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Christmas Gift Guide | Beauty Gift Sets

Posted on December 17, 2014

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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

The Gift For Someone Who Has Everything…

Posted on December 16, 2014

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Hi Guys!

If you saw my Men’s Under £15 Gift Guide you may have noticed I included The Book of Everyone – it really is such a fantastic gift idea so I also wanted to give this book it’s own full review 🙂

 is a customisable book including fun facts and information about the recipient based on their date of birth. An it really is easy to create your own book, you just go to the site, complete a few details then go through the book page by page. Some pages are static whereas others have editable text and sections for you to upload your own images. The result is an amazingly personable, high quality book for someone you love.

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You can see I have created ‘The Book of Olive’. Olive is in fact Oliver, my other half. Whom I have always referred to as Olive since we’ve been together (what a lucky boy hey!)

I’ve ordered him a few gifts for Christmas that I know he wanted including a book about buttons (he’s a metal detectorist ok!) and a posh bottle of whiskey. He has no idea about this book though and I know he’s going to love it! And no he doesn’t read my blog so he won’t find out! 😀

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This is the deluxe edition which comes printed on fancy mohawk paper, it has padded covers (which you also choose the colour of), silk head & tails, a ribbon marker and it also comes in a soft-touch presentation box. The deluxe version also Includes a free digital version and standard mainland UK delivery.

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The Book of Everyone comes in many different options to suit different budgets. You can get a digital copy of your book for only £7.50, a softcover is £19.50, a hardcover is £29.50 and the deluxe edition is £49.50. If you’re interested in ordering The Book of Everyone as a Christmas present, get your orders in quick as last orders for softcovers to arrive in time for Christmas is today!

I hope you enjoyed my review! xxx

This post contains a sample provided for review

Christmas Gift Guide | Beauty Gadgets!

Posted on December 12, 2014

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Hi Guys!

Today’s gift guide is all about beauty gadgets! I’m a complete sucker for gadgets and gizmos, and what better gift to give (and, erm ask for maybe?) than some fantastic beauty gadgets! I’m covering hair, skincare and have even thrown in an amazing electric toothbrush that’s currently half price, so I hope you’ll find something you like 🙂

1. THX Total Hair Experts Spiralicious Bubble Wand exclusively at Tesco, £25 – This crazy looking hair wand is everything you need to create a variety of hair looks! The bubble design allows you to choose from tousled waves by wrapping hair around the bubbles, or defined spirals by wrapping hair in the grooves between the bubbles. It has a temperature setting of 210 degrees and a ceramic-coated barrel, so you can create beautiful curls while protecting your hair from heat-damage, and the extra-long length of the wand means it even works on longer hair. Thumbs up all round for this nifty product!

2.  from Lookfantastic, £99. – The Luna Mini is one of the latest gadgets on the skincare scene. You use this product for only one minute morning and night to drive away blemish-causing impurities. The Luna Mini promises to leave the skin looking clearer, brighter and healthier in just 3 days! It gives up to 8000 pulsations per minute to gently remove dead skin cells, as well as unclogging pores of 99.5% of dirt and oil, and 98.5% of makeup residue. The non porous silicone brush is super hygienic too as it resists bacteria buildup. The Luna Mini’s smooth, soft silicone touch-points glide across the skin for deep, effective facial-cleansing that’s actually gentle enough to use every day. Its travel-friendly design is also fully waterproof, lasts up to 300 uses per full charge and requires no replacement brushes. What more could a girl want!?

3.  from Lookfantastic, £49 – I’ve been using my Lucid for quite a while now with no complaints whatsoever. I’ve included this as an alternative the the Luna above, as they both effectively do the same thing. It just depends on your budget and if you’d prefer silicone or a brush head. The Magnitone Lucid has two cleansing modes for deep cleaning and also for sensitive skin, it gives 10000 pulsations per minute and is completely waterproof so you can use it whilst in the bath or shower without worrying!

4.  from Lookfantastic, £109 – If anyone mentions hair straighteners, the first brand most people will think of is ghd. They’re renowned for their superior quality electrical hair products, and the Coral Styler is up there with the best of them. Helping you to create hair styles you’ll love, the ghd V Coral Styler has been designed with vibrant hues and graduated colours to give you an exotic styler that allows you to create flawless looks. The straightening irons have been designed with contrast black plates that contain ceramic heat technology to enhance shine and versatility. Ideal for straightening, curling, or adding waves and flicks, the V Coral Styler has a rounded barrel to help you to create endless styles with ease. The Styler also has a professional length cord for flexible styling, an automatic sleep mode after 30 minutes and a coordinated heat resistant mat, so you can style your hair to perfection.

