Sunday, 25 November 2018

Christmas Gift Guide 2018 - Under £50

 Christmas gift guide 2018

I always contemplate whether or not to do a gift guide every Christmas, but sure enough, I always cave! I know there's so many around and you're probably getting sick of them by now, but putting them together makes me feel so festive, I just can't resist! I've had the Christmas tunes blaring all day and I'm so ready for it!

Whether you're looking for gift inspiration for your nearest and dearest or even yourself, here's a few of my best picks for under £50...

Christmas gift guide 2018

STOCKING FILLERS

I think that small beauty picks are perfect for stocking fillers, especially if they're little luxuries that you wouldn't necessarily buy yourself. Mascaras such as NARS Climax and Hourglass Caution Extreme Lash will without doubt always be a hit. They're two of the most talked about mascara launches of 2018 and not only do they both give amazing volume but they're also darn nice to look at.

For eyes a gorgeous pot of glittery goodness like the Tarte Chrome Paint Shadow Pots will always bring a smile. They have the most gorgeous finish and are intensely pigmented. They also have a cute mini gift set that's worth picking up too. The Glossier Lidstars are super cute and have such a gorgeous subtle long lasting finish that I'm addicted to. Plus you can get a duo with a little discount so that's one to give away and one to keep, am I right?

Anything from Charlotte Tilbury makes me swoon, especially a gorgeously packaged Pillow Talk lipstick. Jo Malone isn't the most affordable brand but if you wanted to gift a little luxury, the Jo Malone Geranium and Walnut Hand Cream is so silky and divine. It's my all time favourite and I'm sure you know someone who will love it too.

For hair, the Hair Podz Diamond Brush* is a genius product. Not only does it gently detangle tresses, but the bottom pops up to reveal a rotating mirror and a secret compartment to house your hair grips and bobbles. Everything you need for keeping your hair under control when you're on the go. It also has a rather fancy Swarovski crystal on it if that wasn't enough.

Christmas gift guide 2018

Christmas gift guide 2018

GIFT SETS

I absolutely adore gift sets. They provide the perfect opportunity to try out something new in a smaller size before committing and they also come gorgeously packaged in a box, ready to wrap or to pop into a gift bag with some fancy tissue paper. Caudalie do gift sets so well, they also do them all throughout the year so I pick them up for myself quite often as they're really economical. What I love about them is that they include a full size item which is the price of the whole set and a couple of travel sizes to try out.

My top pick this year is the Caudalie Brightening Heroes Set*. Their Vinoperfect range is one of my faves and gives even the most dull complexions a glow! There's also this cute little Caudalie Vinosource Christmas Cracker* which is perfect for a table setting or a Secret Santa gift. Inside there's three hydrating skincare products, including the Vinosource Moisturising Sorbet which is perfect for any skin type. A great gift to give in this cold moisture sucking weather.

Laura Mercier release a Mini Caviar Shadow Stick Collection set every year and this year's is as beautiful as ever. The colours are extremely wearable and intensely pigmented. They go such a long way I think it would be impossible to use up a full size so these smaller ones are great value for money.


Christmas gift guide 2018

Christmas gift guide 2018

BEAUTY

Jade rollers have been quite big for a few years now and out of all of them available, the Yu Ling Double Jade Facial roller comes beautifully boxed and ready to gift. The larger end is perfect for boosting circulation and sculpting the cheeks and jaw, and the smaller end is perfectly sized for around the eyes, removing any puffiness and giving the feeling of calm.

If you're in the market for a pretty palette, I think Charlotte Tilbury offer some of the best around. The Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Palette in Golden Goddess is so universal and never fails to impress. If colour and a wider selection of shadows are your thing, the new Huda Beauty Topaz Obesssions Palette is a dream for any warm eyeshadow palette. The other colour ways are also lovely but this one really stands out. Moving on to cheeks, there's the Fenty Beauty Killawat Freestyle Highligher Duo which gives the best of both worlds: an intense highlighter or a more subtle glow if that's your thing.

FRAGRANCE

I can't do a gift guide and not include a Jo Malone fragrance. I can't think of a single beauty lover who wouldn't want to unwrap a Jo Malone cologne at Christmas! Jo Malone Honeysuckle & Davana will appeal to most as it's a mix of florals and woodiness. It's fresh and elegant and always pulls in a few compliments. It reminds me of a walk in the countryside on a fresh sunny autumn day.

