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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

This post contains press samples

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas from Kate Spade at Amara

Posted on March 2, 2016

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Hi Guys!

Mother’s day is just around the corner now, and I have some gorgeous Kate Spade gift ideas from luxury lifestyle company Amara to share with you today.

If you’re unfamiliar with Kate Spade New York, you really need to click on the link above and see what you’re missing! To sum up the brand – Kate Spade is where crisp colour and graphic prints collide with playful sophistication. It’s aesthetic is luxury crossed with quirky – which is my idea of heaven! They have a massive range of products too, covering clothing, jewellery, bags, stationery, home accessories, bedding and gifts.

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When it comes to gifting, luxury stationery is always going to be a winner – and Kate Spade produce some of the most beautiful stationery products money can buy.

This Favourite Things Spiral Notebook is just wonderful, and would make the perfect gift for any stationery fan. It comes in two sizes (this is the smaller one) and I love that it’s just so colourful and fun, featuring painterly bright objects on the front, including a flamingo, ladybird and a pineapple.

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If you’re looking for something slightly more unusual, what about this lovely A Stroke of Genius Pencil Cup? It’s made of high quality thick acrylic, and features a high shine gold base – you can just see engraved in the inside at the bottom it says ‘a stroke of genius’ – this is such a fun and quirky touch!

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And lastly, how awesome is this Eat Cake for Breakfast Mug? Mum’s definitely deserve cake for breakfast on Mother’s day (I may have to make a few hints myself about this) and this mug is bright, cute and colourful, and I think anyone would love it.

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I really can’t get enough of Kate Spade products right now – I may have to treat myself to a purse or bag next! (or maybe some more stationery?) I’d love to hear if you’re a fan?

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

This post contains press samples

Sponsored: Littlewoods Under £10 Last Minute Gift Guide

Posted on December 18, 2015

Hi Guys!

You MUST have seen all the fantastic Chrsitmas adverts by now? I’m sure they get better every year! Well today’s post is brought to you in collaboration with Littlewoods – and you can check out their advert below, featuring the lovely Myleen Klass if you haven’t seen it yet –

Littlewoods have an absolutely massive range of gifts available for all the family, so I thought I’d use this opportunity to put together a little budget gift guide for you. I remember the days when ‘last minute’ gift buying meant 10pm on Christmas eve? Come on, we’ve all been there! Well not any more! According to pretty much everywhere, we’re already in ‘last minute’ territory, and it’s only just the middle of December. So if you’re on a budget and you’re still in need of gifts or stocking fillers for anyone in the family, I’ve included a few of my favourites below that are all £10 or less – there’s even a MAC makeover and photoshoot in there for just a tenner, what a bargain!

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  • Myleene Klass Signature Red Collection, now £8.99
  • Nandos Rack Em Up – 2 Sauce Rack, now £10.00
  • Name a Star, now £9.00
  • Great British Ales Selection, now £10.00
  • Dove Men+Care Daily Care Duo Gift Pack, now £6.99
  • Blossom Hill Rose Girls Night In, now £8.00
  • Neon Candy Mini Pamper Box, now £8.00
  • MAC Makeover & Photoshoot Session, now £10.00

You can shop all of these fantastic bargains in Littlewoods’ Last Miniute Offers page here, and feel free to share your Christmas stories on Twitter using hashtag #MakeTheirChristmas.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

This post is sponsored by Littlewoods.

Valentine’s Gift Guide For Her

Posted on February 13, 2015

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Hi Guys!

Following on from my Valentine’s Bright Lips post, I also have another Valentine’s post for you – this time it’s a gift guide! I’m hoping this will give you gift ideas to give and receive, and cover a wide variety of budgets to suit everyone. Enjoy xx

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Arran Aromatics Stargazer Valentine’s Candle – £20 from Arran Aromatics

It’s only over the last year or so that I’ve really gotten into candles. I have one burning most evenings and I just love how they fragrance my home. I have to say I don’t think I’d bother using a candle unless it was scented now. I’ve come across some really lovely fragrances and one that goes to the top of my list is definitely this Valentine’s limited edition Stargazer candle from Arran Aromatics.

