I love an annual Christmas tradition – obviously this year we can’t do all of our favourites, but Kiehl’s is making sure we can treat ourselves as normal with their gorgeous line-up of limited edition festive favourites. I always look forward to their annual editions, and this year’s features some gorgeously festive artwork by Maïté Franchi.
If, like me, your skin is prone to dryness, you seriously need to try Kieh;’s Creme de Corps Whipped Body Butter. It’s got the dreamiest whipped consistency which feels pretty much like a cloud to apply, and I love to use it in the evenings after showering. It smells absolutely incredible thanks to the Shea Butter and Jojoba in the formula, and Soy Milk leaves skin feeling silky soft too.
It’s one of those products which is a complete joy and a treat to use, so it’s the perfect way to show someone you’re thinking about them this Christmas. Whether you’re adding it into a skincare hamper, or sending it to someone this winter, it would make an absolutely perfect gift!
Kiehl’s Creme de Corps Whipped Body Butter is priced at £37 and is available here (UK) and here (US)
When it comes to gifting, I’m all about finding presents which are a real treat as well as being supremely useful, and I think I’ve found an absolute winner in the form of Eteaket. Not only does the brand produce some of the most delicious teas that you can imagine, but they also offer a range of gifting ideas which are absolutely perfect for Christmas.
Their Infuser Mug (in the most festive cherry red) has become one of my most reached-for items in the kitchen. It comes complete with loose leaf tea strainer and saucer, so it’s a whole experience in one. You can also choose from a range of beautifully cheery colours, and I’m already contemplating treating myself to the baby pink one too! I’m a big tea-drinker since I work at home, and I love Eteaket’s loose leaf blends, and cycle through a few different flavours as the day goes on. I also love the tiny little egg-timer you can pick-up, which lets you brew the perfect cup of tea.
New for Christmas, Eteaket has two, perfectly festive teas, which I have fallen madly in love with. Winter Baked Apple and Almond is pretty much an apple strudel in a cup. With chunks of apple, cinnamon sticks, sultanas, chamomile flowers and orange blossom it’s a deliciously festive treat which I love to enjoy in the evening. It’s caffeine free, so it’s perfect for nighttime sipping, as the chamomile in there is super soothing. The second festive option you can choose is Let’s Mull it Over i.e. Christmas in a cup. Truly one of the most delicious teas you can enjoy – I’ve been treating myself to at least two cups of the stuff a day since receiving the tube! A mix of dried apple, hibiscus blossom, elderberries, blueberries, cranberries and orange peel (among other bits), it’s perfect for using with the infusion cup (it’s probably a bit chunky to use in a teabag) and it really is divine. A few minutes steeping creates a ruby-red tea which is absolutely jam-packed full of Christmas flavour. You can even use the tea as the based for your mulled wine!
Whatever you’re in the mood for this festive season, head over to Eteaket for your Christmas gifts this year. You can find their selection of goodies here.
When it comes to beauty heroes, I’m not sure you can get much more iconic that Estee Lauder’s Advanced Night Repair. I can remember sneaking drops of the stuff from my mum’s beauty stash when I was little, so when Estee Lauder sent news of their new formulation for 2020, I couldn’t wait to give it a go!
Coming packaged in the familiar brown bottle, Estee Lauder’s new Advanced Night Repair is designed to target and reverse the signs of ageing. After cleansing in the evening, I pat a few drops onto dry skin. It’s got a lovely light consistency, which sinks into skin immediately, and once I’ve applied it, I follow it up with a rich moisturiser. Using a patented Chronolux™ Power Signal Technology, the serum blurs the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and works to deeply hydrate skin too. Not only this, but the formula plumps skin adding hydration, and smoothing out the skin’s surface. With continued use, Advanced Night Repair evens out your skin’s tone, and it even defends the skin against the daily environmental stressors of life, including pollution and blue light (perfect if, like me, you spend your life in front of a computer screen).
Estee Lauder’s New Advanced Night Repair is priced from £60 and is available here (UK) and here (US)
When it comes to homewares, I’m not sure you can do much better than to head to the Restoration Yard. Filled with everything from glassware to cushions and everything in between, every time I visit I want to completely redecorate.
What I love most is how special all their bits and pieces are – I loved these bee glasses, which are perfect for morning smoothies, or at this time of year, an evening glass of mulled wine. These were a very reasonable £9.95 and although they’re now available online, you kind find more glassware here.
If you’re anything like me, you’ll give (and receive) approximately a hundred candles over the next few we aeks, and it always feels like such a luxury to have one burning when I’m working at home. Christmas candles are always as gorgeous as well as beautifully scented, so it’s a shame to light them with a lighter or kitchen match. Restoration Yard have made lighting them as glamorous as the candles themselves with these stunning matches. These would be perfect to display on a mantle to add a dose of Christmas cheer (similar available here)
When browsing all the gorgeous bits and bobs, I was amazed at how reasonably priced all the goodies were. The stunning egg cups are only £5.95 each, and I love the chic, scando-look they’d bring to the breakfast table. The stunning blue and white vessels are equally as pretty, and would be perfect for holding milk, or with flowers spilling over the side. I’m thinking of a few people who will be getting interior hampers from me this Christmas, and these would make such great additions!
If you’re looking for some fun Secret Santa gifts, or if your family has a £10 or £15 limit – Restoration Yard have plenty of options which will delight all year long. I’m kind of obsessed with this snarky mug which is perfect for raising a smile on busy mornings, and there are tonnes to choose from here.
If, like me, you live in a house that’s a temple to neutrals, a bright pop of colour is always welcome. I’m obsessed with these beautiful Tweedmill blankets, which are soft enough to snuggle up with, whilst looking absolutely incredible. I adore the mix of patterns, and I think they’d make the perfect picnic blanket in the summer months too! The Tweedmill blankets are priced at £59.95 and they’re available here.
As if all the goodies aren’t gorgeous enough, but Restoration Yard have some of the loveliest wrapping paper I’ve come across. These would all look amazing piled under the tree – and I’m not sure you can beat dachshunds wearing Santa hats!
There’s so much to choose from this Christmas, and you can find it all here
I’m not sure about you, but at this time of year, I’m all about the cosy. When I’m working from home, I’m pretty much guaranteed to have a cup of hot tea within a foot of me, so when I’m out and about, I’ve been trying to be more organised (and eco-friendly) by taking a hot tea out with me, so I can keep cosy, no matter how busy I am.
HydrateM8’s Insulated Water Bottle has made life so much easier for me – not only is it adorable (I’m a sucker for anything personalised, and the colour is absolutely gorgeous) but it’s super portable (and leak free). It’s so easy to fill up before I leave the house, stash in my handbag and use when I’m in the car. Thanks to it’s powder coating, it’s super durable, so even a klutz like me hasn’t scratched it, and I have been so, so impressed with how hot the bottle keeps beverages.
Once it’s filled with hot liquids, the bottle keeps them piping hot for over 12 hours, and it can keep cold liquids chilled for 24 hours! I had made up some tea before leaving the house, and remembered to drink it about five hours later, and honestly, it was still absolutely boiling. It’s absolutely perfect for this time of year, and it’s already been a life-saver on work road trips, when finding a coffee shop has been more than a little tricky!
HydrateM8’s Insulated Water Bottle is priced at £20 (personalisation is £4.99) and is available here.