Saturday, 3 December 2016

Christmas Gift Guide 2016

christmas gift guide

I thought I would join in and compile a gift guide this year as I'm feeling Christmas for sure. This year is especially exciting as it's our first Christmas in our new house. It's crazy to think that this time last year the whole purchase was in question, so it's something of an achievement that we're now finally here!

Maybe this will give you some shopping inspiration, or perhaps you'll be putting a few things down on your own Christmas list.
It wouldn't be Christmas without a candle, and Diptyque is always my go-to. Every year they release three limited edition candles, but I think this has to be the best one yet. Epices et Delices is the most perfect gingerbread candle. I find most to be really sickly sweet and synthetic, but this Diptyque offering is quite spicy and warm thanks to honey and star anise.

Urban Outfitters Pink Marble iPhone 6s Phone Case - £10 (reduced from £16)
Phone cases are a good bet if you're not sure what to get for someone, or if they literally have everything. Let's face it, we all know someone like that! This pink marble case is so pretty (and seriously Instagrammable!).

How better to introduce someone to the iconic Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel than with this little travel sized pick? Inside the cracker is a 40ml fun sized edition of one of my favourite cleansers. It leaves skin so radiant and purified and is probably my most recommended skincare product.

Estee Lauder X Victoria Beckham Modern Mercury Highlighter - £48
As part of this very special collaboration range, Estee Lauder and VB brought back one of the brand's most loved highlighters. It's a super flattering pink shade which packs a punch in the sparkle factor and it looks absolutely exquisite in it's slick and quite substantial luxury packaging. It's also limited edition which I think is a nice touch for a gift.

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Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit - Surreal Light - £69
Another limited edition pick here, but certainly one any beauty lover would have palpitations upon opening! This handy little palette contains two blushes, an all over face powder, bronzer and highlight, so you've got everything you need here to achieve the most beautiful complexion. Let's not forget the swoon-worthy marble packaging either!

Stila Perfect Me Perfect Hue Palette in Fair/Light - £28
A good alternative if you're sticking to a tighter budget is this eye and cheek palette from Stila. It comes in a few different colour combinations to match different skin tones or preferences, but inside you've got a great collection of shades that I'm always reaching for.

If you're looking for a stocking filler for a beauty lover then this new palette from Sleek is the one! It's part of their Rockstars collection which is all rather beautiful and the palette contains six shimmery shades from a rose gold to a champagne hue, so you can create the most pretty sparkly look imaginable.

Whistles Cornelia Triple Zip Bag in Leopard - £160
Leopard print is everywhere at the moment, and so flattering when used on accessories like this Whistle bag. It's surprisingly roomy with three zipped compartments too. The back is plain leather so it's quite versatile.

Tangle Teezer Aqua Splash* - £13.99
I couldn't be without one of these now (or three if you want to be precise!). The Aqua Splash version is perfect for gently combing a hair mask or conditioner through your tresses without causing any snapping or damage. It's a must-have for me so makes the perfect gift in my book.

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Another little cute stocking filler, or maybe to go alongside something else. Yardley's hand creams are so nice and nourishing and they sink in quickly without any stickyness, so this 50ml Lily of the Valley hand cream is perfect for gifting. Or, you know, keeping for yourself because it's so darn cute. I think I'm going to struggle to give this one away...

Charlotte Tilbury Scent of a Dream Perfume - From £49
Yes, I know perfume is a tricky thing to choose for someone else, but I really do rate this one! It contains both floral and citrus notes so its going to appeal to most people. I'm not going to try and describe how it smells, just trust me when I say it's a bit addictive and like nothing else I've tried before now. I always receive compliments when I wear it too.

Yardley English Rose Gift Set* - £10
This little gift set includes an English Rose perfume and matching body spray, so it's a perfect gift on its own or as a stocking filler. A good one for Secret Santa to give to a work colleague or for someone who adores rose as much as I do. Yardley's scents are so beautiful, they stick around but aren't overpowering or too synthetic.

Face by Pixiwoo - £9.99
I love this book so much, it's probably aimed at more makeup novices, but there's definitely something in there for everyone, and of course for all fans of Sam & Nic Chapman. It's a very well thought out makeup bible and includes loads of makeup artist tips and tricks.

I literally read this from cover to cover when I picked up my copy. Estee very eloquently shares experiences from her life so far (both good and bad), and discusses what's made her the person she is now. You will laugh along with her amazing humour and maybe even shed a tear or two. I love her even more after reading this. What a gal!

Happy shopping!

Laura

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