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Love Ring – £15 from Zara Taylor

This super cute Love ring comes in gold, rose gold and silver plate, and it also has a small gap at the back to fit a variety of finger sizes. I should mention this ring is on the small size without being opened up or pushed closed, it fits my ring finger which is a UK I / J. This is such a pretty ring and would make a lovely token gift.

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Bunny cotton wool dispenser – £9.99 from truffleshuffle

I really love gifts that are different, fun and unusual. Yes I’d quite like a nice bunch of flowers and maybe some chocs for V day, but a ceramic bunny cotton wool dispenser where the cotton wool balls make up the bunny’s tail? Yes please! It’s not something you’d automatically think of but it’s definitely bound to raise a smile – this will be living on my desk from now on!

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NYX Love in Paris Palette in Let Them Eat Cake – £10 from NYX Cosmetics

NYX are a fairly new brand to me, I love their Matte lipsticks and I’ve also started using their Butter glosses, which I’ll be posting about soon. This super cute Love in Paris palette contains nine flattering, easy to wear shades, and it’s also the perfect compact size to fit in your makeup bag.

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Deborah Lipmann Nail Polish in Chantilly Lace – £16 from Harrods.

If you’re looking for a slightly more subtle gift for Valentine’s, this beautiful polish from Deborah Lipmann’s Whisper collection should do the trick. Chantilly Lace is just the prettiest shade of barely there baby pink, with an iridescent pink shimmer that looks beautiful when it catches the light.

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007 Fragrance for Women – £24.50 from The Fragrance Shop

Ok I’l admit it, I’m not a James Bond fan, he just doesn’t do it for me. Perfume on the other hand though, yes please! 007 for Women is a brand new fragrance that supposedly captures the heady power of the Bond Woman. I’m not sure about that but I can tell you I LOVE this perfume. It’s fruity, but also floral, with black vanilla, white musk and cedarwood, and it’s just me to a T. If you like more intense, seductive evening scents, this will definitely be for you too.

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Mini Rose Gold Horseshoe Necklace – £42.00 by Gemma J at Jewel Street

I’m a massive fan of rose gold jewellery, and this beautiful horseshoe necklace would go down a treat as the perfect gift for Valentines day. A dainty horseshoe, a symbol of good luck, hangs from a pretty fine rose gold chain – and this would also look gorgeous layered with other necklaces.

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Ted Baker Faked To Perfection Artificial Nails – £8.00 from Boots

Ted Baker gifts are EVERYTHING and these nails really are faked to perfection. With a modern, easy to wear short nail length and slightly squared off tip, these falsies are just perfect for prettying up your digits this Valentine’s day. The baby pink nail colour with metallic rose gold tips are so Ted Baker – just team them with a TB bag and prepare to dazzle!

So there we have it! I hope this post has given you some inspiration whether your buying or receiving this Valentine’s day 🙂

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

This post contains some samples provided for review

Alternative Gift Ideas From Flamingo Gifts

Posted on January 21, 2015

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Hi Guys!

With the impending holidays (I use that term very loosely) of Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day, those that are organised will probably start thinking about gifts any time now. What to buy your partner / mother / friend / pet? And today I’ve got some gorgeous alternative gift ideas to share with you from the fabulous Flamingo Gifts.

Flamingo sell the famous Falmingo Candles,of which I’m a big fan, as well as a massive range of gifts, including some fantastic famous brands such as Ted Baker, Orla Kiely and Hello Kitty.

One of my favourite items on the whole site has to be the You’re Magic Makeup Bag by Hazel Nicholls (above). This super fun little makeup bag is made of durable cream canvas, with neon pink stitching, and a neon and black ‘You’re Magic!’ motif. This is such a fun alternative to the standard plain or floral makeup bags that are found everywhere!

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A fab gift for Mother’s Day would be this beautiful Opulent Bloom Travel Jewellery Roll by Ted Baker. If you’re a regular reader you’ll be aware of my love for Ted Baker gifts, and this Jewellery roll is no exception. It has a wipe clean finish with Ted Baker’s signature rose gold hard wear, in the form of zipped sections on the inside, and in the centre there’s even a separate zipped case (that looks very much like like a slim pencil case) which is fixed on with poppers, so it can be used separately if you wish. If you like to travel in style I’d highly recommend this to keep your precious things safe.

