Saturday, 25 December 2010

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas my beauties. I hope you are all with the ones you love and loving the ones you are with. Stay beautiful. 

Friday, 24 December 2010

Paco Rabanne Black XS £32 50ml

Haven't got your man a present yet? Running around not knowing what to get him? Fear no longer, Paco Rabanne Black XS is sure to be well received. The black bottle is 100% rock star making it perfect for the man with an electric guitar in the corner and aspirations of thrilling crowds. It's a powerful fragrance with a woody and citrus hit. Notes of French marigold, clary sage, black amber, ebony wood, praline and black cardamon tingle the senses in a scent that doesn’t overpower but carefully lingers. The black bottle is 100% rock star making it perfect for the man with an electric guitar in the corner and aspirations of thrilling crowds.

While you are at it you might as well treat yourself, after all you have been shopping really hard the last few days. Paco Rabanne Black XS for her £25 30ml is wonderfully sensuous, daringly fresh and fabulously floral. Any aspiring rock star needs a groupie cheering him all after all.  

Thursday, 23 December 2010

Carolina Herrera 212 VIP £43.50 50ml

You may get on brilliantly with your mother in law, you may not get on quite so well but put on a plausible politeness to each other. Either way relations are bound to warm if you get her this fabulous perfume for Christmas. Not only will she love the VIP part, she will be secretly flattered that you consider her to be young and chic.

The fragrance is fabulously feminine with Bergamot, musk and vanilla. It is soft and subtle and unashamedly sensual, bound to get you in her good books.

Wednesday, 22 December 2010

Acquizhen Good To Go Collection £41

One for your best friend who has been there for your all year. She is the friend who comes round with a film and bar of chocolate when a man didn't call. The friend who takes you out when you have had a hard week at work. The friend that tells you the truth when you try on a dress that just doesn't look right on you.

Tuesday, 21 December 2010

Pinks Boutique Try Me Manicure £21.50

This manicure kit from Pinks Boutique is simply adorable, presented beautifully with dried rose buds and a gorgeous box it contains everything you need to give yourself a professional touch manicure. All the products are 100% natural and organic, my favourite. They also have a lovely pedicure kit for those who want to show some love to their toes! 

It contains a super hydrating hand balm with rich shea butter, sweet orange and vitamin E that smells divine and moistures amazingly. A hand soak with natural mineral crystals and Dead Sea salts. A Cuticle oil to nourish and soften the cuticles. An Indonesian massage oil to smooth the skin with sensual aromas of the exotic islands of Indonesia including neroli, patchouli, sweet orange and ylang ylang. Smooth into hands and arms or all over your body! An Indonesian Elixir, a delightful organic scent for your room and towels, the perfect non toxic linen spray.  Indonesian inspired.

A perfect gift for your sister, for extra brownie points give her a manicure as well and she is bound to let your borrow her nice dress next time you ask! 

Monday, 20 December 2010

Lisa Hoffman Spa Facial £16

If you are able to get out for some last minute shopping I will be putting up all your present needs over the next few days. Today is the turn of the mums in our life's. We want something to treat them, something that   will make them feel special, something that is just for them.

The Lisa Hoffman Spa Facial is just the thing. It features 10 spa treatments in a handy little pack that can be used at home or on a weekend away. It combats the signs of ageing and concerns associated with dry, imbalanced skin with a luxurious treatment. It improves elasticity, firmness and hydration while diminishing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

The kit contains, an exfoliating cleanser, purifying toner, a clay mask, hydrating mask + hydration booster, anti aging serum, lip polisher, lip moisturizer, spa eye treatment and a moisture seal cream. All your mum needs for a relaxing day time to thank her for all her hard work.

Sunday, 19 December 2010

Handbag Hooks £6.99

I have a friend who I love dearly and even though she loves me I know it is no where near the love she has for designer handbags. She has so many I don't think I have ever seen here with the same one twice. Every outfit she perfectly accessorises with the latest must have bag. 

The other day we were out having lunch and when she put her beg down on the floor I said it was such a shame that hugely expensive bags like that get out down on the floor with all those germs. She looked at me and having never considered the point before picked up her bag and put it on her lap. It was obviously quite uncomfortable for her but now she had thought about it she didn't want to get her bag dirty.

When I got home I had a little research to see if there were any products that could help my friend and I came across a beauty. Handbag hooks wrap over the table and hook your handbag underneath keeping them off the floor. They look really cute, studded with diamante and if you are going to spend that much money on a bag why not a couple of extra pounds on a nifty handbag hook? It will also keep your bag closer to you so less vulnerable from thieves. Of course my friend is getting a handbag hook for her present and if you if have a friend who loves their bags (and we all do) then a handbag hook will keep there pride of joy clean and safe. 

