13 December 2018

Beauty for Home & Body • Perfect Gift Ideas Anytime*



Finding gift inspiration in general and not just at Christmas time can be a challenge as years go by so fast and it gets tougher and tougher. I could recommend products until the cows come home quite frankly (just check this blog and my Instagram) so this time I wanted to be introduced to brands/products I wasn't so familiar with so that I could share some new ideas from newer brands as well some known ones too. Ideas help so whatever gift you need, these products may be a solution. I have been testing them behind the scenes so all that you read about has made the 'kellilash' cut!

As it is indeed nearly Christmas, the hardest presents to buy are always the little somethings because they can end up costing you a fortune so here are a few 'smaller gifts' that still pack a punch and are in my opinion, well worth the buy! Whether it's for a friend, a teacher present, a dog sitter present, a thank you gift, a birthday or just for yourself ... L'Occitance have some great ideas to start us off with ... 

Gift Guide - L'Occitane Gift Sets, Baubles, 
SMALLER GIFTS IDEAS

Gift Guide - L'Occitane Gift Sets, Baubles, 
• L'OCCITANE Star Festive Baubles, £12 each (here!)
A gorgeous smaller gift or stocking filler that is literally the cutest thing ever. The hanging star shaped tin houses 3 miniatures from their most popular collections. You have Sparkling Verbena with lemon and grapefruit as well as L'Occitane's famous Shea Butter. Each set contains a 25g Soap, 30ml Body Lotion and 10ml Hand Cream. All products are some of the brands best sellers and they really do make such great travel/handbags items. The tin alone is useful and great for using as storage afterwards. For the price, you really can't get much better than this. Highly recommend!! 

Gift Guide - L'Occitane Gift Sets, Baubles, 
• L'OCCITANE Festive Ball Baubles, £12 each (here!)
You also have the choice of the round bauble too! You can choose from the stunning Amande and Cherry Blossom ranges. Each ball contains a 35ml Shower Gel/Oil, 35ml Body Lotion and 10ml Hand Cream. The Amande is my personal favourite and all time favourite L'Occitane range in general so this would be my top pick. If you have never tried the Amande Shower Oil, please do, then thank me later! 

Gift Guide - L'Occitane Gift Sets, Baubles, 
Gift Guide - L'Occitane Gift Sets, Baubles, 
Another small idea is ✨CRACKERS! A perfect table decoration, stocking filler or little treat for yourself (why not!) .... 

Gift Guide - Beautitude Crackers
Gift Guide - Beautitude Crackers
• BEAUTITIDE Joy Bath Oil Cracker, £10 (here!)
A beauty brand that I featured last year as I think they are wonderful. Lets face it, Luxury Crackers can be a rip off but not when they contain quality products such as this gorgeous Joy Bath Oil which is a nice, unique idea too. Joy is designed to uplift and cheer when you just need a simple lift. It uses a blend of Orange, Mandarin, Petitgrain, Grapefruit and Bergamot to stop you flagging on a busy day. All the oils are 100% natural, non greasy and shall have you wanting a full size. I had the Patience bath oil last year coming from someone who really isn't a 'bather' (I am a shower fan) and this is one product that gets me in that tub. If you are looking for a luxury table gift or little fun yet 'worth the money gift' then this is perfect.

Gift Guide - Caudalie Crackers
• CAUDALIE Vinosource Skincare Cracker €6.90/£10 (here!)
If you want to mix up the cracker selection then add in some skincare as it doesn't get any more ideal than this one from Caudalie. It is the time of year where we all need extra hydration and this cracker contains a highly moisturising trio; Vinosource Serum 10ml, Moisturising Sorbet 15ml and a Cleansing Water 30ml. This is a range I have spoken about and highly recommend previously as this really helped my skin during the summer months, so a great one for all year round. This makes the perfect starter kit at a bargain price! Get them whilst you can.

FULL SIZE SETS FOR THE BODY✨ 

Gift Guide - Caudalie Vine Body Butter Set
Gift Guide - Caudalie Vine Body Butter Set
• CAUDALIE Luxury Vine Body Butter Set, €23/£22 (here!)
I fell in love and raved about Caudalie Gift Sets last year as I think that when it comes to creating a set, Caudalie always deliver and offer nothing but a great deal on luxury skincare. Their bodycare is everything; luxurious, indulgent, nourishing, affordable and grown up. They use no gimmicks as they don't need to, hence they always come to my mind for when I need a gift idea. This beautifully packaged Vine Body Butter set includes a full sized 225ml Body Butter and a FREE 75ml Hand and Nail cream! I am currently using the body oil in this range and the scent is out of this world. One of my personal favourite body sets I have seen this year and they look a lot more expensive than what they cost. I highly recommend trying this range for yourself if you haven't as it shall work to really transform your skin.

Gift Guide - Korres Total Indulgence Set
Gift Guide - Korres Total Indulgence Set
• KORRES Total Indulgence Body Care Set, £20/€24 (here!)
Another brand that I think have some great deals and are a superb brand are Korres. This 'Total Indulgence' Bergamot Pear and Guava Body Milk and Shower Gel Collection is fabulous. The set contains full sizes of the Bergamot Pear Shower Gel 250ml and Guava Body Milk 200ml as well as a mini 40ml Bergamot Body Milk 40ml and mini Guava Shower Gel. The products all use a blend of Shea Butter, Almond oils, Quince and an array go lovely ingredients all designed to nourish and hydrate the body. The Korres Guava line is my absolute favourite and so reminds me of being in my 20's because I was obsessed with it back then! The tropical scent is unlike anything else as it is so fresh and clean smelling. The set is worth it for the Guava alone, seriously. 

