These gift guides have taken me absolutely bloody ages to put together - I probably shouldn't say that and shouldn't be moaning, but it's just a pre-amble to me wanting to mention just how much I've enjoyed doing them. Shopping is my number one hobby, and taking photos is starting to feature pretty highly too, so it's been a labour of love let's say! Today's gift guide is more pressies for her (because we need all the things) but under the £20 mark or thereabouts.
First up, Body Shop. I love finding out which new festive scent The Body Shop have brought out each year and checking out the gift sets. I really liked glazed apple last year, and this year's fragrance is the lovely frosted plum. I really like the scent and the pretty purple packaging of all of the products have. There are lots of products in the range including hand and body creams, shower gel, lip balm etc, but here I have the bath fizzers, boxed candle and shimmer mist, which all make lovely gifts. You can buy these individually or in sets, or if you're a bit more annoyingly fussy like me, you can pick the products out individually and make up your own gift set. Usually The Body Shop will wrap everything nicely for you in cellophane and a bow at the counter, so it's just as good as buying one of the pre-packaged sets, but you can choose exactly what you want in it.
If you're buying for any females who love a bit of cooking and baking, I'm sure this dainty floral print rolling pin would go down well. I actually picked this out for myself as I only have one really old boring rolling pin and desperately needed an upgrade! I bought this in store and unfortunately can't see it online, but I've linked to all of the other great Cath Kidston kitchen and homeware as practically everything they sell makes a good gift!
I really like to give hand wash and hand cream duos in a nice big size for your kitchen sink, and it's the kind of present I like to receive too. I think it's quite a good gift for when you don't really know what to get someone, as it's a good mix of practical and luxurious. This set from Le Couvent des Minimes is available at Boots, and it's designed to care for gardener's hands, so a great gift for anyone with green fingers.
I'm forever trying to find the right products to give my hair a bit more volume and bounce, so I really enjoy getting a new hair product gift set at Christmas. This one from TIGI is really good value too, as it works out cheaper than buying the products individually. The Big Shot gift set includes the Queen For A Day thickening spray and Blow Out illuminating shine cream - I'm looking forward to giving these a try for some big Christmas party hair.
As this is an 'under £20' gift guide, Makeup Revolution is the perfect brand to include. Their makeup is so affordable, and really good quality, so their palettes make excellent gifts for beauty lovers. Here I have the radience highlighter palette, which is a great dupe for the much pricier Hourglass ambient lighting palette, and also their Iconic Smoky palette, which is a budget alternative to Urban Decay's Naked Smoky. On the right I also have the New-trals vs Neutrals palette, which has a gorgeous mix of soft, shimmery nude shades as well as some more adventurous pink and peach tones - amazing value as always at just £6.99.
I've cheated just a little here and gone over my 'under £20' threshold slightly, as I wanted to show you the Jessica Phenom gift set (£24.95) as well as the Girls' Night Out trio (£19.95). I've not tried the Phenom range yet, but am looking forward to coating my nails in this gorgeous cashmere beige and Finale shine topcoat for long lasting glossy nails. The Girls' Night Out trio however went straight on my nails as soon as it arrived, because the shades are just so Christmas-ready. The shades are Red Square, which I have on my ring finger, and Red Armour, which is on the rest of my nails. I'm also wearing the Brilliance top coat which comes in the gift set, and it's given my nails an amazingly shiny finish just like a gel manicure.
Lush is such an easy, fail-safe gift idea, so although I have single bath bombs in my stocking fillers gift guide already, I couldn't resist putting one of their ready-wrapped gifts into this guide too. Here I have the Little Snow Fairy gift, which comes beautifully wrapped in princess pink, and contains snow fairy shower gel and pink fun.
I get very grumpy if there's no chocolate in my Christmas stocking, so I always make sure to give some sweet treats as gifts to others too. I spent ages in Hotel Chocolat this year marvelling at all of the amazing and tasty looking gifts. It was tempting to buy lots for myself, but I was restrained, and came out with just two of these gift bags for people on my shopping list. You get a great selection of Hotel Chocolate products in each bag, and they're £12 each.
Makeup Revolution rose gold makeup brushes
Also from Makeup Revolution I wanted to include these stunning rose gold makeup brushes. Yes they're a rip off of the Real Techniques bold metals collection, but they're lovely brushes all the same, and I like that they're all rose gold, whereas Real Techniques made some rose gold, some yellow gold and some silver. I like my brushes to match, so this set is more my thing, plus the prices are a whole lot easier on the pocket! Each brush comes individually boxed, and they cost between £5.99 and £9.99 each, so you could buy a couple as a gift, or if you go for all five you can get them for £34.99.
Continuing my rose gold theme slightly, is this Zoeva eyeshadow palette. I already have the Cocoa Blend palette in my collection and it's one of my most used palettes, so I've been planning to get another one for a while. I'll be opening the Rose Golden palette for Christmas and I've bought another for a friend. I also have my eye on the new En Taupe palette for another friend, and have been patiently waiting for it to come back into stock at Beauty Bay.
Marks and Spencer scarf
Maybe it's a sign that I'm getting old, but I think you can't beat a nice cosy scarf (or pjs, or slippers) at Christmas. It's just one of those really nice, comforting kind of presents for the cold weather, and you can choose a colour and style that you think suits the person you're buying for. This super cosy purple checkered number was £18.50 from Marks and Spencer - I got this in store and can't spot it online, but they have lots of other pretty scarves in stock.
Also from M&S, and they're ever-growing beauty selection, is this set from Claudia Winkleman's first range. She has that really iconic black smoky eye look that's instantly recognisable as her, and she's put all the tools you need to recreate it into a boxed gift set for Christmas. I love the names like 'pile it on' for the mascara, and how it says 'panda eye' on the box too - it really shows her sense of humour, and that she's been really involved with creating the range. This gift set includes mascara, eyeliner two eyeshadows and individual lashes.