Baylis & Harding Christmas Gift Guide 2018

Baylis and Harding Christmas Gifting 2018

I have reviewed so many lovely Baylis & Harding products over the years & one of the things I love most about them are all the wonderful Festive Gift sets. This year they have so many affordable treats on offer. Their products make the most amazing stocking fillers and they do gifts for all of the family and really cater to all budgets too.

The great think about Baylis & Harding is you can find their products in most major supermarkets and also online at Amazon, which means you can pick up gifts whilst you do your food shop or from the comfort of your home. I find buying online is super convenient & it also means you can pick up last-minute gifts without having to trek into the Christmas shopping madness.

The affordable price point makes them my goto brand for beauty gifts all year round, but at Christmas, they seem to pull out all the stops and their packaging is so festive and luxurious. You can get everything from a small token gift to larger more special gift sets. They have some incredible new scents for Christmas 2018, including Frosted Christmas Tree & Mulberry & Mistletoe (super festive).

Fuzzy Duck Christmas Gift Ideas

Fuzzy Duck Winter Wonderland Luxury Basket Gift Set

Baylis & Harding’s Fuzzy Duck Winter Wonderland Luxury Gift Basket makes a super stylish gift for all ages. It comes in a really beautiful red-gingham lined wicker basket (which will look so nice in your bathroom) it contains 2 of Baylis & Harding’s most popular pamper products and the most adorable little rubber duck.

  • 300ml Body Wash gently cleanses skin
  • 250ml Body Butter nourishes and moisturises
  • Novelty bath duck adds a touch of fun to bathtime

I love that these products smell of Christmas, the scent is, Frosted Christmas Tree and Mulberry & Mistletoe which is a warm and wintry and I think really captures the essence of a relaxing, luxurious Christmas.

Festive Trio of Treats Baylis Harding

Baylis & Harding Mandarin & Grapefruit Festive Trio Of Treats Gift Set

Baylis & Harding’s Sweet Mandarin & Grapefruit Festive Trio of Treats has to be the perfect stocking filler or secret Santa gift. It is super affordable but looks way more expensive and it comes in a nice black and gold gift box and contains two bathing treats and a festive candle in stylish glass jar. The luxurious and balancing 100ml body wash leaves skin gently cleansed, while the indulgent 100ml Hand & Body Lotion both nourishes and moisturises. The Sweet Mandarin & Grapefruit scented candle is refreshing and balancing with spicy and zesty notes.

  • A gorgeous gift box containing two bathing treats and a festive candle.
  • Luxurious and balancing 100ml Body Wash.
  • Indulgent 100ml Hand & Body Lotion both nourishes and moisturises.
  • Sweet Mandarin & Grapefruit festive candle in stylish glass jar.

Affordable Beauty Christmas Gift Ideas

Baylis & Harding Beauticology Bath Fizzers Gift Set

The Beauticology Special Delivery Red Bathtime Fun Fizzers Set is a fun and festive stocking filler or secret Santa gift. I know a certain 10-year-old (my niece) that would be so excited to receive these in her stocking. It comes with four bath fizzers which are foil wrapped in red and silver and are in a candy cane themed tube! Super festive indeed.

  • Four fun bath fizzers foil wrapped in red and silver
  • Each bath fizzer leaves skin feeling gently cleansed
  • Two x bath fizzers in Candy Cane fragrance
  • Two x bath fizzers in Peppermint Swirl fragrance

Baylis & Harding Sequin Clutch Bag Gift Set

Baylis & Harding Fig & Pomegranate Sequin Clutch Gift Set

If this festive red sequin clutch doesn’t scream Christmas Party I don’t know what does! The glitzy red sequin clutch would make the perfect festive party bag and you also get 3 body products in Baylis and Harding signature scents. Midnight Fig & Pomegranate is a slightly sweet, fruity scent with a real touch of luxury. The fig makes it smell really sumptuous and juicy whilst the blend of rich dark fruits give it a very festive fruity edge. The body spritz is the perfect size to pop in your handbag or weekend bag. 

