Christmas Gift Ideas: Beauty Gifts and Stocking Fillers

Today I am turning my attention towards bath and beauty, and, more specifically, gift ideas in this area. The majority of gifts in this guide are unisex, and would work for a range of age groups and tastes.

Beauty gifts are always popular at Christmas, and look glamorous and luxurious sitting under the tree. They also take away the issues that can arise with fashion gifts, namely which size to buy, which colour etc.

Here are some ideas for beauty gifts that won’t break the bank but will look like you’ve made an effort to get something wonderful.

Urban Veda Gift Sets

Urban Veda is a gorgeous natural skincare brand that creates products that suit you based on your skin type and your ‘dosha’. If that has sparked your interest, and maybe had you thinking my what? then let me explain a little further.

Dosha is an Ayurvedic term to describe the physical and emotional tendencies within the mind and body. You can find out more about your dosha by taking part in the Urban Veda questionaire which you can find right here, and can then tailor your choices to your answers.

This Christmas Urban Veda have created a wonderful range of gift sets that look and smell wonderful and are based around you dosha and body needs. The ranges are soothing, reviving, purifying and radiance and are unisex, making them ideal for all the family. They are also certified vegan and cruelty free, which makes them a gift that could tick lots of boxes if you are looking for something both luxurious and ethical. The gift sets start at £11.99, with the ‘Body Ritual Set’ containing 3 full sized products being the hero of the range.

Urban Veda products are just wonderful – this is a range that is definitely one to watch.

Purifying Body Ritual Set
£29.99 | 650ml Click to visit Urban Veda

Radiance Body Ritual Set
£29.99 | 650ml Click to visit Urban Veda

Soothing Body Ritual Set
£29.99 | 650ml Click to visit Urban Veda

Reviving Body Ritual Set
£29.99 | 650ml Click to visit Urban Veda

Curaprox Black is White Toothpaste set

A sparkling white smile is something we all aspire to, but cosmetic dentistry may be something that is well out of our price range. Curaprox “Black Is White” toothpaste naturally strengthens and whitens teeth.

The toothpaste contains activated carbon which absorbs particles which would normally grind enamel away; preventing discolouration from caffeine, nicotine and red wine. The hydroxylapatie in Black Is White snuggles up to the tooth enamel, acting a thin film. As a result, it protects the enamel and even fills small holes, promising optimal results and glistening white teeth. It has double protection against tooth decay from the sodium fluoride and its enzymatic system and has no bleaching properties.

This Christmas Curaprox have put together a gift idea which features a lemon version of the toothpaste and a limited edition ultra soft toothbrush. At £19.95 this is a really great stocking filler.

Charcoal Whitening toothpaste – Black is White £19.95 Click to visit Curaprox

7th Heaven Top to Toe Treats

Award-winning beauty brand 7th Heaven is the world’s number 1 face mask brand, It’s products are completely natural and cruelty free, and come in a range of wonderful flavours and scents, providing the perfect quick fix pick me up for tired winter skin.
This Christmas 7th Heaven has launched a wonderful range  of christmas goody boxes and hampers, topped up with fantastic treats for your skin, hair and body. A key gift that would be much appreciated in any beauty buffs Christmas stocking this year is the Top to Toe treats tin. This contains a range of products for the hair, face and body including masks, scrubs and hair treatments that will leave your body nourished and soft from head to toe.
The tin contains a Black Raspberry Scrub, Goji Body Smoothie, Foot Soak Foot Lotion, Coconut Protein Hair Rescue, Manuka Honey Hair Rescue Mask, Exfoliator & Masque in 1, Red Hot Earth Self Heating Sauna Mask, Strawberry Souffle Mask, Passion Peel Off, Dead Sea Spa Mask, Creamy Coconut Mask and Manuka Honey Peel Off Mask. It costs just £9.99 and can be picked up from Argos. A definite hit for the beauty aficionado.

Montagne Jeunesse 7th Heaven Top to Toe Treats Tin £9.99 Click to visit Argos

Mio Skincare Liquid Yoga

Mio Skincare’s Liquid Yoga Bath Soak is my idea of the perfect pampering bath treat. It promises to relax, ease muscles and re-energise your body, and I can confirm it does all three, making it a wonderful pick me up for tired, aching bones.

