5 Christmas Day Nail Ideas

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Ahhh Christmas nails, I love you so! 
For my last post before Christmas Day I thought I would sign off with a few Christmas Day Nail Ideas because even if you don't often paint your nails the big day is a great time to sport some super festive or glittery nails. 

I've tried to keep my glittery suggestions to a minimum are glitter nail polish is the worst to remove and no one wants to be sat wasting 30 minutes of their life post Christmas when they could be eating chocolate or creating a mini cheese platter (I'm sure that's not just me). So here is a mix of ideas that you can re-create/inspire you! 

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1. Subtle gold glitter nails - This nail polish is for the glitter lovers out there that hate the removal process of glitter nail polish as this is a fine glitter that is opaque on the nails but easy to remove! I absolutely love how the Avon Magic Effects Molten Metal nail polishes (£6 each - Avon brochure) look and the above gold one is my favourite. Rimmel do similar Precious Stone nail polishes if you want to get something like this before Christmas Day! 

2. Glittertastic! - However if you don't mind the annoyance of removing glitter nail polish then a full of glitter like this Ciate Tinsel Town mini is the way to go. This mini is part of the Ciate Paint Pot Duo To Go set which you can find on Very for £12.99 here or ASOS have many single glitter mini polishes for £5.00 here.

3. Snowy scene nail art - On to some festive nail art now which was actually pretty easy to create! Here I simply started with a light blue base and using an old makeup sponge stippled white nail polish on the tips. Then to create the little trees I used a nail art brush and created messy Christmas tree shapes and then finally I used a dotting tool to add a little bit of snow. I love nail art like this that doesn't need to be neat as you can have it done in under 10 minutes while watching TV. Another favourite of mine is Christmas pudding nails as they are so so easy to do - lots of quick tutorials can be found on Google.

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4. Easy red & silver polka dots - If you fancy doing a bit of nail art but just haven't the time or patience then this nail art is for you. Here I've used Essie Russian Roulette as I love a vibrant red but you can use any base colour - white, black, green etc. Then you simply dot on the silver dots with a silver Sharpie pen! It really is that easy! My only tips would be to start with a vertical line of dots down the centre of your nails then work outwards for a neat look and to finish with a top coat as the Sharpie will wash off if you don't. Super easy and festive!

5. Salt & pepper glitter nails - Lastly for my Christmas Day nail ideas I thought I'd include another glitter favourite of mine, well two in fact. These two nail sequin nail polishes are limited edition at The Body Shop (£5.00 each) and can be worn as a single coat over the nails like I've done here or built up for an even glittery finish. I went for a white base but next time I think I will be trying the nail sequin nail polish over a gold or black base. Just really pretty and perfect for this time of year.


Hope this has given you a few nail ideas for your Christmas Day nails! 

As this is my last post before December 25th, I hope you all have a very lovely Christmas! 

Fee xo.


Christmas Gift Guide - For Him

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Whether you're buying for the man in your life, a brother, friend or your dad it can be tricky to come up with ideas. Men generally aren't known for being materialistic beings and often buy what they want/need for themselves, they are also notoriously bad at coming up with gift ideas to help us out! 

So with that being said I personally think 'For Him' gift guides are some of the most useful to give ideas that are better than gifting rubbish gift sets or something they just won't use. Below I've tried my best to pull together gifts for all ages so hopefully you will find some inspiration here!

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Moscow Mule Copper Mug (£7.99 TK Maxx or Homesense) 
Out of nowhere Moscow Mule Mugs have become popular, which I guess is no surprise with the copper trend at the moment. Even though I'd like one for myself, a copper mug is well suited for a man that likes to drink as apparently with carbonated beverages such as ginger beer the copper improves the taste by increasing how carbonated/fizzy the drink is! I don't know the science as you can probably tell but it sounds good to me. It also keeps drinks cold for longer and hot drinks hot, as well as looking good! I came across so many variations of this mug from smooth to hammered in TK MAXX and I personally think it makes a nice gift especially when paired with a few alcoholic drinks. 

