No one buys me beauty presents, assuming, understandably, that gifting me a lipstick would be like buying a film critic a cinema pass. But each year, as the Christmas collections emerge, I still compile a mental wish list, if only for my own amusement. Top of this year's is Japonesque. I've been using their professional tools for 20 years (they also secretly manufacture brushes for some of the best luxury brands, such as Tom Ford, though you didn't hear it from me), and now they're selling makeup exclusively at John Lewis (from £12). The unique packaging is beautiful, and the eye shadows are superb. Equally flattering are makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury's eye quads, perfectly compiled at £38.

No Christmas is complete without new scent, and currently nothing compares to Frederic Malle's L'Eau d'Hiver, the most elegant (and, at £130, prohibitively expensive) perfume I've found. I unfailingly want a Diptyque Baies candle (£40) and Laura Mercier Crème de Pistache Honey Bath (£31). Finally, I'd like APC for Aesop's Post-Poo Drops (£20) for my bathroom, in the hope that my sons will be kind enough to use them. These look stylish, smell great and make me smile, as all beauty products should.

La Roche-Posay Cicaplast Mains, £5.75This new version of the already brilliant Cicaplast is for seriously chapped hands. It's non-greasy and invisible, allowing you to get on with things while it does its work.

Aveda Intensive Hydrating Masque, £28.50This has been my saviour for 15 winters in a row. An oil-free mask that properly moisturises every skin type without risk of breakouts. Leaves skin feeling so much better.

Seven Seas Pure Cod Liver Oil Plus Evening Primrose Oil, £3.90I'm a nana about cod liver oil for dry winter skin. It really, really helps. I like these because they're easy to swallow and they contain evening primrose, which I find beneficial to skin.

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