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My Ultimate Christmas Gift Guide!

December 19, 2016

Hi Lovelies!

It’s that time of year again eek, much as I LOVE Christmas, the shopping part can sometimes be a stressful. So to help you on with your Christmas shopping, I’ve pulled together some fantastic gifts for him, for her, for tweens and also some stocking fillers that are sure to make them smile. Enjoy!

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For Him

Ferrari Fragrance iPhone Case

What a fab idea! This stylish iPhone 6 case has a built-in perfume spray to keep your man smelling gorgeous. The case comes in either red with Ferrari Red EDT or black with 25ml of Ferrari Black. The scents can be used anytime, anywhere. Got a man who loves cars and likes to smell good- then this is the perfect gift. Available from Boots for £30.00

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Pall Mall Barbers Beard Oil

I think it’s safe to say that 2016 has been the year of the beard! Keep the bearded guy in your life happy with Pall Mall Barbers Beard Oil. Formulated with three different oils, the product targets skin and hair to transform it’s condition. Sweet Almond Oil, Jojoba oil and Vitamin E soothe, protect, moisturise and revitalise (it also smells great too!). Available from Pall Mall Barber Shops in Trafalgar Square, Fitzrovia, Westminster Bridge and Bishopsgate for £27.00

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Bulldog Beard Care Kit

As beards seem to be EVERYWHERE I thought it would be good to include a full beard care set. This gift set is from Bulldog; a mens grooming brand who I love. It contains Bulldog Original Beard Oil which works to soften and condition, Bulldog 2 in 1 Beard Shampoo and Conditioner (a total essential for any bearded fellow) and a neat branded comb. Plus the ingredients are all natural – win win. Available from Boots for £12.00

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For HER

Real Techniques Bold Metals Collection Spotlight Essentials

I am in love with this gift set, it’s perfect for any make-up addict on your Christmas list. Each set contains three premium brushes and a gorge white brush roll to store them away in. From defining eyes to covering imperfections and contouring cheeks Real Techniques have got you covered! Available from £40.00

Real Techniques Multi-Task Set

This limited edition gift set is perfect for make-up beginners looking to take things back to basics. Featuring three lovely brushes which can work in a number of versatile ways. The face brush can be used for foundation, powder or contour whilst the multi-cheek brush is great for highlighting. There’s also an exclusive multitask eye brush and panoramic case too! Available from Real Techniques for £16.41

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Microblading by Karen Betts

Although not your usual Christmas present, I had to include Microblading by Karen Betts. Not only is it the latest beauty trend but having Microblading on your brows can literally transform your face. Using a small handheld blade, Karen or one of her expert Elite team draw feather light strokes in different directions along the brows then fill the strokes with ink. The result? A pair of super-natural brows that not only compliment your complexion and face shape but are also a huge anti-ageing trick. Find out more at http://www.karenbetts.co.uk/

 

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Orla Kiely Geranium Purse Spray Gift

Packaged in a beautifully designed, reusable gift box this is a fail safe gift for the special lady in your life. The fresh white fragrance (25ml) comes presented in a gorgeous embossed bottle- perfect for taking on a night out! This fab set also comes with a mini cosmetic bag in matching Orla Kiely print. Available at John Lewis stores and online at Ocado.com for £22.00

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Lancome Paris Auda[CITY] in London Palette

The ideal gift for London-centric beauty babes! Created by Lisa Eldridge, Lancome’s Make-up Creative Director, the palette was inspired by one of my fave cities ever, London. Including 16 eyeshadows in a mixture of matt and iridescent, there seems to be a shade for every occasion. The set comes complete with a double ended brush which is great as it’s literally ready-to-go. Available at Boots and Lancome.co.uk for £42.00

Lancome L’Absolu Rouge Lipsticks

This collection was first created 25 years ago now! Over the years it’s evolved and changed with the times; I have to say the results are lovely. With 36 shades (14 new this year) to choose from, there’s no doubt a shade to suit whoever you’re buying for this Christmas. The packaging is super-luxe and the lipsticks come in a range of finishes; matt, sheer and cream. Available in a wide variety of stockists nationwide and lancome.co.uk for £25.50

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Illamasqua Chisel & Glow Gift Set

Give the gift of everlasting glow this crimbo. This gift set is perfect for creating dramatic party looks over the festive period. Complete with soothing Gel Scuplt for easy contouring, highlight heaven with Gleam Cream in Aurora and Round Buffing Brush for a superbly blended finish. This is one of three Xmas Gift Sets from Illamasqua so there’s one to suit every style of beauty queen! Available from Illamasqua for £50.00.

