Wednesday, 23 December 2015

FOR ALL YOU LAST MINUTE SHOPPERS | LAST MINUTE GIFT IDEAS

I'm pretty sure I'm not the only person whose had a crazy moment on Christmas Eve when realising there is one person that you've forgotten to buy presents for! No, just me? If this is you too, or your that person who leaves all their Christmas present buying until Christmas Eve, I've got some ideas that may just help you out a little.

I thought I would put together some quick, easy, Christmas gift ideas for when your rushing around not sure what to get someone.

Somewhere like Boots is great for gift sets, not only are they 3 for 2 but there is a huge choice of fragrance sets, skin care, make up, kids toys ect. I've picked up this Champneys Bathing Basket Collection and then added in some extra bits and pieces such as some hand cream and face mask to make a relaxation/home spa hamper. Everyone loves a good pamper and putting a set together like this will make it look like you've gone all out!


I saw these really cute hot chocolate jars on Pinterest, they're super easy and cheap to make. These sorts of jars are everywhere at minute, you can get them super cheap at Ikea or even the pound shop! Just buy some hot chocolate powder, marshmallows and ribbon and your done. You could always add a personalised gift tag to make it more personal too - everyone loves a personalised gift.

I always think that buying skincare is such a great gift. We all know skincare is important but not all of us like spending money on it, or we stick to products/brands that we like. I think skincare gifts are brilliant for introducing people to new brands and products that they may not have tried before or, if someone likes a product but it may be a little out of their budget. To celebrate 20 years of Liz Earl, the brand have brought out some beautiful Christmas gift sets like this Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser Christmas Edition set*. For £20.75, you get this beautifully decorated tin which contains the extremely popular Cleanse and Polish Cleanser (150ml) and 2 pure muslin cloths. 

Finally, candles. Everyone loves candles right? You can't go wrong with a beautiful scented candle. I picked up this gorgeous Ocean Mist candle from Boots, I can't find this exact one online but they have a similar one here


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Friday, 11 December 2015

SIMPLE FESTIVE NAILS | CIATE STAR STRUCK

I am currently obsessed with this Ciate Nail Polish in Star Struck! It is such a beautiful colour! It pretty much goes with every colour of nail varnish I own, it's super festive and super sparkly! 

Here I partnered up this beauty with the Barry M Speedy Quick Dry nail varnish in Lap of Honour (review on this nail varnish here). I wanted to go for something quite simple but still festive and pretty. 
There are all sorts of colours reflective in this glitter polish - pink, blue, orange, green, gold. It's very mermaid-esque. I really like that you can build this glitter polish up to be super glittery like I did here or you can just brush a small amount for a subtle thin layering of glitter (that's my next plan and on all fingers too).

I think this is the first Ciate nail polish I've ever tried, Do  you have any favourites or recommendations?
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Wednesday, 9 December 2015

BIRCHBOX | DECEMBER 2015

Just like me, Birchbox are clearly in a festive mood this month. Instead of a box, Birchbox are delivering December's goodies in this extremely festive clutch bag. I was really hoping that December's box (or bag?) would be festive, and it kind of is. With more of a nod towards the party season, it has the essentials for getting glammed up as well as the day after spent recovering from the late night and if you're anything like me, the large amount of alcohol that you consumed. Yes, I did spend two days in bed recovering from my work Christmas party last weekend.
In my little clutch bag was a very beautiful Ciate Mini Nail Polish in Star Struck which I am so excited to try out! There are also samples of the Benefit Puff Off eye gel and They're Real Push-Up Liner. I personally don't like the liner, I tried it when it came out and thought it was awful. One of the benefit consultants even put it on me during an event and the product was that crap she gave me two wings on one eye (not on purpose either). It was horrendous. There is also an Eyeko Fat Eye Stick in Gilt which is an odd shade to describe. It's sort of gold/khaki with a brown undertone and gold sparkle in. It's a very beautiful colour and would look gorgeous on top of a brown smokey eye.
Now for the pamper treats, Rituals foaming shower gels are my favourite, they're like rubbing cotton wool all over you, so soft! So I was mega excited when I saw I have a sample of the T'ai Chi foaming shower gel. I always reach for a face mask when feeling a bit worse for wear, inside there was a Travelmate Sheet Mask. I'm looking forward to giving this a go, it sounds super moisturising. Finally, there was a Grab and Go Ponytail Holder. Not much to say on this really, it's a hair bobble.

I've been a little disappointed with the previous Birchbox's I've received. I see other peoples and they seem to have products I would actually use. This month's however I seem to have had a good range of products I would actually try and know I will love. I'll see what the new year brings before I make my mind up about cancelling my subscription...
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