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L'Occitane Art de Vivre Candles

Did you know that L'Occitane have a beautiful and permanent line of candles which make up the Art de Vivre collection? No? Me neither up until very recently and of course being the candle fiend that I am, ordered one of each scent to try out - for the sake of research of course, not because I have a serious problem or anything like that.

 L'Occitane Art de Vivre Candles

In the grand scheme of things, does it really matter how a candle looks? It's like perfume bottles, as long as the juice inside smells great, I can't say I pay it too much mind - what I'm really saying here is that I don't buy candles to match my decor. However I do think that L'Occitane have done a great job in delivering their Art de Vivre candles in a way that they are fairly muted and neutral in design. As such they should appeal to most - not to mention they make great gifts.

L'Occitane Art de Vivre Candles
L'Occitane Art de Vivre Candles
L'Occitane Art de Vivre Candles
L'Occitane Art de Vivre Candles

Within the L'Occitane Art de Vivre collection there is four scents to chose from all of which is available across a whole range of products to scent your home and body. The idea of the Art de Vivre range does seem to be that it has been created to engulf the senses with indulgent scents, all of which have been infused with essential oils, to evoke the Provençal spirit of ‘art de vivre’.

I rather like that each fragrance has a purpose, almost akin to the benefits of aromatherapy rather than simply being dubbed a citrus, floral, what-have-you type of scent. The four fragrances within the Art de Vivre collection are: 

Harmony - the scent to bring the outdoors directly into your home, said to have been created to mimic the sensory delight of taking a walk a pine forest, surrounded by the green freshness of trees. It is safe to say that this is a fresh and almost menthol type scent with strong notes of cypress, thyme, eucalyptus, juniper and ylang-ylang essential oils, to bring a feeling of harmony.

Relaxing - a gentle and sleepy blend of Lavender, sweet orange, bergamot, mandarin and geranium. If like myself you aren't the hugest fan of Lavender fragrances this is one to seek out as you have all the relaxing benefits of said ingredient and yet thanks to the additional and somewhat fruity notes, the Lavender isn't overpowering. A great candle to curl up with at night.

Revitalising - So you need a little pep in your step? The Revitalising Candle has been created to offer a zesty yet fresh scent using an invigorating blend of mint, pine, rosemary, sweet orange and litsea cubeba. This is the only scent out of the four that has a warm, almost sunny fragrance that does refresh and invigorate, I find myself using it whilst working at home to keep me motivated and on track.

Uplifting - Winter is long and often grey, what could be better than an uplifting and fresh fragrance of immortelle, basil, cypress, eucalyptus and litsea cubeba to pretend that you are in a sunnier destination than home.

As there are lots of candle brands within the market at the moment, finding a suitable comparison and reference point wasn't too difficult, I'd imagine if you like Neom fragrances, this is a range you will also enjoy.

You can find all four L'Occitane Art de Vivre candles for £20/140g each here - link.
 


L'Occitane Art de Vivre Candles

L'Occitane Art de Vivre Candles

Did you know that L'Occitane have a beautiful and permanent line of candles which make up the Art de Vivre collection? No? Me neither up until very recently and of course being the candle fiend that I am, ordered one of each scent to try out - for the sake of research of course, not because I have a serious problem or anything like that.

 L'Occitane Art de Vivre Candles

In the grand scheme of things, does it really matter how a candle looks? It's like perfume bottles, as long as the juice inside smells great, I can't say I pay it too much mind - what I'm really saying here is that I don't buy candles to match my decor. However I do think that L'Occitane have done a great job in delivering their Art de Vivre candles in a way that they are fairly muted and neutral in design. As such they should appeal to most - not to mention they make great gifts.

L'Occitane Art de Vivre Candles
L'Occitane Art de Vivre Candles
L'Occitane Art de Vivre Candles
L'Occitane Art de Vivre Candles

Within the L'Occitane Art de Vivre collection there is four scents to chose from all of which is available across a whole range of products to scent your home and body. The idea of the Art de Vivre range does seem to be that it has been created to engulf the senses with indulgent scents, all of which have been infused with essential oils, to evoke the Provençal spirit of ‘art de vivre’.

