Love: Gifts!

Screen Shot 2015-11-15 at 19.18.45 Gifting, for some people, can require a lot of time and effort whilst for others there is the ‘yeah that will do’ approach.  Whatever you are, here are some gifts that I would love to find under the christmas tree as well as ideas for all the types of lovely people in your life!

‘The Beauty Lover’ 

Hourglass Ambient Lightening Edit Palette– £65

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This palette is just perfect for any beauty obsessive not to mention how pretty it is! It is limited edition and contains Hourglass’ bronzer, blushers, powders, and highlighters. The pigmentation of the powders are lovely and sit on the skin really well. It is a little on the pricey side, however, if they are yet to try any hourglass products this is the perfect present to pop under the tree.

Budget alternative-
Tanya Burr Cosmetics Peachy Glow Cheek Palette -£8

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If the Hourglass palette is a bit out of your budget and you are looking for a stocking filler or gift for a friend then look no further than the Tanya Burr Cosmetic line! Very similar to the Hourglass one this palette contains a bronzer, blusher and highlighter that are all highly pigmented and gorgeous on the skin! I own this palette and if I were to get this I would be chuffed to pieces! It comes in super cute packaging and is an absolute steal at £8. All of the range looks lovely and is available from Superdrug and Feel Unique.

‘The Tech Lover’
Emma Bridgewater ‘Polka Dot’ Radio -£129.99

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Doubling up as a radio and speaker this punchy little polka dot speaker is the perfect gift to brighten up your home. The quality of the speakers are brilliant and is quite easy to use. There is also a smaller version that is just in a radio format as well as other patterns in the Emma Bridgewater range. What I love about this gift is that it is suitable for anyone ranging from teens to your granny!

 

‘Your Best Friend’ 
Dolly Bow Bow ‘The Best Is Yet to Come” Necklace -£8

Screen Shot 2015-11-17 at 23.40.35This adorable necklace would make a perfect gift for your girlfriends and what’s great about it is the price! Dolly Bow Bow has lots of lovely jewellery on her site so if this piece isn’t for you then check out the statement necklaces and the floral crowns. I also love the name of this necklace and think it would be a great token of friendship.

 

‘A loved one’ 
Alex Monroe Rose Gold Bee Pendant– £165

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I am really obsessed with this bee pendant! I feel like with this necklace you can’t go wrong and is a great gift that someone could use all year round. A little on the pricey side, however it is made from sterling silver with rose gold vermeil and so is something you can treasure forever.  There is lots of lovely bits that Alex Monroe has created and I currently want everything! I most definitely hope to find under the tree this year!

The Fun One
Rocket Across Bag from Accessorize -£35

 

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Very similar to the kinds of things you would find in Kate Spade this rocket bag is sure to bring a smile to anyones face! I feel like this would be great on a night out with a little black dress and would spark conversation with everyone! The inside isn’t massive but allows enough room for all your essentials. This bag also comes with a strap if you wanted to spice up your everyday outfits!

 

Heart of Gold’
Mulberry Keyring in soft gold metal -£70 

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So you can’t afford to buy your mum a Mulberry handbag… but here is an alternative that will hopefully make her heart fill with glee. This beautiful keyring from mulberry is available in gold, rose gold and silver and would be a perfect touch of luxury of christmas day. It may not be the bag… but it sure is close! Let your mum know how much you love her with this gorgeous little gift.

 

‘Naturally Beautiful’
Sparkling Skin Duo from Liz Earle– £28

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I couldn’t do a whole skincare routine and then not include some of it into a gift guide! This ‘sparkling’ duet is the perfect present for anyone and is a great start for anyone new to Liz Earle. It includes the iconic cleanse and polish and the instant boost skin tonic. You are sure to bring a glow to someone’s face when they buy this delightful set.

 

Lavender and Basil Hand Repair– £21 

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Again, perfect for anybody you need to buy a gift for this hand cream is gorgeous! The calming scent of lavender and basil makes it dreamy to put on before going to bed. The consistency is non-greasy and leaves hands feeling replenished and smooth. I use this all the time and absolutely love it!

 

 

And there you have it! A little gift guide that I hope you will find useful if you are stuck for ideas! All this gifts are suitable for anyone and everyone which is what I love about them so much!
Happy shopping!
Love,
Lou x

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Love your skin!

Love your skin!

 ‘Great looking skin should be within everyone’s
grasp and with the right tools and information
it needn’t be hard or tricky to achieve’
Liz Earle.

Loving your skin can be a rather tricky process as a teenager especially when it isn’t how you want it. I have had quite problematic skin in the past and even to this day, but finding the right skin care products can make your life so much easier. I feel like over the past couple of years of getting into make-up and skincare I have finally found a skincare routine that works for me and am finally loving my skin again! Here are the products that have really helped me out, and hopefully might help you as well…

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  1. Cleanser/ Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish -£15.50

    Before finding cleanse and polish I was using cleansers that were completely stripping my skin and leaving it tight and dry. All of these products were meant for oily/blemished skin which was how my skin was at the time, and so I thought that those were appropriate. From using these products it was actually taking so much oil out of my skin that it was trying to reproduce so much more to compensate for what was being taken out of it. I then discovered cleanse and polish…
    -A completely naturally produced organic product that you massage into dry skin. You then rinse the muslin cloth under hand hot water and wipe away all your make-up and worries of the day!-
    I never in a million years would have believed that this product would be the one to seriously help my skin! Its creamy wonderfulness wipes away make-up brilliantly, leaves your skin super soft, and brings a great glow as well!
    At this time of year Liz Earle have so many christmas gift sets so you can try a bit of everything, but if I were to advise you on buying anything it would be the starter kit which comes with a full sized Cleanse and Polish and 2 muslin cloths.

