Liz Earle Daily Ritual Gift Set*

When it comes to buying gifts for other people, it’s fair to say I am prone to overthinking things. So, when I come across gift sets which are as good as this one from Liz Earle, I breathe a serious sigh of relief. Not only is my present-buying done, but it’s even wrapped up in a cute little turquoise gift box!

The Daily Rituals set is an exclusive to Boots, and it’s perfect if you’re buying for someone who is either a skincare nut, or is just starting out with a serious routine. It’s got some of the best-loved Liz Earle products – a full sized Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser, a generous Instant Boost Skin Tonic Spritzer and a dinky Superskin for Night as well as a handful of muslin cloths.

The original Hot Cloth Cleanser is probably the best known and loved Liz Earle product out there. It’s gentle on skin, whilst cleansing effectively, and I absolutely adore the fresh, herbal scent. It has a rich, almost cream-like texture which dissolves the gunk of the day, leaving skin feeling fresh and clean, but never stripped. Whenever my face is feeling a little sensitive, this is the cleanser I turn to because it’s just so gentle.

The Instant Boost Skin Tonic Spritz is a product I’ve been dying to try, and I’m loving the portable size of the product! It’s one of those things you can use in a number of ways – on cleansed skin, it’s a gentle toner, whilst out and about it can be used to hydrate skin and refresh makeup. It’s got a beautiful, gentle herbal scent, and it feels wonderful to use on days when my makeup feels a bit thick.

The Superskin Concentrate for Night is probably my favourite of the trio. I’m partial to skin oils anyway (having dry skin means they soak in and deeply hydrate without feeling greasy) but this one is an absolute gem. A blend of 100% plant oils, it’s a natural hydrator and contains  softening argan and organic rosehip oils, soothing neroli, lavender and chamomile essential oils plus antioxidant natural source vitamin E which leaves skin looking radiant.

Liz Earle’s Daily Ritual is priced at £25 and is available exclusively here

ARRAN Sense of Scotland Advent Calendar – Purple*

Ok, so I might be a touch slow to post an advent calendar, but it’s such an awesome one, and we’re still in the first week of December, so I’m going to say it squeaks in. It’s my first dabbling into the newly relaunched Arran Sense of Scotland (previously Arran Aromatics), and I’m absolutely in love with it!

The finish and sense of luxury in the advent calendar are obvious just from looking at it. First of all, it’s huge, and closed with a violet satin ribbon. Every morning it’s an absolute joy to open up, and squirrel out my daily gift.

Opening like a book, there are twenty four windows to work through, all filled with travel sized bottles of Arran Sense of Scotland goodies. The contents have a value of over £80, and the contents vary between scents and products, so it’s a gorgeous surprise every morning!

I didn’t want to get too spoiler-y, so I only opened a couple of the days which have already passed, but it gives you a great idea of what’s inside. So far I’ve had a body lotion, soap, shampoo and a couple of shower gels. All of them are generously sized, and they smell glorious!

It’s a great way to try out a whole selection of Arran Sense of Scotland’s products, and it’s a whole lot more fun than unwrapping a teeny chocolate in the morning!

Arran Sense of Scotland Advent Calendar in Purple is priced at £45 and is available here.

Elizabeth Arden I Heart Eight Hour Lip Palette*

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Considering the original Eight Hour Cream is one of my most repurchased products, probably ever. When I caught sight of the limited edition I Heart Eight Hour palette I was smitten.

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Packaged in an absolutely adorable red metallic compact, this is probably the only compact which I can’t lose in my handbag! It’s made from reinforced cardboard, so it’s lightweight, and it slips into even my sleekest handbags easily.

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With three tinted shades of Eight Hour lip colour, the palette will keep you going all winter long. And bonus? The shades don’t only tint lips, and leave them pleasingly glossy, but the formula is super hydrating, which is exactly what I need in the cold weather!

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With a red, pink and plum shade to choose from, as well as a brush to apply, the formulas are very thick, with a slightly sticky finish. This means that once they’re on your lips, they aren’t going to budge. I easily get about two hours of glossy wear before the formula starts to sink in.