I rather like that each fragrance has a purpose, almost akin to the benefits of aromatherapy rather than simply being dubbed a citrus, floral, what-have-you type of scent. The four fragrances within the Art de Vivre collection are: 

Harmony - the scent to bring the outdoors directly into your home, said to have been created to mimic the sensory delight of taking a walk a pine forest, surrounded by the green freshness of trees. It is safe to say that this is a fresh and almost menthol type scent with strong notes of cypress, thyme, eucalyptus, juniper and ylang-ylang essential oils, to bring a feeling of harmony.

Relaxing - a gentle and sleepy blend of Lavender, sweet orange, bergamot, mandarin and geranium. If like myself you aren't the hugest fan of Lavender fragrances this is one to seek out as you have all the relaxing benefits of said ingredient and yet thanks to the additional and somewhat fruity notes, the Lavender isn't overpowering. A great candle to curl up with at night.

Revitalising - So you need a little pep in your step? The Revitalising Candle has been created to offer a zesty yet fresh scent using an invigorating blend of mint, pine, rosemary, sweet orange and litsea cubeba. This is the only scent out of the four that has a warm, almost sunny fragrance that does refresh and invigorate, I find myself using it whilst working at home to keep me motivated and on track.

Uplifting - Winter is long and often grey, what could be better than an uplifting and fresh fragrance of immortelle, basil, cypress, eucalyptus and litsea cubeba to pretend that you are in a sunnier destination than home.

As there are lots of candle brands within the market at the moment, finding a suitable comparison and reference point wasn't too difficult, I'd imagine if you like Neom fragrances, this is a range you will also enjoy.

You can find all four L'Occitane Art de Vivre candles for £20/140g each here - link.
 


MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Soft & Gentle

Like many, if not most, I have a beauty wish list that I slowly work my way through, treating myself here and there to products I really want but don't necessarily need. Topping this list for a few years has been MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Soft & Gentle, the ultimate throwback highlighter that had previously escaped me up until now. There was a time in which no beauty influencer was without this glistening, champagne gold highlighter and after close to ten years, I'm ready to join the ranks...better late than never.

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Soft & Gentle
MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Soft & Gentle

If you are a long term reader you will recall my MAC obsessive days in which I bought just about every collection they dropped for several years, so it may come as a somewhat surprise that I have not actually tried a few of their cult products including MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Soft & Gentle. My reasoning in this instance is that it is a, a fairly odd shade not quite peach, not quite gold and b, in the pan my gosh is it glittery, couple that with enlarged pores and it can be problematic. So what changed my mind?

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Soft & Gentle

Honestly? A trip to the Grenta Gateway Outlet Village and a stop in the The Cosmetic Company Store in which I found the MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Soft & Gentle highly discounted, the offer was too much to pass up on and so I went home with my own shiny pan, determined that I'd make it work for me one way or another. The truth is there really is no graft involved, once buffed into the skin, the glitter quickly disperses and smooths out into a metallic sheen-come-glow that all but explains why this is a must-have item for so many.

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Soft & Gentle

Now I have said many, rather than all for a very good reason as in my opinion this is a very middle ground shade and by that I mean if you have a extremely light or deep complexion then this might not be perfectly suited. In my opinion the issue with MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Soft & Gentle is that it leans fairly peach and warm, as such it gleams a little orange on paler skin tones and a little stark on those with a deeper complexion. Admittedly this may not be an issue but something worth noting, especially if you don't have the time nor patience to really work this into the skin - otherwise MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Soft & Gentle is close to universally flattering and is something that I would nudge you to at least swatch the next time you are near a counter.

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Soft & Gentle
MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Soft & Gentle

As mentioned above, this is one of those wonderful powder products that needs next to no coaxing in order to look beautiful on the skin. Typically I apply any powder highlighter with a fan brush but as MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Soft & Gentle is so pigmented, I have found myself gravitating towards tapered blush/powder brushes for a more diffused appearance. The good news is that it does out with ease so even if you are a little heavy handed it is not something that can't be quickly remedied - on the flip side you can amp up the finish for a more foiled look by dampening your brush or skin prior to application.

