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As much as I love Christmas few things make me happier than summer so when these Nude By Nature sets arrived as a Christmas gift idea I couldn’t wait to share them as they are inspired by my favourite season!

Nude By Nature is an award-winning Australian brand, which launched recently in the UK. It is the number one mineral makeup brand in Australia and they have some great gift kits with lots of ‘good for you’ makeup and tools.

Being an Australian brand they are very much inspired by the Australian landscape. The products are great to add a little Australian warmth to dark, wintery British days, which I find always helps my winter blues. They’re great products and tools to have going into 2017, are all cruelty-free and PETA Certified.

I have two of the gift sets the Wanderer 15-piece Brush Set and Follow The Sun Deluxe Illuminate Collection which I love equally!
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The Wanderer 15-piece Brush Set is a really beautiful, luxurious collection and a very reasonable £65. It has all the tools needed to create the perfect makeup look and is the most perfect present for any woman that wears makeup or eve as a cheeky gift for yourself. The Follow The Sun Deluxe Illuminate Collection is another really beautiful set, inside is a Sheer Light Illuminator, Sheer Light Pressed Illuminator, Touch of Glow Highlight Stick and a Deluxe Kabuki, all great to create a Christmas Glow- and free from any harmful ingredients!

If faking a glow isn’t enough then Nude By Nature also have a Wanderlust competition running! Inside all the Christmas kits is a chance to win a holiday to Australia for two, all you have to do is submit a photo or video to Instagram with the caption celebrating a moment that captures ‘where life has taken you’ this holiday season along with #wanderlustbynature #mebynature. The most creative photo/video and caption wins.

Nude By Nature is available in Debenhams, ASOS and Feel Unique.

*This is a sponsored post.

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I think I have finally finished my Christmas shopping and I am just after a couple of extra bits and stocking fillers but thought I would share some ideas I’ve had so far.

I’ve been very impressed by Superdrug’s Christmas Stocking offerings this year for both men and women, and actually looking at the photo above now, a lot of it did come from Superdrug. They have great makeup bags, pom poms, affordable MUA palettes, affordable bath bits from Sweet Snuggles and Zoella, as well as the Sweet Shop Jars which I have made my way through rather quickly.

Onto hand creams, I honestly think hand creams are Christmas essentials, most women use hand creams, they’re perfect for any age and affordable. They work as great stocking fillers or smaller gifts for people you don’t know too well. Patisserie de Bain have great affordable hand & body lotions but if you’re looking for something a little fancier, then the tinned hand creams are great. The Body Shop tin comes with a nail file or alternatively the Vintage & Co hand cream is affordable but a really good size.

Another great option that every girl needs are hair accessories, hair clips and hair ties. Kitsch do some really cute options but my whole family are loving Invisibobbles and they’re much cooler than normal boring old hair bands so I’ll definitely be throwing some in for them.

Other great affordable options are lip balms like the Dr. Lipp one, The Body Shop Body Butters and face masks such as the Starskin sheet masks- great for some post-Christmas pampering.

Then you have the obvious socks and chocolates, I personally like my stocking to always have a few useful/must have bits like socks as well as fun beauty bits.

What do you most look forward to finding in your stocking on Christmas day?

mens-giftsAdmittedly, this post is a little later than expected but I’m sure I can’t be the only one that hasn’t finished their Christmas shopping so I thought I’d still share! I always struggle when buying men gifts, most of my girl friends I know would love a new MAC lipstick or an Urban Decay Palette but what do you buy the boys?

I’m going to start by pointing out the blog post is pretty beauty heavy, head to the end of this post if the men in your life aren’t too into beauty as I have some more ideas.

One of my favourite brand for men is Neal’s Yard as I find most of their packaging to be very luxe and unisex, I love the navy glass bottles! The Men’s Everyday Essentials Gift Set has a moisturiser, body wash and face wash, all essential items men will actually use.

If you’re on a bit of a budget Next and The Body Shop have some great gifts. My boyfriend loves The Body Shop shaving items and uses them almost daily so they’re always something I pick up for him but there are also other great sets from them. If you’re looking for a skincare and fragrance set then Next have it covered. Although Next fragrances aren’t the most expensive I personally really like them and are often very reminiscent of other fragrances. This signature set comes with a shaving gel, fragrance, post-shaving moisturiser and a really lovely toiletry bag!

If the man you are buying for is quite into skincare, then Clinique have a few different options to choose from. The Clinique Great Skin for Him would probably be my top pick as I love the toiletry bag and it’s very reasonably priced too! If you’re looking to get him a facial brush then I can’t recommend the Clinique one enough, in my opinion, it’s the best value for money and the one I recommend every time someone asks.