4 Cheese Knives with Acrylic Block (£12.99 Amazon) 
Do you know a cheese lover? I know I do! Of course you could get them a selection of different cheeses to eat over the festive period and they would love you for it, but why not pair it with a set of cheese knives and/or a cheese board. This above set caught my eye on Amazon as I loved the acrylic block, but if you don't have a Prime account and it's too late to order you can find quite a few different sets at TK Maxx or Lakeland. As for cheeses I'd highly recommend popping to a local market to pick up a selection of cheese truckles as they are just the right size and they're sealed in wax meaning they will last months if the recipient doesn't want to dig into them straight away. 

Multi-Pack Waffles Socks (£5.50 reduced ASOS) 
Okay, so I'm including one of the most boring presents you can buy a man and I apologise for that. But socks are practical and can be a nice gift if you pick the right material/brand! These waffle socks are great, they are fairly thick and kind of a combination of a normal sock and a thick sport sock with the waffle texture. Also I know they last well. If you are going down the socks route these are the ones to get... they do also come in other colours and pack sizes. 

Wool Lined Moccasin Slippers (£12.99 TK Maxx)
If you are buying for an older gentleman (oops these are actually for my dad!) then slippers are great to go for. I personally think men prefer something more structured as they get older (no slipper boots!) and something that can be worn in and out of the house, maybe not to the shops but to wear in the garden, so they need to also have a good sole to them. Moccasins are great for that purpose as they are both structured and well made to the sole, plus they look quite nice. But if you are buying for someone slightly younger then driving shoes which again can be worn in and out of the house are a really good choice.
  
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Ted Baker Skinwear Limited Edition EDT 100ml (£15.00 Superdrug) 
If you are struggling to buy for someone then a fragrance is an easy choice as long as you select someone you think they will like. One of my favourite men's fragrances this year is Ted Baker Skinwear which has been around for years but keeps coming back in a limited edition bottle. This years packaging is one of the best yet in my opinion and for the price doesn't scream budget at all, in fact this is just as good as most high end scents I've tried this Christmas. This is quite a manly scent however it's not too full on with a few fresh notes in there making it idea for the 20-35 age range. I think most people would like this scent actually!  

Paco Rabanne 1 Million EDT 50ml (£42 The Perfume Shop or Boots)
But if you want to play it safe then Paco Rabenne 1 Million it is as this is such a popular scent, in fact it's that good I know that some women wear it. This really is such a quality fragrance that is sexy and has depth to it. If you're man is after a new aftershave/fragrance this Christmas then this is the one to treat him to!  

Dolce & Gabbana The One EDT 30ml (£31.99 Fragrance Direct)
Lastly I had to include the luxurious Dolce & Gabbana The One as it's such a layered scent that is masculine but also oriental with notes of ginger and orange blossom. I also love that the scent mellow down after 10 minutes or so to be smooth with a hint of spice with the ginger. If you know someone that likes a masculine scent then this is the perfect sophisticated version to get them.
 
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Beanies Mini Xmas Coffee Stash (pick 3 flavours for £10) 

If you know of a coffee fiend than a selection of interesting coffees can make a lovely gift. You can go as novelty or a luxury as you like here (for interesting lux coffees I recommend looking in TK Maxx/Homesene) and make up a nice bundle of different coffees for them to try out. After coming across Beanies on Twitter I headed over to the website to find a great deal on 3 jars of coffee for only £10 including delivery. There are a range of flavours to pick from but I went for Very Vanilla, Nutty Hazelnut and Cinder Toffee - yum! These smell incredible and make a lovely gift. You could also do a similar thing if you know of someone that loves tea by popping into a local tea shop or a Whittards store. 