5.  from Boots, on sale at £99.99 until January 7th. Electric toothbrushes often tend to be on the expensive side so people may not necessarily be keen to run out and buy one, they are a fantastic investment though so this Panasonic toothbrush (which is currently half price) really would make an excellent Christmas gift! The new EW-DE92 model toothbrush features Ionic technology that takes care of stains and plaque, it also has a triple-edged brush and sonic vibration of 31,000 brush strokes a minute! You also get a load of extras in the box including point brush and gum massager attachments and a handy tongue cleaner. The EW-DE92 toothbrush also has four selectable brushing modes and a soft start function. This toothbrush really is the bees knees of dental hygiene, make sure you grab one while they’re on offer!

I hope you enjoyed my post! xxx

Gift Ideas For Fitness Lovers!

Posted on December 10, 2014

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Hi Guys!

Today’s gift guide is especially for fitness lovers! I’ve put together a range of products that should keep even the fussiest fitness fanatic friend, sibling or partner happy – from snazzy water bottles to trainers, and holdalls to cook books, I’ve got you covered! 😀

1. Asics Gel-Noosa Tri 9 Running Shoes from Sportshoes.com, £78.74 – These women’s running shoes are perfect for hardcore fitness addicts as they have been specifically engineered for triathlons and the Ironman competition, wow! Apart from looking amazing, these running shoes also have a list of features as long as my arm! From The Impact Guidance System to the DuoMax Support System and The EVA removable sock liner these trainers really are the bees knees of running shoes! Click on the link to read the full list of specs and you’ll see what I mean!

2. Garmin Vivofit Fitness Band from John Lewis from £59 – Garmin’s Vivofit fitness band is an easy to read device that learns your activity level and assigns a personalised daily goal to keep you motivated. It displays steps, calories and distance upon its crystal clear 25.5 x 10mm screen, and even monitors your sleep to ensure you are getting the most out of every hour of the day. As you meet your milestones, Vívofit will also adjust your goal for the next day, gradually nudging you toward a healthier lifestyle.

3. Jawbone UP24 Activity Tracking Wristband from Argos, £99.99 – UP24 is an activity and sleep tracking wristband that wirelessly connects with your iOS or Android device and your favourite fitness apps to give you helpful information to guide you in taking action to improve your health and fitness. The UP24 will help you understand more about how you sleep, move and eat. It’s always connected to your device through the use of Bluetooth Smart, and works with the UP app to deliver real time information and insights to help you understand how you sleep, move and eat. The UP Insight Engine collects the data provided by UP24 and ties it all together, helping you find connections and patterns in your daily and nightly activities and providing tips to improve your quality of life. The UP Insight Engine will suggest daily goals based on your unique patterns to help you go farther, stay hydrated and sleep better.

4.  from Very, £99 – This would make an excellent gift for the smoothie fan in your life. The NutriBullet is the perfect way to get the best from your fruit and veg as it extracts all of the vitamins and minerals, creating delicious and nutritious smoothies. It completely breaks down food, from fruit and vegetables to nuts and seeds, giving you all the nutrition and leaving nothing out. It boasts a powerful 600 watt motor combined with bullet cyclonic action which pushes everything through the turbo extractor blades to get rid of any unwanted lumps. This NutriBullet also comes with a handy nutritionalist guide and cook book so you can get lots of healthy tips and tricks.

5. Camelbak Eddy Glass Water Bottle from Wiggle.co.uk, £22.49 – The new super stylish Eddy Glass Water Bottle is naturally BPA-Free and doesn’t retain taste or odours, and with it’s grip-able silicone sleeve it is both stylish and protective. The Eddy Glass water bottle is durable, easy to carry and spill proof, and comes with a lifetime guarantee, making it a fantastic choice of gift.

6.  from Amazon, £7.49 – Mimi Spencer returns with more than 120 simple nutritious recipes to provide the definitive support system for the 5:2 diet. There are ideas here for everyone, with chapters ranging from Warming & Wonderful (comfort food for hungry days) to Lightning Quick Suppers (speed cooking for when you want to walk in the door and eat in ten minutes flat), along with a whole section devoted to substantial meals for men. Fast Cook is the perfect adjunct to the original Fast Diet Recipe Book, offering a new repertoire of really fast Fast food to help you conquer hunger and lose weight with ease.

