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Christmas: Must Have Christmas Beauty Gift Sets

Posted on December 19, 2017

Hi Guys!

Finally I have the last of my Christmas Gift Guides to share with you! Today is all about beauty gift sets – I’ve got fragrance, skincare, makeup and accessories, covering a wide range of brands and prices. Hopefully this will inspire you if you’re doing any last minute shopping – enjoy!

Starting with the fabulous Clinique Pep It Up Set (£24.50 at ) – This handy little gift set contains a trio of Clinique Pep-Start products. There’s a 30ml 2-in-1 Exfoliating Cleanser to was away dirt, dead skin cells, oil and impurities, a 7ml Pep-Start Eye Cream to give the eye area a hydration and an instant brightening effect, and lastly a 50ml Pep-Start HydroBlur Moisturiser to blur imperfections while providing all-day hydration. Clinique have also included a cute pink zipped bag to keep your products safe.

Continuing with skincare, the DHC Double Cleanse Set (£19.95 at ) is definitely worth checking out. This limited edition two-step system for brighter, cleaner skin contains three DHC essentials – there’s a 70ml Deep Cleansing Oil, to remove makeup quickly and easily, including even waterproof mascara. There’s also a 35g Mild Soap, leaving skin feeling well-balanced as it cleanses and removes impurities for a comfortable and fresh complexion, and a box of Virgin Olive Oil Swabs (50 Swabs) – these are ready-infused with a small amount of virgin olive oil to quickly and easily remove makeup mistakes.

On to tools now, I have two gorgeous sets from Real Techniques. The Real Techniques All About That Glow Set (£15.00 at ) contains all the tools you need to apply your favourite powder, cream, or liquid highlighters. There’s a Miracle Complexion Sponge, a Strobe & Blend Brush, with a firm, angled head for applying a heavier layer of highlighter, and a fluffy, round head for blending product onto skin. There’s also a Set & Spotlight Brush, with a tapered, fluffy head for blending highlighters, and a small, densely packed head for precision application. And lastly, a Miracle Mini Eraser Sponge to help remove makeup mishaps.

I also have the Real Techniques Eye Glam Set (£12.00 at ) – this includes everything you need to create the perfect party ready eyes. There’s a Base Shadow Brush, for shadow application and blending, a Brow Highlighting Brush for highlighting above and below the brow bone, a Precision Smudge Brush, for smudging along the lash line, a Winged Liner Brush with a thin, angled head for application of winged liner, and lastly a handy Brush Cup to store your new brushes.

Another fantastic skincare set is the Philosophy All Aglow Gift Set (£39.50 at  – Containing everything you need for radiant, healthy-looking skin, this holiday collection of award-winning skin care follows Philosophy’s unique 3-step formula for beautiful, lit-from-within luminosity: cleanse, peel, treat! Included is a Purity Made Simple Cleanser 90ml, The Microdelivery Peel Crystals + Activating Gel 30ml, and a Renewed Hope in a Jar Moisturizer 15ml.

The Laura Geller Pucker Up Trio (£25.00 at ) is also a great little set for fans of the brand. The limited edition Pucker Up Trio is available in nude or pink shades, offering high shine, buttery lip colour to celebrate Laura Geller’s 20th anniversary.

For those that suffer with dry hands and brittle nails, the RMK Nail & Hand Cream Kit (£23.00 at ) could be the perfect gift. This sweet little set contains three new scented additions to the RMK Nail & Hand cream range, well-known for its strength in combatting dry skin and for conditioning beautifully to the very tips of the nails. Choose from scents Neroli, Sparkling Cocktail or Cassis to match your mood.

On to fragrance now, the Jimmy Choo Eau De Parfum Fragrance Gift Set (£54.00 at ) would make the perfect gift for any fragrance lover. Jimmy Choo Eau de Parfum is a gorgeous, glamorous fragrance, a modern Fruity Chypre with warm, rich, woody depths. Opening with luminous green top notes full of glittering radiance, the heart of rich and exotic tiger orchid lends a creamy seductiveness to the fragrance. Lingering sensual base notes of sweet toffee meld with Indonesian Patchouli to leave a subtle, sensual memory on the skin.

