Christmas Beauty Gifts: Yonka Absolute Vitality

Yonka is a high end skin care brand and this year for Christmas they have come out with this absolutely gorgeous clutch bag named Absolute Vitality. I believe it's for mature skin that needs some help in the radiance department. It comes with an intensely hydration cream for dry skin, a radiance boosting, firming cream for mature skin and a repairing mask for dehydrated skin.

The products contain fruit acids which help in brightening the skin and lightening any blemish marks or minor pigmentation. I noticed most of the products have this distinct fruity smell to them, quite refreshing I have to say. They feel lush to use on the skin and much more soothing and comforting than your regular, off the shelf, highstreet skincare. However, I also noticed how they are not heavy feeling on the skin making them appropriate for oily-combination skin types as well.

I always judge a product based on how it makes my skin look the day after, especially considering most high end skincare breaks me out. This however is quite intelligent as it left my troubled skin looking glowing and at peach in the morning. Trust me,  I don't usually wake up with glowing skin as much as I wish I did but these products work hard at giving you that supermodel glow.

It would make a fabulous Christmas present if you can still find it at yonkashop.co.uk. If not, you can purchase they products individually as well.


Ren Omega 3 Optimum Skin Serum Oil

Whoever said oily skin girls cannot use facial oils, needs to think again or perhaps put Caroline Hirons blog in their to-read list.

Whatever your skin type, if the oil does not contain nasty ingredients than can result in a flare-up or breakouts, which are mineral oil and lavender in my case - then it won't break you out most probably. I have used a handful of face oils in my blogging journey and have loved some and hated many but have never really cherished any. This gem by Ren however is gorgeous!

It contains Omega 3 which we all know as the superfood that all supplements boast to contain. Apparently it's good for your skin topically too at keeping it moist, supple and plump. Think about it, if it stays plump - fine lines just wont be visible and neither will sagging skin hence it's anti-ageing claim. It also contains ingredients that jogs up your skins cellular activity which in turn helps at better product absorption, helping you get the most out of your skincare.

I personally feel the oil isn't overtly greasy hence is perfect for combination-dehydrated skin, yes that is a skin condition thanks for asking. It absorbs in pretty quickly but still leaves a nice moist layer on the skin that makes skin look healthy, not shiny if you know what I mean? I like to use it at night, just on it's own as moisturiser on top can be a bit too much for me. It such a lovely drink for the skin to feed on after you've been slacking with your skincare, been travelling or just eating unhealthy food. It's like a little skincare SOS product for me. Most importantly, because I do not wake up in a breakout after using this.

This was my first product from Ren I believe and if you can't already tell, I'm going back for more :)

Buy it here www.renskincare.com for £23.

Clarks Ankle Boots: My Winter Staple!

I'm not one for featuring fashion finds on the blog, one because I'm not extremely fashionable and two, because I'm really fussy and opinionated when it comes apparel. These babies from Clarks however have been my Winter staple since the past few weeks and I thought they deserved a shout out on the blog!

If you're fussy like me when it comes to Boots, these will tick all the right boxes for you. I liked these at first instance not because they were extremely quirky or fashionable but in fact they looked quite versatile and wearable. I personally like full value for money and these look great with dresses, jumper tops and leggings alike.

I have a soft spot for suede and as you can see, the front has a lot of it going on there. The chic snake effect leather print at the back adds a nice mix of textures still keeping it quite soft and muted. The heel is around 2 to 2.5 inches which is just about perfect for my train commute and walking-around-the-city journeys, considering anything above that heel size just leads me to tripping almost everywhere - no joke.

Of course these being ankle boots allow my skinny jeans to tuck into them seamlessly. I cannot stand boots that are higher and end just mid-way through the leg, leaving an awkward situation for the jeans, especially if they are not as skinny as mine (thank god for Topshop!).