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I just adore the selection of shades, as they really are the definition of versatile. I tend to stick to the pink shade for day, and alternate between the plum and red shades for evening. As if they weren’t pretty enough on the lips, they’re also perfect used as a touch of subtle cheek colour!

Elizabeth Arden’s I Heart Eight Hour Palette is priced at £27 and is available here (UK)

Burberry Beauty – COMPLETE EYE PALETTE – SMOKEY BROWN NO.00*

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I’ve been absolutely bowled over by Burberry Beauty recently. Everything seems to get better and better, and I’m glad to say, the Complete Eye Palette in Smokey Brown No.00 is an absolute stunner! Packaged in the brand’s signature checks, this has to be one of the most beautiful compacts available.

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Unlike most compacts which give up valuable shadow-space for a couple of foam tipped applicators, which I inevitably bin pretty much immediately, Burberry tucked three tiny little applicators into the velvet pouch. There’s a rather nifty little liner brush which is perfect for achieving a bit of smudged definition whilst on the go. There’s a cute little bristle brush for sweeping colour over the lid too! There’s a foam-tipped applicator in there, but since it doesn’t take the place of an eyeshadow – I’ll let it go!

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The compact itself is absolute perfection – two cool-toned taupes, a warm brown and a chocolate shade are all nestled together. It’s absolutely stunning to look at – the shadows are all embossed with the Burberry check, and it’s almost too pretty to use.

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I say almost, because, honestly, look at those colours. There was not way that I could stop myself from playing around with them. I’d heard a lot about Burberry’s eyeshadows, but I was still absolutely blown away by their smooth, buttery texture. Honestly swiping these on the back of my hand, I half thought they were cream formulas. Super richly pigmented with an insane level of colour payoff, these really do live up to the hype.

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The shades do work wonderfully when blended together, but they’re equally wonderful used alone for a pretty, minimalistic look. On a daily basis, I smudged the slightly coppery tone across my lids, and define with a quick slick of the chocolate shade. If I’m after something a bit fancier, I cover the lid in the cool taupe, highlight with the neutral, adding a little of it to my lid and the inner corners, then cut my crease with my copper. Then I define using the chocolate and add lashings of Burberry’s Cat Lashes mascara (review here). The shadows all have a beautiful, subtle sheen that’s seriously flattering, and they last all day too!

Burberry Complete Eye Palette is priced at £40 and is available here (UK) and here (US)

 

Bobbi Brown Repair Nourishing Milk*

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When it comes to skincare, I feel like Bobbi Brown’s offerings are sometimes overlooked. Their day cream is absolutely incredible for dry skin, and I’ve been a fan of their eye cream for years! So, I absolutely jumped at the chance to try one of the newest additions to the brand’s skincare lineup – the Bobbi Brown Extra Repair Nourishing Milk.

fullsizeoutput_b2bDesigned to be a moisture boost for skin, this couldn’t be more perfect for me if it tried! If, like me, you’ve got dry skin, that’s feeling the effects of cold weather and wind, this is an incredibly simple addition to your skincare regime which will make a serious difference.

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Promising to deliver all the moisture of an oil to skin, but with none of the shine or greasiness, I pat a few drops of the Repair Nourishing Milk into cleansed skin every morning. It has a gorgeous, lightweight, milky texture which my skin immediately drinks up.

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If you have oily skin, you might be able to get away with it as your daily moisturiser, butI top off using my regular cream. It’s a great way to really tailor your skincare to your face’s needs, and give it the moisture boost it needs at this time of year.

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Even though the Repair Nourishing Milk delivers a serious dose of moisture to skin, it’s never too much or leaves skin overloaded or greasy, instead, it just primes skin, so makeup applies beautifully! Plus, it works over time to rejuvenate skin for a healthier-looking complexion. Win win!

Bobbi Brown Extra Repair Nourishing Milk is priced at £54 and is available here (UK) and here (US)