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Christmas: The Best Beauty Stocking fillers & Tree Ornaments

Posted on December 14, 2016

Hi Guys!

Welcome to the next instalment of my Christmas gift guides! Today is all about beauty stocking fillers and tree ornaments. I’ve included a variety of products covering makeup, skincare and body care, with a range of prices starting from only a couple of pounds – with nothing over £30.00. So there should be something to suit every beauty lovers’ taste and budget. Enjoy!

Starting with one of the more high end items in this guide, the Rahua Jet Setter Hair & Body Set (£29.00) is a fantastic luxury set containing a shampoo, conditioner, shower gel and body lotion. Enriched with the label’s fortifying Amazonian Nut Oils, these four travel-friendly products will leave your hair and skin looking and feeling lustrous, strong and healthy, and they’re neatly packaged in a presentation box that’s perfect for gifting too.

And straight to the other end of the pricing spectrum, the Dirty Works Bath Bomb Set (£3.00) is perfect for those of us that are on a tight budget. This bargain set contains three large fragranced bath bombs – this is such a great bargain and a perfect stocking filler!

Dry and chapped lips can be a problem for many of us in the winter months (including myself) and one of the best as well as most affordable lip balms you can but is Carmex. This Carmex Keep Carm and Carry Bag (£12.00) would make a fantastic gift for anyone that suffers with their lips in the winter. This set contains an assortment of Carmex’s best selling lines, including a Carmex Classic Pot, Carmex Cherry Tube, Carmex Vanilla Stick, and Carmex Moisture Plus Pink.

Next we have the L’Occitane Shea Butter Festive Bauble (£10.00) – L’Occitane have SO many amazing gifts available this christmas, suitable for all budgets, and this sweet little bauble contains a selection of L’Occitane’s Shea Butter favourites, including a 30ml Ultra Rich Body Lotion, 25g Shea Butter Milk Soap, and 10ml Shea Butter Hand Cream.

For the candle fans out there, the Flamingo Candles Bah Humbug Stag Christmas Candle (£12.00) would make a fantastic stocking filler. This statement candle is made with blue wax and a gold and pastel pink acrylic stag decoration, the fragrance is a refreshing mouth-watering peppermint with soft sweet candy notes, and it also burns for an impressive 50 hours.

Next we have the Molton Brown Festive Frankincense & Allspice Bauble (£10.00) – this beautifully packaged limited edition bauble contains a spicy hand wash blended with allspice, aromatic vetiver and opulent frankincense. Perfect a luxurious secret Santa treat, stocking filler or as a little treat for yourself 🙂

Another brand worth checking out is Patisserie De Bain (from £1.00) – this budget bath and body brand offer a large range of affordable treats that a perfect for gifting (as well as stocking up on yourself) They offer hand cream, shower creme, and bath melts in a variety of sweet scents. I have the Strawberry Cupcake hand cream which smells good enough to eat!

And the Kellogg’s Bubble Bath Cracker Set (£7.99) – includes four christmas crackers with generous 50ml bottles of bubble bath inside. Scents included are Christmas Cranberry, Amazing Almond, Super Strawberry, and Very Vanilla, all presented in a festive gift box.

I love when my favourite beauty brands come up with Christmas gifts, and this Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara Ornament (£10.00) is the perfect affordable gift for any Too Faced fan. Their Better Than Sex Mascara has gained cult status for being one of the best mascaras money can buy – and it’s only £10.00 to boot!

And the Christmas Lip Smacker Coca-Cola Set (£8.00) is a sweet and fun little set that includes four lip balms with different soft-drink flavours. There’s Sprite, Fanta, Vanilla Coca-Cola and classic Coca-Cola flavours included – enough to keep one in your bag, one in the car, one at home and one at work.

Next the Bourjois ASOS Exclusive Glamour Set (£16.00) – I love Bourjois products, so when ASOS bundle them up and give you a discount too, how could I resist? This set includes some of Bourjois’ best selling products – the Rouge Edition Velvet Matte Finish in 03 Hot Pepper, Contour Clubbing Waterproof Eyeliner in Ultra Black, and Push Up Volume Glamour Mascara – everything you need for a glamorous Christmas look.

And what would Christmas gifting be without The Body Shop? The Body Shop’s Spiced Apple Collection (from £4.00) is just perfect for stocking fillers, Christmas goodie bags or secret santa gifts. I absolutely love the Spiced Apple scent, it has notes of crisp apple, warming cinnamon, orange and white flowers, and just embodies the scent of Christmas. The range includes a large selection of bath and body products such as Lip Balm, Shower Gel and Body Butter.

The Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Party Eyes Bauble (£20.00) would also make a wonderfully luxurious treat for any beauty lover. This limited edition bauble contains a mini Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Eye Liner in shade Bedroom Black and a mini Legendary Mascara.

