Friday 28 November 2014

Christmas 2014 - 'For Her' Gift Guide

Christmas shopping seems to become more tedious each year, who do we buy for? What would they like? What is our budget? I think sometimes us ladies can maybe even be the hardest people to buy for, so why not use some of these ideas for the ladies in your lives?

For the perfect stocking fillers, take a look at the Vaseline Lips Christmas selection. With the cold days taking its toll on everything it touches, it’s only right that we give our lips some extra TLC this Winter.

Here are a few stocking filler suggestions:

The Vaseline Make Up Bag Collection includes Vaseline Lip Therapy Rosy Lips and Vaseline Hand and Nail Lotion. (Retailing at £6.00).

The Vaseline Rosy Lip Pouch Gift Pack includes Vaseline Lip Therapy Rosy Lips in a lovely presentation box. (Retailing at £4.00).

The Vaseline Pink Crest Lip Tin Gift Pack comes in a Pink tin along with the full Vaseline collection: Vaseline Lip Therapy Aloe, Vaseline Lip Therapy Original and Vaseline Lip Therapy Cocoa. (Retailing at £6.50).

Avon Luck For Her Eau de Parfum Spray is a lovely light fragrance that is ideal for everyday use. It is presented in a beautifully cut glass bottle. (Retailing at £15.00)

Highlight your surroundings!
Nothing beats snuggling down under a blanket when the cold winter nights draw in, closing the curtains and lighting a few candles to really enhance the cosines of the room. Well unless of course those candles possess the very best Christmas scents of course! The Country Candle Wonderwick Christmas Collection will make a great gift idea this Christmas, the set contains 3 medium jar candles with wooden wicks that emit a soothing crackle while dispersing the scents of Alpine Lodge, Manor House and my personal favourite Gingerbread! Retailing at £32.50 over at QVC they will make a great gift for any candle lover, or multiple gifts if you decide to split each candle up!

Dazzle someone special!

Who doesn’t love a little bit of sparkle? I know I do and I am sure I speak for women far and wide when I say that every lady loves a little bit of bling! With the sparkliest month of the year upon us, we dust off our dancing shoes and find the prettiest of outfits for those parties that we WILL be attending! Warren James have a beautiful selection of jewellery on sale right now in time for the festive season, and it won’t break the bank. Feast your eyes upon the Rachael Real Sterling Silver DiamonFlash Cubic Zirconia Cluster Ring! Beautiful isn’t it!? With an RRP of £54.00… Warren James have reduced it so a bargain £22.00. Now wouldn’t that look fancy this festive season? And why not pair this ring up with this dazzling pair of Roweena RealSterling Silver DiamonFlash Cunbic Zirconia Studs for only £7.00!?

Prepare a beauty bag full of treats!

This one is a great gift idea for anyone on a budget, all you need to do is purchase a beauty bag and include a few beauty products. You can be as creative and adventurous as your budget will allow, but it’s sure to be a winner no matter the budget. This kind of gift highlights the thought that has had to go into it, sneak a few of their favourite items inside and you really are on to a winner.

The bag featured here is the Victoria Green Polka Dot Vanity Case and retails at £14.00 (currently on offer at £12.60) exclusively to Debenhams, it’s a lovely sized bag with plenty of room for everything you could need. I have filled it with a number of goodies:

Olay Regenerist Luminous Moisturiser (Retailing at £29.99)
Avon Gel Finish Nail Varnish in Envy, Very Berry and Glamour (Retailing at £7.00 per bottle)
Max Factor Colour Elixir Lip Glosses in Glowing Peach, Radiant Rose, Lustrous Sand and Pristine Nude (Retailing at £7.99 each)
ANEW Clinical Beauty Heroes Collection (retailing at £20.00 from Avon)

If you are looking to really treat a makeup enthusiast then look no further than Avon’s Master Collection Palette. In all it contains 55 eye shadows, 10 lipsticks and four blushers. It comes packed with three applicators and even boasts a built in mirror. It makes the perfect addition to any lady’s makeup collection this festive season and even has some festive glittery addition’s that you just won’t be able to resist! It is on sale exclusively with Avon and is retailing at £28.00.

