Collective September Haul ft Lush, Primark & Boots

So on Saturday I popped into town just for a potter around as see whats in shows now that the seasons have changed. I didn’t pick up anything major but I thought I would share the bits and pieces that I did pick up.

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So lets start with my every so often shop of Lush, where I am so restricted due to allergies and once again met with staff who cannot advise me on what products I can use. So I went for my old favourite and go to Butterball Bath Ballistic (£2.75), sure it’s not exciting but my skin feels great afterwards. In addition to the butterball I also picked up the Milky Bath Bubble Bar (£3.75), it looks super cute and once again is meant to be great for the skin.

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Then I decided to Boots in order to spend some of my advatange card points and in trying to not by more makeup I went to skincare and there was a deal on for garnier micellar waters and moisturisers which had money off as well as getting a water infuser bottle. The water infusion bottles I have always wondered about but were never sure they were worth it. Anyway I picked up the Garnier Skin Active Micellar Oil-Infused Cleansing Water (£5.99 £3.99), which I think will be interesting to try and I will keep you posted on how I get on possibly a review. Also as its turning into Autumn/Winter my face gets so dry so it felt right to switch out what I am usually using for the Garnier Skin Active Moisture Bomb Super-Hydrating Antioxident Moisturiser (£7.99 £5.33), I will keep you posted on how I found it.

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The final stop on Saturday was Primark, and I felt fairly uninspired with the clothes at least at the moment but maybe as they weather fully gets into Autumn I may do. As it gets cooler I love chilling in the evening with a hot chocolate, some TV and light a candle so I picked up two, No. 15 Plum and Vanilla Candle (£1.00) and Pink Grapefruit Candle (£1.00). I am one of those people who like to change scents all the time, so as well as being cute these little ones are great if you like to change things up all the time. I was running out so I have to pick up the P.S Love This Round Cosmetic Pads (£0.50 each), if you haven’t got them you should, I picked up two packs. Finally I’m getting ready for Christmas early, as these P.S Christmas Snowflake Nails (£1.50) are so cute and they are slightly more winter than Christmas I cannot wait to wear them.

Have you checked out the high street for the latest season’s clothes, what trends are you loving at the moment? Also have you picked up anything good recently?

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Collective Haul February 2016

Just thought I would do a nice little collective haul of all the bits and pieces I have picked up recently, some as and when and others actually on shopping trips although there hasn’t been enough yet to do individual hauls so I just thought I would combine everything together.

ASDA:  If you’ve followed my blog for any period of time you’ll know that the Nivea Daily Essentials Express Hydration Primer for Normal Skin  is pretty much essential to me, I use it daily either as a moisturiser or a moisturising primer. Perfect under makeup or on its one. Small bonus I picked it up on offer at half price (£2.50). The other thing I picked up from Asda were Cotton Wool Pads (£0.99), not that this needs much explanation I was running very low and it’s so easy to pick some up on the way to work. There’s not much to say other that I love the generous pack size.

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Lush: I’m not normally a lush person, with often incompetent staff and my allergies I tend not to find it worth the effort but with a crowded shop and armed with my phone for  the ingredients list so I know what I can have. I finally picked up the Dragons Egg Bath Bomb (£3.50) which I have wanted to try for ages and finally decided to go for it, it’s meant to be super pretty and I cannot wait to use it. The other one I picked up was one of the Valentines bath bombs and its super cute the Lover Lamp Bath Bomb (£3.95), I’ve seen its super cute so I will use it shortly.

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Paperchase: I’ve tried to motivate myself to drink more and work out more so I those the Get Fit Stickers (£1.50) would be perfect to stick in my planner and tick them off. Although in fact they are super disappointing, I’m using them and there are loads of 5 a day which is great but only two water intake ones and all of the others. I love the little postcards to and I thought these would look perfect in the clear plastic wallet that is in the front of my planner, so picked up the two which were 70p each.

Tiger Toothbrush Cover

Tiger: I love shopping in Tiger and it takes a lot not to buy loads of stuff I don’t need but I managed to show restraint and only pick up a 4 Pack of Tooth Brush covers (£1.00). Not exciting I Know but these are perfect for travel, the little plastic tubes are not always best depending on the toothbrush these are great as they are universal.