If you are looking for something 'super' luxurious and highly unique then .... 

Gift Guide - Vanderohe Skincare 
 VANDEROHE (here!)
A very unique range of products that is designed to help your skin and your mind set so when I was asked about trialling this range, I immediately jumped at the opportunity because for me this was highly luxurious, new and very exciting. Yep, right up my street. 
Gift Guide - Vanderohe Skincare 
 VANDEROHE No1 Enhancing Body Serum, 100ml, £108, (here!)
This is not your average body moisturiser or oil, it is in a fact a Tonic that is designed to be used very sparingly tan o add a little extra something to your body. It feels exactly half serum, half oil in texture and absorbs beautifully into the skin. The serum is fast absorbing, very rich in nutrients (which you can feel!) and also acts like fragrance as this tonic adapts to the warmth of your body skin to give you your own individual scent. The special blend of plant oils help to firm, tone and enhance the skins appearance as well as helping to promote a calm feel to alleviate feelings of stress and anxiety. It really is a treat for the body and I felt I kept sniffing my arms as the gorgeous scent warmed and made me feel so comforted. The glass bottle makes this feel even more luxurious and the pastel packaging is so pretty which is why I think this would make a really thoughtful gift if you wanted to splurge on someone needing a little help and TLC. 

This is definitely a higher end purchase as it is not cheap but I wanted to add this brand in because it is so unique which is exactly why it would make a stunning gift for someone who would really benefit from the results that would never spend on themselves. 

Gift Guide - Vanderohe Skincare 
• VANDEROHE NO1 Nourishing Face Serum, 10ml,  £33 (here!)
To pair with the stunning body tonic there is a facial serum. This is just as unique being made from cold pressed oils and enriched with 100% pure organic, harvested, steam distilled oils, each chosen for their unique skin healing properties and mood enhancing results. The results are balancing, anti-inflammatory, anti-ageing, moisture boosting, strengthening as well as helping to reduce scarring and redness. Sounds like a magic potion right? Once again, the scent works in harmony to help combat feelings of stress and anxiety which I feel would benefit a lot of us as we live in a stressful time today. I love facial oils which is why this has been a joy to try and I shall continue to use and keep you posted should you want to know more about the results I get from using this one. 

*NEW in* CANDLES
To go with giving the gift of calm and tranquility, candles always go hand in hand .... 

Gift Guide - Beautitide Christmas Candle
• BEAUTITIDE Festive Christmas Candle, £30 (here!)
If you want an authentic festive smell in your home then look no further than this Beautitide Candle. It has been blended using the finest aromatherapy oils such as Lavender, Geranium, Mandarin, Orange, Cinnamon, Clove and Cardamon and it will transform your home into a festive little nest. Who doesn't love a Christmas Candle; they just make a perfect gift at this time of year. 

Gift Guide - Taylor Benfield Candles
• TAYLOR BENFIELD Luxury Scented Candles, £30 (here!)
Taylor Benfield UK is a new brand that I have fallen massively in love with. When it comes to luxury candles we are spoilt with the likes of Diptique, Jo Malone, Byredo, Neom etc producing some of the most beautiful luxury candles and I love to find new brands to add to that favourites list.

Taylor Benfield candles are all hand poured and created in the UK, founded by Suzanne Taylor who is very passionate about travel so she created scents that can literally take you to another place in time. We all know the power of scent and the memories they can create so I welcomed them in with open arms! Their capsule collection consists of 6 candles designed to recapture holiday memories and explore the world we live in. I was kindly sent over two of the most popular scents and my word, they are truly STUNNING. I love the classic white and grey styling and all scents are available in either a matte white or matte grey version. Love that idea and concept as I know they shall match many homes. 

Gift Guide - Taylor Benfield Candles
SPICED NOIR CANDLE, White (here!)
Head Notes – Pink Pepper, Cardamom, Thyme, Frankincense
Heart Notes – Clove, Patchouli, Lily, Plum, Raspberry
Base Notes – Tobacco, Cedar wood, Guaiacwood.

Based on scents from Malaysia and Indonesia, the spicy, woody, musty notes are very sophisticated with an air of Paris, London and New York. The first thing I thought of when I smelt this one was Byredo's Black Saffron perfume which happens to be one of my favourite fragrances so I instantly fell in love and is now quite possibly my new favourite scented candle.


CITRUS AND LEMONGRASS CANDLE, Grey (here!)
Head Notes - Lemon, Lime, Orange & Lemongrass
Heart Notes - Eucalyptus, Bois de Rose 
Base Notes - Pine


This scent was inspired by the lemon groves in the Amalfi and Ligurian Coasts in Italy and having been there, and living here in the South of France, I can tell you it is just that. It also has a hustle and bustle of Bangkok and sunny shores and Thailand where Lemongrass is used a lot. This scent is fresh, citrus and very uplifting

Everything down to the packaging just makes these beautiful candles in my eyes, true perfection so I urge you to try them and have them in your own homes. I am thrilled to have discovered this lovely, lovely brand. 

Christmas Gift Ideas!
Anything caught your eye? Hope so! I really wanted to showcase a mix of brands, tried and tested by myself that I felt were unique, affordable, luxurious and yet very exciting. For me it has been a joy getting to discover new products that have become new favourites of mine too.

Stay tuned for the next instalment with some 
Beauty/Make-up Gift Ideas to follow!






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