Sunday 16 December 2018

Christmas Gift Guide: Beauty Gifts and more

Next up in my Christmas Gift Guide series, I'm talking slightly more main gifts - though, really you can mix and match depending on your budget and what you fancy. I just wanted to break it down so I didn't chuck everything into one massive post. 

Let's get to it so that you can get your Christmas shopping sorted... 

Miller Harris Lumiere Doree Fragrance

When the Miller Harris Lumiere Doree Fragrance, from £75 arrived at my door I just couldn't believe how beautifully it was wrapped. Just look at it. I have the Lumiere Doree fragrance which is both fresh and floral with a hint of musk. I know this would be right up my Mum's street! When purchasing on the Miller Harris site, you can choose to have your products wrapped this beautifully. They are wrapped in a gorgeous Silk Scarf (that you can absolutely re-use) and a super cute pom pom. I don't think I have ever seen anything quite so beautiful! 

Roger and Gallet Magnolia Foile Extrait De Cologne

If you know someone that is really into their fragrance, then the Roger and Gallet Magnolia Foile Extrait De Cologne 500ml splash, £150 is a seriously beautiful gift. Not only is it the biggest fragrance I have ever seen, but it truly is one of the most beautiful. Both the bottle and fragrance will go down well, I promise you! 

Kiss The Moon Peace Candle

I adore Kiss The Moon and it is truly perfect for Christmas gifting as it feels so luxurious and is totally pamper worthy. The Kiss The Moon Peace candle, £38 is scented with Vanilla and Rosewood and a hint of Orange - and I swear this smells like chocolate orange. It is delicious! 

Beauty Pie Bitter Orange and Blackcurrant Candle

I have been wanting to try Beauty Pie for as long as it launched and I finally have with this gorgeous candle. The Beauty Pie Bitter Orange and Blackcurrant Candle, £14.25 for members is truly beautiful for the price. It's so luxurious and the scent is heavenly. Now just to try some of their other products...  If it's anything like this, then it's going to be great. 

Crabtree & Evelyn Poured Noel Candle

I adore getting candles for Christmas and it can be really lovely to get a festive one, but you know when it's a little too festive and it feels a bit wrong to be burning it after Christmas? The Crabtree and Evelyn Poured Noel Candle, £16 is just perfect as the packaging doesn't look like a Christmas decoration (in fact, while we're on the packaging, can we just talk about how beautiful the retro boxes at Crabtree & Evelyn look?! I am obsessed) it is just a simple but beautiful black candle. The scent is gorgeous and the price for it is great!

Angel Perfuming Body Lotion 

A luxurious scented body lotion is seriously perfect for a Christmas gift, and if you know anyone that loves the Angel fragrance then this is most definitely a no brainer. The Angel Perfuming Body Lotion, £38 comes in a gorgeous bottle and smells delicious. Perfect for putting on before a date night or a night out. 

Stila 3D Dazzle Glitter & Glow Liquid Eyeshadow Gift Set

If you haven't tried the Stila Glitter & Glow Liquid, then you must stop right now and go out and try one of these. It will literally change your life. If you are into glitter or you know someone that is then the Stila 3D Dazzle Glitter & Glow Liquid Eyeshadow Gift Set, £29 is the absolute perfect gift. In this set you get three gorgeous mini's of the famous Glitter & Glow Liquid Shadows and I seriously cannot recommend this set any more. I have tried a few of the liquid shadows on the market - but nothing beats a Stila Glitter & Glow, I promise you! 

Stila Kiss Me Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick Set

Who else loves a bold red lip at this time of year? Keeping it in tact however can be an absolute nightmare which is why I always opt for a liquid lipstick that lasts. Stila's Stay All Day Liquid Lipsticks seriously last all day long so this set, the Stila Kiss Me Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick Set, £22 is ideal. It includes 3 of their lipsticks in mini size which is just perfect for popping in your handbag. There are 3 shades, 2 red (one is matte and one has a slight shimmer to it) and 1 nude. 

Lipstick Queen Kiss From A Rose Gift Set

Lip kits are really having a moment right now aren't they? There is something just so satisfying about having lip products that match perfectly to create the ultimate lip look. Lipstick Queen is absolutely nailing it in their Lipstick Queen Kiss From A Rose Gift Set, £28 gift set as there are three parts to your gorgeous red lip look: a liner, a lipstick and a lip gloss. 

HD Brows Brow Basics Gift Set

I think HD Brows was the brand that really got me into doing my brows, so this set, the HD Brows Brow Basics Gift Set, £29 is super trustworthy. It has everything inside that you need to create a simple and natural but dreamy brow. Inside you get a retractable brow pencil and a clear brow gel to set them in place. This is exactly how I like to put my brows together as it is so low maintenance so this set is perfect! 

Look Good Feel Better The Makeover Brush Set 

Look Good Feel Better is a global charity supporting women and the visible side effects of Cancer and this makeup brush set has been created by then. The Look Good Feel Better The Makeover Brush Set, £24.99 includes four brushes and a travel set - and do you know what, these brushes are seriously great and it's all for a good cause. 

Aurelia Skincare Night Time Indulgence Collection 

Aurelia Skincare is one of my all time favourite skincare brands and I adore mini products, so when I saw their Aurelia Skincare Night Time Indulgence Collection set, £70 I knew I just had to include it. This set is the ultimate skincare gift set for anyone who loves to travel (or someone looking to try out some new products from the brand) as it includes 7 of their products in mini size. Inside you get some of my all-time-favourites including the Miracle Cleanser, the Refine & Polish Balm and Revitalise and Glow Serum and some new ones, the Cell Repair Night Oil, Calming Botanical Essence, Cell Revitalise Night Cream and Repair and Brighten Hand Cream. This is seriously great, and for £70 you get £110 worth of product which is 100% worth it. 

