Ahhh, the mother of all my Christmas gift guides! The beauty one! I always love to recieve special beauty treats for Christmas and I know my loved ones do too. Those, ever so slightly expensive, wouldn’t normally treat myself to luxuries. Of course this list contains some of my most recent discoveries as well as some products and brands I’ve fallen in love with since I started this blog back in March this year.
Beauty, or should I say beauty products play a massive part in my life, I write about them for a living, I use them and I love it when new products launch, each with their exciting new innovations. Now I’m 35 they are even more important to me, but I’m concentrating more on skincare instead of make up to ensure I age as best as I can.
As a sufferer of daily neck and back pain I’ve also included the latest natural alternative to dealing with this in order to avoid restless nights which leave me exhausted, in turn resulting in me not looking my best, dark eyes, dull skin and so on. Prevention is better then cure as they say. If like me you don’t want to take medication and are looking for alternatives then look no further.
For the ultimate in luxury beauty a day at the Spa would be top of my list. Buyagift.com have a wonderful selection of experiences you can treat someone to, and as it’s the season of giving, why not take yourself off too? In the words of a famous beauty brand, You’re worth it!
This beautifully packaged gift set contains the sweetest smelling Indian Rose and Almond Oil products from the latest range, the Ritual Of Ayurveda, including shower foam, shampoo, body cream and shower oil.
This wonderful starter set from Algenist contains 5 products from their amazing range of science led skincare. Used over 10 days this promises to transform your skin. I’ve not yet used these but have heard great things from fellow bloggers and love their Genius Serum which I reviewed earlier this year so am very much looking forward to reporting back on this one!
I love these ‘introduction’ or travel sized product kits as a way for testing out new brands/ranges. Perricone MD’s Pre:Empt Series Travel Set provides exactly this and contains an Exfoliating Pore refiner, a Oil-free Hydrating Cream, Brightening Eye Cream and Skon Perfecting Serum.
Indulgent Winter Hand Collection 6x25ml £36 Crabtree & Evelyn
Another great opportunity to sample the best from a brands offering. Crabtree’s handcream Set is beautifully presented and has 6 miniature best selling handcreams.
This Moroccan Rose Otto Body Wash & Body Lotion Set smells divine from the moment you open the stunningly illustrated box, a collaboration between Ren and Silken Favours.
I spotted this brand at The Baby Show in London and it immediately jumped out to me. I’ve been through 3 pregnancies and not once was I lucky enough to discover a product line so glam. The packaging is out of this world but the products are even better and smell not at all Mumsie! It’s already winning numerous awards in its first year and I predict big things for them.
‘Push pack’ £40 (worth £50) Mama Mio
Again, where were you Mama Mio when I was pregnant?! I love this quirky named ‘Push Pack’ which contains a trio of products perfect for during labour and beyond as well 2 soft flannels and a handy wash bag.
Perfect for those Rose Gold loving glam pusses, Grow Gorgeous Shampoo & Conditioner duo smells as beautiful as it looks as promised to build your hairs body and shine.
Olverum Bath Oil Travel Set £19 Harvey Nichols
My go to product when I, or the children get sick with colds and flus. It stops them in their steps and is perfect for aching muscles too. It’s really luxurious in the bath or can be used as a body oil before showering also. This travel set contains enough for 9 baths as a little goes a long way. Stock up for January when the inevitable back to work/school sniffles start and for when that new found personal trainer pushes your muscles to their max!
Green People ‘A Heavenly Treat’ £50 Free People
Celebrating 20 years, the Damask Rose Set includes a moisturiser, cleanser and hand cream all in the organic Damask Rose, grown by a single family in Bugarian valley of the Roses.
Wonderfully innovative and extremely luxurious the Carol Joy Collagen Set includes her unique Pure Collagen Face spray as well as 4 x Collagen Eye Masks. Will be loved by anyone over 30 and is a proper treat!
Cult beauty products
Votary Neroli & Myrrh Facial Oil £65 Space NK
This is a absolute favourite of mine and I use it anytime I want to give my skin a deep and intensive rehydration. A little goes a very long way as it’s highly concentrated and I use this once or twice a week, 4-5drops is plenty so this bottle will be with me for some time. It never gives me break outs and instead I wake feeling and looking plumper and fresher. It is pure luxury in a bottle!
