Wednesday, 21 March 2018

The Makeup Repeaters

Like I mentioned in this post, I try a lot of beauty products. So if I go back and use a product more than once, or even regularly, you know it's good. 

In this post I'm rounding up all of the makeup essentials that make an appearance in my beauty routine on the reg. 

Read on to find out which ones made the cut... 

By Terry Terrybly Densilliss Concealer

The By Terry Terribly Densilliss Concealer, £44 is the best concealer I have ever tried. I'm not one to wear foundation every day as I find it too heavy on my skin, but this dotted over the places I needed and blended out works a dream. It's creamy and blends in with my skin perfectly leaving a light but perfected looking base. I adore this and cannot imagine not having it in my life. My every day base. 


I never used to fully understand the hype of a beautyblender, £18 (including their incredible blenderbleanser solid for cleaning your blenders and brushes) until very recently. I was always using it dry so naturally always preferred a buffing brush, but since I have given it a go wet, it has changed my life. Run it under the tap for a minute before you use it until it expands and use to blend in your base. I use mine with the By Terry concealer and the results are flawless. 

By Terry Terrybly Densillis Compact 

I have been using the By Terry Terribly Densillis Compact, £66 for a long ol' while now as I just haven't tried anything else that compares. After my concealer, I swirl a kabuki brush into this and brush across my skin. It gives a slight tint of colour which evens out any redness and keeps my concealer in place. It makes my skin feel so soft which makes it the perfect addition to your barely there makeup look. Great for no makeup makeup but also incredible if you're putting together something a bit more powerful. A great all-rounder. 

Clarins Bronzing and Brush Compact

Every year Clarins brings out one of these beautiful compacts so unfortunately it's not available to purchase at the moment, but with summer round the corner this is definitely one to keep an eye out for. It is a stunning compact featuring shades to bronze the skin and add a pop of colour to the cheeks. They are designed to look beautiful with a tan, but not to worry if you're fair like me, they give you an incredible sun glow look. I have used the past two years compacts so much and cannot wait to see what they release this year. Bring on the sun! 

By Terry Compact Expert Dual Powder in Apricot Glow

OMG is all I have to say about this one. This powder is just incredible. I use this shade in the beautiful By Terry Compact Expert Dual Powder, £38 as a blush/highlight as it just gives my skin life. It's subtle, but can be built up for more impact and is an essential in my every day beauty routine. I often layer this with other products but if I don't use it, I definitely notice the difference. One to stock up on and a great skin saver if you've got a hangover. 

Illamasqua Beyond Wow Powder in OMG 

If you are looking for a powerful highlight, you need this in your life. The Illamasqua Beyond Wow Powder in OMG, £34 seriously gives you that Instagram highlight. A little of this goes a long way, but build it up for more of an impact. I haven't found a highlighter that delivers quite like this one does - can you tell I'm obsessed? 

Glossier Boy Brow

Hello Glossier! Everything I have tried from the range has blown me away as it is all just so 'me'. The Glossier Boy Brow, £14 is my every day eyebrow product. It's a quick brow fix that thickens, fills in and grooms the look of the brow. It doesn't flake and it stays in place all day long. I like my brows to look undone, and this is the perfect product for that. 

Urbay Decay Naked Heat Palette

This is literally me in an eyeshadow palette. I am obsessed with warm tones around the eyes and this eyeshadow palette features just that. The Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette, £39.50 features 12 gorgeous mattes and shimmers in a mixture of warm tones, burnt oranges and deep reds which look great on all skin tones. I have used Urban Decay Naked palettes for as long as I remember, I mean I'm sure if you scrolled back through the years you'd see several appearances from them all - they're really that good, but this one has to be my favourite of the lot. They blend in perfectly, and give me the perfect pop of colour in the eye area that I have grown to love. I'm all about simple makeup at the moment, but this gives it a very slight edge and I love that. 

Benefit Bad Gal Bang Mascara 

Now this is more of an honorary mention as it's the newest product in my collection, but even though I wasn't sure at first, I keep going back to the Benefit Bad Gal Bang Mascara, £21.50. This mascara seriously makes an impact. A little goes a long way, so apply lightly but if you want long, voluminous lashes you should definitely give this one a go. It's quite wet so can be easy to make a bit of a mess but if you apply with a light hand, you'll reap all of the benefits. Persevere with this one, it's really worth it. 

Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Mascara

Now I know, it feels like it's kind of cheating to have two mascara's in this post, but I couldn't not mention both of them. The Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Mascara, £22 has been my go-to mascara for the past 8 months. Since the first time I tried it, I have been hooked. This is a little easier to apply than the Benefit one which is why I am currently using them on rotation, but gives just as good impact. If you're looking for voluminous lashes, you need to give this one a go - plus the packaging is beautiful! 

