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My Top 10 Christmas Tree Beauty Baubles!

Posted on November 6, 2015

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Hi Guys!

I know I know, I’ve been going on a bit about Christmas this week, but I can’t help but get excited when there’s so many gorgeous beauty offerings available this year!

I’ve already put together a  and another one especially for all the Candle Advent Calendars, but what about all the other fantastic gifty things, sets and special Christmas products that are available? Well I have a whole load of posts planned for you, and I thought I’d cheer up your Friday with a selection of beauty Christmas tree baubles!

1. Molton Brown Eucalyptus Festive Bauble (£10.00) – Molton Brown is easily one of my favourite bath product brands, and now you can adorn your tree with their limited edition festive baubles. There are eight options available filled with some of their most popular fragrance washes.

2.  (£5.00) – Another limited edition product, this sweet little hanging pack contains a mini lip bullet, that twists up to give precise application with no need to sharpen. This soft blendable formula gives a dewy cream finish and vivid colour. This is the perfect gift for Topshop make-up fans!

3. Liz Earle Glossy Nails Gift in Knockout (£9.00) – Red is the shade of the season, so this Liz Earle Strengthening Nail Colour in Knockout should make any nail polish lover a happy bunny this Christmas. The polish lasts up to 12 days and helps to strengthen and protect nails during wear. (Available in three shades)

4. Ciate Paint Pot Duo to Go (£10.00) – This gorgeous nail duo includes mini paint pots of Tinsel Town and Members Only shades. Wear the colours alone, or layered together for a sparkling party look!

5. Boots No7 Star Bauble (£6.00) – On the theme of nail polish, the Boot’s No7 Star is perfect for those on a budget. It’s only £6.00 and opens up to reveal a 10ml Stay Perfect nail polish in Milan.

6. GHOST The Fragrance Bauble (£5.00) – Any fragrance fan would be delighted with this GHOST fragrance bauble. The floral fragrance starts with fresh flowers which is followed by an enveloping wave of vanilla and the warmth of amber, sandalwood and musk. It includes 5ml of GHOST The Fragrance.

7. Caudalie Divine Oil Christmas Bauble (£8.00) – Caudalie’s award-winning Divine Oil now comes in a perfect stocking filler size this season. This multi-use, luxurious dry oil moisturises, nourishes & enhances thanks to its unique formula made with exceptional blend of 4 oils, combined with the patented anti-oxidant Polyphenols.

8.  (£29.00) – Guys take note, pick this set up for your lady and you’ll be getting some serious brownie points this Christmas! Charlotte Tilbury’s Mini Lipstick Charms set contains three universal K.I.S.S.I.N.G shades – the dreamy Penelope Pink, pretty pink Bitch Perfect and iconic So Marilyn red. I’d be very happy indeed to find these hanging on my Christmas tree!

9.  (£24.00) – What is Christmas for beauty lovers without Jo Malone!? This smart little box that opens to reveal an English Pear & Freesia Cologne (9ml) and a Nectarine Blossom Honey Body Crème (15ml) Wrapped and ready to hang for a best-dressed Christmas.

10. Ted Baker Mini Golden Treasure Limited Edition (£4.00) – And lastly, I had to include Ted Baker, the king of gifting. Ted’s gift sets are always to die for, and this dinky little tree ornament is no exception. This limited edition gift contains a Shimmer Body Soufflé 50ml, which is perfect for making your skin look and feel gorgeous!

Now if I had my way, I know what I’d be decorating my Christmas tree with this year! 🙂

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

The Body Shop Christmas Gift Collection

Posted on November 4, 2015

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Hi Guys!

It’s time to get excited – Christmas has now officially landed at The Body Shop!!

There’s just something about the Body Shop’s Christmas products the brings about a sense of homeliness and nostalgia for me. I recall vague memories of giving and receiving The Body Shop mini sets with my friends as a pre-teen (I say vague because I can’t for the life of me remember which ones they were) and smelling their sweet, fruity products just takes me right back – and I love it.

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So The Body Shop’s Christmas collection is massive, as always. And I have only a very small selection of products to show you today – so make sure you check their site out to see the full collection!

I have to start by telling you about the amazing  (£17.00) you can see the awesome plum shaped tin above, which contains four mini Frosted Plum bath products. I love the novelty factor of the giant plum tin – and the fact that it’s re-useable and perfect for storing bits and pieces after you’ve used up the products.