And lastly we have the This Works Sleep Tight Bauble (£13.00) – this nifty little bauble contains three This Works mini products to help you get a restful night’s sleep. The set includes Deep sleep pillow spray (5ml), Deep sleep stress less (5ml), and Sleep plus pillow spray (5ml). I’ve used these products myself and highly recommend them.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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The Weekly Top 5 #16

Posted on August 23, 2015

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Hi Guys!

Happy Sunday! 🙂

Is it me or do the weeks just seem to be flying by really quickly at the moment? I saw someone tweet that X Factor is starting next weekend, which pretty much means it’s Christmas really doesn’t it? Crazy! Anyway, we’ve had a great couple of weeks with my brother in law and his family, they came over from Japan and for the last two weeks we’ve been having some lovely days out. Freddy’s really going to miss his cousin now they’ve gone, so I’m trying not to talk too much about them as I don’t want him to get upset.

Hopefully blogging will return to normal this week. Just from having a few days out and evening meals, I’ve found it so much harder to plan my time and fit everything in. I should have a whole load of posts coming up this week with some gorgeous new beauty products and stationery to show you.

Here’s this weeks top five –

Lemon Curd High Tea Classic Jar Candle from Flamingo Candles. This scent takes me right back to my childhood when I had a phase of having lemon curd sandwiches for breakfast! I just love the sweet smell of this candle, it’s lemony-sweet and yummy and just makes my house smell amazing. Flamingo Candles offer a massive range of scents that are really affordable, so definitely check their site out if you’re a candle fan!

17 Month Classic Florabunda Agenda from Ban.do. My amazing stationery order from Ban.do finally arrived (after some rather hefty import fees) and I think I’m in love! I’ll have the full details in a post hopefully later this week, but until then, just marvel at the beauty of my new agenda! Isn’t it pretty!

ASOS CURVE 90’s Skater Dress with High Neck from ASOS. I had a little ASOS splurge last week and bought myself some much needed new clothes. Half the items didn’t fit – thank God for free returns hey! But out of the few that did, my favourite was easily this really simple but pretty skater dress. It hugs me in the right areas, and skims over those I’d rather cover up. The colour is also much nicer than the picture, it’s more of a muted terracotta-red shade. I’m very happy with this purchase!

Nivea Double Effect Eye Makeup Remover from Boots. Considering Nivea is a massively popular brand, I haven’t actually tried many of their products at all. So I was really excited when this brand new eye makeup remove arrived on my doorstep last week. The Daily essentials Double Effective Eye Make-up Remover has a two-phase extra strength formula, including an oil phase to effectively remove even waterproof mascara and eye-make-up, and an aqueous phase to protect and care for the eye lashes, without leaving an oily residue. And it really does work! It takes my eyeliner and waterproof mascara off with minimal rubbing, and leaves my eyes feeling clean, refreshed and happy!

And lastly Pia Jewellery – I have some gorgeous pieces from Pia that I’ve been wearing this week, including this beautiful Mystic Topaz ring. Keep an eye on the blog later this week for my full post 🙂

In case you missed it –

#Bloggerbalckmail has been the talk of the week on social media, and when I say this week, it was trending on Twitter on Monday, being mentioned on Tuesday, and pretty much forgotten about by Wednesday. In case you somehow missed this and want to catch up with the drama, take a look here for my thoughts.

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Other things worth mentioning –

As a blogger, you know when you get a really exciting email and your heart skips a beat? Well I had one of those last week. A very exciting project is on the cards, it’s only in the very beginning stages right now, so watch this space!

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Five Things I’m Loving Right Now…

Posted on February 25, 2015

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Hi Guys!

I was in two minds about waiting to put together an end of month favourites, or whether to share some things that I’m currently loving today – but I thought where’s the fun in waiting!? So I’ve put together five things I’ve been really loving lately…

Flamingo Candles Rose & Marshmallow scented candle – £12.00. I LOVE Flamingo Candles, after stocking up on their winter scents in the sale – and I still have a couple of those candles left – I was completely ready for some fresh new spring scents, and then Flamingo happen to announce their brand new Spring collection, perfect timing! There are six fresh new scents availing now ranging from Raspberry & Salted Caramel to Green Apples – and I have Rose & Marshmallow, which is a beautiful light and sweet scent. I can imagine it won’t last me very long!

Lime Crime Velvetine Liquid Lipstick in Cashmere. I’ve been a big fan of Lime Crime’s Velvetines since they were released many moons ago (You can see my very old review of Pink Velvet here) Cashmere happens to be the shade on everyone’s want list at the moment though, it’s kind of a beige with a hint of grey – greige maybe? Anyway, I thought it was either going to look awesome, or give me ‘dead’ lips. Either way I really wanted it and ended up paying over the odds on ebay as it’s constantly sold out. (Also, there have been quite a few problems with Lime Crime lately, you should read about the recent hacking scandal if you haven’t already) So I wouldn’t have bought from their site anyway. So, it turns out Cashmere is actually an awesome colour, it’s really unusual and didn’t give me dead lips after all! I’ll have a full post coming up on it shortly.