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And lastly, the most fun and quirky item of the lot, the Pen Orgy Pencil Case by Happy Jackson. I’d never heard of Happy Jackson before but after seeing this pencil case it’s officially one of my favourite brands. If, like me you have a bit of a naughty sense of humour, this will definitely appeal! You can also purchase notebooks, bags and lunch boxes for the same range which all have cute, funny and witty quotes.

I hope this has given you some gift inspiration! Don’t forget to check out Flamingo Gifts for oodles of gift ideas for all occasions! xxx

This post contains samples provided for review

Gift Idea – Penhaligon’s Samarkand Classic Candle

Posted on December 17, 2014

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Hi Guys!

You know I love a good candle, and I’m a big fan of more niche scents and brands too, so today I’m really excited to let you know all about the newest addition to my collection – the Penhaligon’s Samarkand Classic Candle.

Penhaligon’s have been on my radar for a while but I hadn’t had the pleasure of trying out any of their products until now. I started reading on their site to learn a bit more about the company and the first thing that I read really struck me – We strive to create original scents for the discerning eccentrics of today.

This statement is just perfection to me! It’s pretty much my aim in life to be eccentric – I want to be a cross between Lord Bath, Russell Brand and Lady Gaga! Does that sound a bit odd? I hope so! 😀

I was going to throw in a few more quotes about Penhaligon’s, but if you’re interested, have a read here to learn more about the history behind the company, I’d definitely recommend it.

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Anyway, onto the candle! The Samarkand candle is in fact the official scent of London Fashion Week for Spring / Summer 2015 which is rather exciting. The scent is described as an exotic oriental awash with sweet flowers, spices and wood, and it was inspired by the ancient city of Samarkand, one of the oldest cities in the world. The Samarkand fragrance combines clove, jasmine and lily on a warm base of sandalwood & vanilla, and it really is a beautiful scent. It’s also worth mentioning that Penhaligon’s luxurious hand blended candles are packed with essential oils, made with a naturally derived soy wax and also feature a cotton braided wick for a clean & smoke free burn.

I’m thrilled with the Samarkand candle, and now I can’t wait to try out some more Penhaligon’s products, I’ve got my eye on a few of their fragrances and bath oils next!

The Samarkand Classic Candle is £32.00, and the Brighton Collection Matches which are also pictured are £30.00.

I hope you enjoyed my post! I’d love to hear if you’ve tried anything from Penhaligons? xxx

This post contains a sample provided for review

Christmas Gift Guide | Beauty Gift Sets

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Hi Guys!

Today I have the big daddy of gift guides for you – this is the beauty gift sets guide! There isn’t a girl in the world who would say no to a Christmas gift set – there’s something lovely about opening a special set or collection on Christmas morning, that you know someone has thought about and chosen just for you. Gift sets aren’t really something you’d buy yourself (except for in the sales maybe!?) so it really is exciting to find someone has been thoughtful enough to treat you at Christmas. So whether it’s for someone else or even yourself, I’ve included a variety of brands and products, covering skincare, bathing, fragrances and even feet so hopefully there’s something for everyone!

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Limited Edition Gift Set For Her* £49 by Molton Brown.

This luxurious gift set features £56 worth of some of Molton Brown’s best loved winter blends. Including large 300ml bottles of Pink Pepperpod and Ylang-Ylang Body Wash, and 100ml bottles of Pink Pepperpod Nourishing Body Lotion and Ylang-Ylang Nourishing Nourishing Body Lotion. The set comes beautifully gift wrapped, ready to be given or received. I’m brand new to Molton Brown and I’ve officially been converted! Pink Pepperpod is definitely my bath scent of choice going forward this winter 🙂

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Emjoi MICRO Pedi 11 Piece Gift Set* £49.99 by Micro Pedi.

