Beauty Gift Guide

Each year I impatiently await the releases of any beauty items and spend a long carefully considering my options between drugstore and high end. I know I’m not the only one who does this and each year I find things that I wouldn’t necessarily buy myself but I do give them as ideas to others.

Beauty gifts are always a safe gift to purchase, whether it’s for your friend, girlfriend, grandmother, wife or daughter, there is something for everyone. This year I’ve picked a few things that I would like and I thought you guys may want to use as ideas for your friends and family. Remember, these gifts don’t necessarily have to be for females as makeup is for all genders!

I have selected a few items from drugstore to high end so there is a variety of prices to pick from. The first for me and the one that got me the most excited, is the Benefit The Great Brownaza. It is essentially a box full of 5 full sized brow products from Benefit. I’ve done a review on this already s be sure to check it out. It costs £49.50 and has around £120 worth of products which is a total bargain! If you can pick one up, I highly recommend it.

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Next is the Kat Von D London is Calling Vol 2 set. For £19.50 you receive the Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Lovecraft, Studded Kiss lipstick in Mercy and the Tattoo Liner in black. I especially like this product because all of Kat Von D products are free from animal cruelty and the price of this set isn’t too high at all considering it’s bought in Debenhams.

I speak so highly of this years Tanya Burr Cosmetics Christmas collection this year. I really enjoy the makeup line that she has created over the past few years as it’s a decent brand and the formula of the products is absolutely fantastic. This year I bought the Jingle and Mingle night set which is a combination of 3 eye shadows, a liner, lip gloss, bronzer and glitter pot. It’s £18 from Superdrug and I think it’s a lovely set for any age range and skin tone.

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Something I personally have had my eye on this year is the Makeup Revolution Ultimate Nudes Brush Collection, as I’m writing this it’s £25 but the original price is £50. Although it’s likely to stay at a discounted price. With the set you receive 9 brushes and a silicone makeup applicator. I purchased the Christmas brush collection last year and I highly recommend these brushes. They don’t shred at all, they’re so soft and really do apply makeup effortlessly. These are also ideal first makeup brushes for those teenagers who are just starting out!

I had a browse on the Beauty Bay website and come across the Zoeva Plaisir Box for £48. I absolutely love the Zoeva eyeshadows, they’re fantastic quality and dependant on where you get them from, they aren’t all that expensive. In this set you get 3 eyeshadow palettes which each hold 10 shadows. So you’re receiving 30 eyeshadow of an amazing quality. These come as a set but also as individuals if you wish (I think Cult Beauty stock them individually) and I think they’re the most gorgeous colours that can cater for all types of looks.

Plaisir Box

Again, from Beauty Bay for those lipstick lovers. Ofra Cosmetics have The Lip Affair Collection for an amazing £30. This set comes with 3 liquid lipsticks in Laguna Beach (a baby pink tone), Milan (a burgundy) and Manhattan (a nude pink). What more could a girl want? They’re long lasting, the formula is creamy and not drying and most of all, you’re getting 3 beautiful lipstick shades for a great price.

The Lip Affair Collection

Real Techniques are widely loved across the world for their high quality, low price brushes and makeup tools. In fact, their brushes and sponges are my absolute favourite. In Superdrug the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge comes in a pack of 6 for around £24.99! Bargain if you ask me. Only a few weeks ago they were selling these packs for £12!! If this deal is still on, you’ve got yourself a steal. Although let’s be fair, you’re saving money by buying them as a pack of 6 anyway!

A final one from Makeup Revolution is the 8 pan amplified highlighting palette. This palette has the most incredible shade selection for highlights and eyeshadows and can definitely cater for so many skin tones. Honestly, for £15 you cannot go wrong with this palette. Everyone knows Makeup Revolution is one of the best drugstore brands around right now and this product is a winner in my eyes.

These are the beauty items I highly recommend for those beauty lovers out there! There are such a variety of beauty gift sets on the market right now and if you’re stuck for ideas I hope that I’ve helped.

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With love, Beth x

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The Body Shop Body Butter

Blogmas day 16 gives you a review on my current favourite body butter! 

The Body Shop are known for their incredible skin care line and I totally agree. I swear by the tea tree range for my face and with that, I’ve recently picked up the most incredible body butter ever. 

