Christmas Beauty Countdown: Andrea Garland’s lip balm in a pill box

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This is just so darling! (Note: no other word will do to describe today’s gift idea). Andrea Garland‘s so, so pretty little pill boxes, £15, are filled with natural lip balm – in this case in a popping pink-tinted shade (that is actually much more subtle than it looks here) and is the perfect little gift for any lovely lady this Christmas.

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The vintage-inspired compact has a cute 1950s-style cat print with mirror inside and is totally glam-kitsch.

Andrea Garland first started making her compacts in 2009. Back then she used real vintage pill boxes, tins and compacts and filled them with her hand-blended lip balms, selling them in Brick Lane. The pill boxes are now vintage-inspired, rather than housed in real vintage containers – not least because presumably usable and pretty compacts are increasingly hard to come by! This ‘swished’ up version is now sold at, which sells a curated collection of over 30 innovative beauty brands, edited by co-founder and Telegraph Magazine beauty editor, Kate Shapland, and is well worth a browse. Looking for something beautifully unusual?Tthen this is the place to shop. A real gem.

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