Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Christmas Gift guide 2013

Here it is as promised, my christmas gift guide for this year!
I realise that it's only what, 22 days until Christmas day now? But even still, I've been horribly unorganised this year with my gift buying and still have a huge list of things I need to get people! If you're stuck what to get a girlfriend or friend or even just a little treat for yourself then I hope this will give you a few ideas!

Under £10

First up is the beauty for under £10, these items are perfect for little stocking fillers and are all really friendly on the old purse strings. The Maybelline Colour show kit is a perfect little gift if you want to get something but don't have that much money. It's only £7.99 for the kit and contains three lovely colours that are huge this season, I'm especially in love with that burgundy red..
Next is the Sweet snuggles bath fizzers from Superdrug and only cost £2.50! I'm a huge fan of all the Lush bath bombs and fizzers, but find that they're sometimes so expensive for what they actually are and I have to really have the money spare to feel okay about buying them. This trio is a cheaper alternative and come in some pretty cool colours!
Third is the Anatomicals 'fine stress we've gotten you out of' relaxing bath kit available at Tesco for only £6.50. I love all the names for their products, although they're quite long they are memorable and a bit funny which is always a good thing. The kit contains a tub of bath salts, a thermal face mask, inflatable bath pillow and candle, which if you ask me, for £6.50 is pretty darn good!

So I've just realised that this post is going to be quite a long one, so I apologise if I drone on a bit! This is the top three fashion gifts under £10. I have a huge addiction to scarves come winter time and this Deana star scarf from Boohoo.com is so pretty I may need to add it to my collection! It's only £6 and also comes in grey if the blue doesn't do it for you. There are so many scarves about this winter I think I'm going to end up bombarded with them! The Heart print touchscreen gloves from George are another bargain at only £5. I've always been a bit skeptical about these touchscreen gloves, my phone is terribly sensitive and picky and doesn't like to work with my actual fingers sometimes so I don't know how it would react to these! Even if they didn't work, they're still a pretty cute pair of gloves. This Golden triangle necklace from New Look is my favourite of the the three, I just love the simplicity of it and necklaces are always a welcome gift for me. It's only £5.99 so I may be asking for this to magically appear in my stocking this year!

Under £30

If you have a little more to spend then these will be right up your alley. The Nivea pampered skin ultimate collection is only £15 and I think it's a Boots exclusive (I couldn't find it anywhere else). You get two honey face masks, the nivea pearly shine lip balm, body lotion, facial cleansing wipes, hand lotion and the soft moisturising day cream (as featured in my Time to prime, moisturise and shine post). All this for £15 is pretty good and I think it'd a great little gift, the packaging is pretty too! Next is one on my own Christmas wish list; the Real Techniques 'sam's picks' brush set which I found whilst browsing Lookfantastic's website. It's right under the £30 price tag at £29.99, but considering these brushes range from £7 upwards, that's not a bad price. In the kit you'll get a multi tasking brush (for powder, blush and bronzer), a setting brush (for controlling powder and highlighter), buffing brush (full coverage of powder and mineral foundation) pointed foundation brush, essential crease brush (perfect for contouring the eyes) and a fine liner brush (for liquid and cream eyeliners). 
Last is the Benefit world famous neutrals from the feelunique website. It's only £23.50, which for benefit is good! It's got two cream eyeshadows and four powders, so something for everyone.

So, naturally I was scouring New Look's website when researching for this gift guide and I found quite a lot of lovely bits and pieces. This Pink and white fairisle prancing deer jumper is only £27.99 and is one of the nicest Christmas jumpers I've seen. I hate the ones that are so vibrant and in your face, I just know I'd be wasting my money on them, whereas this one, I think I'd actually wear throughout the winter. You may also remember I was moaning on about how I couldn't find a good sized winged bag a couple of months ago, so of course I was instantly in love with this colour block winged satchel from New Look and at only £19.99, I may have convinced my mum to get me it for christmas! It's killing me to know it's sat up in her wardrobe and I have to wait another month for it! Lastly in the under £30 is this funky little pair of knitted snowman slippers from River Island. You know how people buy a new pair of gloves every winter because they're bored of their old ones? I do that with slippers. I love slippers, especially the boot style ones. These are only £17 so the cheapest of the three and they are so cute!

£30 and over

Naturally the NAKED palette had to be on this list, the amount I've been banging on about it lately. The most expensive on the whole gift guide is this Clinique part favours set coming in at £55 from Boots. Included is:
  • All About Eyes, 15 ml
  • Limited Edition All About Shadow Compact in Crystal Pink, Hazy, Raspberry Beret and Chocolate Covered Cherry, 4.8 g
  • Quickliner for Eyes Intense Black Honey, .14 g
  • Chubby Stick Intense Moisturizing Lip Colour in Roundest Raspberry, 3 g
  • A Different Nail Enamel for Sensitive Skins in Cosmo Chic, 5ml
And it all comes in a pretty little pink and purple bag! If you love Clinique and have the money to spare, why not treat yourself? 
One thing I've seen on quite a few other beauty blogging pages is the Nails Inc Polish Diary which is only £42 at Feelunique (it retails at around £132 apparently so it's a bargain!). You get a different colour nail varnish for every month of the year, so you don't have to worry about what colours to paint your nails! And it all comes in a sophisticated little box booklet.

Of course I had to add some more knitwear and a jacket to the collection. This Burgundy Military coat from Missguided isn't usually my style, but it just looks so chic, I wouldn't object to having it in my wardrobe. It's £34.99 so pretty average for a good coat these days, which isn't too bad. The Asos embroidered collar top caught my eye while scrolling through their site. It's £36 so a little pricey but worth it. It also comes in white and I think the sheer material just makes it look so classy and would be a great little piece to wear to that all important Christmas party! The Fluffy polar bear jumper is £32 from NEXT. I'm not usually a big fan of adult clothes from next (I love them for Tayla's clothes, just wish they were cheaper!) but this polar bear jumper just looks so cosy. Like the pink jumper above, it's another one that you could wear all throughout winter, not just at Christmas time!

Well there you have it, my personal gift guide for Christmas 2013, has anything caught your eye? What items have you been lusting over and writing on your lists?
Off to Leicester for some Christmas shopping tomorrow and then to Milton keynes for some more on Sunday, check out my Instagram for some pictures! Hope you all have a good Tuesday :)

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