Body Care Footpacks

Bodycare: Finally two small repurchases from body care. Both things I have mentioned many times which are the Argan Oil Foot Pack and the Botantical Choice Eye Puffiness Minimising patches.

So have you picked up anything good recently, let me know in the comments below.

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Products Mentioned: Nivea Daily Essentials Express Hydration Primer (ASDA, although widely available), Cotton Wool Pads (ASDA), Lover Lamp Bath Bomb (LUSH), Dragons Egg Bath Bomb (LUSH), Get Fit Stickers (Paperchase), Run Wild Postcard (Paperchase), Dream it, Believe it, Achieve it Postcard (Paperchase)

 

Empties #11

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Straying away a bit from the blogmas and Christmas themed posts today, it’s time for some mini reviews and some empties.

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Rimmel London Lasting Finish Foundation in Light Porcelain: I wanted to try a full coverage foundation and considering my previous positive experience with a number of Rimmel London picking up the lasting finish foundation was a no brainer. I love this for having a high coverage without looking cakey although make sure you moisturise and primer beforehand as it can sit slightly funny on dry skin. Would I repurchase: maybe.

The Body Shop Extra Virgin Mineral Foundation in 102 Natural Ivory: This is pretty much done and the texture has gone semi odd. It’s a terribly dry foundation, which may be good for oily skin but it doesn’t work for me and no matter how much I sheer it out or very little I put on it looks cakey and awful. So I’m getting rid of it as I tried so many different way to make it work for me but it wasn’t going to. As it’s on the pricer side and I didn’t have anyone to give it too I tried damn hard to use it up. Would I repurchase: definitely not.

Rimmel London Lasting Finish Primer: This is more of a moisturising primer and I’ve enjoyed trying it, I’ve liked a lot of the Rimmel primers. This moisturises the face and just leaves it a really smooth and helps my makeup last all day, good primer but with the blogger bug I know I’ll end up trying some more primers before coming back to this. Would I repurchase: yes.

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Nivea Daily Essentials Express Hydration Primer: I have gone through countless pots of this over the last few years, and I always repurchase this. A bargain at the rrp of £4.99, it is often on offer at one shop or another between £2.49-£3.00 so I always stock up then because I know I will use it, its smart buying rather than buying because it’s on offer. I use it sometimes as a primer or sometimes as a moisturiser, it’s just a great base, light and hydrating which means it is a perfect base with my combination/dry skin. Would I repurchase: Always.

Skin Therapy Sensitive Skin Fragrance Free Wipes: These face wipes are a bit of a dud for removing makeup as they really do not take it all up, which sucks and these cannot be a lazy makeup day option. I’ve used them as a quick face refresher if I’m not wearing makeup and they are alright for correcting makeup application mistakes or wiping foundation of the back of your hand. Really you are just better getting something more these are fairly dry and pretty useless. Would I repurchase: No.

Yves Rocher Hydra Vegetal 24 Hr Intense Hydrating Gel-Crème: I had this in a 3 pack as a ten day treatment, but this lasted longer, it got a bit rejected for a  bit but this does wonders for my skin deeply hydrating and repairing. Would I repurchase: yes.

Yves Rocher Pink Grapefruit Vitamin Face Mist: I got this from the lovely Danielle in a beauty swap back in January and I have finally used it up. I mainly used this over the summer to either freshen up my face during the day, to cool me down or a light way to put back in some moisture and it worked a treat. I didn’t want to wait until next summer to use it with that little voice in my head telling me I’d end up losing it and ended up using it for makeup application, spraying in onto my egg shaped sponge to wet it before makeup application and it worked a treat I feel as though it just added a touch of extra moisture and helped my skin feel fresher, no idea if it did though. I’ve since refilled with water which spritz a low better and its super handy. Would I repurchase: if I could get it over here yes.

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The Body Shop Almond Hand Cream: This sat for ages with a tiny bit left as I moved to a repurchased tube and forgot about this one. Smelling like Cherry Bakewells and deeply hydrating what more do you want from a hand cream, also I find that it doesn’t leave hands feeling greasy. I’m not a fan of the non-traditional body shop, body shop hand creams if that makes sense like the strawberry or satsuma ones are nowhere near as nice. Would I repurchase: yes.

