Monday 19 December 2016

Christmas gift guide for her: luxury beauty over £30

Whether you're looking to spend not so much or a little more this Christmas I've got you covered. In this post I'm talking the high end, but if you really want extra luxury keep your eyes peeled for my super luxury high end gifts for her guide coming up shortly. This post features gifts from around £30 to around £50. So if you've got a lucky gal to buy for this year and that's within your budget, read on...

One of my favourite brands at Christmas time is most definitely Aromatherapy Associates. Every year they absolutely nail their Christmas gift sets and in turn I of course, rave about them each time. My pick of their sets this year is the Aromatherapy Associates Pure Indulgence Set, £45 as it gives you a chance to try out a lot of the products from the brand and give yourself or someone else a 360 degree pamper. The set features a mini shower and bath oil, full size shower gel, mini body oil and mini candle - and they all smell incredible. If you're looking for something at the lower end of the £30-£50 budget, then the Aromatherapy Associates Star Jewels set, £34 with 3 of their bath and shower oils in is a great option too. Plus the packaging is truly gorgeous!

If you know someone that travels all the time, then I have the most perfect gift set for them. The Weleda Three Drawer Gift Set, £30.95 is an incredible option. The gift set has super cool packaging and is set out in three drawers and each drawer is filled with mini shower gels, body lotions and body/massage oils. They are all in a range of scents and smell incredible. If you're looking for something that's a little bigger however, and is a total treat then the Ren Moroccan Rose Otto Body Duo, £37 is incredible. If you love a rose scent or know someone that does, then you need to get your hands on this as the products (and packaging) are truly amazing. 

Onto skincare, and Pai is absolutely one of my favourite skincare brands at the moment. Much along with my love of Liz Earle, anyone I've got to try the brand has loved it just as much as I do. The Pai Everyday Hero Collection, £38 is a great opener to the brand as you get a full size cleanser, rosehip oil and mini day moisturiser. The products are super gentle, so work incredibly well for just about anyone, even those with sensitive skin. 

Onto makeup and Urban Decay is one of those brands that just remind me of Christmas. This is partly down to my Dad picking me up one of their palettes every year for the last few years but also just because I would always want to find a little something something from them underneath the tree. This year, I've gone a little off piste from my usual natural Urban Decay Naked Palettes and am obsessed with the Urban Decay Full Spectrum Palette, £43. Their palettes are always in the most incredible packaging and the pigment and buttery blend ability of the shadows themselves are always incredible.  

If you're after something a little more natural then this year I am obsessed with the Clarins Festive Eye Palette, £35. These shadows are super wearable and take you from day to night perfectly. If brows are their thing, then my go-to this year is the High Definition Brow Essentials set, £49. They were the brand that got me into brows years ago so seeing their rebrand in this beautiful set is just perfect. 

If you want a palette that does a bit of everything, perfect if you're really not sure if they prefer eyes, lips or colour etc. then the PUR Cosmetics Love Your Selfie 2, £34 is a great option. I love the quality of PUR products as they are always so incredible for the price and this palette is incredibly wearable. It features 8 eyeshadows, a lipgloss, mascara, blush, bronzer and highlighter - a brilliant look in a palette and I am obsessed with it. If you're after something for someone that knows their brands and has very specific (but wearable) tastes, then the Burberry Complete Eye Palette in Gold Shimmer, £40 is just perfect. The packaging is incredibly luxurious but the palette works well all year round. 

Like I mentioned earlier, I'm a bit of a Liz Earle advocate. I swear they can do no wrong in my eyes. I've adored the brand since I got into beauty and it has followed me through every year and when it comes to their Christmas launches they blow me away time after time. They have so many incredible sets but for this gift guide I've chosen the Liz Earle Botanical Collection in Soothing Lavender, £32.50. This set is perfect for a pamper as the lavender scent is incredibly relaxing. It features a body cream, hand cream and super cute Liz Earle notebook that's perfect if you know someone that adores Liz Earle too. 

Fragrance is one of my favourite things at this time of year. I've narrowed down my recommendations but if you're not sure, then definitely go and give them a good sniff to see which you're favourites are.  Fragrance sets are always a lovely lovely idea and my picks this year for this guide is firstly the Mugler Angel Gift Set, £45. Not only does it look beautiful but it features the fragrance, body lotion and shower gel. This is very much a cult favourite fragrance, so if you know someone that loves it then you need to get them this. 

If you're looking for a gift set that has a bit of an extra wow factor, Ghost are absolutely nailing it this year and I just can't get over the prices for the beautiful sets. The Ghost 'the Fragrance' EDT Christmas Gift Set, £36 and the Ghost Sweetheart EDT Christmas Gift Set, £36 both feature the full size fragrance, mini fragrance, mini candle, makeup bag, nail polish and hand lotion but the thing that gets me is the incredible packaging and the price. Highly recommend these! 

If you've got someone that's a little younger, and prefer picking up a fragrance on its own, then within the budget I'd recommend having a look at the Nicki Minaj Trini Girl Fragrance, £30 for any Nicki Minaj fans out there or the Juicy Couture 'I Love Juicy Couture', £37 is another great option for its super cute packaging. 

On the other side of the fragrance spectrum, I am absolutely hooked on home fragrance and I'm always torn between reed diffusers and candles but this year, I've chosen my favourite of both and on the Reed Diffuser side, I really recommend having a look at the Rathbornes reed diffusers as the quality and packaging is incredible for the price. My pick is the Rathborne Reed Diffuser in Dublin Tea Rose, Oud & Patchouli reed diffuser, £38. It smells incredible and is a really beautiful addition to your home decor. I adore using a festive candle at this time of year and the Annick Goutal Petit Cherie Candle, £45 is perfect as its festive enough to use now but also to take you throughout the year too. 

Lorna x

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