  • 100ml luxury shower gel leaves skin feeling gently cleansed.
  • 100ml hand and body lotion soothe and nourish hard-working hands.
  • 100ml body spritz in Midnight fig & Pomegranate sumptuous rich fragrance.

Baylis and Harding Midnight Fig & Pomegranate Handwash 

This is already in my kitchen and I am loving it. The scent is perfect for this time of year, it’s fruity and rich and the scent really lingers and makes my kitchen smell fab! You get a whopping 500ml so it will last for months. The handwash is enriched with nourishing vitamin E which will keep skin hydrated, so stock up on this new Limited Edition Festive Hand Wash whilst you can. You could keep one for yourself and give the others as stocking fillers & secret Santa gifts.

Baylis and Harding Christmas Candle

Baylis & Harding Sweet Mandarin & Grapefruit Festive Scented Candle

I had a similar, smaller version of this candle last year and it was my favourite product by far. It is so festive in its sparkling gold-embossed jar with stunning mini Christmas tree decorative lid. It is the details that really make this candle look so luxurious and very festive. The scent is light enough so you can have this candle lit in any room in your house and the scent lightly fills the room without being too overpowering. This is one product you need to either add to your Christmas List this year or buy for someone special & the good thing about the Sweet Mandarin & Grapefruit scent is that it’s one of Baylis & Harding most popular scents.

So this huge, luxurious single wick jar candle gets my seal of approval and I think it would make the most impressive Christmas gift, especially if you’re on a budget but still want a gift that looks, smells and feels luxurious. Baylis and Harding really are excellent at affordable luxury.

Baylis and Harding Bath Time Fun Fizzers GiftPop over to Baylis & Harding to see their complete gifting range for 2018

Tropic Skincare – My Skin Saviours

Clear Skin Products from Tropic Skincare

Tamanu Healing Balm from Tropic Skincare

Let me introduce to you two best-selling blemish busting (and more) skincare saviours from Vegan beauty brand Tropic Skincare. I have been so excited to talk more about these products as I have been using them for a couple of months now and have really grown to rely on them in my beauty routine, in particular, the Tamanu Healing Balm which is simply one product that will very quickly become a ‘does all’ product in your daily life. It really has an endless list of uses!

First off, lets talk about the Clear Skin Blemish Fighting Mask – the lovely team at Tropic sent this out to me because for the first time in my adult life I was suffering from some really large, sore, stubborn blemishes and I wanted to get rid of them before my birthday (very important to have clear skin on your birthday, especially when you’re turning 40). I was really at a loss at how best to reduce them and the lovely people at Tropic suggested this face mask & I haven’t looked back!

Clear Skin Blemish Mask Tropic Skincare

Tropic Skincare Clear Skin Blemish Fighting Face Mask

This bold green blemish busting mask is white & green clay based so it is great at drawing out all the build-up of grease, bacteria and pollution from your pores whilst working with bamboo charcoal to reduce oil and balance out your skin. I slather it all over my face at least twice a week – but when I have a blemish I quite often just apply this to that area, more of a targeted treatment and that really works well to reduce redness and also calm the inflamed spot. It contains so many lovely ingredients that will help you not only reduce blemishes & mattify skin but also keep the build-up of blemish-causing bacteria at bay, so you’re less likely to suffer from breakouts.

● Willow bark extracts, rich in beta hydroxy salicylic acids, travel deep into your pores to unclog built up sebum.

● Cayenne pepper and ginger extracts kill blemish-causing bacteria at the source.

● Green and white clays work to dry out spots and stop them from increasing in size.

● Charcoal and spirulina work to draw out toxins and tighten pores.

● Raspberry leaf and goji berry extracts reduce redness and calm skin.

Another pretty cool thing about this mask, besides the fact that it is gentle, doesn’t dry out your skin or leave it feeling uncomfortably tight is that it dries dark green in more oily areas with larger pores and it dries a lighter green in more balanced areas so you can quickly see where your skin needs a little help. For me, my oily areas are my cheeks & chin.

