Tuesday, 6 December 2016

What I love about Green People’s Christmas collections is that they are always a little bit different. If you’re looking for a gift which isn’t packaged with all the usual Christmas clichés, Green People is where you need to go. This year Green People are encouraging you to ‘be part of the butterfly effect’ proving that small actions can make a big difference. 

Green People are the self-proclaimed “sensitive skin experts” and Charlotte Vøhtz founded the organic skincare brand in in 1997. The butterfly effect collection is Green People’s new limited edition gift set, which has been created in partnership with the Butterfly Conservation. A donation from each Christmas gift sold this Christmas goes to support the Butterfly Conservation, who work to protect and preserve British butterflies, moths and the environment.

The Christmas collection is made up of eight different gifts, which cover everything women, men and those with sensitive skin need this season. Each of the gift sets are brought to life by pretty hand drawn designs. Each of the designs are created by Green People’s in-house designer Anna Parkinson, who adds a pretty and bright image of butterflies to each set. Each of the sets has its own special name: Joyful, Energise, Revive, Nourish, Refresh Soothe, Hydrate and Indulge. 

Here I have the Revive Body Wash & Body Lotion Gift Set* (£19.99 here). The set includes a 100ml tube of the Hydrating Body Wash, which has an invigorating, subtly spiced aroma. It also includes a 100ml tube of the Pampering body lotion, which is made with Aloe Vera and Shea butter. I also have the Indulge Night Treat Collection* (£8.50 here) which is a little stocking filler, which includes an organic night cream with a velvety texture, fragranced with a delicious Raspberry & Apple. 

Some of my other favourites include the Joyful Collection (which has two different products scented with Tangerine & Cypress), the Soothe collection (which is all about is all about keeping things scent-free and ultra-sensitive) and the Hydrate Collection (which gives you everything you need to hydrate and re-charge the skin).

The eight gifts are available right now from the Green People website and they make a beautiful organic gift for everyone on your list. Each of the gifts retail for under £20, which make them a perfect stocking filler this Christmas!

Monday, 5 December 2016

Last year I put together three Christmas Gift Guides, it was something I was a bit nervous about doing, but my readers loved them – in fact they were some of my most popular posts of the year! So I’m back again this year, with three Christmas Gift Guides and they are better than ever! Brace yourself for three HUGE gift guides, which will be perfect if you’re still looking for present ideas. 

There's a guide which focussed on gifts for her here, one for gifts for him and one that looks at stocking fillers (it’s full of gifts which cost less than £15)! To kick us off I’m starting with the gifts for the ladies in your life. Today I'm giving you the low down on gifts for men, keep reading...

Grooming Gifts

Let’s kick things off on the beauty front and talk grooming! It used to be quite difficult to find decent gifts for the men, but these day brands are starting to cater for the men more and more. The best bit is that there is something at every price point, so no matter how much cash you have to splash, it’s easy to find something good! Mandara Spa have lots of great gifts for the men this year. The Mandara Spa Mens Travel Selection* (£11 here) arrives in a lovely black faux leather bag and inside you get three products (the Post-Shave Balm, the Body Spray and the 3 in 1 Bath & Shower Gel). The Mandara Spa Mens Body Duo* (£5 here) arrives in a black gift box, decorated with gold lettering. As the name suggests, in this gift you get two body products; the 3 in 1 Bath & Shower Gel and the Body Spray. Last but not least we have the Mandara Spa For Men Essentials Kit* (£3.50 here), which is a great stocking filler. This one arrives in a smaller rectangle box in the same packaging as the Body Duo. Neatly packaged inside you get the Post-Shave Balm and the Lip Butter with Mint.

I’ve completely fallen in love with KORRES this year and I just had to include the KORRES Men’s Kit* (£19.50 here) in this year’s gift guide. This kit arrives in a grey box, decorated with some black illustrations. Inside the box your man will get a whole load of mini products. This set is perfect if your boyfriend, brother, dad or friend travels a lot, or is new to the KORRES brand. When you open the box you will find; the Guava Shower Gel (40ml), the Basil Lemon Shower Gel (40ml), the Aloe and Dittany Shampoo (40ml), the Absinthe Shave Cream (25ml) and the Marigold and Ginseng After Shave Balm (25ml). 

At the more premium end of the spectrum there’s the ESPA Men’s Skincare Survival Kit* (£40 here). I absolutely love the packaging of this gift, as it arrives in a replica silver paint tin. You peel back the lid and you find some gorgeous EPSA skincare, which is everything a man needs to look their best every morning. Inside the tin you get the Invigorating Facewash (50ml), the Energising Shower Gel (70ml), The Hydrator (35ml) and the Dual-Action Shavemud (30ml). 

