Love: Christmas Beauty Crackers 2016

Love: Christmas Beauty Crackers 2016

We’ve had the beauty advent calenders (and plenty of them) but brands are also delving into Christmas crackers which are great for secret santa gifts and stocking fillers. Here are my top ten from some of the brands I love.

10. Molton Brown Heavenly Gingerlily Cracker

At no. 10 it’s the christmas cracker from Molton Brown. Containing a handcream, body wash, and lotion it’s a great stocking filler that will make you smell heavenly. Priced at £20 it’s more on the expensive side but if you know someone who loves Molton Brown this is perfect for them. It also comes in a variety of different scents.
http://www.johnlewis.com/molton-brown-heavenly-gingerlily-cracker/p2991599

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9. Nuxe Holiday Skin Care Cracker

Unlike most of the christmas cracker offerings this year, Nuxe have put in some great skincare staples all for a great price at only £10. Containing four travel sizes of their Rêve de Miel Nourishing Hand and Nail Cream, Micellar Cleansing Water, Huile Prodigieuse Dry Oil, and Crème Prodigieuse Anti-Fatigue Moisturising Cream- this cracking content is supposed to give you party glowing skin.
http://www.johnlewis.com/nuxe-holiday-skin-care-cracker/p2925523

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8. St. Tropez Classic Cracker

Know a girl/guy who loves tanning and got them for your secret santa? Then look no further than this brilliant mini gift set. Containing St. Tropez’s iconic lightweight mousse it delivers a natural, streak-free finish and even comes with a tanning mit to apply it. At only £8 it’s an absolute steal and will get them ready to glow at the christmas party!
Look Fantastic

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7. Caudalie Vinosource Christmas Cracker

Another great stocking filler for the skincare addict this Caudalie number comes in at an amazing £10. Containing 3 of their Vinosource range, the SOS thirst quenching mask, moisturising sorbet, and cream mask, it’s sure to give your skin the boost of hydration it needs in the winter months. Give it to a friend who loves to travel for an ultimate pick me up when they are away.
http://www.johnlewis.com/caudalie-vinosource-christmas-cracker-gift-set/p2961557#media-overlay_show

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6.  Nails Inc. Festive Cracker

For the girl who loves to look polished give her this festive cracker which has 3 beautiful nail polishes in it. York Row: red and gold glitter top coat, Buckingham Terrace: deep red, St. Johns Avenue: a nude pink these colours come in at £19 for the 3 and would make a great gift for someone.
Look Fantastic 

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5. Zoella Beauty Just Crackers Set

For fun with friends, add these crackers for a touch of indulgence. Containing hand cream, body lotion, body wash and a lip balm; stuff your stocking high or lay them out on the table as a little extra. They only cost £12 and are a great way to try out some of Zoella’s collection.
http://www.feelunique.com/p/Zoella-Beauty-Just-Crackers-Set

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4. Heathcote & Ivory Atlas Silk Bath Fizzer Crackers

At no. 4 are these beautiful bath fizzers that will brighten up anyone’s christmas festivities. At only £5 they are great as a little extra for a friend or family member and will add a touch of indulgence to someones stocking. For a twist at the table, replace traditional table crackers with these to brighten the whole scene.
http://www.johnlewis.com/heathcote-ivory-atlas-silk-bath-fizzer-crackers/p2743384#media-overlay_show

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3. This Works Sleep Spell Cracker

For a relaxing touch for a friend who can’t sleep or for a family members stocking, add this sleep spell cracker to drift off anyone who uses it. Containing a miniture trazel sized of This Works best selling deep pillow spray it costs only £10. Its signature blend of lavender, vetivert, and camomile essential oils it has proven benefits with 99% of users claiming they are slept better than normal after using it. It’s an aromatherapeutic solution to a better nights sleep & a calmer christmas.
http://www.thisworks.com/gifts/christmas-gifts-95/sleep-spell.html

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2. Cowshed Wreath Cracker Skin Care Kit

Cowshed is one of my favourite skincare brands and for a couple of years running have produced a great christmas cracker. Containing two winter skin must-haves- cow slip soothing hand cream and the lippy cow lip balm; it has pure essential oils to sooth and soften the skin. Add it to your christmas list or get it for a friend at only £10.
http://www.johnlewis.com/cowshed-wreath-cracker-skin-care-kit/p2913251

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  1. Jo Malone London Christmas Cracker

And at the top of list is the most luxurious of them all. Jo Malone’s £33 cracker contains the Mimosa & Cardamom Body Crème, Basil & Neroli Cologne, and Blackberry & Bay Body & Hand Wash. It’s definately the most indulgent and expensive, however if you have never tried any of the Jo Malone range it is a great set to get you started.

