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If you follow me on YouTube or Instagram you may have seen that I have been a little Beauty Advent Calendar mad over the last few weeks. It seems every beauty brand has an advent calendar out this year and although I think they are fab, they are getting a little repetitive, especially if you’re getting the same brand as last year.
Which is why I have put together a little edit of my favourite non-beauty calendars for anyone looking for something a little different or taking a break from the beauty calendars this year…
If you want to keep it traditional with a chocolate calendar then the Quality Street one has really caught my eye and I have one in my living room, patiently waiting for December. I think most Chocolate advent calendars are great but I think Quality Street is a real classic at Christmas time, plus it’s only £3 (in Tesco) which is a real steal!
If you’re looking for a fancier chocolate calendar then the Milk Chocolate Advent Calendar from Hotel Chocolat is the one I’d opt for. I love Hotel Chocolat and I’m sure it’ll will be a dreamy experience every day but it’s still affordable.
For under £15 you can pick up a Mantel Positivity Advent Calendar which is made up of gratitude, motivation, knowledge, kindness and wellness doors. I think a little extra wellness is always great in December but I also love that this is quite a small calendar, making it great for the person that already has everything.
If I’m honest popcorn didn’t really excite me until I tried Joe & Sephs. Their whole range is delicious (perfect stocking filler!) but their Popcorn bites are out of this world! Sadly I don’t think there are any popcorn bites in the Joe & Sephs Advent Calendar but there are 24 popcorn pouches in 12 different flavours, which all sound delicious and are all gluten free!
Although I did include the Yankee Candle Calendar in my beauty advent calendar videos it’s very much a home fragrance calendar. If you are a Yankee Candle fan then this is a calendar not to be missed. It has 25 tea light candles and a tea light holder, with eight different scents and is under £25!
Most of us drink tea all year round but in the winter, especially at Christmas time, I’m always on the hunt for new and exciting flavours. Whittards has the perfect 24 door tea calendar at a very affordable £25. They also have a luxury calendar with over 90 teabags and a hot chocolate calendar for those who don’t love tea.
Although quite pricey and slightly novelty, the Happy Socks Sock Advent Calendar is great! This one is aimed more at men but to be honest, I’d be very happy with these 12 pairs of fun socks to wear in 2020!
There are lots of different alcohol advent calendars out at the moment, everything from Prosecco to beer and ranging in price too. For under £50 Aldi have a 24 day calendar filled with 24 bottles of white, rose, red and sparkling wine. But if Gin is more you’re thing then Fever Tree have the Ultimate Gin Calendar for £60, with 12 gins and 12 tonics.
What advent calendar will you be buying this year?
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Happy Friday! Happy Black Friday! & Happy Thanks Giving if you celebrated yesterday!
It’s time for my yearly round up of Black Friday deals but this year I want to encourage you to get a good deal but only on items you actually need. It’s a great time to get a good deal on your Christmas presents but remember that if the company tempts you in to buy something you don’t need the only person getting a good deal is them. Buy only what you need and only within your means.
I don’t have a super cleaver way to organise this so I’ve listed all the shops in alphabetical order but toward the end of this blog post products which are on offer.
I’ll be updating every few hours with more deals/retailers so be sure to check back!
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& Other Stories | 20% off everything with code: FRIDAYNOIR
All Saints | 30% off everything
Amazon | Deals changing daily/regularly
Aspinal of London | 15% off with code: GIFT15
ASOS | 20% off everything with code: HELLO20
Astrid & Miyu | 25% off everything (exclusions apply)
Azurina | 30% off with code: BLACKFRIDAYVIP
Boohoo | Up to 50% off everything code: GOGOGO
Debenhams | Up to half price on selected lines
Dorothy Perkins | Up to 50% off (Online exclusive)
Dune | Up to 20% off everything
FeelUnique | Up to 33% off
French Connection | Up to 50% off selected lines
GAP | 40% off full price and 25% off sale with code: BFGAP
GHD | Up to 30% off
H&M | 20% off everything and FREE delivery
John Lewis | Apple/Samsung offers | 20% off Ugg & Mulberry
Karen Millen | 25% off everything online & in store
Kurt Geiger | 20% off and daily offers of 50%
La Redoute | 40% off everything with code: BLACKFRIDAY
Links of London | 20% off
Look Fantastic | Save up to 25% with code: BF25
M&S | Some deals on Partywear, Furniture and Gifts
Mango | 30% off everything with code: BLACK18
Matalan | Up to 50% off
Missguided | Up to 50% off everything
Monica Vinader | 30% off everything with 50% off Flash Sales
Nasty Gal | 50% off everything
New Look | Up to 50% off selected items
Net-a-Porter | 25% off items marked ‘Season Pick | Must sign up/ sign in
Oasis | 25% off everything (above outfit is all OASIS)
Office | 20% off with code: GLITTER
River Island | 20% off everything when you spend £75
Selfridges | Up to 20% off site wide with code: SELFCCE
Stradivarius | 20% off everything
Topshop | up to 50% off everything
Weekday | 25% off Womens jeans & favourites
Whistles | 30% off everything
The White Company | 20% off almost everything with code: WHITE20
ZARA | 20% off selected lines in store & online
Advent calendars are often a great deal but an even better deal when bought on Black Friday- below are some that are still available.
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Happy Wednesday everyone! I hope you’re weeks are all going well
Before the weekend rolls along I wanted to make sure I shared a little gift guide with you all for Father’s Day as it’s rare I get to talk about Men’s products and it’s a nice excuse. Here in the UK Father’s Day is this Sunday so there are just a few more days to pick up your gifts.