The products include –

  • Frosted Plum Shower Gel 60ml
  • Frosted Plum Shimmer Lotion 60ml
  • Frosted Plum Body Butter 50ml
  • Frosted Plum Sugar Scrub 50ml

The Frosted Plum scent is just everything, it encompasses the essence of The Body Shop, Christmas, and fun all in one for me! This is definitely a must have for any Body Shop fans.

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Next we have the  (£12.00) – which look good enough to eat!

Each jar contains 10 fizzing cubes scented with a refreshingly juicy scent, with notes of cranberry, pomegranate and red berries – a perfect treat for the season of indulgence!

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The  (£8.50) smells of delicious sweet apple, and unfortunately my camera couldn’t manage to focus on the amazing shimmery liquid. You can get an idea of what it looks like though!

This lovely mist gives your skin the slightest hint of shimmer, with a lovely sweet fruity apple scent, including notes of fresh green apple, vanilla and candyfloss. It contains apple seed oil from the Italian Alps, and Community Fair Trade aloe vera.

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And lastly, what’s a Christmas party without a dose of all head to toe body sparkle? This product is simply called The Sparkler (£14.00) – it has a fantastic retro style air pump so you can easily spritz yourself with the micro fine gold shimmer mist. This is also available in silver and can be used on both the body and hair.

So if this little lot isn’t making you feel Christmassy yet, I don’t know what will! And as expected, these products are all I’d hoped for from The Body Shop and more. Please do check out their whole Christmas collection for fun, affordable and fantastic Christmas gifts.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Every Single Candle Advent Calendar for Christmas 2015

Posted on November 3, 2015

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Hi Guys!

Following on from my  post, I thought rather than add all the candle based advent calendars to that post – which is really long already, and candles don’t technically fall under the category of beauty – I’ve put together a round up of all the candle based advent calendars I could find. Enjoy!

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  • What: Diptyque Advent Calendar
  • How much: £250.00
  • When & where: From mid November at

Diptyque have really pulled out all the stops for their first ever advent calendar. A must for all Diptyque fans, this calendar is the epitome of luxury offering a selection of mini candles, 10ml EDT fragrances, body butter, precious oils, and one large candle. I am obsessed with candles at the moment, so this really is top of my Christmas list!

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  • What: Yankee Candle Reindeer Carousel Advent Calendar
  • How much: £31.99
  • When & where: Available now from Yankee Candle

Any candle fan will know of Yankee. Creating fantastic affordable candles, they are the one stop shop for seasonal home fragrances. Their Reindeer Carousel Advent Calendar is one of three advent offerings for Christmas 2015, with every day revealing a tealight or votive candle in one of 8 seasonal scents, perfect for the festive season.

Fragrances included are: Bundle Up, Candy Cane Lane, Icicles, Spiced Orange, Snowflake Cookie and Winter Glow Tealights, as well as a Berry Trifle, Bundle Up, Cosy By the Fire and Winter Glow Votives.

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  • What: Yankee Candle Advent House in the Snow
  • How much: £27.99
  • When & where: Available now from Yankee Candle

Yankee’s next fabulous calendar, the Advent House in the Snow includes a tealight candle in one of seven seasonal scents, including an extra treat on day 24.

Fragrances included are: Bundle Up, Candy Cane Lane, Icicles, Spiced Orange, Snowflake Cookie and Winter Glow Tealights and Christrmas Eve Votive.

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  • What: Yankee Candle Advent Calendar
  • How much: £24.99
  • When & where: Available now from Yankee Candle

And lastly the most affordable Yankee Candle advent calendar. This one contains 23 x tealights and one votive candle.

candywick advent calendar

    • What: Candywick Advent Calendar / Gift Box
    • How much: £24.99
    • When & where: Available now from Candywick

If you fancy something a little different from Yankee, what about the Candywick calendar? This contains a full set of 25 Candywick Scented tarts from their Christmas range, with a few wild cards thrown in. You can choose one of two options, the Advent Gift box, with each tart individually wrapped in candy stripe paper and individually numbered. A lovely treat, with a fresh tart for each day of December. They also have a Gift Box option, which contains the same beautiful fragranced tarts, minus the wrapping and numbers, perfect to give as a gift to someone special or even as a treat for yourself.

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  • What: Busy Bee Candles Advent Calendar
  • How much: £19.95
  • When & where: Available now from 

And lastly if you’re a candle fan on a budget, the Busy Bees Advent calendar may be just what you’re looking for. It featuring 24 different high strength wax melts in their most popular Christmas fragrances, one for every evening of Advent. Your home could be smelling festive every day on the run up to Christmas!