  • Top notes: Pear and Mandarin Orange
  • Heart notes: Orchid
  • Base notes: Patchouli, toffee

Or how about the YSL Black Opium EDP Gift Set (£55.45 at ) – Black Opium is simply a stunning scent, both darkly sensuous and intense, this gourmand floral smells so good you’ll want to taste it. At the heart of Black Opium is an addictive black coffee accord blended with luminous white flowers, the ultimate play of shadow and light. A gourmet dose of vanilla envelops the fragrance in celestial beauty, creating a trail that is indulgent, sensuous and absolutely unforgettable.

  • Top Notes: Coffee, Pink Pepper
  • Heart Notes: Orange Blossom, Jasmine, Vanilla
  • Base Notes: Patchouli, Cedar

I also have the gorgeous Vince Camuto Amore EDP Gift Set (£51.00 at ) – Amore is a sparkling and enchanting fruity floral fragrance, embodying the fun and flirty expression of a woman falling unforgettably, deeply in love. Fruity top notes mix with the organic smell of freshly picked flowers, and a divine base of comforting cashmere, rich, sensual amber and earthy sandalwood warm up the intoxicating combination.

  • Top Notes: Cassis, Clementine, Bergamot, Passionfruit
  • Heart Notes: Lily Of The Valley, Lotus, Orchid, Freesia
  • Base Notes: Cashmere Wood, Sandalwood, Musk, Amber

Or how about the Nina Ricci Luna Gift Set (£46.00 at ) – Luna is Nina Ricci’s gorgeous new mysterious gourmand fragrance. It opens with notes of Orange blossom and wild berries, leading to a heart of white everlasting flower blended with caramel, and a beautiful base of vanilla and sandalwood.

  • Top Notes: Wild Berries, Orange Blossom Petals
  • Heart Notes: Precious White Everlasting Flower, Crunchy Caramel
  • Base Notes: Bourbon Vanilla Absolute, Sandalwood from Sri Lanka

For a slightly more affordable option, I have the Ted Baker Beauty Bow Ella Gift Set (£24.00 at ) – I absolutely love Ted Baker gifts, and their fragrances are both affordable and so beautiful. Described as strikingly confident and delightfully witty, Ella leaves a trail of sparkle wherever she goes. With just one spritz, you’ll be hooked on Ella’s intoxicating cocktail of bergamot and cassis combined with a heady heart of orange blossom, jasmine and rose. Rich notes of amber, patchouli and vanilla leave a beautifully warm feminine scent that always leaves a lasting impression.

And lastly, the gorgeous MAC Look in a Box: Be Wow! (£22.10 at World Duty Free) – Firstly I have to say that this is such a fantastic bargain, this lovely little set contains five mini MAC Lipsticks, in Nude du Jour, Dodgy Girl, No Faux Pas, Relentlessly Red, and Antique Velvet, and each lipstick works out at only £4.45 each – you won’t find MAC for cheaper than that!

Have you finished your Christmas shopping yet? I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Christmas: Fabulous Beauty Crackers & Baubles

Posted on December 18, 2017

Hi Guys!

Happy Monday! I can’t believe it’s only one week until Christmas, where has the time gone! Today, I’ve got a few fabulous beauty baubles and crackers to share with you, perfect for adorning your tree or for an extra special treat at the Christmas table – enjoy!

Starting with the  – This generously sized cracker would make any beauty lover’s day, it’s filled with Elizabeth Arden makeup essentials, including a full size Beautiful Color Grand Entrance Mascara in Black, a Lip Oil (various shades included) and a Superstart Skin Renewal Booster Sample.

For something a bit more budget friendly, the  is definitely worth checking out. There are three Bath Oil options to choose from – Peace, Patience and Joy, and I have Peace which promises to turn your bathroom into a divine peaceful haven when you’re in need of intensive relaxation. This relaxing oil is blended with essential oils of Ylang Ylang, Lavender, Mandarin, Petitgrain and Cedarwoood, to leave your skin sumptuously smooth with no greasy residue.

For makeup lovers, how about the  (£20.00) – This cute little tree ornament contains two Laura Geller deliciously decadent Hi-Def Top Coats. Infused with light-reflecting pearls and lip conditioning Kendi Oil, it cushions lips with a rich, always silky, never-sticky shine.

Another Bath Oil option is the  – this dinky little bath oil Moisturises and conditions, leaving skin soft and supple, and it’s lightly scented with stress relieving and soothing roses.

Or how about the –  Designed to help create shadows or highlight your favourite facial features. The small side is for precision highlighting, and the large side is for controlled contouring.

