Thursday 29 November 2018

Christmas | What to Gift... The BFF

Now if your BFF is anything like you, gifting her will be a breeze this Christmas. Just find products you'd love, and gift her those! If, however, you've given that a jolly good go and are still struggling for ideas, imma help you out...

First up is the obvious: booze. Us gals love a drink and no alcohol-related-gift gets better than the Unicorn Tears Raspberry Gin Liqueur (£39.99 from the good people at Firebox. This magical gin liqueur is bursting with the taste of succulent raspberries, alongside tangy citrus, spicy juniper berries and subtle notes of liquorice to deepen the flavour. As you can see from the bottle, it is also pink with an iridescent shimmer, making it the perfect tipple for the girly girls among us!

If your BFF loves beauty and is all about the fuzz-free life, she'll love the Philips Lumea Prestige IPL Hair removal device. This IPL hair removal system is 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 am a huge fan of this device, having experienced these results first-hand. Not only has it caused 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 (£299 John Lewis) but it works so well that it is more than worth it. Think of all the money your girl will save on laser hair removal treatments!

For the skincare obsessed I have two great options, the Murad Rapidly Radiant Gift Set and the Gatineau Mélatogénine rejuvinating Chirstmas Collection. The Murad Rapidly Radiant Gift Set (£70 is all you need for the ultimate glow. It is a limited edition two-piece set that includes the Rapid Age Spot Correcting Serum 30ml and Essential-C Day Moisture SPF30 50ml. Both products have been created with clinically proven technology to rapidly reduce dark spots, smooth away signs of aging and shield skin from future environmental damage. If your BFF is a skincare fanatic, she will have already heard of Murad, so this glowing gift is sure to go down a treat.

Gatineau's Mélatogénine rejuvinating Chirstmas Collection is perfect for those girls who invest in skin health. The set contains three hero products from the much-loved Mélatogénine collection - a probiotics range that powerfully protects skin from free-radical damage, preventing premature ageing! Housed in a cute maroon bag, the set includes the Mélatogénine AOX Probiotics™ Advanced Rejuvenating Cream 50ml, Mélatogénine AOX Probiotics™ Advanced Rejuvenating Eye Concentrate 15ml, and Mélatogénine AOX Probiotics™ Youth Activating Beauty Serum 30ml. The set is £77 (, which is pretty impressive considering it's actually worth £211!

For those girls who care more for haircare than skincare, I recommend the Sachajuan’s Beauty Bag Hair Repair Set (£65 This is the ultimate gift for girls with locks that are in need of a little TLC. It features the brand's Moisturizing Shampoo and Moisturizing Conditioner, which both contain ocean silk technology and argan oil to provide optimal moisture, leaving the hair healthy and manageable. Also included is the famous Hair Repair, an intensive hair treatment that helps fix damaged and stressed hair. It boasts a long lasting effect and ultra-frizz reduction, leaving hair healthy, shiny, and manageable. The three products come in a cute washbag, doubling as the perfect travel accessory!

When it comes to makeup lovers, you can't go wrong with anything from Anastasia Beverly Hills and, this year, my favourite beauty retailer has teamed up with the legendary American beauty brand to create an exclusive gift. The gift I'm gassing about is the Anastasia Beverly Hills X Feelunique Exclusive Box (£49 cue heart eyes emoji! This 2018 launch contains the cult Sugar Glow Kit (AKA the ultimate highlighting palette), Highlighting Duo Pencil, and Tapered Blending Brush (a perfect partner for the Sugar Glow Kit). It's the kind of gift that'll have you top of the friends list for a looooong time, trust me.

If your bestie likes the classic beauty brands, opt for anything Bobbi Brown. This year, Bobbi is offering up a simple but sexy Large Cosmetic Bag (£29 Liberty), which will hold all daily makeup essentials effortlessly. However Queen Bobbi's best beauty gift this year is the Christmas Brush Set (£69 Selfridges). This luxury five-piece set contains Bobbi Brown's bestselling full-size make-up brushes for the face and eyes. It is stored in a sleek velvet case that can fit even more brushes than those provided... two gifts in one girl! It is the essential makeup brush set for girls who are starting out in the makeup game or just those who need premium beauty tools in their life!

If your friend has a thing for fragrances, hook her up with Mugler's Aura (£49 The Perfume Shop). Mugler knows how to create unique, head-turning scents and Aura is no exception. The hypnotic scent features top notes of bergamot and rhubarb leaf, heart notes of orange blossom, green notes, and ylang ylang and base notes of bourbon vanilla, amberwood, woody notes, and sandalwood. The eau de parfum has excellent projection and even better lasting power. The bottle is also refillable, so your BFF can top it up for less when it runs out.

The final gift on my list will be a real winner for any friend suffering with one (or both!) of the world's top food intolerances, gluten and diary. It is Stacey Forsey's Scrumplicious Sweet Treats (£20 - a gluten, diary and egg free cook book packed with the most mouthwatering recipes. I've recently found myself not agreeing with diary and this book was a real lifesaver. It enables me to enjoy the sweet things I used to love, without causing any horrible reactions. It is also rich in recipes options, each of which is super easy to follow! This book is also great for vegans who are on the hunt for tasty treats containing no animal by-products!

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