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Thursday, 22 December 2016

Secret Santa & Stocking Filler Finds Under £10

Spotted my top Xmas picks yet? If not - why not have a look... here!

I LOVE buying stocking fillers and little secret santa type gifts - the more things to wrap up for people the better (although I do hate wrapping. I'm bloomin' awful at it!).

Is it time to start panic buying? Yup... it probably is!
So if you're in need of some ideas for small additional presents or a cheeky little stocking fillers check out the below for some fabulous bits and bobs all priced £10 or under!!!
(Side note.... I'm not too sure how these photos have come out so yellow *cries*)
Burt's Bees are always on top when it comes to cute Christmas gifting! The 'A Bit Of Burt's Bees'* gift sets are priced at just £5.99 and include a natural lipbalm alongside a hand treat such as cuticle cream or hand salve! These are perfect at-desk beauty bits for any hand working lady (or man!) in your life! 
For something a little more luxury why not try Burt's Bees Naturally Nourishing Vanilla Bean Gift Set* (£9.99). A moisturising dynamic duo gift set - featuring Burt's Bees Ultimate Care Hand Cream and 100% natural Vanilla Bean Lip Balm these are the perfect naturally nourishing festive season duo - who's doesn't need hand cream at this time of year!
This brand is perfect for all ages - and they smell amazing! So if you're struggling to find something for that choosy aunt or has-everything Granny Burt's Bees have the perfect pick me ups for bargain prices!
Nails, nails, nails! 
Leighton Denny are nail experts and for only £10 you can grab 2 of their best selling shades! A Little Piece Of Me* duos come in a gorgeous little hanging box filled with 2 x 5ml polishes -  Kiss Me Quick & I Love Juicy, Twinkle Twinkle & Easy Peel Base Coat or Best Seller & Double Up Base and Top CoatWhat a perfect little stocking filler these are!
When it comes to higher end beauty sometimes there isn't a lot you can get for under £10 but I managed to find a few little gems!
First up - Percy & Reed's Little Luxury Big, Bold & Beautiful Dry Instant Volumising Spray* - now this is the PERFECT time of year to be trying this out! With all those Christmas and New Year's celebrations our hair needs a bit of wow and this amazing, non-sticky, dry instant volumising spray plumps up your hair in a flash! For only £6 this is the perfect little handbag hair saviour - and a great way to try out a new product without buying the full size!
Next up... just the GREATEST primer in the world! I bloody love that Benefit do these smaller sizes of their products - it means that even when I'm on a budget I can snap my favourites up .... and just use them when vitally needed! The POREfessional is just fantastic, the best primer I have ever used and this 8ml tube is an amazing way to introduce a friend of family member to a product I am obsessed with without breaking the bank. Heads up ...you can buy this from Boots online and get it delivered to your nearest store for FREE for the next day, so if you're running out of time - all is not lost!
Another product you can order on the awesome Boots service (#notanad) is Soap & Glory's Khol-Eyed gift set*! Another gift knocked out of the park by our favourite pink brand - this amazing kalidoscope packaging is actually filled with three gorgeous khol eyeliners -Smoulder, Foil In Love and What A Night! Seeing as these liners usually retail at £5 each - for £10 you're getting a bargain!
It wouldn't be Christmas without FOOD!
December is the time of year where anything goes and calories don't count.... right? I mean - when else would you have chocolate for breakfast every single day?
Shortbread and mincepies.... it doesn't get more Christmassy than that (unless we're talking turkey and brussel sprouts!)
Walkers, yet again, have released a gorgeously festive with prices ranging from £1.25 to £28!  The team were kind enough to send me a range of Christmas gifts all under £10 for me to test out and put my seal of approval on and I have to say, they did not disappoint!
These shortbreads and mince pies are simply DELICIOUS (there are a few missing from the image above... including mini mince pies - these are adorable and perfect for kids!)
These gorgeous tins, exciting flavours and fun shaped treats make lovely presents for families, aunties/uncles, grandparents without breaking the bank! Treat someone to something they may treat themselves too! You can buy them from Walkers and Boots!
A few bedside table essentials now!
I am obsessed with coconut and I know a lot of you must be too so this next beauty buy will come at no surprise to you all!
Lucky Cloud's Coconut Lip Butter* has been my go-to balm throughout these past fewc colder weeks - I HAVE to pop some on before bed so it basically lives on my bedside table with my other beauty essentials!
At £4 this is slightly more expensive than your usual vaseline but I can hand on heart say it is SO much better and worth those couple of extra £s! Enriched with coconut butter, sweet almond oil, thistle oil, vitamin e oil, cocoa butter and soya wax these lip balms are vegan friendly and smell divine! Plus you don't need alot so the cute little tin they come in will last weeks and weeks! I love being able to introduce friends and family to new brands I've fallen in love with especially as a gift, and this is definitely one I will be shouting about.