If you’re looking for a wash bag packed with goodies you need to check out the Temple Spa Eau Boy Gift Set* (here). This arrives in a super sleek back wash bag and there are five 100ml Temple Spa products. I think this would be a great gift for someone who needs a washbag of products to take to the gym – as the products are a great size! Inside the bag you get Way To Go, Stubble Trouble, Good Hair Day, Seize The Day and Peace Be Still. 

Leave Him Smelling Good

Before this gorgeous set arrived from the team at Escentual, I’d never heard of Issey Miyake. Escentual have tons of different sets from the brand, including the L'Eau d'Issey Pour Homme Duo Gift Set* (available from Escentual here), which features two bottles of the Issey Miyake L'Eau d'Issey Pour Homme Duo scent. There’s a full sized 125ml bottle for him to put in the bathroom and then there’s also a mini 40ml bottle for him to take on-the-go! Is it just me who absolutely loves this idea?! This fresh scent intertwines a vibrant yuzu note with cinnamon, nutmeg and elegant sandalwood.

Fashion gifts 

My boyfriend is no fashionista but he still loves getting some fashion related gifts each Christmas. I think scarfs are a fantastic gift during the winter, as you can get so much wear out of them and I personally think it’s a lovely to have a new comfy scarf. The River Island Tartan Scarf (£15 here) is a lovely neutral scarf with hints of blue, I think it’s a great colour combination as it looks nice with so many outfits.

Of course a gift guide wouldn’t be a gift guide if it didn’t include boxers and socks! ASOS have some amazing gift sets this year, which are packaged inside mini crackers. I think these look so cute and you don’t even need to wrap them – perfect for secret santa! We all know that boxers come in all shapes and sizes, but something classic like these Button Calvin Kleins (£12 here) will surely go down a treat! 

Lifestyle gifts 

I have three lifestyle gifts in this guide which have you covered if he’s a gamer, a drinker or a chocolate lover! Chris and I spotted these PlayStation Coasters (£7.99 here) in our local supermarket and immediately picked up three packs for various friends and family members. Inside the box you get four official PlayStation coasters designed as each of the four iconic control pad buttons.

We spotted these Beer Mat Coasters (£5 here) in Debenhams, there are only £5 but inside you get thirty high quality beer mats. They are all double sided, so you get 60 different games plus the all important rules! Perfect if you know somebody who will be hosting a party on New Years Eve! 

A gift he can eat

Last but not least we have the Belgian Chocolate Digger the Dog Pizza* (£14.99 here). Now I love pizza and chocolate, so as soon as I saw this I was SOLD! The pizza has Belgian Chocolate base isn’t topped with ham and pineapple, instead it’s topped with lashings of vanilla fudge, chocolate brownie cookie chunks and hundreds of thousands of white chocolate curls, finished with an exclusive Digger the Dog chocolate disc. It’s such a clever idea for both pizza fans and chocolate lovers, every time I look at it I have a little chuckle! I also spotted these Chocolate Sprouts in M&S which I think make an interesting alternative to chocolate coins if you’ll filling a stocking! 

That concludes my final festive gift guide – I’d love to know what you’re buying your loved ones this year, leave me a comment below!

Friday, 2 December 2016

Sigma Beauty has been one of my favourite brands in 2016. I’ve fallen head over heels with  the brand and I’ve really enjoyed testing their brushes, brush cleaning tools and makeup products. So, I was overjoyed to be sent two of Sigma’s gifts to include in my Christmas Gift Guide this year! It definitely helps that Sigma’s Christmas collection is absolutely beautiful – were talking copper details and stunning gift sets. It’s aptly called the Sigma Beauty Copper Belle collection and I truly think that it will be high up every girl’s list this Christmas! 

Sigma’s Christmas collection has been designed to bring best sellers to beauty fans, at exceptional value for money. Each of the sets feature the copper-plated brushes or their fantastic glam gadgets, each packaged in stunning copper and black gift boxes. 

The first of the gifts I have here is The Blushing Babe Brush Set* ($58 here). This gift arrives in a small rectangle box, the front of the box is finished in copper foil. The edges of the box are black and there is a box rectangle on the front of the box, which is finished with copper typography. The packaging is so on trend and it just feels so fancy! Inside the box you get three brushes, which give you all you need to create the perfect cheek look.