Superdrug Sensitive Bikini Hair Removal: I know hair removal, especially intimate hair removal is rarely talked about but due to this being a complete dud of a product I thought I’d share it. I wanted to try something other than shaving that didn’t hurt like waxing, but due to the nature of the area you need something that is made for it. This however was a dud, I left it on for the maximum time and it did nothing at all and with hair removal creams I don’t like to leave them on any longer than the maximum as they can burn the skin. The aftercare cream was really nice but the cream is not worth trying. Would I repurchase: definitely not.

Ted Baker Body Wash: The last bit of this has been sitting there for ages and I’ve finally used it. I love the Ted Baker scent and always get some around Christmas time, so I’ve finished this just in time. Would I repurchase: definitely.

The Body Shop Brazil Nut Shower Crème: I got this super cheap from the body shop last January and as I brought so much stuff. I feel as though this is slightly more toffee, sweet sort of smell but unlike some fragrances it is not too sickly sweet. Would I repurchase: yes.

Lush Butterball Bath Ballistic: This is the only bath bomb I can use from lush, leaves my skin feeling amazing. Also it’s so gentle and inoffensive, sure your bath isn’t sure pretty and colourful but these will definitely benefit your skin. Would I repurchase: yes.
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Dove Anti-Frizz Serum: This year has been all about hair oils but this has been the first one I have finished as I like to mix and match. This smells delightful and leaves my hair feeling silky and smooth, keeping it repaired and strong. Would I repurchase: yes.

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Ted Baker London Body Spray: A mix of rose, sandalwood and raspberry a delicate mix of sweet and spicy, perfect for all times of year with its warms and depth. The thing I love with body sprays are that they last all day never loosing much scent, it’s also handy that it comes in a plastic bottle so you know that it is safe and won’t break. This scent is great and there is a whole range to complement this which is a great set to pick up over Christmas. Would I repurchase: Yes.

Primark Blackcurrant and Plum Scented Candle: Some of the Primark candles smell amazing but don’t kick out that much scent when burnt but this one was absolutely amazing. It is probably more of Autumnal scent as it is so warming and blackcurrant is definitely more of a winter thing. Would I repurchase: yes.


Phew! another empties over a done with just in time for Christmas.

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Gift Guide for Her

gift guide for herTo kick of this gift guide series I am starting for with the gift guide for girls, with the guide for him and stocking fillers coming in the next few days. I am doing more of a gift guide for the girlfriend, sister, friends or mothers when you don’t know what to get them, all of which are relatively budget friendly. I’ve created an extensive list on MrLista, which after doing the colab post I’ve actually found it insanely useful for these types of post in order to have links to all websites, which you create (I’ve explained more in my original post here). There you can find more information, if I’ve entered it correct, and links to the websites.

daisy marc jacobsChristmas is the best time of the year to buy fragrances, extensive perfume sets for all price points and with bonus offerings all for a few quid more (if it costs more at all). So it’s a good time of year to buy a perfume themed gift, or buy one for yourself to, I’ve comprised a variety of offerings from some of the leading brands such as Ted Baker and Marc Jacobs.

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I’ve also added to the list a bunch of pamper sets featuring offers from The Body Shop and Lush with a variety of price points and offers. Due to allergies I can’t use a lot of Lush products so I tend to prefer The Body Shop sets, both offer very different things often the Body Shop offering have a wider variety of products all of the same scent, while lush is more like bath time fun but are still great it just depends what you are looking for.

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Beauty is another key area for that girl in your like and there are some great sets launched around this time of year, they offer great value money offering something that you cannot get any other time of year. Most of these sets offer such variety in terms of types of products and versatility, although I recommend you take note of what sorts of makeup they tend to wear. With sets from Benefit, BareMinerals and Ted Baker. I haven’t personally tried any Ted Baker Makeup which is exclusive to Boots but the sets are beautiful and well packaged I get a body set most Christmas’, I always reuse the packaging for storing bits and pieces. If you know she has more makeup than she can handle but is still beauty made, a Makeup Bag is another great idea and there are some damn cute ones floating about.