LIFESTYLE

This might not be the best heading but I didn't know where to put this one! Anyone who follows Victoria from In The Frow or has an interest in fashion will appreciate her first book, The New Fashion Rules. It's a perfect coffee table book that you can dip in and out off, but it will be hard to put it down at the same time. Victoria details the evolution of the fashion industry and how the internet has shaped it and our style as we've moved into the digital age. It's a very interesting read and not like the majority of blogger books that have come out over the last few years. There's also some Instagram tips from Victoria that are super helpful.

Happy shopping!

Laura

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Wednesday, 7 November 2018

Marc Jacobs Coconut Fantasy Collection

Marc Jacobs Beauty Coconut Fantasy Collection review


I'm really not kidding when I say that I've had this post about the Marc Jacobs Coconut Fantasy Collection in my drafts since the summer! I bought a few bits from the collection when it launched on Net-A-Porter but then it sold out and came back in dribs and drabs. Luckily, Harvey Nichols has started stocking Marc Jacobs and the collection is now available across the two sites so I can share it with you. Patience really is a virtue it would seem!
 
So after this long wait, is it really worth it? Marc Jacobs Beauty has always been a bit of an illusive brand in the UK with not much of a physical store presence and limited retailers to buy it from so I've held back not wanting to buy something that might not be suitable for me. Kinda kicking myself on that one now as it really is a good premium line.


Marc Jacobs Beauty Coconut Fantasy Collection review


Warm eyeshadows have really taken over in the last couple of years and Marc Jacob's offering is beautiful. The Marc Jacobs Eye-Conic Longwear Eyeshadow Palette in Fantascene consists of seven shades, with a mix of four mattes, one satins and two metallic shades which allow you to create a plethora of multi-finish cohesive looks. The colour story really speaks to me with this one as its so versatile. I've created some really pretty every day looks and some more intense almost editorial looks as well. That sounds a little more fancy than the outcome as lets face it, I'm no makeup artist but it shows how much fun you can have with it! The richly pigmented copper shade 'Meet ya' in the middle is utterly gorgeous and looks incredible applied all over the lid with a wet brush for a foiled finish. This shade and the pink metallic 'She Said' next to it do have a little bit of fall out when applied with a dry brush so they need a very light hand - just a warning if you're heavy handed like I am. From the swatches below you can see how richly pigmented the eyeshadows are, including the mattes. They wear well and aren't at all chalky.


Marc Jacobs Beauty Coconut Fantasy Collection review

Marc Jacobs Beauty Coconut Fantasy Collection review


The Marc Jacobs O!mega Coconut Bronzer in Perfect Tan is the product that gets all the hype and I'll admit, tipped me over the edge to splash the cash. It was a limited edition launch last year and then earlier this summer, but now it's a permanent feature in the line. Not only is the compact gorgeous, it's the size of my head and the mirror inside is incredibly practical. The compact is substantial and weighty, but also slim so its easy to cart about with you. This bronzer will last for years, it really is that big! The colour is cooler than Marc Jacob's other offering and so it's really flattering on pale skin - something that I really struggle with when it comes to bronzers as so many are too warm and muddy looking on me. The Coconut Bronzer is infused with coconut so it also smells pretty divine, but not overpowering if fragrance isn't your thing. The formula deserves a mention too - matte but not flat and finely milled for a smooth application which is hard to go overboard with. I'm not the most experienced bronzer wearer so a buildable formula such as this is just the ticket and I'm into it an a big way.


Marc Jacobs Beauty Coconut Fantasy Collection review


I'll be honest and say that the rose gold colour of the highlighter was too much for me to leave behind, but in hindsight the deep shade of the Marc Jacobs Dew Drops Coconut Gel Highlighter in Coconut Fantasy isn't really suitable for my pale complexion. If you have a medium or deep skin tone then this is going to be perfect for you. It's quite a rich and thick liquid formula which gives it the most amazing colour payoff but means that you can't sheer it out neat too much on the skin. How I've been wearing it is to mix a tiny drop with my foundation which in turn bronzes up my skin and gives the most amazing glow. It's also beautiful when mixed with a primer or moisturiser on bare skin. I was determined not to let it go to waste but as I said, it's just too dark for me as a highlighter. I really want to pick up the lighter champagne shade as it would be perfect for my skin I think.


Marc Jacobs Beauty Coconut Fantasy Collection review


Since picking these up I've also tried out a couple of the gel highliners which are stunning. I had heard so much about them and they are really worth the hype. Harvey Nichols has also got the holiday collection in stock now and oh my word it's beautiful! The packaging is gold and glossy and I'm going to have to steer clear or no one is getting anything for Christmas this year... Have you tried any Marc Jacobs beauty? I'd love to hear what products you rate from them.

Laura

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