Saturday, 18 December 2010

Pacco Rabanne Lady Million £33

A flamboyant fragrance that belongs on the dressing table of a lady that isn't afraid to show off. The bottle is a diamond of gold, glistening and seductive. The scent itself is floral with orange flower, jasmine, honey drizzles and raspberry. The smell is of pure decadence, soft like silk and expensive. Indulge yourself or a loved one with a scent that shows them how much they are worth.

For the man in your life there is Paco Rabanne – Million £34.50 for 50ml
A fresh leather fragrance with hints of peppermint, cinnamon, blood mandarin and rose absolute. Comes in a dazzling gold bottle that will look perfect on the bathroom shelf of any inspiring millionaire. Best buy for the man who isn’t afraid to embrace his feminine side and likes his accessories bold and sparkling.

Friday, 17 December 2010

Malika Party Lashes £8 - £13

Malika have brought out a range of party lashes just in time for the Christmas season.

"We searched the world to really find the best possible quality and these soft, 100% human hair eye fans are easy to apply, super comfortable to wear and amazingly durable! If you treat them right they will become your favourite party accessory, as you joyfully wear the same pair over and over again," says Founder Ritu Patel.

My favourites are Sophia (pictured above) and Helena (pictured below). The Sophia lashes are full to the max and completely show stopping. Wear to your office Christmas party to make sure all the attention is on you. The Helena are a more subtle lash but they have a great glittery band along the top which will add an edge to a little black dress.

Thursday, 16 December 2010

Lush Lust £4.50

I have a few vegan friends and when trying to find them presents the first place I head to is Lush obviously. I wanted to get them just something small but also useful. I can across the perfume sticks in store and my favourite has to be Lust. Its made with jasmine, vanilla, ylang ylang, rose and sandalwood. You would think it might smell sickly sweet but it has a lovely warm aroma that lasts for hours. The handy little stick makes it great for keeping it in your bag or for travelling. There have been one or two reviews on the Lush site noting that as the stick is red it can stain your skin. I didn't find this a problem at all and thought it scented my skin really well, all I needed was small dad behind my ears and on my wrists and voila I was superbly lustily smelling. Great stocking filler or as a small gift to let a friend know you care.

Wednesday, 15 December 2010

Benefit Primpcess Set £25

Men its not very long till the lady in your life is going to except a nicely wrapped present under the tree. If you are anything like my male companion you will not have given that much thought into what you are going to buy. I know you probably love her dearly and desperately want to give her something nice but its just that all the beauty bits and pieces slightly confuse you and the pretty girls behind the make up counter distract you sometimes. Well as I am in such a nice mood I am going to give you a few hints and tips in the present buying department to show the woman in your life just how much you love her. 

Benefit have struck gold again with their Primpcess Set  only £25 and for a limited time only free with order over £70 exclusively at Benefit. It works really well as a gift because there is so much included for us ladies to play with. The kit contains boi-ing concealer, creaseless cream shadow/liner, 3 powder shadows, BADgal mini mascara, eye bright instant eye brightener, brushes and a lesson on how to use it all. A great gift for devoted fans and those not familiar with the brand as they great to try lots of different products at once. 

Tuesday, 14 December 2010

Carolina Herrera 212 Sexy £42 60ml

It's all about the sex appeal for me at the moment and although I know there is a difference between beauty and sexy, at times they do collide and right now I am feeling both in abundance.  So to go with my new found inner appeal I have the perfect scent to symbolise how I am feeling.

Monday, 13 December 2010

The Stick on Bra - the best backless and strapless bra

I wasn't blessed in the shirt filling department so have always stayed clear of strapless tops and skimpy dresses, preferring to wear a bra with a little help. For years I have wished I was able to wear tops with tiny straps or backless dresses and have looked on with envy at my friends who can wear anything and not need a bra. Bare shoulders are unbelievably sexy on a girl and I would love to be able to go out for a night in a strapless dress and show off my decollage to its full potential.

Sunday, 12 December 2010

Nina Ricci, Nina L'Elixir £34 50ml

I am a romantic at heart and anything enchanting and magical gets me excited. The Nina Ricci perfume Nina L'Elixir has an essence of love potion around it and the bottle invokes fairytales and fantasies. I am not one for overly powerful smells but this has the perfect mix of sweetness and fruits. With jasmine, calabrain lemon, caipirinha lime, cotton musk and amber it is playful and mysterious. Light enough to be worn at anytime of day whilst still attracting all the right attention.

Nina L’Elixir is a love potion for modern women who knows how to play on their natural charm and have fun with it. The bottle is unbelievably cute and always makes me smile when I apply some, while the aroma rifts me off to magical make-believe world of forests, princes and fairies.

