Yesterday I covered a wide variety of seasonal gifts under £25. Today it’s all about feeling flush and splurging out on what you can get for under £75.
Tarte Cosmetics’ Kiss & Belle Deluxe Lip-Surgence Lip Set*
Tarte Cosmetics prides itself on using high-performance natural products and this limited edition set of Tarte’s award-winning Lip-Surgence lip tint and lip gloss treasures is one to marvel at.
The exclusive set includes 4 deluxe LipSurgence™ lip tints in Dreamy (cool raspberry), Alluring (mauve), Innocent (warm nude) and dainty (pink). Then there are 2 deluxe LipSurgence™ matte lip tints in Eternal (pinky nude) and Fancy (plum berry) and finally there are 2 deluxe LipSurgence™ lip glosses in Kiss (light pink) and Belle (raspberry).
The bad news is this collection is only available in the States (unless you’re are planning to visit in which case this is a good one to bag in your shopping spree). The good news is you can order this from Sephora, which ships to the UK.
Worth $100, Sweet Dreams is $34 which is roughly under £22. However, you have to factor in custom charges so make it worth your while by putting in a bulk order. If you can’t quite bring yourself to make such an investment, Tarte is offering a 4 Piece Lip-Surgence Lip Creme Collection available from QVC UK for £29, which can be found here.
Charlotte Tilbury’s Fallen Angel Luxury Palette (£45)
It’s acceptable to buy yourself presents, right? Good because I couldn’t resist Charlotte Tilbury’s limited edition Fallen Angel eyeshadow quad. Actually, I should have featured this in the Palettes for Christmas post…never mind! This deserves a special mention any way.
It’s quite a small quad but the four metallic shades are so buttery soft and pigmented, which is why I keeled over in Fenwick Bond Street for it. Luscious shades for the ultimate smoky eyes.
L’Occitane Sensual Arlésienne collection (currently down from £79 to £49.50)*
This winter season L’Occitane has created a new collection which is nothing short of divine. In fact, it’s one I have been hooked on since I sprayed the fragrance on my wrist. If you like floral scents then you will simply love this. It’s a blend of saffron flower, rose and violet though the notes smell suspiciously like grapefruit, which is not a bad thing in my books. Without a doubt, this is my favourite offering from L’Occitane so far. This collection includes:
• 75ml Arlésienne Eau de Toilette
• 75ml Arlésienne Shower Cream
• 250ml Arlésienne Beauty Milk
• 30ml Arlésienne Hand Cream
What’s more they come beautifully packaged in L’Occitane’s trademark pretty box. You can order it here or find it in all L’Occitane boutiques and counters.
Eve Lom: The Perfect Partners (£75)
For the sophisticated lady (that would be my mum), this pair from Eve Lom contains the wonderful cleansing balm in 100ml size and a 125ml full size tube of Morning Cleanser as well as a muslin cloth. It’s everything you need for a daily skincare regime to create a luxury at-home spa but at a very attractive price. Normally these two would cost £55 and £40 respectively in which case it’s totally OK to buy a set for yourself.
Alrighty! That’s my lot on gifts for Christmas. I’d love to know what you’re planning to get for friends and family so leave me a comment below and I will be sure to reply.
SANTA! OH MY GOD! SANTA’S COMING! I KNOW HIM! I KNOW HIM!
Elf. Probably the movie to get you in the mood for Christmas. I’ve watched it twice. Then again, I do love Will Ferrell.
As I promised last week, I have a few more Christmas gift guides to share with you. Now don’t roll your eyes and mutter ‘Bah! Humbug!’. These are my suggestions which I hope may give you some ideas and possibly save you the trauma of tackling the shops. I know what that feels like – I turned on my heels yesterday and walked out of one shop as it was congested with stock and people with no sense of direction. In fact, no sense at all.
Any way! Let’s get cracking – here’s what you can pick up for £25 or under:
Roger & Gallet Hand and Nail Cream Crackers (£6)*
You can’t go wrong with Roger & Gallet’s Hand and Nail Creams – nourishing and hydrating, they are perfectly sized and lightweight to slip into your handbag. For Christmas the 30ml tubes have been boxed up in cute Christmas cracker packaging. Scents include Rose (pink) and Bois D’Orange (orange) amongst others.
Andrew Barton Moroccan Argan Oil brushes (£7-£8)*
Andrew has these wonderful brushes with its pins infused with argan oil to calm frizz and moisturise, nourish and strengthen the hair. Argan oil is extremely precious and expensive in its purest form so I highly doubt there is much in every hair brush and can only assume a very minute amount coats the hair as you brush it through. This does mean your hair won’t be greased up to the nines. However, sooner or later the oil will run out but for £8 for a paddle brush and £7 for a rounded brush, you cannot quibble. Andrew’s Moroccan Argan Oil brushes are available from Asda superstores and www.asda.com.