So that’s all the candle advent calendars I’ve come across so far – if you know of any more please do let me know so I can add them!

I’d love to hear which advent calendar(s) you’re picking up this year?

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

Luxury Gift Ideas from Amara

Posted on November 2, 2015

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Hi Guys!

Happy Monday!

So it’s officially now November, which means Halloween is over and I feel as though I can talk about the ‘C’ word without a being greeted with a collection of sighs and rolled eyes! (Mostly from my husband!)

If you’ve already starting to think about Christmas, I’ll have some fantastic gift ideas coming up on the blog in the coming weeks – and to kick off the season to be merry, I’m starting with fabulous homewares company Amara.

If you haven’t heard of Amara, they’re a luxury homeware, gift and accessory store, started in 2005 by husband and wife team Andrew and Sam Hood. Initially opening a shop in Chelmsford, stocking the best in home accessories and carefully curated interior must-haves, the shop helped to build their client base and relationships with the world’s most coveted luxury brands. Soon Andrew spotted a gap in the online market place for a distributor of luxury homeware, and taking an entrepreneurial leap of faith they created their online store, .

Today, Amara proudly houses over 300 of the world’s most luxurious home fashion brands. Many of which are exclusive, such as Ralph Lauren Home, who have carefully selected Amara as the only online store to distribute their home collections.

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First up I have this beautiful glass  by LSA International. Now I must admit, I thought the vase came with the (assumingly fake) flowers shown in the image on the site, but unfortunately – my own fault, I hadn’t read the description properly, and the flowers weren’t included. So I picked up my own fresh flowers from a local shop – and I’m really glad I did. They smelled beautiful and really brightened up my kitchen!

The vase itself is fairly short and wide, at 11.5cm high, making it suitable for a thick bunch of flowers – or artificial flowers which I think I’ll try and pick up once these have died. This vase makes for a beautiful display or table centrepiece.

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Next up I have this super sweet mini  by Kate Spade New York. I love pretty much every single thing made by Kate Spade, but this dinky little notebook really caught my attention. It has a metallic rose gold faux leather cover with cream ‘The Devil’s In The Details’ text. It’s only 10cm tall so it’s perfect for popping in your bag for when you’re on the go. It has 160 lined pages with a gilded edge and a ribbon bookmark. Kate Spade has a massive selection of products available at Amara (including more gorgeous stationery pieces) so if you’re a fan you should definitely check them out.

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And lastly this amazing ‘Samba’  by Christian Lacroix. This beautiful hardback journal has 128 ruled pages, with a fantastically bright and colourful front cover, featuring jewels, palm leaves & tropical blooms with shots of metallic detailing. I LOVE this journal so much – it’s the perfect addition to my desk.

If you’re looking for gorgeous luxury gift ideas – or even something for yourself, I’d highly recommend checking out Amara!

I hope you enjoyed my post! xxx

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Vera La Lune Cards and Prints

Posted on October 26, 2015

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Hi Guys!

I’ve got some fabulous cards and artwork to show you this morning from etsy store Vera La Lune.

Vera La Lune is a small, family run business that creates stationery and home décor products. The shop name ‘Vera la lune’ was inspired by founder, Rebecca’s grandmother’s name ‘Vera’ and her love of the moon and the night sky – what a lovely concept! (I love this especially because my Nanny was also called Vera too!)

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Vera La Lune’s cards are just beautiful. They’re of course perfect for giving as cards, but also for framing and giving as gifts. Quotes such as ‘Throw kindness around like confetti’ and ‘What if I fall?, ‘Oh but my darling, what if you fly?’ are printed on fabulous quality card to give a luxe feel to the products. Unfortunately I was quite limited for frames at my local shops, but I managed to find a decent enough A4 one to display the print. The smaller A5 cards would look great displayed in pretty frames and they’d make perfect Christmas gifts too!

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And this has to be one of my favourites – the Elf quote card! Elf is officially my favourite ever Christmas film, I just love it so much, and this card would be perfect for any fan!

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I’d highly recommend checking out Vera La Lune if you’re looking for special cards and gifts, for christmas or any other occasion. I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Jo Malone Christmas Gift Collection 2015

Posted on October 13, 2015

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Hi Guys!

If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram you may have noticed I had a rather exciting meeting at Jo Malone yesterday. I went to Jarrold department store in Norwich to hear all about their Christmas collection – whilst having a much appreciated hand and arm massage.

