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Friday, November 28, 2014

Christmas Gift Guide #2 - For Women

Last week I posted my first Christmas Gift Guide For Men, now it's time to write one on gifts for women! I always find it a lot easier to find Christmas presents for women, mostly because all my friends seem to like the same things as me, which is handy when it comes to buying gifts! If you're struggling for Christmas gift inspiration for any women in your life I've come up with a few ideas that might help.

1 - Huawei TalkBand B1 - £99.99
If you know anyone who's bit of a fitness fanatic this might be the perfect gift for them. As well as tracking the number of steps you’ve taken and the calories you’ve burnt, the B1 comes with a detachable Bluetooth headset so you can stay connected wherever you are and whatever you are doing. Unlike other devices the B1 band can be paired with any Android or iOS smartphone. 

This gift set from Scholl comes complete with everything you'd need for perfect smooth feet, and to create the perfect pedicure. If you want some more information on this set I've also blogged about it here.

This gift set from Avon The perfect gift for hard working, tired hands and feet after the Christmas chaos, containing: hand, elbow and foot cream a mini pedicure set containing two sticks, a cuticle pusher, an emery board and a cuticle file within a portable stylish pouch.

4 - Retro Diner Chocolate Fountain - £27.99
What woman doesn't love chocolate? So why not give a gift that's better than just chocolate, a chocolate fountain! Melt a bar of luxurious chocolate and enjoy dipping marshmallows and strawberries in!

5 - Ragdale Hall Spa Day Vouchers - Starting at £77
What's better than treating someone you love to a luxury spa day? Ragdale Hall offer a range of packages to suit everyone, perfect to pamper the woman you love!

Hopefully this gift idea will give you some more Christmas ideas. Next week I'll be posting my final Christmas gift guide, so keep an eye out for that one!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Christmas Gifts From Scholl

This year Scholl have some great gift sets for Christmas, one of which is this Scholl Velvet Smooth Luxury Pedicure Set, helping you to give the gift of beautifully smooth feet this Christmas. The Scholl Velvet Smooth Luxury Pedicure Set is packaged up inside a premium pearlescent Scholl Velvet Smooth Beauty Bag which contains all your foot care essentials to get your feet looking fantastic for the festive season retailing at Boots for £40. This perfect pedicure present includes:
·         Scholl Velvet Smooth Express Pedi: An electrical hard skin removal device that gives soft, beautiful feet in an instant by effortlessly buffing away hard skin in minutes. The ergonomically shaped soft-touch handle is comfortable to hold, while the specially designed Micralumina head efficiently rotates to file away hard skin.
·         Scholl Velvet Smooth Intense Serum: Designed to provide intense hydration for feet, the serum contains hyaluronic acid which penetrates into the skin. Hyaluronic acid has an ability to hold and retain water, helping to improve the density and structure of the skin, making it wonderfully elastic. The serum also contains Pentavitin which acts like a “moisture magnet” creating a durable bond with the body's own keratin in the uppermost layer of skin, so that water molecules stored in the skin remain there. Massage into dry skin and see instant results.
I think this makes a great gift for your loved ones this Christmas, and it's certainly something I'll be putting on my own list too! 
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November Favourites

I know everyone and their dog probably says this in their monthly favourites, but how is it the end of November already?! This year really has flown by, but now I'm excited it's the end of November because that means it's finally socially acceptable to get ridiculously excited about Christmas! This month I've been mainly sticking to the same favourite beauty products, here's what I've been enjoying this month.

This was a favourite hair care product last year but I completely forgot all about it. I recently rediscovered it in Boots while it was on offer and remembered why I loved it in the first place. It's great if you've got dry or frizzy hair, and leaves my hair feeling soft and manageable.

I'm pretty sure this is my favourite hair product of all time, and probably gets mentioned on the blog quite frequently. Since using it my hair has improved a lot, and it's brilliant if you're the sort of person who forgets to put heat protection in your hair, like me. 

This is a new skin care favourite of mine, I'm finding it brilliant at keeping my blackheads at bay, as well as leaving my skin looking radiant and glowing. 

Benefit Girl Meets Pearl Highlighter
I've always been a bit rubbish at applying highlighter but lately I've learnt how to do it properly and Benefit's Girl Meets Pearl gives my pale skin the right sort of glow I've been looking for. 

Soap & Glory No Clogs Allowed
I'm finding Soap & Glory's skin care products amazing lately, and this face mask is my current go to for when my skin is awful. It seems to be able to get all the rubbish out of my skin, leaving it feeling super clean and helps to get rid of my pesky blackheads.

I've been neglecting my lipstick collection a lot recently, I just keep forgetting to apply it in the mornings. Luckily my YSL lipstick has been living in my handbag for the past few months so by default it's my current favourite lipstick!

