Ted Baker Fragrant Fancies £12 / Real Techniques Mini Brush Trio £9.99 / Philosophy Hands of Hope Ornament £9 / A6 Glitter Laser Cut Diary £7.50 / Soap & Glory Your Own Sweet Lime Gift Set £10 / Baylis & Harding Beauticology Trio in a Bag £8 / Bleach London Hair Wraps £8 / Champneys Cracker Collection £10 / No7 Mini Lip Treats £8 / Wonderland Cotton Tail Cotton Wool Dispenser £10 / Toni & Guy Playful Volume Glamour Mini Collection £10 / Sanctuary Spa Little Bag of Treats £8 / The Body Shop Jolly Lippy Lolly £10
The shops are all full of beautiful gift sets at the minute, everywhere you look, an it's so easy to get either get confused by them all and not know what to buy, or get carried away and buy the lot! I've put together here a list of my favourite gift ideas from £10 and under, which follows on from my £5 and Under post I did recently which you can read here. I was geniunely surprised by how much £10 can get you, and the brands too! Baylis & Harding, Soap & Glory, Ted Baker and Champneys all offer some great gift options which look like they cost much more than they really did! There's stocking fillers too, such as the Philiosophy Ornament and Real Techniques Mini Trio, which I just adore. The ceramic bunny cotton wool dispenser caught my eye for being too cute, and a great ornament for any dressing table as well as being useful.
I've not bought myself much recently but if there's one thing I can't resist it's Superdrug's 3 for 2 on all makeup events. Why do you do it to me Superdrug, and right before Christmas too! I've had my eye on some items for a while so it seemed a great chance to try them out. My local Superdrug has also got rid of the MUA stand (boo!) and replaced it with I Heart Makeup by Makeup Revolution (yay!) so that was another temptation for me and it's nice to be able to see the items before buying them as I've previously been buying online.
I've not done a chatty (ranty) post in a while and had something to get off my chest, so here I am! I'm not one for drama, I've got a stressful enough life as it is and tend to keep myself to myself. It's something that I try to avoid both in my real life and online life, but recently drama and passive aggressive comments seem to be everywhere and I can't avoid it, particularly on social media. And ironically, the most hateful and agressive comments are about haters themselves. I rarely see nasty posts or comments about other blogger, vloggers, YouTubers or celebrities in general, but I daily see comments about the haters of the aforementioned people. So what is a hater? Personally I think the definition is becoming blurred, or is simply being adapted to suit anybody that doesn't agree with certain people.
Sometimes, no matter how much research you do on a product or how many good reviews you read, you'll buy something that just doesn't work for you and you just don't like. For me, buying and trying out so many beauty products all the time, it's inevitable that I'll find things that disappoint me. That's no reflecting on the brand of the product as I often love other items by the company, and it's not even always a reflection on the product itself, it might be great for somebody else and just not for me! But it's always nice to give honest reviews and let people make their own minds up, so here's my *personal* opinions on these 6 items.
Burt's Bees Basics - Beeswax £5 / Sweet Snuggles Comfy Socks £4 / Soap & Glory Merry Kiss Much Gift £5 / elf Glitter Nail Polish £2.50 / Flutter Compact Mirror £3 / Balmi Lip Balm Raspberry £5 / Philip Kingsley Body & Volume Try Me Kit £5 / Seventeen Off The Wall Graffiti Nail Polish Duo £5 / Montagne Jeunesse Mud Mask Pamper Pack £5 / Bleach London Rose Cool Colour Bauble £5
If you're like me, you dread the inevitable annual Secret Santa, because what on earth can you possibly buy somebody for just £5? Well while I was scouting around this year I decided to put together a gift ideas post for you with some of the items I found. These are all great little ideas not just for a beauty lover, but girls or women in general. Everyone loves a pair of comfy socks, and you can never have too many lip balms or compact mirrors in your handbag can you? The face masks pamper pack I found for just £5 is amazing and I know a few of my friends that will be getting that this year, along with the lovely £2.50 glitter nail varnish which comes in many shades.