American Candy Gift Box (similar £10.99 Amazon)  
A gift I've given over the past few Christmas' to various people in my family is a selection of American candy. You can now buy select American candy from larger supermarkets but it can be pricey and they don't stock lots of American branded chocolates. But you can head to the World Food aisle in a large Tesco store or Selfridges and make up your own gift box of Amercian candy or buy a pre-made box from Amazon. This makes an interesting and fun gift I think, especially for teens. 
 
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Rubik's Cube Light (£18.00 reduced Flamingo Gifts)  
On to quite a fun gift now and one for children of the 80s! This is an amazing giant Rubik's Cub light that you can actually use as intended, as a puzzle, and as a light! I think this is totally amazing and for someone that use to have a Rubik cube as a child and would make a really good gift. I'm personally really impressed with the quality of this as the light is bright and it's much bigger than I was expecting. The lamp is currently reduced to £18.00 from £36.00 which is such a good price for it.

In recent years Marvel has made a huge comeback and there are a ton of Marvel themed gifts out this Christmas to satisfy fans of any of the characters. Here I picked up an interesting book about the history of Marvel for a family member that I'm hoping they will love. But there are so many gifts such as this Marvel Socks & Mug Gift Set (£7.00 Tesco) that really feel like a quality item. 

I hope this gift guide has inspired you if you were stuck for a few present ideas! 

This is my final gift guide and I can say even though they took a lot of planning I loved putting them together! You can find all my Christmas 2015 Gift Guides here

Fee xo.

Christmas Gift Guide - Luxury For Her

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After sharing with you quite a lot of bargain buys in my previous gift guides (Under £5 Gift Guide and Under £15 Gift Guide) I thought it was time for a little luxury! 

Christmas is certainly the time of year to hope for something special, it may be your signature scent, a luxury skincare set or a total surprise! This guide is both to inspire if you are still doing your Christmas shopping and for possible splurges after Christmas in the Boxing Day sales! 

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High End Beauty Buys 

theBalm In theBalm of you Hand Palette (£34.00 Debenhams) 
If you're a lover of theBalm then you will probably be swooning over this palette right now. This is a combination of best selling single products and various shades from other smaller palettes to create one amazing palette. Included in the palette - 3 blushers, 1 bronzer, 1 highligher, 4 eyeshadows, 1 cheek & lip cream and 1 lipstick. The stars of the show here are Mary-Lou Manizer Lumizer, Hot Mama Blusher and the 4 eyeshadows from various theBalm palettes. Just an amazing palette for someone that loves theBalm! Side note - Finally a brand has figured out a way to separate cream products from powder ones in the same palette!

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 Fragrances are the perfect item to give and receive at Christmas, I know I'm hoping for at least one new scent. There are so many new launches this year but two of my favourites are Thierry Mugler Alien (EDT 30ml - £39.99 Boots here) and Dolce and Gabbana The One (EDP 30ml - £37.99 Fragrance Direct here). Both are such classic scents that I know many people love. But if you really want to go down the luxury route a fragrance gift set of the recipients favourite scent will be a total hit I'm sure.

Ted Baker Wash Bag (£27.00 Ted Baker) 
If you know a fellow beauty lover than a lovely gift to give them is a high end makeup/wash bag as it's generally something that people don't often buy themselves. Ted Baker offer an amazing range of wash bags that are high quality, structured and importantly wipe clean. The above makeup bag is now sadly discontinued but there are so many stunning designs on the Ted Baker website.

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Skincare

Liz Earle Sparkling Skin Duo (£28.00 Liz Earle or select Boots/John Lewis stores)
If you know someone that is into their skincare than a high end skincare set is a perfect gift to give them. Of course you have to be aware of their skin type and any allergies they may have but a brand that is perfect for nearly all skin types and needs is Liz Earle, you really can't go wrong with it in my opinion. The above set is an ideal gift if the recipient is new to Liz Earle or loves the brand as it contains the star product of the Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser with 2 muslin clothes and the highly rated Instant Boost Skin Tonic. A great all-round set for any age that will cleanse and brighten the skin a dream.