Aurelia Probiotic Concentrate

I was actually torn where to include the Aurelia Probiotic Concentrate, £38 as it could fit well within all 3 of my gift guides but I popped it in here. This concentrate is a new favourite in my skincare regime, and I seriously want to spread the love of this around. It's a concentrate that helps to target concerns including pigmentation, wrinkles, loss of elasticity, hormonal breakouts, dullness and polluted skin  - so really it works for just about anyone. It's lightweight, so a little goes a long way so don't be put off by the small size of this. Small but seriously powerful! 

Alpha H Multivitamin Super Cream 

A good moisturiser is a great gift for Christmas and the Alpha H Multivitamin Super Cream, £45 is seriously a great gift as it helps to combat the effects of pollution. This product is a blend of vitamins and a 'Pollushield' that acts as a barrier from urban dirt and grime. It's seriously effective. 

ARK Skincare

Ark is actually a new brand to me, but after being introduced to them I am seriously impressed. I have been loving a few of the products, but if like me you are new to the brand, I'd recommend having a browse of their Christmas Gift section on their site and picking up one of the sets to give a few things a go vs trying just one product. 

Super Facialist Vitamin C Brighten Mini Gift Set

I adore Super Facialist and anything with Vitamin C is right up my street so this Super Facialist Vitamin C Brighten Gift Set, £20 is ideal. Stashed with Vitamin C fuelled skincare goodies, this is perfect for a post-Christmas skin refresh. 

Jane Scrivner Cleansing Balm 

A good cleansing balm can be hard to find, and this one from natural skincare brand Jane Scrivner is one of my favourites at the moment. The Jane Scrivner Cleansing Balm, from £33 is suitable for all skin types and is a pro elastin and pro collagen cleanser. 

Morphe 8S Stellar Impact Highlighter Palette

I mean, just look at this. The Morphe 8S Stellar Impact Highlighter Palette, £25 is serious highlighter goals. In this gorgeous (and seriously affordable!) highlighter palette, you get 8 shades perfect for so many different makeup looks. The pigment is great and it applies beautifully to the skin. I am obsessed! 

Beauty Bakerie Gift Sets

I am SO excited that I have finally got my hands on some Beauty Bakerie products and they are the perfect gift for Christmas this year for any makeup lover. The Beauty Bakerie Flour Powder Set, £40 (though is currently on offer at Boots for £16!) includes their famous Flour Powder, a powder brush and a beauty sponge. If you are looking to bake, this is seriously perfect and if you know someone who loves Instagram influencer makeup, then I'd highly recommend this. For colour, which maybe would suit more people is the Beauty Bakerie Pisa Cake Blush Set, £45 (though is currently on offer for £18) as it includes a gorgeous blush palette which is incredibly pigmented and an Eyelash Icing Mascara. Super cute packaging and great products inside too! 

Red Carpet Manicure Gel Polish Pro Kit and Polishes

If you know anyone that loves nails, I'd 100% recommend getting them a Red Carpet Manicure Gel Polish Pro Kit, £64.95 as it gives you the chance to get Gel Nails at home - which seriously saves on that mani pedi cash that they'd be spending out at the nail salon. There are some gorgeous shades for Autumn/Winter and I can't get enough of this.

Inika Ultimate Glow Set

The Inika Ultimate Glow set, £74 is filled with everything you need to create the perfect base. In the lovely makeup bag, this set is stashed with a Liquid Foundation, Baked BB Cream, Illuminator, Foundation Brush and also a Mascara for long lashes. If you know someone that loves a glowy base, this is a great gift!

Laura Geller The Ultimate Kajal Longwear Eyeliner 

Hello eyeliner heaven! The Laura Geller The Ultimate Kajal Longwear Eyeliner set is perfect for anyone who loves a bold eye. You get every shade you could possibly need in this gorgeous set to create a long lasting and impactful eye. 

Ted Baker Row of Bows Mini Trio Christmas Gift Set For Her 

This gift set is seriously cute. The Ted Baker Row of Bows Mini Trio Christmas Gift, £26 features three little fragrances in this super cute packaging. They smell lovely and it's a perfect gift to put under the tree this year for a loved one. 

Kiss The Moon Dream Bedtime Bath Salts Jar

Say hello to the ultimate relaxation. The Kiss The Moon Dream Bedtime Bath Salts Jar, £25 (though currently £20!). For anyone who loves baths, this is a gorgeous gift that smells incredible and will look gorgeous on the side of the bath tub. 

Trilogy Glow Up Set

I adore Trilogy and usually include include them every year. The super cute Trilogy Glow Up Set, £36 includes a Rosehip Oil Antioxidant +, Cream Cleanser and a Night Cream - and is everything you need to add a bit of radiance to your skin. 

Sensse Silicone Facial Cleansing Brush  

A beauty tool is a great gift for Christmas and the Sensse Silicone Facial Cleansing Brush, £39.99 most definitely has the wow factor without breaking the bank. This cleansing brush gently exfoliates the skin while you cleanse, meaning you have a deeper cleanse without any extra effort. It helps to add radiance to the skin and the packaging is just super cute! 

Espa Winter Comforts Gift Set 

The Espa Winter Comforts Gift Set, £40 is a serious all-in-one pamper in a box for the winter time. It is perfect if you are looking to nourish your skin and scalp. This set includes a Skin Rescue Balm, Pink Hair and Scalp Mud and Overnight Hydration Therapy. 

Origins Get Up and Glow Gift Set

I adore Origins Skincare and their Ginzing range is one of my favourites. The Origins Get Up and Glow Gift Set, £30 is stashed with the collection and is perfect to add to your morning skincare routine to help wake up and get ready in the morning. Plus, it smells incredible! 