Next a fabulous set from Tropic Skincare! As you may have seen in previous posts on here and Instagram I am currently trying out a variety of products from Tropic - including THIS ... Limited Edition So Sleepy Collection*.
I have wanted a set like this for years, but others that I have seen haven't been half as affordable. For £10 you get a 15ml pillow mist and a 5ml temple roll on. Literally amazing for anyone who travels a lot and/or people who would like to test out the products to see if they are for them! I have fallen in love with this set and I'm kind of praying Tropic bring it out in a full size version...
Last but not least.... a few little gifts perfect for your besties! I always think framing a well-loved photo is a lovely little addition to any birthday or Christmas present. I grabbed this frame from Tesco for only around £3 - and you can print photos instantly in Boots from 39p ... cheap and thoughtful, you can't go wrong! (I bloomin' love this snap from one of my best friends wedding earlier this year!)
Purple Ronnie is SUCH a classic (if you are around my age you would have grown up with it) - this Best Friend Forever book is full of fun quotes and pictures at only £5.99 is a cute thoughtful addition to any stocking!

Well there you have it .... stop reading my blog and get shopping you don't have long!
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Tuesday, 20 December 2016

MY TOP XMAS PICKS 2016

Holy moly.... it is nearly here!
But don't fret, if you're anything like me and haven't finished your festive shopping just yet I'm here today with a great collection of bits and bobs that will have the loves in your life smiling from ear to ear. (or something to treat yourself too.... either or!)
It's not too late to get ordering after all...
First up - how bloomin' beautiful is this Magnitone brush*. Yes I'm sure you have all heard of these wonder facial brushes before.... but how about a Rose Quartz one? 
This brush is part of the Limited Edition Magnitone Precious Collection. The perfect gadget gift for that special female in your life!
 These Daily Cleansing Brushes are all about getting naturally radiant, beautifully conditioned skin -  they effectively eliminates excess oils, dead skin cells, pesky makeup and impurities from pores all whilst toning and improving the absorption of your favourite skincare products #winning!
100% waterproof this little facial gem is designed for use in the bath and shower - making life even easier for us lazy skin routine avoiders!
Energising the skin and boosting micro-circulation this device is literally like a mini personal trainer for your face - I cannot recommed it enough.
Plus this version is now only £60 AND comes with it's own USB charger and travel pouch - perfect for a girl on the go!

All hail the ghds and this perfect platinum limited edition copper luxe* pair (£155)!
Paired alongside 2 fantastically festive Nails Inc polishes in a gorgeous carry case (see here) this set is more than enough to impess that beauty babe, hair lover in your life! I have had my boring black ghd's for 13 years now and I am SO thrilled to have a pretty new pair to brighten up my beauty stash, and locks! Keep your eyes on my blog to see more on these before the end of the year!
Tropic Skincare are a new brand to me - I've been trying lots of their bits and bobs out over the last few weeks and I have been enjoying everything from make-up sponges to shower washes! This however is not something to put on my face or body... obviously - this is Tropic Skincare's first ever candle - SIGNATURE* (£40).
This candle is made with 100% nautral soy wax and is inspired by the brands signature scents. The smell to me is so relaxing but also zesty and uplifting - it's the sort of product I can be imagine to be burnt whilst enjoying a nice refreshing facial.
Definitely one to be burnt whilst I'm working at home I'm sure this will help with getting my mind in the right place! #ConcentrateKirstie!
Nutella and a spoon ... need I say more? I feel in love with this as soon as I saw it! From present expert IJustLoveIt this engraved vintage tea spoon* (£13.99) is the perfect gift for the hazelnut spread lover, aka all of us! If you haven't gone to a jar of Nutella with a spoon yet.... have you even lived?
Another gorgeous pick from IJustLoveIt - this fantastic personalised Christmas bauble (£12.99) ! Presented in it's own golden tin these baubles are such a great idea for the family - each having their own name and year ready to pop on the tree as a tradition ever single year! Parent yourself - these are a great idea for children - giving them their very own spot on the tree from birth! 
It wouldn't be Christmas without a Soap & Glory set. S&G knock it out of the park each and every year with their fun packaging and amazing play on words with each product!
The Pink Pamper* (£18) is a big, beautiful bag is crammed with six super-indulgent mini products from the brand as well as a super handy body polisher (also knows as a poof in my house!).
With everything from face wash to heel cream these 'irresistibubble pamperstuffs' provide you quite literally, with top-to-toe indulgence.
Check out the whole soap and glory Christmas range - here.
Crimped/waved hair is on trend as much as it was in 1999 and there's now no need for overnight french plaits with Toni and Guy's Style Fix Waver*!
From the Style Fix Stylers range this handbag sized professional styling tool is perfect to get you hair ready whenever and wherever.
Designed to protect your hair & colour with the Ceramic Tourmaline plates, its unique Colour Lock Technology is developed to enhance shine, smooth hair follicles and lock in colour as you style.
This mini waver creates beachy, laid back waves,  volume and style for hair that needs a bit of oomph and with a high temp of 210C - they take no time at all! 

