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If you're an aromatherapy enthusiastic and like introducing your nose to a variety of delicious scents, then you're in luck as any scent lover is bound to like this Bath Oil set by Neom. It contains six mini oils from three scent families including Real Luxury, Tranquillity and Complete Bliss. If you're not familiar with these names, there's a lot of floral, woody and musky scents here which are feminine, de-stressing and relaxing.

You usually don't see people getting themselves some bath oils hence this would make a thoughtful present that any workaholic can indulge in. The bath oils albeit dinky in size are good size to make samplers to test out a particular range by the brand before making a full sized purchase. It's also good if you like yourself some variety and are bound to get easily bored by just one scent.

I have to say these mini gems are also quite potent in the sense they fill up the shower with a strong scent that's hard to miss, giving full value for money. I also like to cheekily rub this in on pulse points for a quiet de-stress moment now and then. A great little keeper at the desk if you tend to stress a lot! There's no right or wrong way of using these and you can use them as body oils too but I feel they work best in the shower as that's their primary purpose.

Compared to bath foams, I prefer myself a decadent good quality bath oil that diffuses well and works in a concentrated manner. If you're not a fan of bubbles and all that fancy jazz in your bath, these are a lovely fuss-free, effective alternative to recreating a spa like experience in the comfort of your home. For £19, I also feel it's reasonably priced and would make a great present for someone who's picky with stuff like accessories and make-up.

www.neomorganics.com

Neom Organic Bath & Shower Indulgence Set









If you're an aromatherapy enthusiastic and like introducing your nose to a variety of delicious scents, then you're in luck as any scent lover is bound to like this Bath Oil set by Neom. It contains six mini oils from three scent families including Real Luxury, Tranquillity and Complete Bliss. If you're not familiar with these names, there's a lot of floral, woody and musky scents here which are feminine, de-stressing and relaxing.

You usually don't see people getting themselves some bath oils hence this would make a thoughtful present that any workaholic can indulge in. The bath oils albeit dinky in size are good size to make samplers to test out a particular range by the brand before making a full sized purchase. It's also good if you like yourself some variety and are bound to get easily bored by just one scent.

I have to say these mini gems are also quite potent in the sense they fill up the shower with a strong scent that's hard to miss, giving full value for money. I also like to cheekily rub this in on pulse points for a quiet de-stress moment now and then. A great little keeper at the desk if you tend to stress a lot! There's no right or wrong way of using these and you can use them as body oils too but I feel they work best in the shower as that's their primary purpose.

Compared to bath foams, I prefer myself a decadent good quality bath oil that diffuses well and works in a concentrated manner. If you're not a fan of bubbles and all that fancy jazz in your bath, these are a lovely fuss-free, effective alternative to recreating a spa like experience in the comfort of your home. For £19, I also feel it's reasonably priced and would make a great present for someone who's picky with stuff like accessories and make-up.

www.neomorganics.com

SmartBuyGlasses is an online store selling designer glasses and sunglasses. Now I've been sporting my Michael Kors prescription glasses since two years now and would really like an upgrade so I've been scanning the website inside out to find myself a decent pair. I don't want something very similar to what I have, yet something wearable and not so celebrity like coz you know, train commute and all that jazz doesn't really justify super glam glasses.

Any how, I came across their Christmas Gift Guide and love how they've allocated designer sunglasses into various categories like for the fashionista, the working girl, vintage, mom, girl next door and all that good stuff. If you're looking to gift a pair of sunnies to someone this Christmas, the guide is absolutely worth checking out.

Below are my three favourite gift guides from what they've created. The first one's called Fashionista and I love how they've maintained the fashion element but still kept them quite classic and wearable. I particularly like the Dolce & Gabbana one with the thick matte black rim. Looks priceless!


Their Vintage edit contains more quirky picks, like the Versace one with the flecks of white thrown in randomly on the rim. The tortoise shell print Chloe ones at the very top with rounded edges also cuts the mustard for me as it's retro but glamorous at the same time. 


If you're a busy mum, you'll understand the subdued, almost muted collection that will help cleverly conceal those fatigued eyes and put together a polished face. They're foolproof, wearable yet chic. Plain enough to be appropriate for the school run but still classy for weekend brunch with the hubby at the same time. I know my mum would adore the Gucci ones.


