If there is one brand that you can rely on at Christmas to release fantastic, affordable gift sets its Baylis & Harding. They have such a wide selection and have a gift option for everyone and to make your life even easier they come beautifully packaged and ready for gifting. I also like that their products are available in most major supermarkets so you can do a little Christmas shopping whilst you’re in.
The star-shaped tin contains three of Baylis & Harding’s best selling products and is the perfect affordable pampering present.
Balancing Body Wash with Vitamins A, B and C
Hand and Body Lotion
Luxurious Shower Crème
I think this would be a really nice set to give to a Mum, Gran or as a Secret Santa gift. It has 3 great products in and the scent is one that a lot of people will enjoy, it has zesty top notes of sweet mandarin, grapefruit and lemon alongside a sweeter, more sensuous heart of jasmine and orange blossom.
This is such a fun set and I love the candy cane style packaging it so festive and cute. The contents of this would be more suited to a teenager or young adult as both the products included have very sweet scents. You have everything you need for the perfect cosy night in! Inside you get,
Knitted Hot Water Bottle Cover in red & white stripes with soldier motif
Vanilla Frosting Hand & Body lotion
Strawberry Candy Cane Body Wash
Both these gift sets come beautifully packaged and ready to gift!
Baylis & Harding have a great selection of gifts this Christmas and they’re available in Tesco,Boots, and Morrisons very handy to pick up whilst you’re doing your shopping. I’m spending Christmas in Scotland & the super soft hot water bottle is 100% coming with me!
I personally think fragrance make such a lovely product to both give and receive at Christmas and the great thing is lots of brands have fantastic offers at this time of year, many release special gift sets too. Fragrance is one of those luxuries that we don’t always treat ourselves too throughout the year, so that makes them the perfect gift.
I have rounded up a few of my favourites and I think there is something to suit all ages and budgets.
Now this latest version is a fresh take on one of the most iconic fragrances, NUIT BLANCHE translates to ‘White Night’, a night in Paris once a year when rock chicks take control and make the city their playground until dawn, so its a scent that won’t let you down and will stay smelling incredible all night long. This new take on the classic scent is a more seductive white coffee floral fragrance designed to give the wearer a burst of energy to last through the night. It has Top notes of White Coffee Accord. Heart notes of White Flowers, Aldehydes and Base notes of White Musk.
Everything about Black Opium feels luxurious, the bottle is a translucent black glass infused with gorgeous sparkling glitter which makes it look so glitzy and pretty. As with all YSL products it is beautiful quality and you feel indulgant using it, it would make such a thoughtful gift for someone special this Christmas.
I love this perfume, it is the latest release from Stella McCartney and has already become quite a cult favourite. The bottle is bold, pink and very modern and I think this more youthful vibe is reflected in the fragrance too. It has Top notes of Tomato leaves, Violet leaves, Green Mandarin, Heart notes of Violet, Tuberose, Plumeria and base notes of Sandalwood, Cedarwood, Musks. So a real mix of woody, citrus and floral, despite it being quite complex it settles down to being quite musky and a little masculin. This is a very nice scent for anyone that enjoys a scent that is a little different.
This is a new release for 2016 and Its such a pretty fragrance. As you would expect from Michael Kors, it’s more of a romantic, feminine scent. It has notes of Italian Bergamot, Sicillian Mandarin, Almond Milk, Pink Pepper. Heart notes of Jasmine Grandiflorum Absolute, Dianthus, Jasmine Sambac Absolute, Heliotrope. Base notes of Cashmeran Wood, Benzoin Siam, Sandalwood Sri Lanka. I would say it is more of a fragrance for the warmer months because it is such a smooth, refreshing scent. Its has a very unusual mix of citrus and spicy notes which work so well together.
This is a perfume for anyone that likes their warm, sweet scents but with an intense twist. BON BON Couture is a more intense version of the hugely popular BON BON. It has notes of Mandarin Orange, Neroli, Peach. Heart Notes of Orange Blossom, Jasmine Sambac, Caramel. Base Notes of Patchouli, Sandalwood, Vanilla, White Tobacco. So although it is sweet it isn’t as sweet as this original, this version is a little more rich and sexy rather than sweet and girly.
The bottle itself is just gorgeous, it comes in a pretty purple / pink ombre effect bottle which feels very luxurious and heavy. It is shaped like a wrapped sweet (candy), its very feminine and looks pretty sat on your dressing table. Viktor & Rolf always deliver on quality and this new release won’t let you down.