Elemis New Beginnings Pro-Collagen Collection (£68.00 Elemis)
If you have a little more to spend than Elemis is the skincare brand to look at. This year they have some amazing gift sets that are beautifully presented including this amazing Pro-Collagen set that contains their excellent Marine Cream. What I love about this set is that it's true luxury, from the 3 quality products - Pro-Collagen Marine Cream, Eye Renewal and 2 Hydra-Gel Eye Masks, to the turquoise box that is so stunning that it could easily be used as a jewellery box or trinket box. This is just a stunning luxury gift that I'm sure anyone would be thrilled with!

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Single Luxury Products 

This Works In Transit Camera Close-Up (£30/40ml - Boots here) Deep Sleep Pillow Spray (£16.00/75ml - Boots here)
This Works is a fairly new brand for me but as I've been so impressed with the products I've tried I really wanted to include them. As the name states the products really do work and are so effective - I can't tell you how much I already love this brand! My absolutely favourite product is the Deep Sleep Pillow Spray which I was sceptical about but it's amazingly improved how quickly I fall to sleep and the quality of sleep I have - no more waking up during the night. As someone that's taken sleeping tablets in the past I'm so very glad I've found this natural product that works! This is certainly a new favourite and one of those that will be forever repurchased. An ideal gift for someone that struggles with sleep or relaxing. As for In Transit Camera Close-Up, again this is a product that just works and gets the job done amazingly well. This is basically a primer and moisturiser in one and creates the perfect base for makeup as well as brightening the skin. The Works also do quite a few gift sets that would make lovely gifts this Christmas.

Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat (£25.00 Boots or Limited Edition at John Lewis) 
Sometimes it's nicer to spend on one luxury item tha a few budget products especially for someone that enjoys high end beauty but don't treat themselves to it. Touche Eclat is one of those products that you can certainly give as a single gift as it's such a cult product that so many people love - I've been re-purchasing it for 10 years! Equally lovely products would be a single Chanel lipstick or nail polish!

REN Rose Gold Glow Perfect Dry Oil Spray (£26.00 John Lewis) 
Lastly I had to include a favourite body product of mine that feels quite festive with the stunning rose gold accent packaging and name. This is a gorgeous sensual smelling dry oil that hydrates the skin a dream after a bath or shower. I love quite a few REN products now but this just feels such a luxurious product to me and and ideal for gifting to someone special. 

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Cloud Nine Original Iron Christmas Gift Set (£135.00 - Cloud 9 or Look Fantastic)
Over the years I've tried many a hair straightener but Cloud Nine are by far the best and a brand I wouldn't stray from now. For Christmas Cloud Nine have teamed up with designer, Emilio de la Morena to bring out this gorgeous limited edition velvet heat resistant bag that I can't get enough of. As for the hair straighteners these are the original irons that I really do prefer over the Cloud Nice Touch Irons as you can can control the temperature which is so important so not to heat damage the hair. Also the plates of the irons really are perfect and ideal for long, thick hair. This really is an amazing gift set and a real treat for someone that you may know is in need of new hair straighteners!

Panasonic IPL Hair Removal System (£299.99 - Boots) 
On to one of the latest beauty gadgets now that I've been lucky enough to try out (I'm in the process of trialing it out for 6 weeks). This is the latest and the most portable home hair removal devices on the market today that offers safe and long lasting hair removal to the arms, underarms, legs and bikini line with a simple treatment once every 2 weeks to begin with and then once every 4 weeks to keep up the results. I tried my first IPL system years ago when they were heavy and tiresome to use but with the latest technology the lightweight portable device can be worked into your routine and takes 10 minutes per leg at most. I'm currently trialing this out on my underarms and I've already seen reduced hair growth and I'm actually seeing a few bald patches now - a full review to come! This is of course an investment purchase/gift to buy someone but finally the technology is there with it and now is the right time to spend on a device like this! 