I saw a huge difference in my skin and I know I have this mask to thank for that. My breakouts are less frequent and I always use this Clear Skin mask as soon as a blemish starts appearing. That way I know it has more chance of not becoming inflamed and It clears all the bacteria and excess sebum build-up ASAP. It is a great mask to have in your beauty routine, especially if you suffer from oily skin that likes to breakout.

Clear Skin Products from Tropic Skincare

Tropic Skincare Tamanu Healing Balm

Now on to what I think is the star of the show – this is one of those beauty/skincare products you stumble upon very rarely that completely blows you away. It looks quite ordinary, apart from being green and all in one beauty balms often get overlooked because people don’t quite know how they fit into their routine but this new release from Tropic is EPIC. I have been singing it’s praises to family and friends since it landed on my doorstep almost 2 months ago.

Green Gold Tropic Tamanu Healing Balm

So this skin-loving green balm is made with tamanu oil (also known as ‘green gold’), which is an age-old remedy trusted for centuries in the Polynesian islands to stimulate skin renewal, Tropic have blended it hydrating, soothing monoi and cocoa butters so it is hydrating and calming and if that wasn’t enough it also contains antioxidant-rich blackcurrant extract and raspberry seed oil.

So this balm has so many skin loving, healing and protecting ingredients. It really is the best multi-purpose product I have ever used. My favourite way to use it is as an eye cream because it is simply one of the most hydrating products I’ve used. I also dab it on the odd blemish to help calm and sooth the inflames skin.

I even took it on my recent trip to Amsterdam, in my hand luggage so I could use it on the plane. It does come in a handy 20ml travel size but I took my 60ml tub and I used it as my lip balm, eye cream, on my cuticles as well as on a few blemishes and a couple of pesky blemish scars. So I really put it to good use! I just love how hydrating, nourishing and gentle it is and I think it is incredible that it can be used in so many ways. It now comes everywhere with me!

SHAY & BLUE and QVC BEAUTY LAUNCH 4 PIECE FRAGRANCE COLLECTION

Shay & Blue 4 Piece Fragrance Collection for QVC

Shay & Blue have done it again, it has been exactly a year since their previous QVC TSV and I thought that one was unbeatable value but they’re back for 2018 with a very special deal indeed. This one is not to be missed, so mark your calendars because from midnight to midnight on Thursday 18 October 2018 you will be able to get your hands on a 4 Piece Fragrance Collection worth over £120 for under £50, making a huge saving of over £60 and the most exciting part is you get to pick from 2 of their best-selling scents!

Shay and Blue 4 Piece Fragrance Collection for QVC TSV

Shay & Blue are a London-based perfume house and they will be giving you the opportunity to purchase two different Shay & Blue 4-Piece Fragrance Collections, for one day only on Thursday 18th October. So will you opt for Black Tulip or Atropa Belladonna? (or both!).

Black Tulip is still a quite a new addition to the Shay & Blue line up, only being released in 2017. So this is an exciting opportunity to get your hands on 3 products from this collection.

The Black Tulip Collection will include,

1 x 100ml Eau de Parfum Spray in Black Tulip

1 x 200ml Hand & Body Wash in Black Tulip

1 x 200ml Hand & Body Lotion in Black Tulip

1 x 10ml Eau de Parfum Spray in White Peaches

Shay and Blue Four Piece Fragrance Collection for QVC TSV October 2018

  • Top Note – Snowdrops and cyclamen bring instant floral freshness.
  • Heart Note – Black tulip and plum bring a rounded richness to the heart of the composition.
  • Base Note – White chocolate and soft woods for a smooth finish.

This is perfect if you like scents that are quite spicy and bold layered with subtle freshness of the floral notes. It is an unusual fragrance but very long wearing and quite sexy.

Shay and Blue Black Tulip Fragrance

If purchased at the Shay & Blue boutique these products would cost £112, but QVC is giving its customers a chance to purchase them for, under £50, that’s a saving of over £60. Just remember this is a TSV offer so will be available for one day only!

Shay and Blue Black Tulip Collection QVC TSV

Shay and Blue QVC TSV October 2018

Shay & Blue Atropa Belladonna Fragrance Collection for QVC TSV

Atropa Belladonna is still Shay & Blues award-winning, best-selling scent, so this is quite an exciting opportunity to get your hands on 3 products from this gorgeous collection.

