Saturday, 30 November 2013

The Stocking Filler Gift Guide

Each year I put together a stocking for my dad and Mr WLL and they do the same for me.  Our stockings generally have a Lush bath bomb in, some Christmas PJs and some chocolate, along with any other little things that we fancy popping in there.  Today I wanted to share with you some ideas for things that you could put together in a stocking for one of your friends or a woman in your family.
 
Beauty Essentials
 
Kiss Haute Couture Lashes in Lust*
Kiss Everlash MD Eye Lash Enhancing Serum*
I think a little bundle of beauty essentials would be a lovely addition to any girls stocking and there's loads of products that would be suitable.  The Kiss Everlash MD Eye Lash Enhancing Serum (review here, buy here) is a clinically proven serum that may help lashes to appear longer and healthier in only 4 to 6 weeks.  Speaking of lashes, the Kiss Haute Couture Lashes in Lust from Superdrug are one of my favourite styles.  This double pack will see the wearer right though the festive season as these super full and volumising lashes are reusable and come with plenty of lash adhesive and a genius applicator that I use to apply all of my lashes.
 
Kiss Nail Wraps*
Impress Nails*
Also from Kiss are the gorgeous Nail Wraps available from Asda.  I've reviewed a similar pair here and these black and jewel ones are perfect for the festive season.  Another option would be to pop in a pair of the imPRESS false nails.  This press on manicure is a fuss free way to achieve gorgeous  nails for New Years Eve this year.  They're available from Superdrug and Boots.
 
 
Christmas Crackers
 
 
There are lots of Christmas crackers and tree ornament style gifts kicking around this year and I've found two of the best out there.  The first is the Nails Inc Christmas Cracker Collection that I wrote about in another of the gift guides that I posted this year (see here).  It contains 6 full sized nail polishes that you can split up and pop into different friends stockings.
 
Weleda Christmas Cracker*
The second is the Weleda Christmas Cracker.  There's three available and each contain a miniature Weleda product- Skin Food, Pomegranate Hand Cream or Sea Buckthorn Hand Cream.  I have the latter and for only £3.50 its a bargain.  I've used some Weleda hand creams before and they're amazing at making your hands feel soft and supple which is perfect for this time of the year.
 
These would make a cracking stocking filler, a fun addition to the dinner table or a quirky tree decoration.
 
 
Chocolate and Sweets
 

You can't go wrong with a little bit of chocolate at Christmas time.  Whether you opt for a traditional selection box or something a little more lux like the Christmas Pick Me Up Gift Set from Hotel Chocolat, it is sure to be appreciated.  This is actually the chocolate that Mr WLL has chosen to put into my stocking this year but I wanted to photograph it first to share it with you in case any of you wanted to buy something similar.  It contains a reindeer slab, some caramel buttons and 6 Christmas Mess Chocolates, all packaged together in this lovely little set.
 
 
Puzzle
 
You Complete Me Puzzle*
 
 
One really sweet gift you could give someone you love this Christmas is the 'You Complete Me' puzzle from I Want One Of Those.  Made up of 11 wooden jigsaw pieces that fit together to make a heart shape, you can put it together, turn it over and write your own message on the back, before breaking it back up and popping it back in the gorgeous gift box to give to your partner, friend or family member.

Since this is the last Christmas before Mr WLL & I get married, I'll be writing something smushy on the back of this and popping it into his stocking this Christmas.
 
IWOOT sell loads of really great gifts and gadgets, I'd definitely recommend checking them out this Christmas.  The You Complete Me Puzzle is £10 and there is free delivery on offer for orders over £10!
 
 
Lush Bath Ballistic
 
 
A Lush bath ballistic is a great little gift to pop in a stocking.  This one is the Secret Santa bath ballistic and it is actually the one I'll be receiving on Christmas Eve to use before putting my Christmas PJs on.
 
Secret Santa is modelled on the first Lush store and actually has a Satna Claus inside.  It retails for £5.75 from the Lush website and in store.
 
