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Just a quick heads up for the Foreo Cleansing Discovery Must-haves gift set.

Fores Cleansing Discover Must HavesRegular readers will know I’m a big fan of the Foreo devices and the LUNA Play is perfect either for travelling or for someone who just wants to try out a Foreo cleansing device before plumping for one of the larger models. The LUNA Play is a small silicone face cleansing device that is good for up to 100 uses and then you bin it, and this gift set comes with 15ml Day Cleanser and 15ml Night Cleanser. The gift is a steal at £29 because if you bought the products separately it’d cost £43.

You can see my full review of the Foreo LUNA Play here but it’s definitely a worthy purchase and a great idea for your beauty loving friend who has everything or for yourself! I’ve got one of these in use and another two tucked away for future use. I can’t imagine anyone regretting buying one of these, the cleanse really well along with your chosen product, as well as giving you a massage.

foreo cleansing discovery

Also available in Mint as well as Pearl Pink as shown.

For this and other sets available for Christmas, head over to the Foreo website.

*Product received free of charge for review purposes

If you’re looking for Christmas Gifts that look beautiful, smell beautiful and don’t cost the world, then look no further than the beautiful gifts available from Yardley London.

The packaging for all of the gifts is sublime, I am in love with the artwork! And for such a quality brand, the prices are incredible for Crackers with a little Hand Cream in them for £4, up to about £20, none of the gifts on offer are going to break the bank.

This gift, the Mixed Body Spray Collection is my favourite and has my favourite packaging and retails at £9 for four 75ml Body Sprays.

Yardley GiftsIncluded in this set are English Lavender, English Rose, Lily of the Valley and English Bluebell Body Sprays, each beautifully designed and they’d look absolutely beautiful in a shabby chic bedroom!

This English Lavender Talc and Soap set costs just £9 and will make a beautiful gift, again, that packaging!

Yardley GiftThe English Lavender scent isn’t just a straight up Lavender, but rather it’s blended with bergamot, clary sage, wood, vanilla, patchouli amongst other beautiful scents such as violet and jasmine.  The result is a fresh light scent with a warm heart.

Finally the English Lavender Eau de Toilette & Body Lotion set costs a very reasonable £15, which considering the size of the products, is a great deal!

Yardley Gift

Yardley London have been in existence since 1770 and are still going strong and that is testament to the quality and popularity. English Lavender is the signature scent and it’s not hard to see why, it’s lovely, but its April Violets that’s calling my name, I absolutely LOVE the scent of violets!

If you’re still Christmas shopping, or having started yet, then do head over to Yardley London, there’s much more on offer than these three beautiful gifts, you’re sure to find something for someone!

*Products received free of charge for review purposes.

If you’ve got a couple of beauty lovers left to buy for, I might have just the things for you. I was going to do two separate posts for these but since we’re now getting so close to Christmas I thought I’d better hurry things along and do them both in the one post.

Firstly we have this amazing brush kit. The Dream Team from bareMinerals. £39

The Dream Team from bareMinerals

Before I go on too much about this I should tell you I can’t find this in stock anywhere online but I think it’s well worth checking a bareMinerals counter near you as this is a brush kit well worth having.

The Dream Team from bareMinerals

The Dream Team from bareMinerals
I took mine away with me to a Christmas party and overnight stay at the week and the brushes were fabulous. Actually, despite not using much in the way of bareMinerals make up, I have quite a few brushes in my collection, all of which I use a lot, they are great quality. This kit contains two eye shadow brushes, a face or foundation brush, a blusher brush and an eye shadow brush, all perform exceptionally well. If you can find it, grab it (for yourself!).

The second gift I want to show you is The Best of  L’Occitane Collection.

The Best of  L'Occitane Collection

The Best of  L'Occitane Collection
Not only is this beautiful to look at but it’s full of beautiful products. And not just that it’s currently got a whopping £33 pounds off taking it from a hefty £93 to a much more affordable £60. It contains 250ml Almond Shower Oil, 250ml Cherry Blossom Shower Gel, 100ml Almond Milk Concentrate, 100ml Lavender Foaming Bath, 75ml Shea Butter Hand Cream, 30ml Shea Butter Foot Cream and 20ml Verbena Eau de Toilette. The contents are worth £84.50 so this is currently a great deal. You are essentially getting a couple of products free. Brilliant. You can get it here and you don’t even have to gift wrap it!

*Disclosure – PR Samples*

I don’t recommend you buy these as a gift (although they would make a good gift) I recommend you buy these for yourself. Treat yourself this Christmas to a little bit of glorious self indulgence.

Just look at these beauties.

Estee Lauder Christmas Crackers

These babies will set you back £45 for a box of six but each cracker contains not one, but two Estee Lauder treats, there are cleansers, eye creams, face creams, make up, fragrance and of course Advance Night Repair. I think we can all assume that these aren’t full size products.

If you don’t mind surprises being ruined here’s a list of the contents. You’ll need to click the picture to enlarge it.

Estee Lauder Christmas Crackers

These crackers are exclusive to Selfridges and Brown Thomas now.

