Gift Guide for the Beauty Addict

Gift Guide for the Beauty Addict

Whee, I’m back with another fun gift guide!! And I tell you, it’s a good job I’m so prepared with these gift guides because some of these treats are limited edition and time sensitive!

Who said that Christmas presents have to come on the 25th? What about an amazing Advent Calendar that will keep her thinking of you all throughout December?

Did I mention how much I’ve been loving shopping for this Gift Guide series? Now just to sit on my credit card and stop myself from buying them all for me!!

In case you missed the previous guide, you can check out my Travelling Girl Gift Guide here.

GIFT GUIDE FOR THE BEAUTY ADDICT

 

Gift Guide for the Beauty Addict - Christmas treats for the Beauty Junkie in your life

Advent Calendar | Face Mask | Lip Set | Highlight Palette | Nail Varnish | Nail Varnish | Brush Set | Fenty Powder | Hair Dryer | Perfume Powder | FOREO Cleansing Brush | Rose Quartz Roller | Perfume | Apothecary Jars | Spa Head Bands
Charlotte Tilbury Advent Calendar

Quite the luxury gift, but one that is certain to get her very excited. With twelve doors containing a mixture of full-sized and mini CT favourites inside a stunning set of galaxy themed glittered drawers. This is a seriously decadent gift. The trend for beauty advent calendars has exploded the last couple of years with many beauty, skincare and scent brands all bringing out their best for the festive season. I couldn’t even pick just one – see a few more of my favourites from ASOS, Mac and Liberty here, here and here.

Rodial Pink Diamond Sheet Mask

There’s something really pampering and indulgent about a great sheet mask. Even better if you get together with the girls and enjoy as part of a girls night in. I recently invested in one of the Rodial Pink Diamond sheet masks and absolutely loved it. Unlike traditional sheet masks that can slide around and leave you looking, well, a little bit weird. This ultra light transparent firming mask clings to your face and barely looks like you are wearing one (no scaring the pizza delivery guy when he comes to the door!). At $12 for one, this is a generous little stocking stuffer.

Fresh Sugar Rush Set

During Mistletoe season she’ll want to ensure that her lips are in tip top condition and perfectly kissable. Fresh has been one of my favourite brands for lip balm for a while now and this little set including their balm and a scrub will keep chapped lips at bay.

Becca x Chrissy Teigen Glow Palette

If (and that’s a big if) she hasn’t purchased this already for herself, she will certainly appreciate this cult highlighter palette appearing under her Christmas tree. A highlight palette that gets all the beauty girls excited

OPI Nail Envy

Because who doesn’t want long and strong nails? Unfortunately, years of shellac manicures and a nasty habit of picking at them has left my nails a little weakened and prone to breaking. OPI Nail Envy is pure magic when it comes to growing your nails long naturally. Maybe give it as an early gift so that she can get her nails looking perfect for the party season. A bottle of OPI Nail Envy along with a pretty colour polish and an emery board would make a really simple gift that fits almost any budget.

Glitter O’Clock Brush Set

Nothing screams festive like this cute glitter and gold brush set from Sephora. The multi-colour sparkle immediately puts me in the Christmas party spirit and it got great reviews online.

FOREO Luna Play

Before you go in with that sheet mask – you’re going to need to ensure that your face is squeaky clean! I received my FOREO Luna in my Summer FabFitFun box and it has become a staple part of my routine ever since. I was never a massive fan of the brush-head cleansing devices as I found the bristles a little irritating on my quite sensitive skin. The FOREO is so gentle, while still being super effective – it leaves my skin glowy, soft and perfectly clean.

Fenty Mini Fairy Bomb

Is it a Christmas ornament? Yes and no, it’s the Fenty Mini Fairy Bomb, and we’d love to cover our tree with these guys! A little ball of glitter puff highlight for that extra bit of festive sparkle during the Christmas period. Glimmering iridescent pink shimmer with a vanilla-coconut scent. What’s not to love?

Blown-Ouai (Dyson Hairdryer + Ouai hair products) –

A gorgeous limited edition set put together by Sephora brings together the lusted after Dyson hairdryer with a set of Ouai hair products. The set cost the same as the hairdryer by itself, making all those gorgeous hair products basically free!

Cartier La Panthère Powder de Parfum Etincelante

I’m just all about the sparkle over Christmas – it’s the time of year that you can go all out. This luxurious Cartier scented highlight powder finishes your look perfectly. Designed to be layered over the Cartier La Panthère Eau de Parfum.

Rose Quartz Roller

A part of Chinese beauty rituals for centuries, jade and rose quartz rollers are said to help blood circulation, skin tone, elasticity of the skin and lymphatic drainage. Also known to help reduce puffiness, wrinkles, dark under eye circles and eliminate toxins. I have a couple of these on my Amazon wishlist and an inkling that one might be arriving in my Winter FabFitFun box, which I can’t wait to try out! Keep in the fridge for a cooling and refreshing treat for your skin.

