Ted Baker Christmas Miniature Perfume Tree Decorations

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

I'm a sucker for a good Christmas decoration; if it was up to me our house would be looking like Santa's Grotto now but because my house is pretty small and Jason is a bit of a Scrooge I end up keeping it on the down-low and just have a few bits dotted here and there (I do have the cutest mini real Christmas tree from Tesco which looks brilliant on my mantlepiece!). I also keep my tree decorations quite simple but when these Ted Baker decorations came through the door I had to share them...

I was pretty unfamiliar with Ted Baker fragrance before I got these, I knew they existed but I'd never smelt any of them. This set contains 4 different miniature fragrances from the Ted Baker Range:

W: A spicy floral scent with woody, musky base notes teamed with top notes of bergamot, tangerine, lemon, apple, peach and rum, this one is probably my favourite. 

X20: This is more of a fresh scent with grapefruit and star anise; a perfect daytime perfume

XO: A more intense fragrance with top notes of tuberose, orange blossom and gardenia jasmine I'd say this was quite a seductive night time fragrance. 

Woman: A very floral perfume with a vanilla base, I'd say suited to a more mature sense of smell but for someone who enjoys floral scents it would be lovely.

Overall this is a great little set for anyone woman really because regardless of whether you like all the scents, the little vials are perfect for keeping in your handbag. The only trouble with them is they don't have a spray so you have to apply directly from the bottle but it just means you have to be a little more careful. 

Available in Debenhams, you can get this for £22.00 along with lots of other cute little Ted Baker gift sets.

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Gift Idea #4 - Gifts under £15

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

If there's one thing I wish I got more of at Christmas it's surprises, I love not knowing what I'm getting but every year I end up knowing about 90% of what I'm getting which is amazing because I get pretty much exactly what I want but it does kind of take all the fun out of opening presents. I've put together some gifts under £15 which would be perfect for stocking fillers or for someone who hasn't told you what to buy them...

I reckon that anyone could put a pair of noise cancelling headphones* to good use, these pink ones from Tesco Direct are actually designed like a zip meaning that the wires don't get tangled (one of my pet hates with Apple ones) and they should block out any outside noise so on Christmas day when you want chill out time you could just pop these in and escape for half an hour or so... bliss!

If you know someone who is into beauty but you're not sure what kind of makeup they're into then Pretty Honest by Sali Hughes would be a brilliant little gift. I actually quite fancy this myself because its supposed to be a really good read.

This set of snack boxes is a great little gift for anyone really, I've bought a set for myself and I know loads of people who would put these to good use. They're so much nicer than plain old tupperware tubs aren't they!?

Every woman needs a good hair brush in their life, right? Well look no further than the new AirMotion Tri-Bristle brush. The bristle configuration means that it glides effortlessly through your hair but detangles at the same time and the Airshock technology means that it works to the contours of your head to have it move smoothly down your hair. It's also waterproof so you can use it in the bath/shower and ergonomically shaped to fit snuggly in your hand... in other words it's everything you could want in a hair brush!

So there we have four things who would be great little surprises for any woman in your life and they don't cost a fortune. I hope my little gift idea posts are making Christmas shopping just a little more bearable for you. There's only 11 more shopping days left (even less if you do it online!) so I'd better get my own shopping finished ASAP!

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Christmas Gift Idea #3 - So... You need a Stocking filler for her?

Saturday, 13 December 2014

We all love little surprises in our stockings at Christmas so whether it's your girlfriend, friend, mum or sister this little set is a great little opener and it doesn't break the bank. So...? is a brand I've grown up with, I think one of their perfumes is one of the first ones I ever had so it has a special little place in my heart I think. 

This So...? Rock 'N' Roll body spray gift set is available from Boots and Superdrug along with some other cute little fragrance gift sets. Body sprays are great for anyone really I think because they're not as personal as an actual perfume which can be quite difficult to buy as it's an individual thing. Each of these three sprays are quite soft scents which makes them perfect for any age; I personally like to have a body spray in my handbag at all times just so I can give myself a quick spritz without using expensive perfume. 