Origins Warm Ginger Wonders Set

I had actually forgotten about the Ginger range from Origins until I was browsing the site looking for the Get Up and Glow set link but OMG, it is seriously incredible. I don't think I have ever smelt anything so delicious. The Origins Warm Ginger Wonders Set, £40 includes the Body Oil, Body Wash, Body Scrub, Body Cream and a cute little candle. Seriously incredible! 

Gatineau Aquamemory Replenish Collection 

The Gatineau Aquamemory Replenish Collection, £55 is the perfect gift for any skincare junkie that suffers from dry or dehydrated skin. It contains a face cream, eye roll on, hydrating mask and a brush to apply it with. It feels so luxurious and for £55 you get £138 of products. 

Sanctuary Spa Sumptuous Selection 

Is it even Christmas if there isn't a Sanctuary Spa set under the tree? My pick of their gift sets this year is the incredible Sanctuary Spa Sumptuous Selection, £18. It includes one of my all time favourite products from the brand, the Wet Skin Moisture Miracle - a product EVERYONE should have in their shower and a selection of other delicious smelling products from the brand. LOVE this one. 

OGX Hair Care Gift Sets

OGX is absolutely one of my favourite haircare brands ever. I have used the brand for years and I have spoken about it on here and on my social for god knows how long. They have some gorgeous gift sets out this year and I'd highly recommend them. The OGX Hair Care Oh Christmas Hair Set, £8.50  is stashed with mini's perfect for travel. If you are looking for something a bit bigger, the OGX Hair Care Dreamy Hydration and Pink Sugar Plum Set, £11.05 is truly gorgeous. This is their full size set and is super cute and festive. 

Being by Sanctuary 100% Unicorn Milk Cup Gift

I have been dying to get my hands on a sippy style cup for so long and the idea of beauty products are being stashed inside makes it the perfect gift. The Being by Sanctuary 100% Unicorn Milk Cup Gift, £15 is filled with gorgeous Cloudberry and Lychee Blossom products from the Being range in super cute mini size. 

T by Tabitha Webb Gift Set

If you are looking for an affordable fragrance gift set, then this set from Tabitha Webb at AVON is a seriously great option. Not only is the makeup bag it's all in is super cute, but it also includes a gorgeous EDT and Body Mist. 

Zoeva Spice of Life Kit

I blooming love Zoeva products. Their quality is seriously great and the products are to die for. My pick of their Christmas gift sets this year is the Zoeva Spice of Life Kit, £38 which includes a GORGEOUS autumnal eyeshadow palette, a highlighter and a lip liner and liquid lipstick. All are seriously gorgeous and you get SO much for your money in this set. Trust me, you'll be mind blown. 

L'Occitane Gift Sets

L'Occitane is having a serious moment for me RN. I just can't get enough. I'd seriously recommend basically anything from the brand but my top picks for Christmas is the Best of L'Occitane set, £69 - it's a seriously great intro to the brand and is essentially the ultimate pamper in the box. It's stashed with some of my all time favourites including the Almond Shower Oil (literally dreaming of getting my hands on the 500ml bottle of this as I use so much, it's seriously incredible and you get a very generous size in this set) and the Lavender Foaming Bath. A seriously great gift! If you are looking for something a little smaller, the L'Occitane Christmas Bauble, £12 is perfect. There are 4 different scents to choose from, I went for Almond as it's my favourite but they are all great and include 3 mini's. 

Gatineau Gentle Silk Cleansing Collection

Cleansing has seriously never looked so luxurious. Just look at this gorgeous gift! The Gatineau Silk Cleansing Collection, £25 includes a trio of skincare products to cleanse and tone the skin perfectly. This gift is so luxurious and I am in love! 

Emma Hardie Instant Radiance Kit

Just look at the beautiful packaging of this. The Emma Hardie Instant Radiance Kit, £60 is the perfect skincare gift to boost radiance. This gift includes the famous Moringa Cleansing Balm, a Cleansing Cloth, a Brilliance Facial Oil and a Moringa Renewal Treatment Mask. The ultimate skincare pamper and the products are seriously beautiful. I have used the Moringa Cleasning Balm on many an occasion and the collection as a whole works beautifully together. 

Omorovicza Gift Sets

Omorovicza have absolutely nailed it this Christmas. From the beautiful packaging, to the luxurious gift set options, I have fallen hook, line and sinker for so many of the gifts they have on offer this year. My two top picks would be the Omorovicza Miracle Facial Set, £85, a skincare trio that works to tone, refresh and rejuvenate the skin - and this includes their incredible Queen of Hungary Mist Spray, which if you haven't tried, you most definitely need to. The other favourite from their offering this year is the Omorovicza Moor Mud Set, £55. This is the perfect skincare set for a deep cleanse and includes a number of cult favourites including their Ultramoor Mud Mask, Thermal Cleansing Balm, Refining Facial Polisher and the Cleansing Mitt. Seriously recommend. 

Moroccanoil Everlasting Repair Gift Set

The winter is all about adding hydration to your hair, and it's the perfect time when your hair might just be in the need for a bit of repair. The Moroccanoil Everlasting Repair Gift Set, £34.70 is absolutely perfect for this as it includes a Moisture Repair Shampoo and Conditioner and also a Restorative Hair Mask - the ultimate way to look after your hair! 

Percy & Reed Soft and Silky Superstars Gift Set

This is another gorgeous hair gift set for this year, I adore Percy and Reed Haircare and this set doesn't disappoint. The Percy & Reed Soft and Silky Superstars Gift Set, £30 includes a gorgeous Moisture Shampoo & Conditioner and their incredible No Oil Oil (which I have loved for ages)!

Temple Spa Do Not Disturb Gift Set

If you know someone that needs a big ol' relax the Temple Spa Do Not Disturb Gift Set, £42 is perfect. It includes a selection of beauty products including a super cute 'do not disturb' door hanger and a gorgeous calming mist. I adore this set and it is perfect for a little relaxing pamper. 

