Wednesday, 30 November 2016

How To Sort Out, Clear Out & Minimise Your Jewellery Collection & Update It Wisely

How To Sort Out & Minimise Your Jewellery Collection & Update It Wisely Image

Over the last couple of years, my taste in jewellery has really changed.  I used to like big and bold, statement jewellery but I found myself preferring smaller, less heavily detailed pieces in recent years.  I was wearing my Thomas Sabo bracelet most of the time with just a simple pair of studs in my ears and found that my two drawers full of jewellery weren't getting a look in.

For years, I'd hoarded jewellery and bought tonnes of it, thinking that I was building up this fantastic collection with a huge wardrobe of jewellery to choose from.  I'd go into Primark or New Look, especially when they had a sale on, and I'd spend so much money buying ALL of the jewellery pieces that I liked because they were ONLY £1 and such an amazing deal to be able to get them on sale.

Little did I know that years later I would suddenly come to the most obvious realisation; all of those £s add up.  And when you've bought as much as I have, the total is a hell of a lot.

This was my costume jewellery:

How To Sort Out & Minimise Your Jewellery Collection & Update It Wisely Image

It's a disgrace really when I look at it.

Unbelievably, I'm actually a person that likes and intends to be relatively organised so when I bought my bedroom furniture I also purchased some plastic cartons, the kind that Chinese takeaway comes in.  I got all of my jewellery out, sorted through it and then organised all of my pieces into each tub by colour; light pink, bright and neon pink, coral, deep pink, red, turquoise, yellow gold, champagne gold, the list goes on and on.

I had 16 tubs in these two drawers and they were FILLED to the brim.  I had that much stuff that I couldn't keep on top of it, let alone wear it and by the time I finally decided enough was enough, it was all a big mess.  As a blogger, I thought I'd been doing the right thing by keeping it all so that I had plenty of different pieces to choose from but in reality, I never wore the majority of it and my tastes and fashion had changed.

My longer lasting jewellery and real gold/silver was growing slowly and I was getting so much more use and enjoyment from it that I knew deep down that I had to sort this costume jewellery mess out.  So one evening, around about this time last year, I mustered some late night energy and started to get the drawers out.

I did one drawer and then the other and took it in turns, tipping the contents of each tub out, organising it into piles (I used the following categories; stud earrings, dangly earrings, bracelets, bangles, statement necklaces, dainty necklaces and rings) and then I moved on to deciding what to keep and what to get rid of.

How To Sort Out & Minimise Your Jewellery Collection & Update It Wisely Image

To work out if you should keep, chuck or re-home something, I'd recommend following these 4 steps:

