15 Dec 2016

One more Christmas gift guide (and the last giveaway!)

A little later than planned due to me coming down with the inevitable winter germs but here's my final gift guide!  This one is a selection of various bits and pieces that I'm giving and receiving this year which all make great gifts for girls.  Read on to the end for my last festive giveaway too!

Pusheen Unicorn slippersI did a whole gift guide on Pusheen which you can find here, but since then I've had an even more amazing find - Pusheen unicorn slippers!  These are from the kids section in M&S, but they go up to a size 5, yay!

Caudalie mask trioI'm a fairly new convert to Caudalie and can't wait to open this mask trio gift set at Christmas,. It's a really great value set too, as you get the full 75ml size of the instant detox mask and two deluxe minis of the glycolic peel mask and moisturising mask for the same price as buying the full size detox mask.  

Ban.do I am busy notebook How instagramable is this pink and gold note book?!  Ban.do stuff is always really fun and quirky and they come up with great slogan notebooks, diaries and planners.  I love a good notebook for work, but equally this would be good for keeping at home to make all sorts of blog related notes and master plans!

Paperchase notebookAnother notebook, because who doesn't love a bit of pretty stationery at Christmas?  My second pick is this notebook from Paperchase - it's a really good quality, leather notebook with a really classy looking finish in white and gold.  I'm useless at keeping up with diaries, but notebooks that I can dip in and out of whenever I need to are really useful to me and I think I'll be taking this one to work as my meeting note book as it looks rather swish.

Tarteist pro amazonian clay palette My Mum recently went to the states and while she was there, face-timed me from Ulta to show me what they had - that's seriously cool Mum points right there!  The assistants in Ulta were helping her out too and suggesting products that I might not have seen before, and gravitated straight to this gorgeous new palette from Tarte.  I have a the Tartlette amazonian clay eye palettes already and really love the textures and wearable shades, so I really couldn't resist her picking this up for me to have for Christmas.  Mum even knew straight away that she'd need to let me take a photo before she wrapped it, but ovs no swatching! You can order this from Tarte who deliver to the UK, or I would imagine it will probably come to QVC UK soon.

Another one of my Mum's Ulta finds, although you can also get hold of this one at QVC in the UK.  It's a set of four double ended lipsticks and lipglosses in some really pretty pink and neutral colours.  These are all full size products, so for £33.50 I think this is a really great deal and you could even break the set up to use it for stocking fillers.

Beauty kitchen create your own bath bombs kitI love a more unusual gift, and this one from Beauty Kitchen is a great upgrade on the standard gift of bathbombs.  If someone loves popping a bomb into their bath and watching it fizz away, I'm sure they'd enjoy making their own and seeing how the process works.  The kit contains everything you need to make 300g of bath bombs and after that, I'm sure you could easily get some more sodium bicarbonate and citric acid to carry on experimenting.

Beauty Kitchen create your own lip balms kitAlso from Beauty Kitchen and along the same theme is this DIY lip balm kit.  This really appeals to me and I have a few friends who I think would really like this too.  The kit contains the ingredients to make four clear balms all in the same flavour, but I'm sure with a few tweaks and extra ingredients you could get involved with all kinds of colour and flavour customisations. 

Orla Kiely mini fragrance I love Orla Kiely - it has such a strong brand identity with the classic stem print that looks fab in anyone's home.  Orla Kiely is the kind of brand I rely on for when I want to give a stylish gift to someone I'm out to impress!  This set of three mini fragrances makes a great little gift perhaps as a thank you present to someone at christmas, or maybe a hostess gift if you're going over to someone's house for festive drinks.

Laura Ashley pie dish with funnel Boots three for two gifting range really saves me every Christmas.  The range if gifts seems to be getting wider every year and goes so far beyond bath and body gift sets.  I love this beautiful pie dish set from Laura Ashley - it's something that's going to look really pretty on the kitchen shelf as well as being completely practical.  This is a great gift for anyone who loves a bit of pie baking, and also if you're buying for someone who's perhaps recently moved into their first home and doesn't yet have all of their kitchen kit.

Laura Ashley measuring cups In the same style as the pie dish, I couldn't resist also picking up these measuring cups, especially as there's the three for two offer on!  I've only ever owned basic, plastic measuring cups before, so these seem like a total upgrade and I'll be keeping this gift for me!

Dermalogica power rescue masque trio Another lovely mask gift set available this Christmas is this trio from Dermalogica.  It includes Charcoal rescue masque, Multivitamin power recovery masque and Skin hydrating masque.  I think sets like this are a lovely way to give the gift of pampering and treating yourself, and as these masques have been selected for helping stressed, it seems like the time of year that a lot of people would really appreciate a treat like this!

Fujifilm Instax Mini 8
Now who hasn't always wanted a polaroid camera?  Especially a pink one!  I love how retro this is, and of course the obvious benefit of instant photos, because as much as we all spend our lives snapping away on our iphones these days, we rarely get around to printing any photos!  This kit comes with film for ten photos, and you can easily buy more.

How could I not include a fragrance gift set in this last gift guide?  It's the classic Christmas gift!  Christmas is the ideal time to indulge in fragrance, as most brands make fabulous gift sets which give you extra value for money with add on items like body cream and shower gels in the matching fragrance.  The By Invitation gift set does just that, as you get the 100ml fragrance plus a 150ml body lotion, all gift boxed, for just £2.50 more than buying the fragrance alone - love a Christmas bargain!  If you've not heard about Michael Bublé's frst fragrance before, pop over to this post where I talked all about it.    

Too Faced Merry Kissmas melted lipstick gift set
Last but by no means least is this gorgeous set of liquid lipsticks from Too faced.  I really like the formulas of both the original melted lipsticks and the new melted mattes.  I have the melted matte in the shade Queen B which has been my absolute autumn staple.  In this kit you get the original melted lipsticks in Chihuahua (dusky pink), Fig (bright pink) and also one of the chocolate melted shades in chocolate honey, which is a beautiful warm nude.  The melted matte shade you get in this gift set is a perfectly festive red called Lady balls!

As with all of my Christmas gift guides this year, I'm giving one of the gifts away, and today's the last giveaway, sob!  I'm giving away one of the Too Faced Merry Kissmas lipstick gift sets, and to enter this giveaway you'll need to pop over to my instagram.  It's really easy to enter, you just need to follow me on instagram and comment on the image of this gift set, tagging three friends who might also like to win.  Super easy, but be quick because this giveaway ends on Sunday night!


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