I realise that I have accidentally published this post on a Tuesday rather than a Thursday, seeing as it has took me several years to finally purchase this highlighter let alone review it, being early for once isn't necessarily a bad thing?

You can find MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Soft & Gentle here for £26.50 -link



  • Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Throwback Thursday - MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Soft & Gentle

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Soft & Gentle

Like many, if not most, I have a beauty wish list that I slowly work my way through, treating myself here and there to products I really want but don't necessarily need. Topping this list for a few years has been MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Soft & Gentle, the ultimate throwback highlighter that had previously escaped me up until now. There was a time in which no beauty influencer was without this glistening, champagne gold highlighter and after close to ten years, I'm ready to join the ranks...better late than never.

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Soft & Gentle
MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Soft & Gentle

If you are a long term reader you will recall my MAC obsessive days in which I bought just about every collection they dropped for several years, so it may come as a somewhat surprise that I have not actually tried a few of their cult products including MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Soft & Gentle. My reasoning in this instance is that it is a, a fairly odd shade not quite peach, not quite gold and b, in the pan my gosh is it glittery, couple that with enlarged pores and it can be problematic. So what changed my mind?

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Soft & Gentle

Honestly? A trip to the Grenta Gateway Outlet Village and a stop in the The Cosmetic Company Store in which I found the MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Soft & Gentle highly discounted, the offer was too much to pass up on and so I went home with my own shiny pan, determined that I'd make it work for me one way or another. The truth is there really is no graft involved, once buffed into the skin, the glitter quickly disperses and smooths out into a metallic sheen-come-glow that all but explains why this is a must-have item for so many.

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Soft & Gentle

Now I have said many, rather than all for a very good reason as in my opinion this is a very middle ground shade and by that I mean if you have a extremely light or deep complexion then this might not be perfectly suited. In my opinion the issue with MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Soft & Gentle is that it leans fairly peach and warm, as such it gleams a little orange on paler skin tones and a little stark on those with a deeper complexion. Admittedly this may not be an issue but something worth noting, especially if you don't have the time nor patience to really work this into the skin - otherwise MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Soft & Gentle is close to universally flattering and is something that I would nudge you to at least swatch the next time you are near a counter.

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Soft & Gentle
MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Soft & Gentle

As mentioned above, this is one of those wonderful powder products that needs next to no coaxing in order to look beautiful on the skin. Typically I apply any powder highlighter with a fan brush but as MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Soft & Gentle is so pigmented, I have found myself gravitating towards tapered blush/powder brushes for a more diffused appearance. The good news is that it does out with ease so even if you are a little heavy handed it is not something that can't be quickly remedied - on the flip side you can amp up the finish for a more foiled look by dampening your brush or skin prior to application.

I realise that I have accidentally published this post on a Tuesday rather than a Thursday, seeing as it has took me several years to finally purchase this highlighter let alone review it, being early for once isn't necessarily a bad thing?

You can find MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Soft & Gentle here for £26.50 -link



Jo Malone Vetiver & Golden Vanilla Cologne Intense

It's cold, it's wet and frankly miserable here in Scotland, daylight is scant and I'm already over my New Years resolutions, so you'll forgive me for using the means of fragrance to escape my current home setting. Fortunately there is a new Jo Malone Cologne Intense to enjoy in the form of delectable and altogether sexy, Jo Malone Cologne Intense Vetiver & Golden Vanilla. I can all but promise that you will be hooked from first spray.

Jo Malone Vetiver & Golden Vanilla Cologne Intense

Jo Malone Vetiver & Golden Vanilla Cologne Intense has been created using a combination of two of Madagascar's prized ingredients: Vetiver and Vanilla - creamy, rich and decadent. It of course wouldn't be a Jo Malone cologne of any nature without additional notes and often unexpected notes: a spicy dash of cardamon, coupled with grapefruit tea for a fresh yet mellow twist, finished off with a rich and warming crescendo of vanilla bourbon.

“Through Cologne Intense we want to whisk you away on a journey using ingredients that have a true, strong story. We consciously magnified the name of the new fragrance with ‘Golden’ to call to mind the warmth of the scent. It’s glowing and bountiful - like the island of Madagascar itself.” - Celine Roux, Global Head of Fragrance.