With 80,000 products available on their online store, free shipping and 100 days return, it's enough to get any designer glasses geek glued onto it for a nice little browse or a cheeky little purchase.

www.smartbuyglasses.co.uk

Smartbuyglasses Christmas Gift Guide 2013

SmartBuyGlasses is an online store selling designer glasses and sunglasses. Now I've been sporting my Michael Kors prescription glasses since two years now and would really like an upgrade so I've been scanning the website inside out to find myself a decent pair. I don't want something very similar to what I have, yet something wearable and not so celebrity like coz you know, train commute and all that jazz doesn't really justify super glam glasses.

Any how, I came across their Christmas Gift Guide and love how they've allocated designer sunglasses into various categories like for the fashionista, the working girl, vintage, mom, girl next door and all that good stuff. If you're looking to gift a pair of sunnies to someone this Christmas, the guide is absolutely worth checking out.

Below are my three favourite gift guides from what they've created. The first one's called Fashionista and I love how they've maintained the fashion element but still kept them quite classic and wearable. I particularly like the Dolce & Gabbana one with the thick matte black rim. Looks priceless!


Their Vintage edit contains more quirky picks, like the Versace one with the flecks of white thrown in randomly on the rim. The tortoise shell print Chloe ones at the very top with rounded edges also cuts the mustard for me as it's retro but glamorous at the same time. 


If you're a busy mum, you'll understand the subdued, almost muted collection that will help cleverly conceal those fatigued eyes and put together a polished face. They're foolproof, wearable yet chic. Plain enough to be appropriate for the school run but still classy for weekend brunch with the hubby at the same time. I know my mum would adore the Gucci ones.


With 80,000 products available on their online store, free shipping and 100 days return, it's enough to get any designer glasses geek glued onto it for a nice little browse or a cheeky little purchase.

www.smartbuyglasses.co.uk






Another fabulous Christmas gift idea this festive season is this dinky little palette from Too Faced. I feel this is the perfect little treat for the festive season. It comes housed in a dinky palette with an iPhone 5 cover at the back which is a lovely little touch in my opinion for someone who already has the phone. Two presents, one price tag!

The palette comes with a tonne of party perfect colours. I love the fact that the eye shadows are in tiny little squares. Who's able to finish those huge eye shadow pots anyway? At least this way you feel you've made the most out of your palette. The selection of eye shadows thrown in here are so rich, elegant and jewel toned. I can't fault a single one! The finish is satin-pearl like and they go on seamlessly - you'd know this if you've tried Too Faced eye shadows before.

You also get two setting powders or you can use them to highlight and contour if they're not the exact match for you. If that wasn't enough, Too Faced have also squeezed in a generous sized cool toned pink blush and a shimmery bronzer, because who does matte this time of the year eh?

Whatever the age, any make-up addict is bound to love this little gem of a product. It's such a good size to throw into your bag to take any look from desk to the dance floor. You can get it at different prices ranging from £16 to £20 online. Check it out and I promise you won't be disappointed.

Too Faced Jingle All The Way Palette






Another fabulous Christmas gift idea this festive season is this dinky little palette from Too Faced. I feel this is the perfect little treat for the festive season. It comes housed in a dinky palette with an iPhone 5 cover at the back which is a lovely little touch in my opinion for someone who already has the phone. Two presents, one price tag!

The palette comes with a tonne of party perfect colours. I love the fact that the eye shadows are in tiny little squares. Who's able to finish those huge eye shadow pots anyway? At least this way you feel you've made the most out of your palette. The selection of eye shadows thrown in here are so rich, elegant and jewel toned. I can't fault a single one! The finish is satin-pearl like and they go on seamlessly - you'd know this if you've tried Too Faced eye shadows before.

You also get two setting powders or you can use them to highlight and contour if they're not the exact match for you. If that wasn't enough, Too Faced have also squeezed in a generous sized cool toned pink blush and a shimmery bronzer, because who does matte this time of the year eh?

Whatever the age, any make-up addict is bound to love this little gem of a product. It's such a good size to throw into your bag to take any look from desk to the dance floor. You can get it at different prices ranging from £16 to £20 online. Check it out and I promise you won't be disappointed.





In celebration of NYX being available in NEXT stores, I'm here creating a Christmas Party Look. If you'd like to replicate something similar, NEXT NYX stands should have the essentials for you with a greater variety available online at next.co.uk. It's quite amazing being able to swatch and swipe NYX products in a store as shades can sometimes be difficult to interpret online. Plus a big YAY to no more atrocious shipping fees from the US when ordering NYX!