I’m not going to give away all the details about their gorgeous gifts just yet, because where’s the fun in that!? Instead I thought I’d tell you a bit about what to expect this Christmas from Jo Malone, and to whet your appetite for the gifting collection with some of their amazing lifestyle images!

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So for holiday 2015, Jo Malone have gone vintage luxe, with a glamorous 1950’s Christmas party theme. The models are dressed in fabulous 50’s party dresses, but with a modern twist.

Green is also the colour for this collection, with mistletoe featuring heavily throughout, as well as green candy stripes and a pretty green velvet ribbon replacing Jo Malone’s traditional black ribbon.

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I had a good sniff of the beautiful Roasted Chestnut Candle, and it just smells like Christmas. This is definitely top of my wish list!

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And you may have seen the amazing Jo Malone Town House Advent Calendar featured in my  post. Yes it is pricey at £260, but you get a fantastic selection of miniature products for every day in December until the 24th, so I think it’s definitely worth it!

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And lastly, what about this guy? Jo Malone also offer a same-day delivery service for all your emergency give giving needs. (This is in London only though) So if you know someone that tends to leave buying presents till the last minute, Jo Malone should be able to save their bacon – in style, in the vintage Morris Minor van pictured, or a Jo Malone Vespa! Unfortunately I’m pretty sure this guy is just a model, but even so, what a fantastic service to offer!

I’ll have some more information about all of the gorgeous gifts coming up soon. In the mean time though I’d love to hear what you think – are you a Jo Malone fan?

|I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

New Personalised Gifting Site: I Just Love It

Posted on October 1, 2015

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Hi Guys!

This post has been a bit of a long time coming – I had one of those #bloggerfail moments when I thought I’d deleted my photos before uploading them to my post, and by then the products had already been used. Luckily I found them lurking in a folder they had no business being in, so finally here’s my post!

is a brand new gifting site that specialises in personalised gifts. They kindly offered to send over some lovely gifts for my husband’s birthday. What a lucky guy!

The other half is basically into some very manly hobbies, such as eating, drinking and metal detecting. (Yes I did just say metal detecting) So I thought I could cover the first two bases very well with some lovely gifts from I Just Love It!

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My lovely husband does enjoy a fancy whisky – he also brews his own beer and makes his own wine. So I thought this Personalised Whisky Tasting Set (£38.99) would be a perfect gift for him.

Exclusive to I Just Love It, this Whisky Gift Set contains single malts from four of Scotland’s most famous whisky regions, with a limited release single malt from Wales’ award winning Penderyn distillery. Whiskies in the set include an Isle of Arran 10 year old, ‘Waves’ from Bruichladdich’s Islay distillery in the Southern Hebrides, Glen Garioch from the Scottish Highlands, Glen Moray from Speyside and Penderyn 41, the Welsh distillery’s international release.

I’m no expert, and I’m not sure what all this means, but apparently these are some pretty decent whiskies! They’re also presented in a beautiful hand-finished gift box with a personalised sleeve. Information & tasting cards in a hand-made envelopes, accompany each 30ml whisky, and a ‘how to taste whisky’ guide along with a tasting mat featuring a Scottish landscape provide the perfect way to enjoy the whiskies and record tasting notes.

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On the theme of alcohol, I thought this craft beer set would make a lovely gift from Freddy for his Daddy – Personalised D-A-D Set Three Pack Craft Beer (19.99)

The set contains three multi-award-winning pale ales. Not only are these crisp pale ales packed with American hops and citrus aromas, the labels can be personalised with a name and a message too if you wish. Mary Jane is an intensely refreshing pale ale created by Ilkley Brewery in Yorkshire. The beautifully balanced beer has good body for such a low abv and is the unique craft brewery’s best-seller by a country mile!

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And of course you can’t have a birthday without chocolate! I thought this Personalised Happy Birthday Chocolate Bar for Him (£5.99) would be fun!

We have one of those relationships where we constantly take the mick and mock each other. I thought ‘Happy Birthday Old Git’ would be a lovely gesture to include on this chocolate bar. You can have any message you like printed in it though.

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And lastly, the Personalised Inferno Hot Sauce (£12.99)

What is it with men and hot and spicy things? My lovely other half likes to drown 90% of his meals with some form of pain inducing chilli sauce, so I thought he’d love this one. The skull in flames on the front sold it for me.

This smoky chilli sauce contains the Naga Bhut Jolokia chilli pepper (commonly known as the ghost pepper) – this is the hottest in the world!

All these awesome gifts as well as many more are available now from . Definitely check them out if friends and family have birhdays coming up!

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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