Fragrance is such a stable gift, especially if you know the persons favourite/taste quite well. Paco Rabanne 1 Million remains a best seller but if you want something slightly different then there is the new 1 Million Lucky which is a slightly sweeter version of the original and marks 10 years since the launch of the classic 1 Million. One which my boyfriend wears and which I love is Paco Rabano Invictus and this year they have launched Invictus Aqua which is a fresher take on the original and which is perfect for summer! As I’ve spoken about before Jean Paul Gaultier Le Male Eau Fraiche do a yearly limited edition fragrance, this year the collaboration is with Parisian Graffiti Artist Andre Saraiva. The fun bottle shows ‘Mr A.’ Showing off his muscles! However, if you’re looking for a gift set over a single fragrance then check out this set from L’occitane Aromatic Collection, it has a shower gel, fragrance and deodorant and is perfect for a more traditional man with warm masculine notes.
If you’re buying for someone that likes to travel then I think a suitcase is a great option. I have a few nicer suitcases which I love and really makes packing a little more enjoyable. My most recent one is from American Tourister and they have some many different size, style and colour options, you’ll really be able to find the best one for your Father or Partner. Cristiano Ronaldo even has a range with them so if they’re a football fan then I think that one is a great option, who doesn’t want to travel like Ronaldo?
Everyone needs a great toothbrush but they’re often a little on the pricier side which is why I think they make great gifts, the Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Deep Clean is a really sleek luxurious one which is also their best whitening toothbrush.
Head to toe grooming is definitely on the rise with men so there are a two face, body and hair grooming kits which are both great! The Philips Advance Styling & Precision kit and the Braun Multi Grooming Kit for men- they both come with everything from nose hair trimers to precision chasers to combs to groom your hair.
The next three items are bits which would be great for a man that likes to take care of himself a little more than most men I know (which is great!) For skincare lovers I have two affordable but luxurious items the Peter Thomas Roth Irish Moor MUD Purifying Cleansing Gel and the Fresh Umbrian Clay Purifying Mask which are both perfect for mens skin! Finally for any man that likes a little tan then the James Read For Men Hydra Tan Mist is perfect for the summer months!
And that the end of my men’s gift guide, what will you be buying your other half/Father this Father’s Day?
Here’s my stupidly last minute gift guide. I hope most of you have finished your Christmas shopping but if not here are some final ideas for any beauty lover, which you will now have to buy in store as it’s Christmas Eve tomorrow.
Also, if you’ve finished all your Christmas shopping (well done!), it’s also a great list for items to watch out for in the sale- often gift sets are discounted and you can bag a real bargain.
I have some great picks for makeup lovers and all of these are very much staying in my own makeup collection and won’t be gifted because they’re just too good! My number one pick is this Charlotte Tilbury Lip Achieve, I love Charlotte Tilbury as a Christmas gift and I think any makeup lover would love to see this under their tree! It contains three very wearable shades and for £60 it’s a little pricey but a real treat! Another beautiful set is this one from Laura Geller, which is a fabulous brand which I really want to explore more next year and this set has some of their hero products which will add a sparkle to the festive period.
I think palettes make great gifts so I’ve picked four; Too Faced Pretty Little Planner- which is just the absolute cutest, Benefit Complexionista Face Palette for anyone looking to master their base in the new year, Chantecaille L’Arbre Illuminé Palette the most beautiful luxury blush palette and Smashbox Create & Transform Eye, Lip & Face Palette for all their makeup needs!
Home fragrance may not be the most personal gift but it’s an easy gift which works for couples as well as for those people you’re really struggling to buy from. Jo Malone is always a stunning gift, these Molton Brown reed diffusers are a great pick as is this new Elemis Soothing Glow Candle.
For anyone after a little relaxation after a busy year I have some fabulous picks! There are two sleep sets with Sleep Sprays which I love equally; This Works Sleep Set and Neal’s Yard Beauty Sleep Bed Time Collection- both amazing! I also spotted this Silk Slip Sleep Mask which is a lovely luxurious sleep related gift for anyone of any age.
I love a bit of Philosphy at Christmas time and I can’t wait for this evenings bath where I’ll definitely be using this Christmas Cookie Shower Gel which would also make a great gift! Alternaticely for a bigger gift this Philosophy Pure Grace Body And Fragrance Gift Set smells amazing!
I love gifting skincare and usually pick the brand which I know the person really loves. My top pick would be this Charlotte Tilbury The Gift of Goddess Skin Travel Kit as it’s a luxury gift made more affordable as it’s a travel set. It’s great for anyone that wants to trail Charlotte Tilbury Skincare or some that does travel a lot. Another two great kits are the Elemis Brilliantly Beautiful Set and the Liz Earle Route to Radiance set which has a great selection of products.
Fragrance is a great but tricky gift to give and I would try to stick to something I already know the person loves or something similar which is why sets are great. You can get them something they already love with an extra body cream too such as the DKNY Nectar Set or Nina Ricci Luna set. Equally special edition or new variations of fragrances are nice alternatives such as Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Limited Edition or Juicy Couture Glace if you know they like the originals. However if you’re looking for something new my current favourite is Glossier, Glossier you- I’ve been getting so many compliments on it and I love it!
Really hope that was helpful for any of you last minute shoppers and more importantly I really hope you all have an amazing Christmas.
And I’ll be back Boxing Day with the best Boxing Day sales!