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Christmas Gift Guide part two: Make up & Beauty sets

Welcome back to my Christmas gift guide series! We started off with homewear and lifestyle products in part one HERE. For Part 2 I have picked out my favourite make up and beauty products that will make the most perfect gifts. So here are my recommendations for all of the beauty lovers you will be buying for this Christmas. Although be warned, you will seriously be tempted to keep these items for yourself!

Huda Beauty Obsessions Vault

The Huda Beauty eye pallets are probably the most popular and coveted out there. I absolutely love the gem inspired mini eye pallets and now they have brought out a set which includes the full collection! I am so excited about this and am lusting after this set. Within the striking black diamond-shaped case you’ll find ALL five of the Huda Beauty gemstone-inspired Obsessions palettes – Topaz, Ruby, Amethyst, Sapphire and Emerald. A dream come true for all Huda-holics. Each palette has 9 pigment-packed powders in stunning jewel tone shades. 

The Topaz Obsessions Palette has 4 vibrant duo-chrome shimmers and 5 creamy mattes – in rich rose gold, amber, burnished bronzes and tangerine orange for the ultimate sophisticated polish.

The Ruby Obsessions Palette has duo-chrome and creamy matte textures in rich raspberry, blackcurrant and copper shades for the ultimate feminine lid looks.

The Amethyst Obsessions Palette has 6 vibrant duo-chrome shimmers and 3 creamy mattes – in shades ranging from moody mauve and violet to barely there pink.

The Sapphire Obsessions Palette has 5 vibrant duo-chrome shimmers and 4 creamy mattes – in shades ranging from brilliant blue and vivid turquoise to shining silver and zesty yellow.

Finally, the Emerald Obsessions Palette has 6 vibrant duo-chrome shimmers and 3 creamy mattes – in shades ranging from mint or golden olive to timeless emerald and show-stopping peacock green.

The Huda Beauty Obsessions Vault is priced at £100 and is available to buy on the Cult Beauty website HERE

Charlotte Tilbury Lip Archive trio kit

This is the most fabulous lip kit and would make someone’s Christmas complete! The kit contains 3 nude pink lipsticks in shades that will flatter literally everyone. These are three of Charlotte Tilbury’s best selling shades and are the most perfect gift idea.

The kit includes the following stunning shades:

Matte Revolution Lipstick in Miss Kensington this is a pretty, English-rose pink inspired by the girls of the swinging ‘60s in Chelsea & Kensington and the pastel hues in Norman Parkinson’s pictures.

K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick in Confession is a dusky, tawny nude shade flecked with gold particles inspired by the full lips of super models in a nourishing, moisturising lipstick formula.

Matte Revolution Lipstick in Between the Sheets named by Charlotte’s social media followers is a vintage rose petal shade that encapsulates just-kissed, natural lips with a flush of colour.

Priced at £60, you can buy the Charlotte Tilbury lipskit set HERE

The most organised make up bag ever by The Flat Lay Co

When I put on my make up in the morning I like to have it all lined up so I can see what I am using. There is nothing worse than having your make up all piled up in a make up bag that you have to rummage through to get each product out. Whenever I go on holiday or away for a weekend break, I always unpack my make up and beauty items first and get them all organised in the bathroom.

I came across the Flay Lay Company on Instagram and fell in love with their make up bags. They are such a simple concept but so handy! When you open it up it sits as a 50cm wide circle shape. Inside is a zipped compartment and there are 8 brush holders.  I like to put eyeliners and lipliners in these as well as brushes. This make up bag has a drawstring pull, so once you have laid out all of your make up items, you simply pull the string and it bunches everything into the sack for you. It’s as easy as that!

All of their make up bags are machine washable and wipe clean which is great. Priced at £19.50 for the larger size or £14.50 for the smaller version and you can purchase these directly from their website HERE

Huda Beauty fragrences

Another Huda product I have to include in this gift guide is the new stunning fragrances. The Huda make up products are such beautiful quality and their fragrances equally do not disappoint. The packaging alone is so elegant. How fabulous will these bottles look displayed on your dressing table or in the bathroom. Ultimate shelfie goals! Here are my top 3 picks from the collection:

KAYALI ELIXIR | 11

KAYALI translates from Arabic to ‘my imagination’ and this fragrance is inspired by the rich heritage of the Middle East. This fragrance is one of the lighter scents in the range, which Huda and Mona Kattan describe as ‘an ultra-addictive scent’.

KAYALI CITRUS | 08

This is the lightest scent in the range, which Huda and Mona Kattan describe as ‘a contemporary twist on innovation.’ A citrus perfume is so nice for the day time or during the Summer months.

KAYALI MUSK | 12

The third fragrance in the KAYALI COLLECTION | 01, MUSK | 12 is the most intense fragrance in the range, which Huda and Mona describe as ‘emanating power and confidence’. This is my personal favourite as I love a strong and long lasting perfume.

