Christmas Gift Guide for Her

With only a few weeks left until Christmas you will probably have started to think about what to buy friends/family/secret santa recipients.  I’ve got a great range of gift guides for you this year including gifts for her, him, foodies and stocking fillers.

Some of the items in this gift guide will have their own review which will be linked within the post.

Christmas Gift Guide - Her

Olverum bath oil

Olverum Bath Oil – £19.00

First up is probably my favourite product this season, so much so that I had to go out an buy a full size bottle after trying this. Olverum is a bath oil but not just any bath oil, it not only provides the most amazing scent in the bathroom, all stress and aches just seem to melt away.  It’s a unisex product although I’ve included it in my gift guide for her, what you could do is include it in a his & hers hamper.

spectrum noir

Spectrum Noir Colorista – From £4.99

These are the perfect gift for crafters new and old and of course for those who want to try something different. The card kits come in high quality card, some with gold foil and the pencils and markers are some of the best I’ve tried, allowing you to blend and shade without any bleeding through the paper.

Tony Dury Novella

Novella Nostalgia Series by Tony Dury – £5.99 each

Who doesn’t love a gift of books? The Novella Nostalgia series by author, Tony Drury is the perfect gift for those literary lovers.  Forever On Thursdays is the latest story to be published as part of Tony Drury’s enticing Novella Nostalgia series which links iconic cinema classics with modern stories.

orla mug

Apples & Pears Mug – £9.50

This beautiful apples and pears design china mug would make the perfect gift for any retro lovers, it would also make the perfect gift for the office secret santa.

7th heaven

7th Heaven basket – £9.99

This big basket of beauty treats is perfect for the person who is in need of a pamper and some ‘me time’. Containing Pom Pom, Bath Bombs, Dead Sea Mud Pac, Passion Peel off Mask, Hot Chocolate Mask, , Manuka Honey Peel off Mask, Avocado Oil Mask, Cucumber Peel off Mask, Very Berry Mask, Acai Body Smoothie Sachet, Pulped Papaya Hair Masque and Fresh Feet Foot Sachet, the recipient will love this.

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Coffee Pot Art Print – £10.00

This two-colour risograph print of a French enamel coffee pot will make a wonderful gift for anyone this Christmas.  Louise’s prints vary from print to print, making each one unique in texture and depth of colour.Limited edition of 50, signed and numbered

Tangle Angel

Tangle Angel – £12.95

The Tangle Angel is the perfect gift this year for women of all ages and what I love about this is that it can be used with heat up to 120 degrees which means you can use it as you dry your hair. The brush works on both wet and dry hair and speaking as someone with hair that tangles very easily I adore this brush.

champagne

Nicolas Feuillatte Brut Rosé mini champagne – £12

Perfectly sized at 20cl these mini champagne bottles make the perfect gift not only as a main gift but as part of a hamper or in a stocking.

copper photo

Solid Copper photo – £19.00

What better way to display a loved photograph of a child/pet/important day than having it displayed in beautiful copper. The metal has a brushed finish which is printed directly onto, so your photos will look great. The prints are waterproof and highly scratch resistant too.

You can add personalised text underneath the image as well as having the option to add a message to the bottom of the product, this is great for gifting occasions or simply adding information about the image.

 

Beauty Items

Who doesn’t like to unwrap a beauty product at Christmas? I love lots of little things like pore strips, body cream, facial pads and moisturiser.

Sensee

Sensse Hot and Cool ultrasonic facial toner- £39.99

This is a great device for the beauty lover who has everything.  I really like to use this on an evening as part of my routine.  The heat mode heats up quickly and is a pleasant warmth, I use a light cream with this setting. (It’s actually quite hand when you have a headache too).  The cool mode is very refreshing, and draws out puffiness.

*all products are sent to me as samples from brands and agencies unless otherwise stated. 

 



Fairy Non Bio partnering with Great Ormond Street Hospital

Did you know that Fairy Non Bio have partnered with Great Ormond Street Hospital to launch a limited edition pack of washing liquid/gel/powder/PODS?