Warm is exactly how I'd describe Jo Malone Vetiver & Golden Vanilla Cologne Intense but not in your typical sun soaked fragrance, rather it is doused with an aromatic heat, one that can only be compared to balmy heat of the places that inspired this scent - coconut and sunscreen themed this is not. This is a smoky, unrelenting heat and the promise of taking a trip (imaginary or otherwise) to somewhere off the beaten tourist path. 

Jo Malone Vetiver & Golden Vanilla Cologne Intense

If you are familiar with Jo Malone Tonka and Myrrh Cologne Intense, then I have a sneaky feeling then you will enjoy the latest arrival - Jo Malone Vetiver & Golden Vanilla Cologne Intense. Although not identical they share a certain fragrant depth and sensuality, not to mention a ridiculously long wear time, as well as being the two most glaringly obvious unisex. Now hear me out, all fragrances are unisex, wear whatever you want and how you want but let's face it some scents do appeal to certain markets more than others. Jo Malone Vetiver & Golden Vanilla Cologne Intense however is at ease paired with casual dress as it is a suit and tie event, male or female and that is what makes it pretty special. 

If you need a scent to help you tread through the rest of Winter and beyond, look no further.

Jo Malone Vetiver & Golden Vanilla Cologne Intense £78-£122 - link. 

Jo Malone Vetiver & Golden Vanilla Cologne Intense

Jo Malone Vetiver & Golden Vanilla Cologne Intense

It's cold, it's wet and frankly miserable here in Scotland, daylight is scant and I'm already over my New Years resolutions, so you'll forgive me for using the means of fragrance to escape my current home setting. Fortunately there is a new Jo Malone Cologne Intense to enjoy in the form of delectable and altogether sexy, Jo Malone Cologne Intense Vetiver & Golden Vanilla. I can all but promise that you will be hooked from first spray.

Jo Malone Vetiver & Golden Vanilla Cologne Intense

Jo Malone Vetiver & Golden Vanilla Cologne Intense has been created using a combination of two of Madagascar's prized ingredients: Vetiver and Vanilla - creamy, rich and decadent. It of course wouldn't be a Jo Malone cologne of any nature without additional notes and often unexpected notes: a spicy dash of cardamon, coupled with grapefruit tea for a fresh yet mellow twist, finished off with a rich and warming crescendo of vanilla bourbon.

“Through Cologne Intense we want to whisk you away on a journey using ingredients that have a true, strong story. We consciously magnified the name of the new fragrance with ‘Golden’ to call to mind the warmth of the scent. It’s glowing and bountiful - like the island of Madagascar itself.” - Celine Roux, Global Head of Fragrance.

Warm is exactly how I'd describe Jo Malone Vetiver & Golden Vanilla Cologne Intense but not in your typical sun soaked fragrance, rather it is doused with an aromatic heat, one that can only be compared to balmy heat of the places that inspired this scent - coconut and sunscreen themed this is not. This is a smoky, unrelenting heat and the promise of taking a trip (imaginary or otherwise) to somewhere off the beaten tourist path. 

Jo Malone Vetiver & Golden Vanilla Cologne Intense

If you are familiar with Jo Malone Tonka and Myrrh Cologne Intense, then I have a sneaky feeling then you will enjoy the latest arrival - Jo Malone Vetiver & Golden Vanilla Cologne Intense. Although not identical they share a certain fragrant depth and sensuality, not to mention a ridiculously long wear time, as well as being the two most glaringly obvious unisex. Now hear me out, all fragrances are unisex, wear whatever you want and how you want but let's face it some scents do appeal to certain markets more than others. Jo Malone Vetiver & Golden Vanilla Cologne Intense however is at ease paired with casual dress as it is a suit and tie event, male or female and that is what makes it pretty special. 

If you need a scent to help you tread through the rest of Winter and beyond, look no further.