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Luxury Extras 

Oprah Magazine Subscription or other U.S magazine subscriptions £30+
Magazine subsciptions are are great gift to give at Christmas, they are the gift that keeps on giving over the coarse of the year and if the recipient is a fan of the magazine they will love it! UK magazine subscriptions cost around the £15-30 mark but I've found you can often subscribe to US titles for a little bit more if you order though the American website instead of a UK based website! This is something I've done for my sister in the past with Oprah magazine which she enjoys reading. You can order a 1 year subscription through the US Hearst Magazines website for $50/£33... and that's including the extras delivery costs! So it's totally worth checking out US magazine titles to give that extra special gift. 

Decorative Mansion Box, Large (£35.00 John Lewis)
John Lewis is one of my favourite places to shop at Christmas as it has so many wonderful unique gifts and this is one of them. Yes, it may only be a decorative box but I personally use it as a jewellery box as it's just so detailed and gorgeous. A gift like this maybe filled with some other little treats would make a perfect gift to someone that enjoys interiors. Other decorative boxes here including a smaller size of the Mansion box.

Dita Von Teese Your Beauty Mark (£17.00 Amazon) 
 There's something about receiving a large hardback book at Christmas, isn't there? Your Beauty Mark is amongst a few new makeup books this Christmas, which I've featured in my other Christmas guides, but this offers something slightly different. This book focuses on vintage makeup and hair as well as Dita Von Teese herself with so many wonderful portraits of her in the book. This would of course be a book for someone interested in old hollywood style makeup or in the makeup industry to pour over and have as a coffee table book. As you can see in the first image without the book jacket it looks quite a luxury coffee table book which is how I will be keeping it! Just a wonderful quality book for admirers of Dita or makeup lovers.

Ted Baker Leather Crystal Matinee Purses (£79 TB online or in-store)
Lastly I had to include another little something from Ted Baker as I own quite a few pieces from them now and treasure them all - I love their Ikon bags! This is my own purse which I've had for over a year now and still absolutely adore. The quality and design is spot on and luxurious without costing over the £100 mark. A gift like this would be perfect for the friend or family member you spot using an old purse they've had for years and with some many different designs and colours you really can pick something that would suit their taste. Smaller purses are also available at around the £40 mark. 

Hope this has helped you with a few ideas! 

Fee xo.

Christmas Gift Guide - Budget and Luxury Fragrances

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For me Christmas isn't Christmas without a new fragrance under the tree. There is just something about opening up a new bottle of perfume and that first spritz on Christmas Day that conjures up nice memories and seals it as my Winter scent for the new year. 

As everyone is on a different budget I thought I'd share with you four budget friendly fragrances and four much more luxury scents that will hopefully suit someone you are buying for this Christmas. Or this may simply give you a few ideas for what to put on your Christmas list! 

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Budget Fragrances - all under £15

Sarah Jessica Parker Lovely EDP 50ml 
£15.00 - Debenhams here or Fragrance Direct here 
A light powdery scent that is perfect for lovers of ultra feminine fragrances and any age I've found. This has been a true favourite of mine for many years and really doesn't smell like a cheap scent. I also find the bottle really elegant. A good all round fragrance if you were unsure of what the recipient would like.

Vera Wang Princess EDT 30ml 
£14.95 - Fragrance Direct here
Over the past year or so Vera Wang Princess, a fragrance loved by many, has dramatically come down in price! This is generally when a fragrance has been discontinued but this isn't the case for Vera Wang Princess and I think is more to shine the spotlight on their newer fragrances. But that is good news for anyone that loves the scent like I do. This again is a feminine scent that is very floral and vanilla-y and just pretty, yes, I'd describe it as pretty.  Ideal for a teen or anyone in their 20's that likes feminine sweet floral scents.

Burburry Body Tender EDT 35ml
£12.95 - Fragrance Direct here

This is a scent I mentioned only yesterday in my Under £15 Christmas Gift Guide but a scent I've had in the past when it was much pricey than a mere £13! Body Tender is a softer silkier version of Burberry Body meaning it's a scent that most will enjoy. Expect notes of rose, sparkling peach and a hint of musk, though all round it's quite a clean fresh scent. For the price this is amazing value for money and as you can see comes in a luxurious bottle and packaging.