Laura Geller Lipstick in Lavender

I am obsessed with a nude, creamy lip at the moment. Essentially a 'your lips but better' shade that is very low maintenance. I'm super busy in the day so like to make sure if I forget to top up my lipstick, that's okay. This lipstick is creamy and is essentially my perfect lip shade at the moment. I have tried to find a link for this but I can't seem to find one  - I think perhaps it may have been in a gift set but take a look at the other Laura Geller lipsticks as if this one is anything to go by, I'm sure it won't disappoint. 

Glossier Birthday Balm Dot Com 

I actually never thought this lip balm would be my cup of tea. I usually steer clear of anything too sweet and the idea of glitter on the lips (unless I'm at a festival) was a massive no no. But after giving the Glossier Birthday Balm Dot Com, £10 beauty a go, I have done a complete 180 and changed my mind. This lip balm is gorgeous. If you're looking to add a little something something to the lips without adding a pop of colour, this is perfect. If I'm choosing not to wear lipstick, then this will be my go-to. It hydrates the lips, smells incredible and gives my look life. It's also great when worn on top of a lip tint like my favourite at the moment, the Benefit Lollitint, £25.50. 

What products always make a return in your makeup bag? Let me know! 

Lorna x

Sunday, 18 March 2018

What To Buy When Your Boyfriend Is Growing A Beard

So your boyfriend's growing a beard? Mine too. 

You either love it, or you hate it (I blooming love Joe's) but the ever growing question he keeps asking me is what products should he be using on it and how the heck does he keep it tame? 

That's where this post comes in, read on for the deets... 

Keeping it clean

First things first, you gotta keep that beard clean. I got him the Brisk Unfragranced Beard Shampoo, £4.99. I chose the unfragranced scent mostly because the other one from the range had tea tree in and I'm allergic, but thought too much scent here could be not pleasant. This shampoo has been created specifically for beards, it's paraben and sulphate free and leaves the hair clean, soft and easy to tame. Plus - it's budget friendly, so you don't have to feel too bad if he doesn't use it, or if he loves it so much he has to repurchase. 

Keeping it knot free and neat

When Joe started growing his beard, this was an essential. We looked and looked for a beard brush but couldn't actually find one anywhere in store (any recommendations, let me know?!) but in the end, ended up using a Tangle Teezer Men's Compact Brush, £12.49 that we already had. It's compact so not too big for the beard and combs through the hair easily. Pick up a pair of hair scissors while you're at it to keep it nice and trimmed back too. 

Keeping it hydrated

I got Joe a couple of options for beard hydration, a balm and an oil. They can both be used together, but this can be a little on the heavy side so one or the other is usually fine. The Brisk Beard Balm, £5.45 is used by rubbing the product between the hands to become more of a liquid texture before applying to the beard. It hydrates (also hydrating the skin underneath!) but also has the added benefit of keeping the beard in place which is why I think it's Joe's current favourite. Another option if you're looking for an oil is the Brisk Citrus Beard Oil, £6.99. I adore the scent of this and it works to make the skin less itchy from the beard. It also dries in quickly which is a bonus in the oil department! 

Keeping your bathroom clean

Now this has to be the biggest bane of my life with what comes alongside the beard. The trimmed hairs EVERYWHERE. If you've been through this, if your boyfriend has a beard then you know what I'm talking about. I'm not quite sure how I found this, but in my opinion it's the greatest invention ever (and Joe, if you're reading this, pleeeeeease use it more ;)!). If you have this problem, you need to buy a beard bib, £2.99. It essentially attaches to your boyfriend and the mirror and catches all the hairs in between - and for £2.99, happy days! 

I got a few budget friendly beard essentials here, but now the beard is here to stay it would be great to get recommendations on what beard products your boyf uses. Let me know! 

Lorna x

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Finding Blog/Life Balance: Getting your blog back up and running after a blip

You may have noticed that Studs and Dreams has been a bit on and off for the past couple of years, with a few gaps of no content, a little on the larger side than I would perhaps have liked - but I'M BACK BABY, I've got my mojo back and I've got a few tips for how you can get here too. 

I started this blog back in 2012 - just before I started Uni and just under 6 years later my life is completely different. And finding the place for this little space on the internet in my life has been super difficult hence the irregular content. Not for the lack of trying, but life gets blooming busy. I started this blog when I had a lot of time for it but for the past few years I've had a full-time job so finding time to blog, relax and socialise has been blooming tough. 

If you're reading this, then I expect you've got a blog too and are feeling the same... or perhaps are thinking about starting one and are a little daunted about the task at hand. But don't worry gals, WE'VE GOT THIS. 

Read on for a few tips to find your blog/life balance... 