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Blank Canvas Master Series, Palette One

Featuring all the eye shadow a girl (or boy!) could ever desire, this nifty palette comes complete with 12 neutral shades, 11 velvety matte shades and one divine shimmery champagne highlighter shade. If creating smokey eyes is their game; this palette needs to be their gift. Also included is a vegan friendly Double Ended Tapered Crease Blender/Smudger brush ideal for blending all those great shades. Available from Blank Canvas Cosmetics for £31.50

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Fenjal Goodies

Give a little pampering indulgence this Christmas with some Swiss Spa inspired products. Fenjal Classic Creme Oil Body Wash (£4.27) to cleanse and nourish; contains natural jojoba oil. Fenjal Classic Creme Bath Oil (£8.07) to nourish and relax; contains natural plant extracts and soothing soy oil. Fenjal Classic Shower Oil (£5.49) to cleanse and moisturise; contains moisturising beauty oils with natural grape seed oil for 8 hour moisture.

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Cactus Desktop Organiser (£12) and Seriously Tropical Pineapple Pen Pot (£10) by Just Mustard

Stationary addicts will go crazy for these desk top organisers. Both cactus motifs and pineapples seem to be huge at the moment and I can see why. These nifty little storage solvers come in gorgeous bold colours. Perfect for Secret Santa gifts and at an absolute bargain too! I love the combination of the two and the fact that the cactus is magnetic (holds paper clips). Both available from Redcandy 

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Evermade Zoo Portrait Cushion in Zebra

This funky cushion certainly makes a fun, unique gift. Great for jazzing up a bedroom or sofa it’s part of a range of designer cushions by artist Yago Partal. One side is charcoal black and the other side boasts the bold design. It’s super soft and comfy so would even work well on someone’s office chair! Available from Redcandy for £32.00

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Liz Earle Botanical Beauty Icons Skincare Gift Set

If there’s a Liz Earle fan on your Christmas List they’ll go crazy for this gift set. Complete with everything you need in your daily skincare routine for beautiful youthful-looking skin. Packaged in a beautiful Christmas gift box, the set features five botanical must-haves; Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser, 2 Pure Muslin Cloths, Instant Boost Skin Tonic, Eyebright Soothing Eye Lotion, Superskin™ Eye Cream and Superskin Moisturiser with Natural Neroli. They’ve even included some fab Skin Secrets cards with a range of handy tips and tricks for great skin. Available at John Lewis for £59.00

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Dark Matter Spiced Rum

Get mixing this Christmas with Dark Matter Spiced Rum which I am proud to say comes from Scotland’s first and only purpose built rum distillery! This wonder bottle has even been awarded a Gold Medal in the 2016 Global Rum Masters. A molasses-based drink, the rum has flavours of long pepper, fresh ginger, green peppercorns and allspice giving it a warm, spicy finish (yum!). Find a stockist at Dark Matter Distillers, price £35.00

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Active Gold Collagen 10 day Programme

Give the gift of ever-lasting youth. Active Gold Collagen contains 10 x 50ml bottles of Gold Collagen which is a liquid beauty supplement. A solution designed to offer you more than just skin care, these nifty little drinks are specially formulated to promote younger, healthier looking skin, hair and nails as well as joints, muscles, bones and overall well-being (wow that was a mouthful!). Suitable for both men and women these gluten-free shots contain a whole host of important vitamins and ingredients. Buy now for the health conscious on your crimbo list! Available from Gold Collagen for £35.99

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The English Soap Company Soaps in Honey & Chamomile and Green Tea

Everyone loves gorgeously scented goodies at xmas. Try these luxury soaps for your grandparents or as stocking fillers. Created in the beautiful English countryside, The English Soap Company have been making soaps and perfumes for years; these guys mean business. You can smell the gorgeous scents through the cute wall-paper style packaging. Available from The English Soap Company for £4.95 each

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Beauty Pro Rejuvenating Collagen Mask and Brightening Collagen Mask

Sheet masks are everywhere at the moment; give beauty addicts the latest trend with one of these gorgeously packaged treats. They come pre-cut to the shape of the face and ready to apply. Using marine collagen with key vitamins, herbs and botanicals in order to help improving skin tone and complexion. Providing users with results even from one use. Available from Beauty Pro 

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Simply Argan Argan Oil

This great all rounder is perfect for use on skin, hair and lips. It contains 100% pure Argan Oil which has been tested and certified as apparently the industry is rife with imitation products! This wonder product is rich in freulic acids, eight essential fatty acids and also a very high level of vitamin E! All helping to repair damage and maintain healthy skin, hair, lips and nails. Available from Simply Argan Oil Shop for £39.00

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Dr Paw Paw

Perfect stocking filler alert! This is the UK’s first multi-purpose balm with fermented paw paw, a highly effective nourishing ingredient combined with papaya, olive oil and aloe vera oil. This can literally be used anywhere- cracked elbows, sore lips, dry skin, hands- the works. Handbag essential for all I think.. available from Dr Paw Paw for £6.95