 
ChapStick Lovely Lips Kit
 

The ChapStick Lovely Lips would make an ideal stocking filler.  At only £3.99 from Feel Unique, it is super affordable too.  The tin has a lovely design and there's lots of different ones available.  Inside there are three ChapStick Lip Balms- one apple, one cherry and one strawberry which is my favourite.  These make your lips feel super soft and smooth so they make great gifts, particularly at Christmas time as the weather is so cold.  Each lipbalm has an SPF of 15 too so if you're off for a little winter sun then you can take these with you to protect your lips!
 
That's all of my stocking filler recommendations over for another year.  What are you hoping to receive in yours this year?

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WhatLauraWore: Animal Swing Dress

I always find it a little more challenging to decide what to wear when you're going to the pictures and then out for dinner, as I don't want to look too overdressed to watch a film yet I don't want to be under dressed for dinner.  This is an outfit I put together for one such outing.
 
I'm wearing one of this seasons favourite shapes- the swing dress.  It's super comfortable to wear, great for all shapes and you can just pop it on over leggings or tights for an outfit in an instant.  I'm wearing the Animal Print Swing Dress from AX Paris with some black leggings and peep toe heels.  The print is that gorgeous snow leopard style print, mixing black with white and grey.


Animal Print Swing Dress from AX Paris*
I love the effortless, pulled together look that this creates- perfect for dinner out with the addition of the black suit jacket.  To dress down the outfit and to keep me warm in this cold weather we're having, I've added a huge snuggly white scarf that really brings out the white in the dress.  The addition of the scarf dresses down the outfit enough to be cinema appropriate.
 
 
WhatLauraWore:
Animal Swing Dress from AX Paris
Black Leggings from Evans
Suit Jacket from Evans
Black Platform Peep toe Heels from Anna Scholz at Simply Be
White Scarf from River Island
Oversized Jewel Ring from Evans

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Thursday, 28 November 2013

A Trio of Serums

As soon as September ended, I knew that the colder weather would be on its way so I started to try out some different skincare products in order to prepare myself for now- the end of November when I'm sat shivering having just come out of the cold.  I've been using serum as an added hydration step under my moisturiser religiously but I've also found some with added benefits.
 
Kiko Neon Glow*, Manuka Doctor Radiance Serum* and Weleda Pomegranate Firming Face Serum*
I really wanted to tell you all about these as my skin has been looking pretty dull lately, as I haven't been well in myself and these serums in particular are good to perk up your skin before applying make up.
 
 
Weleda Pomegranate Firming Face Serum
 
The first serum I have been trying out is the Weleda Pomegranate Firming Face Serum.
 
 
 
The Pomegranate Firming Face Serum is part of a dermatologically tested range from the leader in natural skin care products, Weleda, who have jam packed the products full of antioxidant rich organic oil of pomegranates in order to tackle common skincare problems like dull and ageing skin.  Pomegranates are rich in vitamin C, B5, potassium, antioxidant polyphenols which are all great ingredients for protecting and preserving the skins natural vibrant look.
 
This serum is one of the hero products from the range as it is intended to give a smoother, more youthful appearance by giving the skin a boost of nutrients, stimulating cell renewal and elasticity and improve the surface of the skin whilst reducing the appearance of wrinkles.  Whilst I don't have a great deal of wrinkles to test this out on, I certainly noticed my skin felt revived and plump with the surface of my skin being much smoother after use.
 
The formula is fairly fluid so you need to apply it quite quickly before it escapes from your face but it sinks in incredibly quickly after the application, making it a great option to take care of your skin when you're in a rush in the morning time.  I'd say that this serum is suitable for all skin types as it doesn't try your skin out and it doesn't make it feel more oily either, it feels very balancing on the skin and seems to neutralise it, making it a great base for make up.
 
For now, my skin feels hydrated after using this serum but I am really looking forward to seeing what the long term effects of using it are.  I would definitely recommend it, especially to those in their late twenties/early thirties who are experiencing the first signs of wrinkles.
 
This serum is £34.95 for 30ml from the Weleda website but you can also buy it much cheaper here.
 