  1. Is this item complete? Check for missing stones, broken gems, lose thread, tarnishing and single earrings. If no then CHUCK, if yes then move onto step 2.
  2. Have I worn this item in the last year AND will I wear it again in the next year? This seems like a broad consideration to make but I like to look at what I wear in terms of the time of year that I wore it because if I'm clearing out my jewellery in winter then I'll tend to feel differently about my pastel jewellery than I would do if I were looking at it in spring.  So if I'm looking at bright pieces like that hideous neon choker then I'll ask myself, 'did I wear this last summer?' and 'do I think the chances are high that I'll wear it again next summer?'  Costume jewellery is usually trend led, aside from classic pieces like a string of imitation pearls etc, so this should be an easy one to judge.  If you answered yes to both parts then move onto step 3.  If you answer no to either part then move onto step 4; I say that because unless its a brand new piece, if you bought it a year ago and haven't touched it since then STOP kidding yourself, you'll be in the same position next year.  Trust me.
  3. Is this a piece that I actually enjoy looking at and wearing?  Ultimately, it doesn't matter how many times you've worn it in the last year or how often you envisage wearing it in the next, if it doesn't make you happy when you see it or wear it then there is absolutely no point in keeping it.  Life is too short to be surrounded by things that you don't love and I've really started to live this philosophy in the last 18 months and even more so since the beginning of this year when I read Marie Kondo's book.
  4. Organise it, or give it a better home!  If you answered yes to step 3 then that's the point at which you've decided to keep the item and you can go ahead and organise it in whichever way you like.  In fact, I'm going to do a post on my set up soon to share the way that I organise my jewellery.  However if you answered no to the above then you're onto the stage where you re-home your unwanted jewellery.
  5. Sell, gift or donate; the choice is yours!  While I give regularly to charities, I think its important to not feel pressured into this as your only option when rehoming your things.  There's lots of options out there and I'd suggest considering them all alongside your current circumstances to be able to ascertain what is right for you:
    • Sell or auction- I find that individual pieces of used costume jewellery are really hard to sell on sites like Ebay and Depop, unless they're a designer item.  You could give them a try or group some complimentry pieces together and list them as a bundle.  An alternative to these big websites would be to find a Facebook selling group in your area on Facebook.  There are tonnes of them that are all made up of members of the local community, and people will buy almost ANYTHING on them.  This works best if you really just want to get rid of the items for a small amount of money that you can put towards something else such as your smaller bills for the month, your food shop or a trip to the pictures.  Don't be expecting mega bucks, depending on what you have to sell, but you'll be helping out someone else in your community who may have been looking for something just like that particular item or who may only have the funds to buy second hand.  Another option would be to collect your unwanted jewellery along with anything else you don't want to keep in your home and do a jumble sale.  I did one earlier in the year and raise £300!
    • Gift- The next option is to gift the item to someone else.  You'll need to really check out the condition of the item but if its in usable condition and you know someone who'd like it, then consider asking if they'd like it.  When I cleared out my jewellery, I had lots of pieces that I knew my friend would like so when she next came round, I gave her a bag to go through and pick out what she wanted.  There was plenty of pieces that she wanted for herself as well as a few bits for her daughter to play dress up with.  The rest of the items, I donated.
    • Donate- If you don't need or want to sell the items or give them to a friend then please don't chuck them way if there's life left in them.  Donate to any number of the hardworking charity shops around so that they can sell them on to gain more money to benefit the charity.  Choose one thats close to your heart; I tend to pick cancer charities.
River Island Black Wrap Bow Choker Image

Once you've got rid of the excess and organised everything, give yourself time to see if the pieces that you've kept are definitely what you want and reduce your stash further if needs be.  I'd recommend not buying anything new for many months, unless you need a specific item to wear that night etc, so that you can really use and enjoy what you have now.

If anything breaks, becomes tarnished or is no longer making you feel happy when you're wearing it then follow the steps above.  This is so crucial to keeping on top of your jewellery collection and making sure that you're using and enjoying all of the things that you own.

I found that by October this year, I was starting to become bored of the jewellery that I had.  After my first cull, I'd reduced my stash down from two drawers to one with 8 tubs instead of 16 but as fashions, and my tastes in particular, had changed, I found that I wasn't wearing quite a few of the pieces that I had in my collection and I really needed to repeat the process above, then update my collection.

I bought a few bangles from StudioB, before heading to River Island for some on trend, fast fashion pieces.  If you're looking for costume jewellery then this is the place to go to as it has lots of the latest styles in different colours and the prices aren't too over the top for what they are.

River Island jewellery doesn't last forever but if you choose wisely by buying trend led pieces such as this River Island Black Wrap Bow Choker, then you'll be able to save more money that you could put towards more classic pieces that you'll definitely be able to wear for years to come.  You'll be getting a good quality item that will last you a good few seasons while the trend is around but if it becomes damaged after then, its not so much of a hardship than if you'd spent ten times the price on it!

This bow choker is absolutely gorgeous, great quality as it holds its shape and it is the exact trend that I was looking for.  I bought it from the plus size section and its VERY generously sized; I definitely could have ordered the standard size.

River Island Rose gold chain choker Image

At the beginning of October, my hubby surprised me with a Pandora Rose Hearts of Pandora necklace which sits quite high on my chest.  Its an absolutely beautiful piece that would be ideal for day or night wear for years to come.