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Sebamed Day Defence Cream & Night Intensive Cream

If there’s someone on your Christmas lift who’s always suffering with irritated, dry, sensitive skin then this product duo is for them. The Anti-Dry Day Defence Cream gives dry skin a well needed rest with a combination of active ingredients designed to replenish, soothe and balance the moisture content of the skin. The Anti-Dry Night Intensive Cream calms irritation, tension and flared-up skin. Both available from Feel Unique for £10.80

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So Eco Powder Brush and Eye Duo Brush Set

Perfect for the eco-conscious beauty babe, these two brushed are part of a range of eco-friendly make-up brushes and I’m happy to say, both are 100% responsibly and ethically sourced. The Powder Brush is great for applying and settling your face make-up whilst the Eye Duo Brush Set provides for all your eyes hadow blending needs. Both available from Sainsburys, Tescos in store and Amazon.

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Nail HQ Gel Top Coat

Nail addicts will love this super fast drying Gel top coat that seals in colour and protects against chips. Available from Superdrug for £5.99 this makes the ideal stocking filler.

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Dream to Sleep by This Works

Containing two wonder products from this fantastic range, this kit is everything you need for some well needed rest. The Deep Sleep Night Oil works by hydrating your body, healing dry patches of skin during the night. Follow with a spritz of the dreamy Deep Sleep Pillow Spray which has been clinically proven to aid a better nights sleep. It has a gorgeous scent of Lavender, Vetivert and Chamomile. Complete the ritual with the silky night mask and your giftee is sure to sleep soundly! Available from This Works  for £30.00

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For Sweet Tooths; Mcvities Biscuit Tins

Whether you’re a short bread addict, you love Mcvities Gold or you need choice with the Victoria Box; Mcvities has you well and truly covered this Christmas. These are great gifts if you’re unsure what to buy (who doesn’t like a sweet treat?!) or if you’re on a budget. The luxe-packaging and tasty treats are sure to go down well. I particularly love this Snow Globe Biscuit Tin.

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7th Heaven Pampering Heaven Pack and Face Mask Pack

Whether you opt for the Pampering Heaven Pack for perfectly polished feet or the Face Mask Pack for indulgent, relaxing face treats, these goodies are sure to go down a treat. I love the gorgeous natural scents and luxurious textures. Both come in funky gift boxes too so there’s no need for pesky wrapping. Available from 7th Heaven 

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Sail Brace UK Bracelet

This super cute unisex brand aims to encapsulate the ideals behind the joys of travelling. They aim to inspire a happy lifestyle whilst still being fashionable. Their slogan is – ‘Anchor yourself to something special’, a sweet present for a special someone. They come in a wide variety of colours and styles so there’s one to suit everyone’s tastes. Available from Sail Brace UK

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Dove Dermaspa Goodness Range

Dove has got to be a fail-safe Christmas present, I don’t know anyone who doesn’t love their products and they’re suitable for even sensitive skin. This collection in particular brings home the spa experience and is enriched with natural oils. PLUS they make amazing stocking fillers all costing under £10.00. DermaSpa Goodness Body Oil £9.99, DermaSpa Goodness Body Crème £7.90, DermaSpa Goodness Hand Crème £4.99 and DermaSpa Goodness Body Lotion £5.99. Available Nationwide.

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Cotswolds Distillery Dry Gin and Espresso Martini

Cotswolds Dry Gin is created with a look to making a ‘London Dry style with a twist’ and I have to say it certainly delivers. There’s hints of coriander, angelica root, grapefruit and lavender and juniper. A must-buy for any gin-lover or avoid cocktail maker! Strange but beautiful the Distilled Espresso Martini is colourless. The distilling process involves cold-brewing rich coffee then distilling it with wheat spirit, orange peel, coriander seed and spice blend. The result? A beautiful, energising cocktail ready to be served straight from the freezer. Both bottles, along with a range of exciting tiples are brewed right here in the UK at The Cotswolds Distillery in the Costwolds countryside. They use brand new distillation equipment but with all the traditional methods. These are top gifts for anyone who enjoys a good drink. Both available from the website – the Dry Gin is £34.95 and the Espresso Martini is £32.95

PERFECT FOR TWEENS

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Ted Baker’s Twinkling Trio

This twinkling trio come in gorgeous diamond shaped baubles and contain a 5ml Sweet Treats fragrance and nail polish. I love the idea of jazzing up your Christmas tree with these mini gifts. Each bauble has a different name; Polly, Lyla and Mia and each has a different shade/scent to match the occasion. Super Christmassy and fun for young girlie-girls, this gift set is available from Debenhams, John Lewis, Very, Amazon and Ted Baker stores costing £25.00

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