Friday, 16 December 2022

Beauty Gift Guide: Last Minute Ideas

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With this years delivery delays, I haven't managed to get everything in time for this gift guide, but here are some lovely ideas I put together if you're looking for last minute beauty gifts. From skincare and makeup to perfume and stocking fillers from some of my favourite brands.

Let's start with this adorable Obagi Deluxe Mini Christams Cracker*(£38.69) packed with the latest Obagi skincare launches, and best selling anti-ageing products. Every skincare lovers dream!


Inside the Obagi Christmas Cracker, we have:
 ELASTIderm® Facial Serum 5ml 
Obagi Daily Hydro-Drops®  5ml 
Obagi Professional-C®  Polish + Mask 5g 

The perfect way to try Obagi products, before you commit to a full size. And it comes beautifully packaged in a luxurious and elegant cracker. What's not to love?



I adore the original Flower By Kenzo and I talk about it a lot, so I am always excited to try new versions of it. The Flower By Kenzo L'Absolue*(30ml,£52.00) smells absolutely incredible, with notes of Saffron, Orange Blossom, Damascena Rose Absolute, Vanilla and White Musk. A very sophisticated, spicy floral fragrance. A perfect gift for Kenzo lovers! And the iconic bottle design never fails to put a smile on my face. I have such fond memories of Flower By Kenzo and it is one of my favourite gifts to receive for any occasion.


For him, we have the stunning  Moncler Pour Homme EDP* (90ml, £113.00). I mean, just look at the packaging. So elegant! The fragrance captures the vibrant natural beauty of an alpine forest with its woody aromatic notes of Alpine Greens , Clary Sage, Pine, Cedarwood, Vetiver and Amber. The flask-shaped, ribbed silver bottle gives the fragrance a utilitarian twist and a nod to Moncler's mountaineering origins. There is a bigger bottle available as well, with a customisable, digital display. Ideal for the geek in your life, who loves gadgets. 


For the ultimate skincare gift, why not treat someone to a selection of products from the L'Occitane Immortelle Precious Range*. Containing powerful immortelle antioxidants, micro-hyaluronic acid , the collection strengthens the fundamentals of your skin whilst refining the skins texture. As it is suitable for most skin types, you simply can't go wrong with it. I adore the formulas and the beautiful scent of this range. And the packaging is so unique and elegant.

Immortelle Precious Cream* (50ml, £55.00)


If you've ever tried a L'Occitane fragrance, you will know that they are very unique and extremely addictive. I have a few sentimental favourites,  but the L'Occitane Néroli & Orchidée Intense Eau de Toilette*(50ml, £55.00) is my new favourite from the brand. Feminine, unique, intoxicating. The fragrance features notes of Mandarin, Orange Blossom, Lime, Neroli and a delicious base of gourmand Vanilla. It is warm and sweet and lasts on the skin for absolute ages. I adore it.


It's not Christmas, without some Pixi Beauty treats, right? I usually go for their makeup for festive gifting, but I have to give the Botanical Collagen Collection a shoutout. It is such a great range. I was kindly sent a few bits to try and oh my... my skin is really grateful.  The Botanical Collagen-infused skincare products can help to repair fine lines and wrinkles and keep you looking youthful for much longer.

 I love how supple and nourished my skin feels after the Volume Sheet Mask*(£10.00), it is such a treat for dull, tired skin, especially in the Winter. The Collagen Tonic*(£18.00) helps rejuvenate, smooths fine lines and improves uneven skin texture, thanks to Acacia Collagen, Peptides and Botanicals. It's such a lovely formula and it is suitable for all skin types.

And let's not forget about some collagen for the lips and the delicate eye area! For smooth and plump lips, Pixi have your back with the Botanical Collagen Lip Gloss* (£14.00). And for your eyes, the Botanical Collagen Eye Serum*(£24.00) is such a treat! Ultimate hydration.

 
I cannot forget these Pixi Pretties! I adore their eyeshadows and glitters and all things sparkly and I was soooo excited to try the EyeLift Max! At only £12.00, these extreme long-wearing liquid shadow leave a smooth veil of flattering colour that can be worn solo or layered. I love how effortlessly these glide on and there is no creasing or transfer. If you're looking for something light, but buildable and very long wearing, EyeLift Max shadows are the perfect choice.

For a glowing complexion, radiant cheeks and a lovely natural finish, we have the Nuance Quartet*(£16.00) and Flawless Beauty Primer* (£24.00). These will transform your face and add a gorgeous glow, colour and definition, without looking cakey or heavy. 

And for the ultimate smokey eye, the Large Lash Mascara*(£14.00) and Endless Silky Eye Pen* (£12.00) are the perfect duo, transforming a simple eye makeup look into an intense cat eye. So pigmented!

For the lips, we have the +C Vit Lip Brightener*(£10.00). Perfect for treating dry lips, ultra nourishing with a luminous shine. It will make your lips look plump and juicy and add  much needed moisture. 


I also have to mention the It Cosmetics Beautiful Together Day-to-night Skincare Duo (£66.00). It's such a great gift set. You can currently get it in festive packaging (I got this one a while ago). It contains full sizes of the best-selling Confidence in a Cream Hydrating Moisturiser and Confidence in Your Beauty Sleep Night Cream. I love both of these, but the Day Cream is one of my all time favourite formulas and I can't recommend it enough.


I really like Yardley for their affordable gift sets and they never disappoint. The packaging is perfect for gifting and you can get a lot for your money with some sets under £10.00! We have:

Traditional Florals Body Fragrance Collection* (£9.00) containing 4 Deodorising Body Spray Fragrances (English Lavender, English Rose, Lily of the Valley and English Honeysuckle). Ideal for popping into a handbag to freshen up anytime, day or night. Vegan and cruelty free.

Yardley London English Rose Collection*(£18.00) in a stunning toiletry bag. How perfect? The gift set contains: English Rose Body Wash 100ml, Body Lotion 100ml, Hand Cream 50ml. 

English Lavender Home & Body Collection* (£15.00) with Yardley's Luxury Body Wash,  Moisturising Body Mist, limited edition Diffuser and Votive Candle, all infused with the English Lavender scent with notes of bergamot, clary sage, English lavender, eucalyptus, geranium, jasmine, chamomile, violet, wood, vanilla and patchouli. It's such a gorgeous scent.


 For the perfect stocking fillers for all the girly girls in your life, look no further than Kiss Lashes and imPress nails. The Magnetic Eyeliner/Eyelash Kit*(£17.99) is a game changer. If you haven't tried magnetic lashes yet, I can tell you, you're missing out. I love how quick and easy these are to apply. But for traditional stick on lashes, you can't go wrong with fluttery Kiss designs. So many styles to choose from, starting at £5.99 each (HERE).

And let's not forget about the revolutionary imPRESS Press On Manicure. These are such life savers, when you need your nails to look great, but don't have the time. You simply pop some on in minutes and you're ready. Currently on offer in Superdrug for £5.99.



 Lastly, I wanted to mention the beautiful  Bistro Tiled Monogram Mug (£10.00) from Anthropologie. I bought it a few months ago and I am still so in love with it. It would make such a nice, affordable  gift.


Have you finished all your Christmas shopping?

Thankfully, I am all done, I just have some wrapping to do.

Since this is my last post of 2022, I would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Let's make it a good one!

Lots of Love,

Sandra xxx



  
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