Priced at £84 for 100ml, you can purchase these Huda fragrances from the Cult Beauty website HERE

I hope you enjoyed my beauty gift guide. Leave me a comment below if you have tried any of the items listed!

Cinere – The skincare products that I have been using this month

As most of you will already know I love trying new skincare products. I first came across the Cinere brand a while ago when I received a PR package which included a sample of their eye make up remover. I really liked this product and I’ve been using it ever since. So when Cinere contacted me to ask me to try out a few more items from their skincare range you can imagine how excited I was!

About the brand..

Cinere is a skincare brand that focuses on natural products made using only pure ingredients, herbal extracts, essential oils and other natural therapeutic elements. As a company they are passionate about quality and the science behind how their products are made.

The Products..

Gentle eye make up remover

I tend to use a lot of eye make up products from dark shadows, to eye liners, glitters and full length mascaras. To remove these, it’s important that I use a product that is gentle around the delicate eye area. This is why I personally prefer a liquid based eye make up remover than a cream, so I was really impressed with this product. It removes all traces of stubborn eye make up and feels lovely and cooling on the eyes. There is nothing better than that after a long day and when you are feeing tired.This formula doesn’t feel sticky or oily either which I have found with some liquid eye make up removers I’ve previously tried.

The main features of this eye make up remover that I like are below:

  • Gentle and non allergenic formula
  • Removes all traces of makeup including waterproof mascara
  • Conditions the eye lashes and hydrates the delicate skin around the eyes
  • The skin feels revived, refreshed, soft and clean after using it.
  • It’s safe for sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers

100% natural cleansing milk

This is a very gentle cleanser which is a milky consistency. This is slightly different to the cream cleansers that I usually tend to use so it was interesting to try something slightly different. It feels very light and smooth to touch and is a milk and gel combination formula. As with all cleansers, this rids the skin of oil, dirt and make up residue without stripping it of any natural oils. I apply this to my face with my hands and massage it into the skin. I then remove this afterwards by using a warm cloth and lightly buffing in a circular motion.

The main features of this cleanser that I like are below:

  • It’s non allergenic and alcohol free
  • Helps to keep the skin hydrated
  • Leaves the skin soft and smooth after use.
  • This has a pump applicator which is so handy to use.

Herbal Energising Cleansing Toner

Using a toner after cleansing is a really important part of your skincare routine. It helps to remove any left over oil, dirt or make up that you might have missed during cleansing. It also feels really cooling on the skin which I like. and you feel really fresh and clean afterwards. This product is soap free and can be used as part of your daily skincare routine. It is also a good way to prepare the skin before you apply your moisturiser.

This toner helps to lift dead skin cells which is great for reducing any dry skin patches. I have really enjoyed using this toner after cleansing my face and my skin feels really soft and clear at the moment. A nice smooth skin base is exactly what you want and really improves that way make up sits on your skin.

The main advantages of this toner that I like are below:

  • It conditions, nourishes, hydrates and protects whilst providing a softening and soothing effect on the skin.
  • My skin looks brighter and feels more refreshed from using this over the last few weeks.
  • It gently dissolves makeup and excess oil without drying the skin.
  • This product is infused with Lavender and Chamomile.

Hydra Plus, Timeless moisturising cream

At this time of the year, my skin tends to get quite dry, so I always like to use a hydrating moisturiser to help combat this issue. I have been enjoying using this product this month as it has kept my skin feeling silky and velvety in texture. It isn’t sticky either which always puts me off with a moisturiser. This product contains Argan oil and those of you who like your skincare will know that this is perfect for rehydrating dry skin and giving you a radiant complexion.

Again, this comes with a pump applicator which makes using this so much easier.

The main advantages of this toner that I like are below:

  • Regenerates and hydrates skin for a radiant appearance
  • Contains natural moisturising ingredients
  • It soothes, softens and hydrates dry, tired skin
  • Suitable for dry/normal skin

Final thoughts..

I always like to try new skincare products for a few weeks before I can really tell if they have worked for me or not. I have enjoyed using these products and my favourite items from the range are the toner and the eye make up remover. When it comes to cleansers I’m quite fussy and I already have a firm favourite brand that I like to use. I would say if you tend to wear a fuller face of make up like I do, that this might not be the cleanser for you. However, the toner is fantastic for that second stage of your routine and I really recommend trying this out. my skin feels great after using this on a daily basis.

Have you used any of the Cinere products? Leave me a comment below letting me know your favourite item from the range!

Alya Skin – The pink clay mask that everyone is talking about

Alya Skin is a brand that you will have heard about recently as they have become Insta-famous! Their pink clay mask has a cult following, and become a real beauty favourite. They very kindly sent this to me to try so I can’t wait to tell you all about it!

About the brand..

Alya Skin are an Australian company that specialise in skincare. The first thing that caught my attention about them was their pretty pink packaging. All of their products are completely vegan and made with natural ingredients which is also a big tick in the book for me. They produce a range of skincare from moisturisers, to exfoliators and of course this pink clay mask that has everyone talking at the moment.

The Benefits..