Aerin Amber Musk

Perfume is a pretty personal gift, but if you are confident that you know what she likes it can be a really thoughtful purchase. I always wear the same scent, but with some beautiful options on the market, I still enjoy checking others out. This Aerin Amber Musk smells like a good choice for Autumn/Winter weather.

Apothecary Storage Jars

If your beauty addict is anything like me, her bathroom shelves and dressing table are likely overflowing with product. These cute glass jars are a super chic and affordable storage solution. I have this same set in my bathroom and they keep my Q-tips, cotton balls and cotton pads dry and free of dust and dirt.

Spa Head Band

When prepping and pampering your skin, what about these terry-cloth spa facial headbands? Such a useful little stocking stuffer. A simple Velcro design means that they hold all your hair (even the baby fine hairs) back away from your face. Keeping your hair dry and free-from whatever products you are putting on your skin. A must have, practical gift for any beauty girl!

 

So those are my beauty suggestions!! Which of those do you think you’d most love to receive?

I must remember to order my own advent calendar – which one should I pick??

My Gift Guide for the Foodie will be up next – suitable for both guys and girls. I will be showcasing some really delicious gifts!

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What’s Inside My FabFitFun Summer Box?

What’s Inside My FabFitFun Summer Box?

Have you come across FabFitFun yet? If not, you’re in for a real treat. I had seen the boxes cropping up in my social media from time to time but, I’ll be the first one to admit, it did take me a little while to bite the bullet and commit to a subscription. Now that I have though, I’m so happy I did!

 

My first box was the Summer 2018 subscription box and it just arrived last week. I am absolutely thrilled with the contents and, now that I’ve had a little while to play with them all, I wanted to tell you a bit more about it. 

 

Firstly, let’s face it the Summer Box was ideally suited my island lifestyle. But regardless of where you live it’s got some fantastic items and, with the ability to personalize your box, there really are options for every girl.  

 

The boxes ship quarterly and have a seasonal theme. Even though I think I’ll get the most use out of my Summer items, (since we don’t actually have seasons) I still look forward to getting some seasonal inspiration from my Fall and Winter boxes. (‘Hot and wet’ vs ‘Hot and dry’ don’t really count as seasons… and the less said about Hurricane season the better!

 

Each box costs $49.99, or you can sign up for an annual subscription for the discounted price of $179.99. Best news is though, that each box is guaranteed to contain more than $200 worth of full-sized products inside! In fact, when I added up the value of my Summer box, it came to a grand total of $356!! Not too shabby! 

 

I know what you’re thinking though – that’s all well and good, but $200 worth of product isn’t much use to me if the products are disappointing… Well ladies, worry not, the  great thing is that FabFitFun are renowned for sourcing fantastic products. Some of which will be exclusive to FabFitFun subscribers! I was beyond impressed with the quality of the items in my box, there are no ‘filler’ items, each piece is a great product, and you’ll get exposed to brands that you might not have tried before. 

 

Still sceptical? Here’s my run-through of all the beautiful items in my Summer 2018 box.

What's inside my FabFitFun Summer Box?

Warning: This contains spoilers, if you’re still waiting for your Summer Box, look away now! 

FabFitFun Summer Box haul

Coola Organic Classic Face Sunscreen in spf 50 (retail value $32)

I have been a fan of Coola Organic suncare for a little while, but hadn’t tried their face cream yet. It is a little more expensive than many other brands of sunscreen, but spf and skincare are not something I’m willing to compromise on! (And it just makes it even more of a bonus when it turns up in my box!) I’m enjoying the lightweight formula, it melts into my skin quickly and leaves no stickiness or the tacky feeling that you get with some spf products. I just layer a tiny amount over my brightening cc serum for that all important sun protection as I’m running around on the daily. It’s white tea moisturizer means that I could skip moisturizing altogether if I was in a rush. It also has a 80-minute-water resistant formula which means that it is now a permanent fixture in my beach bag! 

FabFitFun Summer Box Treats

Foreo Luna fofo smart cleansing brush (retail value $89)

Wow – what a little powerhouse, I had never heard of Foreo before but I am so impressed by this beauty gadget. Sensors on the back of the brush assess your skin condition and your hydration levels to create a totally personalized profile by syncing via Bluetooth with the brand-new Foreo Luna app on your phone. Then your recommended cleansing routine starts – you just follow the instructions on the app and let the little silicon scrubbing bristles do all the work. It leaves my skin squeaky clean and beautifully soft. I am currently using it twice a week but will definitely look to gradually increase that as it is so quick and easy to use. This product is currently unique to FabFitFun subscribers and is worth getting the box just for this little gem alone. 