I picked out the River Island Rose gold chain choker (similar) necklace to wear with it if I'd like to switch up the look.  The necklace sits high up on my chest while the choker sits higher on my neck for an edgier, layered look.  The two together are especially beautiful.

rose gold statement choker image

rose gold statement choker image

rose gold statement choker image

There was definitely a gap in my current jewellery collection for a statement necklace that could transform an number of outfits but I didn't want something too heavy, big or bulky.  The rose gold statement choker fit the bill perfectly.  It has the most beautiful sparkle to it but its not too in your face and it goes with so many different outfits.  They have it in a couple of different colour ways too; a pearl and gemstone version and a black version.

River Island rose gold tone bracelet Image

I didn't have any rose gold bracelets, aside from one very fine one, that I could pair up with other items.  When I spotted the rose gold tone bracelet, I snapped it up because it'll be great for layering with some of my silver bracelets that are of a similar style.  It isn't very lose on my so if you do have larger wrists, I'd suggest giving this one a miss.

rose gold jewel encrusted hoops Image

Years ago now, I bought a silver and a gold pair of diamante hoops just like these from Mikey at House of Fraser.  I wore them to death and when I was looking at my current jewellery pieces most recently, I saw that the silver one had tarnished and the gold had some stones missing.  It was time to update!

I saw the rose gold jewel encrusted hoops on the River Island website and thought that they were just what I was looking for; they're not too big, the shade of the rose gold is beautiful and the crystals add a gorgeous hint of sparkle.

River Island Silver Tone Crystal Stud Earrings Katie Price Style Image

The last piece of jewellery that I updated my collection with were the River Island Silver Tone Crystal Stud Earrings.  I'd seen this style worn on Katie Price YEARS ago and I always wanted a pair as I loved how elegant and sparkly they are.  These highstreet dupes were the most fabulous find as they embody this classic style perfectly yet they're a tiny fraction of the price that real diamonds would cost.  Plus, I don't have to be too frightened about losing these ones!

Although I've referred to it as a jewellery collection update, I'm really trying to think of my stash as a jewellery selection as collection implies to me that I need to keep on collecting and amassing far more items than I actually need.

Since clearing out my jewellery collection, I now have a selection of really gorgeous pieces that I wear so frequently.  They mix and match well with my existing jewellery and I'm happy with how every single pieces looks when I wear them.

I'm no longer going on mad sprees, buying 7 pairs of earrings at a time just because they're all on sale and I like them all; I've really tried to hone my skills so that I'm able to decide which one I actually want rather than buying everything that I see!  I also buy what I need rather than want.  If I saw another black choker that I liked at the moment, I wouldn't buy it because I've got more than enough already and only 1 neck to wear them on!

I feel so much better for it and if you're a jewellery hoarder like myself, then I'd urge you to do the same!


When was the last time you cleared out your jewellery collection?  How do you decide what to keep and what to get rid of?  What new jewellery pieces have you added to your selection recently?

Friday, 25 November 2016

The ULTIMATE Guide To The Black Friday Weekend Sales & Discount Codes

The ULTIMATE Guide To The Black Friday Weekend Sales & Discount Codes Image

Last year, I put together a post with all of the best Black Friday deals and it got such a great response that I'm doing it all again this year.  I've scoured the internet finding out where all of the biggest Black Friday weekend discounts are and any voucher codes that you can use to get even more money off your purchases.

Each retailer is linked below along with the applicable discount and the country codes where the sale applies (UK= United Kingdom, JP=Japan, etc).

If you're looking to invest in designer fashion then now is the time as theres some AMAZING discounts this year.  Electricals, as ALWAYS are fantastic and i've linked directly to some of my favourites below.  This year, I'm buying homeware as I'm due to buy a house next year and need to get stocked up on the essentials.  I'm looking to buy quality and so I've treated myself to a Le Creuset 5 Piece Starter Set which was an absolute STEAL at £99 down from £218.  My aunty had hers from when she got married 35 years ago so they certainly last and are worth the investment.