These So...? sets are part of the 3 for 2 offer in Boots and they're on a half price offer at the moment in Superdrug which makes them even more affordable! They do a mini set which is only £2.49 in Superdrug which is a total bargain.

How far are you on with your Christmas shopping?

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Christmas Gift Idea #2 - Let's get personal + Discount code

Thursday, 27 November 2014

If you’re looking for something a little bit different for someone this year then a personalised gift would be the perfect kind of present! Among lots of other Christmas gift ideas, Toxic Fox have a brilliant selection of personalised gifts for everyone and I have a couple of ideas to share with you today and there's a little discount code at the bottom of the post if something catches your eye...

Clairabella Bags were made famous a couple of years ago by the stars of TOWIE and other celebrities and they remain as popular as ever. There are lots of Claireabella products which can be personalised but the large jute bags are probably the most well known. You can have your name or nickname on the side of the bag along with a character of your choice… using the simple to use customisation process you can choose the eye colour, hair colour and style, outfit and skin colour of your character which will be hand painted making every single bag totally unique in their own way. 

You could use this bag for so many things whether it's school, university or work, on the beach or days out shopping and there's no mistaking it's yours because it's personalised with your name on it! It's big enough to fit everything in it at 40cm wide and it's comfortable to hold either in your hand or on your arm with the rounded handles. It's cute, functional and personalised... what more could you want in a present? Don't forget to order as soon as possible when it comes to personalised gifts because they do take a little longer than regular gifts to be despatched. 

If you're looking for something which could literally be for anyone; male or female, young or old then a Typography of Love Frame would be a great idea. Basically you choose 9 words associated with that person or family which are then arranged in a shape to create a framed print which represents the recipient perfectly! I chose to use our family name and then added 9 words which are special to us and I think it looks fab on our living room wall. So if there's someone who you find really difficult to buy for then I reckon they'd really appreciate something like this; again it's totally unique and they definitely won't have one exactly like you buy them!

Even if these don't tickle your fancy, Toxic Fox have so much more to offer whether it's personalised gifts or novelty stocking fillers. They've made it so simple with their Christmas Gift Finder is there to help you find something perfect for anyone and it's so easy to use; you just say who it's for, what kinds of things they love and what your budget is and it'll bring up suggestions for you!

And to make your Christmas spending money go a little further, I have a 10% off discount code for the Toxic Fox website: just enter TFBlog at the checkout!

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Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stain in Parisian Passion

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Berry and red lips have to be my all time favourite lip colours, I'm confident enough to carry them off now so I'm being much more adventurous with my lip shades. I've had all different kinds of lip products from matte to gloss and stains to paints; stains can be a little more difficult to wear as they have a habit of sinking into dry lips but I was hoping that this 'moisture' stain was going to overcome that problem...

As you can see it has a doe foot applicator, which I actually quite like when it comes to gloss products but I found that this made application really difficult. I think stain requires a level of precision and the angled doe foot just made it a bit messy and hard to get an even coverage without blending out (which obviously stained my finger... not ideal).

As you can see on the first swatch, the product has kind of collected in a line on both my top and bottom lip which could only be sorted out by me blending it out with my finger. The bottom swatch is obviously a much nicer, even colour but I really resented having a stained finger. Parisian Passion is a wearable berry colour and it's about as moisturising as you're going to get a stain but it's not perfect by any means.

tl;dr: Not something I would buy another shade of and I wouldn't rush to recommend it but it will be staying in my stash because I do like the shade.

What are your favourite lip stains?

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Christmas Gift Idea #1 - The Body Shop & RSPCA 'Testing on Bloggers'

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

I'm determined to be organised this Christmas; year on year I leave present buying until the last minute which usually results in me rushing around some kind of shopping centre getting all hot and huffy which isn't ideal so this year I want my shopping done and wrapped up all in good time. To help you do the same I've decided to do a series of posts based on stocking fillers and gift ideas... they're my favourite kinds of posts to read at this time of year so I'm hoping that you like them too! 

First up is a couple of products from The Body Shop; I often find the Body Shop quite daunting when it comes to choosing presents because there's just so much choice! I've picked out something a little different though and I think it could be perfect for women of any age because it's such a versatile product!

