Molton Brown Eucalyptus Festive Shower Gel Bauble*

Molton Brown Festive Christmas Bauble

I love finding little goodies and stocking fillers, basically anything that is a little unusual and most definitely fun! One of the most eye-catching goodies I’ve stumbled across are Molton Brown’s stunning Festive Shower Baubles. They come in a selection of fragrances, and are completely filled with shower gel, which means they are both awesome and adorable! Mine is Eucalyptus, which smells super clean and fresh, although you can also get Pink Pepperpod, Orange and Begamot, Templetree, Ylang-Ylang, and Gingerlily so there is scent to suit everyone. I think these would be the most perfect little place-setting gifts, or popped onto a parcel alongside a gift tag!

Molton Brown’s Festive Shower Gel Baubles cost £10.00 and are available here.

Bleach London Christmas Gifts at Boots*

Bleach London Christmas Gifts at Boots

Whenever I’m looking for fun little gifts for tweeny family friends, I find it can be  a little difficult. I always like to find things which are a little unusual and fun, but this year Bleach London have made it super easy with their range of Christmas gifts which are all sorts of awesome and include everything from pastel hair dyes to conditioners. Since I don’t think the parentals would be too happy with me dishing out pink hair on the 25th, I though I would share these rather awesome finds!

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The first goody I have to share with you is this adorable picture dome. I used to have something similar when I was 13/14 and thought it was just about the coolest desk accessory I had ever seen!

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You pop the black base of the bottom, and you can insert two photos in (one for each side), you then just reattach the base, and you’ve got the coolest paperweight ever. Once you’re done, you can shake it and see all the iridescent sparkles and hearts tumble around your photos. It’s an absolutely adorable stocking filler!

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Another option is the Phone Case set, which comes with a hilarious fuzzy keyring, rubber phone case and a set of stickers.

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The case feels quite rubbery, and fits an iPhone 5s. Thankfully, for klutzes like me, it wraps around the front rim of the phone, protecting it from drops and bumps. The sticker sheet means you can decorate the case to your heart’s desire. I love the little diamond one as well as all the fun slogans!

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The Phone Case also comes with a rather cute fluffy friend, which is a key ring. It’s perfect, if like me, your handbag is a complete black hole which just seems to ingest all of your stuff!

The Picture Dome is priced at £5.00 and the Phone Case is priced at £10.00 and both are available at Boots

Urban Decay Naked Flushed Palette – Native*

Urban Decay Naked Flushed Native

I’m not sure quite how I missed Urban Decay’s Naked Flushed palettes, but when I saw Native, I knew I just had to try it!

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Available in a selection of 4 colour-ways, and containing a bronzer, highlighter and blush, I can’t imagine a skin tone which wouldn’t suit one of the options, and I just love how sleek and convenient they are! The compacts are packaged in a brushed rose gold case, with a huge mirror on the inside which is just perfect for on the go touchups.

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Native is described as having a medium bronze bronzer, pale pink shimmer highlighter and bright pink blush. It’s absolutely perfect for this time of year – it means you don’t have to lug multiple products around with you while you’re out and about, and it also fits perfectly into my evening bags!

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Native is a perfect choice for an easy, natural look. After applying a light base of tinted moisturiser, I swirl a little of the bronzer over the apples of my cheeks, forehead, nose and chin then apply a little of the blush and highlighter to my cheekbones. The palette is quite cool in tone, and the formulas of all three powders are super soft, with a great colour payoff.

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To keep the colours clean and separate, I use my MAC 167SE brush for the bronzer as it’s a little smaller than my regular bronzer brush, and my usual blush brush works perfectly. The powder applies incredibly smoothly and evenly, and it gives a lovely, slightly dewy finish. I’m obsessed with the beautiful pink blush – it really brightens my face in this icky weather. The highlighter is a complete dream too – the shell pink just melts into skin, leaving a natural looking glow. It’s not glittery or sparkly, rather just a subtle sheen which is so pretty both on the cheekbones and the brow bone.

Naked Flushed costs £22.00 and is available here

Aromatherapy Associates Deep Relax Bath and Shower Oil*

Aromatherapy Associates Deep Relax Bath and Shower Gel

I think for most people, the week running up to Christmas can be ridiculously stressful – travel, having guests and visitors, buying and wrapping presents as well as planning mammoth dinner parties all add up. So, if you’re feeling a little daunted by the season, sit back and order yourself a bottle of Aromatherapy Associates’ Deep Relax Bath and Shower Oil.

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Packaged in the chicest brushed glass bottle, the Deep Relax Bath and Shower Oil is just the most divine way to relax and unwind. Since the formula, which contains vetiver, camomile, and sandalwood essential oils, is so potent, you only need a capful per bath.

