TJ Hughes Christmas Gift Guide 2019

(gifted) TJ Hughes is such a staple shop on our high street, and one of the original big brands for less (discount) style department stores. If you’re from Merseyside then you will we very familiar with TJ Hughes as their first store opened there back in 1925 and over the years have expanded to become a national brand with 20 stores across the UK. They offer quality brands at huge discounts, often up to 70% RRP, everything from home and fashion to technology and beauty.

I have picked out some of my favourite beauty products and designer fragrances from their wonderful selection to give you a little inspiration for your Christmas shopping. TJ Hughes have a really extensive selection of makeup, fragrance and beauty products, including many top brands (like Vera Wang, Clinique, Elizabeth Arden and so many more).

NUXE Merveillance Expert Lift and Firm Cream 50ml

NUXE is one of my favourite and also one of France’s best-selling beauty brands, their products are award-winning, high performing and incredible quality. Anyone who loves skincare would be excited to have some NUXE skincare to unwrap on Christmas morning. This NUXE face cream is perfect for soothing, hydrating and reducing the appearance of fine lines. It would make a really nice gift for any lady in your life who likes to take care of their skin and enjoys a nice pamper.

Ted Baker Mia Sweet Treat Gift Set

Ted Baker is such a popular brand, instantly recognisable with its timeless logo and signature pink branding. TJ Hughes have some lovely Ted Baker Fragrance Gift Sets which make perfect stocking fillers, these sets are inexpensive & also look stylish and luxurious. They come with a 10ml EDT and a beautiful compact Mirror (ideal for travel or to pop into your handbag).

Agent Provocateur Fatale Pink & Fatal Intense Perfume

Agent Provocateur are a brand synonymous with luxury lingerie, and their fragrances are just as luxurious, sophisticated and romantic. TJ Hughes have quite a few Agent Provocateur scents to pick from, I opted for two of their EDP,  both perfumes come in beautiful, classic bottles and the outer cardboard packaging is timeless, classic and has a textured finish.

Fatale Pink: which is very fresh, zesty with a romantic twist of musk. It has notes of tangerine, pear blossom and yuzu whipped cream. With heart notes of pink lotus, camellia and datura. With rich base notes of musk, bamboo and saffron.

Fatale Intense:  which is more exotic, sexy and rich. It has notes of wild Dewberries, Black Licorice and Spiced Chilli. Heart notes Lotus Blossom, Champaca Flower and Baiser Rose with Base notes of Noir Leather, Luxe Amber and Tahitian Vanilla.

Baylis & Harding Gift Set

I don’t think there has been a Christmas where I haven’t given a lovely Baylis & Harding gift to at least one member of my family. I mean they come beautiful boxed, they have so many incredible sets to pick from, and their entire range is so affordable, whats not to love! Oh and they have gifts for him & her so no one is left out. This Limited Edition Midnight Plum & Wild Blackberry Gift Set comes with 5 of Baylis & Harding’s most popular pampering products. You get,

  • 300ml Luxury Shower Crème
  • 300ml Refreshing Crème Body Wash
  • 130ml Moisturising Hand Cream
  • 150g Cleansing Soap
  • 1 x Body Polisher

TJ Hughes is a great place to start your Christmas shopping, you will find so many big brand, designer and quality brands you recognise. Many up to 70% off the rrp. You can find the closest store to you via their store locator or head online to www.tjhughes.co.uk and shop from the comfort of your home. So don’t let the thought of shopping for your Xmas Pressies stress you out this year, head over to TJ Hughes and see what gifts you can pick up for amazing prices.

*Products in this post have been gifted.

Antipodes Skincare Review

{The products in this post have been gifted} Antipodes are a lovely brand who are very focused on the environment and harnessing the power of organic plants and natural ingredients. The entire product range which hails from New Zealand uses sustainably sourced, fresh ingredients and combines their incredible ingredients with extensive scientific research to create effective results orientated skincare. Their entire range is organic and many products are Vegan friendly.

