Tuesday 15 December 2015

Christmas Gifts For A Pampered Princess

If you know girls who love to be pampered and preened, then my final Christmas gift guide is perfect for you, as I've selected a variety of gadgets and beauty must-haves that keep you relaxed and looking fabulous...

The first product on my list is the Philips Lumea Prestige SC2009 (£400.00 Boots), an IPL hair removal system designed for use on the legs, arms, back, bikini line, tummy and face! It is sooo easy to use and is relatively pain free. Philips clinical studies have shown significant hair reduction in as little as two fortnightly treatments, with optimal hair-free results achieved after four to five fortnightly treatments. I have been using the device for over a month and have experienced these results first-hand. Not only has there been a serious reduction in the hair on my legs and upper lip but the remaining hairs have also got thinner. It may be on the pricey side but it works so well that it is more than worth it!

Another pampering gadget is the Scholl Express Pedi Deluxe (£44.99 Superdrug). This gift set is the
perfect treat for feet as it contains Scholl's electronic Pedi Foot File and Intense Serum. The electronic Pedi Foot File features an extra coarse roller head with long lasting micro-abrasive particles and finely ground diamond crystals. It buffs away hard skin in just one use, leaving your feet smooth and silky, while the Intense Serum keeps them that way!

For ultimate body pampering, I also recommend gifting the L'Occitane Delicate Cherry Blossom Collection (£49.00 uk.loccitane.com). The gorgeous Christmas gift set includes the Cherry Blossom Eau de Toilette 30ml, Cherry Blossom Shower Gel 250ml, Cherry Blossom Shimmering Lotion 250ml, Cherry Blossom Soap 75g and Cherry Blossom Hand Cream 10ml. Cherry Blossom is one of my favourite L'Occitane collections due to its gorgeous floral and sweet scent; it contains top notes of freesia, cherry and lily of the valley and base notes of amber and musk.

If you're looking for something a little more affordable in the bodycare dept, I recommend the LUSH Merry & Bright Gift Set (£14.95 lush.co.uk) that features three of my LUSH favourites. The first is the Beautiful Shower Gel which contains peach juice and dried apricots that smell amazing! Also, when applied, it forms a rich, creamy lather that feels gorgeous on the skin. The second is Rub Rub Rub Body Scrub, a solid scrub bar that contains sea salt, illipe butter and cupuacu butter, which help to exfoliate, brighten and soften the skin. The final product is the Celebrate Body Lotion, a hydrating hero that contains almond oil, fair trade organic cocoa butter, brazilian orange oil and lime oil. It applies easily and leaves skin feeling loved and ultra nourished!

It wouldn't be a pampering gift guide without a facemask and I recommend my favourite...the Antipodes Aura Manuka Honey Mask. This natural face mask contains a base of manuka honey, an ingredient native to New Zealand. Manuka honey is famous for its powerful healing properties - so much so that Māori people have been using it in this way for centuries! The healing mask also helps to hydrate the skin and treat acne. In fact, this mask makes a great emergency sport treatment because it reduces redness and pimple size!

The final gift on the list doesn't just cover pampering, but wellbeing too. It is the Lumie Bodyclock IRIS 500 (£160.00 lumie.com), a sleep aid that helps you naturally unwind at bedtime and wake up peacefully in the morning...using light. At nighttime the light prepares you for sleep by signaling your body to step up production of the sleep hormone melatonin. In the morning, the light works in reverse, gradually brightening to prepare your body for starting the day. I have been using this light for a while now and it not only helps me wake up on time (I'm a snooze addict), but helps to keep my sleep cycle on track and boost my mood, energy and productivity levels. If that's not enough for the pampering princess in your life, the Lumie Bodyclock IRIS also features a diffuser that releases gorgeous scents while you awake and drift off to sleep. The diffuser can also be used outside of your sleep cycle, so (like me) you can pump relaxing scents into the air during your weekly pamper session!!

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