Fushi Heavenly Rose & Jasmine Complete Body Care Collection

If you are looking for something gorgeous and hand-blended, Fushi are a gorgeous brand and the Fushi Heavenly Rose & Jasmine Complete Body Care Collection, £35 is just perfect. This gift includes generous sized Body Wash, Body Lotion, Body Oil and a gorgeous face oil - all for £35! 

Crabtree & Evelyn Sweet Treat Gifts 

I always thought Crabtree soley sold beauty products, but ever since finding out they sell a few other edible gifts too, they have made an appearance at Christmas most years, as not only are they super tasty but they are beautifully packaged too. This year, my top picks are the Feeling Sweet Toffee and Fudge Selection, £15 and their biscuits. It looks like the gift box I have is sold out but there are so many other options here

The Ultimate Gin and Tonic Gift From Prezzy Box

Who doesn't love booze at Christmas? This Gin and Tonic Gift Set from Prezzybox, £39.95 is so cute. It's filled with Sipsmiths Gin, Tonic and some beautiful Stilton Crackers. Delicious! 

What's on your Christmas list this year? 

Lorna x

Saturday 15 December 2018

Christmas Gift Guide: Gifts for Men

The more and more I've been involved in the world of beauty, I have found out that although they don't like to admit it, most men love to pamper but barely any seem to buy products for themselves. I love to use this time of year to gift men with perhaps something they wouldn't treat themselves to, but absolutely would love. So this gift guide has a focus on male beauty but with a few other bits thrown in for good measure... 

Ted Baker Ted's Tonic Travel Fragrances 

These Ted Baker Travel Fragrances, £27 come in a few scents but are equally gorgeous. They come in a gorgeous thin bottle, perfect for travel but still feel incredibly luxurious. My favourites are the gold and silver ones, so much that I actually can't choose between them as to which is my favourite. Something that most definitely wouldn't look out of place in a Man's wash bag! 

Mugler Alien Man Eau De Toilette Gift Set

Alien is a really great classic gift for Men at this time of year, and getting a gift set is perfect. The Mugler Alien Man EDT Gift Set, £52 is beautifully packaged and smells great. 

L'Occitane for Men

Yep, this is another post where I rave about my love for L'Occitane. They have an incredible selection for men on their website here so definitely go and have a browse as it is all seriously great. Pictured though, is the gorgeous smelling L'Homme Cedrat Body Wash and Shampoo, £16 as it smells delicious and gets a massive thumbs up from the boyf. 

Mancave The Survival Set

If you know someone that needs to up their entire beauty regime, then the Mancave The Survival Set,  £29.99 (currently on offer for £14.99!) is a seriously great way to do it without breaking the bank. In this massive gift set, you get a Face Wash, Face Scrub, Moisturiser, Shower Gel, Shampoo and Hair Styling Cream. 

Mancave Blackspice Beard Set

If you've got a man with a beard, this is a seriously great set to pick up for them. The Mancave Blackspice Beard Set, £19.99 (on offer for £9.99!)  is a really great. The set includes a Beard Wash, Beard Oil and Beard Control. 

Ted Baker Hair and Beard Shampoo

The full size Ted Baker Hair and Beard Shampoo, £15 is truly a great gift as it's such a great size. The packaging is gorgeous and the fact that it is multi-use for your hair and beard is perfect for men who don't like to use too many products. 

Osmo Grooming Gift Set

If you know a man that loves their hair, then the Osmo Grooming Gift Set, £9.99 is a great gift. It includes three products to help create their desired look and what you get is so great for the money. Less than a tenner - bonus! 

Wilkinson Sword Hydro 5 Sense

Buying useful, everyday products at Christmas is a seriously great idea which is why I have included the Wilkinson Sword Hydro 5 Sense, £12. It's a perfect stocking stuffer as it's something you know will get used and saves your giftee a little bit of cash while you treat them. If you know someone who resents or never gets round to buying everyday items like this, then this is perfect too! 

Hawkins & Brimble Gift Sets

Hawkins & Brimble are a great brand for gifting men with. If you are buying for a man that has a beard, then I'd recommend the Hawkins & Brimble Beard Gift Set, £19.95 as it includes a beard shampoo and a beard balm but if you've got a man to buy for that doesn't then I'd recommend the Hawkins & Brimble Root to Tip Gift Set, £26.95 as it's a bit more general and includes a hair clay, body wash and a face wash too. 

American Crew Essential Grooming Kit 

This set is gorgeous. The American Crew Essential Grooming Kit, £34 comes in a gorgeous pleather bag for your man to use to store their new products and inside it's filled with hair and shaving products. Gorgeous set! 

Ted Baker Ted's Grooming Room 

Another gorgeous set in a pleather wash bag, the Ted Baker Ted's Grooming Room Gift Set, £29 is filled with a trio of travel products - perfect if for if they love to travel! It includes a shave gel, face wash and a moisturiser.

Brisk Grooming Products

Brisk is one of my favourite brands to buy my boyf every year, they have amazing beard shampoos, oils, and balms and it wouldn't be a gift guide for men if I didn't give it an honorary mention. I didn't have any to hand to shoot, but they are blooming great and available to purchase from Boots here.

Corkcicle Whiskey Wedge

If you know a man that likes to drink, then getting a bit of booze or even better, something to have/use the booze with is perfect. The Corkcicle Whiskey Wedge, £14.99 is such a great gift. It's a gorgeous glass and a mould to create a super cool ice cube to go with your whiskey. If you're feeling fancy, pick up a gorgeous bottle of Whiskey to go with it... 