I'm all for saving money so multi-use products are always a winner in my book. Shimmer Waves (£16.00)* in bronze is perfect for adding a hint of bronze to cheeks and the 5 individual shades are just as perfect for creating lots of different eye looks. Basically you're getting a bronzing product and a mini eyeshadow palette for £16 which is great value! The shades are nicely pigmented without too much glitter and shimmer; just enough to add a glow to your skin for both day and night time looks. The individual shades really are beautiful; exactly what I personally look for in eye shadow colours. 

From the top we have rose gold, light bronze, copper, dark brown and beige.

To complete the present there's also a face brush (£16.00)* which can be used to apply product to your face and body and also an eyeshadow brush (£9.00)* which is perfect for more precise application. Body Shop brushes are gorgeously soft and easy to use so I have no problem whatsoever recommending them to anyone; they'd be a great for anyone looking to invest in some nice makeup brushes.

Although this gift idea comes out looking quite expensive at £41, The Body Shop have some amazing Black Friday offers on at the moment where you can save £10 when you spend £25 or more or save £25 when you spend £50 or more so if you spent an extra £9 this would come out cheaper at only £25 which to me is an absolute bargain... you could add the Define and Lengthen Mascara (£10.00) which would make all 4 products only £26!

Of course, by buying from The Body Shop you are supporting a company which is against animal testing; they have actually come together with the RSPCA in a campaign called Testing on Bloggers so instead of testing on animals they've given us bloggers a chance to test them and let you know what we think!

Do you like the idea of these gift idea posts? 

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Current Haircare - Shampoo/Conditioner

Friday, 21 November 2014

Dealing with hair that's greasy at the roots and dry at the ends has become a bit of a pain in the neck to be quite honest; finding shampoo/conditioner to sort out both problems has proved quite difficult! I know Lee Stafford do one for 'oily roots, dry ends' but I'm sorry, I'm not prepared to spend £8.99 each just yet... However, Schwarzkopf Essence Ultime is usually £4.99 a bottle but it's on offer at £2.49 at the moment so I thought I'd give it a go. Sucker for a bargain, I know.

Schwarzkopf Essence Ultime Omega Repair £2.49 (usually £4.99 each)

Developed by Claudia Schiffer, the Omega repair shampoo and conditioner contains rich omega oil to repair damaged hair cells and prevent split ends by up to 90% (oop, there we go again with the big claims). Omega Repair is supposed to be most suitable for damaged, depleted hair; words which I would usually avoid when it comes to choosing shampoo and conditioner because it usually means they're quite heavy which can weigh down my hair but I'm so desperate to make my hair look less like straw I'm willing to put up with a certain degree of product weight...

The first thing I noticed about these were the smell, they smell luxurious. You know that kind of 'salon fresh' smell, well this is what this shampoo and conditioner leaves on your hair which I absolutely love! Both products are nice and thick so you don't need to use loads to get the results and I find that even just after the shampoo my hair feels really soft; some shampoos can clarify a little too much and make my hair feel really dry and strawy even though it's wet... if that makes sense? But it's clear that these products contain oils because after shampooing/conditioning my hair feels really soft and manageable. 

One thing I will say about these is although I love the feeling of my hair being soft, you have to be really careful that you wash out ALL the product because I've got out of the shower a couple of times now and realised that my hair still has conditioner in it even though I think I've rinsed thoroughly (I've even got half way through drying my hair and discovered it still had conditioner in it... that was annoying). But if you use the conditioner sparingly and rinse thoroughly you shouldn't have this problem. 

I've found that my hair is far more manageable than it's been for a long time and even though it hasn't sorted out my oily roots (not that I expected it to) and it hasn't worked miracles on my hair I would definitely recommend this to anyone with normal to thick dry hair. I wouldn't say it's suitable for anyone with thin hair because I do think it'd weigh it down far too much but if you're looking for something to soften up your hair, this could be for you!

While it's on offer I think I'm going to try the Crystal Shine range for when I've finished these two bottles as that sounds quite good as well. Saying that, I still don't think I'd pay £4.99, I still think that's a bit steep for a high street shampoo but while it's on offer at £2.49 you can't go wrong really.

What's your fave shampoo/conditioner at the moment?

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