 
Kiko Make Up Milano Neon Glow Light Effect Serum
 
The second serum that I have to review for you is the Kiko Make Up Milano Neon Glow Light Effect Serum.
 
 
 
 
 
The Neon Glow Light Effect Serum from Kiko Make Up Milano is a stunning product- when I first received it, I sat staring at it for ages as the clear serum is combined with a double-swirled illuminating helix that is pink and sparkly.  New technology holds the helix in suspense in the serum which is pretty clever really.

The serum, in this innovative product, feels like a gel in formula whereas the helix is much more like a make up highlighter.  When applied to clean skin, the serum feels very moisturising and the gel part itself sinks in fairly quickly, with the helix part following soon after- they feel as though they warm and melt into one another.  A little goes a very long way with this product so I think it will last a long time, especially for a 30ml bottle.

The micro pearls within the helix are incredibly illuminating, a little too highlighting for my liking but this will be great for particularly dull skin as it gives a very brightening glow.  This is definitely a serum that you would wear make up over the top of to create that healthy, lit from within glow, as it is a little too intense to use without make up on top.

Not only does the serum give an instant brightening effect but it also has some active ingredients that have been selected to help renew the skins natural brightness.  It contains Green Tea which helps to absorb and retain moisture and Hyaluronic Acid that stimulates the renewal of the skin cells, promotes the production of collagen and encourages skin elasticity, giving it anti-ageing properties.

This serum retails for £13.90 from the Kiko website and in the Kiko store.  It is a limited edition product as part of the Dark Heroine Fall Collection so it wont be around forever if you want to snap it up!
 
 
Manuka Doctor Radiance Serum
 
The final product that I have to review for you is the Manuka Doctor Radiance Serum.
 
 
 
 
With the Manuka Doctor ApiRefine Radiance Serum, I have certainly saved the best until last.  If you've read my previous Manuka Doctor reviews, you'll know that I am a great fan of their Skin Treatment Serum from the Apiclear line, so you could say that I'm a little biased towards their serums, but one try of this and you'll know it is justified.

In terms of radiance, this is everything I thought the Kiko Neon Glow would be and more, as it leaves a subtle but noticeable radiant glow to the skin.  I smooth a little onto my cleansed skin in sweeping motions across my whole face.  It is fast acting, sinking in almost immediately without leaving a residue on my skin, making it perfect to follow with my make up routine.  My skin looks even and as though it has a healthy glow when I wear this.

You might notice from the swatch above that like the Kiko serum, this too has a pink tone to it but it is much more subtle, more iridescent.  The serum feels very light weight, a little more substantial than the Weleda serum but still very much a fluid rather than a thicker gel like the Kiko serum.  It feels as though it has air in it, almost like it is whipped slightly.

The Manuka Doctor Radiance Serum is a naturally inspired, scientifically enhanced skincare product that is designed to have long term age-defying effects as well as the immediate illuminating glow.  Purified Bee Venom and Manuka Honey are within the serum and combine with the other ingredients, such as Organic Cactus Extract that hydrates with vitamins and minerals, to smooth fine lines and wrinkles and support the production of collagen and elastin in the skin.  I'm looking forward to seeing the long term effects with using this serum and I'm very hopeful as I really trust the Manuka Doctor brand.

Buy it now here (quick, its on offer!).

I hope you've all enjoyed my serums post and that its given you some ideas on one to try out for yourselves.  In the meantime, i'll BRB while I abuse the House of Fraser up to 40% off sale.... *come to mamma!*
 
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Wednesday, 27 November 2013

WhatLauraWore: Christmas Shopping Trip

Every year I tend to do the majority of my Christmas shopping online because I always know what I want but one day every year, Mr WLL and I go Christmas shopping at our local shopping centre and we buy our Christmas PJs, chocolate for our stocking and our Christmas Lush bath ballistic, along with any remaining presents that we need to buy our friends and family.  We make the most of the day and stop for dinner, drinks and sometimes a film before we head home so I always like to dress smartly for it and this is what I wore this year.
 