The Body Shop EDT 30ml 
£8.50 - The Body Shop in-store 
For years I've been in love with The Body Shop perfumes as they are inexpensive and come in a range of different scents, from Honeymania, Shea, Coconut, Moringa and many more. Above is my favourite spring/summer scent, Moringa which is such a lovely floral fragrance but there are just so many amazing scents to test out in-store.  Plus with The Body Shop's 40% off sale at the moment a perfume plus a few other treats would make a great budget gift. 

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Luxury Fragrances  

Shay & Blue Salt Caramel EDP 30ml 
£30.00 - John Lewis here
Shay & Blue was the luxury fragrance brand that stood out to me this year with some amazing and unique scents. Here I have the rich and gourmand Salt Caramel scent that has been a true favourite of mine for the past few months. This is a truly yummy scent that smells to me more of popcorn than caramel and is certainly a scent for someone with a sweet tooth. However Shay & Blue Blood Orange is another amazing scent from the brand. Though a luxury brand £30 is a great price for these scents and they come beautifully packaged. 
 
Thierry Mugler Alien EDT 30ml 
£39.00 - Boots here
I've loved many scents from Thierry Mugler over the years but Alien has become a true signature scent for me and one I often get compliments on (along with Guerlian Insolence). This is certainly an attention grabbing perfume that is perfect for someone that enjoys a bold scent. The main notes of this are jasmine and amber, creating a unique yet sensual fragrance with great staying power. A perfect Christmas gift, especially if you go for a luxurious gift set! 
 
  Lancome La Vie Est Belle EDP Intense 50ml 
£69.00 Boots here  
 Lancome know how do luxury especially when it comes to fragrances and their recent Eau De Parfum Intense of La Vie Est Belle certainly shows that with an amazing silage of around 10-12 hours. If you are new to La Vie Est Belle I'd describe it as a sweet yet smooth mature scent that definitely smells luxurious, but the notes of this really do fail me as it's so well blending, though I can smell Tuberose and a slightly nutty warmness to it. This is such a lovely unique scent that really has to be smelt first and marvelled at how long it lingers for. As for the bottle... just wow! 

Hope this has helped to give you a few ideas!

P.S If you are planning on picking up a special someone a fragrance this Christmas then my favourite savvy of mine is to be to take a small bag of coffee beans with you when out shopping - it cleanses your nose of  previous scents so you can smell as many fragrances as you wish so you don't get nose blind!
 
Fee xo. 
 

Christmas Gift Guide - Under £15

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For my 'higher' priced Christmas gift guide I could have gone for a £20 or £30 budget but as I'm a savvy shopper by nature I decided to showcase some of the amazing gift sets and items you can pick up for only £15 or under.

 This may have been my favourite guide to put together as all the gifts here don't look cheap and there are many luxury brand names here such as - Paul & Joe, Nuxe and Burberry to name but a few! Of course you may have more of a budget than £15 per friend or family member but this guide just goes to show that a lot doesn't need to be spent to give someone something special. I really hope you enjoy this one! 

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Under £15 High Street Beauty Buys 

Soap & Glory Once Upon A Lime Gift Set  (£10 Boots)  
With the Sugar Crush scent from S&G being one of my favourite scents EVER I had to include this amazing set in this gift guide... and because the talented people at Soap & Glory have somehow managed to create a glittery box that doesn't transfer onto everything in a 2 metre radius - I'm impressed! If you are new to the Sugar Crush scent then I sneakily recommend you have a sniff of one of the full size products in store because it's just amazing - think sugary, fizzy fresh limes. Included in this bargain set is - Sugar Crush Body Wash (75ml), Body Scrub (my fav!) (50ml), Body Buttercream (50ml), Hand Food (50ml) and a large pink shower puff. Amazing value for 5 mini products and the gorgeous box!