I have previously tried the Blessing Oil (which is a fantastic oil for combating and protecting skin from the effects of pollution) and the Avocado Pear Night Cream (which is incredibly hydrating, soothing and helps to keep skin blemish free) but the other products are brand new in my collection, and I thought I’d let you know how I’ve been getting on with them.

Antipodes Devine Face Oil (vegan)

A wonderful oil for reducing the visible appearance of fine lines, sun damage and uneven skin tones. It is jam packed with so many incredible ingredients, including Avocado Oil helps, Rosehip Oil and Macadamia nut oil. This trio of oils are known to boost collagen and help keep skin looking youthful, refreshed and glowing. A really nice product to add to your Autumn Winter skincare regime as it will help combat the dry weather with its nutrient rich ingredients (packed full of antioxidants) and stop your skin looking dull and tired.

It has a lovely lucid, oil consistency, it is so easy to massage into your skin and it feels so luxurious and instantly nourishing. It has a beautiful floral/botanical scent, which is the Jasmine, Ylang Ylang and Sweet Orange, they are a nice combination and I find it quite an uplifting and soothing scent. If you’re looking for quite a rich face oil to use over the colder, dry months then this could be just what you need.

Antipodes Rejoice Day Cream (vegan)

A lovely lightweight, non oily day cream for anyone that has sensitive skin. The gentle formula will not irritate but sooth and enhance skins natural hydration whilst protecting, healing and nourishing. It is a cream with quite a few benefits, thanks to the nutrient rich, skin loving ingredients. Avocado Oil will hydrate, plump and rejuvenate skin to reduce those fine lines and refresh tired looking skin. Whilst Manuka Flower Oil has anti bacterial benefits that will protect and soothe skin and help keep it blemish free. This is a great cream to wear under makeup (as it’s an non oily formula) and even though it is lightweight it is still very effective and you will physically feel your skin is softer, smoother and it will also look visibly vibrant and healthy.

Antipodes Worship Face Oil

This face oil is designed to combat the effects of free radicals, environmental damage and stress on your skin. It is a great oil if you live/work in a city or are worried about the early signs of ageing, this product will help protect and defend skin with its wonderful combination of New Zealand grown superfruits. The include Boysenberry, blackcurrant, kiwifruit, Vinanza grape extract, açai and coffee cherry.  So this lightweight, water based serum is going to rejuvenate, protect, nourish and give your skin that daily does of healthy antioxidants. It is easily absorbed and gives your skin a protective barrier against harmful pollution and it is also great at brightening your complexion and combating dryness.

Consumers are becoming more aware of how they impact the environment (I know I am) and we are seeing more brands offering vegan products and becoming more sustainable, organic and carbon neutral. I think It is such a positive step & Antipodes are a world leader in this, with over 10 years experience.

Antipodes is one of the few fully certified organic skincare producers in the world, making them a green beauty brand you can genuinely trust. You can browse their collection on Feel Unique or at Antipodes

*This post contains PR samples

Introducing ARK Skincare

vegan skincare from ARK Skincare

{gifted} ARK is a British Skincare company that has a refreshing, modern approach to skincare. They acknowledge that age plays a big roll in how our skin changes and so our skin concerns change alongside. They have  developed what they call ageintelligent skincare, which focuses on treating skin by age as well as concern.

You start by picking your ageintelligent range, then if you need any targeted treatments you select their skinperfectors for effective treatment (like redness, hydration and de-stress) and then their core skinessentials collection which is daily skincare to enhance your regime.

All their products are easy to understand and incorporate into your regime. They are clear, specific and fuss free.

