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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*
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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)
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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)*
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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)
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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.

There are other box sets available too from www.evelom.com ranging from £65 to £175. I personally recommend the Daily Collection which includes the brilliant Rescue Mask

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.

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loccitane_whipped_shea_butterIt should never be said that L’Occitane doesn’t know how to arouse attention. Its newest collection Whipped Shea Butter* essentially resembles whipped cream with Shea Butter as its key ingredient.

This year marks the 25th anniversary of L’Occitane using Shea Butter from women’s co-operative in Burkina Faso for which the Whipped Shea Butter limited edition bodycare line has been created. There are three products to whip you into a frenzy: Whipped Shower Foam (150ml/£14), Whipped Hand Cream (30ml/£8) and Whipped Body Cream (125ml/£18).

Shea Butter is probably my favourite offering from L’Occitane – deeply nourishing, moisturising and long-lasting. The hand cream is by far the best one I’ve tried so it’s with great excitement and an equal amount of hope that I looked forward to putting this collection to the test.

Let’s start with the Whipped Shower Foam. It is superbly enticing from its appearance in the bottle alone – a clear liquid form that magically turns into a thick, creamy foam when pumped. Enriched with Shea Butter, it leaves skin feeling supple, soft and smelling wonderful.

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Then we have the Whipped Hand Cream and Whipped Body Cream. Both look fiendishly deceiving with the whipped texture that’s light and airy yet intensely hydrating. The creams are kind and gentle enough for the most sensitive and driest skins too, and feel luxurious to slather on.

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Shea Butter is probably my favourite offering from L’Occitane – deeply nourishing, moisturising and long-lasting. The hand cream is by far the best one I’ve tried, so I had no doubts about these new arrivals. Sadly it’s a limited edition collection so if this whets your appetite, march on down to your nearest L’Occitane boutique toute de suite before it’s gone for good.