Any how, regarding my Christmas Party Look, I decided to keep it heavy on the eyes with your usual bling and shimmer going strong, whilst keeping the cheeks, lips and the skin base soft. I create a taupey-silver smoky eye with a hint of midnight blue swiped across the lower lashline and waterline. The blinding shimmer you see on the eyes actually looks much more stunning in real life! Plus, it's the easiest and the most foolproof way to add some glitz and glamour on the eyes minus the fall out. NYX Roll on Shimmer in Platinum - you need this for the festive season.

The base of the eyes is all thanks to the versatile Love in Paris Palette in A La Mode. It comes housed in a dinky compact with a good few brown, grey, black and taupe staples in an assorted matte, satin and shimmer textures. Would make a lovely stocking filler. For the lashes I used Propel My Eyes Mascara and and smudged some Jumbo Eye Pencil in Cobalt on the lower lash line. It's extremely wearable but so gorgeous!

A special mention goes out to NYX The Curve liquid eye liner. All you shaky hand peeps, this is to die for. I myself have a shaky hand when it comes to liner even after 10 years of applying make-up almost daily. But this sucker is worth every penny. It comes in a nice box too and would make a fab stocking filler on it's own.

Coming to the cheeks, NYX Power Blush in Pinched is what took care of that. It's a gorgeous pick-me-shade containing a good neutral mix of pink and peach. It's quite summery but as I said, perfect to banish winter blues this season. It's such superb quality, it makes me doubt my high end purchases.

NYX Illuminator is a flattering pinkish silver power highlighter with looks so beautiful on the cheekbones. I found it looks great on the forehead and the bridge of the nose if buffed in properly to create that dewy look. Finally, a slap of NYX Mega Shine Lip Gloss and I'm ready to party! Well not quite in my bright blue snowflake and penguin Christmas jumper but you get the gist eh?

One lucky winner win will all of the products I used to create the look so keep your fingers crossed and enter below.



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NYX Blogger Challenge (and Giveaway!)





In celebration of NYX being available in NEXT stores, I'm here creating a Christmas Party Look. If you'd like to replicate something similar, NEXT NYX stands should have the essentials for you with a greater variety available online at next.co.uk. It's quite amazing being able to swatch and swipe NYX products in a store as shades can sometimes be difficult to interpret online. Plus a big YAY to no more atrocious shipping fees from the US when ordering NYX!

Any how, regarding my Christmas Party Look, I decided to keep it heavy on the eyes with your usual bling and shimmer going strong, whilst keeping the cheeks, lips and the skin base soft. I create a taupey-silver smoky eye with a hint of midnight blue swiped across the lower lashline and waterline. The blinding shimmer you see on the eyes actually looks much more stunning in real life! Plus, it's the easiest and the most foolproof way to add some glitz and glamour on the eyes minus the fall out. NYX Roll on Shimmer in Platinum - you need this for the festive season.

The base of the eyes is all thanks to the versatile Love in Paris Palette in A La Mode. It comes housed in a dinky compact with a good few brown, grey, black and taupe staples in an assorted matte, satin and shimmer textures. Would make a lovely stocking filler. For the lashes I used Propel My Eyes Mascara and and smudged some Jumbo Eye Pencil in Cobalt on the lower lash line. It's extremely wearable but so gorgeous!

A special mention goes out to NYX The Curve liquid eye liner. All you shaky hand peeps, this is to die for. I myself have a shaky hand when it comes to liner even after 10 years of applying make-up almost daily. But this sucker is worth every penny. It comes in a nice box too and would make a fab stocking filler on it's own.

Coming to the cheeks, NYX Power Blush in Pinched is what took care of that. It's a gorgeous pick-me-shade containing a good neutral mix of pink and peach. It's quite summery but as I said, perfect to banish winter blues this season. It's such superb quality, it makes me doubt my high end purchases.

NYX Illuminator is a flattering pinkish silver power highlighter with looks so beautiful on the cheekbones. I found it looks great on the forehead and the bridge of the nose if buffed in properly to create that dewy look. Finally, a slap of NYX Mega Shine Lip Gloss and I'm ready to party! Well not quite in my bright blue snowflake and penguin Christmas jumper but you get the gist eh?

One lucky winner win will all of the products I used to create the look so keep your fingers crossed and enter below.



a Rafflecopter giveaway
Your scarf and handbag issues are sorted this festive season as Catwalk Glamour, an online portal of affordable jewellery and accessories is giving away a lush Cashmere Scarf worth £65 and an uber cute Pink Cross Body structured bag worth £50! If you do your math correctly, it's over a £100 worth of lush fashion goodness.

