Showing posts with label Christmas Gift Guide. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Christmas Gift Guide. Show all posts

Monday 5 October 2020


YSL are back with an advent calendar for 2020 and this year it forms part of their Dress Me Wild collection for Christmas, which is also stunning.  The Advent Calendar which takes on a black and red design with an added bit of glitter.
This YSL Advent Calendar is a 24 drawer advent and inside you will find treats across the best-selling make-up and fragrances.  It will go on sale for £200 and you can find it via YSL and Selfridges.

If you don't want to see all of the contents, then don't scroll down any further because they are all listed, though it doesn't tell you what item you get on any particular day.


  • Mini Rouge Pur Couture Shade 1
  • Mini Rouge Pur Couture Shade 9
  • Mini Rouge Pur Couture Shade 13
  • Mini Rouge Pur Couture Shade 19
  • Mini Rouge Pur Couture Shade 52
  • Mini Water Stain Shade 9
  • Mini Tatouage Couture Shade 1
  • Mini Tatouage Couture Velvet Cream Shade 216
  • Mini Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils Shade 1
  • Mini Mascara The Curler Shade 1
  • Mini Dessin Du Regard
  • Tuxedo – Le Vestiaire Des Parfums 7.5mL
  • Top Secrets Instant Moisture Glow 5mL
  • Top Secrets Expert Makeup Remover 8mL
  • Touche Éclat Blur Primer 10mL
  • Pure Shots Night Reboot Serum 7.5mL
  • Pure Shots Hydra Bounce Essence-in-Lotion 10mL
  • Touche Éclat Radiant Touch Shade 2
  • La Laque Couture Shade 8
  • Black Opium Eau de Parfum 7.5mL
  • Mon Paris Eau de Parfum 7.5mL
  • Libre Eau de Parfum 7.5mL
  • Opium Eau de Toilette 7.5mL
  • Special Gift
As you can see, behind one of the doors is a special gift and that hasn't been revealed as yet! A reminder that his advent is priced at £230 and you can find it here via Selfridges*.

*this post contains PR samples and/or Affiliate Links unless indicated otherwise - you can learn more on my Disclaimer page.

Sunday 27 November 2016

Lipstick Gift Guide

There is no question about it, I am lipstick obsessed and have a growing collection but there is something about a Christmas set which makes me just want more.  There are so many amazing gift sets to be had that I have out together a little guide of my favourites and some of which I am hoping Father Christmas might send to me!

MAC - Nutcracker Sweet Nude Lipstick Kit £26 at Selfridges - MAC’s Nutcracker Sweet Nude Lipstick Kit features four luxurious mini Lipsticks in lush toffee brown shades. This covetable coordinated collection comes in a beautiful little box featuring a fuchsia and burgundy design with gold accents – perfect for the approaching festive season. The four lipsticks in this set are Crème Cup, Kinda Sexy, Nouvelle Vogue, Whirl.

Staying with MAC for their Nutcracker Sweet Red Lipstick Kit £26 from House of Fraser - A kit of miniature treasures brimming with four mini Lipsticks in candy cane red shades. This coordinated kit for lips comes in a stylish little box featuring a fuchsia and burgundy design with gold accents. Featuring Lady Danger, MAC Red, Diva and Rebel this is an amazing kit.

Elizabeth Arden 'Ceramide Lipstick' Christmas gift set £39 in Debenhams. Now I am a big fan of these Ceramide Lipsticks and have a few already but put them with a beautiful cream pouch and I am sold. Featuring Melon, Rouge, Ruby Rose and Peony there is something for everything within the collection.

bareMinerals 'You Better Not Pout' mini Moxie lipstick collection Christmas gift set £29 in Debenhams. Lavish your lips with sumptuous shades and luscious color that slips on satiny-smooth. Each beautiful hue infuses your lips with a moisture-loaded hydrating complex to help nourish and condition for a healthy-looking pout. This set contains seven lipsticks: Act Natural, Speak Your Mind, Fly High, Never Say Never, Call The Shots, Watch Me and Break Away. Admittedly I haven't tried any of them or anything from bareMinerals but so many people rave about the brand, it is up there on my watch list.