Pantone Gifts

Again another honorary mention for my love of Pantone gifts for Christmas. I've pictured the gorgeous red notebook and key ring, but there are so many incredible things to choose from including their classic mugs, gorgeous water bottles and so much more, and there are so many colours to choose from. Have a browse here

Personalised Nutella 

I mean, who doesn't love Nutella? I adore buying cute personalised gifts of every day items, like a Toblerone and Quality Streets but one of my favourites to buy for the men in my life always seems to be a pot of personalised Nutella, from £4. It's available now at select Debenhams stores. Highly recommend! I have bought this in the past and it always goes down so well. 

What are you picking up for the men in your life this year? 

Lorna x

Wednesday 12 December 2018

Christmas Gift Guide: Stocking Fillers

It's my favourite time of year, and my absolute favourite type of content to create. I think gift guides might just be my favourite? 

This year I've got three - this one is on Stocking Fillers for women and expect two more to come, including one on the bigger gifts and one for the men in your life. Now, let's get onto stocking fillers... 

IGK Hair Care

Okay, so it's not exactly a specific product. This entire brand, IGK Hair is something I have been lusting after since it launched in the UK. I recently got my hands on the IGK Multi-tasking Dry Shampoo, from £10 which has literally blown my mind. I have a few dry shampoo favourites, but this has surpassed them all. It leaves no white marks and gives my hair that little bit of oomph helping it have life and a bit of body. Currently craving the rest of their dry shampoo range... I also got my hands on the IGK Hair Foamo Holographic Hair Foam, £19 which I am yet to try but is the perfect Christmas gift - I will definitely be cracking this out at Festival Season! Super intrigued. 

Also on my to try list from the brand is the IGK Trust Issues Instant Scalp Rebalancing Treatment, £25, the IGK Low Key Cleansing Walnut Scalp Scrub, £31, the IGK Prenup Instant Spray Mask, £27 and their festive Pre-Party Glitter Sprays (they have them in different colours and they just look incredible. 

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara Tree Ornament

I adore this mascara, and the adorable Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara Tree Ornament, £10 is the perfect stocking filler. Not only is it a blooming great product, but it is in the perfect travel size (and the cutest packaging!). 

Nailflix and Chill Nail Polish Remover Cream 

Can we just take a moment to appreciate the epic packaging of the Nailflix and Chill Nail Polish Remover Cream, £14.50. This is possibly the coolest way to remove your nail polish that I have ever seen. It's acetone free meaning it won't spill (who else does this all the time - I manage to get nail polish remover EVERYWHERE) and it hydrates and nourishes your nails. Bonus! 

Dr. Lipp Natural Moisturising Colour Lip Tint

The Dr. Lipp Natural Moisturising Colour Lip Tint's, £6.99 is one of my favourite every day lips at the moment. They come in a range of shades and add a subtle tint of colour but actually hydrate your lips at the same time. Perfect for the colder months to come! 

Impulse Influencer Body Mists

The Impulse Body Mists (I adore the Impulse Sophie Hannah Body Mist, £6 and the Impulse Helen Anderson Body Mist, £6) are perfect if you've got a regular festival go-er in your life. These are a go-to in my festival packing every year as they are perfect for an all-over body refresh. They smell great and generally you can get them on offer (they are currently just £3 at Boots!). 

Maybelline Be The Big Shot Gift Set

I adore Maybelline makeup. When it comes to budget brands, this is most definitely one of my favourites and this super cute set is a perfect stocking filler. The Maybelline Be The Big Shot Gift, £19.99 includes a gorgeous Burgundy eye palette (these are great and the shades are perfect for the Winter season), a mascara and eyeliner. Seriously great set! 

Lipstick Queen Drops of Jupiter Mini Lip Duo

I adore the Lipstick Queen gifts at Christmas time and this Lipstick Queen Drops of Jupiter Mini Lip Duo, £14 is seriously beautiful. In this super cute set, you get two adorable mini metallic lipglosses. They look super cute on their own, but my favourite is to pop them over a bold lip for a little something extra. 

Sisley Makeup 

I adore Sisley Makeup and their super luxe products an fun packaging makes them perfect for this time of year. I recommend the Sisley Le Phyto Rouge Lipsticks, £32.50. I've got the shades Orange Acapulco, Rouge Paris and Rouge Rio (all seriously gorgeous). They are super silky and I just adore the finish. The Sisley Phyto Eye Twist, £32.50  is a gorgeous all over eye shadow. I adore pencils like this for easy application and this blends seamlessly. Finally, I'd recommend the Sisley Phyto-Blush Sticks, £38.67. I have the shade Passion and it is a gorgeous rose gold. It gives your skin life and is beautifully glowy. Love this! 

OPV Highlighter

Highlighters are PERFECT for Christmas time and they are really having a moment. One I'm loving for party season (and beyond!) is the OPV Highlighter, £18. This is the perfect 'wow' highlighter and is ideal if you love a gold tone. 

Illamasqua Eyeshadows

I am loving Illamasqua's eye products at the moment and I'd really recommend the Illamasqua Iconic Chromes, £22 and the Illamasqua Jewel Vinyl Shadows, £15. If you're into a high pigment metallic shadow, the chromes are perfect but if glitter is more your thing then the Jewel Vinyl shadows are perfect. 

Jillian Dempsey Cheek Tints

If you know someone that loves quite a natural makeup look, or applies their makeup on-the-go then the Jillian Dempsey Cheek Tints, £24.50 are seriously perfect. It is a cream blush with a gorgeous velvety texture, the product is gorgeous but one of my favourite things about this product is the super cute and compact, compact. It is perfect to slip in your makeup bag as most blushers seem to take up so much space! They also work beautifully on your lips. 

Art Deco Liquid Glitter Shadows

I am seriously obsessed with Glitter eyes at the moment and the Art Deco Liquid Glitter in Moonstone, £17.95 is super cute. The perfect addition to any eye look! 

Doll Lashes

If you know someone that's into their lashes, the Doll Lashes, £10 are really great quality and are the perfect gift for a stocking filler! 