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For the student or officer worker, or even a blogger, who has important files this Toast USB is cute and practical. Holding 8GB it holds a fair amount of data which will fit most people’s needs, they even come in a few colours and if you collect more you can buy a toast USB hub to go with it. I so badly want this but I have 4 USBs already so I definitely don’t need it but if someone wants to buy this for me I’ll be eternally grateful. Along this line you could also buy cute stationary, be it a diary or notebooks and desk stationary, we all love this stuff but often cannot justify parting with the cash for these types of things. With a variety of prices you can buy just one thing or a collection of items to build up a gift. Paperchase or Tiger is one of my favourite places for cute stationary, unfortunately Tiger isn’t online but it is well worth popping into a store as it is all cute and highly affordable.

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To me clothing is a tricky area with the possibility of getting sizes wrong or something they might not wear but I always feel as though you cannot go wrong with a scarf, fitting all sorts of budgets and styles as well as being ideal for the winter months.

So here is a few options for gifts for the girls in your life, hopefully these are useful and there is a more definitive and full list of multiple options under each area on the respective Mr Lista List. Which can give you further information about each of the products, prices and direct links to the product so go and explore here.

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I just don’t get it? Products, brands and thinks I’ll never under stand the hype for . . .

PicMonkey CollageThere are some things I will never understand the hype for and being part of the blogging world it is harder and harder not to get caught up in the hype. Over the years I’ve got caught up in the hyper for certain products, brands or like doing certain things and here are things that others seemed to love that I simply don’t understand.

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This is half I don’t get the hype and half the fact I’m allergic to half to products. Just a little note I’m allergic to lavender oil, and a few other essential oils which most of the products contain so I’d swell up, have the hives and if the lavender oil is evaporated into the air it starts to restrict my breathing (sad times). On the other hand, I think a lot of the products are overpriced. In addition to that the shop stinks it is just too much overpowering fragrance and I just find the whole experience patronising.

I’ve also run into issues with when I explain to staff at stores my allergy problem they get exasperated when I ask what is in products when it’s not clear. I waited until they were doing nothing and asked them, I’ve worked it retail I know when to ask for help. If I don’t know what is in it I’m not going to buy it allergies are hell I don’t want a swollen face ect. so I am just not going to give them the time at the moment.

 Soap and Glory

I have nothing against soap and glory and I love the bath and shower stuff I just can’t seem to get on with the make up line, none of it seems to work for me. Especially the concealer or eye-shadow primer they are simply awful. My thing here it that they are over hyped or they simply don’t work for me but I guess they work for some people. I love the body stuff though so its no biggie.

 Red Lips

You may already know a I’m not a like person instead favouring eyes but red lip stick does not suit me and I’ve seen it on a lot of people that it does not suit although they may not of found there correct colour like me. There is just a expectation that girls should wear a red lip sometimes or own a red lipstick which is stupid. Wear it if you want to, leave it if you don’t and don’t get forced into it. Also please make sure if you want to wear a bright lip just make sure it suits.

Benefits Packaging

Is it just me or is most of the Benefit packaging cheap and tacky for the price? With a similar price point to that of YSL, Dior ect but with cardboard packaging and gimmicky ideas it just doesn’t seem worth the money. I have liked several things I have tried but I don’t find that it is worth the money and I rather spend it or urban decay or YSL. This is a personal preference, and some of the products are good, some excellent but the packaging just doesn’t do it for me it simply makes it look cheap and tacky and I have no desire to give it pride of place on my dresser. For me if I choose to splurge Benefit it will sit in my stash but the tacky packaging will remain hidden.

The Crazy world of BB, CC and DD creams

With all of Blemish Balms, Colour Correcting and Daily Defence creams its hard to know exactly what everything it meant to do and if they really do anything different at all. I cannot simply keep up give me a tinted moisturiser with a mixture of foundation levels of coverage and concelears and I’m happy. Maybe one day I’ll find one I’ll like but I haven’t yet and my biggest problem is shade selection, I’m so pale that these things will never be in my shade so prehaps that is my issue with them I’ll never know.

Lash Primer

 Maybe this is one of those don’t knock it until you try it kinda things but I’m not sure this is actually worth it. Just layer up your current mascara or something as surely that is exactly the same thing. Surely putting on two layers of your current mascara is better as you have no white showing if you miss a bit ect. I don’t see much point but maybe this is something I should try first . . .

