It’s that wonderful, magical time of year again where we can wrap up warmly against the cold, and drink mulled wine as often as we like, we can eat far too much, and forget the gym for a week…or month in favour of Christmas shopping, spending more money in a few weeks than we have all year, and celebrate by partying until we drop!
All of these festivities can seem great fun, and worth every penny until 2nd January, but spare a thought to 2020, getting through the January blues and having money left over to treat yourself in one of the most difficult months of the year too!
Being sensible and thrifty might not sound very exciting, but with a little bit of planning you can have a fantastic Christmas and new year, giving beautiful and useful gifts to your friends and family, and not spend a fortune doing it either.
Take a look at our Christmas must have list for 2019, and give gifts (or stock up yourself) on products we are sure will make every part of you feel great not only on Christmas day, but into the new year too. You don’t have to spend a lot to show you love and appreciate someone, and often, the small, thoughtful gifts mean the most.
This company began life making flip-flops in 1962 in Brazil. Their unique look and comfy soles, along with promises of never losing a strap, (we all know how annoying that can be with flip-flops!) and their trendy and vibrant look, helps them to stand out from the crowds.
Havaianas also promise that their brand works with the environment and a percentage of their revenue goes to fund the preservation of the Brazilian forest and ocean, developing projects to help preserve areas of natural beauty and importance such as the Amazonian Rain forests, and scientific research into conservation.
Flip-flops are great for summer time, and slipping on around the house in these colder climates, and Havaianas are soft and comfortable to wear, and come is some stunning designs too…but if you prefer something a little warmer for the winter months when you are venturing outdoors, and there are a lovely range of shoes available too.
The great news doesn’t end there, as there is currently 10% off, available on their website,(correct as of the date of publishing) so hurry on over to bag yourself a pair of stunning flip flops that won’t break the bank, and would be great as a unique and thoughtful gift for Christmas – especially if you know someone escaping for some winter sun in the new year!
Only Curls Hair Care
Only Curls, a London based brand was started by Lizzie Carter who wanted to cater for those with natural curls. The range is made in the UK, and is cruelty – free and vegan, and their packaging is 100% recyclable. No plastic is used to dispatch the range, so it ticks a lot of boxes for a lot of people right from the start. With an increasing demand for eco-friendly beauty Only Curls has recently also launched their cute new packaging made from eco-friendly sugar cane.
If you have naturally curly hair, or if you need to buy a gift for a curly girl, then this range of products is for you. It has been specially formulated to encourage us to ditch the chemicals, forget the straighteners and love our natural curls!
Only Curls are championing the UK curl revolution with the launch of their brand new range of cleansing, conditioning, styling products and accessories.
From gentle shampoos and nourishing cremes to hair towels, combs and sleep turbans, each product in the Only Curls range has been tested on all curl types and are specially formulated and packed with natural nourishing ingredients that breathe life back in to curls and provide the very best care that fragile curly hair requires.
The range consistently receives 5-star reviews with some consumers saying it has solved “all of their hair problems”! It looks great, smells great, it’s Eco-friendly and can make your hair dreams come true – an all-round winner to pamper yourself (or someone else) this Christmas!
Shea Moisture Fruit Fusion
Restore a healthy glow to skin with Shea Moisture Fruit Fusion Energizing Bath, Body & Massage Oil. Shea Moisture promises to energize dry, dull skin with their silky-smooth oil made of Shea Butter and Coconut Oil, which work in harmony to create an ultra-hydrating blend for your skin, replenishing high levels of moisture deep below the skin surface for a brighter, more even-looking tone.
A perfect way to pamper yourself (or someone you love) this Christmas and into the new year, Shea Moisture Fruit Fusion bath, body and massage oil helps to protect against the damaging effects of external aggressors, to leave skin re-energised, nourished and infused with a luminous radiance. The delicious scent of dragon fruit, lychee berry and green apple extracts combine to create a heady experience, and also help to nourish and recharge tired-looking skin, while Imbe Oil protects while Aloe promotes a healthy glow to your skin.
Say goodbye to those tiny unwanted eyebrow hairs you just can’t get to – once and for all, as luxury Swiss brand, Rubis, maker of the tweezers of choice among make-up artists, including Bobbi Brown who called them ‘The Ferrari of Tweezers’ has announced the launch of their brand-new Christmas collection, so you can gift a beauty addict in your life perfect brows! (even if that addict happens to be you!)
