Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Practical and Pretty Christmas Gift Guide: Beauty


Clockwise from top left:
Life NK Ultimate Unwind and Drift Away Bath & Shower Gels, £12.50 each. Big bottles, free from synthetic nasties and smell lovely.

Darphin Aromatic Purifying Balm, £36. Caroline Hirons says this is the shit. Works to decongest and normalise skin whether dry or spot-prone.

Elemis Tranquil Touch Exotic Stars, £25. Patchouli, cedarwood and vetivert scents, plus a mini candle to make your bathroom a bit spa-ish.

Nars Semi-Matte Lipstick in Red Lizard, £17.50. Hoping for warm skintone-suiting, wear-anywhere, perfect red.*

Laura Mercier Cream Cheek Colour in Blaze, £18.50. I've had this in another shade, Oleander, for years and love it. Repurchased it and got this one as well. Good for a wintery flushed cheek look.*

Alpha-H Liquid Gold Supersize, £36.76. Finished my sample bottle ages ago and definitely want more of this glycolic, skin-clearing stuff. Not a luxury to use but a necessity if your skin is lazy like mine. This size is good value and will last an age.

Aveda Damage Remedy Intensive Restructuring Treatment, £21.50. If your hair's as knackered as mine you might need this. All Aveda products are glorious and this has stellar reviews.

Clinique Makeup Brush Cleanser, £12. Amanda McLennan recommended this to me. I was sold.*

Origins Ginger Treats, £29. Ginger treats! Perfect for my inner redhead. Love the smell of this stuff.

Jo Malone English Pear and Freesia Cologne, £72. Trying out a little tester of this at the moment and it's probably more of a spring fragrance but anything Jo Malone wins in my book.

Chanel Miroir Double facettes Miroir Duo, between £23-£32. This seems to be a bit tricky to get hold of and I can't find a definite price. One side is a regular mirror, the other is magnifying. And it's Chanel. 

Bobbi Brown Eye Definer Brush, £23. Supposedly makes eye-shadow-as-eyeliner and gel liner a synch to apply. Ideal to use with...*

Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner, £16.50. Everyone says it's a classic. Time I found out what all the fuss is about. Hoping it's amazing for winged liner looks.*

* Stuff I already bought myself when House of Fraser had a sale on but might give mum to give to me for Christmas, aka, I haven't used it yet!

What beauty products are on your Christmas list? Or what beauty gifts have you received in the past and loved? Spill the beans... 


  1. The Naked Eye palette by Urban Decay and a Cire Trudon candle from Liberty are both high up my Christmas list! Love your blog. Xxx

  2. Ah good choices! I'd love some scented candles too - I'm going to google the one you mention. Thanks for your comment. xx

  3. Thanks for this. Was a bit stuck for Mrs Jason but we go!


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