Jo Malone Vetiver & Golden Vanilla Cologne Intense £78-£122 - link. 
Saint Fragrance London Sunday Papers Candle Review

One of my small New Year resolutions is to try lesser known and dare I say independent brands, especially in regards to fragrance both for personal and home use. Admittedly I'm fussy when it comes to scents, yet admittedly I do find myself easily lured in by a pretty design. Luckily Saint Fragrance London offers effortlessly stylish candles, in array of slightly unusual yet alluring scents that will appeal to those in the search for a taste of the refined unknown and/or creature companies.

Saint Fragrance London Sunday Papers Candle Review

As of the moment there are six Saint Fragrance candles to chose from and to collect - the latter is a somewhat personal goal. Each modern candle comes neatly presented in a slick grey glass container and matching gift box - perfectly unisex, ideal for just about any home decor colour scheme and the perfect gifting solution to the person that has it all.

I have no qualms in stating that I do gravitate towards just about anything that has "Sunday" in the title so surprising absolutely no-one, I have fallen for Saint Fragrance, Sunday Papers candle. With gentle and altogether relaxing notes of Bergamot, Iris and Sandalwood it jiggles and blurs the lines of both fresh and sleepy - the perfect accompaniment to any lazy day, Sunday or otherwise. You'll be pleased to learn that each Saint London offering is free-from: Animal-derived ingredients: Nanomaterials, Formaldehyde, additional palm oil and genetically modified ingredients.

Saint Fragrance London Sunday Papers Candle Review

Without the magic of scratch and sniff, it is somewhat easier to compare this to a category of fragrance that most will be familiar with. In my mind Saint Fragrance, Sunday Papers is somewhat reminiscent of fluffy cotton: warm, comforting and familiar. It also has the dusky presence of "baby powder" type scents without veering sickly nor tacky. In a nutshell nostalgic yet luxurious and so easy to burn and enjoy, any day of the week.

Saint Fragrance, Sunday Papers candle £38 - link.

Saint Fragrance London Candles Review

Saint Fragrance London Sunday Papers Candle Review

One of my small New Year resolutions is to try lesser known and dare I say independent brands, especially in regards to fragrance both for personal and home use. Admittedly I'm fussy when it comes to scents, yet admittedly I do find myself easily lured in by a pretty design. Luckily Saint Fragrance London offers effortlessly stylish candles, in array of slightly unusual yet alluring scents that will appeal to those in the search for a taste of the refined unknown and/or creature companies.

Saint Fragrance London Sunday Papers Candle Review

As of the moment there are six Saint Fragrance candles to chose from and to collect - the latter is a somewhat personal goal. Each modern candle comes neatly presented in a slick grey glass container and matching gift box - perfectly unisex, ideal for just about any home decor colour scheme and the perfect gifting solution to the person that has it all.

I have no qualms in stating that I do gravitate towards just about anything that has "Sunday" in the title so surprising absolutely no-one, I have fallen for Saint Fragrance, Sunday Papers candle. With gentle and altogether relaxing notes of Bergamot, Iris and Sandalwood it jiggles and blurs the lines of both fresh and sleepy - the perfect accompaniment to any lazy day, Sunday or otherwise. You'll be pleased to learn that each Saint London offering is free-from: Animal-derived ingredients: Nanomaterials, Formaldehyde, additional palm oil and genetically modified ingredients.

Saint Fragrance London Sunday Papers Candle Review

Without the magic of scratch and sniff, it is somewhat easier to compare this to a category of fragrance that most will be familiar with. In my mind Saint Fragrance, Sunday Papers is somewhat reminiscent of fluffy cotton: warm, comforting and familiar. It also has the dusky presence of "baby powder" type scents without veering sickly nor tacky. In a nutshell nostalgic yet luxurious and so easy to burn and enjoy, any day of the week.

Saint Fragrance, Sunday Papers candle £38 - link.

So it seems we have reached the final gift guide in my series and it is time we shed a little light on those who seemingly have it all. As someone who doesn't know much about much, I have stuck with a somewhat lose beauty theme in that I have selected items that will add a little touch of glamour and relaxation within your loved ones life.


1, If there is one fail safe item that will put a smile on just about anyone's face it has to be pyjamas, seriously who doesn't love PJ's? A new and exciting brand that has caught my attention is Chelsea Peers, not only are the designs beautiful but they are so well made and cut that you'd be forgiven should you attempt to go outside in the odd pair or two. I have the Chelsea Peers NYC Rose Gold Foil Star Pyjamas (£35) and have not taken them off since they arrived!

