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Friday 23 December 2011

(Very) last minute gift ideas!

Being a teacher, I broke up last Friday, so I've had a week to make sure my gifts are all bought, wrapped and under the tree. But for those of you not so fortunate who might be heading to the shops after work tonight, or tomorrow morning, you need an action plan so you can be in and out without being caught up in the shopping frenzy.

To your advantage, however, leaving your shopping close to the wire means that you can pick up some serious bargains as many of the shops have been slashing their prices this week. Which leads me onto my first suggestion of the Oral B PC500 gift set which includes and Oral B Professional Care toothbrush, Oral-B’s Pro-Expert All-Around Protection toothpaste, Oral-B Essential Floss and a Oral B Wash bag to keep all your goodies in. This gift delight would normally cost £60 but as it is one of Boots Star Gifts this week it has been marked down to £27.99 and you can order online and collect in store rather than hunting the shelves.

Who doesn't want shiny nashers for Christmas?
Gorgeous luxury bath and shower sets will always go down well, no matter who the recipient is and Molton Brown have brought out range of new gift sets to choose from. I'd love to find 'Optical' under the tree this year which includes Heavenly gingerlily bath and shower gel, body cream and eau fraiche (£59). Yummy!
Or for the man in your life treat him to their set of four different shower gels (£49).

Or for Granny, what about one of Yardley London's gorgeous Soaps in one of the following of their classic fragrances: English Lavender, Lily Of The Valley, English Rose & April Violets all of which come in a cute tin and at only £4.99 you can get Grandma a box of her favourite chocs to go with it.

Happy Shopping and have a lovely Christmas x

Wednesday 14 December 2011

Astral Light and Creamy all-over moisturiser

I have struggled to find a body moisturiser of the perfect concistency for my skin. I love body butters, but by the end of the day they can leave your skin feeling a bit sticky. The alternative lighter products don't have this problem, but lack the intensive moisturisation.

I have found the perfect compromise in Astral Light and Creamy all over moisturiser. It sinks into you skin with ease, giving an injection of moisture but doesn't cause any greasy build up. Since I've been using it for the last few weeks my winter scaly skin has been transformed into butter-soft lovelyness. At around £4 for 200ml it suits the post-christmas-shopping saving!

Available from Boots, Superdrug, Sainsbury's and good chemists.

Tuesday 13 December 2011

No 7 Beautiful Skin

In my teens 'cleans, tone and moisturise' was my mantra but in my twenties, my skin has become less oily and I ditched the toner years ago as I feel it can dry out my skin too much. However, as many cleansers are designed to have a toner to follow to remove the final traces of the product left on the skin, you don't always get the squeaky-clean feeling.

Boot's No 7 are due to launch their 'Beautiful Skin' range early next year which includes clever cleansers which have been designed to remove all traces of dirt and impurities without the need for a toner.
Since the launch event in October, the Foaming Cleanser (normal/oily skin) is now one of my bathroom staples. It makes my skin feel super-clean and smells gorgeous, reminding me of a much more expensive brand. The range also includes wipe away cleansers for normal/oily, normal/dry and dry/very dry skin if splashing your face before going to bed doesn’t help send you off to beauty sleep.

When I think of No 7 it does make me this of the more mature lady, as their moisturisers and serums are normally jam-packed with anti-aging goodies. Although the 'Beautiful Skin' range is aimed at girls in their early twenties, the moisturiser still contains SPF15 and 5*UVA technology as a preventative measure against future ageing. Skin care with heart.

Boot's No 7 Beautiful Skin range is avaliable from 25th January 2012.

Wednesday 7 December 2011

blogmebeautiful in Pure Beauty Magazine

I'm so excited that blogmebeautiful has been chosen as 'blog of the month' in the December issue of Pure Beauty Magazine.

It is a subscription magazine, but you can view it online for free here and I'm on page 47!


Saturday 3 December 2011

Christmas Beauty Gifts

Last week one of my work colleagues was smugly telling me she had done all her Christmas shopping AND had wrapped everything. This has panicked me into action, so this week I have done some serious online purchasing so my nearest and dearest feel special on the big day.

It may not come as a complete surprise to you, that finding a little beauty item under the tree is always a winner, so here is some inspiration for your Christmas Shopping List.

If you decide to go for skincare for the most important lady in your life (Mum - obviously!) go as high-end and luxurious as you can afford. As fantastic as you might think one of the supermarket brands are, it’s not going to make her feel spoilt and appreciated. I recommend one of the gorgeous masks by Darphin; you can choose from a Hydrating Kiwi Mask which after leaving on for 5 minutes left my skin feeling dewy and silky smooth (£27/75ml). If you feel like pushing the boat out their Youthful Radiance Camellia Mask which firms and smoothes away wrinkles sounds heavenly for a more mature skin.

Going up a generation, why not treat Grandma to relaxing bath time treat. Pai has produced a bath oil and body oil gift set and as you'd expect from this brand, it is perfect for those with sensitive skin. I tried out the tranquillity bath oil at the end of a stressful week, and was so relaxed by the Jasmine and May Chang that I nearly slipped off into slumber... (£13.99 available from

Teenage girls must be one of the easiest groups to buy for; they haven’t become stuck in a make-up routine and love to experiment with new brands and products. So why not make them up a little stocking full of some cheap and cheerful beauty treats. I'd include some nail wraps that you love, but feel a decade too old for. Myleene Klass has recently launched 16 different nail wrap designs, I love the Zebra print! Each pack comes with a nail file to shape the wrap to fit your nail. (£5.99 available from, Boots, Asda, Wilkinsons and Debenhams)

These super-cute lip balms by Lip Smacker would also go down a treat - they smell exactly the same as your favourite fizzy drink (£2.50 each available from Primark)

Got a pregnant friend or relation to buy for this year? I bet what they'd love is to say goodbye to morning sickness. Maison d'Anu the no-nasties beauty brand has perfect pulse point roll ons in mint or ginger scents to help counter-act any feelings of nausea. (£10/10ml

Hope this has given you some ideas, happy shopping! x
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