Maybelline Dare To Go Nude Set (half price £7.50 Tesco or £10.50 ASOS)
A good quality makeup set will always go down well with a beauty lover and one of my favourite affordable ones this year is this nude toned Maybelline set that contains 4 full size products which offers a good saving than if you were to buy the products separately. I also feel there's no 'dud' products in the set and the nude theme is safe yet on-trend. Included in the set - Color Tattoo in Creamy Beige, Brow Drama Transparent, Nude Color Sensational Lipstick in Tantalising Taupe and Color Show Nail Polish in Latte. You can also find a few other fab Maybelline sets in both Tesco and ASOS for a similar price.

Kiko Angel Kiss Set in Cranberry Crumble (£11.90 Kiko stores)
Can we take a moment to just marvel at this gorgeous gift set, please? Kiko is one of my favourite makeup brands and this year they have excelled with their gift range. I selected this wonderful set due to it containing a lip scrub, as other than Lush (which I'm not a fan of - too crumbly) there really aren't any on the high street. Also I really was impressed with the price of this set as it looks quite the luxury gift. In the Angel Kiss Set range there are 4 different scents/shades all with different names but Cranberry Crumble is my favourite as the scent is just divine and the Kiss Balm lip balm is a lovely berry shade. If you are near a KIKO store when Christmas shopping you really must go in and see this range for yourself and all the other beautiful gift sets.

China Glaze Mini Mixers (£14.99 Sally) 
China Glaze know how to do Christmas nail sets well and each year I have to pick up a new set to try out and enjoy over the festive period. My set of choice this year is this mini set of 6 ultra festive shades that consist of 3 glitters, 2 shimmers and 1 creme nail polish... hence why they are named mini mixers! I'm also digging their festively named shades this year with the 6 minis named - Soiree I Didn't Do It, Mix And Mingle, Better Not Pout, Peppermint To Be, Son Of A Nutcracker and Don't Get Elfed Up. If you know someone that loves China Glaze or just nails in general this is the set to treat them to!

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Under £15 Online Gifts 

Burberry Body Tender EDT 30ml (£12.95 Fragrance Direct) 
If you are looking for affordable fragrances then Fragrance Direct is the website to hit up! Amongst many other affordable scents I came across Burberry Tender which is a perfume I've owned before and loved, but remember being priced much higher than a mere £13! Not only is this a beautiful non-offensive feminine scent but the bottle and packaging are stunning and very gift giving worthy. I'm sure many would be very happy to unwrap this come Christmas Day! Side note - I found this by looking 'low-high' in the fragrance section of Fragrance Direct and was amazed at how many luxury scents they have for under £15 at the moment.

Nuxe Prodigieuse Spa Candle + 4 free samples (£7 Nuxe UK) 
Nuxe was certainly not a brand I thought I'd be featuring in my under £15 gift guide but then I went and stumbled across this bargain offer on the Nuxe website and snapped it up straight away. With all orders on the Nuxe website at the moment you receive one free mini (I went for the amazing Prodigieuse Multi-Purpose Dry Oil) and 3 free samples, plus free delivery! So I decided to take advantage of the offer by buying the beautiful mini Nuxe Bougie Prodigieuse Candle that is heavenly scented - hard to describe but it's clean, feminine and very spa-like, I also love the festive touch of the gold stars to the glass jar. For £7 this really is a lovely gift!

4 for £15 Benefit minis + free stocking (£15 Boots) 
Whilst generally browsing the Boots website last week I came across this fab little deal that I had to include it in my gift guide (yes, I buy most of my gift guide items myself!). Basically you select 4 Benefit minis of your choice (normally costing £5 each) and you receive a lovely little Benefit stocking along with them. There's a good choice of minis to select from and as you can see most of the products come boxed which is a nice touch and you can of course gift them to a friend or family member in the free stocking. This would be ideal for a teen, a secret santa or just as a little extra gift to a friend that loves Benefit products. I wish all high end makeup brands did this at Christmas!