Charlotte Tilbury Mini Lipstick Charms - Gorgeous things come in small packages! Back by popular demand the new Mini Lipstick Charms feature all the fabulous, lip-softening benefits of my regular K.I.S.S.I.N.G lipsticks in a handy, clutch-friendly size. Featuring Penelope Pink, pretty pink Bitch Perfect and iconic So Marilyn red. A bargain at £29 and retails from Charlotte Tilbury online here

So there are the lipstick gift sets that have caught my eye as I have been planning some blog posts. Have there been any to have caught your eye?

*this post contains PR samples unless indicated otherwise

Friday 18 November 2016

Top 10 Gifts for Unicorn Lovers

We all have that one friend, maybe you are even that friend, who is a tad obsessed with Unicorns, I mean it is a 'thing' and everywhere you look, there is something 'Unicorn' designed to grab your attention.
Top 10 gifts for Unicorn Lovers
Unicorn Lamp from Superdrug - Novelty Unicorn Shaped , Colour changing mood lamp. I saw it at a Press Day and wanted it there and then, for only £5 this is a total bargain to be had. .

Heatable Unicorn from Dunelm - At just £10 how could you not want this. Soft and furry, this pink heatable unicorn is filled with lavender to release a calming scent.

Magical Unicorn Slippers - Styled on Agnes from Despicable Me, these cute and fury Unicorn slippers are every bit funky as they are fun. Priced at £24.95 they are an item not to be missed. 

Unicorn Bath Confetti - ASOS - Well who doesn't want Blueberry scented Unicorn confetti for their bath? Priced under £5 at ASOS, it is a great Secret Santa gift. 

Sequin Unicorn Mom Jeans by Kuccia - From Topshop and priced at £65 - With sequin Unicorn patches, this pair of jeans have been transformed into a must have item! 

'You Are A Goddamn Magical Unicorn' Makeup Bag - From Not on the HighStreet and priced at £17 - This zipper pouch makes an excellent makeup bag, or washbag for weekends away. It's perfect for keeping all your essentials together when travelling, and also makes a unique and interesting clutch bag for nights out! Basically its super useful!

A Pink Unicorn Onesie - Oh yes! Don't pretend you have never wanted a Onesie more than you want this little number! Priced around £14.99 on Amazon, it is an item everyone needs in their lives.

Unicorn Snot £7.50 - Yellow Unicorn Snot Rumour has it that unicorn snot actually turns you into a unicorn. We've not tested it simply because we cannot imagine illustrating with hooves. To turn into a unicorn right here.

Keep Calm and Colour Unicorns book and crayons - If you love colouring in and even if you don't, find some time to rest and relax and spend it colouring in some Unicorns with Pencils from your Unicorn holder. Available from Amazon.

Unicorn Earrings In Sterling Silver £19.95 - This is the perfect gift for anyone that loves quirky and unusual jewellery, or even better; a gift for yourself! Sterling silver earrings suitable for pierced ears. They can be found right here.

I am sure you can find something for that Unicorn obsessed person in your life right here from my gift guide and if you have anything you think I should have added, let me know in the comments!

*this post contains PR samples unless indicated otherwise

Wednesday 16 December 2015

The Perfect Christmas Beauty Hamper for Men

Buying Christmas products for the Mister isn't usually too much of a difficult challenge as is he quite good and hinting about things he likes, doesn't like, might want and most definitely would not want. So throughout the year I tend to have made notes on my phone (thank god for that app on the iPhone) which gives me something to work with. This year, I have decided to do something a little different, something a little bit more fun and whilst this post will not contain his main gift (that is still with Santa) this is a collection of products that I think he will like to try, might have had before but liked them so much he has mentioned wanting to try them again and a few little products that I like the sound of and think he will too.  

