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The Last Minute Christmas Gift Guide

It's now officially that time of year, where we all desperately searching the highstreets, and online stores, for the perfect gift. I often spend some time looking around for sweet little gifts that the recipient will love before I actually start buying things, and gift guides are the perfect place to look and gain inspiration, so I have decided to jump on the bandwagon as they say, and create a festive list of my favourite products. All are perfect for gifting, so grab a cup of tea, curl up on the sofa, and lets done some festive shopping together.

The Bodyshop Products

Why gift products from The Body Shop? Well simply put they have been a force for good since 1976. They believe in fair trade within the beauty industry and take empowering women around the world with their community trade partners very seriously. Not only that they have nature-inspired haircare, are completely against animal testing and have 100% vegetarian products!

This season the brand has a huge selection of gift sets, from body care to skincare and fragrance, each perfectly ready to gift to either a loved one, friend, or colleague. They also have a budget for everyone, from small stocking fillers and gifts to large hampers and giant advent calendars. I was lucky enough to have the most amazing Bodyshop Advent Calendar this year that has a huge selection of products from across their range. Packaged beautifully as a house that looks stunning stood in my living room neat my Christmas Tree.

Below I have listed the link to The Bodyshop Gift finder page, as well as three of my favourite sets that I think are perfect for gifting, easy peasy lemon squeezy!

The Bodyshop Christmas Gift Ideas

Dream big this Christmas Ultimate Advent Calendar

The Rocket Giftset

White Musk Christmas Collection

Le Kevin

This is a product that I own myself, and something that would make a unique gift. Le Kevin is a unisex glasses holder that is not only functional but a perfect accessory for any outfit, and a wardrobe essential. Made in an assortment of stylish skins and a colour to suit any outfit, Le Kevin is beautifully practical with or without your glasses. The ultimate must-have optics fashion accessory! Below is a link to the Le Kevin website where you can see the extensive range of colours and skins, and if you want some inspiration on how you can style yours, then check out my IGTV styling video also linked below.

www.lekevin.co.uk/

Link to my IGTV

Ally Jewellery

Do you need a gift for a teen, or perhaps a best friend? Why not gift a beautiful piece of jewellery that is modern and fashion forward, yet classic and delicate for everyday wear. Ally Jewellery is a brand that I have had several pieces from in the past, and each piece that has arrived I have fallen in love with. From delicate rings, to gem filled bracelets, earrings and chandelier necklaces, Ally Jewellery has a good selection of pieces. They have a mix of gold and silver tone pieces, and the packaging that they arrive in is always absolutely stunning, perfect for gifting! My top picks are the selection of earrings, perhaps team them with a necklace or bracelet, and I am sure the gift will be a huge hit!

www.allyjewellery.com/

Necks Please

I recently did a styling IGTV video on social medial featuring this brand, and it was a big success. Many people do not realise just how versatile and fun a simple scarf can be, and in terms of a fashion accessory, they can be used for almost everything, and therefore a beautiful scarf could make a fabulous gift. Need some more inspiration? Visit Necks Please who have a large selection of scarves in many different styles, then watch my IGTV video. Trust me, you'll be amazed at all the ways you could style that new scarf!

Link to my IGTV

https://necks-please.ecwid.com/

Cult Candy Cosmetics

This a new brand on my radar and it made my list for many amazing reasons. The first reason Cult Candy Cosmetics would make epic gifts this Christmas is because of the super high quality and range of highly pigmented shades. The products they create are stunningly packaged and the formulations are perfect for either all out glam and avant-garde looks, yet they could totally be toned down and used for subtle daily make-up looks.

The second reason I highly rate the brand, apart from the products itself is due to the brands ethics. They are Vegan and Cruelty free which is a must in this day and age. They have a passion for being respectful to the planet while creating their products, and honey I am all for that! The brand isn't just environmentally aware too, they stand for diversity, inclusion and equality, something I stand for strongly with my own social media and personal ethics. If you gift Cult Candy Cosmetics, you know you will be giving the gift of high impact, fashion forward and high quality make-up, but you are also gifting hope for a cruelty free beauty industry and equality.

For more details please visit www.cultcandycosmetics.com and check out their killer offers!

Kiss Products

Its not surprising that Kiss Products made the list, as lets face it, I am a huge fan of the brand. Kiss Product lashes and their range of Impress Manicure false nails are, for me, the best, and the easiest to apply false-lash and nail brands on the market. A selection of beautifully wrapped lashes and nails by Kiss would make fantastic stocking fillers for a beauty obsessed friend or family member, and with the huge selection of designs they create, you are bound to find the perfect styles for your recipient.

Out of the huge selection of nails Kiss create, my favourite are the Impress Manicure stick on nails. They're super quick, super easy, and they last a whole week which for stick on nails is impressive! I like this rounded shaped, nude shade nails, which I often stick on as I am travelling on the train to events around London (only as I am always late). You simply wipe your nail with the enclosed wipe, peel off the tape on the back on the nail and press on firmly. Simple and easy yet totally stylish and reliable!

As for lashes, my current favourites are the Kiss Lash Couture Faux Mink lashes in Gala. They suit my eye shape perfectly, look naturally thick and full, and they add some seductive drama to my eyes when they are applied. As for applying, just like Kiss nails they're super easy and quick, and I know I can rely on them for all of my events. If you have seen me at an event, on TV or at London Fashion Week, then you'll have definitely seen me rocking Kiss Lashes.

Kiss lashes are available at Boots & Superdrug stores.

Ugg

The festive season is always full of gatherings & events that mean we are often running around the city (or countryside depending on where you live!). Now as the already chilly weather gets colder, maybe a good gift idea would be some beautifully warm and comfy, yet stylish footwear? The go-to brand you ask? Well in my opinion, its Ugg.

When you think of the Ugg brand you probably imagine the traditional Ugg boots in luxurious chestnut coloured sheepskin, a fan favourite and currently my go-to pair for winter weather. Well, Ugg have created a range that has a pair for every style, keeping the designs fresh, fashion forward and stylish, yet retaining the traditional high-quality craftsmanship the brand is known for. Below are some of my favourite styles, along with a few snaps of how I style my own personal pair of classic boots. If you want some style inspiration do check out the link to my IGTV post.

www.ugg.com/uk/

Link to my IGTV

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