I’m going to be doing a whole post on Christmas fragrance but I have picked out Aramis Voyager and Joop! Homme Sport. Aramis Voyager is a great spicy fragrance, it’s not too strong and a quite a safe bet, especially if you don’t know the man’s fragrance taste too well. Joop! Homme Sport is a great scent for a younger man going into spring especially if he’s a fan of the original Joop!

If you’re looking for secret santa or stocking filler ideas then I’d head to Superdrug, not only do they have affordable pamper sets like the Man’s Stuff one which is photographed above but they also have great novelty gifts. I’m going to pick some up myself for my boyfriend as they’re so inexpensive that you can’t go wrong!

If your dad/partner likes beer then I can’t recommend the Brew Barrel enough. My dad rarely gets excited about gifts but I gave him one for fathers day and he really liked it. I ended up helping him make it and he was surprised about just how good the beer was. They’re reasonably priced, you can pick the sort of beer they like and it’s really quick and east to make. I really regret not picking up a few more of these as I know so many men that would have really appreciated it!

If you’re still in need of idea’s I always find Urban Outfitters have a good gift section, I’m buying my Boyfriend a good coat this year (which I am yet to find) but have previously bought watches, scarves, Playstation Games and shoes which have all gone down quite well.

If you have any other ideas leave them down below and be sure to come back tomorrow for another gift guide.

With just 18 sleeps until Christmas I am trying to finish my Christmas shopping as quickly as I can but I’ve been struggling most with boys/men this year. I know what most of my friends would like as it’s usually makeup but I find shopping for men that little bit harder and since I’m probably not the only one I thought I would put together a mini-gift guide.

In terms of beauty I don’t have a huge selection this year but I really love the items I have picked. For fragrance this year I have picked Atkinsons 24 Old Bond Street, Atkinsons is a brand I have only really discovered recently but have fallen in love with! Its quite premium but you get a luxurious looking bottle and the scents also smell very premium. This scent is quite a fresh day time one but it’s worth looking at the other offering from Atkinsons from different scents to their body lotions.

My next beauty pick is from MONU, a brand I love but which I don’t hear too much about. The Monuskin for men Everyday Essential is a really great set for any man that love skincare as it has almost everything he would need; a body way, scrub, energy rub, age combat, eye gel and more! At £60 I think it’s a great deal as you get eight full size products, all housed in perfect box.

For a stocking filler this year I will be going for the Mandara Spa Men Essential Kit, at £5 it has a post-shave balm and lip butter, both a great size for any many that likes to travel as they fit perfectly into an overnight bag.

This Christmas I am on the quest for the perfect pair of Chelsea Boots for my boyfriend, with ASOS and Topman having great selections. Check these out if you’re looking for a smarter suede pair.

Then onto the classic socks. For a great novelty pair I love these Accessorize Father Christmas ones but alternatively go for a bight but more classic pair from HJ Socks 

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There are hundreds of candles on the market but they make a truly luxurious gift for almost anyone. I have so many at the moment that I thought I would talk you for my favourites to help you with your own Christmas wish list or your Christmas shopping.

Theres quite a few and I’m awful at describing scents so this will probably not be the greatest post… 
If you are looking to add a little sparkle to someones Christmas/life through a candle then I have two equally beautiful picks. Space NK Shimmering Spice is a great festive one with a blend of cinnamon, citrus and vanilla- perfect for a festive party.  100 Acres Sweet Orange, Cinnamon and Clove is another great one, made with 100& natural essential oils- the scent is my favourite for cosy winter nights in. 
If you’re on a budget fear not, as you will not be missing out. Sanctuary has a great range of candles but Yankee Candle would be my pick for inexpensive festive ones. There’s such a huge range that it’s almost to hard to pick; if you like sweet scents then Christmas Cupcake is perfect! If you want something a little more luxe than the Avon Winter Nights Candle has three wicks and is probably one of my favourite scents from all I’ve mentioned. 
Keeping with the orange theme Origins Feel Good Candle and La Montana Winter Oranges smell absolutely dreamy! Origins Feel Good Candle is out 7th December  and comes beautifully house in a recycled wine glass base, even more excitingly Origins will be planting a tree for every candle sold in partnership with Global ReLead. For an organic, natural, really relaxing candle then Lucy Annabella is the way to go, Niaouli & Lavender is my current favourite, especially great after a stressful December. If you’re looking for a more unisex candle or love Oud then you will love Van Cleef & Arpels Perfumed candles which is a really sexy, sophisticated scents!

But above all my two picks are Neom and Jo Malone, they’re my absolute favourites to give, receive and burn. Both brands do really special candles perfect for Christmas gifts!