2, With the colder nights drawing in do your loved one a solid and treat them to the gift of warmth in the form of a pretty hot water bottle. Yes it is entirely practical but with the cute designs on offer at Chelsea Peers you'll be counting down the hours until you can slink off to bed with a book. My personal favourite has to be the Chelsea Peers NYC Serial Chiller Gift Set (£22) that comes complete with a pretty eye mask for complete luxury.

3, Slippers! Who doesn't need a pretty pair of slippers, oddly my new favourite pair are from Boots and are the Giovanna Fletcher Nap Queen Slippers, super soft and super affordable at just £7.

4, I can't be the only one who drinks a whole lot more hot drinks in the colder weather? To make Hot Cocoa that little more prettier then may I suggest the Zoella Lifestyle Cup of Cheer Glass Mug - a beautiful and sizeable cup that will appeal to all ages - Zoella fan or otherwise.

5, New Years resolutions are right around the corner and for most, drinking more water and perhaps attending the gym will be front and centre on said list. A great way to look great and encourage someone to be more hydrated (as well as being environmentally sound) is by gifting any picky relative a Bewater water bottle. At the moment I am hooked on their unique gemstone bottles and have been constantly using my Tritan Belove Be Water Bottle (£25.95) - a pretty yet practical bottle adorned with real rose quartz!

6, Maybe I am in the minority here but I personally love a new make-up bag and with the new festive shades of the Space.NK Travel Bags (£24) recently hitting the shelves, there couldn't be a more perfect time. Not only do these beautiful cases look the part but they are sized so that they travel well too - the easy to clean materials don't hurt either.

7, As a beauty blogger and all round cosmetic pest it would be out of character if I didn't mention at least one beauty product, wouldn't it? Well I'm going to go a little left field and actually suggest the gift of a Beauty Pie subscription, not only is it affordable but by doing so you are creating a completely custom gift.  At your desecration, each month your loved one can pick the products they want to try - who wouldn't love that.

8, My go for broke beauty gift idea? The Hourglass Ambient Light Ghost Palette (£65) - 6 beautifully baked and presented powders that serve all manners of purpose, locked inside a pretty palette. You really can't go too wrong with this.

9, Candles are such non-brainers aren't they - they look great, they smell great and to a degree they are one size fits all. My current favourite has to be the utterly stunning MOR Northern Lights Candle, it is both sweetly scented and presented and one of those rare brands that manage to do luxury yet affordable without compromise. This may be new favourite home fragrance brand.

10, As skincare can be quite prescriptive, I suggest playing it safe and perhaps only gifting hand creams this festive season. My current favourite has to be the new Goutal Hand Balm range, not only do they smell incredible but they are fast acting and non-greasy.

What's on your wish list?
  • Friday, December 20, 2019

A Gift Guide For The Person Who Has it All


So it seems we have reached the final gift guide in my series and it is time we shed a little light on those who seemingly have it all. As someone who doesn't know much about much, I have stuck with a somewhat lose beauty theme in that I have selected items that will add a little touch of glamour and relaxation within your loved ones life.


1, If there is one fail safe item that will put a smile on just about anyone's face it has to be pyjamas, seriously who doesn't love PJ's? A new and exciting brand that has caught my attention is Chelsea Peers, not only are the designs beautiful but they are so well made and cut that you'd be forgiven should you attempt to go outside in the odd pair or two. I have the Chelsea Peers NYC Rose Gold Foil Star Pyjamas (£35) and have not taken them off since they arrived!

2, With the colder nights drawing in do your loved one a solid and treat them to the gift of warmth in the form of a pretty hot water bottle. Yes it is entirely practical but with the cute designs on offer at Chelsea Peers you'll be counting down the hours until you can slink off to bed with a book. My personal favourite has to be the Chelsea Peers NYC Serial Chiller Gift Set (£22) that comes complete with a pretty eye mask for complete luxury.

3, Slippers! Who doesn't need a pretty pair of slippers, oddly my new favourite pair are from Boots and are the Giovanna Fletcher Nap Queen Slippers, super soft and super affordable at just £7.