Rubis is available from Cult Beauty and The Fragrance Counter, and each pair of Rubis Tweezers demonstrate Swiss precision and luxury at its finest They are individually crafted and finished by hand to ensure perfect tips, alignment and high precision in removing unwanted hair. Ergonomically designed, all tweezers are made of resilient, antacid, stainless steel.
Makeup Hand Palette
This handy little tool has been taking the beauty world by storm and fast becoming every makeup artist’s ‘must have’ product of the year, and would be great as a stocking filler for anyone who uses makeup!
The Makeup palette is a really well thought out idea, as we all want a perfect makeup finish but with so many brands on offer, the quest for a flawless look can be confusing, and we girls often resort to mixing and blending colours and brands of creams, foundations, eyeliners, lipsticks and even self-tanning products, getting very messy hands in the process, but not anymore!
The makeup hand palette is 100% Acrylic and is the perfect mixing palette allowing you to mix and transfer your beauty products hygienically, preventing cross contamination and unwanted stains on the back of your hand.
Slipping easily and comfortably onto the hand, it will allow you to create bespoke colours and formulas customised to your skin tone. It’s perfect for foundations, lipsticks, eye shadows, oils, serums, self-tanning products and so much more. The Makeup Hand Palette is available to buy from Amazon.
Too Cool For School's Lime Caviar Range
Introducing a new 'Lime' in skincare. Too Cool For School’s Lime Caviar skincare range was launched in Korea, and became a best seller within 24 hours as men and women rushed to grab this must-use range globally.
Don’t be fooled, this is caviar, but not like you know it. 100% vegan, this collection uses the citrus fruit, sometimes called the finger lime, which, when cut open, reveals tiny citrus jewels, resembling traditional caviar.
The moisture spheres inside the Caviar Lime fruit contain 9 types of Vitamin C - and the amount totals up to 44 times denser Vitamin C levels than blueberries! The 83% lime extract, purely sourced from Australia, and used in Too Cool For School’s Caviar Lime range contains 9 vitamins and 6 hyaluronic acid complexes to leave your skin more youthful, toned and glowing after one use. It also promises to improve dull skin by breaking down dead cells naturally, leaving skin soft and smooth. A great gift idea for those of us who want to turn back the clock a little, in favour of younger looking skin,as Too Cool For School’s range is full of moisturising properties and will boost skin luminosity in a natural and gentle way.
Cadbury Hero’s Anniversary Tin
What better way to tell your family and friends they are appreciated than to give them a box of Cadbury Hero’s chocolates to share. Can you believe that Cadbury Heroes are celebrating their 20 years’ anniversary? The much-loved mini chocolate selection burst onto supermarket shelves in 1999 and quickly became a staple in the home, making it the perfect choice for those family-sharing moments. From Twirl to Crème Egg Twisted, and the iconic Cadbury Dairy Milk, Cadbury Heroes is still the perfect treat to share during those family nights in. After all, we know it’s the little things that bring a family together.
With this in mind, Cadbury Heroes sees the iconic Cadbury-purple tin get a striking new modern make-over, redesigned to look like a celebratory birthday cake. Giving the gift of Hero’s, not only are you giving hands down the BEST and tastiest Christmas chocolates, you are giving them a tub that they can keep and reuse for many years to come.
Why not grab a tin for yourself as well while you are at it! The tin is the perfect keep-sake to refill time and time again with your favourite sweet treats.
The anniversary tin is available from most good food retailers, including Waitrose.
AL!VE cleansing range has been created with a focus on active beauty under the three pillars of bath, shower and body. From Yoga to Snowboarding, Dance to Skydiving, or meditation mats to boxing rings, magnesium helps to ease and invigorate for any activity we take on.
Alive has harnessed the powerful active ingredient of Magnesium, proven to deliver therapeutic benefits to the body, as well as containing minerals & vitamins to boost the skin’s natural health.
AL!VE is formulated to help navigate users on their quest for better overall health and fitness, and is a perfect gift for those adrenalin junkies, fitness fanatics and workaholics among us who want their daily cleansing routine to work as hard as they do.
Al!ve products promise to help transform your bath or shower experience, and ease sore and overworked muscles, make your skin look and feel radiant, re-energise you and deeply cleanse and revive your entire body.
Know a man who is always in need of new socks? Then look no further than Society Socks, where you can set up a subscription and have them delivered to your door monthly! Not only that but for each pair they sell, they donate a pair to a homeless charity in the US and Canada.