7. , from Head’s Ebay Store, £44.99 – This is Head’s contemporary version of their classic retro St Moritz Ladies Holdall which was first introduced in the early 80’s (I actually had one of these as my school bag in peach and grey about 20 years ago!) The new version St Moritz has been brought up to date with its beautiful soft perforated PU faux leather fabric. It has one large main compartment with a double zip access, a side wet pocket which is ideal for trainers or damp towels, and a front zip pocket for smaller items. This bag is perfect for the gym, travel or whenever you’re on the go!

8. iPod Shuffle from Argos, £39 – This super mini iPod is essential for any fitness fan, it’s 2GB storage holds up to 500 songs and has 15 hours of battery life. The Apple iPod shuffle is a must have for the commute to work or in the gym – simply clip on to a belt, lapel, backpack or anything else you can think of to listen in comfort. The new iPod Shuffle also now features a voice over button giving you song, artist and battery information.

9.  from Ayurveda Pura, £33.95 – The Get Fit Kit contains everything you need to help with lose weight, detoxify the body and keep your body fit and healthy! The kit includes:

  • Chyawanprash, which is a thick brown product with a jam-type texture, it smells sweet and spicy. Chyawanprash comprises of over 35 natural ingredients such as fruits, herbs and spices, and has been used for thousands of years as an alternative medicine to revitalise the mind and body. You’re advised to take take 1-2 teaspoons twice a day.
  • Re-Energise Herbal Tea, which really smells like Christmas! (it’s the cinnamon) this helps to gently but effectively boost your energy levels, uplift your mood and remove toxins and any excess water from the body.
  • Get Fit Herbal Food Mix, this is a powder containing a selection of carefully blended super foods that you add to your tea or smoothies.
  • and Re-Energise Massage oil. Ayurveda Pura’s exclusive Massage and Shirodhara oil is infused with gentle, yet effective, herbs specially selected by our practitioners to restore (or maintain) a healthy balance. It acts to stimulate and energise the body, mind and soul. It also improves circulation and brings a warm, healthy glow to the skin.

I hope this has given you some gift inspiration! I’d love to hear what you think? xxx

Under £15 Budget & Novelty Gift Guide For Him!

Posted on December 5, 2014

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Hi Guys!

Following on from my £15 and under gift guide for her, I’ve now put together a similar version for the man in your life! Whether it’s your brother, boyfriend, Dad or even secret santa, I’ve got you covered for those smaller gifts and stocking fillers. Everything here is £15 or less and falls under the tree of novelty / fun / unusual…

  1.  from Boots, £12
  2.  by Marvling Bros, £5.99
  3. 2 Pack Navy and Red Chunky Fairisle Print Socks from New Look, £5.50
  4. Navy Fairisle Beanie Hat from Topshop, £12
  5.  from ASOS, £5.00
  6.  from ASOS, £7.50
  7.  from ASOS, £6.00
  8. Ghostbusters Mug from Truffleshuffle, £5.99
  9. Inkblot Test from Rockett St George, £11.95
  10. Undercover Tablet Sleeve from Truffle Shuffle, £9.99
  11. Khaki Faux Fur Panel Ear Flap Trapper Hat from New Look, £7.50
  12.  by thebookofeveryone.com, from £7.50 – full review to come shortly!

I’d love to hear what you think? I hope you enjoyed my post! xxx

Glorious Ted Baker Christmas Gifts!

Posted on November 27, 2014

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Hi Guys!

I can’t tell you how excited I was to find out that one of my favourite brands, Ted Baker, have brought to some awesome miniature fragrances and a brand new range of home candles and diffusers just in time for Christmas! I’ve been a massive TB fan for many years, I can’t get enough of their amazing clothing (I have a thing for digital prints) and their bags? Don’t even get me started! I’ve been very good and restricted myself to only one bag this year, the  which I save for special occasions, and I’ve also more recently tried their Mia Perfume which I love!

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Ok so let me start off with the fragrances. This ladies set contains four miniature TB fragrances in super cute 5ml bottles. Each bottle is packaged individually with a fabric tag on top so you could use them as super fancy tree baubles – I love this idea! The set of four is a very reasonable £22, or you can purchase them for £6 each individually. These mini perfumes would make excellent stocking fillers!