The mushroom brown colour I choose on purpose as I was tired of sporting tans that stood out a bit too much and pitch blacks that did just nothing for the apparel. I believe these were for £60 but seeing how absolutely comfortable they are and how I haven't slipped wearing them even a single time which is a rare occasion for me, they are well worth the money.


Giveaway Winners: NYX & Catwalk Glamour

Catwalk Glamour Winner is: Lynsey Buchanan


NYX Giveaway Winner is: Holly Brown 


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Last Minute Christmas Gift Ideas

It's 1 week and 1 day left until Christmas and if you still haven't got your hands on pressies for friends or family, NOW will be a great time. If like me, elbowing the crowd in the mall isn't quite your way to spend an evening after work, then online shopping shall be your best friend at this time of the year.

Of course you could head over to online versions of your favourite high street stores or designer fluff but I know a majority of you out here like yourself a nice bargain, so here's my favourite picks cobbled together from Catwalk Glamour. If you haven't heard about them, they believe in the mantra of  'affordable luxury', chic fashion that doesn't have to be pricey.

Lush Cashmere Scarf - Apparently every sophisticated lady must have a cashmere scarf in their wish list. Well, get them one this year. Catwalk Glamour have their silk and cashmere scarves on offer at a bargainlicious £32 or 2 for £40! Mums, aunts and grannies are bound to love you for it. Oh and they're unisex too so if there's a difficult lad in the family you just cannot narrow down a present for, this would work just fine!

A Michael Kors lookalike - Designer watches are always topping Christmas wish lists aren't they? If you can't afford your little sister or niece some expensive eye candy, then opt for a chic yet wallet friendly option that looks just as good. Apparently if you indulge in two watches, you get a generous 50% off, making one watch absolutely free. Perfect for twinsies.

Make-up brush set for the pros-to-be - And if you still have to get a present for the beauty enthusiast, it's as easy as a professional full set of make-up brushes. They have some lovely options which resemble the expensive Bobbi Brown ones with the sable handle, a short handled glossy red holiday collection and a lush synthetic black and white option.

If all fails, a necklace with a cute dog pendant will melt anyone's heart! I've spotted an adorable poodle necklace on there.


Dermalogica In-flight Beauty Favourites

If you're lucky enough to be escaping the frosty cold of UK and are heading over to some place warm and fuzzy for Christmas, then first off - I'm jealous and secondly you'll probably be needing some skincare essentials to keep your skin looking glowing, hydrated and supple when faced with the unforgiving and dry cabin air.

Dermalogica Multivitamin Power Recovery Masque - If you're looking for a powerful face mask that revives your skin whilst you snooze or watch a movie in-flight, then this gem of a product is exactly what you're looking for.

Dermalogica Skin Hydrating Masque - For dry, dehydrated skin that needs a little help in the hydration department comes this mask that will leave your skin feeling like it's been drenched in moisture. Like all face masks, you can choose to leave it on your skin for 20 minutes or go all out and keep it on your face for the entire flight duration.

Dermalogica Gentle Soothing Booster - Skin can get quite red, sensitive and inflamed especially when presented with fluctuating climates and unnatural heights. May be you already had a bout of skin sensitivity prior to boarding your flight. In any case, this serum that comes housed in a generous bottle is great to slap on every now and then before or after applying your face mask to calm and soothe.

Dermalogica Age Smart Reversal Eye Complex - If anti-ageing is the concern that tops your list, then tick it off the list with this eye cream that's super hydrating, lifting and firming. It tightens and tones skin whilst keeping the under eye area moist and dewy. This way, light is reflected off fine lines and crows feet hence killing two birds with one stone.

Dermalogica Renewal Lip Complex - If your regular petroleum jelly's are only making things worse for you in the lip department, then ditch that regular carmex and vaseline and opt for an intensive, high quality formula. Albeit priced slightly higher than your usual high street alternatives, this potent formula is thoroughly nourishing on the lips leaving long lasting results, whilst also taking care of any upper lip wrinkles that may have formed due to expression lines or smoking.