Society Socks is all about fostering a community of people that care about each other’s well-being. Homeless charity’s only accept new socks, so they are the most needed, but least donated item for people living on the streets, and Society Socks aim to change that with your help, as you buy one pair of socks and donate the other! A gesture as small as donating one pair of socks to charity can lead the way to creating a better society, and a pair of socks is a small stepping stone towards greater change.
Society Socks are the ultimate blend of craftsmanship and style. They turn the traditional understanding of socks inside out and create products that help people express their individuality. A perfect gift for men who like to express their uniqueness on a daily basis, as Social Socks supports the notion that socks shouldn’t be dull and colourless, but bold and expressive!
David Watson Scarf
Who doesn’t love a beautiful scarf as the perfect accessory to your outfit! They can be worn in all manner of styles, and these delightful silk scarves from David Watson are divine to the touch, as well as appealing to the eyes.
Designed and made in the UK, the Luxury accessories brand David Watson works with British artists to create stunning 100% silk twill scarves with rolled hems. The founder and Creative Director Sam Petty has collaborated with a number of British artists including the Daily Mail cartoonist Jonathan Pugh and Lego artist Andy Morris. The latest collection brings to life the iconic prints of William Morris.
Asquith Clothing Range
Asquith Eco active-wear clothing brand say that their cloths are suitable for yoga, Pilates, sports, or just simply living in, and we know from experience that they are soft to the touch, super comfortable on your skin, flattering your body shape and they look stylish when you are wearing them as well.
Asquith only use the best quality, eco-friendly and organic cotton and bamboo materials to make their clothing and they are sustainably sourced, naturally wick away sweat and don't fade, bobble or stretch over time. What more can you ask for from your active-wear.
Asquith are all about providing comfort while you do yoga, Pilates or your workout session, and they sell a range of clothing including tops, t-shirts, leggings, pants and even jumpsuits! Their Pilates and yoga clothes have been designed to stay in place during practice and their yoga pants and leggings fit and flatter all shapes and leg lengths, taking you from street to studio effortlessly. Why not take a look at the Asquith range and choose a gift for yourself or someone you love, that tells them they are worth it.
We have put together a global shopping list of some of the world’s best-selling beauty products that are now available, not only via the internet, but also at many local stores through the UK. Included are products made with organic and natural ingredients, favourites of your top celebs and proven results from the beauty industry experts. There is a favourite for everyone…if you can pick only the one!
KOREA: Too Cool For School
The name says it all, they really are “Too Cool For School”, selling out products globally with favourites including the Egg Mellow Cream that is flying off UK shelves at a rate of 1 every 30 seconds, whilst the favourite from the pumpkin range sells at an incredible 1 unit every 15 seconds. Too Cool For School is a K-beauty brand that brings the latest trends to the market with a range of fantastic ingredients to provide the very best skincare results. With an Egg range, Pumpkin range and Coconut range it’s no wonder their brand received over 9,000 requests to come to the UK. You can shop the range at your local Boots. GREECE: Korres
Korres is a Greek skincare brand with roots in Athens’ first ever Homeopathic Pharmacy. The first Korres product was an aromatic herbal syrup with honey and aniseed, a recipe inspired by "rakomelon", a warming spirit with honey, which George Korres' grandfather used to favour in his hometown on the island of Naxos. Set up in 1996 with the aim to utilize its extensive scientific resources for the development of clinically effective and safe products, Korres today offers a natural and certified organic range in all areas of beauty and skincare. Korres is so popular that one of their ranges became the best-selling body range in Waitrose, whilst their new Wild Rose range boasts of a Bi-Phase Booster that has the highest concentration of vitamin C in one product. With hair products, body products, sunscreen, soaps and makeup this really is the range for all of your beauty needs. You can shop Korres at Marks and Spencer's, Waitrose, Lookfantastic and Feel Unique.
Most renowned for its hero product Lait Crème Concentre, which sells a staggering 1 unit every 20 seconds, this range is in the hands of makeup artists the world over Embryolisse has also become a firm favourite amongst celebrities including Gwyneth Paltrow, Kourtney Kardashian, Karlie Kloss, Scarlett Johansson and many others. With a range that includes a Micellar Water, Eye Creams, Anti-Ageing Creams and many other essentials this has firmly put French beauty on the map. You can shop the range at Boots and Lookfantastic.
