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At this time of year, we are bombarded by the words 'detox, diet, fitness, health etc' which sometimes forces you to turn the other way because getting motivated can be really hard. We know we can't ignore the fact that we may have indeed had a little too much indulgence over the past month, but when it comes to detoxing your skin, thank god it is a lot easier. You simply need some magical beauty gems in your life that shall awaken, brighten and revitalise your skin to make you feel recharged and ready for the new year ahead. Of course having a healthy diet and lifestyle is most important to your skin's health so start one step at a time because that way you are more likely to succeed.

I must admit I find getting motivated physically hard, but when it comes to skincare I am more than ready to change things up and I look forward to what my Mintd Box has to bring, as I know that they shall help me get through any month... *sigh* if only Mintd did fitness boxes too, then I would be skinny with fabulous skin. Looks like I shall have to settle on fabulous skin for now! Which brings me on to telling you all about the January edition box themed Recharge. 

Mintd Box, Recharge Box, January 2018
Once again I will just reiterate in case you are not familiar with Mintd Box exactly what they are as I review them each and every month here on the blog. In brief, when you subscribe to Mintd Box, every month or every other month, you only ever receive FULL sized or DELUXE sized high end, a-list, beauty products that are themed for the month and shall save you a small fortune. No Samples, no let downs, just the latest in beauty. You can in fact click Mintd Boxes in the Categories section in the header bar (top of page!) where you can see all previous months boxes and their contents. It mainly features skincare as opposed to make-up but all is only ever 'high end'. 

The January Recharge box contains 4 FULL SIZED + 1 SUPER DELUXE SIZED products all of which are all stocked in high end beauty stores such as Space NK, Harvey Nicols and Net A Porter.

All products featured in the Recharge box bring formulas and ingredients that are warm, uplifting, gentle and full of vitamins to help both our skin and body. They shall all help to hydrate, boost and renew the skin and give you your glow back. 

What better way to get your skin feeling and looking great than with this little lot and the bright colours alone instantly make you feel energised .... let the recharging begin! 

Mintd Box, Recharge Box, January 2018
Mintd Box, Recharge Box, January 2018
The 'RECHARGE' Luxury Contents:-
1. Sunday Riley C.E.O. Cleansing Oil (Full Size £35)
2. Anne Semonin Radiance Cubes (Full Size £50)
3. Rodial Dragons Blood Hyaluronic Mask (Full Size £45)
4. Scentered Escape Balm (Full Size £14.50)
5. Quinteassential Cleanse Loose Leaf Tea (Super Deluxe Size £8)

The contents of this box have a combined value of over £152.50/€171 for which you only pay £70/€79 per month or bi-monthly giving you an enormous £82.50/€93 saving as opposed to buying all products individually. A brilliant saving as always and is exactly why Mintd Box is the ideal way to try new brands. 

Mintd Box, Recharge Box, January 2018
When I saw the line up of this months box, there were two brands in particular that got me very excited so let me tell you about the first one that did ... 
Mintd Box, Recharge Box, January 2018
1. Sunday Riley C.E.O. Cleansing Oil (Full Size £35(link here!)
A Cleansing Oil that is suitable for both wet and dry use and instantly dissolves make-up, dirt, excess oils etc to thoroughly clean your skin. It contains ingredients that are naturally rich in AHA's, BHA's and antioxidants like Vitamin C, Tumeric and Lime Pearl extract to ensure your complexion is left feeling soft and calm. 

Sunday Riley is a brand where every product intrigues me and whatever it is, I want to try it. I think this is solely down to Instagram where Sunday Riley products are always a hot topic. Thanks to Mintd Box I have tried a few things now and I did love the Luna Sleeping Oil (here) so I had high hopes for this product. I love cleansing oils in general and this one is very different to any other that I own. It is a very loose, slippy oil which makes it great for facial massage yet it's very lightweight which I love. I used it on a dry face only (not on the eyes) to remove my face makeup and it did the job well. The oil smells of tangerines which I really love as it makes the oil feel fresh and clean. Being a Vitamin C based cleanser this really does help to brighten the skin and would be a great first step for those who like to use brightening Vitamin C serums also. I don't know if it is just me, but when I wash it off, my skin smells of bar soap! It did leave my skin looking very matte and I felt my pores were tighter which is a great bonus to this product. However I wouldn't advise using it on the eyes as I feel it could cause them to feel sensitive and sore. But all round, this is a lovely cleanser that I think would be more ideal used as a second cleanse to help with large pores and super ideal as a summer cleansing option! 