First up you get the F05 Small Contour Brush – a small, dense brush. It’s perfect for detailed contouring, especially on the cheekbones. Next you have the F25 Tapered Face Brush, which is definitely my new favourite brush! This is a large, tapered fluffy blush – the shape offers precise application and perfect for contouring, but it’s also great for applying and blending blusher. The last brush is the F40 Large Angled Contour Brush – this is a similar brush to the F05, except this one is fluffier. This fluffy angled brush is perfect for powder products and is a great tool for diffusing colour onto the face, whether it’s blush or bronzer!  The contents of this set are worth $79, so you actually get a $21 saving on the full RRP. 

The second Christmas Gift I have here is The Classic Express Duo Kit* ($39 here) which arrives in a huge box. It follows the exactly same colour scheme and design, just over a larger footprint. I like to think that this is a dream kit for anyone who loves makeup brushes, but hates washing them. When you open the box you’re greeted by two of Sigma’s best selling products. 

First up you get the Sigma Spa Express Glove, which is a compact brush cleaning device. You pop this glove on your hand and you have 7 patented textures, which clean both your eyes and face brushes like a dream. The second product in the box is the F80 Flat Kabuki Brush in Copper – an award-winning brush which creates an airbrushed effect on the skin. This set retails for $39 which offers you a $10 saving on the RRP. 

All-in-all these are two beautiful sets, I highly recommend adding these to your shopping list for the beauty fans in your life! 

Thursday, 1 December 2016

'Thursday Tittle Tattle', is a Hope, Freedom, Love blog series that has quickly become home to some of my popular posts. The series is dedicated to breaking news of the beauty world. From time-to-time, Thursday’s blog post will be dedicated to news featuring; beauty and lifestyle news, events, discounts, and even a bit of fashion news thrown in too! This week I have the Christmas collections from Tanya Burr, World Duty Free and Liz Earle, plus a new collection from Mandara Spa. 

Christmas products from Tanya Burr
If you missed my post on the Tanya Burr Advent Calendar, you can catch up here. If the Advent Calendar doesn’t tickle your fancy, the good news is that she has loads of other gifts to offer. The Mrs Claus Manicure Sets (£5 here) are a bargain, featuring a full sized nail polish and a nail polish in each set. There are two different combinations, one features a Pink Glitter and the other features a Deep Red. My other favourite gift is the Sealed With A Kiss Cosmetics Bag (£16 here) has a gorgeous grey makeup bag covered in a pretty lip print. Inside you get a lip liner, a lipstick and a mirror – which gives you everything you need to create luscious lips on the go. 

Mandara Spa Bath & Body Butter Collection 
This new collection from Mandara Spa Body aims to bring luxurious spa rituals from across the globe right into your own bathroom! The full collection features 15 new products which have all been formulated without parabens, microbeads, mineral oils, SLES and SLS. The collection uses exotic and beautifully scented ingredients, to help you recreate that spa experience, at home on a budget. There are indulgent shower creams, moisturizing bath milks, lip butters, hand butter, foot butter and body butters. The new products are available now, priced from £4 at Sainsbury’s nationwide and www.timetospa.co.uk. 

Christmas Exclusives from World Duty Free 
If you’re travelling before Christmas (and I know many of us are) why not get some of your Christmas shopping done in the airport? World Duty Free are bursting with gifts for him and for her, which offer you a 20% saving off the high street, plus they have LOADS of travel exclusives, which make your gifts really unique. You can even Reserve & Collect over 130 beauty brands before you get to the airport and simply collect when you get there! One of my favourite exclusives this year is the Clinique Travel Palette New York (£32), it’s a palette inspired by New York. Inside the palette you’ll find six eyeshadows, a blusher, a blusher brush and two eyeshadow brushes. They also have the Estee Lauder Modern Muse set (£42 here) which is all the five Modern Muse scents in mini 5ml bottle form. The set includes Modern Muse, Modern Muse Chic, Modern Muse Le Rouge, Modern Muse Eau de Rouge and Modern Muse Le Rouge Gloss. Visit the World Duty Free website and get shopping! 

The Home For Christmas Collection by Liz Earle
Liz Earle have been creating naturally active beauty products since 1995 and every year, their Christmas collection sends beauty lovers mad. This year the collection is inspired by home, as Liz Earle say that nothing beats the warmth and magic of coming home for Christmas. This year each gift feature a botanical wreath on the packaging, which is designed to give you a warm welcome to the heart of our great British brand. Liz Earle have something for everyone this year! There’s the £8 Winter Nourishment Gift (which has an Intensive Nourishing Treatment Mask 15ml and a Muslin Cloth), all the way up to the £200 The Botanical Beauty Box (featuring 17 different products), plus something for every price point in the middle. Check out the full range here. 

