This year will be the first year that I'm dedicating Christmas features purely for online, and its causing me issues. Why? Well in the press you have to narrow it down for a word count and so I tend to pick just my favourite products for inclusion. For a blog, well there is no word limit and this year its proving difficult. Why? Well this year Father Christmas's Elves aka my wonderful PRs have sent in so many goodies that I'm going to be needing some of Rudolphs magic dust just to deliver them all to you.
Firstly I must thank the wonderful people at Christmas Tree World who've supplied the beautiful Christmas Tree complete with decorations, for my props. Christmas Tree World stock a huge variety of faux trees that look so realistic you wouldn't be able to tell, unless you note the clean carpet. I also love the traditional decorations they supplied as I like red and gold and it's the epitome of a Christmas bauble. A special mention must go to the lights as again, the 'Warm White' is my favourite colour and I spent last year in many discount store and supermarket searching for any Warm White! Take a look here at the great range starting from just £19.99 for artificial trees. www.christmastreeworld.co.uk
Barry M Christmas Gift Sets prices from £8.99 exclusively for www.argos.co.uk
Barry M have a whole selection of gifts this year, treating us to thoughtfully put together 'best of everything' from their brand. I know that makeup addicts will love the Sculpting Kit and Glam to Go Kit both £14.99. The Sculpting kit contains every product to achieve those 'Instagram' cheekbones with their best selling Illuminating Strobe Cream, Highlighting Stick, Contour Stick and Chisel Cheeks Contour Kit. The Glam to Go contains everything for a party ready look and includes their Shape & Define Brow Kit, Natural Glow Palette, Black Kohl Pencil and the fabulous, lengthening That's How I Roll Mascara'.
Nail lovers will rejoice upon receiving the beautiful Liquid Metals Collection £8.99 with molten gold, pewter and bronze. Whilst the Ultimate Shine Collection £24 contains a whopping 8 lust-worthy shades from punchy brights to classy muted greys, in the fabulous 'Gelly' range.
Spotlight Essentials Bold metals Collection £40 www.boots.com
For flawless make-up it always starts with the correct tools, and for a professional finish quality is essential. This beautiful gift set includes a 300 Tapered Blush brush essential for achieving cheekbones; 102 Triangle Concealer Brush for intricate contouring around the eyes, nose and on imperfections; 203 Tapered Shadow for perfect eye colour and finally a beautiful brush roll so you can keep it all together!
Ghost Deep Night Christmas Bauble £8 www.boots.com
Leave this hidden amongst the other baubles for a wonderful Christmas gift surprise. There's a variety to choose from and this particular one contains the Ghost Deep Night scent alongside a glamourous cranberry lipgloss, all enclosed in a beautiful clear bauble with a signature silver tag. I was pleasantly surprised to see that it was only £8 as it looks so much more!
Sienna X Winter Hit Christmas Cracker £6.95 www.sienna-x.co.uk
Another great gift idea for the Christmas table or the Christmas tree are these wonderful crackers from Sienna X the tanning gurus! This one contains a 75ml High Intensity Express Tan so within an hour you can rock a Dubai worthy glow.
MAD BEAUTY Christmas Gift Sets www.madbeauty.com
This year MAD BEAUTY have a whole array of Christmas goodies for everyone, and as I couldn't decide which ones to share, I'm just going to encourage you to go to their website and spend an afternoon browsing. In the meantime here are some of my favourites..
|Disney Lip Gloss Trio £5.99|
|Disney Lip Balm Duo £5.99|
Christmas False Nails by Elegant Touch prices from £7.95 www.eleganttouch.com
If you're going to buy falsies then there really is no other better brand on the market than Elegant Touch. They consistently year after year bring out the best designs and what's more stay on the nails. This year they've brought out a range with House of Holland alongside the usual Elegant Touch designs. I really couldn't choose between them so here's a few to share.
Eylure Luxe Eyelashes £9.95 www.eylure.com
'Flitter flutter on the wall who'll be the featheriest of them all?' Well you'll definitely be the belle of the ball with these beautiful natural looking lashes. Whilst they imitate real fur rest assured they're synthetic and completely cruelty-free! A choice of 4 designs my favourite being the full but fine Solitaire. A great stocking filler!
Smiths Rosebud Salve Trio £22 www.amazon.co.uk/luxurybeauty
Encased in a delightful vintage tin are 3 multi-purpose balms, which can be used on cuticles, dry skin, minor burns and of course lips. Each one is filled with healing and moisturising properties such as vitamin E & A and based around nourishing shea butter. The balms come in 3 flavours, strawberry, rose and minted rose leaving lips soft and kissable. Ideal for a teachers present or someone who has everything. The handy tin can be reused for a number of purposes whilst the gift can be split and the balms given separately - why not pop one into a cracker!