4, I can't be the only one who drinks a whole lot more hot drinks in the colder weather? To make Hot Cocoa that little more prettier then may I suggest the Zoella Lifestyle Cup of Cheer Glass Mug - a beautiful and sizeable cup that will appeal to all ages - Zoella fan or otherwise.

5, New Years resolutions are right around the corner and for most, drinking more water and perhaps attending the gym will be front and centre on said list. A great way to look great and encourage someone to be more hydrated (as well as being environmentally sound) is by gifting any picky relative a Bewater water bottle. At the moment I am hooked on their unique gemstone bottles and have been constantly using my Tritan Belove Be Water Bottle (£25.95) - a pretty yet practical bottle adorned with real rose quartz!

6, Maybe I am in the minority here but I personally love a new make-up bag and with the new festive shades of the Space.NK Travel Bags (£24) recently hitting the shelves, there couldn't be a more perfect time. Not only do these beautiful cases look the part but they are sized so that they travel well too - the easy to clean materials don't hurt either.

7, As a beauty blogger and all round cosmetic pest it would be out of character if I didn't mention at least one beauty product, wouldn't it? Well I'm going to go a little left field and actually suggest the gift of a Beauty Pie subscription, not only is it affordable but by doing so you are creating a completely custom gift.  At your desecration, each month your loved one can pick the products they want to try - who wouldn't love that.

8, My go for broke beauty gift idea? The Hourglass Ambient Light Ghost Palette (£65) - 6 beautifully baked and presented powders that serve all manners of purpose, locked inside a pretty palette. You really can't go too wrong with this.

9, Candles are such non-brainers aren't they - they look great, they smell great and to a degree they are one size fits all. My current favourite has to be the utterly stunning MOR Northern Lights Candle, it is both sweetly scented and presented and one of those rare brands that manage to do luxury yet affordable without compromise. This may be new favourite home fragrance brand.

10, As skincare can be quite prescriptive, I suggest playing it safe and perhaps only gifting hand creams this festive season. My current favourite has to be the new Goutal Hand Balm range, not only do they smell incredible but they are fast acting and non-greasy.

What's on your wish list?

Everyone loves a warm bath don't they? That's probably why bath and body treats are so prevalent this time of the year. With so many to chose from it can be a little tricky to navigate the world of skin and hair treats and as such I've rounded up the best of the best.


1, Ted Baker Harmony Gift Set, this has beautiful blue box to be the ultimate bath and body treat with a wide assortment of showering treats including sheet masks, body lotions, gels and scrubs, all in luxurious and refined fragrances.

2, The Soap & Glory Holiday Heroes Gift Set is like a selection box of scented bath and body treats, all of which are perfectly sized for travel. Inside the dinky little pouch there's something for every whim including dry shampoo, face wash, hand cream, body lotion and much, much more.

3, Another great little kit that offers plenty of variety and is wonderfully sized for sneaking into stockings is the Lee Stafford Ultimate Hair Mask Collection. Whatever your hair woe may be this set will have you covered and then some.

4, Speaking of hair the new range of Lee Stafford brushes make a wonderful and dare I say practical gift. I personally rate the slightly unusual try super handy Lee Stafford Shampoo Massage Brush, it's great for thoroughly massaging the scalp and helping to de-tangle in one step.

5, For those looking to protect their hair then I suggest a dinky little bottle of Morrocan Treatment Oil for a nourishing treat. For something similar but a little more sizeable there's also the Bumble and Bumble Invisible Hairdresser Hot Oil set, with several applications in one little box it's the gift that keeps on giving.

6, Why have boring hair ties when you can style and protect your hair with the super pretty Only Curls Scrunchies. For absolute luxury pair with the Aquis Hair Rapid Dry Turban.

7, Dry Shampoo has come a long way, so much so that the Styledry Dry Shampoo Compact has pride of place in a gift guide. This nifty powder smells wonderful and is pocket sized so it neatly fits into any bag or pocket!

8, A huge bath bomb with a solid rubber ducky soap inside? It could only be Soap and Glory A Christmas Quacker of course and from here on out if my bath bombs don't contain a floating soap I'm frankly not interested.