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

When the Zoella Lifestyle range launched earlier this year, I was pretty damn excited. If there is one thing that Zoella’s team get right – it’s creating good quality products which appeal to a whole range of ages, for a tiny price. There is whole range of products available in the Zoella Lifestyle range, from plant pots, to candles she really has it all! Today I wanted to talk about the On My Travels Back Pack* (£50 here), which I think you're going to love!  

The On My Travels Back Pack is a fantastic gift option this Christmas, because not only do you get a lovely bag, it’s filled with other goodies. The ruck sack itself is grey faux leather, which is just a really lovely colour! The bag is fairly big and it’s a very soft and slouchy design. It has a big flap to cover the inside of the bag and you keep everything secure with a long drawstring. I love that the inside of the bag is a stunning neon orange shade, which is the perfect accompaniment to the grey of the outside, plus it just adds a little something extra to the design. 

When you open the bag, you’re greeted with three different Zoella Lifestyle goodies. The first thing in the bag is The Key to Inspiration Keyring* (also £6 here). This is a rose gold metal keyring with the word ‘inspire’ embossed into the metal, which is then coated in a pretty pastel pink shade. The keyring is attached to a circle keyring fob (in the same rose gold hue) and there’s a little round disc on the fob finished with a ‘Z’. The keyring arrives attached to a piece of grey cardboard, finished with black typography. Zoella says that this keyring is designed to be a daily reminder, to keep you feeling inspired and to inspire others.

The next thing in the bag is the Write On Point Pencil Set* (also £5 here). This is a set of five neon orange pencils, which are finished with cute quotes in a gold font. The pencils arrive in a white cardboard box, which is decorated with polka dots and rose gold edges. A round circle finishes the packaging, stamped with the Zoella logo and some white typography. I think these would be a fantastic gift for anyone who loves stationery. 

The last thing in the bag (but certainly not the least) is the Topped with Cream and Sprinkles Travel Mug* (also available in this set for £14) - this couldn’t be made for Instagram anymore if it tried!  This is a plastic travel cup which is decorated with a marble print. It’s finished with stunning typography which reads “Topped With Cream & Spinkles” in (of course) rose gold foil lettering. The travel mug is topped with a silicon lid which screws onto the base and it is the same orange as the inside of the ruck sack and the pencils. 

The On My Travels Back Pack* (£50 here) is available right now, exclusively to Boots. You can pick it up online and in stores, keep your eyes peeled because this has been on offer a few times, so if you’re quick you can grab this at a bargain price!

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Today I have another beautiful collection from Morgan Taylor to share with you. I’m still amazed that a lot of my fellow beauty fans haven’t heard about this lovely brand. They first launched in 2013 and they are going from strength to strength. The Morgan Taylor creators (Danny Haile and David Daniel) have a 25-year history in the nail industry and it really shows. I couldn’t be happier to have discovered this brand in 2016, their colours and formulations are beautiful. Not to mention that their various nail collections make me weak at the knees. The core collection is HUGE and it consists of over 145 colours, plus six nail treatments (Make It Last, Matte’s A Wrap, Need for Speed, Stick With It, Go Ahead and Grow, plus the REACT base and top coat). 

The Wrapped In Glamour Collection* is designed to give you everything you need to get into the festive spirit. The collection includes six beautiful new luxe lacquer shades, which have everything from pretty glitters, to vibrant reds and a lovely navy. Which means you can have every possible shade you could need, no matter what look you’re rocking this Christmas.

The six new shades include: Just Naughty Enough* (which is a pretty Rosy Bronze Glitter), Let’s Get Frosty* (a classic Silver Glitter), Girl Meets Joy* (a Navy shade in Morgan Taylor’s Pearl formula), You’re So Elf-Centered!* (a stunning Maroon hue in the Pearl formula), Rocking My Stocking* (that classic Cranberry Christmas shade, also in the Pearl formula) and finally Who Nose Rudolph?* ( a hot Crimson shade in Morgan Taylors Crème formulation). I’d love to know who names these polishes as the names are just genius! 

I think my two favourite shades in this collection are Just Naughty Enough (I can never ever resist a pink glitter) and You’re So Elf-Centered (I wear purples all year round)! 
As you can see, these shades are perfect throughout Autumn/Winter, for Christmas day right up to New Years Eve. The polishes retail for £10.99 each, which you can pick up from Sally Express. 

