Thursday, 8 December 2016

Gifts For Good Girls

If you are anything like me, you're probably just starting to do your Christmas shopping and - like me - you may be panicking. Time is of the essence but getting the perfect gift can't be rushed. After all, no one wants a shit present. So, to make life a little easier for all of us, I've put together a selection of gifts for the good girls in your life. Part two will be gift recommendations for the bad bitches...

One of the most fool proof gifts you can ever get a good girl is a fragrance. Now you can opt for her favourite scent, however there are some new fragrances that shouldn't be overlooked. The first is the limited edition My Burberry Festive (£92.00 90ml). This eau de parfum contains top notes of sweet pea and bergamot, heart notes of geranium, golden quince and freesia and base notes of rain-tipped damask, centifolia roses and patchouli. It is a head-turning floral fragrance with some serious staying power. As for its bottle, it is beyond beautiful and customers are able to personalise it with their initials via a monogramming service ( and selected Burberry stores).

Another great fragrance to gift this festive season is the Givenchy Dahlia Divin Le Nectar (£67.50 50ml), the third addition to the Dahlia Divin collection. Announced as "the elixir of divine potency", the Divin Le Nectar contains top notes of mimosa, heart notes of jasmine and rose and base notes of vetiver, sandalwood, tonka bean, vanilla and musk. This gorgeous scent is fresh, floral and sweet and, like the My Burberry Festive, its bottle is beyond beautiful!

A great fragrance gift for girls on the go is the Trish McEvoy Pocketable Fragrance Sexy 9 Blackberry & Vanilla Musk (£25.00 6ml). It is a rollerball fragrance with a spicy-sweet magnetic scent that features notes of blackberry buds, rich vanilla, velvet musk, patchouli and sandalwood. Perfect for popping in your clutch, this beauty is a night out essential.

For skincare obsessed girls or just girls wanting to get their skincare game strong, I recommend the Omorovicza The Introductory Kit (£69.00). This gift set is the perfect intro to the amazing Hungarian brand that is Omorovicza or just the perfect skincare travel kit for existing fans. The Introductory Kit contains five of the brand's bestselling products, the Queen of Hungary Mist (30ml), Thermal Cleansing Balm (15ml), Cleansing Foam (30ml), Balancing Moisturiser (30ml) and Ultramoor Mud Mask (15ml). Omorovicza is one of my favourite skincare brands as every one of its products delivers great results and those included in The Introductory Kit are no exception. I can't recommend gifting this enough!

If you're hunting for some luxury skincare gifts, you can't go wrong with the SHOW Allure Body Shimmer Oil and Lancer Lip Serum.

SHOW’s Allure Body Shimmer Oil (£35.00) is one of the London beauty brand's newest launches and, like every other SHOW product, it is has style and substance. It is a lightweight dry oil that softens and nourishes the skin, while giving it an instant golden glow. Especially good for dry skins, this beautiful body oil is formulated with a blend of argan oil, jojoba oil, aloe vera and vitamin E. Most importantly, the Allure Body Shimmer Oil is infused with the signature SHOW fragrance – one of my biggest beauty weaknesses. The fragrance contains notes of patchouli, soft white musk and Madagascan vanilla… the perfect scent for your skin!

The Lancer Lip Serum (£32.00 14ml) is a cult beauty classic that every girl needs in her life, especially during the winter months. Now for those who don’t know about this skin saviour, it is an advanced lip treatment that creates soft, plump and – wait for it – more youthful looking lips. Yas! It contains a stimulating formula designed to help reduce the look of vertical lip lines, define lip contours and provide hydration for plumper-looking lips. I use it at night, however thanks to its beautiful glossy sheen, it can also be worn during the day!

Now this sounds like bullshit I know, however my lips have been in perfect condition since I started using the Lancer Lip Serum. Not a chapped or sore lip situation in sight!

If you want to give the gift of inner beauty this Christmas, I recommend the book Pretty Every Day. Following on from the popular Eat Pretty, Eat Pretty Every Day contains 365 different ways to eat yourself pretty each day of the year, whether it's through beautiful recipes, kitchen tips and tricks, self-care and mindfulness practices, beauty food profiles or physical activities. It is the ultimate guide for girls that what to be healthier and look a damn sight better. At just £8.00, it is the perfect stocking filler or secret santa gift!

For pampering loving princesses, there are always candles, body creams, bath oils and chocolates! You can't go wrong with either of these! A great candle to burn during a good pampering session is the Tropic Signature Soy Wax Candle (£45.00). This uplifting and rejuvenating fragrance contains notes of lemon, neroli, may chang and thyme. It smells absolutely beautiful and has some serious lasting power.

As for body creams, look to Crabtree & Evelyn. The classic beauty brand offer a variety of gorgeous fragrances, body washes, body creams and soaps (and a serious number of other products!) that feature the most beautiful formulations and scents. The brand's Rose Pineapple Body Cream (£22.00 200ml) not only smells amazing - thanks to a blend of warm pineapple, heady rose and sparkling pink prosecco notes - but leaves skin nourished and super soft.

When it comes to chocolate, I recommend you hook a good girl up with Bill's truffles. The brand has three different types of truffles on offer this year - Pink Marc de Champagne Truffles (£11.95), Black Forest Gateau Truffles and Red Velvet Cake Truffles (a personal favourite!). They cost just £11.95 each and contain a surprisingly large amount of tasty chocolates. They make for the perfect stocking filler or small gift for one of your girlfriends.

For makeup obsessed girls that love a bit of luxury, you can’t go wrong with the Real Techniques Spotlight Essential Set (£40.00). This makeup brush kit contains three of the brand’s best brushes and a beautiful brush roll. It includes the 300 tapered blush - for highlights and sculpts across cheeks, the 102 triangle concealer – for highlighting the tops of cheekbones and angled contouring around eyes, nose and chin and the 203 tapered shadow – for blending shadow into the crease and eyelid.

These Spotlight Essential brushes have a gorgeous metallic finish, making them some of the sexiest makeup brushes in the game. They are also affordable, a dream to use and long lasting!

My final gift recommendation is the beautiful Trish McCoy Voyager 7, a travel set full of makeup essentials. Contained in this tiny pouch is a palette featuring two Eye Shadows in Shell and Snow, four Glaze Eye Shadows in Cream, Tawny, White Peach and Topaz, two Eye Definers in Deep Aubergine and Arabian Nights, one Bronzer in Weekend and one Blush in Pink Glow. Also included is the Beauty Booster Lip Gloss SPF 15 in Sexy Petal, Mini Kabuki Brush and Angled Crease Contour/Tight Eye Lining Brush. It is the perfect beauty gift for girls on the go!

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