The  Atropa Belladonna Collection will include,

1 x 100ml Eau de Parfum Spray in Atropa Belladonna

1 x 200ml Hand & Body Wash in Atropa Belladonna

1 x 200ml Hand & Body Lotion in Atropa Belladonna

1 x 10ml Eau de Parfum Spray in White Peaches

QVC TSV October 2018 Shay and Blue Atropa Belladonna

  • Top Note – First impressions of mesmerising dark Cassis berries intoxicate and draw you in.
  • Heart Note – The narcotic full blooms of white narcissus and jasmine from Grasse.
  • Base Note – The dry-down yields the sultry end-of-day secrets of patchouli and sandalwood.

After you initially spritz it and the sweet, floral notes have died down you are left with the sexy, rich warm notes which make this the perfect sophisticated evening scent.

Handcrafted in England with real flowers, fruits and spices. This perfume contains over three pounds of jasmine and white narcissus.

Shay and Blue London Fragrance Collection

The EDP comes packaged in the most luxurious blue box with a blue and white striped ribbon which adds such a sweet touch. Inside the box, I just love how the bold blue and white strip theme carry through and think these fragrances make the most incredible gifts! The fragrance bottles are also beautiful too and the mix of blue and gold make them look sophisticated and luxurious.

Shay and Blue Atropa Belladonna Perfume

You’re also getting your hands on Shay & Blues’ White Peaches, which is a special launch for 2019, so Shay & Blue fans are getting the opportunity to experience a fragrance that has not even been smelt yet by the beauty editors of the major magazines. How exciting is that? And I can tell you that it’s a beautiful, fruity, sophisticated scent with the 10ml bottle being ideal for your handbag.

SAVE OVER £60
Collection value: worth over £112
QVC special price: under £50
Special price available for ONE DAY ONLY from midnight to midnight on Thursday 18th October 2018

Shay & Blue are an award-winning, cruelty-free, boutique perfumery creating modern and unique fragrances. Made with real flowers fruit and spices. Created by Dom DeVetta ex Senior Vice President of Chanel and former Global General Manager of Jo Malone Ltd. With Julie Massé, new generation perfumer of the moment.

Tropic Skincare Sun Care Discovery Kit

Tropic Sun Care Products

I am sure so many of you are already aware of Tropic Skincare as a brand but just in case it has passed some of you by I just wanted to say a little about their ethics and values. Tropic is a 100% Natural, Cruelty-Free & Vegan company who base themselves out of their Surrey beauty kitchen & warehouse. They endeavour to keep as much of their processes in-house as possible, from development to manufacturing and marketing to dispatch. They produce effective products at such a reasonable price and they never, ever compromise on the quality of ingredients they use.

Tropic Sun Care Discovery Kit

I’m excited to introduce you to the Tropic Skincare 4 piece Sun Care Kit. This kit includes their mineral suncare saviours in handy travel-friendly sizes.

I was very excited to put it to the test and the UK certainly came through with the warm sunny weather!  The Sun Care Discovery Kit Includes,

Sun Soothe Cooling Aftersun Lotion 

Skin Shade Mineral Sun Protection SPF 30

Skin Shade Mineral Sun Protection SPF 50

Sun Balm SPF 50

Why is mineral sunscreen best I hear you cry! I think Tropic can explain it better than I can so here is their scientific take on mineral sunscreen:-

There are currently two types of sunscreens on the market, ‘chemical’ and ‘mineral’. Chemical sunscreens absorb UV rays and convert them into heat energy on the skin. Mineral sunscreens use natural actives to act as a physical barrier to UV rays. Tropic’s no-negotiations ban on harmful chemicals paved the way to developing a game-changing range of 100% mineral sun protection heroes your summer wouldn’t be complete without. Harnessing zinc oxide and titanium dioxide to protect your skin against UVA and UVB rays, as well as an abundance of skin-boosting tropical ingredients, these luxury sunscreens are summer essentials. 

