Christmas 2019: Affordable Beauty Gift Guide

After the luxury beauty gift guide, here is the opposite, the affordable option. And I’ve kept it all under £10. Most of the products I have and love, so can definitely recommend them. Only two from the list I haven’t tried but they’ve caught my attention, and  I wanted to include them.

So here we go.

1. Mavala Extra Mild Nail Polish Remover, £7.86 from Amazon.

I honestly  do not want to be using any other nail varnish remover after discovering this. Have used up 3 bottles already, and it’s just the best.

2.  Ice Roller, £9.99 from Amazon.

I do have a pink quartz roller but nothing de-puffs the face quite like this. And it is a very nice and cooling sensation. You can see mine here.

3. Scalp Massager, from £5 from Amazon.

This is a pretty cool and inexpensive little gadget that  I really enjoy using myself, and would definitely recommend. Scalp massage is one of the best things in this life, I am convinced.

4. Lanolips Rose Hand Cream Everyday, £9.99 from Cult Beauty

Summer 2019 Beauty and Lifestyle Favourites

I used to do monthly favourites but since very often I would repeat a lot of  the products, it made sense to do one for each season (here is  Spring). While it is mostly about beauty, I do include a few lifestyle items, as well.

Beauty

In the summer I have been loving my rose fragrances, as always.  My biggest obsession was Goutal Eau de Parfum Rose Pompon (as seen on my Insta) from Harrods and Bergdorf. It has the notes of Bulgarian rose essence, taïf rose, peony, blackcurrent, rasberry, pink pepper, woody cedar, patchouli and white musk. And it is just my dream scent, I never want to be without it, ever.

I personally think that very few people can actually write about perfume beautifully, and I am certainly not one of them. So for now I will just insert the brand’s description of the two perfumes I’ve been loving lately. However, I will try my best  in the future.

“As you stroll down Rue des Rosiers in Paris, you can feel the vibrant, sparkling atmosphere along the cobblestone street, punctuated with the laughter from café terraces and snippets of shopkeepers’ conversations. In the spring, the climbing rose bushes flower in clusters. The wind stirs their pompom blossoms and swirls their refreshing scent with the sweet, tangy smell of pastries.” See… What is not to love?

Le Labo Rose 31 whih was my Wedding perfume

“The disturbing ambiguity of the Centifolia rose, quickly picked up by a chorus of warm, spicy and woodsy notes such as cumin, olbanum, cedar and a touch of amber…In the background, the declared sensuality of Gaïac wood and cistus highlighted by a distinctly physical animal note, give this perfume a disconcerting sense of mystery”.

 R+Co Dallas Thickening Shampoo (review here)

I raved about this shampoo only recently so feel free to read all about it by clicking the link above. Unfortunately (or luckily, I suppose), it has now been replaced by a biotin version which, hopefully, is only  better.

Therapie products from Cult Beauty Sleep Drops and

Best Sparkling Nail Polishes for Christmas 2016

I don’t know what is going on with me but I am very into glitter and sequins lately. You may have seem my jumper if you follow me on Instagram.  And trust me, it is a big deal that I am wearing something like this, pretty much all my friends had to make jokes about it, even my parents were surprised when I saw them the other day.

“I have never seen you in sequins, like ever,” Mum was shocked.

“She is just old now,”  Dad replied. My Father just likes to tease me whenever he can.

But why all those talks? I just want to share the sparkling nail polishes which are new for this season which caught my eye. And these are not all the options, just the ones I like.

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JINsoon Tout Ensemble Collection$56 from Barney’s and Saks

That kit looks pretty cool with a neutral, black and two glittery shades, you can create as many designs as you can think of.

YSL Sparkle Clash La Laque, $28 from Neman Marcus

Two shades 78 Gold Clash  and 79 Silver Clash  which are a part of their Christmas collection.

There is also  this

AW 2015 Nail Polish: Zoya and Essie

AW, nail polish wise, is not only about berries and plums (funny how I type that right after a new manicure with a gorgeous cream plum, oh the irony) but also about rich  metallics, as you can see below.

Here is a preview of Essie and Zoya Fall 2015 collections.

Essie

Essie nail polish colletion for Fall 2015

  • Leggy Legend, alloyed bronzed bombshell
  • With The Band, toasted spice burgundy
  • Color Binge, addictive orange red
  • In The Lobby, exotic cinnamon plum
  • Bell-Buttom Blues, intense midnight indigo
  • Frock n’Roll, shimmering rich espresso

Zoya

Spring 2015 Nail Polish: Essie and Deborah Lippmann

We continue our preview of SS15 nail polish launches  And, although I am a huge fan or red, recently I have been wearing other colours on my nails, too.  I am feeling nudes and jades recently.  That Flowerista shade from Essie also looks hot, I’d totally  rock it.

Essie Flowerista

Two vibrant shades, two nudes and two chic grey and mint.

Essie Flowerista Nail POlish Collection for Spring 2015

  • Flowerista, rich vibrant plum with red undertones
  • Perennial Chic, sumptuous tawny tulip
  • Picked Perfect, antique almond peony
  • Garden Variety, teal blue orchid
  • Blossom Dandy, mint crème hydrangea
  • Petal Pushers, smoky stone rose

Available from Nordstrom for $8.50 and from Debenhams for £8.

Deborah Lippmann Whisper