I think Christmas is a great time to buy homeware, especially if that person has wanted a particular item for a while & just can’t justify buying it for themselves. I have rounded up a few things that I have had in my basket for a while. I have to say that ASDA have some incredible things this year and as you would expect they’re affordable but also great quality. The Amsterdam Print has been on my list for so long, I think I will buy that as a treat to myself – or as a house warming pressie even though I have been in my new house for over 2 months.
Stocking Fillers have to be my favourite items to buy at Christmas & each year beauty brands are bringing out more and more fab options. I also like them because on the whole they are affordable and packaged in the most sweet ways. I have rounded up my favourite Stocking Fillers for you.
Mavala Snow Blossom Nail Polish Set in Natural * – I adore Mavala Polishes, they come in the sweetest little 5ml bottle which is a great size. Mavala also pride themselves on being free from harmful ingredients such as parabens, formaldehydes, toluene, camphor, cellophane, animal ingredients and heavy metal so you’re nails are in good hands! This set comes with three shades a pretty pink Riga, a lovely nude Reno and a warm chestnut shade Marron Glace.
This Works Sleep Plus+ Cracker* – This is such a cute stocking filler, its a festive cracker and inside you get the a mini Sleep Plus Pillow Spray. I use this all the time and it works wonders if you have trouble relaxing and drifting off to sleep at night. Its an aromatherapeutic solution enriched with lavender so its soothing and very relaxing. Christmas can be a little stressful & full of late nights so it would be make a thoughtful stocking filler.
Roger & Gallet Fleur d’Osmanthus Hand & Nail Cracker* – Another cute cracker from one of my all time favourite brands. I always think a hand cream is such a safe bet for a gift because you can never have too many hand creams. I have them all over the place, especially in my car, on my desk and I always have one in my handbag. Roger & Gallet products smell incredibly luxurious and this one is richly nourishing and formulated with a shea butter base and natural ingredients that sinks straight into skin to repair and protect. It smells fruity with a hint of floral noted too, its not overpowering and I think would be lovely for your Mum or Auntie. These come in 3 different scents.
From the same people that brought us Elemis comes this fantastic affordable bath & bodycare brand called Mandara Spa. Their International Spas are located in some of the most beautiful parts of the world but if like me there is no hope of you visiting paradise anytime soon their bath & bodycare products are a perfect way of creating your own at home spa experience. I have been trying out two products from the Bali Santi Range which smell heavenly and one of their indulgent body butters which is a Winter skin saviour
The Bali Santi Range smells like a far off tropical paradise, its has smoothing sweet almond oil, nourishing coconut oil which are sweet and evoke memories of holidays. So this range makes you feel like you’ve jetted off somewhere warm, which lets face it in the depths of a British Winter is always the dream.
This is a really nice indulgent bath product, I like that it is an oil it feels so grown up and luxurious. I found the scent of this so relaxing and I felt like I was in a tropical holiday destination. The oil leaves your skin feeling so healthy and soft but not greasy, you don’t need to add much to your bath and I don’t like using it in the shower because it does leave it quite slippy & I am VERY clumsy so I use this as a bath oil and its perfect.
I have to say I haven’t used many body milks in my time but this one feels so cooling and soothing on the skin and it is much more lightweight that the body butter. I have been using the milk as my morning body moisturiser and then using the more heavy body butter in the evening and that has been working wonders for my skin. This is feels very gentle and the scent is beautiful and a really pretty mix of sweet, spice and floral scents.
This is your standard thick deeply hydrating body butter, its is packed full of lovely ingredients including moisturising shea, cocoa and mango butters, smoothing sweet almond oil, nourishing coconut oil, soothing frangipani flower milk, fragrant orange and ylang ylang. It might smell quite fresh and summery but this is a perfect Winter skin saviour, its so nourishing and keeps my body smooth and soft. I love using it in the evening after I’ve had a bath because I go to bed not only smelling so good but I wake up with incredibly smooth skin. This is such a skin treat and if you like the more heavy feel of a body butter this is ideal for you.
Mandara Spa products are budget friendly but that doesn’t mean they compromise on quality, they’re a very indulgent treat and I highly recommend them as gifts this Christmas. They have an extensive range of products and scents. I would say this range is affordable luxury at its best.
Products that are marked with an * have either been sent to me for my consideration or I’ve received at events. I’m under no obligation to review them on my blog. However if I do, the reviews are 100% my own.
This is a really good sized bottle of body lotion and i’d say it takes me about 6 months to go through this, it has a super handy pump so its easy and hygienic to use. The smell is, as some of you will know my absolute favourite, I’m a fig product addict. The scent of this is lovely and intense and it lasts quite long on my skin, I can smell it on myself throughout the day. This is a lightweight body lotion and it leaves my skin feeling lovely and soft. I already have another bottle waiting to be opened. This has to be one of my all time favourite body lotions.
This is one of the most lightweight serums I have ever used, once you have applied it to your skin it feels like its disappeared whilst leaving your skin smooth and extremely hydrated. I have loved using this and it leaves my skin feeling refreshed and not at all greasy. So if you suffer from oily skin its gel texture won’t feel heavy or add any shine to your skin, its a great step in my skincare routine, I have noticed my skin has been looking healthy and I would say more plump. I will be repurchasing another one and this tube lasted me for almost a year, that is with me using it at least 3 times a week.
This is quite a gentle scrub so I like to use it daily just to keep my skin feeling smooth. Its has cooling gel like formula with tiny scrubbies, its not at all harsh so if you have sensitive skin it won’t feel irritating or abrasive.The pumice grains are a very light coloured, frothy volcanic rock. The tiny grains help remove dead skin cells on the skin’s surface, thereby improving skin tone. It has that signature Sanctuary scent of rejuvenating patchouli and soothing orange oil and it makes your bathroom smell like a Spa! I used this up quite quickly and I’m not in a rush to repurchase
This has that signature Sanctuary scent and which is quite luxurious and I find it relaxing. This was a nice body wash and it left my skin feeling soft and smooth. It’s is infused with essential oils and spices to gently cleanse and condition, whilst moisturising capsules of sesame oil and jojoba burst on the skin to help leave it feeling soft, silky smooth and subtly scented. So its nourishing and gentle on the skin, I did enjoy using this and I would happily buy it again. At Christmas Sanctuary do the best value gift sets so I might treat myself to one of those.
I would be lost without my dry shampoo. I use these up like no ones business & I do like Batiste although I’m not fussy & tend to get whichever brand is on offer. If you have any dry shampoo recomendations leave them in the comments.