2016 Bath, Body and Beyond Gifts for Pampering

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It’s a new week, which means it’s time for the second instalment of my ho-ho-holiday gift guide! Every Monday until Christmas I’ll be sharing my pick of the treats that we (or someone we know!) would love to wake up to under the tree.

Today, I’m talking bath, body and beyond – ideal for anyone who loves to indulge themselves and enjoys nothing more than soaking in the tub, slathering themselves in rich lotions and giving their locks some TLC! They’re also the perfect gifts for pampering someone special who deserves to be looked after.

With four fabulous brands to choose from, there’s everything you need to give someone a night of me-time…

gifts for pampering

Foam & For-Tune by Soap & Glory

Singing in the shower (or the bath!) is actively encouraged with this magical musical tin from Soap and Glory’s Glitzmas collection. I don’t know many ladies that DON’T wish for Soap & Glory at Christmas time and, from this years extensive range, Foam & For-Tune is a super fun gift for anyone who loves their pamper time with a big ol’ slice of kitsch!

In typical Soap & Glory style, this is a very PINK and nicely packaged present, containing a host of miniature best-sellers including Clean on Me shower gel, The Scrub of Your Life body buffer, Sugar Crush body wash, body scrub & buttercream (best smell ever!), The Righteous Butter body butter and a pink shower puff. As if this little lot wasn’t enough to get into a lather over, the keepsake tin also sings! You can pick Foam & For-Tune up at Boots stores and online for £16.

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Christmas at Kiehl’s

Starbucks may have their red cups, but it’s when the red boxes and bows start to arrive at Kiehl’s that beauty lovers get REALLY excited. Specialising in all things skincare, Kiehl’s stay true to their prescriptive roots by offering a truly bespoke holiday gifting service to meet different needs and budgets.

Pre-made gifts are available in-store, some featuring this year’s exclusive Jeremyville Christmas packaging or, if you’re after something specific, you can create your own with the help of the Kiehl’s team. From hand creams to hair care (and so much more), there’s something really special about putting together a personalised package. All gifts are then wrapped in the store’s luxurious gift wrap (for free!) – giving you one less job to do later (just call them Santa’s Little Helpers, eh?!). Pop into Kiehl’s today to find out more!

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Lush Christmas 

Does it get more fun than Lush at Christmas? Every year I wonder if they can possibly come up with something new (and secretly hope that a few old favourites will return!), and each time I’m completely dazzled with seasonal soaps, glittering gifts and – oh yes – special edition smellies!

I love their brightly-packaged gift sets, which come in a whole range of shapes and sizes. The Ice Ice Baby gift (left) has your secret Santa all wrapped up, coming in at just under a tenner and containing a super fresh combo of Igloo soap and Snowman shower jelly. Best Wishes on the other hand (IN the other hand??) is pretty much a mini ‘best of’ Lush Christmas, with the Golden Wonder bath bomb, Ruby Red Slippers bubble bar and Snowcastle soap. Put it this way: if this set were to sing, it’d sound like Bing Crosby…

Lush’s Christmas range starts at just £2 and you can browse it here!

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Peace, Love, Pop by Paul Mitchell 

Paul Mitchell is bringing some comic-inspired style to Christmas stockings everywhere this year with their Peace, Love, Pop gift collection. Vibrant, playful and full of fun, there are 10 sets available to help cover every hair type and give your tresses a pop of style during party season!

From boosting colour, to hydrating and fighting frizz, Paul Mitchell are making it their mission to keep everyone feeling their very best at Christmas with these cruelty-free products. I love this SHINE set – designed to keep hair looking smooth and sleek with some of the brand’s popular Super Skinny hair treats. Each gift set sold from Peace, Love, Pop also supports BABY2BABY, which helps to provide children from low-income households with clothes, nappies and other necessities. The collection ranges from £20-40 and you can find out more online.