The three ageintelligent ranges are,

  • ageprotect – for teens and 20’s
  • agedefend – for 30’s and 40’s
  • agedefy – for 50’s and over

I have been trying 2 products from the agedefend collection and 1 from the skinessentials

ARK Skincare Product Review

ARK agedefend Replenishing Moisturiser

This collection aims to boost skins collagen production, protect skin from free radicals and nourish skin to reduce the signs of ageing.  The key ingredients in this collection are,

  • Kiwi and Passion Fruit lipids – packed with Omega 3 fatty acids to boost skin’s moisture
  • Blue Lotus – a powerful antioxidant which boosts firmness and elasticity
  • Vitamin A – keeps skin strong, plump and increases collagen production

This replenishing moisturiser contains natural moisturising agents Shea Butter and Olive Oil which are rich and hydrating, leaving your skin feeling soft and velvety smooth to the touch. It is also helps skin look plump and toned, which reduces those fine lines and wrinkles.

I have been using this cream as part of my morning skincare routine and love the way it feels on my skin, not too heavy but very moisturising and my skin looks fresh and healthy after using it. I think it’s a fantastic cream to add to your routine for Autumn/Winter to keep your skin hydrated, boost elasticity and keep skin looking radiant whilst targeting the early signs of ageing with all its fantastic skin loving ingredients. Your skin is in good hands with this in your skincare arsenal.

The packaging is hygienic and feels very luxurious. The product is dispensed by pushing the lid down, I find that two pumps is enough product for your face and neck. It is a slick and easy to use, I like that you get the right amount of product, which means no waster and you don’t have to scoop out product which keeps everything clean and germ free. 

ARK Skincare Age-Defend Conditioning Cleanser

 ARK agedefend Conditioning Cleanser

This lightweight cleanser is great at keeping skin not only clean and washing away the build up of dirt, grime and impurities from the day. It also nourishes skin, protects against moisture loss and gently exfoliates helping remove dead skin cells to keep your complexion looking rejuvenated and blemish free.

  • Moringa Oil – rich in Vitamin A and C and helps skin retain essential moisture.
  • Kiwi and Passion Fruit lipids – packed with Omega 3 fatty acids to boost skin’s moisture levels
  • Blue Lotus – a powerful antioxidant which helps skin firmness and elasticity.

I use this in the morning and night, I find the botanical scent uplifting very fresh. The cleanser leaves my skin looking energised and although I do not typically remove my makeup with it, I have used it to remove a light face of makeup and found that it did it with ease. I have been very impressed with both products I have used from the agedefend range and if like me you’re in your 40’s, I think your skin would benefit from the extra boost of antioxidants, lipids, and vitamins that this collection provides. This collection helps you achieve beautiful, healthy, radiant skin.

ARK Skincare Skin Protector SPF30 Primer

Ark skin essential Skin Protector SPF30 Primer

I never leave my house without wearing a facial SPF as we are all fully aware by now, the best way to protect your skin from the damaging effects of UV rays (the primary cause of premature ageing) is to wear a good quality broad spectrum UVA & UVB SPF.  So when my primer contains SPF30 this makes me very excited. This lovely product has taken pride of place in my skincare line-up, I have been using it religiously for a couple of months now and LOVE it.

  • Vitamin E – antioxidant and provides photo protection
  • Shea Butter – nourishes skin and protects from free radicals
  • Sunflower – packed with vitamins and minerals
  • Hyaluronic Acid – helps skin retain moisture keeping your complexion plump, smooth and radiant

Its not as heavy as a cream but is more like a thicker serum, I like the consistency and it instantly feels refreshing on the skin.  The fact that it is lightweight is important to me especially when layering quite a few products, quite often a primer can feel slippery or tacky on the skin. I like them to be almost weightless, like they’re not even there. This is quite hard to find in skincare products that contains a high level of SPF protection, but ARK have managed to pull it off.  This primer is for me a multi tasking product, you can use it not only as a primer, your SPF too and I find it to be hydrating enough to use as my moisturiser. I do this on really warm days, where you do not want to wear a heavy cream under foundation and that works well to keep everything in place without becoming greasy. This primer can also be worn alone, it helps my skin looking very fresh, that classic healthy, natural glow. Its wonderful.

