Stephanie Hartley’s Picks….
Crabtree & Evelyn Fine Food Festive Spiced Tea- ?8.50
Crabtree & Evelyn have gone retro with the newest addition to their tea range. Encased in a mustard yellow tin and decorated with bold patterns and images, this Festive Spiced Tea is quintessentially Christmassy. Being a loose leaf tea, it requires a tea strainer, but the taste of this tea alone makes the purchase of one worth it if you don’t already own one. With cloves, cinnamon, ginger and aniseed being amongst the spices enclosed in this simple tea, you can be sure that this will warm you up on a wintery evening in front of the TV.
Crabtree & Evelyn Fine Food Large Bauble with Jellies- ?7
If there’s one thing I love more than Christmas food, it’s Christmas decorations, and here we have the two combined! This dark green bauble, featuring retro images of children’s toys would make the perfect addition to any family Christmas tree. The jellies inside are large, vegetarian and handmade, meaning that they add a lovely touch of homeliness to the gift itself. Plus, the jellies come in all the best flavours: strawberry, pear, lemon, apricot and raspberry (lending a touch of summer to the most wintery of months!). this would make an adorable gift for anyone with a bit of a sweet tooth who’s looking for something more elegant than a chocolate-y gift.
Stephanie Merry’s Picks…
Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm ?10
Now this is a firm favourite amongst the beauty community and it’s easy to see why. This cult classic not only thoroughly cleanses and moisturises the skin, but it also helps to purify and minimise the appearance of open pores, and can double up as a soothing mask. It’s a pretty amazing product and a must in any beauty addicts bathroom cabinet.
Cocoa Brown Bronzing Gel in Matte and Shimmer ?5.19
When it comes to fake tan, finding the perfect match is almost as hard as finding someone eligible to kiss under the mistletoe but Cocoa Brown have your beauty obsessed Secret Santa covered. Whether you choose the matte or shimmer look, their tans are by far some of the easiest and most natural looking I’ve come across. Their handy mitt makes application even easier, meaning you don’t have to worry about orange hands!
Grace Cole White Nectarine and Pear Luxe Bauble ?5 and Sweet Peony and Vanilla Cracker ?4
These have to be some of the cutest festive inspired beauty gifts I’ve seen this year. The Kate Spade inspired packaging is just gorgeous and the products smell absolutely divine! With fruity and floral notes, these gifts smell good enough to eat. Plus at ?5 or less, these gifts are purse friendly as well.
Jess Eatons Molton Brown Picks…
Molton Brown Pink Pepper Pod Christmas Cracker gift set.
The packaging definitely made me feel very Christmassy and I had to hold back from pulling it apart in the cracker fashion! The product contained a Shower Gel, a Replenishing Hand Cream and Body Lotion in handy travel sizes so it was perfect to take with you when visiting family. I was a bit worried about the scent of pepperpod when I opened the hand cream as I don’t really want to smell like Jamie Oliver’s Pepper Mill, but I was pleasantly surprised to find the scent warming yet fresh and not over powering. I found a tiny dot of product went a long way meaning that it would last over the whole Christmas season and more! I found that using the Shower gel followed by the Body lotion really made my skin feel soft and it smelled really cosy meaning I had no need for perfume.
Molton Brown Christmas Bauble- ?10
This would be a perfect gift for any lovely lady at Christmas time. It came in a silver box which means you don’t even have to wrap it! Bonus points for the Molton Brown team! The little bauble even comes with cute silver string so you could actually hang it from your tree! The product itself is Frankincense & Allspice Wash that got me smelling better than baby Jesus. It was a Rich and Glowing scent fit enough for my Queenly needs! I loved the fact that it came so beautifully packaged and could take pride place in your bathroom when you have guests for that WOW factor.
Both of these products are yet another Win for the Molton Brown Company and I know that both will be taking my bod to Christmas land until I have to buy them again. Perfect gifts for anyone that deserves to be royally pampered. Or yourself. Actually just buy them both for yourself. They are too good to share!