So there is a much of things I feel are over rated or just don’t get, what do you think is over hyped? Let me know in the comments below.

Love

Gwenllian Branwen

xox

Empties #4

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A new month and a new bunch of empties, as the pile has been building up so I thought I might as well get round to posting it.

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Bath and Shower:

Soap and Glory Sugar Crush Body Scrub: I both love and hate this simultaneously and it mainly stems from the smell some days I love it as its invigoratingly citrus and refreshing, and other days I just find it way too much. It feels great on the legs and I think my skin is so much silkier after finally getting into a skin care routine, so I use this 2/3 times a week and it works well. Although I’m currently trying out the body shop body scrubs I won’t repurchase this immediately but one day in the future its highly likely I will.

Soap and Glory Orangasm: Another Soap & Glory purchase that I got at the same time as the body scrub, I went for both of them as citrus smells to keep me going and wake me up a bit on the winter mornings when I didn’t want to go to lectures. There isn’t much to say more than its a creamy shower gel that does its job, nothing special I’ve liked others more. I love the bottle though as it’s a pump top so quick to use and you don’t pour out too much so a winner there. I think it was worth trying but I doubt I’ll ever repurchase this.

Lush Butterball Bath Bomb: Out of a load of Lush bath bombs I got given this is the only one I could use as its the only one I’m not allergic to. So it did nothing special to the water but smelt amazing and it gave off like a oil in the water so your skin feels silky and hydrated after using this delightful bathroom. At one of the cheapest lush do and one of the very few I can have I’ll definitely have. Let me know your lush favourites and what I should try next in the comments below.

Ted Baker London Bath Foam: My sister got me a Ted Baker set for Christmas and this was in it, the bubbles were lacking but it smelled amazing and I thoroughly enjoyed my few baths with this.

Skincare:

The Body Shop Passion Fruit Body Butter: I’ve had this for ages but it took me a while to get into remembering to use it plus in winter after a shower I just want to get dressed. I’ve loved using this though creamy and thick, as I know the texture varies between the different ‘flavours’ of body shop body butter. This is one I’d recommend but overall I love the body shop body butters so try one of the many ones.

Superdrug Vitamin E Skin Care Gentle Eye Make Up Remover: This was initially picked up on a whim and I’m so glad I did. This has a thick creamy texture, simple put on a cotton pad and hold onto your eye for a few seconds and the make up comes away so easily. Although with the blogger bug I am not repurchasing and constantly trying new things I can see myself repurchasing it again in the future.

Real Nature Face Masks in Avocado, Green Tea and Acai Berry: I received these mask in a beauty swap with the lovely Danielle from Just Add Mascara, and I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed using them. Espeially as unlike some paper/cloth masks they actually stay on your face so I could pretend to pamper myself with a mask while stressing over university work.

Tesco Everyday Value Facial Wipes: Sadly I couldn’t find these the other day when I went shopping in Tesco as I endlessly repurchase them, even with the price increasing from £0.35 to £0.50 for 30 (still a bargain). I love using these on lazy days to to correct mistakes when putting on make up and they work just as well or better than the more expensive kinds. Hopefully they aren’t gone for good but they are well worth looking into.

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Gosh Classic Velvet Touch Foundation Primer: The quest for the perfect drug store primer is never done, I do like this silicon matte finish primer. It didn’t feel drying and extended the life of my make up but at £13.99 a pop I just wondered if there was better for less so the quest continues.

Collection Illuminating Touch Brightening Concealer in Naked 1: This is great for cancelling out dark circles and working its magic under the eyes. It’s less of a concealer and more of a illuminate so if you want to add this to your arsenal keep another concealer for blemishes ect.

 Other:

Carex Complete Sensitive Hand Gel: This will always turn up in my empties as I always have at least one hand gel in my bag at anyone time, any of these work so it doesn’t matter what you go for. Really I just think its good to always have one.

Airwick Blackberry Fig Candle: I love candles but I hate finding ones that smell amazing in the pack but don’t kick out an awful lot of smell. However as a air freshener candle it kicks out a lot of scent without been too overpowering. I don’t know how to describe the smell (useful I known) but I’ve brought a few of these now and just give it a sniff if you see it in stores.

