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.

It still surprises me how early on in the year Beauty Advent Calendars are released and how quickly they sell out. I made a whole video about them in October but if that was a little too early for you I thought I would recap on the ones which are still available.

Ciate London Mini Mani Month- HERE
Perfect for any nail polish lover, it’s one of the original beauty advent calendars. It’s filled with eighteen mini paint pot polishes and even includes some exclusive shades, perfect to add a pop of colour to your December.

Sanctuary The Let Go Days Of Christmas HERE
I can’t believe how affordable this one is and if you don’t want to stretch to the average £50+ for a beauty advent calendar then this one is fab. I love the mixture of items behind the doors; everything from body cream to cookie cutters.

NYX Professional Makeup Advent Calendar- HERE
I’ll admit I was a little disappointed by this one as you only get eyeshadows and Soft Matte Lip Creams. I’m not too excited about the eyeshadows but actually, can’t wait to start wearing the Lip Creams as there are lots of different shades for me to try. They’re also adorable makeup minis, which makes everything better.

The Body Shop Beauty Advent Calendars – HERE
This year The Body Shop has three different Advent Calendar offerings, ranging in price. They’re great for anyone that prefers bath & body to makeup but still wants a little makeup. I’m also a huge fan of the boxes instead of the doors as it keeps the box looking nice all the way until Christmas. I had this one last year and I loved it, lots of fab minis which I ended up saving for travel. Little tip: you are supposed to turn the boxes around once you’ve opened them to reveal an image/message at Christmas.

ASOS Beauty Extras Calendar- HERE
Not the most festive packaging but really blogger-esque with the marble print packaging. The brands inside are great and it’s at a good price point too. Inside you can find Philosophy, Elemis, Nuxe and more!

NUXE 10 Beauty Treasures- HERE
A little smaller than the other calendars as it only has 10 doors but it’s a must-have for anyone looking for a beautiful but paraben-free, eco-friendly calendar.

Tanya Burr 12 Days of Christmas- HERE
My younger cousin actually got this one recently and is so excited! It’s a great one for any younger teenage girls and it’s far more affordable than most especially as it’s currently Superdrug’s star buy at only £12! Inside there are nail polishes, lip glosses and glitter pots- great for someone starting off in makeup.

M&S Beauty & Advent Calendar- HERE
Saving the best until last, you might have to do a little hunting around for this one but the website suggests that they’re still available and that they’ll be getting more online. The M&S advent calendar has to be my pick of the lot! It fairly affordable at £35 (with a £35 spend), is a great fun design and most importantly has some great brands and products!

Before I get carried away with red and gold glitter nails for the Christmas period I thought I would share what I currently have on my nails. It’s always great to see bloggers releasing products so I was very excited to see Estee Lalonde’s (previously Essie Button) collaboration with The Body Shop.

They are releasing the Estee Lalonde Nail Art Kit, which comes with three nail colours and a nail art pen. The three nail shades included are Got The Blues, Deeply in Love and Gorgeous Grey- all perfectly picked as they are great all year round colours. The most autumnal shade is probably the Deeply in Love shade which is the one I went for. It has a great brush, dried quickly and applied evenly with two coats. Although I’m not a huge nail art fan I couldn’t resist using the dotting tool, I decided to dot a single Got the Blues dot at the base of my nail and I really like the clash of colour.

Really lovely nail art kit with especially beautiful nail shades and it’s out today for just £15. Stock is limited and they will only be available in certain stores so I’d recommend you start looking soon if you’re looking to pick one up.

I always find men the hardest to buy for and apart from ties, socks and the occasional watch, I really struggle to choose something. I’ve had a look around and since this is a beauty blog I thought I would share my favourite beauty items that any father would love wether the father of your children or your father.

A family favourite and a gift I have given to almost every man I know is the The Body Shop Maca Root Shaving Cream and Brush. It’s a great stable in any mans life; the brush is great quality, the shaving cream allows for a great shave (so I’ve heard) and the Maca Root range also comes with a face wash. If you’re looking for a fragrance on a budget than The Body White Musk is a great one to look into and I was surprised by just how great it smells with hints of lavender, geranium, musk and sandalwood.

If you are looking for a light summer fragrance that’s still a real man’s man scent than I would go for the John Varvatos Artisan Acqua although it has lots of floral and citrus scents it still remains quite traditionally masculine. Another great one is the Ermenegildo Zegna Uomo which I think is aimed at a slightly older more traditional man but which won’t break the bank as it’s only £18.50 currently in Boots.

If you are looking for skincare then the No7 Men Protect & Perfect Serum especially any man which is beginning to worry about ageing and hydrating. More of an investment but a great one if he’s a gym goer and is looking to really clean his skin to keep blemishes at bay is Clinique For Men Charcoal Wash and Cleansing Brush, it’s one of my favourite brushes, not too harsh but can really change your skin.

If you’re looking for the perfect fragrance for any young man then I would start with Hugo Boss Bottled Intense, Michael Kors For Men or Lacoste L.12.12 Jaune all three are perfect for any stylist, modern father.

The Thierry Mugler’s A* MEN gift set is perfect if you are looking for a little more than just a fragrance as it also comes with a hair & body shampoo but is a really interesting, unusual but beautiful fragrance.

I’ve got my father TABAC After Shave lotion as he doesn’t typically love beauty items but this is so classic and old school that  I think he’ll love it.