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6 Luxurious Hand Creams You Should Try Today

 

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I never understood my girlfriends’ obsessions with hand creams.  You know the girls who :-

  • Carry hand creams in their handbags
  • Have hand creams in their own car AND in their partner’s car AND next to the bathroom sink AND on their bedside table AND in the fridge (okay, I made that last one up!)
  • Apply hand cream every hour on the dot

Well, I finally get it.  Kinda.

Now that I’ve had a baby (it’s ALWAYS about the baby!), I can truly appreciate a luxurious hand cream which will not only keep your hands lovely and moisturised like baby soft skin but also, keep the dreaded hand wrinkles at bay!

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Top 10 Christmas Gift Ideas For Her

There are 10 days till Christmas!!  Unbelievable!  If you’re a last minute shopper like me, you won’t panic until the 24th of December.  And if you’re buying for females, it’s pretty easy – think jewellery, cosmetics, perfumes, skincare, spa treats…(unless they’re of the tomboy variety and cannot stand anything beautifying…and in that case, you don’t have to read this!)

Guys have a weird tendency of buying gadgets for me!!!  For example, when the then-boyfriend-now-husband and I celebrated our first Valentine’s Day together, he bought me…wait for it…a CD drive for my laptop.  I looked at the thing and I was like, “What the…??!!”  Don’t worry, he has since learned!!

Anyway, if you’re stuck about what to buy for a female friend or family member, or if you’re looking for ideas to add to your Christmas wishlist, you’ve come to the right place.  I had a look into my beauty cupboard and here are my top 10 Christmas beautifying gift ideas for females, from least expensive to most expensive :-

1.  Skin79 BB Cream Miniature Set [RRP $10 from Asian stall in Chadstone]

This pack comes with 4 deluxe samples (5g) of Skin79 BB Creams : Diamond Collection Pearl Luminous Beblesh Balm, VIP Gold Collection Super+ Beblesh Balm SPF 25 PA++, Super+ Beblesh Balm Triple Functions SPF 25 PA++ and The Oriental Gold BB Cream SPF 25 PA++.

My Thoughts :  Apart from wishing their names were shorter and less complex, this is a fantastic gift for a beauty junkie!  The pink shiny packaging appeals to teenagers as well as older chicks like me in the 30+ age range.

2.  Miller & Moore Luxury Footspa Set [RRP $20 from Coles]

Click here for the Miller & Moore Footspa review and see what’s in the box

Relax at the end of the day with a footspa!  This set comes with delightful treats to soothe your feet after a long day at work or after Christmas sales shopping.

My Thoughts :  Fantastic gift for women who love to be pampered – and at a great price.

OPI Divine Swine, OPI Designer, de Better, OPI Lip Gloss

3.  OPI Dynamic Duo [RRP $24.95 from Salon Style]

This pack comes with a full-sized OPI Nail Lacquer from The Muppets Collection along with a matching lip gloss.  There are 3 shades to choose from : Designer, de Better!, Divine Swine and Meep-MeepMeep.  OPI have come up with loads of Christmas gift packs and it also includes OPI Glamour Toes featured yesterday.

My Thoughts :  Great stocking find for teenagers and girls who love to coordinate colours in their make-up.  Have you seen the shades in The OPI Muppets Collection?  Absolutely drop dead gorgeous with glitz and glam!!!

4.  Bloom Classic Mini Nail Polish Collection [RRP $24.95 from Bloom Cosmetics]

This comes with 4 mini sizes (9ml) with the shades : Millie (rich burgundy), Kim (taupe), Edie (cherry red) and Toni (pale pink).

My Thoughts :  Classic and work-friendly colours to suit women of all ages.  They are so dinky and cute!

5.  Crabtree & Evelyn Wisteria Traveller V10 [RRP $28.95 from Crabtree & Evelyn]

This comes with Bath & Shower Gel (50ml), Body Lotion (50ml) and Perfumed Bath Soap (40g) from the Wisteria range.