KIKO Sparkling Holiday Collection 

I have fallen hook, line and sinker over the KIKO Sparkling Holiday Collection. From the gorgeous packaging to the incredible quality - this collection is one to gift (or self gift) this Christmas. I have loved everything I've tried from the collection but the stand outs are the eyeshadows and highlighters. So beautiful! 

Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Eyeshadow Palette of Pops in Supersonic Girl

Okay, well any Charlotte Tilbury Eyeshadow Palette would be an INCREDIBLE gift, but this is one of my favourites. If you love an autumnal glitter, then you need the Charlotte Tilbury Supersonic Girl palette, £39 in your life. 

Stila Shine Bright Heavens Dew Highlighting Palette

If you are into sparkly highlighters, then you MUST try the Stila Shine Bright Heavens Dew Highlighting Palette, £45 (okay, maybe this is a little spenny for a Stocking Filler but could you IMAGINE how happy you'd be if you received one of these?!). There are three gorgeous shades for that perfect insta-highlight. I love using them on their own or blending a few together and the putty texture is amazing. 

Too Faced Sugar Cookie Palette 

I adore Too Faced's shadows, their Chocolate Bar Palette has been a favourite of mine for a long time and I fell for the beautiful Too Faced Sugar Cookie Palette, £22 as soon as I saw it. It's a gorgeous every day palette if you want to add a bit of sparkle into your day but can also be smoked up for an evening eye. A seriously great all-rounder and it smells incredible! 

Inika Lipstick Crayon Trio 

The Inika Lipstick Crayon Trio, £34 is a seriously great gift. Not only are these crayon lipsticks beautiful on application, they are super easy to apply and leave a beautiful finish. There are three shades in this set in Nude, Garnet and Red Brick. 

MOR Mesmerising Marshmallow Cracker 

I mean, first up - does the MOR Mesmerising Marshmallow Cracker, £8 not just sound incredible?! I hadn't actually heard of the brand before until this arrived on my doorstep but the packaging is super cute and anything with Marshmallows in is perfect for this time of year. Seriously. This affordable cracker is filled with a delicious scented hand cream. 

Le Couvent des Minimes Aqua Paradisi Botanical Shower Gel  

I adore receiving luxurious versions of every day items at Christmas and this shower gel is just perfect for that. The Le Couvent des Minimes Aqua Paradisi Botanical Shower Gel, £15 smells gorgeous and is a nice way to be introduced to this brand. 

Aromatherapy Associates Pearl of Wisdom Light Relax Bauble

Aromatherapy Associates are in my gift guides every single year because they are just so incredible.  The Aromatherapy Associates Pearl of Wisdom Light Relax Bauble, £12 is the perfect stocking filler. Not only is it a super cute decoration but the bath and shower oil is the perfect for a Christmas pamper! 

Murad Prep In A Flash Set

Murad is a gorgeous skincare brand and I love the Murad Prep In A Flash set, £20. This is perfect for any makeup lover as it's filled with mini's to create the perfect base for your makeup. 

Moroccan Oil Treatment Ornament

I have loved the Moroccan Oil Hair Oil Treatment for so long! This Moroccan Oil Treatment Ornament, £13.45 is the perfect stocking filler for everyone as it is suitable for all hair types. It's hydrating but light weight and is the perfect addition to any pamper! 

Roger & Gallet Hand Cream Gift Set

Roger and Gallet features in my Christmas gift buying (and guide!) most years because it's so truly beautiful. In my Stocking Filler guide this year I am including the Roger and Gallet Hand Cream Gift Set, £17. This pretty set includes 3 of their gorgeous hand creams and it does not disappoint. 

Antipodes Delight Hand and Body Cream 

I adore this body cream from Antipodes, the Delight Hand and Body Cream, £28.99, it combines macadamia oil with marigold flower oil and grape and is super hydrating and smells seriously incredible! 

Sanctuary Hand Cream Fancy

Isn't Sanctuary Spa just the epitome of Christmas? This super cute gift, the Sanctuary Spa Hand Cream Fancy, £4 featuring one of their lovely hand creams is just gorgeous. It can be hung on the tree or wrapped in a stocking - and I don't know who wouldn't love this!

L'Occitane Lavender Cracker 

 I am seriously obsessed with L'Occitane at the moment and this gorgeous L'Occitane Lavender Cracker, £10 doesn't disappoint. It's filled with a mini hand cream and a mini pillow mist - gorgeous! 

Fat Face Hand Cream and Lip Balm Set

If you know anyone that loves anything floral, the little Fat Face Hand Cream and Lip Balm Set, £12 is super cute. Super handy as they are both in sizes that you can just pop in your handbag to use on the go! 

Skimono Hand & Feet Masks 

I feel like stockings should be all about pampering and often your hands and feet can get left out! Sheet Masks are one of my fave things at the moment and the idea of a hand or feet sheet mask is so cool. The Skimono Hand Mask, £9.99 and Skimono Feet Mask, £9.99 are the perfect addition to your stocking this year! 

Anew Pamper Gift Set

I have to admit, I had forgotten Avon existed but when I was shown this super cute gift set I was reminded about how seriously great some of the products can be. The Anew Pamper Gift Set, £6 is so affordable and seriously great value. Inside you get a cleansing balm and a sheet mask and it's the perfect little pamper. 

Gatineau White Jade Facial Roller

Introducing my new favourite skincare tool. I didn't really ever think that jade rollers are something I'd ever get behind but OMG they are a game changer. My skin has been getting super puffy and sensitive lately and this Gatineau White Jade Facial Roller, £18 has been helping more than you can even know to combat that. It helps to stimulate lymphatic drainage and massages skin and muscles to eliminate of toxins, help firm the skin, relax wrinkles and ease tension. The super cool touch of White Jade soothes, de-puffs and tones. It is seriously incredible and for £18 you seriously can't go wrong. 