Anyway, enough from me, lets get into the deals...


House of Fraser: up to 50% OFF (worldwide)
John Lewis: best place for electricals, offering price match
Marks and Spencer: up to 50% off selected lines for Gifting Weekend (beauty, lingerie, sleepwear, home, toys, books)
Selfridges: 20% OFF Christmas shopping, 10% OFF beauty, fragrances, watches, wines and toys, both using discount code SELFCCE

The White Company: 20% OFF (UK) candles and fragrance using code AP380 and 30% OFF (US) candles and fragrance
West Elm: up to 60% OFF site wide (UK)
YOOX: 20% OFF worldwide

Aveda: 15% OFF first order (UK) using code WELCOME15
Caudalie: 15% OFF all orders with code GREEN15, 20% OFF overs of over £100 using code GREEN20 (UK)
Charlotte Tilbury: EXCLUSIVE deals this weekend!
Cult 51 have 51 of their 50ml Night Creams for £51 (normally £125), from 25th November while stocks last
Elemental Herbology 20% OFF until 28th Nov
Feel Unique: different deals EVERYDAY!
Foreo 25% OFF their site (excluding Christmas sets and LUNA play) until 28th Nov
Look Fantastic: 18% OFF (worldwide) using code RUSH
Sanctuary Spa Make A Wish: gift set for £23 (normally £45), ends 30th Nov
SkinCeuticals 33% OFF until 25th Nov
SkinCeuticals Double Defence Eye Kit £46.90 (normally £70)
SkinCeuticals Blemish Control System £83.72 (normally £124.95)
SkinCeuticals Age Defying Eye Care System £98.49 (normally £147)
The Body Shop: 40% OFF using code 19805


ASOS Curve: 20% OFF using code GOGOGO
Boohoo PLUS: up to 50% OFF and FREE delivery
Dorothy Perkins Curve: up to 50% OFF and FREE delivery on orders over £40
Evans: up to 50% OFF EVERYTHING plus FREE delivery on orders over £50

Navabi: 25% OFF more than 1000 plus size black dresses, coats, tops, knitwear and skirts
New Look Curves: up to 50% OFF
Simply Be: up to 50% OFF
Yours Clothing: up to 50% OFF, plus an EXTRA 10% OFF sale items and FREE delivery or FREE click and collect, both using code BLACK

& Other Stories: 50% off selected lines between 25th-27th Nov
All Saints: 30% OFF EVERYTHING using code CYBER
Ann Taylor: 50% OFF EVERYTHING using code CELEBRATE
Anthropologie: 20% OFF EVERYTHING using code GIFT
ASOS: 20% OFF EVERYTHING (UK, worldwide except US) using code GOGOGO, 30% OFF ASOS for US customers using code THANKFUL30
Avenue 32: 30% OFF site wide, excluding sale and pre spring 17
Bergdorf Goodman: up to 40% OFF mens and womens designer sale
Birchbox: EVERYTHING is on sale, starting at 10% OFF
Boden: 30% OFF plus FREE delivery and returns using code F6P8

Boohoo: UK up to 50% OFF EVERYTHING and FREE delivery, FR/DE/NL up to 70% off, Scandi/Spain/Italy up to 60% OFF with code BLACK60
Burberry: FREE monogramming and FREE next day delivery
Cheap Monday: 10% off on sign up, plus FREE delivery and returns
Chicwish: EXTRA 20% off the annual sale using code THX20
Dorothy Perkins: up to 50% OFF and FREE delivery on orders over £40
Forzieri: VIP 25% OFF orders of $325 or more using code BSTYLE25, VIP 30% OFF orders of $500 or more using code BSTYLE30 (worldwide)
Francesca's: 30% OFF EVERYTHING, 40% OFF boots
Hush: 25% OFF selected styles plus extra treats daily!
J Crew: get 20% OFF UK using code GETSHOPPING, get 40% OFF using code HOLIDAY
J Crew Factory: get 50-60% OFF
Last Call (Nieman Marcus): EXTRA 40% to 80% OFF EVERYTHING
LK Bennett: get 20% OFF in the UK across the site using code BLACK20, get 30% OFF sitewide in the US using code SAVE30
Lord & Taylor: EXTRA 50% OFF, up to 80% OFF womens apparel and up to 65% OFF mens and kids

