It’s almost Christmas Eve… and I will be one of many braving the crowds on a last minute gift run. I may moan about it, but secretly I quite like the thrill of the challenge! Here’s a few ideas for beauty gifts you can get your hands on in-store.
First up, 3 fragrances to suit very different tastes…
Roger & Gallet Eau Sublime Gold
A slightly softer version of the Bois D’Orange I’ve raved about on here before, this one is laced with a subtle gold shimmer. A light spritz and it adds a barely there is-it-or-isn’t-it gleam; a heavier spritz and your skin will be laced with still subtle teeny flecks of gold that sparkle when they catch the light. Layer over the Golden Shimmer Body Cream for beautifully moisturised glowing skin with a fragrance that lasts all evening.
Sublime Gold Shimmer Fragrant Water, £32. Gold Shimmer Body Cream £15
Chloe Eau de Parfum
My current fragrance of choice, I’ll review this in more detail another time as I think it has a tendency to be overlooked - and really shouldn’t be. For now, I’ll just say that it smells as elegant and ladylike as it looks and while I certainly don’t think it’s run of the mill, I do imagine that most women would love to receive a bottle of this perfume. Its blend of gentle florals, woods and amber is soft, sensual and sophisticated. £39.50 for 30ml at Debenhams or House of Fraser
Lady Gaga Fame Fragrance Collection
A giant leap to a different spectrum - and possibly planet - is Lady Gaga’s Fame fragrance collection, shown here with the body wash, lotion and soap. I’ve had this for a while and to be honest struggled to make my mind up about it. Initially I find the perfume quite overpowering and too sweet for my taste, though it does settle to something much softer. There’s a lot of vanilla and fruitiness in there… it’s definitely different and fun and would make a great gift for the right person. The products are all black, though become transparent on application to the skin.
Gordon’s Chemist in N.Ireland has a great gift set with fragrance & showergel for £32 (while stocks last) and I believe Superdrug has 30ml of the perfume for £19. Also available at Boots and the usual outlets.
A few random beauties…
M&S Limited Collection polish set £9.50
Benefit’s How to Look the Best at Everything is just one of a range of gift sets priced around £20-35 at department store beauty counters. Too Faced also has some gorgeous gift sets
Space NK is another safe bet for beauty gifts, and I’d definitely be hitting the new Beauty Mart or Burberry Beauty Department if I was in London. I’ll finish with pearls of wisdom from my best friend today… 3 words: Chanel Limited Edition. Don’t think any of us would argue with that!
Happy shopping and try not to sweat it… I’m hoping to be there and back by midday - and then the real fun begins!
Merry Christmas everyone and thank you for reading, commenting, chatting and being there! Nic xxx