9, For a more refined bath and body treat, I can not recommend Olverum Bath Oil enough. A luxurious Bath Oil that smells incredible and cocoons the skin in moisture.

10, I love bath treats, I love storage so the Sanctuary Spa Jar of Treats is a no brainer; not only do you get an entire array of bath and body treats but a beautiful keep safe jar too.

11, Is it really Christmas without a few L'Occitane goodies, at the moment my personal favourite scent of the bunch has to be Festive Garden which is available in many products including cuter than cute soap and hand lotion.

12, A warm after a long day at work is the definition of bliss, go one step further and scent your bubbles with Laura Ashley Foam Bath. The huge glass bottle is the height o sophistication and the gentle floral scent is a real crowd pleaser.

13, Admittedly this isn't technically a bath and body Gift Set but really can you go too wrong with a lip balm? In a word no. Not only does the Burts Bees Vanilla Bean Gift contain a lip balm and cuticle balm but it comes complete with a dinky little tin that can be used as a candle holder and more.

  • Monday, December 16, 2019

The Ultimate Bath and Body Festive Gift Guide


Everyone loves a warm bath don't they? That's probably why bath and body treats are so prevalent this time of the year. With so many to chose from it can be a little tricky to navigate the world of skin and hair treats and as such I've rounded up the best of the best.


1, Ted Baker Harmony Gift Set, this has beautiful blue box to be the ultimate bath and body treat with a wide assortment of showering treats including sheet masks, body lotions, gels and scrubs, all in luxurious and refined fragrances.

2, The Soap & Glory Holiday Heroes Gift Set is like a selection box of scented bath and body treats, all of which are perfectly sized for travel. Inside the dinky little pouch there's something for every whim including dry shampoo, face wash, hand cream, body lotion and much, much more.

3, Another great little kit that offers plenty of variety and is wonderfully sized for sneaking into stockings is the Lee Stafford Ultimate Hair Mask Collection. Whatever your hair woe may be this set will have you covered and then some.

4, Speaking of hair the new range of Lee Stafford brushes make a wonderful and dare I say practical gift. I personally rate the slightly unusual try super handy Lee Stafford Shampoo Massage Brush, it's great for thoroughly massaging the scalp and helping to de-tangle in one step.

5, For those looking to protect their hair then I suggest a dinky little bottle of Morrocan Treatment Oil for a nourishing treat. For something similar but a little more sizeable there's also the Bumble and Bumble Invisible Hairdresser Hot Oil set, with several applications in one little box it's the gift that keeps on giving.

6, Why have boring hair ties when you can style and protect your hair with the super pretty Only Curls Scrunchies. For absolute luxury pair with the Aquis Hair Rapid Dry Turban.

7, Dry Shampoo has come a long way, so much so that the Styledry Dry Shampoo Compact has pride of place in a gift guide. This nifty powder smells wonderful and is pocket sized so it neatly fits into any bag or pocket!

8, A huge bath bomb with a solid rubber ducky soap inside? It could only be Soap and Glory A Christmas Quacker of course and from here on out if my bath bombs don't contain a floating soap I'm frankly not interested.

9, For a more refined bath and body treat, I can not recommend Olverum Bath Oil enough. A luxurious Bath Oil that smells incredible and cocoons the skin in moisture.

10, I love bath treats, I love storage so the Sanctuary Spa Jar of Treats is a no brainer; not only do you get an entire array of bath and body treats but a beautiful keep safe jar too.

11, Is it really Christmas without a few L'Occitane goodies, at the moment my personal favourite scent of the bunch has to be Festive Garden which is available in many products including cuter than cute soap and hand lotion.

12, A warm after a long day at work is the definition of bliss, go one step further and scent your bubbles with Laura Ashley Foam Bath. The huge glass bottle is the height o sophistication and the gentle floral scent is a real crowd pleaser.

13, Admittedly this isn't technically a bath and body Gift Set but really can you go too wrong with a lip balm? In a word no. Not only does the Burts Bees Vanilla Bean Gift contain a lip balm and cuticle balm but it comes complete with a dinky little tin that can be used as a candle holder and more.

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