When it comes to crowd-pleasing gifts, I don’t think you can ever go wrong with a bit of Estee Lauder. The brand has been the epitome of glamour for as long as I can remember, and they always have the chicest range of gifts each Christmas. I’ve fallen absolutely in love with their Mini Winter Nudes Gift Set.
Comprising of five of the brand’s best nude shades in their Pure Colour Envy formula (one of my favourites), the lipsticks are small enough to slip into the chicest clutches once we’re allowed back out.
Ranging from a made-for-lunch dates nude, through to a deep ./l; chocolatey brown, the range of shades will suit all skin tones, and it’s such a lovely way to gift someone with a little glamour this Christmas!
The Estee Lauder Pure Colour Envy Mini Lipstick Set is priced at £36 and is available here
When it comes to family traditions, finding cute, glitzy treats in my stocking has got to be one of my favourites. When I was little, pots of Barry M were the ultimate goal, swiped on in time for Christmas dinner, and over the years, I’ve progressed (a bit!) to seriously gorgeous bits from the likes of Too Faced.
If there was ever a brand who was made for Christmas, Too Faced are it! From their adorable packaging all the way through to products which are as high-performing as they are pretty, they always knock the season completely out the park!
Their Lip Injection Extreme Plump & Tasty Trio feature three of the brand’s iconic Lip Injections glosses, each with a delicious scent and flavour. From the clear Original, which is shot through with holographic glitter, to the mouth-watering Pumpkin Pie and Sugar Cookie, they’re the perfect bundle for raising the glamour stakes this Christmas.
If you’ve never tried the Lip Injection formulas – they’re perfect if you’re looking for a little extra oomph. There is a bit of a tingle when you apply the gloss, but within about 10 minutes it dies down to nothing. It’s got a good amount of stick and it lasts and lasts. I’m also more than a little in love with the scents – they’re so sweet and fun. They’re also a fun mini-size, so they slide right into my handbag without taking up any room at all!
Too Faced Lip Injection Extreme Plump & Tasty Trio is priced at £24 and is available here (UK) and similar here (US)
I know you’re not meant to wash your hair daily, but if I don’t, I’m left with a mess which is equal parts dry and frizzy – it’s not a great look! I’m always meaning to invest in new brushes and tools, so I fell more than a little in love when Gold Class Haircare sent over there stunning Super Brush.
The gold-plated brush has been designed to give you a professional finish every morning, and I’ve been absolutely loving getting to use it every day. Unlike other paddle brushes, this one allows airflow, letting hair dry a whole lot more quickly. It’s also perfect for smoothing the hair cuticle – leaving you with a professional-looking blow dry which lasts all day long.
It’s also perfect if you’ve got extensions in – the bristles are spaced apart, and it doesn’t tug or tear on ends. It’s so pretty, so it even looks beautiful when it’s out on the bathroom counter!
Gold Class Thermal Super Brush is priced at £30 and is available here.
When it comes to gifting, I’m always on the lookout for gifts which are going to really delight, and I think this Gin Hamper from The Lakes Gin is a sure-fire hit. Packaged in a stunning gift box, the hamper contains a full-size bottle of The Lakes’ Classic Gin, alongside two branded glasses, which are just perfect for a festive G&T or cocktail.
The Lakes Gin is a classic English gin, which combines notes of juniper, cracked black pepper and orange peel. It’s delicious paired with a classic tonic, and I’ve been following The Lakes Gin for inspiration and adding a slice of grapefruit for a little extra zing. The website even has recipes for martinis and negronis, which I can’t wait to try over the next few weeks!
Apart from tasting absolutely incredible, I think the bottle is absolutely beautiful. I’m just obsessed with how stunning it is – it’s a real show-stopper, and I think it just adds to how special the hamper is. And let’s face it – after a year like 2020, I think we’re all in need of a big g&t!
The Lakes Distillery Gin Hamper is priced at £50 and is available here.
Is there anything lovelier than gifting someone a huge bunch of flowers? I think it’s such a wonderful way to show someone how much you care, and there is something so special about getting to enjoy something so beautiful in your own home. Brand new Edinburgh-based florist, Ollie and Ivy have just opened up their first boutique in the Waverley Mall, and their festive bouquet Jekyll& Yuletide is a celebration of Edinburgh-born author, Robert Louis Stevenson.
Filled with roses, thistles and festive berries, the bouquet is available in two different sizes, and is a stunning addition to your winter decorations. Ollie and Ivy’s founder Marie, was trained in floristry in Paris, and she brings a dash of je ne sais quoi to her arrangements.
The large bouquet (pictured) is priced at £49 and is available here