Christmas Gift Guide #4

Without any further ado, here is part four of my Christmas gift guide.

Steamcream

Steamcream isn’t just a Christmas product, it’s available all year but at Christmas the tins are customised with festive prints. Streamcream is a really good multi-purpose cream, it can be used on the face (better for a drier skin), body, feet and hands. It’s also a nice gift for both men and women. My favourite is the Silent night design.

http://www.feelunique.com/p/STEAMCREAM-Silent-Night-75g

Burt’s Bees Nature’s Necessities

I’m a huge fan of Burt’s Bees and I actually think all of the gift sets would be a lovely present to give and receive but I thought this was a nice stocking filler or just a little gift for someone. I have all of the products in this set and I can honestly say they are fantastic. it has two lip balms – Beeswax and Replenishing Pomegranate – both are really moisturising and hydrating and the pomegranate one smells amazing. It also has the cuticle balm which I think is the best cuticle balm on the market and I have whole post coming about it but it’s fantastic. Finally, it contains the Ultimate Hand Care which is a really moisturising and nourishing hand cream, it’s perfect for the cold weather. I really love this present and I’ll be giving to people as a Christmas present.

http://www.feelunique.com/p/Burts-Bees-Natures-Necessities-Collection

YSL Baby Doll Mascara Set

Baby Doll was one of the best beauty launches of the year, it gives proper volume and length without being clumpy. If you know someone that really likes beauty or really loves mascara like me, then I think this is an brilliant present. It also contains a mini bi-phase eye makeup remover, I’ve used this before and it is really good.

http://www.feelunique.com/p/Yves-Saint-Laurent-Babydoll-Mascara-Set

EOS Fruit Basket Lip Balm Gift Set

EOS lip balms aren’t readily available in the UK, I only know of Selfridges stocking them. If you know someone who loves lip balm, I think this is a perfect present. This set has four flavours of lip balm and the quality is really good and I like the quirky packaging.

http://www.selfridges.com/en/Beauty/Categories/NEW-IN/Basket-of-Fruit-lip-balm-gift-set_277-3002823-SFP/

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Products Worth The Hype #3

Following on from yesterday’s post, here are some products which definitely did not disappoint and worth the hype.

Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer

This is the only concealer I repeatedly repurchase, I try others and sometimes they’re amazing but I always return to this one. It covers everything, dark circles, blemishes and redness without looking dry or cakey or creasing. I love this concealer.

Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish

I’ve never known anyone to dislike Cleanse and Polish. This cleanser will remove every bit of makeup in one go and it feels nice on the skin, it doesn’t feel harsh or like it’s stripping the skin of moisture and oils.

Benefit Dandelion Blush

I love this blusher, it’s a really pretty baby pink that looks gorgeous on paler skin tones.

YSL Faux Cils Mascara

I rarely splurge in High End mascaras because I have an addiction to buying mascaras and there is always a new launch on the high street so I usually have quite a large collection to work through. However, this is an amazing mascara, it looks like you’re wearing false eyelashes, the wand is a perfect size to catch every lash. If you have a special occasion or an event, I really recommend buying this.

Clinique Chubby Sticks For Eyes

I have Bountiful Beige and Lots O’ Latte, these are the only shades in the line I would wear (although I do like Fuller Fudge) but the formula is incredibly, it does not crease or wear off. I really like the eyeshadows sticks because they’re super easy and are great for on the go.

Some Thoughts on New Products

Autumn is one of the best times of the year for new launches, lots of new products hit the market and I immediately head to my nearest counter to have look. There have been several new products which have launched and I’ve really liked them but there have been reasons why I haven’t splashed out on them. Here is a quick rundown.

YSL Youth Liberator Foundation

This isn’t just a foundation, it contains YSL’s Youth Liberator serum to give you long term skincare benefits whilst wearing makeup. This is a proper full coverage foundation but it doesn’t look cakey or heavy, it leaves the skin with a dewy glow but not shiny. Everything about this foundation is lovely, the bottle is beautiful and the foundation itself is a really good product, my only issue was the lightest shade wasn’t light enough for me but if the shade suits you, I really, really recommend trying it, it’s beautiful.

Clarins Instant Concealer

Clarins make-up is fantastic quality, I absolutely adore the Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector and a few other products so I had to try this. It’s designed to cover dark circles but mimic the skin’s natural tones so it looks very natural. The texture is gorgegous, it’s perfect for under the eyes, it’s very moisturising and light in texture but it has amazing coverage and does not crease. However, the lightest shade was too dark for me but it’s amazing if you have dark circles.

Benefit Rockateur

Dandelion is one of the few blushes I own because I’m not a big blusher fan but Dandelion is just amazing. The rest of Benefit blushers don’t suit me but when this launched I had to try it because it looks beautiful in the box. However, it didn’t suit my very pale skin but I’ve seen it on other people and it looks lovely. As with all Benefit blushes, it’s very long-lasting and the pigmentation is really good and I think this would last you a really long time.

Bobbi Brown Luminous Moisturising Treatment Foundation

I love Bobbi Brown, it’s one of my absolute favourite brands and I’m never disappointed with the products. This latest foundation is no disappointment, I absolutely love it and the only reason I have bought it is because I have enough foundations and tinted moisturisers but this is on my wish list and it will be mine, eventually. If you want the dewy, luminous skin look but have normal to skin this is perfect, I have combination skin and I loved it. The shade range is absolutely fantastic and the finish and coverage is beautiful.

Bourjois Happy Light Foundation

I really like Bourjois foundations, I think they’re among the best foundations on the high street. This is a nice foundation but I’ve noticed the shades run darker than the rest of the foundations. In Healthy Mix, I’m 51 which is slightly too dark and too yellow but the lightest shade in this is way too dark.

L’Oreal Nude Magique Eau De Teint Foundation

Like a lot of foundations, this isn’t pale enough me, there is no way I could wear this foundation which is a shame because I really like it. The texture is very liquid, almost just like water which I like because I think the watery textures blend better and tend to look more natural. The consistency reminds me of Chanel Vita Lumiere Aqua. The coverage is light but buildable to medium and the finish is just like natural skin (your skin but better look) so it’s perfect if you don’t want to look like your wearing make-up. The rumours online were differently right, it’s almost identical to Armani Maestro so if you’re looking for a cheap dupe, look no further. It has SPF18 which means it does flash back so don’t wear it if your expecting flash photography. My only criticism is the limited shade range and it does oxidise slightly.