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I hope your Christmas goes off with a BANG!

Love,
Lou x

 

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Summer of Sunsets

This time last year I started my blog! How crazy is that! It’s a place where from time to time I like to share my favourite things whilst being able to look back at memories and products that I have loved and can come back to. I love coming up with creative ideas and posts and being able to share them with people.

I’m a bit gutted that the summer is coming to an end but also excited to see what Autumn has to offer compared to previous years. With the launch of my dance platform Raising the Barre I hope to spend as much time on that as possible and develop it to the best possible standards.

Over the summer I took many a photo of sunsets. I love summer evenings where the sky is still bright and dreamy and watching the sunset producing beautiful colours in the sky. Here are my top 10 from start to finish: IMG_1475IMG_1466IMG_1732IMG_1627IMG_1810IMG_1938IMG_1926IMG_1937IMG_2002IMG_2037

Love,
Lou x

Love: My Little Magic Box!

Love: My Little Magic Box!

For just over a year now I have been subscribed to My Little Box and is the only subscription box I am subscribed too. They just offer something a little different including beautiful illustrations, beauty and skincare samples, and other lifestyle bits and bobs! When I opened this months box I thought it was the perfect time to start sharing what I get every month.

My Little Magic Box!

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This month was all about the magic of Christmas and is by far one of my favourite boxes! Filled with so many gorgeous items I was so excited to try everything out.

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In this months box it included a lovely illustration which I feel sums up the end of the year, as well as a very nice cosmetic purse in a midnight blue, a Rituals body cream in a refreshing orange scent, two nail polishes great for the festive season, a bright lipgloss from Too Faced, loose tea from Kusmi, and a pair of mittens that match the colour of the purse.

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The bright pink lipgloss from Too Faced is highly pigmented and felt really silky when I applied it to my hand. This colour isn’t something that I would usually pick up but think it will be great for the New Year and seeing it in!

With this box I really think you are getting your value for money and look forward to using everything. I’m also excited to see what next year’s boxes have to bring, as well as them adding Ren into the mix!

Hope you all have a magical christmas!

Love,
Lou x

 

Love: Neom

~Scent to make you feel good~

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For anyone who knows me they will know that I am a massive candle lover! My favourites are fresh and natural scents that aren’t too sickly sweet and love brands such as Cowshed and The White company and I can now add Neom to that list.

Before when I used to see Neom candles I wouldn’t go near them because I always thought they were rather expensive… but when I was in John Lewis the other day I came across the mini candles that I could kind of justify paying for as I loved the smell so much.

The candle I picked up is called Lavender, Jasmine and Brazilian Rosewood and it smells incredible! Within 5 minutes the whole room smells of the scent and creates a lovely and relaxing environment.

From buying the mini candle it also had a small leaflet explaining about Neom and the candles:

 

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Neom’s Promise:

100% natural ethically sourced sustainable origins with no petrochemicals, no artificial perfumes, and no harsh preservatives.

‘specially formulated using the highest possible percentage of the purest possible essential oils, all our products not only smell wonderful but have true therapeutic benefits for the mind and body, helping the way you feel.’

‘All our products are 100% natural, ethically sourced and finely crafted in Britain from sustainable origins with absolutely no artificial ingredients. We have 5 ranges designed to aid sleep, relieve stress, boost your energy, lift your mood or calm and relax. We make scents to make you feel good’.

 

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After reading all this it started to make me realise that these candles were not about being a highly priced product but a candle that has had a lot of time and effort in it to make something that had a lot of added benefits.

I burn my candle every night before I go to bed and it just smells wonderful. The benefits within this candle is supposed to aid with sleep with the use of 19 essential oils. Lavender plays a big part in the aid of relaxing the mind and body and is one of my favourite scents.

The cute minis also make great gift ideas and there is a great range to choose from; as well as Neom selling lots of other goodies such as oils, scrubs, and diffusers.

If you want to learn more about the candles then you can visit www.neomorganics.com/wellbeing

Next up for me is one of their giant candles and one of their relaxing treatments!

Love,
Lou x

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