I haven’t used a mask for a few years so it was time to get them back into my skincare routine. This mask can be used weekly to create a smoother, softer and healthier looking complexion. I have had a few break outs recently and have found that this product has really helped to reduce this and rebalance my skin. It is a great way to detoxify and brighten up the skin too. To summarise, here are the main benefit check points of this product:

  • Detoxifies & Brightens your skin
  • Safe for sensitive skin types
  • Tightens your skin’s pores
  • Extracts pollutants and nasties from your skin
  • Assists in the removal of acne and pimples
  • Vegan & cruelty free

Application..

Applying this mask literally couldn’t be any easier. I used a soft bristle brush and painted the formula directly onto my face, avoiding the eye area and lips. The mask is a lovely creamy texture and I like the cooling sensation as you apply it onto the skin. It is tricky to determine the scent of this and its not my favourite. I would have loved it to have been a as a sweet or fruity smell but that’s not really an important factor as I would much rather get results from a product than it looking/smelling like perfection but it doesn’t do the job it’s supposed to.

Sit back and wait..

Once the mask has been applied onto the skin all you need to do is sit back and let the magic happen! I left this on for around 10 minutes and in that time it dries right down and turns a white colour. You face will feel slightly stiff once it is completely dried but it doesn’t crumble which I like, as there’s nothing worse than a mask that starts crumbling off your face. To remove the mask, I used a warm face cloth gently wiping it away in circular movements.

I have been adding a moisturiser onto my skin after I have used this clay mask and instantly I can feel the difference. The breakouts I had dried up and reduced and my face felt gloriously smooth and clear. I will definitely continue to use this in my weekly skin care routine and I can say that it lived up to the hype also.

You can purchase the Alya skin care range HERE. Check out their website for their other products to. I think I am going to try the exfoliator next.

Have you used this product yet? Leave me a comment below with your thoughts!

Myza – the go to store for getting a fabulous night sleep

We spend around one third of our lives sleeping and it’s one of the most important things for maintaining our health and wellbeing. I’m one of those people that needs a full 8 hours a night to be able to function properly. As soon as I come home from work, I am straight into my pyjamas. I feel that it’s important to relax as much as possible in the evening ready for a good nights sleep. There is literally nothing nicer than treating yourself to a brand new luxury set of nightwear or loungewear. And isn’t it just the best feeling when you stay in a boutique hotel and there is a fluffy dressing gown waiting for you! This is really easy to recreate that little bit of luxury in your own home for every day.

I recently came across the website Myza and they specialise in gorgeous products that are all designed for creating a lovely relaxing sleep. Just looking through the website makes me feel chilled out! There is something for everyone on here, whether its a treat for yourself or a beautiful gift for someone else. If you know someone who has been stressed out lately or perhaps a pregnant friend or someone who has been having trouble sleeping, what a thoughtful gift that would be to make a little package of items to help them relax better!

Nightwear

There are some really pretty Pyjama sets and gorgeous cosy dressing gowns to choose from by various designers. I particularly like the Nightire collection as the bold prints and designs are just my kind of style. There are classic pyjama outfits as well as cute little short versions and so you have an option for if it is warmer or for a colder time of the year. If you want something really luxurious though, there is also a beautiful silk range by the brand Ronja which is really chic.

Body Products

What better way to relax before going to sleep than having a relaxing pampering session? You guys know me and I love skincare and body products and I’m impressed by the varied selection on Myza. There are a variety of brands with products ranging from face masks, soothing body oils, lotions and creams.  Again, there is a great section to choose beautiful gifts in this section. I particularly like the 1001 remedies set which you can find HERE. 

The majority of the beauty products contain natural ingredients that help to aid a relaxing experience which sounds heavenly.

Cosy Homewear

Of course the other best way to relax is with beautiful bedding and cosy comforting linens or pillows. Especially now we are moving into the colder seasons, you cannot beat lovely warm blankets to curl up in and watch a good Netflix series or two! I love buying things for my home so this is a really nice way to get something functional that also looks good and accessorises your bedroom or lounge.

Accessories

If you just want to try out a little item as a treat then there are a lot of really lovely accessories to choose from. I absolutely love the eye masks I am going to have to get one of these for myself. They are made from 100% silk which will feel beautiful and cool against the delicate eye area. Also it’s well known that silk helps to reduce the pulling of the skin, which in turn helps to reduce the creation of wrinkles. This particular accessory would also be fabulous for a flight or long train journey somewhere.

I am also really intrigued by the selection of relaxing teas. I can just imagine having one of these in the evening with a nice book before settling down for a gorgeous relaxing sleep. Divine.

What are your favourite products to use when you want to relax or have a good pampering session? Leave a comment below as I would love to hear about them!

Treat yourself with my discount code!

So if you fancy treating yourself to a little something to help give you a fabulous nights sleep I have a discount code that you can use. Head over to the Myza website HERE and use my unique discount code HANNAHLULOVES10 to receive 10% off your order! Let me know what you what you purchase as I would love to see what you choose.

 

 

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