Give the gift of pampering!

What better time of the year can you give someone the excuse to pamper themselves and encourage them to put their feet up?  The Spa Gift Box by Sandy Bay has everything you need to have a relaxing night in, forget the big party nights out. This is where the fun is at! The set includes 1 Rose and Jojoba Bath Salts and Scrub, 1 Lavender & Chamomile Multi Balm and 2 Blushing Rose Candles! This really is a special treat for someone special this Christmas, and it retails at £35.00 over at QVC.

The Eden Project Wine & Chocolate Gift Bag is a lovely treat for someone special, this set comprises of a bottle of Eden Project wine and one of their delicious chocolate collections. 

The Jute Bag contains:

- A Bottle of Eden Project wine – choose from red, white or rose
- Chocolate Collection

If the appeal of Chocolate and Wine paired together in a set is not enough to tickle your taste buds, wait until you hear about the Chocolate treats enclosed inside. 

The chocolate collection contains five chocolate bars, in an array of mouth-watering flavours! 
This chocolate set is handmade in Cornwall out of carefully selected fairly traded cocoa. 
Each bar in the chocolate gift pack and the outer casing has been thoughtfully designed here at Eden by our team of in-house artists. They've illustrated the wrappers beautifully with unusual facts and the story of chocolate.

This next gift is something I had never come across before, but is a real treat! The Jamela 24K Gold Facial Masks is the lifestyle of the rich and famous! That’s right I said 24K Gold face mask, Gold has always been known for its beautifying benefits to the skin and they really are as unique as they come. The mask is one piece that you simply slip onto your face. It instantly feels soothing and I happily lay around for an hour while it did it’s thing! I was really pleased with the effects of the mask, my skin felt smoother and it was just a very relaxing experience. The face masks come in a pack of 5 and cost £49.50.

Sometimes getting to the salon for a parent is hard, but we all like to look our best, and when you are juggling a child and daily life, you don’t really want to be sitting in the salon pulling your hair out because of the little one’s getting bored do you? The Rokit Nails Kit may be the answer, salon quality nails that you can do yourself in the comfort of your own home. This set is exactly what it says on the tin, and being someone who cannot paint their nails to save their life… I have been very impressed with this nail set.

Retailing at £99.99 and coming equipped with absolutely everything that you need for THE perfect nails, it really is a great buy. Included in the box you will find the Professional LED Curing Lamp, Rokit Lint Free Cleansing Pads, Nail File/Buffer & Cuticle Stick, Rokit Ready, Rokit Remove and Rokit 1 Step Pink Polish. It really is as simple as preparing your nails, applying one coat and setting the Gel with the UV lamp!

The Scholl Velvet Smooth Luxury Pedicure Set is another great way to help a loved one pamper themselves this Christmas. The set is packaged up inside a pearlescent beauty bag and contains all of the foot care essentials that will get your feet looking like a Million Dollars this festive season!

Inside the kit you will find:

The Scholl Velvet Smooth Express Pedi – This is an electrical hard skin removal device that will leave your feet beautifully soft in minutes.

The Scholl Velvet Smooth Intense Serum – It has been designed to provide intense hydration for the feet. The Serum contains Hyaluronic Acid that actually penetrates into the skin, the acid has the ability to retain water which helps to improve the density and structure of the skin. The serum also contains Pentavitin which acts like a ‘moisture magnet’ creating a durable bond with the body’s own Keratin in the uppermost layer of skin. This is so that the water molecules stored in the skin remain there!

The Scholl Velvet Smooth Express Pedi retails at £40.00 exclusively from Boots.

Who doesn't love a massage? Especially with the harsh reality of Winter upon us, and staying in is a much more attractive idea than going out. The Scholl Muscle Therapy 2 in 1 Precision Massager has been created for that exact reason, and also helps aid muscle injuries and aching backs, legs and shoulders. This clever massager is hand held and comes with three interchangable heads that provide the user with a selection of different massage options.

