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Christmas Gift Guide for Her 2018

Christmas Gift Guide for Her

Is it too soon to be talking about the C word? 

Christmas is soon around the corner and with that comes the looming pressure of present ideas for your loved ones. To make things easier for you this year, I've made this gift guide filled with ideas and examples of presents you could gift to the women in your life this Christmas! I hope this guide fills you with inspiration and gets you into the Christmas gift-giving spirit! 

Candles

Christmas Gift Guide for Her

There's nothing better than winding down at night, reading a book and maybe nibbling on some chocolate whilst inhaling the beautiful scent of a relaxing candle. 

A few of my personal favourite candles are: 
Jo Malone
Yankee
Diptyque 
I Love... 

Christmas Gift Guide for Her

If you're on a budget or looking for stocking fillers, I recommend the I Love... candles which either come packaged in a unique printed bag at £15 for 200g, or opt for the 60g one featured in the photograph above which comes in the 'mini pamper duo set' with a matching body wash for £10! These make ideal gifts for those you love and I personally love the light, fruity fragrance of these.
             

 beauty products 

Christmas Gift Guide for Her

There are so many amazing gift-sets out there to treat the lady in your life. If you pop into Boots you'll find that a lot of brands have Christmas collections which can make shopping for her 10x easier. Something that I personally loved receiving a few years ago from my boyfriend was a 'create your own' Makeup Obsession palette (see here) which was from Boots. It was such a thoughtful, yet budget-friendly idea, as he knew I would enjoy creating my own palette instead of lugging around several different ones when I travel. To me, that is a perfect idea for a makeup lover!

I find you can really be thoughtful here and treat her to her favourite skincare or makeup product if you notice it's running low which will make her day. A popular skincare choice is the Pixi Glow Tonic which is an exfoliating toner, a perfect addition to a skincare regime. A fail-safe option is a luxury lipstick from M.A.C or Charlotte Tilbury, which can be a great idea as they may not purchase that themselves, yet it can feel very special to use, especially during all the Christmas festivities and celebrations. When it comes to makeup gift-sets, I definitely recommend Benefit. I think they always do the best Christmas sets and they are a great way of testing our their products before committing to the full-size.

Christmas Gift Guide for Her

Most women will thank you for bath and body products such as bath bombs from Lush, and their infamous 'snow fairy' shower gel. For me, I love anything that I can use for a good pamper session so if your girl is the same, I'd look into getting her a pamper gift set such as the 'mini pamper duo sets' that I mentioned before that comes with a scented candle and body wash for £10. I particularly love the Elderflower Fizz scented gift set, as I love that vibrant, fruity scent. I think that those would make fantastic stocking fillers.

gadgets 

Christmas Gift Guide for Her

 It may be the inner child in me but I always love receiving a gadget as a gift for Christmas. I find it so exciting setting something up and being entertained. I think it reminds me of being a child at Christmas and receiving things in your stocking that you had previously circled beforehand in the Argos Catalogue! I'd be so amused all day just playing with my toys!

Some great ideas are headphones, as most people use them every day and can be very useful and practical too. I personally can recommend the Beats Solo 3 Wireless Headphones. A portable speaker is also a really good gift idea. Last Christmas I received the Ultimate Ears Boom 2 portable speaker in Cashmere-Pink which not only works really well as a speaker but it also looks pretty, which definitely is a plus. I use it every day and it is so handy for travelling. I also recommend the Bose speakers, but they are on the more pricier side.

perfume

Christmas Gift Guide for Her

Who doesn't love receiving perfume or aftershave for Christmas? I feel like I can never have enough perfumes as not only does it do its purpose and make me smell nice but I also think that it helps to dress my dressing table: 2 in 1!
I'm a huge lover of all things Marc Jacobs and my all time favourite fragrances have to be Daisy and Dot perfume. Aside from that, I also am in love with the Vera Wang Lovestruck perfume. I think it smells divine and the bottle is stunning.

 stuff for the cosy lover

If you ask me, cosy things should be the number one priority in a gift guide.
I can't think of a better present to receive than some pyjamas, slippers, dressing gown and a blanket! Anything that keeps me warm and cosy is a yes from me. I also think that receiving a book for Christmas is such a special thing as you can snuggle down with a hot cholate in your new PJ's and slippers and read a book. That sounds like such a blissful winters evening to me.

Thank you for reading!
Love, Vicky x


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I Love: Bath and Body Product Review

I Love Cosmetics Review

Many of you who are a similar age to me, might remember 'I love...' from your high school days. I certainly do anyway. I was obsessed with their shower gels and used to always give my friends the bath and shower gel sets for their birthdays! Oh to be young and thirteen again...

ANYWAY, 'I Love' have had a complete makeover and have recently launched six new scents of bath and body products, tailored towards a more older audience. The scents that I have tried are far more luxurious than what I remember them being around ten years ago. The packaging is also a complete contrast from the original range and definitely more appealing to an older audience. Also, what's great about this brand is they don't test on animals and their products contain no parabens, silicons or animal ingredients!

This new range consists of six new scents of: Body washes and body mists (£6.50), body butters (£10), bath salts (£8) and a new hand and nail cream which is £5. All of which are designed, developed and manufactured in the UK.

I Love Cosmetics Review

So far I have tried three of the scents in the Body Mists: English Rose, Elderflower Fizz and Violet DreamsThe body mists are priced at £6.50 for 150ml. I find that these body mists are perfect to keep in my handbag for a little on-the-go refreshment, especially with all this hot weather we've been having! They are both fast-drying, cooling and don't leave my skin feeling sticky in the slightest. The English Rose body mist is personally my favourite of the three that I have tried as it is light, fresh and floral. The Elderflower Fizz scent is also very fresh and unique. I love that they brought this scent out as it reminds me a lot of my childhood at my Auntie's house, as she grew Elderflower in her garden and would always offer me an Elderflower cordial, which was delicious! I am also eager to try the Elderflower scented hand and nail cream. The Violet Dreams scent is sweet and perfumed. This scent also evokes memories for myself of being a child and always picking 'parma violet' sweets at the sweet shop! I'm so impressed with the body mists' as I have been using the English Rose one in particular for a while now, as I keep it in my handbag, and yet the amount of product in the bottle has hardly moved, so I can also say that these are not only long lasting on the skin, but also in the bottle!

I Love Cosmetics Review

I've also tried two of the Body Butters: Glazed Raspberry and Vanilla Milk.
Vanilla Milk is my personal favourite as it smells so fresh and 'clean', but I also do love using the Glazed Raspberry body butter as it smells of berries and is the perfect sweet treat, so I think I will love that scent more so in the winter time. The body butters themselves are incredible. They leave my skin feeling so silky soft and moisturised all day longThey are rich and creamy as they contain shea butter and coconut oil, yet the product sinks into the skin very quickly and doesn't leave my skin feeling sticky, which I find can be rare for such a thick and indulgent body butter. The tubs contain 300ml worth of product which is great. I love using these every day after I have had a shower.

The new signature line was launched on the 18th July so if you are interested in trying these out for yourselves and going back to your childhood, their website is: www.ilovecosmetics.co.uk



Thank you for reading!

Love, Vicky x


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How To: Pack Light This Summer

How To Pack Light

As you know if you follow me on my social media or have read my previous posts, I have recently got back from a week away in Fuerteventura, and I also went to South Wales just last weekend. With my boyfriend living in York, I also tend to go on mini-breaks there too so I'm beginning to master the art of packing light. I thought I would share with you a few of my top tips for packing when travelling to make sure you don't over pack or worse- forget something!