So that’s the end of another huge empties, I rather do a big lot to make it more worth it than post like 3 or 4 empties regularly and it fits nicely under my bed so no worries there really. So it might be a while before another one of these although I’m coming to the end of a number of make up items so we will see.

Love

Gwenllian Branwen

xxx

Valentines Gifts for Her

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So its valentines already and Christmas  wasn’t actually that long ago. You’ve been wracking your brains for weeks trying to come up with something  more than the played out flowers and chocolates well keep reading for some inspiration . . .

A Personal Touch . . .

normal_design-your-own-personalised-heart-necklaceGifts with a personal touch are a great idea, this one from Not on the Highstreet, there are so many different aspects you can personalise it with. Prices start from £19.50 for this price you get to pick the colour of the chain and heart (from silver, gold and rose gold) as well as a the heart charm with a coloured gem of your choice and an initialled star. Which is a cute little necklace in itself there are drop down options for additional charms. Blow her away with jewellery to suit her personal tastes and personality and she’ll love it. Available from Not on the High Street from £19.50.

Tell them how much you love them . . . 

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This is another little great personalised gift from Not on the High Street, this however sticks at the one price, simple choose what you want the lid of the box to say and then write out ten reasons why you love that special someone. Its so well presented and is great to hold on to for years, I also like that with this set you can write your own personal reasons as to why you love them so it can be as generic or unique as you want. Available from Not on the High Street for £18.50.

Relaxing Romance . . .

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If she loves a pamper session or a big lush lover, lush always does and amazing range of gift sets for every holiday and for all budgets. This is my personal favourite as its wrapped beautifully and its filled with three beautiful Valentine themed items including: Heart Throb Bubble Bar; Cupids Love Soap and Love Locket Bath Bomb. I’ve heard nothing but good things about the new lush stuff but I am yet to pop into lush while the valentines lines have been in stock. Available from Lush for £17.50.

Sweet Sanctuary . . .

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The Sanctuary Spa Brimming Full of Happiness Gift Set is another great gift for a girl who loves to treat herself daily but doesn’t always have the time. Perfect for a girl on the go, so she can make those showers feel more luxurious with a delicious green lemon and orange blossom fusion. Boots are actually doing some amazing Sanctuary Spa and Ted Baker gift sets on the lead up for Valentines day, well worth a look in. Available from Boots for £12.50.

 Get Naked . . .

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Last year Naked launched the Naked on the Run palette which is the perfect all in one make up kit, all you need is a perfect base and your good to go. This set contains 4 eye shadows, blush, bronzer, lip gloss, perversion mascara and 24/7 eye liner and its ultimately perfect for any make up lover. I so badly want this but I’m going to lay off for a while. Available from Feel Unique for £37.00.

Sweet Scents . . .

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For Valentines day Superdrug is doing loads of amazing offers on fragrances, this Vera Wang Love Stuck was £58.00 and is now £24.99. So go classic and buy a signature scent, there are scents suitable for every palette. This one is also in an  pretty bottle that will look beautiful on any dressing table. Available from Superdrug for £24.99.

And if it has to be flowers . . . 

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Sometimes it has to be flowers so to make it simpler for yourself, sites like Moon Pig do everything for you with a free card included. Buy a beautiful red rose bouquet, this package also includes chocolate truffles and a cute little candle so you don’t need to worry everything is done for you. Although red roses are and classic valentines gift double check what her favourite flowers are as sometimes you are better to get a small bunch of her favourite flower rather than a big bunch of roses she doesn’t want. This package is available from Moon Pig for £35.00.

Hopefully some of these ideas helped and inspired you for what to get your significant other this Valentines Day, on Sunday you’ll be able to see some gift ideas for him.

Lots of Love,

Gwenllian Branwen

xox

Gift Guide: Gifts For Her

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So heres a few beautiful gifts for girls that are available in the amazing gift collections this year.

For the Pamperer . . .