The top is the Long Sleeve Shift Dress from Goddiva.  I have the red print which looks very autumnal, bold and eye catching but it is also available in blue.  The sleeves balloon a little and then gather just below the elbow for a comfortable fit, so if you aren't too keen on showing off your arms then the sleeves are perfect- plus they keep you warm.  The dress is soft, has some stretch to it and feels really comfortable to wear which is exactly what I need when walking around the shops!
 
I've worn this on a colder day with just a gilet over the top. The dress is quite long and hits me on my mid thigh which makes it a great length to wear with leggings, or even thick black tights.  I also paired it with my black boots that are new to my wardrobe this autumn/ winter.
 
 
WhatLauraWore:
Long Sleeve Shift Dress in Red* from Goddiva
Black Leggings from Evans
Faux Fur Bag from River Island
Tassel Boots from Claire Richards* at Fashion World
Leaf necklace from Dorothy Perkins

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Monday, 25 November 2013

WhatLauraWore: Great Gatsby Inspired Christmas Party Dress

When you're off to a Christmas party this year, there is only one piece of advice that I can give you and that's to go glam or go home.  Christmas is the one time of the year where everyone wants to put there glad rags on and head out on the town.  Whether you're off to a work party or a family gathering, I'd suggest dressing to impress- that why you'll look as well as feel gorgeous.
 
Short Beaded Dress from Marisota*
The dress I'm wearing here is Short Beaded Dress from Marisota and it is the epitome of Christmas glam as it gives a classic little black dress a Great Gatsby feel with baroque style gold beading on the bust.  The cut of the dress is beautiful as it has a scoop neck that reveals just the right amount of subtle yet sexy cleavage.  It is fully lined down to just above the knee where the dress ends and it has a concealed zip for a comfortable fit.  The dress pulls you in under the bust and ties at the back, creating a gorgeous silhouette.
 
 
Also available in teal for fans of a more colourful look, the Short Beaded Dress looks great on its own or worn with a shrug.  There is a matching beaded shrug available here or you could wear it with a plain black one like I have.  For accessories, I'd suggest keeping it chic with black heels and a clutch in order to let the dress make the statement.  What do you think?
 
 
WhatLauraWore
Short Beaded Dress in black from Marisota
Black Shrug from Evans
Black Peep Toe Platform Heels from Anna Scholz at Simply Be
Beaded bracelet from Debenhams
Clutch bag from Matalan
Earrings from Next
 
What will you be wearing to your Christmas party?
 
If you still haven't got your party outfits sorted for this season and are looking for some Christmas and New Years Eve inspiration, then there's also a fab feature over on the ASOS Marketplace Blog that you might like.  Check it out here.

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My Curves & Me- My Picks for Small Backs, Larger Cups

After I revealed a little about the issues that I have with my bust and how I boost it in this post, lots of you lovelies got in touch with  me to tell me about your boob-woes and to remind me that I'm not alone.  One of the concerns that seemed to crop up a lot was the struggle to find pretty bras for girls with smaller back sizes who needed a large cup size, so I've been in search of finding you all just that.
 
My search led me to My Curves & Me who sell copious amounts of everyday, sports, bridal and occasion lingerie in so many different cup (A to KK) and back sizes (38 to 46).  They particularly specialise in D+ cup size lingerie and pride themselves on not being experts at bra fitting and not compromising on support or comfort for all sizes.  Sounds great but lets take a look at the designs.  I've picked out four of my favourite Balconette bras, all in smaller back sizes with larger cups.
 
Balconette Bras from My Curves & Me
The Elsa Balconnet Bra (#1) by Superbra is available in back sizes 30 to 38 and cup sizes D to K.  It is a vintage inspired bra that comes in black and a vintage nude.  The design looks modern yet classic with its feminine Swiss embroidery delicately placed over the cup.  This one has two matching items- briefs and high waisted briefs.
 