Of course there is a problem with these. It takes two to pull a cracker of course and I am not prepared to share. I repeat, I am not prepared to share. So I am going to get my kids to pull them with me then steal the contents from them should they win. All’s fair in love and Beauty.

*Disclosure – PR Sample*

Really can’t knock anything from Melvita, ethical, deliciously scented and pure quality.

Got just a few lovely bits to show you today.

Firstly they have some beautiful gift sets for Christmas in a good range of prices but I’m loving the Apicosma Discovery Set. The packaging is beautiful.

 

This lovely set is £15 and contains the Body Milk, Lip Balm and Hand Cream. The Apicosma products are all honey based, smell divine and are really nourishing.

The other things I wanted to show you is the Yellow Fruits Duo. £19.50 on special offer at the time of writing.

The yellow fruits in question are Apple, Quince and Hazelnut which makes for a deliciously fruity and different scent. I’ve been loving using these though! There’s a shower scrub (perfect amount of scrub for a product that you use as a shower gel rather than just an exfoliator) and a beautiful body milk which moisturises well and leaves the scent on your skin all day. I’ve also been using the Berry Body Milk which is equally divine.

If you’ve not yet tried out Melvita, get to it, it’s a wonderful, underrated brand and one I would recommend to anyone.

*Disclosure – PR Samples*

There are a couple of lovely offerings from Nails Inc this Christmas.

Loving this little set called The Stylists.

Nails Inc Christmas Gifts

A selection of mini glitters and shimmers perfect for the party season, this set is £15, seems to have sold out in lots of places but have found it at a sale price of £12.75 on the Debenhams website.

The most fabulous set is this one though, The Paparazzi.

Nails Inc Christmas Gifts

I can’t think there are many people who wouldn’t love this. Neons, Nudes, shimmers and glitters, there’s something for everyone and I’ve had great fun playing with these. These are all minis and the set retails at £39.50.

Nails Inc Christmas Gifts

 

Nails Inc Christmas Gifts

There are other gorgeous Christmas gifts available at the Nails.Inc Christmas Shop, so do take a look.

Not technically a gift but I wanted to mention this here as well as it’s my new hand love. The Kensington Caviar Hand Lotion. £15.

Nails Inc Christmas Gifts

I use this on my hands every night and pure Argan Oil on my cuticles and my hands are transformed. I cannot praise this highly. I must say that one of the things i love about this is the scent, it reminds me of something in my past and makes me very nostalgic but so far I’ve been completely unable to recall what it reminds me off, all I know is that it’s nice!

Take a look at the latest offerings from Nails Inc. Lovely stuff.

*Disclosure – PR Samples*

So Christmas will very soon be upon us and it can be hard to know what to buy for the beauty lovers in our lives at times. Those friends, sisters, Mums, Aunts, colleagues can all be hard to buy for but a make up set is always a success. So when there are so many products out there offering similar things it can be hard to know where to start.

I’m going to compare a couple of similar products, which retail at the same price (£30) and help you decide where your money would be better spent.

Two products I chose look completely different but both offer similar things, a selection of cheek and eye colours and a mascara.

Behold the Too Faced Little Black Book of Beauty and the Stila Snow Angel Palette.

Too Faced Little Black Book of Beauty and the Stila Snow Angel Palette

I’ll talk about both sets separately before doing a comparison at the end. Starting with the Stila Snow Angel Palette.

Stila Snow Angel Palette

 

Stila Snow Angel Palette

Undoubtedly a VERY pretty looking palette This contains 12 cheek colours, 18 eye shadows, a black mascara and a handy little booklet with some suggested ways of using the product.

Swatches of the cheek shades:

Stila Snow Angel Palette

Swatches of all the eye shades:

Stila Snow Angel Palette

I didn’t enjoy the mascara, for me it did very little to my lashes. As for the eyeshadows, I found the majority of the shades to be very pale or sheer, with just a few deeper shades to add contrast BUT, all the shadows can be used wet or dry for maximum impact which is a plus. The black eyeshadow is worthy of a special mention for just being so fabulously black. The cheek colours are lovely and there is something there for everyone from baby pink to bright red. All in all I’d recommend this set for someone who like neutral shades and a less dramatic eye look. There are so many shadows and blushers and I think nearly all would suit most people.

Then we have a closer look at the Too Faced Little Black Book of Beauty:

Too Faced Little Black Book of Beauty

 

Too Faced Little Black Book of Beauty

 

Too Faced Little Black Book of Beauty

In this palette we have less shades to choose from. There are two blushers, a highlighter, a pale bronzer, twelve eyeshadows, a mascara and the addition of a mirror under which you can find a pale neutral pinky lip gloss.

Swatches of the cheek shades and lip gloss:

Too Faced Little Black Book of Beauty

The Eyeshadows:

Too Faced Little Black Book of Beauty

The quality of the products in this set are very high. The mascara is fabulous, the cheek colours are pigmented but highly blendable and the eyeshadow shades all pack a punch. The three palest shades don’t show up so well in swatches as the are close to the colour of my skin, but regardless they are apparent in the flesh and of course, useful. The eyeshadow shades are really beautiful also, with a couple of really stand out shades (the right two on the middle row). They also wear exceptionally well. They are however not especially subtle, and most of the shades create quite a striking look.

