When it comes to winter, I feel like my candle consumption shoots through the absolute roof. I’m not sure if it’s the dark nights, cold temperatures and wanting to feel a bit cosy (or a combination of all three), but I’ve always got one burning away somewhere! It’s one of the perks of working from home that I can light a candle and enjoy it all day long!
My most recent obsession as been the Softly, Softly Scented Candle in Silk – one of the newest releases from Softly, Softly who produce the most beautiful Alpaca accessories (think dreamy scarves and stoles). Recently released alongside a beautiful Hand Wash and Hand Lotion. It’s such a perfect scent for burning throughout the day – with notes of Neroli and White Lily, it’s clean and comforting, but with a beautifully luxurious twist!
The candle burns cleanly and evenly thanks to being made from soy wax, and I love the double wick – it looks and feels like such a treat to burn, and I find I only need to light the candle for an hour or two to scent the whole house! It would make a beautiful gift for anyone who loves lovely little bits for the house. The candle is also completely cruelty-free and vegan, so perfect if you’ve got people who are a little tricky to buy for!
Softly, Softly Scented Silk Candle is priced at £18 and is available here.
When it comes to Christmas Beauty Sets, you can’t go far wrong with Benefit. Their whole Christmas range is themed around old-school American camper vans, and honestly, they couldn’t be cuter. With options ranging from mini-products to full-sized skincare, you’re going to be able to find the right set for you (or, you know, whoever you’re gifting to).
I couldn’t resist the ‘I Brake for Beauty’ set – a tin featuring four of Benefit’s best-loved products. I use the Hoola bronzer, Gimme Brow Gel almost daily, and their Bad Gal Bang is one of my favourite mascaras for days when I need a little drama. I’ve never actually tried The Pore Fessional Primer before, but I can’t wait to try it during the Christmas Party circuit!
Considering the set has an value of nearly £90, it’s priced at a seriously competitive £34.50, and it means I’ve got back-ups of some of my most-loved products to take me into the New Year. As you might have guessed, this is one of my gift suggestions that I’m keeping for myself, but honestly, who could blame me?!
Benefit’s I Brake for Beauty is priced at £34.50 and is available here (UK) and here (US)
I’m not sure about you, but winter sees me hop in the bath almost nightly. There’s not much which feels better than warming up after a busy day in a piping hot bath. From catching up on my reading, to finding new podcasts to enjoy, the 20-30 minutes I spend soaking away always leaves me feeling brand new. So, when L’Occitane En Provence sent over their Honey Harvest Bath Pearls, I wanted to run a bath there and then.
A limited edition release for Christmas, the pearls come individually packaged, so they’re perfect if you’re jetting off over the festive period, or if you’re visiting family and want to ensure a little ‘you’ time during the break. The pearls are beautifully iridescent and leave the water shimmering and delicately scented with the warmth and sweetness of honey. It’s a real treat for cold winter nights, and I’ve already stocked up on a few of the sachets to take with me on my travels so I can enjoy a little luxury on the go!
L’Occitane en Provence Honey Harvest Bath Pearls are priced at £4 per sachet and they’re available here (UK) and here (US)
When it comes to festive beauty, I’m all about a little extra shine. From glossy lips to glitzy eyes, everything looks a whole lot better when it’s got a bit of gleam. When Bobbi Brown sent over their limited edition Luxe Eye Shadow Rich Gemstone in Opal Moonstone, I couldn’t have been more excited.
I’m pretty picky when it comes to eyeshadows – on a daily basis, I rotate through a rainbow of cool-toned neutrals, and I love to amp things up a little for evenings out. Since I tend to favour monochromatic looks, I love playing with texture – which is exactly where Bobbi Brown’s Luxe Shadow Rich Gemstone in Opal Moonstone comes in. A warm-toned neutral pink, it’s basically skin-toned on me, so it works beautifully to add light and sheen to eyes.
Buffed entirely over the lid, Opal Moonstone is a wash of reflective light which looks absolutely beautiful when paired with my regular low-key makeup looks. Amplified by a dark brown liner, it makes creating a flattering look incredibly easy, and I love it as an easy transformer for day-to-night looks. On evenings when I’m feeling a little braver, and experimenting with a darker, smokier eye, Opal Moonstone brings some much needed light and shine. Buffed into the inner corners of the eyes and across the brow bone, it gives a real sense of grown-up glamour, perfect for the Christmas party circuit.
As if the colour and finish of the eyeshadow wasn’t glorious enough, the texture of the shadow is absolutely dream. Smooth, and almost creamy in consistency, the shadow is as beautifully applied with a brush as it is with a finger. When I was a diffused glow, I buff the shadow in using a Bobbi Brown shadow brush, and when I want a more intense finish, I use my finger to apply. I’ve also found that buffing a little of the shadow over the top of my regular neutral shades gives a beautifully twinkly finish, which feels tailor-made for the Christmas period!
Bobbi Brown’s Luxe Eye Gemstone Shadow in Opal Moonstone is priced at £27 and is available here (UK) and here (US)
If your Christmas shopping has started in earnest, it’s easy to get caught up and shopped-out. Whenever I’m buying gifts for people, I want them to be something special, as well as something that will be reached-for year round, and when it comes to beauty gifts, I don’t think you can go far wrong with Slip’s Pure Silk Skinny Scrunchies Bauble.
Packaged in a dinky pink plastic bauble, it features four of the brand’s iconic silk skinny scrunchies in a choice of four gorgeous neutrals. If you (or your intended recipient) hasn’t jumped back on the scrunchie bus this year – you’re missing out. Gentler on hair than normal elastics, the use of silk eases breakage, and ups moisture levels, meaning your hair stays healthier and shinier for longer. This year I’ve entirely abandoned going to bed in an elastic, instead I’ve bought a handful of these silk options, and I’ve already noticed a difference.
The Slip Bauble’s scrunchies are a selection of four gorgeous colours – I wear the black one pretty much daily, as it looks smart with my regular winter wardrobe of black sweaters. I’m also a real fan of the dusky pink, which feels beautifully feminine, and injects a subtle pop of colour into my otherwise monochrome winter wardrobe.
Slip Pure Silk Skinny Scrunchies Bauble is priced at £25 and is available here (UK) and here (US)