The Arquette Balconnet Bra (#2) by Masquerade is available in back sizes 28 to 38 and cup sizes D to H.  This is perhaps my favourite out of the lot as it looks super luxurious and I love the use of deep blue on an off white called 'vanilla'.  The Arquette bra has an exclusive Eastern style embroidery that has a little Great Gatsby feeling about it.  This bra offers a rounded shape for those requiring a larger cup as well as great uplift.  There is a thong and a brief that goes with this bra, personally I'd go for the thong as it looks gorgeous!  If you want to see what this bra looks like on, then check out this post by my friend Georgina who writes the blog Fuller Figure Fuller Bust where she wears the bra and the thong.
 
The Orla Balconnet Bra (#3) by Masquerade is available in back sizes 28 to 38 and cup sizes D to H.  It is a non padded bra that offers a rounded and uplifted shape with increased support thanks to the mesh lined wings.  For all this has a modern, swirl embroidery on it, I think this is the most classic looking design that is complimented by the little trinket drop at the front that just finishes it off.  There is a matching thong or brief available depending on your preference.
 
The final bra that I picked out is the Rosetti Balconnet Bra (#4) by Masquerade and is available in back sizes 28 to 38 and cup sizes D to H.  This red number is the sexiest bra I have chosen.  It's bold, its glamorous and sexy featuring a lots of satin, even on the straps, in a rich red hue.  There's some gorgeous briefs to match this bra too.
 
I hope you like the bras that I've picked out and that this gives a little inspiration to those with a small to standard back size who require a larger cup size. 
 
I think I'll make this a little series so if any of you have any fashion or beauty issues you'd like me to delve into then do get in touch via Twitter, Facebook or by email WhatLauraLoves@gmail.com .

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Friday, 22 November 2013

How to Avoid Catching a Cold this Winter

 
There are aspects of the winter time that I love, like being snug indoors while its snowing outside and watching Christmas films but there are things that I hate too like trying to drive in the snow, the ground when its slushy and getting a cold.

I'm someone who ALWAYS gets the dreaded cold regardless of whether its minus 4 outside or 23 degrees; like many people my age, I burn the candle at both ends and it always comes around to burn me at some point.  The last time I was really ill with flu was at the beginning of year after picking it up from someone I was working with.  I couldn't get out of bed and my head felt like it was going to fall off.  Ever since then, I promised myself that I was going to do everything I could to stop myself from getting ill again and touch wood, I haven't done too badly over the last 11 months (watch this space, I bet I'll be tweeting about a sore throat next week!).

I'm sure many of you will be in the same boat as I am so I thought I'd share with you some of my tips on how to avoid getting a cold and staying fit and well this winter.
 

Cuticura Anti Bacterial Hand Wipes* and Hand Gel in Passion Flower and Mango*
Sanitise your Workspace
 
My first tip is to keep your workspace clean.  I've found that if you work in an office, and particularly if you share desks, then your chances of catching a cold increase because if someone comes into an office with a cold and they're coughing and sneezing into their hands then touching their keyboard, leaving germs all over, its easy for them to spread.  Research has shown that we touch common objects an average of 3.3 times per hour and touch our faces up to 3.6 times.  When we're doing this we're transferring germs that can cause bacteria to spread and lead to skin irritations, bacterial and viral infections as well as colds.

Air conditioning also seems to be another germ spreader too.  When I've worked in offices, I've found that if one person has a cold, everyone gets it and whether its scientific or not, the germs seem to spread like wild fire, as though they've popped up into the air conditioning vents and dispersed across the work floor.
 
There's a couple of ways to help to protect yourself and that's by using antibacterial products.  I take a bottle of the Cuticura Anti Bacterial Hand Gel with me to work to sanitise my hands when I get there, after going to the toilet, before lunch and after breaks, etc.  Some work places have antibacterial hand gel stations nowadays but I like to carry this one with me because it is Passion Flower and Mango scented so it makes your hands lightly scented which is lovely.  The hand gel sinks into the skin quickly and is touch dry almost immediately.  It kills 99.9% of bacteria and provides up to 8 hours of protection, as do the Cuticura Anti Bacterial Hand Wipes that are great for wiping down the keyboard and mouse as well as for popping in your bag when you're out and about and in your beach bag if you're travelling.

