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We’re getting awfully close to the big day, and if you’re still trying to find gifts which people are going to love and cherish, I’ve got a tip for you! The Christmas Cheerz Box is a gorgeous little surprise which anyone would be over the moon to find under the tree!

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Coming packaged in a stunning gift box, complete with silky ribbon, the Cheerz Christmas Box is a wonderful little surprise for all of your loved ones. You can upload photos either from your computer or from your Instagram account, which are then formatted to look like an old-school polaroid.

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I chose some pictures from my travels as I never get round to printing them off! They’re so pretty, and you can play about with filters so make them look as vintage as you like!

Cheerz Christmas Boxes are priced at £12.95 and are available here

Bobbi Brown Sterling Nights Palette

When I was in Jenners a couple of weeks ago, enjoying my Bobbi Brown makeup lesson (you can read about it here), I got to play around with some of the brand’s limited edition goodies which have been released just in time for Christmas.

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I couldn’t resist the Sterling Nights palette, which contains nine of the most gorgeous neutral shades you could imagine. Packaged in a beautifully weighted black compact, it’s a real stand-out product!

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The shadows are inspired by star-studded skies, and range in textures from creamy mattes to rich, sparkle infused shades which glisten on the eyes. I just adore the range of cool toned neutrals, which make achieving a smoky eye incredibly easy.

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For day, I like to mix the soft taupe shades (middle left and top middle) and line my eyes with the shimmery chocolate brown (middle right side). It gives eyes the perfect amount of definition without looking overdone, and the shadow textures are just perfection. Then, if I want a more intense look, all I need to do is add a little of the darker shades.

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I absolutely adore all the shadows in the palette, but if I had to choose a favourite, I think it would be the bottom left shade Midnight Sparkle. It’s a deep charcoal which has been shot through with plum glitter, and it’s just such an unusual shade, and it’s incredibly pretty on the eye. For a more dramatic evening look, I’ve been using Midnight Sparkle as a liner, then finishing the look with lashings of mascara.

Bobbi Brown’s Sterling Nights Palette is priced at £59.00 and is available here (UK) and here (US)

 

Glossybox UK December

I think we all have rather high expectations for the last beauty boxes of the year, and thankfully, Glossybox haven’t haven’t disappointed! Teaming up with blogger ReallyRee, this month’s offering is a study in rose gold, and covers everything from skincare to lipgloss!

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The box itself is such a joy to open – a metallic rose gold emblazoned with wintery sayings. It feels wonderfully seasonal, and it’s just so pretty!

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Once you get inside, you can see how well thought out the box is. With everything from a face mask to highlighter, the box really does contain everything you need to get through the festive season!

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I’m always rather happy to get Darphin samples – they’re a brand I’m pretty much in love with, so getting to try the new 8 Flower Nectar Oil Cream. It’s a super rich formula, that just sinks into dry skin, so my winter-ravaged skin has really been enjoying the treat! It is quite heavily fragranced, but it’s such a gentle cream that I don’t really mind.

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Etre Belle is a brand I don’t think I’ve come across before, but their Caviar Eye Gel sounds rather luxurious! Packaged in a golden roller ball, the gel smoothes, relaxes and refreshes tired eyes, so it’s perfect for using after late evenings. The gel itself is lovely and lightweight, and I keep my rollerball in the fridge for some extra refreshment.

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The final piece of skincare in the box is a Starskin Red Carpet Ready Face Mask. I absolutely adore these paper masks, as they force me to sit still and actually relax, so I’m looking forward to trying out this one! It promises to smooth, rejuvenate and hydrate skin, so I can’t wait!

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I don’t think I could love the colour of this Essence Liquid Lipstick any more if I tried. Even though I wear neutral shades daily, this pinky red is just so pretty, and it provides a much needed pop of colour during grey evenings.

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It’s a full size tube, and it has a beautifully glossy finish on the lips. It’s not the longest-wearing colour I’ve tried, but it’s a great colour and doesn’t feel drying to wear.

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In grey December days, I like my skin to look as healthy as possible, so this So Susan Skin Highlighting Crayon was very warmly welcomed. I think it’s another full size product, and it’s a great little makeup bag staple.

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Packaged in a crayon stick, the highlighter itself has a chiselled tip for precise and easy application, and on the skin it gives a luminous golden sheen. If you’re a mid to olive tone, I think this will look absolutely stunning, as it does look a little yellow on my pink-toned skin.

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The last little gem in the box is a full size nail colour from the Cheeky brand. It’s the diffusion line from the Cowshed Beauty Line, and the shade is Candy Shop – a true bubblegum pink.

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To get an even, opaque coverage I needed three thin coats, but it’s such a staple shade, I can see myself reaching for it well into the Spring.

Glossybox subscriptions are priced from £10.00 per month +p&p and are available here.

Omorovicza Moor Mud Christmas Set

Whenever I’m looking to buy gifts for someone, I always like to treat them to something rather indulgent. And when they’re packaged as beautifully as Omorovicza’s Moor Mud Christmas Set, I don’t even need to worry about the wrapping!