Friday, 10 December 2010

Lush Mrs Whippy £2.50

Lush have an incredible range of bath time goodies and their bath ballistic are by far the most notorious. They fizzy away in the bath changing the colour, causing bubbles, releasing gorgeous scent and providing a bit of excitement to bath time. One of my favourite has to be Mrs Whippy, containing soya milk making the water soft and my skin silky. I always feel like a princess relaxing in a bath with one of these fizzing around.

Bath ballistics make a great gift idea when you don't want to spend much on people, I have so many cousins running around I can't afford to buy them all an expensive gift so each year get them a bath ballistic each. Also make great stocking fillers!

Thursday, 9 December 2010

Soap & Glory Hand Break £8

It's coming up to that time of year when you get forced to join in with works secret santa and have to get a present for someone you don't necessarily like. I obviously got the person I disliked the most in the entire place, brilliant. Still I am going to be gracious about it and give them a gift that I think is lovely and doesn't represent my distain. Soap and Glory have this great hand wash and hand lotion set that looks ridiculously cute and smells divine. Fresh, floral and flirty smelling it is bound to get a smile of approval from the recipient. I of course am going to make sure I get in a 3 for 2 deal so technically I am not actually getting the person anything, ok so maybe not that gracious but at least I am getting them a nice gift!

Wednesday, 8 December 2010

Palmer's Cocoa Butter Moisturising Lip Care £1.25

I have somehow got quite dehydrated over the last few weeks, a combination of not being well and not looking after myself properly. It has affect my lips the most and my top lip is the worst being quite sore and cracked. It's the first time I have tried Palmer's lip balm and I am really happy with how it has softened my lips. It has a simple smell, not chemically but best of all it saturates my lips in moisture with a soft protective coat over the top. Definitely a hand bag staple from now on.

Tuesday, 7 December 2010

Ice Watch

The Saturdays choose to wear these watches in their video for 'Missing You', needless to say since then they have been flying off the shelves. They make the perfect gift idea for a younger brother or sister and with such a wide variety of colours and styles you are bound to find one to suit even the most fussy teenager.

They will suit grown ups as well with the many styles and features, they are hard wearing and have a host of celebrity wearers. If you know someone cool give them the funkiest watch around with Ice Watch. 

Monday, 6 December 2010

Eylure Girls Aloud Party Lashes £5.95 each

Girls Aloud have teamed up with the fabulous Eylure to create a range of dazzling party lashes to bring a touch of super star to any outfit. I have only recently got into false lashes and I was surprised at how easy  they were to apply after a bit of practice. Below I will run through a few quick step to getting false lashes looking great but first a little about the girls selection.

Sunday, 5 December 2010

Benefit's Big Beautiful Eyes £23.50

I got given this as a present last year and it was one of my favourites, not only is it from the amazing people at Benefit but it also made my eyes look fabulous. The handy kits contains everything you need to define your eyes and has step by step instructions to help you make the most out of your eyes. I am hoping that someone gets it again for me this year as I have used it practically everyday and used it completely up. Suits every eye colour and can be used for the day and the evening, I carried mine in my handbag and was just perfect for touch-ups before going out for the evening . All you need is a sweeping of BADgal lash by Benefit and you are all set to make sexy eyes at anyone you fancy.

Saturday, 4 December 2010

Payot Purement Nettoyant - Detoxifying Foam £25

The Les Purifiantes range has been created to give clear skin and a healthy complexion with extracts of Green Coffee which detoxify and regenerate the skin. Regular readers will know I am a big fan of coffee, not only as a morning tipple but also as a beauty product. 

The foam has a lovely light texture and smells delicately fresh. After using it every day for only a week my skin looked bright and clear and was a lovely way to wake up in the morning, what with the horrible weather we are experiencing where I am I need all the help I can get! 

My skin can get quite greasy, especially at certain times of the month. I am not aloe though as a recent study showed 40% of women over 25 have combination or greasy skin. Les Purifiantes treats excess sebum that blocks the pores whilst also and smoothing, matifying and hydrating. After using it every morning for a month my skin was remarkably clear and my usual breakout was nowhere to be seen. 

This would make a great gift idea for your mother in law to get in her good books or for that friend that has been there for you this year. 

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

Wonderful Christmas Time - £99.50

My sister says every year its not Christmas if she doesn't get some Lush goodies. As soon as she opens the door she can tell if there is any Lush in the house and sniff out her present in 30 seconds. She has been particularly good this year so when I was looking on the Lush site for gifts I found the perfect present.

A wonderful Christmas time has 24 fabulous products for bath and shower beauties. With some of the famous bath bombs, lip balm, moisturiser, massage bar, soap and cleanser.

Show the ones you love they are worth something special and make their washes fun for weeks to come. Or get all your Christmas shopping done all at once and separate the items to give to people individually, and if you are lucky you might even have one left over for yourself!

For an funky alternative to wrapping paper tie your Lush presents up in these gorgeous vintage knot-wraps £3.95 so even your wrapping is a present.