Fairy Non Bio

Every time you buy one of the specially designed packs of Fairy Non Bio 3in1 PODS, Gel, Liquid and Powder featuring the GOSH Children’s logo, Fairy Non Bio will make a donation to charity – How great is that!

Fairy’s ambition is to raise at least £150,000 to help seriously ill children who are being treated at Great Ormond Street Hospital.

So next time you’re doing your shopping look out for one of these special packs and know that you’re doing your bit to help raise money for such a great cause.

 

 



Prestige Hampers, the perfect gift

Hands up if you love a hamper.  For me there is no better gift than a hamper be it a food one, beauty one or a craft one.  If you’re stuck for ideas for someone or need to buy a gift for that annoying person who has everything you can guarantee that a hamper will put a smile on the most difficult persons face.

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When the Cheese and Wine basket (£29.99) was delivered to my door I couldn’t have been happier, Red wine and cheese are one of my favourite things and I really couldn’t wait to get stuck in.  What really surprised me was that the items weren’t just in a cardboard box with a bit of shredded paper, they were in a proper wooden basket with lining and a movable handle which is something that can be reused if you’re making up a hamper as a gift or can be used as a storage basket.  I’m actually going to use mine to house two hyacinth plants and give it to someone as a gift at Christmas.

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The basket contained the following items:

Wendsleydale with Cranberries 100g
Waxed Cheese with Red Wine and Chilli 100g
Waxed Cheese Double Gloucester 100g
Louis Filipe Cabernet Sauvignon 37.5cl
Beetroot and Orange Chutney by Mrs Bridges 130g
Walkers Highland Oatcakes 280g

Cheese doesn’t last long in my home that’s for sure but if you’re not a glutton like me you will be pleased to know that the items in my basket had really good shelf lives and the cheese best before date wasn’t until January and February 2018.  I’m not a huge fan of oatcakes I’ll be completely honest but I found that when topped with the cheese and chutney the Walkers ones were not as dry as oatcakes I’ve had in the past.

You can see the items in more details in my video below.

*all products are sent to me as samples from brands and agencies unless otherwise stated. 


HA+ Hyaluronic Acid 3 In 1 Hydra Activ Hero Cream

Skincare products are something I like to spend money on, I love to find out about new products and I’m always looking for a hero cream. My problem skin has tried a fair few products ranging from cheap supermarket items to purse emptying cult products. One thing I’ve noticed is that when it comes to my skin, nothing works forever.

Figs and Rouge are a brand who claim to be science led and results driven, they focus on working with independent skincare institutions ensuring they are producing natural products that will benefit the skin and provide effective results. Sounds great doesn’t it?

HA+ Hero cream

I purchased a pot of the Hydra Activ Hero Cream on a whim, I’m new to the brand and this is the first product I’ve bought and used.  What really piqued my interest was finding out that the formulas contain active ingredients such as Hyaluronic Acid, Retinol and Salicylate Acids, something I’ve started to take a real interest in thanks to the Skincare queen Caroline Hirons.

I usually use a separate acid like Glow tonic which is a glycolic or Zelens pads which contain salicylic, lactic, lactobionic and citric so to try a skincare which is an all in one and actually contains the acid is very new to me.

HA+ Hero cream

You will be forgiven for thinking that this is a pot of steamcream, it does look very similar at first glance with the funky patterns and the metal tin. All of the Figs and Rouge pots have a different limited edition pattern, mine is called ‘Athena’ which looks rather regal I think, I think I’ll use this to store pins once I’m finished with the product. You get 80ml of product for £18 which isn’t cheap at all when it comes to a face cream, having said that, a little seems to go a really long way and I guess you’re not just getting a moisturiser you’re also getting acids in the mix.

HA+ Hero cream

One thing I’ve noticed about this cream is that it’s absorbed incredibly quickly into the skin.  My skin seems to soak the cream in like a sponge which I’m not sure is a good or bad thing.  The cream claims to offer 24 hour intense moisture support for the face and body, I always use a night cream so I can’t answer any questions about the longevity of the cream, what I will say is that my face does feel plumper and soft after using the cream and on the days when I don’t wear any foundation I don’t appear to have any dry patches.

