Festive Gift Guide || 4 Christmas Skincare Launches Heading Your Way

The big ''C'' is nearing closer and closer and as hard as it is to hear it, you're going to have to start preparing for the festive season soon if you want to get a head. More and more families are starting to shop earlier, organise earlier and save earlier - because of this things pretty much sell out by the beginning of November leaving the actual festive season stressful if there are specific things you're hoping to buy. 

To get your inspiration flowing these four products have either just launched - or - are due to launch soon. Get a step ahead of others by making your must buy list now and snagging what you can as it launches...
I Love.... Christmas collection

Festive Joy | Cherry almond sparkle bubble bath & shower creme with a body wash puff.
Lots of Bubbles | [Exclusive to Argos] Six mini bubble baths in Spiced Cinnamon, Mixed Berries, Iced Cookie, Chocolate & Orange, Cherry Almond Sparkle and Sugared Cranberry scents.
The Bag of Love | Cherry almond sparkle bubble bath, raspberry & blackberry body butter, raspberry & blackberry spritz in a pretty (but large) makeup bag. 
The Big Barrel of Love | Cherry almond bath, cherry almond body butter, cherry almond spritz, raspberry & blackberry hand lotion in a pretty metal barrel. 
The Big Weekender | Cherry almond bubble bath, cherry almond body butter, cherry almond spritz, raspberry & blackberry hand lotion, raspberry & blackberry smoothie in a gorgeous holdall.  
The Little Bag of Love | Cherry almond bubble bath, raspberry & blackberry spritz and a white body puff. 
Perfect Party Pack | [Exclusive to Primark]
Delicious Duo | [Exclusive to Primark]

Prices vary from £2 to £30 and Superdrug currently have a sale on so some of these gift sets which they've priced with up to 50% off. These make great options for those trying to reduce their Christmas spending.

I absolutely adore Aromatherapy Associates which is why they're making it onto this list. They're so simplistic but luxurious and an absolute dream to use. You know when you see movies and the ladies are always in deep bliss because they're been pampered, so you try to have a pamper day at home and it's never that good...it's because you're not using AA. 

The start of the month saw the launch of their Clear Mind Bath & Shower Oil. This was a collaboration with Liberty. This particular design is, of course, limited which makes it all-the-more covetable. 
The bath & shower oil is formulated with palmarosa, bergamot, frankincense and chamomile essential oils which alone are super beneficial to our whole bodies, here's why...

Palmarosa | Helps you to 'cool' down, kills bad bacteria, aids digestion & promotes healthy cell renewal. 
Bergamot | Did you know that it's the addition of bergamot in tea that takes it from being just 'tea' to making it 'Earl Gray', it's a natural antibiotic, naturally lifts depressive moods, relaxant, helps to reduce scars and scar tissue, reduces fever & improves skin issues. 
Frankincense | Immune system booster, strengthens hair, regulates the menstrual cycle, anti-ageing, helps and strengthens all bodily systems, diuretic & reduces stress.  
Chamomile | Anti-inflammatory, relaxant, reduces perspiration, cools the body down, helps fight depressive moods, sedative, improves circulation & helps to reduce pain. 

Balmi have launched three new high shine lip balms in metallic tins especially for the festive season. Flavours include Cherry, Roseberry or Blackcurrant and each balm costs £4.99. These three and other Balmi products are available at Urban Outfitters
Liz Earle Radiant Wishes Christmas Collection

Launching in November Liz Earle have been inspired by the magic of Christmas. A bit corny yes but anyone who's tried this brand before will know how amazing the products are.

Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser | Limited edition pink pepper & mint.
Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser | Limited edition sweet orange & mint.
Superskin Botanical All-Stars | Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser, Instant Boost Skin Tonic, Eyebright Soothing Eye Lotion & muslin cloths. 

And then there are these gift sets although I don't have the product run down for them yet: 

Sparkling Skin Duo | Botanical Skin Saviours Glossy NailsRomantic Candle Beauty Icons Beauty Favourites [Exclusive to Boots] | Christmas Daily Essentials  [Exclusive to John Lewis] | Men's Great Skin. 

What do you think of this line up? I think they're all fab (otherwise why would they be featured?) but I especially love the sound, and look of the Aromatherapy Associates Clear Mind Bath & Shower Gel. 

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How I'm Improving My Smile This Season

A lot of you know that I love to smile. I’m generally a happy person, and I like to think that comes across when I smile. I also love the power of a smile. If you smile at someone, they can’t help but smile back. I hope that makes the feel pretty good about themselves and they go on to have an awesome day. But what if you don’t like your smile? What if you are self-conscious about it?

Looking after your smile takes just a few minutes out of your day everyday. And it’s definitely worth doing in this age of social media and selfies. You can easily fit these simple tips and tricks in. And who knows? Maybe you’ll even enjoy smiling. Smiling releases happy hormones after all.

Start with your teeth. Investing in their care is certainly worth the spend. If you check out the toothbrushman website, you will find plenty of reviews for the different brushes you can buy these days. You might be surprised at the level of oral care some of these brushes provide. For pearly whites, it’s best to brush at least twice a day. You can choose a whitening toothpaste or a gentle home whitener without needing to spend too much money.

If you’re worried that you are starting to look a little older, then smiling can help. You may think that the laughter lines around your eyes and the dimples around your mouth age you. But they are a part of your smile, and probably the very things that make it so attractive. You can do a fair bit to your face to help it look younger. But don’t avoid smiling!

Keep your skin supple and elastic with a good moisturiser. Cleanse and tone twice a day. Then you can apply a day cream under your foundation in the morning. In the evening, choose a good night cream that is right for your age group. This will help to keep your skin looking good and feeling firm and smooth. Your lips need the same amount of care. A lip balm can help prevent them drying out, so they look super lush when you smile.

Lip gloss also looks good when we smile. I know some of you aren’t keen to wear much of it, but it can help create a dazzling smile. Why not try a nude shade with a hint of gloss just to boost your natural beauty? A little eye makeup can help highlight how gorgeous your eyes look when you smile. Use a shade that contrasts well with your eye colour.

Your eyebrows are also a big part of your smile. Fake smiles see little movement in the eyebrow, but genuine happiness sees the move up. Keep your eyebrows in good condition with a brow brush and brow mascara this season. Don’t hunch your shoulders. Instead, relax… and smile.

Smiling is a big part of my day when I’m out and about. It helps people feel at ease with me, and I love it when someone smiles back. 

What are you smiling about today?

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