Don't pressure yourself

I got myself into a bit of a pickle back when I was blogging regularly. The norm seemed to be to blog every single day and I tried to keep up with that. I'd find I'd blog in bulk and schedule it all only to find myself without time to keep up with it... and with that I always felt super negatively about getting on my laptop and writing something up. All that pressure does not make for good content. When you force yourself it's easy to feel uninspired, and if you're feeling uninspired writing it then whoever is reading it is bound to feel that way too. 

Take some time away from the blog

When you're ready to come back to it, you'll know. Give yourself time to rest and recuperate away from the internet. A social detox if you will. Trust me, you'll come back with a fresh mind and lots of things you want to talk about. And really don't worry if that isn't just a couple of weeks, if it's a couple of months or longer, that's okay too - I did it, and my blog is still here and waiting for me and I feel more inspired than ever. 

Take a couple of days off work

Now this has been the absolute game-changing factor in me getting my blog mojo back. I know not everyone will have the luxury to be able to do this, but if you work full-time alongside your blog like I do, it's perfect to give yourself some time to relax and solely think about what you're doing. For me, my job is very similar to my blog - I work in Social Media for beauty brands within a PR agency at the moment and I found it tough to feel inspired to come home and continue to think and talk about products. So finding that separation with a bit of time off to get some life admin done and work on my blog has truly inspired me. 

Go to blogging events and talk to other bloggers

With feeling so out of the blogging loop, I didn't really feel comfortable going to blogger events but lately I've forced myself to go out to a couple and I've been chatting to a few lovely girls at work that have inspired me (you know who you are!) and this has inspired me second to none. Chatting to others that are in the same position as you can help more than I can even tell you. If you can't make it to any events in person, get on Twitter and see who's out there, and see how that helps. 

Read through your previous blog posts

Have a look at the content you used to create. I adored looking through my previous posts and it truly made me feel inspired to get everything back up and running. Looking at the amazing experiences I've had, previous favourite products and everything I used to do gave me lots of new ideas and gave me inspiration to get creative again. 

Check out what your favourite bloggers have been writing

Seeing what other people are up to seriously helps to give me a boost to get involved. If you're feeling stuck in a rut, check out the other bloggers in the blogosphere and see how that makes you feel. Don't replicate what they're doing, use it to inspire you to create your own ideas and get your emoji back. Are there any new trends? New tags (do people still do this?!)? New products everyone is talking about? Seeing what else is out there can really make you feel back in the loop and ready to get your blog on. 

Don't say yes to everything

It can get incredibly overwhelming. Saying yes to trying all of the new products, going to all of the events. When you work full-time, it's impossible to do it all so try to be selective about what you agree to to ensure you don't burn out and end up doing nothing. You're hearing this from a girl who has been there time and time again, and trust me, it never works. 

Ease yourself back in with Instagram

If you've taken a bit of time out of the blogging world, it can be hard to jump back in and get back on with all of the channels. I found easing myself back in with updating my Instagram @studsanddreams  the best way to test the waters. Giving this a go again, really helped and it made me miss using my blog as a space to truly write all of my thoughts down. 

Write a blog post like this

It is so therapeutic and it makes you realise everything that has been going wrong with what you're doing. List it all out and perhaps you'll help a couple of people along the way too. 

Finally, you have got this! Don't feel like you have to do anything, as soon as you do everything can go wrong. Take it easy and get ready to get your blog mojo back! 

Lorna x

Sunday, 11 March 2018

Hydration Station: 5 moisture boosting skincare essentials

During the colder months, during season transitional periods, if you suffer with dry or dehydrated skin or maybe you just haven't been drinking enough water - whatever it is, if your skin needs a bit more hydration in your life, read on for the details of 5 skincare products you should give a go for that skin hydration pick-me-up... 

Sarah Chapman Skinesis Intense Hydration Booster

As a first-step in my skincare routine, I love using the Sarah Chapman Skinesis Intense Hydration Booster, £59. This skincare essential rehydrates and instantly plumps the skin with hyaluronic acid, moisture magnets and soothing rosewater. It is lightweight but still boosts incredibly effectively- and I really have noticed the difference from using this regularly. This is also great if you live in the city as it protects against the environment by defending your skin against airborne bacteria and irritants. Yes this is on the higher price end for a skincare product, but I can 100% say that it's worth it. 

La Roche Posay Hydraphase Intense Hydrating Serum 

If you have sensitive skin, this is the product you should give a go for added hydration. La Roche Posay is the brand I trust completely for when my skin is having a sensitive flare up which is why it regularly pops up in my skincare routine with products across the range. The La Roche Posay Hydraphase Intense Hydrating Serum, £20 contains no parabens, no preservatives, no fragrance, no lanolin, no colourants and no alcohol - free from all the nasties which is great in my book. This serum sinks in quickly making it a perfect layer in your hydrating skincare routine to add moisture. The whole Hydraphase range is great too if you're looking for more products to add to your regime.