Paul & Joe Cat Makeup Bag & Creamy Facial Foam (£13.50 ASOS) 
 Another brand I didn't expect to be including in my under £15 gift guide was Paul & Joe as they are known for being a little pricey when it comes to beauty products but they currently have a few exclusive sets on ASOS that are pretty affordable and all round lovely. This little set contains a nice sized makeup bag that is oh so cute (perfect for cat lovers!) and a good size 110ml of the Creamy Facial Foam which is one of their key products. Both items are just lovely and I can't believe it's only £13.50 - what a bargain. Similar Paul & Joe makeup bag & creamy facial foam here for the same price.

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Beauty Extras 

Pretty Honest by Sali Hughes (£14.96 Amazon)
Pretty Honest was the hot makeup book to buy last Christmas but as it's not one of those makeup books that will date I thought I'd include it in this years guide as well. For the past year this has been my go-to resource for all things makeup related that I've both read for hours at a time and also dipped in and out of. The subjects that are covered are so varied from salon etiquette to foundation and even how to get botox. This is a no nonsense book that would make an excellent read for a beauty lover... just make sure to check they don't already own it!

Simply Glamorous by Gary Cockerill (New from £14.88 Amazon) 
If I can I ask for a new makeup book each Christmas then I do as there's something about receiving a hefty coffee table style read to pour over whilst eating chocolate for breakfast and spending the day in new pyjamas. This year I've asked for Lisa Eldridge's Face Paint: The Story of Makeup (£15.19 Amazon here) but if the history of makeup isn't what you are looking for then the Simply Glamorous book may just be as it's your classic makeup book full of tutorials and well shot beauty images. There is also so much content to the book and quite a few famous faces! An ideal present for someone that loves makeup or is thinking about getting into makeup artistry.

The Vintage Cosmetic Company Brush Roll (£9.95 Feel Unique or Boots) 
Lastly as a little beauty extra is this handy vintage inspired brush roll that holds 12 makeup brushes and has a little zip pocket for bits and bobs such as hair grips and cotton pads. What I particularly like about this roll is that it's really well made with the wipe clean oil cloth and strong stitching around it, basically it will last. I also love the vintage floral print, I want a whole makeup bag in it now! Such a nice little extra that you could include along side another beauty gift or even fill with a few new makeup brushes!  

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A few more extras! 

New Look Bunny Ears Slipper Boots (£12.99 ASOS) 
Any kind of cosy lounge wear is gladly received by me at Christmas and so I just had to put something warm and cosy into a least one gift guide this year. That warm and cosy thing is these adorable slippers that honestly are the softest things I've ever felt... seriously your hand just sinks into them and you want to rub it against your face. Also who couldn't resist floppy bunny ears and a cute pom pom tail! ASOS have so many novelty slippers this year but these are my favourite not too silly ones that I just love.

Copper Balloon Dog Money Bank (£8.99 The Range)
Copper and rose gold homeware items are certainly having a moment right now and if you have someone to buy for that loves interiors then they may just love this playful copper balloon dog ornament that doubles up as a money box. I find The Range in general amazing for affordable homeware but this stood out to me as it's so unique and anything copper with a metallic/mirror finish is always a winner for me. Also available in silver.

Sass & Belle Be Creative Plaque (£5.62 Flamingo Gifts) 
 I featured a lovely Sass & Belle sign from ASOS in my last gift guide (under £5 here) and found another amazing affordable one on the Flamingo Gifts website that's quite a nice size. As you can see the plaque contains lots of lovely says on it and feels very Pinterest-worthy. It's also made of sheet metal, perfect for hanging up or leaning against other objects on a desk or shelf. I really like this for the price. Find lots of other cheap but lovely plaques and signs on Flamingo Gifts here.

Would love to know what gifts caught your eye here! 

You can find my Under £5 Gift Guide here

Fee xo. 

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