For fragrance fans, the  would be greatly received. This sunshine-filled gift brings together a mini Eclipse EDT fragrance and co-ordinating moon keyring, perfect for you handbag. Eclipse opens with edible notes of fresh blackcurrant, marigold and zesty mandarin, threaded with golden freesia and lotus flower.

The  is another great beauty bauble. This innovative buffer is infused with a Sugar Plum fragranced body wash, which envelops the body in a sweet, festive aroma. Creating a creamy lather for up to 5 showers, the sponge leaves skin thoroughly cleansed and feeling soft and silky.

The  is a cute Christmas cracker containing two cult products from Erborian. There’s a BB Cream in Nude, enriched with SPF 20, it evens out and mattifies the complexion, leaving skin with a velvety, ultra-soft finish. And a Pink Perfect Cream which provides an instant “blur” by giving a soft-focus effect to the skin, minimising the appearance of pores, leaving the skin looking smooth and radiant.

I also have the – This rose-gold bauble features a star cut-out design, a gorgeous addition to any tree. The products within capture the poetic beauty of springtime in Provence, where flowering cherry trees colour the Luberon Hills and perfume the air. The bauble contains a mini Cherry Blossom Shower Gel, Body Lotion and Hand Cream trio.

And lastly the  – Available in three shade options, the L’Oral Read My Lips Cracker contains a Color Riche Lipsticks and matching Lip Liner, so you can perfect your pout this Christmas season. I think Red is definitely the one to have for Christmas!

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Beauty: Real Techniques Powder Bleu Brush Collection #PowderBleu

Posted on August 1, 2017

Hi Guys!

It seems like a really long time since I’ve mentioned Real Techniques on the blog – as in years. Even though I actually use their standard brushes quite frequently, it’s been a while since they’ve launched any products that have caught my eye – so I was really excited when I heard about their brand new Powder Bleu collection…

The Powder Bleu range of brushes have been specifically designed by Real Techniques to apply, blend, buff and set powders without disturbing the make-up underneath. They have the signature Real Techniques long sleek handles, similar to the Bold Metals range, but this time the colour-way is navy blue, bleeding into black for an ombre effect on the brush handles.

You probably wouldn’t have guessed, but this brush collection is in fact based on blue squirrel hair, which is known for its fine filaments, luxurious softness, and flawless powder application. It’s said to be quite rare, and used in only the most expensive makeup brushes. Real Techniques have re-created their own synthetic version of blue squirrel hair with their new FauxBleu™ Technology – they promise their synthetic bristles perform just as well as the real thing.

Starting with the B05 Soft Kabuki Brush (£25.00) – This super large kabuki brush has been designed to buff and blend powders into the skin, anywhere on the face and body. The handle is solid and easy to hold, and the bristles are super soft. Personally for me I find this a little too large for use on the face, but it’s perfect for buffing in both bronzer and highlighter on the neck, chest and shoulders.

Next the Plush Powder Puff (£12.00) – This soft, velvety powder puff has been designed to help tap on just the right amount of powder to set any makeup look. Again this is pretty large, but it’s also flexible so I don’t mind the size. The finish is amazingly soft, almost like velvet, and it does a great job of pressing loose powder into the skin for both baking and setting your makeup.

And now on to the brushes, from left to right above starting with the B03 Soft Complexion Brush (£22.00) – this brush has a domed, soft yet dense head that has been designed specifically to blend and buff powder foundation into skin for buildable, customizable shine-free coverage.

Next the B01 Soft Powder Brush (£22.00) has has a large tapered head and is perfect for applying powder bronzers and highlighters, as well as loose powder foundations and finishing powders. Again as this is quite a large brush, it will work really well on both the face and body.

The B04 Soft Shadow Brush (£15.00) is the only eyeshadow brush in the collection. This is perfect for layering and blending out powder eye shadows. The long soft bristles help to gently spread powder eyeshadow while blending it into the skin for a naturally diffused look. You can also use this brush for applying more detailed powder highlighter to smaller areas of the face such as the brow bone, tip of the nose, or chin.

And lastly the B02 Soft Finishing Brush (£22.00) – this is very much like a mini version of the B01 Soft Powder Brush, but this time with a small tapered head. This brush is perfect for sweeping on powder blush or highlighter without upsetting any product underneath. This brush is just the right size to apply a light cheek contour too.

The Real Techniques Powder Bleu Collection is available now exclusively at .

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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