SensatioNAIL is a best-selling home gel manicure system that provides users with a salon quality finish at a fraction of the price making it the perfect product for those who don’t have the time or budget for regular trips to the salon. The unique gel formula and LED technology leaves users with an easily removable high-gloss, damage proof manicure in over 100 different shades. With all these benefits it’s no wonder this American-born brand sells over 800 units of their Starter Kits each week and with their best-selling shade selling over 200 units a day in the UK. You can shop SensatioNAIL at Boots
This family run company comes from the beautiful country of Ghana and was started by Sofi Tucker, who handcrafted shea butter soaps and other creations. After gaining a reputation for herself, the recipes were passed down to her grandson, who has since continued to grow this brand into the world phenomenon that it is today. The SheaMoisture range contains a variety of ingredients suitable for all hair and skin types including a Raw Shea Range, Fruit Fusion Range and an African Black Soap Range, which is renowned for its incredible healing properties and saw a 400% rise in sales during the Easter Week heatwave. You can shop SheaMoisture Hair & Body range at Boots
Rubis is one of the leading global manufacturers of cosmetic implements and tweezers. Each pair of Rubis tweezers demonstrate Swiss quality at its finest and is individually crafted and finished by hand to ensure perfect tip alignment and the highest precision possible. Ergonomically designed, all tweezers are made of resilient, antacid, stainless steel and can be sterilised in acid or boiling water. These tweezers have an established following in the beauty industry with Bobbi Brown calling them “the Ferrari of Tweezers” whilst makeup artists at Estee Lauder, Lancome and Mac also swearing by them. You can shop Rubis at Lookfantastic.co.uk
After launching in the UK at the end of 2018, Daytox has become a firm favourite with UK customers, with their Eye Wonder becoming a best-selling product in Waitrose during the Brexit debates. The brand focuses on detoxifying the skin gradually to help restore a fresh, more youthful appearance. Suitable for vegans, this range contains a combination of clinically tested substances, medicinal plants and precious oils that stimulate and support cell renewal. This unique ingredient formula uses a blend of aloe vera, broccoli and citrus known as BioDtox, which when combined stimulate the detoxification of the skin. You can hop Daytox at Ocado and Waitrose.
UNITED KINGDOM: Only Curls
Started up by female entrepreneur Lizzie Carter, Only Curls has become the go-to brand for those with curly hair of all textures. Formulated without the harsh chemicals that are normally the go-to for those with curls, this brand is all about loving your natural curls. All the products are formulated with natural, nourishing ingredients that penetrate and hydrate the hair. Cruelty-free and suitable for vegans, this range contains a Shampoo, Conditioner, Hydrating Curl Crème and Enhancing Curl Gel, as well as a range of accessories including a silk pillowcase, silk turban, soft hair towel, combs and silk scrunchies. This range is so popular is continues to sell out across their website. You can shop the range at Onlycurls.com
Started by Dr Serrano, a renowned Spanish dermatologist this brand has its root firmly in the very latest and innovative technology to bring you the very best skincare results. With his range of medical expertise, Dr Serrano created Sesderma, a brand with unique formulations that provide effective treatment for a range of dermatological concerns. Sesderma’s hard work doesn’t stop there, they are constantly researching to create breakthrough formulas for various skincare needs. Since launching in the UK at the start of 2019, Sesderma has proved its popularity with its hero product Azelac Ru Liposomal Serum TRX selling 1 unit every 30 seconds globally. You can shop Sesderma at sesderma.co.uk
CANADA: Design.ME Hair
Offering a gluten, paraben and sulphate free formula, this Canadian hair range gives hair shine, oomph, volume and styling speed with top salon quality results and benefits. Used by hairstylists and consumers worldwide, housed in fun, colourful and fresh packaging guaranteed to liven-up your hair and your shelf, this range is so popular that it’s hero product, Puff.ME, out sells competitor products 2 to 1. The range includes an evolutionary three-hold hairspray, and a blow-drying spray that cuts your blow-dry time by 50%. You can shop the Design.ME Hair range at Sallybeauty.co.uk
Rubis-beauty precision, the name associated with make-up artists such as Bobbi Brown, has been making precision tweezers for over 60 years.
The classic rose gold six stars is a high-quality cosmetic tweezer that facilitates a comfortable and precise use.
Hello November! Here are some products we know you will love...
1. LQ Joint Care, £24.99 Holland and Barratt A daily collagen shot which helps maintain joints and connective tissues. Containing Glucosamine, Ginger, Lychee, Copper and many more vitamins- this is perfect for those who love exercise.