Mintd Box, Recharge Box, January 2018
2. Anne Semonin Radiance Ice Cubes x 8 (Full Size £50(link here!)
An innovative creation in the form of facial ice cubes; think of them as cucumber for the face! Designed to be used straight from the freezer, they are based around 'cryotherapy' of lowering skin temperature, to instantly calm, de-puff, tighten, lift and brighten. By cooling the skin, blood vessels are forced to constrict which accelerates drainage and awakens skin and senses which is ideal for times when you need 'perking' up! Each cube contains a cocktail of ingredients such as wild indigo, marine spring water, red micro-algae, azaelic acid, primrose oil and lysine (all goodies!). To use, you take out your frozen cube from the freezer and wrap it inside one of the gauzes provided then rub it all over your face and neck. Simple.

These are super fancy pants I know and not at all an 'essential buy' but they're good fun plus they really help your skin in times of need. Another reason why Mintd Box is such a good deal as these are the type of products that you probably stalk online but are not likely to click 'buy' as they not cheap. I love the Anne Semonin eye cubes featured in a previous box (here) and are in fact in my freezer as we speak. I have to say having used these Radiance Cubes myself they do in fact work well. My skin definitely looked fresher and had more of a glow about it so I think there is a lot to be said for cryotherapy. The cubes are quite large in size so you may be rubbing for a while just to get value for money! These are definitely worth setting aside for special occasions or for when you have had a lack of sleep, woken up too early, over indulged and so on, which all contributes to puffiness so they will be a god send. I am a big fan of the Anne Semonin Exfoliating Mask as it has been a cult favourite of mine for a while now so I do recommend this brand if you are looking for a new line to try.

Mintd Box, Recharge Box, January 2018
3. Rodial Dragon's Blood Hyaluronic Mask (Full Size £45(link here!)
A super hydrating gel mask that is designed to make skin look plumper with clever 3d filling spheres and gransil, a high performing spherical powder which provides enhanced aesthetics to formulations. The mask shall help to plump out fine lines and maintain hydration giving you a more comfortable feeling skin. The Dragon's Blood line, which is in fact an ingredient found by Rodial's founder Maria whilst travelling in Asia that has been used for centuries as a healing extract, works to form a second skin like film around the face to protect it against the environment.

I am a huge fan of the Dragons Blood line and absolutely love the velvet cream (here) plus the scent is delicious! I cannot put my finger on the smell but it's so fruity and gorgeous which makes me love the products even more. This mask is beautiful and it woks. It is all of the things that it claims; lightweight, hydrating, plumping and best of all, easy to use. I like to apply a generous layer and leave it on overnight to fully absorb and my skin loves it. You really don't need to wash this gel mask off at all as your skin shall drink it all in and reap the benefits. It does indeed plump up your skin making fine lines look less visible making it in my opinion, a tad magical! In fact this would would make a perfect in-flight mask and I absolutely love it. highly recommend it to anyone needing hydration and plumping ... I mean, who doesn't?!

Mintd Box, Recharge Box, January 2018
4. Scentered Escape Therapy Balm (Full Size £14.50(link here!)
A highly luxurious balm that helps you to recharge your batteries through essential oils. Escape is a woody, exotic blend featuring Oud, Sandalwood, Cedarwood, Frankincense, Amber, Patchouli and Rose. The idea is to apply the balm to your pulse points and inhale, then reset your mood. Escape was designed for times in your life when you need to do just that and gain perspective and inspiration or to let go of your worries and frustrations. I think we could all do with one of these! 

First off, love the brand name Scentered, very clever! I love anything involving high quality essential oils as I am a firm believer in their power but I am not a big lover of a stick balm I have to admit. They just end up in a box somewhere kicking dust and going out of date, but after taking the lid off of this balm to sniff it, I am a new balm convert, .... well, only to this brand. This is me in a balm; all the essential oils that I adore. Oh and .... it works. Little story, my husband is a sceptic of anything like this but these are all his favourite notes so after telling him to 'sniff this' and him replying "my god what is that, it smells amazing?!" I was already applying it to his pulse points. Within seconds, I thought he was pulling my leg, he told me he was feeling odd! It literally got to work that quickly on him and it really helped to chill him out (work stress!) and that was him sold. I may have to wrestle him to get it back in fact. These balms are way more mighty than they look and 100% worth having in your collection. Little tip, don't apply too much as the scent is very strong and as your body warms, you will inhale the full force of this beautiful balm. 