Clarins Hydra-Essential Bi-Phase Serum

In fact, this is actually the Clarins Hydra-Essentiel Bi-Phase Serum, £44 alongside the Clarins Hydra-Essentiel Silky Cream, £36 as they work incredibly together. The Hydra-Essentiel range should be your go-to if your skin is feeling dull and dehydrated. This combo helps to restore the skin's capacity to retain water - and after using this for a while, I can 100% vouch for this. It keeps your skin feeling hydrated, smooth and soft all day long. The only thing I'm not too keen on is the scent, but I can get past that for the effect it has on my skin. A match made in heaven for hydration! 

Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask 

An oldie but a goodie, this product has featured in my beauty stash since the beginning of my blog. I've gone through a few tubes of the Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask, £25 but that's because it's so god damn good. You've probably heard all there is to hear about it, you've probably even tried it but if you haven't - you truly must! This is the finisher to your evening skincare routine. This thick cream is applied to the skin, sort of like a thick moisturiser and is left on all night long. It feels incredibly soft on the skin and the scent is what made me fall in love with it in the first place - super fruity. My skin in the morning is always super hydrated and soft to the touch. One that will stay in my skincare routine for years to come I expect, if it's stuck around for me this long, it's going to stick around for a whole lot longer. 

Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentre

A staple moisturiser in my collection for years, the Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentre, £15 (for the gorgeous Limited Edition version pictured) is incredible for a moisture boost. This is a favourite of mine in my morning skincare routine and has been for years. In fact, I can't even remember when I first started using it - it's been around for that long. It leaves a gorgeous base for me to apply makeup on top and while gently hydrating my skin. No primer needed with this one. 

What are your skin hydration saviours? 

Lorna x

Thursday, 8 March 2018

The Long Hair Saviour: Saving Knotty Locks On A Budget

Knotty haired girls, this one's for you...

Since working within the beauty world, I have been extremely lucky to get to try beauty products on the reg (and I'm talking budget friendly ranges straight up to super luxury ones that I could only ever dream of purchasing) but there has to be something really special about it, past the sparkly packaging and big claims to get me to keep using that product, because my drawers are full and your girl gets excited about trying something new. 

The product I'm talking about in today's post is something I use ALL the time. In fact, I now can't imagine my beauty routine without it. It slipped into my beauty regime so seamlessly, that I didn't actually realise quite how much I do actually love it. It's only when I hear the excitement in my voice when telling other people about it that I actually realise (I can only apologise if you have been that person, I really do go on... It's so blooming great I can't help myself). 

I was always that person with long hair that is so unmanageable that brushing it would be my least favourite chore. If you feel the same, if you've ever had to get someone else to brush your hair for you, if you've got 'scarf hair' from the freeeeezing cold weather (you know when your hair all clumps at the back of your neck from wearing a scarf all day? Yep, that), or if you just want to speed up your hair routine, you need to read on. 

The Mane 'n Tail Detangler,  £7.99 is just that product. Every time I wash my hair, I use this. If my hair is dry and extra knotty, I use this. In fact, most times I brush my hair I use this. It speeds up the hair brushing process and makes my hair feel super sleek and soft. 

I hadn't actually thought about using a detangler until this one came into my life. I had used one when I was a child, but I didn't actually think about it being something that I would use now. But oh my god, you need to. 

How do you use it? It can be used on either wet or dry hair, though I would say only use it on dry hair if you really need it. Just spritz it a few times through your hair, and if you have really bad parts, I concentrate it on there a little, though don't be too heavy handed as you don't wan't it to weigh your hair down and then just do your hair as normal. 

This product has changed my haircare routine and the fact that it is so good, for this insanely budget friendly price gets me every time. You get 355ml in the bottle which lasts for ages- I've been using mine now for around 6 months, maybe more and it's still going strong. All I need in my life is a mini one for travelling! 

Spritz, brush, blow dry and go! 

Lorna x

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

The Ultimate Last Minute Christmas Gift Guide

I know I'm not the only one out there that does just about everything last minute. It's the only way I can get my ass into gear to actually get something done. Christmas shopping every year, birthdays too, my dissertation when I was back at University, just about everything... Hence also why this gift guide has gone up a little later than everyone else's. So if you're in the same boat as me, and need a little bit of festive inspo this year, read on... 

The Stocking Fillers

Indie Bay Pretzel Bites

I love finding tasty treats in my stocking each year and these Indie Bay Pretzel Bites are new favourite of mine. Introduce them into your and your love ones lives this festive season (and they go delightfully with a glass of wine or prosecco). 

Grow Me Sprouts, £3.99

Sprouts are becoming more and more loved in many households. Long are gone the days of soggy sprouts and dreading eating them. There are so many delicious ways to cook them and with that there are so many sprout lovers out there (me included, blooming love them!) and with that this is a little 'lol' gift to pop in that sprout lovers stocking this year. 