Benefit Roller Lash – £19.50. Unless you’ve been living under a rock you’ll know that Roller Lash is Benefit’s latest hyped up product to hit the shelves, and I told myself I wasn’t going to buy in to the hype. I said I WOULD NOT BUY IT. But then… my family were all poorly, and on the way back from taking Fred to the out of hours doctors we stopped at the supermarket and there it was, free with Elle magazine, I was weak and in need of a treat, so I bought it. And I’m actually really glad I did. This mascara is perfect for my super short lashes, in both the formula and the size / shape of the wand, yippee! (Elle, on the other hand, was quite a let down, I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many adverts in one mag)

BD Trade Secrets Flawless Primer – £9.99. BD Trade Secrets is the brand new and re-vamped Barbara Daly range which is exclusive to Tesco. To be honest, ‘Barbara Daly’ wasn’t that appealing as a brand, but BD, along with the name has also had a formula re-vamp across the range. I’ve tried a few BD products out and so far and the stand out one for me has definitely been the Flawless Primer. It has a thick silicone gel type texture and does a fantastic job of ‘filling in’ my face and creating a super smooth makeup base.

And lastly, Pretty Honest By Sali Hughes – £14.96. I got this book for Christmas, and I’m sad to say that I’ve just been so busy, I haven’t had time to just sit down and read it properly. But the good thing about this book, is it’s super easy to pick up and read snippets and sections whenever you feel like it, which is exactly what I’ve been doing. Sali is just the most amazing beauty guru, there isn’t anything she doesn’t know and it’s all in this book. If you’re a makeup, skincare or general beauty fanatic like me, this is your bible and you need to purchase a copy now!

I’d love to hear if you’ve tried any of these products? Or what you’ve been loving lately?

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

This post contains some samples provided for review

Fantastic Stocking Fillers For All Budgets!

Posted on December 16, 2014

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Hi Guys!

I’ve got some fantastic stocking filler ideas for you today! I’ve tried to include a range of products covering beauty, skincare, hair, nails, and also candles and a couple of other extra bits. These are all products that I love and think would make fantastic gifts. I’ve also covered a range of budgets so there should be something for everyone!

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Too Faced Melted Kisses Set, £21.00 from ASOS. If you’re a regular reader you’ll know I’m a massive fan of Too Faced, and I snapped up this set of mini Melted Lipsticks as soon as I saw it for sale at ASOS. I can’t fault the Melted formula, it’s officially one of my favourite products of 2014! The full size Melted Lipsticks cost £19 which is on the expensive side, but these mini versions work out at just £5.25 each, yay!

Shimmer Shimmer Lip Colour Set, £36 from Glo & Ray. Glo and Ray are a brand I’ve just discovered this year, and I can’t recommend them enough. You may think £36 is a bit steep for three lipsticks, but this makes them a fairly reasonable £12 each which is cheaper than MAC, and they really are excellent. Click on the link to read my review and you’ll see what I mean!

Paddywax Relish Jar Candle in Gardenia Tuberose, £18.50 from Rooi.com. I’m a massive candle fan, and I love discovering new manufacturers and brands. This candle by Paddywax is a generous 275g size, it’s hand made with soy wax in a blue vintage style glass jar and has a beautiful fresh scent. The jar is so nice I think I’ll keep it when the candle is used up and use it to store my makeup brushes 🙂 The Relish Jar Candle is also available in Ocean Tide & Sea Salt, Lavender & Thyme and Salted Grapefuit.

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3x Custom Chocolate Bars, £14.95 by Chocolat Chocolat. I’m a serious chocoholic, and when I heard you can go to the Chocolat Chocolat site and customise your own chocolate bars with weird and wonderful toppings of your choice, I couldn’t resist! This is what I went for – a milk chocolate bar with caramelized pistachios, popping candy and shortcake crumble. A white chocolate bar with lavender flowers, violet petals, and silver flakes, and a milk chocolate bar with strawberry crunch balls, fudge brownie pieces, gold flakes and wording ‘I Love You’. (I’m going to give the last one to the other half) If you know someone that loves chocolate, these bars would make the perfect gift!