Mintd Box, Recharge Box, January 2018
Mintd Box, Recharge Box, January 2018
5. Quinteassential Cleanse Loose Tea (Super Deluxe Size £8(link here!)
Quinteassential was created by Bernadine Tay, who used her scientific knowledge to create unique blends and has won 7 Great Taste Awards out of her 13 blends and is now tea judge. This 'beautea' holds some serious powers. Cleanse is a loose leaf tea that was inspired by chai tea and is designed to heal and rejuvenate containing, Top notes: ginger and cardamon, Middle notes: dates and oats, Base notes: Cacao and Pepper. Recommended after exercise, a meal or chocolate. 

The tea smells incredibly festive and very much like Chai. You are either a tea or a coffee person and I am so a tea person, especially being a Brit as I cannot function without a big mug of Assam first thing in the morning! I discovered this brand Quinteassential (again, brilliant name!) in a previous Mintd box here and loved their whole philosophy. You can actually see small pieces of dried ginger in the tea so if you like high quality tea then it doesn't get much better than this. Cleanse is an acquired taste, but knowing it is doing you the power of good helps! The tea comes with infusing pouches and stirrers so you can let it infuse resting over a cup and I love the clever QR code which you scan to play a music track that acts as your tea timer so you get the perfect brew time. It is details like that which make me love this brand and I am a strong believer in tea being good for the inside as well as the outside. 
Mintd Box, Recharge Box, January 2018
What a way to start the year; cleansed, recharged and brighterI have enjoyed each and every product in this box but for me the stars are definitely the Rodial Hyaluronic Mask and Scentered Escape BalmI have reviewed every monthly Mintd Box for over a year now and I say it post after post, Mintd Box are the only beauty subscription worth investing in if you are serious about skincare as you shall never be wasting your money.


If you are interested in the Recharge box for yourself don't forget your are saving  a massive £82.50/€93! Sign up to Mintd Box here with free delivery in the UK and free delivery worldwide on your first box using code MB2018! Available online Worldwide and ships to UK, W Europe, North America and Australia.


Another fabulous box don't you think?












Living in the South of France, I am surrounded by so many incredible perfume stores as Grasse, which is literally just one hour away from me is known as the perfume capital of the world, so I couldn't be in a better place for perfume. Most of the perfumes we love today are all french; Chanel, Dior, YSL, Lacoste etc Fragrance is one of the most personal beauty products a person can own and we often identify people in our lives by their scent. Smell is one of the most powerful triggers that instantly transports you back to a time, a place or to a person in your life, making it also one of the hardest things to describe and write about. I can only do my best to tell you about a brand that you may not yet know of, but is one that has truly stolen my heart. 

When it comes to scents, I prefer non-commercial fragrances so I always look for a fragrance that not many people have so I can really be individual and claim it as my scent, so that it reminds you of me and me alone. Don't get me wrong, I still love popular classics such as Chanel and Tom Ford which are very high end, it's the whole 'celebrity endorsed scents' that don't appeal to me. I like real perfumers that have been doing it since forever and know a thing or two about individuality. In fact I love going into perfume stores and chatting with the consultants because I have had fragrance training over my career so I really love to know all about the products and basically, have a good old chat. 

Some of my favourite brands to date are Byredo (especially Black Saffron, Bal' de Afrique and the Unnamed) Maison Francis Kurkdjian, Frederic Malle, Serge Lutens, Chanel, Tom Ford to name a few. I love notes that are powdery, rich and oriental with my favourite note of all being Violet. I am obsessed with anything Violet scented to say the least, so when I saw the brand in question here was named MAISON VIOLET (meaning 'House of Purple') I felt we already had a connection. 


Maison Violet, Autumn Purple, edp
Maison Violet, Autumn Purple, edp
It was in fact Octoly (a company that brings brands and bloggers together) who introduced us and got to speak to the brand direct and I have to say Octoly may just seem like 'bloggers getting free stuff' to some people but it has in fact been solely responsible for this amazing brand discovery hence why you are reading this post right now.