If you’re not a fan of buying full sized polishes, you’ll be pleased to see that there is also a collection of duo and mini packs, which make perfect Christmas stocking fillers. The duo sets include an extra free gift of either a cute bracelet, crystal nail file or Glitter. The Favourite Eight Collection (£27.95 here) is a mini set including eight of Morgan Taylor’s favourite shades. Plus, there are two other mini sets which include four shades from either the Morgan Taylor’s Glitter Glitz collection (£15.50 here) or The Wrapped in Glamour mini collection (£15.50 here)

Monday, 28 November 2016

Last year I put together three Christmas Gift Guides, it was something I was a bit nervous about doing, but my readers loved them – in fact they were some of my most popular posts of the year! So I’m back again this year, with three Christmas Gift Guides and they are better than ever! Brace yourself for three HUGE gift guides, which will be perfect if you’re still looking for present ideas. 

There will be a guide which focussed on gifts for her, one for gifts for him and one that looks at stocking fillers (it’s full of gifts which cost less than £15)! To kick us off I’m starting with the gifts for the ladies in your life. This gift guide is literally HUGE, so we really need to get started…

The makeup gifts she needs

I can’t pretend that there isn’t a huge range of makeup gifts this year, it can pretty hard to work out which way is up! If you’re looking for a brand who well outperform their price tag, you should check out the gift sets by Sleek Makeup. The Face The Day Gift Set* (£20 here) gives you everything you need to make you feel like a star! Inside this substantial box you get the Au Naturel i-Divine eyeshadow palette, Barekissed Illuminator in Monaco, Full Fat Lash Mascara and Lip VIP lipstick in Nightspot.

I really think my heart skips a beat every time I look at the Pixi Ultimate Beauty Kit* (£28 here) – it’s one of the gifts I got most excited for in the whole gift guide! You open the pretty green box to reveal a folded palette FILLED with pretty Pixi products. There are eyeshadows, blushers, contour shades and even highlighters – it’s a really deluxe palette. What’s even better is that it’s been designed to suit all skin tones, featuring a range of cool and warm shades in a variety of textures. This really is a must buy in my opinion!

If you have a friend or family member who loves lip products, she needs to try the ESPA Nourishing Lip Tint Trio* (£29 here). These oil tints provide a hint of pretty colour, with an oil formulation, which creates the perfect festive look and an ultimate treatment in one tube! There are three shades in the kit, one is clear, one is pink and one is red! Why not gift the lady in your life beautiful lips!

I had to end this section with a gorgeous gift bad from Emma Lomax! Specifically, the Emma Lomax Lipstick Pink Pouch* (£15 here). This is actually of my favourite makeup bags and I’m pretty sure that any beauty fan would love it too. It’s created from a canvas material and finished with an embroidered lipstick design.

Makeup gifts you can grab in the airport
A lot of us will be be travelling before Christmas, so if you're in the airport why not grab a bargain?  I always find that World Duty Free have a really good selection of products (all available at the fabulous tax-free prices) but also some gorgeous travel exclusives, which you can't get anywhere else. World Duty Free stock a huge range of Urban Decay products (prices start at £5.80 here) including the Urban Decay Electric Palette*. This is a great palette for colour junkies - packaged with ten of the brightest, most vibrant shades. 

They also stock GIVENCHY (available here) and the GIVENCHY Rouge Interdit Vinyl Lipsticks are incredibly luxurious, the packaging alone has me weak at the knees! There are tons of shades, so there's a colour for everyone! If you know someone who is a bareMinerals fan, World Duty Free stock a whole load of travel exclusives, plus their Christmas gifts at a bargain price. The bareMinerals Mineral Veil* (£17.45 here) is a finishing powder designed to minimise lines and absorb oil leaving a flawless finish. I absolutely love checking out the MAC store in Heathrow T3. I don't think MAC's Pro Longwear Fluidline Eyeliner* needs much introduction, they beautiful pots of liquid liner which are available in eight shades. There are purples, blacks, golds and navy hues.  

Finally we have my favourite product, which is The Clinique Kissed By The Sun Bronzing Palette* (£35 here) is absolutely gorgeous, it arrives in the most stunning scalloped palette. When you open the palette you find two eyeshadows, two lip colours, a pretty bronzer. If you're planning a trip, you can actually shop before you travel! You simply select your favourite products on the World Duty Free website and pick them up at the airport

Stunning brushes for the makeup addict

This year I've fallen head over heals for Sigma and I'm overjoyed to include two of their gifts in my Christmas Gift Guide this year! The Sigma Beauty Copper Belle collection should be high up every girls list this Christmas! The collection is full of ginger-toned, copper-plated brushes, party-ready makeup and glam gadgets to warm the heart of the beauty lover on your list! 

The Blushing Babe Brush Set* ($58 here) features three copper plated brushes (F05 Small Contour Brush Copper, the F25 Tapered Face Brush Copper and the F40 Large Angled Contour Brush Copper) all in a copper cardboard box, finished with pretty black writing. The Classic Express Duo Kit* ($39 here) would be a dream kit for anyone who loves makeup brushes, but hates washing them. Inside the copper box you get the Sigma Spa Express Glove and a F80 Flat Kabuki Brush in Copper. This set combines Sigma’s all-time, best-selling brush and their deep cleaning tool, which has seven patented textures in one convenient device.