I always spray this when I am walking through duty free at the airport and by the time I get on the plane I wish I had bought it. It is a lovely crisp modern scent with notes of Red Apple African Orange Flower and White Flowers and base notes of Sandalwood, Olive Tree and Vanilla. Its a nice mix of warm, fresh notes which make this such a nice fragrance to wear. This scent lasts a good amount of time on me and I think it makes the perfect daytime scent. It’s ideal for anyone that likes quite a modern twist on a citrus scent. It is the only Hugo Boss fragrance that I have actually liked and I urge you to give the tester a go and let it settle for a few minutes, I guarantee you will love it.
This is a new twist on one of Tommy Hilfigers most iconic scent. They have updated it and given it a more modern feel. It is a nice fragrance for a teenager or young adult as it is light but pretty scent. It has top notes of green pear, violet leaf and fig leaf. Heart notes of jasmine petals and silky muguet. Base notes of cedarwood and cashmeran. So its quite crisp and fresh at first but it settles down to be more of a warm scent. This is a very easy perfume to wear and would make an ideal daytime fragrance.
Do you like to give / receive perfume at Christmas and if so what is top if your wishlist this year?
How gorgeous is the new ghd Platinum Styler Premium Gift Set! Its perfect for creating that glam party look. I adore my ghd’s and I have had them for over 10 years, I bought them as a gift to myself before I got married and I have used them almost daily since. I never hesitate to recommend ghd products as the quality is always impeccable and mine have never let me down.
This new luxe styler feels so sleek and lightweight, I often used my standard ghd’s to add a wave / curl to my hair but these actually have a rounded edge which makes achieving soft curls so much easier. They also come with some upgraded features including:-
Innovative tri-zone technology of ghd’s Platinum styler means that hair can be beautifully styled without causing any damage.
Specially-designed plates that keep the temperature consistent, hair is left 20% shinier and with 50% less breakage
Styling is also improved with the Platinum, as the wishbone hinge gives you higher control over waves, curls or poker straight locks.
Inside this limited edition gift set you of course get the copper hair styler, a gorgeous copper luxe storage bag which also doubles up as a heat mat (very handy indeed) and two limited edition festive Nails Inc. nail polishes in Fierce Copper and a Copper Luxe.
GHD challenged me to create a party hair look so I thought about what I could create using the new Platinum Styler and decided to go with a simple wave and added some beautiful mettalic / embelished hair accessories.
For this look I was 100% chanelling my inner Jennifer Lawrence.
I started by spraying the ghd heat protect spray to damp hair and left my hair to dry naturally, whilst I applied my makeup. That way I find my hair is more glossy and has less flyaways.
Then I took my hair in small sections and straightened each part with the hair styler.
Using the curl spray I spritzed a little all over my hair and twisted a small section of hair on each side of my parting, securing the hair with a cute metallic jewelled clip. This does not have to look neat and tidy, infact I think it looks better a little messy and lived in.
After these sections were in place I used my straighteners to curl the length, not doing it in any order but just putting small sections in at a time to ensure there was a nice amount of movement.
Using the ghd final shine spray I spritz a little from the root to ends all the way round just to give my hair a nice glossy finish.
I then discovered a pot of glitter and stars and what is a party hair look without a little extra sparkle, so I added a little through my parting – this was just a bit of fun but I actually liked how it looked.
You know when a candle is going to be good when you can smell it from another room when it isn’t even burning but I wouldn’t expect anything less from expert perfumers Miller Harris. If you are familiar with their products then you know just how luxurious they are. Miller Harris are a brand that whilst respecting tradition, they strive to push the boundaries, creating exquisitely crafted fragrances that are innovative yet timeless.
This Christmas they have released a lovely candle gift set which would be a lovely thoughtful gift for anyone that enjoys luxury candles. The packaging is fun, bright and festive it has been designed by fashion designer Matty Bovan. The scent of the candle is not what you would initially expect from a festive release, it is a warm mix of figs, firs and pines. It gives off a rich fruity yet quite fresh festive scent. Fig is as most of you know, my all time favourite scent and I think the addition of the more wintery notes of pine and fir make it much more festive and a lovely candle to burn over the festive period.
Miller Harris have put together a lovely gift set, which makes it an even more special gift. Inside the gift set you will receive,
The limited edition Hope & Joy candle, a lovely contrast of Ibizan figs & seasonal pines, the set also comprises a wick trimmer and a box of our le feu matches.
The wick trimmer is perfectly angled to trim wicks at all heights during the burn of a candle.
The le feu! matches are the ideal length to light a candle right to the final burn.
30 hours burning time.
I’ve been enjoying burning this, the scent really fills the room but isn’t overpowering and the fragrance lingers long after you blow it out. Also if you trim the wick before burning it each time, you will find the wax burns a lot more evenly and cleanly. You get at least 30 hours of burn time from this so it will last you a good amount of time, I tend to burn it for 2 hours at a time in the evening. I would be thrilled to find this gift set under the tree on Christmas morning.
Let me know if you add this to your Christmas list.