Masque Bar Pretty Animalz Polar Bear Nourishing Face Mask, £4

I fell hook, line and sinker when I saw this range of festive sheet masks and knew it was the most perfect stocking filler I've ever seen. This range of sheet masks hits the masking trend but are so festive you can't help falling in love. 

Lypsyl Mirror Compact Heavenly Vanilla, £4.99 

This is just adorable. A beautifully scented lip balm with a cute little mirror for easy on-the-go application. A lovely scent and so incredibly useful. 

Bronnely Orchid Hand & Nail Cream, £5

A lovely hand cream in a cracker, need I say any more when it's this affordable? 

Kneipp Herbal Bath Collection, £5.95 

I am obsessed with bath oils but finding them on a budget can be a little on the difficult side. When Kneipp came into my life a few years ago, I haven't looked back as they are so great and so budget friendly. This collection includes three of their bath oils - including my favourite "Cold Season" with Eucalyptus as it's perfect for when you're feeling under the weather, especially at this time of year. 

Barry M Get Matchy Lip & Nail Kit, £5.99

If budget friendly beauty is what you're looking for, Barry M is just perfect. Their products don't break the bank but are seriously incredible. I have loved their nail polishes for years and my collection hasn't stopped growing. Their Matte Me Up liquid lipsticks however are a new entry to my makeup collection this year, but the quality again doesn't disappoint. They apply beautifully and last well, and I'm starting to grow a collection of these too. 

Mane ‘n Tail Color Protect Shampoo and Conditioner, £6.99 each

Mane 'n Tail is a cult favourite hair brand and I see it constantly being talked about more and more. The new formula of the Color Protect Shampoo and Conditioner is the perfect addition to any stocking and is the perfect hair strengthener for damaged hair at this time of year.

I include Weleda in my gift guide every year and the beautiful Citrus scent is always one of my favourites. This stocking filler is the ultimate gift for anyone as it's so useable- but so luxurious at the same time. Treating someone to a luxurious version of something they use all the time is one of my favourite things to do. 

The Essie Gel Couture Nail Polishes are some of the longest wearing polishes I've come across. Their shade range is ever growing and I adore the beautiful design of the bottles inspired by couture dresses. The perfect stocking filler as you can choose the shades that suit the person you're buying for.  

Beauty Kitchen Rainbows Hand & Body Soap Lotion Duo, £10 

If you know someone that loves colour, you need to pick this up for them! Hand soap and cream is something that everyone uses and I love using this time of year as an excuse to get my hands on a nice set. The best bit about this set from Beauty Kitchen is that 100% of the sales of this product go to Rainbows Hospice for Children & Young People. 

REN Skincare Atlantic Kelp And Magnesium Bath Oil Stocking Filler, £10

I adore REN. Their products are luxurious but still work incredibly well. I adore them. This Bath Oil is the perfect stocking filler if you're looking for luxury on a budget. It's an incredibly relaxing scent and I am already tempted to pick up a larger one. 

Time Bomb Hand Cream Cracker, £10

Beauty crackers are one of my all time favourite Stocking Fillers. Yes, they can sometimes be super expensive but this budget friendly but still super luxurious one tops my list. I have loved Time Bomb for a long time and the two mini hand creams included in this cracker don't disappoint. 

Glossier Balm Dot Com, £10

I have fully jumped on the Glossier hype and alongside my love of their Boy Brow, their Balm Dot Com's are the products that have totally blown me away, and at £10 each they're the perfect stocking filler. I have Birthday and Cherry and totally recommend both. With so much hype around this brand, I don't know who wouldn't be happy to find this in their stocking this year. 

Teapigs Selection Box, £10.95 

As a tea obsessive, I couldn't not include this. A luxurious tea set, this Selection Box features a mixture of singular teas from the classic Everyday Brew to Chai, and from Lemon and Ginger to Superfruit and is perfect for any tea lover out there. 

Pai The Landmark Edition: Rosehip Oil, £15

Pai are one of my all time favourite skincare brands as their products are gentle, but still get the job done. This adorable little gift set is perfect for someone that's looking to hydrate their skin. This oil is a great all-rounder, so if you're unsure it will still go down well, trust me. 

KORRES Oh Little Stars Gift Set, £15 

Christmas and stockings are the perfect time to stock up on mini's for your travel plans throughout the year. The KORRES Oh Little Stars set features a selection of mini shower gels and body lotions - the products I actually use! And they smell incredible. 

I often think about how I never get through a full sized nail polish, and so when I spotted this mini nail polish gift set I had to include it. The collection features super wearable shades with a subtle festive edge. It's just beautiful. 