Luisaviaroma: EU & JP 30% OFF using code BFRW30, USA, Canada, Australia, Africa and Asia 20% OFF using code BFRE20 (Ts & Cs apply), plus FREE express shipping and returns
Macy's: EXTRA 20% OFF using promo code THANKS (10% for some departments)
Matches Fashion: up to 50% OFF from Nov 25th
Missguided: 30% OFF dresses with code HOTAF, 35% student discount
Modcloth: 20% OFF EVERYTHING using code FRIDAY20, 30% OFF $100+ orders using code FRIDAY30, 40% OFF $200+ orders using code FRIDAY40
Monica Vinader: 30% OFF after signing up (worldwide)
Mr Porter: 30% OFF selected styles worldwide

MyTheresa: 30% OFF all sale itmes
NA-KD: 25% OFF full priced items using code BLACKWEEKEND
Net-A-Porter: Designer discounts!
New Look: up to 50% OFF
Nieman Marcus: up to 40% OFF selected lines
Nike: EXTRA 30% OFF sale using code XMAS16 (worldwide)
Nordstrom: EXTRA 20% OFF until 27th Nov, most savings on Cyber Monday
Office: 20% OFF plus FREE UK delivery using code WONDER
Pretty Little Thing: up to 50% OFF the site for 1 day only (24th Nov) then 22% OFF worldwide with code CYBER22
Public Desire: 30% OFF EVERYTHING (excluding sale) on Black Friday
Revolve: up to 50% OFF
Rebecca Taylor: get 25% OFF using code CELEBRATE

River Island: Up to 50% off 50+ styles
Saks Fifth Avenue: up to 40% OFF designer sale
Shein: 40% OFF (worldwide) on spends over $55 using code VC40, 45% OFF when spending more than $105 using code VC45
ShopBop: 15% OFF orders over $200, 20% OFF orders over $500, 25% OFF orders over $800 using code GOBIG16
Sweaty Betty: get 20% OFF EVERYTHING using code BLACK20
Talbots: 50% OFF 1 item until noon Friday, plus 40% OFF entire purchase until Friday Midnight
Temperley: 25% OFF with code BLACKFRIDAY
The Outnet: 10% OFF full priced items on Black Friday only
Tommy Hilfiger: 20% off selected items for the UK plus more discounts on respective sites worldwide

TopShop: up to 50% OFF (worldwide) with FREE standard delivery until 28th Nov
Tory Burch: 30% OFF using code THANKS
Urban Outfitters: up to 50% OFF
WoolOvers: 20% OFF everything (US and UK) using code BLKFRI until 28th Nov (excludes multibuys)

Whatever you buy this Black Friday and Cyber Monday, make sure its what you really want.  Don't waste money just because something is cheap.  Go in with a clear mind of what you're looking for and try to get it at the best price.

If you need any guidance, check out my top 10 tips on how to be a savvy shopper.

Happy Shopping!

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Best Places For Beauty Christmas Shopping on the High Street with The Bridges, Sunderland

Best Places For Beauty Christmas Shopping on the High Street with The Bridges, Sunderland

While shopping online is my favourite way to make my purchases, at Christmas time, I love to venture into town for a spot of Christmas shopping.  There's just something about the festive spirit in store that cannot be recreated when shopping at home.

Maybe its the beautiful decorations, the twinkling lights or Mariah Carey's All I Want For Christmas Is You song playing on loop.  Either way, I love it and always take a little time out of my schedule for a wander around the shops.  Late night shopping makes this even easier and I'm lucky in that all of the shopping centres near me are extending their opening hours, ready for the big man coming.