Autumn was probably the worst time of year to try this cream for the first time, the changes in the weather do nothing for my skin and as a result I have been suffering from dryness around my nose, red cheeks and facial skin chafing from the wind so it’s not looking very pretty at the moment.  I wasn’t expecting any miracles from this cream, the redness on my cheeks hasn’t gone after 2 weeks of use but I don’t think that’s anything to do with the cream, it’s most likely down to having the central heating on and going out in the wind.

Would I buy this again? Yes I would.  It’s rare for me to not get a reaction from a new facial product and when I can use something with no repercussions I grab hold of it as long as it’s working on my skin and that’s what i’m going to do with this cream.

 



Autumn Wishlist

It’s Autumn again, the leaves are changing colour, conkers are falling from the tree and bopping people on the head (true story), the heating is on, pink/coral lipsticks have been put back in the cupboard for another year and the festive season is within reach.

I do love Autumn, I love the colours, the darker makeup, snuggling up on the sofa with a blanket and of course the excuse to go out and buy new clothes and footwear.

I’ve spotted so many gorgeous items in store and online recently and it’s been really difficult to curb the spending so I’ve decided to only buy a few pieces that will either work with what I have in my wardrobe already or things that can be worn yearly and won’t go out of style.

Autumn wishlist

First up is the Hepburn Un-Invited guests dress from Lady Vintage, now £50.00 may sound a lot for a Halloween dress but I figured that this is something that could be brought out each year.

How amazing is this Beauty school jumper! Grease was one of my favourite films as a child and this jumper has brought so many great memories.  Joanie currently has this jumper and at £38 it’s a steal especially as it’s so versatile and can be worn with skirts or trousers.

Tweed is one of my all time favourite fabrics so it’s only natural that I’ll be purchasing a new bag as an alternative to my Harris Tweed and Barbour bags a bit of a break.  Joules has this Everday bag for £69.95 and I think it will be just about big enough to fit all of my things.

I love a boyfriend tee and it’s even better when it’s from AllSaints, I did take a break from the brand for a couple of years as it was eating too much into my purse but I’ve slowly been building up my collection again and this particular tee reminds me of one I had around 8 years ago (I’m sure it was the same price too)  The Nightwolvs boyfriend crew is £45.

I would imagine that the Marks and Spencer pointed court shoes are in a lot of shopping bags this season, I couldn’t get the Ink coloured ones in my size so had to make do with the Black.  At £35 they are a fraction of the price of the Manolo Blahnik shoes that Carrie Bradshaw made famous.

I love a cotton jersey dress as they are always so flattering and hide a multitude of sins.  At £55 the Huers Hut dress from Seasalt is such a bargain I’ve purchased one in each of the two colours.  I’d love to see this in a brown or yellow too.  This style of dress looks great with coloured tights, I must get myself over to Slugs and Snails for some of their raindrop tights.

Joules always do an amazing selection of boots and the Westbourne leather chelsea boots are beautiful even though they have a price tag of £140.  I’m a huge fan of a bit of animal print which make a nice change as most of my chelsea boots are either in plain black or brown.

The Bertha boat print Tee from Joanie is just adorable, who doesn’t love a nautical top? Joanie tops (and dresses) are such amazing quality for the price and you can pick this one up for £18.  I’m going to stitch the arms up a little when mine arrives to change the shape of the sleeve.

I’ve got my eye on the Bonded Heritage check coat from Topshop, there are a couple of check coats that I have my eye on and this one at £65 is the cheapest of the bunch, it’s super smart and can be dressed up or down.  I’ve not yet tried this on as I’m keeping my fingers crossed there is a “tall” version somewhere with a bit of extra length in the arms.

Do you own any of these items already? What’s on your Autumn wishlist?

Please note: I wasn’t asked to mention any of the brands in this post, I just love these items and hope you do too.