Stocking Fillers For Her - Gift Guide

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Perhaps some of the most enjoyable gifts to buy, stocking fillers are often novelty items that we rarely use but bring a smile to our faces. However this year I've chosen a selection of my favourite stocking fillers that are all under £20 and are beautiful as well as functional. My personal favourite from this selection has to be the amazing light pink velvet makeup/wash bag from Oliver Bonas, as well as the pink and gold ring holder which would definitely be useful and look great on your bedside table. I've also included some gifts perfect for pampering, and of course no stocking would be complete without some chocolate and this choice is a little more luxurious however a Terry's chocolate orange would make a perfectly acceptable substitute! 

Read my Beauty Lovers gift guide HERE, and my Fashion Lovers gift guide HERE.

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Fashion Lovers Christmas Gift Guide

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Following on from last weeks beauty gift guide this week I've compiled some of my favourite fashionable gifts this year perfect for any trend setter. I already own the velvet boots from this list and can safely say they look amazing and they have become a staple in my Autumn/Winter wardrobe this year. In keeping with this years obsession with all things Scandinavian I've also included 'Dress Scandinavian' which is sure to give some tips on attaining the perfect minimalistic style. There's also a phone case which I've certainly got my eye on which features a print by one of my current favourite illustrators, Holly Nichols. I hope this gift guide gives you some ideas for the fashionable people in your life, or even for your own Christmas list this year.

Let me know which fashionable gifts are on your wish list this year and find even more gifts below.


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Beauty Lovers Christmas Gift Guide

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Christmas is always one of my favourite times of the year to try out new beauty products. The stores are filled with holiday sets that allow you to try out new products at a slightly better price, and often they even contain exclusive new products. My personal favourite item to ask for is always the palette that I've been eyeing up, and for me this year it's the Becca Apres Ski palette filled with the most amazing highlight, blush and bronze shades to give you a flushed winter glow. I also love to try out new scents at Christmas time and Replica Beach Walk is one the most unique and comforting fragrances I've tried in a long time. I've also picked out some other items I would be thrilled to find under the tree this year, so I hope this guide helps when you're writing your own Christmas lists this year! My fashion gifts and stocking fillers guides will also be up over the next two Fridays.

Let me know what beauty items are on your Christmas list year & find even more beauty gifts below.





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The Ordinary Skincare Review

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Skincare is something we often think of as an investment, in order to justify the steep prices we regularly have to shell out. High quality ingredients had long been reserved for the premium end of the skincare market. However, the current skincare brand of the moment The Ordinary is changing this for everyone.

The Ordinary produce products that without searching on the internet you perhaps wouldn't know what they are or how to use them, which is understandable considering they have titles like 'Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate Solution 20% in Vitamin F' (I still don't have a clue what it does or if I've even spelt it right!). But the main selling point really is the price range, with all their products priced under £15 on ASOS. Encouraged by the low prices and the raved about ingredients I decided to pick up a few products to test out for myself. I bought the Azelaic Acid Suspension 10% and the Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG  to start off my collection.


The azelaic acid suspension has a silicone like consistency and claims to 'brighten and even out skin texture' as well as reducing the appearance of blemishes. I've been using it since mid March and have gone through the whole the tube, which is pretty small but for £5.50 you can't really complain. Unfortunately I really haven't seen any difference in my skin at all from using this product. Perhaps I haven't been using it for long enough to see one, but for me if I don't see an improvement by the end of the bottle there's no way I'm repurchasing no matter how cheap it is. Using the product feels like applying a silicone based primer which is fine at night time, but for me it didn't sit nicely under my makeup in the daytime so I was unable to apply it then. I know a lot of people love this product, but in my case it was just an extra unnecessary step added to my routine that made no difference.


The caffeine solution on the other hand is a little more promising. It's essentially a serum that you apply under your eyes and it aims reduce redness and dark circles. I can't say it's done anything for my dark circles as of yet, but it does feel soothing and calming on puffy tired eyes. It's also extraordinarily cheap at £6, considering you only need a drop or two so it lasts for a long time. The packaging on this one also feels a little more luxurious as it's a glass bottle so it looks more appealing sat on your dressing table than the plastic azelaic acid suspension.

Overall I think that The Ordinary is a very promising brand and I love that it's making scientific good for your skin ingredients available to so many more people at an affordable price. Whilst I didn't see the results I wanted from both of the products I do still have hope for some of the brands other offerings and I'm already eyeing up the new Salicylic Acid 2% Solution and the classic Vitamin C suspension.

Let me know if you've tried any products from The Ordinary or if you plan to and what your favourite skincare brands are!

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Space Girl

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Outfit links:
Shirt- Next, similar linked
Jeans- Topshop
Bag- Mango
Belt- Mango
Boots- New Look


Over a year ago I had a feeling that there would be a big metallic trend and silver shoes in particular would be in fashion. However unsure how long the trend would last I was unwilling to invest in a pair that may only have been worn a couple of times. But here we are a year later with metallic shoes still being a very prominent trend, and I was lucky enough to pick up these space girl like boots in the New Look sale. Most of the people I had asked about these boots definitely weren't huge fans, but when I saw that these were the last pair and they happened to be in my size it felt like fate and I knew they had to be mine! 

I've paired them with one of my other favourite trends of the moment; over the top ruffles, which on this shirt I think adds just enough interest to the top half of the outfit without drawing attention away from the boots.
                                  
Let me know if you've tried out the metallic trend, and what your favourite trends of the moment are!                            


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The Graphic Tee

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Only a couple of years ago I would have shuddered at the thought of wearing a graphic t-shirt emblazoned with a big logo or slogan, they just were not my style at all. But more and more I find myself gravitating to those exact t-shirts in my wardrobe. They go with just about everything and always seem to make my outfits a little bit more casual, which is what they usually need. The trend which was perhaps heralded by that Gucci t-shirt which just about every blogger has, has been replicated in some equally as eye catching high street pieces.

The perfect graphic tee for me is a simple white t-shirt with a slogan or classic logo. The Ganni Cherry Bomb T-shirt is pretty much the embodiment of this, which is why I keep endlessly checking the Net a Porter website hoping that it's in stock. I've scoured the internet for my other favourite favourites and discovered some brands (Être Cécile being one of my new favourites) that I hope you'll love as much as I do.

Let me know how you style your graphic tees and which of these is your favourite!


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Clashing Colours: Pink & Red

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T-Shirt: Selected Femme
Skirt: Zara
Belt: Mango
Glasses: New Look
Shoes: Zara (old, similar linked)


It's long been one of fashion's rules that certain colours should never be worn together, with red and pink being one of those notable pairings. However this year for Spring and Summer clashing red and pink together has been a huge trend that I absolutely love.

Worn together the colours can make a huge statement, but it's also possible to clash them together with more detailed pieces in a more subtle nod to the trend. I've tried to do the latter here by pairing my current favourite Gucci-esque blush pink suede bag with bright red pointed flats and a slogan t-shirt.I've also incorporated one of my other current favourite trends which is pearl embellishment on just about everything, and this Zara skirt is the perfect vintage style fit.

I've paired the colours separately but there are some amazing pieces available on the high street right now that incorporate the colours together for you, Mango in particular has some great trend pieces that I've linked below.

Let me know if you've tried the trend or which trends you plan on trying this Summer!

On The Runway


Joseph SS17


 Alexis Mabille FW16

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