What products have you been loving this month?

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Natural Sea Sponge

I've never really been a fan of using sponges in the shower, I've always found them to be scratchy and irritating on my skin, and the sponges themselves always seem to go out of shape and grow mouldy. So when I was contacted by The Sponge Market I was a bit hesitant about using their sponges. But I was promised that their Natural Honeycomb Sponge would change my mind, so I decided to give it a go. 

The Sponge Market's sponges are made of 100% natural ingredients, making them firm, but also very silky to use. When I first received my Honeycomb 5 - 5.5 inch sponge I was afraid it would be too rough on my sensitive skin, but once it gets wet in the shower it softens up and leaves my skin feeling really soft. When I first received my sponge it felt really firm, so I was worried that after a few weeks of use it would start to lose it's shape. I've been using this for over 4 weeks now and I've found that everyday it dries back into its original shape, and there's no signs of it going mouldy! This is my go to sponge, as it leaves my skin feeling smooth, and even helps with some gentle exfoliation! The Sponge Market's sponges are not only made from natural ingredients, but are also really affordable, with this one retailing for £15.50 and I'm sure it's got a lot of life left in it!

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Monday, November 24, 2014

Christmas Gifts From Benecos

I love buying beauty gifts for Christmas gifts. I have a lot of female friends and family members that are into beauty products just as much as me, and it's always lovely to get them something they can use, especially if it's from a brand they probably won't have heard from before. One brand that I don't think many of my friends will have heard of is Benecos.

One of Benecos's gift sets this year is this one, which retails for £10.95. Each gift set contains products made from natural ingredients, a shower gel, body cream and hand cream. The shower gel contains a beautiful blend of natural and organic ingredients such as Elderberry, calendula and burdock, helping to effectively cleanse the body, whilst also leaving it moisturised, smooth and soft. The body cream helps to hydrate the skin, containing organic ingredients such as calendula, wild rose, linden flower and burdock. The hand cream is a non-greasy light formula made from sweet almond oil, and organic calendula. 

I think this is a great gift idea, especially if you've got any friends who are into natural products. 

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Favourite Autumn/Winter Nail Varnishes

I find that my nail varnish choices tend to go through 'seasonal changes', where come the spring summer months I find myself wearing bright bold colours, and this time of the year I go for darker, greyer shades. For some reason it just doesn't feel right wearing a bright pink nail varnish when it's grey and raining outside. I've noticed I've been doing this subconsciously for a couple of years now, anyone else find this? This year there's been a couple of nail varnishes that I'm really loving.

Left to right - Rimmel London Hot List, Barry M Cappucino, Models Own Purple Grey

I love grey/purpley grey shades and these are some of my favourites. My Barry M Cappucino is probably my most worn shade, and in fact the bottle is starting to get quite empty, I'm pretty sure I've never actually used up a whole nail varnish before! The Rimmel London Hot List is probably one of the easiest nail varnishes to apply out of the three, and I can find Model Own's Purple Grey a bit thick to apply at times.

Left to right - Rimmel London Celebrity Bash, Bourjois Beige Glamour, Nails Inc Marylebone Mews

These shades are a tad more colourful than the ones before, but are still a little darker for this time of year. Rimmel London's Celebrity Bash is currently my favourite go to nail varnish, I just can't stop wearing it. Bourjois' Beige Glamour is another favourite as it's a strange light beige shade that goes with everything. I recently got this Nails Inc shade free in Glamour magazine and I find it fits in perfectly for this time of year, a lovely lilacy grey shade.

Left to right - No7 Betty Blues, Barry M Watermelon, Barry M Black Multi Glitter

These are few more of my darker shade favourites, and Barry M's Multi Glitter is probably my favourite for around Christmas time as its all sparkly and pretty. I'm not usually a big fan of blues or greens but I really love No7's Betty Blues and Barry M's Watermelon, and both shades are popular nail varnish choices this year. 

Do you find you've got any favourite nail varnish choices depending on the the time of year? Are you like me and prefer dark shades, or are you a fan of brighter bolder colours?

Sunday, November 23, 2014

The Sunday Post #17 - Winter Wonderland

Every year Winter Wonderland comes to Hyde Park, and last night me and a group of friends went for my friend's birthday. We wrapped up warm and went into London for an evening of festivities, and food, mainly food. I've only been briefly once before a few years ago, but my friend who's birthday it was was the expert in all things Winter Wonderland. We spent a lot of the evening in the German beer tent with giant stein's of beer before we then decided to head onto the waltzers, which was historical after a few beers! It was a great evening of delicious food, beer and a good laugh with some of my friends! Winter Wonderland is definitely worth a visit if you're in London this Christmas time!