Now admittedly this Man Hamper wasn't an idea I simply came up with, in fact at work I buy all of our stationery through Euro Office and on their special offers page (I always look there first before buying anything) they have a 12 days of Christmas Competition, aptly titled '12 Blogs of Christmas' whereupon which a 12 day DIY advent calendar has been created to give you a shop-able DIY idea - so making your own labels, creating an advent calendar using envelopes and so on. As I said, I buy my office stationery through them and decided that instead of wasting shredded paper it would be a brilliant little base inside my man hamper, which is a recycled Wicker basket that I was given about a year ago.
The Perfect Christmas Man Hamper
The Perfect Christmas Man Hamper
Crabtree and Evelyn Ornament Tin - This is such a great stocking filler for men. It is a beautifully decorated tin which contains two 50ml tubes of Hair and Body Wash in Moroccan Myrrh & West Indian Lime scents and both of which smell just absolutely divine. 
The Perfect Christmas Man Hamper
The Perfect Christmas Man Hamper
L'Eau D'Issey Pour Homme**- A fragrance gift set that I happen to know my mister absolutely loves. I got this set from Cosme-De who happen to have some amazing offers right now. The set itself comprises of a 125ml Eau de Toilette, a 75ml Shower Gel and a 50ml Soothing Aftershave Balm. Such a beautiful scent for a man and such a lovely gift set to have.
The Perfect Christmas Man Hamper
The Perfect Christmas Man Hamper
Jack Back Beard Lube Conditioning Shave**(£13.50) - I like a beard on the mister and am not a fan when he feels the need to shave it off, so anything I can get my hands on which means the facial fuzz sticks around longer is a bonus. 

Described as being an award-winning Beard Lube from Jack Black, this product is specially formulated to penetrate the hair and help prepare the beard for shaving by softening the growth. It retains moisture to ensure your razor glides over your skin easily, without clogging the blades. The unique, transparent texture lets you see where you are shaving, preventing nicks and cuts.
The Perfect Christmas Man Hamper
Bulldog Original Body Lotion**(£4.50) - I have a nice array of lovely body lotions and body butters and it isn't a product you see too readily available for men. 

Bulldog Original Body Lotion is packed with 8 essential oils such as Begamot, Lemon and Avocado Oil to name a few, cocoa butter, aloe vera and avocado oil to help nourish and rehydrate the skin. Whilst it doesn't smell distinctly manly, it does smell divine and hopefully this will encourage Steve to moisturise more than just his face.
The Perfect Christmas Man Hamper
If anyone reads the misters blog then you will know that hair care is important to him, he has tried endless gels, waxes, clays and sprays to see what works well with his hair and what doesn't.  So having looked through his blog to see American Crew**hadn't featured, within this hamper for him are four products to test and try:
  • Defining Paste (£10.76) - Described as being perfect for adding texture to flat, limp hair, the American Crew Defining Paste provides medium hold coverage with a matte finish.
  • Fiber (£10.76) - This is said to be American Crew's beat selling product and it is designed to be used to mould and sculpt hair into any style. This fibre-like, resinous product helps thicken, texturise and increase fullness to hair and again provides a matte finish. 
  • Forming Cream (£10.76) - Is said to provide excellent hold, pliability and natural shine. It also helps hair look thicker and is ideal for easing new users into the potential of styling jar products. 
  • Pomade (£6.39) - This is better for hair that is in-between cuts in my opinion and is longer than usual. Excellent for the slicked-back look or rough texture, high gloss styles. Controls strong hair lines and curly, frizzy hair. Great for a sophisticated finish.
The Perfect Christmas Man Hamper
Montagne Jeunesse Charcoal & Volcanic Ash Unclog Pore Strips - I came across these in Primark for the bargain price of 90p and as it is unusual to see these male products anywhere, I picked them up. 

There are three pore strips inside the package and they use natural charcoal to help absorb excess sebum drawing out dirt, grime and impurities for cleaner, less visible pores. The use of Volcanic Ash helps to clear dead skin cells.
The Perfect Christmas Man Hamper
Truefitt & Hill Sample Bag**- You can never go wrong with a decent sized samples and Truefitt & Hill are not a brand I am familiar with. 

They were established back in 1805 and world's oldest barbershop as stated in the Guinness Book of records and are barbers and Royal Warrant holders to H.R.H. The Duke of Edinburgh.  You can read more about them here.
The Perfect Christmas Man Hamper
Bluebeards Revenge Starter Kit** (£19.99)This is an amazing set which includes luxury collection of contemporary shaving products designed for the modern man! 