In short, VIOLET are a traditional French Perfumery that was founded way back in 1827. After a 50 year sleep, the House was resurrected by three young men Anthony, Paul and Victorien (as below) to embark on a project of putting this historic house back on the scene. Their love for fragrance drives them to get Maison Violet on the shelves once again. The team kindly sent over a beautiful collection of pages including Violet's history which is so interesting to see all the old images and learn all about how it was all those years ago,  which added to the authenticity of the brand. Touches like this are so rare in today's world yet is a touch I think most of us would appreciate. 


Maison Violet, Autumn Purple, edp
Maison Violet, Autumn Purple, edp
Maison Violet, Autumn Purple, edp
The VIOLET collection consists of 3 rich scents, Un Air d'Apogee, Sketch and Pourpre d' Autumne or translated means Autumn Purple. Although I wanted them all, I finally decided upon Autumn Purple because the notes in this were so simple yet jumped out at me. 

Maison Violet, Autumn Purple, edp
Maison Violet, Autumn Purple, edp

First and foremost, the packaging is divineThe bottle is super elegant with velvet lining inside the box and an engraved 'V' logo detailed on the silver lid. The main thing you will notice is how weighty the bottle is as this is a bottle designed to be showcased on a dresser, not thrown into a handbag. There is indeed a travel size version for that!

Maison Violet, Autumn Purple, edp
Maison Violet, Autumn Purple, edp
• Autumn Purple is a mix of powdery, fruity, mossy, musky notes (€145 for 75ml).
Top Notes: Violet - Heart Notes: Rose, Iris - Base Notes; Orris, White Musk, Moss.

As I already said, scents are very hard to describe but this one is based on Rose and Violet and consists of very simple notes yet with a modern twist that feels elegant, Parisan and old fashioned which I feel represents it's history. For me, it reminds me of being a child and remembering my mum and my nan smelling 'expensive' knowing that one day I would be able to wear the same or at least steal a spray!

Violet describe this as "Orris notes bringing a powdery texture, Peach and Plum notes join to give a wet/juicy feel and then the mossy, leathery notes accentuate the Autumn feel - like being wrapped up in a musky coat"Reading through my pages, I do love how the name Autumn Purple was created to be an image of silk chiffon, a rose stinging  porcelain skin, a crunchy musk in a juicy peach .... such beautiful visions that really do fit the scent well! Autumn Purple was the first scent from the whole collection to become a 'must have' and I can see just why. 


I cannot think of any other fragrance that smells like this one making it very individual and a scent that you could happily wear over any season. I imagine the other two scents in the collection smell just as amazing too (see here)

Maison Violet, Autumn Purple, edp
VISIT!
Maison Violet have opened the doors to their house where you can go behind the scenes to discover even more! From books to raw materials to being advised on your signature scent this makes for a wonderful experience; all by appointment only at 31 Rue Etienne Marcel, Paris, Tuesday - Sunday (10h to 20h)  ... something I would indeed love to do myself! 

This is why the brand for me stand out so much as you can tell the three creators have a real passion for the brand and I think this is so refreshing in today's beauty world as it is the smaller brands like this that deserve the most rewards in my book as they deliver something extra special

Maison Violet, Autumn Purple, edp
Maison Violet, Autumn Purple, edp
Maison Violet fragrances are a luxury buy at €145 each (here!) but Maison Violet are just that, a true luxury that is worth all the years of hard work gone into the age old Parisian brand. You can however purchase travel sizes 7.5ml for €15 (here!) that are ideal for on the go or a way of getting to know each scent. This is definitely a scent to go and smell if you get the chance too, or a gift for someone special that appreciates a good brand. 

Maison Violet, Autumn Purple, edp
I hope you enjoyed this little introduction to Maison Violet as they really do ignite a passion for fragrance and I would love to thank them for gifting me the chance of getting to know them better. I for one hope that they get back on top once again where they belong. 

Let us not stress too much about detox, diets and being good like we are all programmed to feel at this time of year and take on the french approach to life by creating some bliss and stress free living. A new fragrance for a new year! 


There is no doubt, the french know Fragrance
What are some of your favourites? Like the sound of Violet?