2. Monsoon Rose Gold, £35.00 www.monsoon.co.uk A feminine yet fruity fragrance that contains notes of sparkling lemon, rose, vanilla and musky scents. This fragrance is perfect for all year round.
3. Rubis Tweezers, £21.50 www.lookfantastic.co.uk and Fenwicks. Dubbed the Ferrari of tweezers by Bobbi Brown herself. These high quality tweezers are made of stainless steel making them easy to sterilize as well as create the hottest brows around town.
The first precision tweezers were developed to place ruby stones into watch movements and the rubis name is now synonymous with authentic Swiss quality.
Our make-up bags, like our wardrobes are often over-flowing with every imaginable product on the market. Because as soon as we enter a shop, it is like walking into a candy store, and you know what they say about kids in a candy store, you simply need to have it all.
After all we are women and make-up and fashion is our addiction, so yes we want and of course need all the latest must have make -up products.
So to fuel your addiction here is the latest Make-Up must haves!!
With any addiction there is a down side, you love make -up, you love wearing it, but hate the hassle of removing it. Well here is a simple but yet brilliant solution for you. The Makeup Eraser, a microfiber cloth that not only removes all make -up but, wait for it, also exfoliates!
What more can you ask for in a pretty pink microfiber cloth.
After having tried it, I believe that this is Simply a mastermind creation, as it removed all my make-up even the stubborn bits. No make -up remover required as all I needed was the cloth and water and viola I was left with clean glowing skin.
I am sure that like me you use up a whole bottle of make-up remover in one month and need to buy a new bottle. But with the Makeup Eraser you will save money as you can use it for over a 1000 washes which should last you longer than one month. It is also a great, make-up must have, for sensitive skin beauty junkies, in the heat and has no fragrance or alcohol ingredients that is harmful to sensitive skin.
Because all you need is the microfiber cloth and water. Simply Genius!!!
Available @ Boots
Our next must have, is a firm favorite to the stars including Kim Kardashian. This multitasking product has 6-in-1 features, it can be used as a repairing mask, it moisturizers and hydrates, primes and removes make-up. Works on all skin types and has a combination of shea butter and emollient oils that helps to rebuild, rejuvenate and repair the skin for a healthy looking complexion.
This magical product, that is loved by so many, it is called Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré. Brought to us by legendary French skin care brand Embryolisse.
My skin loved the product. It is a very nice lightweight cream that easily absorbed into my skin leaving it with a glowing complexion without any oily residue. Perfect for mixing with foundation.
Available @ Boots
Must have number 3 is defiantly a product to have, because we spend hours on achieving the perfect brow. So if you have had tweezer after tweezer to achieve the perfect brows. You will love, Rubis Tweezers a favourite of make-up artist like Bobbi Brown, who described it as “the Ferrari of tweezers”.
Rubis tweezers are a Swiss Brand. So you can be sure that it is design at its finest. Each tweezer is hand crafted with perfect tips to remove even the shortest of hair. It is made of resilient, antacid stainless steel and can be sterilized in acid or boiling water.
I agree with Bobbi Brown, I loved the tweezers. It is a great tweezer, it is nice and sharp. Easy to use and grabbed even my shorter hair strands, which are usually a pain to pluck. Best of all it came in my favorite color RED! After using it I got rid of all my other tweezers for the best in Swiss Design.
Get yours at the following retailers - Harvey Nichols stores, Fenwick stores, www.lookfantastic.com and www.rubis.co.uk
If your make-up is on point and you are looking good, you got to smell fabulous. So the last must have is something, that comes in the hottest color on the fashion scene, Rose Gold.
Monsoon Rose Gold is an Eau De Perfume, for the chic sophisticated lady. The perfume itself is rose gold and comes in a cute tear drop shaped bottle with a rose tinted cap and lid and is packaged in a white box with rose gold details.
Featuring top notes of sparkling lemon, soft fruit and ozonic, for a clean, fresh scent combined with rose, tuberose neroli and cyclamen, giving the fragrance a deeper, more floral scent. With base notes of Eastern woods, vanilla, mosses, musk and balsamic amber, leaving you with a soft, musky and powdery scent.
I love the packaging, as it gave off a chic feel, and the bonus was obviously, that the perfume itself was Rose Gold. And I love musky fragrances because it is so sensual. So if you want to express your sensuality and be chic and sophisticated at the same time, Monsoon Rose Gold is the fragrance for you.
Available @ uk.monsoon.co.uk
There you have it, your Make up must haves and your must have fragrance.
By Deborah St. Louis CEO