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I don’t know about you, but all of this talk of relaxing and pampering is making me want to hop into a frothy, bubbly bath! I hope that these picks help inspire you to spoil someone this Christmas – and be sure to let me know what your top gifts are for bath, body and beyond this year.

With love, bath bombs and red bows…

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3 Alternative Ways to Shop This Christmas

 alternative ways to shop

It’s the last day of November so, if you haven’t started to at least plan your Christmas shopping yet, now’s the time!

Monday’s post was all about the best beauty gift sets that our favourite department store makeup counters have to offer, but today I’d like to focus more on HOW we shop, rather than what we’re buying. Over the next month, there are some exciting shopping events and new shop arrivals in Glasgow that are well worth checking out!

 alternative ways to shop

Not only will these stores and markets leave you spoiled for choice, but they’re also a chance to discover something a little bit different while picking up a few festive treats. I can’t wait to share them with you, so let’s get started!

Here are 3 alternative ways to shop this Christmas…

1. Etsy Made Local AKA The Christmas Market You Must Visit 

Returning to Glasgow after last year’s successful event, the Etsy Team are organising an even bigger Christmas fair this year to celebrate local makers and creative talent. Showcasing the work of 132 designers and small businesses over a lively two-day stint at The Briggait, you can expect to browse the work of such clever cookies as Bonnie Bling, Nikki McWilliams, Claire Barclay Draws, Neil Slorance Art and many more.

At Etsy Made Local you’ll find oodles of homeware, art, illustrations, jewellery and accessories – perfect for anyone looking for Christmas gift inspiration. AND you might just discover your new favourite indie designer while you’re browsing! It all kicks off this Saturday at 11:30 and entry to the fair is free – see you there?

 alternative ways to shop

 alternative ways to shop

2. Boutique by Shelter Scotland AKA The Thrift Store for the Style Savvy

Shopping in second-hand stores is something that I talk about a LOT, as not only does it help support charities and the work that they do, but it is also a way to help contribute to sustainability (and avoid clothes going to landfill!). So when I heard about Boutique, the newest project from Shelter Scotland, I was excited to see what the charity had up their sleeve. Teaming up with Wayne Hemingway, Shelter have created a charity shop with a stylish, design-conscious feel (the interior design has been created by Wayne Hemingway himself…need I say more?) and are opening their very first Scottish store tomorrow at 177 Byres Road.

 alternative ways to shop

Having had a sneaky peek inside the store for myself, I really love the curated feel of the shop floor and even spied a few pre-loved gems ready to be snapped up (a beautiful oversized Chloe bag that would be perfect for a few gals I know…).  Shopping second-hand this Christmas will help to support those struggling with poor housing conditions and homelessness, but don’t forget how valuable your donations are too! If you’re planning a pre-Christmas clear out, the team at Boutique by Shelter would love to hear from you – you can pop in store from Thursday or drop them an email at ByresRoadShop@shelter.org.uk

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3. Wear Eponymous x Leiper Gallery AKA The Pop-up Concept Store

Just a hop, skip and a jump from the hustle and bustle of Buchanan Street you’ll find the stunning Leiper Fine Art Gallery, where Wear Eponymous are hosting their latest pop-up shop. Within this traditional space there’s an explosion of contemporary designer brands and more award-winning talent than you can shake a Christmas tree at; including luxury fashion, accessories, interiors, jewellery, lifestyle pieces and art.

 alternative ways to shop

This is Wear Eponymous’ 4th pop-up event, the latest in the team’s quest to introduce key independent designers to a wider audience. After all, some discoveries are too good to keep to yourself! Expect to find pieces from the likes of Helen Ruth, Rebecca Torres and Edge Only (LOVE!) as well as lots of others – all artistically presented in this classic building at 117 West George Street until 31st December.

 alternative ways to shop

With a mega market, a chic charity shop and a powerful pop-up to choose from (OR why not visit all three?) it just goes to show that there are lots of alternative ways to shop over the festive period.