    2. Exfoliate/ Liz Earle Gentle Exfoliator -£15.75

In addition to Cleansing your skin it is important to exfoliate any dead skin cells away. The Liz Earle one is used in the same way as Cleanse and Polish in which you apply to dry skin and massage in. The jojoba beads in the exfoliator gently remove all the dead skin cells whilst cocoa butter and sweet almond oil keep your skin feeling lovely and soft. I try to exfoliate twice a week as it helps with the appearance of my skin as well as my make-up sitting so much better.

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3. Tone/  Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic -£14.50

By now you can properly see a pattern start to emerge but I promise the post does feature other brands! For me, I hate putting anything onto my face that is going to leave a ‘film’ of product over my skin. I just can’t stand the feeling of it and with some toners I can have this issue. With this natural skin tonic I use it after cleansing my face to remove any make-up that might have been missed, as well as to revitalise and sooth the skin. I normally buy the version that is in a spritzer bottle as it makes me feel refreshed and calm. In the image above you can see the miniature version of it which you can buy in a set which is perfect for new starters.

-I would also just like to mention here that before using this product I used the toner in the Clinique three step system which left my skin in a horrible state! If you also suffer from sensitive/acne prone skin then try a system that is more organic and natural for the skin. If like me you are on a student budget then go to boots and find an alternative that goes along the same guidelines like the ‘yes to’ range or the ‘simple’ range. You may find that your skin prefers these kinds of natural products. Another thing is that if your skin starts to break out when using these products before it starts getting better it is OK! This tends to happen to a lot of people and then they can’t believe the difference. Skin is a funny old thing.-

4. Serum/ Origins Original Skin -£15

I first picked this up when I saw a picture of Tanya Burr talking about it on the Origins stand and when I went over to look at it I basically just brought it straight away. This turned out to be the best decision of my life.. no lie.
This serum is targeted for people in their teens and early 20’s who are having a ‘mid-quater life crisis’. All I do is use two pumps to cover my entire face which is plenty, and massage it into my skin. It smells gorgeous, is smooth and silky from the willow herb, and sinks in immediately. This has really helped with blemishes, scarring, deleting any dullness, and shrinking pores. As soon as it runs out I IMMEDIATELY have to buy another one as I can notice the difference in my skin when not using it. I cannot tell you just how much I love this product and urge you to try it straight away!
If you go to any Origins stand they are very good at allowing you to trial the product before you buy it so if you are looking to add a serum to your skincare regime then go and check this out! 

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5. Eye Cream/ Origins GinZing Eye Cream -£20

An eye cream in your teens isn’t really essential, however I wanted to include it as I have just introduced it into my skincare. Unlike the rest of my skin my eyes can get quite dry and this can effect applying make-up. This GinZing eye cream is appropriate for brightening and de-puffing as well as injecting in some well needed moisture! What’s more is that it smells absolutely incredible! For £20 you get a lot of product so is well worth the money and I have really enjoyed using it. You can also use this as a highlighter which I am yet to do but can see the appeal because of the appearance of it in the pot.

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6. Moisturiser/Micellar Water Garnier’s Micellar Cleansing Water -£1.99 and Origins High Potency Night-A-Mins -£35
With the Micellar water I feel like this is great for getting rid of any eye make-up that just won’t budge or if you are feeling really lazy and want to take it all off in a couple of swipes without using a cleanser. With a Micellar water I don’t feel like you really need to invest as they all serve the same purpose and work quite well.
However, with a moisturiser I feel like finding the perfect one is a bit of a big deal as it is going to help so much with your skin. The Origins High Potency Night-A-Mins was a free gift with purchase (pretty good if you ask me), and so I am currently giving that ago.
As it is a night cream the formula feels rich and luxurious on the skin and is so far so good, but I want to report back with a separate post to give a review.
I have also tried the mega-mushroom cream in a small trial pot which my skin seemed to really enjoy so that may have to be the next purchase!
In terms of moisturiser during the day I don’t use one… but I do use the serum to help reduce oils and keep my skin feeling hydrated.

7. Mask/ Liz Earle Deep Cleansing Mask -£15.75

For those of you with problematic skin then this mask might just be your solution!
The green clay and manuka honey help pull out any nasties that may be lurking in your skin and the rose-scented geranium gives it a incredible smell. The mask comes with two sponges to help remove the mask and when you use cleanse and polish straight after your skin feels amazing!

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Well there you have it guys! A total review of all my skincare which I truly love and hope that it can give you a helping hand in the right direction! These brands are ones I adore and wouldn’t recommend unless I felt that they may help. If you have any questions/recommendations please let me know!

Love,
Lou x