This Micro Pedi Eleven Piece set contains everything you need to get beautiful feet. The Emjoi Micro pedi safely removes rough of skin in seconds, leaving your feet beautifully soft, and the set also contains an extra coarse micro-mineral roller, ultra finishing foot cream, mani / pedi kit with five interchangeable attachments, nail scissors, nail clippers, toe separators and a nail brush. The only thing missing is some nail polish! Carry on reading as I’ve included a lovely polish set to accompany this one perfectly!

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The Innovation Collection* £90 by ARK Skincare.

This gift set really is indulgence at it’s best. ARK’s Innovation Collection contains two luxury products – firstly the Regenerating Skin Defence 50ml – this is a serum that utilises advanced plant stem-cell technology to repair and regenerate skin cells, to reveal brighter and younger looking skin. Alpine Rose Leaf Stem Cells protect against environmental stress and boost epidermal regeneration, Camelina Oil improves skin elasticity and suppleness, Vitamins C, E and B3 are anti-inflammatory, reducing redness and increasing smoothness and Hyaluronic Acid plumps and intensely moisturises to increase firmness. This super serum defends against the effects of ageing and environmental stress whilst stimulating skin repair. It creates a silky skin feel and blurs fine lines and wrinkles for a soft-focus finish, and over time skin becomes firmer and more supple.

There’s also a 30ml SPF30 Primer in the box, this skin-perfecting daily defence primer is packed with beneficial ingredients to protect and hydrate skin. It contains Vitamin E which is an amazing antioxidant, Shea Butter to nourish and protect from free radicals and Sunflower. This primer creates the perfect base for your makeup whilst providing clinically-proven skin benefits, and defending against UVA and UVB rays to prevent sun damage and premature ageing.

If this set sounds good to you, it’s definitely worth snapping it up as you save an impressive £16 compared to if you purchased the same products individually!

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Patisserie de Bain Bath Fancies* £10 from Beauty Naturals.

This super sweet gift set contains three hand made fragrant bath melts in a pretty pink patisserie box. Inspired by the traditional French patisserie & handmade in Yorkshire, these dainty little bath melts are made entirely from natural ingredients & scented with pure essential oils, they really do look good enough to eat! Just throw the melt in the bath where it will dissolve and sparkle gently whilst releasing moisturising shea & cocoa butter to soften the skin, and fragrant essential oils to give a lovely fragrance to your bath. This would make a great secret santa gift!

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2ml Perfume Sample Set* £29.95 by St Kitts Herbery.

If you’re on the hunt for something a little different to the off the shelf brand names this Christmas, this sample fragrance set from St Kitt’s could be just what you’re looking for. The set includes all ten of their fabulous fragrances in 2ml spray bottles, it’s a great way to try them all and find out which your favourite is! Included fragrances are; Bergamot, Mist, Colonial, Summer Rose, Patchouli, Geranium, Moonlight, Violet, Rose Maroc, and Black Rose.

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Christmas Trio Nail Polish Set* £29 by Cetuem.

This lovely little set contains three fantastic shades to create fabulous festive nails this party season! The polishes don’t have shade names but there is a beautiful deep red, a topcoat that contains holographic silver strips suspended in a clear polish, and a fine red glitter polish. The red glitter looks amazing on top of the red polish, and the holo top coat would be perfect for a statement nail!

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Pure Rose Indulgence Gift Set* £29 by Elemis.

Elemis are one of my favourite skincare brands, and this set of mini sized products would make a fantastic gift for a long term fan like me, but it would also be the perfect gift for someone new to the brand so they can try out a selection of products. The Pure Rose Indulgence Gift Set includes a 60ml bottle of new jasmine and rose milk bath, a 20ml tub of pro-collagen cleansing balm, a 15ml tube of gentle rose exfoliator, and a 14 day packet of cellular recovery skin bliss capsules. The set contains active fragrances to relax, soothe and boost face, body and mind, and the products are presented in a beautifully stylish box, making this the ideal gift for someone special this Christmas.

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And before I forget, I also wanted to mention my awesome new battery powered Star Lights from LED Hut! These are so handy simply because there’s no plug, you can just put them wherever you like!

I hope that’s given you some gifting inspiration, or maybe your Christmas list has just grown a little bit longer? I hope you enjoyed my post! xxx