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Tucked inside a rather luxurious gift box are three of the brand’s best loved products, as well as a dinky little Cleansing Mitt. It’s all you need to keep skin soft, clear and glowing throughout the Festive Season and well into the new year.

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I love how the box is laid out, and when I cracked it open, I couldn’t wait to get stuck in and give myself something of an at-home facial. I absolutely adored my treatment at Harvey Nichols (you can read about it here), so getting to relive the experience is such a treat!

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The Thermal Cleansing Balm was the very first Omorovicza product I tried, and it’s truly one of the best out there. In the jar it looks rather intimidating in colour, but once you dig a little of the formula out it’s a light grey which smells absolutely incredible!

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The balm is incredibly rich in Hungarian Moor Mud, which has a unique mineral complex that detoxifies and purifies the skin. Even when my skin is at it’s driest, the balm never makes my face feel tight or dry. It’s a wonderful option for sensitive winter skin, and it removes makeup like an absolute dream. If you’re thinking about treating yourself to the balm, it’s worth buying the Moor Mud Christmas Set as it’s the same price as a single jar of the cleanser!

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Omorovicza’s Refining Facial Polisher is one of the products that I’ve been absolutely dying to try! Thanks to the marine micro-algea in the formula, the Facial Polisher is a deep emerald green shade, and it’s a really fun product to use.

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The exfoliation in the product comes from ground pumice, which means that it’s super gentle on my sensitive skin, and I can really see a massive difference in my skin when I use it! The tube is a very generous 30ml, which is just under a 1/3 of a full size, so it’s going to keep me going for quite a while!

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The last skincare product in the set is the Deep Cleansing Mask. It’s probably the most conventional product out of the three, but it’s a must have for keeping skin clear over the holidays. I’ve been using it weekly, as I love how the calcium and magnesium-rich formula clears congested pores and brightens my complexion. Moor mud is the key ingredient in the mask, as it works to clear skin, without making it feel taut – so perfect for this time of year!

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The last little parcel in the Moor Mud Christmas Set is the super cute little Mini Mitt. Made of pure white cotton, it easily slips over a couple of fingertips and is perfect for removing cleansers and masks.

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It’s perfect for my little DIY spa sessions, and its dinky size means I can keep it (in it’s little pouch) alongside my cleansers.

The Moor Mud Christmas Set is priced at £46 and is available here

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Getting a perfume designed to your exact specifications feels like something out of a dream. A pinch of something mixed with your favourite notes of this and that is something that most people can only fantasise about, but for Azzi Glasser, it’s her specialty.

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For the past few years, she’s been the nose behind some of the most beautiful perfumes. If you’ve sniffed Agent Provocateur’s scents (review here) or fallen in love with Bella Freud’s perfumes (review here) you’re familiar with Azzi’s work, so you can imagine how excited I was when I found out she was releasing her own line of fragrances.

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Working closely with Harvey Nichols, Azzi Glasser has released a beautifully curated line of bespoke perfumes which are available exclusively from the store. So, as you can imagine, when I got the chance to sit down with Azzi a couple of weeks ago to learn more, I jumped!

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The opportunity was truly an incredible one – Azzi is the perfumer to the stars, and has created bespoke fragrances for everyone from Johnny Depp to Orlando Bloom, so getting to sit down and listen to her stories behind the fragrances was fascinating. Since I don’t have the £15,000 it costs to create a bespoke fragrance with her, I wanted to hear all about the 11 scents she’s created for Harvey Nichols; each one inspired by a rather glamorous character.

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The fragrances encompass everything from the rather stately smelling Old Books (Stephen Fry is a fan), to the wonderfully sexy Mr. Vetivert (beloved by ladies man Jude Law). Azzi has also included her own signature scent in the form of Sequoia Wood (a very sexy yet wearable blonde wood) in her line up, and I was very kindly gifted a bottle of the fragrance C.

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According to Azzi, C is worn by Kate Moss, and it is, undoubtedly, the darkest, sexiest scent I own. When first applied, there is a whoosh of rose and blonde woods, but it settles into a rich floral subtly accented with notes of Oudh and vetivert. It’s a scent for debauched evenings and I’m not surprised – the character of the perfume is described as ‘magnetic, confident and edgy,’ and it smell deliciously opulent! Since it’s such an attention grabbing fragrance – a couple of spritzes to my hair, neck and wrists keeps me smelling amazing all evening!

As if the perfumes weren’t beautiful enough, the effort put into the packaging of them is really something special. They come in a black box with resembles a book, complete with red seal. They’re really a thing of beauty, and really reinforce the links between Azzi’s perfumes and the characters she has created them for. Not only that, but if you’re collecting a few (and once you get a sniff of them, you’ll want to begin a collection!) they look incredibly imposing. Once you get inside the boxes, the bottles come in a black pouches which are perfect for popping into your handbag.

Azzi Glasser perfumes are priced at £95.00 each and you can find them here.

Thank you so much to Harvey Nichols Edinburgh and to Azzi Glasser