I always have a bottle of this in my bathroom and think this is a great gift idea for a new mum, a gym or fitness body, or anyone whose idea of relaxing is to take a lovely soothing bath.

Mio Skincare Liquid Yoga Bath Soak (200ml) now £17.42 Click to visit Mio Skincare

 

Are You Forgetting About Your Lips?

With so much emphasis on bold eyebrows and multi-step Korean skincare routines, the lips are becoming a bit of an afterthought. However, the lips are one of your most important assets. Kissable, soft and luscious lips should be a top priority of any beauty enthusiast.

That’s why we have made an easy-to-follow to-do list of proper lip care, from keeping the skin of the lips as soft as can be to dressing them up to dazzle everyone around you.

Step 1: Exfoliate

Just like your skin, your lips can get clogged with dead skin cells. Lips also tend to have dry skin on them from coming into contact with saliva so frequently.

Luckily, there are now many scrubs on the market that are made just for lips. These are non-toxic and gentle enough for delicate lip skin.

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Step 2: Moisturise

Lips need a ton of moisture as the skin can become dried and chapped easily. Finding a lip balm that uses rich moisturising ingredients like shea butter, beeswax and various oils is essential.

It’s also very important to choose a lip balm that protects your lips against sun damage. Choose an SPF of 15 or higher to adequately protect lips from harmful UV rays that can lead to skin cancer.

You should have a lip balm in your purse at all times in order to keep lips moisturised throughout the day.

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Step 3: Prime

If you plan on giving your lips a pop of color, prime your lips first with a lip primer. Just like a facial primer, the formula used in lip primers allows color to stick to the lips without smearing. It will also help color stand out.

Step 4: Colour!

A new lipstick shade can transform your entire vibe. Red lips can turn you into a sexy siren while soft peach tones can give you a feminine, ethereal look. When it comes to lipstick colors, never be afraid to experiment so that you may discover which shades best flatter your own unique style and coloring.

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Conclusion

We hope that this guide thoroughly illustrated all of the steps necessary to achieve gloriously beautiful and kissably soft lips. A gorgeous pair of lips can seduce the people around you and set the tone for your entire vibe. By following these steps, your lips will be in the best shape that they have ever been.

A Valentine’s gift to share from Amphora Aromatics

So you are looking for the perfect Valentine’s gift, but are trying to think outside the box, moving away from the flowers, chocolates and cuddly toys. But you are also on a tight budget. maybe with less than £20 to spend on the perfect gift. I have a great gift idea to share with you today, and the best thing about it is that this is a gift that you and your loved one can share, and perhaps have a lot of sensuous fun with.

Amphora Aromatics is a Bristol based company that specialises in natural beauty and skincare. All their products are handmade at their headquarters in Bristol, with inspiration coming from essential oils, spices and formulations that are found in the Souks of the near East – Tunisia, Morocco and Algeria. Amphora Aromatics are one of the UK’s largest suppliers of essential oils, and, this year they have put their expertise to good use to create a lovely gift set that has been made with lovers in mind.

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Amphora Aromatics ‘Love It’ collection is just beautiful. Coming wonderfully gifted wrapped in an eco-friendly box with a silk ribbon embellishment, the box contains three wonderful products. First there is a 100ml bottle of relaxing body lotion. The relaxing body lotion is a blend of chamonile, lavender, lemon verbena and Melissa oils. The lavender comes through as the strongest scent at first, but when this is rubbed onto the skin the air is filled with the fragrance of the lemon verbena. It feels very soft on the skin and the scent lingers, the lotion is also none sticky and easily absorbed into the skin.

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The sensuous massage oil smells divine. With sandlewood, patchouli and ylang ylang meshed with sweet almond, this is a heady scent that is so right for a massage with a loved one. Obviously this is an oil, but again I was surprised that it sank into the skin so easily without leaving a sticky residue, and it was just so soothing. The bath oil had a similar scent, but with added sweetness from the extra ingredients of geranium, rosewood and orange. The orange adds a very slight fruitiness, it is not over powering but very light. Both the massage oil and bath oil are 100ml bottles, with the bath oil being enough for about eight baths.

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The Love It collection is a lovely gift idea, and a bit of a bargain too, coming in at just £11.95. You can get it in store, or by visiting www.amphora-retail.com