Emma Hardie Merrily Moringa Ornament

I adore the Emma Hardie Cleansing Balm, and this Emma Hardie Merrily Moringa Ornament, £10 is a mini one! Its perfect for anyone that ever travels with hand luggage a lot as you can squeeze it into your little travel bag - and the cleanser is just gorgeous. 

Jane Skrivner Skin Elixir

A gorgeous moisturiser or oil is the perfect addition to any stocking, and I am loving the Jane Skrivner Skin Elixir, £29 at the moment. It's the first product I have tried from the brand but I am loving it. 

Murad Dew A Little Gift 

Another gorgeous mini, the Murad Dew A Little, £10 is a mini of one of my favourites from the brand, their Hydro-Dynamic Ultra Moisturiser. Its in a gorgeous mini size and is perfect for travel! 

Antipodes Halo Skin Brightening Mud Mask 

I adore the Antipodes Masks and the Antipodes Halo Skin Brightening Mud Mask, £27 is my newest favourite. It's a gorgeous mud mask that leaves your skin looking luminous. I like using it if I have any blemishes as it helps to clear them up too! 

Alpha H Liquid Gold Firming Eye Cream 

Probably one of the most luxe products on my stocking filler guide, and definitely one of the most expensive but if you are looking to fill with a selection of luxe presents, then the Alpha H Liquid Gold Firming Eye Cream, £52 is a great option. Alpha H Liquid Gold is a cult favourite, and this eye cream is a a gorgeous gift for any skincare junkie. 

Neals Yard Remedies One Pot Wonder Gift

Another adorable mini, the gorgeous Neals Yard Remedies One Pot Wonder Gift, £15 do-it-all mini gift contains their Wild Rose Wonder Balm. It can be used for a number of things like a moisturiser or cleanser and it's perfect for travelling and smells incredible! 

Time Bomb Complexion Cocktails To Go 

I adore the Time Bomb Complexion Cocktails and the gorgeous Time Bomb Complexion Cocktails To Go Gift, £30 features 3 minis of the different toners. They are toners that target different things - whether you need moisture, energy or de-stressing these are perfect for fit in your stocking. 

Space Masks 

These Space Masks, £15 might just be my new favourite thing. I have really sore and sensitive eyes and it has been terrible lately, but these are my saviour. They are heated eye masks and are perfect for relaxing with. If you know someone who gets sore eyes too, or is just in need of a bit of a relax, these are seriously perfect and the star packaging is super cute. 

Skin Republic Detox Dream Set

Face Masks are perfect to stuff your stocking with and the Skin Republic Detox Dream Set, £16.99 is  the all-rounder. This set includes 4 masks for the ultimate pamper! 

Living Sea Body Care

This is a brand I actually hadn't heard of before but since trying the Living Sea Body Wash, £18 and Living Sea Bath Salts, £18 I just had to include them. The packaging isn't that exciting but I have been loving the actual products. They smell gorgeous and so relaxing and I have been loving using these after working out - so if you know someone who loves to exercise then these are perfect! 

Personalised Toblerone from Prezzy Box

I think I probably buy a Toblerone for someone every single year, but after seeing that you can personalise them, this is one better! You can pick up your Personalised Toblerone, £12.99 at Prezzybox and I promise you it will go down well. I have been known to pick up a personalised gift every now and again and this is a great idea.

Walkers Shortbread

Again like with the Toblerone, I think I pick up some Walkers Shortbread for Christmas every single year. Last year (and this year too!) I got my hands on the super cute Walkers Gingerbread Shortbread, £2.65 for the cute packaging and festive taste  - how cute?! I also am loving the gorgeous tins including the Festive Shortbread Wreath, £12.99 and the Red and White Tree Tin, £12.99.

Jacked Wine

Booze, duh?! Who doesn't love finding a little tipple in their stocking. I like finding something a bit different and my latest find is the new Jacked Wine (available at Tesco) as they come in super cool sounding flavours. I haven't tried them yet, they are currently en route to me, but I wanted to make sure I included them as they look and sound so fun. They are available in two flavours - Rosé with Lychee and Sauvignon Blanc with Ginger. Delicious! 

Alpha H Balancing Cleanser 

Another every day product, but the Alpha H Balancing Cleanser, £25 is the perfect thing to treat someone too. It's a great cleanser for normal, dry or sensitive skin (so perfect for me!) and it's seriously beautiful. 

Patterned Socks

Who doesn't want socks at Christmas?! These adorable ones from Mistral, £4.99 are super cute! 

Pantone Hip Flask

I adore this little hip flask. Pantone is perfect for Christmas gifting and actually have a whole range of products that would be perfect including mugs, notebooks and the super cute Pantone Hip Flask, £22 in their gorgeous pink shade is truly stunning. 

What Stocking Fillers are you lusting after this year?  

Lorna x

Tuesday 11 December 2018

5 Ways To Upgrade Your Rented Home

This post is sponsored by Leesa

I have lived in rented homes for as long as I remember, and ever since I moved out from my family home I have been the same - but the real question is how do you make a rented home, FEEL like home still abiding to all of the guidelines? So we're talking no paint, keeping that grotty bathroom situation as is and not being able to hang pictures up on the wall with nails and screws etc. but trust me, with a little effort you'll have your home feeling like home in no time at all! 

Right this way for a few ideas... 

Making your bed feel like the comfiest hotel bed you've ever slept on (or better!)

I've always had this thing about hotel beds. I mean, definitely not all of them, but why do we put up with something fairly mediocre at home but dream about those odd nights of absolute bliss when you are away. I had this realisation fairly recently and so it became my mission to upgrade our bed situation. Now we are around halfway there, but already we can feel SO much of a difference.