I suffer badly with skin problems on my hands and find that a lot of products sting or burn my hands but these don't.  You can buy them from Superdrug or Boots.
 
Bobble
Stay Hydrated

My second tip is to drink plenty of water every day.  Staying adequately hydrated really helps to keep your body ticking over, flushes out toxins and stops you from being susceptible to getting sore throats.  If you feel a cold coming on, I'd suggest to add Berocca Orange (buy here) to your water as a shot of Vitamin B and C for energy and if you have a sore throat then gargling with salt in warm water is always an option as it helps to reduce inflammation and clears mucous and irritations.

One thing that I bought to help me to drink more water is a Bobble (buy here) which is basically a water bottle that you can refill from the tap and it will filter the water for you as you drink it.  I bought this because buying bottled water at work, university and when I'm out an about can soon add up to quite a lot of money that I'd rather spend on other things so with the Bobble I can just fill my water up from the tap and not worry about any nasties in it.  Each filter equates to around 300 bottles of water and they last about 2 months before you have to change them so they really are a more cost effective option that buying bottled water.  It's also easy to carry around with me too because I'll go to work with it empty then fill it up when I get there so it isn't heavy in my bag.


Superdrug Immune Chewable Vitamin C and Bassets On The Go Vitamins
Taking Vitamins
 
Another thing that I have been doing is taking multi vitamins.  I'm terrible at taking vitamins but I've found that taking chewable ones is much easier than having to faff on getting a drink so swallow them, particularly if you're running out of the door.  I take mine first thing on a morning.
 
The ones I'm currently taking are the chewable Bassets On The Go Vitamins that I got in Poundland and the Immune Chewable Vitamin C tablets from Superdrug.  I've never been one for taking tablets but I've been taking these daily for the past 10 months solid and I've really noticed a difference in my immune system.
 
Cuticura Anti Bacterial Hand Washes*
Wash your hands
  My next tip sounds a little obvious but its amazing how many people don't do this properly and that's washing their hands.  1 in 10 Brits simply splash and dash after going to the toilet and 1 in 5 don't wash their hands at all, which quietly honestly is disgusting!

A recent study found that a quarter of Brits only wash their hands between three to five times a day, which is far less than the recommended eight to ten times.  This goes to show that our hands are literally breeding grounds for germs.

We can easily combat it though by washing our hands properly and using anti bacterial hand wash like the ones from Cuticura.  I have been using the Ginger and Manuka Honey, the Black Pepper and Pomegranate and the Lime and Bamboo (my fave!) fragrances around my home in both bathrooms and in the kitchen and I feel much more safe in the knowledge that I'm doing as much as I can to stop spreading germs.  The hand wash provides my hands with up to 3 hours of protection against spreading germs and viruses which ultimately can help you to avoid catching a cold.

All of the bottles of hand wash can be bought from Sainsburys and Superdrug.

If you want further proof of how quickly germs can spread in the home, check out the Cuticura 'Journey of the Germ' contamination experiment that was featured on Sky News Sunrise and ITV News yesterday.

You can watch the Journey of the Germ video here:
 


Wrap up Warm and Stay Well Rested

My final way to avoid catching a cold this winter is quite simply to wrap up warm.  Hats, scarves, gloves, ear muffs, coat the lot.  I used to come out of the gym with wet hair, wearing thin clothes and I'd always catch a cold.  Now I always make sure my hair is bone dry and that I'm wrapped up.  I like to make sure I've had lots of sleep too to ensure that I'm not run down- being well rested is a great defence against getting colds.

What are your top tips for avoiding catching a cold?
 
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Thursday, 21 November 2013

Christmas Gift Ideas for Girls

Today I have another Christmas gift inspiration post for you all and this one is aimed at women.
 