Real Techniques have REALLY upped their Christmas game this year! It’s clear they saw a gap in the marker that needed to be filled, I could include several gifts here! However, the gift I want to talk about is the Real Techniques 6 Miracle Complexion Sponges (£20.99 here). In this handy set you get 6 miracle sponges, which many agree are the key to well-blended, airbrushed looks. There is the original miracle complexion sponge, plus the brand new miracle mini eraser sponges and the miracle sculpting sponge. A must have addition to any beauty fans kit! 

If you’re looking for a really luxurious Real Techniques Gift, I highly recommend buying the Bold Metals Complete Eye Essentials Set (£40 here). Inside the set you get four uniquely cut eye brushes, which give you every brush you need whether you’re creating an everyday natural look or an extreme smokey eye. Inside the box you get; 200 Oval Shadow (designed to cover the whole lid in shadow, also good for blending), 201 Pointed Crease (densely packed brush, applies eyeshadow with a smokey effect), 202 Angled Liner (designed to fit close to the lash line), the 203 Tapered Shadow (precision cut for blending shadow) and a pretty brush roll.

Gifts for the nail polish obsessed

I really feel that deborah lippmann doesn’t get enough exposure in the blogger community, her nail sets are just gorgeous! Two sets that I wanted to highlight in this gift guide are the Ice Queen 2-Piece Nail Lacquer Set* (£17 here) and the Ice Princess 2-Piece Nail Lacquer Set* (£17 here). Both sets come in pretty square boxes and they are surrounded by GLITTER! The Ice Queen set includes Lady Is A Tramp (a deep red) and The Golden Rule (a warm golden shimmer). The Ice Princess set includes La Vie En Rose (a sheer pastel pink shimmer) and Heart of Glass (an ethereal iridescent shimmer). Both sets are perfect for Christmas and all year round!

The other nail polish set that I wanted to give a mention is the Temple Spa After Dark Gift Set* (£20 here). This set was inspired by the colours of Mediterranean interiors, with three pretty nail shades to choose from. There is Opera (a lavish chocolate hue), Toccata (a rich pomegranate) and Nocturne (dark green). These polishes are quick-drying and boast a breathable formula, which provides a glossy and durable finish! 

The skincare gifts she can’t be without

Is a Christmas gift guide even a gift guide if you don’t include a REN Skincare Set* (£25 here)? This set is exclusive to M&S beauty hall and it’s a select line-up of REN’s best-selling skincare products. Each of the products is designed to leave the skin looking and feeling brighter, smoother, hydrated and healthier. Inside the pretty pastel blue box, you get: the Rosa Centifolia Cleansing Gel (50ml), the Vita Mineral Daily Supplement Moisturising Cream (50ml), the Flash Rinse 1 Minute Facial (2ml) and the V-Cense Revitalising Night Cream (15ml).

La Roche-Posay get a lot of airtime on Hope, Freedom, Love and it’s with good reason! They are one of my favourite skincare brands and I’m never disappointed by one of their products. What’s fabulous about them, is that their products basically work for everyone, which is why the La Roche Posay 3-step System Toleriane Gift Set (£22.50 here) makes such a good gift. This is a new set designed to offer immediate and long-lasting relief for all types of sensitive skin! 

If you’re looking to spend a bit more money, I highly recommend the six limited edition sets from Dermalogica. My two favourites are the Skin Health Heroes Set* (£33.10) and the Power Rescue Masque Trio* (£43.25 here). Inside the Skin Health Heroes Set you get a trio of Dermalogica’s most popular products: the Special Cleansing Gel, the Multi-Active Toner and the Hydrablur Primer for the healthiest skin ever. Saving the best to last we have the Power Rescue Masque Trio, which is the ultimate set for hungover skin! Inside the box you get a contains trio of problem-solving masques to treat multiple skin concerns: the Charcoal Rescue Masque, the MultiVitamin Power Recovery Masque and the Skin Hydrating Masque. Why not gift the lady in your life this trio so she can give multi-masking a whirl! 

Scents so you smell gorgeous all year round

Christmas is a huge season for buying scents, in fact I’m pretty sure it’s the only time of year when I actually gift fragrance. This year the team at Escentual picked out the Jimmy Choo Eau de Parfum Spray Gift Set* (£52 here) for my guide. It’s Jimmy Choo’s signature fruity-floral fragrance, it’s alluring and it’s a lovely scent for the fashion-focused -  it’s definitely a crowd pleaser! Inside the gorgeous box you get a stunning Jimmy Choo Eau de Parfum Spray (60ml) and the Jimmy Choo Perfumed Body Lotion (100ml).