I was recently asked by a brand, what my Beauty Resolutions for the New Year ahead were so this really got me thinking. In general, I hate New Years resolutions because let's face it, we never stick to them, do we? But if you set a more realistic goal I feel it is definitely achievable. So by making a list of 'Beauty Resolutions' (a big part of my life!) I think putting them into action may just work. 

Apart from my main goal of getting more organised and creating more content for the blog that is not so delayed, I have come up with 5 beauty goals that are very achievable as there is quite a lot I personally need to change up and it may just give you ideas to do the same.

Beauty Resolutions 2018 
1. THROW AWAY EXPIRED PRODUCTS!
I have a bad habit of holding on to makeup and skincare then it expires, especially foundations, lipsticks and mascara! So my aim is to make sure that products are either used up, donated or thrown away if out of date. Hence more space for new things! 


Beauty Resolutions 2018 
Beauty Resolutions 2018 
2. SHOP MY OWN STASH!
I am guilty as a Beauty Blogger of having so many beauty products that I forget what I own then half of it ends up untouched. By rotating products and re-organising more often means that forgotten products are then chosen plus it then feels like you have new products all over again but haven’t spent a penny. A resolution I think many of us would benefit from! 





Beauty Resolutions 2018 
3. GET MORE BEAUTY SLEEP!
I always have big issues switching off at night as I sit in bed on my phone, reading my IG,  replying to comments etc and this doesn't help. Sleep is so important hence it's not called beauty sleep for nothing! 

Beauty Resolutions 2018 
4. INVEST IN SILK PILLOW CASES ... and Olivia Halle pjs! (Image courtesy of Fenwicks BondSt)
Silk pillow cases are proven to help safe guard against wrinkles and being in my later 30s now, I need to do all that I can to help keep my skin in the best condition possible, plus I feel they may help with resolution No.3 and help me to sleep more peacefully! 

Beauty Resolutions 2018 
5. GET MORE FACIALS!
I rarely get facials as I don't make the time plus I am a tad fussy (coming from a facialist background myself) so when I occasionally do, I always say to myself that I should do it more often as I always feel amazing afterwards and the last BLISS facial I had nearly a  year ago was out of this world. So it's time I put this into practice and have more me time because being sat in front of a computer screen all day writing blog posts calls for more pampering sessions!



Wishing you all a very HAPPY NEW YEAR!!
What are your Beauty Resolutions? - Come on, 2018, lets do this. 




It happens every year, you blink and suddenly there are only a few days left until Christmas and you haven't started shopping yet or perhaps you need a last minute stocking filler or small gift? Seeing as my desk is jam packed full of Christmas goodies I thought I would put together a few last minute beauty ideas that shall get you out of trouble and items are easy to get your hands on last minute in stores. 

I wanted to share my love for a few products that I myself have bought or been kindly sent   as you may want to add them your own list after Christmas for the sales if all else fails. But Christmas or not, I have a big soft spot for all these brands and products ... 

Last minute, Beauty Gift Guide
FACE and BODY ...


Caudalie Gift Set
Caudalie Gift Set
Caudalie VinoSource Christmas Cracker, £9.50 / €11 (link here!)
This is perfect for a table or a secret santa gift! This cute cracker contains three of Caudalie's best selling hydration skincare essentials for dry and dehydrated skin i.e. most of us! Inside you get; 1 x Micellar Water (30ml), 1 x Vinosource Moisturising Sorbet (10ml), 1 x Vinosource SOS Thirst-Quenching Serum (10ml). These miniatures are great for getting to know the range better or simply save them for when travelling, as I do! 


Caudalie Gift Set
Caudalie Gift Set
Caudalie Gift Set
• Caudalie Divine Body Collection, £27.55 / €32.80 (link here!)
A very luxurious body duo that emulates the Caudalie Spa feeling. This is the perfect duo to see you through the cold winter should you be needing some extra nourishment and TLC. Inside is; 1 x Divine Scrub (150g) and Divine Oil (50ml) Free! - as you technically only pay for the scrub! They are both full sized products and the packaging for this set is stunning. Definitely a gift that anyone would enjoy. I know I certainly will. 