We started by upgrading our pillows. We got our hands on a pair of Goose Down pillows after several squishes of lots of lots. We fell in love and OMG does a comfy pillow make all of the difference. Now just to get a second pair as I am an absolute comfort fiend...

Then came the mattress. I had never thought about getting my own mattress as for ease there is always one that comes with the flats we rent, but enough was enough and it was most definitely time to wave goodbye to the lumpy old one we had been sleeping on for the past year. We upgraded to a Leesa mattress. I am not going to lie, I had always been a bit sceptical by the whole 'Mattress in a box' trend - I mean, how good can it really be?

We have a Double Leesa Mattress, and you may have spotted its arrival on my Instagram here. Obvs, I had to get that classic shot with the box. I mean, did you really get a 'Mattress in a box' if you didn't Instagram it first? The UK Double Mattress comes to £650 and spoiler, it is TOTALLY worth the money. I had always thought that a hotel style mattress (in fact, we have stayed in a few hotels recently and this one is more comfortable than those there) would cost the earth, hence why I hadn't ever contemplated it but considering the amount of your life you spend in your bed, it is well worth the investment (and it lasts!).

Now I am no mattress specialist, but I do know a comfy one from an uncomfortable one, and seriously you can really tell the difference. The Leesa mattress is created with a unique combination of three foam layers and what makes it different from other foam mattresses, is the top layer - the 'Avena foam'. This is a responsive material that allows airflow through the mattress for a cooler nights sleep and provides enough bounce for freedom of movement. One thing I would note, is that once you take it out of the box it takes a few days or so to really get to it's ultimate comfort. So don't judge based on the first few nights sleep. Trust me, it gets better! But if it isn't for you, Leesa also have a 100 night risk free trial. So if you're not happy within 100 days, they will come to collect it and donate it to a local charity. I LOVE this. No wastage at all!

They also plant a tree for every mattress sold and donate a further mattress for every ten sold. Purchasing from brands that try to do their bit, really make the difference for me.

The Leesa mattress is one of our favourite ways we have upgraded the bedroom of late, now just to get rid of our other mattress (Hello rented flat problems, our Estate Agent's still haven't decided what they'd like to do with it so it is currently sitting in our Kitchen until the decision has been made - why is everything so slow?!) and upgrade our duvet and bedding. Simple things, but we like to space it out so not to hit the bank balance all at the same time.

Purchase your mattress with the discount code STUDSANDDREAMS for £100 of your mattress.

Hanging pictures (and being able to remove them!)

I know, I know. Nails and screws etc are a no go but I was introduced to the Command Picture Hanging Strips a couple of years ago and they are a game changer! They are little strips that you stick to your picture frame and then the wall and they are strong enough to hang them while also being incredibly easy to take down when you move. You can pick them up all over the place in different sizes for different frames, but I usually pick mine up from Amazon or Ebay for ease. 

Hanging pictures on your wall instantly gives the place life. I try to buy my pictures already framed because I am queen of leaving a picture unframed for years, or I purchase the frame from Amazon or similar straight after purchasing the picture. Oliver Bonas is one of my favourites for affordable art already framed, I have one piece and am ALWAYS eyeing up others for my home. They have some in different shapes and sizes so are great for helping to create a gallery wall or can add a bit of colour and design to all of the nooks in your rented home. If you want to invest in some actual art, taking a trip to the Affordable Art Fair or my personal favourite, Jealous are great options. Jealous has some seriously cool pieces and they offer a monthly payment scheme as they think everyone should own some art. 

Pick up small ornaments and decorations as you travel to fill your home with memories

Everywhere we go, I like to try and buy SOMETHING for the house. Whether it's something simple like a small dish to pop bits and bobs in on the coffee table, a plate or bowl, or even something as functional as a magazine rack. I like to fill my house with memories and it also means the homeware expense is split out over a time so it doesn't hit your bank balance in one go. 

We also have a pin board in our kitchen filled with photo booth photos, business cards from our favourite restaurants, gig tickets etc. We add to this as we go too and it really adds a lot of personality to our space. 

Fill your house with plants

I am very quick becoming a bit of a plant lady. I already am very at my limit with the amount of plants I should probably have in my home, however I can imagine it just won't end here. It fills my home with life and I adore the look of all of the green! I have picked up my plants from all over the place - we have many but if you're willing to do some digging to find what you're looking for then I'd recommend checking out Columbia Road Flower Market to try and find some bargains, B&Q, Ikea and Homebase are also pretty good too. If you're all about speed and ease though, I'd highly recommend Patch Plants. I adore their concept and their site is so easy to navigate. They help you choose the right plants for your space and deliver them to your door. You can also buy plant pots that fit so it's all sorted in one go! They are affordable and the quality looks seriously great. 

Upgrade your TV situation

And I'm not talking about getting a better TV, because let's face it, we'd all love to do this but there are ways to make your TV watching situation better without it. I'm not talking about quality, I'm talking about content. Everyone has Netflix, but since we got Now TV and our Amazon Fire Stick our choices have seriously upped their game. First things first, I'm talking Now TV - get this in place of the expensive Sky or Virgin Media. You buy the box and with that you get access to all of the general TV stations and on top of that you can add packages. We pay for the Entertainment package every month which gives us access to channels like MTV and Sky Atlantic which is right up our street. You can often get deals for this and when you buy the box you usually get a few months free too. If Sports or Movies are your thing, these are also available too. If you decide you want to use it for a month or two, you can cancel super easily which I love. Sports is also available in one day packages.  The Amazon Fire Stick is great if you have Amazon Prime as it gives you access to SO many moves (so is perfect for this time of year!) and all of the Amazon shows. Great if you are looking for a bit more choice. 

We are very much still in the process of making little changes to our rented home (one step at a time right!?) so let me know if you have any tips in the comments below! 

Lorna x