Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Relaxing With The House Of Fraser Linea Mulled Berries Set

We all know that Christmas can be a stressful time of year with having to find gifts and cards for everyone and making the day as perfect as possible, so today's post is going to be about the House of Fraser Linea Mulled Berries set* - the perfect set for unwinding in Winter. I believe it's also currently on sale so I'd hurry to get it if you want it!

First of all, that Botanical candle* is absolutely gorgeous and I think would make the perfect candle for a centrepiece or on your mantelpiece on Christmas day. It just screams Christmas and Winter. It retails at £16.00 and has 60 hours of burning time. For something which is as gorgeous as that I think it's definitely worth the money. It has to be my favourite thing from the set!

The jar candle* is equally as beautiful and Christmassy. Similarly, it's something which you can keep out through Winter since it is Christmassy but not so Christmassy that Santa Claus is staring at you and it has to be put away with your other decorations. The jar from this could also be reused in future years since I don't really think it's one you'd want to throw away. It retails as £12.00 and has 50 hours of burning.

I put my candles on the mantelpiece first of all and put on a film with a nice cup of Green tea. They have the most gorgeous scent. It's definitely a Winter scent and seems to warm the house and fill the room. My living room still smells great now and I burned these about a week ago for about an hour. The scent is described as 'a mouther-watering fruit combination of cranberry, cherry and blackcurrant, laced with citrus and sweet spice highlights' and I would say that is the perfect description. The cherry probably comes out most of all.

I then took them with me up to the bath. I think it's so relaxing to have a bath with the candles going. I also filled my bath with lots of bubbles and used an orange-scented shower gel since it was the one which went best with the candles. There's nothing more relaxing than a good bubble bath. I usually like to have a bath bomb in there as well but since I'm in the process of moving house, I don't actually have a clue where any of mine are at the moment. I put on some of my favourite music at the same time and reminded myself not to fall asleep in the bath.

There's also a reed diffuser* which goes with this set but mine is somewhere in the post at the moment! Who knows where. Moving house is too complicated.

I hope you've enjoyed this post! Hopefully many more will come in the New Year when I actually have internet again!

Thursday, December 04, 2014

Beauty Christmas Crackers

Christmas isn't far away now and that means most of us are trying to get all of our presents and those finishing touches together to make Christmas an amazing day. I've decided to put together a few of what I think are the best Christmas crackers around. Of course, they're beauty Christmas crackers (which I didn't know existed until this year!) and some are very budget-friendly while others are more expensive. I think they're a great idea, however, since the usual crackers contain things which only get thrown away! So if you've got a few girls to please this Christmas, here's the crackers for you.

1. The first is the Lancome Christmas crackers (£54.00). While these crackers are very expensive, they contain some great products. You could even split these up and give each one as a gift to a friend which would total only £9 per friend. Included is the Hypnose Volume Mascara (black), Le Crayon Khol Eyeliner (black), Advanced Genifique Youth Activating Concentrate, Lip Lover, L'absolute Lipstick and Bi-Facil Eye Make Up Remover. All great luxury gifts for friends or a nice touch to a girly Christmas dinner.

2. Next is another luxury set, this time from Clarins. This set is a little cheaper at £39 (£6.50 per cracker) and contains the Wonder Perfect Mascara, Gentle Refiner, Beauty Flash Balm, Hand and Nail treatment, Eau des Jardins and Rouge Eclat Lipstick. I adore Clarins and it's another well-known luxury makeup brand which is bound to impress your friends at Christmas.

3. Thirdly, we're onto something a little more budget friendly and that is the Champneys Cracker Collection which contains four different bubble baths, retailing at £10 which is £2.50 per cracker. I think that these are really sweet and bound to please even those who aren't beauty lovers. The bubble baths included are Distant Shores Bubble Heaven, Mediterranean Bliss Bubble Heaven, Exotic Retreat Bubble Heaven and Oriental Opulence Bubble Heaven.

4. Another budget friendly set is the No7 Christmas Cracker collection (£14.00 or £2.33 each). This is another one which is good for girls who like a bit of pampering but aren't that into makeup, as it contains three nail polishes and three skincare items. The nails polish shades are: Temptress, Beanie and Damson Dream, and the skincare included is the Protect & Perfect Day Cream, Night Cream, and Intense Eye Cream.

5. Still on the topic of nails is the Nails Inc Christmas Cracker collection (£29.50 or £4.90 each). You get six full sized nail polishes in the shades Mayfair Mews, Kensington High Street, Trafalgar Crescent, Baker Street, Mayfair Lane and Kings Road.

6. And finally is the most budget-friendly of them all - the Baylis & Harding Sweet Mandarin & Grapefruit cracker set (£8.00 or £1.33 per cracker). These crackers contain three bottles of hand cream and thee bottles of bath & shower creme - bound to please any girl, and probably some guys too (we know they're always stealing our products). They're all in the sweet mandarin & grapefruit scent.

And those are all of my picks! This is my first Christmas post which is super exciting! It's been a struggle to fit it in with all of my uni deadlines but I've managed it! I hope you're all having fun picking out gifts and decorations this year!