Liz Earle ‘The Winter Revival’ Cleanse & Polish £22.50 LIMITED EDITION
This limited edition version of Liz Earle’s cult cleanse and polish has a wonderful sweet orange and mint scent, and has chamomile to calm, perfect for the winter months and a stunning tube and box too.
This is exactly the type of innovative product that gets me all excited! Inspired by NASA technology (I KNOW RIGHT!) this jelly like moisturiser is applied at night. It feels soft on the skin and has a reassuring and relaxing ‘baby powder’ scent and works by remembering your skins natural moisture levels. It’s spongy feel cushions the dermis and restores youthful elasticity ensuring you wake the next day looking plumped and hydrated. I love this and it’s a bedside table essential for me now.
A unique formulation providing hydration while cleansing and purifying skin. Developed with powerful Ayurvedic botanicals such as Rose, Turmeric, Tulsi, Gotu Kola and Ashwagandha, this cleanser melts into the skin, helping to remove make-up and lift impurities, leaving skin feeling balanced, purified, softer and more radiant
This rich, vegan friendly beauty cream is perfect for dry skin types and feels silky to the touch. MSM is high is collagen buildong proteins and high sulphur levels, making it perfect for refreshing and plumping skin. Smells divine and is made in Brighton.
Eye cream is something new to me. I’m lucky that I’ve made it to 35 without any real wrinkles and as such I’ve not really dipped my toes much into eye products. However nothing lasts forever, especially youth and I’m starting to notice those tell tale signs appearing. This rich and creamy eye cream has been a God send and I genuinely feel I have stopped this process in its steps over the past few months by using it morning and night. It’s got my vote!
I am addicted to these super-stay eyeliners from Wunder2 (who brought you Cult product Wunderbrow) which come in liquid metallic or glittery metallic finishes. Perfect for festive makeovers or for a simple statement look.
I’ll be honest, I’m not really a lipgloss girl, let alone a sparkly lipgloss but this I love, looks fab worn alone or slicked over deeper shades.
Both the Lipstick & Blush work by morphing once applied to skin into a natural berry shade aligning to the individuals Ph balance. I’ve found the Lipstick is great for layering over over shades too, such as red and pinks as it deepens to create unique colours.
This is a thing of Beauty! Just look how stunning the Art Deco inspired packaging is for starters. The colours inside are highly pigmented too, and there’s a great selection for party eyes as well as for more demure daytime looks.
Guerlin Meteorites Base £46 Feelunique.com
I discovered this, this summer and I rebought this as I loved it so much. Without a doubt my favourite primer to date. It feels moisturising on and the tiny pearls crush to give a shimmering primer base that leaves skin looking dewy and radiant.
Nude by Nature ‘Touch of Glow’ stick £18 Debenhams
I’m really enjoying how glamorous this vegan friendly highlighter is, the rose gold casing looks and feels very luxury and the highlighter is a matching rose gold shimmer. I also have the other lighter shade and I wear one or the other daily.
This has revolutionised my life! OK it’s a bit of an overstatement but I am a right lazy cow when it comes to cleaning my brushes and so if you are like me and take absolutely no pleasure from it then try this and you’ll be hooked! It’s so simply to use even my kids could do it but so satisfying I’m not giving them the pleasure. You basically pop in the cleaning solution, attach your brush to the hand device, dip in and out for 10 seconds and remove your clean brush which is dry and ready to use.
Nicky Clarke Botanicals Hairdryer £54.99 & Curling Tongs £39.99 Boots
These pretty pink & Rose Gold hairdryer and curling rings duo from Hairdressing superweight Nicky Clarke will ensure both your hair and dressing table look flawless.
Winter can be a difficult time for feet as they hide away inside socks. This Pedi care tool from Superdrug will exfoliate dead skin leaving them looking and feeling party season ready.
This portable electronic device is designed to relief pain without medication. It’s available in a mini size also. It can be used for anything from headaches to muscular issues by using TENS (Transscutaneous Electrical Stimulation)
This post is NOT a sponsored post. However it does contain PR samples that have been kindly sent for review. All products featured have been selected by myself from the hundreds of products I saw at press events and so I fully endorse each and all opinions remain my own.