Last but not least the perfect home gift, again from ijustloveit.co.uk
This white distressed wall light* is bloomin' gorgeous - at only £14.99 each too these are the perfect product to really put a statement up in your home. Whether it be initials or even a word these battery powered subtle lights really do create a funny but chic look!

Not photographed....but - I am obsessed with my velvet sock boots from boohoo! I've only had them a week and I cannot stop wearing them - so comfy and such great quality - keep your eyes peeled for deals (as boohoo cannot get enough of them) before Christmas to grab a gorgeous fashion pick for yourself or maybe someone else!

Well there we go - some of my top picks for Xmas this year! 
Keep your eyes peeled if you're looking for presents on a small budget... stocking filler and secret santa finds are coming up shortly!
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Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Current Skincare Favourites | Winter 2016


Winter plays havoc with my skin, so now is the best time for trying out new skincare products!
Over the last couple of months I have slightly switched up my skincare routine and have been loving using some new finds along with some old favourites that are back in my life!

Antipodes Manuka Honey Day Cream*
I've never been one for day creams, I've always worried they make they skin look greasy and my make-up never seems to sit as well, but when I was sent this a few weeks ago I thought it has to be worth a go.
I have heard so much about the Antipodes brand but never actually tried anything so I was really looking forward to getting my hands on it and trying it out. I have used this- every.single.day. since receiving it!
Firstly, I am in love with the scent, anything honey scented and I'm a fan, even that old lady royal jelly stuff in Boots, I loves it! This is such a rich cream one on the skin feels so ! Once I've popped it on I leave it around 5 minutes to sink in after this my skin feels matte and ready for any make-up I want to throw at it!


Antonia Burrell Forest Dew
My holy grail for no make-up days..... which now I work at home most of the time seem to be very frequent! I got this way back before the Summer and seriously have fallen in love over these last few months.
Just 6 pumps and some relaxing massaging into the skin later and my skin looks hydrated, more even and in the mornings I look slightly more human #bonus! This stuff is also meant to be great for reducing wrinkles so I think it's about time I started using it everyday.... I need to get rid of those horrible lines that seem to be taking over my face!

Liz Earle Skin Tonic
I couldn't even tell you how many years I've been using this for now but it is a total favourite for life! I use this every morning and every night after cleansing to refresh my face and give it that squeaky clean feeling and I can tell you now if my bottle runs out I tend to see the difference in my skin almost immediately... I'm praying this is never discontinued!


Tropic Super Greens Nutrient Boost Serum*
Last but not least is the newest skincare product to hit my ever-growing beauty shelves!
Topic Skincare is a new brand to me, I have actually been trying out quite a few of their products over the last week or so (which I'm sure you will hear about soon!).
I don't think I've ever meant 'a little goes a long way' as much as I do with this serum!
The bottle comes with a pipette dispenser and with just 2 or 3 drops I have more than enough product to cover my (huge) face! I'm actually curious as to how long this will last me and I feel like it will last years.
The serum has such lovely fresh and 'green' scent... not planty but you can tell it's natural! It's really lightweight and although sometimes it feels like you have loads of product on your face it doesn't take long for it to all sink in! I love using this as an overnight treatment - my skin always looks that little bit brighter and awake in the mornings, which is something I seriously need this time of year!


What skincare products have you been loving lately?

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