My Thoughts :  This set is purely for floral fans.  In my opinion, it’s catered more for the mature woman – something for the Mother-in-Law, perhaps?  Which makes it funnier when I tell you that my Sister-in-Law bought this for my birthday this year!  But I like it!!  This is actually the 2nd Crabtree & Evelyn gift pack I have received as a present – the other one is from La Source.

YSL lipstick

6.  YSL Rouge Pur Couture Golden Lustre [RRP $50 from Myer]

A luxurious gold encased lipstick in a multitude of shades.  And ooh, look at the YSL embossed on the lipstick bullet.  Pictured is 110 Fuchsia Symbole and you check out my swatch here.

My Thoughts :  Lipstick is not just for old women!  That’s all I’m going to say!!

7.  Jurlique Purely White Starter Kit [RRP $69 from Jurlique]

This comes with Purely White Skin Brightening Essence (15ml), Purely White Skin Brightening Day Cream (15ml) and Purely White Skin Brightening Treatment (15ml).

My Thoughts :  Jurlique have actually got a few Christmas gift packs which are great value for money. This pack is great to give as a gift because it doesn’t say “anti-ageing” on it which could be seen as insulting!!  As your beauty blogging guinea pig, I will eventually get round to testing this on myself and I will let you know my thoughts at a later date.

8.  bareMinerals Get Started Kit [RRP $84.95 from Kit Cosmetics]

This pack provides a great introduction into the mineral world of make-up.  You’ll be swirling, tapping and buffing in no time!

My Thoughts :  It’s amazing what mineral foundation can do for those who suffer from rosacea and acne scars!  Perfect for women of all ages – but just make sure you get their shade right.

9.  Balenciaga L’Essence EDP [RRP $145 for 50ml from David Jones]

When I think of Balenciaga, I think of their classic handbag – but not many of us can afford the $$$$.  So what’s the next best thing?  Their perfume in this beautiful pentagonal luxe glass!!!  L’Essence is a strong and sexy scent with a mixture of violet leaves and leather.  It’s intense so a light spritz is all you need to make this your new signature scent.

My Thoughts :  Perfect for women who ooze style, confidence and sensuality.  It’s divine!

10.  Diamond earrings [RRP $$$$]

It’s true what they say, “Diamonds are a girl’s best friend!”  Just make sure you’re buying certified diamonds and not some cheapo cubic zirconia passed off as real diamonds!  And remember, every piece of jewellery tells a story – read mine here.

My Thoughts :  Perfect for every female at ANY time of the year!  Always welcomed!!!  (If you’re not a diamond lover but you receive one and you don’t like it, feel free to pass it on to me and I will show it plenty of love!!!)

 

Are any of these gift ideas on your Christmas Wishlist?

P.S.  3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9 – are press samples – but I wouldn’t recommend them if I didn’t like them myself.

Crabtree & Evelyn La Source Relaxing Body Lotion

If you have stayed at a Hilton hotel before, you will know that the toiletries are from Crabtree & Evelyn La Source range.  We spent our wedding night at the King Hilton Suite in Hilton Glasgow Grosvenor Hotel (it was huge!) and all the mini toiletries came home with me the next day!  One of my guy friends bought me some Crabtree & Evelyn La Source products and today, I am going to review Crabtree & Evelyn La Source Relaxing Body Lotion.

What Crabtree & Evelyn Say

Rich in skin-nourishing sweet almond oil, oat kernel and sea algae, our La Source body lotion absorbs easily and leaves your skin feeling soft, smooth and nourished.

For daily use after shower or bath or as needed to help maintain the skin’s natural moisture balance, apply liberally and gently massage into the skin.

What I Love

  • The transparent packaging appeals to me because I know how much product is left
  • The pump is convenient and more hygienic than dipping fingers into a jar
  • The smell, described as a “relaxing sea air fragrance”, is refreshing and lingers hours after application
  • My dry skin welcomes this moisturising body lotion with open arms
  • Not so rich that it leaves an oily residue

Crabtree & Evelyn La Source Relaxing Body Lotion is a luxurious body moisturiser which leaves skin feeling soft and freshly fragranced.  I don’t use it everyday because I want to savour it slowly.  A well-deserved 10 out of 10 from The Best Beauty Blog.

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