Antipodes Joyous Night Serum, £36.99 from Feelunique. Yes another Antipodes product! I can’t get enough of them at the moment! After trying their Manuka Honey Mask and Jubilation Hand & Body Cream I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the Joyous Protein-Rich Night Replenish Serum as it sounded like something my skin could really do with. This oil based silky serum helps repair dry and damaged skin. It restores collagen, delivers natural radiance, purifies and protects. It contains Himalayan goji to replenish protein at a cellular level, and red raspberry seed oil and New Zealand blackcurrant, which is a rich source of essential fats like gamma-linolenic acid. I’ve used this a few times now and I can tell you this serum smells beautiful and leaves my skin feeling soft and supple.

Binky Gel Effect Nail Polish in Purple, £2.95 from Binkylondon.com. Binky is definitely one of my favourite characters from Made in Chelsea (only second to Mark Francis), and on the back of the show she’s recently brought out her own range of lipsticks and nail polishes. I can’t comment on the lipsticks as I haven’t tried them but Im super impressed with this nail polish – this vibrant purple shade applies easily and lasts for ages.

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Thunderstorm Cologne Spray, £15.00 by The Library of Fragrance. If you’re looking for a slightly different fragrance gift this Christmas, The Library of Fragrance will definitely have something to tempt you. They currently have over 100 amazing and unusual fragrances to choose from, and with a spectrum covering more traditional scents such as Cherry Blossom, Jasmine and Neroli, to completely weird and wonderful ones including Moonbeam, Pizza and Wet Garden, even the fussiest fragrance fanatic will find something they’d love to try! I have Thunderstorm, which is meant to convey the smell in the air when a storm is on it’s way, and weirdly enough, it kind of does! It smells very fresh and clean, kind of like cut grass but different, slightly muddy, and ever so slightly smoky. If I close my eyes when I’m smelling my wrist, it really does evoke a feeling of impending rain, I can’t even explain it! It’s not like anything I’ve ever smelled before!

Redemption Eyeshadow Palette, £4.00 by Makeup Revolution. This palette includes twelve gorgeous nude shimmer shades that will suit pretty much all skin tones and are also really easy to wear colours. This palette should be a staple in anyones makeup bag. It’s only £4.00 too so you really can’t go wrong!

C Infusion Cleanser, £31.00 by DermaQuest. Ok so I know this is an expensive product, but Dermaquest skincare really does live up to the price tag. This C Infusion Cleanser literally is overflowing with antioxidants including Orange Stem Cells which help to slow the effects of harmful free radicals, while tightening and evening skin, and BVOSC, a potent yet gentle, stable form of vitamin C which refreshes and energises the skin. This beautiful foaming cleanser makes my skin feel amazing, it cleans and purifies without drying and leaves my skin feeling refreshed and nourished. If this is within your budget, I’d highly recommend this cleanser!

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Cute Cat Pouch, £15.00 from Rooi.com. This super cute zip pouch would make a perfect mini makeup bag for carrying essentials, or even a bag just for your brushes. The cat print and pretty floral background will appeal to a true girly girl, and I think everyone will know someone who would love to receive this as a gift!

Strawberries ‘n’ Champagne Classic Square Jar Candle, £12.00 by Flamingo Candles. Flamingo Canldes are another brand that I’ve only discovered this year. Their purse-friendly candles come in a fantastic range of scents and they’re pretty strong too! When you burn one of these candles there will be no mistaking it! Strawberries ‘n’ Champagne is super sweet with a malty champagne base, and I’d also highly recommend their Chocolate Orange Christmas Candle, it smells amazing!

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Colour Care Voluminous Spray, £18.50 from Jo Hansford. If hair’s you thing, this Voluminous Spray instantly provides long lasting volume, shine, root boost and heat protection for all hair types. This all in one wonder spray contains a host of innovative ingredients including Aquaflex XL-30 which is a styling polymer that delivers long lasting volume and root boosting technology, and Mirustyle X-HP which reduces the damaging effects of styling tools while delivering impressive style hold. This spray has worked wonders on my super fine hair, while most other products feel too heavy, this gives me volume and shine without weighing my hair down.

Blush & Contour Palette in Golden Sugar, £6.00 from Makeup Revolution. Yep another Makeup Revolution palette. I’m officially in love with this palette, you’ve got highlighters, blushers and contours in here to keep you glowing over the festive season, they’re in a selection of easy to wear shades and finishes, which also suit even the palest skin tones (i.e me!) The shades also double up as eyeshadows – oh and it’s only £6.00. Wins all round!

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And lastly I also wanted to include this amazing Personalised Large Christmas Sack, £15.00 by Mummy & Mimi. Fred has never had a Christmas sack and I just know he’s going to love this! I’m going to show it to him on Christmas eve and leave it empty under the tree, then on Christmas morning he’ll find it full of presents that Santa has brought him! I can’t wait to see his face! 😀

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I know this has been a long post so well done for making it this far! And I hope this has given you some Christmas gift inspiration! xxx

This post contains samples provided for review