-print {make-up bag} from backstage doyenne {Charlotte Tilbury} should be on every beauty lover’s wish list. Machine washable, with a pretty gold zip it’s the most stylish way for them to store their product stash.

The statement lip shimmer...

We know what you’re thinking – 'but they already have hundreds of lip glosses…' Stick with us – this isn’t a lip gloss or lacquer as such. Instead {Jouer’s} {Long-Wear Lip Topper} works to adorn and enhance what you already have on, granting a conditioning sheen to take lip colour to the next level. Ideal for anyone wanting to switch things up for the evening without discarding their signature shade. Don’t ask what it does to red lips – needless to say wallflowers need not apply …

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