The Bluebeards Revenge Starter Kit consists of everything you need to get started with traditional wet shaving, including a rich luxury Shaving Cream, travel-sized Post-Shave Balm (20ml), Doubloon shaving brush and silver-technology antiperspirant deodorant.
The Perfect Christmas Man Hamper
I am hoping the discovery of some of these brands will find some new favourites and bring a little something different when it comes to Christmas presents and once it is all put together it looks something like this:
The Perfect Christmas Man Hamper
Have you ever put together a hamper for someone?  Do you think there is anything else I could include?

**collaboration and PR samples

Sunday 13 December 2015

The Useful Christmas Gift Ideas for Bloggers

Have you got a friend who is a blogger, or is one of your friends a blogger and you are currently scratching your head debating what you can buy them to make life a little easier?  Well I have a great list right here that could just help you!

One item that most bloggers will own is a camera, now whether that is a Compact, an SLR Camera, a Bridge Camera, the cult must have Olympus Pen, the Nikon CoolPix, a Fujifilm Instamax or even just an iPhone camera, all of these terms will be words you have come across in your lifetime of blogging. There is no doubt a camera is a must have item for any blogger and if you are thinking of buying one for yourself or someone else, you will be forever in someones favour.  This gift idea list is mainly centered around items for cameras with a few extra add-ons, it might be that you cannot afford to buy a new camera, but can buy something extra to make that unwanted and unloved camera because loved and very much wanted again.

1. Bloggersphere Magazine - This magazine is an internationally distributed print publication written by bloggers for the blogging and social media community. It is split into six main sections (each edited by an influential blogger): beauty, fashion, food, travel, lifestyle and photography. I really enjoy reading this magazine and whilst it is now available to buy in some WHSmith stores and online, you could buy a subscription as a gift right here.

2. Amzdeal Portable Camera Photo Studio Box Light Lighting - Days without natural light are a constant pain in the backside for bloggers and it used to drive me insane until I got one of these portable studio boxes. I love that it comes with an array of backgrounds, a tripod for your camera, the studio tent, two lights and a hand carry case for it all to be stored in, so even if you are short of space, this is a great product to have and it can be found here.

Blogger Christmas Gift Guide

3. Anker Astro Portable Charger - This is quite possibly the best item I have ever bought for my iPhone. If you are social media crazy and can't go a few minutes without tweeting, Instagramming, watching and recording for Periscope or even Snapchatting then your phone battery is not going to last the day.  This portable charger is ideal for carrying around with you and you can find it here.

4. Hama Star 61 Tripod - If you Vlog and Youtube, a tripod is a must have item, if you take photos then a tripod is a great item to have, I am not too sure that I could now take any photo without a tripod and get the look I am wanting for my photos and if it is something you have been debating buying but don't want to splash out lots of money, this one is a bargain and is right here.

5. Queen of Blogs Mug - Whether you drink tea, coffee, hot chocolate and so on, a mug can be a great gift and this one more so with it's apt slogan 'Queen of Bloggers' which I also think goes well with my blog name and would also make a great secret santa gift.  Found on Amazon right here.

6. Blog Planner - The Badass Blog Planner is Your guide to defining your purpose, creating clarity, and building a year of killer content. This Planner includes worksheets to evaluate and plan blog content, social media posts, products and services, email newsletters, marketing, advertising, your budget, and website design. No more late-night post idea panic or stressing over social media! I think this sounds like pretty a pretty good read and a quite handy go to guide to have and it is available right here.

7. Foldio - The Portable Studio Box, Foldable Light Box for Smartphone Photography.  This is quite possibly one of the coolest items I have come across to date.  I am sure everyone uses Instagram and if you are short of space within your home, then this could just become your best friend.  It is a Smartphone version of the portable studio already mentioned within this post and is impossibly cute, an amazing idea (why did I not think of this) and could quite possibly be a huge game changer with Instagram.  It can be found right here.

8. Camera Light - I was given this light 6 months ago and it is an item I use all of the time in the darker months.  If you need to add just a bit more light to your photos and don't need the whole set up of a studio, this light does just that. Readily available right here.

9. Notebooks - As a blogger I can never ever have too many notebooks. I have notebooks of all shapes and sizes and I find them handy for list writing, idea jotting, blog post details and often when I am on the go and think. My current favourite notebook happens to be this Happy Jackson Green A5 Thoughts And Doodles Notebook which I think it is perfect for what I need it for.