Aveda Cracker, £18

Aveda's products are seriously incredible - and if you know someone that loves looking after their hair, you need to get them this. Super festive but not at all gimmicky like some gifts can be, this Beauty Christmas Cracker will not disappoint!
My most expensive stocking filler, but trust me it's worth it. Gatineau's products are incredible, the cracker includes the DefiLift 3D Revolumising Lipcare, enriched with soothing Lavender Extract and Shea Butter to soothe and soften, as well as Hyaluronic Acid to create a plumping effect. Hit the plumped lip trend with this Christmas cracker. 

For The Skincare Lover

Sukin Super Greens Facial Set, £19.99

The Sukin Super Greens Mask is one of my all time favourite skincare products and when I spotted it in a set, I just had to include. Treat the skincare lover to a pamper this Christmas with this set, you won't regret it.

I include Bee Good in my gift guides every year and this time I had to include this skincare duo as it features my favourite product from the brand - their Lift & Brighten Eye Cream alongside their Plump & Firm Moisturiser. Beautiful natural products that will fit perfectly into anyones skincare regime. 

The Omorovicza Cracker, £25

This is one of the most beautiful crackers I've seen. It's luxurious from the packaging of the products straight to the incredible products inside. I'm a massive fan of the Omorovicza Moor Cream Cleanser and I'm so glad to see it inside this. Also included is the Refining Facial Polish. 

If you're looking for the ultimate skincare regime in perfect travel-sizes, you've come to the right place - and it comes in a gorgeous pouch too. The set features 7 mini's from the range including my favourite - their Floracil Gentle Eye Make-Up Remover. 

I adore the Evolve skincare range. I have loved their Radiant Glow Mask for a long time now, and not just because it smells like chocolate! So when I spotted this gorgeous set, including just that alongside their Hyaluronic Serum I just had to include it. Both are 30ml sizes and are the ultimate way to give these products a go before picking them up full size. 

The packaging of this made me fall in love with it at first sight. The products inside are cult favourites, including the full-size V-Cense Revitalising Night Cream alongside minis of the Flash 1 Minute Facial and Wake Wonderful Night Time Facial. 

Pai The Landmark Collection, £40

This skincare set might just be my favourite. I adore Pai's cleanser - it's super gentle but gives my skin a deep clean so I'm glad to see it in this set this year. Accompanied by their day cream and rosehip oil, this set is perfect for everyone as it suits all. 

If you know someone that's into their natural beauty, then this will be right up their street. The #SaveStan set is perfect for any seahorse lovers out there as alongside the skincare products is a 4 month seahorse adoption pack - so adorable! Skincare wise, the set includes a facial oil, moisturiser and mask.  

Another gorgeous set from the incredible guys at Beauty Kitchen. I adore finding out what's unique about each set and this one is no different. Each gift set includes a beautiful tartan bag handmade in the UK using off-cuts from the production of kilts that would normally go to waste. Inside the bag are daily essentials; a cream cleanser, facial concentrate and moisture cream. 

Aurelia Miracle Cleanser, £42 

My absolute favourite cleanser of the moment. A gentle cream cleanser that is perfect for everyday. Christmas is often about gift sets and minis and although I do love that (as you can tell by a lot of the rest of the guide) I think it's also a good opportunity to pick up luxury staples that the person you're buying for actually needs. This is an ideal cleanser for anyone and if the amount of empties I've got through is anything to go by, then you must pick one up. 

Gatineau Aquamemory Replenish Collection, £54 

This time of year calls for skin nourishment wherever possible and this set from Gatineau is perfect. Not only is it packaged beautifully, but the set includes hydration essentials including the Moisture Replenish Cream, Eye Roll On, Cream Mask and Mask Brush. 

Eve Lom Perfecting Ritual Collection, £125

I adore Eve Lom's cleanser and the rest of the skincare range doesn't disappoint. The packaging of this set is perfect for any copper/rose gold lovers and they will fall hook, line and sinker for what's inside. If you're looking to treat a skincare addict, treat them to this.

For The Makeup Obsessive 

Leighton Denny Two Of A Kind Collection, £10 

The most adorable luxury nail set, perfect for this time of year. I adore Leighton Denny polishes as they apply beautifully to the nail and these do not disappoint - plus they come in a beautiful shade range to pick the perfect shade duo for who you're buying for. 

Metallic nails are perfect at this time of year and if you're looking for choice the Molton Metal Gift Set from Barry M is ideal. 

Barry M Cosmic Nights Gift Set, £14.99 

Another beautifully festive set from Barry M and it's perfect if you're on a budget as it includes several party season essentials - perfect if they've got a big night out planned post-Christmas or for New Years Eve. Bold lashes, on point highlight, festive glitter and bold liner is included here.

Butter London Little Gems Set, £15

Mini nail polishes are one of my favourite things to receive at Christmas. I'm all about having a lot of choice when it comes to my nails and this gives you just that. A selection of wearable shades in Butter London's lovely formula. Love!