So there we have it, so to compare. I think I’ve been unable to hide the fact that I’ve a clear favourite. The Too Faced one offers, in my opinion so much more, despite having far less colours to choose from. The quality seems so much better, in that what you see in the pan, is what you get on your eyelid. I found the black eyeshadow a little disappointing in this one, whereas in the Stila Snow Angel set the black is outstanding.

What this really boils down to for me is quality over quantity and even the case for the Too Faced set is much sturdier than than the Stila one, which does seem a little flimsy. So if you’re looking to spend £30 on a cosmetic gift for a loved one this Christmas, the Too Faced Little Black Book of Beauty definitely gets my vote, and is the one I’d be the most happy to receive.

There is a caveat though and that at the end of the day this does come down to taste and if the person you are buying for favours a more natural or subtle look then the Stila is a very beautiful gift indeed, the quality isn’t bad, it’s just not in the same league as the Too Faced palette.

So there we have it.

If you are looking for quality and deep colours then go for the Too Faced Little Black Book of Beauty.
If you are looking for lots of choice, with a good range of sheers, neutrals and blushers then go for the Stila Snow Angel Palette.

I purchased both of these from http://www.beautybay.com/. The Stila Palette was £29.50 and the Too Faced Set was £30.

*This post has been written for www.Vouchercodes.co.uk, who provided the funds to purchase the gifts.*
*You can be in with a chance of winning one of these or any of the other beauty gifts chosen by bloggers by re-pinning any of the images you will be able to find HERE, at the time of writing, they are not yet up though so keep your eyes peeled*

I’ve got quite a few Christmas gifts to blog about in upcoming weeks and I’m starting off with one for the mineral cosmetics lovers.

Take a look at the Retro Glamour Collection Make Up Bag from Lily Lolo (£24.99)

Lily Lolo Retro Glamour Collection

This is a nice little kit, containing nearly everything you could need for your Christmas Party look. There’s a black Lash Alert Mascara, which I really liked. There’s a lovely loose eyeshadow in Mystical which is a gorgeous silvery grey, not too dark. Then there’s a lovely grey eye pencil which I was really impressed with. I love the shade and the performance was excellent on it.  Soft enough to apply without dragging, but still stays put all day.

Lily Lolo Retro Glamour Collection

Lily Lolo Retro Glamour Collection

The final items in the set are a lipstick in Desire and a mini brush. The lipstick isn’t quite my colour but I still need to have a rave about it because the formula is amazing. It’s a berry shade but applies beautifully, almost like a balm, it has a sheen about it but still manages to be long wearing.

Lily Lolo Retro Glamour Collection

All in all a lovely little kit. There are Christmas Gifts for every budget and they all look lovely, so do head over to Lily Lolo for a look.

*Disclosure – PR Sample*

Jo Malone London Christmas Cracker

I have to admit I’m feeling pretty bad about this blog post. I’ve had this cracker for a couple of weeks but of course, as you all know I’ve been a bit otherwise engaged and so tonight is the first time I’ve sat down to write about it. And it’s sold out online already. I’m so sorry readers, I must admit I feel like a bit of a failure about this. I am however going on with the blog post in the hope that if you should fancy it, if you’re quick you may be able to find one if you have a Jo Malone London store near you (which alas I don’t!).
Jo Malone London Christmas Cracker

The cracker always sells out fast I’m told, and I’m not surprised, it’s a fairly affordable way of getting a bit of luxury in your life at Christmas. This year’s cracker contains 15ml of Pomegranate Noir Body & Hand Wash, along with 9ml of Lime Basil & Mandarin Cologne and a lovely little 15ml pot of Orange Blossom Body Creme (the texture of which is to die for, as is the scent), so it is a lovely gift. Well worth hunting out if you can find it anywhere. The cracker retails at £28.

There are plenty of other fabulous seasonal offerings from Jo Malone London which you can find HERE.

As a final note, I want to add how much I really love the festive ribbon which has a touch of silver.

Jo Malone London Christmas Cracker

Jo Malone London Christmas Cracker
*Disclosure – PR Sample*

ButterLONDON Holiday Lacquer Sets

If you love your nails all sparkly and festive, ButterLONDON uses colours that errs on the side of edgy rather than expected. These sets are £30, making it £10 per polish.

ButterLONDON Holiday Lacquer Sets

The pink shade with larger glitter chunks is Shambolic, The dark green is Jack The Lad and my favourite, the gold shade, with larger green glitter pieces is Scuppered.
ButterLONDON Holiday Lacquer Sets

As you can see, they come to life under lights with some major sparkling going on!
ButterLONDON Holiday Lacquer Sets

You can find them HERE

*Regular readers of LadyoftheLane will know that Charlie is taking some time out after an operation, so this post is brought to you by Jane at Britishbeautyblogger.