I've really enjoyed putting together small, bite sized gift guides this year and rather than just select gifts to show you, I have also included some gifts that I have purchased myself for my friends and I've photographed them as I've wrapped them.  With that in mind, if you're a friend in real life, and we generally exchange gifts then please divert your eyes and click the X in the corner now.
 
The Personalised Gift
 
Personalised KPink Jute Bag*
I can't think of a girl who wouldn't want to receive a personalised gift this Christmas.  The jute bags from KPink are absolutely gorgeous.  This one has pink, spotty sides with a natural hessian background.  My name is on it, along with a big bow and a caricature of myself.  The handles have ribbons and a keyring too.  I absolutely love it and would really recommend them for Christmas gifts.
 
 
If you would like one of their jute bags then you'll need to be quick as 24th November is the last chance to order for guaranteed Christmas delivery and their other items (mugs, phone cases, tote bags, etc) can be ordered up until 14th December.
 
 
Gift Splitting Suggestion
 
 
One thing that I have done this year is gift split.  This is where you buy a gift set that can be divided up between your friends.  The Nails Inc Christmas Cracker Collection (£29.50 or 2950 points from Boots) is PERECT for this.  Each cracker contains a full size Nails Inc polish and a fashion quote.  These are great for giving as a smaller gift to someone, for using as a table setting or for giving alongside another gift which is how I have tended to give them.
 
 
For Bathtime Lovers
 
 
If you have friends who travel a lot like I do then this gift set from Soap and Glory is ideal.  I received the same one for my birthday back in September and used it all up on a weekend away (spot the empties in a forthcoming post) so when it came to buying travel friendly gift sets for my travel buddies, I knew that the Soap and Glory Getaway gift set would make the perfect present.  This one is £10 from Boots and contains a mini Calm One Calm All bubble bath, Clean On Me shower gel, Hand food hand lotion and The Righteous Butter body butter which are all signature Soap and Glory products.
 

Lush is more or less a fail safe option at Christmas and they have LOADS of different gift sets available as well as Christmas themed single products that you could wrap up individually.  The gift I've chosen this Christmas is the Sweet Christmas gift set and it contains a Magic Wand bubble bar, Rose Jam shower gel, Candy Mountain bubble bar, Sultana of Soap, Think Pink bath bomb, Sweetie Pie shower gel, Honey Trap lip balm and a Bubble gum Lip Scrub, all for £37.95.
 
 
For Those Who Love Their Hair
 
 
For the girl in your life who loves to do their hair then I'd really recommend the Enrapture Extremity Heated Rollers that are available from Boots, Argos and Amazon.  These give gorgeous, big bouncing curls in the hair.  I bought mine last January and I can't recommend them enough.
 
 
For Those Who Love to Smell Amazing
 
When it comes to choosing a Christmas gift for a girl, I don't think you can go wrong with a fragrance gift set... providing it is in a scent that she likes.  I'd suggest either buying a scent that you know she likes or take along a list of the perfumes she already has and the sales assistant on the counter of your chosen perfume shop should be able to match up a new scent with similar notes to the ones she already likes.
 
 
The gift set that I have bought several of this year is the Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy, Couture Essentials Kit which is exclusive to Boots (£60 or 6000 points).  I think this is a great little giftset that gives you much more than just a perfume.  It contains the 30ml eau de parfum fragrance spray, a nail lacquer duo, a Viva la Juicy rollerball lip gloss duo, a Juicy Couture stiletto charm and a cosmetic bag.
 
 
For Skincare Addicts
 
 
For the girl in your life who loves skincare, I would really recommend a face brush like the one from Rio Sonicleanse (buy here).  It is half the price of the Clarisonic and works a treat at clearing your skin and keeping it that way.

 
For Movie Buffs
 
 
Like in my gift guide for men, I couldn't not include a DVD in my girls gift guide.  We watch a lot of films over Christmas in my family and my pick for the woman in your life has to be Safe Haven (£7.65 here).  It is the movie version of the Nicholas Sparks book loved by so many.  I think its one that men could enjoy too as it's not too soppy so it's a great one to watch together.
 
What are your Christmas gift ideas for girls this year?

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