I’ve been so hit and miss with body butter’s in the past, sometimes they’re good, other times they just leave me feeling sticky and I cant put clothes on right away. However, The Body Shop Frosted Berries Body Butter is beautiful. I don’t know whether it’s just this one or whether it’s the whole range but from what I know, it’s incredible. 

I do believe that this specific one is actually from the Christmas 2016 range, which is why I got it at a discounted price from £15 to £6. Which is an amazing deal since it’s a 200ml tub of heaven! 

I like to apply this right after I’ve had a shower and dried my skin, it just leave my skin feeling so soft, gentle and moisturised. The thing I really like is that at the end of the day, when I’m ready for bed, I still feel all those things and the scent just stays with you all day long. It’s honestly beautiful. 

This one has a mixture of so many berry smells but I can really smell the raspberry scent which is probably why I love it so much. Since wearing this I’ve had so many compliments on what I smell like, which I personally think there is nothing better than someone telling me I smell good! 

If you’re able too, I’d go and take a look at the selection that your local Body Shop has and test one out for yourself! It’s incredible and I highly recommend. 

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Maybelline Baby Skin Primer

I purchased the Maybelline Baby Skin Primer from Superdrug a few weeks back and I’ve been testing it out ever since. I don’t really use primers but if I do I often lean towards the L’Oreal Lumi Magique primer which I do really enjoy but the Maybelline Baby Skin Primer is totally different. In lots of ways it reminds me of the Benefit Porefessional which I love and could repurchase forever. However, if you’re looking for an affordable drugstore dupe of the Porefessional then I totally recommend purchasing the Maybelline Baby Skin primer. 

It totally sinks straight into the pores and I find that it’s incredibly hydrating. My skin soaks it up and I creates a beautiful and flawless canvas for the rest of my makeup. It’s a soft of gel consistency and I find if I use too much of this it is extremely greasy. For those with oily skin like me you might find only putting a very small amount on your oily areas. 

I like to appply it by placing a very small, pea sized amount to distribute between my forehead and chin. I then like to evenly put another pea sized amount of the primer on the sides of my nose where I have the most pores and troubled area. 

I absolutey love this primer and I can see me using it unless something better comes along but it’ll be hard to match up. 

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Sleek Matte Me Liquid Lipstick Review 

The Sleek MakeUp line is definitely underrated, the majority of the products are of high quality and are beautiful to wear, especially the eyeshadows and the highlighter palette! I’ve not stopped raving about the highlighter palette in Solstice.

Another item by Sleek that I’ve fallen in love with is the Matte Me liquid lipstick in Birthday Suit. Having never tried any liquid lipsticks before I saw the Matte Me collection by Sleek in Birthday Suit and instantly fell in love with the colour. It’s a very natural, classic nude lip that sits beautifully and dry’s so quickly. It’s gorgeous, it doesn’t cake up or show any lines across my lips. It doesn’t make my lips dry at all and  the formula is so lightweight that I forget I’m wearing it. I’m not a huge lipstick wearer and I always focus more on my eyes when doing my makeup,  but these are just so comfortable to wear and this colour will match so well with a full glam eye. It’s simple but so much more than that, it’s fantastic and I can’t rave about it enough. It’s genuinely such a lovely lip to wear. It’s encouraged me to try some more liquid lipsticks and battle them out. Let me know your favourite liquid lipsticks and I’ll give them a go.

Overall the Sleek Makeup products have come along way over the years having introduced the highlighter palettes and the cream contour kits, they’ve even released their own brand of brushes and I’m eager to test them. My first ever purchase from the Sleek collection was the eye shadow palette in Au Natural and It was my go to palette from the ages of 14 – 16! Sleek products are sold in Boots, Superdrug and have their own website available for purchases. In fact, I recently come across the mix and match deal  in my local in Boots which is promoted each year in preparation for Christmas. I noticed that they had introduced a selection of Sleek Matte Me Liquid Lipsticks for £5 which includes 4 smaller versions of their full sized liquid lipsticks and Birthday Suit was in the collection. If you want to try some of the Liquid Lipsticks by Sleek but don’t want to spend a fortune in case you don’t like them or don’t get on with the formula, then I would definitely recommend this purchase for you. They are so affordable in this collection and considering they’re 4.99 each for a full sized purchase you’re totally saving so much money. Go along and check out your local boots or online, it’s in the 3 for 2 Christmas deal. They also have the highlight palette and Birthday Suit in a set for £10.

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