10. Blog Backgrounds - Whether you use the outdoors for that perfect photo shot or props inside, did you knwo your local hardware and DIY store might be a little treasure trove of ideas and help too? Wallpaper samples, Floor Tiles and even Wooden Floor Samples can really help bring those photos to life and it is always worth going to look.

So there you have it.  My helpful guide to useful gifts for bloggers, which contain all of the items I think would be useful.

As a blogger reading this, what items would you want to see on a gift list?


Wednesday 9 December 2015

Christmas presents you should definitely buy your cat!

With three cats in the house, I might often be referred to as the 'Mad Cat Lady' but they are my boys, my furkids and I don't think they should be left out at Christmas.  A quick Google search gave me an endless list of things I could purchase.  

The first item I absolutely love and it could not be more perfect is Kitty Street - Terrace Cat Houses with Scratchy Roofs.  This is a cat bed terrace, perfect because I have three cats and rather than fighting over the one cat bed we have, they could have one each. Inside there are fur cushions and the roofs are scratching mats.  What I love about this is that you can also add more cubes should you need them.

Christmas presents you should definitely buy your cat!

One thing Hector loves is laying on the laptop when you are trying to use it and no matter what it is we are doing, the save button is constantly over-used because out of nowhere comes this crazy kitty jumping all over you. So this could be the answer to all of my problems - Cat Playhouse Cardboard Laptop. Designed to look like a laptop with screen and keyboard with a rather humorous mouse.  With this, I feel Hector could have a fantastic time sat next to me as I type and if you have a similar laptop obsessed kitty, you can find the laptop.

Christmas presents you should definitely buy your cat!
Having cats means providing stimulating play time or they get bored and can become quite destructive. Hector is now 4 months old and loves to climb, much to my horror. He loves to be as high as he can possibly get, which is normal for a cat. However, in an attempt to stop him from climbing on top of my wardrobes and bouncing off, we have bought the SmartCat Door Climber in the hope it will satisfy his climbing urge

Christmas presents you should definitely buy your cat!
Christmas presents you should definitely buy your cat!
Christmas presents you should definitely buy your cat!
If you have friends, who like me are mad cat ladies and you cannot think of anything to buy them, or they have everything, then forget them and buy something for the cats.  There are two cat hampers which really have caught my attention from Purrfectbox and Cat Hampurr.

My boys are huge fan of the Purrfectbox and we have reviewed a few of the boxes right here on Beautyqueenuk. The team over at Purrfecrbox have an amazing Special Edition Christmas Box is a box of 6 specially chosen products, perfect for those wanting to treat the pets of their friends and family. It costs just £19.90.

Christmas presents you should definitely buy your cat!

The lovely people over at Cat Hampurr have also come up with their very own Christmas Cat Hamper and which will be a hand picked a box full of goodies that will keep them entertained well into the new year. Again the box costs just £19.90 and you can get it  but be quick because they are limited.

Christmas presents you should definitely buy your cat!

Staying with the theme of food and hampers, my boys were very kindly sent family-owned US brand of natural pet food, Wellness, which has just launched at Pets at Home. Wellness offers wholesome, healthy nutrition for cats and contains no wheat, corn, soya, artificial colours, flavours or preservatives. The recipes use delicious, real-foods like deboned meats, healthy fruits and vegetables and easily-digestible carbohydrates to provide the perfect balance of protein, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants in the healthiest way possible. The range my boys have been trying is the CORE Divine Duos, an indulgent savoury pâté topped with protein-rich cuts in gravy. Dishes include hearty cuts of beef, chicken liver, tuna and salmon – balanced with nutrient-rich broccoli and carrots and it has been absolutely lapped up and loved.
Christmas presents you should definitely buy your cat!
Anyone who has any experience with kittens and cats will know that they love to scratch everything including you, your furniture, your carpet and anything you can do to encourage them not to do this will be in your favour and will also lower your stress levels. So a perfect gift for any cat is a scratching post, mine absolutely love them and they are the most used and loved item we have. The good news is that they also come in all shapes and sizes and are widely available and range in price from around £10 right up to £50+!

Christmas presents you should definitely buy your cat!