Each detachable massage head performs an individual function:- 

The Percussion Node works hard for a deep tissue massage, with the smooth massaging node working at 900-1200 pulses per minute.
The Reflexology Node is more relaxing, using rubberised pinpoint accunodes to leave you feeling refreshed and relaxed after a hard work-out.
The Infra-Red Node which acts fast to soothe aching muscles by using an adjustable heat sensor which varies between 35-70 °c , ideal after a long session at the gym or working in the garden. 

The Scholl Muscle Therapy 2 in 1 Precision Massager retails at £39.99 but is currently on offer at Amazon at £32.57.

Shaving for women is one of those tasks that never seems to be done. You can shave and the very next day the first signs of re-growth is back and it’s far from glamourous. I am one of those people who has fallen out of love with the traditional razor and I had high hopes that something new may come along, and it did in the form of the Braun Silk Epil 7 Bonus Edition Epilator. This rather swanky Epilator can be used in both the wet and the dry, so if you are a little nervous about the prospect of epilating for the very first time, don’t be! Run yourself a nice hot bath, get in and relax. Then give the Braun Silk Epil 7 a whirl.  It comes with a number of different attachment heads, including a shaver head and a smaller epilator head for those sensitive areas. This bonus edition even comes with the new facial cleansing brush, which means you can now look after your skin from head to toe.

The Braun Silk Epil 7 Bonus Edition Epilator retails at £159.99.

If epilating is just not for you then maybe you would be intrigued by the HoMedics Duo, I know I was. The HoMedics Duo isn’t a razor, and it’s not an epilator. It works by pulsing intense light  (IPL) and used Advanced Fluorescence Technology (AFT) to actually reduce the hair growth. You can use it practically all over, except for your face which you need a separate attachment for. I have just used the second treatment on my legs, and I have found the process simple and easy to use. I don’t find it uncomfortable and I am looking forward to seeing the results. In the long run this could make a great alternative to shaving completely!

You can pick the HoMedics Duo up for £179.99.

Fancy rejuvenating your skin in time for Christmas? The HoMedics NEWA is a clinically proven skin rejuvenation system that actually removes up to 1/3 of wrinkles while lifting and tighting your skin! The treatment is safe, comfortable, pain free and non invasive! The system can be used on all skin types and promises to be a real treat! The NEWA retails at £199.99.

Following on with the pampering theme, how is your fine ladies hair tools looking these days? Could she do with an upgrade? The Diva Chromatix Intelligent Digital Styler has ceramic plates infused with Argan Oil and a top temperature of 220C, with an adjustable temperature dial allowing you to work between 120C upwards. They have a 10 – 30 second heat up time depending upon the temperature you are working with. They come in a  rainbow of different colours and retail at £69.99.

Diva Chromatix DYNAMICA 3400PRO is lightweight but powerful and has been designed for expert results. It boasts ionic conditioning for faster drying, reduced static and frizz for healthy shiny looking hair. It features 4 heat settings and 2 different speeds. They come in a variety of bright appealing colours and don’t cost the earth at £49.99.

Give the gift of the get up and go for 2015!

The New Year is creeping up and it won’t be long before we are cursing all of that Turkey and delicious Chocolate that we just couldn’t get enough of over the Festive Season… And reaching for our gym pass and trainers. We will be vowing to make this year, the year that we do lose a few lbs and get in shape! I know that for me I say this every year, and although I didn’t start in January.. I did eventually give myself a kick up the bum and do it. This Christmas give someone the gift of the get up and go, a helping hand in getting healthier with the PhillipsViva Compact Juicer. This compact model can sit on your work top without getting in the way, and is always on hand when you need a refreshing drink. The QuickClean extraction system allows you to make up to 1.5l of healthy, fresh juice in one go without needing to empty the pulp container.

The Phillips Viva Compact Juicer retails at £70.00.

Disclaimer: I was sent the above products for the purpose of this gift guide. Prices correct at time of publishing. All views and opinions expressed are my own.

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