Oh hello Christmas. You are so nearly here and I have to admit, I'm so blooming excited. This year, there are some of the best and most exciting gifts I've seen and I am so excited to be (finally!) writing up my beauty picks.
This year really is the year that so many beauty brands have upped their Christmas game. With so many releases from beauty advent calendars to christmas gift sets, there really is just SO much to choose from this year and stocking fillers are no different. There are obviously a couple of ways you can look at a stocking dependant on your budget - but for me, a stocking has to be budget friendly and of course fit in a stocking.
I like stockings for women to be filled with little pamper treats and Mandara Spa has some great options. It looks a whole lot more luxurious than the price point and the products inside are great too. If you know someone that loves to have a bath then the Mandara Spa Honey Milk Dreams Softening Bath Milk, the Mandara Spa Honeymilk Dream Bath Powder or the Mandara Spa Indulgent Bathing Rock are all really great options. All under £10 and they smell lovely. I know a lot of people that aren't into baths however, so if that's the case for you too then the Mandara Spa Honeymilk Dream Conditioning Shower Cream or the Mandara Spa Shimmering Lip Butter Treats set in a beautiful bauble also work incredibly well. These are also super friendly on your pockets!
Day to day products are lovely to find in a stocking. Especially when they are brands you might not have tried before, or are favourites in pretty Christmas packaging. The Bee Good Lip Balm Christmas Trio is a great option for a set like this. These lip balms are a little more targeted than the Mandara Spa ones as they are created to enhance youth with essential amino acids and anti-oxidants that revive mature skin and fight any signs of ageing - but don't worry, this isn't plastered all over the packaging so if you know someone (or you too!) that isn't in the mature bracket then these still work great. There's three scents/flavours in the packet. My favourite is the Vanilla and Honey!
Onto hand cream and there are two brands that are always my go-to at Christmas as they always have beautiful festive packaging. This year I recommend the Balance Me Rose Otto Hand Cream Christmas Angel and the Roger & Gallet Bois D'Irange Hand Care Mini Gift. Both come in beautiful festive packaging, and what's inside works (and smells!) a treat. I think I ALWAYS give someone these at Christmas time as they are such a handy size for travelling or throwing in your bag!
Minis of favourite beauty products of mine are something I always like to get my hands on in a stocking and Weleda have hit the nail on the head with this cute little Weleda Skin Food and Pomegranate Hand Cream set. It's adorable. You can either pop it in the stocking as it's super tiny and cute or you can hang it on the tree with the hanging ribbon at the top. The hand cream is brilliant and there's a tiny do-it-all skin food cream that is perfect for popping in your bag and taking with you on the go.
If skincare is their thing, then I'd really recommend Kiss The Moon. The brand is beautiful, in fact I've got an 'Introducing' post coming up on them soon with an interview with the founder so keep your eyes peeled for that as you need to the lowdown on them for sure. For a stocking filler, the Kiss The Moon Mini Moment Calm Face Oil is a beautiful addition. It comes beautifully wrapped with their signature ribbon and the product itself is perfect to give the product a go, or take travelling with you. It's incredibly relaxing and is perfect for the person you know that just doesn't stop.
Calming products are something I'm obsessed with picking up at the moment and one of my favourite brands is ThisWorks. Their products are so incredibly relaxing and are a staple in my bedtime routine. The ThisWorks calm to go set, is adorable and I fell in love as soon as I saw it. This little set features a mini Deep Sleep Stress Less roller ball with a keyring case to pop it in to take it on the go with you at all times. I love this product and highly recommend picking this up while it's still available.
I love putting food and drink in stockings. Tea especially is my go-to and I love including brands that I know they won't have heard of. This year Dragonfly Tea is my go-to for this. The packaging is so beautiful and the tea feels incredibly luxuriois which is just what you want for Christmas. Pick up a box of this as a treat for a tea-lover you know (or just for yourself, I won't tell, promise). Pukka teas are also a great alternative, I love their Pukka Night Time Tea!
Finally, if you know someone that loves makeup the the Laura Geller Color Lustre Lip Gloss Duo or the Too Faced Melted Liquid Lipstick Tree Ornament are must-buys. Both incredibly affordable, in beautiful packaging to pop on the tree or add into a stocking but its the mini versions of the products themselves that make it so worth buying.
So that's the stocking sorted... Watch this space for the rest of my gift guides from budget favourites to luxurious recommendations. Keep your eyes peeled for more exciting festivities!
This post features products that were gifted to me for review but as always all thoughts are my own!