Tropic Skincare Mineral Sunscreen

Tropic sunscreen is gentle on your skin as well as protecting you from the harmful UV rays (which are linked to skin cancers) so your skin is in good hands! I live in (sunny) Cornwall and spend a lot of time outside so this kit is perfect to take with us in the car & the ideal size to keep one of the sunscreens in my bag for reapplying throughout the day.

Included in this Sun Care Kit are cabin-friendly 100ml versions of Skin Shade Mineral Sun Protection in SPF 30 and 50, as well as Sun Soothe Cooling Aftersun Lotion – so it is ideal for taking with you on your upcoming travels.

Tropic Skin Shade SPF 50Tropic Skin Shade SPF 30 & 50

These smell just like the summer holidays and I love it. Despite them being mineral sunscreens and quite high factors they’re not too thick and once massaged into your skin feel smooth and lightweight on the skin. The SPF50 is a touch thicker and when applied has a slight white cast but after a couple of minutes that completely goes away. These are both broad spectrum and water-resistant so if you’re off on a beach holiday you will be set!

You can use these on both your face & body and I found them gentle on my skin and they didn’t break me out. They also wear well under makeup. Although if you’re looking for a tinted SPF for your face then you need to try the tinted version, The Tropic Tinted Skin Shade SPF 50 – this is fantastic and a great makeup/skincare product.

• 100% mineral protection from zinc oxide and titanium dioxide
• Exotic kahai and roucou oils, rich in omega fatty acids, keep skin soft and hydrated
• Extracts of antioxidant-rich Australian kakadu and illawarra plum protect the skin

Tropic Skincare Sun Balm SPF 50

Tropic Skincare Sun Balm

Sun Balm SPF 50

This is such a versatile, handy little product. I have been popping this into my handbag and taking it everywhere. It is a balm which can be applied pretty much anywhere including the ears, lips, face, feet or even your hairline. All those places that are exposed to the sun all day and are more prone to burning. I like to apply this throughout the day, or even if I’m just popping out for lunch or a quick walk I will apply this to those exposed areas. I always worry about my lips and ears burning so have been slapping this on at every opportunity.

It is a fantastic product to have to help protect against sun damage and contains natural ingredients which help soothe, heal and shield the skin from UVA, UVB and free radicals.

  • With nourishing extracts of tamanu oil, vitamin E and rosemary leaf oil
  • Zinc oxide provides broad-spectrum protection

Because this comes in a balm it won’t leak in your bag and is fuss-free and very easy to apply. It isn’t thick or tacky and you can reapply it super easily.

Tropic Skincare SPF Products

Tropic Skincare Sun Soothe

Apart from a cold shower, what feels better on the skin after a long day in the sun than a nice soothing after sun lotion!? Replenishing your skin after being out in the sunshine is almost as important as protecting yourself whilst in the sunshine.

This Sun Soothe not only relieves redness it hydrates and nourishes sun-parched skin whilst also prolonging your natural tan. It instantly cools and feels comfortable and lightweight on the skin. This is one post-sun skin saviour that will keep your skin in tip-top condition.

• Aloe vera juice and menthol help to cool skin and relieve redness
• Argan oil and vitamin E deeply nourish
• Bisabolol and eucalyptus repair and calm skin in need of TLCTropic Skincare Suncare- Kit

Tropic mineral suncare is not only kind to your skin but is also kinder to the environment too,

A recent statistic shows that 4,000 – 6,000 metric tons of sunscreen washes off swimmers into the ocean every single year*. It’s also no secret that ingredients found in some chemical sunscreens have been linked to the bleaching of up to 10% of coral reefs across the globe, while also inhibiting the growth of baby corals*. These same ingredients have also been identified as hormone disruptors when absorbed into our bodies**, which of course, isn’t ideal when these products are applied regularly throughout the sunnier months. Tropic’s range of mineral sunscreens keeps skin protected with formulations that are truly good for you, and the environment, without compromise on efficacy.

Tropic Sun Care Discovery Kit is available online from tropicskincare.com and retails at £40 or £50 with the Sun Balm added.