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When added to hot running water, the Bath and Shower Oil completely fills the bathroom with the most gorgeous herbal scent, and it is just perfect if you need to take an hour or so out for yourself. I love to pop a face mask on, slick a conditioning treatment in my ends and grab a good book and enjoy some personal time. The Bath and Shower Oil contains coconut oil in the formula, it leaves skin feeling incredibly soft and smooth. This would also be an incredible gift for Christmas – I just love giving gifts which make people feel special and loved!

The Deep Relax Bath and Shower Oil Costs £40.00 and is available here.

Jurlique Glow Calendula Gift Set*

Jurlique Glow Calendula Gift Set

I started using Jurlique’s Calendula Cream when I was little as my skin got so sensitive and dry that I needed something that would moisturise it without any sort of irritant. I remember how important I felt that I had my own bottle of ‘grown up’ skin care, and it’s a bit of a joke in the family that it’s where my obsession with all things beauty comes from.

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I’ve only ever used the Soothing Moisturising Cream and the Calming Mist, so when I saw that Jurlique were releasing a Christmas gift box with three of the best products from the Calendula line I just had to try it! The box comes in a stunning red sleeve which shows you what’s inside, and when you slip it off there is the most gorgeous Jurlique gift box decorated with a star made from flowers.

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Inside you find a 40ml tube of Calendula Soothing Moisturising Cream, 100ml bottle of Calendula Calming Mist and 30ml of Calendula Restorative Treatment Serum. Basically, if you have sensitive skin which gets easily irritated, inflamed, dry or if you suffer from redness, you need to treat yourself!

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I love how generously sized all three of the products are, and that it’s a whole skincare regime! After cleansing I pat a little of the Restorative Treatment Serum into my skin and allow it to sink in. I follow that with the Soothing Moisturising Cream, and then I use the Calming Mist throughout the day. The mist is also a lifesaver if you need to look human after an intense gym session – a couple of sprays and the redness just vanishes!

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The Soothing Moisturising Cream is water based, so even though it feels super rich and luxurious to use, it sinks into the skin effortlessly without any horrible stickiness. The formula contains jojoba, avocado, calendula, chamomile, cucumber and shea which all work to infuse moisture and protect skin from dryness and irritation as well as to promote soothing and healing.

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The Restorative Treatment Serum is incredibly lightweight, and it really works to deliver moisture to the deepest layers of skin. A pump or two is all I need in the morning, and I just press it in, making sure to focus on any areas which feel particularly dry, tight or irritated.

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The Calming Mist is the most amazing multi-tasker! Like I said, it’s a great (and incredibly luxurious feeling) way to calm and cool skin when you’re post-gym. When I’m indoors during the winter, having the heating cranked up can also dry out my skin, so a couple of spritzes of the mist whenever my skin feels a little tight or dry really infuses moisture, and it also works to refresh your makeup too! If my skin is feeling particularly dry or itching, I pop the mist into the fridge – having a cooling couple of minutes makes such a difference if you’re feeling stressed! The mist is also a surprising beach bag must – when I lived in Dubai, I always kept a bottle of this handy when I was in the sun, as the air was always to dry it was such a relief to have an instant moisture fix.

The Jurlique Glow Calendula Gift Set costs £78.00 and seems to be sold out on their website. You can buy the individual items here.

Lip Smackers Festive Frozen Collection*

Frozen Lip Smackers

So I think I might be the only person in the world who hasn’t watched Frozen yet, but what I do know is that I adore Lip Smackers. I’ve been a little obsessed with them since I was teeny-tiny. When I was 5 or 6 most people in the UK had never heard of the brand, so whenever I hit the US I stocked up on them to a somewhat ridiculous degree. Since then, there’s been a steady stream of Lip Smackers in my stash and new for Christmas, they are releasing 6 new lip balms representing each of Frozen’s main characters.

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I got to try out Sven (the moose) which is Berry Slush and Olaf (the snowman) which is coconut balls. Like all Lip Smackers balms, they are incredibly moisturising and really work to combat winter dryness.

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Sven Berry Crush is a blue lip balm which smells super fruity. It’s definitely a blue jolly rancher type of fragrance and is super fun to use. Even though the balm itself is blue, it doesn’t tint the lips.

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Olaf the Snowman is Coconut Ball scented, and it’s definitely a favourite fragrance. It isn’t too holiday-ish or tropical, but instead it’s a slightly deeper, more coco butter scent. Since the balm is completely clear and doesn’t give off any sort of sheen, it’s perfect for no-makeup days, and I’ve also been using it as a moisturising base for my MAC Snob lipstick (here) which tends to be a little drying.

I am obsessed with these new Lip Smackers, and they are available at Claire’s for £2.49 each.

Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream*

Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream Craig & Karl

Every Christmas I look forward to Kiehl’s collaborations with modern artists, the way they decorate the brand’s iconic products is just so fun, and the artists chosen are always super exciting!

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This year, Kiehl’s have partnered with Craig & Karl, an international artist duo based between New York and London who are known for bold, graphic based designs. Their limited-edition packaging decorates numerous products including their Creme de Corps, Lip Balms and their Ultra Facial Cream, which is what I am adoring at the moment!

