December 24, 2014

merry christmas

I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and a great New Year, I will be spending my time feasting on lots of cheese and drinking more sloe gin than I probably should be doing. That and filling the entire day watching Disney films. I must now divert my attention to the mountain of presents that I've yet still to wrap, hot chocolate at the ready. 

December 21, 2014

christmas scented candles

The best part about Christmas? Festive scented candles of course. I love nothing more than drawing the curtains, turning on the fairy lights around the tree and lighting a scented candle of two. I'm usually not such a fan of cinnamon scents as a rule, but Christmas Wish by Neom has become my favourite candle as of late just because it's simply so christmassy without being too strong. I also love the little sampler candles from Yankee Candle and find they are the best way to discover new scents without investing in the huge jars. If you're after a fresh scent then check out 2ème Arrondissement by & Other Stories, or 7:e Våningen if you prefer smoky, woody fragrances. Let me know what your favourite scented candles are, I'm a complete addict so would love some suggestions.

| Neom Christmas Wish | £30
| Yankee Candle Samplers | £1.75 each

| & Other Stories 2ème Arrondissement and 7:e Våningen Candles | £17 each

December 20, 2014

the christmas gift guide | lush

I think we can all agree that nothing beats receiving a couple of Lush products under the Christmas tree, though you can usually guess that you've got some bath treats days before you open up the wrapping paper down to the yummy scents. I always stock up on a huge bottle of snow fairy shower gel each year and tend to treat myself to the Christmas eve bubble bar too. The golden wonder bath bomb (the one shaped like a present) is another one of my favourites, this would definitely make for a lovely stocking filler. I'm going to embrace my inner child soon and have a go with the snowman fun kit, let's hope he turns out half decent.

| The Christmas Penguin Bubble Bar | £3.25
| Snowman Fun Kit | £5
Santa's Lip Scrub | £5.50
| Dashing Santa Bath Bomb | £2.95
| Holly Golightly Bubble Bar | £4.75
| Golden Wonder Bath Bomb | £3.75
| Holly and Ivy Knot-Wrap | £3.25

Delivery in time for Christmas is still available on the Lush website up until 11am on 23rd December.

December 19, 2014

the christmas gift guide | last minute ideas

I had planned to split my Christmas gift guides up into four different posts but unfortunately as I've been very ill and in hospital in the lead up to the festive period I've only just managed to be well enough to put this post together. Even though it's super last minute, I hope you find it useful and that some of the ideas come in handy if you're stuck for inspiration. Most websites are still offering delivery in time for Christmas so there's no need to panic if you haven't got everything sorted yet either. 

| Korres Beautiful Blooms | £18
| Party Survival Kit | £19

Korres always have wonderful gift sets filled with both mini and full sized products, I'm yet to come across a product of theirs that I haven't absolutely loved. Check out their shower gels if you haven't already, they come in beautiful scents and are super soft on the skin too.

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| Ren Moroccan Rose Otto Gift Set | £17

If you know of anyone who loves the scent of rose then you absolutely must consider giving them this as a gift, included is a bath oil, body wash and lotion, all in mini sizes making them ideal to have a try with. 

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| Percy & Reed Voluptuous Volume | £15

I'm yet to ever try a product from Percy & Reed *shock horror* so can't wait to give this little set a go. Packaging wise, it's definitely one of the best looking sets that I've come across so far. 

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| The Body Shop Jingle Gels Sleigh | £8

I can't resist products that already come wrapped up sweetly in Christmas themed packaging, it's definitely half the charm of a gift set. The Body Shop are also making a donation to the charity War Child for every gift purchased, have a browse on their website for more information.

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| Caudalie Hand Cream Trio | £11

Who doesn't love a good hand cream? Caudalie have it covered with this box that includes not one but three different versions to find your favourite from. You could open up the set and wrap each hand cream up separately for different people and keep one back for yourself too.

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| Lanolips Artists Tin | £15

Giving the gift of skincare to help with parched and dry skin in the wintertime tends to be my line of thinking when it comes to Christmas time, this little tin by Lanolips includes two products to do just that; a multipurpose balm and an intense hand balm for protection and hydration to comfort very dry hands.

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| Tweezerman Holly Mirror and Tweezer Duo | £24

Being an absolute sucker for pretty packaging and also a firm fan of Tweezerman, I swooned big time when this arrived through my door. The zoomy mirrors are super handy and mean that you can get precise as possible with plucking and they're great to help with eyeliner application too. 

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| Bare Minerals Kissing Booth | £24

I'm not typically a gloss girl but love the look of this set from Bare Minerals, it includes pretty much every shade of gloss that you should ever desire all in mini sizes. 

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| Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Crayon Set | £16

This Soap & Glory set is a great alternative to the Nars Lip Pencil Coffret that I featured in my previous gift guide. Included are bright pink, baby pink and berry shades that are all full sized and would be a lovely addition to anyone's lip product collection. 
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| & Other Stories Fragrance | £26 each

I'm absolutely obsessed with these scents from & other stories, Punk Bouquet being my favourite of the bunch. They are all individual to anything else you can find in a perfume shop by mainstream brands and have their own unique flare, making them the perfect alternative gift. 

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| Burt's Bees a Bit of Burt's Bees | £6
| The Collectable Decoration | £6

A little set from Burt's Bees makes an idea stocking filler for any beauty lover, there's not a person around who won't be in need of a good lip balm and cuticle cream around this cold time of year. 

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I have another Christmas themed post or two coming up in the next few days, keep a look out!

December 01, 2014

party season prep | smooth legs

With party season just around the corner, I thought that I'd put together a series of blog posts including a few tips and tricks along with my favourite products to make sure you're looking fabulous come Christmas time. At this time of year I think you will all know what I mean when I say that shaving can tend to go a little downhill, without tanned legs and denim shorts on a hot beach there seems to be not so much need for perfect pins. The time soon comes when enough is enough and it's time to shine with beautiful legs once again and this time paired with a little black dress or a sparkly sequinned number. 

I've always preferred Wilkinson over any other brand when it comes to shaving, I find the razors to give the closest shave and that they also last much longer before needing replacing. The bikini version is genius too, it comes with a regular razor on one end and an electric trimmer on the other for that area. It's one of those products that you soon start to wonder how you ever lived without it before. If you struggle with super sensitive skin and find that shaving can often leave your skin feeling dry and damaged then give the sensitive care version a go, it's enriched with Aloe and Vitamin E so will truly take care of your skin.  

All of the products mentioned above are currently half price at both Superdrug and Boots in store and online, making it the best time of all to stock up. 

Quattro for Women Razor | £3.48 (was £6.99)
Quattro for Women Bikini Razor | £5.48 (was £10.99)