The Joan Collins Timeless Beauty I Am Woman Set* (£21.52 here) is amazing if you're purchasing for someone a little older. I AM WOMAN is created by Joan Collins herself, designed to be a reflection of her personality. The top notes include: lemon, bergamot, orange, mandarin, peach nectar, whilst the heart notes are a mixture of: rose, orange blossom, jasmine, herbs, moss. The base notes are more woody with a mixture of: musk, vanilla, amber, sandalwood, cedar wood, patchouli. Inside this matte black and gold box you get two dinky bottles of Joan Collins products; the I AM WOMAN Eau de Parfum and I AM WOMAN Fragrant Essence.

Ultimate bath and body treats

If you have a lady in your life who really likes to relax and treat herself to some indulgence, these sets are for you! Let’s kick things off with the Burt’s Bees Burt’s Bag of Treats Gift Set* (£19.99 here). You get a really pretty wash bag and inside you get four great products: the gentle exfoliating Peach & Willow Bark Deep Pore Scrub, nourishing Milk & Honey Body Lotion and the classic 100% natural Beeswax Lip Balm. This is a fantastic set and it’s under £20, which I think is a great bargain! 

For an ultimate indulgence, I always turn to my friends at ESPA. Moments of Peace* (£20 here) provides exactly that – everything you need for a moment to yourself. The beautiful package includes a Soothing Candle (70g) and the stunning Soothing Body Oil (28ml). Both products are infused with nature’s ultimate unwinders – serene Frankincense and Myrrh blended with sensuous Ylang Ylang and Sandalwood. 

As always Rituals have a huge collection of bath and body gifts, they have gifts ranging from £19.50, right up to £65, so there really Is something for every budget this year! All of the gifts feel luxurious and they each look beautiful! The set I have in my gift guide this year is from The Ritual of Sakura range, which aims to restore your inner peace with a wonderful fragrance of Cherry Blossom and Rice Milk. The Ritual of Sakura Gift Set* (£19.50 here) includes such a good selection of products! Each set contains: the Foaming Shower Gel (50ml), the Body Cream (70ml), the Shampoo (70ml) and the Shower Scrub (70ml). 

Vita Liberata are one of the most talked about tanning brands in the bloggersphere, which is why I just had to feature the Vita Liberata Fabulous Glow Luxury Tan Kit* (£29.95 here). This 3-piece luxury tan arrives in the most gorgeous rose gold bag and the kit has been designed to give you everything you need for healthy, natural colour. Inside the bag you get the Fabulous Self Tanning Tinted Lotion, Body Blur and a super soft mitt for a flawless finish. 

The Wella Professionals Elements Gift Set* (£24.99 here) is a fantastic gift if you are buying for someone with a sensitive scalp. It’s a fantastic gift for girls on-the-go as you get the full sized products, plus you get minis that you can take away when you travel! Inside the cream and green box you get the Elements Shampoo (250ml + 30ml), the Elements Conditioner (200ml + 30ml) and Elements Mask (30ml), which saves you £9 on the normal RRP. All the products are designed to protect from keratin degeneration, plus they are free of sulphates, parabens and artificial colourants. 

The KORRES Almond Cherry Collection Gift Set* (£18 here) combines a shower gel and a body milk (both 200ml) in a pretty gifting both. The Almond Cherry Collection Gift Set is actually my second favourite KORRES scent and it smells just like a Bakewell tart (unsurprisingly mixing the scents of sweet Almond and fresh Cherries together). The sets retail for £18 which offer you a £3 saving on the products RRP.

I can't believe how gorgeous the Scholl Velvet Smooth Party Pedi Collection
Pack* (£69.99 here) is! They arrive in the most gorgeous box, which is covered in pink glitter! Inside the box you get everything you need for party ready feet this season! There is the iconic Velvet Smooth Electronic Foot File, the GelActiv Extreme Heels Insoles, a bottle of Nail Care Oil, plus a festive-friendly Nail Polish by NAILBERRY! 

For the last beauty gift of this whole gift guide, I wanted to talk about the Temple Spa Truffle Luxe Quartette* (£50 here), which feels like a really extravagant gift. Temple Spa say that this set can breathe new life into your skin, taking your anti-ageing routine to a whole new level. There are four products in this set: Truffle Noir (15ml), Body Truffle (50ml), Eye Truffle (5ml) and Skin Truffle (15ml). Each of the products work in harmony with each other, recharging and replenishing, targeting and treating the skin. 

