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BEAUTY SPOT: Perfect presents for your best pal.

Byline: With make-up artist Craig Alexander Wilson

I ALWAYS leave my Christmas shopping to the last minute and usually spend Christmas Eve whizzing around town searching for gifts.

So this year I decided to get organised and do all my shopping early.

But if you're still struggling to pick the perfect present for a best pal at the last minute here are the best beauty buys around.

Marks and Spencer have some great gifts at reasonable prices. I love their Spirit Gift Collection, pounds 12.50. It includes bath foam, butter body lotion, a cleansing bar and an exfoliating sponge. The goodies even come inside a beautiful hand-decorated vase to leave you and your home looking good.

Help make a loved one's bath time a truly relaxing affair with Rose Bath Truffles by Simply Roses. Sourced in Africa, these are handmade with essential oils of rose to scent the bath water and cocoa and shea butter for moisturising the skin.

Once dissolved, your bath is filled with floating Rose Petals. Priced pounds 17.95 for six, available from or by mail order. Call 0207 700 5566 for more details.

If one of your pals is a real party animal, give them Guerlain's Midnight Secret Set, pounds 31. This has two vials of Guerlain'sMidnight Star serum, a Midnight Secret recovery treatment, brightening face powder and powder brush ideal for making you look fresh-faced after a night on the tiles. Available from Guerlain counters in House of Fraser and John Lewis.

If you're looking for value for money, invest in a Gucci Rush coffret. This set is packed with pounds 63 worth of products for just pounds 37.

It includes a 50 ml fragrance, 200 ml body lotion and a handy 5 ml mini Eau De Toilette spray. Available from House of Fraser.

For the girl who has everything, Narciso Rodriguez's signature fragrance is the ideal gift. He's one of the hottest designers around and his clothes are worn by the Sex And The City cast.

Egyptian musk and amber with floral and wood tones makes this a musthave scent. It even comes in a suede purse for extra sophistication. Exclusive to House of Fraser Glasgow, pounds 39 for 10 ml.


Midnight Secret serum gift set: Guerlain, pounds 31; Rush fragrance and body lotion set: Gucci, pounds 37 Rose bath truffles gift set: Simply Roses, pounds 17.95; Spirit gift set: Marks and Spencer, pounds 12.50
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Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Dec 7, 2003
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