Anyone with cats will also know about catnip.  Catnip is part of the mint family but it has an essential oil in it called nepetalactone which has a powerful effect on cats who are sensitive to it, though not all are, and it turns them totally crazy and has them running around like a big fun-filled bag ecstasy, dribbling everywhere and generally just attacking the toy it is in or on.  Again, they are readily available and come in all different shapes and sizes but are really budget friendly and your cat will absolutely love it and you.

Christmas presents you should definitely buy your cat!
One final item that is synonymous with Christmas is stockings and yes there are stockings and stocking fillers for cats which all contain cat treats and are perfect for spoiling your little fur ball and again they range in price from £2 right up to £8 so they won't break the bank.

Christmas presents you should definitely buy your cat!

So here you have just a few ideas as to what you can buy your kitten, cat or your friends, family or neighbours cat as a gift.  There is naturally a whole host of other items I could have included within the toy section, the ideas are endless.

Do you have a cat or indeed any animal? If so, do you buy them a Christmas present?

Saturday 28 November 2015

Five Christmas Gadget Must Haves

Here at RED5 we are delighted to announce that this year we are able to bring to you a whole new host of cool gadgets. We’re talking, drones, quadcopters and loads of Star Wars goodies.  It’s our job to make sure nobody is disappointed with what’s under the tree and it’s your job to listen, get ready for this year’s top Christmas gadget must haves!
Zombie Slayer Blast Kit
Zombie Slayer Blast Kit
At number one we have, wait for it, the Zombie Slayer Blast Kit. If Walking Dead has taught us anything it’s that a zombie apocalypse is coming.  The question is are you ready for it?  What’s great about this product is that it allows you to get creative and actually build the model yourself. So we advise you not go fighting any zombies before it’s up and running, the ending would not be pretty.
Now if you’re a mum reading this buying for your son, don’t fear. He’ll be chasing zombies not you. The gun fires paper ammo, 60 rounds will be included in the package. Just in case the apocalypse comes sooner than expected, everyone will be ready.
Spy Drone Quad
Spy Drone Quad w Omni
Everyone’s talking about them, we’re selling them. This particular product comes in at a very reasonable price. For those of you not wanting to spend too much, we recommend this style of drone quadcopter. This little quadcopter comes with a built in 3MP camera, allowing you to take pictures and record 640 x 480p videos whilst in flight.
Don’t really know what that means? It’s good, high quality imagery coming straight from the sky, amazing! A lot more user friendly for those who are new to this flying in the sky business.
The Beast
Sky Drone Pro White
The Sky Drone Pro White is for those of you who want to spend a little more. Perhaps you’re a more experienced flyer. You won’t regret this purchase, at just a little extra cost comes great joy and added bonuses.  For example, this beast records high definition footage, with help from its clever free app your smartphone will become an eye in the sky.
Talking Chewbacca Plush
Talking Chewbacca Plush
It’s back. Star Wars is back and we’re loving every minute of it. At RED5 HQ everyone has a beady eye on all Star Wars gifts, but it’s only fair we share the goodness. What is Christmas without the fluffy giant Talking Chewbacca Plush, who we all hold dear in our hearts.
Chewbacca, legendary co-pilot, not just best buds with Han-Solo, he’s now yours too.  This bundle of fun and fluff springs to life at a press of the belly. Enjoy endless hours copying his Wookie language and giant roars.
Star Wars BB8 Droid
Star Wars BB8 Droid
Since we are on the topic of Star Wars, why stop? Keep the good stuff coming I say.  For those of you desperate to get in touch with your inner dark side, the new BB8 droid is for you.  This bundle of joy is already on the path to greatness, it’s set to star in the new ‘The Force Awakens’ and we’re all going crazy for it.
Give your loved one the gift of friendship this Christmas, guaranteed to keep you busy throughout the Christmas holidays. This clever little droid is completely controllable from your smartphone or tablet, packed with various voice commands which fulfil all of your Star Wars dreams.  With help from the clever app, BB8 Droid can create and view holographic recordings, awesome.
Interactive Glow T-Shirts
Interactive Glow T-Shirts
Ok so we accept that not everyone is Star Wars crazy, actually we’re not sure, but we’ll mix it up for you nonetheless.  After all, this product is so worth it. It’s hard to shock us gadget heads here at RED5 but every now and then, it happens.  
That was certainly the case when we first got our hands on these interactive Glow T-shirts from illuminated apparel. So cool! It’s sometimes the case that with novelty clothing comes a lack of style; thankfully, that’s not a worry here. At first glance you’d be none the wiser.
The T-shirt is a stylish black with a large white polygon graphic, pretty trendy if you ask me. When the lights go down, that’s when things really kick off. Simply pass a UV light (included) over the white space and watch as the clothing comes to life. The good news is Smartphone lights work just as well, so if you’re out clubbing and forget your pen, do not fear. Talking of clubbing, if you’re that guy who’s unlucky in love, I have a feeling your luck just turned.
What are your Christmas Gadget Must Haves?