FabFitFun Summer Box Treats

Summer & Rose Microfiber Towel (retail value $55)

I have a longstanding hatred of those heavy old-fashioned beach towels. You know the ones, they take up all the space in your beach bag, and then as soon as you use them they get waterlogged and full of sand, making them even heavier on the way home… Not so with this one. Vibrant, fun, tropical pattern aside, the thing I love most about this towel is the fact that it is lightweight, quick dry and you can just brush the sand right off. A total beach day game changer. 

FabFitFun Summer Box Treats

FabFitFun Summer Rose Towel 

Tarte Tarteist Pro To Go Eye Palette (retail value $43)

Since I have an annual membership I can choose between options for some of the items in my box (or choose to leave it a surprise!) and I really struggled to choose between the Tarte Pro Glow Highlight & Contour palette and the Eye shadow palette! Ultimately, I’m so pleased I went with the eye shadow palette as I’m sure I’ll get more use out of it (especially since my trusty, everyday Bobbi Brown palette is very near the end on my favourite shades!) 

Six gorgeous shades, three pretty metallics and three long-wearing neutrals will enable you to build a host of looks, from a simple and sweet daytime eye, to something a little vampier at night! 

FabFitFun Summer Box 2018

FabFitFun Summer Box Haul

Pier 1 Imports Marble Jewelry Dish (retail value $14.99)

I saw this in someone else’s sneak peek weeks ago and was keeping all my fingers crossed that it would feature in my box too! So simple, and very much in keeping with my personal style, it’s the perfect little catch-all dish. I keep it next to my bed for my earrings, watch and other knick knacks, but it would also be ideal for your bathroom just next to the sink. 

FabFitFun Summer Box treats

FabFitFun Summer Box Haul

Elemis Papaya Enzyme Peel (retail value $45) 

Made with papaya extract and vitamin E, this cream mask is applied to clean, towel-dried skin and then left on for 10-15 minutes before rinsing away to reveal beautifully soft and radiant skin. The mask doesn’t dry or harden like others I’ve tried, but that doesn’t make it any less effective. This non-abrasive exfoliator was great on my sensitive skin and I look forward to building it into my monthly skincare for a little boost of radiance when my skin is looking a bit tired! 

FabFitFun Summer Box 2018

Vasanti Brighten Up! Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator (retail value $29)

Okay, so here’s where I wasn’t quite thinking it through when it came to choosing my products as I did end up with two facial exfoliators but, having said that, they are very different and I’m not disappointed in my choice.  The Vasanti face rejuvenator is a very fine exfoliating scrub which I have been keeping in the shower to give my face an exfoliating cleanse a couple of times a week. As promised on the packaging, their gentle formula gently buffs away your dead skin cells and reveals a smoother and brighter complexion. 

FabFitFun Summer Box 2018

Jaboneria Marianella Hawaiian Black Lava Body Caviar (retail value $48) 

Continuing with the exfoliators (can I just say, my skin has never looked better!) but this time for the body, this black lava scrub is just beautiful. You mix the oil and the salts together before use (as they will naturally separate) and then slather on to damp skin before gently scrubbing all over. Rinse off with warm water and then pat your skin dry. This is a fantastic inclusion in the Summer box as regular skin exfoliation is key for building up that killer summer tan. Whether you are a fake tan fan or a sun worshiper, regular exfoliation is so important to ensure a smooth and even tan from top to toe! My skin now feels fabulously smooth, conditioned and hydrated with this all natural, luxurious mix of vitamin E, coconut oil, Hawaiian black lava sea salt, charcoal, Dead Sea salt, honey, green tea extract, aloe vera extract and other goodies. 

FabFitFun Summer Box Treats

Bonus Item: Give A Sip Reusable Straw

I am such a big fan of this little addition in the box, to some it might not seem like a very exciting option but for me it is so important! Single use plastic is one of my biggest pet hates, plastic bags, plastic water bottles and especially plastic straws! I’m not saying that I have completely managed to eradicate them from my life (yet) but I make every effort to. The level of micro plastics in the ocean are reaching unprecedented levels and it is causing havoc for our marine life. 

This resusable plastic straw is perfect for throwing in your bag so that you can say ‘no thank you!’ to disposable straws in your cocktail (or coffee, if that’s more your thing) Plus Give A Sip will send free reusable metal straws to FanFitFun subscribers if you sign up at giveasip.us and pledge to use less plastic. What a fantastic initiative! 

 

So there we have it, that’s everything that I received in my box this time. Do they sound like the sort of things that you would have liked to turn up at your door? I’m keen to hear your thoughts on the products. 

 

I’m already eagerly anticipating my next box and fiercely wishing that I didn’t have quite so long to wait for it. I am now officially a subscription box convert/addict… This really is the ultimate girly self-care treat for yourself – or would also make for an amazing and thoughtful gift! 

 

Want to join up yourself? Use my referral code here along with the code WELCOME10 for $10 off your first box! That’s right… all those goodies for just $39.99! Isn’t it about time you treated yourself? 

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