Mark Hill’s 6-in-1 Styling Sphere (£9.99)*
This brush keeps selling out! Why? It detangles wet and dry hair but not only that, with its unique rounded head, it helps to dry hair quickly, lifts at the roots for volume, and is versatile enough to give long locks beach waves and cascading curls or smooth and sleek tresses. Buy online from Mark Hill or check Boots for stock.
Aromatherapy Associates: The Star (£10)*
This looks like a charming tree decoration but contained within is a bottle of Aromatherapy Associates’ Inner Strength Bah & Shower Oil. Therapeutic and soothing, a blend of clary sage, frankincense and cardamon helps to calm and relax the body. 10% of proceeds from sales will be donated to the charity Defence Against Cancer, who are working on the development of a new cancer vaccination to help specific forms of the disease spreading. The Star and other gift sets from Aromatherapy Associates is available directly online as well as Liberty’s, Fortnum & Mason and Space NK.
The Body Shop’s Lip & Cheek Doll (£10)*
The Body Shop’s Lip & Cheek Stain has been repackaged in a cute dainty bottle with a doll face on it. The dual-purpose liquid stain gives a natural-looking, rosy glow to lips and cheeks and most certainly a little bit will go a long way.
Durance Spiced Biscuit Hand Crafted Candle (£14.45)
It’s not Christmas without a candle, is it? Durance is a name new to my senses but one I have embraced with open arms. I’m tired of the usual candle brands that have been done to death and lost their wick. Fortunately Durance offers something more organic and I feel like it’s untouched and I hope it remains this way for I would hate to see it become spoiled and corrupted.
A little known fact for you: Durance is a family-run business founded in 1986 in Provence, France. Their candles are hand-made with ingredients sourced from local farmers. There’s nothing too overly fancy about Durance – the quality speaks for itself and it’s affordable too.
Spiced Biscuit is a deliciously soft blend of vanilla and brown sugar and like all of Durance’s candles, is made of soy wax. This 180g jar will burn for 40 hours. Unfortunately it is limited edition and seems to be sold out online. Fear not, there are other Christmas scents to choose from at www.durance-shop.co.uk. Well worth checking out the rest of their range too.
The Body Shop’s Glazed Apple Tin of Treasures (£17)*
You can always rely on the Body Shop to come up trumps with gift sets to suit all budgets for the festive season. In fact I would say The Body Shop has Christmas wrapped up and in the bag – not just with the choice of products but the beautifully designed packaging including a musical carousel and their stupendous advent calendar but it’s their limited edition Glazed Apple range that’s the pick of the bunch particularly this fantastic apple-shaped tin that contains Glazed Apple Shower Gel (60ml), Glazed Apple Body Polish (75ml), Glazed Apple Body Butter (50ml), Glazed Apple Body Butter (50ml), Glazed Apple Body Lotion (60ml) and a green mini crinkle Bath Lily.
It smells AMAZING. It’s a fruity apple scent, not very much about is has the glazed effect which means it’s not sickly, sugary sweet. I’m a lover of all things Apple so it’s as if this was made for me. As it’s limited edition, I may well stock up on products for personal use too. I don’t want a repeat of last time when the Honeymania collection flew off the shelves.
The Body Shop’s Glazed Apple range is also available as individual full-sized products including a home fragrance oil and sparkler to spritz on some shimmer on the hair and skin. For more, visit www.thebodyshop.co.uk.
Too Faced’s Better Than Sex mascara (£19)*
This may cheekily resemble a travel size adult toy (please don’t ever get it mixed up with the actual thing) but Too Faced’s mascara is a force to be reckoned with. It gives intensely black volumising lashes in one coat with its hour-glass shaped wand. I’ve been complimented on my lashes when I am wearing this which makes me think this would be much desired by many this Christmas. Trust me, no girlfriend will avert her eyes at this one and if I must be righteously honest then I love the feel of the packaging. But not in a kinky way.
Melvita L’Argan Bio Body Cream (£19)*
A pot of Melvita’s L’Argan Bio Body Cream slathered on is heavenly for parched skin during these cold months and it will make for a luscious stocking filler. Containing organic argan oil, the richness of the oil is captured in this cream that melts into the skin, leaving it soft and supple. Enriched with sunflower oil and protective beeswax, the oil-in-cream formula is ideal for dry and dehydrated skin, which let’s face it, applies to everyone. It also smells divine.
Durance Holly Scented Christmas Tree Diffuser (£20)*
Another beauty from Durance that deserves a mention is this brilliantly designed diffuser. Candles aren’t for everyone. I know one of my friend’s had to give up burning candles since she gained two residents under her roof of the feline form so a diffuser would be the next best thing for her.
Diffusers normally look like a bunch of sticks in a pot full of scented oil but Durance has outdone everyone with this innovative design of a Christmas tree. It comes in a box with these finely worked lime wood tree shapes that slot together and sit in the pot, allowing the scent to travel around the room. Usually this diffuser retails for £25 but you can get it here for £20. Gorgeous!
Tomorrow it’s the turn of gifts under £75. Let me know if any of these will make it onto your shopping list.