Monday, 19 December 2011

Christmas Gift Ideas: The Last Minute Edition!

With just 6 shopping days left until Christmas, here's my last minute gift guide if you're a bit stuck for ideas. And best of all, the majority of these items can be found on your high street or nearest city!



Soap & Glory are one of my favourite high street brands with their famously fragrant skincare products and cute retro packaging. My bathroom, bedroom and handbag are never short of a Soap & Glory must have! The Soap & Glory range can be found in Boots stores and Harvey Nichols.

I would buy this just for the case - it's so cute! This features some of my absolute favourite Soap & Glory products ever. You cannot go wrong with this gift!

Not Just A Pretty Case - £35

Another cute case featuring a lovely collection of travel sized Soap & Glory products

Do A Bubble Take - £18

Liz Earle products have become a staple in my skincare routine this year and now I wouldn't be without them. The Liz Earle range can be found online (last order date is today!), in their four stores, Fenwick London, John Lewis stores nationwide and selected boutique stockists.

What better place to start than their iconic Cleanse and Polish coupled with the new award winning Sheer Skin Tint?
Liz Earle Cleanse and Colour Duo - £34.75

A firm favourite of mine is the Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish, and I may have treated myself to the Christmas edition in a recent cheeky order!
Liz Earle Christmas Cleanse and Polish Limited Edition - £18.50


I'm a perfume junkie. There I said it. I have at least 10 knocking around at the moment so I thought I'd share with you some of my favourites which would make lovely Christmas gifts.

I received this Oh, Lola! gift set for my birthday recently and it is beautiful! I've been wearing it pretty much every day :)

"A sparkling, fruity floral, Oh, Lola! captures the flirtatious essence of her easy charm. Oh, Lola! opens with  refreshing top note of effervescent raspberry. Her pink femininity is reflected in the beautiful peony heart. A sensual elegance with addictive vanilla in the dry down leaves an unforgettable flirtatious touch."

Marc Jacobs Oh, Lola! Gift Set - £50

Possibly the most beautiful perfume I own, Jimmy Choo's signature first fragrance is deliciously sweet and long-lasting.

"A modern fruity Chypre with warm, rich, woody depths. A fragrance inspired by modern women, strong, empowered, beautiful, seductive and alluring with a hidden and mysterious sense of confident sexuality."

Illamasqua have easily become one of my favourite brands this year. When I heard they were launching a fragrance I was ridiculously overly excited and I decided to treat myself for my birthday!

"The first fragrance from Illamasqua, Freak is a concoction of dangerously exotic unconventional flowers that Illamasqua has unashamedly blended together to celebrate the night."

Illamasqua Freak - £59.00


Boots pretty much have every Christmas gift angle covered this year and all gift sets are on a 3 for 2 deal! I have been loving the 17 range this year, and No 7 is always a lovely brand to indulge in now and again so I've picked some of the items I'd love to have under the Christmas tree this year :)

17 polishes are without a doubt fab quality for the price and this set contains some must have polish shades

17 Mini Nail Library - £10

Dabbling in a bit of nail art? Yes please!

17 Metallic Nails Decoration Kit - £16

For a classic make up look, this palette is perfect and perfect for travel!

No 7 Get The Look Daytime Palette - £12

A perfect red lip duo and a gorgeous red clutch bag!

No 7 and Poppy King Celebrate Flirty and Fabulous - £20

Benefit are a fun brand and have some beautiful products in their range. Why not treat someone to a gorgeous gift set?

"Ladies, this brightening kit is quite a catch! Finding mr. bright is filled with all of the essentials for a luminous complexion. Complete with a step-by-step brightening lesson...this kit's the total package!"

"Eye Wanna! is for gals who have it all - and wanna shimmy all night long! With eyeshadows in all shades of fabulosity, my kit will take you from work mode to party status in the blink of an eye. Go ahead, get noticed and steal the scene!"

Eye Wanna! The Maggie Collection - £28.50

Your last chance to order with Benefit online is Wednesday! Or pop down to a Benefit boutique, Harrods, selected Boots stores, or Debenhams, Selfridges, John Lewis, Fenwicks or House of Fraser department stores nationwide.

Talking of gift sets, Illamasqua have an amazing gift set featuring their signature fragrance, Freak.

"Raved about by professionals, bloggers and make-up enthusiasts everywhere, each set includes Nail Varnish in Wink (soft lilac), Liquid Metal in Phenomena (molten silver), a sensual Sheer Lipgloss in Tantrum (deep berry pink), and the Freak fragrance."

"Use mystery and intrigue to illuminate the night with this seductive duo. Wear the colour-rich, red orange lipstick of Ignite alone for an electrifying effect, or layer with the warm caramel nude of Sheer Lipgloss in Provoke for a pout with depth and dimension that no-one can ignore."

Midnight Pout Lip Duo - £20.00

To truly spoil a friend, family member or yourself (come on, you know you want to!), why not skip along to Illamasqua's Christmas boutique and feast your eyes on their decadently gorgeous Christmas gift sets. Their last date for ordering online is Thursday! Also don't forget you can purchase Illamasqua at their stores in London, Leeds and Liverpool as well as counters in selected Selfridges, Debenhams and Fenwicks department stores nationwide.

 How's your Christmas shopping going? I confess I've still got a little bit left to do. Will I ever learn?

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  1. Such a good post. I've already bought all of my Christmas presents for other people, but there's now a few more things on my wishlist. :) The Lola perfume sounds lovely.


  2. Really good ideas! Such a useful post for anyone getting a bit frazzled with the ever closer "deadline"
    I quite fancy that Finding Mr. Bright for myself! :D xx

  3. I love the soap and glory sets, I may buy it for my mum so I can use it.. xx

  4. Jess - Thank you :) Hehe sorry :p Oh, Lola! is beautiful xx

    The Pampered Sparrow - Thanks :) I hoped it would come in useful to someone! Yeah me too! Might treat myself with my Boots points xx

    ButterflyBoo - Hehe! xx