Caudalie Gift Set
Caudalie Gift Set
• Caudalie Make-up Artists Secrets Set, £30.40 / €33.60 (link here!)
This is my favourite set out of the three because it includes two of my holy grail skincare items from Caudalie that I use religiously. Inside is; a Limited Edition Beauty Elixir (100ml) and French Kiss Tinted Lip Balm in Addiction - Free! - again you only pay for the elixir so get a nice little bonus buying this as a gift set. This is fantastic value for money and a gift that I highly recommend as I have used and raved about the Beauty Elixir for many years now as it really is an insider secret to glowing, healthy skin. Plus this bottle in particular is a collectors edition to celebrate 20 years of success and not available to buy alone which makes this set even more special. To be fair, you can't go far wrong with any of these gifts sets as they are all pretty darn amazing.


Crabtree and Evelyn Christmas Candles 
Crabtree and Evelyn Christmas Candles 
• Crabtree & Evelyn Christmas Candles, (link here!)
Now Christmas is not Christmas without a festive smelling candle let's face it and these mini's from Crabtree and Evelyn as absolutely stunning. I am a candle obsessive and not only do these candles look gorgeous but they smell just as good as they look too, plus they are rose gold ... win win! Think log fires, Christmas trees and party feels .... they shall infuse your home with just that. The White Cardamon Candle has notes of Mimosa and Mulled Spice where as The Red Berry and Fir Candle is a mix of Crimson Berries and Fir trees, both an English epitome of Christmas. Such a perfect gift for any candle lover or simply for yourself! How perfect would they be paired with a nice bath oil perhaps???

Beatitude Bath Oil
Beatitude Bath Oil

• Beatitude, Patience Bath Oil & Mini Christmas Cracker Gift (link here!)
Beatitude is new brand to me but wow, they sure can make a luxurious Bath Oil. These oils are so visually stunning and make any bath look inviting. Each oil is made with 100% natural ingredients with a mix of essential and plant oils. I love aromatherapy and the 'Patience' Bath Oil uses a blend of Rosemary, Lavender, Ginger and Juniperberry which helps to detox as well as ease knots, aches and pains. The ginger really comes through making it very warming, super relaxing and the scent shall fill your whole bathroom. These oils are especially non-greasy as they have been designed to disperse in water which I why I have fallen in love with them as I hate to feel oily. A Bath Oil such as this can make a great gift because people don't tend to treat themselves to luxury bath products but everyone needs time out after a long day so what better way to do so. 

As a Limited Edition for Christmas, Beatitude have designed some Crackers that each contain a 10ml bath oil - now that is the type of Christmas Cracker that I like! 
Soaper Duper, Zingy Ginger
Soaper Duper, Zingy Ginger
• Soaper Duper Body Products - Zingy Ginger Set, £26.50 (or £6 - £7 each!) (link here!)
If you read my blog or follow me on IG than you shall know my love for this brand as I rave about them all the time. This Zingy Ginger scent is my favourite scent of all and this Body Wash (500ml) and Body Scrub Duo Set (300ml x 2) is sure to give any body a boost. Infused with kukui and sweet almond oils, lime butter, eucalyptus, lemon, ginger and all without parabens, mineral oils and all bad stuff basically! You can read my review post in full if you want to know more here. But the great news is that if you are in the UK, then you can pick Soaper Duper up from Tesco and it's soaper cheap. Popped in a nice gift box or bag, it shall do the job well as the recipient is bound to LOVE it. 


LUXURY MAKE-UP ... 
Lancome Hypnose Sparklings Eyeshadow
Lancome Hypnose Sparklings Eyeshadow
• Lancóme Instatrends Sparklings Hypnose Eyeshadow, £22 (link here!)
These limited edition eyeshadows created by Lisa Eldridge are selling fast but will make any make-up lovers day. There are 4 shades in the collection, all black with a coloured glitter for a real intense smoky eye look. The pink glitter packaging is out of this world, hence why if you find them, I suggest gift one to a loved one or to yourself - they are amazing.

Chanel Rouge Allure Limited Edition Red
Chanel Rouge Allure Limited Edition Red
• Chanel Allure Velvet Limited Edition Lipsticks, No1, £30 (link here!)
This item shall 100% be on any true make-up lovers wish list. Just for the holidays, Chanel have dressed their traditional black and gold lipstick tubes in red. There are 4 new red shades created by the amazing Lucia Pica to match every skin tone; a red for all. As you can see, they are truly beautiful and would make a very special gift indeed. 