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Saturday 21 November 2015

Christmas Stocking Filler Guide

Christmas Stocking Filler Guide
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Beauty Christmas Gifts – perfect for the beauty lover in your life. You can get individual items, like nail varnish, nourishing hand moisturiser, and a face mask, or a gift set. Gift sets take out the sometimes stressful present selection process. They come in a variety of themed bundles – from relaxation to glamour, so you will certainly find something that suits. Prices vary too, depending on how many goodies you want to go for. Prices start from £18, so it’s up to you how all out you go!
Christmas Stocking Filler Guide
Source: Temple Spa

Magazines – these are always great little extras and they’re totally affordable too. Popular ones like Marie Claire cover a range of topics, so it’s generally a safe bet. A brilliant free one is Boots’ Health & Beauty magazine, which is full of recommended products, offers and competitions. So you may end up giving them the extra gift of a competition win too. 

Hot Chocolate Set with Mug – what relaxing magazine read isn’t complete without a hot chocolate. These are the kinds of gifts you can whisk together yourself. All you need is a cute mug, cocoa powder, sugar, and marshmallows. 
Christmas Stocking Filler Guide
You can wrap it all up in some cellophane to keep it neat and prettily presented. £5 mug from your local supermarket, cocoa £2, sugar (some from the baking cupboard), and marshmallows £2. All for under £10 – bargain.

Christmas Biscuits – everyone loves a yummy biscuit and at Christmas you can get away with eating as many as you like. Savoury or sweet will be a scrummy touch to your stocking. For something extra special try some Christmas-themed biscuits; you can go for traditional iced seasonal figures or have one personalised with your loved one’s name. Prices to suit all budgets (or all biscuit eaters), starting at £6.
Christmas Stocking Filler Guide

Handy Notepad – they’ll probably need to make note of all the things they’ve spotted in their magazine and are desperate to buy so a cute little notebook would be a great stocking addition. Even if they won’t be making notes, having a handy book around for shopping lists or beauty lust lists will definitely be a useful present. They don’t have to boring – they can be as elegant or fun as you fancy. You’ll be able to pick one up for under £5 from most high street and online stores.

Bath Gift Sets – nothing is better at relieving stress than a hot bath, but not everyone realises how great these can be. Bath treats can give someone a reason to take time out of their day to unwind. Whether it’s a natural soap collection, bath salts, or a creamy body butter for afterwards, they all help you unwind. As wonderful as Christmas is, it can be a bit hectic, so there isn’t a better time to treat someone to one of these chill-out beauties. Prices vary, starting at a fabulous £4.50.
Christmas Stocking Filler Guide
Source: Bloodwise

Mini Candle – be inspired by the Yankee candle advent calendar, which you can feast your eyes on here, and pop a lovely-scented candle in the stocking. You could get one of a scent they particularly love, or go for an all-round-pleaser with a Christmas scented one, like spiced orange or cinnamon. Prices vary depending on where you go, but usually start at under £5.

Christmas Pyjamas – relaxing, seasonal, comfy, and adorable. Pyjamas are a lovely touch for those days around Christmas when you get to stay in, watch Christmas films and eat turkey sandwiches. Lots of stores are selling them now, so you’ll have plenty to choose from. Just head to their favourite shop and choose away.

Peppermint Candy Sticks – the finishing touch! They’re lovely as decorations on presents and in stockings. Plus they’re something to nibble on if your loved one is a mint fan. They add just that extra bit of Christmas charm. What’s not to love?!

Christmas Stocking Filler Guide
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