Glasgow is always bursting with fresh ideas and ways to support others, whether it’s charities, small businesses or local design talent and these three retail events are just a small selection of ways to get involved this Christmas! Let me know if you visit any of them – and if you have any other alternative or local shopping destinations for me to check out.

Love,

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2016 Makeup Gifts for Beauty Belles

2016 Makeup Gifts

Sleigh bells ring, are ya listenin’? Today marks the first of my holly jolly holiday gift guide series, a new(ish) blog project for me. Last year, I really just shared one bumper edition to cover all manner of gifts and recipients and the year before that was a post dedicated to gifting on a budget. But this year? Oh, it’s ON! Brace yours-elves (sorry).

Every Monday for the next 4 weeks I’ll be talking about the treats we (or someone we know!) would love to see waiting under the tree. To kick things off, I am starting with the 2016 makeup gifts to thrill the beauty junkies in our lives!

With so many sensational sets available this year it sure can be overwhelming to narrow things down so, to give you a little helping hand, I’ve hand-picked three releases that I think are rather special. All you need to do is try not to keep them for yourself…

2016 Makeup Gifts

The suit-everyone palette: The Wish List by bareMinerals 

bareMinerals are a brand that have really knocked it out of the park with their Christmas collection this year. Urging us all to be present (geddit?) with a range of gifts including everything from Happy Glow Lucky skincare to mistletoe-ready Moxie lip colours. The Wish List palette is a sleek eyeshadow kit with 12 shades to compliment all skin tones and encourage us to get experimenting!

The pretty black and gold packaging makes this gift feel gloriously Christmassy and the shades within the palette range from soft matte neutrals to shimmering rich shades; making them easy to wear alone or blended together for a statement look. It also has a big ol’ mirror, which doesn’t seem like much but trust me – when you come across a palette that DOESN’T have a mirror, you’ll notice! This gift is £39 (though is valued at over £87) and you can pick it up here!

2016 Makeup Gifts

The perfect stocking stuffer: They’re Real! Big Sexy Eye Kit by Benefit

You know what they say…good things come in small packages! Benefit are well-known for their seasonal special editions, and this year is no exception, but this little beauty is a new release and from the brand’s mainline collection. The Big Sexy Eye Kit (from Benefit’s They’re Real! range) has everything you need to create a defined eye makeup look with just one sweep!

This pocket-sized tin contains 3 different colour combos (in Beyond Nude, Bombshell Brown and – my favourite – Naughty Neutral) and a custom shadowblender sponge, designed for applying two shades at once (i.e. to your lid and crease). Ideal for the gal on the go! They’re Real! Big Sexy Eye Kit is cute as a button, and is available in-store and online at £27.50.

2016 Makeup Gifts

The Big Guns: Dreamy Look in a Clutch by Charlotte Tilbury 

Dreamy? Dreamy doesn’t even COVER this one, my friend! Charlotte Tilbury’s Christmas gift shop has luxury written all over it, from small trinkets starting at £16.50 to a pretty legendary advent calendar which comes in at a cool £150. The Dreamy Look in a Clutch is packaged in Charlotte Tilbury’s signature rose gold and contains… well, a full red-carpet-worthy makeup look!

The Dreamy Look was created to be super flattering and radiance-boosting with a touch of golden shimmer. It includes an eye palette, eyeliner, lipliner, mascara, lipstick and even a USB stick with a tutorial video from the lady herself! At £90 it’s definetly at the top end of a lot of budgets, but it is a beautiful box of goodies and if you’ve been especially nice this year then it’s worth adding to your letter to Santa. Point the big guy towards House of Fraser, or click here to shop.

2016 Makeup Gifts

Choosing the right gift for someone that deserves a treat is never easy, but hopefully my top picks from the many 2016 makeup gifts available will give you the head start you need.

Do you have any makeup lovers to buy for this year? And which of these would you love to unwrap on Christmas Day?

Love,

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