The four signature fragrances include –

  • XO – Sophisticated and Timeless.

    Ted’s XO fragrance is the ultimate embodiment of style. Top notes of orange blossom are combined with Gardenia Jasmine, Tuberose and base notes of powdery musk.

  • X20 – Vibrant and Passionate.

    Star Anise, Grapefruit and Sparkling Green notes are blended with a heart of Magnolia, Mirabelle Plum and Water Lily.

  • W – Beautifully Exotic.

    A charming blend of Fig Leaf Accord, White Peony and African Violet is teamed with Pink Orchid, Cassis and Raspberry and complemented with a warm Cedar and Vanilla base.

  • Woman – Floral and Spicy.

    A light, fresh fragrance with fruity top notes of Bergamot, Tangerine, Lemon, Apple, Peach and Rum. Floral and spicy extracts of Jasmine, Freesia, Rose, Ylang Ylang and Cinnamon are combined with a musky woody base of Vanilla and Vetyver.

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And I love that they also have a similar mens set available – aimed at the stylish and sophisticated fella, these minis are a slightly more generous 9ml and again come in four fragrance options. These are only available in a set of four though but are still priced at £22.

  • XO – Fresh, Green and Woody

    Designed for men who have a passion for the finer things in life. Fresh green top notes lead to a heart of aromatic woods, red berries and ginger roots, mixed with base notes of pink pepper and warm, sensual spices.

  • X20 – Spicy and Intense

    Top notes of Tangerine, Tea and Cardamom with Lavender, Rosemary Spices and Violet Leaves and a base of Black Pepper, Sandalwood and Amber.

  • Skinwear – Enticingly Aromatic

    Fresh, zesty extracts of Lime, Bergamot and Lemon are blended with notesof Rosemary, Cypress and Juniper with an enticing base of Sandalwood, Amber and Musk.

  • M –  Understated Sophistication

    Top notes of Tonka Bean, Musk and Vetiver are combined with Coriander, Amber and a rich, woody base.

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And lastly – I may have jumped up and down a little bit when I heard about Ted Baker’s brand new home fragrance collection – they have just launched a selection of fabulous candles and diffusers at John Lewis! I think my candle obsession is reaching new heights this Christmas, I have about five on the go already!

The Home fragrances are available in six different scents, with each one telling a different story and is designed to take you on a unique journey across the world. The set of candles each represent a different major city across the globe…

  • LONDON: Wild rose & leather
  • MIAMI: Star Apple & Passion Fruit
  • NEW YORK: Cedarwood & Vanilla
  • ATHENS: Fig & Olive Blossom
  • SYDNEY: Ocean Air & Sea Salt
  • TOKYO: Green Tea & Bamboo

I have the London candle, which is simply gorgeous. It’s different to any other candle I own – I think it’s the leather, but it’s a beautiful scent that will make my home smell cosy and inviting this winter. These would all make fabulous Chistmas gifts, I’ve got a couple more of the candles on my list already!

Ted Baker Home Fragrance Candles are £28 and Diffusers are £35 at John Lewis.

I hope you enjoyed my post! xxx

This post contains samples provided for review.

Under £15 Budget & Novelty Gift Guide For Her!

Posted on November 21, 2014

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Hi Guys!

I’ve got a super cute and handy gift guide for you today! Everything is £15 or under, fun and slightly unusual. If you’re looking for a gift or stocking filler for a friend or sister, I’ve got you covered for the gals in your life! I’ve included a Crazy Cat Lady bracelet for your cat loving chum, a fox head necklace for your little sister, a fashion game for your fashionable friend, a novelty bath milk for your mum, and a Lemon Curd High Tea candle for your BFF! I challenge anyone to not like these gifts!!

  1. Fox Necklace by Sugar and Vice, £15
  2.  from Urban Outfitters, £15
  3. Crazy Cat Lady Bangle by Living in La La Land, £12
  4.  from Urban Outfitters, £7.99
  5.  by Flamingo Candles, £12
  6. Vintage Toys Mug by Truffle Shuffle, £6.99
  7. Clueless Art Print – Cher. by Living in La La Land, £15
  8.  from Amazon, £6.11
  9. Kellogg’s 50’S Vintage Tuberose And Jasmine Bath Milk from Truffle Shuffle, £6.99

So what do you think? I hope you like as I’ve got plenty more gift guides up my sleeve as yet! xxx