Lipstick Queen Transformative Trio, £22

I adore the concept of this lipstick set. Not only is it affordable, it's super fun too and wearable for all. Each lipstick changes from the bullet to when you apply it and if you can't have fun with a lovely set like this at Christmas, then when can you. A must buy! 

Elements: The Art of Makeup by Yasmin Heinz, £36

The ultimate makeup coffee table book by the incredible Yasmin Heinz,  published by Prestel. This book is filled with some of the most beautifully artistic makeup looks and is perfect for a flick through with your coffee. If you're looking for inspiration or know someone that would love this, it's a must buy. 

HD Fake It ‘Til You Make It Gift Set, £69

For insta brows, you need this set. It includes everything you need to create the ultimate brow look and of course from HD, the brand that invented HD Brows, you're in great hands as the products are super high quality. 

I always love to try and give people gifts at Christmas from brands they may not have tried yet and Inika is a great one for this. I've loved the brand myself for years but it's often one of those brands when mentioned, they haven't heard of. This gift set from Inika includes everything you need to create the ultimate base including an incredible foundation brush. I also have fallen for the beautiful case it comes in. Love! 

For The Person In Your Life Who Needs A Pamper

Beauty Kitchen Love Me Little Princess Kisses Bath Bombs, £12 

Bath bombs are one of my go-to's when it comes to a pamper and these from Beauty Kitchen do not disappoint. I adore the Beauty Kitchen range and these super cute hearts are the perfect addition to any pamper session. 

Sheet masks are all the rage at the moment and I adore the idea of this gift set. I love choice and Skin Republic has given us 4 incredible ones here for the ultimate pamper. For the face, eyes, feet and hands this set covers all basis and I am hooked. 

Crabtree & Evelyn Festive Winter Hand Trio, £18 

Crabtree & Evelyn always have the most beautiful festive scents and this hand trio in festive winter fragrances is no different. If you're looking for hand creams to keep you going in the festive spirit, this is the perfect set. 

Baileys Chocolate Luxe Cream Liquor, £18

Hit all basis on the pamper front and what better to add than a little drink. Baileys is the ultimate festive drink and this Chocolate Luxe edition is perfect for Christmas. I always pick up some chocolate too to go alongside this, Cadburys is my current go-to as it always goes down well. 

Trilogy Body Care Botanical Beauties, £19.50 

Body care is something that often gets forgotten about and Trilogy have the most beautiful body products. I'm all about gifting people with things that they will actually use and I just know that the Body Oil and Hand Cream included here will go down a treat. 

Luxurious shower gels are a beautiful part of a pamper and KORRES includes a beautiful selection including my absolute favourite from their range - fig. 

Toni & Guy Style Fix Straighteners, £30

Hair is something that often gets forgotten about and for me, a pamper isn't finished until I've done my hair. These Toni & Guy Straighteners are incredible for the budget friendly price and certainly don't look as though they would have cost so little. If you're looking for high impact for a low price, for something that actually works, then these are a great option.  

I am obsessed with OGX haircare and so when I spotted they have gift sets, I just had to include. I've not tried a product from the range I haven't loved and I know this one will be no different - and the Vanilla and Chai scent sounds just INCREDIBLE.

Aquis Long Hair Towel, £30

Christmas is often about buying gifts for people they wouldn't necessarily buy for themselves but would love and this is just that. I'm not sure I'd pick myself up a towel specifically for my hair in the vein of saving money, but I have always wanted to try one of these. They're incredibly luxurious and I'd love to see it under the tree this year!

Weleda Luxury Three Drawer Gift Set, £32

I think I might just include this in my gift guide every year but it's so incredible I can't not. If you know someone who loves mini's or travels a lot - you need to get this for them. It's a little drawer gift set stashed with travel mini's perfect to keep your beauty needs great on-the-go. 

Onto potentially the most luxurious inclusion of my gift guide and most definitely my favourite. Aurelia Skincare is one of my favourite skincare brands, and this gift is seriously incredible. If you're looking for the ultimate set to upgrade someone's pamper - this is it. It includes their limited edition Peacefulness Candle, their Cell Repair Night Oil and Cell Revitalise Night Moisturiser. 

For The Home Fragrance Collector

Mini Moderns Darjeeling Tea & Fig Candle, £24 

I knew this candle would be right up my street before I had even smelt it. It is truly incredible. If you know a tea lover, you need to get your hands on this beautiful candle. The best bit about the fragrance? The Tea is mixed with Fig for a beautiful fragrance. 

Another candle for tea fans out there, this Earl Grey candle smells like just that, Earl Grey. The packaging is truly stunning and I feel so happy to have this out on my coffee table. 

If you're looking for a fresh festive scent, this is just it. ESPA is again another brand I include in my guides every year and this candle is one of the best from the brand I have come across. I'm a little obsessed with it. 