I recently visited The Bridges Shopping Centre in Sunderland to discover the beauty treats that they have in store for shoppers this Christmas.  Shopping for beauty in store rather than online definitely has its advantages as you can see and feel the products before buying them so you're not going to get any surprises compared ordering online.  Its so much easier to check the shade of a beauty product and to see how large or small items are, plus you can pick the brains of the store staff to get recommendations for that family member who is always so hard to buy for!

The Bridges has some fantastic places to shop for beauty treats this Christmas and I've compiled a list of the best places to go and what to look out for when you're there.


Debenhams in The Bridges Sunderland Christmas Gifts 2016

If you're looking for higher end beauty then the best place to head to in The Bridges is Debenhams department store.  As well as a huge perfume department, they have lots of counters with so many of my favourite brands from YSL and Clarins to Benefit and Urban Decay, each with knowledgable staff on hand to make Christmas shopping a doddle.

Debenhams Estee Lauder in The Bridges Sunderland Christmas Gifts 2016

One of my favourite counters has to be Estée Lauder.  They're offering skincare consultations to make sure you're using the best products for your skin at this time of the year as well as mini makeovers targeted at specific areas of the face.  Struggle with creating a smokey eye ready for your Christmas party?  Book in!

For me, Christmas is a time that many people like to stock up on their higher end beauty faves and Estée Lauder is definitely the place to do that at.  I'd recommend their skincare the most as they have some products that are a fail safe bet.

Debenhams Estee Lauder in The Bridges Sunderland Christmas Gifts 2016

The Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair serum is suitable for all skin types and has been a firm favourite worldwide for YEARS.  I've used the serum and ANR eye for many years and can attest to how amazing they are.  I'd highly recommend picking up one of their gift sets for someone who you really want to spoil this Christmas as they're a great way for someone to try out lots of new products from the brand.  If you already know that they love ANR then treat them to a large bottle, to give them great skin everyday for the year ahead.

For me, I'll be popping a pot of the Advanced Night Repair Intensive Recovery Ampoules on the top of my Christmas wishlist.  These are an intense hit of ANR that you can use weekly or as needed for an added boost.  I've been trying out some samples that Laura on the counter gave me and they work amazingly well.

I love it when counters have such knowledgeable staff like Laura as they give you so much confidence when shopping.  If you know what the person you're buying for likes already, head to the counter and the representative will help you to pick out that item or complimentry products and if you don't know what they already use then there's always products that are a hit with most people from each brand which are a pretty safe bet.

Debenhams Estee Lauder in The Bridges Sunderland Christmas Gifts 2016

Estée Lauder have a fabulous range of makeup products too.  Unless you know precisely what shade to buy for base products, I'd stay clear of those and instead treat someone to a colour product.  Take along a photo of the person you're buying for or let one of the sales assistants on the counter know what colour eyes and hair they have and they'll be able to recommend shades that should suit them.

Debenhams Estee Lauder in The Bridges Sunderland Christmas Gifts 2016

If you're REALLY wanting to spoil someone this Christmas, then take a look at The Makeup Artist Collection which is a steal at £58 (£340 value!!) with the purchase of any fragrance.

Debenhams are also fantastic for none beauty gifts too.  I buy my Dad his slippers, PJs and dressing gown from here every year and they always go down a treat.  Their alcohol themed gifts are great too; I've picked up a couple for one of my best friends and her husband and I just know she'll find hers Instagram worthy.

Kiko Milano

Kiko Milano in The Bridges Sunderland Christmas Gifts 2016

If you're looking for makeup that feels high end but is actually at a really affordable price point then you'll want to be heading to Kiko.

There are loads of Kiko reviews on my blog as I've been using their products for years but they've just opened a store in Sunderland.  I can't tell you how great it is to be able to go into store to swatch products and try them out before I buy them!