Dior Prescious Gems Collection 
• Dior, Precious Rocks Collection (link here!)
This has been one of my favourite Collections to launch this season and all of it has been in high demand, in particular the two Eyeshadow palettes, Ruby and Emerald. They simply stunning and again would make any make-up lover very happy. If you are after something special then do check out the collection if it hasn't sold already. 

Charlotte Tilbury Instant Eye Palette 
• Charlotte Tilbury Instant Eye Palette, £60  (link here!)
You can never go far wrong by gifting anything Charlotte Tilbury in my book. The Instant Eye Palette in particular was the latest hottest eye launch and is perfect for any makeup fan as it contains a range of different neutral eyeshadows with 4 eye looks already prepared so that all occasions are covered. Charlotte Tilbury also do the most beautiful gift packaging so it definitely makes a perfect gift choice. 

Beauty Pie
• Beauty Pie, Gift Subscription! (Buy here!)
Beauty Pie again is a brand that I talk about a lot on my IG and Blog and it is growing bigger and better. You have to subscribe to the brand so that you are able to purchase all products at the factory cost, saving you a small fortune! I have written about it all here should you want to know more, but it's a brand that is gaining a lot of interest from many people in high places. A perfect gift idea would be to gift a membership which is £30 for 3 months or £99 for 12 months and trust me, it would be well received. 

Happy Socks
 • Happy Socks for Men & Women! (link here!)
Socks that really do make you happy. I mean, how cute it this box set? I know I love being extra cosy this time of year, so socks are a definite must and having a festive pair just adds to the fun of the holidays. Happy socks really do make the happiest socks as the patterns are so cool and fun so they make a brilliant gift and are way above your average sock buying! They are so soft and comfortable and both me and my hubby are wearing a pair!  For an extra luxe present you could pair them with a nice lipstick perhaps to make a small gift look a lot more! I really  love this brand as they are a genuinely fabulous company. 

NAILS .... 

Sensationail Express
Sensationail Express
 • Sensationail Express Gel Nail Polishes, £10  (link here!)
I have spoken about my holy grail 'at home gel polishes' many a time aka Sensationail. They have recently launched a few more shades including these fabulous new Glitter and Chrome finishes to get our nails party ready and they are stunning! You can read my full review here all about how they work but you simply use them with a nail lamp and being the Express formula means you only need the polish and no base/top coats and they shall still last a good week! You can easily pick them up from most drugstores i.e. Boots (UK), CVS (USA) for the perfect stocking filler, to add to a gift already or just for yourself! 

Kure Bazaar Nails
Kure Bazaar Nails
• KURE Bazaar Nail Polishes Gift Set (£42 or £16 each) (link here!)
If you prefer a polish then this is a brand that I am so excited to have discovered lately. Kure Bazaar are the first Nail Lacquers to be of 85% natural origin; based on wood pulp, wheat, cotton, potatoes and corn. The polishes basically detox the nail as you wear the colour yet they are super long wearing, have an ultra high shine and are very quick drying. I shall speak more about them soon as they have definitely sparked my interest and having used them, I am truly wowed. This set in particular is beautiful and could not be any better suited for me colour wise as this is all my kind of go-to shades. You can't beat a good nail polish. 

House of Fraser #BringMerryBack
❤️ House Of Fraser Charity Campaign to #BringMerryBack! 
I just wanted to end this post by bringing your attention to a very special campaign that House of Fraser are running in conjunction with Action for Children UK. In House of Fraser stores, there will be 'golden wishing trees' all across the country and all customers are invited to raise funds by purchasing a bauble/tag on which you can write a Christmas message or a favourite childhood memory. The baubles can then be hung on the golden trees or taken home to put on your own tree. 100% of the profit shall be donated to the Action for Children Charity for underprivileged children across the UK. Seeing as this is a time of giving, it's easy to share a message, so I shall be sharing mine on the Santa tag from House of Fraser below! If you can, do join me and do the same (ends 6th January 2018).



I hope this has helped to spark some ideas should you need a last minute shopping trip or you maybe making a list of items you want to target in the sales, either way, they will be great choices!

Last minute beauty gift guide 

I want to wish you all a very Happy Christmas and also to say a big Thank You to all of you who continually support me by reading this blog or following me on my other channels or even if you just stumble upon this article, it all truly means the world to know that my little space on the internet is doing some good. I love creating posts for you all to read which is why I hope to do it better and even more so in the New Year. 


Lots of love,

















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