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The Ultra Facial Cream is one of those products I always to hand. The formula feels super light, and almost like a gel to apply, and there isn’t a hint of fragrance or irritants. Whenever my skin feels dry or in need of a little pampering, the Ultra Facial Cream just feels so soothing and calming. If you’re looking for a little extra moisturising for the colder temperature, Kiehl’s has you covered. Since I use the cream all year round, I have to admit to keeping the special edition lids and swapping them out with the regular ones.

Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream is priced at £24.00 and is available here

Thierry Mugler Angel Luxury Gift Set*

Thierry Mugler Angel Luxury Gift Set

Since we’re just about a week to go before Christmas strikes, I thought it would be fun to start sharing some of the best present ideas I’ve found. Definitely one of the most eye-catching ones I’ve come across is Thierry Mugler’s incredible Angel Luxury Gift Set.

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Packaged in a stunning metallic silver and lavender coffret, the Luxury Gift Set really takes any stress out of wrapping the parcel as it’s just so pretty! To get into the goodies, you slide a secret drawer, and then you can find the Shower Gel, Body Lotion and 50ml Refillable bottle of Angel Eau de Parfum.

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I don’t think there is another fragrance quite like Thierry Mugler’s Angel. I first encountered it when I was about 8 or 9, and I thought it was just the most glamorous perfume I had ever come across. Angel was Thierry Mugler’s first fragrance, and it’s described as a ‘sumptuous oriental gourmet.’ For me, it’s definitely a winter fragrance, as it has a huge amount of silage from the first spray, so I prefer to wear it on cold nights. When first applied, the strongest notes for me are the sweet ones – an earthy vanilla with deep chocolate-y undertones, and when the perfume settles on the skin, the notes of patchouli and woods really become more noticeable. Since the two aspects of the fragrance are so different, it settles on everyone slightly differently, so it’s also a rather exciting choice to wear! It’s definitely a statement-making choice of fragrances, so it’s better to use only a spray or two so as not to go overboard with the scent. The perfume is really one of those iconic scents that you just have to try out.

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The Luxury Gift Set also comes with 100ml bottles of both Shower Gel and Body Lotion which come in complimentary lavender and silver tubes. If you’re in the mood to smell of Angel during the day, I definitely think this is the way to do it!

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Using the two of them together gives a subtle hint of the scent which lasts all day – it’s the perfect, and super easy way to enjoy the perfume, and when you’re heading out at night, all you need is a quick mist of the Eau de Parfum itself.

The Thierry Mugler Luxury Gift Set is the perfect choice for Christmas, and is priced at £85.00 and is available here.

Diorskin Star Concealer

Dior Star Concealer

A few weeks ago I let myself loose in the Dior beauty section at John Lewis, and as well as picking up my sponge, and a Dior Star Foundation (review to come) I had to pick up a tube of the new Diorskin Star Concealer. It promises to illuminate and sculpt eyes with light, so it’s perfect if you’re trying to cover up some festive late nights.

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The concealer comes packaged like a little lipgloss, with a doe foot applicator. After a quick slick of base (I alternate between the Dior Flash foundation and my Estee Lauder EE Cream depending) I just brush a little of the concealer in my under eye area, as well as a little around my nose and mouth then blend it in. The formula feels silky smooth, and it dries to a perfectly matte finish without feeling too drying or powdery. Once you’ve applied the concealer, it’s not going anywhere! Thankfully, it doesn’t crease or pill no matter what I’ve been up to, and it also functions as a great primer.

The Diorskin Star Concealer costs £22.00 and is available at Debenhams and John Lewis

Stila Mile High Lashes*

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Stila is one of those brands I turn to when I want something that just can’t go wrong. The lip glosses are always perfectly shiny with the most beautiful colours, and the lip and cheek tints are something of a stash staple. So, when I needed to update my mascara collection, I couldn’t wait to give the brand’s new Mile High Lashes a whirl!

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The mascara is part of Stila’s 20th anniversary collection, and I just adore the gold and silver packaging – it just looks so glamorous in my makeup bag (although I’m always polishing it up for fingerprints). The tapered tube is so elegant, and inside, the wand has a new design which promises to lengthen, give volume, curl and lift lashes.

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When I saw the wand had a rubber head, I was a little nervous. I’ve had run-in’s with Benefit’s ‘They’re Real’ which have left me a teary black mess thanks to the hard bristles which poke me in the eye. Thankfully Stila’s offering is far more gentle. The tapered ‘v’ shape means that even hard to reach lashes are coated with a slick of the inky black mascara, and I only need a swipe or two for a perfect covering. The mascara really does lift and lengthen my eyelashes, and since the formula is quite viscous, I only need a little for my eyes to look done. Even during the most hectic of days, the mascara stays put, without a touch of flaking or smudging – if anything it’s actually pretty hard to remove without my trusty Clinique Take the Day Off!

The mascara is priced at £16.00 and is available here.