Kiko Milano in The Bridges Sunderland Christmas Gifts 2016

I'll have a full post on my top picks from Kiko coming up soon but your best bet for shopping is to go in store with an idea of a look that you'd like to create and then shop for that look.

Kiko Milano in The Bridges Sunderland Christmas Gifts 2016

A few eyeshadows and a lipstick for a friend who loves nudes and a brown smokey eye, packaged in a gift box from Clintons would make a really lovely gift without breaking the bank.

Kiko Milano in The Bridges Sunderland Christmas Gifts 2016

Kiko even offer complimentry makeovers in store if you'd like to try something out for yourself, perhaps before a Christmas party!


Boots in The Bridges Sunderland Christmas Gifts 2016

Alternatively, if you're looking for a store thats going to give you the best of both worlds, then check out Boots.  Although their range of higher end beauty counters is limited in the Sunderland store, what they do have is good and their huge selection of the best drugstore brands certainly make up for it.

Boots The Emporium in The Bridges Sunderland Christmas Gifts 2016

Boots The Emporium in The Bridges Sunderland Christmas Gifts 2016

Boots The Emporium in The Bridges Sunderland Christmas Gifts 2016

Head upstairs to the Boots Emporium as that's where the magic really is.  Here you'll find customisable eye and blush palettes that you can put together yourself by selecting the shades you love from the vast selection on offer.  Better still, you can have the palette engraved with a message of your choice which would transform a great gift into a fabulous one.

Boots The Emporium in The Bridges Sunderland Christmas Gifts 2016

You simply cannot go wrong with a personalised beauty present and Boots have so many different options to choose from; they're even popping names onto makeup brushes!

The Body Shop

The Body Shop in The Bridges Sunderland Christmas Gifts 2016

For as long as I can remember, The Body Shop has been a firm favourite in our household for Christmas gifts.

Every year they pull out all the stops with a great range of gifts in gorgeous packaging to suit all budgets.

The Body Shop in The Bridges Sunderland Christmas Gifts 2016

If you're looking for stocking fillers or Secret Santa gifts then check these out and for a gift that'll wow, then check out the Spiced Apple Festive Tin.  The packaging alone is so eye catching and would make a great storage pot, plus the products inside smell absolutely incredible!

The Body Shop in The Bridges Sunderland Christmas Gifts 2016

For the person who you really want to spoil, the Spa of the World Luxurious Body Collection is my top recommendation.  It contains the most luxe feeling products they'll be feeling like they're in a top spa right from the comfort of their own home.


Lush in The Bridges Sunderland Christmas Gifts 2016

The final place I'd recommend for beauty in The Bridges has to be Lush.  We have a tradition in our house that on Christmas Eve, we each have a bath with a Lush bath bomb.  We always go into Lush just before Christmas and pick out one for one another.  Lush staff are always so knowledgeable and eager to recommend their limited edition creations and because everything is laid out in front of you, you can smell it and often see a demonstration to see if you'll really like it before you buy.

Lush in The Bridges Sunderland Christmas Gifts 2016

I love the Lush gift sets that are out this year.  When I worked in an office, I used to buy one of their smaller gift sets like this one as a Secret Santa present; they're under a tenner and you get a substantial, beautifully wrapped present for your money.  The gift sets that are top of my list this year though are the Santa's Little Helper gift set which contains a bath bomb, bubble bar, fun and shower jelly and the Snow Fairy gift set which contains four sweet smelling goodies.

Lush in The Bridges Sunderland Christmas Gifts 2016

With so many gorgeous gifts to choose from, you'll be spoilt for choice on the highstreet this year.

If you're in the Sunderland area, head to The Bridges for late night shopping as its a lot quieter than at the weekend.  They're open until 8pm on Thursdays at the moment and from 12th December, they'll be open from 9am to 8pm Monday to Friday, Saturday from 9am to 5.30pm and on Sunday from 11am to 5pm, with FREE parking between 5.30pm and 9pm.

What is top of your beauty wishlist this Christmas?  What beauty gifts will you be picking up for your friends and family?
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