Neom Christmas Wish 3 Wick Candle, £45

I get myself one of these every year and they never disappoint. Potentially my all time favourite Christmas scent, and in fact, I've already got through one of these already this year and the temptation to pick up another is just so real. I will never get bored of this luxurious fragrance. 

Crabtree & Evelyn White Cardamon Diffuser, £50 

Crabtree & Evelyn have some incredible home fragrance options at this time of year and this Diffuser is so luxurious. If you're looking for a gorgeous diffuser that will look perfect in your home at this time of year, then you're in luck. You need this. 

Another candle from the Limited Edition range from Aurelia. This is their Wakefulness candle and with notes of grapefruit, mandarin, rose geranium, palmarosa & neroli and ylang ylang it is perfect for re-energising and uplifting. If you know someone that's in need of a boost, this is the scent for them. It's beautiful. 

For The Lover Of Fragrance (When Your On A Budget)

4711 Original Cologne 100ml, £17.49

If you're looking for a classic fragrance on a budget, this is a great option. This launched originally back in 1792 and with it's refreshing citrus-based fragrance that warms to a light floral, woody base it's a great option for Christmas this year.

Babe perfume, £24.99 

If you're buying for someone a little younger, this is a great option. This fragrance is super colourful with notes of rose, ylang, violet, orris and lily alongside a slightly woody edge with sandalwood, moss and ambrette. 

Ted Baker Beauty Bow Mia Eau De Toilette Gift Set, £24 

I fell hook, line and sinker for the beautiful packaging of this set. A fragrance and a mini mirror compact is a perfect gift if you're on a budget and are looking to wow. 

Missguided Babe Power EDP set, £28

Another Babe fragrance to add to the mix. This is a fail safe if you know someone buys their clothes from Missguided - or if they love Instagram as this is so Instagramable. 

Ted Baker Ella 100ml Fragrance, £30

If you'd prefer to spend your budget on more fragrance though, the 100ml version of the Ted Baker fragrances are a great shout. Have a sniff and pick your favourite, but Ella is my current favourite. 

Roger & Gallet Extraits De Cologne Cassis Frenesie 100ml, £54 

If you're looking for luxury without spending too much, the new range of Roger & Gallet fragrances will be right up your street. Fragrances can be incredibly expensive and although often worth it, it can be hard to make the right decision. These fragrances are incredible quality and with the most beautiful pastel packaging I have the need to collect them all. 

For The Man In Your Life

Brisk Beard Shampoo, £4.99 

Brisk is my go-to for bearded men at this time of year and their shampoo always goes down well. Men don't always look after their beards as much as they should, and often I find they don't know they should so giving them a gentle nudge in the right direction with a pamper product like this is great. The Brisk Beard Balm, £5.45 and Brisk Beard Oil, £6.99 are also great additions too. Pick up all three for the ultimate beardy gift. 

I always use this time of year to pick up skincare products for the men in my life as I know they like using them but often right them off as a non-essential and not worth picking up. Magnitone has a great range and their Energizing Face Wash always go down well. 

Palmers Skin Therapy Oil for Face, £10.49 

Each year, I pick up an oil for my Dad to use on his head and this is perfect. Not the most wide-reaching gift, but if you know someone with a bald head, pick them up a hydrating oil like this one for all year hydration. 

Joe & Seph's Popcorn Kilner Jar of Mince Pie Popcorn, £11.16

Mince pie popcorn. Need I say anymore? If your boy loves mince pies, buy him this. 

Alongside the Energizing Face Wash, the Resilience Moisturiser is the perfect addition to the men in your life's skincare regime. It's simple and that's why I always find it goes down well. 

Cheese, biscuits and chutney

One of my absolute favourite things around Christmas time (and I know it's many others too!). I'd recommend this incredible Paxton & Whitfield Goat Cheese Star, £6.80 because, well it's a STAR, these Peter's Yard Original Artisan Crispbread, £2.36 and this Paxton & Whitfield No 93 Ale Chutney, £4.99 because which man doesn't like beer. 

Teapigs Feel-Good Teas, £17.95 

If you know a man that loves tea, this feel-good set will most definitely go down well. This luxurious set includes three different boosting teas that will go down so well. 

Ted Baker Ag Eau De Toilette and Body Wash For Men, £34 

Ted Baker is one of my all-time-favourite affordable fragrance brands and this gift set had me written all over it when I spotted it. Not only is it packaged beautifully but the fragrance is also gifted alongside a luxurious body wash that had my boyfriend oggling it as soon as it arrived on our doorstep. I know where this one will be going...

Peaky Blinder Irish Whisky, £27.84

Whisky is always a great shout for what to buy the men in your life at Christmas. This Peaky Blinder themed one is a great option as it's a little different to the others out there. If they aren't into whisky, I'd recommend the Monkey 47 Schwarzwald Sloe Gin, £36.77. 

Lorna x