 

I have enjoyed using all three products over the past few months and although I would say the Primer is my stand out product I think they all have enhanced my skincare regime. My skin looks healthy and feels hydrated. The agedefend collection is perfect for me in my 40’s. I have my eye on a few of the oils from the skinperfector range to see how they help tackle a few more targeted skin concerns, like pigmentation and redness. Let me know if you have tried anything from ARK and if so what products would you recommend.

ARK Skincare is proudly developed & manufactured in Britain. Cruelty Free, with many of their products being Vegan friendly. They use Bioactive, natural ingredients that are gentle on your skin but give effective results.  You can browse their entire range on their website www.arkskincare.com  and tailor your skincare for your specific skin concerns and age.

*This post contains PR Samples

New Lancome Idole Perfume

Lancome Idole Perfume

{gifted} Say hello to the Idole, the latest fragrance release from Luxury beauty brand Lancôme. As soon as I took this bottle out of the box I thought ‘WOW!’, it is so unusual, elegant and sleek. The glass bottle is just 15mm thick with gorgeous gold accents and I think it is the slimmest perfume bottle I have ever seen and utterly gorgeous with a very feminine feel. Although slightly precarious as you can’t stand it up on your vanity, it still looks beautiful and the fact the bottle is so sleek means it is pretty & portable The fragrance is also as wonderful as the bottle it comes in (which was a relief).

New Lancome Idole Perfume

Idole by Lancôme 50ml – £75.00

If you like floral scents with a modern sexy twist then you are in for a treat with this latest offering from Lancôme. They have dedicated this perfume Idole to strong women who defy expectations, uphold unity and transcend the limits of the individual to shape the future and influence the next generation of leaders, the essence of modern femininity. I do love it when brands empower and support women and the message at the centre of this perfume is that strong women support each other, encourage each others successes and that their bravery and determination are what defines them.

The perfume itself reflects the beautiful, delicate but interesting bottle and Lancome have layered some of my favourite scents to create a whimsical, elegant perfume with layers of floral, sweet and warm notes. This perfume also includes, a sustainably sourced Isparta Rose Petal Essence from Turkey exclusively made for Lancôme (which is a move by Lancôme to be environmentally friendly).

Top Notes: Bergamot Essence

Heart Notes : Rose Essence, Rose Absolute and Rose Water, Jasmine Infusion and Jasmine Absolute

Base Notes : Patchouli Heart Essence, Cedar Essence and Vanilla Extract

Pretty new rose fragrance Idole from Lancome

Idole Lancome Perfume 2019

What I like about this perfume is that the rose notes give this a modern, fresh, sexy feel not the usual powdery old-fashioned scent that rose usual takes on. I think the floral rose and jasmine notes work so well layered with patchouli and vanilla to give it a warming elegant vibe. I urge you to pop to your nearest Lancôme counter or perfume shop and test it out, It is the perfect fragrance to wear Summer into Autumn, with the mix of floral, fresh, warm and musky notes.

I am also a huge fan of Zendaya Coleman who is the face of Idole, she is gorgeous and very accomplished actress. If you haven’t watched her in the hit HBO series Euphoria, you need to. It is nice to see Lancôme taking their brand to a younger market, it keeps them relevant and modern and I think that is really reflected in this perfume.

Idole le Parfum Lancome

Lancome Idole Perfume Bottle

If you’re looking for a lovely treat for yourself, a new Summer fragrance to add to your beauty stash then this Idole by Lancôme has to be top of that list, it ticks all the boxes for me. Another wonderful aspect of this fragrance is that the bottle is refillable, you can take your empty bottle to one of the 200 Lancôme counters throughout the UK and have it refilled. You will receive a discount too. This is wonderful news in terms of the beauty industry trying to combat the impact of waste and encourage people to reuse their perfectly good bottle!

Idole from Lancôme will be available from Lancome.co.uk & retailers nationwide from August 14th 2019

25ml – £48.00

50ml – £75.00

75ml – £85.00

*this post contains PR sample