You can either keep it as a present for someone special this festive season or use it to give your wardrobe a fresh upgrade this new year. The choice is yours! Scroll below to see how you can enter to win.



a Rafflecopter giveaway

The Giveaway is UK only and will end on 16th December 12am GMT. Winners will be announced on @catwalkglamour twitter and will be contacted via email.

Good luck!

Catwalk Glamour Fashion Giveaway for Christmas

Your scarf and handbag issues are sorted this festive season as Catwalk Glamour, an online portal of affordable jewellery and accessories is giving away a lush Cashmere Scarf worth £65 and an uber cute Pink Cross Body structured bag worth £50! If you do your math correctly, it's over a £100 worth of lush fashion goodness.

You can either keep it as a present for someone special this festive season or use it to give your wardrobe a fresh upgrade this new year. The choice is yours! Scroll below to see how you can enter to win.



a Rafflecopter giveaway

The Giveaway is UK only and will end on 16th December 12am GMT. Winners will be announced on @catwalkglamour twitter and will be contacted via email.

Good luck!









If you're like me and my family and are still hunting for Christmas presents, I have something beauty related that you'll love! The best thing about these is that they go easy on the wallet. So no more scrimping on Christmas jumpers for yourself. The beauty gift sets I am raving about are from Stila which was an American favourite and now has been dominating the lands of UK since a while.

You'll see more gift ideas once you're on the Stila website but the above two sets are my absolute favourites. The first one is the Tools of the Trade Brush Set which comes with 5 full sized brushes for a reasonable £29.50! The brushes are of superb quality with sturdy, long handles. Perfect for your mum or aunt who's still using sponges or fingers (not that there's anything wrong in using those).

If you've also got a niece or a sister who needs replenishing or a much needed upgrade when it comes to the makeup tools department, these will ensure they now have a greater selection to choose from. Compared to MAC and the likes of it, I found the brush set quite the bang for the buck.

Coming to the Colour Outside The Lines Smudge Stick Set, I am in love with the retro pencil case like container. Reminds me of my school days although I always preferred glossy zip cases than these! Now however, they look uber chic especially to store make-up. What you get inside are some fabulously festive yet absolutely wearable eye liner sticks in quite rich, autumnal shades besides the quirky mint green addition. Now this gift set is slightly expensive at £36. However, if you divide the price by 5 liners, it comes to around £7 which is a joke and even drugstore is pricier than that. So all in all, it's a bargain you see.

Perfect for that best friend who goes minimalistic with make-up but digs their eye liners. Head over to Stila.co.uk and order yourself something. With free shipping in the UK, it's seriously hard to resist.

Stila Christmas Gift Sets









If you're like me and my family and are still hunting for Christmas presents, I have something beauty related that you'll love! The best thing about these is that they go easy on the wallet. So no more scrimping on Christmas jumpers for yourself. The beauty gift sets I am raving about are from Stila which was an American favourite and now has been dominating the lands of UK since a while.

You'll see more gift ideas once you're on the Stila website but the above two sets are my absolute favourites. The first one is the Tools of the Trade Brush Set which comes with 5 full sized brushes for a reasonable £29.50! The brushes are of superb quality with sturdy, long handles. Perfect for your mum or aunt who's still using sponges or fingers (not that there's anything wrong in using those).

If you've also got a niece or a sister who needs replenishing or a much needed upgrade when it comes to the makeup tools department, these will ensure they now have a greater selection to choose from. Compared to MAC and the likes of it, I found the brush set quite the bang for the buck.

Coming to the Colour Outside The Lines Smudge Stick Set, I am in love with the retro pencil case like container. Reminds me of my school days although I always preferred glossy zip cases than these! Now however, they look uber chic especially to store make-up. What you get inside are some fabulously festive yet absolutely wearable eye liner sticks in quite rich, autumnal shades besides the quirky mint green addition. Now this gift set is slightly expensive at £36. However, if you divide the price by 5 liners, it comes to around £7 which is a joke and even drugstore is pricier than that. So all in all, it's a bargain you see.

Perfect for that best friend who goes minimalistic with make-up but digs their eye liners. Head over to Stila.co.uk and order yourself something. With free shipping in the UK, it's seriously hard to resist.

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