A few lifestyle gift ideas

I love to end all my gift guides with a few additional lifestyle gift ideas and in my mind there is nothing better than the Scrumptious Stay – Smartbox by Buyagift* (£120 here). This arrives in a pretty square box and it grants the owner to a night of luxury. Choose from 200 decadent gourmet breaks, where you can enjoy a night in a hotel, plus enjoy a meal with your loved one.  Whether you are looking for somewhere near you or you want to travel further afield, you’ll be sure to find a break in a suitable location. 

As somebody who travels a lot, I’m always looking for ways to make it that little bit more simple, which is why I love the Cath Kidston travel accessories! I recently picked up the Cath Kidston Travel Wallet (£20 here) which pretty much has everything you could wish for in a travel accessory! It has passport and document holders, three card slots, a mini zip purse and a pen holder, all secured with a popper fastening. The other item I picked up was the Mini Dot Envelope Card Holder (£9 here), which is perfectly proportioned to house 12 cards. I thought this would be ideal for when I don’t need to carry case, but I do need all my various debit/credit cards and loyalty cards. 

The last accessory I've featured here is the River Island Mini Glitter Bag (£18 here), which I think would make a perfect NYE accessory. It's a square shoulder bag, which is covered in glitter detail, it has a zip across the top and a silver chain strap. 

The very last gift of this years gift guide is the Zoella On My Travels Gift Set* (£50 here), but it's certainly not leaving the worst to last, in fact this is one of my favourites! The gift comes in a gorgeous grey slouchy rucksack and inside there are three lovely surprises. Each of the goodies inside are from the new Zoella Lifestyle range. There is the Key to Inspiration Keyring, the Write On Point Pencil Set, plus the Topped with Cream and Sprinkles Travel Mug. I think it's such a lovely alternative gift which loads of women of all ages will love!

And breathe - I can't believe that after months of planning, that's the end of my packed gifts for her guide! I'd love to know what you think of the gifts in this guide and if you can pick a favourite, let me know what it is in the comments below! 

Friday, 25 November 2016

Last week I featured an affordable (but beautiful) advent calendar, this week I’m here with something a little more extravagant, but still hasn’t entered the realms of hideously expensive – the Marché de Noël Advent Calendar* by Paul & Joe

As soon as this arrived at my down I fell in love, it really is just beautiful! The Marché de Noël Advent Calendar arrives in a huge blue and white box, decorated with a stunning winter village illustration. There is snow, pretty buildings, fancy wooden shops and of course, as it’s Paul & Joe there are some cats thrown in for good measure. It will look so festive on your mantelpiece with all your other decorations! 

There are 24 doors on this calendar, behind 12 of the doors you will find a Marché de Noël themed illustration but behind the other 12 you will be greeted by a Paul & Joe beauty essential. I actually think this a great way to create an Advent Calendar which is affordable, but stretches the full 24 days to Christmas. The Marché de Noël Advent Calendar is designed to be a perfect gift to self, or for a loved one – giving you everything you need to create a flawless and elegant makeup look for Christmas Eve or Christmas day. Let’s take a look at what beauty gifts you’ll find inside the box… 

First of all we have the Moisturizing Foundation Primer in the shade 01 this is a pink tinted primer, which gives the skin brightness and moisture. Next we have the Lip Essence Limited in shade 001, which is a formulation of jojoba oil and shea butter to lock in moisture for the colder months. Next we have one of the beautiful Paul & Joe Pouches, which will be perfect for transporting your makeup in over Christmas. There’s a pretty Powder Blush in the shade 001 (a mix of cherry red and sweet pink), plus a pretty compact to keep it in. 

There’s a limited edition red Lipstick Limited (shade 001) plus a pretty red case to store the lipstick in – it’s a formula of White Lily Extract, Orange Flower Water and Jojoba Seed Oil. Last but not least we have the Eye Color Case Limited (in style 001) which houses four ‘cats’ which are actually pretty eyeshadows. Naturally of course you need four cats to store inside, so the last four products are Limited Edition Eye Colours in 001 (glamorous golden brown endowed with pearlescent shimmer),002 (a combination of gold pearl and silver), 003 (beige with a touch of shimmer) and 004 (spicy red hue that adds sparkle and shine).

This calendar will be a must have for Paul & Joe fans who want to add to their growing makeup collections. However, I also think this is a lovely gift for somebody who hasn’t use Paul & Joe makeup before, as they can try a huge range of their fabulous products. The Marché de Noël Advent Calendar retails for £56 here – be quick December is rapidly approaching! 
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