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A perfect gift for those who love to pamper themselves or even just those that love lush, it comes nicely wrapped up so there is no need fiddle over trying to wrap up yet another gift so you save time there. This one contains four lush items: Hot Toddy (shower gel); Snowman Jelly (shower jelly); Celebrate (body lotion) and Snowcake (soap), so a really great section of produccts. Lush do loads of gift sets all year so if  this one isn’t right there is bound to be at least one thats suitable. Available at Lush for £18.95.

 All That Sparkles . . .

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Make that person in your life feel even more special with a beautiful piece of jewellery. Remember though jewellery can be a very personal thing so try to find out what they like first before taking the plunge people prefer different things from there jewellery either colour, style or even type of occasion. This one from Swarovski is elegant and perfect for special occasions or those that prefer more dresses jewellery. Available from Swarovski for £119.00.

The Sweet Tooth . . .

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Fancy truffles never go a miss at christmas and these Pink Champagne Truffles are just perfect, it is super girly and sweet with such a beautifully designed box no one will feel like its a sub par gift. I just think this is such a lovely elegant gift that any girl who receives this will feel special. The reviews for this are great and in John Lewis the other day I almost brought myself a box. If you don’t like the heart some of the different sizes of this do come in round boxes so there is something for everyones taste. Available at John Lewis for £16.00.

Smelling Sweet . . .

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This is just such an insane gift set that is amazing value for money especially for Ghost with the normal fragrance of this size costing £33.50 on its own (so everything else is only £24.50 more). So as well as a full size fragrance you get: a moisturising body lotion (50ml); shimmer powder puff; 2 lipglosses and a nail polish. Basically all in all a great kit the only down side is the fact the little bag included is see through plastic however, it will be great for travelling stuff like that so it may be useful. Available exclusively at Superdrug for £58.00.

Be Body Beautiful . . .

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I saw this in the body shop the other day and thought this set was super cute and the box is so pretty and festival that you won’t even have to bother wrapping it up. The set includes: Shower Gel (250ml); Body Butter (50ml) Body Scrub (50ml); Soap (100g) and a puff so a great selection of products some full size and some smaller. Also if you aren’t into the mango this exact set is also available in; Shea; Coconut; Strawberry and Wild Argan Oil although similar sets are available in the festive sets in other cute packaging so there is something for everyone with the Body Shop gift sets. Actually the Body Shop gift set ranges are amazing this year so definitely pop along to your Body Shop. Available at The Body Shop for £17.00.

Nailed it. . .

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A girl can never have enough nail varnish and this set is simply incredible with 10 insanely beautiful colours and it has a good range so suitable for a range of occasions and times of year. This isn’t really something you can go wrong with as there is a nice range of colours. Available from Superdrug for £15.00.

Lipstick Lover . . .

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First and foremost I think this is the most beautiful make up bag that I’ve ever seen as part of a gift set, just simple and elegant. So this includes 4 clarins lip product minis including:  Mini Rouge Eclat 13 Woodrose, Mini Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector 06 Rosewood Shimmer, Mini Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector 01 Rose Shimmer and a Mini Gloss Prodige 04 Candy. Overall a beautiful high end set that someone wouldn’t alway consider buying for themselves but will greatly appreciate the gift. Available from Debenhams for £19.50.

Feel The Benefits . . .

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Benefit really kicked it up a level with their gift sets this year and this is by far my favourite, I adore this sweet shop box and I feel like this offers the biggest range of products so no matter if she loves Benefit or is just curious this set is a good place to start. This contains: High Been Luminescent Complexion Enhancer; Hoola Bronzer; They’re Real! Beyond Mascara mini; The POREfessional Primer 7.5ml and Ulta Plush Lip Gloss in Hoola Mini. Any girl would be over the moon to recieve any of the benefit gift sets and they are available near enough everywhere. Available from Feel Unique for £39.50.

Perfect Timing . . .

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A watch is always an appreciated gift, whether simply just as an accessory or an elegant time piece it is always gratefully received. I think this gold rose Marc Jacobs watch from the Watch Shop is so unique and simply stunning however, it it isn’t to yours or their taste but you like the style it is available in 11 other colour options so there is something for everyone. Available at The Watch Shop for £185.00.

I’ve looked around and there are some insanely good value and beautiful gift sets this year, what are you hoping to get this year. What gifts do you want to receive and what are you considering for your friends?

Love

Gwenllian Branwen

xox